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Apocalypse

Posted by Richard on February 24, 2009

An anonymous reader asks:

When Jesus comes down with his angels, and takes all the Christians and believers will other people still have a chance when they die?

First, I need to make a distinction between the event commonly called “the Rapture” and the event called “The Second Coming.” Some view those events as the same, however it would be redundant to rapture only the believers (1 Thes 4:17) and then immediately proceed to separate them in the final judgment (Rev 20:2). When the believers are raptured, they will be caught up with Christ mid-air, and that this is not his full return. Scripture tells us that believers in Jesus Christ will be kept from the time of great tribulation (Rev 3:20, 1 Thes 4:16-17). See a full discussion of the time between the Rapture and the Second Coming, at Tribulation.

The time of The Great Tribulation marks an unprecedented outpouring of God’s wrath on mankind. However, all is not yet lost. The Bible teaches us that during The Tribulation, new believers will be converted. 144,000 (12,000 From each tribe of Israel) Jewish believers will come out of the tribulation, as well as a great multitude of “Tribulation Saints” (Rev 7:4,9,14) saved during The Tribulation by the fruits of the Two Witnesses of The Tribulation (see Rev 11).
At the culmination of The Tribulation, the Antichrist will gather an army to march on Jerusalem (Rev 19:19), but they will be slain as Jesus descends (Rev 19:21) to judge mankind (Matthew 24:29-31).

The Final Judgment of mankind will happen when Jesus arrives again in all his glory, which is The Second Coming of Christ. (Matthew 25:31-46)

Mankind will be given many chances to accept the redemption offered through Jesus Christ. Definitely more than we deserve as sinners, and God has designed his perfect plan that it will be exactly what is necessary to save those that will believe.

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Tribulation

Posted by Richard on February 1, 2009

An anonymous reader asks:

What signs will we have that the tribulation is coming?

WARNING: This answer is LONG! Skip to the end if you just want to know what you need to take away from the lesson.

One of the most important promises made to us, as believers, is that we will be kept from the period known as great tribulation.

Disclaimer: This post contains some topics which are very theologically salient. It also contains quite a few theological buzzwords. Don’t let yourself be bogged down by them. Don’t be afraid to look them up at www.dictionary.com. There is great contention between many so-called believers as to how the clues left to us should be interpreted. The view presented here is based on two key principles: that the Bible is correct, and that the Bible is meant to be interpreted literally where it is clear that was the literary intention. Skip to the last paragraph for the most important takeaway point from this study.

The “pre-tribulation” view takes the Greek in Rev 3:10 (Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. ESV) tēreō ek to mean keep from, which most exegetic scholars agree is the viable interpretation. This means that believers will be rewarded for their perseverance, and be taken up in the Rapture before the tribulation pours out God’s wrath on the world (flesh-dwellers).

HSAT, now we arrive at the particulars of the question. Prophecies all over scripture have given us a picture of what the world will look like leading up to the tribulation. As the signs increase in number and prevalence, we are reminded to be prepared for Jesus’ second coming.

More after the jump!

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