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2—RAPTURE Part 2

1Cor. 16:22
1Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
1Corinthians 16:22 AMP  (22) If anyone does not love the Lord [does not have a friendly affection for Him and is not kindly disposed toward Him], he shall be accursed! Our Lord will come! (Maranatha!)
1Corinthians 16:22 WEB (22) If any man doesn't love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. Come, Lord!

1Corinthians 16:22 ALT  (22) If anyone does not affectionately love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed
[Gk., anathema]! O Lord come [Gk., maranatha]!

There are at least two reasons why the Rapture must occur.
1) With the Holy Spirit filled Church in the world, God has a restrainer of evil and the evil one.
The antichrist and the forces of darkness cannot take over and completely control the world with the Church of the Lord Jesus on earth. God is restraining evil by His Holy Spirit through the Church.
God's Holy Spirit indwelt people are literally the 'salt' of the earth.
What does salt do? It retards corruption and slows the process of decay.
Today there is evil in the world, but the 'salt' of the Church is a restraining influence on evil.
2Thes. 2:3 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; 4 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.

vvs. 3,4 are talking about the rise of the antichrist…that will occur in the last days.
He will enter the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and there claim that he is God.
Why can't he do that now? Because he is currently being restrained.
2Thes. 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.

Evil and the evil one are being restrained and the antichrist cannot come to power until something is removed or taken out of the way.
The Holy Spirit is an Omnipresent Being so He cannot be removed from the earth.
However the Church was born after Jesus Christ was resurrected in John 20:22
John 20:22-23 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  (23) Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
John 20:22-23 AMP And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit!  (23) [Now having received the Holy Spirit, and being led and directed by Him] if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.

God is using the Church to restrain evil through the prayers & works of Holy Spirit indwelt men and women.
Only when the Church is removed from the earth can the antichrist come to power.
Keep in mind that when the Church is removed from the earth the Holy Spirit will still be present.
However the restraining influence of God's Church will no longer be present so evil may go unchecked allowing the devil to mount his attack against God and bring his antichrist to power.

2) The SECOND reason why the Rapture must occur is that God still has to fulfill the 70th week of Daniels prophecy which was made specifically for the nation of Israel.
All the other false views on the timing of the Rapture have one thing in common.
They don't understand that God has a plan for the Church and God has a plan for Israel.
The Church is a mystery, a called out people between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel's prophecy.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon THY PEOPLE and UPON THY HOLY CITY, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
** Note: notice that the 70 weeks are 'determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city'. 
This is the Jewish people of Israel and Jerusalem.
We could stop right here as Daniel specifically says that the 70 weeks are for Israel and not the Church. The Church is a called out people between the 69th and 70th week.
To put the Church on earth during the 70th week is to contradict Daniel above.
Notice that 70 Weeks of years (490 years) are determined upon the people of Israel to: – finish the transgression — to make an end of sins — to make reconciliation for iniquity – to bring in everlasting righteousness — to seal up the vision and prophecy – to anoint the most Holy (The Lord Jesus in the Millennial Kingdom)
All this has NOT yet been fulfilled. It will yet be fulfilled upon the nation of Israel just like Daniel was told.

Lets continue on in the prophecy:
Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
These verses are talking about the 7 weeks and 62 weeks of years which add up to 69 weeks. At the end of the 69th week the Messiah will be cut off.
This happened at the cross of Calvary. So all that is left is that final week of 7 years.
For a more detailed explanation get a good prophecy book that studies Daniel's 70 weeks. (Hal Lindsey, Grant Jeffrey, M.R. DeHaan, J. Dwight Pentecost, J. Walvwood, Dave Hunt, Paul LaLonde etc...)

For a review: Daniel said there was appointed 70 weeks of years for Israel to bring in all righteousness and setup Messiah.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem in His triumphal entry it marked the end of the 69 weeks.
So we are waiting for the 70th week to be fulfilled. This 70th week begins when the anti-Christ confirms a covenant with Israel for 7 years.

In the middle of the week he will break his covenant and commit the abomination of desolation.
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Now between the 69th and the 70th week there is a time gap... commonly referred to as the Church age.

Points to consider:
- The prophetic 70 weeks stopped at the rejection and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Messiah.
- That occurred after 69 weeks or 483 years.
- God has been using the Church (invisible body of Christ) during that time period as the salt of the earth and the restrainer of evil.
- After the Rapture the restrainer of evil is removed and the antichrist rises to power and Israel enters their 70th week.
- This time is also referred to as the time of Jacob's trouble or the Tribulation period.

The answer is simple. Only those who have trusted/accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour will be a part of the Rapture.
In this world there are only two types of people: SAVED & LOST.
Which category do you fit in? Only the saved people will be going up in the Rapture.
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whoso-ever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

The Rapture can happen at any time as there are no prophecies that must be fulfilled before the Rapture. As soon as God brings in the last person by salvation into the Church the Rapture will occur.
After the Rapture a person still may be saved in the 70th week or the 7-year Tribulation period.
In fact God will use 144,000 Jews from the nation of Israel to win an 'innumerable' number of souls during that time.
All we know is that the Rapture will happen before that 70th week.
In light of that how much closer are we getting to the Rapture when the events of that 70th week of Daniels prophecy are right now being setup in the world!

2Thes. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him,
The above verse shows two things:
1) 'the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ'—This will occur at the battle of Armageddon when the Lord Jesus will come back to earth to setup His 1000 year Kingdom
2) 'and [by] our gathering together unto him'–This is referencing the Rapture when all blood bought, Spirit reborn Christians are "Raptured" to heaven.
This will occur before the antichrist comes to power and the 70th week of Daniels prophecy begins.

The RAPTURE is the blessed hope for the Christian!
It is GOOD NEWS as we live in these perilous days before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Men's hearts will be failing as they see what is happening in the earth…but the Christian has HOPE!
Soon we will be in heaven and it is a blessed hope to know that the DAY is quickly approaching.
Imagine a whole generation of Christians who will not die but rather be instantly transformed and taken to heaven!
Titus 2:13 Looking for that BLESSED HOPE, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:13 AMP  Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
Colossians 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Colossians 1:27 AMP To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.

I pray this study has been a blessing to you.

Encouraging verses to think about:
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

1Thes. 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1Thes. 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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