The Rapture

By David J. Stewart

       1st Corinthians 15:51-53, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

The Rapture Could Happen Today

1st Thessalonians 4:17 plainly teaches that all believers, the dead first and then the living, will be “CAUGHT UP” when the Lord returns. This is exactly what the word “Rapture” means, although the word itself is not found in the Bible.

Likewise the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, but the all-important Word “Godhead” most certainly is if you use the faithful King James Bible (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9). All modern corrupted Bibles completely remove the word “Godhead,” and in so doing commit woeful injustice against the inspired Word of God.

Every born-again believer's body will be gloriously changed at the Rapture, which occurs BEFORE the 7-year Tribulation Period. This event is commonly referred to as the “PRE-tribulation Rapture.” The Bible does NOT teach a “POST-tribulation Rapture,” nor a “partial Rapture,” nor a “split Rapture” as some teach.

The idea of a split Rapture is the view held by some Presbyterians that only New Testament saints will be caught up at the Rapture, and then Old Testament saints will be caught up at the end of the 7-years when the Lord comes again at the Second Coming. They base this false teaching upon Daniel 12:1-3. Albeit, the teaching is unscriptural. The Bible never teaches a split Rapture. To do so ignores the Judgment Seat of Christ for ALL believers immediately following the Rapture.

After the 7-year Tribulation Period, the Lord is going to return to the earth, at the Second Coming. The Lord is going to remove the Church away from the earth at the Rapture; but the Lord will return WITH all the saints at the Second Coming.

An easy way to remember this truth is this:

The Lord...

May I say friend, if you have never been born-again by the Spirit of God, then you will not receive a glorified body when the Lord returns. In fact, you will be left behind to suffer the wrath of God poured out upon the earth in the Tribulation. Billions of people will die in the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation, Biblically referred to a time of “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:21).

Whether you die before, during, or at the end of the Tribulation, if you are not saved God will punish you in Hell for ever. You will also receive some form of body, but it won't be a body fashioned like unto the glorious body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said to “fear him which is able to destroy both soul AND BODY IN HELL.” The wicked will be given bodies that can withstand the extremely hot fires of molten sulfur in Hell, suffering in excruciating physical pain, yet your body will not be consumed in the flames. What a horrible place to spend eternity!

One of the worst things about Hell the Bible says, will be knowing all that you could have had in the glory of the Lord's presence in Heaven for all eternity; but you chose to spend eternity in the torments of the Lake of Fire. Luke 13:28, “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and YOU YOURSELVES THRUST OUT.” 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9, “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, and FROM THE GLORY OF HIS POWER.” You'll endure an eternal nightmare in Hell, suffering in torments, having no rest day nor night, and you'll be completely forgotten about. Proverb 10:7, “...the name of the wicked shall rot.”

How will you feel knowing that you're burning in Hell, while others are enjoying themselves in the splendors of Heaven's riches, and you could have had it all for FREE? Is that what you want? Death is right around the corner for all of us my friend. This life is like a vapor that's here one second and gone the next. James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? IT IS EVEN A VAPOUR, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT YE, AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL.”
 

Is the Teaching of the Rapture a Recent Theological Invention?

No, the Bible does teach the doctrine of the Rapture. It is NOT a new teaching as some pseudo-scholars claim. Before the Bible was completed in A.D.96, the teaching of the Pretribulation Rapture was already contained in the Bible, in 1st Thessalonians 4:17. The Biblical doctrine of the Rapture has been with us for the past 2,000 years.

The body of every born-again believer will suddenly change, and be “caught up” into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Carefully notice that the Bible says we will “meet the Lord.” Amen!

What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face, the One Who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day, that will be!

I humbly look forward to meeting my precious Savior face-to-face, the One Who understands and loves us unconditionally for Who He is. John 16:22, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” Amen and amen.

One can only conclude a Pretribulation Rapture if you take the Bible literally at face value. “Pretribulation” means that the Rapture happens BEFORE the 7-year Tribulation Period. This is Biblical.

One of the strongest proofs of a Pretribulation Rapture is the event of the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION spoken of by Daniel the prophet in Daniel 9:27 and then again by the Jesus Himself in Matthew 25:15. This is the event when the Antichrist will claim to be god from the temple in Jerusalem, and demand that the world worship him or be killed. From this blasphemous event, it will be exactly 3 1/2 years until the Lord's SECOND COMING (2nd Thessalonians 2:4).

Since the Bible plainly states that no man knows WHEN the Rapture will occur (Matthew 25:13), we must conclude that it will be a Pretribulation Rapture, because we DO KNOW it will be exactly 3 1/2 years between the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION and the SECOND COMING.

I believe that the Bible is God's inerrant, preserved and inspired Words. I believe that the Words of the King James Bible are inspired Word for Word. God's Word is inspired into whatever language it is translated into. God doesn't inspire a language, He inspires His Words. We have God's preserved and inspired Words today in the King James Bible.

The Bible teaches a Rapture of the saints, and it could occur at any moment. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
 

The Rapture Could Happen This Moment

The Rapture could happen at any moment. The world is in turmoil. As of February 2011, Egypt has been taken over by a coup (by a coalition with the Muslim Brotherhood). The man that they're putting into leadership over Egypt is a head of the United Nations. The Muslim Brotherhood have sworn to conquer Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and other nations for their evil cause. It is a destabilization campaign leading up to a World War 3 scenario.

They're creating a Middle East crisis in order to offer the World War 3 solution. We are now under open world government. This is clearly the End Times. The Middle East is being divided and conquered by the New World Order gang. First Afghanistan, then Iraq, now Egypt... next Iran, Jordan, and Syria?

Once the Middle East has been secured by the criminal globalists, the 3rd temple in Jerusalem will likely be built. It could be built in a very short time. We know that there will be a temple, because the Bible says the Antichrist will claim to be god from the temple in 2nd Thessalonians 2:4. All eyes are on the Middle East. To get a clearer idea of what is going on, read the predictions of Freemason icon, Albert Pike, who predicted world wars I, II and III.

Read World War One and the Illuminati

THE ILLUMINATI AND THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

Look closely at the following picture and you'll see clearly why Iran must be conquered by the elite Globalists...

Truly a picture speaks 1,000 words!

The Bible teaches that the Lord will return when men think not. Matthew 24:44, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” To be “ready” means to make sure you are saved in Christ Jesus. Only born-again Christians will be Raptured by the Lord.

Egypt has been conquered. Coalition with the Muslim Brotherhood, and a head of the United Nations.

Personally, I think the Lord is going to return sooner than most people think. Everybody thinks that the Lord will return at the worst possible moment in the world, right before all if going to implode.

We are truly living in the End Times and the Beast system of the coming Antichrist is upon us. World War Three is around the corner and the Lord's return ever so imminent. Navy commander and prolific author, William Guy Carr, in his eye-opening book PAWNS IN THE GAME, exposes the predatory elite Banksters who have financed every war and revolution on both sides since the Revolutionary War of 1776.[1]

Here is an excellent quote from the inspiring author, Henry Makow . . .

Countdown to World War Three

August 15, 2004 | By Henry Makow, Ph.D.

As fighting resumes in the holy city of Najaf, more may hinge on the outcome than we realize.

In a provocative article, Joe Vialls reveals that Iran and Saddam's Iraq have a covert military alliance and began joint preparations for this war after the Gulf War ended in 1991.

Iran already has nuclear capability and recently threatened to "wipe Israel off the map" if Israel attacked its nuclear facilities. Vialls says the cleric Al Sadr is tied to the Iranians.

"As we shall see, if Moqtada al-Sadr is killed or maimed, we will be into an altogether new and exceedingly lethal ball game," says Vialls.

As you know, a large part of the US fleet is out of port and probably near Iran. Many observers believe there will be a US attack on Iran after the US election, no matter who wins. Iran has a military alliance with Russia.

These events should be seen in the perspective of a letter written by Albert Pike, the Grand Commander of American Freemasonry in 1871 and published in 1925. The letter foresaw three world wars designed to bring about Illuminati world hegemony.

Each war planted the seeds for the next. For example, the Second World War was designed to ensure the destruction of Germany, the expansion of Communist Russia and the establishment of the State of Israel. It unfolded exactly as Pike described and set the stage for the next war.

"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World," Pike wrote.

"Agentur" means "agent." The same term is used in another Illuminati document "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" which dates from the same period.

The key point here is these wars are contrived. They are "caused by agentur of the Illuminati" on both sides. These agents owe their first loyalty to the Illuminati not to their countries.

Their aim is to destroy their respective countries and profit from the carnage.

Pike continues: "The [third] war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other."

The rest of the world will be drawn in. "Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion..."

At this point they will be constrained to accept the Luciferian one-world government.

Iran is rumored to have missiles that would reach England. I suspect China is also being built up by the illuminati to attack and destroy the USA.

See "Elite Sets the Stage for World War Three"

Pike's complete letter and valuable background can be found on an excellent web site "Three World Wars.com" operated by Michael Haupt of Cambridge UK. Readers who object that the terms Nazism and Zionism were not known in 1871 should remember that the Illuminati invented both these movements.

The Illuminati refers to a tightly organized network of family dynasties representing Anglo American and European aristocracy and Jewish finance joined by intermarriage, belief in the occult, and hatred of Christianity. Freemasonry is their instrument. They care nothing for their non-Illuminati brethren, Jewish or not. They will destroy billions as they create a neo feudal world characterized by the superrich, their support staff, soldiers and serfs.

SOURCE: savethemales.ca - Countdown to World War Three

As you've read, Albert Pike (1809-1892) foretold of World Wars one and two and has provided us with vivid details of World War three. This is quite amazing. Pike wasn't a psychic; but rather, had inside occult knowledge. Pike was a 33rd degree Freemason and an admitted Luciferian worshipper. The New World Order has been in the works since the city and tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. Satan wants to unite humanity against God. The NWO began in America in 1775 with the Illuminati group led by Adam Weishaupt. It was no coincidence that the Revolutionary War ensued a year later.

America was indeed founded by Freemasons who had the purpose of achieving a New World Order in mind. This is amazingly and accurately evidenced in the book Legions of Satan by Jonathan Williams, 1781, in which he quotes British General Cornwallis as having said to George Washington (after losing the Revolutionary War to him)...

"a holy war will now begin on America and when it is ended, America will be supposedly the citadel of freedom, but her millions will unknowingly be loyal subjects, your churches will be used to teach the Jews' religion and in less than 200 years, the whole nation of America will be working for divine world government. All religions will be permeated with Judaism, without even being noticed by the masses, and it will all be under the invisible all-seeing eye of the grand architect of freemasonry..."

And so it is today! Our nation was founded by Freemasons for the purpose of bring to fruition a NWO. The 911 attacks launched the New World Order. The New World Order is upon us and world government is being set up quickly. We don't have a government anymore in America; it has been taken over by outside interests.
 

The Lord's Return Draweth Nigh

The Word of God teaches that the Lord is only delaying His return for the sake of lost sinners, who still need to come to Christ for salvation. The Father wants His house filled (Luke 14:23). We must be patient...

James 5:7-8, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”

What a day that will be. Notice what the Bible states in James 5:3, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” It's hard to believe that nearly 2,000 years have already passed since that Scripture was written. Was God lying? No, the Bible tell us not to be ignorant of the fact that God lives in eternity where there is no time. 2nd Peter 3:8, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Men judge God's faithfulness by the faulty standard of time. As time passes some men become impatient and decide that God is a liar, unfaithful and that the prophecy of the Lord's return is not accurate. But God lives in eternity.

Revelation 10:6 teaches that there will be TIME NO LONGER. God created time for humanity, so we could be held accountable for how we spend our time. Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Everything has a beginning and an end, but that doesn't apply to God. In fact, the Bible teaches that Jesus is the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8). Everything begins with God and everything ends with God (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Acts 17:25; John 1:3). God gave us life and He offers to all men eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26). Those who reject Christ and refuse God's loving offer will suffer everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:12-15; John 3:36; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9; Psalm 9:17). The choice is ours!

Albeit, from world events today it certainly appears that something big is going to happen soon. If the Lord doesn't return, a monstrous global government is going to afflict the masses of this world like never before, which will dwarf Hitler's holocaust in comparison. The world is fast headed for a Communist dictatorship, a nightmare Police State, with power-tripping thugs oppressing the population. The conditions are ripe for the coming of the man of sin, the Antichrist to rule the dark criminal empire. The Lord must return prior to the revealing of the identity of the Antichrist (2nd Thessalonians 2:3). The Bible has never shown more accurate than today, as we are witnessing firsthand the uprising of the New World Order. These are exciting and scary times, and best of all... God is still on His throne. Jeremiah 17:10, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” I love the Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Savior!
 

Believers Will Be Given New Glorified Bodies at the Rapture

The Bible teaches that the believer's body will be “...changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye...” Our corruptible flesh shall be CHANGED into an incorruptible body like that of the Lord Jesus when He rose from the dead...

1st Corinthians 15:20-24, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRSTFRUITS OF THEM THAT SLEPT. For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Jesus) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming (the Rapture). Then cometh the end (the Second Coming 7 years later), when he (Jesus) shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.”

Amen and amen! Every believer's body will be raised up at the Rapture and changed in a fraction of a second into an INCORRUPTIBLE body that never gets sick, never tires, never diseases, never aches nor feels pain, never sins. We will be raised up by the Spirit of God, never to suffer in physical pain again. What a wonderful day that will be, especially for those of us who suffer physical pain in our bodies in this present world!!!

Here is an excellent quote from Dr. Max D. Younce's helpful book, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!...

The Rapture Is The Redemption of Our Body.

A partial Rapture is Satan's trickery to lead one to believe that you must suffer and/or have good works to complete God's salvation. One must remember that the completion of our salvation in the redemption of our bodies! Notice in Romans 8:23,

“...even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY.”

At the Rapture our salvation is completed. Those who have died, receive their resurrected bodies from the grave; while those that are alive have their bodies transformed as they go up to be with the Lord. (Philippians 3:20,21).

Those who propagate a partial Rapture have succumbed to Satan's subtlety. (Genesis 3:1 and 2 Corinthians 11:3,13-15). If Satan cannot convince you that good works are necessary for salvation; then, he will attempt, through his ministers, to convince you that those that are backslidden must go into the Tribulation. Some that hold this view have told me that, this is to have them suffer for their disobedience and give them a chance to redeem themselves. This, supposedly, shows God they are really Christians by now being faithful while being persecuted. Sounds good—except it contradicts God's Word!

This damnable philosophy denies the Judgment Seat of Christ for all Christians, as well as Christ's completing our salvation by His death and Resurrection. Therefore, they do not believe one is saved eternally; but, rather, must have good works in order to maintain their salvation. Very subtly, they accuse God of being a liar and unfaithful to His Word when He promised all believers they would “never perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

SOURCE: Dr. Max D. Younce, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!, Volume 2, pg. 101-102; ISBN-13-978-0-9815225-8-6; Morris Publishing.

Here is a wonderful passage of Scriptures evidencing that our vile earthly bodies will be CHANGED into glorified bodies, fashioned like unto the Lord's resurrected body...

Philippians 3:20-21, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be FASHIONED LIKE UNTO HIS GLORIOUS BODY, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

That ought to comfort your heart dear friend as it does mine. What a precious PROMISE from the Lord Jesus Christ! God is going to change our sickly, temporal, vile, earthly bodies into incorruptible, healthy, everlasting, glorious bodies made in the likeness of our Lord's glorified body. Hallelujah, no more neck pain!!!


1st Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

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