Bible Expositor

Bible Expositor

Intro:

This video is an attempt to show what all the major Rapture theories have in agreement, and that the debate should focus not on when Jesus returns but when the Wrath of God begins. Please stick to this specific point if you comment. Any comments aimed at what must be wrong with people who disagree with you will be deleted. This applies to Christians and non-Christians alike.

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What is the Rapture? See 1 Cor. 15:42-52, 1 Thes. 4:13-5:11, 2 Thes. 2:1-12.
1. Jesus descends from heaven to the sky (not to the earth)
2. Shout of the archangel
3. Trumpet call of God
4. Dead in Christ raised in immortal bodies
5. Living in Christ instantly transformed from mortal to immortal
6. Both groups snatched away up into the clouds to meet Jesus
7. Jesus takes us to his Father's house (John 14:2-3)

NONE of the Rapture theories teach that being taken in the Rapture is due to any factor except belonging to Jesus; it does not hinge on how mature our faith may be or how well we may have lived, such that some Christians are taken while other Christians are left behind. Also, the words typically translated 'saints' are used for the righteous even before the church began, and the same holds true after the church is completed (Rom. 11:25, Acts 15:16). So when we see 'saints' in Revelation we should not assume they're part of the church. Also contrast Mat. 16:18 ("the gates of hell will not prevail against my church") with Rev. 13:7 (the Beast wages war against saints and conquers them).

NONE of the Rapture theories teach that we escape the normal trials and suffering of life, since this has been part of Christianity throughout its existence.

ALL Rapture theories presume that there is a 7-year Tribulation distinct from the general tribulation (means "trouble, hardship, persecution") of life.

ALL major Rapture theories (pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, pre-wrath) believe the church escapes the Wrath of God (1 Thes. 1:10, 5:9, Rev. 3:10):
* not all wrath or tribulation is from God
* not all references to "the wrath of God" refer to the end times (Rom. 1:18, 1 Thes. 2:16)
* but some do (Rom. 2:5, Col. 3:6)
* Wrath of God and Lamb: Rev. 6:16, 14:10,19, 15:7, 16:1,19, 19:15

ALL Rapture theory dispute hinges on when the Wrath of God begins:
* earliest is 1st Seal since the Lamb causes the events and the Lamb is God
* latest is the 6th Seal ("wrath of Lamb and the One sitting on the throne"; Rev. 6:12-17)

-- Daniel's 70th Week (Dan. 9:24-27) matches Revelation; midpoint = A of D (Dan. 9:27)

-- this happens at the 7th trumpet (Rev. 11:15, 13:5-8)

-- mark of beast also at this point; Rev. 13:11-18

-- note references to 3.5 prophetic years (360 days each) in Rev. 11:2-3, 12:6,14, 13:5

Given all that the various Rapture theories have in common, why is it that only one of them is attacked by all the others, that being the pre-trib view? There is nothing more dangerous or heretical about that one than the others, since they all have the church escaping the Wrath of God. Should one Christian condemn another over their opinions on when that Wrath begins?

The Rapture is a unique teaching concerning the church; it is NOT taught in the Old Testament because the church is not revealed in the Old Testament; see 1 Cor. 2:7, Eph. 3:6,9, Col. 1:26. And everything Jesus said in the Gospels was said before the church existed, and he specified that he came to Israel first (Mat. 15:24). Like Daniel's prophecy which Jesus cited, his teachings were primarily and almost exclusively to the Hebrew people, so Mat. 24 is all about Israel, not the church, and thus not the Rapture. (If there is any reference to the Rapture in the OT, besides the individual "snatchings" of Enoch and Elijah, it is in Isaiah 26:19-21.)

Ask yourself why there's any debate about the Rapture at all, and why so many people hate the very idea of Jesus suddenly coming to snatch his people out of the world before the Wrath of God comes upon the world. Why is this teaching so offensive, and why do even atheists take sides on this Christian dispute? Jesus said he'd return when he's not expected, after a long delay. Why would anyone hate this idea?

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Further reading:

http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=27&pager=co
http://fether.net/index.php?ID=590
http://books.fether.net/index.php?theBook=BPFF
http://books.fether.net/downloads/ProphecyIntegrated.html

The letter to the Ephesians was written by Paul around the late 50s AD. It addresses general topics and appears to have been intended for circulation among the various Congregations. Jesus is exalted throughout, with gentle appeals for righteous living.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=10&pager=co

The letter to the Philippians was written by Paul and Timothy about 60 AD while Paul was in prison in Rome. This city of Philippi was where he explained the Gospel to the jailer, and the synagogue outside the city was where he met Lydia (Acts 16). It is a letter of gratitude, encouragement, praise, and prayer.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=11&pager=co

The letter to the Galatians was written by Paul around 48 AD. It is the first letter he wrote, soon after returning from the areas mentioned in Acts 13 and 14. The central theme is salvation by faith alone, nothing added nor removed. He writes also in defense of his authority to combat the legalists.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=9&pager=co

The second letter to the Corinthians was written by Paul in the same year as the first, around 55 AD, and this letter indicates that it was written from Macedonia. The main topic is about Paul establishing his credentials as having authority from Jesus, against accusers among the Corinthians. Paul will state clearly that his authority is not to command but to build up. None of his critics could claim better or closer faithfulness to the teachings of Jesus.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=8&pager=co

The first letter to the Corinthians was written around 55 AD by Paul while he was in Ephesus on his third missionary trip. There were possibly four letters: the “previous” letter (see 1 Cor. 5:9), 1 Corinthians, the “severe” letter (see 2 Cor. 2:4 and 7:8–9), and 2 Corinthians. But it is also possible that the two we have include the other two. The primary focus is on believers as a community.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=7&pager=co

The first letter to the Corinthians was written around 55 AD by Paul while he was in Ephesus on his third missionary trip. There were possibly four letters: the “previous” letter (see 1 Cor. 5:9), 1 Corinthians, the “severe” letter (see 2 Cor. 2:4 and 7:8–9), and 2 Corinthians. But it is also possible that the two we have include the other two. The primary focus is on believers as a community.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=7&pager=co

The first letter to the Corinthians was written around 55 AD by Paul while he was in Ephesus on his third missionary trip. There were possibly four letters: the “previous” letter (see 1 Cor. 5:9), 1 Corinthians, the “severe” letter (see 2 Cor. 2:4 and 7:8–9), and 2 Corinthians. But it is also possible that the two we have include the other two. The primary focus is on believers as a community.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=7&pager=co

The letter to the Romans was written around 57 AD by Paul while he was on his way from Ephesus to Corinth. He gave the letter to Phoebe to take to Rome on his behalf. It is the most systematic and doctrinal of his letters, touching on a wide range of issues yet centered around salvation by faith for all people, regardless of heritage.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=6&pager=co
Phoebe- https://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/phoebe-carrier-of-pauls-letter-to-the-roman-christians/
"the powers that be"- http://www.fether.net/index.php?ID=615

The letter to the Romans was written around 57 AD by Paul while he was on his way from Ephesus to Corinth. He gave the letter to Phoebe to take to Rome on his behalf. It is the most systematic and doctrinal of his letters, touching on a wide range of issues yet centered around salvation by faith for all people, regardless of heritage.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=6&pager=co
Phoebe- https://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/phoebe-carrier-of-pauls-letter-to-the-roman-christians/

The letter to the Romans was written around 57 AD by Paul while he was on his way from Ephesus to Corinth. He gave the letter to Phoebe to take to Rome on his behalf. It is the most systematic and doctrinal of his letters, touching on a wide range of issues yet centered around salvation by faith for all people, regardless of heritage.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=6&pager=co
Phoebe- https://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/phoebe-carrier-of-pauls-letter-to-the-roman-christians/

The Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke and covers the years spanning 33 to 63 A.D. It begins with a brief discussion of the final events of Jesus’ time on earth. Then the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book covers the birth, establishment, and early growth of the Congregation. The rest revolves largely around the three missionary journeys of Paul, which helps to give more context to his letters.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=5&pager=co
timeline- https://overviewbible.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/acts-timeline1.png

The Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke and covers the years spanning 33 to 63 A.D. It begins with a brief discussion of the final events of Jesus’ time on earth. Then the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book covers the birth, establishment, and early growth of the Congregation. The rest revolves largely around the three missionary journeys of Paul, which helps to give more context to his letters.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=5&pager=co
timeline- https://overviewbible.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/acts-timeline1.png
Sabbaths discussion- https://www.translatum.gr/forum/index.php?topic=6592.30

The Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke and covers the years spanning 33 to 63 A.D. It begins with a brief discussion of the final events of Jesus’ time on earth. Then the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book covers the birth, establishment, and early growth of the Congregation. The rest revolves largely around the three missionary journeys of Paul, which helps to give more context to his letters.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=5&pager=co
timeline- https://overviewbible.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/acts-timeline1.png

The Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke and covers the years spanning 33 to 63 A.D. It begins with a brief discussion of the final events of Jesus’ time on earth. Then the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book covers the birth, establishment, and early growth of the Congregation. The rest revolves largely around the three missionary journeys of Paul, which helps to give more context to his letters.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=5&pager=co
timeline- https://overviewbible.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/acts-timeline1.png

This study on the four Gospel accounts in the NT will approach them as intended by the writers: one account from four perspectives, not four disconnected books. They are four eyewitness accounts of the birth, life, teachings, examples, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the prophesied Messiah or Christ.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=1&pager=co
life of Jesus outline- http://fether.net/index.php?ID=652

This study on the four Gospel accounts in the NT will approach them as intended by the writers: one account from four perspectives, not four disconnected books. They are four eyewitness accounts of the birth, life, teachings, examples, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the prophesied Messiah or Christ.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=1&pager=co
life of Jesus outline- http://fether.net/index.php?ID=652

This study on the four Gospel accounts in the NT will approach them as intended by the writers: one account from four perspectives, not four disconnected books. They are four eyewitness accounts of the birth, life, teachings, examples, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the prophesied Messiah or Christ.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=1&pager=co
life of Jesus outline- http://fether.net/index.php?ID=652

This study on the four Gospel accounts in the NT will approach them as intended by the writers: one account from four perspectives, not four disconnected books. They are four eyewitness accounts of the birth, life, teachings, examples, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the prophesied Messiah or Christ.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=1&pager=co
life of Jesus outline- http://fether.net/index.php?ID=652

This study on the four Gospel accounts in the NT will approach them as intended by the writers: one account from four perspectives, not four disconnected books. They are four eyewitness accounts of the birth, life, teachings, examples, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the prophesied Messiah or Christ.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=1&pager=co
life of Jesus outline- http://fether.net/index.php?ID=652

This study on the four Gospel accounts in the NT will approach them as intended by the writers: one account from four perspectives, not four disconnected books. They are four eyewitness accounts of the birth, life, teachings, examples, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the prophesied Messiah or Christ.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=1&pager=co
life of Jesus outline- http://fether.net/index.php?ID=652

This study on the four Gospel accounts in the NT will approach them as intended by the writers: one account from four perspectives, not four disconnected books. They are four eyewitness accounts of the birth, life, teachings, examples, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the prophesied Messiah or Christ.

Resources:
commentary- http://bible.fether.net/index.php?book=1&pager=co
life of Jesus outline- http://fether.net/index.php?ID=652

Job

The book of Job, named of course after its central figure, is the account of someone whose life is made an example of righteousness and faith, in spite of having no advance warning from God that he was to be tested.

Resources:
NETS Bible- http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/edition/
LXX interlinear- https://biblehub.com/interlinear/apostolic/job/1.htm
infographic- https://thebibleproject.com/explore/ (click on book and then Resource)
another commentary on Job- https://biblehub.com/commentaries/job/26-5.htm

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah cover the return of some of the exiles to Jerusalem, and Esther commemorates her act of bravery to save her people from extinction.

Resources:
NETS Bible- http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/edition/
LXX interlinear- https://biblehub.com/interlinear/apostolic/ezra/1.htm
infographic- https://thebibleproject.com/explore/ (click on book and then Resource)
commentary list- https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/other/christians-biblical-equality%E2%80%99s-bible-commentary-list

The books of Chronicles are basically a recap of Israel's history before Christ, including detailed descriptions of rules for government and religious responsibilities. So this lesson will focus mainly on the temple and its location, which is important in the study of Bible prophecy.

Resources:
NETS Bible- http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/edition/
LXX interlinear- https://biblehub.com/interlinear/apostolic/1_chronicles/1.htm
infographic- https://thebibleproject.com/explore/1-2-chronicles/(click on Resource)
commentary list- https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/other/christians-biblical-equality%E2%80%99s-bible-commentary-list
Solomon's temple- https://beginningandend.com/secret-of-the-lost-temple-the-real-location-of-solomons-temple-revealed/

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