BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OF A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE: A Chapter by Chapter Book Summary

 

Here is my self-published book, which just came out a month ago. Anyone can buy it now at Lulu.com, and it will soon be available at Amazon.com and a few other stores.  You will find my description of the book at Lulu.com, but I thought I would give you a little more in this post—a chapter by chapter summary.

 

INTRODUCTION

In the introduction I spell out the great importance of prophecy—that all scripture, including prophecy, is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17). I said that since one-third of the bible is prophecy, at least one-third of our bible reading ought to be on prophecy. Also, for preachers, at least one-third of their sermons ought to be on prophecy. (I didn’t include this in into, but if you read the bible through, omitting nothing, you will accomplish the task; also, if preachers preached through the bible, say every five years, they will also accomplish the task of covering prophecy. But it is sad that so many preachers skip around and so often skip the prophecy sections.)

The book is organized into four parts.

 

PART ONE: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK

The following four chapters lay the groundwork for this study of the rapture, and will show that it must be pre-Tribulation.

CHAPTER ONE: KEY PASSAGES THAT DESCRIBE THE RAPTURE

There are three well-known and key rapture passages: John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. These passages are briefly commented on.

CHAPTER TWO & THREE: A LOOK AT THE RAPTURE FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL

In these chapters my study is exclusively on Daniel 9, beginning with Daniel’s prayer (9:3-19), and then focusing on God’s answer through the angel Gabriel (9:22-27). It is in verses 24 through 27 that God shows us a timeline of 70 weeks of years (490 years) where He deals with His people, the Jews, especially in the seventieth week, which is the seven year Tribulation.

I explain that since the 490 years are decreed for Israel, there must be a large gap of time (over 2000 years) between the 69th and 70th week for the church—a time period where God temporarily is not dealing with Israel but with the church.  I explain that as soon as the church is raptured, God begins again to deal with Israel for seven more years (in the Tribulation). This passage I think explains why the rapture must be pre-Tribulation more than any other—because the 70 weeks (including the 70th week of Tribulation) is decreed only for Israel; thus the church must be out of the picture—it will be raptured.

CHAPTER FOUR: ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH

In this chapter I explain how Israel and the church are two separate and distinct groups of which God has a program for each one. This fact I explain is important to show that the 70th week is meant only for Israel.  I also found it necessary to point out the error of replacement theology—the belief that the church has replaced Israel and will be the recipient of all the blessings that were originally promised to Israel.

 

PART TWO: GETTING THE BIG PICTURE

In this section, consisting of four chapters, we take a break in our rapture study to view the big picture of the kingdom of God. I thought this would add more significance to our view of the rapture—to see it in the context of the entire kingdom of God.

CHAPTER FIVE: THE KINGDOM OF GOD: PHASES 1-10

In this chapter the history of the kingdom of God is in view in ten phases, from Eden to the Tribulation.

CHAPTER SIX: THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM OF GOD

This is kind of an overview of the millennium and shows how possibly the millennium will be set up—the government, the millennial temple, etc.

CHAPTER SEVEN: FIVE GREAT PURPOSES OF THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM

In this chapter I have searched the bible prophecy books to get the details of what the millennial kingdom will be like. Five great purposes of the millennium were discovered:

  1. To restore harmony to His creation
  2. To demonstrate God’s perfect government on the earth
  3. To fulfill God’s eternal covenants with Israel
  4. To display the character and glory of Christ
  5. To provide a final test for man

 CHAPTER EIGHT: THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD

In this short chapter of seven pages just the highlights of the eternal kingdom are in view—mostly from the last chapter of the book of Revelation.

 

PART THREE: TWO PHASES OF HIS COMING

In this section, three chapters are allocated to examine all the verses that apply to His coming (70 passages), and a determination is made for each passage as to whether it applies to the first phase (the rapture) or to the second phase (His glorious appearing after the Tribulation). Then at the end of the three chapter study, we draw out certain distinctive characteristics of each phase (shown on a chart).

CHAPTER NINE: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 1

Daniel 7:13-14 through Colossians 3:4 are in view—40 passage in all.

CHAPTER TEN: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 2

1 Thessalonians 1:10 through Hebrews 10:37 are in view—16 passages.

CHAPTER ELEVEN: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 3

James 5:7-9 through Revelation 22:7, 12, 20 are in view—14 passages.

I provide this chart to show all the verses in each phase (notice there is also a column for verses that I thought belonged in both phases).

 

CHAPTER TWELVE: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH PHASE OF HIS COMING

In this chapter I surprisingly came up with 16 characteristics of the first phase and also 16 characteristics of the second phase. Here are my findings in this chart.

 

PART FOUR: WHY THE RAPTURE MUST COME BEFORE THE TRIBULATION

In this last section there are only two chapters.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: 19 REASONS THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE IS THE CORRECT VIEW

After all my study on this subject, in this chapter are my conclusions. I will not give away my finding here, but they will of course negate all other theories.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: AN EXAMINATION OF FOUR OTHER THEORIES: A REBUTTAL

In this final chapter I present four other rapture theories: the partial rapture theory, the mid-Tribulation rapture theory, the pre-wrath rapture theory, and the post-Tribulation rapture theory. In each of these theories I was diligent to present all of their point, and after each point I offer my rebuttal. I am happy to find that I had no trouble rebutting each of their points, and so I now feel more confident than ever that the church will be raptured before the Tribulation!

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Arab & Israeli media provide inside details of President Sisi’s historic meeting with Evangelical Christian leaders in Cairo. Here’s a sampling of the coverage. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

(Cairo, Egypt) — The first stories on our Delegation are beginning to appear in Arab and Israeli media. A story on Egypt Today, the daily news website of an English-language monthly magazine, was headlined, Sisi meets delegation of U.S. Evangelical heads in Cairo. A story on Masrawy.com, one of the largest news websites in Egypt […]

via Arab & Israeli media provide inside details of President Sisi’s historic meeting with Evangelical Christian leaders in Cairo. Here’s a sampling of the coverage. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

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The Uranium Deal and the Russian Dossier – Prophesied in 1 Tim. 4:1-2 and 2 Tim. 3:1-3

 

For months Americans have been hearing news about Trump collusion with Russia. But so far there is no evidence! Recently we have been hearing the story from the other side–Clinton and the DNC collusion with Russia. And there is a lot of solid evidence! Here are the two huge stories that have come out recently:

  1. Hillary and the Dems sold 20% of U.S. Uranium to Russia.
  2. Clinton and the Dems paid Russia for a false dossier—fake dirt on Trump. This was used to try and win a Clinton election.

Here are more details, interjected with what the bible says about it.

 

The Uranium Deal

We don’t know all the details yet, but here is what we know.

  • 20% of U. S. uranium was sold to Russia.
  • The Clintons received $145 million (from 9 shareholders).
  • Clearly, U. S. National Security was compromised. The Clintons and the DNC sold out the U. S.
  • This deal was treasonous by the Obama administration.
  • The following parties absolutely knew about the deal: Hillary Clinton, A.G. Eric Holder, FBI Director Muller. So why is Muller being allowed to head up a Russia investigation?

There is no doubt many others knew about this deal and did nothing about it. Obama must have known (and may have actually been in charge of it). Most of the media people knew but said nothing. They knew that Russia wanted to corner the uranium market but that didn’t seem to matter.

For all those who were involved in this uranium deal and who profited from it the Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:1-2,

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money…

It is hard to believe that someone would sell out our National security for money, but I think that is what has happened. It may also be that Obama was trying to level the field—to take America down a few notches.

 

The Russian Dossier

Again, we don’t know all the details yet, but here is what has been uncovered so far.

  • The Clintons and the DNC funded from Russia anti-Trump propaganda: many pages of dirt on Trump. It is apparently full of made up stories, terrible stories like you would see in National Inquirer.
  • The Dems claimed it as opposition research, however it has been reported that the sources and research wasn’t verified.
  • The dossier was used by the Dems to try to discredit Trump in order to make Hillary President.
  • Russia’s intention was to sow seeds of distrust in the U.S. political system (it has been working).
  • The dossier was quickly put out to the media (before checking its truth) and they ran wild with it.
  • Hillary and many others totally deny being involved with it, but do not deny its existence.

I don’t think it has been proven but the FBI may have been using the dossier for their investigations.

A biblical reference for all of this is 2 Timothy 3:2.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will … slanderous…

Slander is to falsely accuse someone. This is what has happened. Trump has been falsely accused of many things so that Hillary would win the election.

So we see that Hillary and the Democratic Party has been prophesied about. Fortunately God intervened, thanks to all who have prayed.

Please continue to pray that God’s will be carried out in this Nation—that justice will be done: that the guilty would not go unpunished, and the obedient truth seekers will prevail.

Oh, there is also a good reference to what has been happening in 1 Timothy 4:1-2.

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. 1 Timothy 4:1-2

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America in Bible Prophecy: Nine U.S. Presidents

 

Bible prophecy has always been Israel-centered.  God has chosen Israel as His people; He has chosen Israel to carry out His will in the world; thus all Bible prophecy has to do with Israel.

As we know, America is not even mentioned in Scripture, however it has definitely had an effect on the course of world events and on bible prophecy because it has had an influence on Israel—sometimes for good and sometimes for bad.

Here are…

 

Four U.S. Presidents That Have Been Favorable Toward Israel, Thus Have Had a Positive Effect on Bible Prophecy

Harry Truman. It was Truman that recognized the state of Israel and signed it into law in May 14, 1948.  Thus Harry Truman played a key role in the birth of Israel and in the fulfilment of bible prophecy (read Ezekiel 37:9-14).

Richard Nixon. On October 6th, 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel by surprise with overwhelming force (of Russian tanks and troops).  It was not looking good at all for Israel, and Gola Meir reached out to the U.S. President, Richard Nixon for help.  According to Meir, Israel was facing certain extinction unless they got aid. Nixon suddenly knew why he was elected President—to save Israel.  Despite opposition from both his cabinet and congress, Nixon ordered a total of 112,000 tons of ammunition and supplies, making it possible for Israel to defeat its enemies. Thus Nixon will go down in history as a great hero for Israel.

Ronald Reagan. Reagan was one of the best friends of Israel.  During another time of crisis in 1981, the U.S. under Reagan supplied plains to Israel, by which they were able to destroy an Iranian nuclear reactor, which may have been used against them.

Donald Trump. Much of history has yet to be written under this President, but so far he has been very friendly toward Israel.  It is clear that under all odds God rose him up to back Israel.  Now, because of Trump, America is no longer a global nation (as it has been). America is for America and is also for strengthening Israel.  Donald Trump I believe is presently, positively influencing bible prophecy.

Conversely, here are…

 

Five U.S. Presidents Who Have Negatively Influenced Israel and Bible Prophecy

Jimmy Carter. Beginning with this President, America began to look to a new world Order and thus were no longer concerned with maintaining the survival of Israel. Carter was more concerned with the Palestinians than with Israel.

H.W. Bush. After Reagan’s years of backing Israel, the U.S. resumed its global agenda under this President.  There was much talk about the new world order.  All countries were to get in line with this agenda, including Israel.

Bill Clinton.  Clinton did much to convince Israel to divide their land and give it to the Palestinians (Israel haters).  This President has contributed much to the fulfilment of bible prophecy upon all who divide the land of Israel (read Joel 3:2). Read Joel Rosenberg’s blog on this.

George W. Bush. Though G.W. Bush seemed to have good intentions, he was much like his father and like Clinton.  He pushed for dividing Israel.

Barack Obama. Though he said he was pro-Israel, he certainly was not.  All his actions have demonstrated that he was anti-Israel. He has been not only a globalist, he is antichrist-like. Under this U.S. President Satanism and immorality has flourished. I believe this President has been a huge contributor to the growing agenda of what is to come under the antichrist.

 

Main source: Amir Tsarfati, a speaker at Jan Markell’s prophecy conference.

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Will the Holy Spirit Tell Me the Future? – John 16:13

When I read this morning in John 16:13, “…He will disclose to you what is to come,” that made me sit up and take notice! It seemed to be saying to me (to us) that the Holy Spirit will speak to me (to us) and tell me the future. So my response was that I needed to listen intently to the Holy Spirit so that I can know the future.

Well, after reading a few commentaries on this passage I got a different view. Homer Kent explained it to mean that the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles and show them the future, and that this revealed prophetic truth is embodied in their writings—the New Testament.

Rats! Here it seemed to me that the Holy Spirit would show me the future—more than all those who are less holy than me! But I have to admit that that thinking is wrong. When it comes to prophetic truth, we must depend on the revealed truth already given to the apostles. So when Jesus spoke in John 16:13, He was not speaking to me specifically, but to the apostles.

No offense to some Charismatics, but I think this is a big problem with some of you.  You think the Holy Spirit will give you some prophetic word and tell you some part of the future that nobody but you knows about.  But you are wrong. All of us already have prophetic truth available to us in the Bible.  And that is why it is so important to study the prophetic passages. To dig out the truth.  It is right there for us to find.  We must dig it out!  And let us never think that the Holy Spirit will reveal anything to us apart from the scriptures.

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Reactions to President Trump’s Speech Reveals a Divided Country and World

 

In my opinion, President Trump made one of the best speeches of his life at the UN. It was incredibly bold, powerful, and brutally true. He held nothing back.  He tore into North Korea as a brutal dictatorship; he at length revealed the evils of Iran; and he denounced the recent overthrow of Venezuela and the present socialist dictatorship.

Many praised Trump’s speech. Benjamin Netanyahu said that he spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world. Mitt Romney said that he gave a strong and needed challenge to UN members.  But others said that he was shockingly reckless and had dangerous rhetoric. One article I saw called the speech “terrifying” and “delusional.”

So it seems obvious that not all people agree with what President Trump said. In fact, his speech reveals that our country (and the world) is quite divided.  We are divided in many ways, but I think primarily we are divided in terms of our belief system—that is, in what we believe is right and wrong, good and bad. We are divided in terms of what we believe about God, or how we believe in God and His word. I won’t take the time now to further define the two groups, except to say that one is more conservative and the other is more liberal.

I invite you to watch Trump’s 42 minute speech and judge it for yourself.

I also suggest listening to the praise of John Bolton, as he said that it was “the best speech of the Trump Presidency.”

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Hurricane Harvey and Irma: A Cause of Great Triumph for the True Believer

 

I’m sure that Christians everywhere have been concerned and praying regarding Hurricane Harvey and Irma. We have been praying that people will be smart and travel north before the wind and water comes. And we are praying that they will look to the Lord for comfort—as many will face devastation and have to rebuild. And we pray that many will begin to trust Him for the first time, that they will become true believers.

But I think many of us in our prayers are too concerned and worried, to the extent that we have let all the bad news get us down—so that we become depressed. Oh, we ought to be concerned and prayerful; but at the same time we ought to be expectant and joyful, knowing that these hurricanes are a sign of His coming. Listen to Jesus words in Luke 21:25-28.

And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

In this passage, particularly in verse 25, where it mentions “the roaring of the sea and the waves,” this sounds like hurricanes. In verse 28, Jesus tells us what our response should be—what our general attitude should be. He says, “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

I definitely believe that believers will not go through the Tribulation. But I think we are seeing signs now (an increase in hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes) that suggest to us that we are in the very beginning stages of what is to come.  That is, the earth will see much more of these things—which will last for 7 years. But before the 7-year Tribulation begins He will come in the clouds and will take us up to Him. 1 Thessalonians 4: 15-17 says,

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Therefore, we really ought to regard these hurricanes as a prelude to His coming. And so, as Jesus has said to us, when we see these things, instead of just praying and being concerned, we ought also to stand straight up and look to heaven for His coming, for they are a sign that His coming is near.

 

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