Friday, June 13, 2008

The last and final Question on Rapture

Well, the more I studied the Rapture, the more I concluded that this is a subject that could be written about forever. There is so much that I could write about but I must admit, some of it is confusing. Only confusing because of my lack of understanding, certainly not confusing to God and maybe not even to you. We've not discussed the historical and Hermeneutical basis of Pre-trib, Intervening events in heaven and earth, nor the judgement of Israel or the Gentiles, the Partial Rapture theory, the doctrine of the end and the Day of the Lord, the work of the Holy Spirit now and then and on and on. So then, I must come to a conclusion on this issue of Rapture vs. Second Coming and I must decide where I stand in my understanding of God's Word and what my Spirit allows the Spirit of God to convince and convict me of. What it really comes down to is this: Is my faith strong enough to believe that God will do what He says and am I willing to take HIm at His Word when He says, that He has gone back to prepare a place for me and that one day He will return and take me where He is and that we will be together for eternity. Do I believe that the Church is His Bride and that just as any Groomsmen would do, he will protect her.
Do I really believe that "Hope"is saftey and security or will that "Hope" allow me to suffer under the Great Tribulation? Many, Many questions and within the church today there are many, many answers. Only one is right and I pray you will study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
I believe scripture itself proves that the church is in nowise involved in the Great Tribulation. Scripture futher demonstrates that in spite of the fact that tribulation has characterized the warfare of the saints through the ages, a future time of trouble is in prospect for which the term"the great tribulation" represents.
Will the church be translated or go through that Great Tribulation? You must conclude that we will not. Well, I've done the best I can to help you and me see the clarity of the Rapture Questions and now it's up to you. What will you do with what you've read. What will you do with the rest of scripture? My prayer for you is that you will know that you know that you know what you believe and why?

Well, I'm going on a medical mission trip to Honduras. Don't ask me why, because all I know is that I'm just being obedient to what God has placed before me. I can't speak Spanish and I'm not a doctor or nurse and yet He said "Go" and so I'm going, not knowing what to expect other than I know His plan for my life and I'm living it out at this time. Then shortly after returning, I hope to go see Beth and Lisa and my grandchildren. This summer is real busy, I am speaking at several churches on Stewardship and will be training financial counselors at 3 different churches this summer. Next June, I will be going to the UK and train over 500 financial counselors in a two week period of time. I love doing what I do and I can't believe that they pay me to do this. God is so good and so in control.
Next , I'm thinking that I may either go through the book of Revelation vs by vs. or who knows, I may just do some random blogging. Let me know what you would like to hear. It really does make a difference if you just say "hey" to let me know your out there. God bless and will be back shortly;


Greg P. said...

Eddie you did a fine job of breaking down the Rapture in quantities that we can easily consume. I like the comparison of the Rapture and the Second Coming. I'm going to go over a lot of things you mentioned and study them individually. Thank you for being so thorough yet so concise.

You'll never go wrong if you follow the Lord. If God says go to Honduras, then you must go. I hope it goes well for you. Have a safe trip and God be with you.

BethAnne said...

I would like to hear what a special daughter you have in Bethanne - maybe you could blog about her, since she's your favorite.

BethAnne said...

I dont know why that last comment was posted under the name should read anonymous.

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