SYNOPSIS – The doctrine of the “rapture” is not found in the book of Revelation and must be imported into it – Revelation 4:1-2.
The “rapture” refers to an interpretation in which Jesus rescues his church from tribulation by removing it from the earth and transporting it to heaven. A basic problem with this proposition is that the New Testament never uses the term “rapture” or explicitly describes a day when the Lord takes the saints off the earth to transfer them to “heaven.” The doctrine relies on passages where the idea is, at best, implicit.
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SYNOPSIS – Revelation nowhere describes the physical removal of the Church from the earth to escape the tribulation – Overcoming saints remain faithful in tribulations – Revelation 3:10.
Some proponents of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture cite Revelation 3:10 as a promise to the Church of escape by a rapture from the “Great Tribulation.” This interpretation ignores the context of the passage and the language used, especially when it assumes the “hour of trial” is synonymous with “tribulation.”
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SYNOPSIS: Like the church at Smyrna, Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial – Revelation 3:7-13.
The city of Philadelphia lay fifty kilometers southeast of Sardis, between it and the town of Laodicea. It straddled a major road into the interior, so trade with the other towns of Asia was vital to its economic life. Philadelphia was established as a city in 189 B.C. by Eumenés II, the king of Pergamos. He named it in honor of his brother and eventual successor, Attalus II. The city came under Roman rule when the last king, Attalus III, bequeathed Pergamos to Rome at his death (133 B.C.). Thus, Philadelphia became part of the Roman province of Asia. Continue reading Church at Philadelphia
SYNOPSIS – Revelation in its entirety is a message and exhortation for, to, and about the Church, the people of God – Revelation 4:1-3.
In the fourth chapter of the book of Revelation a voice summoned John to “come up here” and, thereafter, he found himself “in the spirit” and before a “throne set in heaven.” Some interpretations believe that John’s transference to “heaven” symbolizes the physical removal of the church from the earth at some future point.
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