Now that we have in the past five posts thoroughly looked into Paul’s teachings surrounding imminence concerning Rapture and resurrection including his own, we know that imminence is not to be his focus as these teachers tell us that it is — and now you may just be beginning to see why? Let me re-emphasize the first reason why we should question comes
Later in this 1st chapter of Philippians Paul speaks of his departure and he is not speaking of rapture.
Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: (KJV)
We know that he is not here looking for the Rapture as it is taught by dispensationalists, because he goes on to conclude that it is better for them that he stay rather than to depart, and this because of their need of him at that time on earth. You read the passage for Clarity. Don’t just listen to me. The Bible and the Holy Spirits teaching us is our source in this day of confusion in teachings from a church that is not United. So one would need to conclude that Paul is not looking for his Rapture even within his own confessed desire, but he looks rather for his death and future resurrection. It then goes without saying that he is not looking for the rapture of those in need of his presence either. But, what else does Paul refute about the Dispensationalist teaching that are being overlooked and ignored by those pushing imminence, and how then can we prove to them that to Paul, patience is more important than imminence?
So here is your next question: if the Rapture occurs after all Israel is saved; then who are the warnings meant for, which are scattered throughout New Covenant Scripture, and which warn in order that a falling away from faith shall not occur? Dispensationalists teach that these warnings basically have no meaning to us. Salvation to them is associated with a one time act from which one cannot fall. Yet, we have seen that Peter’s purpose for his warning must apply to the Church, which studies and twists Paul’s writings and sees the time of Christ’s coming about which both he Peter and Paul are teaching. Paul also gives us these warnings about falling See:
As with imminence, you need to decide if Paul’s warnings also contained in these verses presented in the above post are intended to imply that a believer cannot fall. If they do then a twisting of Paul’s words is involved here.
In our next post we will observe a final area of confusion between paul and Dispensationalism.