Paul vs. James (Pt. 12)

By William Handschumacher

A Special Rock of Offence Bible Study





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This is Part 12 of a fourteen-part Bible study.
The other parts of this study are available
below.

Part 1 ----- Part 2 ----- Part 3 ----- Part 4
Part 5 ----- Part 6 ----- Part 7 ----- Part 8
Part 9 ----- Part 10 ----- Part 11 ----- Part 13
Part 14

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Understanding the Mystery of
Christ and Performing a
Spiritual Checkup




One of the most interesting verses
in the New Testament is
1 Corinthians 2:6-8, which states:


"However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." (1 Corinthians 2:6-8)


God chose to keep His real purpose for Christ's crucifixion "hidden in a mystery" in order to keep the devil and his demonic forces from finding out - until it was too late. Paul reveals that ... "had they known, they would have not crucified the Lord of Glory." This is why, contrary to popular church teachings - that the Gospel of Christ (as revealed in Saint Paul's Epistles to the Church) was not previously known or taught - except through some mysterious "Old Testament types and shadows". Shortly before the cross, Jesus warned about this "information blackout period", when He said ...


"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear (or comprehend) them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guilde you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you." (See John 16:4-16)



It is here Jesus tells His disciples that He still had "many things to say" - and that this information would not be revealed until after the Spirit of truth (or Holy Spirit) had come. The Holy Spirit didn't arrive (to indwell all true believers) until the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts chapter 2.

This means that "the many things Christ wanted say while on earth" were not released - or known - until after the day of Pentecost. This is the Gospel message Paul refers to as; "the wisdom of God hidden in a mystery". Here is what many Christians tend to miss: By the time the Holy Spirit arrived on the day of Pentecost, Jesus had already ascended back to heaven - and was now speaking from this location. What was Jesus saying? ... the many things He couldn't say while on earth. Paul describes these "many things" as "the wisdom of God hidden in a mystery", which is only fully revealed in his Epistles to the Church. This is why the following Scripture represents such an important truth :


"See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him (Jesus Christ) who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him (the resurrected Jesus Christ) Who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, 'Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.'" (Hebrews 12:22-26)



Christ's sacrifice that releases us from Satan's dominion - is now part of history and there will be no rematch. As a result, He has now given the Church power over the devil and his works.

[Jesus is speaking] "....and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)


After the cross, this power now
comes from one place.


"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)


All of this is extraordinary news - as long as Christians embrace the true gospel from which their power flows. However, Satan has a way to reverse at least part of the defeat he suffered at the cross ... by replacing the true Gospel of Christ with a counterfeit. By tricking Christians into receiving a counterfeit gospel - he can effectively shut off their power. Starting a few years after the cross, the devil unleashed this diabolical agenda upon an unsuspecting Church. Using falsely religious ministers and theologians, he created a counterfeit gospel (Paul calls it "a perverted gospel") and embedded it into mainstream Christian doctrine.

A counterfeit is designed to replace the 'original article' - with an imitation or close copy. Counterfeit money is one example that carries similar consequences. If an enemy can get enough countefeit currency into circulation, they can destroy the economy of an entire country without firing a shot. In the same way, if the devil can successfully replace the authentic gospel with a counterfeit - he can destroy the effectiveness of the Church.


One of the Most Common Methods
Used to Introduce a Counterfeit
Gospel is to Ignore the Context
of the Bible


We often fail to realize that the difference between Scriptural truth and heresy revolves around Biblical context. We constantly hear various preachers say things like; "We teach the Bible as God's Word". Some go even further by saying; "Because I'm preaching God's Word - you must give me the same obedience as you give to Jesus." Some readers may think this is an exaggeration, but I attended such a church as a young inexperienced Christian - and it nearly wrecked my faith. Since that time I've learned that this kind of mindset is common in many churches.

What this popular declaration is actually saying is; "I'm preaching the Bible as God's word - therefore I'm telling you what God is saying." However, this is actually a dangerous half-truth ... rather than a complete truth. To accurately teach God's Word two conditions must be met. First, your teaching must be found and supported in the official canon of Scripture. Secondly, your teaching must conform to the original Divine context in which it was written. Here's the problem: preachers tend to only adhere to the first condition while ignoring the second.


[The following statements were made earlier in this study, and are repeated here due to their importance.]

Many of us are aware of dishonest journalists who are caught quoting politicians and other information sources 'out-of-context'. Most of their audience fails to notice the distortion, which is why it's so effective. As a result, the strategy has been used (and despised) throughout human history as an effective way to manipulate public opinion. The problem here is obvious.

If anyone is quoted 'out-of-context'
then they didn't really say what
was reported.


The same is true of God's Word.
You can use it to show what God
says about any Biblical topic.

However, if you lift His words
from their intended context, and
reinsert them into a context of
your own design (in order to
defend your doctrine) - you are
not quoting what God actually
said. You're attempting to make
God say what you want Him to say
as a way to persuade your
listeners.

When Scripture is removed from
its Divine context, it ceases
to be God's Word and becomes a
false religious teaching that
sounds like God's Word.


As a result, God's words and commands (along with the prophets who speak for God in Scripture) are often quoted 'out-of-context' to validate a teaching that's contrary to His intentions ... while continuing to sound like it originates from the pages of the Bible. Unfortunately, these ungodly practices have existed within the Christian Church since the first century. In this study readers may be shocked to discover that some ministers, and the denominations they represent, use this same method as a way to make it appear that God says things ... that He does not say.


Why We Work to Expose Replacement
Theology



As all serious students of the Bible know, there are numerous false systems of theology that operate within Christendom. Yet, the Christians who are held captive by them are convinced they are walking in the truth of Scripture. In this study, we focus on Replacement theology (also known as Supersessionism) because of how deeply it is embedded in mainstream Christian doctrine.

As we repeat throughout this study, the two primary divisions of the Bible involve; Old Testament Israel and the New Testament Church. Nearly all issues of context affecting correct Bible interpretation are tied to these two programs ... which are separated by the cross. For this reason the Bible translators wanted all those who read the Scriptures to know about this important division by inserting special title pages in the manuscripts. The reason behind their actions is simple yet important: God now relates with those living after the cross according to "The new and living way of Christ" (also called "the new covenant"). In other words - God treats sin and the sinner in a vastly different way after the cross ... than He did before the cross.

However, when Replacement theology declares that 'original Israel' has been replaced by the Church ... and that the Church has now become "The new Israel" (and sometimes referred to as "Spiritual Israel") - it totally destroys the Divine context of the Bible that keeps these two entities separated. Suddenly, Israel and the Church become interchangeable, rather than separate and independent entities. As an expression of this disastrous belief, some ministers tell their audience; "When you see the words 'Israel or Jew' in Scripture, God is actually referring to the Church". As a result, it's now a common practice to intermingle the Old Testament program of Israel with the New Testament program of the Church. This allows ministers and their followers to arbitrarily (and illegally) use any Scripture verse to defend their beliefs without the need to respect the Bible's rules of context.

This characteristic of 'ignoring context' also explains why Replacement theology wrongly applies the works-based salvation doctrine of James--to the Church, which causes it to contradict the Grace-based salvation teachings of Saint Paul.


One of the primary characteristics of Replacement Theology is declaring the Church to be "the new Israel"; where original Israel and the Church are now treated as being 'interchangeable' throughout the whole of Scripture. This popular way of interpreting the Bible causes many to go dangerously astray - because it creates the illusion that God says things - that He does not say.



Due to the shocking level of deception that operates within the many expressions and offshoots of Replacement theology--we list six of its most common teachings as a warning and a quick 'spiritual checkup'. This agrees with Paul's warning to the Church, where he says ...

"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you are disqualified." (2 Corinthians 13:5)




FIRST: PAUL VS JAMES

As previously revealed in this study; Replacement theology wrongly applies the works-based salvation found in the Epistle of James - to the Church. This happens, depite the fact that the Epistle of James is not addressed to the Church, but to "The twelve tribes of Israel". Since Replacement theology wrongly teaches that the Church is now "the new Israel" - the salvation doctrine of James is considered to be "binding upon the Church" even though it is clearly addressed to a different group under the authority of a different set of covenant laws. This not only contradicts and redefines the Grace-based salvation teachings of Saint Paul, but also sows disagreement and confusion throughout the entire New Testament - and sharp division among Christians.


SECOND: SONS VS SERVANTS

According to the Scriptures - before Christ's New Covenant started to govern - the Israelites were the only ones who had a covenant with God. This special relationship the Jews possessed is often understood through the religion of Judaism or 'the Mosaic Covenant of the Law'. During this time, the Bible refers to all non-Jewish people as 'Gentiles' - who were "aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" (as described by Paul in Ephesians 2:11-22). Yet, all these things radically changed for the Gentiles, when God accepted them into 'Christ's Church' ... as a result of the cross. This is why, in order to properly interpret the Scriptures, Paul warned that the Old Testament program of the Israelites and the New Testament program of the Church must be kept separate and 'rightly divided' - because each program is governed by vastly different sets of rules known as 'a covenant'.

Under the Old Testament program of the Law, Israel is known as 'the people of God'. This relationship involved a King (sometimes referred to in parables as a 'master or lord') – who represents God. His people (or loyal subjects) are considered to be servants. Various parables taught by Christ in the New Testament are based on this 'master-lord-servant' relationship. In these situations, the Lord's acceptance of the servant is always the result of their performance and quality of work. If a servant is disloyal or fails to meet the performance expectations of their master or lord, he is in danger of being rejected and cast out. We see this in Christ's parable of the unprofitable servant in Matthew 25:20-29. The story involves three servants who were entrusted with their lord's resources. Two of these servants were diligent and multiplied the resources entrusted to them. As a result, they were told, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

But, the third servant insulted his Lord and returned the original resources with no increase. As a result, his Lord said to him, "You wicked and lazy servant ... cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

This parable represents a judgment that God performs on His servants--based on their works, behavior and 'profitability'. We know this to be true because the parable clearly says so. If you are one of God’s servants LIVING BEFORE THE CROSS--and judged to be unprofitable or lacking good works ... then being cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (a Biblical description of hell) is the expected outcome.


However, Christians today are
not living before the cross
and are therefore not living
according to the same rules.



The term 'servant' that Jesus uses in Matthew 25:20-29 is being taught within the context of the Old Testament role of a servant which was held by the Israelites. Jesus taught this parable before the cross and before the New Covenant started to govern. During this time, God related to his people (the Israelites) as 'servants'.


But after the cross, all believers
(now referred to as Gentiles)
are declared to be sons of God.



The Bible reveals Jesus as being 'God's Son'. Before the cross He is known as 'God's only begotten Son'. But, after the cross, this relationship of being a son is now freely imputed (assigned) to all believers. Jesus will forever be 'God's Firstborn Son'. The firstborn possesses all authority. But, after the cross, God now has many sons - and Jesus holds the preeminent position of being 'the firstborn among many brethren' (See Romans 8:28-30). We see this same title, included in the following Scripture quote, where the Church of Jesus Christ (consisting of all believing sons) is referred to as ... "The general assembly and Church of the Firstborn."


But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel (Hebrews 12:22-26).


Under the New Covenant - and contrary to countless church teachings based on Replacement theology, God considers anyone who has placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ to be His perfectly righteous son--regardless of their failure to personally live up to the high calling of the title. Since this Divine righteousness is now freely imputed and originates, not from the life of the believer, but from Jesus Christ Himself - it is received only by Grace (God's unmerited favor) through faith - apart from works and merit (See Romans 4:4-8).


"But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE ADOPTION AS SONS." (Galatians 4:4-5)

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, THAT WE SHOULD BE CALLED THE SONS OF GOD: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear (speaking of the return of Christ), WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:1-2 - Also see John 1:11-13, Hebrews 2:9-10 Romans 8:28-30)


Contrary to popular church teachings,
which are based on Replacement
theology ... the merit-based judgment
of the unprofitalbe servant in
Matthew 25:20-29 will never be
applied by the Heavenly Father to
any Christian who is now one of His
sons.



Our Heavenly Father never judges or treats His sons the same as His servants. Servants are accepted or rejected according to their behavior, obedience and quality of work. But, as a result of the cross, the Heavenly Father's many sons remain members of the Royal Family regardless of their failures, disobedience or poor behavior.


Replacement theology always treats the Christian as a servant--and uses Matthew 25:20-29 to justify their position. Yet, following the cross, God now considers all true Christians to be His sons, who will never be judged as a servant. More information on this important subject is available below:


Sons vs Servants



THIRD: THE FIVE WISE AND FIVE
FOOLISH VIRGINS


One of the most misapplied and misunderstood parables of Christ concerns the five wise and five foolish virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13. The parable takes place in the future at the Marriage Banquet of the Lamb, where ten virgins await the arrival of the Bridegroom.

All ten carried oil lamps that provided light. The five wise virgins brought extra oil, but the five foolish did not. While the Bridegroom tarried, all ten went to sleep. At midnight the call came that the Bridegroom had arrived. All ten virgins awoke. The five with extra oil refilled their lamps and went in to the Banquet - but the five whose oil had run out needed to leave to purchase more. Upon their return, they knocked on the door to gain entrance. But, the Bridegroom refused to let them in, stating that he didn't know them.

Replacement theology always describes this parable in the context of a works-based salvation, where entrance to the Banquet represents salvation - and the brightly burning lamps of the five wise virgins represent their qualifying works. The teaching goes something like this: Christians must always maintain an abundance of good works (representing brightly burning lamps) so that Jesus (the Bridegroom) will allow them to enter His salvation (represented by entrance to the Marriage Banquet).

There are several problems with this popular interpretation. First, it is based on Replacement theology that wrongly suggests that the five wise virgins and their brightly burning lamps represent the Bride of Christ. This belief leads whole congregations astray ... by making them think that the abundance of good works possessed by the five wise virgins is what makes them worthy to become "the Bride". There are actually major denominational doctrines that teach this popular misconception as God's Word. This fools millions of professing Christians into trying to relate with God through their own works--rather than through Christ's finished work at the cross performed on their behalf.


Contrary to popular church teachings,
the Bride of Christ - is actually
selected and receives her her
worthiness (or righteousness) in an
entirely different way.

Under New Covenant salvation, which only became available after Christ's crucifixion, resurrection, ascension--and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 - Christian believers represent "the Church" while on earth ... but will later take on the title of "the Bride of Christ" after their arrival in heaven for "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb". Under the New Covenant, which was purchased by the blood of Jesus at the cross (See Luke 22:20) both the many membered earthly Church - and later the Bride - are made worthy (righteous) only through a special faith in Jesus Christ "the Bridegroom" that requires no works or human merit (See Romans 4:4-8, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7). This unmerited (and undeserved) type of righteousness is assigned (or imputed) as a "free gift" because it was literally 'purchased for the Christian' by the sacrificial blood of their Lord and soon to be Bridegroom (See Romans 5:15-21). This "free gift of righteous" was not available during the earthly ministry of Christ that was conducted under the Old Testament program ... which governed before the cross. This also explains why we do not see the "free gift of righteousness" specifically mentioned in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - but only in the Epistles of Saint Paul to the Church.


Abraham, who is first introduced in the book of Genesis, was the only person to possess this "faith-based righteousness apart from works"--before the cross (Read all of Romans chapter 4). Contrary to popular church teachings - no one else but Abraham became righteous 'through a faith without works' during Old Testament times. This is one reason Saint Paul uses Abraham's faith (and nobody else's) as an example for Christians living after the cross.


In Christ's parable of Matthew 25:1-13, and contrary to popular church teachings, the Bride - who is not specifically mentioned - is not chosen from among the virgins waiting outside the Banquet Hall--but is already inside.



Jack Kelly of "GracethruFaith.com" gives a correct Scriptural explanation concerning this often misunderstood parable of Christ. A series of Jack's commentaries on this subject are available below for further study :

Parable of the Ten Virgins...
Clearing Up the Confusion





FOURTH: OLD TESTAMENT VS
NEW TESTAMENT RIGHTEOUSNESS


During this section involving a spiritual "self-examination", we try to list things in order of their importance. However, the subject of righteousness should certainly appear near the top.

Righteousness can be understood as our "worthiness (or right) to boldly and blamelessly stand before God without fear of rejection". Yet, the way a person becomes 'righteous' radically changed after the cross. Before the cross, under the Old Testament program, a person's "righteousness" depended on their conduct and whether they kept the commandments of the Law. When the rich young ruler asked Jesus "how to be saved" in Matthew 19:16-17, Jesus correctly told him to; "keep the commandments" ... because this is the way salvation was obtained before His sacrificial death that took away our sins.

However, as revealed in "The Epistles of Saint Paul to the Church" the conditions to obtain and keep salvation radically changed after the cross. After the price for our sin was paid through Christ's redeeming blood - righteousness now becomes a 'free gift' given to all those who place their faith in Him. Unlike the way righteousness operated under the Old Testament program ... the "free gift" remains in force (it does not turn on and off) even when we slip into sin and misbehave. Otherwise, it would not be "a free gift". (See Romans 5:15-21)

How is this possible?

When Jesus took away all our sin at the cross - unrighteousness is permanently removed and only righteousness (produced by the absence of sin) remains, now uninterrupted, for the believing Christian. Contrary to the critics, this free and uninterrupted righteousness does not somehow give the Christian a "license to sin". God still expects all Christians to avoid sin. Yet, the Bible warns that it's impossible to "avoid all sin--all the time". This is why Christ's "free gift of righteousness" is designed to guarantee that 'worthiness or righteous standing before God' remains in force even when we fail (as all of us do) to achieve this important objective through our own efforts. Contrary to popular Holiness teachings--this means that righteousness is dependent only upon Christ's finished work at the cross--that permanently removes all sin ... and never upon the Christian's ability to live in some state of sinless perfection, which the Bible says is impossible. One pastor described this important spiritual benefit by saying ...

All Christians should desire
to sin less, while understanding
that it's impossible to be
"sinless" through their own
efforts.


The following three Scripture references describe this "free gift" that was not available before Christ's sacrificial death.

(Important Note: To better understand why righteousness under the New Coveanant of Christ does not repeatedly "turn off and on" depending on our conduct - see the previous section in this study on "Justfication by faith" - also described in Romans 3:24-26.)


"For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of Grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man's (Jesus') righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man's obedience many will be made righteous." (Romans 5:17-19)

"Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin." (Romans 4:4-8)

"For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]" (Romans 11:29 Amplified Bible)

How does Replacement theology
corrupt this Divinely given
benefit?


It continues to teach the Old Testament way of obtaining righteousness - through good works and obedience to the Commandments. Some of the more confusing off-shoots of Replacement theology might even teach about the "free gift of righteousness" ... but warns that it is revoked (or turned off) whenever we sin. Both of these positions make "God's gift" nonsensical and changes Christ's salvation into a dangerous spiritual counterfeit. In a vast majority of churches, Replacement theology's definition for righteousness is accepted as Biblical truth.

As a result, literally millions of professing Christians needlessly labor under this false teaching that corrupts the Gospel of Christ - and carries unintended spiritual consequences. In this section we have covered only some of the important aspects of this divisive topic. Additional information is available at the link below for further study :

The Two Types of Righteousness in
the Bible





FIFTH: The Pre-Tribulational Rapture
of the Church


Bible prophecy is another area Replacement theology does extensive damage. Through its efforts to incorrectly define the Church as "the new Israel" - which also makes Israel and the Church interchangeable in Scripture - Replacement theology corrupts the way future events will unfold. This explains why "the Pretribulational Rapture of the Church" is subject to such a relentless attack.

The following is a brief review of the problem.

Various Bible Scholars describe the cross as representing "a Divine Exchange", where Jesus bore all of God's judgment for our sin ... in our place. In the New Testament, God's judgment is also referred to as; "condemnation". As a result, the Christian is now exempt from all future condemnation as stated in the following Scripture :

"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2)


This condition ... where there is "no condemnation" (or "no judgment for sin") is directly tied to God's gift of eternal life as revealed in Ephesians 2:8-9. By possessing eternal life, the Christian is also "eternally free" from all future condemnation (judgment for sin). As a result, God would be unjust if He judged the Christian for any sin after His Son bore all their sin on the cross. The word "eternal" means "never-ending or forever", which also means - contrary to popular church teachings - that this condition of "no condemnation" does not turn off and on depending on our conduct. Otherwise, God's gift of eternal life becomes nonsensical.

"For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]" (Romans 11:29 Amplified Bible)


According to Bible prophecy, an event known as "The Tribulation" is about to begin. According to the prophet Daniel, it lasts 7 years. During this time God pours out His judgment for two reasons; to judge a Christ-rejecting world ... and to bring about the salvation of Israel. The 7 year Tribulation is divided into two 3 1/2 year periods ... where the final period is called "The Great Tribulation". Some wrongly teach that judgment (they often call it "God's wrath") is only poured out during this last 3 1/2 year period. However, it's important to understand that God's judgment is poured out during all 7 years in various ways.

The main focus of the Tribulation is the nation of Israel, which is why the prophet Daniel also calls it; "The time of Jacob's trouble". In the Bible, Jacob refers to Israel. As a result - and contrary to popular church teachings - the entire 7 year Tribulation can not involve the Church for a very important reason :

If the Church had to experience - even for a brief period of time - this Divine global judgment against sin - it would violate a core provision of the cross of Christ that eternally exempts the Church from condemnation (or any judgment against sin). If this were to happen, it would represent an act of injustice on God's part. This is the primary reason God must remove the Church from the earth before any judgment falls. This is similar to the way He removed Lot from Sodom before its destruction. The angels told Lot that they could not judge the city until he was safely gone ... so it is with the Church. As a result and contrary to a popular false Bible teaching, Christians will not go through the Tribulation, while God somehow provides them supernatural protection. To satisfy God's nature of justice, He must remove the Church from the earth through an event called "The Pre-Tribulation Rapture".


"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

"For God hath not appointed us to wrath (or judgement), but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)



The error of Replacement theology destroys the Biblical doctrine of the Pre-tribulational rapture, while looking and sounding like rock-solid Bible teaching. Since the Tribulation is generally focused on Israel, its many supporters claim that the Church must go through the Tribulation judgments ... because it is now considered to be "the new Israel". They insist that the additional judgments are needed to further purify her (the Church) from sin ... and that the rapture only occurs at the end of the Tribulation shortly before or during the Second Coming of Christ.

As a result, Bible scholars often refer to this doctrine and mindset as; "Post-Tribulationalism". But some also correctly warn that it represents a dangerous heresy. Why is this warning given? Because the blood of Jesus has already 'eternally purified' the Christian of all sin. Since it is both freely given and eternal - Christ's blood-bought purification does not 'turn off and on' according to our conduct. This is why God requires no further "purification" beyond what His Son has already provided. As a result, this popular teaching of Replacement theology actually represents a denial of the finished work of Jesus Christ - where the Christian is now exempt from all future condemnation (or acts of Divine judgment).


Due to the amount of disinformation
that exists concerning this important
end-time event--additional information
is available at the link below :

Who Goes at the Rapture




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This is Part 12 of a fourteen-part Bible study.
The other parts of this study are available
below.

Part 1 ----- Part 2 ----- Part 3 ----- Part 4
Part 5 ----- Part 6 ----- Part 7 ----- Part 8
Part 9 ----- Part 10 ----- Part 11 ----- Part 13
Part 14

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