The Coming of the Lord
for the Church, His Bride
The writings of Paul delineate the understanding that there will be a return of Christ (for the church.) He will give a transformative command to cause the resurrection of the dead. At that time there will also be a transformation of the living into Christ's own likeness. Paul writing in the epistles of 1 and 2nd Thessalonians uses the Greek word "harpazo" to describe a catching up or snatching away. Harpazo is translated in the Latin Vulgate version of the New Testament as Raptare. Among those who believe in a resurrection or rapture of believers there are variations; Pre-Tribulation rapture; Mid-Tribulation rapture and Post-Tribulation rapture. The second coming is the triumphal return (with the church) to set up and rule over the Kingdom of God on earth. There is a good deal of confusion by individuals believe that there is only "return of Christ" and that being at the end of the great tribulation.
Bickle of the Kansas City Internation
House of Prayer uses the term Apostolic
Pre-Millenialism. He teaches that
the church will stand against the forces
of darkness in the time of tribulation
and be victorious in transforming the
evil devices of the Man of Sin or Anti
Christ. With the revelations given in
the book of Revelation and the spiritual
gifts of Apostolic and Prophetic insights,
Christ will reveal all the necessary
strategies to bring in the transformation
of the evil world under the rule of
God. Thereafter, Christ will return
to reward the triumphant church and
to set up the kingdom rule. The Bickle
teachings fall under the growing influence
of Kingdom Now teachings. The
notion of a triumphant church which
wins the world through the power of
God through intercession is drawing
large congregations into confederacy.
Among these general views of eschatology
(views of the end times) there are hundreds
of hybrids and variants.
Depending upon whose end time view is being promoted, one may face of some vehement arguments, even denouncements. Dispensations are the notion that God has a systematic order or time table for that which He does in the world. The age of Grace or the Church Age is among these dispensations of time. When did the church (Ecclessi'a) begin? Will it have an end? To explain this notion of dispensationalism completely is more than I wish to deal with in the current writing. But to sum it up in the simplest way, I would say this. The dispensational view holds that there is a future for the Jews and Israel. God has not cast them aside. Romans 9, 10, and 11 deals with this decisively.
church was largely an unknown entity
throughout Old Testament prophetic scripture.
It was hinted at in the Abrahamic covenant,
when God told Abraham that through him
(Abraham) all the nations would be blessed.
Nations refer to those outside of the
covenant of Israel. (Read Galations.)
Other Old Testament prophets made referance
to the time that the gentiles would
be gathered. Paul explained that his
apostleship to the gentiles was part
of a secret there-to-fore hidden by
Particulars of the catching away of the saints and judgment of the unbelievers
The rapture/resurrection as described
in the Bible is a supernatural
event which involves first the physical
resurrection of persons throughout the
centuries, who have died. At this first
resurrection, of which Jesus became
First Fruit, lifeless bodies
even those who have long since turned
to dust, will be transfigured into an
This new body will be an immortal, spiritual body that can function as does the body of Jesus himself. Jesus, after his resurrection, entered locked rooms, could be touched and handled, could eat and drink, could vanish instantly. When he appears we will be like Him. (1 John 3:2) In this instant we will be transformed into our permanent spiritual bodies. Which can exist in multiple dimensions, both earthly and heavenly. The Christian who is thus transfigured will rule and reign in the world; having specific charges over regions of the earth during the millenium. These who have been transfigured will be able to minister God's wisdom and oversight to the natural men and women now populating the millenial earth.
1Thessalonians 4: 16 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: 17Then 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. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The Rapture when it occurs, will end one of several dispensations of human history and introduce a new dispensation. This period opens up the 7 year era of God's Judgment upon the unrighteous. See Daniel Chapter 9:24-27. This period has been is called variously, 'The Day of the Lord;' 'The day of Jacob's trouble; 'The day of Judgment;' or 'The Day of Wrath.' These 7 years shall be filled with momentous events, wars, pestilences, mass destruction and famines. Harsh judgments will befall the entire planet. The period following, the last world ruler will have been introduced to the world, the false messiah. This is he of whom Jesus said, "- - you do not receive me, but another will come in his own name and him you will receive." This miracle man will be received as the authentic messenger of God, showing miraculous signs. He will be that peace giver sought by all nations.
Now as I write this (the present age) good and evil co-exist we are free to choose to be a believer in the Messiah and Savior or not; We we are free to choose any God and any religion that suits our fancy. We can choose to live a sensuous, self-serving life; to be a profligate or a sinner, or not. This present dispensation is called prophetically in Isaiah 61, the 'Day of the Lord's Favor.' It is also known as the church age. An dispensational epoch of Grace. The vengeance of God remains postponed, The dispensation of 'Grace' (Read Isaiah 61:1; which Jesus quotes in Luke 4:18) Yet, the ungodly will not escape judgment. Each will answer to God's divine justice as they pass from this life.
The Day of Wrath (The Day of the Lord) precedes the millenium
"Day of the Lord" is referred
dozens of times in the OT prophets as
well as being referenced by the Apostles
in the NT. The Day of the Lord must
come as the precursor to the millenium.
Evil will be brought to a supernatural
end in that time. Then Christ's return
will bring judgment and destruction
against the rule of the Evil One, the
Man of Sin and all who are deceived
into choosing to live in darkness rather
than light. The judgment upon the ungodly
can not happen in the age of Grace.
The Age of Grace is about to conclude.
Those who teach that the church will
fall under God's wrath do not understand
that the Age of Grace is distinct from
the time of Judgment. It is my view
that all of the 7 years described in
the Revelation represent the outworking
of God's judgments upon the earth. This,
I believe is shown that it is the Lamb/Lion
who opens the Scroll of the Seven Sealed
Genesis 7:16 "And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in."
IN THE TIME OF LOT AND SODOM &
AS TYPOLOGY OF JUDGMENT!
"For we will destroy this place, because
the cry of them is waxen great before the face
of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy
ATTACHMENT TO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD:
SAVING ONE'S OWN LIFE
19:26 "But his wife looked back from behind
him, and she became a pillar of salt."
THE RAPTURE BE BEFORE, DURING or AFTER THE
THE ABOVE VERSES FROM GENESIS (THAT JESUS' REFERS TO IN HIS OLIVET DISCOURSE, IN Mark 13, Luke 21 AND Matthew 24) CLEARLY DESCRIBE A PLACE OF SANCTUARY FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD WHILE THE JUDGMENT WHICH IS TO BE VISITED UPON THE EARTH. These same scriptures also describe how life was in a sense of normality and routine ness until the separation of the righteous remnant who were spared from the wrath.
17:31 "In that day, he which shall be upon
the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let
him not come down to take it away: and he that
is in the field, let him likewise not return
preceding and following passages describe how
people who are apparently in close fellowship
(i.e. church members of professing believers)
may experience different judgments. See Matt
WILL THE BELIEVER BE TAKEN?
are pictured as being removed as Noah was lifted
above the flood to return after the flood.
In the case of Lot we can also see the picture
of Lot being removed to "the mountain"
or the city of refuge Zoar, unto which Lot
made request to escape.
21:20 "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed
with armies, then know that the desolation
thereof is nigh." The near fulfillment of prophecy
came in 70 AD and but there will be a future
fulfillment during the final conflict of Armeggedon.
Israel is THE target.
WARNINGS AND THE ADMONITIONS
COMING OF THE LORD AS A THIEF IS A SECRET AND
WILL OUR HEARTS CHOOSE? WHERE IS OUR TREASURE?
TYPOLOGY OF THE BRIDE GROOM AND THE BRIDE
THE BRIDE AWAITS THE BRIDEGROOMS UNEXPECTED RETURN:
25:1 "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened
unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and
went forth to meet the bridegroom."
MATT 25:32 -- ARGUMENTS TO SUPPORT PRE TRIBULATION RAPTURE
my own edification and peace founded upon hope,
I find these 3 scriptural principles as the
most relavent to discerning false doctrine.
the above, you may clearly see that those who
teach Restoration - -
Lindsey an emminent Bible teacher, has
focused most of his ministry on end-time prophecy
and is a proponent of the immenent rapture
of the church. He points out in recent teachings
that the above passage is a second sorting
which occurs as the remaining population upon
the earth is separated into believers and unbelievers.
The first sorting is the rapture itself when
a distinction is made between those whose lamps
are burning (Holy Spirit faith and zeal) and
those without oil. In the great tribulation
which follows many come to Christ and many
are martyred for his namesake. The remaining
are the enemies of God and have become followers
of the false messiah, Anti-Christ, or gospel
Chuck Missler has an internet link describing matters of escatology and the second coming of Messiah for and with his church. I believe that his doctrine is solid and fully details scriptural positions. (Koinonia House Online: ) http://www.khouse.org/articles/2002/444/
MORE ON THE TRIBULATION AND THE REVEALING OF THE ANTI CHRIST
Thessalonians 1:5 "Which is a manifest token
of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may
be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for
which ye also suffer:"
IS A SPIRITUAL FORCE PRESENT ON EARTH WHICH
PREVENTS ANTI CHRIST FROM ASCENDING TO POWER:
THE POWER WHICH WITHHOLDS MUST BE REMOVED.
PERIOD OF GRACE IS A CERTAIN PERIOD (DISPENSATION)
JESUS ANNOUNCED THIS AS 'THE YEAR OF THE LORD'S
FAVOR --ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD' (Isa 61:2)
BOOK OF THE REVELATION WARNS THE "CHURCHES"
in chapter 2, THEN TAKES THE BELIEVERS OUT
It is commonly taught by those who believe in a pre tribulation rapture of the church, That a heavenly door is opened at the beginning of Chapter 4. The remaining scriptures view the events from a heavenly not an earthly viewpoint.
Revelation 4:1 "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 show thee things which must be hereafter."