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                                      "To know the truth and nothing but the truth!"

 

Introduction:

 

Court cases are designed for the purpose of "revealing the truth."  And many times those who are "guilty" will try and hide the truth and their guilt while encountering and going through the justice system and its process.  But when their version of events are finally thoroughly "examined" by the court, THEN the "real truth" is revealed and brought to light. 

 

 

God's word is much like the "court system" as it reveals His truth, His purposes, and His plans andwhere He is taking the world. God has been from the very beginning ( and is presently ) in the process of carrying out and fulfilling His word and His divine agenda. And most importantly God's word reveals and exposes the "true nature of man."  Scriptures say......"Let God be found true, and every man a liar" ( Rom. 3:4 ).

 

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17....." All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, forcorrection, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

 

 

 This Scripture passage above is very important and foundational for every Christian.  And everytime a believer in Christ peers into the word of God they must do so with the understanding that God is NOTthe author of "confusion ( 1Cor. 14:33 ),  that Hecannot lie ( Titus 1:2 ), and therefore He does NOTcontradict Himself ( Titus 1:9 ). I always say over and over again to Christians the following.."How many times does God have to say something before it is true?"  The answer to this simple but yet profound question is this, "Just once," And yet God repeats Himself many times concerning "His truth" when it comes to a certain teaching or doctrine which is laid out very clearly in His word.  Yes God repeats Himself, but many DO NOT listen very carefully, nor do they pay any attention to the "context" nor to "the order" of what is being taught.

 

 

                 The pretribulation Rapture revealed in God's word!

 

 

 Lets now examine a passage of Holy Spirit inspired Scripture in which God reveals to us the "pretribulation Rapture" view that many will not accept today, but of which they reject and will teach otherwise due to their stubborness, ignorance, and unbelief. The pretribulation Rapture view is not hard to understand, but rather it comes down to the simple fact to whether nor not one wants to believe what God has clearly stated in His word.  Lets look at the following passage of Scripture.

 

 

1Corinthians 15:21-26......"for since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.......For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.....But each in his own "order":  Christ the first fruits,  AFTER THAT those who areChrist's at His coming,.......THEN comes THE END, when He hands over the kingdom to God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.....For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet......The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

 

 

 Right here in this important passage of Scripture we see that the Apostle Paul by the inspiration of the Holy spirit gives us the "order" of prophetic events.  Here is the order below.

 

 

( 1.)  Christ the first fruits.........( The resurrection of Jesus took place on the Jewish feast of  first fruits / end of the sabbath - first day of the week Sunday - the tomb of Jesus found empty ). 

 

 

( 2.)  After that those who are Christ's at His coming......( This is a reference to the resurrection / Rapture when Jesus come for His completed Church, the body of Christ ).

 

 

( 3.) THEN comes THE END when He hands over the kingdom to God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power...........( This is a reference to the tribulation period / Daniel's 70th week.  During this period of time Christ will be in the process of unleashing His 21 divine judgments ( 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls ) upon a Christ rejecting world which will eradicate and abolish all Gentile rule, authority, and power, at which time at its conclusion Christ will return to the earth and establish His kingdom for 1000 years ).

 

 

 One can see clearly God's divine order of prophetic events in this text of 1Corinthians.  Many preachers, bible teachers, and much of the laity of the Church who believe in the "mid-trib Rapture" and "post-trib Rapture" views have no doubt read this passage of Scripure a great many times, but of which they have failed to pay any attention to the "order" of these prophetic events. 

 

Notice that the Apostle Paul did NOT list God's program here in 1Cor. 15 in the following "order" or manner.

 

 

( 1.)  Christ the first fruits.........( The resurrection of Jesus took place on the Jewish feast of  first fruits / end of the sabbath - first day of the week Sunday - the tomb of Jesus found empty ). 

 

 

( 2.) THEN comes THE END when He hands over the kingdom to God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power...........( This is a reference to the tribulation period / Daniel's 70th week.  And during this period of time Christ will be in the process of unleashing His 21 divine judgments ( 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls ) upon a Christ rejecting world which will eradicate and abolish all Gentile rule, authority, and power, at which time at its conclusion Christ will return to the earth and establish His kingdom for 1000 years ).

 

( 3.)  After that those who are Christ's at His coming......( This is a reference to the resurrection / Rapture when Jesus come for His completed Church, the body of Christ ).

 

 
  You can see in this example above that if the Apostle Paul would have laid out God's prophetic program in this "order" in this passage of Scripture,  then it would be teaching us a "post tribulation Rapture" view.  But Paul did NOT present the "order" of prophetic events in this way. And also if God was "midtrib Rapture" in His view, then the apostle Paul would have had to totally rewrite this passage of Scripture in a different "context" and in a different "order" so that it would fit contextually into a "midtrib Rapture" view.  But He didn't!  Scripture cannot be "rewritten" at anytime, nor by anyone, though there are many today who are trying to do so by taking God's word "out of context" much of the time.

 

 

 The Apostle Paul in Romans 11:25-27 states the following:........"For I do not want you,brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery - so that you will not be wise in your own estimation - that a partial hardening has happened to Israel UNTIL the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;   And so all Israel will be saved;  just as it is written, The Delivers will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob." This is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins."

 

 

 Here we see once again "the order" of prophetic events.  The "fullness of the Gentiles" is a reference to the completed body of Christ ( predomanently Gentiles ) which takes place at the time of theresurrection / Rapture of the Church.  And once the Church has been removed and taken to heaven,THEN all Israel will be saved ( a remnant of Israel ).  God is going to "remove Israel's ungodliness and sin" during the tribulation period.  This is the whole reason for Daniel's 70th week. It is for the purpose of bringing Israel to national repentance......( 70 weeks have been decreed for "thy people" ( Daniel's people Israel, and not the Church ), and "thy holy city"  Jerusalem  / Dan. 9:24.  This prophecy has nothing whatsoever to do with the Church ).

 

 

  God is going to "restart" Israel's prophetic program once the Church has been removed from the earthly scene.  The Church is already redeemed and forgivenand needs NO repentance unto salvation.  But Israel on the otherhand at this time is yet to experiencenational redemption.  The whole purpose and reason for God taking Israel through the tribulation period is so that He can humble His people and bring them to "their knees" which will cause them to come torepentance and belief in their messiah Yeshua whom they have rejected nationally ever since they put Him to death on the cross at the time of His first advent. 

 

 

So there you have it!  God through the Apostle Paul has given us the "order" of His prophetic program.  Christ is the "first fruits from the dead",  After that those who are Christ's at His coming ( resurrection / Rapture of the Church ),THEN comes THE END ( Matt. 24:3 -30 ) which is thetribulation period and the conclusion of Israel's 70th week prophecy.  So it is all laid out perfectly right here in 1Corinthians 15:23,24.

 

 

 Nothing more needs to be said!  God has revealed the "order" of prophetic events in His word.  Now, what are youmidtrib rapturists and posttrib rapturists people going to do with what God has clarified here!  Remember, God only has to say something "once" for it to be true.  Do you really believe God and His word?  Or, do you just "pretend" that you do?  So, here's the troubling question...."What are you now going to do with what God has revealed to you?  Either believe God and His word,.....OR....."continue to reject and walk away from it in unbelief and rebellion." The Choice is up to you! 

 

 

 

Written to the glory of God and to the "defense" of His word which is the final authority and absolute truth which can be trusted!

 

Until He comes!

 

In Christ, Tom Gaston

Rapturetj@comcast.net

 

 

 

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