A Voice in the
Sometimes you make a little discovery that is so exciting you are just dying to share it with everyone else. This little article is the presentation of such a discovery. But before I can relay that, I need to set a little background.
Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets. (Eph3:2-5)
Paul makes it clear that he and the other apostles were treated to a special insight by revelation from God which simply is not contained in the Old Testament.
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. (Eph3:6)
Ok, so now this special revelation is clarified as the Church. In other words, the Church (separate from Israel) is a new concept--not revealed in the Old Testament--but made known to the Apostles. Quite simply, this means that you will not find the Church mentioned in the Old Testament.
Listen, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1Cor15:51-52)
We have here the Rapture. And the word translated "mystery" is "musterion" in the Greek and means something revealed that was not previously known. In other words, the Rapture of the Church is another one of those things that was first made known exclusively to Paul. For this reason, you won't find the Rapture of the Church in the Old Testament either.
But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (Rev10:7)
Ok, so the Rapture of the Church is at the last trumpet which coincides with the Seventh Trumpet of Revelation. We now have the timing of the Rapture, then, to be at the end of the Tribulation right as Christ is coming as King of kings and Lord of lords. So sit tight and wait: you are going through the Tribulation unless you die first. At least this is what Post-Trib proponents teach assuming 1Cor15:51 and Rev10:7 mean the same thing.
But notice the exact wording of Rev10:7, "...just as he announced to his servants the prophets" This means Old Testament prophets! What have we learned earlier? The Rapture of the Church is not in the Old Testament. Can Rev10:7 then be talking about the Rapture of the Church? No Way! The mystery of Rev10:7 is something yet to be revealed but it cannot be the Rapture of the Church.
But what about the "prophets" mentioned in Rev10:7? Couldn't they refer to Old Testament prophets as well and therefore debunk this claim? Well, you must remember that the identity and Rapture of the Christian Church were revealed to Paul first.
Notice the words of Peter in his first sermon given within minutes of receiving the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost:
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (Acts3:21)
Paul wasn't even converted yet so there is no way that Peter could be referring to the Rapture of the Christian Church. Instead, Peter is saying that at the Return of Christ everything predicted concerning Him in the Old Testament would be fulfilled.
Rev10:7 is saying the exact same thing: at the Seventh Trumpet everything predicted in the Old Testament concerning the Return of Jesus Christ would be fulfilled. This has nothing to do with the Rapture of the Christian Church.
This information is very exciting and at least confirms something I have personally believed for a very long time: the Church is not going to go through the Tribulation. The Apostate church will definitely not be in the Rapture and therefore be forced to endure the Tribulation, but the TRUE Church of Jesus-loving, Jesus-obeying, and Bible- believing Christians will be yanked out of here in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
contributed by: Ken Onweller (used by permission)