An essential Christian doctrine is the timing of when our Yahshua (the Savior) will gather together and transform His Elect. The Word of Yahweh clearly teaches that this will occur at the last trump (1 Cor 15:52).
Many Christian teachers declare that the truth regarding the rapture is not an essential Christian doctrine; this is simply false.
The gathering of the body of believers in Messiah is often referred to as the Rapture, and it represents one of the most significant end times prophecies.
Rev 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, Yahweh shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Yahweh shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Essential Christian Doctrine
To claim that the gathering together of the Elect occurs before the second advent of Yahshua (the Savior) is a telltale sign that an end times prophecy teacher is but a fraud. Those who have not been taught by the Holy Spirit, cannot understand the book of Revelations, and their so-called wisdom will only result in faulty interpretations and deceptions.
Matt 15:8-9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Many of the students of these false teachers in the church, allege to have already received the gift of Salvation. If one does not have the truth regarding salvation that is understood through the teaching of the Holy Spirit, can they be sealed by the Holy Spirit? And furthermore, can they rightly claim to be born-again?
A false pretense is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts, or a behavior intended to deceive others. Satan’s pawns at the pulpit are merely interested in money, fame, and manipulation of the masses; these are aware of their pretenses.
Some attend church services just to maintain a good social standing, and yet others have been led to believe that they are in God’s will, regardless of their belief’s. The ultimate reward for faithfully running the race set before us is to be redeemed unto incorruption and immortality. An essential Christian doctrine is that we must endure until the end to be Saved. The spiritual definition of complacency and apathy must include adhering to man-made doctrines of salvation. If we are unable and or unwilling to understand and authenticate the Word of Yahweh for ourselves, do we really love him with all of our heart, mind, and soul?
Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of Yahweh’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of Yahweh
Are not those who claim to already be Saved deceived? And does this not represent self-righteousness? Although the false teachers may be guilty for putting forth doctrines of deceit, do their students not bear any responsibility for following the wrong shepherds?.
1 Thess 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
False teachers and their vain babblings destroy the faith of many, as they teach of a false Salvation that is realized through works. To claim that Salvation occurs in the present tense removes faith and hope from occurring. How can you hope for something you already claim to possess (2 Tim 2:14-18).
However, we can have the assurance of Salvation, and the hope of our inheritance with our Messiah. This gives us an enduring faith that cannot be shattered.
The end result of our faith is the Salvation of our Souls (1 Peter 1:9).
Study to shew thyself approved unto Yahweh, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase unto more ungodliness (2 Tim 2:15-16).
Most who claim that their Salvation has already occurred, also believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, as they are unable and or unwilling to endure the tribulations spoken of by our Messiah.
The Redemption for true believers is destined to be revealed at Messiah’s Second Coming. An essential Christian doctrine is that our Savior will return a second time, and this will transpire at the conclusion of the 3 1/2 year Great Tribulation. A secret gathering of the church and then a third advent is not mentioned anywhere in Scripture.
So then the Messiah with a single offering did bear the sins of many; (and unto them that have patiently) waited for him shall he appear the second time (not to deal with) sin (but to provide) His children with salvation (Heb 9:28).
1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
The infilling of the Holy Spirit is Yahshua (the Savior) dwelling within us. His Spirit teaches, guides and shows us things which must come to pass. His true followers that are Spirit-filled, will not accept lies such as the pre-tribulation rapture fairy tale.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
Through Messiah’s Holy Spirit we are able to Endure until the End
Another essential Christian doctrine is that we must, through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of Yahweh (Acts 14:22).
Rev 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of Yahweh, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long Yahweh, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
We all will experience tribulations if we faithfully carry our cross and are a true witness for our Savior.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Messiah’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy
Apparently, this group of people that are supposedly raptured away before this time of trouble, have special privileges that the rest of the faithful believers did not possess.
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Yahshua (the Savior) dispelled the myth of taking us out of the world before the appointed time. There are several promises hidden to most in the prayer guide unto Yahweh. And none of them allude to a pre tribulation rapture.
- Deliver us from all evil.
- Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
- We are not taken up to Heaven, but Messiah brings the Kingdom to us – On earth as it is in Heaven
Messiah clearly explains that one shall be taken and the other shall be left behind. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man returns. An essential Christian doctrine is to understand that the ones taken are to be destroyed. Christians most definitely want to be left behind, to inherit the kingdom at His second coming.
Mark 13:24-27 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
After the great tribulation, the elect will be gathered together. Is this not an essential Christian doctrine to comprehend? It would be unnecessary to gather the heavenly host if it were not for the fact that they also were to reign on earth with our Savior.
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of Yahweh, and for the testimony which they held:
Throughout history men and women have become martyrs for Yahweh. All day long His followers are counted as sheep for the slaughter (Psa 44:22, Rom 8:36).
Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Many will also become martyrs for Yahshua (the Savior) who is the image of Yahweh, during the three and a half years of the Great Tribulation.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yahshua (the Savior), even for the word of Yahweh, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years (Rev 20:4) .
Matt 24:39-40 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
An Essential Christian Doctrine is that Christians are Left Behind
When Yahshua (the Savior) returns a second time, one shall be taken away, but it is not to heaven. They are actually taken to Hell, to await the final judgment after His 1000 year reign.
The elect are left behind to remain on earth. This is the exact opposite of the pre-tribulation rapture teaching and is an essential Christian doctrine.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which Yahweh, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The apostle Paul clearly points out that he will receive his crown of righteousness, at the same time as those who are left behind receive theirs (2 Tim 4:1).
To imagine that one shall be taken to receive the reward of eternal life before the tribulation, while Paul waits until the end of the tribulation for his is beyond ludicrous.
Yahweh, even Yahshua (the Savior) who is our Messiah, will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom (2 Tim 4:1).
If there is a pre-tribulation rapture then these people escape the judgment. This is impossible, as it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment (2 Tim 4:1; Heb 9:27-28).
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
The Prophets, Saints and servants of Yahweh are all rewarded at this time, which is at the end of the great tribulation period.
This verse in Rev 11:18, also completely destroys the possibility of a pre-tribulation rapture.
A rapture or gathering of the church before this time is quite impossible, how could the prophets not be worthy of the same rewards of the church, that is supposedly taken away and transformed years before they are. Salvation can’t occur at any time other than that of the second coming of Yahshua (our Savior). The reward for the righteous is Salvation, which just happens to occur when He returns (Isa 62:11; Col 3:24; Rev 22:12).
2 Thes 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of the Messiah is at hand.
The day when our Messiah and Savior returns to gather his Elect, is after the great tribulation, a period of time in which the man of sin (the Anti-Christ) reigns for 3 1/2 years.
2 Thes 2:3 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;
It is evident that the day in which we are gathered, or caught up, does not occur until after the Beast or man of sin is revealed. There goes the possibility of escaping the Great Tribulation.
2 Thes 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom Yahweh shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming
And finally, this all happens at the end of the Great Tribulation, as this is when our Savior returns and throws the Beast and False Prophet into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).
The Great Tribulation is not the wrath of Yahweh. This is most definitely an essential Christian doctrine to comprehend.
2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us
All day long true believers are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
But this is not Yahweh’s wrath, nor is the suffering during the time of the Great Tribulation.
Salvation is received by those who are sealed with the promise of Yahshua (the Savior). Hell and finally the Lake of Fire are reserved for the unbeliever. This is His wrath, which is the eternal separation from Him.