1. The Rapture of the Church is when all saints alive and dead are taken to Heaven and removed from Wrath of God’s Divine Judgment predicted to come upon the Earth after the Church is taken out.
· 1 Thess 4:16-17…For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
God’s mercy removes the saints from this predicted covenant of Satan’s Kingdom under the directive of the man of sin. The Rapture provides an escape for the child of God from the Wrath and Judgment of God that will occur during the seven year Tribulation period.
2. The return of Christ with all the saints is distinctly different from the Church being caught up in the Rapture to meet with Christ in the air. Why? When Christ returns with all the Saints, two things take place that are different than in the Rapture. 1. Christ comes back in Divine Wrath to Judge an ungodly world without mercy. 2. After Divine Judgment is executed, Christ brings all the saints from Heaven with him to establish His Kingdom on Earth.
· 1 Thess 3:13…To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
· Jude 14-15…And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints
· 2 Thess 1:7-8…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
· Rev 19:11-15…And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
In the Rapture, the Body of Christ is removed from Earth before the man of Sin takes over. When the Church is taken out so likewise is the mercy of God from upon the earth. The hinderer of Gods mercy (The Holy Spirit) steps aside after the Rapture of the Church, which in turn allows the man of Sin to step in and confirm the Covenant as prophesied in Daniel 9:27. From the Apostle Paul’s knowledge of the Old Testament he understood the return of our Lord in Divine Wrath. Having converted from Law to Grace by the power of a resurrected Lord, revelation of the Church which was a mystery in other Ages was thus revealed to Paul by the Spirit of God.
· Eph 3:3-5… How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit
The Anti-Christ foreseen by Paul and predicted by Daniel provides a basis for the Tribulation that takes place after the Rapture of the Church.
The next verse is a highly misinterpreted verse however contradiction is taken away when timeframes are established correctly. The Holy Spirit that held back the powers of Satan* through the ages, thus steps aside and the man of sin steps in. The falling away mentioned is present tense activity as the closing of this Age prepares the child of God for the Rapture of the Church. By looking to Christ the child of God has a God given escape from Tribulation that is yet to come. When the Church is caught up to meet with Christ in the air the wickedness of Satan’s Kingdom allows Great Tribulation to take place, as never known before to man. During the Gentile reign of the Anti-Christ the Abomination of Desolation (like placing swine on the alter as a sacrifice) spoken of by Jesus (Matthew 24:15) will take place in the Jewish Temple. The Anti-Christ will thus exalt himself above God.
· 2 Thess 2:3-10…Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth* that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let,* until he be taken out of the way*. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;