Into Thin Air: The Rapture (E-Booklet)

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Into Thin Air: The Rapture (E-Booklet)

  1. 1. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Revised Standard (NASB),  1960, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1973by the Lockman Foundation, are used by permission.Into Thin Air – The Rapture UntamedISBN: In application processPrinted in the United States of AmericaCopyright  2012 by Dr. Stephen R. PhinneyIOM AmericaP.O. Box 71Sterling, Kansas 67579(602) 292-2985Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataPhinney, Stephen RayInto Thin Air - The Rapture Untamed /by Dr. Stephen R. Phinney.In application process. 2012IOM America PublishingTransformational Biblical Worldview & Exchanged Life DevelopmentSterling Kansas
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  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS The Rapture: Then and Now 2 The Rapture: Our Hope 7 The Rapture: The Shroud of Secrecy 10 The Rapture: Twinkle, Twinkle 14 The Rapture: Complete Disappearance 18 The Rapture: Looking Into the Future of Those Left Behind 20Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible, © Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. 1
  4. 4. Chapter One The Rapture: Then and NowTurn with me to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangeland with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive andremain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so weshall always be with the Lord.”This will be the darkest hour of humanity and most likely for the history of the entire world – thatis, if you are not saved. The Word tells the true indwelt Christians that this hour will be ourfinest hour, that of the Second Coming of our Husband, Jesus Christ. As all true believersunderstand, Jesus came the first time to bring peace and to reveal the graceful demeanor of ourliving God. He also came the first time to prove Himself to be the Son of God – which is the firstorder of belief in order to be saved. He did this by healing the sick, casting out devils, raisingthe dead, restoring the sight to the blind, giving hearing to the deaf, and demonstrating manyother acts of God that permanently placed Him in continuous history. Why? So that in HisSecond Coming, we would not resist Christ delivering the most horrid day to all unbelievers. Heclearly left a sinful world who hated Him, in order to return to deal with the hatred that remainsfor Him. In His Second Coming, even many true Christians are going to be a bit surprised – forit will be much different from His first coming. Before He can unleash the Father’s wrath uponall those who have insulted or harmed His Son’s Bride, He must remove the Bride. In Hebrewlaw and custom, women were (and still are) banded from seeing the wrath of their husbands.Thus, women of old would turn their heads from observing the anger displayed by their men.So it will be in the Day of Wrath. Christ must come to remove His Bride before He displays thewrath of His Father. This one single Hebrew custom, ordained by God, is the living proof of thereality of the Rapture.Paul said: “For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven.” All who are in Christ and indwelt bythe Holy Spirit will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, and for certain, be with theLord forever – once and for all. Paul said that we will be “caught up in the clouds,” to join theLord, who will be in the air. This is the truest definition of the word Rapture. Rapture comesfrom the root word “rape” - to rip away. When Christ comes to Rapture us, He is ripping usaway from this earth in a sudden moment. The remaining ones left behind will be left to theirown vices. The reason why the world is doing as well as it is today is because of the Bride ofChrist (Christians) being on this earth. The world lives off of our love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). These qualitiesare a result of the Holy Spirit living within us. Once we are raptured away from this earth, thesequalities found in the earth today will be gone. Not only does He take His Bride away fromseeing this horrid day, but the Holy Spirit parts with us. What is left? Nothing but fruit untodeath (Romans 7:5)! 2
  5. 5. One of the biggest controversies bouncing around in the heads of emergent theologians is, “TheBible doesn’t use the term Rapture.” Before some of my readers get their dander up, I will saythis – they are right. The term Rapture did not come into play until the Latin language wasdeveloped. Before Latin, the term used was “caught up.” John 14:3 says: “If I go and prepare aplace for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may bealso.” So if you get all bunched up over the Latin word Rapture, in the end, it won’t make a bitof difference.I have been insulted for the entire 40 years of my Salvation by people who fight the truth aboutthe Rapture because they can’t find the word in the Bible. I won’t bore you with the hundreds ofwords Christians use in our modern language that aren’t found in the Holy Bible, but still committhemselves to believe in the principle connected to their words of choice. The fact remains thatthe Scriptures support many of the words we have become fond of in defining principles of theWord. An example is one of my favorites – the Exchanged Life. The Truth of a particulardoctrine can be brought forward throughout the Scriptures and yet some weak-minded people,blinded by traditions and dictionaries of men, will come along and say it is not in the Bible. Howfoolish is that?Many people demand that all proclamations must be outlined and defined by words found inhuman dictionaries, rather than focusing on what the Scriptures are saying consistentlythroughout the Word. Some of you know my beliefs on quoting men and books like they aresome kind of source that can be trusted because they gives reference and backing to ourBiblical claims. Isn’t that a bit backwards? Should we not use the Bible as our reference pointand review works of man for what they are – works of man? Even in the words that I am writingnow, you should only review them as my words, hopefully backed by the Word of God. So howdo you know if what I am saying is right and true? Read your Bible!There are presently 3,200 different Christian denominations in the world today and millions ofministries proclaiming the Word of Truth, each having their own “bent” on what Jesus told us togo and do: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matt 28:19). What this meansfor most of the ministries I work with is much different than that of the ministry I represent –Grace Fellowship International. Some get people saved through a prayer and others by way ofdiscipling them unto Salvation. Which ministry is doing it the right way? It is not for us todetermine – it is only Christ Jesus who can make this judgment. Just as the body has manymembers and parts, so does the Body of Christ. God will use a donkey if He pleases. Eachtrue ministry/church of Jesus Christ is to accomplish the same mission (hopefully) commandedby the Head, Jesus.What does all this have to do with the Rapture? God gave us the Word to give us the Way,Truth, and Life unto Salvation - ultimately to be with Him in glory. The Rapture is the final act ofChrist Jesus for us. The doctrines of the Rapture are certainly taught in the Bible for this veryreason. If the Lord told Paul, and others, that we will be “caught up” with Him in the “twinkle ofan eye,” then who am I to question it? I am not fond of being trapped by words of man in orderto believe the Words of the Father. I hope the same for you as well. 3
  6. 6. The Lord gave us several events connected to the principle of the Rapture. First of all, the LordHimself descends from Heaven. He is the key player in this biblical scene. Any bride yearns forthe day to be caught up in the arms of her husband. So is the case with the Bride of Christ.This is our day of longing. The full Bride will be pulled together as one unit for one singlepurpose – the Wedding Feast. Yes, that means we will see Him face-to-face, in person, in realskin, and in real time.Next, all the dead in Christ Jesus will be raised. Let’s look at verse 16 of our passage: “Thedead in Christ will rise first.” Can you imagine this? It is almost too much for my little brain tocomprehend. This is not a “maybe” or “might” but rather a WILL, an affirmative action of thegreat Theologian Himself – God. This sets us up for the second resurrection; the first being thatof Christ Jesus. All of those who are truly born-again, have been crucified, buried andresurrected with Christ (Rom. 6:3-7) at the time of the first resurrection. The Rapture will be anoutward demonstration of our co-resurrection. All who have died in Christ Jesus will be caughtup with Him and the first resurrection. As you read the Word, keep in mind that there areconditionally two resurrections – one by those in Christ Jesus and the second taking place afterthe Rapture and the thousand year reign.“The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is thefirst resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over thesethe second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign withHim for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:5-6).Confusing? Not really! The Word makes it clear that there will be a generation of Christianswho will go to heaven without dying an earthly death. It’s true. Yes, Christians during this hourwill be taken up right out of their shoes. If you remember, God gave us two examples of thistype of Rapture in the Old Testament; one being Elijah and the other being Enoch. Enochwalked with God 365 years before God took him – right out of his robe. He experienced nodeath - at least at that time. Elijah was a Tishbite in ministry to the Lord and he, too, was takenin the blink of an eye – caught up into the heavens. How did he depart? He stepped into thatflaming chariot and the rest is continuous history. These two men must experience earthlydeath as all humans must – even Jesus. These two prophets come back in the end-times andbecome the two final prophets who will lie dead in the street for 3 ½ days. What we can gainfrom these Old Testament stories is God is capable of conducting Rapture!One of the questions I get asked most frequently is: What will the conditions be when thisRapture happens? Before this great event, the world will be so filled with hatred for the Bride ofChrist (Christians) that persecution will be running wild. At the peak of this horrid persecution iswhat releases Christ to come. After He comes and gathers up His Bride, the world will be left toits own hatred - with no Christian to take it out on. This is why the world turns on itself. Did youknow that after most mammals finish devouring the food around them, and find no more to feedon, that they will feed on each other? This is exactly what is going to happen after the Rapture.The Word literally says that two shall be in one bed, one shall be taken and the other left (Luke17:34). Husbands will be without wives, wives without husbands, children without parents andparents standing alone without their children. It really doesn’t seem fair does it? Well, God 4
  7. 7. didn’t promise to be fair, but He did promise a way of escape for all those who become indweltby the Holy Spirit of Promise. All those who snooze, WILL lose. Only those who have beenwashed in the blood that dripped from the Cross will be taken up. The others will remain by theblood of their own hands.My dear reader, if you’re not indwelt by the Holy Spirit, you’re NOT saved. I wish I could say itin a nicer way, but I can’t. If you’re not sure of your Salvation, you might want to meet with yourpastor and get those “tough” questions answered – for we do not know the day, nor the hour,this great event is going to happen. I can tell you this - most of us who study the doctrines ofthe end-times know that the end for those of us that are indwelt Christians is near. 5
  8. 8. Chapter Two Our HopeAccording to most Christians, thinking about the Rapture is one of the most avoided topics inthe Word of God. Why? My guess is, it puts them in the position of having to think abouteverything that has to come before the rapture; you know – pain, suffering, persecution, anddistresses. In reality, this startling event and dispensation is to be the most hopeful day inChurch history. Whether we like it or not, this IS the next major event in Church continuoushistory.All the end-times’ spooks and alarmists have damaged the reputation of this event by predictingthe year, month, and even the day of the Rapture."But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but theFather alone” (Matthew 24:36).God has clearly stated that no man knows the day or the hour. I have heard some of thesealarmists say that God didn’t say anything about the year. Did you know there are a group of“Christians” who are now saying 2012 is the last and final year for humanity? It’s true. Most arenot surprised at such a prediction, but few understand the ramifications of these continuouspredictions. One of the enemy’s tactics is to call forward spooks and alarmists to continuemaking such predictions, in order to callous the minds of the people. Like in most matters of themind, after hearing warnings over and over again, the mind begins to shut them out. One goodexample of that are car alarms. People spend thousands of dollars on fancy car alarms that gooff at the drop of their keys. After a while, you and I stop turning around to see if someone’s caris being broken into. The same thing has occurred with the Rapture and the Day of Judgmentof our Lord. Satan has used so many alarmists to sound off the end-times, that when theAntichrist breaks in to steal, kill, and destroy – people won’t give it another thought.The conclusion: no one can tell when this day will come upon us! What we can say is that thisday is near. God gives us enough in His Word to measure the “birth pangs” of this final hour.He doesn’t do this in order for us to make predictions – it is for preparing the body of Christ forthe harsh persecution that our children’s children are sure to endure."For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakesin various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birthpangs” (Mark 13:8).Just in 2011, there were more droughts, earthquakes, famines, and nations fighting against oneanother than we have seen in the history of mankind. These are the mere birth pangs of thereturn of our Lord. Birth pangs are the warning signs that something, or somebody, is about tobe born. Christians are to look at the evening news through the eyes of prophetic warnings, notto make predictions like the alarmists, but to ready the woman (Bride) for the day of her 6
  9. 9. Husband’s return. Too many self-proclaimed Christians are more interested in Christ’s return forHis Bride to avoid further pain, than they are of being excited that He is coming.There are three events within this one event that we need to examine. The first is that the Lord,our Husband, must descend from heaven. Secondly, the dead in Christ (Christians) shall beresurrected. The third event is those of us who are indwelt, born-again, and living at the time ofHis coming, will be raptured and caught up without having to die physically.“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangeland with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive andremain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so weshall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).I always assume the world is going to laugh at the talk of the Rapture – spiritually dead peopleknow not the mind of Christ. But, I do not expect the children of God to blow it off like it is somekind of conspiracy from the dark ages. These are not only the people I feel badly for, but I fearfor their lives. The doctrines of the Second Coming of our Husband are not to be treated lightly.Outside of our exchange on the Cross of co-crucifixion, it is the most significant event of theBride of Christ – at least on this side of heaven. Did you know that one in twenty verses in theNew Testament refers to Christ’s Second Coming? Did you know there are 318 references tothe Second Coming in the New Testament? Did you know that almost every book in the entireBible has a reference to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? It is all true. I think this event is arather significant one to our Husband and Abba Father. These statistical facts alone givereason why the Rapture is the day of our blessed hope.Now that we know we are given a Spirit of Hope, let us examine the benefits and attitudes weshould adopt toward the Second Coming.“Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, ChristJesus” (Titus 2:13).Even though we have concluded that we do NOT know the day of His coming, we can concludethat His return is imminent. Since this is true, we need to be proactive in two things – waitingand watching.“So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second timefor salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Hebrews 9:28).If we focus on being ready instead of watching, we might place our emphasis on performance.If you are watching – you are ready. We are called to watch for the “birth pangs” along withcasting our eyes upon the eastern sky. If you and I get caught up in progressive sanctification,we might want to put our emphasis on the “getting ready” process. BUT, if we are functioning inthe Exchanged Life, we will be functioning in Sanctification by faith – we are already ready. Theliving out of the Exchanged Life is critical in living out the “end-times” in a manner honorable tothe Lord. It is Christ in us, who does the living through us, in order to prepare us for the day ofthe Lord. Either we are married to Christ, or we are not! Christ doesn’t believe in divorce; sotherefore, we have no worries that He will divorce us. 7
  10. 10. "For I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment withwrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not dealtreacherously" (Malachi 2:16).We have the assurance that Christ, our Husband, will do the doing through us. We have noability in and of ourselves to live the Christian life – thus, having no ability to “ready ourselves”for the Second Coming of our Lord. He does it!“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in thetwinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raisedimperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).This is the principle of truth filmmakers love making movies about. This passage reveals to usthat those who are alive during the time of the Rapture, who have become indwelt born-againChristians, will not have to die. Paul himself refers to this as a great mystery. Twinkle, twinklelittle child, no more wonder who you are! The great mystery being - how can a decade worminfested body be caught up with the Lord? It almost sounds like a zombie horror movie – Hmm,that might preach."Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:26).Old Testament or New, God continues to reveal this mystery in a way that man’s mind findsalmost impossible to contain. When Paul said, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not allsleep” (sleep in the Greek means “death”), he was being literal. Paul was blowing the minds ofthese Corinthians. They had obviously never heard of such mysterious teachings. By faith, youand I are required to believe because He said what He said. When the Lord Jesus comes backto get His Bride, the dead in Christ are going to be caught up out of the grave to meet the Lordin the air and those who are still alive and breathing – well, we (they) will be suddenly translatedfrom earth to heaven in a twinkle of God’s eye - one moment suffering in our infirmities and thenext in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Colossians 3:1-4). My dear reader, this is the truestdefinition of the Rapture.I hope you join me in the hope and thrill of knowing that our blessed Lord is NOT going to leaveHis Bride during the most evil and demonic times of the ages; but rather, He is going to call HisBride out and up, so that we might be eternally with Him in glory. When you were chosen byHim, He gave you a new past, present, and future. The Rapture is what transfers the finalmembers into His future of eternal bliss.We need to be praying for all those friends, family, and even our enemies – that they may hearand feel the calling of the Lord for Salvation. We know now the Rapture is the next big event ofour Lord. It can happen at any moment. Are you in waiting and are you watching? 8
  11. 11. Chapter Three The Shroud of SecrecyImagine for a moment that you are walking down the street and you sense something in the airtoward the east. You hesitate to look, but you do anyway. What your eyes see is the Lord,Jesus Christ in the air with His arms opened wide. Next, you hear a voice calling out, “Comeunto me, My Bride.”I am about to tell you a story that few have ever heard me share; but I am now compelled to tellthe world, fully embracing the risk of my vulnerability.When I was in fourth grade, I was suffering rejection in the worst way – at least as much as mylittle mind could bear. Family distress was at a peak, kids in school were making fun of me, Iwas flunking every academic venue being put in front of me, and to top it off – I wanted to die.Because of all my failures, I lived for recess. A fellow classmate of mine was the only friend Ihad in the entire world – his name was Brad. The recess bell rang and off the two of us went tothe ball diamond. About half way there, I sensed a presence in the air. I stopped, looked up,and to my shock, there was a man in the air with his arms opened wide. I stopped Brad andsaid, “Look!” He saw nothing. I can remember, as I ran each base, I kept looking into the skywith anticipation. The presence was warm and inviting. It seemed to be saying something, yetno mouth was seen. Upon the bell ringing to end recess, Brad and I took off to the schoolhouseand again, I felt this presence in the air. I looked, but this time he stayed there. I reached overand put my hand on Brad’s chest and said, “There he is, don’t you see him?” He said, “No.” Offwe went to the schoolhouse. Being unchurched, I had no way of associating this man in the airas possibly being Jesus.Throughout my childhood, I honestly thought I was seeing things and even thought the eventdidn’t happen. In my late 20’s, I made the journey back to this old Kansas school and asked theadministration if Brad still lived in the area. They affirmed he did and gave me his address.After finding him and enjoying a little reunion, I asked him if he remembered the event. He notonly said that he remembered, he said that God had used this event to lead him to Christ manyyears later.In 1977, shortly after I married my beloved bride, I had a vivid dream that shook the foundationof my life. During this period, fear gripped me like a hangman’s noose around my neck. Idreamed of a stately mansion surrounded with a southern flair. My job in the dream was to takepeople from the dark forest on the other side of the cobblestone driveway and bring them to thefront doors of this mansion. I would do this single task throughout my dream with a heart offear. There were men with guns in the dark trees, shooting at us as we passed over thedriveway. We were being hit, but would not die. I was slowing wearing down – getting tired anddiscouraged. In an instant, I popped out of my dream.Jane said I sat up straight and stared at the wall in front of me for almost 10 minutes. Even withher attempts to awaken me, I stayed in this slumber. Even though I was in this slumber, I 9
  12. 12. remember every moment vividly. I heard a still small voice in my head that said, “Thus is yourlife Stephen. Fear not, for I am with you. Go where I send you, for you will fear no more.” Thenall I felt was a warm comfort come over me for an extended time. Jane said I fell back on mypillow and was out like a light. And as one might guess – I fell right back into the dream, rightwhere I left off.Now with more ambition, energy, and determination, I moved between the dark forest and themansion with a fervor that I can’t explain to this day. After this went on for some time, I turnedaround to go get some desperate souls and the sky lit up with this brilliant light. I turned aroundand the mansion was glowing. I approached the doors and they opened automatically. Ientered and noticed the rooms filled with people, but the people were in categorical socialgroups – old, young, handicapped, and teenagers - each having his own room. As I looked intotheir faces, they radiated with peace and joy. I felt a pulling, or calling, to come to the back partof the house where the dining room and kitchen were located. A voice called out and said, “Goye and partake.” I said, “I can’t!” The voice repeated the command and I replied the same.You see, it was as if my feet were nailed to the floor. In an instant, I was lifted up and floatedthrough the French doors into the back patio, where I saw the most beautiful garden my eyeshave ever seen or could imagine. I can still smell the flowers today.Shortly after this dream, I drew a sketch of the inside and outside of this mansion. I placed it ina folder and there it remained for many years. The only person who knew of this dream was mydear and precious wife.Fast-forwarding ten years later, while living in Colorado Springs, I received a call from a Jewishbusinessman in Florida. He said that he had heard about my dream. I said, “What dream?” -truly not connecting the dots. He said, “The dream about the mansion.” I asked him who toldhim of this dream and he said that it didn’t matter. He said he had a building in Florida he hadto show me. My reply was that I am not a man of money and I cannot afford to chase mydreams. He said that he was funding the entire trip. So off to Florida I went with sketch in hand.As he was approaching this building, I felt as if the blood was draining out of my body. Heasked me if I was OK. I pulled out the sketch and showed him - now he looked as I felt. Thesketch was an exact pictorial depiction of this building, which he owned. When we got inside,the rooms were laid out in the exact order of the sketch. The next day, he took me to thearchitect who had done the marking. I walked into the front office of this architectural firm. Theowner came out and without even greeting me said, “Let me see your sketch and where wereyou two years ago?” A bit confused, I assured him I had no idea what he was talking about.Then, he began to tell me the story.Back in 1977, a gentleman by the name of Milt Green, the carpet cleaner of evangelist JamesRobison, had a dream. In his dream was this mansion. Upon awaking, he sketched it in detail.Through many years of attempting to find out why God gave him this dream, he felt compelledto have it built. A group of people joined forces to fulfill his plea and this building was the result(now occupied by a Fortune 500). Shortly after the building was completed, Milt died. 10
  13. 13. After telling me the story, the architect walked into his office and came out with this massivephoto of the mansion at dusk, framed in a Victorian gold ornate frame. He gave it to me and tothis very day, this picture hangs in my home.To bring things up-to-date, I have since learned that this carpet cleaner became one ofAmerica’s most outspoken teachers of the Exchanged Life. Milt was personally mentored byJames Robison. As I learned recently, Robison was discipled by Dr. Charles Solomon, the manwho recently passed the torch of his life’s work to me.What does all this have to do with the Rapture? For me, it is through this story that Godcontinues to remind me - His hand was upon His chosen before the foundation of the earth.“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written fromthe foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain” (Revelation 13:8).I am known by my family and friends for being immovable in my beliefs. It is throughexperiences like I mentioned above that keep me planted in the Word. I rarely, if ever, questionGod. If He says it – I believe it. If God says that He wrote my name in the Book of Life beforethe foundation of the world, then who am I to question it? I might not understand it with myhuman brain, but my finite mind has no prerogative to question the mind of an infinite God.“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Revelation 3:22).The Lord wants us to open our ears to the Spirit and listen. The Rapture is viewed by most asbeing buried in some kind of shroud of secrecy. Truth being said, it will be a very public event.The Scriptures show us that He will come openly and His Bride will depart openly. Unbelieverswill see this supernatural event with their own eyes.God tells us that there are two phases of our Lord’s Second coming and we are not to confusethe two. First, He will come in the air with a shout – this is the Rapture. All indwelt born-againbelievers walking the face of the earth will be “caught” up with Him. In this same phase, thedead in Christ shall come forth from their graves and be caught up. Jesus does not actuallyplant His feet on the earth at this time. But, He will get close enough that the call of the Groomis heard and He is seen by His Bride. It is doubtful that the unsaved will be able to see Him. Hecomes quickly, like a twinkling of an eye, and does what His Father has asked Him to do. Hegathers up His Bride for safety, as well as to fulfill Hebrew law.The second phase is much different. This phase is referred to by many theologians as the GreatRevelation. During this time, Christ will reveal His Personhood. All remaining souls will seeHim for certain.“BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those whopierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen” (Rev. 1:7).This is the time the Scriptures state that He will come with 10,000 of His holy ones to executeJudgment. 11
  14. 14. “It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied,saying, ‘Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgmentupon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in anungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him’"(Jude 1:14-15).During this time, he will destroy every nation that has come against Israel (Bride of Christ), pastand present. This is the beginning of the Day of Judgment. Since a day is a thousand years toman, this Judgment phase will last a thousand years of man’s time. But for God, it is only oneday. This is why the Scriptures call it the Day of Judgment.“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like athousand years, and a thousand years like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).This day will be a very public day – no shroud of secrecy and no hidden agenda. Everything willbe put on the table for all to see.You see, this is why the Lord compelled me to finally share my story of seeing Jesus in fourthgrade and having Him visit me in my dream in 1977. God used that mansion, both in Milt andmy dreams, to sustain our faith. To think that God would go through such effort to confirmRevelation 13:8 in my life – well, that is just too much love for me to bear. As God uses HisNew Testament to reveal what has been concealed – I, too, must be willing to live the same. 12
  15. 15. Chapter Four Twinkle, Twinkle“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in thetwinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raisedimperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, andthis mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).Do you know how fast a twinkle is? It is faster than a blink and slower than the capture of areflection. In the Greek dictionary, “twinkle” is a “sudden jerk” or a “flash of reflection.”One of my favorite things to do is write the Hebrew word picture next to a Greek or English wordas I study the Scriptures. Allow me to do this with our passage:Behold (picture in the eye), I tell (break silence) you a mystery (well-kept truth); we will not allsleep (body without breath), but we will all be changed (made different), in a moment (shadowof time), in the twinkling (sparkle) of an eye (window), at the last trumpet (horn); for the trumpet(blast) will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable (incorruptible), and we will bechanged (made different). For this perishable (corruptible) must put on the imperishable, andthis mortal (able to die) must put on immortality (unable to die).Behold — our author is calling attention to the “mystery,” the Truth kept well within the bosom ofour Heavenly Father. God obviously knows one of man’s manifestations of the fall – that of hisquest for more knowledge. The reason that parent(s) keep truth close to their bosom isbecause of the reality that their child will use it against them – so they wait until shortly beforethe event before the big reveal. This is most likely why God has mysteries!After Jesus died, was resurrected, and came unto the Father, God was then able to revealmany of the mysteries spoken of in the Old Testament. Hebrews 9:27-28 tells us:“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christalso, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvationwithout reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”Every human born to this earth must die – including Jesus. But if you are familiar with yourBible, you might say, “All, but Enoch and Elijah.” My response to that is - this is why they mustcome back. As the Word tells us, after the work has been completed of these two finalprophets, they too, lay dead in the streets (Rev. 11:10). The implication here is that all humansare to face death, which ultimately puts them in a position of facing their Maker. Those whoface their Maker through Christ Jesus, before their physical death, are true indwelt Christians.They will join the host of believers past, present, and future who stand in waiting for the SecondComing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 13
  16. 16. Verse 52 of our passage shows us that all this is going to happen at the last trumpet. As youmay already know, there are seven trumpets that will blast. This is the last one. As this trumpetsounds off, the popularized Apocalypse shall proceed. Just as Jesus ascended “with the soundof a trumpet,” so shall He descend (Psalm 47:5 and Rev. 11:15), which will probably occur onthe first day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. As for the year, well nobody knowsthat except for the Father.The word “imperishable,” for the English speaking world, means something that will not perishor go spoiled. This is how “death is swallowed up.” Death is ordained by God to either producevictory or defeat. In the case of the indwelt Christian, death is swallowed up in victory; but as forthe unsaved – death swallows them up in defeat. Once the seventh trumpet sounds, the indweltChristian’s body goes from life, to death, and then transformed into an incorruptible heavenlybody that is imperishable – one that will never go spoiled by defeat again. But before all of thiscan take place, there is one significant thing that must happen: no, not wars or rumors of wars;nor famines, pestilences or earthquakes; not the return of Israel to the land of Palestine; and no,not America being taken over by the Islamic nation. Even though all those things must happen,the most significant thing is the completion of the Church. Allow me to explain.In the wonderful book of Acts are several glorious prophecies. Chapter 14, verse 16 shows usthat God allowed all the nations to go their own way. If you listen to the evening news, you willdiscover that is exactly what has happened. Once a nation is turned over to the destruction oftheir flesh (selfishness), they become 100% corrupt – they become destroyed by their ownways. In chapter 15 verses 16-18, He says:“AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVIDWHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT, SO THATTHE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARECALLED BY MY NAME,” SAYS THE LORD, “WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROMLONG AGO.”Does this mean the Lord will save the entire world? Nope – afraid not! Does this mean that theLord will have the actual Tabernacle of David rebuilt? That would be a resounding, “Yes.” TheLord’s purpose for the Church Age is not to convert the world, but rather to call out a world ofpeople for His Name – mainly the Body of Christ, in order to complete the Reformation.Scripture makes it plain that the return of our Lord will not happen until the Church, Body ofChrist, has been unified and made complete. Keep in mind that this is not the same kind ofunification that the Emergent church is pressing to accomplish. It is the authentic true indweltChristians joining as one Body, for one Lord – the indwelling life of Jesus Christ.Another significant point to keep in mind is that Jesus will not return until the fullness of theGentiles (non-Jewish) comes into the new Tabernacle. Check this out:“For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise inyour own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of theGentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, ‘THE DELIVERER 14
  17. 17. WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB. THIS IS MYCOVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS’ " (Romans 11:25-27).This means that Israel will remain partially hard-hearted and stubborn until the non-Jewishtransformations/conversions are complete. Too many evangelists put the emphasis on gettingthe Jews saved and back into their homeland. But Scriptures make it clear that Israel will notbecome complete until the numbers have been fulfilled regarding the Gentile conversions.Since God is the only One who knows that number – we must keep sharing the Gospel withevery person we can. Be assured, when that last number is called in, the Church Age will becompleted. And when the Church is completed, the Rapture will take place. After the Rapture,God deals with the remains of Israel in a manner that is not appropriate for any Bride of Christ tosee.I know this seems like an impossibility – uniting the true indwelt Body of Christ. With now over3,000 “Christian” denominations in the world, it seems difficult to predict what sect is going totake the lead in all this. Allow me to give you a word of wisdom. Not one of those 3,000 self-proclaimed Christian groups is going to take the lead. All authentic Christians will be called outof those denominations and Christian religious sects in order to be associated with the head ofthe Church, Christ Jesus Himself. I know I could be shot for saying this but, Jesus is notSouthern Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, or any other group that touts or leaves the impressionthat they are the true branch of Christianity. Jesus is the Husband, the Church is His Bride, andHis Bride is the Body (Church) of Christ – only made up of born-again believers. Not oneemergent Chrislam, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, or anyone else who has not had a born-again,Spirit indwelt experience will become a member of the Body of Christ. Any and all people, whohave had a true born-again conversion, are the true Church. This is what the Rapture ispertaining to - it’s singly for the Church or Bride of Christ. Any human or religious group thattouts you can be a true Christian or Body member of Jesus, without an indwelt (Christ in you)conversion – you had better hold them at arm’s length. For these people will not be a part of theRapture, but rather the final rupture.There are three primary groups in the entire human race: Jews, Gentiles (non-Jews), and theChurch (born-again indwelt Christians). This is how the Lord divides the whole of the humanfamily. All the racial fighting over color, nation, and religion will matter not at this time. The onlything that will matter is if you are Jewish or have been graphed into the Jewish bloodline, as isthe case of indwelt Christians. Even then, the non-messianic Jews will not be caught up in theRapture – only those who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord, Savior, and Life.The Rapture is going to be a very sudden event. No warnings, but like a thief in the night (1Thess. 5:2). Since it takes 1/20th of a second to blink the eye and a twinkle being a bit faster,the Rapture is going to happen before the world can figure out what happened. One twentiethof a second we are here and the next twentieth, we are gone. The whole thing happens in lessthan a half of a second. Little mind bending isn’t it? Let’s pretend you’re not saved and you’rehaving coffee with your mother, who is saved. By the time you pick up your cup, take a sip, andput your cup down – your mother is gone. Not only that, the Holy Spirit indwelt Christiansprovide an environment of love, joy, and peace. Once your mother (and the rest of the Church) 15
  18. 18. is gone, you will be left with an overwhelming sense of doom, gloom, and oppression – instantly!All the opinions of the philosophers, liars, persecutors, haters of God, Emergent believers, andpeople of the one world church won’t seem to matter at that point. Can you imagine what will gothrough the minds of every human who doubted, mocked, or tried to shut up true Christians?The odds are it won’t matter. Heard-hearted people are so blinded to God’s reality, they willprobably blame it on the aliens and zombies and move on. Most deceived people stay deceiveduntil they are face to face with the gates of hell.In conclusion: We know that the Rapture provides a way of escape for the dead in Christ andliving believers at the time of this magnificent event. The hypocrites will be left behind like dustin the wind, the postmodernist will be left to their cyclic self-life philosophies, and the Emergentchurch believers will remain with their “lovey dovey” doctrines of demons. The Rapture is for avery special group of people – the authentic Bride of Christ who walked through the details ofthe message of identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension - Christas Savior, Lord, and Life.Are you ready for that day? Do you know the Christ of the Bible – not the she-male versionsome of our postmodern translations depict, but the true Savior who is all male, all God, and allof who God the Father says He is? If you feel unworthy of Him – good! We are all unworthy!This is why all of humanity must embrace the truth that they are born sinners destined to hellunless they decide to take the narrow way of accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior, becomeborn-again (filled with the Spirit), and exchange their lives for His. I hope you are one of thosewho have already become a Bridal member of Christ. If not, I will pray that this message ofTruth will provoke you to call on Him to get those questions answered so you, too, can pray:Dear Heavenly Father:I believe that Jesus is Your Son, He died on the cross for my sins, and I, my Old Man, diedthere with Him. I believe in the Trinity, You as the Father, Jesus as the Son and the Holy Spirit.I confess that I have been a sinner – totally separated from You. I choose to accept Yourforgiveness for my sins through the power of the blood of Jesus that was shed for me on thecross. As a child of God, I choose to deny SELF and allow you to Exchange my life for His. Inow ask that you send the Holy Spirit to live inside my mortal body. Thank you for saving me!In Jesus’ name, Amen. 16
  19. 19. Chapter Five Complete DisappearanceThe Lord had me write in my prayer journal a few years ago: Loneliness is the absence ofholiness. The Rapture is going to be the most glorious event of all the ages, for the true indweltChristian. But for those who will not be caught up in the air – well, they simply will beoverwhelmed with despair.Predicting the end of the world can be both a sure bet and a fool’s errand. Few question thatthe total destruction of civilization, the human race, and yes, the world, is near to its end. Thetricky part about predicting the biblical Apocalypse is its timing. Scientists, scholars,astrologers, prophets, and kings have tried to forecast this impending doom that most agree issure to come. Postmodernists now tell us that 2012 is the new year of choice for the implosionof mankind. The Mayan calendar tells us that December 21, 2012 is the day. The 12 mostpopular human doomsday scenarios are: an attack of the asteroids, a disease infestedpandemic, micro-machines taking over, green keepers’ projected gamma ray bursts, the returnof the ice age, ocean acidification, a solar storm, super-volcano, the well-thought-outgeomagnetic reversal, let’s not forget the nuclear war, the growing popular artificial black hole,or the X-factor (space shifting to a different quantum state). Interesting as it is, not one of thesepopular predictions include the most documented historical doomsday view of all times – what isstated in the book of Revelation.I wish I could say the reason for this oversight is because the true Christian Bible holds to areligious point of view. But then why would most of the intelligible world quote the prophecies ofthe most demonic, devil infested, people of all time - the Mayans. Sin really does make youstupid!What does the Rapture have to do with the postmodern doomsday predictions? To start with, itwashes out all of the predictions made in the Word of God. If Satan can fill the minds with hisphilosophies of doomsday maladies, he then will be able to help the people shake off panic theRapture could ignite. For example, the Word talks about the day when demons will roam theearth like stray dogs. Now, if Satan was smart, he would come up with some kind of ridiculousculturally acceptable fad, like zombies and vampires. How about making these demonic beingsfriendly and miniature saviors – like ET? Here is another good one – consider the NewJerusalem, 1,500 miles square, descending from on high. What does that sound like? An alienspaceship of course! That is probably one that ET won’t phone home about. All of theseculturally accepted masks of Zorro become ways to keep the young minds deceived and turnedaway from the sharp accuracy of the Word of God. Everyone wants a superhero, but few wanta hero who actually promotes destruction of a rebellious people. Seriously, who would want ahero who is destined to destroy kingdoms, leaders, religious prophets, and even the land theystand on; who comes against the narrow-minded views of a God who says there is only oneway to come unto Him? 17
  20. 20. In order to escape the deceptions of these cute little mascots of the devil, one must become aborn-again indwelt Christian. The Rapture does show favoritism, I must agree. But the type offavoritism is whether a person is born-again or not. Some teach the theory of partial Rapture -only very good Christians are raptured, while the bad Christians are left behind to pay for theirsins. Yes, there are theologian types that teach a partial or split Rapture. I know it is surprising,but is certainly true. The Word of God does not support such fables, primarily because theoneness of the Body of Christ cannot be divided. All get raptured and all get translated at thesame time and place. Do not be easily deceived by teachers of partialities, i.e. a person willmiss the Rapture unless he has spoken in tongues, is a member of a certain church, or is fullysanctified. There is only one qualification for the Rapture and that is to be washed in the bloodof Jesus through the process of Salvation.Don’t get me wrong. There are some indwelt Christians walking in obedience more than others,but this is not what determines whether one has his ticket for this final flight. Also, there aremany who are deceived into thinking they are Christians, but they are not. They have beengiven stinky thinking through upward training that if one holds to the teachings of a church thatthey are saved. The truth being said, if any human has not repented of his sins, acknowledgedthat he is going to hell without Jesus, that He is the only way, truth, and life, AND has beenfilled/sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph. 1:13) – he has no ticket, at least for theRapture. God does not call us to cast judgment on who is or who isn’t – only God candetermine that. Just don’t assume your loved one is going to heaven based on some kind ofpew sitting philosophy that he adheres to.“Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes whowill both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of menshearts; and then each mans praise will come to him from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).By the way, when is the Rapture going to take place? I think most Bible believing Christiansknow that it is an imminent event, but when exactly? Did you know the Rapture is mentioned 30times in the New Testament alone? In fact, if we read Jesus’ testimonies carefully, we will findthat He’s constantly referencing His return. There might be a reason for that! I have a Biblesoftware program that allows word searches. I typed in the words “alert and watch” and wasamazed as to how many verses are referenced. One of my favorites is Jesus saying:“Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say toyou, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up andwait on them” (Luke 12:37).Which ones are not alert or are watching? Those who hate being called slaves, of course! Haveyou noticed how much of the world spends their day fighting some type of slavery? An oldhistorian friend of mine says that this single issue alone is what makes the world turn. He alsosays that for without the fight of slavery, the world would come to an end. In order for one tounderstand true Salvation, he/she must accept volunteer slavery to Christ Jesus.“For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lords freedman; likewise he who wascalled while free, is Christs slave” (1 Corinthians 7:22). 18
  21. 21. “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more”(1 Corinthians 9:19).People, who fight slavery, are usually caught up in the ways of independence and self-sufficiency. Since this type of person is not waiting for a Master, he is sure to miss the signs ofhis Master coming. Christians who are not watching for Christ will not be alert to the signs ofHis coming. On the other hand, faithful servants do watch and are alert. They listen for everysign and rumbling of His presence. What exactly is this faithful servant to be watching for?Simple – he is supposed to be watching for the fulfilling of the signs of the times and as he seesGod’s Word being fulfilled, he understands that His coming is soon to be embraced. How manytrue Christians do you observe studying end-time events? Most hide at the stroke of a pen,which mentions the scary details of Revelation. Some, on the other hand, are blissfully caughtup in the details of watching and listening for their Husband’s arrival. I happen to be one ofthose!No one knows the day or the hour when the Rapture is going to take place, but we are warnedand encouraged to watch and be on the alert for this day! Matthew 25:13 says; "Be on the alertthen, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” We are blessed with many Scriptures thatprepare us for the birth pangs of the coming tribulation. Believers who know their Bible seethese signs pop out on the news almost daily. You would think that it would cause them to bedoomsday focused, but that is simply not the case. Those Christians, who are secure in theiridentity in Christ, find great comfort and excitement in hearing doomsday updates – for it is areminder their Husband is on a cloud not so far away. On the other hand, Christians gripped byfear when they hear of the signs of the times are insecure and do NOT know who they are inChrist. These people typically don’t read articles like this – the titles alone scare them away.Adults are really not that different than children. Some children cower at sudden sounds andimages, while others are attracted to finding out what made that noise. In either case, allChristians are called to be alert and watch for the signs and wonders of the end-times. It isn’t asuggestion to the strong type – it is a mandate to comfort and excite us. This does not meanthat we are looking for tribulation, but we are looking for the translation before this greatTribulation period. We are not looking for the Antichrist, but we are looking for our Jesus Christ.Remember – loneliness is the absence of holiness and those who fear are very lonely people. 19
  22. 22. Chapter Six Looking Into the Future of Those Left BehindIn the past four articles, we have been examining the details and revelations of the greatestChurch event of all times – the Rapture. As we have stated repetitively, the Rapture canhappen at any time, night or day; for nobody knows the moment this glorious event will occur.We also have learned that once an individual becomes a born-again indwelt Christian, the Lordencourages him to look to the eastern skies with anticipation. Hebrews 9:27-28 sheds light onthis gesture of encouragement:“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christalso, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvationwithout reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Hebrews 9:27-28).I don’t know about you, but I oftentimes think and wonder what life will be like for those who trulyare left behind after the Rapture. It is important to understand that once the Bride of Christ hasbeen safely transposed to the literal side of her Husband, Jesus Christ, the great Tribulation willbegin. This Tribulation will last seven years, with the first 3 ½ years being fake global peace tocover up for the unexplainable phenomenon of the Rapture. The Antichrist will use every ounceof his deception to convince the people that now that these “born-again types” are out of theway, the world can finally have peace. It is likely he will convince the people that the worldcouldn’t experience peace because “they” were here. The explanation of the suddenness of ourremoval will most likely be accredited to his removal of us. Since we are not here to figure outthe method of madness of the enemy – we will leave that alone. The second half of the sevenyears will be death and violence. Who is behind this madness is a highly debated topic.“Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strongand every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of themountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from thepresence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day oftheir wrath has come, and who is able to stand?’ " (Revelation 6:15-17).This portion of the Tribulation is this great day of wrath. All global leaders, money holders, lowlyworld changers, and followers of the Antichrist will be compelled to run and hide. Why?Because the Lord Himself will shake the earth with every form of distress, such as earthquakesand natural disasters. The unique thing is they actually make the connection that it is Godwaging discipline on the entire world. These people will not be hiding so much from the fear ofbeing hit by a falling rock or slip into a crack in the earth, but will be running to hide themselvesfrom the presence of God Himself. During the first half of the Tribulation, for some reason, Godallows the entire world to experience the presence of the Antichrist and even feel safe under hisruling. The Scriptures show us that during the second half, the Lord actually makes Hispresence known, AND this is why they are fleeing. The Scriptures also reveal to us that thoseleft behind will somehow know that He is very angry and know there is no way to stand before 20
  23. 23. Him. In fact, any being (demonic or human), who comes in contact with the presence of theLord, will be forced to fall on his knees and confess Jesus truly is the Lord. Well – since thatwon’t happen until Judgment Day, they run. They quickly realize they have been left behind andGod is about to unfold His wrath.One of the most debated topics in the world of theologians is – “Will the Bride of Christ gothrough the great Tribulation?” Churches have been divided, believers have fought oneanother, and schools of theology have been at war over this one single controversy. This warhas not shown any favoritism. There have been well respected and admired Christian leaderswho have chosen to believe that the Body of Christ will indeed go through this horrid event.Christ made it clear that true indwelt believers will escape all the things that shall come to passwhen God’s wrath is turned loose on those who harmed the Bride of His Son. Every soul thatshowed hatred of God and choose not to become born-again, will be faced with going throughthis day of wrath."But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these thingsthat are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 1:36).Christians are not appointed to go through this kind of wrath, although God does tell us thatmost Christians will go through persecution. The difference is the day of wrath is from God andpersecution is from the Antichrist. Why would the Father punish His Son’s bride when He wentthrough the sacrificial act of sending his Son to take our place for sins’ penalty? Plus, once weare saved, God doesn’t punish – He disciplines. Punishment, in the Hebrew, means “to pay for(embrace) the consequences for one’s own sins.” Discipline means to “make one a disciplethrough the means of correction.” Punishment is Old Testament and Discipline is NewTestament/Covenant. Those who do not become born-again bridal members are subject to theOld Testament style of payment – punishment (read Rev. 6).It is a fact - Jesus has already paid the cost and taken the punishment for the sins committed byChristians. Do you really think He would put the believer back into the position of paying for hissins again? No, certainly not.The Father makes it clear that each and every indwelt Christian WILL be raptured out of thisworld before He begins the process of His judgments of Tribulation. When we look back on thecatastrophic events noted in the Bible, the Father consistently delivers His own people.Examples are the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, bondage to Egypt, and now, the Tribulation.The bottom line is this: God will not permit the Tribulation to begin until He come andgathers up His children.Don’t get me wrong; it is clear that all indwelt believers will stand before the Judgment Seat ofChrist. This event is not during the Tribulation.“But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother withcontempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Romans 14:10).And . . . 21
  24. 24. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may berecompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad”(2 Corinthians 5:10).It is only a liberal/emergent view that attempts to spout the dogma of believers not facing theJudgment Seat. The difference between an indwelt believer and an unsaved soul standingbefore the Judgment Seat is that indwelt Christians will not be punished for their deeds, butunbelievers will. Bridal members of Christ will be given rewards according to their level of Christas Life deeds while on the earth. Yes, rewards; while non-Christians will be given punishmentsaccording to their measurement of sins (Rev. 22:12).This Judgment Seat experience will be a time of revelatory exposure. The Lord God will forcertain shine the light of holiness on every phase of our life, from the day He saved us to theday of our departure. If you’re expecting to be punished for the sins you have committed whileyou have been a Christian, then you are wrong. These sins are simply brought into the light forthe purpose of the measurement of rewards clearly stated in the Word.  Matt 6:1 – deeds to be noticed, no rewards  Matt 6:4 – giving done in secret has rewards  Matt 6:6 – praying done in secret carries rewards  Matt 6:16 – fasting in secret and you will be rewarded  Matt 10:41 – receive a prophet and you shall be reward  Matt 10:42 – giving a cup of water to a little one shall not lose his rewardI think you get the point. If our works pass the test of fire (I Cor. 3:13), it is those works that willbe rewarded – not the drummed up “good flesh” that is popular in the church today. You see,once the Rapture occurs, the Christ as Life deeds (works) will cease. This is the hour the Brideof Christ says, “It is finished.” Once the opportunity of Christ as Life deeds has ended, theJudgment Seat of Christ will conclude this period of the Church with the dishing out of therewards, which have been stored up through the believer’s time on earth – but only during hisChristian experience. Once we become indwelt Christians, the past (before Salvation) is neverto be spoken of again. Whatever we did before we were saved is sealed in the pit of hell. Onthe other hand, whatever we did after we were saved becomes available for the spotlight of theJudgment Seat; not for punishment, but rather for receiving our measurement of rewards.Most indwelt Christians I have met are not comfortable talking about the reward system Godhas in place in heaven. It seems to provoke in them thoughts of “working to get.” Well, that isthe point. All works done, through the motive of getting, will be burned up in this test mentionedin Corinthians.“Each mans work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed withfire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each mans work” (1 Corinthians 3:13).God’s Word tells us that the fire will test all of the works of man, both saved and unsaved. Whatis this fire of testing? I doubt it is a fire pit in front of the Judgment Seat. Rather, it is most likely 22
  25. 25. the fiery eyes of our Savior piercing into our souls at this Judgment Seat. It does sound a bit oddthat there is some kind of record of all of our motives, words, and deeds; but it is true."But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it inthe day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).I need to be honest with you – this is a bit startling to me! If this really is true, and it is, the Lordis going to have a very long talk with me. Being a prophet, many words have come out of mymouth that have been careless and unfeeling. No question about it. This adds a newperspective to: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”(1 Cor. 10:31).Even though the Judgment Seat will not be all fun, I still look forward to it. For I know that theGRACE of God is like an oil of gladness that will cover my soul as I look into my Husband’seyes. Will I feel guilty? I don’t believe I will, because all that self-condemnation stuff was takencare of on the Cross. Will it be a sobering moment? Will there be tears? Yes, without question(Rev. 21:4). I truly believe it will be the most sobering moment of my entire existence. Will I beglad when it is over? Ah – yes!I leave you with this question: Why do you do what you do? What is your motive behind yourgood deeds? What do you do with the glory when it is given to you by others? These are thequestions we can embrace today to protect the day of our standing before the Judgment Seat.In conclusion, the Rapture is certain to happen. Who will go and who will stay is up to the Lord.My job while here on earth is to make sure I tell as many as possible the way to Salvation(justification) and the pathway of the Exchanged Life (sanctification). Who embraces thesemessages of Truth is not up to me; that is the role of the Holy Spirit. My part in the end-times isto assist in preparing others for our great day of departure – the Rapture. 23
  26. 26. Other Works by Dr. PhinneyThe Faith of Mockery: Who Are You Really? BookletThe Book of Prayers: Learning to Pray Doctrinally BookRevelations: The Final Frontier BookPermissible Suffocation (Coming Soon) BookFinances & The End Times BookThe Hebrew Family (Coming Soon) BookBuilding Blocks to Small Groups BookletIOM Discipleship Manual: 300 Teaching Diagrams ManualFaithful Father: Embracing the Trinity of God & Man WorkbookPrincipled Patriarch: Discovering Biblical Manhood WorkbookMen & Warfare: Teaching Men Spiritual Warfare WorkbookSexual Temptations of Man WorkbookBiblical Woman: Hebrew Characteristics of Woman BookletThe Legacy of A Father: 7 Part Interview Questions BookletKnowing Your Spiritual Gifts BookletResting in the Storm BookletFreedom of Forgiveness: Extending & Seeking BookletThe Art of Spiritual Warfare BookletDisillusionment of Discipleship BookletA Truth Friend: Authenticity of True Friendship Booklet200+ Published Online Articles Click HereTo order: please send a request to corporate@iomamerica.org 24

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