Mystery of the Rapture

If Therefore Thou Shall Not Watch

by Brother Dave… (emphasis added)

The Lord dropped this one straight into my head this afternoon with some commentary:

Rev 3: 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (YLT)

Mystery of the Rapture

Who is he talking to here? The Church.

What’s he talking about? Watching!

Watching for what? His arrival, His coming!

This is very specific and timely. We know there are people within the church today who specifically refuse to watch for his coming today because their doctrine says he can’t show up until sometime mid-trib,post-trib, pre-wrath.

What does the Lord say about these people, these who “will not watch?” He will come like a thief to them. Why? They WEREN’T WATCHING. The only time a thief would surprise someone is if he came when they were not watching, correct?

Contrast the groups for yourself:

Which group is watching for the Lord’s return today and everyday till he reveals himself? Pre-trib, pre-flood, pre-fire and brimstone (Noah and Lot), Escape from all believers.

Who specifically in the church is not watching for the Lord’s return today and will argue with anyone and everyone who claims he can return today? Mid-Trib, Pre-Wrath, Post-Trib teachers, and those who think there is no escape at all.

The church has been warned in very plain language. Jesus will come like a thief to those who are caught not watching when he shows up. The only group I know of who will not possibly be affected by the sudden and unexpected return of the Lord “like a thief” are those who believe the word of God literally, those who heed to warning to be ready every day for Jesus Christ.

This is an open and shut case folks. It’s as easy as pinning down someone with the question on the escape.

If you are mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib and not praying to escape all, why not? Doesn’t the word of God tell you to? If you are praying to escape all, why? Your doctrine nullifies the word of God relating to the escape..

If you are mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib, are you watching today for the arrival of the Lord? (NO) Does’nt the word tell us that those caught by surprise (like a thief) are those who are not watching when he shows up?

How can those who are looking for the Lord’s return everyday be caught on the wrong side of “watching?” They can’t, they’re continually watching for the return of the Lord.

How can the mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib teacher be caught “like a thief,” unprepared, not watching for the Lord’s return? Easy, Jesus could show up today.

The message is clear. The church has been warned. The people who teach doctrines that conflict with the straightforward reading of God’s word will pay a price for it. If that price means missing the escape and entering the tribulation, oh my…

grace and peace…by Brother Dave…

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Randall Russell

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  • Paul

    Reply Reply May 3, 2009

    Famous Rapture Watchers – Addendum
    by Dave MacPherson

    (The statements in my “Famous Rapture Watchers” web article appeared in my 1983 book “The Great Rapture Hoax” and quoted only past leaders. Here are the other leaders who were quoted in that original printing.)

    Oswald J. Smith: “…I am absolutely convinced that there will be no rapture before the Tribulation, but that the Church will undoubtedly be called upon to face the Antichrist…” (Tribulation or Rapture – Which?, p. 2).

    Paul B. Smith: “You are perfectly free to quote me as believing rather emphatically in the post-tribulation teaching of the Bible” (letter dated June 9, 1976).

    S. I. McMillen: “…Christians will suffer in the Great Tribulation” (Discern These Times, p. 55).

    Norman F. Douty: “…all of the evidence of history runs one way – in favor of Post-tribulationism” (Has Christ’s Return Two Stages?, p. 113).

    Leonard Ravenhill: “There is a cowardly Christianity which…still comforts its fainting heart with the hope that there will be a rapture – perhaps today – to catch us away from coming tribulation” (Sodom Had No Bible, p. 94).

    William Hendriksen: “…the one and only second coming of Christ to judgment” (Israel in Prophecy, p. 29).

    Loraine Boettner: “Hence we conclude that nowhere in Scripture does it teach a secret or pre-tribulation Rapture” (The Millennium, p. 168).

    J. Sidlow Baxter: “…believers of the last days (there is only one small part of the total Church on earth at any given moment) will be on earth during the so-called ‘Great Tribulation’ ” (Explore the Book, Vol. 6, p. 345).

    Merrill C. Tenney: “There is no convincing reason why the seer’s being ‘in the Spirit’ and being called into heaven [Revelation 4:1-2] typifies the rapture of the church…” (Interpreting Revelation, p. 141).

    James R. Graham: “…there is not a line of the N.T. that declares a pre-tribulation rapture, so its advocates are compelled to read it into certain indeterminate texts…” (Watchman, What of the Night?, p. 79).

    Ralph Earle: “The teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture seems first to have been emphasized widely about 100 years ago by John Darby of the Plymouth Brethren” (Behold, I Come, p. 74).

    Clarence B. Bass: “…I most strongly believe dispensationalism to be a departure from the historic faith…” (Backgrounds to Dispensationalism, p. 155).

    William C. Thomas: “The return of Jesus Christ, described by parousia, revelation, and epiphany, is one single, glorious, triumphant event for which we all wait with great eagerness!” (The Blessed Hope in the Thessalonian Epistles of Paul, p. 42).

    Harold J. Ockenga: “No exegetical justification exists for the arbitrary separation of the ‘coming of Christ’ and the ‘day of the Lord.’ It is one ‘day of the Lord Jesus Christ’ ” (Christian Life, February, 1955).

    Duane Edward Spencer: “Paul makes it very clear that the Church will pass through the Great Tribulation” (“Rapture-Tribulation” cassette).

    J. C. Maris: “Nowhere the Bible teaches that the Church of Jesus Christ is heading for world dominion. On the contrary – there will be no place for her, save in ‘the wilderness,’ where God will take care of her (Rev. 12:13-17)” (I.C.C.C. leaflet “The Danger of the Ecumenical Movement,” p. 2).

    F. F. Bruce: “To meet the Lord [I Thessalonians 4:17]…on the final stage of…[Christ’s] journey…to the earth…” (New Bible Commentary: Revised, p. 1159).

    G. Christian Weiss: “Some people say that this [‘gospel of the kingdom’ in Matthew 24:14] is not the gospel of grace but is a special aspect of the gospel to be preached some time in the future. But there is nothing in the context to indicate this” (“Back to the Bible” broadcast, February 9, 1976).

    Pat Brooks: “Soon we, in the Body of Christ, will be confronted by millions of people disillusioned by such false teaching [Pre-Tribism]” (Hear, O Israel, p. 186).

    Herman Hoeksema: “…the time of Antichrist, when days so terrible are still to arrive for the church…” (Behold, He Cometh!, p. 131).

    Ray Summers: “Because they [Philadelphia] have been faithful, he promises his sustaining grace in the tribulation…” (Worthy Is the Lamb, p. 123).

    George E. Ladd: “[Pretribulationism] may be guilty of the positive danger of leaving the Church unprepared for tribulation when Antichrist appears…” (The Blessed Hope, p. 164).

    Peter Beyerhaus: “The Christian Church on earth [will face] the final, almost superhuman test of being confronted with the apocalyptical temptation by Antichrist” (Christianity Today, April 13, 1973).

    Leon Morris: “The early Christians…looked for the Christ to come as Judge” (Apocalyptic, p. 84).

    Dale Moody: “There is not a passage in the New Testament to support Scofield. The call to John to ‘come up hither’ has reference to mystical ecstasy, not to a pretribulation rapture” (Spirit of the Living God, p. 203).

    John R. W. Stott: “He would not spare them from the suffering [Revelation 3:10]; but He would uphold them in it” (What Christ Thinks of the Church, p. 104).

    G. R. Beasley-Murray: “…the woman, i.e., the Church…flees for refuge into the wilderness [Revelation 12:14]…” (The New Bible Commentary, p. 1184).

    Bernard L. Ramm: “…as the Church moves to meet her Lord at the parousia world history is also moving to meet its Judge at the same parousia” (Leo Eddleman’s Last Things, p. 41).

    J. Barton Payne: “…the twentieth century has indeed witnessed a progressively rising revolt against pre-tribulationism” (The Imminent Appearing of Christ, p. 38).

    Robert H. Gundry: “Divine wrath does not blanket the entire seventieth week…but concentrates at the close” (The Church and the Tribulation, p. 63).

    C. S. Lovett: “Frankly I favor a post-trib rapture…I no longer teach Christians that they will NOT have to go through the tribulation” (PC, January, 1974).

    Walter R. Martin: “Walter Martin finally said…’Yes, I’m a post-trib’ ” (Lovett’s PC, December, 1976).

    Jay Adams: “Today’s trend is…from pre- to post-tribulationism” (The Time Is at Hand, p. 2).

    Jim McKeever: “Nowhere do the Scriptures say that the Rapture will precede the Tribulation” (Christians Will Go Through the Tribulation, p. 55).

    Arthur Katz: “I think it fair to tell you that I do not subscribe to the happy and convenient theology which says that God’s people are going to be raptured and lifted up when a time of tribulation and trial comes” (Reality, p. 8).

    Billy Graham: “Perhaps the Holy Spirit is getting His Church ready for a trial and tribulation such as the world has never known” (Sam Shoemaker’s Under New Management, p. 72).

    W. J. Grier: “The Scofield Bible makes a rather desperate effort…it tries to get in the ‘rapture’ of the saints before the appearing of Antichrist” (The Momentous Event, p. 58).

    Pat Robertson: “Jesus Christ is going to come back to earth again to deliver Israel and at the same time to rapture His Church; it’s going to be one moment, but it’s going to be a glorious time” (“700 Club” telecast, May 14, 1975).

    Ben Kinchlow: “Any wrath [during the Tribulation] that comes upon us – any difficulty – will not be induced by God, but it’ll be like the people are saying, ‘The cause of our problems are those Christians in our midst; we need to get rid of them’ ” (“700 Club” telecast, August 28, 1979).

    Daniel P. Fuller: “It is thus concluded that Dispensationalism fails to pass the test of an adequate system of Biblical Interpretation” (The Hermeneutics of Dispensationalism, p. 369).

    Corrie ten Boom: “The Bible prophesies that the time will come when we cannot buy or sell, unless we bear the sign of the Antichrist…” (Tramp for the Lord, p. 187).

    [Recently ran across the above on the web. I am finding that many are changing from pretrib to something else. Interesting, eh? Paul]

  • Hi, cool post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for blogging. I will probably be subscribing to your posts. Keep up great writing

  • Joe

    Reply Reply August 18, 2009

    MacPherson, to my knowledge, has never referred to himself as a preterist. But he has found a mountain of long forgotten (or covered up) historical facts that leading scholars have endorsed (Google “Scholars Weigh My Research”). For some much needed light (for you) on those who unfortunately have influenced you, read “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” on the “Powered by Christ Ministries” site. Joe

  • Kingdom Engineer

    Reply Reply November 1, 2009

    In my opinion, there is way too much evidence that a Pre-Trib Rapture exists. Pay particular attention to Luke, Ch 21, especially to vs 36. It’s not a hill worth dying on, but I would say to just always be ready!

  • Lauren Branning

    Reply Reply April 7, 2010

    Interesting article, was curious if you would allow me to link to it in a post im currently typing for my own website? Thanks Lauren Branning

  • Wesmor

    Reply Reply December 23, 2015

    that Jesus “must” stay in heaven (He’s now there with the Father) “until the times of rseittution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. ( The Rapture Question, by the long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, the too-hot-to-handle Acts 3:21!) Since Jesus can’t even leave heaven before the tribulation ends (Acts 2:34,35 echo this), the rapture therefore can’t take place before the end of the trib! (The same Acts verses were also too hot for John Darby the so-called father of dispensationalism to list in the scripture index in his Letters !) Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The rest for all them that believe is tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the posttrib end of “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which is Israel’s posttrib resurrection!) Many are unaware that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this rapture was stretched forward and turned into a separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which the mass of evangelical scholars rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” [“gathering”] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Other Google articles on the 182-year-old pretrib rapture view include Pretrib Rapture Politics, Pretrib Rapture Scholar Wannabes, “Famous Rapture Watchers,” Pretrib Rapture Diehards, “X-Raying Margaret,” Edward Irving is Unnerving, “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” Walvoord Melts Ice, “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal, Thieves’ Marketing, Pretrib Rapture Secrecy, “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty, and Christ’s return is NOT imminent! – all by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books). Patriots should also Google The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.

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