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The ‘secret’ rapture doctrine refuted

19 March 2012

The ‘secret’ rapture doctrine refuted

INTRODUCTION

The ‘secret’ rapture doctrine holds that the second coming of Christ will consist of two phases, one for the saints (the Rapture) and the other with the saints (the Revelation of Christ), and the intervening period between the two is the time when the world will experience the Great Tribulation, involving the reign of Antichrist and the outpouring of God’s wrath on the wicked

Here is what the Assemblies of God teaches about the second coming of Christ: ‘A comparison of passages of Scripture relating to the Second Coming shows that some speak of a visible event seen by all mankind and involving the judgement of sinners. Others describe a coming known only to believers and resulting in their deliverance from earth. The latter is referred to among evangelicals as the Rapture. …. Passages which pertain to the Rapture describe the coming of the Lord for His people. Passages which refer to the revelation of Christ describe the coming of the Lord with His saints. …. Since Scripture does not contradict itself, it seems reasonable to conclude that the passages describing Christ’s coming for the saints and with the saints indicate two phases of His coming. We believe it is scripturally correct to assume that the intervening period between the two is the time when the world will experience the Great Tribulation, involving the reign of Antichrist and the outpouring of God’s wrath on the wicked …. Although God’s people may endure severe trials before the Lord comes, the Church will be raptured before the period called the Great Tribulation’ (The Rapture of the Church, General Council of the Assemblies of God, August 14, 1979. From. www.ag.org).

The above mentioned teaching, according to which the Church will be caught up to heaven before the reign of the antichrist (called also ‘the man of sin’ or ‘lawless one’), is held by most of the Trinitarian Pentecostals and many other Evangelicals. It is held also by the United Pentecostal Church (one of the Oneness Pentecostal sects) which affirms: ‘God will take the church out of the world before the Tribulation’ (J. L. Hall and David K. Bernard, editors, Doctrines of the Bible, Word Aflame Press, Hazelwood, MO, USA, 1998, page 272),

The Rapture doctrine appeared in the early part of the 1800’s in England. In march, 1830, a woman in Richard Baxter’s church in London, prophesied that the Lord Jesus might come any time and that true believers in Him might any day be caught up by translation to heaven. This woman and this church were connected with the Irvingite movement. That prophecy was accepted also by John Nelson Darby, one of the most influential preachers in England at that time, who, even though he was not part of the Irvingite Movement, accepted it as coming from the Lord and incorporated in his teaching. John Darby was the founder of the Plymouth Brethren group which still exists in England and other countries. From that time on millions of believers all over the world have accepted the Rapture doctrine.

REFUTATION

The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His saints (our gathering together to Him, which is known also as ‘rapture’) and the coming of the Lord with His saints (the revelation of Christ) are two events which will take place on the same day (made of 24 hours), which is called the day of Christ or the day of the Lord, and that day will come after the antichrist is revealed. Therefore the saints will be persecuted to death by the antichrist, that is to say, the saints will go through the great tribulation. When I say that the coming of Christ for His saints and the coming of Christ with His saints are two events which will take place on the same day, I mean this: when Jesus is revealed from heaven, He will raise up the dead in Christ first, then He will change the saints who are alive at His coming, and they will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Immediately after He will come with His saints to earth to punish the lawless one and those who do not know God, and to establish the millennium reign, which is a thousand-year reign during which He will reign on the earth with His saints. So, the coming of our Jesus Christ comprises the following events: the appearing of Christ from heaven, the resurrection of the dead in Christ, the change of the saints who are alive at His coming, and our gathering together to Him, and the destruction of the antichrist and of those who do not know God, and His coming with His saints to earth. All these events – I say it again – will take place on the same day, which is called the day of Christ or the day of the Lord. Our gathering together to Christ and the coming of Christ will not occur at different times – as pre-tribolationists affirm – but on the same day. Now I will show you from the Holy Scripture what I have just said.

Let us see what John wrote in the book of Revelation about the glorious coming of Christ from heaven: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11-21). Now, I want you to pay much attention to the fact that John said that the beast and the false prophet will be captured and cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone, because what John wrote confirms what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians concerning the destiny of the lawless one, that is, the man of sin who will be revealed prior to the day of the Lord. Here is what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians concerning this: “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8 – NKJV). As you can see, therefore, John and Paul affirm the same thing using different words, that is to say, they affirm that the man of sin (the beast) will be punished at the return of Christ, that is, when Christ is revealed from heaven.

Having established this, we need to establish when the man of sin – of whom Paul speaks to the Thessalonians – will be revealed, that is, whether he will be revealed before the Church is caught up to heaven or after. Let us see then what Paul says to the Thessalonians about the time the lawless one will be revealed: “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-7). No doubt Paul states that the man of sin will be revealed while the saints are still on the earth. We deduce this from the fact that he says “that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ….”. Therefore, the falling away and the man of sin must come first, then the day of Christ will come– on which the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the change of the saints who are alive will take place, and their gathering together to Christ. Someone will ask me then: ‘Could Paul not refer, when he spoke of the day of Christ, to the coming of Christ from heaven with His saints who by that time will have already been with Him for some years (seven or three and a half)? No, because if we read carefully the above mentioned words of Paul, we can see that when he speaks of the day of Christ – which will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed – he refers to “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him” (2 Thessalonians 2:1 – NKJV). Notice that Paul – concerning the coming of the Lord and our gathering together to Him – first urged the saints not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by any false epistle, as though the day of Christ was imminent or at hand, then he explained them why they must not think that the day of Christ was imminent or at hand: “For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed.” Therefore, the day of which Paul speaks is the day on which Christ will come and we will be gathered together to Him. Thus Paul implicitly affirms that when the lawless one is revealed the saints are still on earth, for the lawless one will be destroyed by the brightness of Christ’s coming. Consequently, since we know that the antichrist will persecute to death the saints, we affirm that the saints will go through the great tribulation.

That the saints must go through the tribulation which will precede the appearing of Christ is evident also from the following words spoken by Jesus Christ: “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:4-31). As you can see, Jesus foretold His disciples that His coming will occur after the tribulation of those days – during which many believers will be deceived by false prophets, while many others will be killed for their faith -, and also that at His coming He will gather His elect to Him from the four winds. So our gathering together to Him will take place at the end of the great tribulation

In the light of what the Scripture teaches, therefore, the pre-tribolationist view, according to which there will be a secret, invisible return of Jesus in the sky where the saints will be translated secretly before the beginning of the reign of the antichrist (thus, before the beginning of the tribulation), must be rejected for it is inconsistent with the Scripture, which clearly teaches that Christ will appear to gather His saints to Him after the reign of the antichrist is established on earth, that is, at the end of the tribulation.

Brothers, I conclude by saying to you what Paul said to the Thessalonians many centuries ago: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed ….” (2 Thessalonians 2:3 – NKJV).

Giacinto Butindaro

[from: http://hewhohasearslethimhear.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/the-secret-rapture-doctrine-refuted/]

5 Comments
  1. 20 March 2012 02:31

    Sometimes I feel like I’m falling away, though coming across believers still strong in the faith of God makes me strong too to continue that good fight. It’s like Iesu Christ the Lord is giving another helping hand to get me right up. The Lord of Lords and King of Kings well warned us in regards to the great tribulation:
    “Then if any man shall say unto you: lo, here is Christ, or there is Christ: believe it not: for there shall arise false christs, and false prophets and shall give great signs and wonders. So greatly that if it were possible, even the chosen should be brought into error.” Mt 24:23

    As far as I understand, even according to what I read from William Tyndale an early reformer, the term “antichrist” is a very evil spiritual thing and not just a particular person, because those false christs and false prophets are controled by another spiritual power that compose satan’s members who portray their man of sin. The Lord is warning about the spirit of antichrist that even tries to usurp God’s authority over the man of sin which could be any human being under that evil influence. We all still are sinners and our bloody flesh would have us do evil, though we be purified by the sprinkling of the blood of the lamb, that is to say: continually showered by the holy spirit of Christ that helps us to overcome sin as HE did in the flesh, and ultimately will give the victory to us all that endure till the end. (1Peter 1:2, Mt 24:13, 1Jo 2)

    If the very elect, chosen of God, could almost be deceived, nevermind a man of little faith such as i. I see error everywhere, even with myself, and it’s thanks to the Lord that I’m able to correct any error so it doesn’t become a mistake where sin could have power to rule over me. Nevertheless, may Iesu Christ the King who has power over me to love as HE did from the very first time in the beginning till the end and a new beginning more.

  2. 21 March 2012 03:26

    In regards to the secret, there’s really nothing hidden in the world that shall not come to light, as the topic does bring to remembrance:

    1 Corinthians 15:51-52
    Behold I shew a mystery unto you: we shall not all sleep: but we shall all be changed, and that in a moment, and in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall blow, and the dead shall rise incorruptible: And we shall be changed.

    1 Thessalonians 4:15
    For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not precede them who are asleep.

    Those verses are enough proof as it is, that all on earth will have to endure tribulation, till the last trompe of God.

    Moreover, it’s ironic how the longsuffering of the Lord before being crucified can be an indication of how it will be just before the falling away:

    John 16:32-33
    Behold the hour draweth nigh, and is already come, that ye shall be scattered every man his ways, and shall leave me alone. And yet am I not alone. For my father is with me. These words have I spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world shall ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

    Luke 22:43
    And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, comforting him. And he was in agony, and prayed somewhat longer.(Alternate translation: And it came so, that he wrestled with death and prayed the longer) And his sweat was like drops of blood, trickling down to the ground.

    Taking into account that only an angel appeared conforting the Lord before he was crucified, provably even angels and devils suffer tribulation on earth, nevermind mere men such as us.

    Matthew 24:13
    But he that endureth to the end shall be safe.

    John 5:28-29
    Marvel not at this, that the hour shall come, in the which all that are in the graves, shall hear his voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good unto the resurrection of life. And they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

    Further ironic is how that unlike popular opinion, Christ the Lord already revealed who is “raptured” first according to:

    Matthew 13:30
    let both grow together till harvest come, and in time of harvest, I will say yea unto my reapers, gather ye first the tares, and bind them in sheaves to be brent: but gather the wheat into my barn.

    For those with ears to hear (1Co 2:12-13) instead of talking about a delusive rapture, the Lord rather adverts to prepare us to watch out?

    Mark 13:19-37
    For there shall be in those days such tribulation, as was not from the beginning of creatures, which God created, unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no man should be saved. But for the elects’ sake, which he hath chosen, he hath shortened those days. And then, if any man say to you: lo, here is Christ, lo, he is there, believe not. For false christs shall arise, and false prophets; And shall shew miracles and wonders, to deceive if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed, behold I have shewed you all things before. Moreover in those days after that tribulation, the sun shall wax dark, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall; And the powers which are in heaven, shall move. And then shall they see the son of man coming in the clouds, with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, and from the one end of the world to the other. Learn a similitude of the fig tree. When his branches are yet tender, and hath brought forth leaves, ye know, that summer is near. So in like manner when ye see these things come to pass, understand, that it is nigh even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass. But of the day and the hour, knoweth no man: no not the angels which are in heaven: neither the son himself, save the father only. Take heed, watch, and pray, for ye know not when the time is. As a man which is gone into a strange country and hath left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house will come, whether at even, or at midnight, whether at the cock crowing, or in the dawning: lest if he come suddenly, he should find you sleeping. And that I say unto you, I say unto all men, watch.

    While on earth, it’s daily battles till Christ the Lord of hosts returns..

    Luke 19:11-27
    As they heard these things, he added thereto a similitude, because he was nigh to Jerusalem; And because also, they thought that the kingdom of God should shortly appear. He said therefore: A certain noble man, went into a far country, to receive a kingdom, and then to come again. He called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds saying unto them: Buy and sell till I come: But his citizens hated him, and sent messengers after him, saying: We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, when he was come again and had received his kingdom, he commanded his servants, to be called to him (to whom he gave his money) to wit what every man had done. Then came the first saying: Lord, thy pound hath increased ten pounds. And he said unto him: Well good servant, because thou wast faithful in a very little thing; Take thou authority over ten cities. And the other came saying: Lord thy pound, hath increased five pounds. And to the same he said: And be thou also ruler over five cities. And the third came, and said: Lord, behold here thy pound, which I have kept in a napkin, for I feared thee, because thou art a strait man: thou takest up that thou laidst not down; And reapest that thou didst not sow. And he said unto him: Of thine own mouth judge I thee thou evil servant. Knewest thou that I am a strait man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow? Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank? And then at my coming should I have required mine own, with vantage. And he said to them that stood by: Take from him that pound, and give it him that hath ten pounds. And they said unto him: Lord he hath ten pounds. I say unto you, that unto all them that have, it shall be given: (and he shall have abundance) and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away. Moreover those mine enemies, which would not, that should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

    Even the congregation of Philadelphia was issued warning:

    Revelation 3:11
    Behold I come shortly. Hold that which thou hast, that no man take away thy crown.

    2 Peter 3:10
    Nevertheless the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which day, the heavens shall perish with terrible noise, and the elements shall melt with heat, and the earth with the works that are therein shall burn.

    How the Lord will return is a great study in itself:

    1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
    Matthew 25
    Matthew 24:27-31
    Acts 1:9-11
    1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

    Revelation 1:7
    Behold he cometh with clouds, and all eyes shall see him: and they also which pierced him. And all kindreds of the earth shall wail. (over him) Even so amen.

  3. 23 March 2012 13:47

    «Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
    Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.»

    [2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, authorized King James Version 1611]

    On the same day will be the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him.

    • 24 March 2012 21:27

      That’s a great point “without dissension”, and for edification sake take a closer look at that Second Thessalonians passage through verse 8.. yea rather till verse 12.. and beyond thanks to Christ Iesu the Lord almighty for such good gift of clear health:
      ¶ We beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord Iesu Christ, and in that we shall assemble unto him, that ye be not suddenly moved from your mind, and be not troubled, neither by spirit, neither by words, nor yet by letter, which should seem to come from us, as though the day of Christ were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for the Lord cometh not, except there come a departing first, and that that sinful man be opened, the son of perdition which is an adversary, and is exalted above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he shall sit in the temple of god, and shew himself as god.
      ¶ Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth: even that he might be uttered at his time. For already the mystery of iniquity worketh. Only he that holdeth, let him now hold, until hit be taken out of the way, and then shall that wicked be uttered, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the appearance of his coming, even him whose coming is by the working of Satan, with all lying power, signs, and wonders: and in all deceivableness of unrighteousness, among them that perish: because they received not the love of the trueth, that they might have been saved. And therefore God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe lies: that all they might be damned which believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

      According to the Scriptures the temple could be a place in heaven and on earth, yet spiritually even on earth it really be your body as the Lord more clearly revealed. (John 2:19, 1Co 3:16, Re 11)

      It just came to attention that the “falling away” in that 2Th. 2:3 verse for a time even made me feel as if it were possible for God not to finish the work that he started in me when I should know better that the work that God starts in the temple body HE finishes (Php 1:6). In the verse 2Th. 2:3 the original English translation of “departing” is clearer from William Tyndale, and even from John Wycliffe editions 3 [That] No man deceive you in any manner. For but dissension come first [For no but departing away, or dissension, shall come first] and the man of sin be showed, the son of perdition, 4 that is adversary, and is enhanced over [upon] all thing that is said God, or that is worshipped, so that he sit in the temple of God, and show himself as if he were God [+showing himself as that he be God/as if he is God] .

      It makes more sense to me than “falling away” because there’s no private interpreation when comparing scripture with scripture it says what it says as in:
      John 16:32 Behold the hour draweth nigh, and is already come, that ye shall be scattered every man his ways, and shall leave me alone. And yet am I not alone. For my father is with me.

      Even though the apostles themselves departed from Christ for a time, they did not fall away from HIS Love.
      Isn’t the spirit of antichrist already openly shown (specially nowadays) on people’s conversation, the news, worldly writtings (even bible translations), internet and other communications or ungodly excommunications for that matter. According to spirit of Iesus, what withholdeth that antichrist spirit are the brethren that trust in the holy spirit of God to cleanse them from such a spiritual Christ usurper in their temple body. You may say GOD would not allow that, though the reality is that even the real IESU the Christ had to endure while on HIS earthly temple as written:
      Lu 4:13 And as soon as the devil had ended all his temptations, he departed from him for a season.

      Also take note how even in the temple Iesus cast out devils (Luke 4:31-37, Luke 13:10-17)

      Why would even the Apostle Paul have to endure:
      2Co 12:8 For this thing besought I the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me:
      2Co 12:9 and he said unto me: my grace is sufficient for thee. For my strength is made perfect thorow weakness. Very gladly therefore will I rejoice of my weakness, that the strength of Christ may dwell in me.

      We are commanded by God to “endure till the end” of our life on earth, and that by first seeking the Kingdom of God where righteousness dwells.

      Matthew 24
      ¶ And Iesus went out and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him, for to shew him the building of the temple. Iesus said unto them: see ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you: There shall not be here left one stone upon another, that shall not be destroyed.
      ¶ And as he sat upon the mount Olivet, his disciples came unto him secretly saying: Tell us, when this shall be? and what sign shall be of thy coming, and of the end of the world? and Iesus answered, and said unto them: take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in my name saying: I am Christ: and shall deceive many.
      ¶ Ye shall hear of wars, and of the noise of wars, but see that ye be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and realm against realm: and there shall be pestilence, and hunger, and earthquakes in all quarters. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
      ¶ Then shall they put you to trouble, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake: and then shall many fall, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one the other, and many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many: and because iniquity shall have the upper hand, the love of many shall abate. But he that endureth to the end shall be safe. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.
      ¶ When ye then shall see the abomination and desolation (spoken of by Daniel the prophet) stand in the holy place: whosoever readeth it, let him understand it. Then let them which be in jury fly into the mountains. And let him which is on the housetop, not come down to take anything out of his house. Neither let him which is in the field, return back to fetch his clothes. Woe be in those days to them that are with child, and to them that give suck. But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world to this time, nor shall be. Yea and except those days should be shortened, should no flesh be saved: But for the chosens’ sake those days shall be shortened.
      ¶ Then if any man shall say unto you: lo, here is Christ, or there is Christ: believe it not: for there shall arise false christs, and false prophets and shall give great signs and wonders. So greatly that if it were possible, even the chosen should be brought into error. Take heed I have told you before. If they shall say unto you: lo, he is in the desert, go not forth: lo, he is in the secret places, believe not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth unto the west: so shall the coming of the son of man be. For wheresoever a dead body is, even thither will the eagles resort.
      ¶ Immediately after the tribulations of those days, shall the sun be darkeneth: and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall move. And then shall appear the sign of the son of man in heaven. And then shall all the kindreds of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man come in the clouds of heaven with power and great majesty: And he shall send his angels with the great voice of a trumpet, and they shall gather togedther his chosen from the four winds, and from the one end of the world to the other.
      ¶ Learn a similitude of the fig tree: when his branches are yet tender, and his leaves sprung, ye know that summer is nye. So likewise when ye see all these things, be ye sure that it is near even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall perish: but my words shall abide. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my father only.
      ¶ As the time of Noe was, so likewise shall the coming of the son of man be. For as in the days before the flood: they did eat and drink, marry, and were married, even unto the day that Noe entered in to the ship, and knew of nothing till the flood came and took them all away. So shall also the coming of the son of man be. Then two shall be in the fields, the one shall be received, and the other shall be refused, two shall be grinding at the mill: the one shall be received, and the other shall be refused.
      ¶ Wake therefore, because ye know not what hour your master will come. Of this be sure, that if the good man of the house knew what hour the thief would come: he would surely watch, and not suffer his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready, for what hour ye think least on, in the same shall the son of man come. Who is a faithful servant and wise, whom his master hath made ruler over his household, for to give them meat in season convenient? happy is that servant whom his master (when he cometh) shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, my master will defer his coming, and begin to smite his fellows: yea and to eat and to drink with the drunken: that servants master will come in a day when he looketh not for him: and in an hour that he is not ware of, and will divide him, and give him his reward with hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  4. 24 March 2012 21:46

    Going across the internet and through many sacrilegious dissensions, shows that many misunderstand the end of the age where the Gospel was already preached and recorded, confusing it with the ending of the temporal world when the Lord will restore HIS infinite Kingdom on earth as revealed.

    Let the New Testament fulfillment interpret itself respectfully to all creatures and nations on earth:

    Gospel to be published to the known world:
    Mark 13:10
    And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

    Gospel then opened according to the published record written to the Romans:
    Romans 16:25-26
    To him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, where with I preach Jesus Christ, in opening of the mystery which was kept close since the world began, and now is opened at this time and declared in the scriptures of prophecy, at the commandment of the everlasting God, to stir up obedience to the faith published among all nations:

    Gospel to be preached:
    Mark 16:15
    And he said unto them: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to all creatures:

    Gospel preached and recorded:
    Colossians 1:23
    if ye continue grounded and stablished in the faith, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, whereof ye have heard, how that it is preached among all creatures, which are under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister.

    God validates HIS message with the New Testament account fulfilled:

    John 17:3
    This is life eternal that they might know thee that only very God: and whom thou hast sent Jesus Christ.

    Acts 1:7-8
    He said unto them: It is not for you to know the times, or the seasons which the father hath put in his own power: but ye shall receive power of the holy ghost which shall come on you. And ye shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Jewry, and in Samary, and even unto the world’s end.

    Acts 2:1-6
    When the fiftieth day was come, they were all with one accord gathered together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as it had been the coming of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they sat. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, as they had been fire, and it sat upon each of them: and they were all filled with the holy ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, even as the spirit gave them utterance. There were dwelling at Jerusalem jews, devout men, which were of all nations under heaven. When this was noised about, the multitude came together and were astonied, because that every man heard them speak his own tongue.

    Romans 10:18
    But I ask: have they not heard? No doubt, their sound went out into all lands: and their words into the ends of the world.

    Matthew 28:18-20
    Iesus came and spake unto them, saying:
    All power is given unto me in heaven, and in earth. (As my father sent me, so send I you.) Go therefore and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the father, and the son, and the holy ghost: {e.g. Go make disciples of all the peoples in my name (see Col 2:9)} Teaching them to observe (in keeping) all things, whatsoever I commanded you. And lo, I am with you alway even until the end of the world. (the sovereign Lord promised to be with HIS faithful all the days even to the consummation of the ages)

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