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October 17, 2021 6:20 am
Today on truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis to present scriptural evidence why she believes the Bible supports a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. Cheers Dr. Davis and Dr. Cheryl Davis Street matter. Last time we surveyed the history of the seven churches in Asia minor and we compared and contrasted that with the history of the early church, and I hope that in studying church history that you taken it self introspection into your own Christian life as well as your own church and state where you are and looked at God's x-ray of your church and really look to see are we that remnant of the church of Philadelphia in which the Lord is coming back for in the rapture. As I said before in Revelation chapter 4. We will begin to look at the coming judgment on the earth.
Those things which will be chapter 4 gives us a look into heaven, but in Revelation chapter 1 verse 19 write the things which you have seen in the things which are in the things which will take place after this. Revelation chapter 3 we finished the letter to the Laodiceans.
The church is not mentioned anymore until Revelation chapter 22 verse 16. Chapter 4 begins with a look into heaven we will see what will happen to the church after the end of the church age.
At the end of chapter 3 which shows us in chapter 4.
Let's begin in Revelation chapter 4 verses one through 11.
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven and the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me saying come up here I will show you things which must take place after this. Immediately I was in the spirit, and behold, a throne set in heaven, and one sat on the throne and he who sat there was like a jasper and a start a stone in appearance and there is a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald around the throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones I sell 24 elders sitting close in white robes and they had crowns of gold on their heads and from the throne preceding lightnings, thunderings, and voices seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God before the throne there was a sea of glass like Crystal and in the midst of the throne and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man in the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six liens were full of eyes around and within, and they do not rest day or night, saying, holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is to come whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne. He lives forever and ever. The 24 elders fall down before him sits on the throne and worship him. He lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying you are worthy award, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. First let's talk about the rapture of the church on today I want to present evidence to support a pre-tribulation rapture.
The first tenet is that there is a silence concerning the church from Revelation chapter 4 to chapter 19 Revelation chapter 4 through 19 covers the tribulation on earth. Everything is about judgment. That's going to come upon the earth the earth the church is not mentioned in these chapters. The church is in heaven. During the tribulation. Chapter 4 proves this to us. The second tenet I like to prove is that the spirit of God's transfer from the earth to heaven in Revelation chapter 233 we see the Holy Spirit in the midst of the churches on earth, but in Revelation chapter 4 verse five we find that the Holy Spirit is now in heaven before the throne of God.
I'd like to read second Thessalonians chapter 2 versus 68 to reinforce this concept and now you know what is restraining that he may be revealed in his own time.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work.
Only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way and then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming that someone who is now restraining the lawless one who is the antichrist and Satan will be taken out of the way, the lawless one is the man of sin or the antichrist antichrist will have free reign during the tribulation, the restrainer is the Holy Spirit who works through the church which he indwells. Currently, when he is taken out of the way, the lawless one is free to do his work, unrestrained, when the church is rapture to heaven, the Holy Spirit will be transferred back to heaven. The tribulation is the period described in in chapters 4 through 19 that he will break loose upon the earth. This can only happen because the Holy Spirit and the church has been removed.
There are three common elements of the rapture the rapture is covered in Revelation chapter 4 verses one through two first Corinthians chapter 15 and first Thessalonians chapter 4 there are three common elements from these books. First is a voice second is a trumpet, and three is a change in Revelation chapter 4 verse one after these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open. Then the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet.
Here we see the voice of the Lord in first Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 16 for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel. Here we see the voice of the Lord again. The second common element is the trumpet. The trumpet is mentioned in first Thessalonians 416 which I just read with the trumpet of God. In first Corinthians chapter 15 verse 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, and in Revelation chapter 4 verse one the voice which I heard was like a trumpet. Here the commonalities the voice of the Lord.
Also there is the sounding of the trumpet of God. The third common element is the change in Revelation chapter 4 verse two says immediately.
I was in the spirit, and behold, a throne in heaven and one found the throne.
John was change from the physical to the spiritual strength in chapter 15 versus 52 through 53. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
The last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed for this corruptible must put on incorruption in this mortality must put on immortality. There is a change from the physical to the spiritual. The next point in the pre-tribulation rapture is the symbolic presence of John in heaven when John is called to heaven by the Lord in verse one. He says come appear. This is symbolic of the church being called to heaven. John was the disciple whom Jesus loved, and we know this in John chapter 21 if I will that John remain till I come. What is that he, Jesus here is predicting that he was going to give John a view of his second coming, the fact that John is in heaven is symbolic of the church's ultimate presence in heaven before the tribulation fillets look into an open door in heaven, or the throne room of heaven which is described in Revelation chapter 4 Revelation chapter 4 verse one says after these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven and the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me saying come up here and I will show you things which much takes place after this. God wants us to know what is happening in heaven. While there is tribulation on earth through the open door. We see worship. Worship will be the primary activity in heaven is good for us to get in practice now some of us that have a hard time with praise and worship. I think you're going to struggle in heaven. But if you have a hard time with praise and worship. I question if you truly saved it is that is what we are created to do the central element and chapter 4 is is the throne.
It occurs 12 times in chapter 4, and there are two things that they worship they worship the creator and chapter 4 and the Redeemer and chapter 5 seated upon the throne, and in this look into heaven or in the throne room of heaven is the trying God.
John saw God the father sitting on the throne by saying the one seated on the throne there is no possible way to describe what God is like. In human essence. John can only use comparisons. Jasper is a clear Jim starting is read, the Lord is robed in light and we know this, there are other places in the Bible where the Lord is described. If you turn to Psalms chapter 104 verse two who cover yourself with light as with a garment and stretch out the heavens like a curtain.
The Lord is robed in light these stones of the first and last stones of the high priest breastplate, which is described in chapter 28 of Exodus picture the one who is the first and the last we know in verse five on their seven lamps of fire that were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. We know that Revelation chapter 321 has Jesus promising the over comers the right to sit with him on the throne.
The whole Godhead. The father the son and the Spirit is found in the throne room of heaven, but surrounding that throne is a rainbow and we find that in Revelation chapter 4 verse three he who sat on there was like just to start a stone and pit in appearance. There is a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
The rainbow first appears in the Bible in Genesis chapter 9 verses three through 16.
It is God's promise of mercy, never to destroy all things again the notice that the rainbow is enrolled only Greenwich means mercy. Usually we see a rainbow after the storm that here we see it before in the storm that is coming as God's judgment on the earth. This is telling us that God's judgment is coming with the mercy mixed within and I'd like to read Matthew chapter 24 verse 22 and unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened here it's saying, even God knows how far together even in judgment, but judgment is taking place on earth during the tribulation the church is safe in heaven. Thank God that were going to be out of here by us teaching this to my church and I stress that point I would like to stress this with you is that the time to be saved is now sitting around the throne we see are the 24 elders. The 24 elders are the church and how do we know them. We know them by the praise on their lips and this is in Revelation chapter 5 verses eight through nine in the song they sang the elders refer to having been redeemed by the land that can only mean one thing.
Those that have been redeemed are the elders of the church. We are the only ones who are redeemed, we are the only ones who can sing there, also known by the close on their bodies and this is referenced in Revelation 1978. The elders are close in white robes and we have white robes because we have been justified by the blood of Christ which occurred on the cross.
In chapter 1978 tells us it is the bride in the land that is close and white robes of righteousness. The church is the bride of the Lamb church is also known by the crowns upon their heads and this is in Revelation chapter 4 verse four where it says there, clothed in white robes and they had crowns of gold on their heads. One of the two types of crowns are kinds of crowns mentioned in the Bible the crowns the elders wore on those around their heads which are the victor's crown is not the crown of the team. The crowns worn by the elders represent the rewards given to the church at the judgment seat of Christ. The elders are the church. We already know that the rapture has occurred.
The judgment seat of Christ in the current because they have the crowns on the head that they are known as the elders of the church. I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to that day will be like him in perfect peace and be in heaven where we have finally overcome thank you for listening businessmen, truth matters, Jesus said in Revelation 20. Those who are living outside of the Christian faith would open their heart allowing them to come into their lives, that he would indeed forgive their sin and save them from the coming judgment. Dr. Davis who spoke up today. If you have not received Jesus as your Lord and Savior been living an ungodly life, we would encourage you to pray, seeking God's forgiveness and inviting Jesus to come live in your heart. Learn more about the truth project and truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis by visiting our website project. Truth matters.com contact us by firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with us on Facebook. You can also write Dr. Davis and the truth to PO Box 159 St. Paul's, NC 28384. We would appreciate hearing from you.
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