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  1. Descended says:

    Very interesting perspective and nice to hear I’m a “rapture friend”. Thanks for this.

    God bless

  2. Descended says:

    As to the two men and two women, I have the opinion that they represent the servants and the church. The men given to judgement are like unto those in Matthew 7:21, and the women are like unto those in the Proverbs. Is this sensible to you?

  3. Descended says:

    Another question 🙂
    how do non-rapture friends reconcile that eschatology with 1 Thess. 4-5?

  4. Descended says:

    Re: #2
    I’m talking about the dichotomy between true and false servants, church

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Wouldn’t your #2 still come out the same? The bad guys / gals are taken away in judgment and the good guys / gals are ‘Left Behind’?

    Now to Thessalonians, if we understand the passage to be speaking of The Day of the Lord, we are looking at the resurrection, not an ‘almost return of Christ’ rapture, and what Paul is describing is the resurrection of the living on the last day..

  6. Descended says:

    Yes, it would, not trying to argue for/against the rapture, just wondering if those types were understood as literal and symbolic.

    Amos 5 says we ought not to wish for the Day of the Lord, for “it will be darkness, not light” and goes on to describe Hell on Earth. I don’t understand how you would read the resurrection into that.


  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The Day of the Lord is the last day. Read Matt 25:31-46 to see what Jesus says.

  8. John 20:29 says:

    #5-“almost return of Christ”… ? yes and in the other scenario wedding supper is a quick snack as we line up behind our Lord on His return trip to earth (heard that somewhere)
    Proves the point that our interpretation of preference colors our perceptions…
    But by either plan, come quickly, Lord Jesus is everyone’s prayer, is it not?

  9. John 20:29 says:

    It just occurred to me, reading MLD’s lesson today… All the publicity of the last 30+ years concerning ” end times” – the return of Christ – tribulation “such has not been, not ever will be [again]” …
    Even with the wild predictors, the subject has gained almost as much attention among the unbelievers as Noah’s barge building, soo? So maybe God is using foolish things again… ? Dunno … without excuse? … Dunno…

  10. Duane Arnold says:

    #3 Descended

    As no one has sought to answer your question directly, may I make an attempt? Please understand that I say this not being concerned about “rapture” or “non-rapture” but simply as a creedal Christian looking for the Second Coming.

    As those bound by time and seasons, it is easy to read 1Thess. 4-5 and try to impose a chronology. The purpose of the section dealing with the issue of death and resurrection, however, is not (in my view) to set a timeline but to provide comfort for those who’s friends or family members had already died, as well as for those who were still alive and waiting for the Second Coming. The thrust of Paul’s message is, “Don’t worry, those who have already died are with Christ and will be bound up together with those still alive when He returns…” I don’t believe the passage is set out to provide a “calendar of events” or a timetable.

  11. Descended says:


    Thank you. That makes sense in the perspective you take on prophetic fulfilment. Good info. Thanks again

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