We believe January to
be a good time to review and with all that's involved in
current events, we felt a fresh look at the rapture
might be fitting. After all, this is the next event in
the program of GOD and comes sometime BEFORE the
signing/confirming of a seven year peace treaty between
the Jews and the anti-christ.
Our first quote(we believe) is both an allusion to and
and an illustration of this event.
Because the rapture is largely the work of GOD the
Father(sending His Son), the Holy Spirit(being taken out
of the way) and JESUS doing the work of the obedient
Son, because of this mutiple, there's a certain secrecy
JESUS said that the Holy Spirit would NOT, ... speak of
Himself(John 16:13) yet, HE must be removed(raptured
away/2nd Thess. 2:7)) before the tribulation period can
take place. So it is that believers will go to be with
their LORD and if we are correct in our assessment, it
is incumbent upon us(NT believers) to search through,
pour over and find out what the Holy Spirit has in store
for us because sometimes His work is SECRETIVE. My
favorite hidden thing on this subject is in Matthew 24
and a wonderful example of implicit teaching. We believe
this passage to be a straight chronology. That is, Matt.
24:4-7 describe, in general terms, the end of the church
age with verses matching up well with 2nd Tim. 3:1-5 and
2nd Peter 2 + 3. Next, verses 8 through 15 describe the
first 3.5 years of the tribulation with the abomination
of desolation marking the center or midway point. Then,
verses 16 through 28 address the second 3.5 years of
that future period. Thus, we would argue that the
rapture of the church takes place between verses 7 and 8
without any publicity. We might note that because of the
similarities between the end of the church age and first
portion of the tribulation period, this has caused some
confusion regarding things happening in our day.
Our first quote speaks of closeness. New Testament
believers have the Holy Spirit of GOD indwelling. I
think it is impossible to get any closer to GOD than we
Our second quote tells of the actual transaction.
Secret, mysterious but Oh, how wonderful!!! Keep