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Every so often I try to write on the next event we can expect on the Biblical Calendar, which is.... the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church. The closer we get, the more confusion and rejection of it we see. The Rapture is being denied and ridiculed more and more, not only by church goers, but even by some ministers, in that very few of them even preach about it anymore! The main reason for this is that Satan doesn't want the world or the Church to be ready for it!

While some are totally denying it, others who do acknowledge it, are placing it at the middle of the tribulation, and still others are putting it with the Second Coming, which will be at the end of the tribulation period. However, there is one over-riding proof of the “pre-trib” position and that is the Body of Christ! It is strictly a term used by the Apostle Paul and much alluded to, but ONLY in Paul's epistles; which means, in view of the big picture, it stands insulated from all of Israel's prophecies. 

1 Cor. 15:51 makes sure we understand that concept with one word---and that word is “mystery” (or secret). “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed...” and God's secrets are not like the world's or even government's, where secrets are held in a sieve! God's secrets are totally secure until HE sees fit to reveal them. Therefore, the whole concept of the body of Christ was kept totally secret until revealed to Paul.

Romans 16:25.  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.

Galatians 1:11-12.  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:1-9.  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward, how that by revelation He made known unto the mystery: (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

Consequently, only Paul reveals the secret of the termination of the Body on earth. 1 Cor. 15:51-53. behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

We can literally be looking up in view of  II Timothy 3:1-7, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laded with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Titus 2:13. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

The last promise and prayer of the Bible is found in Revelation 22:20-21

 He which testifies these things says, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

May God Bless You All,
Pastor Moser

(Outline by Les Feldick)
November, 2012


The three absolutes of Scripture:

1.      All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
2.      Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (forgiveness) of sin. Hebrews 9:22
3.      Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6