Summary: A study of the idea of the 'Rapture'
A Strong Delusion – Part III
Luke 17: 20-37
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
In our last study together we began a study on the idea of a condition called the ‘Rapture’. This religious position came from some interpretations of some Scripture that the following situation will occur. There will come a time any day now that our Lord Jesus Christ’s church, that is, all those who have accepted the Salvation of our Lord’s death and resurrection will be suddenly be snatched from the earth. The description of the Rapture teaches that all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who are alive will be physically removed from this earth. To the naked eye they will vanish. These people will instantly be beamed wherever they are up to meet the Lord Jesus Who Is positioned somewhere above the earth.
Now to add confusion great theological scholars cannot come up with the same conclusions. Some biblical experts say that this event will occur before what the bible calls the Great Tribulation. People who accept this position are called Pre-Tribulation Rapture or Pre-Tribers. Since many biblical scholars have come up with the idea that the Tribulation will be a period of 7 years some have taken a position that believers will be ‘Raptured’ halfway into the 7 years or after 3 and ½ years after the Great Tribulation begins. Those who hold this position are called Mid-Tribers. Lastly, there are those who take up a position that all believers will have to go through the whole seven years of the Great Tribulation and then be ‘Raptured’ out. They are referred to as Post Tribers.
Does this sound a tad bit confusing? Again forgive us for getting into this stupid worthless debate. The book of 1 Corinthians chapter 14 says about our Precious Holy Spirit this, “33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.’
Today, this doctrine in my opinion is causing problems. People are more interested in trying to find out who the Antichrist is than focusing in Who our Lord, Savior, and Master Is. Without a purposeful agenda many bible teachers and Pastors are focusing on the wrong issues. Our Lord told us this in the book of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verses 9 through 12,” 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
A good question for us all to consider is what is a ‘Delusion’;
1a. The act or process of deluding.
b. The state of being deluded.
2. A false belief or opinion:
3. Psychiatry A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness: