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My "Take" on the Current Rapture-of-the-Church Craze
IntellectualConservative.com ^ | December 4, 2002 | J. Grant Swank, Pastor

Posted on 12/04/2002 8:20:11 AM PST by az4vlad

Is there really a pre-tribulation rapture of Christians, as Hollywood movies and many of our religious leaders are currently claiming, or does the rapture occur after the tribulation?

The secular bookstores carry bestsellers sporting it. The secular theaters are showing movies sporting. TV talk shows interview religious figures sporting it. It's out of the churches and into the marketplace.

It's the Rapture Craze. Armageddon's there. AntiChrist is, too. So the secret scoop-up of the church is right there--before all global hell breaks loose. The righteous will miss the awful stuff, for sure. Jesus will take them off the planet's surface into heaven before bad times hit the Earth big time.

A recent Sunday morning's religious broadcasting showed a group of believers jumping up and down, rejoicing as they were getting in practice for the rapture! The "rapture jump" is now "in"?

If so, this is horrifying foolishness! Mark it down as biblical truth: There is no pre-tribulation rapture.

However, untold thousands believe in the "secret rapture of the church" prior to the tribulation period. This is because untold thousands don't want to have to think of suffering through a tribulation time frame. The late Corrie ten Boom called this pre-trib rapture teaching the "American doctrine." Go figure.

The belief in a secret rapture of believers before the tribulation is also because of a best-seller, "The Late, Great Planet Earth," by Hal Lindsey which was set loose in the l960s. It has been a paperback aggressively pushed by practically every evangelical / fundamentalist engine going.

Theologians, videos, films and preachers bolster up this myth with their earnest preachings and teachings.

Yet this is nothing but a myth, accented as much by certain theologically conservative Protestant segments similar unto the Roman Catholic underlining of the immaculate conception of Mary. Nevertheless, if there is no biblical support for such a Mariology teaching, it is bogus. Likewise, the pre-tribulation rapture teaching is bogus.

The pre-trib rapture concept was manufactured in the 1800s in an 18 year old Plymouth Brethren girl's dream, told to her Pastor, John Darby, and then relayed to C. I. Scofield who bought into the dream as revealed truth. Scofield placed this pre-tribulation rapture notion as a footnote in his popular Bible, hence the spread of the myth.

However, just the opposite is biblical truth. In Matthew 24:29-3l, for instance, the rapture ("gathering together") is placed in the same time frame as the open second coming of Jesus Christ. And all of this is "after the tribulation" (verse 29). That is it in a nutshell!

Yet pre-tribulation rapturists sidestep this clear passage for more oblique passages. The latter are twisted and turned in order to fit into the "American doctrine." Yet such twisting is not sound exegesis. And for biblically-riveted evangelicals and fundamentalists to commit this drastic error is bordering on the horrific.

All other passages in Scripture relating to the "gathering together unto Him" must refer back to the literal time line provided by Jesus in Matthew 24.

One must not use a symbolic passage in the Book of Revelation or any other symbolically- based section of the Bible by which to draw a pre-tribulation rapture doctrine.

Further, one must not take words of the apostle Paul so as to insert them opportunistically into a conjured pre-tribulation string of Scripture references. Yet this has been done ad infinitum.

Instead, Jesus' literalism of Matthew 24 must be used as the benchmark for all other "gathering together" themes of Scripture.

One starts with literalism and moves into symbolism when seeking to understand Scripture; it is not the other way around.

During the 1970s and 1980s there was much written and preached about a pre-tribulation rapture. This has wound down some in the last decade or so. Why?

Today, with the world situation being what it is, there is not that much risk-taking in preaching dogmatically the pre-tribulation rapture. Why?

Is it because there are many who are beginning to question its validity? Is it because the world state is so uncertain that to go out on a limb with a false hope may ricochet?

One wonders, with world events progressively becoming more and more anti-Christian, why the pre-tribulation rapture persons are not celebrating each dawn as the day when Jesus may return to earth.

Such is not the phenomenon on a large scale. Furthermore, it may be because the next generation has not bought into this notion.

In any case, it is a myth, a legend of conservative Protestantism's own conjuring and has no base in the Holy Scriptures.

Yet these very Protestants are the ones who ardently point out the myths of Catholicism while holding to some of their own myths. Both segments of Christendom need to do some serious housecleaning of manufactured legends in order to return to the simple Bible truths; otherwise, the church suffers from severe lack of knowledge.

What is so frightening about holding to a pre-tribulation rapture? It is more than mere academic quibbling. Holding to such a notion is drastically weakening the church worldwide.

The church should be preparing for spiritual battle against the most evil forces arrayed by hell.

Instead, the church is languishing with a false hope. This is all orchestrated by the demonic powers in order to eventuate in a limp army of believers. And to see that through in this age of laxity in religion does not take much on the part of the dark powers. In addition, the apostate segment of religion is doing its fair share of blackening truth.

Does it take much intelligence to realize that there are awesomely wretched days yet ahead for the righteous remnant?

Those who are not strong will drop--fall away, as biblically predicted. They will be too numerous to contemplate.

But for those who are truly into carrying the daily cross there will be nothing able to thwart their zeal for Christ.

Already the remnant is being strengthened by the Spirit of light. He is gathering His own together in the power of the resurrection and the might of the revealed Word. There numbers are few; but their ardor before the Father is lovingly honored.

Set your vision upon the difficulties yet to be. They are but the trials permitted by the coming Christ.

At the close of the tribulation period, then there will be the gathering together of the believers from the four corners of the earth. They will greet Jesus in the clouds as He descends through space, having left the right hand of the Father in heaven.

The gathering together ("rapture") and the second advent then will be realized as one and the same event occurring at the end of the tribulation time frame. Jesus' declaration in Matthew 24:29-3l states it clearly.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Theology
KEYWORDS: antichrist; armageddon; hallindsey; johndarby; rapture; revelation; tribulation
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1 posted on 12/04/2002 8:20:12 AM PST by az4vlad
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To: az4vlad; drstevej
He's baaaaacccccck!
2 posted on 12/04/2002 8:46:02 AM PST by CCWoody
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To: az4vlad
I personally think the current pre-trib rapture attention (NOT necessarily the doctrine) has to do with the mass-marketing of the Christian religion as a feel-good religion where it's all about what God can do for you and how He can make your life less of a burden. You don't hear persecution preached too often, as is evident by a survey I saw indicating that very few Christians (especially American Christians) are aware that Christians are being martyred at an unprecedented rate in the world. I think the doctrine is being fueled by a sense of escapism among the weak-hearted who don't have a proper understanding of how God could allow His children to endure tribulation.

A note to pre-tribbers: I'm not in any way mounting a challenge to this doctrine scripturally, merely attempting to explain what I feel are the reasons for it's explosive spread recently.

3 posted on 12/04/2002 8:46:42 AM PST by Frumanchu
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To: CCWoody
thank heaven!

:-)

makes your day, doesn't it?
4 posted on 12/04/2002 8:48:13 AM PST by grantswank
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To: CCWoody
thank heaven!

:-)

makes your day, doesn't it?
5 posted on 12/04/2002 8:48:14 AM PST by grantswank
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To: Frumanchu
gotcha.

right on!
6 posted on 12/04/2002 8:49:35 AM PST by grantswank
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To: az4vlad
The view of most conservative scholors is that many of those so called "symbolic" passages you refer to are not symbolic at all.

It strains logic to understand how Christ can come; 1. "as a thief in the night" and, 2."with power and great glory and every eye will see Him", at the same time.

More often than not, those who hold to the view that there is one coming of Christ, one judgement, and one resurrection event, are equally wrong on the doctrine of the gospel of the Grace of God that Paul preached.

I do not claim to be authoritative on the subject of escatology. However, to dismiss the pre-trib rapture as scripturally unfounded is a weak arguement to say the least. One can make a very good arguement for either pre, post,or mid tribulation, and pre, post, and amillinial using the word of God.

The truth is only one view can be right. And, what ever your view or mine is, the important thing is this. What have you done about the person and work of Christ? One truth that is not up for discussion is that He is the only way to the Father.
7 posted on 12/04/2002 9:43:20 AM PST by Royce to the Right
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To: CCWoody; grantswank; the_doc
***This is all orchestrated by the demonic powers in order to eventuate in a limp army of believers.***

Maybe Grant Swank and the_doc are the same person... :0) Hmmm.
8 posted on 12/04/2002 9:45:53 AM PST by drstevej
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To: Royce to the Right; CCWoody; OrthodoxPresbyterian
"It strains logic to understand how Christ can come; 1. "as a thief in the night" and, 2."with power and great glory and every eye will see Him", at the same time. "

Your problem with the logic is, I think, based on the assumption that a thief must not be seen.

This is a false assumption.

Have you ever heard of a bank robbery in full daylight while there are customers at the bank? Yes, it happens with regularity.

Have you ever heard of a car jacking in full daylight in the middle of the street? Yes, it happens with regularity.

The fact that only ~some~ thieves use the cloak of darkness to carry out their thefts should not lead you to the conclusion that ~all~ thieves must ~necessarily~ be secretive or out of sight. That concept is actually logically invalid.

No, the only requirement for a theif is that he come by ~suprise~ or that he come ~unexpectedly~.

What good is a theif when one knows that he is coming. No, the theivery will only be successful ~if~ it is unexpected.

Therefore, since Christ has told us that the "day of the Lord" will come as a thief in the night", it would be incorrect (faulty logic) to conclude that this ~must~ be a secret coming. Rather, the point of that passage is such that his coming will be unexpected by the world, but we are told in that very same passage to be "ready".

Jean

9 posted on 12/04/2002 10:02:42 AM PST by Jean Chauvin
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To: Jean Chauvin
Have you ever heard of a bank robbery in full daylight while there are customers at the bank? Yes, it happens with regularity.

Have you ever heard of a car jacking in full daylight in the middle of the street? Yes, it happens with regularity.

The fact that only ~some~ thieves use the cloak of darkness to carry out their thefts should not lead you to the conclusion that ~all~ thieves must ~necessarily~ be secretive or out of sight. That concept is actually logically invalid.

A thief ... in the night ?


10 posted on 12/04/2002 10:16:27 AM PST by Quester
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To: Royce to the Right
The truth is only one view can be right. And, what ever your view or mine is, the important thing is this. What have you done about the person and work of Christ? One truth that is not up for discussion is that He is the only way to the Father. ~ RTTR Woody.
11 posted on 12/04/2002 10:33:19 AM PST by CCWoody
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To: Quester
Again, even a theif in the night need not be 'secretive'. He only need to be unexpected.

I'm expectant of a theif in the night at my home, that is why I have a means to protect my family ready for that possibility. Because I expect it, he won't succeed. He need not even be secretive, I will be expecting it.

But, if I didn't expect him, he could come with all the noise in the world -even at night- and I'd be his for the taking!

Your secret rapture still has no basis.

Jean

12 posted on 12/04/2002 10:39:01 AM PST by Jean Chauvin
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To: Jean Chauvin
Again, even a theif in the night need not be 'secretive'. He only need to be unexpected. I'm expectant of a theif in the night at my home, that is why I have a means to protect my family ready for that possibility. Because I expect it, he won't succeed. He need not even be secretive, I will be expecting it.

But, if I didn't expect him, he could come with all the noise in the world -even at night- and I'd be his for the taking!

Your secret rapture still has no basis.

Jean

I didn't claim belief in a 'secret rapture'.

I didn't deny that Christians ought to be ready.

I only posed the question of whether the 'in the night' wording in the given passage could render any more meaning to the passage.


13 posted on 12/04/2002 10:49:55 AM PST by Quester
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To: Jean Chauvin
right on!
14 posted on 12/04/2002 11:19:06 AM PST by grantswank
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To: Jean Chauvin
true.
15 posted on 12/04/2002 11:20:23 AM PST by grantswank
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To: CCWoody
neither points 1 or 2 are raised in the article.

your post does not relate to the article.
16 posted on 12/04/2002 11:22:41 AM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
1corinthians 14: 33

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,
17 posted on 12/04/2002 11:27:28 AM PST by f.Christian
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To: f.Christian
yes, so true.

that's why the article was written--to cut thru the confusion.

thanks.

18 posted on 12/04/2002 11:32:01 AM PST by grantswank
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To: drstevej
irrelevant post.
19 posted on 12/04/2002 11:46:06 AM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
***irrelevant post. ***

I think that's a bit harsh, but your wrote and posted the article and I defer to your self assessment.
20 posted on 12/04/2002 11:49:18 AM PST by drstevej
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To: drstevej
I think that's a bit harsh, but your wrote and posted the article and I defer to your self assessment.

Make that ... grand self-assessment.


21 posted on 12/04/2002 11:52:19 AM PST by Quester
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To: drstevej
Actually, grant wrote the article, but his evil twin posted the article.
22 posted on 12/04/2002 11:53:39 AM PST by CCWoody
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To: CCWoody; drstevej
hmmmmmmm.

i thought the intelligensia gathered at this site. but alas, proven incorrect in some cases once again. nevertheless, for those who truly fit the definition, wonderful chatting with you.

23 posted on 12/04/2002 12:02:58 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank; CCWoody; drstevej
i thought the intelligensia gathered at this site. but alas, proven incorrect in some cases once again. nevertheless, for those who truly fit the definition, wonderful chatting with you.

LOL...she wacked you guys pee pees. :)

BigMack

24 posted on 12/04/2002 12:06:00 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
they let the loonies out, eh?
25 posted on 12/04/2002 12:07:25 PM PST by grantswank
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To: Quester
how quickly small minds divert from the major topic at hand, that is, the posted article.

o well.

can't win 'em all.
26 posted on 12/04/2002 12:10:07 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank; CCWoody; drstevej
they let the loonies out, eh?

Well I like these guys, I don't agree with them much, I was just poking fun at them.

And you might get a bit further around here if you would take some poking yourself, and not post and run, this is a site for debate, if you're gonna post something expect it to get debated, and grow some thicher skin, stay and get to know these folks. The may not agree with you, bit they will have more respect for what you have to say.

BigMack

27 posted on 12/04/2002 12:16:27 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
thanks for your counsel but i don't need it.

i wrote the article.

no need for my debating it.

the sentences are plainly presenting the thesis.

further sentences only disturb the small minds such as dr steve and his ilk who hang out where you do.

got it?

got it.

if you have wisdom to disseminate, i would suggest that you begin with a few lines to dr steve and his ilk rather than arranging for a session with yours truly.

thanks.
28 posted on 12/04/2002 12:23:40 PM PST by grantswank
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
p.s.:

what a site such as this one needs is not thicker skin, as you suggest, just a few more brain cells that are arranged in a logical progression.

29 posted on 12/04/2002 12:28:46 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
I have a question.

What is wrong with debating what you wrote?

BigMack

30 posted on 12/04/2002 12:30:16 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
bye
31 posted on 12/04/2002 12:32:14 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
I'm just trying to understand why you post something and then don't want to talk about it, I have not flamed you or spoken ill of you. I just don't understand.

BigMack

32 posted on 12/04/2002 12:35:43 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain; drstevej
Like talking to a tree stump, huh!
33 posted on 12/04/2002 12:46:08 PM PST by CCWoody
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To: CCWoody; drstevej
I have seen some weird things on here, but this one is at the top of the list.

BigMack

34 posted on 12/04/2002 12:52:01 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: CCWoody
o, cc, of course the 'bye' was not meant for you, natch.

but of course one would want to enter lively, intelligent debate on a topic -- cetainly -- given the snide, juvenile, sophomoric opening post you gave in immediate response to the article.

talk about weeney minds initiating a well-balanced, in-depth debate about a most significant posted topic.

but then again, as i stated earlier, one can't win 'em all. not usually on this site, eh? sad, actually.

so. . .bye. . .cc.

35 posted on 12/04/2002 12:56:27 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
***i wrote the article. no need for my debating it.***

Just collect it/them and put into the canon, right?

36 posted on 12/04/2002 1:12:53 PM PST by drstevej
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To: grantswank
Did the poetry branch get a little boring for you?
37 posted on 12/04/2002 1:21:16 PM PST by Wrigley
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To: grantswank
no need for my debating it.

the sentences are plainly presenting the thesis.

You certainly are a proud, little man. As if your words are the end all of any topic.

38 posted on 12/04/2002 1:23:06 PM PST by Wrigley
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To: drstevej
Just like JS.

39 posted on 12/04/2002 1:23:40 PM PST by Wrigley
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To: drstevej
o, tiny brain cells showed up again. i thought you had slid off.

bye.

40 posted on 12/04/2002 1:30:35 PM PST by grantswank
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To: Wrigley
tah tah
41 posted on 12/04/2002 1:32:35 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
Later.

Capitalization, or I should say, lack of capitalization is a arty, poetry thing, right?
42 posted on 12/04/2002 1:35:21 PM PST by Wrigley
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To: Wrigley
later squared.

'tah tah' for those who don't get it.

see what i mean by small brain cells still active but actually on their progressive route of dying out slow-like?

well, yours are just 'bout to blink out. sad, but so.

try a u-turn. not likely, but maybe with a bit of capitalism's assistance from the inner circle of the elite who hold sway in the manhattan haunts of power and prestige laden with camouflage yet soon to be discovered by the cia. for sure.
43 posted on 12/04/2002 1:43:35 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
Still here?

Did you forget to shut the door?
44 posted on 12/04/2002 1:48:18 PM PST by Wrigley
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To: grantswank; drstevej; Wrigley; CCWoody
grantswank wrote:

makes your day, doesn't it?
gotcha.
right on!
neither points 1 or 2 are raised in the article.
your post does not relate to the article.
irrelevant post.
they let the loonies out, eh?
no need for my debating it.
further sentences only disturb the small minds such as dr steve and his ilk who hang out where you do.
got it?
what a site such as this one needs is not thicker skin, as you suggest, just a few more brain cells that are arranged in a logical progression.
cetainly -- given the snide, juvenile, sophomoric opening post you gave in immediate response to the article.
talk about weeney minds initiating a well-balanced, in-depth debate about a most significant posted topic
o, tiny brain cells showed up again. i thought you had slid off.

I take back my not flaming you comment.

Your attempt at constructing a creative post was pitiful. I mean, really, stringing together a bunch of insults among a load of babbling was hardly effective... Maybe later in life, after you have learned to read, write, spell, count, and wipe your ass, you will have more success. True, these are rudimentary skills that many of us "normal" people take for granted that everyone has an easy time of mastering. But we sometimes forget that there are "challenged" persons in this world who find these things more difficult. If I had known, that this was your case then I would have never read your post. It just wouldn't have been "right". Sort of like parking in a handicap space. I wish you the best of luck in the emotional, and social struggles that seem to be placing such a demand on you.

BigMack

45 posted on 12/04/2002 1:48:31 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
my o my, how your day appears upset.

poor baby.
46 posted on 12/04/2002 1:51:06 PM PST by grantswank
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
One of the neglected Bible sections at Christmas is Luke 1 which records the meeting of pregnant Elizabeth and pregnant Mary. The account begins with priest Zacharias being told that his wife, Elizabeth, is to give birth to John the Baptist. The primary setting is the Temple, which affords an excellent group study of the Temple. Note below. Answers are provided at the close of the quiz.

T E M P L E Q U I Z

1. True or False. Pews were located in the Temple.
2. True or False. Congregations met inside the Temple.
3. The temple was ________________ feet in length.
4. The temple was ________________feet in width.
5. The Temple was divided into two rooms. They were the
_____________ ____________ and the _______________
of ______________ .
6. The smaller of the two rooms was a cube of ______________ feet by ___________ feet.
7. The larger of the two rooms was ________________ feet in length and ___________ feet in width.
8. At the Temple entrance, but outside the Temple, was a sacred piece of "furniture" known as the _______________ .
9. __________________ were offered daily in sacrifice upon this sacred furnishing outside the Temple’s entrance.
10. When entering the Temple, to the right alongside that wall was situated the ______________ table .
11. How frequently were the contents of this furniture changed? every _______________________ days
12. When entering the Temple, to the left alongside that wall was situated the seven-stemmed golden _____________________________ .
13. How many golden oil receptacles did it have for constant burning? __________________
14. When entering the Temple, walking straight ahead one came upon a furnishing known as the _________________ altar .
15. Just behind the furnishing mentioned above in #14 there was a very thick curtain known in Scriptures as the _____________ .
16. Behind this curtain was one piece of furniture which was the __________ of the __________________________ .
17. It was overlaid with _________________ .
18. Its top was known as the _____________ _________________ .
19. There were two carved images facing one another atop this piece of furniture. They were known, not as angels, but as _______________________ .
20. True or False. We know exactly the root meaning of the Hebrew term for these two carved images.
21. True or False. Inside the piece of furniture mentioned in #18 was Aaron’s rod that budded.
22. True or False. Inside the piece of furniture mentioned in #18 was a plate of manna.
23. True or False. Inside the piece of furniture mentioned in #18 was the tablet on which God wrote the Ten Commandments.
24. The High ________________ went into the Temple’s most sacred space once each year. He went into that space on the _____________ of ________________________ .
25. In what season of the year was this entrancing the most sacred space of the Temple? ________________
26. There he sprinkled blood against the Mercy Seat _______________ times. This procured the forgiveness of sins of those gathered outside the Temple, that is, the Twelve Tribes of Israel who truly repented of their sins before Jehovah.
27. When Jesus came, He embodied the Temple’s furniture in that He claimed to be the ________________ of the world and the ________________ of life.
28. True or False. Jesus also became our Mercy Seat in that we cast our sins upon His mercy to find forgiveness when we repent of our sins.
29. True or False. In the Book of Revelation we read that the incense from the Incense Altar is wafting heavenward toward the throne of God. The incense symbolically represents the prayers of the saints.
30. True or False. Jesus shed His holy blood against heaven’s Mercy Seat when He died on the cross, His body bleeding from seven body fountains—head (crown of thorns), 2 feet, 2 hands, side (pierced by Roman spear), back (Thursday night beatings).
31. Priests in the Old Testament were from the Tribe of _____________ .
32. True or False. Priests could be bi-vocational, that is, they could have other employment alongside being priests.
33. Priests and their families survived by means of the other eleven tribes being faithful in giving regularly their ___________________ .
34. True or False. When Jesus was born, He was of the priestly tribe.
35. When Jesus died on the cross, the __________________ inside the Temple was cut in half, from top to bottom.
36. True or False. This was a message from God that any repentant soul could now approach the Mercy Seat by which to find forgiveness of sins, not only on one day each year, but any day, any time of day.
37. The Temple was located in the city of ________________________ .
38. The Temple of Jesus’ day was leveled in ___________________ AD by Roman General _________________ when he sacked the city of ___________________. Jesus had predicted that this would happen because Judaism had rejected its Messiah / Christ and therefore no longer deserved having a Temple. The Living Temple had come and yet was not received. Judaism in affect then, sadly enough, became and still is a dead religion.
39. There was only one Temple. There were many __________________ where Jews went to worship wherever the happened to live.
40. The only remaining visible wall of the first century’s Temple is known as the ______________________ wall. Jews still go there to pray and plead to God for one petition or another.
41. True or False. Jews write their prayers on small pieces of paper and tuck those papers into the stones of the wall.
42. True or False. The Dome of the ________ is a Muslim mosque located in the courtyard of the original Temple. The Dome is overlaid with ____________ .


1 False
2 False
3 90
4 30
5 Holy Place / Holy of Holies
6 30 30
7 60 30
8 Altar
9 Animals
10 Bread
11 7
12 lampstand
13 7
14 incense
15 veil
16 Ark of the Covenant
17 gold
18 Mercy Seat
19 cherubim
20 False
21 True
22 True
23 True
24 Priest
25 autumn
26 7
27 light / bread
28 True
29 True
30 True
31 Levi
32 False
33 tithes
34 False
35 veil
36 True
37 Jerusalem
38 70 / Titus / Jerusalem
39 synagogues
40 wailing
41 True
42 Rock / gold

47 posted on 12/04/2002 1:54:52 PM PST by grantswank
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To: grantswank
Bit me.

Oh yeah.

Bye.

BigMack

48 posted on 12/04/2002 1:54:54 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
adieu
49 posted on 12/04/2002 1:59:40 PM PST by grantswank
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To: Wrigley
J. Grant Swank, Jr.
Hometown:
Windham ME
Place of Birth:
Johnstown PA
Church Affiliation:
New Hope Church / Independent, Evangelical
Number of Years Writing:
45
List of Other Publications and Year Published:

Christianity Today, Decision, Pulpit Digest, Ministry, The priest, Church World, The County Christian, Christian Clippings, Flame, TheFriends Voice, Gem, Live, Light and Life, Alliance Life, Pentecostal Evangel, American Holiness Journal, Bible Advocate, Chalcedon Report, God's Revivalist, Herald of Holiness, Holiness Digest, The Lookout, Ministries Today, New Man, Pentecostal Messenger, Prism, Psychology for Living, Purpose, Shepherdess International Journal, Testimony of Truth, Voice in the Wilderness, Wesleyan Advocate, Portland Press Herald, suburban News, Sub Journal, American Journal, Good News Connection, Preacher's Magazine, Spirit, Come Ye Apart, Pathways to God, The Evangelist, Autumn Life, The Other Side, Campus Camera, Quincy Patriot Ledger, The Christian Science Monitor, Brunswick Times, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, World Mission, Conquest

Education:
High Point High School/ Beltsville MD
Eastern Nazarene College / Quincy MA
Harvard Divinity School / Cambridge MA
Nazarene Seminary / Kansas City MO

Earned Accredited Degrees:
BA with sociology major, literature minor
M Div in religion

Employment:
Pastor of New Hope Church, Windham, ME
Family:
Wife: Priscilla Caroline Anthony Swank
Children: Crystal Caroline Swank Miller, Heidi Jo Swank Inlow, Jay Grant Swank
Additional Info:
I enjoy watercolor painting, walking, visiting with friends, chocolate ice cream and theological studies. I also find time to worship in a variety of denominational settings-Catholic, Jewish and Protestant.
My wife and I have traveled to Europe, Middle East, northern Africa, Caribbean and South America.
We particularly enjoy traveling to my wife's home village, Kennetcook, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Winner of First Prize Writing Contest which yielded a three-week guided Tour of the Middle East.

50 posted on 12/04/2002 1:59:48 PM PST by drstevej
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