Sunday, July 14, 2013

1st Thes. 4: 16-17.

Tom's Journal.

We shall have good, HOT weather in the Upper Peninsula for the whole week ahead with no showers in sight!  Hot, like 89 degree F., and that's OK with me, as the Sun is my friend and healer --for my skin and peace of mind.  However, some say that the sun is in a certain 'mode' or season, of giving off super 'flares' that could short out of kill our national electrical grid....Ouch!   I'll bet that the USA is NOT ready for that storm. 

There is so much nasty 'News' going on every single day, lately, to strike fear into our hearts and minds !!  Many folks take pills and anti-depressants to stay sane.  I have found that reading the Bible's promises of peaceful, joyful, love and security in Heaven help me to withstand the wiles and roaring of Satan the Devil....PTL [Praise the Lord]. 
    I ordered too many new 1599 Geneva Bibles by mistake, but will give one to Pastor Kevin Sullivan, @ Family Baptist church today, in a few minutes, and send the rest back, except one for me.  They are good, but I love my KJV --King James versions better...



Seven Raptures?

Q.  The number 7 is mentioned throughout the Bible. Recently I read an article dealing with the 7 raptures ( 5 have already come to pass and 2 more are waiting to happen).  The first 5 involved: Enoch, Elijah, Moses, Christ, and the old testament saints. The  future raptures involve the Church and the two witnesses mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Jesus Christ is right in the middle of all the 7 raptures as represented in the Menorah. Is this a true Biblical teaching?

A.  The rapture is a unique event where all living believers will suddenly be taken to be with the Lord without dying first (1 Thes. 4:16-17).  There is only one of these.  It is the rapture of the Church which will take place before the end times judgments begin. There are several other events that are considered models or types such as Enoch and Elijah who also went to be with God without dying first. All the others you mention are models of the resurrection, where believers who have died come back to life.  Jesus is the prototype of the resurrection.

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