Hi Lynn, I read your blog all the time and I agree that the UFO and Alien beings are demonic in nature. Do you believe that this revealing will be before the rapture or after. I also wonder what you think about the theory of 2012. I listen to many who believe this will be the year that the rapture happens. While I don’t believe that anyone can know the exact date or time I do think he has given us enough information that we know it’s coming soon. Also is there any prophecy’s left that need to happen before the rapture occurs. Thanks for all you do.
Here’s my answer to this. First, I believe in the Rapture of the saints [church]. I believe that we will be translated and caught up in the air,like 1st Thessalonians tells us. The question for me and countless others is this, when will that happen. There are three positions one can take regarding this.
1. That the church is raptured before the tribulation – Pre tribulation.
2. That the church is raptured mid way – before the wrath – Mid tribulation.
3. That the church will be raptured at the end of the tribulation – Post Tribulation.
There are people who hold to all three positions. I have been at seminars for all three positions. I have seen the charts and graphs and endless quotation of scripture. The fact is there are three view points. Those who tenaciously hold to one have a tendency to dismiss others with a different view, sometimes to the point of creating schisms within the church. While we shouldn’t compromise on our doctrine, this kind of “in-fighting” doesn’t do anything to save the lost.
Here’s what I think. 2nd Thessalonians tells us that there is going to be a falling away before the man of sin is revealed.
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
I have heard this word “rebellion” translated as departure. So this is where we run into a bit of trouble. If the word rebellion means what it says, then by a simple reading of the rest of the text one would assume that the man of sin i.e. the Anti Christ, will not appear until this happens. If that is so then what would cause this falling away or apostasy or rebellion? That is what I call the Coming Great Deception! UFOs manifesting over the cities of the world after the Ezekiel 38 war. Here’s a list of translations for the word rebellion… I think you’ll get the point.
The Message – Apostasy
Amplified – apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great [b]falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come]
New Living – great rebellion
King James – Falling away
English Standard – rebellion
Darby ( it was he who promoted the rapture of the church) – apostasy
Holman Christian Standard – Apostasy
Young’s Literal Translation – falling away
Contemporary English Version – rebellion
I think I have made my point that the word rebellion is apostasy and this happens before the church is taken out. But here’s what we need to consider. How much time between that rebellion and the revealing of the Anti Christ? We’re not told. It could be a day or a year or even longer. The bottom line is this, there’s plenty of time for a rapture between the great falling away and the revealing of the Anti Christ.
For more of a detailed account of this you can go to Politics, Prophecy & the Supernatural: Pg:204 -205