Quotes if any From Terry are taken from the above article. This is part 3 of a 4 part series. It is best that you read them in order.
In yesterday’s post I stated that there is disunity and confusion in those finding themselves in the Tribulation. And today you have made your choice: “I will go to this secrete meeting to see what they are saying.”
When you go you take with you all of your questions from yesterday stated in part 2.
The leader of this underground church asks “why are we here?” You think: “I do hope to find out”. Are you a Christian? “I certainly believe in and trust in Jesus”.
He continues: Ok, Obviously we are all here because we are considered the enemy of the state right now. The world has changed. It now appears that we are appointed for a very different task by the Lord than what we were involved in just 1 month ago.
What is God’s purpose for us now? God has told us through Paul that He is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle. We have not yet become that bride. That is about to change. We need to seek the Lord, to repent and learn from Him, His direction, and learn why we are here right now in this the end of days.
One of our missions for this time is clear. We are to make Israel Jealous in order that she will one day soon call upon her Messiah. Peter had preached about this in his Acts chapter 3 message to a crowd of Israelites. Paul in Romans 11 makes clear that one day Israel will return and accept her Messiah; and it will be then that we will receive our blessed hope (life from the dead). He says there in Romans 11, that we are to make her jealous. To do that we must know who we are in Abraham’s seed (Christ). She must be made to understand that we are in her Messiah, the promised seed of Abraham. We are in her promised covenant (the New Covenant), which is made with us by God’s own blood. This is the covenant for which Israel seeks. A Covenant of true circumcision not of the fleshly foreskin, but it is a heart circumcision not made with hands. By it we have been given a new heart upon which God has been writing His law.
You at this point speak up: “but why was I so deceived about the raptures timing? To which the teacher answers: many of us have held to a twisted understanding of scripture in one area or another, but God’s purpose today is to bring us to unity in truth. To purge us. This is the period for the consummation of the bride. To complete for Himself a bride without blemish.
You ask: “How could I have been so deceived?”
You must understand that truth in scripture must build upon itself. One statement does not the whole truth make. Consider: there are elements to Paul’s teaching on Rapture. He includes resurrection; wrath; the day of the Lord; the night; our not being in spiritual darkness on that day that has no light, and this even though the world will be in total physical darkness. There is even the understanding given by Paul in this 1st Thessalonians teaching that this day (the day of the Lord) means destruction when it comes for the world, and from it there is no escape.
So think of this we are hear and the world is hear, and both you and I as believers in Christ may still be here in this world when Jesus Returns. At that time He will have already saved Israel. So destruction is future for the world just as resurrection and Rapture is for us.
And consider these elements that Paul brings up when he teaches about rapture. First there is resurrection of everyone who has died in Christ when He comes. Many of us will die during these coming closing years. Even so come Lord Jesus. If it be God’s will for us then our resurrection will also come before the Rapture. There will be Jews who will accept the Lord during these years, many of them may also die, but Israel will undergo Great Tribulation for the purpose of her purging. The Lord has told us in Hosea 5:15 that He will not return until she as a nation calls upon Him. This is why Peter preached that in his second sermon recorded in Acts. And Isaiah in chapter 63 makes it clear that this deliverance will come to her as promised, her deliverance follows this time of Jacob’s trouble, and it will come just before He returns. In fact He will be wearing the very same blood stained garment. A garment that was stained while performing her deliverance.
So the first resurrection will not come until the very last one of us here in this tribulation who will die for Christ has died.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (KJV)
Remember it is written “the dead in Christ must rise first”.
You say: “but Paul said that Jesus was coming as a thief in the night on the Day of the Lord. Is this not the day of the Lord?
But my child what is night, does night mean anything? Jesus said that before He comes the sun moon and stars would not shine. Joel says the same thing and Joel says that this will happen before the day of the Lord. The same day that Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5, is the day of our resurrection and the Rapture of those who remain. Paul also says in 2nd Thessalonians 2, that the falling away and the Antichrist must appear before the day of the Lord which is this the day of Resurrection and Rapture. It is the day of our blessed hope. So this is why you are still here child. And this is also why we will not be unaware of the timing of his coming. We won’t know the day or hour, but when darkness appears all over the globe we will know that it is soon. Right now because of the signs that we are seeing we know that it is soon. We know now that our redemption draweth neigh.
You say: “Well what about the teaching on blessed hope, that we wouldn’t see this time?”
Tell me even if tribulation has started do you not still have hope, and is it not blessed? In fact is it blessed hope even if you are standing in front of a firing squad or a guillotine after leaving here this very night?
You think: “Right now that may be the only thing that holds me together. But can I risk coming here again. My brother knows of this place, and of my inner struggle, but maybe he and I can study the scripture together. Maybe I can convince him that these things be true?”
Later this night, you prepare for bed, and you read:
Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. (KJV)
“Isn’t it fact that our Lord told us when He was coming not only in the Gospels, but also in the book of Revelation. Is this not our blessed hope”?
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. (KJV)
“Where anywhere else in the Gospels the Epistles, or in the Revelation has He told me of any other coming?”
Revelation 19:5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (KJV)
“It certainly is these white garments that we will be given that we must return in with our Lord should we die for Him. There is no place in the Epistles or even in the Old Covenant where He has told us differently than this?”
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (KJV)
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (KJV)
“Even so come Lord Jesus”
Jesus, has not yet come. There is reason why He has not yet come. But do you want a part 4?