What Makes Us Unique

Wisdom cries out in the street. Will someone listen to what She has to say (Proverbs 1:20)? It’s not that Wisdom wants attention or recognition; She wants to be heard. That is our desire as well.

One reason for a blog is to promote discussion about a philosophy or a set of ideas. We endeavor to promote wisdom in an age of foolishness. We have something to express of major importance, that—as far as we can determine—no one else is saying.

Below are six insights from our study in the Word that makes our blog unique and our books full of intriguing discoveries. It all became possible when a Pre-Wrath Rapture position was adopted. Some of what you read may seem far-fetched; but, rather than dismiss it, put it to the test. If we were not certain of the truth, we would not share our findings (Revelation 22:18-19). Since we are sure, how could we keep these revelations to ourselves?

What makes our message unique is “We Believe…

1)  The five major rules for Bible Interpretation must be carefully observed to rightly understand prophecy. A face-value hermeneutic is often taught with regard to interpreting Scripture, but abandoned by many who interpret prophecy. If rigidly applied, the correct understanding of prophecy can be determined by the weight of Biblical evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt.

2)  The focus of Bible prophecy is not the Church, but Israel. God’s sovereign plan for the future becomes clear when we key our study on the people of Israel. When Scripture mentions Jacob or the Israelites, it is always in relation to the offspring of Abraham and his grandson Jacob.

3)  The third age is the Millennium, the 1000-year reign of Christ. We are currently near the end of the 2nd age. Those on the ark were born in the 1st age, but died at the outset of this present age. Prophecy describes a coming kingdom on earth where Jesus rules over a happy and prosperous people. The last age will begin soon with a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language of this age’s survivors.

4)  The next prophetic event may happen at any moment. It is “the day of disaster”.  Imminency, or “any moment”, is a term often applied to the rapture of the saints. But the gathering up of God’s people is preceded by signs (Matthew 24:3-33), so, it cannot be imminent. Destruction will come suddenly, like a thief in the night, especially, for those unaware of prophecy.

5)  The coming rapture is rescue, not resurrection. This may be the hardest one to digest. For 150 years, Paul’s resurrection passage (1 Corinthians 15:50-58) has unfortunately been blended with his teaching on the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The events are similar but, in fact, are separated by 1000 years. In The People of God and Lifesaver, there is an in-depth, objective look at prophecies such as Revelation 20:1-6 to back it up this little known assertion.

6)  The timing of the last day’s events, such as the Day of the Lord’s coming, are knowable as opposed to unknowable. Upon close examination, we learn that the events surrounding the first coming of Christ were fulfilled on the major Spring Feast Days of the Hebrew Religious Calendar. Therefore, the Bible gives important clues in regard to the timing of things in the last days. Major Second-coming events will happen on the major Fall Feast Days of the same religious calendar.

There we have it in a nutshell. For those who can be persuaded by Scripture, the above is provable. Check these and other nuggets out for yourself in the books available on this site. You’ll be ahead of the rest of the class if you do.

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  1. arjdolphins’s avatar

    I thank Pastor John for this post. The 6 insights that we believe in are crucial in understanding the truth about Bible Prophecy. For those that may disagree with these insights, please contact us and we will be happy to explain our position in further detail. I want to share with everyone how I researched and studied insight # 5 to prove if it was true or not. All the other insights I was on board from the beginning and each one is Scripturally supported and takes into consideration the things of God and not man.

    I first studied that the Rapture and Resurrection were the same event or at the very least the Resurrection of “THE CHURCH” occurred immediately after the Rapture (catching away/gathering up of the saints). Every prophecy teacher would say that 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1Corinthians 15:50-58 were describing the same event. I admit that I bought into this because the majority of prophecy teachers were supporting this belief and I listened to those who seemed to know more about the Bible than I did. That was very dangerous!
    So when Pastor John taught that these two scriptures were not the same event and were separated by at least 1000 years, I was dismayed and I wanted to refute him. He always taught me to let scripture prove if what he was saying was true. Before, I could do that I needed to really study these passages and use any other related scriptures to help me draw the correct conclusion. I also needed to pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit in order to receive the Divine Wisdom. Below are the discoveries that I made which helped me draw my conclusions. Thank you Jesus for guiding me through the Holy Spirit. Thank you Father for having faith in me and never giving up on me and thank you Holy Spirit for being a great teacher.

    1) 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 does not say that the Trump Call of God is the Last Trumpet. What this Trumpet represents is a call to assemble God’s people and a warning of God’s impending Judgment. This very much parallels what 1Tishri is about (the Feast of Trumpets) and in accordance with insight 6, we believe that the Rapture will occur during the Feast of Trumpets. The common assumption people make is that the Coming of the Lord happens at the Last Trumpet. The purpose of this passage is to show the order of the Rapture: the Dead in Christ first and then those who are alive. Verse 16 shows us what precipitates the dead rising first. Three sounds: A cry of command from the Lord, the Archangel’s call and the sound of God’s Trumpet. I believe these 3 distinct sounds are one call (Just like there are 3 persons in One God). I knew that Jesus had raised several people from the dead and I want to give one example here. John 11:42-43 where Jesus thanks the Father for hearing his plea and then He cries out in a loud voice (can you say this is a Cry of Command? Yes!!) “Lazarus, come out!” Lazarus had been dead 4 days (John 11:1-16) and his rising was not into a Glorified body but his mortal body. So, the cry of command of God has happened in Scripture, in order to raise someone from the dead without it being resurrection.

    2) Nowhere in this same passage in Thessalonians do we read that those who are alive are instantaneously changed. We read that they follow those dead in Christ and will join them in the clouds and therefore will always be with the Lord. To say that they are changed is a faulty assumption. I understand the lure here because Paul says that we will forever be with the Lord. What helped me was to remember Jesus is our bridegroom and being with him forever does not mean that we are physically by his side 24/7. A husband and wife make vows to be together forever, but they are not in each other’s presence all the time and sometimes, they are apart for days at a time. So to assume that being together with Jesus automatically means a glorified body, is not accurate.

    3) 1 Corinthians 15:52-55 not only tells as that at the last trump, those who are alive will change in the twinkling of an eye but it gives us what will happen after the mortal puts on immortality. The outcome of this Resurrection is that Death will be swallowed up in victory and lose its sting. While it is true that Death had no power over a believer after Jesus died and was resurrected, Death still had a lot of influence. A believer still had to physically die and unbelievers would be subject to the Second Death. Even in the Millennium, death is weakened but still exists. (Isaiah 65:20-22). We will have extended life spans like Adam did and his descendants through Seth. However, the accursed will fail to reach 100 and someone dying at 100 will be considered a youth. I realized that even in the Millennium, Death had not been swallowed up in Victory. The answer to when Death is thoroughly defeated is in Revelation 20. It is after Satan and the deceived nations are defeated and Satan is thrown into the Lake of Fire. We then have Death, Hades, the earth and sea giving up the dead for the Great White Throne Judgment. Only then is Death and Hades thrown into the Lake of Fire. So it became clear to me that those who are changed instantly will happen over 1000 years after the Rapture.

    4) Matthew 24:37-39 and Luke 17:26-30 show us what it will be like when Jesus is revealed. Both passages reference similarities to Noah’s time and Luke describes Lot’s rescue out of Sodom. This is when I understood that the Rapture is a rescue of God’s people before God righteously judges the unholy. In Noah’s time the ark was what was used for the transition from the first age to the 2nd. Jesus will bring those whom he rescues to a safe place where they will be sheltered from the Day of the Lord’s Judgments. This will be similar to the Hebrews being safe in Goshen when the 10 plagues struck Egypt. In all 3 of these examples none of whom God rescued or protected were changed into glorified bodies at that time.

    In conclusion, an in depth study of the Rapture and Resurrection passages along with Jesus’ own descriptions of what His return will be like helped me confidently say that the Rapture IS NOT the Resurrection.

    May the Holy Spirit guide you into everlasting righteousness.

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  2. John FinkbeinerJohn Finkbeiner’s avatar

    Tremendous job in breaking down the supporting points for rapture does not equal resurrection. I’ve not heard some of the arguments you presented which excites me even more. I’ve found that when truth is discovered, confirmation from other Bible students starts to pile up with regularity.

    One item that may help clear up some confusion relates to the resurrection and the next age, the Millennium. At the outset of the 1000 year reign of Christ we will have the first resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6). Makes you wonder how Bible teachers can say the resurrection occurs at the rapture, doesn’t it? To draw that conclusion one has to rip Rev. 20 from the Bible (Rev. 22:18-19).

    There is a distinction to be made between resurrection and resuscitation. Commonly when someone is raised from the dead we say they are resurrected, but is that what happened? It is resuscitation because they’re raised only to continue aging and dying again later.

    Jesus is the first fruits of all who will be resurrected. Though the claim was made that the Lord was resuscitated (ex. Lazarus or the widow of Nain’s son) Christ possesses resurrection life, which is fundamentally different. No aging, no dying again, no more ills common to man. With resurrection life one can walk through locked doors or disappear suddenly while at a table, such as Jesus did in Emmaus.

    Good work Elijah. TY

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