The Irony Gone

The Fourth Edition no longer has the following paragraph from section [15.8] of the book. That paragraph was as follows...

"Irony then, as to receiving the mark at the moment of rapture: if I state that the false doctrine of the rapture is required to make absent the believer from believing they will be absent by rapture, I make no ground – this is the contradiction in the rapture doctrine itself."

That said, this is not meant to be a slight, but the rapture doctrine only finds its "truth" with the choice of its adherents: that "it doesn't mean that to me!" It is not my aim to emotionally wound anyone but to point out that God has sent strong delusion (the threat of a far more vengeful "second death", i.e. separate to the classical idea of hell as a "mark of the beast" amplified over that of His wrath) so that the rapture doctrine should be believed.

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)

It remains to show that because the rapture doctrine states that "rapture" precedes the mark of the beast as forced upon God's people, there should be no confusion as to the doctrine in the New Testament.

Christ is coming back.

That stated consider (as stated instead in the fourth edition) the following two passages:

1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52 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. (KJV)

1Th 4:15 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.
1Th 4:16 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:
1Th 4:17 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. (KJV)

It is a certainty of doctrine that God's people will be caught up together with Christ in a mystery (clouds) and will join Him in the Spirit (as "air" = "pneuma") as well as be made incorruptible at the last moment at the very end in a mere blink of time.

If this is what the rapturist calls "rapture" then it occurs on the last day.

Then, there is no "second death" or that "fault" popularly considered to be the "mark of the beast" until after that last day and only after the final judgement of Christ on the "Bema seat".

Then Christ is coming back!

Also, there is no popularly held seven year tribulation, and Christ's second coming is limited to the end-times going straight to judgement, not to that wrath imagined from scriptures that attest to Christ's line in the sand, with Him clearly on the rock.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (KJV)

Lastly, the fact there is no "mark of the beast" that can overcome the grace in Jesus Christ should bring a huge sigh of relief to the believer, not a wound to the heart that will heal faster than a scratch on the hand if one rejoices in that comfort.

1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV)

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