WHO WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THAT THE RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS COULD BE SO REJECTED AND HATED? The modern sin loving crowd that has hijacked the Christian churches is determined that they can reform a blasphemous world into the kingdom of God on earth. It is utterly insane, or worse, the theology of the Antichrist. While the Middle East is rushing toward Gog and Magog, the religious world is rushing to a “Jesus” that has lost His way. This is the “Christ” that Jesus Christ called an imposter and deceiver.
John saw the drunken church and declared the triumph of those chosen saints, so hated by the religious world. They are making war with the Lamb of God and are too blind to see their folly. “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, the waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (Rev. 17: 14-15) They have convinced the multitudes that we Rapture loving people are enemies, but Jesus called us His “chosen, called, and faithful.” We will be, UP THERE WITH HIM, by His side when He judges the whore church.
It is hard for people to digest the truth about “liberal Christianity.” To watch this new brand of the church world is heartbreaking. A Baptist church not far from me recently dedicated twenty babies on a Sunday morning. Eighteen of the couples were unmarried. A pastor of the denomination that took our old building away, through legal avenues, is preaching in my old pulpit against the rapture. Jesus Christ prophesied of this hour in unmistakable terms. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. … Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” (Matt. 24: 4-5, 9-10) He also promised that they could not stop the preaching of the true Gospel.
I love the thrill of being a last day minister and standing tall against apostasy. We live for the future, not the present. You will note that, in chapter seventeen of Revelation as the Spirit reveals the apostate church, the chosen saints are already with the Lord. It says in speaking of the King of Kings, “and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Rev. 17: 14b) At the same moment John is viewing the “apostate church left behind.” They hate us now, and will do so even more when they look up and see us with Him.
Apostle Peter leaves no doubts when he speaks of this company of misdirected teachers. “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (II Peter 3: 3-7) Peter names the two truths that are rejected by the new sin-friendly believers, the Rapture and the Judgment. It is easy to understand that a sin-friendly atmosphere has no room for a Rapture of the saintly or a Judgment of the left behind.
The Holy Ghost continued to declare, by Peter, a clear warning. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (II Peter 3: 8-13) How can anyone doubt that the glorious ending of the Church is triumphant?
It is impossible to deny the pre-tribulation Rapture and the seven years of the Great Tribulation without being anti-Israel. The prophetic future of Jerusalem and the Jewish people is intimately tied to these doctrines. This large and growing company of liberal revisionists are clearly identified in the masterpiece we call the book of Revelation. Here is what the Father gave to Jesus and Jesus revealed to John who then wrote the Book. “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” (Rev. 3: 9) As Rapture-ready saints, they hate us now, but they will bow before us very soon.