The New testament age begins with the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The death of John the Baptist took place when Jesus the Messiah walked in flesh on Earth.
Since the Messiah demands that his followers shall be willing to give the ultimate sacrifice, no one should be surprised that the Lord did not rapture John The Baptist out of his troubles. His martyrdom stands as an example for all of us. The beheading of true witnesses have continued, and surface even in the Book of Revelation 20:4.
The martyrdom of Stephen is the second New Testament example. Standing before the religious rulers and speaking Messianic truth, Stephen was ready for the ultimate sacrifice for His Lord. No rapture.
Jesus the Messiah is blunt, when he says that all who want to save their life, will not only loose it. They will loose everything. But those who are ready to gift their life to Him, shall gain life. Paul said that it is no longer He who lives, but Christ who lives in him. Paul says death is gain. No fear of death, because death is defeated. We are all supposed to be dead to this world. The friends of this world are the enemies of God. Nothing has changed.
Paul and all the apostles were ready for the ultimate sacrifice. They all faced martyrdom, less John, who might have died a natural death.
The problem with the pre-trib doctrine, is that the need for the ultimate sacrifice is abolished. Not only does this doctrine lack spiritual logic. It is also based on faulty teaching.
To rapture Stephen, might have left no willing witness to stand before the religious tribunal. Stephen was chosen, and he did the needful.
What should be the reason for the rapture of the most bold and truth speaking witnesses?
Neither was Jesus doing so is the past. Nor is he doing this in the present age, and why do so in the future?
We are surely not destined for Hell, and God’s eternal wrath. But we are called to witness in the midst of chaos, confusion and apocalyptic disasters. Why not?
There is no valid and logical reason for a need to rapture today’s witnesses, than that people fear death, and take pleasure in their life in the flesh. If they are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice, they will gladly enter the Great Tribulation. It will be a time for witnessing to the lost souls. Never will it be more easy to read directly from the Book of Revelation, Matthew 24 and Luke 21, and explain to people what they see and experience.
Obviously false prophets do not agree with this. That Is why they desire to bring us to silence, and ban us from preaching in Churches and Fellowships. Many have succumbed to false prophets, who have departed from the truth, and taken the road down the path of compromises.
The book of Revelation (20:4) clearly states that it is those who have been beheaded, warning others and speaking the truth, that will rule with Christ for 1000 years. Not those, who were not willing to give the ultimate sacrifice, but rather accepted the mark of the beast, and joined the persecutors of the true followers of the Messiah.
In Luke 21:25-27, you can read that even the heavenly bodies will be shaken before we shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven.
In 2 Tess 2 you can read that the last man of Lawlessness is present, when Jesus returns to kill him.
There is no words in the Bible explaining about three comings of Jesus. There will only be two.
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
If the last man of lawlessness is revealed after the second coming of Jesus, the whole Bible is a falsification. This will not happen. The Word of God exposes the teachers of the pre-trib doctrine as false prophets and false teachers. If you believe the Word of God, you will not accept their teaching.
You will have to make a choice.
First published Janaury 19th, 2014
Written by Ivar
The Talmud, Midrash, and the Kabbalistic work, the Zohar, state that the ‘deadline’ by which the Messiah must appear is 6,000 years from creation. According to tradition, the Hebrew calendar started at the time of Creation, placed at 3761 BCE. The current (2019/2020) Hebrew year is 5780.
Well that’s good news, then, I’m assured that I won’t see my 287th birthday……..
Yes and that means that I keep fighting the “great whore” and fortunately, I see there is enough time to do it.
Dear bobby 1968
Shalom and love in Jesus.
Most Pentecostals who believe in the pre-trib doctrine, have fallen into the trap of accepting Roman Catholics as Christian bretheren. The Jesuit war on the Evangelicals has been a great success. But I will not keep silence. I will remain a watchman on the wall.
The “great whore” that I used in my comment is found in Revelation 17:1 KJV and the great whore is the Roman Catholicism. —— My concern is not if the Rapture is before or during the Tribulation, it is to take my stand against the ones who created false prophesies in manuscripts of modern Bibles against the KJV. That is also the Roman Catholics. —— My faith may not match the faith of most Christian denominations these days but my faith is that I believe in the KJV 100% and that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. ——- Apostle Paul write 13 books in the New Testament according to the first verse in 13 books in the New Testament. Apostle Paul and Jesus, and all of His disciples taught of what the first church (Church of God) taught about Pentecostal beliefs. Jesus died for His Church denomination He started (Acts 20:28) KJV. His church is not a building but it’s groups of people that believe all that He taught, even in Mark 16:15-18) KJV
Do you have the original Greek verses substantiating the claim of the Catholic Church being as you state?
And are you using the original version of the KJV which included the Deuterocanonical books – or the one used in the US missing those books?
This program you use does not have an option to post any photos and it don’t seem to accept a copy-n-paste photo. Therefore, I cannot show you any of my Greek New Testaments on Rev. 17:1
So which version of the KJV do you believe in: the original one that contained the Deuterocanonical books, or the US version that removed those books?
I have the 1611 edition with the Apocrypha books and the one without them. Remembering that the KJV is the only true Protestant New Testament (Textus Receptus). The 14 Apocrypha books are not of the New Testament, therefore, they were not the main focus when they were in the Old Testament. But Then the KJV team realized those 14 books were not in the Hebrew (Old Testament) Bibles and that they encouraged the use of magic, sorcery and other ungodly things that they decided to remove them from the KJV to make the KJV even more a Protestant Bible because the Roman Catholic holds on and loves those 14 Jewish added books.
In the KJV with the letter to King James, you will see they warn about those “popish” people (5 paragraph). I do not agree with the Apocrypha books but I own a few different Bible versions with them to prove them wrong if needed. But the one I use is only the KJV without the Apocrypha books. Here is that letter to King James in the 1611 KJV:
1611 KJV Preface
Epistle and Dedicatorie
To the most high and mightie Prince, James by the grace of God
King of Great Britaine, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith , &c.
The translators of The Bible,wish Grace, Mercie, and Peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Great and manifold were the blessings (most dread Soveraigne) which Almighty GOD, the Father of all Mercies, bestowed upon us the people of ENGLAND, when first he sent your Majesties Royall person to rule and raigne over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our ZION, that upon the setting of that bright Occidentall Starre Queene ELIZABETH of most happy memory, some thicke and palpable cloudes of darkenesse would so have overshadowed this land, that men should have bene in doubt which way they were to walke, and that it should hardly be knowen, who was to direct the unsetled State: the appearance of your MAJESTIE, as of the Sunne in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected, exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the government established in your HIGHNESSE, and your hopefull Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with Peace and tranquillitie, at home and abroad.
But amongst all our Joyes, there was no one that more filled our hearts, then the blessed continuance of the Preaching of GODS sacred word amongst us, which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth, because the fruit thereof extendeth it selfe, not onely to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that Eternall happinesse which is above in Heaven.
Then, not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state, wherein the famous predecessour of your HIGHNESSE did leave it; Nay, to goe forward with the confidence and resolution of a man in maintaining the trueth of CHRIST, and propagating it farre and neere, is that which hath so bound and firmely knit the hearts of all your MAJESTIES loyall and Religious people unto you, that your very Name is precious among them, their eye doeth behold you with comfort, and they blesse you in their hearts, as that sanctified person, who under GOD, is the immediate authour of their true happinesse. And this their contentment doeth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe that the zeale of your Majestie towards the house of GOD, doth not slacke or goe backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting it selfe abroad in the furthest parts of Christendome, by writing in defence of the Trueth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of Sinne, as will not be healed) and every day at home, by Religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of GOD, by hearing the word preached, by cherishing the teachers therof, by caring for the Church as a most tender and loving nourcing Father.
There are infinite arguments of this right Christian and Religious affection in your MAJESTIE: but none is more forcible to declare it to others, then the vehement and perpetuated desire of the accomplishing and publishing of this Worke, which now with all humilitie we present unto your MAJESTIE. For when your Highnesse had once out of deepe judgment apprehended, how convenient it was, That out of the Originall sacred tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our owne and other forreigne Languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Translation of the holy Scriptures into the English tongue; your MAJESTIE did never desist, to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the worke might be hastened, and that the businesse might be expedited in so decent a maner, as a matter of such importance might justly require.
And now at last, by the Mercy of GOD, and the continuance of our Labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hope that the Church of England shall reape good fruit thereby; we hold it our duety to offer it to your MAJESTIE, not onely as to our King and Soveraigne, but as to the principall moover and Author of the Worke. Humbly craving of your most Sacred Majestie, that since things of this quality have ever bene subject to the censures of ill meaning and discontented persons, it may receive approbation and Patronage from so learned and judicious a Prince as your Highnesse is, whose allowance and acceptance of our Labours, shall more honour us and incourage us, then all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men shall dismay us. So that, if on the one side we shall be traduced by Popish persons at home or abroad, who therefore will maligne us, because we are poore Instruments to make GODS holy Trueth to be yet more and more knowen unto the people, whom they desire still to keepe in ignorance and darknesse: or if on the other side, we shall be maligned by selfe-conceited brethren, who runne their owne wayes, and give liking unto nothing but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their Anvile; we may rest secure, supported within by the trueth and innocencie of a good conscience, having walked the wayes of simplicitie and integritie, as before the Lord; And sustained without, by the powerfull Protection of your Majesties grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honest and Christian endevours, against bitter censures, and uncharitable imputations.
The LORD of Heaven and earth blesse your Majestie with many and happy dayes, that as his Heavenly hand hath enriched your Highnesse with many singular, and extraordinary Graces; so you may be the wonder of the world in this later age, for happinesse and true felicitie, to the honour of that Great GOD, and the good of his Church, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord and onely Saviour.