The Biblical Timing of the Rapture part 4: The Coming Purge of Apostate Christianity!

Does the Bible clearly give us a reason for the Church going through the time of tribulation prophesied to occur prior to the Coming of Christ to catch-away his faithful? Yes, it absolutely does!

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

(This is part 4 of a series on the biblical timing of the catching-away of the believers to meet Christ. You can find part 1 HERE.)

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. Revelation 19:7

Though many insist God’s dealings with his people during the final years of ‘tribulation’ only concern the Jews, and that there is no reason for the Church to endure those chaotic times, the Scriptures paint a completely different picture. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about this matter. Continue reading “The Biblical Timing of the Rapture part 4: The Coming Purge of Apostate Christianity!”

The Biblical Timing of The Rapture PART III: The Harvest and The Mystery!

Does the Bible present a clear and concise picture as to the timing of the catching-away of the believers to meet Christ at the end of days? I believe it absolutely does!

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

(This is part 3 of a series on the timing the Bible gives concerning the catching-away of the Church. You can find part 1 HERE. P.B.)

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. James – an apostle of Christ

The Bible teaches the day of Christ’s Coming is the day of Harvest the Lord has been patiently waiting for.  In the Scriptures we see this recurrent allegoric theme presented in the sense of this world being like a field in which the Lord is growing a crop of which he will someday harvest. We see that allegorical reference in the passage above by James, as well as in the writings of Paul.

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1Corinthians 3:9

And we most certainly see this same comparison used in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ himself in his teachings that are recorded in the Gospels. Let’s look at what the Scriptures have to say about the growing and harvesting of God’s ‘crop’, and see what kind of timing we might find associated with Jesus gathering this crop unto himself. Continue reading “The Biblical Timing of The Rapture PART III: The Harvest and The Mystery!”

The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture PART II: The Resurrection Chapter!

Does the Bible present a clear and concise picture as to the timing of the catching-away of the believers to meet Christ at the end of days? I believe it absolutely does!

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

(This is part 2 of a series on the timing of the catching-away of the Church to meet Jesus. You can find part 1 HERE.)

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. Psalms 33:4

All who claim to be Christians operate under the assumption that the various facets of their belief system come from the teachings of the Bible. We all claim to be ‘Bible-believers’! But I like to ask people the following:

Are you basing your beliefs upon what the Bible actually says, or upon what man says about the Bible?

The former is trustworthy; the latter is a good way to get full of erroneous notions about God and his dealings with us. This holds true to the question of the timing of the catching-away of the Church to meet Christ in the latter days. We can either base our beliefs about the Return of Christ and the catching-away of the Church on what the Bible really has to say, or upon what some man says the Bible teaches on this timing issue.

As we saw in the last article that timing is clearly shown in many passages of Scripture. Let’s look at some more places we see that timing expressed. Continue reading “The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture PART II: The Resurrection Chapter!”

The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture! PART I

Does the Bible present a clear and concise picture as to the timing of the catching-away of the believers to meet Christ at the end of days? I believe it absolutely does!

 

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:20-21

In this modern generation much unneeded squabbling is taking place among the people of God over a question unmistakably answered in the Scriptures: The timing of the catching-away of the Church to meet Christ in the air.

For over 18 centuries the leaders and teachers of the Church were of a like-mind that the Resurrection of the Dead, and the joining of Christ to his Church, will take place at his Second Coming to Earth! And that prior to that blessed hope of the Resurrection at the Last Day the believers will face the onslaught of Antichrist’s war on the Saints. This is an undeniable historic fact!

Though world-wide this remains the majority position, regrettably in this day there are a great many who, having allowed themselves to be swayed by the wayward theories of man, have departed from the historical belief of the catching-away at the Second Coming, and have turned aside to embrace teachings that are merely fables.

Because the Western Church has let down its guard, and allowed itself to be inundated with unbiblical teachings that ‘turn from the truth’, there is now a divisive doctrine among us that the Church will escape the trials, tribulations, and persecutions of the final years in a ‘pre-trib’ rapture.

But though a multitude are stubbornly claiming the Bible truly teaches it, the Scriptures themselves give no such ‘pre-tribulation’ timing to the Coming of Christ for his faithful ones. In fact: Just the opposite! Continue reading “The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture! PART I”

The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!

Is the fact there are multiple scenarios being preached concerning Christ’s coming for his Church really just a matter of differing opinions, or is there a sinister agenda at work?

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The end result of embracing deception!

(I sometimes get correspondence from readers who cannot understand why I make such ado over the pre-trib rapture teaching and all it’s associated notions. They accuse me of everything from being divisive and damaging to the Body of Christ to being unloving and hurtful toward people. I recently received one of those ‘What’s the harm in believing and teaching a pre-trib position?’ comments; and since this article pretty thoroughly addresses that question I thought I would repost it. P.B.)

by Paul Benson

As a teacher in the Body of Christ, and called to be a watchman, I spend considerable time researching and writing on false teachings. One of the primary issues I am led to address is the error called ‘the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church’. I have written two books and numerous articles rebuking that falsehood with a major focus on examining each element of that teaching for biblical support. The answer is always the same. There really is none. The Bible does NOT teach two comings of Christ NOR a ‘pre-trib’ rapture. It is a provable falsehood; an invention of man.

While my efforts normally center on exposing the pre-trib theory as error, and then encouraging folks to believe and accept only what is plainly stated in their Bible, in this article I would like to focus on the damage done by embracing and teaching that myth. It is not a benign misunderstanding; nor merely an opinion as to the timing of an event. It is a cancerous seduction presenting grave dangers; many of which are not readily apparent. In my effort to bring these dangers to light I have enlisted the help of some like minded folks. I polled them as to their thoughts on what these dangers are; and I found their insights very thought provoking; as I am sure you will too. Continue reading “The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!”

Changing The Truth Into A Lie: Apostasy Means Rapture?

Why is it that the Western Church is so willing to accept wacky alternative renderings of Scripture all the while turning a blind eye to the fact they are so obviously errant? Is this not apostasy in action?

Questioning the Rapture Theory
Falling away really means catching away? Gee, how could I have missed that? Silly me!

 

by Paul Benson

(I know I have recently touched upon the issues addressed in this article; but feel led to do so in a more thorough manner. So I ask my readers to please excuse any redundancy. P.B.)

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:27

Of all the truths critical to the well-being of humanity we can say certainly the most vital center around the love of God for us, and his desire to rescue us from the consequence of sin through faith in his Son and the sacrifice of Calvary. And I hope that divine truth reigns supreme in your consciousness!

And there is definite reason that the Apostle Paul said ‘comfort one another with these words’ in regard to the resurrection of the dead and the future catching away of the believers. The reality of the resurrection unto eternal life is the hope of the believer. And we should all be firmly settled in that hope.

But as a watchman at the wall I feel divinely compelled to consistently raise warning concerning another vein of truth. And that is concerning the danger of people of faith being seduced away from Christ by the lure of deception. That there are those who can with great subtlety twist the truth into a lie. And they can make these lies sound so plausible and reasonable with their ‘great swelling words of vanity’ (2Peter 2:18) that it can corrupt your understanding of God’s ways to the point you lose your grip on the truth.

And this is one area where we had better ‘get it right’! God is a God of Truth. Lies and deceptions are a defilement and an abomination to him! Please read the opening verse again asking the question: What will be the fate of those who turn aside to lies, and defile others with those lies?

Scary business. The path to eternal life is truth. We must not depart from that path!

Let’s look at another one of those lying notions that is gaining popularity in the Western Church. The deceptive teaching that the apostasy spoken of in 2Thessalonians 2:3 is not a falling away from the faith but is a reference to (and proof of) a ‘pre-trib rapture’! Continue reading “Changing The Truth Into A Lie: Apostasy Means Rapture?”

The Rapture of the Church is after the Tribulation – Rob Miller

(This is a guest post by Rob Miller. His site is Sum Of Thy Word. I love the testimonies of those who have been delivered from the bondage of false teachings, and have chosen to take the simple truths of the Scriptures (as revealed by the Holy Spirit) as the foundation for their beliefs rather than man’s wayward theologies they have heard parroted from the pulpit. In this article on the rapture Rob focuses on those clearly stated truths to show the incorrectness of the pre-trib theory. I really appreciate work such as his that gives additional witness to what the Lord has shown me. -Paul Benson) Continue reading “The Rapture of the Church is after the Tribulation – Rob Miller”

20 Good Reasons To Reject The Pre-tribulation Rapture Fable!

Have YOU rejected the pre-trib rapture fable yet? You should!

The Pre-trib Rapture

 

by Paul Benson

The teaching of a Pre-trib Rapture to remove the Church before the final few years of this age is a dangerous and damaging doctrine that seriously wounds the understanding of those who are deceived by it.

It is so provably false that if it were ever argued in a courtroom it would be thrown out due to lack of evidence; and labeled as a frivolous claim!

But, as believers with a love for the truth, we must be able to do more than just state our opinion that such a claim is false. We need to be able to give people reasonable cause to doubt the validity of that doctrine! Here are twenty good reasons to reject that modern myth of escapism: Continue reading “20 Good Reasons To Reject The Pre-tribulation Rapture Fable!”

Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART II

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by Paul Benson

(This is PART II of a two part article. You can find PART I HERE.)

Last article I addressed some comments posted by a brother named Bobby which illustrated much of the erroneous thinking caused by pre-trib teaching. This week I received a couple of comments from a sister (also named Bobbi) which were also chock-full of the error of Dispensational/pre-trib doctrine. Her comments clearly show the way in which that theology adversely affects a person’s approach to the Scriptures and therefor horribly corrupts their understanding of God’s ways.

I will in this article answer some various aspects of her comments in depth, hoping it will help the reader more clearly see how Dispensational preaching will lead you astray; and why it needs to be recognized as error and rejected by the followers of Christ. Let’s examine her comments. Continue reading “Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART II”

Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART I

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by Paul Benson

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1Peter 3:15

As believers we should always be willing to make good effort at reasoning out (explaining) the foundation for our various beliefs. And it never ceases to amaze me the unreasonable things I hear promoted as ‘proof’ for wayward teachings such as the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. Actually it was the shoddy proofs, and the deceptive way with which they were promoted, that caused me to question (and consequently reject) that teaching in the early years of my faith.

And, though I have spent countless hours examining the issue diligently, I have heard very little over the years that has caused me to question that decision!

Recently I received a comment to an article on my blog page that raised numerous objections to the notion of a ‘post-trib’ catching away of the Church. As it would have taken a response of such length to fully address the issues he raised that it would have been inappropriate for the comment section I have chosen to give a reply to his objections here. Continue reading “Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART I”