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August 3, 2017

Synopsis of August 27, 2015…… The Pre-Tribulation Rapture

In numerous scriptures a period of seven years of tribulation, trial, and judgment is described. This period is called by various terms and titles throughout both Older and Newer Covenants: The Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th Week, Day Of Yahweh (The LORD), Day Of Mashiach (Christ), Day Of Wrath, Day Of Indignation, Days Of Vengeance, Time Of Jacob’s Trouble, Time Of The End, The Lamb’s Wrath, The Great And Terrible Day Of Yahweh (The LORD).

It is during this period that the antichrist is revealed and the saints are overcome. It is also during this period that large numbers of people will accept Yeshua as their Messiah. These tribulation period saints, however, are not the saints that currently make up the Church / Bride of Yeshua. Paul informs tells us that this seven year period will not come unless the departure comes first (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), the temple is rebuilt, and the antichrist is revealed.

Matthew 24 tells us that no one will know the day and hour of Yeshua’s next coming – the coming in the clouds to resurrect the dead and translate the living to immortality (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:52). This coming in the clouds by Yeshua can only refer to the Resurrection/Rapture, as once the antichrist has been revealed to the world (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8) when the covenant is confirmed at the start of the seven year period, the timing of Yeshua’s second coming can be mathematically determined. – “everyone will then know precisely the day of His return, if not the exact hour!

Jacob’s Time of Trouble
Jeremiah 30:7 – “Alas! for that day is great, there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s distress, but he will be saved from it.”
Older Covenant scriptures clearly state that the Tribulation is a time that affects Yahweh’s chosen ones – Israel (or Jacob), his enemies, and sinners. Newer Covenant scriptures also clearly state that the Tribulation is a time that affects “Israel”. This verse states that the tribulation is a time of Jacob’s trouble, not a time of judging the church. It is a time to bring forth a remnant from within Israel. Daniel 3:13-ff tells of those who will place their faith in Yahweh/Yeshua during Jacob’s time of trouble, and Revelation 12:17 states that the tribulation is a time when Satan makes war with a remnant from within Israel (not from within the Church/Bride of Yeshua).

The Punishment of Enemies, the Unrighteous, and Sinners
It is only those who do not accept Yeshua as their Lord and Savior that suppress the truth, who are judged unrighteous, and it is the unrighteous that Yahweh keeps for the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:9). Isaiah 13:9 states that the tribulation is a time to destroy sinners from the Earth. Nahum 1:2-3 and states that Yahweh reserves His wrath for His enemies. Romans 1:18 states that Yahweh only shows his anger against those who suppress the truth.

Revelation 11:18 states that the tribulation is a time to judge the nations for their sins against Yahweh’s chosen people. It is not a time to judge the saints, nor the church, which is judged at the Bema Seat of Yeshua.

The Sinless Bride
Newer Covenant scriptures state that the Church (or Bride of Yeshua) has already been declared without sin, so cannot be included in those who will be subject to the Tribulation and its judgments. The Church/Bride of Yeshua is not an enemy of Yahweh, but are in fact called “friends” (John 15:15). The Church/Bride of Yeshua is judged righteous by the shed blood of the Lamb, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Luke 21:36, John 5:24, Romans 5:9, and Revelation 3:10 all agree that Yahweh has not appointed those who have placed their trust in Yeshua to wrath. The Church/Bride of Yeshua is kept from enduring the tribulation. Therefore, one must conclude that Yeshua’s bride will be raptured prior to the tribulation.

The Sequence
Zephaniah 2:1-2 – “Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame, before the decree takes effect, . . . before the burning anger of Yahweh comes upon you, before the day of Yahweh’s anger comes upon you.”
The sequence of when the rapture takes place is clearly documented in both Older and Newer Covenants. The Church/Bride of Yeshua is gathered first, taken to heaven to be where Yeshua is, and receives a time of rest. After these things the antichrist is revealed, the seven year begins to be enforced, and the tribulation period starts. Do not be deceived! The sequence is very clear: First is the departure (the Rapture) in conjunction with the removal of the one who restrains evil, and then the Son Of Perdition is revealed, then the seven year period of tribulation.

Absolute Proof Of A Pre-Tribulation Rapture
Matthew 16:18 – “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”
Proof that the timing of the Resurrection/Rapture is before the Tribulation period is stated in several scriptures, including Revelation 3:10 – “the church will be kept from the hour of trial,” and 1 Thessalonians 5:9 – “the church is not appointed to wrath,” even though “tribulation saints” will experience either part or all of the period. Isaiah also knew that he would be resurrected and would be hidden during the time of the indignation (Isaiah 26:19-20).

Absolute proof, however, that the Church is removed prior to the Tribulation period, is contained in Matthew 16:18. In this verse, Yeshua clearly states that neither Lucifer, Satan, The Devil, the antichrist, the fallen angels, nor all the powers of hell can overcome, prevail against, or conquer His Church, His Bride, His Redeemed.

Since we know through scripture that Satan is given power to overcome “saints” during the seven year period (Revelation 13:7), the Church/Bride of Yeshua, therefore cannot, I repeat, CANNOT, be present in the world – it has to be some other group of saints whom Satan is able to overcome. If the Church, the Bride of Yeshua, were still in the world when Satan is allowed to overcome, Yeshua would be a liar, and He cannot lie! Numerous scriptures attest to this fact.

Conclusions
The Resurrection/Rapture is definitely Pre-Tribulation, and the above scriptures give us every reason to be, joyous, happy, cheerful, festive, and singing our hearts out!

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