Today we are continuing with part 2 of our topic about when the Rapture will occur.
Revelation 5 describes the raptured Church praising the Lord Jesus Christ for being worthy to open the seven seals of the scroll and for redeeming us to God by His blood.
The order of events has been
1) Revelation 2-3: The churches on earth; 2) Revelation 4: The Rapture of the Church; and 3) Revelation 5: The Church praising the Lord.
Revelation 6 then reveals the antichrist coming in to conquer, and eventually take peace, kill, cause famine, and death. The end result of the antichrist’s feats will bring God’s wrath in the Great Tribulation.
To answer this controversial question, we must realize an important fact about the arrangement of the last Book in the Bible: The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Revelation begins in chronological order, but the sequence changes and repeats some of what has already been written. For example, in chapter 6, six of the seven seals reveal to us the things which must be hereafter. These seals give us a preview of what will take place in heaven and on earth. But when the seventh seal is opened in chapter 8, then the things spoken of before begin to happen.
In comparing the chronological order of the Rapture to the seven-year Tribulation, we must maintain the context while searching the Scriptures. To begin with, keeping in mind that the first 7 chapters of Revelation are kept mostly in chronological order, we see in chapters 2 and 3 that the Lord Jesus is quoted both in rebuking and in commending the seven churches. It needs to be noted that the word churches is the last word used in chapter 3 and will not appear again until the sixth to last verse in the Book. The reason for this is that the Church will not be present on earth until they return with the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming (when He has His feet on earth for the second time) at the end of the seven-year Tribulation.
According to the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, “Rapture: God’s taking the church out of the world instantaneously.”
Rapture comes from the root word, rap: to snatch, and is closely related to rapt: snatched away; transported. The word rapture is not in the Bible, but the definition is certainly fulfilled in the following Scriptures:
1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep [those who have died in belief] in Jesus. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep [have died]. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then 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.
John 14:3b “I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet [of the Church Age]. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible [not to die again], and we shall be changed.
Revelation 4:1 After these things [the last messages to all the churches] I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
The Church Age is the total length of time from the beginning of the New Testament Church until God instantaneously takes the Church out of the world. The beginning day of this Age was on the 50th day after the Lord Jesus was resurrected back to life from the dead. It is vitally important to remember—Christ was raised on the first day of the week—and then fifty days later, the Holy Spirit came to begin the Church—also on the first day of the week—Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
A key factor when we consider wisdom is the trait of listening. The words listen, listened, and listens are seen in the Bible over 350 times. To listen does not mean to give ear only to the sound being emitted.
“Listen: 1) to give ear; to attend closely with a view to hear. 2) To obey; to yield to advice; to follow admonition.”
Following is just a small sample of how listening has to do with wisdom:
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. (Proverbs 19:20)
Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 19:27)
Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding. (Proverbs 23:22–23)
A wise man listens to advice. (Proverbs 12:15b NIV)
This week, I started reading a book by Warren Henderson titled “Mind Frames” and even though I am only in the Introduction it has already been a great blessing to me.
The description on the back of the book reads like this:
“In MIND FRAMES the author shares six scriptural exercises to strengthen the mind’s ability to focus Godward and then presents a dozen Christlike attitudes—mind frames—to guard our thoughts in challenging circumstances. These mind frames are used by the Spirit to bring our thoughts into alignment with the ways of God.”
We are quoting from pages 18-21 to give you some more insight into this book.
For nearly sixteen hundred years, over forty writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what became the Bible, yet the entirety of the sixty-six Books are miraculously in perfect agreement. There are no contradictions. The reason:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. (2 Timothy 3:16a)
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty. (2 Peter 1:16)
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20–21)
Scripture compared to Scripture reinforces its immutability and endurance, and confirms its flawlessness, perfection, continuity, and truth.
We are so excited that our latest book “Considering Wisdom” has gone to the printer and will be available very soon.
To spark your interest here is an excerpt from the first chapter:
Chapter 1 – Wisdom versus Knowledge
In terms of times and ages, the longest word in our language is the word eternity. Astoundingly, when we consider how the longest, endless running major rivers on six of Earth’s seven continents contribute greatly to wisdom, it can lead to other far-reaching magnificent truths. Considering wisdom’s eternal consequences, a list of only a few of the world’s famous rivers will serve well to reveal how wisdom and nature are supernaturally linked:
The Tribulation will happen after the rapture and be a seven-year period in which the Antichrist will rule.
Why do we say that?
The New Testament tells us that all Church Age believers will be raptured before the Tribulation begins. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-4, 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7; 2:1-8; Romans 11:25-26; Revelation 4:1).
In 1 Thessalonians 4 verses 16 to 18 we learn that the dead in Christ will rise first and then those who are alive and remain shall be caught up meaning raptured to be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then 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. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Continuing with the theme in chapter 5 verses 2 to 4 we understand that immediately after the day of the Lord which comes as a thief in the night [the rapture] sudden destruction comes upon all the people that are left behind!
Originally I wanted to post another excerpt from our upcoming book “Considering Wisdom”, but then, this morning, I thought that some Exam Questions from the “Digging Deep into the Revelation of Jesus Christ Exam Booklet to the Study Guide” would be a nice challenge for today.
So here are the 10 questions for
Revelation Chapters 11-13
1. During the Great Tribulation Jerusalem will be under the control of
A. The Russian, Chinese, and Iranian military units B. The Jews C. The Gentiles D. All of the above
It’s time for another update on the publishing progress of our manuscript “Considering Wisdom”. It is now in the cover and interior design stage which should be finished by the end of July. We are excited as it is getting close to being printed.
So, here is another excerpt from chapter 4 titled:
Before you exasperate your mental powers searching for the base of the middle prong, we’ll tell you that the middle prong doesn’t belong there. This optical illusion says it does. The eye can be fooled.
We live in a world that puts great credence on sight. In fact, it’s one of the strongest arguments we can think of when trying to convince someone of the truthfulness of our story. “I saw it myself,” we say. That is expected to be the end of dispute. But is it possible that, sometimes, what we think we see is not reality?
Here’s another boggler. Are the vertical lines straight and parallel, or are they bent?
Romans 5:1-2 1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (NLT)
Do you have peace with God? Sometimes I don’t seem to feel the peace of God in my heart? How can I know my heart’s feelings?
Who can answer that question better than God Himself through His word, the Bible?
Here is the second article from the Cornerstone Magazine written by George Ferrier continuing last week’s post.
In Part 1, we noticed God makes one New Covenant solely with Israel. Now let us consider four spiritual blessings the Church receives and relate them to God’s future enactment of the New Covenant with Israel. First, every believer in Christ has been born from above, imparted with a new nature in Christ. Born spiritually dead at our physical birth, we have been regenerated (born again) and made spiritually alive in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:1). The Holy Spirit has imparted new life to us and this life of Christ remains in us forever (1 John 3:9). Second, paying in full the penalty for our sins, Christ has also redeemed the believer from the guilt and power of sin. God permanently forgives us, choosing to remember our sins no longer (Heb. 8:8-13; 10:15-18). Third, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer from the moment of their regeneration. Fourth, this indwelling is the guarantee that our body will be redeemed and glorified at the rapture.
Today’s and next week’s posts will be articles from the Cornerstone Magazine written by George Ferrier.
Romans 9:4-5 lists the unique privileges that Israel enjoyed as a nation. Among these were the covenants. Therefore, the covenants “pertain” or belong to Israel, not the Church. Prophesying of the New Covenant Jeremiah 31:31 says, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”1 Someday the Lord will enact a New Covenant with the twelve tribes of Israel (Eze. 37:19). Like the Abrahamic, Land, and Davidic covenants, God’s New Covenant with Israel will be unilateral and unconditional. It is guaranteed, resting upon the character of a God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
Two weeks ago we discussed the “beast”. We determined that the word “beast” has three different meanings in Scripture. It’s used as either a creature, the Antichrist or the falseprophet.
Just to remind us and refresh our memory let’s look again at the INTRODUCTION to Revelation chapter 13 from the Study Guide DIGGING DEEP into THE REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST” –Second Edition- pg 114:
“Chapter 13 introduces us to how Satan (the dragon) blasphemously sets up his own false “trinity”. Satan acts as the Father, the Antichrist as the Son, and the False Prophet as the Spirit who attempts to bring glory to the Antichrist. Satan appoints two great beasts (men): the first beast rising up out of the sea—the Antichrist and his empire—and the second beast out of the earth or land—the False Prophet—possibly a Jew. The land could be the literal earth, or, possibly, the land of Israel. *These beasts symbolize men who will play prominent roles during the Tribulation Period. They combine the features of the four beasts of Daniel 7:3*-9.”
Today we will have a closer look at the beast representing the “false prophet”.
Scripture talks about “the false prophet” and “false prophets” in general. Is there a difference?
Posted from the Exam Booklet to the Study Guide “DIGGING DEEP into THE REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST”
We are excited that the Exam Booklet will be going to print next week! It will be a great supplement to the Revelation Study Guide. With this tool we can test our understanding of the Book of Revelation as we go along in our studies.
Following we are posting the 10 test questions for Chapters 8-10:
Revelation 1:7-8 7Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, theBeginning and the End, the First and the Last.
The Revelation is from Christ and about Christ. In Revelation 1:7 He (Jesus) will be seen by all at His Second Coming, whether then or during His Millennial reign or at the Great White Throne of judgment.
Jesus Christ is the equal Almighty God with the Father
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Subject. End Times 1 – Revelation 1.
Part I. Introduction.
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Jesus Christ being God and the Son of God called Himself Son of Man.
Why did He do that and what does it mean?
The “Son of Man” was a Messianic title pointing to the Messiah who we now know is Jesus Christ. The Jews knew the Old Testament and therefore could relate to the term “Messiah”. They were actually waiting for the Messiah, but unfortunately wouldn’t acknowledge Jesus to be that Messiah.
You even find the words “Son of Man” mentioned in the Old Testament pointing to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in Daniel.
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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION?
Posted by Elfriede
Have you ever asked friends, family or people around you how they define “church”? I find that a lot of them associate the “church” with the building where Christians fellowship and worship God.
However, when we study the Scriptures we find out that the “church” is not a building. Buildings are man-made. God doesn’t live in a building.
Acts 17:24: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.”
Acts 7:48- 50: 48“However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: 49‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the Lord, Or what is the place of My rest? 50Has My hand not made all these things?’