Saint Paul states that the dead in Christ will rise first, and that those who are left ... shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. Since the dead rise first, the rapture occurs at the time of the Resurrection. And since those who are left do not precede the dead who rise, the rapture cannot occur before the tribulation, nor anytime before the Resurrection.
Saint Paul clearly indicates that he is referring to the Return of Christ: we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord...
And so it starts. It's going to be an interesting read in this thread.
posted on 03/20/2011 3:12:57 PM PDT
(Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
The end of the Age is the Church..Once the church is removed then the *Wrath of GOD* comes upon the earth...
Did Noah fall into the water?
Did Abraham escape the fire of Sodom?
They were not part of GOD’s wrath, the Lord has not changed his ways since the beginning....
posted on 03/20/2011 3:23:18 PM PDT
(An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
The Rapture includes "the dead in Christ
" and then the redeemed who are still living. There is no mention made of any judgment associated with the Rapture. The Rapture occurs to get Christ's Bride off the earth before the seven-year Tribulation, and for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The Bride will also receive their rewards during this time at the Bema Seat.
The resurrection at the end of the Tribulation includes all of the dead unsaved who will be raised for the purpose of judgment.
The Rapture and the resurrection at the end of the Tribulation are two separate events for two separate purposes.
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