Being Caught Up The “Harpazo” (Rapture) of the Church In any discussion it is important to define technical words, lest there be misunderstanding. After 1830, a new word was introduced into the consciousness of the church that needs to be defined. That word is the word, rapture. Why this particular word has found so much … Continue reading Being Caught Up
It has been suggested, by at least one Dispensational teacher, that there are six raptures taught in Scripture. If the Latin term, “raptura”, is used in a literal, and narrow sense, meaning “to take”, “to seize”, “to snatch”, “to translate”, “to ascend”, “to be caught up”; if the term is made to be synonymous with … Continue reading Are there Really Six Raptures in Scripture?
At least since the 1830’s, in Europe and America, multitudes have been lured into a false confidence and security that the church shall not have to go through a special seven year period of great tribulation that is coming upon the earth. Prior to this alleged great tribulation period, Christians are told they will be … Continue reading Why is There Tribulation for Christians?
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and … Continue reading A Letter of Love from the Lord to the Church of Laodicea
I received a phone call from a friend in Sebastian, Florida. He had been listening to a former prominent Baptist pastor in Tennessee teaching about prophecy. He knew that I hold a historical perspective on the Revelation and wanted to talk about it. As we discussed the various positions on the Revelation he eventually asked, … Continue reading What Difference Does It Make?
Few prominent religious figures have been more admired, or hated, than Billy Graham. Mr. Graham said on one occasion that, during his active ministry, he would receive about one hundred death threats a year. I can believe it. Growing up in the cultural religious environment known as Fundamentalism, Mr. Graham was vilified, and demonized, incessantly … Continue reading When Should a Concerned Christian Leave a Congregation?
“So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer” (2 … Continue reading Will the Bride of Christ be Raptured?