Random Rapture Responses Apr 11, 2019 16:06:56 GMT
Post by Admin on Apr 11, 2019 16:06:56 GMT
The "Rapture" verses are about our resurrection, after death. The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus is a parable,not a real account. The Rapture is a lie.
I would also add that only with a Pre-trib Rapture position do we see prophecy left intact. The Rapture is the resurrection of all believers at the same time at some point in history. Based on the fact that there will be unbelievers in the Millennial Kingdom yet all unbelievers are destroyed at the Lord's Return the most consistent view is that those unbelievers are offspring of those who enter the Kingdom, meaning those who are born again during the Tribulation.
Many think the "first" resurrection of Revelation 20:4 is the Rapture because it is the "first," however, the word translated "first" is the word protos that has both an application in regards to sequence as well as "rank." We know an understanding of sequence is not possible because the "First" Resurrection" in a meaning of sequence is that of the Lord Jesus Christ:
That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
Secondly, we see in Revelation 11 that the Two Witnesses are resurrected and raptured:
Revelation 11:11-12 King James Version (KJV)
11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
So the most logical application of protos in Revelation 20:4 is that of rank or quality, where we conclude it is the "first" resurrection because it is the Resurrection unto Life, which has only a counterpart of the Resurrection unto Damnation. Those are the only two types of resurrection that apply to the context.
And let's not forget that Paul did not think he had to go through the Tribulation in order to be raptured, that was his constant desire:
2 Corinthians 5 King James Version (KJV)
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
His point is that he wants to be with the Lord and to have his glorified body but he doesn't want to be found "naked," or in other words, a spirit departed from his body, dead. He would prefer not to have the problems associated with the flesh but not to the point where he'd rather die than deal with that.
The Rapture will be Pre-Trib, and at that time every member of the Church, the Body of Christ, will be glorified and caught up to Heaven just as the Two Witnesses and the Tribulation Martyrs will be (though the Tribulation Martyrs reign with Christ, most likely here on Earth). Only those born again will enter the Kingdom as taught by the Lord in John 3 (though this has an application to the Kingdom Christ established through His death as well). They willl produce offspring that will rebel against God and join ranks with satan and be destroyed at the end of the Millennial Kingdom.