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Chapter 3


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Jerry Warrington

      Dispensationalist would have everyone believe that the Church is apart from the judgments to befall Israel. Therefore they discount much of Daniel and Revelation and all of the three Gospels' account of the apocalypse as, "not applicable to the Church." As we have previously seen, this is pure heresy. First, keep in mind that dispensationalism is not a biblical doctrine; secondly when dispensationalist come up with their rhetoric about applicability, they never seem to get to what Paul The Apostle said in Ephesians 2:11-19, much less what Jesus said in the mini apocalypse (Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21). It is generally recognized that Matthew and Mark were gospels to the Jews, but that Luke (a Greek Physician) was the gospel to the Gentiles. However, you will find no deviation of events between Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13 (which purport to be the recorded words of Jesus by three different witnesses to the direct question to Jesus: "What will be the signs of the end of the age?") Nor will you find any conflict with Daniel 9-12, Revelation 6 and 14, Joel 2:30, Isaiah 13 or Zephaniah 1. In fact, what you will find is total harmony. But, most importantly you will find no deviation from this theme in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 where Paul, the recognized exclusive missionary to the Gentiles, in responding to the same heretic thought of today, supposing that the Rapture will occur before the reign of the antichrist, said:

2 Thes 2:1-5 with emphasis added: "Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?"

      So, Paul too expounds on the fact that the rapture will not occur until after the abomination of desolation, which occurs at the end of the seven year peace treaty of Daniel 9:27, which seven years dispensationalist erroneously refer to as the "time of tribulation;" And believe they will be raptured in advance of. As you can plainly see such conjecture is absolutely, unequivocally contrary to scripture and logic



The Gospels in Regard to End Time Events


      Here is an outline of the gospel events regarding end times. Notice that it corresponds exactly to what has previously been analyzed:

GOSPEL COMPARISONS RE: END OF "THE CHURCH AGE"

MATTHEW 24

Antichrists

Wars

Wars

Famine

Pestilences

Earthquakes

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Beginning of sorrows

Persecutions for Christ's sake

Falling away and betrayals unto death

False Prophets

Further falling away

Gospel preached in all the world

ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Great Tribulation begins

Judea to flee

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Search for Christ

After that tribulation
   Sun darkened,
   Moon darkened
   Stars fall,
   Heaven shaken
   Sign of Christ appears in heaven


THE RAPTURE

One generation to see it all

MARK 13

Antichrists

Wars

Wars

Earthquakes

Famines

Troubles

Fearful sights

Beginning of sorrows

Trials and beatings for Christ's sake

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Brother betrays brother

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ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Great Tribulation begins

Judae to flee

Jerusalem to be trodden until gentiles time fulfulled

Search for Christ

After that tribulation
   Sun darkened, stars fall,
   Distress of nations,
   Perplexity, Dying from fear
   Heaven shaken
   Christ's appearance


THE RAPTURE

One generation to see it all

LUKE 21

Antichrists

Wars and commotions

Persequitions for Christ's sake

Great earthquakes

Famines

Pestilences

Great signs

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Gospel to be published in all nations

Betrayals unto death; father betrays
son, children betray parents unto death


Gospel preached in all the world

Jerusalem compassed with armies

Days of Vengence and Wrath begin

Judea to flee

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   Signs in the sun,
   Signs in the moon,
   Signs in the stars
   Heaven shaken
   Christ's appearance;
   Redemption is near

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One generation to see it all



Now let's look at other key verses about the rapture:

Let's start with Joel's poetic vision of the 3.5 years of Great Tribulation Occurring after the 7-year Covenant and the Rapture of the Church:


   Joel 2:1-5:
Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy hill.
Let all who live in the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming.
It is close at hand-
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness.
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was of old
nor ever will be in ages to come.

Before them fire devours,
behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,
behind them, a desert waste-
nothing escapes them.
They have the appearance of horses;
they gallop along like cavalry.
With a noise like that of chariots
they leap over the mountaintops,
like a crackling fire consuming stubble,
like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

. . . Joel 2:10-11
fore them the earth shakes,
the sky trembles,
the sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars no longer shine.
The LORD thunders
at the head of his army;
his forces are beyond number,
and mighty are those who obey his command.
The day of the LORD is great;
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?

. . . Joel 3:1-3
'In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will enter into judgment against them
concerning my inheritance, my people Israel,
for they scattered my people among the nations
and divided up my land.
They cast lots for my people
and traded boys for prostitutes;
they sold girls for wine
that they might drink.

. . . Joel 3:14-16
Multitudes, multitudes
in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near
in the valley of decision.
The sun and moon will be darkened,
and the stars no longer shine.
The LORD will roar from Zion
and thunder from Jerusalem;
the earth and the sky will tremble.
But the LORD will be a refuge for his people,
a stronghold for the people of Israel.


     Now Let's Look at the Core Verses in the Gospels about the Rapture:

      Matthew 24: 15-31 "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel-let the reader understand-[He is not talking about Antiochus Epiphanies whose been dead and gone for centuries] then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened (e.g., the Church will be raptured). At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.

      If there was no other verse, this one verse tells all readers that the rapture does not occur before the abomination of desolation, the event that ends the Seven Year Peace Treaty.

      "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. [It is clear here that the elect are still here and not yet raptured]
"Immediately after the distress of those days
"'the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'

      "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. [Clearly, here is the rapture, though dispensationalist would have us believe this is Christ returning for a second rapture for those saved in the "Tribulation" in spite of the fact that scripture repeatedly tells us none will be saved after the rapture until the very end. [Matt 24: 38-40, 50-51, Matt 25, 2 Thess 2:11-12, Rev 9:20, 16:9 & 11; Check them out!]

  Mark 13:24

      "When you see 'the abomination that causes desolation' standing where it does not belong--let the reader understand-- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.
      How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now-- and never to be equaled again.
      If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. [They will be raptured out of it (See Daniel 12:1), but most important to understanding, notice that the elect are still here at the moment in mind]
      At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there he is!' Do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect-- if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. [In other words Christ has not yet come for the Church. However, at the time of these events, the Church will be desperately looking for Christ]

Luke 21:20-28 [The gospel to the Gentiles]

"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
      "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

      Jesus is here speaking to his apostles, The "Church," who are, vision wise/time-wise, after the abomination of desolation and in the midst of Great-Tribulation is given a reassurance of their rapture out of it.

     Now Let's go back to Daniel and see again where exactly the rapture occurs:

Daniel 12:1-3 & vv 11-12 "At that time [is a prophetic phrase occuring many times in the bible that generally means at or during the time of the Great Tribulation or Day of The LORD] shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
      From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.

      Notice that 1335 days are 45 days after the abomination of desolation. It is here that the rapture occurs, 45 days into the 3.5 years of the "Time of Wrath" which is in harmony with the three gospels, Paul's teachings in first and second Thessalonians, Joel 2 & 3, the three or more repetitive narratives of Revelation, and is not in conflict with any passage in the bible. At that point will be the fulfillment of the promise spoken of by Jesus as recorded by Matthew at 24:21-22:

      For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. [The elect will be raptured out of it]



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CONTENTS


Note: Contents are Hyperlinked to the Other Web Pages on this Website:

  1. DanielsProphecy Home Page  "Major Error in Generally Held Biblical End-of-Age Prophetic Interpretations"  "Foreword"   (Back to Top)  (Specific Chapter Links are Provided on Each Web Page near the bottom)

  2. Chapter 1, "Pre-Trib Rapture Theory"

  3. Chapter 2, "Major Error in End-Of-Age Prophetic Interpretations"

  4. Chapter 3, "Rapture of the Sanctified"

  5. Chapter 4, "The Book of Revelation and the Rapture"

  6. Chapter 5, "Summary of End-Times Events from Covenant to Rapture"

  7. To Be Determined (TBD)

  8. To Be Determined (TBD)

  9. To Be Determined (TBD)

  10. To Be Determined (TBD)


Hyperlinks to Other Websites of Interest:

  1. Documentary movie on the timing of the Rapture

  2. WatchmanBibleStudy.com/Articles/1948 Prophecies Fulfilled - 10 Prophecies fulfilled in 1948 when Israel became a nation again after its annialation in 70 A.D.

  3. The Word -- FREE Computerized Study Bible with exhaustive concordance, commentaries, etc.

  4. Near-Death Experiences

  5. www.templeinstitute.org - Reinstitution of Jewish Temple Worship



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