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There are a lot of verses that Christians use to prove or deny the timing of the rapture of the church. Pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib, preterists, pan-trib, no-trib . . . no wonder people are so confused. If it were that easy to prove the rapture beyond the shadow of everyone’s doubts, there’d be no arguments right? We all bring pre-conceived belief systems to the table, based on the places where we get our information and the beliefs of our peers, our family, pastor, or even our favorite author or TV host. And of course our own Bible study. (Sometimes all too limited Bible study!)
I like to use Revelation 3:10 as the one verse that tells me we can escape the terrible Tribulation. I’ve never heard a good explanation of this verse from someone who believes they will be forced to endure the 7 year Tribulation. Remember, this is in the book of Revelation and it is speaking about future prophetic events. What else could this passage be referencing but the Tribulation? It uses he words, ALL THE WORLD. And it tells us we CAN escape.
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
I have a 2nd favorite verse that some people try to use to prove that the church will see the Antichrist. If you read II Thessalonians 2:3, it’s easy to see why people get confused and reach an unbiblical conclusion.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
In II Thessalonians 2:3 we see the Greek word apostasia, translated in the King James Bible as “falling away,” likening it to an apostasy from the faith. But the 7 previous English translations before the KJV all translated the word apostasia as “departure,” or “departing.” Substitute the word departing or departure for falling away and tell me if this passage doesn’t take on a whole new meaning! Adding the word “departure” or “departing” gives us a crystal clear view of the rapture! No wonder people who despise the concept of the rapture fight so hard to bury this information. The King James translators had their reasons as you will soon discover in the June, 2020 issue of The Prophecy Watcher.
What’s interesting is that the very first edition of the Geneva Bible in 1560 (one of the 7 English translations) translated the word apostasia as departing. But later editions changed it to falling away! Hmm … why did they do that? What changed? And why did the KJV translators change the meaning of the word apostasia, translated as departing or departure in the 7 previous English translations? What did they know that the previous translators missed?
Bible scholar, Tommy Ice, introduced us to other men with like beliefs, men like Pastor Andy Woods, legendary Bible scholar and rapture defender John Walvoord, noted prophecy teacher and the author of the all-time best selling book, Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost … plus a few other names you may not recognize. The June issue of The Prophecy Watcher magazine covers it all!
Pastor Andy Woods has published a great book on this controversial subject, Falling Away. We’ll send it to you for FREE when you subscribe to our magazine for one year. $30.00 gets you 12 issues of the magazine, FREE SHIPPING and Andy’s great book.