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The Rapture Will Definitely Happen Before The Tribulation.

Is The Rapture Theory A Spirit Of Cowardness.


Beliefs in the pre-Tribulation Rapture has nothing to do with a cowardly desire to escape persecution.

Many people are in the dark about the “departure” some call it the “rapture”. Paul the apostle of grace is the only one who can tell us when the departure is going to take place. Paul is the apostle for todays  church and Gentiles and Jews. He got these revelations directly from Christ Jesus. 1Co 14:6, Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?, Gal 1:12, For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. If you want to really know when the rapture is going to take place, you have to believe Paul or you will not be able to see it. Before you do anything, there are a few important factors to be aware of.


1.Rightly Divide The Word Of Truth.

2Ti 2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We must know which books of the bible are for the gentiles(church today) and which books are for the Jews. You can read more about the subject here and here. Paul said he does not want to know what Jesus of Nazareth said during His time of ministry. 2Cor 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. We must of course rightly divide what Jesus of Nazareth said during His ministry, some things He had said were only for the Jews at that time and some things were for all Jews and gentiles. Jesus Himself said he had came for the Jews only -  Matt 15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Many things Jesus of Nasareth said in Mark,Matt,Luke and John about the last days were for the Jews and about His second coming only .


2.Paul Is The Apostle Of Grace He Knows All About The Church, The Body Of Christ.

Gal2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision(grace) was committed unto me,(paul) as the gospel of the circumcision(law -what Jesus of Nazareth have taught Peter) was unto Peter; “You can read more here Why Don’’t Churches Preach The Revelation of Jesus Christ?”


3.Dispensations – Church/Grace age.

To study this topic you can read the following: Gone to the dogs .  Paul said the dispensation of grace was given to him  Eph 3:2, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:. See also Col 1:25, Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God. This dispensation is given to Paul, this is the church which Christ said He will build. Paul also said he is to fulfill this gospel/dispensation. Paul is the only apostle which have been instructed by Christ to preach the final gospel, now other apostle got these instructions from God. 1 Cor 14:37, If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. Important, in which dispensation will the rapture happen -see what Paul said in  Gal 1:4, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world (present age/dispensation-church and grace age), according to the will of God and our Father:  


Let Us Look At What Paul Said About The Rapture.

1 Cor 1:51, Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
 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. 53, For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  4, For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, Thess 4 : 14-18 even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15, For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
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:
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.
18, Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

2 Thess 2:1-8  1, Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together  unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit,
nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3, Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a
falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;(can you see what Pauls teaching

here is - The departure.)
4, Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5, Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6, And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7, For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8, And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:


Important Point I Want You To Look At:

“falling away”  I believe the KJV phrase "falling away", in 2 Thess. 2:3, refers to the "departure", or "Rapture" of the Church. The KJV English phrase "falling away", in 2 Thess. 2:3, is the Greek word "apostasia", and its basic meaning is to "depart from" or "go away". The Greek word "Apostasia" is a compound of two Greek words: "Apo" = "to move away", "stasis" means "standing or state", or "to stand". Literally, from its basic definition, "apostasia" means "to go away from", or "depart", or "change state or standing from one state to another". "Apostasia" was used in extra Biblical Greek literature to describe political revolt, or a "going away from the establishment" and in the Septuagint, or Greek Old Testament, when the Jews would "go away" from God to worship other gods. "Apostasia" is only used one other time in the New Testament, in Acts 21:21 to describe "forsaking", or "going away from" the teachings of Moses.  "Apostasia" literally then means "to depart, or go away from", and to "go away from what" must be determined from the context.

The sole subject and context of both epistles is the "Rapture", or "Departure" of the Church, or "the called out ones," and advice to the Church while we await the return of Christ for the Church. The Second letter to the Church at Thessalonica appears to have been written by Paul to clear up misunderstandings about his First Letter. (2 Thess. 2:1-5)The Greek word "apostasia" in 2 Thess. 2:3 also has the Greek article "the" in front of it, in the Greek text, which makes it, not a general "going away", or "departure", but "The Departure", a special EVENT, that the reader is expected to already know about.


In other words, the use of the article "the" with "apostasia" in 2 Thess. 2:3 indicates that Paul expects the Thessalonian Christians to already understand that this is the title of an event, and he expects them to already know what it means. Had the Apostle Paul already taught the Thessalonians about an "EVENT" that could be described as a "departure", or "going away"? Absolutely, yes. Paul had already taught the Thessalonian Church about the EVENT, of the Catching Away and "Departure" of the Church in 1 Thess 4:13-18. In 2 Thess 2:5, Paul says don’t you remember? When I was with you I taught you about these things? I don't see where Paul taught them at all about "a falling away from the truth" in his first letter, but he taught them about the Rapture of the church in at least five passages in 1st Thessalonians:


To recap, and summarize by clarifying the verses with modern terminology:

I beg you, by the Pre-Tribulation Rapture promise of Christ, That you don't worry if you "hear by letter" that you are in the 7 year Great Tribulation of God's wrath Don't be deceived. The Tribulation doesn't come until after the world wide events of the Great resurrection and rapture, which removes the righteous and leaves only those in rebellion and apostacy, which allows for the revealing of the AntiChrist, Who says he is God, and who will sit in the temple and declare claim to be God. Don't you remember this doctrine I told you already? And now you know why the AntiChrist is not yet revealed to the world Yes, the AntiChrist is working, but not fully, because you are still here, preventing his works by your prayers, until the rapture, when you will be taken out of the way. And then the AntiChrist will come out of hiding, and the Lord will destroy him.

I can hear Paul thinking to himself... how could my disciples have been so easily misled, deceived and troubled that they missed the rapture? And by a mere letter? It's a world-wide gospel-promoting supernatural event that no person could miss who was looking forward to it! They know it includes people rising from the dead, the last trump, and all the rest. I told them that in my first letter to them in Chapter 4, in fact, it was the only doctrinal teaching in my entire letter! Sheesh! I'd better make another journey back to Thessalonia to set these guys straight and reassure them, just in case my letter doesn't do it!


Some believers believe that the “falling away" means that “there must be first a falling away from the faith" and then the man of sin is revealed, only then will the rapture occur. If you believe that the “falling away” is what the mid or post rapture believers are saying, then I would want to ask you the following question:

Why would Paul later say that only some will depart from the faith? Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Don't you agree that this verse explain clearly that only some will depart from the faith, as to what some would say “many would fall/apostasy  from the faith in  2 Thess. 2:3. Why would Paul now say only some would depart from the faith?, and before in 2 Thess. 2:3 he said there would be a “falling away” ??? . To me this make not sense, The “falling away” in 2 Thess. 2:3 is definitely the rapture or departure of all born again christians.

Jesus of Nazareth spoke many times in parables to His disciples, but to Paul, He did not speak in parables.


The Wrath Of God.

The church and born again christians are not appointed for the coming wrath: Rom 5:9, Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 1Th 1:10, And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1Th 5:9, For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,


Who are appointed for Christ Wrath.

Eph 5:6, Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Col 3:6, For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  1Th 2:16, Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. Joh 3:36, He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


My Gospel

If anyone preach another gospel as what Paul preach which he call “ My gospel” Rom 16:25, Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. Such a person is accursed if he does not preach the gospel of Paul. The rapture must be preach according to Paul’s gospel. Gal 1:8, But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Gal 1:9, As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Paul’s gospel is not according Jesus of Nazareth or Mark, Matthew, Luke and parts of John. What Jesus said about the thief in the night in Matt, Luke and in Revelation is concerning the tribulation and His second coming. One must be able to rightly divide the word. In the rapture we will meet Christ in the air the world will not see Christ, but with His second coming back the whole world will see Him, He will come back with thousands of His saints Jud 1:14, And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, The second coming of Christ is predictable, just count seven years from that day the tribulation begins and you will know when Christ is coming. These are definite two deferent events.

See Matt Matt24:29-30, Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30, And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  


The Key is to understand Paul's message, you must understand that there are dispensations and that you have to rightly divide the word of truth with the help of the Holy Spirit, some bible books are not for the church, I don't say that you must through those books out of your bible, but what is said in those books were for another dispensation. If you do not understand these things you are going to commingle the dispensation and the gospels, it just will not work.


Dear reader, this is fantastic news, it is very clear that if you are born again you will be saved out of this present world/age or dispensation which end before the tribulation. You have to make sure that you are saved to be able to meet Christ in the air. That is why Paul said to his followers to encourage them– Thess 4:14, For if we believe that  Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15, For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: 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. 18, Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Is there any comfort to know you will be going into the tribulation???. The trumpet call, not to be confused with the last of the seven trumpets in Revelation, is a trumpet call associated with the Jewish Feast of Trumpets. It will be used to call the living saints at the time of the Rapture to be caught up and transformed together with the just-raised saints of the past. This is described also in 1 Corinthians 15.


Just think about it, all prophecies concerning the tribulation in the books of Daniel and Revelation, the wars and the antichrist, his mark, and the seals which going to be open and all the plagues going to fall on the earth during the tribulation, you are going to miss all of it, you will be safely in your heavenly Fathers home. That is what I call a loving Father !!!!!. If you believed Christ is in you, why would His Farther put Him again under wrath????


Mal 3:16, Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17, And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them (The Rapture), as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18, Then shall ye return, (second coming of Christ) and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Jud 1:14, And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, Who are the ten thousands saints of the Lord “all born again children of God which he call mine, His children!!!!


Peter Porter


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