Jesus In Middle Of Churches

February 9, 2017

Church Absent From Tribulation

This is the second excerpt from our new book titled, “Church Absent From Tribulation.” In this book, we will present Biblical proof that there will be a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, not a Post-Tribulation Pre-Wrath Rapture. Even though the seven churches addressed in the book of Revelation were real historical churches, they also represent various church ages that the Church has gone through since it began at Pentecost. We are presently in the last church age which is called the Laodicean church Age. Even though traces of the other church ages are present in our times, the characteristics of the church of Laodicea dominate the majority of local churches in these last days. Like the Laodicea church, Jesus is knocking on the outside door of many local churches. These local churches are filled with unbelievers and believers influenced by Satan and the world. There will be many unsaved, local church members left on Earth at the time of the Rapture. These unsaved local church members will find themselves in the horrifying, prophesied seven-year Tribulation.

The Church of believers will be absent from the prophesied seven-year Tribulation on Earth when it begins. Jesus, the Bridegroom of the Church, will not let His Bride, the Church be under the rule of the Antichrist for even a part of the seven-year Tribulation on Earth. All of the Church will be in Heaven during the Tribulation according to God’s perfect plan. Even true believers who do not faithfully serve Jesus will be caught up in the Rapture of the Church before the Tribulation begins. Not one person who is in the true Church of God will be left on Earth during the Tribulation.

The word “church” or “churches” shows up in the whole book of Revelation only twenty times. In Revelation chapters 1-5, the word “church” or “churches” shows up nineteen of those twenty times. Also, the seven churches appear symbolically as the seven candlesticks in Revelation chapter one.  This is before the prophesied seven-year Tribulation begins, as described in Revelation chapter six.

The next and last time the word “church” or “churches” shows up in the book of Revelation is in chapter twenty-two. This is after all of the events of the seven-year Tribulation have been revealed to John. Also, the Bride of Christ, the Church, is described in chapter twenty-one. Again, this is after the seven-year Tribulation is over.

The word “church” or “churches” does not appear even once during the time of the seven-year Tribulation. God is making it clear that the Church will not go through any part of the seven-year Tribulation. The Church will not be on Earth during the horrible but holy judgment from God.

God has chosen to use local churches as the means for believers to serve Him. But, of course, it is apparent from the letters sent to the seven local churches, addressed in Revelation, that not every local church member is a saved believer. Church membership or water baptism will not earn or even help earn any person a place in Heaven. Only born-again believers will be in Heaven with glorified bodies during the seven-year Tribulation. Born-again believers are those who have repented and believed on Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives these individuals the new birth by an operation of regeneration in their spirit, Colossians 2:9-13. In Revelation, Jesus was in the midst of all seven churches because there were some born-again believers in all seven local churches at some time. The believers in the seven churches of Revelation are a representation of the Church, the Body of Christ. The Church of believers will be absent from the seven-year Tribulation. They will be caught up in the Rapture of the Church just before the seven-year Tribulation begins.

Revelation 1:13 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [churches] one like unto the Son of man [Jesus], clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”

When believers gather together in the local church or anywhere else, Jesus is in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

This book or any part of it is not intended to be an attack on the person or character of any person who holds an opposing view about the Rapture of the Church and the Tribulation. But, it is a Biblical defense of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. We believe that the Post-Tribulation Pre-Wrath Rapture taught by Steven Anderson and others is false doctrine. Also, contrary to the teaching of Steven Anderson, we believe that the Bible teaches a seven-year Tribulation, not a three and one-half-year Tribulation. The seven-year Tribulation will start immediately after the Rapture of the Church. The full book will be available soon so that you can be fully and Biblically informed on the subject of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. If you hold an opposing view to ours about when the Rapture of the Church takes place, we hope that you will prayerfully read this whole book and study related Scriptures so that you can make an informed decision.

HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * Jesus In Middle Of Churches! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2017

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