Years ago, when I was caught up in the doctrine of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and preached such for years. I was given the following verse to prove that there would be a RAPTURE. Now let us examine that verse:
“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.
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.
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.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
When I had my God encounter in the Desert in 1999, the Lord told me that what I had been taught about the Rapture and the Book of Revelation was not altogether true. He did not at that time go into a thorough description of all the teaching, but only gave me a few things to think about. Since then I have learned more through his revelation about the subject. The teachings of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture are somewhat wrong. I did not hear that there would NOT be a rapture, but that it was not traditional as I had been taught.
THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE REASONS why this above verse IS NOT REFERRING TO A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE. I list them now below:
Let me point out to you the fact that this verse that the Apostle Paul wrote under inspiration of the Holy Spirit speaks about the RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. It is well known by all that there will be only TWO RESURRECTIONS not THREE. It is clear by studying Revelation chapter 20 where it says there are only 2. Let us look at these verses:
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” Revelation 20:4-6.
In these verses above notice that “AFTER THE COMING OF THE LORD” at the end of the Tribulation days (and after the Beast and the False Prophet are thrown into the Lake of Fire), we are told there were many resurrected and that this was to be THE FIRST RESURRECTION. Following this first resurrection there would be a SECOND Resurrection only after the 1000 year Kingdom of God on this earth and that in the second resurrection there would be no life but only death. It will be the SECOND DEATH. This places the Resurrection definitely at the end of the Tribulation, not the beginning.
To back this up let me give the ORDER OF THE RESURRECTIONS found in 1 Corinthians 15:
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” 1 Corinthians 15:22-24.
Here we see a clear outlay of the Order of the Resurrections.
- Jesus Christ himself was raised as Firstfruits.
- Afterward they that are Christ’s AT HIS COMING (this coming will be definitely at the end of the Tribulation. (Matthew 24: 29-31)
- Then cometh the End (end of the 1000 years when the Kingdom is delivered up.. and ALL RULE IS PUT DOWN.
In this short description by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul, we read that there is ONLY TWO RESURRECTIONS following the resurrection of Jesus Himself. Now if there were a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE which INCLUDED A RESURRECTION… IT CLEARLY CONTRADICTS THE SCRIPTURES.
Notice the Scripture itself listed above that is being used as Pre-Tribulation Rapture verse, SAYS…. “we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep” What part of this do you not understand? IT SAYS…. AT THE COMING OF THE LORD. This could only reference the COMING OF JESUS BACK TO EARTH (commonly called the REVELATION OF CHRIST). So the Verse actually says it is NOT PRE-TRIBULATION because Jesus DOES COME BACK AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION. See this verse as PROOF:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” Matthew 24:29-31.
Now observe this verse above…. It says IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION. Than Jesus will APPEAR THE SIGN OF THE COMING OF JESUS IN THE HEAVENS…
Please NOTE that the verse misused above to prove a Pre-Tribulation Rapture says… “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:” Notice it says WITH THE TRUMP OF GOD. Now it is clear that when the Lord does COME BACK TO EARTH that He will come at A SOUND OF THE TRUMPET. Read again from
“And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” Matthew 24:31.
It is clear that this verse in Matthew 24 is referring to the SAME EVENT described in 1 Thessalonians 4. Both are talking about JESUS COMING BACK.. and both are talking about A TRUMPET SOUNDING.
There is another verse that Pre-Tribulation Rapture people like to quote as well that says similar things.. check out this verse in 1 Corinthians 15:
“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.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” 1 Corinthians 15:51-54.
This verse is DEFINITELY speaking about the SECOND COMING OF JESUS TO THE EARTH, because in this verse it is talking about the 1st Resurrection. In this verse we read the words…. “AT THE LAST TRUMP”, the same as the above verses. Thus we see the correlation of these verses and the agreement between them.
WHEN THAN WILL THERE BE A RAPTURE… OR WILL THERE BE A RAPTURE?
One thing for sure is that the verses above do not describe the popular Rapture theories, but are talking about the SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST at the Trumpet of God. If there is going to be a Rapture, than the Rapture will not include a Resurrection and it will be at a time NOT REVEALED TO ANY MAN. These raptured will be like Firstfruits of those to be saved. This talks about A GATHERING OF HIS PEOPLE FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH. It lends itself to a “Rapture Picture” but is not the traditional rapture began to be taught by many years after Christ returned to heaven.
I do believe in a Rapture, simply because: I had a direct word from Jesus Christ who told me that there was going to be a Rapture. ***(((He said to me: If you have heard that there will be a Rapture that will TAKE ALL BELIEVERS FROM THE EARTH PRIOR TO THE TRIBULATION REGARDLESS OF HOW THEY ARE LIVING… THAN YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD WRONG. I AM COMING ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING AND WAITING FOR ME. (NOTICE: He said… THOSE WHO WERE ALIVE AND WAITING AND WATCHING FOR HIM… not any who would be raised from the dead at that time). He went on and told me that there were some illustrations in the Word. He mentioned the UNFAITHFUL SERVANT found in Matthew 24:45-51. The Lord told me that he did leave his duties and went and partied with the world. While he was gone from his duties… the Lord Came and he MISSED HIM…. and was cast out with the hypocrites into the Great Tribulation. Then the Lord mentioned the 10 VIRGINS in Matthew 25:1-13. In this passage He told me ONLY 50 % OF THEM WERE TAKEN. Those left behind were VIRGINS (SAVED PEOPLE) but they did not HAVE ENOUGH OIL IN THEIR LAMPS. He said they were LEFT BEHIND TO FACE THE GREAT TRIBULATION.
Now there will be a RAPTURE, but NO BODY KNOWS WHEN. It most likely will be BEFORE THE MIDDLE OF THE TRIBULATION. But I can tell you now, it will NOT BE TRADITIONAL. What I mean by that is THOSE TAKEN MAY NOT BE TAKEN FROM THE EARTH ENTIRELY… BUT REMAIN IN (a secret place) THE EARTH BUT HIDDEN BY GOD. In order to show you what I am talking about, let me give you some FINAL VERSES for you to think about when considering this subject:
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” Revelation 12:14-17.
In this verse we see A WOMAN… (the Church is A WOMAN… and Jesus Christ will be the Bridegroom), and this woman is FLOWN ON WINGS INTO A WILDERNESS HIDING PLACE… than it says that the old dragon went out to make war on her. The Earth did PROTECT THEM. And there was a Remnant who went out to fight the dragon. Many are teaching that there will be NO SAVED PEOPLE ON EARTH DURING THE TRIBULATION. But who were these people? and … I might add.. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRIBULATION TIME….
see… also another interesting set of verses. There are TWO REMNANTS mentioned in the Scriptures of Revelation. One a Jewish Remnant and the Second Remnant will be made up of “OTHERS”… REDEEMED FROM THE EARTH…
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” Revelation 14:1-5.
Now this will give all who read this something to think about which is NOT TRADITIONAL and still IS A CATCHING AWAY AND A SPECIAL PEOPLE who will be TAKEN BY THE LORD.
~ Desert Prophet Ken Dewey
The light will shine in His glory… In the desert.
Evangelist/ Prophet/ Pastor Ken Dewey is the founder of “OUT OF THE DESERT MINISTRIES“ in Belen, New Mexico, USA.
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