Articles of the Day 5/19/14: Where is the Vatican going?
Q. Re: Your commentary on Revelation 7: 9 – 17. What is the scriptural substantiation for: (1) your separation of believers into two classes, pre-rapture and post rapture, and (2) the notion that the Church will enjoy greater blessings and rewards in Heaven than the post rapture believers? We know that faith alone is the only requirement for entry into Heaven and He makes no distinction based on when one came to the Lord.
A. My Scriptural substantiation comes partly from Rev. 7:9-17 itself. These believers are not called either Kings or Priests, but serve God day and night in His Temple. They won’t live in the New Jerusalem with the Church because there is no Temple in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:22).
In addition, only the Church is the Bride of Christ (2 Cor. 11:2). Only the Church is seated on His Throne with Him (Ephes 2:6). Only the Church is the joint heir with Christ in His inheritance (Romans 8:16-17). Only the Church will be seen as the example of the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephes. 2:7).
The Age of the Church will end at the Rapture, prior to the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week. Rev. 7:9-17 takes place during the 70th Week. Your comment that the Lord makes no distinction as to when one comes to Him is only correct during the Church Age. Just as there were believers before the Church was born, so there will be believers after the Church is gone. But neither of these groups is part of the Church, and neither will enjoy the blessings set aside for the Church.
“Cardinal Giorgio Salvadore told WWN reporters that Jesus may have been drinking (perhaps from the last Supper with his disciples) when he uttered the statements of his return. He rationalized that people make promises they can’t keep when they’re drunk!”
Very disturbing the statements and overall direction the Vatican is taking these days. Leading many Christians astray.
“The Jordanian military is redeploying its forces along the Hashemite Kingdom’s lengthy border with Syria in light of the deteriorating security situation on the frontier, the London-based Arab-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported on Monday.”
“Israel and the United Kingdom have set up a new bilateral fund for joint research into cyber defense, to the tune of 7 million NIS (£1.2 million, or just over $2 million).”
“U.S., European and other international intelligence agencies agree with Israeli security officials that Iran is mere months away from becoming a nuclear state, Al-Monitor’s Ben Caspit reported on Thursday.”
“Iran has been providing Syria’s regime with drones—some of them inspired by American technology—and they’re already playing a significant role in keeping Bashar Assad in power. On Sunday, Tehran announced it had replicated a top-of-the-line U.S. drone it claimed it captured in 2011, raising the possibility it will send still more sophisticated aerial robots into the skies over Damascus.”
“Diplomatic sources in Beirut told the Saudi Okaz that Hizballah and Iraqi militias are preparing a major battle for the Golan town of Quneitra on the Syrian-Israeli border. Hizballah has carried out advance surveillance operations. Iran’s Lebanese surrogate views Quneitra as a key strategic area because of its proximity to southern Lebanon.”
“Ynet – The Syrian army began a new offensive on Friday against rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad, meant to regain complete control of the Quneitra region in the south of the country. The strategic triangle targeted by the Syrian army extends from the capital of Damascus to the Jordanian border and the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.”
“Research by a Tel Aviv University team may point the way to protecting cells from the damage wrought by Alzheimer’s disease, and even reverse damage that the disease caused before treatment. The method involves a protein similar to one which protects the brain from damage, but which is lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.”
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday cited the Palestinian Authority’s “unceasing incitement” against the Jewish State and the Jewish People as the reason its people display the highest level of anti-Semitism among adults in the world.”
“The IDF and the US military cooperated Sunday in a large drill simulating a multi-front missile attack on Israel by Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iran, Channel 2 reported Sunday.”
“Toddler, 3.5, and sister, 5, survive a firebomb attack on their family’s car that was an inch away from ‘an inferno.'”
“About 200 people who visited the ancient Judean synagogue at Samoa, near Hevron, on Sunday, found spray-painted swastikas on the walls of the structure and PLO flags flying above them.”
“Two high-ranking US visitors to Israel, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, publicly assured Israel this month that the Obama administration “would do what it must” to prevent Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. Yet at the same time, the same administration informed Tehran that the demand to restrict Iran’s missile arsenal did not apply to the Shahab-3 ballistic missile, whose range of 2,100km covers any point in the Middle East, including Israel. This missile carries warheads weighing 760 kg, to 1.1 tons, which may also be nuclear.”
“A unique “Peace Run” initiated by an Australian extreme athlete to promote coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Judea and Samaria was dealt a severe blow Sunday, after the Palestinian Authority objected to the presence of Jewish runners.”
Palestinians are more Apartheid then the Israelis.
“Hamas continues to broadcast messages of unwavering devotion to jihad, and has vowed to release “all of Palestine from the sea to the river” as well as committing genocide against every Jewish person in Israel.”
“The Israeli defense establishment is concerned by a video that was recently released by Gaza terrorists and which appears to suggest that trains travelling in southern Israel are exposed to rocket fire.”
“Israel is portrayed widely as a racist and oppressive nation that arbitrarily inflicts only harm on its enemies. But the Israeli soldiers manning the IDF field hospital on the Israel-Syria border continue to prove the opposite.”