The Pre-tribulational Rapture

The Pre-Tribulational Rapture
With a mid-Acts dispensational view on the subject of End Times, one finds that the prophetic program was put on temporary hold. This was due to the majority of Israel rejecting her Messiah during the ministry of the twelve as well as their resisting the Holy Spirit at the stoning of Stephen. God responded in matchless grace with the raising up of the Apostle Paul. It was unto him that the risen, ascended, and glorified Lord Jesus Christ communicated, through a series of direct, heavenly, revelations, the new program of God’s grace known as the mystery. It’s called the mystery because you can’t find it forecast in the prophetic Scriptures. The only indirect hint we have as to how long this new program will last is in Romans 11:25,26. Here, we learn that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in and then all Israel shall be saved. Blindness in part (Gr, meros: piece, portion) means that it affected a piece or portion of Israel and we know from the context (i.e., “until”) that it will be temporary.
Romans 11:25,26: “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:”
The condition, where God will remove the blindness in part, is that “the fulness (Gr, pleroma: completion) of the Gentiles be come in.” Pleroma suggests that as Gentiles are being added to the body of Christ, there is a point in which the completion of this process will arrive. I take this to mean the full complement or number of Gentiles becoming saved. Since no one but God knows how many more it will take or how long it will take, the rapture could happen at any moment.2 Once this fulness is achieved and the rapture occurs, God will work to save all Israel by first of all removing the blindness. We know that this will involve a time of tribulation, judgment, and preaching of the gospel of the kingdom. This time, without the blindness, Israel will be taken to a point of belief and trust. This time is called the day of the Lord. (Note the prophecy in Joel and its partial fulfillment in Acts.)
Joel 2:28-32: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.”


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