The following information is taken from gotquestions.org:“Throughout the New Testament, the word bondservant, slave, or servant is applied metaphorically to someone absolutely devoted to Jesus. Paul, Timothy, James, Peter, and Jude all describe themselves as “bondservants of Christ” (Romans 1:1; Philippians 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1, NKJV). Believers today should still consider themselves bondservants or slaves of Christ (1 Corinthians 7:22; Ephesians 6:6; 2 Timothy 2:24). He is our Lord, and our allegiance is due to Him alone. As bondservants, we renounce other masters (Matthew 6:24) and give ourselves totally to Him (Matthew 16:24).”

in a moment we will discuss just how repentance effects our understanding of scripture.

But for right now, my question to those of you who write for gotquestions.org, is why then do you, who answer theological questions on your site, not know that the rapture cannot occur until those who are the dead in Christ are resurrected. Is it possible that repentance has a bearing? (1 Thessalonians 4:16)? And many will die in Christ during the Tribulation, as God will prove to us from His scripture in a minute. But these future dead will prevent any who are alive from being Raptured until they are resurrected. This is what Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:16. But here is God’s proof that the Tribulation possesses (“in Christ” believers), one body –with us.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (KJV)

The quote from gotquestions.org which begins this post is made up of scriptures — truths that we all can accept. I quoted from their site agreeing with them — who these bond Servants are. This truth that (we are bond servants) helps to make the Revelation understandable — For you and I are those devoted followers (bond servants) causing this book to have even greater meaning as we read and study it.

The bond servant — you — me all of us in Christ, we are pointedly messaged in the Revelation, and we are told that this book is written not to the Theologians, but to us, any devoted follower of our Lord who reads; hears and heeds it words. So It was written to us in order that we would understand it.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants (bond servants) things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant (bond servant) John: (KJV)

In the NASB and elsewhere the translation is “bond servant” where KJV has servant. Jesus is showing us things which must shortly begin in John’s day to come to pass. History as we know it to have occurred is significantly recorded in this book, as well as history as it will transpire up until the end of this age and beyond. Not all of it, but God’s Word to us concerning these things.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. Revelation 1:3 NASB

Peter had told us:

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 2 Peter 3:8 NASB

So, Why then, if we (the bond servants) are to read and understand, is there so much confusion over the understanding of the words recorded in this book? We his devoted followers are to read and to understand.

A section of this (my blog) is devoted to (Seeing Revelation Through Jesus’ admonition — “do not add to or take away from the words of this prophecy”).

My commentary on it is a work in process or progress, not yet complete, but several articles are already posted there under that heading. This message will be posted there with the others.

One observation from Revelation concerning the “bond servant” is, that we bond servants (in the one body of Christ) are not done away with on earth during the Tribulation. You will find us there within it by name (bond servant) as well as by position (in the Lord). This observation I make, knowing Jesus’ warning through John “do not add to or take away from the “words” of this book.” The very words of the book are important, so important that a curse accompanies any who do not heed these words, and properly understand and communicate them (not taking away from or adding to their meaning).

The fact that a bond servant is seen walking in our time and in the Tribulation itself is not only in keeping with the words of Revelation, but it is in keeping with other words of scripture which are complimentary to the Revelation. The fact that these are not always presented in a true light from the scriptures source, by the teachers of our time is an obvious, if anything understatement.

One example I have already discussed. It being the theme throughout scripture (that of salvation having it’s origin and completion only “in Him” “in Christ”). But, teachers are ignoring that fact when considering the timing of resurrection and the associated Rapture of a complete body, which is and must be “in Him”.

One reason that this blog is here is that you might understand the rapture’s timing question. The question is quite involved, not because it is not clearly taught in scripture, but because it has not been clearly taught by man utilizing the scriptures relevant to it. When men ignore words or twist them, they are told by Peter and James that they will be judged more severely. Peter even states that the twisting of scripture can lead to one’s own destruction. But for some reason, that I’ll not go into now, this warning is not considered valid for our time. So listen carefully to this closing.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (KJV)

To say that those who are in the Lord as we are in Him (in Christ), and who will die during the 7 year Tribulation in Him; and yet, to say that these are not in the bride (in Him), a bride who is according to this word — yet to make herself ready (Rev 19) — is to say that the Holy Spirit does not know how to communicate, and that He has authored the confusion that exists over (the Rapture when?) question. These saints of Rev. 14 are in the Lord and there is no doubt that they will die during Tribulation in Him.

These “dead which die in the Lord from henceforth” are also told that they will reign with Him just as we are told that we will do. Listen:

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and 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 his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (KJV)

These are not only told that they will reign with us, but that theirs is the first resurrection. Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (KJV)

So who really is the beneficiary of the confusion? Think prayerfully on this question. It is an important one. There must be a twisting of scripture going on today. One side says that “the twisting does not matter. After all we are all in Christ”. The other side warns: “don’t twist the prophetic scripture. It is dangerous”. Peter was writing concerning prophecy — the future (see Vs. 12 preceding the following verse), when he penned these words concerning Paul’s teachings on these things.

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (KJV)

Unlearned here of course does not mean without knowledge. Paul tells Timothy in 2Tim 2:25 that repentance leads to knowledge of the truth. But there is a missing ingredient today which keeps many believers from repentance and thus from the truth. The fear of the Lord is a missing ingredient in today’s bible teaching. Presuming upon the grace of God is a dangerous thing. If we teach against His word, having no fear of His warnings — how then can repentance enter in to bring us to a knowledge of the truth. Fear of these warnings brings repentance. Having no fear leads to more twisted truth. What does this mean to the followers of twisted truth? Can they ever find the way to truth?

May God bless as you ponder pray, and study. Should you find confusion with the words of this blog as it relates to God’s word, please comment so that I can better understand your concerns.