End Time signs Or Rapture

I am going to a church where a belief in a Rapture that will occur before mankind enters the tribulation period. To our church the rapture is a solid doctrine that amplifies the fact that God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5:9. Jesus said something we need to take to heart, "Watch out that no one deceives you. To this end Jesus warned us not to proclaim anything contrary to what is revealed in scripture or go beyond what is written.

As an Ambassador of Christ my assignment is to take the revealed teachings of Jesus Christ or what is known as the inspired word of God to the world. As an Ambassador of Christ I am obligated not to go beyond the message given to me by the God who has authority over mankind. Adding personal beliefs or deliberately leaving out any part of the message will alter the information that Jesus Christ wants the world to know.

Almost every Christian has heard the word ďraptureĒ and are told it is derived from a Latin word equivalent to the Greek word ‎Harpazo that is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  Not being an expert of these languages I cannot validate this idea, however anyone with common sense knows that the meaning of the word determines how words are translated from one language to another.  

The American Heritage dictionary defines the word Rapture as the state of being transported to heaven by a lofty emotion such as ecstasy. And for the most part that is the way the rapture is proclaimed in most churches. The Greek word harpazo to seize (in various applications) such as to take by force: it is a derivative of NT: 138 to lift up which is akin to NT:142 to take for one self. After some thought we must ask why are these two definitions completely different?

Jesus said;

The angels of Christ will be given a command to gather mankind and they will effectively carry out his command without giving you a choice in the matter.

The second reason is do you belong to Jesus Christ? Did the Father draw you to Jesus Christ through the cross? Do you believe in Jesus Christ and call on his name? When you take communion do you not partake of the emblems of his blood and body in remembrance of his atoning sacrifice? If you said yes to these questions Jesus said he would raise you up at the last day which is at the end of the age.

From the cross Jesus cried out and the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom and earthquake open many graves and the holy people rose from the dead Matthew 27:50-53. When the end of the age comes and the harvest is ripe his voice will be heard by the dead, his command will be echoed by the arch angel and the earth will be harvested. Listen to what Jesus said.

Regardless of mankindís relationship with Christ no one will be excluded on the day Jesus resurrects the dead. At that time Jesus Christ will send his angels to gather the fruit of the earth. The bible says.

Those who believe in the rapture say the dead and those alive in Christ will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air in the clouds 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Letís consider that the harvest grown on the earth will be sorted and the bad will be handled differently than the good.

Jesus said we will meet him in the air for a sorting process to separate the sheep from the goats. The evidence of this is seen in Revelation 6:15 - 7:9. Since the day of their wrath has come those who did not obey the Lord prefer to die rather than face the wrath of God.

On the other hand, God is spreading his tent of protection over those who obeyed him and have overcome the evil of this world with the blood of the lamb and the testimony of their word.

Oh how I wish the rapture was Godís plan because I donít want to go through all that horrible stuff described by men as the tribulation period. While studying the tribulation period I held pre mid and post-tribulation belief and then concluded those views were deceptive because the bible does not teach anything about the tribulation period.   We may not be appointed to suffer Godís wrath but I am faced with an abundance of scripture that reveals a harvest of mankind at the end of the age.

Why does God command the locust coming out of the abyss(Revelation 9:4) not to harm those who God has place his seal of ownership on their forehead during the time believers of the rapture say is the tribulation period?

Why did God say when you see 'the abomination that causes desolation' standing where it does not belong?

The abomination that causes desolation is the statue made in the likeness and image to honor of the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived Revelation 13:14.

Will mankind build a statue in the likeness of the man of lawlessness without first seeing him? On the other hand why would God advise his holy ones to steadfastly have patient endurance and faithfulness?

Jesus also said

Jesus gave us signs of the end time that are clearly recognizable and discernible by mankind. The bible tells us that the dragon or Satan was defeated in heaven and thrown to the earth.

I donít like being at war just because I believe in Jesus Christ. However this is Godís plan and perhaps the war with Satan is the final testing of the saints to see whom we will serve.                                                                                                                                                                                                   4/12/13


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