What if there is no Rapture?

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What if there is No Rapture?

Dedicated to the Memory of Bro. Eli Mast

 

Brother Eli was one of those elderly men of the Church that you will never forget.        

  Most anytime I would visit him, or go to pick him up for fellowship, the conversation would always gravitate to the subject of “The Rapture”.  We talked about this subject quite often and shared similar believes on a pre-trib Rapture of the Church.

  I went to visit with Bro. Eli a couple of weeks ago and as we were sitting on the edge of his bed, as usual the conversation went to what seemed to be his favorite discussion, the rapture. BUT, this time, with a weak and failing body, he said, “I don’t think I am going to get to see The Rapture after all”. Bro. Eli was ready to go home to meet The Father, and had been as long as I have known him. Bro. Eli did just that, in his sleep on the 9th of March, 2009. For those of you who are into numbers and following the Scriptures, 9 is representative of judgment and also completion. Eli has completed his race!!

 

  A couple of months ago, while bringing the message at our fellowship, I was quickened in The Spirit to ask this question, “What if there is no Rapture? “

Are you ready to meet your maker at ANYTIME?

  With all the stuff going on around us in the world, there is a lot of expectation in the Body of Christ, that, MAYBE the Rapture is VERY CLOSE. Maybe, This Year!

  The problem then becomes, that Yahushua, Christ Jesus, declared that NO MAN knows when this will occur. We are not to lose focus of The Kingdom of God, and get so locked up in world events and thinking on The Rapture. Scripture declares that everyone will be going about in their own daily routines, as in the days of Noah. If anyone had known for sure about the flood, PERHAPS they would have paid more attention to what that “crazy old boat builder” was saying.

 

  This morning, in my time with The Lord, He took me to Hebrews 11, “The Faith Chapter”. Listen to this scripture:

  

     8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

As I read that scripture, I was reminded of the question, “What if there is no rapture?” and very much reminded of my dear Bro. Eli.

  As Abraham made his journey into an unknown land, a land of promise and hope for a bright tomorrow, he did so with the focus on “A city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. Abraham lived in a strange country, that is to say, a place of unfamiliar surroundings and unfamiliar people. He lived in tabernacles or tent like structures. They were not permanent houses, and that was OK with Abraham, for his Faith and Hope was fixed on a different home.

Here is some more from that chapter of Hebrews;

13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

 16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

  All the great “Heroes of Faith” died without receiving the complete promises of God, in this place, BUT they all kept their faith in God. If they had thought about it hard enough, in the natural, they probably would have packed up and went back to their more familiar surroundings. BUT, they all confessed that they were “strangers and pilgrims on the earth”. They knew that this place wasn’t their home and that God “Hath prepared for them a city”. The book of Revelations, Ch 21 describes this city. These people desire a “Better country”, one that is “Heavenly”.

  Bro, Eli desired that same place. At 95 years of age, he was focused on his “Heavenly Home”, with his “Heavenly Father”.

From the Book of Genesis 25: 8Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

 9And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

 10The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife

Brother Eli Mast has met his Maker, face to face, and had longed to do so! He was ready!! The question for you today, “Are you”? Are you ready to meet God the Father right now? It could happen at any minute! One way or the other, you will.

 The Rapture might come anytime. For some of us, we may go before the Rapture. We should live every minute of every day “Rapture Ready”, that is to say, you could go

 

 

Just like that! I paused to show you, at any second, your time could come.

I encourage you that are ready, to hold fast to your Faith. I beg you that aren’t 100% sure, PLEASE , get that way.

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10 responses to “What if there is no Rapture?

  1. Jim Strickling

    Look at Revelation 16:2, and remember that it takes place during the Day of the Lord—the time of Christ’s return.

    “. . . There fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast. . . .”

    The Mark of the Beast, acquired during the Tribulation, will still be current when Christ returns. With this information in hand, a later passage in Revelation ends much of the confusion about End-of-the-Age chronology.

    . . . I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Revelation 20:4-5

    The First Resurrection includes those who did not worship the Beast or receive his mark; i.e., Christians whom the Beast put to death. A resurrection prior to the time of the Beast could not include those individuals martyred by the Beast. Only two resurrections are prophesied, the second not occurring until the end of the Millennial Reign.
    Remembering Paul’s assurance that living Christians would not “prevent” (go before) those resurrected to meet Christ (I Thessalonians 4:13-17), there can be no “Rapture” prior to the Tribulation, that is, not until after the Beast has martyred many Christians. Thus, the passage in I Corinthians 15:51-52 and I Thessalonians 4:15-17 are chronologically established. Christians, both resurrected and living, are given their new bodies and caught up to meet Christ at the last trump(et), at Christ’s single, visible return.

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    • Hi Jim,
      Thanks for your comments.
      The MAIN point from this post really isn’t about “pre-Trib, Mid-trib, or post-trib”, but about having the kind of Faith on a daily basis that a person is READY at any given second.
      I hope this doesn’t turn into a debate on the subject, as it isn’t about The Rapture as much as it is about “The Relationship”.
      Love in Yahushua, Christ Jesus
      Jake

  2. Rob

    The NEWEST Pretrib Calendar

    Hal (serial polygamist) Lindsey and other pretrib-rapture-trafficking and Mayan-Calendar-hugging hucksters deserve the following message: “2012 may be YOUR latest date. It isn’t MAYAN!” Actually, if it weren’t for the 179-year-old, fringe-British-invented, American-merchandised pretribulation rapture bunco scheme, Hal might still be piloting a tugboat on the Mississippi. roly-poly Thomas Ice (Tim LaHaye’s No. 1 strong-arm enforcer) might still be in his tiny folding-chair church which shares its firewall with a Texas saloon, Jack Van Impe might still be a jazz band musician, Tim LaHaye might still be titillating California matrons with his “Christian” sex manual, Grant Jeffrey might still be taking care of figures up in Canada, Chuck Missler might still be in mysterious hush-hush stuff that rocket scientists don’t dare talk about, John Hagee might be making – and eating – world-record pizzas, and Jimmy (“Bye You” Rapture) Swaggart might still be flying on a Ferriday flatbed! To read more details about the eschatological British import that leading British scholarship never adopted – the import that’s created some American multi-millionaires – Google “Pretrib Rapture Diehards” (note LaHaye’s hypocrisy under “1992”), “Hal Lindsey’s Many Divorces,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers)” and “Thomas Ice (Hired Gun),” “LaHaye’s Temperament,” “Wily Jeffrey,” “Chuck Missler – Copyist,” “Open Letter to Todd Strandberg” and “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Humbug Huebner,” “Thieves’ Marketing,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “The Real Manuel Lacunza,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts,” “Dolcino? Duh!” and “Scholars Weigh My Research.” Most of the above is written by journalist/historian Dave MacPherson who has focused on long-hidden pretrib rapture history for 35+ years. No one else has focused on it for 35 months or even 35 weeks. MacPherson has been a frequent radio talk show guest and he states that all of his royalties have always gone to a nonprofit group and not to any individual. His No. 1 book on all this is “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books online, etc.). The amazing thing is how long it has taken the mainstream media to finally notice and expose this unbelievably groundless yet extremely lucrative theological hoax!

    (Saw the above web item – food for thought. Rob)

    • Hi Rob,
      See my comments to Jim.
      BTW, what’s your belief? Rapture? No Rapture?
      The question is Rob, are you ready right this very second ?

  3. TimH

    Been awhile since I have looked here. Good response LBOLM… I was in a discussion with some people the other day and I made the comment, “You know there are alot of ‘men of God’ who are very well respected but each of them have their concept of when the tribulation is. They each teach one of the trib.” (I am speaking of John McArthur, John Piper, Charles Stanely, Rick Warren, Joyner, Johnson, etc. etc.)

    Then I was giggling as I wrote, “I was reaised Baptist, that must make me a pre-trib, became pentacostal, that makes me post-trib, so maybe I should spilt the difference and go with mid-trib.” Ha!

    I believe you are correct, it is all about relationship. If one is confident and trusting in the Father, then it doesn’t matter when it is. We will walk in the peace and knowledge and faith that we will be ok no matter what the period of the timeline Christ comes to get us is. Sure, it would be great if God decided He didn’t want us to go through all of the stuff that will occur, then come pre-trib, but if He decides He wants the church to be witnessses to His power and a testamony to His kingdom then He will give us the ability to wait and we will be post-trib. IT DOESN”T REALLY MATTER! He will come and those who trust in Him will be saved. RELATIONSHIP INDEED!

    Seems like a couple of people tried to hihack your post.

  4. I don’t believe there is a rapture. Read Matthew 24. Even the book of Revelation doesn’t talk about a ‘rapture’ the only time the Bible says anything about Christians rising up to meet the Lord is at the very end. I used to believe in the pre-trib, but not anymore. It doesn’t exist and we’ve been lied to and deceived. Are we really ready to die for our faith?

    • Sisterlisa,
      I won’t debate the Rapture with you, BUT, your last statement hit on the heart of the post that it was given in, “Are we really ready to die for our faith? ”
      Be Blessed and thanks for your comments!
      Love in Yahushua, Christ Jesus
      Pastor Jake

  5. Jonathan

    The book of ‘Revelations’ is actually ‘The REVELATION of Jesus Christ.’
    Why is there a tendency to refer to it in the plural?

  6. Hi Jonathan,
    Good question. Why do YOU think it is done?

    I guess one would also wonder why people say “The Gospel of Luke” or “The Gospel of John” or “The Gospel of Mark”, etc.
    After all it isn’t their Gospel is it? It is the Gospel as taught by Yahushua, Christ Jesus. BTW, Yahushua never taught it to be His Gospel either. Yahushua taught it to be the Gospel of The Kingdom of YHWH or The Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. So why do people call it the Gospel of Jesus?

    We shouldn’t get caught up in such meaningless discussions, but RATHER we should be out spreading The Gospel!!

    Thanks and come back again some times.
    Love in Yahushua, Christ Jesus
    Jake

  7. Lucious

    I thought it was cool how you didn’t want to argue and wouldn’t be sucked into one because that’s not what your blog was about. I understand what you mean that we should be ready anytime to meet our maker because we could die anytime. Maybe since people have something to say about there NOT being a rapture maybe you could do another discussion on that too. I used to think there was one until I read what the Bible said.

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