Dr. Daniel Lewis looks at why the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the most likely scenario for the end times.
Glorious Hope - Misery and suffering will end soon and we will enter glorious hope.
Revelation of Translation:
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
1 Thessalonians 4:13-16
27% of the Bible is Prophesy
Realization - 1 Thessalonians 4:13
Softens the blow of life. There is more.
Revelation - 1 Thessalonians 4:15
The Word is directly from God
He'll come back the same way He left - Acts 1:11
Living Believers will be removed
All in Christ will be reunited
Comfort one another with these words
P- Place of the Church in the book of Revelation
R- Removal of the restrainer
E - Exemption of divine wrath
T- Twenty-four elders
R - Rapture of the Church versus the return of Christ
I - Imminence
B - Blessed Hope
Place of the Church in Pre-tribulation:
Revelation 4-19 describes the tribulation period. The Church is not mentioned.
Revelation 1-3 Church is mentioned 19 times
Revelation 22:16 Church is mentioned once again
Removal of the Restrainer
2 Thessalonians 2:6 - Present age, before the rapture, is the "Age of Restraint" where Satan is restrained.
Tribulation Age - Age of Rebellion
2 Thessalonians 2;7-9
Messianic Age - Age of Revelation
2 Thessalonians 2:8b
Who is the Restrainer?
Suggestions: Roman Empire / Revival of the Roman Empire; State of Israel; Paul; Preaching of the Gospel; Human Government; Elijah; Heavenly beings; Michael the Archangel; Holy Spirit; the Church
What is holding him back? 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7
Is the Holy Spirit or the Church (Holy Spirit working through the Church) the Restrainer?
Genesis 6:3 - God is a Restrainer
Galatians 5:16-17 - God is a Restrainer
The Church is used by the Holy Spirit to restrain:
We are the Salt of the earth - hinders decay - Matthew 5:13
We are the Light of the world - stops the darkness and brings to light - Matthew 5:14
The Holy Spirit will stop restraining when the Church is removed.
God restrains evil now because He wants the Church to function.
God takes care of us and keeps us from harm.
Restrainer must be removable
Restrainer must be powerful enough to hold back evil.
Restrainer needs omnipotent power
The Holy Spirit is the Restrainer.
Genesis 18:19 - God did not want Lot to be destroyed in Sodom and Gomorrah
We, the Believers, are exempt from God's wrath and judgement . . . Wrath and judgement was poured out onto Jesus on the cross. These were taken care.of on the cross.
Mentioned 12 times
Revelation 4:4, 4:10,5:5-7,5:11, 5:14, 7:11, 7:13, 11:16, 14:3,19:4
They were leaders
The Levitical priesthood is always divided into 24 groups
1 Peter 2:5 - Holy Priesthood
Revelation 3:21 - Position seated on thrones
They have crowns (Angels are never talked about as having crowns - only Believers)
Daniel 12:1-3 Shown with crowns; Not in tribulation
Revelation 7:13 - Clothed in white
Clothing of the redeemed
Revelation 5:11 - Distinction between angels and elders
Location - Where are the elders? Heaven.
Promises to both the Church and to Israel
1. Christ comes in the air - Acts 1:11
2. Christ comes to earth - Zechariah 14:4
3. Christ comes for His saints
Christ comes with His saints - 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Jude 1:14
4. Christ claims His bride
Christ comes with His bride
5. Return of Christ is predicted in the Old Testament
No signs of the rapture are needed
There are many signs for His second return
6. Time of Comfort - Matthew 4
Destruction and judgement
7. Believers only raptured - John 14:1-3
8. Occurs in a blink of an eye - 1 Corinthians 15:52; Matthew 24:27
Only God's own are taken
All will see Jesus - Revelation 1:7
Picture for the world
9. Rapture signals the beginning of seven-year tribulation
Jesus returns after tribulation. 1000 years of peace
Imminent - Events will occur in a moment and can occur at any time.
Blessed Hope - Titus 2:13
Comfort one another - 1 Thessalonians 4:18
Christ is coming back before the trouble
Several Elders and Deacons