Thread: Rapture
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:35 PM
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The rapture is God catching ALL of His true church up to Heaven. The saints in the Tribulation are those who got saved during those seven years.
But that's what I'm saying. I don't get how "all of His true church" can be raptured while SOME of His true church stay to get saved later. Saints = True church. All one body.

All the dead in Christ are raised, not all the dead throughout history.
That includes all the OT saints as well though, those who lived by faith during their lives and, as I understand it, also believed Christ when He preached to them according to

1Pe*3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

The verse says God will keep them from the hour of temptation, not keep them safe within it.
True, and your interpretation may be the correct one, but I'm reserving judgment because I still have too many questions about the whole thing.

Chapter one is the things which thou hast seen - the glorified Christ.
Chapters two and three are the things which are - the churches - the church age is typified here.
Chapter four onwards are the things which shall be hereafter (seeing as the church will be caught up after the church age is over, and 4:1 makes reference to what will come after, it is reasonable to believe that verse is a picture of the rapture - when compared with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
It's a possibility in my mind, but not open and shut.
In eternity, all God's people will be one - they are not so right now. There is Israel, and there is the church, then there will be the Tribulation saints. But in eternity, all will be together in the new heavens and the new earth.
Unbelieving Israel can't be regarded as God's people. You have to be saved to have that status. I do believe God is preserving and watching over the state of Israel and has great plans for the Jews, many yet to be saved as the end times unfold, but I can't split up the categories of saints as you do. Too much of scripture seems to say something different.

Last edited by Connie; 04-14-2008 at 06:40 PM.