We’re still here – No Rapture?
Posted by lamarzulli on June 1, 2009
I am going to weigh in on this date setting of the Rapture of the church, because I believe it is a symptom of something bigger. Over the weekend many Christian sites were buzzing with a post that declared that the church was going to be raptured on the day of Pentecost – Sunday May 31st. Of course nothing happened as I believe, “no man knows the day or the hour, not even the son or the angels, but only the father.” Does that mean I don’t believe in the Rapture? Let’s set the record straight, because there have been rumors of what I believe, which have been greatly exaggerated. First of all the word rapture is never mentioned in scripture. It is the Latin word Rapturo (caught up) , which is what Paul alludes to in 1 Thessalonians 3:13-18 when he tells us,
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.15According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.
It is clear from the text that this event will happen. I look forward to it and my deepest wish is that it will happen before the Tribulation gets underway. But here is the danger of dwelling on this. It divides us. Are you aware that I’m censored on some Christian sites because I am accused of not believing in a pre-trib rapture? There is an element in Christendom that wants to argue as to when the Rapture of the church occurs. There are denominations that have made this one doctrine the centerpiece of what they believe, and if you don’t adhere to it you can’t belong to their church, or even sell your books in their bookstores. Here’s what I think. No one really knows. I have attended lectures by Biblical scholars with maps and charts and diagrams on both sides of the issue. Each of these scholars believing that they had figured it all out and had the scriptural evidence to prove their point. They both can’t be right can they? You can’t have a Pre and a Post tribulation viewpoint at the same time! In fact, if we’re intellectually honest, no man really knows. This seems to be evident, as I pointed out there are scholars who differ greatly in their position. What a great distraction! Meanwhile, the enemy is manifesting more than ever and the church is asleep. What an I talking about? Those of you who have been reading this BLOG for any length of time know that I believe we are poised for the greatest deception that the church has ever faced, and I make mention of it constantly. It is this, that Aliens created us, started the worlds greatest religions and now, at this critical juncturein our history, are here to help us through this next evolutionary stage. In short this is the alien gospel 101 and it is the basis of the coming deception.
A few months ago there was a woman, Blossom Goodchild, who claimed that UFOs were going to manifest on October 14th. I BLOGGED about this saying that she was being misled. She is deceived by these entities, that lie to her. They are fallen angels who are masquerading as ‘alien’s.
Those of us in the church should know better than to set a date for the rapture. We have no excuse, as we are told that no man knows the day or the hour! All we do is stir up false hope and make ourselves look like a Christian version of Blossom Goodchild. In Mathew 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21, Jesus tells us what is going to happen well in advance, wars, pestilence, earthquakes, fearful signs in the heavens and men fainting from fear of what is coming on the earth. Most importantly is that the Jews will be gathered from the four corners of the earth and reestablished in their ancient homeland, Israel. We are told to watch for these signs and when we see them KNOW that His coming is soon. The signs are here and most people are choosing to ignore them. The enemy is manifesting all over the world, as the supernatural is becoming more overt. He grows bolder because he knows his time is short. Yet the church, seems to be blinded as to what is happening all around her. We are told to watch and be ready. To be able to give an answer in season and out of season. We are not instructed to argue when the Lord gathers us together. That is focusing on ourselves and not those who are lost and don’t have a clue as to what is going on. We know the Middle East is heating up again. North Korea is ready to launch another IBM. The Russians are moving troops on the border of Georgia and ships in the Persian Gulf. Iran presses forward with their ambition to develop a nuke. There is talk of a one world financial system a global currency. UFOs are seen all over the world… Wake up and get your head out of the sand!
As long as I am here I will continue to sound a warning and will do so until the Lord takes me home, or in a twinkling of an eye, meets me in the air…
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