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The Pre-Tribulation Rapture
Feb 1st, 2006
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Art Sadlier
Categories: Printed Newsletter

The nation of Israel rejected and crucified Christ because they did not recognize Him as their Messiah. They failed to recognize that the Old Testament prophesied of two comings of the Messiah. The consequences were disastrous.

The Disciples of Christ made the same mistake. Instead of rejoicing in what God was doing on the cross, they stumbled in fear and unbelief and sorrow.

As two of the Disciples of Christ made their way to Emmaus, they were filled with fear and confusion. Jesus said to them, “O fools (simple ones) and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have spoken”.

He was saying you don’t understand prophecy. You don’t understand all the prophecies concerning Christ! You understood some of the prophecies but not all of the prophecies.

You understood that Christ was coming in Power and Glory to rule and reign, but you didn’t understand that Christ was going to suffer and die, in meekness and humility, for the sins of men.

Understand that nowhere in the Old Testament does it say that there would be two comings of Christ, but rather we have two scenarios of Christ’s coming which could not be fulfilled in one time frame. The Scriptures left us to deduce that Christ must, of necessity, come twice to fulfill the prophetic promises.

First Prophetic Scenario:

Isaiah 53:3-9 Christ is coming in meekness and humility to suffer and die for the sins of man. This is found in many other Old Testament Scriptures.

Second Prophetic Scenario:

Isaiah 9:6,7 & Psalms 2:8,9 Christ would come in Power and Glory to destroy the rebellious nations and to rule and reign upon the earth in a Kingdom centered in Israel.

Which is it?

To suffer and die or to rule and reign? These are two different comings of Christ; they cannot be fitted into one time frame, or one coming. It is obvious that we are to deduce that the Word of God is talking about two separate comings of Christ.

On several occasions the two comings of Christ are found in one verse with no commentary or explanation as in Isaiah 61:2 and Isaiah 9:6.

The leaders of Israel and the disciples both failed to understand that there would be two comings of Christ.

Many today also fail to understand that there are yet two comings of Christ. They say “give me chapter and verse where it states that there will be two comings of Christ”.

However, the New Testament is exactly as the Old Testament, instead of stating there would be two comings of Christ, the New Testament gives two scenarios of Christ’s future coming.

  • Christ would come when LIFE is NORMAL. Mt 24:36-39.
  • Christ would come when LIFE is ANYTHING BUT NORMAL. Mt 24:29,30

Which is it?

Peace, Safety and Normalcy or Total Devastation and Fear. These two scenarios cannot be fitted into one time frame, or one coming of Christ.

  • Christ comes when no one expects Him. Mt 24:44
  • Christ comes when everyone is expecting Him. Mt 24:29,30
  • Christ comes 7 years after the Peace Treaty is signed with Anti-Christ.
  • Christ comes 3 ½ years after the Abomination of Desolation
  • Christ’s Second coming will be the most recognized date in all of history. Even Antichrist will expect Him.
Which is it?

You cannot fit these prophecies into one time frame, into one coming of Christ. In the New Testament, just as in the Old Testament, you can easily deduce that Scripture is talking about two separate and distinct comings of Christ, which are yet future.

  • Christ returns for His Saints. John 14:3, 1 Thess 4:13-17
  • Christ returns with His Saints. Jude 14 Rev.19:8,11-14

Which is it?

It can only be two different comings of Christ.

  • Christ comes to earth to take His Saints, and Satan is left to create havoc in the earth. Rev. 12:12
  • Christ comes to set up the Kingdom and Satan is bound. Rev 20: 2,3

Which is it?

It is two separate comings.

Let us not be like Israel and the Disciples in the first century and fail to understand all that the prophets foretold of the coming of Christ.

The Lord wants us to know, and understand, what He is going to do, that we might be ready and useful to Him, as He begins to move toward carrying out His grand program for the Jews, the Gentiles and the Church. Isa 46:9, 10 1 Cor 10:32

The result of not understanding all of God’s Prophetic Program can be disastrous for us. Understanding that there yet remains two comings of Christ, will keep us from the great last days’ deception Jesus warned about in Matthew 24:5,11,24.

Six Biblical Arguments for the Pre-Trib Rapture
Feb 1st, 2006
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Art Sadlier
Categories: Printed Newsletter

The Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Millennial rapture of the Church is based upon the understanding from Scripture that there is a distinction between the Church and Israel. The purpose of the rapture is to end the Church age so that God may complete His program for Israel. There are six arguments in Scripture for the Pre-Tribulation belief.

  1. The Imminent Return of Christ No events must happen before the rapture takes place. The rapture can and always could take place at any moment. 1 Cor 1:7, 1 Cor 16:22 (Maranatha = Our Lord comes) Phil 3:20, 4:5, 1 Thess 1:10 Titus 2:13 Heb 9:28 Ja 5:7-9 1 Pe 1:13 Rev 3:11
  2. The Purpose of the Tribulation Period Scripture teaches that the major purpose of the Tribulation is preparation for Israel’s restoration. Deut 4:29,30 Jer 30:4-11 While the Church is told that it will have Tribulation in the world. John 16:33 It is never included in the Tribulation period. From Revelation 4 to 19:10 the Church is not found on earth.
  3. The Nature of the Church The Church differs greatly from Israel. In Ephesians 3 the Church is a mystery. In Ephesians 2 the Jews and Gentiles are united in one new unique body. That explains why the Church is promised deliverance from the tribulation period. Rev 3:10 1 Thess 1:9,10 1 Thess 5:9 Israel is promised an earthly kingdom but the Church is told that heaven is its home. Jn 14:3
  4. The Work of the Holy Spirit In the New Testament we are told of the present ministry of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 5 the Christian is told that he is the salt of the earth. The metaphor refers naturally to the fact that the Holy Spirit ministers through the Christian’s holy life to restrain sin. The metaphor, ye are the light of the world presents the same idea, the truth lived out in the life of the Christian is the work of the Holy Spirit restraining evil. 2 Thess 2:7 refers to the Christian being removed from the earth, thus terminating the specific ministry of the Holy Spirit in restraining evil.
  5. The Contrast between Christ’s Comings The contrasts are many and speak of two separate and distinct comings. (See the article on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture).
  6. The Interval Needed Between The Comings
  • An interval is required to allow the Church saints to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. 2 Cor 5:10
  • An interval is also required for the marriage supper of the lamb. Rev 19:7-9
  • An interval is needed on earth for the salvation of millions of new believers who are not part of the heavenly body of Christ, but who will, in their non-resurrection bodies, populate the millennial earthly kingdom. Isa 65:20-25, Mt 25:31-46

Obedience: The Final Test of Love for Christ
Feb 1st, 2006
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A.W. Tozer
Categories: Printed Newsletter

The final test of love is obedience, not sweet emotions, not willingness to sacrifice, not zeal, but obedience to the commandments of Christ!

Our Lord drew a line plain and tight for everyone to see. On one side He placed those who keep His commandments and said, “These love Me.” On the other side He put those who keep not His sayings, and said, “These love Me not.”

The commandments of Christ occupy in the New Testament a place of importance that they do not have in current evangelical thought. The idea that our relation to Christ is revealed by our attitude to His commandments is now considered legalistic by many influential Bible teachers, and the plain words of our Lord are rejected outright or interpreted in a manner to make them conform to religious theories ostensibly based upon the epistles of Paul.

The Christian cannot be certain of the reality and depth of his love until he comes face to face with the commandments of Christ and is forced to decide what to do about them. Then he will know!

I think we should turn for awhile from fine-spun theological speculations about grace and faith and humbly read the New Testament with a mind to obey what we see there. Love for Christ is a love of willing, as well as a love of feeling, and it is psychologically impossible to love Him adequately unless we will to obey His words!


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