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The Blessed Hope!

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I love even in the so called church of God , people for some reason hate the blessed Hope {The Rapture} Why? but I love even in the OT gives little hints of it!!>> Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. Enjoy
 
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From catholic , to Mormons to jws but there has been an up tick from main stream
 
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, Son of a Baptist minister, follower of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth since 1965



Any Christian sect that existed prior to 1830 when “The “Rapture” was invented.
 
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In short, the objection is that rather than being a real part of the Bible, the entire idea of a pre-Great Tribulational Rapture was just an invention by Darby and “not even heretics” ever used it. This is very strong language, but is it true? Were there no ancient Christian writings about the church being Raptured before Great Tribulation? An examination of early church writings shows that this charge is false and there were some church fathers who indeed wrote about the Rapture.

Irenaeus

Irenaeus (130 A.D. – 202 AD) was a bishop of the church in Lyons, France. He was an eyewitness to the Apostle John (who wrote the Book of Revelation) and a disciple of Polycarp, the first of the Apostle John’s disciples. Irenaeus is most-known for his five-volume treatise, Against Heresies in which he exposed the false religions and cults of his day along with advice for how to share the Gospel with those were a part of them.


In his writings on Bible prophecy, he acknowledged the phrase “a time, times and dividing of times” in Daniel 7 to signify the 3 ½ year reign of the Antichrist as ruler of the world before the Second Coming of Christ. He also believed in a literal Millennial reign of Christ on earth following the Second Coming and the resurrection of the just.

On the subject of the Rapture, in Against Heresies 5.29, he wrote:

“Those nations however, who did not of themselves raise up their eyes unto heaven, nor returned thanks to their Maker, nor wished to behold the light of truth, but who were like blind mice concealed in the depths of ignorance, the word justly reckons “as waste water from a sink, and as the turning-weight of a balance — in fact, as nothing;”(1) so far useful and serviceable to the just, as stubble conduces towards the growth of the wheat, and its straw, by means of combustion, serves for working gold. And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly caught up from this, it is said, “There shall be tribulation such as has not been since the beginning, neither shall be.”(2) For this is the last contest of the righteous, in which, when they overcome they are crowned with incorruption.”
 
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Roman Catholic deacon and author of the book "Ascend: The Catholic Faith for a New Generation."


Do any Christians not believe in the Rapture? Yes, 99.99 percent of Christians worldwide do not believe in "the Rapture." It is a modern idea that is only found among a subset of Evangelicals mainly in the United States.
 
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Cyprian (200 AD – 258 AD) – Cyprian was Bishop of the church in Carthage. During his short stint as leader of the church, he guided the flock through intense persecution at the hands of the Roman Empire. In 258 AD after spending seven months of confinement to his home by order of Roman authorities, he was beheaded for his faith. Several of his works still exist today.

In Treatises of Cyprian he wrote in describing the end times Great Tribulation:

“We who see that terrible things have begun, and know that still more terrible things are imminent, may regard it as the greatest advantage to depart from it as quickly as possible. Do you not give God thanks, do you not congratulate yourself, that by an early departure you are taken away, and delivered from the shipwrecks and disasters that are imminent? Let us greet the day which assigns each of us to his own home, which snatches us hence, and sets us free from the snares of the world and restores us to paradise and the kingdom.”

Again we see use of language commonly found in reference to the Rapture as Cyprian describes the judgments of the end times as “imminent.” And he makes his belief on the timing of the Rapture when he wrote that Christians will have an “early departure” and be “delivered” from the devastating global judgments that come during the Day of The Lord.
In line with the Apostle Paul who wrote that “God has not appointed us to wrath, but salvation..” Cyprian expressed joy and encourages the believing reader to rejoice that the Church will be “taken away” before the disastrous Great Tribulation. Just as The Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 24 used the same language of one “taken away” and the other “left.” Additionally Cyprian references the mansions which The Lord Jesus Christ promises to come back and take His believers to in John 14.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” – John 14:1-3.
 
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The question I have and can be asked of either side of this subject is as follows.

Does one have to believe in the Rapture for one to be raptured?

I've always seen this subject not as something necessary for one to believe or not believe in. Believing in it can give one great comfort, but not believing in it shouldn't deter one from also being comforted. The greatest effect as I see it is in eschatological determinations by those so gifted in this area of Study.

Thank-you for sharing your thoughts and research.

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
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Does one have to believe in the Rapture for one to be raptured?>>I LUV>>>This !!! does the Holy Ghost Lie!! NO!>> Then there is NO GODJESUS! Salvation is only through GodJesus and no one else that comes through the holy Ghost! As I see the rapture is real and the bible says so!!>> False doctrine says NO!!>>cath, Mormons , jws, and even some very very powerful American Pastors! so you have to really have to seek the bible and what does it really say!Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
 
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salvation has nothing to do with the rapture but if you think DIFF>I would say you better start thinking about the beer you drink!Enjoy
 
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salvation has nothing to do with the rapture but if you think DIFF>I would say you better start thinking about the beer you drink!Enjoy
Just wanted to make sure you didn't have a cold one waiting for you :wink:
 
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I see it is in eschatological determinations by those so gifted in this area of Study. You may think so but there is too much smoke of satan in the air
 
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Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:36)
 
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We are drawing closer to His return! Alleluia!

For some it is with trepidation while for others with great anticipation having held on to the Hope that is in our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
 
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Hi>> I may have come on a little strong to start on this forum but I had to vent a bit but will settle down ! Keep looking UP!
 
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Hi>> I may have come on a little strong to start on this forum but I had to vent a bit but will settle down ! Keep looking UP!
Hopefully you have also toned down the unnecessarily personal remarks against others.
 

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