Wednesday, August 19, 2009

There Is NOT Going To Be A Rapture In 2009!

It happens every year now. When we start approaching the Jewish fall festivals, some Christians who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture start proclaiming that this is it - this is going to be the year when the rapture happens. In fact just today someone emailed me a video entitled "The Rapture 2009!"

Seriously.

Now I only have a few pet peeves. But one of them just happens to be people who believe that they have figured out that the rapture is going to happen in the current year.

So you can only imagine my reaction when someone emailed me this video this morning.....



I hope that the creator of this video will read this article so he can read my response very, very clearly:

There is NOT going to be a rapture in 2009!

The person who created the video did NOT hear from God. It is either his or her own imagination or (even more dangerous) he or she heard from a familiar spirit.

But the creator of this video is not alone. If you go to just about any Internet forum where religion is discussed, you will find someone who is willing to argue that they have figured out when the rapture is going to happen. In fact, it seems to happen almost continually on one conspiracy forum that I like to visit:

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/

One of the things that I find so ironic in all of this is that some of these "rapture guessers" seem to think that the Biblical festivals have such a strong connection to the rapture, but then the rest of the year they totally ignore the Biblical festivals claiming that they are "free from the curse of the Law".

Yes, those who have received Christ are free from "the curse of the Law".

So what was the curse of the Law?

Was it that God cursed the people of Israel by making them follow the Law?

That would be saying that the Law is a curse, which would only contradict about 1000 scriptures.

No, the curse of the Law was not that they had to follow it, but rather the curse was that they had this great, wonderful, magnificent Law, but none of them could follow it and therefore it made them all guilty.

That is why Christ had to come.

To pay the penalty for our sins and to free us from that curse.

But Jesus did not do away with the Law - instead He always intended for us to keep God's Laws.

You don't believe me?

Just read the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:17-19.....

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Is that clear enough for you?

Now if Jesus intended to do away with the Biblical festivals, then why is He going to be implementing them when He returns?

Zechariah chapter 14 describes the return of Jesus to this earth, and then later in that same chapter it describes how Jesus will REQUIRE the whole earth to observe the Feast of Tabernacles.

Zechariah 14:16-19.....

Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

If you read Ezekiel 45 and 46, you will read about how Sabbath, New Moon and Passover will be celebrated during the 1000 year reign of Christ, and at the end of Isaiah chapter 66 you can read about how we will be celebrating Sabbath and New Moon forever and ever.

Now let me get back to explaining why there is not going to be a rapture in 2009.

So many Christians are expecting the antichrist to arise at any time because they are expecting a rapture to occur at any moment.

But the truth is that the antichrist does not arise until AFTER the ten horns arise. Just read what it says in Daniel 7:23-25.....

He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.

The reality is that you will want to watch for a world government led by the ten horns to arise shortly before the rise of antichrist.

But before that there will be terrible crises. There will be devastating economic problems and famine. There will be plagues. There will be horrifying natural disasters. There will be wars.

America will fall.

From my study of Bible prophecy, I am convinced that the world government will arise in the aftermath of World War III. It will seem like the solution to all of the horrific problems that the world is experiencing at that time.

I believe that you can expect a major war to take place in the Middle East that Israel will win. But it will not be the war of Gog and Magog although many will call it that.

America is going to go through such terrible times that people will say that we are in the seven year Tribulation. But they will be wrong. That will come later.

But the number one reason why there is not going to be a rapture in 2009 is that there is not going to be a pre-Tribulation rapture at all. In a previous post we showed exactly why there is not going to be a rapture. If you have not read that post yet, you need to go read it now.....

http://theendtimesblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-there-is-not-going-to-be-pre.html

Now, a lot of these "rapture theorists" are correct in trying to connect the return of Christ with Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets). After all, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4 and Matthew 24 ALL mention a trumpet in connection with the return of Jesus. But as our study in the post linked above showed, all three scriptures describe the exact same event - the return of Jesus at the END of the Tribulation period.

So buckle up your seat belts.

Either you are going to go through the Tribulation period or you are going to die.

It is either one or the other.

And in my opinion, the start of the Tribulation period is still a number of years away at least.

So if I was you, I would not count on only 7 years of hard times.

We are in for a long, tough stretch.

There are quite a few things that need to happen before we can even get to the Tribulation period, and then there are a whole BUNCH of things that need to happen before Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation.

So I have probably made the majority of you who will read this quite mad.

But bookmark this article and see if I am not right.

I have been studying this for decades, I know the Scriptures inside and out, I have sought out God's real prophets all over America (those who have a long track record of 100 percent accuracy) and I have studied all of this long and hard.

And you know what?

A whole bunch of my relatives believe in a pre-Tribulation rapture.

I used to believe in a pre-Tribulation rapture.

But I was dead wrong.

There is not going to be a pre-Tribulation rapture.

There is not going to be a rapture in 2009.

You all need to buckle up and prepare for the long years ahead.

The times ahead are going to be incredibly hard, but they can also be the greatest adventure that you can imagine if you will start preparing yourself now.

1 comment:

David M. Edson said...

no person or being beside God knows the time of his return. As Christians we should not even make an attempt to guess, plan, or prepare. Any day on earth could be the last and the bible tells us to live each day in faith. So enough with all the 2012, This is the year, signs of the times, nonsense, God has not revealed anything to anybody unless you would dare to call God a liar.