Is it a "FACT?" How will we gather back to Christ? Or will Christ gather back to us? It doesn't really matter what men may say about it, what matters "is" What does Our Fathers Word have to say about it.
When did the so-called "Rapture Theory" come into existence? 1830 A.D. Margaret McDonald: A family in Europe was seeing visions and dreams, it caused curiosity among the people and many people would gather there at her home. Margaret McDonald had a vision, while stammering in tongues of "the any moment" type doctrine.
That we would gather back to Christ at any moment, it could happen at any moment. Totally disregarding all prophecy in God's Word where by "HE" states: what must come before that fact, before we gather back to HIM. The "Any Moment doctrine" was brought forth, and she, Margaret McDonald, said , "It felt very Evil at first." She herself said it felt Evil!
Your Library MIGHT have a copy of the book, "The Incredible Cover-up" by: Dave MacPhearson. If not ask them to check other libraries so you might read it yourself. What does GOD'S WORD say? In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul begins to explain in detail in such a way that we in the flesh can understand the Plan of Our Father.
He begins to explain the two bodies; our flesh body and our spiritual body, so you must realize those are two very separate bodies. It is true that the spiritual man dwells within the flesh body but the spiritual body is a body also which contains your soul. is outside of your body at death and this is what Paul wanted to illustrate before you even talk about gathering back to Christ or even down to that seventh and last Trump. So, let's go to 1 Corinthians 15.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:33 “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
Paul warns us not to be deceived.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:34 “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
If you stick to "traditions of men" you will be mislead. Stick with The Word. Understand that some do not have the Knowledge of God. If you start to listen to everyone, you will listen to one that has not the truth, in other words not familiar with God's Word.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-37 “But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:”
Example; If you plant a kernel of corn, that kernel must die in order for the new corn, the plant that will result, to grow. So, your flesh must die for that spiritual body to rise. We have two bodies. One that is flesh - which dies - and on that is spiritual that goes instantly to the Father (Ecless. 12:7).
1 CORINTHIANS 15:38-40 “But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”
You have a heavenly (celestial) body and an earthly (terrestrial) body. Two bodies, not at the same time. Consider the celestial dwelling within the flesh. The celestial thinks of higher things like eternal life, and the flesh thinks of things of this world.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:41-44 “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. “
There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
The same goes for those who have already died. When their flesh body dies they change into that heavenly body and return to God. They are sown in dishonour (the flesh) and raised in glory by God.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:45 “And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.’
It is written in the O.T. The word "quickening" means: life giving. The last man was Jesus Christ the only begotten.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:46 “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.”
In the beginning it was spiritual. But Satan rebelled and 1/3 of God's children followed him and He destroyed the first earth age. Because of that God puts us through this second earth age. This is a proving stage for all of God's children.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:47 “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”
Of course we're speaking of Jesus Christ.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:48 “As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.”
Your flesh you will fall short. Flesh is sin. As long as you are in the flesh you can't graduate to the heavenly, but at least you can enjoy His blessings for which you have a purpose and destiny, to be of service to Him.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:49 “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
Everyone is going to be changed to that spiritual body. May not last if you follow Satan again at the end of the Millennium.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:50 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. “
Why? Again flesh is sin, flesh won't cut it in a heavenly place. "Well what about Enoch and Elijah?" They were both transformed as when Jesus appeared with Moses and Elijah at the Mount of Transfiguration.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
This is in reference to 1 Thess. 4:15-16. How many will be changed? ALL.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:52 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.”
When shall we be changed? At the last trump. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. This "LAST" in the Greek means the furthermost one out, the absolute, final Trump! What happens at the seventh trump? Christ returns. The spiritually dead shall also be raised, raised to the truth. For those who have gone on before are already raised.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:53 “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
New subject here. Mortality and immortality. What does this mortal mean? Mortal means "liable to die". When? At the final Judgment. Your mortal soul must put on immortality, that is to say, deathlessness, meaning eternal life.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:54 “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’
This occurs at death or for those who are yet alive when Christ returns in a twinkling of an eye. That quick!
1 CORINTHIANS 15:55 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
There will be no more death after the end of the Millennium and the lake of fire, for all that is to say of death including Satan who is death, are destroyed. The grave has no victory over the incorruptible.
What is this incorruptible body? It is a body that is incapable of aging, becoming sick, or pain.
It is these things that we deal with at the last Trump, which is the time that the so called "Gathering back to Christ" takes place. Shall we gather back to Christ? You bet! But it was important to point out the two bodies and when the change to the spiritual takes place first.
Let's now go to 1 Thess. 4 and understand. This is where the Rapture Theory has as it's base foundation. We are going to put a few cracks in it.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13 "I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them which are asleep that ye sorrow not even as others which have no hope."
Paul does not wish that you should be ignorant concerning those that are dead, those that many think are in a hole in the ground. The heathen that do not believe in Christ and have no hope.
Now listen to your answer, first of all, the object and the subject has been set. And it's simply "where are those that are dead?" Do you understand the subject, it is not "Flying Away" . . . "where are the dead!" That's the subject, now the answer.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:14 “For, if we believe even so them also which sleep in Jesus will GOD bring with Him."
In other words, if you are a Christian, if you're not one of these that have no hope, but if you believe and understand that fact.
How is it that God will bring them with Him? For they ARE already with Him.
They're capable, be happy to serve GOD where you are and which house you're in, and don't evaluate yourself and put yourself up so high, that you think GOD must have you, miserable wretch, there to come and lead the Army back instead of Isaiah, Paul, Matthew, Luke Mark, John, He travels in pretty good company friend.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:15 “ 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. “
What word of the Lord? It is mentioned in Eccles. 12: 7 What is the subject? The coming of the Lord. We will in no wise precede or prevent them which are asleep. Why? Because they're already with Him.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:16 “For the Lord Himself will 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. “
We're back to the coming now. This trump is the LAST trump go to the last trump to find out what happens next. "Wow, I've seen the artist sketch, we're going to Fly Away." That's not what the last trump SAYS will happen friend, you're mistaken , you're listening to Traditions rather than Truth.
Why will the dead in Christ rise first? They're already there. He's beating the point perhaps but so be it, he wants to make sure that you don't misunderstand.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:17 “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.”
The rest of us that are alive here on earth will resurrect into that beautiful spiritual body. This word "air" doesn't mean up in the sky. In the Greek the word is ah-ayr', meaning the breath of life or the Spiritual body. Meaning you will have on the incorruptible body otherwise your little old chunk of meat won't stand the trip friend. Hang on to the word cloud.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:18 “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
We're now going to turn to Hebrews Chapter 12 Paul was a Hebrew scholar he spoke colloquial Greek, or as I say, street Greek, he used a great deal of terminology, figures of speech, metaphors. Have you ever seen a cloud of grasshoppers, locust, do you understand the terminology.
HEBREWS 12:1 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Sin handicaps us in the race of life. This is a cloud of Christian witnesses, the same witnesses that shall return, but he's in a large gathering of Christians here. Let us gather in a great cloud of great Christian witnesses and let us take the truth of GODS work forward as it is written in His word not as some sick woman in 1830!
Now as I said Paul quickly wrote the the second letter to let them know this would not happen until antichrist's reign was over. Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see? Now understand.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:1 "Now we beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together unto Him "
Paul says I have a serious subject I want to talk to you about, is that deep for you? I want to talk to you about Jesus Christ and our gathering back TO HIM . . that's the subject and the only subject, this is how it is going to happen.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:2 "That ye be not soon shaken in mind or be troubled neither by spirit nor by word nor by any letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand ."
Don't let some evil spirit or man claiming to be a minister deceive you. Don't let the first letter I wrote you deceive you either. Don't you think it's going to happen any moment now, it isn't . Prophesy MUST be fulfilled first, that's what Paul is saying. What Prophecy?
2 THESSALONIANS 2:3 "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."
That day shall not come, repeat, not come, except the apostasy and the son of perdition is revealed. Perdition means to perish, no chance of salvation. Only one entity fits that description and that is Satan. In Ezekiel 28 God has sentenced him to death, death of the soul.
I don't think any Christians have any disagreement that we gather back to Christ.
The big question is as to when it would seem with some. I don't find any trouble with this Paul is a man of good mind , there seems to be many in the World today that are not of sound mind in the way they deduct, cipher the Scriptures, I use the word cipher for that's what they do.
I think that's very clear. . . complete understandable, Paul is saying DON'T let my first letter deceive you, Christ is NOT coming, nor we going back to Him, don't let any MAN, my FIRST LETTER, or some SPIRIT, DECEIVE YOU until Satan, the one that is in Perdition comes and sits on Mt.
Zion in the Temple of God claiming to be Jesus, claiming to be God himself! Remember Dear ones, the first ones taken from the field and the others stays and works ? The first one that's taken in the field is taken by Satan .
You have Christians today that shout, romp and stomp, and say "I want to be one of the first to go" idiot, you're going to Hell. That one IS taken by SATAN! in ignorance doesn't put you in Hell but you're ignorant to believe such trash and we'll document that before we finish this series. NOT from this mans mouth, but from the WORD OF GOD. And praise God for that.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:5-6 " Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time."
2 THESSALONIANS 2:7 "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way."
Who is the subject here? Satan. "Letteth" is a transitive verb, that means you cannot change the verb that's already going for you, you must transfer the power for the definition to that. "Well what was the subject and the object in the last verb?" Satan sitting in the seat of God.
He who now let's, who is this? Who is HE that restrains Satan? Have you ever read Rev. Chapter 12. verse 7. ? It's written there. It's Michael and his Angels will cast, for they restrain Satan . His evil spirits are on the Earth, the negative of the Holy Spirit, but not thee Satan, but he shall come. And we will document that.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:8 "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming."
The spirit of His mouth is Christ's Word. Who's coming? The True Christ.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:9 "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders."
This is Satan in his role as false prophet and false messiah.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
They would not receive the love written on these pages to receive God's truth.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:11 "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie."
What lie? Satan's lies and the lie of the rapture. They listened to the words of men and not God's Word.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:12 "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness"
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