“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”
One of the topics MOST covered in the slime of Satan concerns the last days gathering together of the saints–what the world and the churches call “the rapture.”
NOW, there IS a gathering together of the saints. God’s Word–as opposed to the confusion spread by the counterfeit churches and false teachers–is VERY clear as to when that happens. Although the false teachers have been busy over the past 200 years or so explaining away the very clear words of the Bible, while substituting their own false version, God’s Word is true.
“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”
God’s Word informs the reader that the gathering together of the saints takes place AFTER the resurrection of the dead occurs.
SO, if the reader can determine when the resurrection of the dead occurs, he may easily determine when the gathering together of the saints happens.
All those confused Americans (and it is mainly Americans who believe this particular fable) have to do to determine the timing of the rapture is to find in the Bible when the dead in Christ are raised.
(HINT: Jesus tells us FOUR TIMES in John 6.)
The dead are raised on the “last day” when Jesus returns.
—RAPTURE: The Bible is Clear on the Rapture
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
One of the most popular fables (particularly in America!) about the gathering together is the one called “the pre-tribulation rapture.”
Leave aside for the moment that all of those pre-tribulation rapture stories are strangely silent about the dead in Christ rising first.
Forget for a moment that there are a NUMBER of Scripture which refer to the “gathering together” AND WHEN IT CLEARLY TAKES PLACE.
Disregard for a moment that the “pre-tribulation rapture” stories slander the true believers by claiming that they are unworthy and are”left behind.”
Basically, these fables claim that a group of people too timid to stand up for Jesus Christ are going to meet secretly with Him; then He will whisk them off to Heaven where they will avoid any unpleasantness (“They want to cut off my head!” ) while “unworthy” true believers “who have been Left Behind” give their lives for the witness of Jesus.
It is easy to see why this is NOT to be found in God’s Word.
—What’s Behind the Pre-Tribulation Rapure Fables?
It is also easy to see why such flesh-pleasing nonsense is so popular in the churches.
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Satan and the world ceaselessly promoted the pre-tribulation rapture theory in a book series popular with the church folk called Left Behind. Left Behind added to the fables about the gathering together which began in earlier-published, heavily-promoted books such as Late, Great Planet Earth.
According to the false doctrine of Left Behind, after the pre-tribulation rapture happened, only “losers” would be left behind to face the wrath of the world.
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
So, apparently (according to Revelation 7, those “losers” gave their lives for the testimony of Jesus.
ALSO, according to Revelation 20, those “losers” will live and reign with Jesus for a thousand years.
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
One further point the false teachers stress: the wrath of Satan upon believers during this time is portrayed as “the wrath of God.”
BUT, GOD’S WRATH–as opposed to Satan’s–is reserved ONLY for His enemies.
“God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.”
So, according to the false teachers, the “wrath of God” is falling upon those giving their lives as a testimony for His Son, Jesus Christ.
To say the least.
What should the reader take away from all of this?
1- There is ONE small group of people in history who will NOT taste death before they enter the kingdom of heaven. These are the saints who are gathered together when Jesus returns.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
2- Believers are PROMISED persecution and tribulation.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
“we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
It is no different during the reign of the man of sin.
Believers will be on earth, testifying (and giving their lives) for Jesus Christ. The tares and counterfeits will be huddled in the churches, worshiping Satan, taking the mark of the man of sin and praying no one notices them.
3- Prepare for the worst the world (Satan) has to offer. But do not fret for God has promised to wipe away all tears caused by the worst the world dishes out.
“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.”
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
4- There IS a gathering together and it occurs on the day Jesus returns to earth.
HAS the reader heard some of these stories which are told to deceive?
DOES the reader believe one of the stories told to deceive?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 18, 2020.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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