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The Church Against the Rapture: Article by Jack Kelly

The Rapture is an end-time prophetic doctrine that is subject to heated debate.
The view that I share is called the Pre-Millenial, Pre-Tribulation rapture. Other "experts" and devout students of the Bible have drawn differing interpretations. Some of these views have titles such as: Amillenial, holding that the church founded by the apostles stands as the prophesied Kingdom of Heaven and there is no future physical return of the Messiah to rule and reign in a millenium heralded by peace and righteousness. Preterism is an off-shoot of this view. This doctrine holds that all prophesied events spoken of in the prophetic writings of the Old and New Testaments have already been fulfilled and that judgment fell upon Israel and the Jews in 70 A.D. as a result of rejecting the Messiah and Savior. Preterism usually embraces Replacement Theology, a view that the church has replaced Israel in any prophetic scripture. Likewise the referances to Israel and the New Testament writing of Revelation must be spiritualized or metaphorical. The Rapture doctrine itself has many detractors many of whom say the Church will experience the time of wrath or judgment in a future time.

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.

Mike 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.

The 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 God.

After the past several years of close study my prophetic view is one that is called dispensational. It comes from a literal interpretation of prophetic scripture. As believers in such we hold that the destiny for Israel and the Jewish people will again come into focus after the church age. During the time of "Jacob's Trouble" a righteous remant will be saved out of the Great Tribulation. The old testament prophecies, especially the book of Daniel point to the Kingdom of God on earth and the rule and reign of the Messiah Yeshua as a literal future event which will be instated after the "Day of the Lord" at which time The Messiah will put an end to sin and to rebellion through the "terrible swift sword" of judgment upon the unrighteous and the rule of the "man of sin," who will be the anti-Christ ruler of the last 7 years. I remained convinced through the strictest reading of scripture that the church dispensation will conclude with the removal of the Spirit of God invested in the body of believers, called the church. The soon-return of the Messiah for the bride is taught:

In the allegory of the Jewish Bride by the wonderful Messianic believer, Zola Levitt and hundreds of enlightened, scholars.
By believers and teachers such as Derek Prince, Clarence Larkin, C. I. Scoffield, Robert Anderson, and a host of trustworthy contemporaries.
By the typology of Noah and Lot;
By the dream of Nebuchadnezzar;
By the Olivet discourse of Jesus;
By the typology of the 6 days and the Sabbath rest;
By the two witnesses seen by the whole world;
By the parenthetical prophecy of Isaiah 61vs1-2. quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:18.
By the growing spirit of evil, decadence, and darkness in this present age;
By the separation of the sheep and goats in Math. 25 and the kingdom of God being given over at that time;
By the Kingdom of God invisible as described by Jesus to Pilate;
By the coming of the Lord in power and great glory with thousands;
By the prophetic, approaching "day of the Lord" which speaks of Judgment against all the ungodly;
By dreams and visions of a prophetic nature given to me and others. Though non biblical they add credance to the Bible texts.
These kinds of witnesses are increasing as the day approaches. And finally;

By revelations and first hand accounts of saints who died literally, but were returned from heaven to proclaim that He was announcing His return to call the saints unto himself. These witnesses were told that the rapture would soon occur. Jesus was saying to them that, "my coming again is at hand, it will happen soon, surely you must tell my people I am coming again." -- There are many including some I know personally, Paul Crisan, the Romanian evangelist, the late evangelist Roxanne Brandt, and even other friends I know who in a near death experience, died and went to heaven, and returned;

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 incorruptible form.

Coinciding with the resurrected dead, living Christian believers who are "In Christ" shall be transformed in like manner into immortal form and taken up to meet with the Lord in the air, and thereafter to remain in his presence.

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

The "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 judgments.

How In the Olivet discourse (in Matt. 24, Luke 21 and Mark 16) Jesus refers to this end-time prophetic period - - a time of judgment.

This time is compared to the judgment upon LOT AND SODOM and - -

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." 

Genesis 19:13 

"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 it." 
Genesis 19:14 "And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law." (Many are so deceived in this present time)
Genesis 19:16 "And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city." 
Genesis 19:22 "Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar." 
Notice in the above text: The angels are the agents of deliverance. It is they who physically removed the righteous family out of Sodom. God could not proceed with the destruction until the family of Lot were taken to sanctuary.

Eligibility: the place of sanctuary subject to the spiritual status (affections of the heart) of individual believers

Genesis 19:26 "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." 
The nature of cares, lusts, attachments are shown by Jesus who reminds us again of the results of not letting go of this present life:

Luke 17:27 "They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." 

Luke 17:26 "And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man."
Luke 17:28 "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;" 
Luke 17:29 "But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all." 
Luke 17:30 "Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." 

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.

Luke 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 back." 
Luke 17:32 "Remember Lot's wife." 
Luke 17:33 "Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it." 

The 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 25.
Luke 17:34 "I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left." 

Luke 17:35 "Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left." 
Luke 17:37 "And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Where ever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together." 

While we can interpret that the believer is spared the wrath of God and is rescued from the wrath to come; the unbeliever partakes of the judgment that takes them out of the world in judgment. In other words the taken and left verses above can clearly refer to those on earth who are destroyed in judgment. The ante type is found in both the Noah and Lot referances.

Believers 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.
(1Thessalonians 4:17) Requires an understanding of dispensationalism which places the church in a category distinct from Israel. It requires an understanding that the church does not replace Israel. It requires an understanding that there in fact to comings; one for the bride and one with the bride. The notion of a post tribulation rapture is not tenable since it would leave no humans to populate the kingdom during the millenium. (If the then righteous remnant were to receive resurrection -glorified - bodies.)

Luke 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.
Luke 21:21 "Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into." 
Luke 21:22 "For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled." 
The Second Coming will be visibly witnessed by all as an awesome natural phenomena: This same Jesus who you saw leave will in like manner return and set his feet upon Mount Olivet.
Luke 21:27 "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." 

Luke 21:34 "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares." 

Luke 21:35 "For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth." 
Luke 21:36 "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." 

1 Thessalonians 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:" 

1 Thessalonians 4:17 "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 4:18 "Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 
1 Thessalonians 5:1 "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you." 
1 Thessalonians 5:2 "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." 
1 Thessalonians 5:3 "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." 
1 Thessalonians 5:4 "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." 
1 Thessalonians 5:5 "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." 

1 Thessalonians 5:6 "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." 

1 Thessalonians 5:7 "For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night." 
1 Thessalonians 5:8 "But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation." 
1 Thessalonians 5:9 "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ," 
1 Thessalonians 5:10 "Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." 
1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.


1 Corinthians 15:50 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." 

1 Corinthians 15:51 "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed," 
1 Corinthians 15:52 "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 15:53 "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." 
1 Corinthians 15:54 "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." 
1 Corinthians 15:55 "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 

Matthew 8:12 "But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 

Matthew 13:30 "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."  - - -
Matthew 13:40 "As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world." 

Matthew 24:42 "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Watch and Pray lest you enter into temptation" 
Matthew 24:43 "But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up." 
Matthew 24:44 "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." 
Matthew 24:48 "But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;" 
Matthew 24:49 "And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;" 
Matthew 24:50 "The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of," 

John 14:2-3 "- - -I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am you may be also, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am you may be also.


Matthew 25:1 "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom." 
Matthew 25:2 "And five of them were wise, and five were foolish." 
Matthew 25:3 "They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:" 
Matthew 25:5 "While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept." 
Matthew 25:6 "And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him." 
Matthew 25:10 "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut."  (The door of the ark closed by God)
Matthew 25:11 "Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us." 
Matthew 25:12 "But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not." 
Who will fellowship with the Lord? Who will seek to know Him? 
Matthew 25:13 "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." 
Matthew 25:32 "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:" 
Matthew 25:34 "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" 



For my own edification and peace founded upon hope, I find these 3 scriptural principles as the most relavent to discerning false doctrine.

1. Old testament typology of Noah's Ark of safety and the references to Sodom and Gomorra. (Jesus Gospel teaching - Olivet discourse.)

2. Jesus teaching parable of the tares: Matt 13:27 Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Matt 13:36 " --saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world (age) ; and the reapers are the angels. 40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear - "
3. The apostle Paul in his first letter to Thessalonica: Clearly identifies the mystery of the transformation of the dead and living believers who are be resurrected or transformed (the righteous dead are resurrected, the righteous living are translated and caught up) to be caught up (harpazo=snatched away forcefully) (raptare- Latin vulgate) to meet Christ in the air.
4. The apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy: Chapter 3: 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

From the above, you may clearly see that those who teach Restoration - -
Kingdom-now theology completely ignore these guiding principles of Scripture and become part of a group who over estimate the role of believers in the body of Christ in completely destroying the works of the enemy in this world and bringing in the wealth government and reign of righteousness upon the earth.

Hal 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 unbelievers.


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: )


2 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:" 
2 Thessalonians 1:6 "Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;" 
2 Thessalonians 1:7 "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels," 
2 Thessalonians 1:8 "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" 
2 Thessalonians 2:1 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him," 

2 Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (POSSIBLE INTERPRETATION CATCHING AWAY) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;" 

2 Thessalonians 2:6 "And now ye know what with holds that he might be revealed in his time." 
2 Thessalonians 2:7 "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way." 

God is not the author of confusion: God is a God of order . The age of Grace has a finite and fixed time period. It begins with Jesus declaring father forgive them they know not what they do. The Gospel of the Kingdom can be correctly understood as good news when we are aware that we are not judged for our sins if we accept the price the Lamb paid.

This acceptable year of the Lord is followed by the day of Judgment and wrath in the Isaiah prophecy. Jesus did not read that portion when he announced the mission of grace. It remained a time to come -- a separate dispensation.

Revelation 2:16 "Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." 
Revelation 3:8 "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." 
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." 

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."

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