When does the Rapture occur in relation to the Seven-Year 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.

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EVER WONDERED TO WHICH OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES MENTIONED IN REVELATION YOU BELONG TO?

DO YOU BELONG TO A CHURCH LIKE THE CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA?

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This week I am going back to our short study of the church of Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13).

We need to be aware that Satan has gotten his foot into the door of a number of churches, and is deceiving them. Therefore be on guard by checking God’s word to learn what He expects of His church the believers. The New Testament gives us clear instructions on how to meet and worship.

DO YOU BELONG TO A CHURCH LIKE THE CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA?

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LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU (Part 2)

The Rapture is a frequent topic in our home. The Antichrist, the Tribulation Period, false prophets and today’s false teachers are the center of many discussions. Last week we started part 1 of “LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU,” today we will continue with part 2:

2 Thessalonians 2:5   Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

We remember from Acts 17:1 that Paul visited Thessalonica and helped “turn the world upside down,” and then travelled on to Berea, Athens, and Corinth. He is writing this Letter from Corinth. So he had verbally taught them, but since then, besides all the contradictory teaching being given to them since he left, they’ve also been fiercely persecuted. Between the false teaching and the suffering they were enduring, they must have thought the Tribulation Period had already begun. In troubles we all forget too easily and need to be constantly reminded of the great truths of our God. It is vitally important to stay focused by staying in God’s Word and by praying without ceasing.

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LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU (Part 1)

The Thessalonian saints were apparently confused mixing up a separate split-second event—the Rapture—with our gathering together to Him with the coming of our Lord Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2   1Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

The Thessalonian saints were apparently confused concerning two different periods of time—they were mixing up a separate split-second event—the Raptureour gathering together to Him with the coming of our Lord Jesus. The instantaneous Rapture happens first. Then the period of time begins. This period of time is called the “Tribulation.” Immediately, or nearly so, following our being raptured, the church age ends, and a period of judgment begins—a Day of the Lord—begins. The first event of the period of time is the seven-year Tribulation Period. Those seven years are given over to the false trinity to rule on earth. The first half of the seven years (3 ½ years) is a time of deception, and the second half of the seven years will be the Great Tribulation. At the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period, the next quick-as-lightening event is the Lord’s Second Coming. Immediately after that is our Lord’s 1,000 year millennial reign. That time will be followed by the destruction of this earth and heavens, and the Lord’s creation of a new heaven and earth. The words our gathering together to Him are referring to the Rapture.

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“The Rapture—The Hope that Comforts All Believers”

“The Coming of the Lord—His Bringing Us Back with Him”

Romans 11:25   For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

“Come in” meaning ‘come in to the church’, as believers, that is.

Israel will believe after they see that the Rapture is true. They will realize this truth upon the church {all believers in Christ} disappearing, having been taken up into the clouds.

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THE HOPE OF GLORY – A Preview of Things to Come

The Hope of Glory
A Preview of Things to Come

Warren Henderson, the author of “THE HOPE OF GLORY” was an aerospace engineer who has been serving the Lord in “full time” ministry for many years now. He is an itinerant Bible teacher and has written over 30 books. He is currently writing a “Devotional Study” series on the books of the Old Testament. Study Books on 31 books of the Bible have already been published. Warren’s goal is to complete the series this year.

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