The Pre-Trib Rapture In Acts 15:13-18

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

A number of people have wondered about using Acts 15:13-18 to support my position that the rapture of the church has to precede the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week. Most of their comments have included a request for a clearer understanding of why I do this, so here it is.

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What’s My Role?

Q.   As a Jewish believer, how am I part of God’s plan? I know the full number of Gentiles has not come yet but I was only recently saved. I was just wondering what you thought about this as my heart grieves at times when I think of how my fellow Jewish people turn their backs to the Lord.

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Questioning The Placement Of Ezekiel’s Battle

Q. Re: the Sequence of End Times Events.  You have said that the Rapture comes first, then the Battle of Gog and Magog,  then the 70th Week of Daniel, but why wouldn’t the 70th Week begin before the Battle of Gog and Magog and not after it?  Couldn’t Gog and Magog come with the red horse in Rev. 6 after the anti-Christ has brought a false peace to Earth?

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Was Paul Pre-Trib?

Q.  I believed the pre-trib position for years but I changed my view when I preached through 1 Thessalonians.  There is nothing in 1 Thess. 4:13-18 about a pretribulation rapture. When Paul said, “we who are alive and remain until the coming (parousia) of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep,” he uses the word parousia meaning “coming,” “arrival,” or “presence.” There is no reason why they would not be thinking that this is the second coming in glory after the tribulation.

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Is Belief In The Rapture Required To Go?

Q. I believe that to go in the rapture you must believe there will be one.  How can anyone expect to receive something when they don’t believe it exists?  The rapture fighters and non believers will get what they believe in.   I pray and hope all will come to believe in the catching away of the saints, but I firmly believe you must believe it to receive it.  What say you?

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The Dead In Christ Will Rise First

Q.  I can’t seem to find an answer to this question. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:52, the verses reference the dead rising first during the rapture. I don’t believe in soul-sleep, so I am confused by the word “dead.” I try to make sense of it by thinking those verses refer to the dead, but saved in Christ, rising first and the church being caught up second.  But I’m confused as to why God would want to raise up dead bodies. Do you know what I mean?   Most of those bodies  have long ago rotted away and turned to dust, so what is going to be raised up if their spirits are already in Heaven? Thanks so much for your help! Continue reading…

Teaching Against The Rapture?

Q.  I would like to know what will become of those who call themselves Christians, but are teaching there is no rapture?  There are many who hold this belief and also teach it.  Personally, I believe there is a pre-trib rapture, and there is no lack of evidence for it throughout scripture.  So why don’t these who teach no rapture see it?  Will it affect their own opportunity to be raptured at the pre-tribulation rapture?  Or will their lack of faith and understanding be treated as any other sin?  Won’t they be held accountable for misleading others by their teaching?

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Saved By Their Works?

Q. Re: People who are here after the Rapture.  How do they fight and prove themselves worthy, especially when the anti-Christ will fool most into believing he is Christ?  I ask this because I feel many left behind will still have a chance of being saved by their works.

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Israel’s Coming Battles and The Rapture

Q. I used to believe that the Rapture would need to happen before either Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38 could occur.  My reasoning was that as long as America was both a super-power and Israel’s ally, no one would dare attack Israel (although it never stopped the Arabs in the past, I was thinking more along the lines of Russia and Iran). With our economy on precipice and the world no longer fearing us (watch the news), I’ve begun to think that the Rapture would not be necessary to weaken America sufficiently to encourage Israel’s enemies to attack.  And having just read your article about the Restrainer, the sad thought that the Rapture might not occur until after the battles of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 entered my mind.

Since Paul stated that the Restrainer (Holy Spirit) will be removed at the “proper time” to reveal the anti-Christ, wouldn’t that suggest that the Restrainer would be removed just before the opening of the first seal rather than at an earlier point in time (e.g. before either Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38)?

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False Rapture Teaching

Q.  I very much believe that we are in the last days and believe that the rapture of the Church could happen at any time.  When I read blogs like the one I’m sending you, I find myself feeling a bit confused. I feel excited that they seem to indicate the rapture is imminent, but I have a difficult time supporting their “prophecies” through the Bible. It is difficult to see how this could be a deception when the primary focus seems to be to encourage people to witness and tell others about Jesus because the time is short. The discussion about a “cataclysmic event” and then 3 days of darkness prior to the rapture, however, does not seem to line up with the Bible.  What do you think?

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