July 10, 2006 at 3:44 pm #1319
Peace be with you,
I was doing my daily reading and came across this article on Rapture Preparedness[/url:27sgs7mu]. I agree,”Words fail me…”
My opinion, since we know that Christ will return “…like a thief in the night…” why would one concern themselves, to this degree? I believe spending your life living it for Christ, as Christ commands, you will not need to worry or fear His return.
I maybe ignorant on the Rapture issue but it seems to me that this is a tool to scare the faithful into Church. I do know there are various ideas on the Rapture, Pre, Post, and Mid. But I could not tell you what each means or if this diagram will help you in each interpretation.
God Bless!July 10, 2006 at 5:56 pm #6662
Pre-Tribulation Rapture: The faithful will be caught up prior to the tribulation depicted in Revelation. This is the popular view held by the “Left Behind” crowd.
Mid-Tribulation Rapture: At some point during the tribulation (perhaps 3.5 years through the 7 year ordeal), the faithful are caught up.
Post-Tribulation Rapture: This one should be obvious now.
If one had to classify the Church’s position on the end times, She is post-tribulation.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Peter 3:10‚Äì14).July 10, 2006 at 5:58 pm #6663
Okay, what exactly is happening in D and E? The first three are rather obvious.July 12, 2006 at 2:34 am #6666
Peace be with you Benidict!
[quote:16y16rm7]Okay, what exactly is happening in D and E? The first three are rather obvious.[/quote:16y16rm7]
lol Guess it depends on what you believe in order to use this guide correct? Thanks for the run down. I really still have a hard time understanding how there are these three interpretations. Is there a scriptural basis for them or is self interpretation used?
Like I said, I don’t concern myself too much with the Rapture debate, because I think our energies are need and meant to be in other areas.
God Bless!July 12, 2006 at 6:30 pm #6668
As with all such things, each view has scriptural support depending on what you want to emphasize and what you want to ignore. The pre-tribulation view has to ignore a lot, like Matthew 13.
[quote:qdxsy9xn]Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.
And the servants of the good man of the house coming said to him. Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence then hath it cockle? And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up? And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: [b:qdxsy9xn]Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.[/b:qdxsy9xn]
He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man. And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one. And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels. [b:qdxsy9xn]Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire: so shall it be at the end of the world.[/b:qdxsy9xn]
[b:qdxsy9xn]The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire[/b:qdxsy9xn]: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.
[b:qdxsy9xn]So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire[/b:qdxsy9xn]: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus shares in no uncertain terms that the angels shall separate the evil from among the good and cast them into fire. Pre-tribulation is the exact opposite.July 12, 2006 at 7:51 pm #6670
[color=darkblue:1buhvy6c]I don’t mean to offend but the images just made me burst into laughter.
I had no idea they prepared themselves to that extent.[/color:1buhvy6c]July 13, 2006 at 6:26 pm #6677
I believe it is a joke made by rapture believers.
Not “ha ha that is lame” but “ha ha that is cute.”July 15, 2006 at 6:46 pm #6681
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