Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What Part of Mystery Do You Not Understand?

I have recently been watching a video on YouTube where a guy claims to have had a vision or dream about the Tribulation period.  One of the things this guy claims is that there is no just thing as the catching away of the Church, the Body of Christ.


Most proponents of this misguided attempt to place you under the law and judgement held only for the Nation of Israel try to explain away this truth by saying that Jesus Christ never promised us escape from the tribulation, but would help us through it.  He did teach the Nation of Israel that they would go through the tribulation, which has been prophesied throughout scripture.  The problem with that is, Jesus Christ did promise us that we would be taken out of the way and not go through the wrath of the tribulation period.  However, it is not shown in red letters so many do not think that Christ spoke again, except to them in dreams.

In Matthew 24, we read of the two who are working in the field and the two women will be at the wheel grinding.  As far as the men and the women grinding, one will be taken to judgement and the other will be left to go into the Kingdom on earth.  How do we know this?  The context tells us.  In Noah's day, there were eight people who were left on the earth, and there were untold thousands who were taken to judgement.  That passage is clearly talking about people living through the tribulation period and being found faithful to the end.  This passage is not talking about the taking away as many teach today.  The twelve disciples never heard of nor imagined a rapture of a group of people, WHY?  They were never taught it.  How do I know?  Paul says, "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, 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 in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:51-52.  If Paul says he will show us a mystery, then no one ever knew it before.  That is why Christ and the twelve never taught it.  It was not revealed to anyone until Christ revealed it to Paul.  Paul gives us more information on how this is to happen in I Thessalonians 4:13-18.  Not only that, Christ also tells us through Paul that we are already delivered from the wrath to come.  I Thessalonians 1:10, "And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come."  The word delivered is past tense.  It has already taken place in God's mind.  He has already declared it to be so, and He can do that. 

More proof?  I Thessalonians 2:14-16, "For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved to fill up their sins slways: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost."  What is the purpose of the wrath?  It is judgement for the denial and death of the prophets and Jesus Christ. 

Christ came down from Heavens glory, which was unprophesied that He would do, to save a man on the road to Damascus, where He never touched the ground, and gave to that man a new message that had been kept secret, Mystery, since the world began.  No one could preach about the catching away of the Body of Christ, because it was something kept secret, a mystery, hid in God, from before the foundation of the world.

Grace and Peace
Greg Resor
Complete in Him

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