Posted by lamarzulli on November 11, 2008
I’ve gotten quite a few posts concerning the rapture. For those of you who might be new to this, here’s a simple explanation. The word ‘rapture’ is not mentioned in the ancient manuscripts. It is from the Latin, Rapturo that we get our word for rapture. The texts sates, that, “we all shall be changed in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, and those who are dead, shall rise up and be with the Lord, then those of us who remain will be also caught up and so be evermore with the Lord.”
Let’s walk through it. First off, I believe in the rapture. I believe that there will be a generation that will experience this. I also think we might be it! Now as to the times and season. There is so much infighting with WHEN it’s going to happen. I was recently asked, on the set of a television program and, ‘off air’, when I thought it would happen. In other words, was I, Pre, Mid, or Post. I cracked a slight smile and commented, I’m pan-trib. The host of the program looked at me with a confused look? He had never heard of the most illusive of positions, concerning the rapture. The one position that the great biblical sages of old, had struggled to embrace. I beamed a full set of pearly whites at him as I said, I’m pan-trib… meaning, it will all PAN out in the end. Folks, I know it’s a bad joke, but let me explain. There is so much infighting amongst Christians, as to when the rapture will happen that many are not engaged in what we are told to do. We’ve taken our eyes off the ball. We are told to watch and be ready. We are told in the Gospels to know the signs that will preclude His second coming. The fact is, that I can find brilliant theologians who could wax eloquent on all three positions. I’ve been to some of these lectures with charts, graphs, books. time-lines, and the certainty that the speaker, who is being featured, position, is the correct one.
There was a post in the comment section that nailed it. It was a quote from Keith Greene. He was a Christian musician that died, in a plane crash, well before his time. His comment that was quoted was this. Pray for Pre, prepare for post. I think there’s a lot of wisdom in that. The fact is this, know one knows for sure. We only know that it’s going to happen at some point.
Here’s a few points to consider. The Noahic flood and the saving of Noah and eight members of his family are considered, by some, to be a type of rapture. Also, before the destruction of Sodom & Gommorah, Lot was saved. This is another type of rapture. What is overlooked is that both Noah and Lot were immersed in the evil of the day. With Noah it was the presence of the Nephilim. With Lot it might have been an incursion of the fallen angels once again. (That’s a subject for another post) Both men saw things that they probably would not have wished to see, if they had had a choice. With that being said, I’m not worried about the rapture and when it will happen. It will occur when it’s supposed to and If I’m alive, then I’ll be included.
There is so much that is going on in the world today. We should be watching and warning those who have no idea that prophecy is being fulfilled and that the world is inching toward that terrible day of, ‘Jacob’s Trouble’. Watch and be ready! Let’s use our time to tell others of what may be the enemy’s end game, the revealing of the so called extraterrestrial presence, and the Great deception that it will cause!
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