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Slaughtered At Armageddon, Worldly Leaders Survive, We Shall Rule With A Rod Of Iron, Millennial Christian Backsliders?, Satan Bound And Millennial Learning, Gog: The Final Rebellion John's 'Come Up Hither', The Church And Female Symbolism, Uniformity In Interpretation, On The Right Hand Of God, The Caught Up Experience, Similarities Between Jesus' And John's Words, The Real 'Come Up Hither', Mystery Of God And The Seventh Trump, Matthew Twenty-Four One More Time, Conclusion
It is my understanding that one of the reasons why some Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists embrace the false belief that not all Christians will be miraculously transformed at Christ's return, is because they are under the erroneous impression that everyone in the world is going to be killed during the great Battle of Armageddon. In other words, all of the world, except Christian Believers, are going to bow down to Satan and receive the Mark of the Beast; and all the world is going to be damned to the Lake of Fire. As we saw in part two, this might not necessarily be the case. What John meant when he wrote that 'all' will receive the Mark of the Beast, might not be the same as what some of us have come to understand today. Being as all Endtime prophecies center around Israel, we may be looking at more localized events. Time will certainly tell.
It is because of these ideas, that some Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists believe that the only ones over whom the Lord and His Saints can rule during the Millennium, will be those Christians who haven't yet received new resurrected bodies. For them, this is the only way to fill this void in their understanding; however, once we begin to examine this idea from both a worldly and a Scriptural perspective, we begin to see how unsound this belief really is.
Under the current system of man, when there is a war, under normal circumstances, the entire world does not go to fight in it. The war is usually fought between a limited number of nations who have formed alliances with each other. Neither does a nation send its entire population into battle; but only those men and women who have specifically been trained for military combat. The vast majority of people remain at home leading normal lives. This is how I believe that the Battle of Armageddon may be fought. Not only that, but as I pointed out earlier in this series, I suspect that the war will be primarily fought by the Israeli forces, and the Muslim armies from the surrounding Arab nations. Of course, their Russian and American allies may provide logistical support. As we saw earlier, the Bible is in agreement with these views. The Holy Scriptures tell us that the Beast, the False Prophet, and all those who follow them into battle against the Lord will be destroyed:
"And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
Revelation 19:19-21, KJV
"I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time."
Daniel 7:11-12, KJV
Notice that collectively, John and Daniel tell us that both the Beast and the False Prophet are going to be destroyed at the Battle of Armageddon; and their bodies cast into the Lake of Fire. In addition, we are told that those 'kings of the earth', or military leaders, and their armies who follow the Beast into battle against Christ, are also going to be slain. Notice, however, what Daniel says about the rest of the worldly leaders, or beasts. Are they also destroyed? No. Daniel states that their dominion, that is their sovereignty to rule the Earth, from the Aramaic word 'sholtan', is taken from them, and their lives are prolonged 'for a season and time'. That word 'season' is derived from the Aramaic word 'zeman', which means a set time, time, or season. As we have already seen, the word 'time' means year, and is derived from the Aramaic word 'iddan'. Thus, what Daniel may be saying is that the rest of the worldly leaders will have their lives prolonged for a set time and year. This goes right along with what Daniel tells us only five chapters earlier when he writes:
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."
Daniel 2:44, KJV
Thus, as I point out in other Endtime articles, we see that while the Ten Horns who follow the Beast into battle against Jerusalem may be destroyed, all of the other governments of the world, which number about two hundred at this time, are going to be stripped of their political and military power; and they are going to become subservient to the one, true, righteous Government of Jesus Christ; and He is going to rule them with a Rod of Iron during the Millennium. Not only that, but as we have already seen, we will rule with Him; if we are faithful, as the following verses verify:
"Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Psalms 2:8-9, KJV
"And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father."
Revelation 2:26-27, KJV
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne."
Revelation 12:5, KJV
"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
Revelation 19:15, KJV
Because some of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists either reject these Scriptural truths, or simply do not understand them properly, as we have already seen, they have found it necessary to invent ideas which fill in the gaps in their understanding. According to them, the Christians who survive the Great Tribulation, and who live into the Millennium in their natural bodies, will have children of their own who will likewise have to choose to accept the Lord. They claim that some of these Millennial descendants will choose not to believe, although 'accept' might be a better choice of words being as everyone will be fully aware of who Jesus Christ is; after all, He, and we, will be ruling over them for one thousand years in our new Glorified Bodies. So, it isn't that they won't know and believe in who we are; it is simply that they won't accept our authority over them. This is why we will be forced to rule over them with a Rod of Iron.
According to the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists, it is these rebellious descendants of Post-Tribulation Christians, who will surround the Camp of the Saints in the final Battle of Gog and Magog; led of course by none other than Satan himself; who will be released from the Bottomless Pit, as a final test for the people of the world.
Obviously, I personally do not accept these views concerning the identity of the Millennial survivors, because as I have already made clear, we will all be changed and raptured when Jesus Christ returns at the end of the Great Tribulation. The only ones left on the Earth following the great Battle of Armageddon, will be the non-believers. Being as Satan will be bound in the Bottomless Pit; these people will be free from satanic influence, and they will have a thousand years to repopulate the Earth. Not only that, but they will have an excellent opportunity to learn the ways of the Lord. It seems to me that after the Second Coming, the Rapture of the Saints, the Battle of Armageddon, the Seven Plagues, etc., some of these humans left on Earth are going to enter the Millennium as fearful Believers; after all, they will be able to believe by sight; but they will have missed the greater blessing of having believed by faith; for as Jesus said to Thomas:
" . . . because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
John 20:29, KJV
As I point out in 'From Armageddon To The New Earth', and as we also saw earlier in this series, despite this golden opportunity for learning the wonderful Truth of God's Word, straight from the Word of God Himself, as well as from His resurrected and changed Saints, the minute Satan is released from the Bottomless Pit, these rebellious Earthlings will once again be filled with pride and rebellion; and they will make one final effort to defeat the Saints of the Most High. This demonstrates to me that despite the Lord's strict but fair rule during the Millennium, in their hearts, these wicked people will slowly be hardening their hearts with each passing generation; and eventually, as King David prophesied in the Psalms, they will become so vain in their evil imaginations, that they will actually come to believe once more, that they can defeat the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and His faithful followers at the Battle of Gog and Magog:
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure."
Psalms 2:1-5, KJV
Of course, as we already know, by this time, the Lord will have run out of patience; and He will simply consume them all with fire from Heaven. This will be the Lord's final fiery Wrath upon Earthly men. After this will follow the resurrection of all of the dead, and the Great White Throne Judgment in which evil will be snuffed out once and for all in the Lake of Fire:
"And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Revelation 20:9-10, KJV
While we have temporarily taken a time capsule into the far future in order to explain some of the views held by some of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists, let us backtrack in time now to the main event which these people believe will occur in our near future. In fact, they are convinced that the Rapture is so near, that it could happen at any moment, before all of the events I have described for you in this series. Because they believe that Christ's Second Coming will only be an aerial event which will only be seen by the Believers, it has sometimes been referred to as the 'Secret Rapture'. To add further weight to their Pre-Tribulation Rapture position, they point to the words 'Come up hither', found in the following verse in Revelation chapter four:
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter."
Revelation 4:1, KJV
According to Pre-Tribulation Rapture adherents, because this verse is found at the beginning of the fourth chapter of the Book of Revelation, it is interpreted as meaning that the Church will be raptured before all of the other events which are described between this point, and the final chapter of the Book of Revelation. In other words, it is claimed that the Apostle John is symbolic of the entire Endtime Church; and because he is being told to 'Come up hither', this means that the entire Endtime Church is also being told to 'Come up hither'; but is this really the case? I beg to differ with those who say that it is.
Based upon the preponderance of Scriptural evidence I have shared with you in this lengthy series, I cannot accept that this verse has anything to do with the Rapture of the entire Endtime Church as Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists would have us to believe. The only way that one can possibly come to such an erroneous conclusion, is by totally ignoring the many verses and sequence of events I have already shared with you; and that would be sloppy exegesis. It would not be comparing Scripture with Scripture, or rightly dividing the Word of Truth as Paul described it.
To begin with, I see absolutely no indication here that John is meant to be understood to represent the Endtime Church. As far as I know, there are absolutely no other Scriptures in the entire Bible which support this view. In fact, quite to the contrary, as I clearly point out in such articles as 'Once Upon A Time: A True Story' as well as in 'Revelation's Babylon The Great Whore', from the beginning of its pages, to the very end, the Holy Bible indicates that the Lord's children, His Church, is always represented in the feminine form. Whether we are talking about the ancient Israelites, or the New Testament Church, the Lord uses the very same descriptive terminology. Sometimes the Lord describes her as a rebellious, unfaithful wife who has gone a whoring after other gods, while at others, she is described as a faithful virgin Bride; but the Church is never ever described in the masculine form. Not only that, but when the Lord's Church is discussed, it is normally in the plural form, and not in the singular form, because God has a multiple Bride; just like in the Parable of the Ten Virgins.
It is easy to conclude then, that John cannot represent the Endtime Church as Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists would have us to believe. Read the verse carefully. The Angelic Messenger is simply talking to one man, John; and there is absolutely no mention of the Church, or of the Saints, or of anybody else. Just like a number of other Prophets and holy men of old, one lone man, one Prophet of God, that is, John, is being caught up to Heaven in order to behold his Heavenly visions. Those who insist that this is the Rapture of the Endtime Church are twisting the Scriptures. This verse is describing one man's experience; and they twist it so that it includes the entire Endtime Church. These people are simply grabbing at straws, because in my view, the entire Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine is built upon a false foundation of nothing but straws; and someday it will be burned when they see how wrong it really is.
Even if we were to accept this weak argument that John being caught up to Heaven represents the Rapture of the Endtime Church, then we need to apply this same meaning to any other place in the Bible where similar phraseology is used to describe someone being lifted up to Heaven. If we don't do this, then we are not being uniform in our interpretation of the Scriptures. We cannot say that a certain phrase means one thing in one place of Scripture, and then turn around and suggest that it means something entirely different in another. That would be very confusing; and we all know that God is not the author of confusion. His Holy Spirit helps us to understand His Word; it doesn't confuse us further. For example, wherever we see the phrase 'caught up', in order to maintain Scriptural uniformity, we should also assume it is a reference to being raptured up to Heaven; since this is the phrase used by Paul in 1 Thessalonians chapter four to describe the Rapture of the Saints:
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
1 Thessalonians 4:17, KJV
Notice again that this is a pluralistic picture of God's multiple Bride being called up, caught up, raptured up, to Heaven. Now let's take a look at a certain verse found in chapter twelve of the Book of Revelation. Verse five reads:
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne."
Revelation 12:5, KJV
Exactly who the 'she' is in the previous verse, is a matter of speculation. As I explain in my article 'The Woman In The Wilderness And The 144,000', while we can view her as being symbolic of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a prophetic sense, it is more fitting that she represents the spiritual nation of Israel; that is, the Israel of faith who brought forth the Saviour; of which Mary was indeed a member. Please see the aforementioned article for more details concerning this. The main point to consider here is that this can be none other than Jesus Christ being caught up to God and to His Throne. In other words, this is the Lord sitting down at the Right Hand of His Father, following His Ascension from Earth just prior to the Book of Acts; exactly as was described by both the Apostles Peter and Paul in the following verses:
"Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."
Romans 8:34, KJV
"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,"
Ephesians 1:20, KJV
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God."
Colossians 3:1, KJV
"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high . . . But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?"
Hebrews 1:3, 13, KJV
"Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;"
Hebrews 8:1, KJV
"But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"
Hebrews 10:12, KJV
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:2, KJV
"Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."
1 Peter 3:22, KJV
In light of all of these Scriptures, there should really be no doubt that this man child who is 'caught up unto God, and to his throne', can be none other than Jesus Christ. We have compared Scripture with Scripture, rightly dividing the Word of Truth, and the proper interpretation of them seems quite obvious. Let us take a look at one more example of this phrase 'caught up', as it is used in Paul's second Epistle to the Corinthians. In this example, we see Paul discussing a certain man who was caught up to the Third Heaven in order to hear and see marvellous things. Some Bible students have suggested that Paul is actually referring to himself. Due to a lack of strong Scriptural support, I prefer to leave it in the realm of speculation for now:
"I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
2 Corinthians 12:2-4, KJV
In all three of the previous examples, I have been quite consistent in my interpretation of the phrase 'caught up'. In fact, no interpretation is really even necessary, because all of those verses speak for themselves. It might interest you to know that these are the only places in the entire New Testament where this phrase 'caught up' is even used. Please note, however, that there is a very big difference in how it is used in each case. As you can see, only one of the three previous examples involves the Rapture of the Lord's Endtime Church, God's Bride, and it is a pluralistic event. In one of the other examples, we have the Son of God singularly ascending to Heaven, as per the Book of Acts; and in the final example, we have a man who temporarily ascends to the Heavenly Realm, and then apparently returns to Earth. There is no way that Paul could even know this man, or know what the man had experienced, if he hadn't returned. If this man was indeed Paul, then this is even more so the case.
If we compare these three examples to John's experience, it isn't difficult to understand that it is most similar to the last example. In fact, when I first read Paul's words years ago, I wondered, and still wonder, if perhaps Paul wasn't referring to John; thus suggesting the possibility that John may have had his revelations a few decades earlier than we have been led to believe. Let's be honest. We really don't know, because we weren't there; and it was so long ago. All we have is the word of church historians and Bible scholars. We don't know with one hundred per cent accuracy exactly when John had his revelations, or when he wrote them down. One thing we do know is that some of the books of the Bible were written after the fact, based upon memory and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Perhaps this is the case with the Book of Revelation. Of course, this is only a theory, and I certainly cannot prove it.
The main point I wish to emphasize is this: Considering the similarity between John's experience, and that of the man in Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians, why is it that certain Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists insist that John being called up hither is actually the time of the Rapture? What proof do they have? As I have already shown, they really don't have any, once we really begin to examine the various verses they use to support their wayward doctrine. The only reason they use that verse, is because it just so happens to be in the Book of Revelation, and it is the earliest verse they can find which will appear to add weight to their false doctrine. Let me repeat that the Rapture is always described as being pluralistic in nature, and that the Church is never symbolized by a male figure in the Bible. She is always female, as was ancient Israel.
These are not the only flaws with using Revelation 4:1 as a verse to support the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory. If we adopt the same attitude, and look for the earliest verse in the Book of Revelation were the Rapture might occur, we can very easily use a verse found in the very first chapter of the book. Consider the following verse:
"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."
Revelation 1:7, KJV
We all know that when Jesus returns in the clouds of Heaven, following the three and a half years of Great Tribulation, that is when the Rapture will occur, correct? All we have to do in order to verify that this is so, is to look at a few verses found in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew where the Lord Himself makes it very plain for us to understand:
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Matthew 24:29-31, KJV
Notice the similarities between these two sets of verses. John states 'he cometh with clouds'; and Jesus says 'coming in the clouds of heaven'. John states 'every eye shall see him'; and Jesus says 'they shall see the Son of man'. John states 'all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him'; and Jesus says 'then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn'. Obviously then, Jesus and John are describing the very same events; that is the Second Coming and the Rapture.
Being as John describes these things three chapters before his invitation to 'Come up hither' in chapter four, does this mean that the Rapture occurs in chapter one? I don't believe that it does. Like many writers, John is basically giving a powerful introduction to his book, before he goes into the details and chronological order of the events which will follow. The Rapture can't occur in chapters one or four because the Angel told John to 'Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter'. Please note that my emphasis is on the word 'hereafter'. One of the things which the Angel reveals to John 'which must be hereafter', in other words, after John has been called up to Heaven, is the Rapture itself; and it isn't until seven chapters later! If you doubt my words, please consider the following. There are only two places in the New Testament in which we find the phrase 'Come up hither'. The first one we have already identified. Allow me to share the second one with you:
"And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them."
Revelation 11:12, KJV
As we saw earlier in this series, this is the resurrection and rapture of the two Sackcloth Witnesses, which occurs at the very end of the Last Seven Years, following the three and a half years of Great Tribulation. While John was told to 'Come up hither' on a temporary basis in order to behold his Heavenly Visions, these two witnesses are called up on a permanent basis; because this is the real Rapture! Only one of these can be the real 'Come up hither' of the Rapture; not both; and this one in Revelation chapter eleven is it! You will notice that the two Sackcloth witnesses ascend up to heaven 'in a cloud'; just like the clouds that Jesus and John mentioned in earlier verses. Please notice also that we are told that there is a great voice speaking to them. You may recall from the verses in Thessalonians, that prior to the Saints being caught up to meet the Lord 'in the clouds', they will hear 'the voice of the archangel', and 'the trump of God':
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, KJV
It is the very same voice here in the eleventh chapter of the Book of Revelation, because they are speaking of the very same events. All of the dead in Christ will rise at the same time, followed by the living Saints, exactly as I told you earlier in this series; and this will include the two slain Sackcloth Witnesses. As all of the following verses will reveal, the 'trump of God' mentioned by Paul in the previous verses, is none other than the final Seventh Trump, which will herald the completion of the Mystery of God; that being the Resurrection, Transformation and Rapture of His beloved children at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. That is the Mystery which is revealed in all of the following verses which the unbelieving world refused to accept; that we shall not all sleep forever; we shall arise!:
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
1 Corinthians 15:51-52, KJV
"And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."
Revelation 10:5-7, KJV
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."
Revelation 11:15-18, KJV
All of these events clearly occur at the sound of the Last Trump; that is, the Seventh Trumpet of God; there should be no doubt about this whatsoever; thus if we accept that the Rapture of the Saints occurs in Revelation chapter four, we are really saying that the Seventh Trump occurs in chapter four, ahead of all of the events I have described for you in this series. In my opinion, this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. John is being called up to view these Endtime events which the Angel tells him will occur 'hereafter', yet Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists would have us to believe that they have already all happened since, according to their view, Revelation chapter four is the time of the Rapture.
Notice how that last set of verses ties together some of the various themes we have discussed throughout this series. We are told 'thy wrath is come', meaning the Lake of Fire for the Beast and the False Prophet, and the destruction of their followers. We are also told that it is 'the time of the dead', in which all of the Prophets and Saints of all time will be raised at the First Resurrection, in order to receive their just reward. The Prophet Daniel wrote of this time when he said:
"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."
Daniel 12:2-3, KJV
To complete this series, let us take one more look at the major events of Matthew chapter twenty-four; leaving out the extraneous verses and descriptions. By doing this, we can obtain a very clear, condensed picture of the chronological order of events which lead up to the Seventh Trump, and the completion of the Mystery of God. Please read the following verses slowly and carefully a few times, and you too will see that everything I have shared with you in this series is indeed true. There is no Pre-Tribulation or Mid-Tribulation Rapture. There is only one Rapture which will occur at the end of the Last Seven Years, following the final three and a half years known as the Great Tribulation or Jacob's Trouble:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place . . . then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be . . . Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light . . . And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven . . . And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Matthew 24:15a, 21, 29a, 30a, 31, KJV
In my view, there is absolutely no way that any honest Truth-seeking person can interpret these verses any other way. They are perfectly clear and can stand on their own, without the need for private interpretation. These verses are clearly talking about the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture of the Saints, His Bride, at the sound of the Seventh Trump. The Lord clearly tells us that these events will occur 'immediately after the tribulation of those days' and not before; so there can be no Pre-Tribulation or even a Mid-Tribulation Rapture. I believe I have now demonstrated this beyond a shadow of a doubt. There is simply no possible way to twist this verse so that it means immediately before the tribulation of those days. If Jesus said that He will be coming for His children after the three and a half years of Great Tribulation, then that is precisely what He meant.
In conclusion, if you have been led astray by well-meaning but wayward Bible teachers who have tried to convince you of their anti-Scriptural beliefs, I trust that this series will assist you in removing the confusion which has filled your mind and heart. God's Word has spoken clearly. There is no Pre-Tribulation or Mid-Tribulation Rapture. Neither will the Great Tribulation last the full seven years. Neither will we the living Saints be changed and resurrected before the dead Old Testament Saints. Please remember that it doesn't matter what I say, or what you say, but rather what God's Holy Word says; and I have done my best to present it to you in a very direct and easily understandable manner for your honest consideration. Won't you please accept it? God bless you!
With these thoughts I will bring this series to a close. I trust that you have enjoyed it, learned something from it, and I pray that it has been a blessing in your life. Most of all, I hope that you have an open heart and mind to receive the Scriptural truths which I have shared in this series. I hope that you are liberated by the truth which I have shared here. I hope you are not an old bottle who is unwilling to forsake any misguided doctrines which you may currently embrace. I know it is not easy, but it must be done.
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For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which contain topics which are related to this series. All of these articles are likewise located on this very same website:
Abomination of Desolation: Explained!
Greater Works Than These Shall He Do . . . and Satan Too
In the Ages to Come
Jesus Christ's Return: Have We Been Deceived?
Leviathan: An Ancient Dragon of the Sea?
Revelation's Babylon the Great
Satan: His Origin, Purpose And Future
Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires
The Fruits of Disobedience
Tradition or Truth? Old Wine or New Wine?
When Was Satan Cast Out of Heaven?
Who Hindered the Antichrist?