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The ‘rapture’ and the ‘tribulation’ (Part 3)

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Previously it was examined how the modern-day end time villains seem to change with the daily headlines. First it’s Russia, then it’s an Islamofascist terror state, then it’s Russia again, then it’s a combination of both, and round and round it goes.

Amazingly, books on prophecy have even been re-written to suit whichever anti-Christ entity seems to best fit within current events. Even more amazing, is how many sincere but unsuspecting Christians fall prey to the ever-changing paradigm of the false “prophets” whose primary goal is to peddle their “last days wares” in order to line their own considerably deep pockets.

Various passages found in the Christian Bible are misapplied and cited by them to present the case for a future “great tribulation” and a mystical event called the “rapture.” When one actually looks to the Bible verses – most notably, but not exclusively – Matthew 23:36 through Matthew 24:34 and Revelation 1:1-9 one sees that those who believe these things remain in our future do not have a leg to stand on. The time words simply do not allow for it.

Nevertheless when one points to the erroneous view of futurism one is commonly dismissed as being “wrong” (and worse) or reminded that one needs to “re-boot,” almost always without the detractor offering a biblical explanation as to why or addressing the issue of the aforementioned time words.

That aside, the actual fulfillment of the prophecies in the text referred to above, occurred in the year 70 A.D. when the wrath of God was poured out upon Jerusalem and the apostate temple, which in the eyes of the Almighty had become like Sodom and Egypt (Revelation 11:8) and even a Babylonian whore (Revelation 17:5).

As ghastly as the situation became for those who did not heed Christ’s warnings to flee (Matthew 24:16) it is equally compelling to note the instrument of death and devastation in BOTH the case of Jesus’ crucifixion AND in the ultimate annihilation of the “great city” in the first century was none other than Imperial Rome.

When Jesus was executed it was not because the Roman state had any particular beef with him. The approximate cause was the tumult that arose from the Jewish religious hierarchy, and those co-conspirators who cried out: “…crucify Him”… “we have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15) Pontius Pilate himself had told them: “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.” (John 19:6)

Pilate, eventually capitulating to their demands under the guise of “keeping the peace,” had Jesus scourged and then executed on the cross. Rome wasn’t the murderer. Rome was the murder weapon, a point often overlooked by many.

Interestingly enough, in like fashion, God the Father, used the armies of Rome to exact His vengeance upon those who had murdered Christ and subsequently refused to repent of their deed within the generation Jesus gave them to repent, i.e. the time between his own death (somewhere around 30-33 A.D.) and the “judgment coming” of A.D. 70.

Amongst the many implications ignored by proponents of the futurist viewpoint, is the injustice that alleges two-thirds of Jewish people yet in our future will perish because of the apostasy of the first century Jews. (Zechariah 13:8) Those who subscribe to this scenario, unwittingly make God out to be very unjust.

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