Rapture and Church of Philadelphia

The hope of many is that they will avoid the tribulation, and be raptured, if they fit the description of the Church of Philadelphia.

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~ by Marianne on May 31, 2011.

4 Responses to “Rapture and Church of Philadelphia”

  1. Hello all,

    Marianne, in regards to Mt.24:30-31, that it is not referring to the catching away (Rapture), but is representing the “End of the Age,” which is when Jesus returns physically to the earth to establish his millennial kingdom, the proof can be found in the verse itself as seen below:

    “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,” they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and the END OF THE AGE?’ ”

    Where the resurrection and catching away is an event which takes place with the church, dead and alive, prior to Jesus’ return to the earth. The end of the age takes place after that last bowl judgment is poured out with Jesus returning to put and end to human government and to set up his millennial kingdom. So, the disciples question in the verse above identifies that it is the end of the age that is in view and not the catching away of the church.

    The reference to sending his angels out to gather his elect, is not in reference to the elect being caught up, for there is nothing mentioned about angels gathering us at the resurrection and catching away, but it is synonymous with the parable of the “Wheat and Tares.”

    Those who are being gathered are those saints who are still alive, who will have made it through to the end when Jesus returns at the end of the age, that is, the bringing in of the wheat into his barn. These people will be going into the millennial kingdom in their mortal bodies and will repopulate the earth.

    • hi dmcal

      Wouldn’t you think a rapture would create the “end of the age?”

      We don’t have a true definition of it except that it is “after the tribulation?”

      Does it say the end of the age occurs at the last bowl? It says “it (wrath) is finished, but does this mean it is the end of the age?

      Anyhow, if Jesus was talking directly to his most devoted followers (the Bride), and indicating that they, or people like them, were still around at the 7th bowl, that is very dismal news.

  2. Mmmmm. Interesting. I always thought that the end of the age meant the end of the age of “Grace”, and I also thought that as soon as the tribulation started, the age of “Grace” was completed. Then, I also thought, came the tribulation in which we the church, or bride of Christ, was caught up into heaven prior to the tribulation, thus those remaining on earth would not be either in the age of Grace or the beginning of the last dispensation called the millennium. Can someone clarify this for me?

  3. Okay, so I am right. But… we’re not going through the tirb. Get it! Can’t happen. WE, the elect will be gone from here. Here are the ref. Ref see 4:10, also Corinth 4:15, and many more. Want it more? I can tell you, and we the chosen people will NOT to through or will have to go to through the trib.

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