Pre-Wrath Rapture

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This is what the LORD says:

“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed… Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.”
(Isaiah 56:1, 3a
  NIV)

In the midst of a series of prophecies about the last days, the Lord reveals his magnanimous heart through Isaiah. He is the God of Judah. That will never change, because He never changes. The Almighty declares his salvation is close at hand for the people of Judah, for those who keep God’s laws. But in the above prophecy there is a promise for the foreigner or alien in their midst.

For those married to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) position, the rest of Isaiah 56 can make little sense. It speaks of those born outside of the tribe of Judah, non-Jews, coming back into the fold of the true Israelite.

“And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:6-7 NIV)

In a complete reversal of the ten tribes of Israel’s assimilation into the nations (the Diaspora), foreigners will come to Jerusalem’s temple in the last days to worship God in the manner prescribed through Moses. Without verbal gymnastics, PTR teaching cannot accommodate prophecies that reveal Israel’s re-unification under King Jesus (John 10:16, Acts 1:6). Passages such as Isaiah 56–or Zechariah 8:20-23 for that matter–are simply ignored. God’s Word clearly foretells a Ruth-like (see Ruth 1:16-18) conversion of foreigners into temple worshipers as well as Sabbath and holy day keepers. Sadly, many Christians have a problem believing Jews will be saved at all.

The principle of re-assimilation is omitted from PTR’s popular teaching. The “any moment rapture” philosophy preserves the wall of separation. The Word promises that through Christ the barrier between Gentile and Jew will be destroyed. Pagan-based traditions among the saints won’t be around much longer.

By taking the Church up in the rapture before enduring tribulation, Gentile saints are denied participation in the festal procession at the end of the age (Zechariah 9:9-10). Regarding the timing and purpose of the rapture, PTR dogma does not allow for a restoration or a re-gathering into the worship established for Israel. The Pre-Wrath Rapture position, when rightly understood, accommodates this future event in prophecy.

Follow the logic: If “saved Christians” are in heaven when the Tribulation begins, how could they make burnt offerings or sacrifice in the rebuilt Temple? Saints will be re-gathered as exiles (Isaiah 56:8). There will be One God worshiped in one way. There will be one set of holy laws. As God says, the coming temple will be a house of prayer for all nations.

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“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Recently, family friend Carol, a retired professor, sat with my sister Marilyn and I. She described the available sources for uncovering our ancestors. This was interesting, but I realized I wasn’t there to learn about my great-great grand-uncle. God wanted me to receive an insight into prophecy.

When Carol, cautioned not to trust every leaf of information, I leaned forward. “I’ve found out the hard way people can enter wrong data,” she said. “I may practice due diligence, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does.” Her next statement startled me: “You have to develop critical thinking skills! Though a credible source may pass it on and many others accept it, it is possible that it’s not true.” Our mentor added, “Two things have served me well: I have a detective mentality plus I’m trained in history and geography.”

I was struck by the connection between ancestry and prophecy. “Critical thinking”, “due diligence”, “credible sources presenting false leads” are concepts I use to discover future events.

Most likely, we have a “doctrinal” family tree. It descends from our teachers. We may be Pre-millennial, viewing prophecy literally, because our tutor was a literalist. Perhaps our Amillennial pastor gave a convincing argument why Bible prophecy should be treated as allegory. In fact, we may have adopted their “Preterist” belief that all prophecy has been fulfilled.

Pre-Millennialism and Amillennialism cannot both be right. We must do our research. Trace your branch as far back as it will go. Regardless how esteemed our Christian mentors, only one position leads to the root of God’s Word. Amillennialism can be traced back to the notable St. Augustine. It stops with this 4th century theological giant who was sold on replacing Israel, the people, with the Church. Pre-Tribulation Rapturism’s branch (PTR) is very popular. This, despite historical evidence its leaf suddenly appears in the early 19th century. (See Lifesaver, #22, “Charge!”)

My branch is Pre-Wrath Rapture (PWR), an end-time doctrine expounded on by Van Kampen and Rosenthal. My detective work and knowledge of history and geography has removed doubts. PWR descended from the prophets and apostles. What does your research tell you?

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“This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6 (NIV)

Thanks to the full-fledged, long-term efforts of Answers in Genesis and ministries like theirs, Christians are slowly coming around. Where churches once refused to take Genesis 1-3 literally, Creation Science is now making converts.

“Converts to what?” you ask. Converts to actually believing what is in the Bible. There is a long way to go, but, despite a constant diet of evolution propaganda, thankfully more brothers and sisters are trusting God’s account of the beginning.

Pre-wrath rapture ministries such as ours must expend similar amounts of energy persuading Christians that Jesus is coming soon. The lie that attacked Genesis—particularly the creation account—has also infected the church’s view of the end times. It is shocking how many dismiss Bible prophecy. While foretold events appear in the news, most remain stuck in a rut. A secular-influenced or non-literal view of Scripture, coupled with a mentality of escapism, will not allow some to take God’s Word seriously.

Often, when presenting Biblical support for an imminent day of disaster followed by Great Tribulation for God’s people, I’ve heard the response “I don’t believe that!” I’m sure Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis encountered the same reaction when he took his stand on a literal Adam or Noah’s Flood. Christians who think they can pick and choose what to believe in the Bible’s first book, Genesis, or in its last book, Revelation, will be in for a rude awakening.

“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Revelation 22:7 NIV) “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Rev. 22:12-13 NIV)

Whose words are these? They belong to “the True and Faithful Witness”. We better believe them!

May 18, 2014 | No comments

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There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12 NIV)

Ever wonder how we come up with the things we do? Recent conversations left me scratching my head. How did this person develop his belief that Genesis was written by men? This young man said he believed in Jesus and loves him. He also said the Bible’s earliest chapters are myth. “What about Carbon-Dating?” he charged. “Using this proven method, we have fossils hundreds of millions of years old.” I sensed an opening for later, so I encouraged him to stay open-minded.

In doctor-like fashion, I listened in order to diagnose the problem. I asked myself, “Why the strong negative reaction to Genesis 1-3?” I’ve heard similar objections. He didn’t think of the Carbon-Dating argument on his own. Cynics had fed him “the Evolution lie”.

Earlier, I spoke with a well-educated, personable young man; knowledgeable in the Scriptures and raised in the church. Our discussion focused on The Book of Revelation. I knew he had objections to my Pre-Wrath Rapture position, so I assumed his orientation was Pre-Tribulational (PTR). I should have asked more diagnostic questions.

His is another contagious malady. He didn’t believe a physical temple would be built at the end of this age. In fact, “Jesus’ return”, he offered confidently, “is spiritual. Christ now reigns over the earth in the spirit.” The Millennium, oh yes, according to him it is a spiritual concept. His take on Revelation is that it is allegory.

It all sounded familiar. Symptoms lead us to the disorder. In his case it is Amillennialism. He never thought on his own to spiritualize Bible prophecy. This thought came from his Amillenialist teachers. I know because I, too, once sipped their poisoned Kool-Ade.

Both men love the Lord, yet they reject the Bible’s version of the beginning or the end. Who originated the attack on Genesis and Revelation? Read what was spoken in the Garden of Eden: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from the tree in the garden’?” Who first cast doubt on God’s Word? (“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.)

See why the devil hates Genesis 3? It exposes his crafty scheme.

See why the enemy attacks Revelation. Satan wants us corrupted into unbelief by man’s thoughts (Matthew 16:23).

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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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