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Rapture and Reason

Posted 28 Feb 2010 at 23:48 PM by spanner


It is not to show the world the power of God - although it will.
It is not for an "escape" for Christians (for millions have died/slept since the cross) although in the rapture Christians will escape the wrath/tribulation.
It is not to make/show a "respect of persons" as many will be converted (whose number cannot be numbered) to Christianity immediately after the rapture in varied stages.

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

It is, however, to remove Christians and the Holy Spirit from the earth that the judgement/wrath of God may be visited upon mankind. Well, you might say, what of those whom are saved after the rapture do they not have the Holy Spirit in them and the wrath is poured upon them? It is a different type of relationship than that we have with Christ, as Boaz married Ruth so Christ's bride - the church has the only personal relationship with Jesus in a close way.(called a mystery in Ephesians 5:31-32 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.) The church is the only people(s) whom are told they will/do have (the wedding band if you will) the Holy Spirit within them to teach and comfort and guide them. As Boaz did not beat Ruth with many stripes or cast her into the world of pain/sorrow, then neither does Christ cast his bride (the mystery) into a world of wrath. One should take careful note of how the scripture addresses Ruth and how she represents the church, and look at her special situation:

Ruth 2:10-12 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found *grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been showed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The *LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the *LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

Three things stand out in the above verses: 1. *Grace - Few places in the old or new testament are stated with the word "grace" and Ruth had the "grace" not only with the spelling of the LORD with all caps but also of the LORD God. 2. *LORD - when this spelling or capitalization is used it is the event after the cross when Jesus has been "glorified" the spelling of the Lord is before the cross when Christ was to take on the flesh for our sin 3. *LORD God when this spelling is used it denotes a time after or during the thousand year reign of Jesus and the reunified Israel, note also the state in John (found in some of the KJV and some of the NIV and correctly spelled). In the book of Revelation the Lord is spelled "Lord" that Israel may know that the anti-Christ is not the LORD but an imposter, thereby Israel would understand that Christ had came and did go to the cross which they rejected but now will accept because of Ezekiel 36.
John 20 (all verses found in this chapter only): 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
These are listed to show the "glorified" state of Jesus Christ after the cross and reflect back to His prayer in the garden.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was., and in John 12:28-30 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
Between the words have and will is the place of the crucifixion - I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
Ephesians 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.
Christ is not an abuser of children nor is He a wife beater as some think (you are His child if so be you are in Christ). What man would take his newlywed bride and beat her and cast her among other men to be abused? Christ died once for the sins of the people and not as Moses indicated by striking the rock signifying Christ would die twice for the sins of the people which thing God did not command. Those that have accepted Christ and His cross have died unto sin and Christ bore our sin (past,present,and future) on His cross therefore we have been crucified with him, that is our sin, and do bare the pain of being in a world of sin and wracked in our physical bodies. We are under attack by the world in all areas - physical, mental, and spiritual and yet we realize we war not with flesh and blood but with spiritual wickedness in high places, this is why we are commanded to pray for those over us. Does sin bother you? Are you not opposed to all the filth, murder, envy, jealously, pride and the such like that you see in every day life? Notice too, that God could not destroy Sodom until the near kinsmen of Abraham - Lot and his children were removed and so it is with the church. Much like that of "righteous" Lot who vexed his "righteous soul" with their filthy communication, so too, does the church fall short of perfection. When the angels went to remove Lot from Sodom, he stated,
Genesis 19:19-23 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. (Lot wanted to be close to Sodom) And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. (substitute Son for sun for understanding)
So was born the slogan, "You can take Lot out of the country but you can't take the country out of Lot". Lot was not righteous in and of himself but was made righteous by the near kinsman redeemer - Abraham. We are not righteous of our self (See: Ruth ) but because of our kinsman Redeemer - Jesus Christ and as Lot had to be removed so too shall we have to be removed. Our works do not make us righteous for then would we turn to the Law and make sacrifice which the law requires, even Ruth could not be redeemed by the law in her time, kinsman nearer than Boaz could not redeem her but Boaz being in the lineage of our Saviour Jesus Christ could redeem her (Luke 3:32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, - Booz or Boaz). Neither can we be redeemed by the Law or our works, but look what the scripture states in the beginning of Abraham's salvation -
Genesis 12:1-4 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. (Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
Ur of Chaldee/Haran is the place of sin, much like that of ourselves today, God calls us out of sin into His marvellous light, therefore it is God that calls us, seals us, and saves us, we can do nothing in and of ourself until God brings us out of sin and the mindset of the sin nature which is alway opposed to God. Note also God told Abraham to leave his father's house and Christ would later state any one not willing to leave his father and mother (their religion) is not worthy of Him and to go a step further, even if the mom and pop belief is correct, you are still commanded to come out of it and follow Jesus as one individual in Christ. This is why someone begins to question their parentage and their belief, we come to Christ and Christ alone as He that began a good work in you shall also finish it. Now whether one believes in the rapture or no, the righteous (because of the blood of Christ and Christ in you) still must be removed for God's wrath and judgement to begin. God does not pour out His wrath twice upon His Son. The rapture is a mystery thus it is called "A silent rapture or catching away" if you prefer, with the evidence for the rapture located in
Revelation 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Note all of these are singular in spellings kindred,tongue,people,and nation and the reason? We are one in Christ -
Ephesians 4:4-7 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

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