The Partial Rapture of The Church!
Whoa! What do you mean?
Most Christians don’t believe that Christ is coming back in
their lifetime, so they’re not ready for his return; ‘Not even thinking in that
I believe in the literal second coming of Christ and I
believe this will happen in my lifetime! (Some Christian theologians believe in
the Second Coming of Christ but do not believe in the Rapture of the Church as a
separate event preceding his coming.) Of course, I believe scripture teaches
the rapture and I am suggesting that Christ will return in my lifetime and that
a literal rapture will precede the return of Christ.
Just as Armageddon is not a single event but a campaign
consisting of three major battles over a three and one-half year period – so
the Second Coming of Christ is not a single event but two events separated by
seven years.
The two events are:
1) THE RAPTURE – This is the Bridegroom (Christ
Jesus – God’s Son) coming to get his bride to carry her to his Father’s house
for a wedding feast.
2) THE RETURN OF CHRIST TO EARTH – This will be the
prophesied event of Christ setting foot upon Mount Olivet in Jerusalem to begin
his literal reign upon Earth.
If I am correct to teach that this Second Coming will occur
in my lifetime, this places an urgency on the the believer. After all I’m 63
years of age.
Why do I say Partial Rapture? What is that?
Does scripture teach that only those who are ready and
awaiting his return will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air; and those not
ready will be ‘left behind? If so, a lot of Christians will be left behind – to
endure the seven years of the Great Tribulation upon the Earth.
Matthew 24 and 25 deal specifically with the ‘end of the
age’. It is here that we find the parable of the Ten Virgins. Matthew 25:
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who
took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

2 “Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with

4 “but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 “But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and

6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is
coming; go out to meet him!’

7 “Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

8 “And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’

9 “But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be
enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’

10 “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those
who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord,
open to us!’

12 “But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not
know you.’

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in
which the Son of Man is coming.
Let’s look at scripture.
All ten were invited. All were supposed to be in the
wedding party. So let me suggest – All ten were saved!
I am told that by Jewish tradition. The groom keeps the
exact time of the wedding a secret. It’s like a game, and at an hour of his
choosing he sends the best man ahead of him proclaiming and announcing his
arrival. When the best man shouts, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh” then the
wedding party quickly makes ready and the parade to the Father of the Groom’s
home proceeds. The Wedding feast last seven days!
We see here a direct correlation with Jesus, God’s Son,
coming to get his bride, the church and carry her to the Father’s house for a
seven day feast. This is the Rapture!
But if this is indeed a picture of the rapture, then this
In fact fully half in this parable don’t make the
cut; not because they are not a part of the wedding party but because they were
foolish and were not prepared when the call came. Verse 13 challenges
believers, “Watch therefore, for YOU know neither the day nor the hour in which
the Son of Man is coming.” …and this passage and verse specifically refer to
the coming of the Son of Man for His Bride.
This speaks NOT of the return of Christ to Earth, for
scripture tells a sequence of events that will take place and following those
events, the exact day of Christ’s return to Earth WILL BE KNOWN.
For the final battle of the Armageddon campaign will be led
by the Anti-Christ and will be for the express purpose of stopping Jesus’ return
to Earth to reign as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.
So if scripture teaches that No one knows the day and hour
of His coming; and yet we will know the exact day of His return to Earth, is
there an inconsistency? Not at all!
No one knows the day or hour of the Rapture of the Church.
If the Rapture is for the purpose of extracting the Bride to the Father’s House
for a seven day wedding party, then there must be seven days that the Groom is
tied up for this wedding feast at the Father’s house; hence, the belief that
the righteous will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and immediately turn
around to be with Him as he sets foot upon the Earth is not a feasible
argument. For seven days or one week of years will pass before he
Fact is, that Jewish history is divided into 70 weeks of
years. This is what scripture calls it – ‘Weeks of Years.’ Scripture also
teaches us that 69 of these weeks of years have passed and one is yet to come.
Jewish history entered a parenthesis some 2000 years ago.
The seventieth week of years (called one week in prophecy
and yet lasting seven years upon Earth will be going on simultaneously with the
week long wedding party in Heaven.
So you see, that:
The Seven years of Great tribulation upon Earth is the
Seventieth week of Jewish history and comes after the Church Age or the Age of
Grace has ended.
But those NOT ready – not awaiting the return of Christ for
His Bride will be left behind to endure the Great Tribulation upon the Earth.