Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 2 (Apocalypse NOW! Part 11: “Pre-Trib Rapture, The Ultimate ‘House of Cards!'”)

By admin On February 13th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 2

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Apocalypse NOW! Part 11: “Pre-Trib Rapture, The Ultimate ‘House of Cards!'”

To read Part 1, click here…SEPTEMBER 5 (Apocalypse Now! Part 9: Has Judgment Day Begun? Part 1)

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They say, that for an idea to qualify as a theory, there has to be some evidence to support that idea. Otherwise, that idea is really just a hypothesis. And a hypothesis is an idea that lacks any substantial corroborating evidence.

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MANY PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE SUPPORTERS

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There are many in today’s Christendom, who are wildly enthusiastic about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Late,_Great_Planet_Earth_cover.jpgthe idea of the so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

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Yes, this idea became popular in the 1960’s because of a million-seller book, “The Late Great Planet Earth”.

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And there are many who even get so bold as to claim it to be more than just a theory, but rather, a solid Bible truth!

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WHAT IS THIS PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE?

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpgAnd the main tenet of this so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture, is that God’s faithful Elect will disappear from the earth to meet the Lord in the air, just prior to the Book of Revelation beginning to unfold, during a 7 year period of tribulation.

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One moment they will be here. And the next moment they will disappear, while everyone else has to carry on with earthly business as usual.

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And after this 7 year tribulation, the Lord will come back to the earth to destroy the remaining unbelievers, and to live with His people for a thousand years.

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AN UNSUPPORTED DOCTRINE?

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But this website cannot endorse that idea.

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As a matter of fact, this website can no longer call the so-called, Pre-Tribulation Rapture, to be even a theory.

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It must remain just a hypothesis, an unsupported church-doctrine, concocted by a few men back in the 1800’s. (chiefly, John Darby & Cyrus Scofield)

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A HOUSE OF CARDS?

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The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the, “ultimate house-of-cards”, as the saying goes! It is built on no biblical foundation. It has absolutely no scriptural support.

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And this is what makes it a house of cards: if you take away this theologian-contrived name, “The Rapture”, this entire house-of-cards comes tumbling to the ground!

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Because, once a Christian gets back to the Bible and the Bible only, the name, “The Rapture”, must be discarded! It is a name NOT found anywhere in the Bible.

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CYRUS I. SCOFIELD

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You see, the name, “The Rapture” was invented and used by Cyrus Scofield to prop up the idea of two separate Returns of Christ.

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And the very place in the Bible that he went, to concoct this name was in 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17… “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto THE COMING OF THE LORD shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

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So in this above passage, Scofield took the verb, “caught-up”, and went into an obscure Latin Bible translation and discovered that this verb was the Latin word, “ripere”. And since, “ripere” is a root of the English verb, “rapture”, he then changed it into a proper noun, “The Rapture”. And VOILA! A new name was concocted!

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THIS EVENT ALREADY NAMED!

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But one of the big problems with doing this is, that this passage from 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17 has already been named, “The Coming of the Lord”.

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And so, essentially, Scofield dismissed the God-given name, “The Coming of the Lord”, and replaced it with his own name, “The Rapture”!

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In other words, Scofield was possibly thinking that he was wiser than God! Yes, Cyrus Scofield just knew better than God, concerning what to re-name, “The Coming of the Lord”!

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A DOCTRINE MADE OF NOTHING!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HouseOfCardsBridge.jpgBut the point to this is: without this man-concocted name, “The Rapture”, there is nothing to hold up this house-of-cards! Because, there is absolutely nothing in the Bible to support this idea of two separate and distinct Returns of Jesus!

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As a matter of fact, the primary passage which theologians use to support this totally fabricated doctrine is found in Revelation, Chapter 2…“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10

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This is the primary verse in the Bible which could possibly be construed to suggest two separate Comings of Christ!

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THE EARLY CHURCH WAS NOT RAPTURED!

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The problem is, this promise was made to a church which existed back in the 1st Century A.D.! And so, did God Rapture that 1st century church out of the world? Absolutely no mention of that anywhere in the Bible!

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Well, then, how did God fulfill His promise to, “keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world?”

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Obviously, God eventually took them all in death, as is written… “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” Isaiah 57:1

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Yes, God takes away the merciful men in death, to spare them, “from the evil to come!”

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PLAGUES UPON THE EGYPTIANS

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Now is there any other way that God keeps His people from the wrath to come?

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Oh yes, just look how God poured out His bowls of wrath upon the Egyptians just prior to the Exodus, but kept the children of Israel from those plagues!

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Did God Rapture them away? Oh no! But God did spare His people from those plagues, simply by causing those plagues to fall all around them, but not on them!

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EXODUS, A PICTURE

OF THE 7 LAST PLAGUES

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And so, when Revelation 2 says, “I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”, the Bible never once suggests that this will be accomplished by literally and physically removing His people from the earth, prior to those plagues.

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Just the opposite! The example of Israel during God’s plagues upon the Egyptians, is a picture of what will happen in these last days, when the 7 angels with the 7 bowls of God’s wrath will be poured out upon the earth! They will indeed fall, but not on true worshipers of God!

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CHRIST RETURNS ONLY ON, ‘THE LAST DAY’

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Well, just what is the bottom line?

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The bottom line is, that the Bible only speaks of one Second Coming… “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:27, 28

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Yes, this resurrection takes place on the Last Day… “Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at THE LAST DAY.” (see John 6:39, 40, 44, 54).

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So this above passage from John 6 tells us exactly when the resurrection of the righteous will take place: “on the last day!”

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SAINTS, GET READY FOR BATTLE!

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And so, the encouragement for us today is, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

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If ever there was a time to put away the things of the world, it is now! And one of those things to put away is the false sense of security that comes from believing this non-biblical doctrine handed down to us by mere erring and fallible men!

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We indeed must go through this battle just ahead!

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We need to be hiding God’s precious promises in our heart, and praying for God’s chastening Hand to purge out the “Old Leaven” of worldliness from our heart!

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“THOU ART MY HIDING PLACE”

Psalm 32:7 & 119:114

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And so, let us all be found hiding safely in His “secret pavilion” during that time of trouble which is now coming upon us…“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a Rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me…” Psalm 27:5, 6

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Here is where we will be during the time of trouble just before us! Hiding ourselves in Christ’s loving protection!

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And though…“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;” Psalm 91:7-9

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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TO READ PART 12, CLICK HERE…DECEMBER 12 (Apocalypse NOW! Part 12: “Peace, Peace, When There is No Peace!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to study, study, study, that I may be fully armored with the armor of God. Help me to find that perfect peace…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…”The Abomination in the Apostate Church”, or you can also read this shorter article…February 9th (Waiting For The Church to Shine!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOOSING THE BANDS OF ORION

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God spoke several times of Orion, in Scripture. His question to Job was a very mystifying question, to say the least… “Canst thou…loose the bands of Orion?” Job 38:31. Such a strange question, indeed! How could a constellation have its bands loosed, much less, even have bands? Puzzling, puzzling!

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But now, He is revealing this bright and beautiful constellation in a way that has never before been seen. God Himself is loosing Orion’s bands, as He is just now unraveling this age-old mystery. And we are beginning to understand that this most infamous of all constellations is nothing less than a remarkable metaphor concerning Jesus.

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MICHAEL, THE SOLDIER

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Last is Michael the Soldier, who battles against the Dragon: “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” Revelation 12:7, 8.

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Contrary to popular opinion, Michael here represents Christ as He battles this dragon. This will be adequately proven in this article and in various other sections of this website. No, Christ is not merely an angel. Christ is very eternal God. But Christ is often represented as various entities, such as a rose, or a burning bush, as well as many others things in the Bible.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction

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TOMORROW…

DECEMBER 3 (Deserted Island Theologian, Part 4: Rethinking John Calvin on Limited Atonement)

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This Open Forum #20, is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…

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TO HEAR MORE OF THESE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER PROGRAMS, PLUS OTHER TEACHINGS OF HAROLD CAMP, CLICK HERE…“FOUNDER’S SITE/HAROLD CAMPING”

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