Thursday, 30 April 2015


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Our Top 5 Reasons Why Matthew 24 Cannot Be Talking About The Rapture Of The Church

by Geoffrey Grider

Jesus starts the chapter off by saying that the Temple will be torn down to the ground and destroyed.

"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?Matthew 24:3 (KJV)
In the 24th chapter of Matthew, the apostles come together to ask Jesus about His return, which we know to be the Day of the Lord, and the end of the world. Jesus, as it turns out, has plenty to say on this subject and uses no parables. He tells them plainly what will happen in the time of the end. Many Christians, who love to apply the entire New Testament to the Church alone, read this chapter and try to make this about the Rapture of the Church. But that will not work, Matthew 24 is not about the Church which didn't even exist on the day that they asked Jesus these questions.
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." - Matthew 24:44 (KJV)
Matthew 23 ends with Jesus talking about His Second Coming, and Matthew 24 continues this exact same theme so we have harmony with the context. In our earlier article on the Rapture of the Church, we explained the difference between the Rapture and the Revelation. If you have not yet read that article, please do so before proceeding with this teaching on Matthew 24.
"For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." Matthew 23:39 (KJV)
Jesus has something very important for the apostles to understand, and He begins to speak prophetically. He is giving a prophecy, not of the time in which they were living (though you can draw some parallels), but of a time far into the future. The time of Jacob's Trouble that Jeremiah spoke about:
"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)
Jacob's name was changed to Israel, as in the nation of Israel. Jacob's trouble has no application to the Church which would be formed later in Acts 2. Jacob's trouble is about the Jewish people and the nation of Israel as they go through the time that Jesus Himself refers to as "great tribulation" that would have no equal in human history. Worse than the Russian pogroms, worse than the slaughter in South Africa, even worse than Hitler's Holocaust in Nazi Germany. So with that, let's look at our top reasons why Matthew 24 is not talking about the Rapture of the Church.

#1: The time period that Jesus talks about is not the dispensation of the Age of Grace of the Church.

All through Matthew 24 are scriptural time clues that we, as Bible believers, need to be aware of. In Matthew 24:13, Jesus says that whoever are the people who are alive and going through this time period, they are saved by a combination of faith and works. There is no Christian in our dispensation of the Age of Grace that needs to "endure until the end" to be saved. We are saved according to Ephesians 2:8,9, and kept saved according to Ephesians 1:13,14. There is nothing in Paul's teachings that tell us to "endure" for salvation. Paul taught and preached the doctrine of Eternal Security. But, obviously, the people living in the time of Matthew 24 do not. Hence, this will be our number one reason why Matthew 24 is not talking about the Church and it's soon-coming Rapture.
  • "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Ephesians 2:8,9 (KJV) - Tribulation Age
  • "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9 (KJV) - Church Age
  • "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."Ephesians 1:13,14 (KJV) - Church Age

#2: The rebuilt Jewish Temple has no practical significance for the Church

Jesus starts the chapter off by saying that the Temple will be torn down to the ground and destroyed. This happened in AD 70. But interestingly, just a few verses later, He says that it's back up and running again, and people are worshipping there. Not only that, Jesus says to "go and read the Prophet Daniel", specifically Daniel 9:27, to see who else shows up at the rebuilt Temple in the end times. It's the Devil himself! But guess what? Christians don't have or need a "temple" because we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. That's the temple God has for Christians. So Matthew 24: 15 is our second reason why Jesus cannot be talking about the Church age.
  • "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)" Matthew 24:15 (KJV) - Tribulation Age
  • "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which isin you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV) - Church Age

#3: The Christian Church is not able to carry out the command to flee into the mountains

Right about Jesus shows the apostles about the Abomination of Desolation, He then says that the believers living in this future time period will be instructed to "flee into the mountains" and get out of Judea, which is to say Israel. Just like in our previous reason, this one also has no practical application for any Christian in the Age of Grace. First of all, only a minute fraction of born again Christians live in Israel, rendering this command meaningless to us. But it is still a command, and as such must be carried out. But by whom? Well, how about by all the Jews which has been brought back to Israel during the false 7 Year Peace Treaty engineered by the Antichrist? Now in this context, we have perfect harmony. If all the Jews in the world were regathered as the Bible says they will be in the end times, then they will all be there in Judea and able to carry out this command. This is the only way this verse has any doctrinal meaning. The people living in this time period are told to flee, Christians are told to "wait" for His Son from Heaven who gets us out beforethe Wrath comes. Huge Difference.
  • "Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:" Matthew 24:16 (KJV) - Tribulation Age
  • "And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive." Jeremiah 29:14 (KJV)  - Tribulation Age
  • "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, evenJesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." 1 Thessalonians 1:19 (KJV) - Church Age

#4: The Christian Church does not have a sabbath day, we have the Lord of the Sabbath Himself

Moving on down in the chapter, we arrive at Matthew 24: 20, where another huge time clue awaits us. With the previously-mentioned fleeing still in the context, Jesus then says to pray that when you turn to run, that it's not on the Sabbath day, which is the last day of the week, Saturday. Again, Christians were never given the command to worship on the Jewish Sabbath day, because we have the Sabbath Himself, Jesus Christ. Not just the "shadow" which is represented on the sabbath. Paul says we can worship on any day we choose, but like the Apostles in Acts 20:7, we usually come together on a Sunday, the first day of the week, for obvious reasons.
  • "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:"Matthew 24:20 (KJV) - Tribulation Age
  • "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." Colossians 2:16,17 (KJV)
  • "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight." Acts 20:7 (KJV)

#5: The Christian Church is not God's "elect", that refers to Israel and the Jewish people

Our last reason why Matthew 24 cannot be talking about the Rapture of the Church is as equally compelling as the previous 4 reasons. Jesus in verse 22 says that time of Jacob's Trouble - the Great Tribulation - is so grievous that if He didn't come and "cut it short" then not even the "elect" would be saved. His return to cut it short is what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord, turn to Revelation 19:14 to see where  the Church is on that Day. God's elect is not the Christian Church, according to the Bible the Jews and Israel are God's elect. We started this teaching by talking about how many Christians just automatically broad-brush the entire New Testament with the "church stamp".
  • "For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me." Isaiah 45:4 (KJV)
  • "And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there."Isaiah 65:9 (KJV) - Tribulation Age

God wrote the Bible dispensationally, and that's how we are to read, understand and apply it.

The whole Bible is God's revelation of Himself to us, from cover to cover. The overarching theme of which is the battle for the Kingdom, and the King for whom it has been prepared. Simply put, it's all about Jesus Christ. to wit;
"Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." Hebrews 10:7 (KJV)
God wrote the Bible dispensationally, and it must be read that way to to grasp it's meaning. Many Christians are shocked when you tell them that Matthew, Mark and Luke were not written about or for the Christian Church from a doctrinal perspective. It was written to Jews waiting for a Kingdom on Earth, which was postponed, and to those who will be alive on Earth during the time of the Great Tribulation after the Rapture.
But that's a lesson for another day, hope this helps!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


And here we thought the US Democratic Party was the nuttiest political group in the world…
The British Labor Party announced this week they will outlaw fear of Islam.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is believed to be planning his fourth reshuffle in three years.
Ed Milliband -Labour Party Leader
The Labour Party promises to make “Islamophobia” an aggravated felony.
According to the Urban Dictionary Islamophobia is a word constructed by the blood thirsty, pedophile islamofascist to try and place blame on everyone else for their current geopolitical situation.
Muslim News reported, via Religion of Peace:
A future Labour Government is committed to outlaw the scourge of Islamophobia by changing the law and making it an aggravated crime, according to the Party’s Leader Ed Miliband.
“We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime,” Miliband told the Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi in a wide ranging exclusive interview.
“We are going to change the law on this so we make it absolutely clear of our abhorrence of hate crime and Islamophobia. It will be the first time that the police will record Islamophobic attacks right across the country,” he said.
Labour Party Manifesto pledged to take a “zero-tolerance approach to hate crime” regarding the growth of Islamophobia as well as anti-Semitism. “We will challenge prejudice before it grows, whether in schools, universities or on social media. And we will strengthen the law on disability, homophobic, and transphobic hate crime,” it said.
Despite voting for the new Counter Terrorism Act last month, Labour was also critical of the way the Government has cut funding and narrowed the focus of the controversial Prevent extremism programme, saying that much of the work to “engage Muslim communities has been lost.”
** There were twice as many hate crimes against Jews as there were against Muslims in England in 2014.
** Community Security Trust recorded 1,168 incidents against Britain’s Jewish population in 2014, more than double that of the previous year.
** Metropolitan police recorded 500 “Islamophobic” attacks in England last year.


Monday, 27 April 2015


Face like the Sun

Face like the Sun
By: Pete Garcia

"I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him." - Napoleon Bonaparte
The Old Testament going back to Genesis chapter three, foretold of the One who would come to redeem mankind and crush Satan and all of his nefarious plans underfoot. Were one to live in each epoch that played out in those first four thousand years, they would be hard pressed to understand who, when, and where the Messiah would come from. But as the time drew closer, the accumulation of recorded Scripture narrowed the process down of the exact location, tribe, and time for who, when, and where the Messiah would come. Because those first century Jew's departed from a literal, historical, and grammatical interpretation of the Scripture, they did not recognize the time of their visitation.
Instead, they found themselves waiting (and are still waiting) for a Moses, or David-like leader, to throw-off the shackles of the Gentile overlords.
So it was, that in the fullness of time, God came down as a man, to be that spotless 'lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world'. (John 1:29) When the Holy Spirit overshadowed the virgin Mary, she was instructed that He would be the One who would establish a kingdom with no end. (Luke 1:32-33) Although He was born a King of Kings, He was birthed in a manger. Although His birth was announced by the heavenly hosts, few were watching. Although He was born into anonymity, and raised as the son of a carpenter, He captivated the scholars with His wisdom at a young age. (Luke 2:46-50) He was humble, patient, loving, and obedient, and not just to the will of His heavenly Father, but also to His earthly parents. He exercised the uttermost patience in waiting to the right age to enter into the ministry. (Luke 3:23)
When He did enter, He came in power, but not arrogance. He came with full authority, never once uttering the words 'thus sayeth the Lord'. He spoke from firsthand knowledge. He could perceive the hearts and minds (Matt. 9:4) of everyone He encountered, always pointing to the true intent of the question poised to Him, or the charge laid against Him. He defended the guilty. (John 8:3-7) He supped with the unworthy. (Luke 19:3-7) He did the miraculous; turning water into wine, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind or speech to the dumb. He cast out demons, and immediately they knew He was the 'Holy One of God'. (Mark 1:23-24) He commanded the sea and winds and they obeyed His voice. (Mark 4:39) He preached 'Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand', but His message fell on deaf ears. He spoke truth about the human condition, and their absolute need to be born again. (John 3:3) He said that He was the 'way, the truth, and the life' and that NO man could come to the Father, but by Him. (John 14:6)
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Matt. 17:1-3
He tended His flock carefully and lovingly, and prepared them by telling them ahead of time, what would happen before it did. He revealed His true identity only once prior to the Cross, when He transfigured before Peter, James and John. Both Moses and Elijah (the two witnesses) along with the Father, confirmed that He truly was the Son of God. Even after this, He humbly and willingly allowed Himself to be falsely accused, beaten, charged, and put to death on a cross. He was obedient until death, willingly laying down His life so that others may live. (Matt. 20:28) On the third day, He rose again because He was sinless and death had no hold on him. By so doing, He conquered hell and the grave in the process. (Rev. 1:18) He then empowered His disciples to take His message, and proclaim it to all the world, once they had received power from on High. (Luke 24:49) He then ascended into heaven promising to return for those who were His, in the time that the Father had foreordained. (Acts 1:11)
And so His disciples, fulfilling the Great Commission, spread to the four corners of the earth and were fruitful. The ranks of the Church have ebbed and flowed over the last 2,000 years, and tens of millions, have been added to the multi-membered, corporate body of Christ. Since Christ is the head (and we the body), He will at some future point, return so that we may be joined with Him. We are rightfully and lawfully His, because He purchased us with His blood that He willingly shed on Calvary's cross, and then sealed us with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee. (Acts 20:28Eph. 1:13-14) so that our salvation would never be dependent upon our own behavior. One day soon, He will bring us back to the Father's house where we will dwell with Him, forever. (John 14:1-3)
Although we cannot behold the glory of God face to face in our current state, it is not because God doesn't desire us to see Him. We cannot, because it would kill us. But when the Church of our Lord is 'caught up', we will be transformed, from mortal to immortal, from perishable to imperishable, and then we will see Him as He is, for we will be like Him. (1 Cor. 15:49-551 John 3:2-3). Just as the true purpose of Christ's coming was shrouded in mystery from before the foundation of the world, (1 Cor. 2:6-8), so too would Christ's coming for His Church remain a mystery until some twenty years after the Cross, when it was given to the Apostle Paul to explain it through his epistles. The Rapture of the Church remains a sign-less, imminent event, which will catch the world off guard and cast it into a period of darkness, of which the likes have never been seen before. (1 Thess. 5:1-9)
After the Rapture of the Church, there will be a political and military realignment on a global scale, as the old order no longer fits the new geo-political paradigm. (Dan. 9:27Rev. 13:1-2) When Daniel's 70th Week starts (signing of the covenant), it will be heralded by the arrival of a powerful leader (the Antichrist) who will unassumingly, rise through the political or military ranks to seize control over key positions. At one point, he will control the heads of three states or regions, and will then exercise this leverage over the rest.
A False Prophet, who will seemingly do the miraculous, begins directing the world to worship the man, Antichrist, or face immediate death. (Rev. 13:11-15) Jesus forewarned us that many "Christ's" would come, and would deceive many. (Matt. 24:4-5) and this Antichrist will appear as a Moses or David to the nation of Israel, but inwardly he is filled with the murderous plans of Satan himself. (John 5:43) Although global domination is an end result of his temporary reign, his true goal is the destruction of Israel.
Although his reign only last seven years, it will be filled to the brim with the wrath of God. (21 Judgments; Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls) His plans will be thwarted over and over while God reigns down judgment upon him, and those who dwell upon the earth. At the midpoint of the seven years, a great angelic war will commence and Satan, along with his fallen angels, will be cast from heaven to the earth. Satan will have lost access to the heavenly realms forever, and will come down in great fury. (Rev. 12:7-12) Satan will indwell this man himself, and will commit the abomination that causes desolation (Dan. 9:27Matt. 24:15), and spend the remaining time pouring out his furious wrath in trying to gather the whole world together against the remnant of Israel. He reckons, that if he is able to destroy the Jews, then they cannot cry out to God for salvation, thus, negating the promise of God to return and establish His own Kingdom. (Matt. 23:37-39) But he (Satan) will not succeed, because...
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory....Matt. 24:29-31
And Christ will no longer be the humble, suffering servant. He will light up that darkened sky like ten thousand suns rolled up into one Divine person. Those alive at that time on the earth, as well as those in hell who beat Him, mocked Him, and crucified Him, will lift up their eyes and see Him coming in great power and glory. Having already reclaimed those who are His at the Rapture, He now returns with His Church to reclaim His rightful seat on throne of David, which is the head of Israel, who will be at the head of all nations. This time, He comes in wrath and judgment, and He will make war against those who have chosen sides against Him. When they lift up their eyes, they will see...
...Heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
Even So, Maranatha!

The Bible Believer’s Guide To Understanding The Differences Between The Rapture And The Second Coming of Christ!

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The Bible Believer’s Guide To Understanding The Differences Between The Rapture And The Second Coming

by Geoffrey Grider

The day of Christ, the Rapture is to be looked forward to, the Day of the Lord, the Second coming is to be greatly feared.

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 (KJV)
There is an old adage that says "things that are different are not the same". As Christians, we have a nasty tendency to read everything from Matthew to Revelation and try to apply it all to the Church. This will not work, because all the New Testament is not written to the Christian Church. The Church is only one part of it. Much of the New Testament is written to the Jews of that time, and to the Jews that will be living during the time of Jacob's Trouble, otherwise known as the Great Tribulation. And some of it is written to the unbelieving Gentiles. This is why Paul commands Timothy to teach people how to "rightly divide" their Bibles to know which of the three groups God is speaking to at any given time.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
So we see many Christian churches today, who do not rightly divide their Bibles, are teaching their people that there is no difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming. They say that these are one and the same event. But we will show you conclusively in this article that, because of the manifold differences between the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, that it is impossible for them to be the same event.

#1: The Rapture is the 'blessed hope' while the Second Coming is a Day to be greatly feared.

We start with this one first because it is the one difference most overlooked in a study of the differences between the Rapture and the Second Coming. In Titus 2:13, talking about the Rapture. Paul calls it "the Blessed Hope", a day of great comfort and joy. But in Amos 5:18, talking about the Day of the Lord, which is in fact the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, God tells us that it is a day of "great woe", and greatly to be feared! Now, how can the Rapture and the Second Coming possibly be the same? Read Joel 3 for more on the ferocity and woefulness of the Second Coming. Paul calls the Rapture of the Church the "day of Christ". The Second Coming is called the "day of the Lord". The day of Christ is to be looked forward to, the Day of the Lord to be feared. If you are someone who believes the Bible, then I could stop this article right here as I have established my case well beyond the shadow of any doubt, reasonable or otherwise. But for  you who are " fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken" then we have added another 9 rock-solid reasons why the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ cannot be the same event.
  • "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" Titus 2:13 (KJV)
  • "That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand." 2 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV)
  • "Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light." Amos 5:18 (KJV)
  • "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it." Isaiah 13:9 (KJV)

#2: In the Rapture, Jesus comes for his Church, at His Second Coming He brings the Church with Him.

Paul teaches over and over again that at the Rapture, the Church is taken up and out from off the face of the Earth. But at the Second Coming, Jesus returns with His saints. Another fatal difference when trying to reconcile the two events as one. The first it's a "going up", and in the second it's a "coming down".
  • "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 (KJV)
  • "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." Revelation 19:24 (KJV)

#3: In the Rapture, the Church is taken to Heaven, at the Second Coming Jesus sets up earthly rule.

In both John and Paul's writings, the promise of a "heavenly home" awaits for the born again Christian. We call this the Kingdom of God. But in the Second Coming, a thousand year kingdom is established on Earth, known as the Kingdom of Heaven. Christians are never promised an earthly home, but an heavenly one. The Jews and Tribulation saints were never promised that, they get instead a home on the Earth.
  • "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:2,3 (KJV)
  • "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." Revelation 20:4 (KJV)

#4: The Rapture happens before the Antichrist and the Tribulation, while the Second Coming happens after both.

Paul stresses repeatedly that one of the incredible benefits of being taken out in the Rapture is that you get to miss the entire wrath of the Great Tribulation. But Matthew tells us that the Second Coming is "after the Tribulation of those days". Well, which is it? If the Rapture and the Second Coming are the same event, then these verses represent an irreconcilable difference. But there is not a conflict because, obviously, they are two separate and distinct events.
  • "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ," 1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV)
  • "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;" 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)
  • "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:29,39 (KJV)

#5: In the Rapture, only the born again Church sees the Lord come for them, at the Second Coming the whole world witnesses it.

Mockers of the doctrine of the Pretribulation Rapture like to call it a "secret" Rapture, like that is somehow an insult to people who believe it. The apostle Paul, who the Holy Spirit used to write that doctrine, also viewed it as a secret, he called it a "mystery". In the Rapture, only the redeemed hear the Shout of the Lord and He calls us up to be with Him in the air. At the Second Coming, Jesus appears in JUDGMENT to the whole world.
  • "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)
  • "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."Revelation 1:7 (KJV)

#6: In the Rapture, no angels are sent to gather the Church. At the Second Coming, angels do all the gathering for judgment.

Paul says that it is Jesus Himself who comes to gather His Church up and out of here. We hear His Shout, and "in the twinkling of an eye" we are gone. No angels mentioned anywhere. Compare this with His Second Coming where only angels are sent to gather God's elect, the Jewish remnant who made it through the Tribulation. Again, major difference.
  • "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJV)
  • "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:30,31 (KJV)

#7: The Judgment Seat of Christ follows the Rapture while the Judgment of Nations follows the Second Coming.

Immediately after the Rapture of the Church, Paul says that we will be appearing before the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is not a judgment on sin, which was taken care of at Calvary, it is a judgement on the works we did or did not do for Jesus Christ after we got saved. But immediately after the Second Coming, the judgment that takes place is a public judgment, not of individuals, but of the nations.
  • "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it begood or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV)
  • "Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye didit not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Matthew 25:44-46 (KJV)

#8: Famine, war and pestilence follow the Rapture while 1,000 years of world peace follows the Second Coming.

Again, the differences here could not be more apparent. After the Rapture, a time of unbelievable suffering is ushered in, the time of Jacob's Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). But after the Second Coming, a 1,000 reign of the Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem brings a world peace so amazing that even poisonous animals are no longer dangerous. The verse in Matthew 24 where the apostles ask Jesus about the "sign of thy coming" is a direct reference to the Second Coming. The doctrine of the Rapture was unknown to them at this time and would not be revealed until Paul, 30 years from the writing of Matthew.
  • "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All theseare the beginning of sorrows." Matthew 24:3,6-8 (KJV)
  • "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious." Isaiah 11:6-10 (KJV)

#9: No one in the bible knew of the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church until it was revealed by the Lord to Paul.

This is one of the greatest proof-texts for why the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming cannot be the same event. Paul, in Corinthians 15, is the very first to tell us of the Rapture of the Church, and lets us know that it is a "mystery" revealed by God to him alone which he then was charged with teaching the Church. Nearly every bible chronology places the date of the writing of Matthew at around 35 AD, and the writing of Corinthians at around 66 AD.
Why is this important? Because if no one knew of the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church until Paul, then Matthew 24 and 25 cannot be, under any circumstances, referring to the Church and the Rapture because no one knew of any Rapture. In fact, at the time of Matthew the Church itself was not even formed. If Matthew knew and wrote about the Rapture of the Church, then Paul was lying when he said it was a MYSTERY that he was revealing for the first time in Corinthians.
  • "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 (KJV)

#10: At the Rapture, believers are given a glorified body, at the Second Coming they remain in earthly bodies as they enter the Millennial Kingdom.

At the Rapture of the Church, great personal and physical change takes place for the believer. The Bible says that the born again believer receives a new body that is fashioned just like the "glorious body" that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself was given at His Resurrection. Wow, imagine that! How exciting for the believer to be able to look forward to that day. But at the Second Coming, as Jesus sets up His earthly government from Jerusalem, the people who made it through the Tribulation have no special bodies, and it is possible for them to die. Christians who get glorified bodies can never die.
  • "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 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 (KJV)
  • "But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner beingan hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabitthem; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them." Isaiah 65:17-21 (KJV)
If you are not only a Bible believer but also intellectually honest, then you must admit that we have proved completely that the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ are two very different events with two very different results. In this article we have given 10 reasons as to why, but could easily provide another 20 examples of the differences between the two events.
Things that are different cannot be the same. Case closed.

Sunday, 26 April 2015


Christian Pastor Creflo Dollar Defends Appeal To Huckster $65 Million For A Luxury Private Jet!!

  NEW YORK -- God wants Creflo Dollar to have a luxurious private jet, and anyone that thinks otherwise is working for the Devil. That's the view of a controversial American huckster/televangelist, who broke his silence this week after being pilloried for demanding his credulous flock pay for a Gulfstream G650.

God wants Creflo Dollar to have a $65 million luxury private jet... but the Devil has stepped in
Last month Dollar launched an online appeal requesting each congregant “sow $300 or more” to help fund the purchase of the $65 million private jet, which boasts two Rolls Royce engines, multichannel satellites and high-speed Internet.
After the pastor’s demand for such earthly ostentation was reported on (and widely mocked), the video demanding the cash was withdrawn and the flamboyant religious businessman went quiet… until this week, when the Godly entrepreneur responded to his critics by suggesting Satan is trying to discredit him.
In a video posted to YouTube, the 53-year-old pastor channeled Lucifer, telling his congregation “I got to discredit that man [Dollar] before he starts showing people Je-sus! I'm on my sabbatical, and the enemy's trying to discredit me. I never one time came to you and asked you for a dime for this airplane, did I?”
He did and here’s the video:
He continued: "They [the critics] don't know what we do. That's why they asked the question, what does a preacher need with an airplane? If you knew what we did, then you wouldn't ask that question. Just because the world doesn't have it, doesn't mean that you can't.”
Dollar leads the World Changers Church International, a kooky Christian offshoot based in Atlanta that peddles the lie that the most faithful will be rewarded with earthly cash. In the original appeal, the ministry said a new jet was needed because the existing plane nearly crashed on a recent trip overseas. A new Gulfstream G650, however, would allow Dollar to continue spreading his faith across the globe. "Believe it or not, there are still millions of people on this planet who have never heard of Jesus Christ and know nothing of His greatness,” the video preached.
In 2012, the controversial evangelical was arrested and charged with beating up his 15-year-old daughter. The charges were later dropped.