::smile::The apostle Paul’s Gospel is not special, but those unto whom it is written are.
There are only two advents of the Lord spoken of in scripture [Old and New testaments].
He is the thief that comes when no man is watching and therein is the breakdown [shame] of the saints.
Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
As with these five scriptures, all scriptures support each other, for there is no controversy in truth.
There is no book, chapter, or verse in the bible that contradicts another, and as it is reflected in these five scriptures, to watch, to have no shame, and not to be found naked all bear the same reasoning.
Each is speaking of “Truth”, Gods truth as it is expounded unto us in His word, for when we have gained knowledge with understanding of His word, then we will have no shame, for we are clothed in His vester of truth and therefore we have the rightful knowledge for which we are to watch and not be overtaken.
The word Gospel simply means “The Good News or Tidings”, and there are several Gospels [good news] given throughout the scriptures, for in each dispensation of the workings of the heavenly Father, Good news is given from Him toward the salvation of His children.
The Gospel of Paul as it is stated is not Paul’s Gospel at all, for every documentation and Spiritual act accomplished in the earth and in heaven toward the writings and fulfilling of these things are performed by the Holy Spirit and not man.
Paul stating “My Gospel” simply means the good news that was given unto him to deliver to the gentiles with hopefully, some spilling over onto his own brethren.
This statement was not designed to give credit unto the apostle for that which he preached, but only to define the message he was delivering [the type of good news] for those unto whom it was to be delivered.
Now with that being said, let’s look at this Rapture doctrine that the main stream Church preaches and see what the Holy Father’s word has to say concerning it.
For the most part, the base root of the doctrine is derived from the book of First Thessalonians chapter 4, starting about verse 16 where the apostle Paul is teaching about Christians joining to the Lord at the end of the age.
They claim that the Lord is going to descend from heaven in the clouds [not touching the earth] and raise from the graves all who have died as believers which then shall join all those believers who are still alive on the earth and they shall together ascend to meet the Lord in the air.
This they claim is the Rapture [resurrection] of the Church.
They go on to teach that this Rapture [resurrection] will take place just before the great tribulation spoken of by Daniel the prophet which is to come upon the world.
They teach that the purpose for this Rapture is so that the Church will not have to endure the deceptions of antichrist who comes at this time deceiving the whole world.
While mankind is partying with the antichrist during this tribulation period, God and His children in Christ [Church] will be feasting together in heaven after which, they shall stand with the Lord as He inflicts punishment and death to the inhabitants of the earth for their evil.
Now I have many grievances with this philosophy, this doctrine, with the first being it just inst true.
Now let’s go back to the book of First Thessalonians chapter 4 and see just what it has to say, but instead of going to the middle of the subject and trying to understand what Paul is teaching, let’s go to the beginning which starts in verse 13.
By the language of verse 13, it reflects that a question of understanding arises so the apostle begins to teach concerning the subject:
“Where are the dead”?
Starting in verse 13, Paul begins to expound unto the Thessalonians what happens to those who are in Christ when they die, for he states:
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Now this is not the first time Paul addressed this subject, for in his first epistle unto the Corinthians, the apostle also teaches pertaining to this:
But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
In this 15th chapter of First Corinthians, Paul teaches expressively about the resurrection.
He explains how and when the resurrection of all people shall take place, but here in 1st Thessalonians, Paul focuses the attention strictly upon those who are in Christ at the time of death in this world.
First Paul states: I would not have you to be ignorant [without understanding] of this as those who have no hope.
“Those who have no hope”, the lost, without Christ in the world who die never having found the salvation of the Lord, but not for those who sleep [rest] in Christ, for as God raised Jesus, so has He raised those who are in Him.
They are not out there in some hole in the ground awaiting the resurrection of the last day as some teach, for in the next verse it states:
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
“By the word of the Lord”, those in Christ who have passed from this world shall not wait for those who still remain in the earth before joining back to the Father.
They are already there with Him as the Lord promised in St John 14:2-3.
Now pay very close attention to that which the apostle Paul states next:
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:
“The Lord Himself” shall descend with a shout [Rev 11:12], with the voice of the archangel [Michael, Dan 12:1], and with the trump of God [the sounding of the last or 7th trump], and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
The dead in Christ who have already gone on to be with the Lord in His Father’s house shall return with Him.
For the apostle stated afterward:
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
The same as Paul’s teaching in the book of 1Cor 15:51-53:
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
In verse 17, the clouds reference a gathering [compare Heb 12:1], and the word air represents spirit or breath of life [compare Gen 2:7].
I fail to see by the time line given in these scriptures pertaining to this event taking place at the “Last Trump”, and to the description as how it takes place, where anyone can rightly conceive Rapture in the midst of this teaching or the time in which they teach it shall take place which is before the Great Tribulation.
There is no Rapture being taught in 1Thes 4 or in 1Cor 15 and it is Gods will that His Church take part in the Great Tribulation as taught by the Lord Himself in the book of Mark chapter 13, for they [His Church] have a destiny to fulfill and a date with death [Satan] as given unto them in that great book.
Even as far back as the prophet Ezekiel, God stated that He was against those who taught His children to fly [Rapture] to save their souls. Eze 13:16-23
There is no fly away doctrine supported in God’s word.
The reason Christ comes as a thief in the night is because those who are supposed to be looking for His return have already been deceived by the “Instead of Christ” who comes at the sixth trump into believing that the true Christ has already arived, therefore, they are not “Watching” for Him.