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rapture ready newsRapture Ready News educates making rapture ready. One way of doing this is by contrast, showing Bible examples where believing falsehood about the rapture of Christ led to disaster:

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Mat 24:7-11)

Prophecy didn’t unfold as they expected, they lost their faith and turned on each other. Then false prophets rose, comforting them with lies. When their predictions failed, there was more offense, betrayal. Mockers arose, creating even more offense and betrayal (2 Pt. 3:3-4; Jude 1:18), “where is the promise of His coming” they sneered.

Sherlock Holmes would deduce which false prophecy caused their offense, to betray one another. Main clue, the mockers point out Christ “was overdue”, everything was still the same as before (2Pet. 3:3-4). Any other clues? Yes:

who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. (2 Tim. 2:18 NKJ)

These believers thought they had been left behind, that the resurrection was already past. That the Lord had come, the dead in Christ rose, and believers yet alive had been changed in a twinkling of an eye (1Th. 4:16-17. 1 Cor. 15:51-52).

The Thessalonians believed the same false prophecy. They were enduring tribulation (1Th. 3:4. 2Th. 1:6) and wondered why they weren’t raptured. So Paul reminds them, they haven’t seen the Antichrist rise yet, therefore the tribulation they endured cannot be the “great tribulation” during which the church is raptured:

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (2 Thess. 2:1-5 KJV)

What do you think will happen to pretribbers when the fallen away church begins to mock them about the rapture? The “man of sin” will morph into the Beast “son of pedition” at mid-week, and everyone will know who he is. Yet pretribbers will still be on earth, thinking they were “left behind”. Of course they will react just as Paul told Timothy some did, lose faith. They will be offended, and begin betraying one another.

The Rapture happens AFTER the Beast martyrs most of the church for refusing his mark:

11 “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write:`Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. (Rev. 14:11-16 NKJ)

Need more proof?

The fallen away church will be indistinguishable from Babylon the Harlot in the end time. We know this because God calls His people to come out of the Harlot in the end time:

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues…she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. (Rev. 18:4, 8 KJV)

This is well after the Beast rose up in Revelation 13:1-5, 18. The Harlot embraced every religion on earth, and in that wilderness the church hid and was nourished by God. Although the Reprobates cast out into the outer court trampled the Holy city, they true people of God were protected in the sanctuary (Rev. 11:1-2) But when the Beast slays Moses and Elijah God’s two witnesses (Rev. 11:7). God wouldn’t leave them behind, the rapture didn’t happen before the beast from the abyss rose up and slew them. Therefore, the teaching of a pretribulation rapture is false prophecy. When it fails to occur, those believing the lie will be offended, and begin betraying one another to the Beast.

Still don’t believe it?

Look at these sign and wonder working Christians, they think they can appeal to their former relationship with Christ, that He not cast them into eternal fire on Judgment Day:

22 “Many will say to Me in that day,`Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 “And then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt. 7:22-23 NKJ)

“That day” = Judgment Day. They address Jesus affectionately as “lord lord” and appeal to “eternal security,” once saved always saved. “We cast out demons and did miracles in your name! We are saved!”[1]

Then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me” (Mt. 7:23) “you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41 NKJ)

They knew accepting the Mark of the Beast meant eternal damnation but they refused to have patience and keep the faith of Jesus:

9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,
10 “he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
11 “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Rev. 14:9-12 NKJ)

How many of their fellow believers did they betray to the Beast during the Great Tribulation? No doubt many:

9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
(Rev. 6:9-11 NKJ)

Do not believe the false prophecy of pretribulation rapture, you will be just as upset and dismayed when it fails to occur, as the Thessalonians were. Rather you should mentally steel yourself for the worst now, lest you react wrongly when its time to be martyred for the faith. Its not a time for self defense, there will be no way to resist the inevitable. Rather, looking up to the author and finisher of your faith, let them have your head:

8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Rev. 13:8-10 NKJ)

To paraphrase a line from the AMC’s “The Walking Dead”:

“If forced to eat a crap sandwich, its best not to nibble”.

End Notes:

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21 “Not everyone who says to Me,`Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 “Many will say to Me in that day,`Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 “And then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt. 7:16-23 NKJ)

“In that Day” (Judgment Day) former Christian prophets exorcists and miracle workers protest being cast into everlasting fire for accepting the Mark of the Beast (Rev. 14:9-11). They imply they still know Jesus personally, affectionally calling Him “lord lord.” Citing the doctrine of “Eternal Security” (Rom. 8:30; John 10:28-29; 3:16; Phil. 1:6. 2Tim. 2:13. 2Th. 3:3. 2Cor. 5:18-19) they point to powerful works done in Jesus’ name as proof they were saved, and therefore cannot be cast into the fire.

Jesus replies “I never knew you,” [`Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Matt. 25:41 NKJ)] “you who practice lawlessness” (Mt. 7:23).

As Jesus NEVER knew them, none of the miracles were done by His Spirit and Power—in His name. The antichrists were deceived by “another Jesus”, “another spirit” (2Cor. 11:4) had disguised itself as Jesus, an antichrist spirit and him they received.

When a child of God asks for Holy Spirit, NEVER will he receive a serpent (Luke 11:11-13).

But when a child of the devil asks, God ignores the request (Lk. 8:12).

Then the working (1753 ἐνέργεια energeia) of Satan (spiritism) creates the delusion of a personal relationship with Christ and via “supporting” power signs and lying wonders the deluded believe the strong delusion they were saved.

Scripture is very clear, all who accept the Mark of the Beast were NEVER saved, their names were not in the book of life:

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev. 13:8 NKJ)

The “mystery”(spiritism inspiring) lawlessness is the polar opposite of the “mystery of Godliness” (1Tim. 3:16. Gal. 5:22. Eph. 5:9) (Holy Spirit) inspiring LAWFULNESS, obedience to God’s word of Truth the Bible:

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 Jn. 4:6 NKJ)

The outward physical evidence Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit is presently dwelling within is love of God’s truth the Bible, to obey it (Ac. 2:42. 1Jo. 3:8-10), not in signs and wonders (Ac. 2:43).

The antithesis to the mystery of lawlessness is the mystery of Godliness and the contrast is evident in these texts (2Thess. 2:9-17. 1John 2:3-24. 1Jn. 4:1-6. 1Tim. 4:1-3. Mt. 13:24-43, 47-50. Rev. 14:9-19. Lk. 8:12. 2Cor. 4:34; Rev. 18:2-4. 1Th. 3:5. 1Cor. 12:1-2. 2Pet. 2:10-22. Jude 1:8-13. Jer. 23:24-32. Isa. 8:16-22.).

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17 “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matt. 7:15-20 NKJ)