Friday, March 4, 2011


Part 2 of this series is here

As stated earlier in this series, there is more than one kind of rapture ‘doctrine’. This can complicate matters somewhat, especially if one starts debating this topic with an individual who believes in any one of the various versions. A considerable amount of time can thus be wasted on simply trying to establish what exact version the person believes in.

Although I did previously state that we will be exploring the different types of rapture ‘doctrines’ in this series, on second thoughts I don’t feel this will be necessary as Wikipedia adequately covers the different versions @ (Bear in mind that the content of Wikipedia is in a constant state of change!)

For now one can safely assume that the most popular theory is the one known as “Pre-Tribulational Rapturism”. According to the web site, this theory is the most common viewpoint in America today. According to my own observations, this is also the same version adopted by a couple of rather popular evangelistic churches here in my home country, South Africa. This is the same theory whose roots can be traced back to 1830 – as discussed in Part1 of this series.

I personally find the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory extremely confusing and far from biblically sound, but for the record I will state what it teaches.

It teaches that:
  • The final 7-year period of the world is called the Tribulation.
  • The last 3.5 years are called the Great Tribulation.
  • The entire 7-year period is considered the Wrath of God or the Day of the Lord.
  • Since the Church is not destined for God's wrath, then the Church is Raptured prior to the 7-year period.
  • The Rapture is considered to be an "any moment" event.
There will, no doubt, be some individuals who will say: “No, no, that is not what we teach, you have it all wrong, and Wikipedia has it wrong!” Now listen dear readers: I am not going to get myself all tangled up in different versions of a falsehood, so please understand this!

The above commonly accepted scenario confuses many things: 
There is only ONE Tribulation, and that Tribulation is referred to in our Bibles as the Great Tribulation: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matt 24:21). The ‘Church’ = the body of faithful believers, also known as God’s Elect. The ‘Church’ is not a gathering of joyful (or sombre) people who meet every Sunday for their weekly dose of spiritual entertainment. The ‘Church’ is not a group of persons who gather in a building once a week, and who focus their thoughts more on praising and worshipping themselves and/or their money and worldly possessions, than God. The above scenario also confuses the wrath of God with the Tribulation of the antichrist. They are correct in stating that the Church is not destined for God's wrath, but they have also grossly underestimated the fact that it is satan’s wrath that is directed at the church!

The bottom line…
God's Elect will be on the earth during the Great Tribulation, and there will thus be no "Rapture of the righteous!"

It is God’s elect who, in the end times, will refuse to worship the false Jesus Christ (antichrist),  -- but take heed what the bible says about these elect:

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.”

(Matthew 24:24-25 KJV)

What did Jesus mean when He said: "Behold, I have told you before."? (Matthew 24:25).  He was warning us about the false messiah - the antichrist whom is satan, and WHO  IS ALREADY IN THIS WORLD – (1 John 4:3). This evil entity will, some time in the near future, claim to be the true Messiah, and  it will deceive the entire world into believing this massive lie.  Many on the earth who are waiting for a 'Rapture of the Saints' before the Second Advent will believe that the antichrist truly is the Messiah Jesus Christ.  This is the danger in the Rapture theories, they don't warn Christian folk that there are two saviours: First, the false saviour antichrist, then after him, the True Saviour Messiah Jesus Christ, who comes at His Second Advent.

If one considers the words in Matthew 24:24: “…and shall shew great signs and wonders..”, it will not surprise me in the least when the day comes that satan himself will oversee the Rapture-Project of millions of Christians, to some or other slave-station in outer space. It’s only a thought, but anything is possible in a world which is becoming progressively advanced by the day.

This concludes Part 3 of the series.

The final article (Part 4) of this series continues here


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