by Thomas Swope

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A Strong Delusion (2 of 3)
Thomas Swope
John 17: 1 - 26

In our last study together we began a study on the idea of a condition called the 'Rapture'. This religious position came from some interpretations of some Scripture that the following situation will occur. There will come a time any day now that our Lord Jesus Christ's church, that is, all those who have accepted the Salvation of our Lord's death and resurrection will be suddenly be snatched from the earth. The description of the Rapture teaches that all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who are alive will be physically removed from this earth. To the naked eye they will vanish. These people will instantly be beamed wherever they are up to meet the Lord Jesus Who Is positioned somewhere above the earth.
Now to add confusion great theological scholars cannot come up with the same conclusions. Some biblical experts say that this event will occur before what the bible calls the Great Tribulation. People who accept this position are called Pre-Tribulation Rapture or Pre-Tribers. Since many biblical scholars have come up with the idea that the Tribulation will be a period of 7 years some have taken a position that believers will be 'Raptured' halfway into the 7 years or after 3 and ½ years after the Great Tribulation begins. Those who hold this position are called Mid-Tribers. Lastly, there are those who take up a position that all believers will have to go through the whole seven years of the Great Tribulation and then be 'Raptured' out. They are referred to as Post Tribers.
Does this sound a tad bit confusing? Again forgive us for getting into this stupid worthless debate. The book of 1 Corinthians chapter 14 says about our Precious Holy Spirit this, "33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.'
Today, this doctrine in my opinion is causing problems. People are more interested in trying to find out who the Antichrist is than focusing in Who our Lord, S ...

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