Monday, May 10, 2010
THE RAPTURE By Paul McGuire
THE RAPTURE By Paul McGuire
I have had the privilege of working with men like Jack Hayford, Pat Robertson, and Tim LaHaye. David Hocking, Chuck Smith, Dr. D.James Kennedy, Hank Hanegraff and many others who have strong disagreements about the timing of the Rapture. Although, I have hosted and spoken at conferences with these men, I believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. The Pre-Trib Rapture believes that the Church is removed from the Earth before the “time of Jacob’s trouble,” or the seven year Tribulation period.
The Rapture occurs immediately before the Antichrist is revealed and the Tribulation Period begins, which is an outpouring of God’s wrath upon a rebellious mankind. All tsunamis, earthquakes, wars, famines, freak weather, immorality, lawlessness and the rising of global government are just a prelude to the intensity of events that will happen during the Tribulation Period.
At some unexpected point, although believers will know the general times and seasons, Jesus Christ will come for His Church in the Harpadzo or Rapture. Then the man of sin or Antichrist will be revealed and a literal seven year Tribulation Period will begin. We are approaching that time quickly and we are to “occupy until He comes.” Some people say this teaching produces escapism. When it is poorly taught, it often does produce escapism. But, when it is taught from the Bible, it produces urgency in the Church to preach the Gospel and walk in revival. The following event is about to happen at any moment:
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
As evil as man is, there is still the restraining force of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of believers. There is an incredible wave of evil and spiritual darkness that is about to sweep the Earth, but the Restrainer inside the Church is holding it back.
“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8)
At the very top levels of our society, there is a secret elite that is deeply involved in the occult and Satanism. These groups have infiltrated governments, banking and globalist institutions like the United Nations. As in Noah’s time and Lot’s time the earth is filled with wickedness, perversion and violence which I deal with in my book “The Day The Dollar Died.”
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” (1 Corinthians 15:51)
The Bridegroom promises to remove His Bride, the Church from the hour of trial. “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)
There is no reason for God to pour out His wrath on the Church because He already poured it out on Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
The Rapture is not an American Rapture. We may go through some very difficult times here in America before the Rapture of the Church and believers should be educated and prepared for what is about to come!
Listen to Paul's new teaching on The Rapture. What is The Rapture and when will it occur? How close are we to the Rapture? Persecution of Christians and arrests for those who "preach the Gospel" is already happening in America, Britain and many nations of the world. The Prophet Daniel spoke of the Seventieth Week of Daniel and a Seven Year Tribulation Period or "the time of Jacob's trouble." Will the Church be here during the Tribulation the the revealing of Antichrist? Download this MP3 now!
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