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The Daily Word of Righteousness
What Is Wrong With the Teaching of the Pre-tribulation Rapture, continued
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. (Revelation 2:2—NIV)
The Lord is telling us today that He has kept the good wine until now, that it is time to get ready for the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth.
He is exhorting us to grow in the unity of faith toward God and in the knowledge of God's ways, to be discipled by the written Word.
He is warning us to test the spirits because much deception already has entered the ranks of Evangelical believers.
He is telling us to look to our families that the hearts of the children may be turned toward their parents and the parents toward their children.
If you will pray and listen (God is not that far away from you), these are the things you will hear.
You will never, never, never hear the Lord tell you that you are about to get caught up to Heaven so you cannot experience the tremendous opportunities of the last days. The pastor or evangelist may tell you this but the Spirit of the Lord will not because it is not true.
People write and tell me all they are hearing in the churches is rapture, rapture, rapture, grace, grace, grace.
We who are called to teach have been commanded to make disciples of all nations. We make disciples by teaching them the Lord's commandments so they may grow in the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, and then be able to disciple others. Am I correct in this? Is this what the Lord commanded?
As we grow in the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God we fulfill the need of God for an abode and the need of mankind for a true and faithful witness of God in the present hour (people are in desperate need today!) and for righteous rulers and priests in the ages to come so that the people of the saved nations may live in love, joy, peace, and security.
Are you with me this far?
Now think! If rapture, rapture, rapture, grace, grace, grace are being preached, will this message fulfill the need that God has for a house and mankind has for a witness and for righteous government? Not on your grandmother's apple pie. It will only create self-centered religionists who have little or no feeling for the woes of the people around them, who are unable to teach people the path of life, of righteous behavior.
Also, the doctrine of the rapture of the Gentile believers (absolutely contrary to Paul's teaching of the one Seed of Abraham) is anti-Semitic. Think about it!
Jan Willem Vanderhoven's late wife Wida (International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem), now with Jesus, was heard to say that if the Jews were to be left here after the rapture she desired to stay with them. Wida was an Arab by race. This is true Christian sentiment, not the childish remarks we are apt to hear.
To be continued.