Sunday, January 15, 2012

More Proof (in Jude) For the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church

Well, as if we did not have enough evidence already of the incoming destroyer, heres more:

This one happened less than an hour ago and was again, just shy of a 7 magnitude earthquake. Update-there have now been 3 large quakes in this same location-a 6.2 a 6.7 and a 6.5. Three quakes not one...

These are strong earthquakes in diverse places that are almost on top of each other on the calendar. To refresh our memory here are the other major earthquakes we have seen over the past 2 weeks:

south shetland islands 6.7- 1/15/2012
northern sumatra 7.3- 1/10/2012
Santa Cruz Islands 6.6- 1/9/2012
izu islands Japan 6.8- 1/1/2012

As a frame of reference for how strong these quakes are, the level 5 quake that occured in Virginia this past year was felt all the way up into parts of New Jersey. If a level 5 in Virginia rattled houses in New Jersey, and earthquakes on the richter scale increase by a magnitude of 10 as they go from 5 to 6 to 7 etc. Then just how strong is a 6.8 earthquake? It is very powerful. Once again this quake took place in a remote region of the world where it can be easily looked over.

You can be sure that the news media will not be tracking these large quakes for you or ringing the warning bell. The media and their masters want you asleep.

I was hoping I could get a post out without another earthquake but it didn't work out that way this time. If a destroyer is inbound to the earth, so is redemption. Thats why earthquake posts are on this blog. We are to be watching and ready for the Lord's return. Are earthquakes a sign? Yes, they are specifically listed as part of the beginning of sorrows which lead into the tribulation/time of Jacob's trouble.

The evidence is clear, spirals in the sky, dead animals all over the earth, increased volcanic activity, a multi-year pattern of earthquakes, it paints a clear picture for me. "So what?" you ask.

So..we have increasing amounts of evidence around us that our redemption draws nigh. We were told to look up when all these things begin to happen. We were promised an escape from all in Luke 21:36. We were told the days of Noah and Lot would be just like the next time the Lord returns. Noah and Lot were both rescued bodily from the judgements of their day.

This brings me to another piece of evidence that supports the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. We find it in Jude:

Jude 1 5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. (this ties into the rapture in a the way that it is a rebuttal of the doctrine of devils once saved always saved doctrine. He saved the people from egypt, then destroyed them for lack of belief later. That does not sound "always saved" to me.

From the perspective of the rapture, those who believe in the OSAS lie, are in jeopardy of not making it up in the rapture. If we want to be saved we must remain "in Christ." Examples are everywhere in the bible. I just showed one to you, another one can be found in John 15. We must remain "in Him." In Christ all the promises apply to us. If we are cut off (John 15) from Christ, we are no longer "in Him" and what the Lord did for all men no longer applies to us. All men do not get credit for the shed blood of Christ, otherwise all men would end up in heaven. If all men ended up in heaven then Matt 7:13-14 would be an error because all men would be saved not few.

This is getting too long, so to keep it short we must be found worthy of the escape when it presents itself. Re-read luke 21:36 for yourselves. We are saved by grace through faith. If we no longer have faith that equation is broken. If we no longer believe, then what is written here in Jude 1 applies which means destruction. If we love Him we will obey His commands. We must be watching and ready.

Next up in Jude that directly supports the pre-trib rapture:

14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints


21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life

When the Lord comes back in judgement He is coming back with His saints. Thats us. How can we come back with Him if when He arrives we haven't been raptured yet? This has another tie in that directly conflicts with the post-trib and pre-wrath doctrines that the rapture occurs when the angels "gather the elect from the four winds , from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. If we are to come back with the Lord and we have already been in heaven for years before the Lord comes back in judgement, we will need to be gathered (not raptured-that already happened) together to form the armies of heaven.

We have now seen in Jude 2 points and we will make the 3rd soon. 1. The Lord saved His people then destroyed them for disbelief later-make a note of that. The Lord does not change, if He did it then He'll do it again and before anyone says that was in the old testament under the old laws note that you are reminded of it by the Holy Spirit in the new testament under the new covenant. Dismiss this at your own peril.

2. The Lord is coming back with His saints who have been raptured, in heaven for 7 years and regathered from heaven and earth to form the armies of heaven that return with the Lord to judge the earth

And last point number 3. that wraps points 1 and 2 up in perfect harmony 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life

This one struck me yesterday as I was reading the Word. Keep yourselves "in the love of God." In the love of God is where? "In Christ." Ok we have already been through that but what about this " looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life"

Now I would like you to carefully consider that statement our Lord made to us. Today many people are looking for all kinds of different things. Specifically the pre-wrath (who are not really pre-wrath) and post-trib believers are looking for everything and anything BUT mercy from the Lord. Consider what these "other tribbers" are teaching and preaching today. If you wrap up all their teaching and doctrine it amounts to a complete anti-thesis, a polar opposite of "looking for mercy."

We the pre-tribulation rapture believers are looking for a merciful escape. We do this not because of our own imaginations, but because of what the Lord has commanded and written to us. Luke 21:36 commands us to pray for escape. Many refuse to do this which will likely result in terrible consequences for them and their families. Jude 1 tells us to "look for mercy" and keep ourselves "in the love of God."

Bottom line? We are looking for mercy and an escape. Does this fit with a pre-tribulation, pre-time of Jacob's trouble rapture? You bet it does. Does this also refute and rebuke the doctrines of the "pre-wrath" and "post-tribulation" teachers. Yes, it puts another hole in their doctrine which by now is so full of holes it makes swiss cheese look like an impenetrable wall.

Read the Word for yourselves and do the analysis of what the Lord has told us. We are looking for a blessed hope-that comforts us (1 Thess 4:18). We are looking for mercy (1 Jude 21). We are looking for an escape from all (Luke 21:36) thats about to happen. Noah found escape mercy and comfort in the Ark. Lot found escape mercy and comfort outside the destruction of Sodom. As it was then it will be again (Mark 13, Luke 17, Matt 24).

Put the words together: comfort, mercy, escape....

There are two sides to this equation. Comfort mercy and escape for some, destruction for others. Where will we be found in this equation. The scoffers and naysayers tell us there is no escape but they only prophesy their own destruction. They preach to themselves and their own words will testify against them. Be very careful what you believe because you receive as you believe. According to your faith it will be done unto you:

Matthew 8:13

Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.

What are you looking for today? Escape? Comfort? Mercy? I pray that you are looking for these things. Luke 11:9
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened

These are the things this writer's spirit is impressed with today.

grace and peace