THE RAPTURE IS FOR US!
It is our Lord's will that His bride, who is the true church, be comforted. (Titus 2:13-15; John 14:1-3). He will call us Home before the Great Tribulation (2 Th. 2:1-12)
A great division exists in the minds of Christians. Will the church go through any part of the "Great Tribulation" or will Christ call us out before that terrible time? This is readily made clear by the following issue IF understood!
The ISSUE is our failure to correctly identify the nation Israel and Jew's in God's program AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME PERIOD, who GO THROUGH The Great Tribulation under judgment, and the church, consisting of Jew's and Gentiles, who are the bride of Christ AND RETURN WITH HIM at the end of the Great Tribulation, at the last day called the the great and terrible day of the Lord at the Battle of Armageddon (Rev.19:11-16). NOT UNDER JUDGMENT.
Salvation comes to Jew's during the Tribulation (Rev.7:1-8).
They are NOT members of the church. If the true church were still on earth, they would become a part of His bride, the true church! But they are of a new Israel to be delivered by our Lord at Tribulations end (Joel 2:30-3:21; Rev.19:11-16). A nation formed in a day! (Isaiah 66:7-9).
Let us reason together and see why we will NOT enter into the"Great Tribulation".
THE CHURCH IS NOT APPOINTED TO WRATH!
Romans 5:8-9 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10" For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him."
Clearly, we don't have to do anything to make ourselves worthy outside of praying for salvation. For somebody to have to "do" something, outside of making the decision to accept the free gift of salvation, would be "works". Our salvation is based on grace through faith; not works.
Ephesians 2:8-9" For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Nor are we appointed to Judgment.
"Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which will shall upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Rev.3:10
WE WHO ARE SAVED LOOK FOR HIS COMING DAILY! WE WAIT, IN FAITH, FOR HIM. PATIENTLY! 2 Th.3:5
AND WE WILL INHERIT HIS PROMISES TO US. Heb.6:12
AND NO MAN WILL TAKE OUR CROWN AS WE AWAIT HIM AND NOT THE "TRIBULATION" OF 7 YEARS AND THE APPEARANCE OF anti- Christ. Rev.3:11;
Not before the church is removed from the earth can "The Day of the Lord" begin, which starts with this supernatural event, and is followed by the "Great Tribulation" of 7 years. Nor can "the man of sin", to be possessed by Satan, be revealed as on a white horse coming to deliver mankind from it's irresolvable perplexities, until believer's are gone. Satan's time will come for his make believe rule on earth through this man of sin called Antichrist, no longer having a place above, after being thrown out of Heaven by the archangel Michael (Rev.12:7-17).
The departure (Gr. apostasia) of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 will precede the revelation of the Man of Sin (the Antichrist). The rendering of "apostasia" as "rebellion", "apostasy" or "falling away" in most English Bibles is unfortunate since these are secondary or derived meanings of the word. Its primary meaning is "departure" which, in this verse, refers to the rapture of the church. In consequence of the rapture, great apostasy will occur on earth while the Antichrist institutes his lawless and utterly sinful reforms. That time will be characterized by a worldwide moral and spiritual falling away.
Contrary to the error of some who teach that the Holy Spirit will not be here during the Great Tribulation, HE WILL, to save, seal, comfort and empower Jewish and Gentile believers in this most dreadful time in earths history and convict of sin for salvation purposes.***HE WILL NOT RESTRAIN EVIL ANYMORE!!!
It is an Evil time of God's wrath and long awaited judgments on mankind for sin, especially Israel not in faith.
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