In researching and writing another article, I came across scripture in Revelation that the proponents do not seem to use in regard to a pre-tribulation rapture, and if they did, I may not have abandoned the pre-trib doctrine. No, rapture is NOT found in the Bible but is merely a word for the catching away of God’s people.
Rapture meaning 3. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.v. tr. rap-tured, rap-tur-ing, rap-tures. To enrapture. [Obsolete French rapture, abduction, carrying off, from rapt, carried away, from Old French rat, from Latin raptus.
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The scripture I came across they do not use, or at least I have never seen it used, is in Revelation 3:10 to the Church of Philadelphia. Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
When I saw that it leaped off of the page at me. I have read that passage numerous times and never saw it as I did that time. That is why we must stay in God’s word and continually ask for HIS guidance. I have been asking the LORD to reveal what the truth is regarding the Rapture and I feel he has shown me. What we MUST determine is when is “The Hour of Temptation”?
I hope and Pray that I am right and believe True Christians, the ones described in the letter to the Church of Philadelphia will be “Raptured” out before the wrath of God is poured out on not only man, but once again all living things. I am leaning towards more of a mid or just there after but before the wrath of God is poured out.
What does the Lord say to the Church of Philadelphia? Well look at scripture and see for yourself.
Revelation 3:7-13 (7) And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; (8) I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. (9) Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. (10) Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (11) Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. (12) Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (13) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
For those who are of the other Six (6) churches, well you my friend have a problem, just as the lost do. The Majority of those who claim to Christians fit into the description of the other six. It would behoove you to read and study out these churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. If you’re one of those the Lord describes in the other six churches then you WILL go through the Tribulation and experience the Wrath that is to be poured out. Quit playing church and get right so you do not have to endure what is to come.
2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I will add more to this as time permits.