1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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    1. This teaching is from an anti-rapturist who cannot tell the difference between the wrath of God on man-the 7 year Tribulation, which the Church will escape all or half of it since that wrath was put on Christ Jesus for us and the wrath of man which is the tribulations that all Christians must face in life. People who believe this view do not discern between the “last trumpet” of the Church Age and the “7th Trumpet” of God’s Judgement.The Rapture is NOT a gnostic belief and this teacher does NOT prove it to be but simply says it is. Not good enough to prove the point.

      Here is a good teaching on the Rapture and you can decide for yourself: http://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/the-bibles-authority/care/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gracethrufaith+%28GraceThruFaith%29
      FTA:Pre-Tribulation (Rapture)
      What is it? Pre-Tribulation literally means “before the tribulation” and refers to the rapture of the Church. The Bible says there’s a seven year period of time coming upon the Earth when the Lord will first turn His attention once again to Israel and then bring a series of judgments upon the world to completely destroy all the nations among which His people have been scattered over the centuries (Jeremiah 30:5-11). Jesus called the last half of this period the Great Tribulation and said it will be the worst time of judgment the world has ever seen or ever will see (Matt. 24:21). The Bible calls this seven years the time of God’s wrath (Rev. 6:15-17) but many scholars call it the tribulation period.

      Before this seven year period begins, the Lord will take all true believers away from the world in an event called the rapture (catching away) of the Church (1 Thes. 4:16-17). He will do this to remove us from the time and place of His wrath (Romans 5:9, 1 Thes. 1:10), because the judgments are not intended for the Church (1 Thes. 5:9). So the Pre-Tribulation rapture of the Church is the catching away of all living believers before the end times judgments begin. Believers who have died during the Church Age will be resurrected and receive new bodies at the same time (1 Cor. 15:51-52) and together we’ll go to our eternal home to begin our new life with Jesus (John 14:2-3).

      Why Should I Care? Understanding the Pre-Tribulation rapture is important because it’s a promise from the Lord that the Church will not have to endure the end times judgments, but can have hope that as we see the time approaching we’ll know our departure is drawing near (Luke 21:31). In addition, it alerts us to the fact that if we feel the Lord calling us to do something for him, the time for doing it is growing short.

      It’s also important to understand this because some people don’t accept what the Bible says about the rapture and try to convince others that either the rapture will take place after the judgments, or won’t take place at all. People who haven’t done their homework can be confused or misled by this and their faith can be shaken. We should not only know what we believe but why we believe it so we can defend our position when called upon to do so.

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