A question came to me the other day as I was studying the daunting task of figuring out if “The Rapture” is Pre, Mid, or post. Although I lean toward Pre, I have to admit humbly, I cannot say for sure.
I had made a concerted effort to buckle down and get to the bottom of it, needless to say I failed and miserably at that. Every time I found the case that would seal the deal for any particular view, I found something else that set me 3 steps back.
I was praying to God in my frustration when not coming to a for sure answer, am I a dummy that I can’t figure it out? Am I not supposed to know? How can others be so sure, because every study I read, every Bible verse that studies referred to for all three cases were the same verses, yet they were all convinced that their interpretation was correct.
The articles go as far as to surely say that whoever believes anything other than their assertion is trapped in Satan’s lies.
If you do not believe in Pre tribulation rapture, you will be left behind for the slaughter, and will be- headed for your faith (most likely) which the Bible does state (Revelations 20:4; Google it).
If you believe in Post tribulation rapture, they say that Pre tribulation believer’s will be unprepared for the tribulation which will be the most horrific time in history, never seen before (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribulation) and that Satan has tricked them into believing this lie so that they will be ill prepared and be easier to destroy the faith, believing that God has forsaken them.
And mid tribulation rapture says believer’s will be here for the first 3 1/2 years and be raptured before the second 3 1/2 years where God pours out his 7 bowls of wrath spoken of in Revelation 16 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16&version=NIV).
I was so discouraged and confused. God started to minister to my heart and reminded me of his word
New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
The bottom line is scary times are coming onto this earth and honestly are already here. But, the Lord reminded me that I need to depend on him, trust him, know that he will protect me, because I have accepted him as Lord of my life.
I gathered from this study that between rapture views, denominational views, ( Catholics, Methodists, Seventh day Adventist, Evangelicals, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhism, Baptists, I could go on and on) That none are 100% correct, because it’s more than rules, logic, and human understanding. It’s about the Love of God that is something that we will NEVER be able to comprehend in this life, and that he cannot be summed up in one book, one life, one view.
The Bible is the breath of God but I don’t think can convey the entirety of his being, his light, his love, his faithfulness.
The Pharisees went by the Torah; Old Testament; Law of Moses to the exact word, they were ever faithful to their understanding of the Law, and they were DEAD WRONG! They had their Messiah openly walking WITH THEM and they were so set strictly on their interpretation and understanding of the Law, they missed it, missed him, missed who he really is and was.
My point is we all (including myself) need to use the Bible as our reference point, but lean on the guiding, teaching, loving of the Holy spirit, who is here to teach us and to prompt us when we need to pay attention. We won’t miss what’s important. When we let God be in control.
No matter what the future holds; I know who holds the future, so I will not worry myself anymore on theology and learn how to trust my God whose faithfulness is unsurpassed.
I will leave you readers with this Hebrews 11 which brings me great encouragement and I hope it does the same for you Faith in Action is the key :
Faith in Action~~
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]
32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.