Saturday, September 15, 2012

Scripture Supports A Rapture Before The Great Tribulation!

By Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Saturday, September 15th, 2012 - The belief that a “Rapture” or catching away of the saints to Heaven will occur before the Tribulation is continually under fire by those who think the Church will be caught unprepared for the Tribulation when it happens. However, many born-again believers understand that there is no way that the majority of us could ever prepare for the tribulations that will soon engulf the world with total destruction.

Indeed, unless we have tons of money to build a heavily fortified and defensible underground shelter in which to store enough medication, food and water for three and a half years, much less seven years, there is no way any of us will survive. In short, we will all perish sooner or later unless our Heavenly Father miraculously protects us, which is our great hope - and one that is not without a biblical precedent! For example, Yahweh God fully protected the Israelites, who were not touched by the Angel of Death in Egypt because they were protected by the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. Likewise, we need to seek our full protection within the DOOR covered with the Blood of the Lamb, which is the Cross of Yahshua Ha Mashiach! In addition, we need to store up treasure in Heaven for ourselves, where moths and thieves do not destroy or steal, rather than focus on storing up earthly goods that can easily be destroyed or stolen (Matthew 6:19-21).

When we store up heavenly treasure through Holy Spirit driven good works (1 Cor. 12:1-11; James 2:14-24), it assures our divine protection in times of calamity. In light of these instructions from Yahshua, the desperate need to store up enough provisions and survival gear to care for ourselves and our families in the event of a cataclysmic event should not be a concern, and should be seen as truly futile by all who trust in God for their protection and help. But, rather than merely be protected here on Earth as the spiritually unregenerated Israelites were, there are many Scriptures that point to a Rapture or catching away of the born-again saints in the Church to Heaven before the Great Tribulation. Here are the most significant two:
~*~ John 14:1-3 ~*~
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
~*~ 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 ~*~
“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 THEREFORE COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS.”
Note that, in the quote from John’s Gospel, Yahshua says that He will come again to receive His saints, and this can’t be at the end of the Tribulation, because He will NOT be returning to Heaven after that, but staying here on Earth for His Millennial Rule! Also, verse 18 of the quote from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians is capitalized to make a point. There is NO COMFORT in Paul’s words if he is telling us that we all have to live through the Great Tribulation, which will be the worst time of trouble that the world will ever experience!

In the same letter, Paul also said that God did NOT appoint us to suffer His Wrath, and that we should find comfort in that fact as well; 
~*~ 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11 ~*~
“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 FOR GOD DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (i.e. Adonai Yahshua Ha Mashiach), 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore COMFORT EACH OTHER and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
Please allow yourself to be comforted by the Holy Spirit and Yahshua’s promise to come back for us, and don’t get discouraged! Since the Great Tribulation is the time when the full fury of God’s Wrath toward the wicked will be poured out, there is no way He is going to let His fully born-again and sanctified saints live through that time of trouble, of which Yahshua said: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” - Matthew 24:21

As a promise of our coming deliverance from this time of severe trouble and tribulation, Yahshua also gave a special promise to the Church of Philadelphia or Brotherly Love, that they would not have to go through the hour of trial that will come, and this hour of trial is a reference to the Great Tribulation. 
~*~  Rev. 3:10-11 ~*~
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I ALSO WILL KEEP YOU FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”
The Church of Philadelphia is the church representing the BRIDE OF CHRIST ACCOMPANIED BY THE WISE VIRGINS of the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew, Chapter 25. This Parable has a direct allusion to the Rapture of the Saints in that the wise virgins are taken to Heaven with the Bride and Bridegroom for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, while the foolish virgins are not allowed to accompany them because they do not have enough oil, or gifts of the Holy Spirit, to sanctify them enough for this great honor and gift of deliverance. 

Yahshua’s point in this Parable is that one can be saved for everlasting life at the end of time, but not be sanctified enough for the gift of witnessing the Wedding of the Lamb in Heaven. To those not spiritually ready, it is even possible that they will be unable to experience the Millennial Kingdom of Christ on the renewed, post Tribulation Earth. This is the fate of the foolish virgins, who will soon be left behind to suffer through the Great Tribulation unless they find enough Holy Spirit oil for the spiritual lamps inside their hearts. Meanwhile, the wise virgins are taken to Heaven because they have a deeply intimate prayer relationship with Yahshua, and are fully sanctified by living a godly life in the Holy Spirit. This will allow the wise virgins to be ready for the Wedding of the Lamb and the Millennial Kingdom, as royal priests with Christ.

Though there are many other Scriptures pointing to a Pre-Wrath Rapture, the ones listed above are some of the most pertinent to proving that a Rapture or Harpazo of the Church is forthcoming before the Tribulation becomes too severe. These Scriptures also suggest that the Rapture should actually be defined as Pre Wrath rather than Pre-Tribulation, though the Pre-Tribulation view also has support in Scripture.

These are the primary Scriptures that support the teaching of the Rapture. Please study yourself approved, read these passages in your Bible, and ask God to reveal whether or not this teaching is the truth to you. Coupled with study of these key Scriptures, open your eyes and remember that all the birth pains of the Great Tribulation are now evident. If in doubt, look to the heavens, particularly the Sun, which has been emitting numerous and increasingly larger bursts of radiation called Coronal Mass Ejections or CME’s that are contributing to the heating up of the surface of the Earth, interfering with satellite communications, and causing severe disturbances on the other planets and moons elsewhere in our Solar System, particularly Jupiter and Saturn.

After looking at the heavens, turn your eyes toward the numerous natural disasters on the Earth such as the long list of mass animal, bird and fish deaths over the past two years. Couple that with the severe weather, droughts, floods, tornadoes, water spouts, sink holes, waters turning to blood, earthquakes in diverse places, volcanic eruptions, calamities, spiritual unrest (such as in the rioting going on all over the world, particularly in the Muslim nations), the increasing visible demonic activity (such is in the cannibal attacks of the past year), diseases (such as Swine Flu, Avian Flu, and West Nile Virus), and pestilences (such as widespread insect and rodent pest explosions, and similar explosions in the diseases that they carry), it is clear that Yahshua is coming soon for His Sanctified Bride - a Bride that should be preparing to leave with Him as she anxiously awaits His arrival, rather than hunkering down to survive the Apocalypse!

For more information about my views concerning the Rapture and Great Tribulation, please read the following past ministry posts published at the POEM web site:

Why the Post-Tribulation View of the Rapture Doesn’t Make Sense

The Rapture Connection to the Sign of the Son of Man

In the meantime, may our Father Yahweh God bless you abundantly as we wait for our King and Bridegroom Yahshua Ha Mashiach!

Maranatha!

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