LIES ABOUT THE RAPTURE

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WARNING: This is  not an accusing blogpost about the quoted-writer (unmentioned) but an opening to correcting the lies about the rapture which many are comfortable with.

I was reading through posts on Facebook this morning when I came across one that held my heart feeling sorry for someone who had no idea about the fallacious teachings he was putting out of the cup for others to drink.
I discovered this was exactly what most were also been taught. Please note that I haven’t talked with the quoted-writer before but only saw this post for the second time; and all I wrote here is no expression of hatred, criticism or abuse. That’s why his name is unmentioned!

It looks like mixing some truth with some lies. Here is what he wrote. Underlined  words are our points of concentration): BE READY TO BE CAUGHT UP WITH THE
LORD: THE RAPTURE (PART 3)
The rapture approaches. JESUS will surely
come. You need to be ready, vigilant, waiting,
watching and looking for His Return! Now I
will go on to the visions and revelations of the
LORD. On the 19th of February 2015, I saw a
vision in my dream as I lay in my bed. And
behold, the persecution of Christians. They
were seriously pursued by their persecutors.
Even their families were against them for
totally following CHRIST. I strongly believed
that the LORD was speaking to me concerning
the tribulation that had happened and still
happening in the lives of Christians (see
Matthew 10:17-23). You see, tribulation is one
of the sign of the Coming of JESUS and of the
end of the age (see Matthew 24:9-13). As
followers of CHRIST, we will experience
tribulation (John 15:18-25; 16:2-4, 33; 2
Timothy 3:12). We are to patiently endure
tribulation, so that we can also be glorified
and reign with Him (Romans 8:16-17; 2
Timothy 2:12; Mark 13:13; 1 Peter 2:19-23).
Tribulation can not separate us from the love
of GOD in CHRIST JESUS our LORD and
personal SAVIOUR (Romans 8:35-39). It follow
that through many tribulations we must enter
the Kingdom of GOD (Acts 14:22; 1 Peter
1:6-9; 4:12-16; 5:10; Revelation 2:9-11). Yes!
We shall be saved and delivered through the
grace of JESUS (Acts 15:11; Psalms 34:19; 2
Timothy 4:17-18).
Several people confuse tribulation with the
Great Tribulation. Listen closely. Tribulation is
the state of afflictions, persecutions, insults,
hardships, trials, temptations, tests, issues,
troubles, problems, difficulties, distresses,
sufferings and tortures. They are met to
discipline, refine and purify us until the time
of the end (Daniel 11:33-35; 12:10; Hebrews
12:3-11). And to be more like JESUS, that we
may be perfect, mature, whole and complete,
lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4; 12-15).
While the Great Tribulation is a series of
terrifying, disastrous and punishable events
until the Second Coming of JESUS (see
Matthew 24:21; Revelation 6:12-17; Zephaniah
1:15-18; 9:3-10; 16:1-4, 8-9; 2 Thessalonians
1:5-9). It means the great judgement and
wrath of GOD as great intolerable anguishes
(torments), disasters, calamities, extreme
commotions, violent disorders and panics,
thick darkness, unquenchable fires and great
devastations, coming upon the whole (sinful)
Earth immediately after the rapture. This
terrible and painful long period of time will
last for seven years; 3½ years for the reign of
the first Beast from the sea, and the
remaining 3½ years for the reign of the
second Beast (the Antichrist) from the Earth
(Revelation 13:1-3; 5, 11-14; 14:9-11).
The true Christians (i.e., the Church of
CHRIST; those who walk uprightly with GOD)
will never experience the Great Tribulation,
instead they will be in Heaven enjoying the
Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation
19:6-9). Know this, the rapture is not the
Second Coming of JESUS, rather it is the
Return (Coming) of JESUS. They are two
different events. The rapture will happen
before the Second Coming. The Second
Coming will take place on the Earth; JESUS
will descend to the Earth to fight and defeat
the Beast and his angels (armies) including
false prophets, the Antichrist and Satan
(Revelation 19:19-21; 20:1-3; Zechariah
14:3-4; Acts 1:11). On the other hand, the
rapture will take place in the air; JESUS will
stay in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). In the
day of the Second Coming, JESUS will come
with His saints (armies; the holy ones) with
power and great glory, in other to gather
together the left behind Christians (the
martyrs) to Himself, and every eye shall see
Him (1 Thessalonians 3:13; Jude 1:14;
Revelation 19:11-14; 20:4; Zechariah 14:5;
Matthew 24:30-31; 25:31-46). Whereas in the
day of the rapture, JESUS will come for His
holy and righteous Bride and claim them; and
it is only them that will see Him (John 14:3; 2
Thessalonians 2:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
In conclusion, JESUS is the Escape Route from
the great judgement and wrath of GOD to
come; the Great Tribulation (Romans 5:9; 1
Thessalonians 1:10; 5:8-10). Since GOD have
already reserved and kept His great wrath for
His adversaries and enemies (Nahum 1:2;
Deuteronomy 32:39-43); so how can you
escape if you neglect the great eternal
salvation of JESUS? Henceforth, lay aside
every unnecessary weight, worldly things and
sin that you cling to so tightly which so easily
ensnares you, and look unto to JESUS, the
Author and Finisher of your faith (Hebrews
12:1-2). Sincerely and completely repent now;
and turn away from your sins, iniquities,
uncleanness, corruption, disobedience,
hypocrisy, complacency and lukewarmness!
Hearken to GOD today and you shall dwell
securely and shall be at ease and rest, without
fear or dread of evil and disaster (Proverbs
1:22-23).

Let’s look at each, comparing them with scripture.

1. While the Great Tribulation is a series of
terrifying, disastrous and punishable events
until the Second Coming of JESUS: While it’s true that the Great Tribulation is terrifying, it’s not a sign of God’s punishment toward his own. Jesus said the reason would be because we believe in him (Matthew 24:9) and it would be to test the faith of the believers worldwide; which means the tribulation will not be half the world but all over the world.
   This writer is certainly mistaking the Great Tribulation for the Wrath of God. We must understand that Matthew 24:1-9 is just a brief explanation of 15-35.

2. It means the great judgement and
wrath of GOD as great intolerable anguishes
(torments), disasters, calamities, extreme
commotions, violent disorders and panics,
thick darkness, unquenchable fires and great
devastations, coming upon the whole (sinful)
Earth immediately after the rapture This
terrible and painful long period of time will
last for seven years; 3½ years for the reign of
the first Beast from the sea, and the
remaining 3½ years for the reign of the
second Beast (the Antichrist) from the Earth
Certainly, we’re experiencing all that now. The difference is that we are right here in this world experiencing them all but surviving as Father’s children through his protection over us. The world is this way because it was man who brought it upon himself when he tasted of the fruit of good and evil. Jesus’ death and resurrection has got us covered in his blood. One thing we must understand is that both the Great Tribulation and the Day of God’s Wrath are tribulations. After the rapture, it’s God who punishes the world himself. The difference between the days before the rapture and after it is that the problems in the first entered the world with SIN but the second is from God himself. Therefore all the writer mentioned would happen after the rapture are God’s Wrath not the Great Tribulation. But both times are times of tribulations.

The bible doesn’t tell us how many years, days or months for which God’s Wrath will last. Here, the writer says 31/2 years in the reign of the first beast and 31/2 years in the reign of the second beast. That is 7 years! 7 years? The bible never told us 7 years tribulation but 31/2 years Great Tribulation (Daniel 7:25). And it was never recorded in the Bible that the first and second beasts would rule separately. Both will rule together within the 31/2 years.
   Most people are confused of what is written in Revelation 13. The first beast’s duty was recorded in vs 4-8 before the second beast was revealed in 11-18. What does this mean? Vs 12 points that this second beast did everything he did in the very presence of the first beast, not AFTER the reign of the first beast. The second beast commanded that the image of the first beast be worshipped and this isn’t in different reigns but the same reign of the first beast. As it is, the first is a political beast but the second beast is a religious one.

3. The true Christians (i.e., the Church of
CHRIST; those who walk uprightly with GOD)
will never experience the Great Tribulation: Did Jesus say that we won’t go through the Great Tribulation? Is it at all true that the Great Tribulation is currently happening? In Matthew 24:21, Jesus said that there will be Great Tribulation worse than any other tribulation. This would be the Tribulation of Tribulations. Rev. 7:9-17 points that it’s us who will go through the Great Tribulation. All the tribulations of the past will never equal it. Look all through the world, does it look like the Great Tribulation has happened or is already happening? The sigñs to precede the Great Tribulation, have they happened?
   When Russia and Romania were facing tribulation in the years of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, America was experiencing freedom. Does that sound like the Great Tribulation or just one of the pointers?

4. In the
day of the Second Coming, JESUS will come
with His saints (armies; the holy ones) with
power and great glory, in other to gather
together the left behind Christians (the
martyrs) to Himself, and every eye shall see . . . Whereas in the
day of the rapture, JESUS will come for His
holy and righteous Bride and claim them; and
it is only them that will see Him: What a lie! Matthew 24:30 says that Jesus will come for his prepared people and every eye shall see him, not only his people. Most scriptures the writer fixed in his post were just opposite of what he’s talking about. How long will our eyes be closed?

5. Know this, the rapture is not the
Second Coming of JESUS, rather it is the
Return (Coming) of JESUS. They are two
different events. The rapture will happen
before the Second Coming: The rapture isn’t the first coming of the Son of Man but the second coming of Christ. If you look through your bible very well, you will see many scriptures talking about Jesus’ coming to earth as the Savior of Mankind. That’s why the Jews expected him to come in the sky to save them. They never believed he would be born to die for their sins. Major parts of the OT elaborate more on the birth of Christ as the first coming into the earth.

Therefore, what this writer is trying to say is that there will be two raptures. Scripture only has one rapture in record, not two.

WARNING: We should test everything we read before we believe them. Most are just mixed up with truths and lies. It takes the grace of God to find Christians who aren’t deceived with this false rapture-teaching.

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