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" Rapturing the 'Wicked'? "

This month's commentary begins with an e-mail from a visitor to VW's website:

"I was reading some of the past articles and have one major comment to make.

It is true that the "alien evacuation" will be used to explain the rapture to most people but I also believe the false "christian" teachers that are left will twist Revelation (sic) where it says the tares are removed and the wheat left. This (rapture of the "evil" people) has even been taught by some dominion theorist "christian" leaders and will make it easy for them to persuade (sic) "christians" (the phony ones left behind) to buy into the one world religion that will be formed during the tribulation (as we even see it start forming now!) as well as explain away the Rapture for what it really is. The alien abduction would be hard for some of the phony "christians" to buy into, but the twisting of Revelation and the rapture of the "evil" people (in reality, the True Christians) will be more acceptable to them.

Just something to think about, and since some of the false "christian" teachers have already mentioned the rapture of the "evil" people (instead of the "christians), it seems very likely.

Something the astute Believer should be aware of is that the "deception" Paul speaks of in 2Ths2:10-11 is going to come in a "rainbow of colors." There will be "deceptions-of-choice" for just about every mind-set and spiritual persuasion. ANYTHING BUT...God's Truth and righteousness.(Zec8:8) 'Doesn't matter, anything will do...! Remember the United Religions slogan, "Unity in diversity."

Modern sci-fi has "aliens" in all shapes and sizes, benevolent and insidious. "Mother-earth", TM and "yoga" exist in the 25th century. Even for the most mentally analytical ones, Seven-of-Nine's "perfection" in the "omega molecule" provided a "spiritual experience." This "god" created in the laboratory, finally contained, and ultimately destroyed by man. So, certainly, aliens will be one form of the deception to explain away the Rapture of the Believers.

Last month we considered the aberrant teaching that, only Christians "sufficiently prepared" would be raptured. Leaving the "unprepared" on earth, to "work harder" to be ready "second time 'round." Thus, for those left behind, there is no "need" to be saved, because they are "already" saved. They, just...weren't "quite" ready the first time. So, since they will not see a need to repent, they will continue to be lost.

What the correspondent at the opening of this commentary expresses represents yet another view that had slipped to the back of my mind. And even this view comes in various forms.

It combines Mt24:40-41 and Mt13:30. "Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left...Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." (even in this, they misquote Scripture; the wheat is "gathered"..not "left.") And Rev14:14-19 speaks of the Lord's "harvest" for the "winepress of the wrath of God." Judgment and Armageddon.

One explanation by a professor where I went to Bible School was that those "taken" in Mt24 are taken by invading armies prior to Armageddon, or Believers taken in persecution by the antichrist. But it is clearly the Rapture.

But a current popular notion is that when Christ comes back to earth, He is going to "zap" (rapture) the rebels out, leaving the righteous on the earth, to enter the "kingdom." They, pretty much, don't believe in a "Rapture" where, as Christ promised, He would come to "receive you to Myself."(Jn14:3) ...or that "we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them IN THE CLOUDS to meet the Lord IN THE AIR."(1Th4:17) When Jesus gathers "all the nations"(Mt25:32) to separate the sheep from the goats, as "He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath..and..judge among the nations.."execut[ing] the heads of many countries" and "lift[ing] up the head" of others (Ps110:5-7); they don't see this as a judgment of "nations" ...but rather, "individual" judgment.

These people, often typically "5-point Calvinists", are (..according to another recent e-mail) busy "subduing the earth" and "work[ing] for the rebuilding of the institutions of society according to a biblical blueprint." They believe in a "heaven on earth." That "man" must prepare the earth for Christ's return, making it a "fit place" for Him to come and rule on "their" throne "they" establish "for Him." And thus, they pretend to have "revivals."

Pre-Tribulation-Rapture-believing Christians are antithetical to this agenda. Christians are a threat and hindrance to their activism. So, when the Believers are raptured out, these people will claim that Christ has "purged out" the wicked, leaving "them", the "righteous" to receive Jesus as He comes to reign. And when the Christians disappear, it will be "good riddance!" Because the Believers were always a thorn in their side, always against ecumenical unity, so "divisive"...and so, the Rapture will be "proof" of the "rightness" of their position.

You will notice, I have not as is my custom, included Scripture references to support their belief. There are none.

God is the One Who establishes Jesus rule; not man! "The LORD said to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool."(Ps110:1) "The kingdoms of this world have become (having been wrenched away "by force") the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ.."(Rev11:15) Not given to Him by man!

This earth is not the ultimate goal. "..both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up."(2Pt3:10) The "former things [will have] passed away."(Rev21:4) "..the form of this world is passing away."(1Cor7:31b) Those who would wax earthly militant on behalf of Christ do not remember His words to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight...but now My kingdom is not from here."(Jn18:36)

As Believers "our citizenship is in heaven.."(Phil3:20) Paul said, "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.(2Cor5:8) Our warfare is not "carnal"(2Cor10:4) ..of this world. We don't wallow around in this sin- infested world, but "we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells."(2Pt3:13)


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