So many "christians" today rage against the idea of a pre-trib, pre-time of JACOB's trouble (not the church's trouble) rapture/escape from all/harpazo/call it whatever you want...
Yet the absolute proof of our God's intention is throughout all the pages of the bible. Here's just one of many examples of the Lord leaving his thinking written for us to find in the bible:
Psalm 32:6Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
7You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;You surround me with songs of deliverance.
Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him? Luke 17:26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
Flood of great waters? As it was in the days of Noah? Flood will not reach him? Are you picking up on this?
You would have to be blind or willfully ignorant to not see how rich just these two sentences are in one Psalm in the bible. In a "flood" of great waters? They will not reach him? Hiding place? You preserve me from trouble? You surround me with songs of deliverance? Gosh, that sounds really "escapist" , doesn't it?
Where are all the debaters within "christianity" to debate with God's Word here? What happened to "manning up" and "taking the tribulation in the face" so we can "be a witness?" Whats with all this "hiding" and "preserving from trouble" business we read in the bible?
Well, what we've been looking at sounds alot like this:
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Wow, how 'escapist' that sounds doesn't it. While the scofferes within churchianity scoff at our Lord's promise, we take our Lord at His Word.
Over and over and over again, we read about "hiding" and "refuge" and "escape" and being "preserved from trouble" in the bible. Read through the book of Psalms for yourself, see it for yourself.
There is an escape from all coming, our Lord GUARANTEES IT. What kind of escape? Perhaps we should ask Noah and Lot because in Luke 17 and Matt 24 we are told that the coming of the Son of man will be JUST LIKE the days of Noah and Lot. Were Noah and Lot "hidden" away, when there was a "flood of great waters" (psalm 32) did they reach Noah? Were Noah and lot preserved from trouble? Were Noah and Lot able to sing songs of deliverance after the flood and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?
Did Noah and Lot receive real physical deliverances or was the Word of the Lord to them just some kind of pie in the sky, take the flood and fire on the chin kind of "you'll be comforted" while you suffer with the unbelievers kind of thing?
The Word of God interprets the Word of God. Read it for yourself. Deliverance from trouble, a place of hiding and ESCAPE are very real themes woven throughout the entire bible for the righteous. The people who tell you "there will be no escape" or there will be a partial escape have a real problem with the entirety of the Word of God.
Read the history of Israel. Over and over again, most were destroyed but a remnant were SPARED...physically. The Word and the deliverance of the Lord are real. They were real for Noah and Lot, and they will be real for some people in the future as well.
Do not allow the faithlessness and wickedness to steal your escape from you. Just because the many will not make it, doesn't mean you have to be left behind with them. The faithless, cowardly and wicked who already have an inward witness that they won't make it out, want you to stay behind with them.
What is the Spirit saying to the churches today? What is the Spirit saying to you today? Stop following men. Mankind cannot save you, only Jesus can. Mankind never promised you an escape from all, JESUS DID. Who are men to tell you "no" when God has told you "yea verily." If the Lord has spoken it, and it has been written, then it is FACT, not open to debate.
Settle these things within yourself. As you believe, so shall you receive.
Matthew 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would."
Don't let the unbelieving foolish virgins talk you out of your escape. The Lord is speaking, we should be listening. I do not claim to speak for Him. His Word speaks for itself.
done for now,
grace and peace