Monday, August 8, 2016
Tribulation - Will The Church Go Through It?
Bible Questions Answered:
“...so my question is will believers see revelation destruction or not...?”
Bobby/ Salmon Creek, Washington U.S.A.
It would help one and all, if the answer were to be taken from “thus saith The Lord,” and not from what one person theorizes.
Many religious teachers with Doctors degrees all, teach one thing or another, and how can there be such division?
The predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirit.
Emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude:
state of mind regarding something; inclination:
Inclinations and attitudes vary by a persons...
The combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition.
So, let's hear The Word Of The Lord, and leave personal speculation aside.
The word "rapture," is not found in scripture. The word is taken from the Latin word "rapturo" meaning to be "caught up."
The Rapture Of The Church Of Jesus Christ:
I Corinthians 15:51-58 NLT
51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised* to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.
53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,[j] this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.
57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for The Lord, for you know that nothing you do for The Lord is ever useless.
*Raised-Greek: Egeiro (Eg-i-ro): Lift (up), raise (again, up), Rise (again, up), Stand, take up.
I Thessalonians 14:13-18 NLT The Hope of the Resurrection
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died.
15 We tell you this directly from The Lord: We who are still living when The Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died.
16 For The Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves.
17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught* up in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air. Then we will be with The Lord forever.
18 So encourage each other with these words.
*Harpazo (Har-Pad-zo): To seize; catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).
Here are two Old Testament stories that do show conclusively, judgment could “not,” come until, God's people were in a place of safety!
Luke 17:26-27 KJV (Jesus speaking)
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of The Son Of Man.
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 17:28-29 KJV (Jesus speaking)
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
The flood waters of destruction, could not start to fall, until Noah and his family were "SAFE," inside the ark, and God shut the door.
Genesis 7:13-20 KJV
13 That very day Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives.
14 With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind.
15 Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes.
16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then The Lord closed the door behind them.
17 For forty days the flood waters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth.
18 As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface.
19 Finally, the water covered even the highest mountains on the earth,
20 rising more than twenty-two feet above the highest peaks.
21 All the living things on earth died—birds, domestic animals, wild animals, small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people.
The fires of destruction and death, could not fall, “until,” Lot and his family were "SAFELY" outside of the city, destined for judgment.
Genesis 19:12-25 NLT
12 Meanwhile, the angels questioned Lot. “Do you have any other relatives here in the city?” they asked. “Get them out of this place—your sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone else.
13 For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached The Lord, and He has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters’ fiancés, “Quick, get out of the city! The Lord is about to destroy it.” But the young men thought he was only joking.
15 At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. “Hurry,” they said to Lot. “Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!”
16 When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for The Lord was merciful.
17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”
18 “Oh no, my lord!” Lot begged.
19 “You have been so gracious to me and saved my life, and you have shown such great kindness. But I cannot go to the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die.
20 See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don’t you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.”
21 “All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village.
22 But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.” (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means “little place.”)
23 Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon.
24 Then The Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah.
25 He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation.
I Thessalonians 5:9 KJV (Apostle Paul)
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Certainly apocalyptic judgments are the product of God's wrath!
Revelation 3:10 KJV
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.
Revelation 3:10 NLT
Because you have obeyed My command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.
A Point Noted:
Revelation chapters 1-3, there are references to the church, but from chapter 4-19, where the tribulation is described in no uncertain terms, the church “does not appear.” And this is because The Church Of Jesus Christ has been caught up to heaven.
Dear friend, the winds of change are beginning to howl, do you have a place of safety?
Psalm 27:5 KJV
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon A Rock.
ROCK OF AGES
Rock Of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock Of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
Augustus M. Toplady, 1776