Study Lesson 2
A Proper Timing Of A Biblical Rapture
Enduring End Time Deception
Something To Consider:
Some might ask why even study the subject of a biblical rapture. If believers of the various scenarios such as pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, post tribulation, or pre-wrath rapture perspectives are truly born again present tense believers with plenty of oil for their lamps, what real difference does it make? Are not all saved?
These are good and valid questions that we would hope could be answered from an in depth study of a biblical rapture perspective. For now, let me attempt to reveal more truth with the reading of what the apostle Paul deemed to be critical in the study of a biblical rapture found in 2 Thessalonians 2.1-4.
Paul wrote, “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the Day of Christ had come.” There was already some confusion within the early church concerning the coming of the Lord and the gathering together or rapture of God’s people.
Paul continued, by stating in verse 3, “Let no one deceive you by any means; for the Day [the coming of Christ and the gathering together of His saints] will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition [Antichrist], who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he [Antichrist] sits as God in the temple of God [yet to be built], showing himself that he is God.”
Something Else To Consider:
Therefore, the main reason for the study of a biblical rapture is because of the millions of individuals who have been deceived even after all of the biblical warnings to not be deceived concerning end time events. Paul described two end time events followed by two more end time events. Please note that the sequence of these events is extremely important to the establishing a proper timing of a biblical rapture perspective.
According to Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, one of the first two events is the falling away or the offending of many believers as Jesus predicted in Matthew 24. Why? It is because of the revealing of the man of sin, the son of perdition, or Antichrist.
According to Daniel 9.27, once a final Middle East Peace Treaty is ratified, and permission is granted to build the third Jewish temple in Jerusalem, and after 3-1/2 years again according to Daniel, and verified by Jesus in Matthew 24.15, the Antichrist will be exposed. Jesus calls this end time event by the same name as does Daniel in his prophecy chapter 12 verse 11.
Jesus declared in Matthew 24.15-16, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea [immediate surrounding area] flee to the mountains.”
Now, at this time, God’s true end time prophetic clock time table will be revealed and will cause many to be offended and to fall away or to depart from the faith. All of a sudden many will realize they are in the middle of great tribulation, according to Jesus and Daniel. This new found truth for many will lead to much personal conflict and further confusion. Their only defense is that they have been lied to about end time events and the timing of the rapture. Many will wonder what else they have been lied to about or at best been deceived about, and rightly so.
Something More To Consider:
At this most crucial moment in the life of many believers who will find themselves in the middle of the final seven years of mankind’s rule upon planet earth, they will realize they have a most important decision to make. Will they decide with God’s divine help to endure to the end of the end time deception, or to be further deceived into being offended and to depart from the faith?
The biblical truth of the matter is a sad truth, for many will make the wrong choice in becoming offended and departing from their faith in Jesus Christ. Not only will many depart from the faith, but according to Jesus’ own prediction in Matthew 24.9-10, they become a vital part of the end time problem rather than the solution. “Then they [those previously deceived] will deliver you [enduring to the end believers] up to tribulation and kill you, and you [true end time Christian] will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.”
A Few Final Words:
Due to the eventual opening of seven seals in Revelation chapter 6, sealing the scroll mentioned in chapter 5, peace is removed from the earth, then there becomes a scarcity of food, and one forth [¼] of the earth’s population is killed by the sword, with hunger, and with death. The betrayal of friends and family members for favor with the one world ruling powers will be an everyday occurrence. The Word of God declares that now is the day of decision, now is the day of salvation, not then in the midst of such end time chaos.
According to Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 10.22, Matthew 24.13, and Mark 13.13; “But he [or she, young and old] who endures to the end shall be saved.” Those who are determined to endure to the end of the end time deception according to Jesus shall be saved. What about those who do not? Those who diligently study to show themselves approved unto God workmen that need not to be ashamed and who rightly understand the Word of God, and according to Jesus, who endure to the end of their lives or to the end of the age, they shall be saved.
What about those who do not? What about those who have been deceived into thinking they will be saved by a pre-tribulation rapture that according to Scripture does not happen? What about those deceived by false prophets and blind leaders of the blind who teach contrary to the Word of God?
Now is the time to personally search the Scriptures for ourselves in order to determine the truth rather than simply believe a lie. Jesus warned the people of God of His day to be aware of the hypocritical religious leaders He called blind. Jesus would today warn us all of not being deceived by itching ear false teaching and false prophet unbiblical messages.
It is our spiritual duty to seek the truth within God’s written and preserved Word! And if we choose rather to not study the Word of God for ourselves, then we deserve what the Word of God declares that awaits us.
For me and my household, we will believe Jesus. We will believe the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God as recorded by men of God such as Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; as well as Peter, Paul, James, and Jude, and especially Jesus, as it relates to not being deceived by end time deception espoused by false end time prophets and end time evil ambassadors of the Antichrist. Let us therefore according to Jesus, take heed that we are not deceived.
Jesus said, “Take heed that no one deceives you.” Let us heed the many end time warnings found within Scripture and especially all things Jesus taught us to observe. A proper timing of the biblical rapture and our enduring to the end is most essential and truly critical to discerning end time deception for what it is, purely end time deception espoused by Satan and propagated by false puppet-like false prophets who like Satan have come to steal, kill, and to destroy a biblical sound doctrine concerning end time events and their sequence. Do not be deceived!