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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," July 2009

Wake Up! Jesus Is Coming!

Let me be clear upfront. Jesus is NOT coming soon the way it is taught by today's popular theory of Scofield Darbyism.

What does this mean?

It means, first, that Jesus in NOT coming for a secret pretribulation rapture of the Church--there is no secret pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church taught in the Bible.

Instead, Jesus is indeed coming soon, and coming just as the Bible teaches! This means suddenly and unexpectedly to judgment.

"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matt. 24:37).

Noah endured the flood. He was not removed to heaven before the flood began. Noah's experience does not prefigure, then, the end-time Church's removal in some any moment secret pretribulation Rapture, as widely thought among us.

Yes, it is true that Enoch was translated to be with God before the flood began. But note that Jesus does not mention Enoch anywhere is the context of Matthew twenty-four!

So, on what rational basis can we claim that Enoch's translation to heaven before the flood, again, prefigures a pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church? Such an unwarranted allegorical linkage, friends, is somebody's mere "fruitful imagination," and has no credibility for determining what constitutes sound Christian doctrine!

And what about those "taken" in Matthew 24:40-41: "then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left."

Again, dispensationalists universally assume that the above verses must prefigure the removal of the end-time Church in a pre-tribulation Rapture. Matthew, however, says nothing about the existence of a seven year period of time. He nowhere indicates that the "taking" of those mentioned in verses 40-41 occurs at the beginning of any seven year great tribulation period, as millions today baselessly imagine.

The "taking" here, rather, indicates the sudden separation of the in-breaking Day of Judgment. Those removed are taken out in judgment--"they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away" (Matt. 24:29).

Noah survived the judgment. Will we? Yes, we may, if we prepare now.

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