A DOCTRINE OF DEVILS

Using The Scriptural Definition
to Identify A Doctrine of Devils

A single false doctrine compared and identified as a Doctrines of Devils.

In the previous article, "What Is a Doctrine of Devils?" I offered the following list and presented scripture to demonstrate the variations and kinds of false doctrines which are defined as Doctrine of Devils.

Some common traits of Doctrines of Devils;
a doctrine of devils is one which,

A) Lies about God
The Person or Character of God
False accusations against God
Ridicule, Libel or blasphemy

B) Lies about God's Word
What God has said
His promises to his people
His Word of Prophecy

C) Lies about God's People
The Nation Israel (blood descendants of Abraham)
Kingdom of Israel (descendants by adoption, sons by promise)
Is Warfare against God's People

In this article I will first (PART ONE) present the teachings of "the doctrine of the rapture" which fit the description above.

Second, (PART TWO) I will examine 'the rapture' doctrine, and Scripture which is either used to support the false doctrine or about which the false doctrine lies about, or contradicts.

Last, in the conclusion (PART THREE) I will present the evidence.

PART ONE

A: LIES ABOUT GOD

1.) Lies about Who Causes the Tribulation

This lie ignores the fact that Jesus told us who will cause the Great Tribulation, and blames it on God. The lie is; that God brings this tribulation on the world, and is, therefore blasphemy. Since God is the cause of this tribulation, then God would be unjust to bring this Tribulation on His People.

Rapture Doctrine teaches: The Tribulation is: a) To rain judgment on the "inhabitants of the earth" Rev 3:10; 8:13.

John did not say "God would rain judgment" on the inhabitants of the earth. What John did say (Rev 3:10) is, "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world." And (Rev 8:13) this says; "trumpet of the three angels," not Tribulation.

b) Not God's wrath being poured out on his bride the church; Because God has not appointed us to wrath 1 Thes 5:8-10

This is the confusion of God's Judgment and the Vials of Wrath with the Great Tribulation; a false accusation that God is the Cause of this Tribulation. (see "WRATH" below)

c) The Tribulation is an outpouring of God's wrath, Rev 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:19; 15:1; 16:1, 19

The Lie: not one of the quoted scriptures say this Wrath is The Great Tribulation. (Mat 24:14-21, Rev 7:14) Another false accusation, saying God is the cause of this Tribulation.

d) (is) a time of His judgment Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14;14:7; 15:4; 16:5-7; 17:8; 19:2

Not one of the quoted scriptures equates God's Judgment with The Great Tribulation, (Mat 24:14-21, Rev 7:14.) This is another false accusation against God, blaming Him for the Tribulation.

e) (is) Punishment. Isa 24:21-22

This scripture does not equate the punishment described as being The Great Tribulation: 'rapture' doctrine does not recognize the source, cause or time of this punishment in the sequence of End Time Events. This scripture, in context, describes the events of THAT DAY. (2 Pet 3:3-12, Isa 27:13)(Mat 24:14-21, Rev 7:14)

2.) Lies about What the Tribulation Is: Raapture teaches "The twofold purpose of the Tribulation, is to prepare Israel, spiritually, for the Messiah she rejected the first time (Jeremiah 30-33), and to rain judgment on the 'inhabitants of the earth' (Rev 3:10; 8:13)."

Rapture teaches that "The Tribulation is the time of "Jacob's trouble..." Jeremiah 30:7

This lie is two sided: a) That it is God's punishment on Israel for rejecting the Messiah, to prepare Israel spiritually to receive Him during His reign on earth, Jeremiah 30-33

There is no Scripture which teaches the Great Tribulation is to prepare Israel, or that God is the cause of this Tribulation (Jacob's trouble). This lie denies that the New Covenant was made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah in the day of Pentecost, AD 33. Acts 2

This Lie also denies that the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was a fulfillment of all prophecy of the punishment of Israel for the rejection of the Messiah. (see Vengeance)

The Lie exposed: This scripture, (Jer 30:7) in context, is a description of That Day, the Day of The Lord: it is not a description of "Jacob's Trouble." Jacob's Trouble is mentioned in the description of these events. It is the day of salvation for God's People. Compare other scriptures describing That Day, The Day of The Lord, The Day of God and the events of That Day. 2 Pet 3:3-12

b) Rapture teaches that "This tribulation is God's Wrath on the people of the World." (see #1.a)

Since the Church (according to 'rapture' doctrine) is not Israel, then this tribulation (according to 'the rapture') is not on the Church (proving the Church absent, according to 'rapture' doctrine, during this time). (This is a lie about who the Church is. See #C)

*The Lie exposed: see: The Church / the Kingdom http://tinyurl.com/sxkcz
and
The Church in the Last Days http://tinyurl.com/mfb9l

The Lie exposed: John did not say "tribulation" in 3:13; his word is "temptation."

The Lie exposed: John did not say "rain judgment" on the world; his words are "Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! The "last three trumpets" are not The Great Tribulation described by Jesus. Mat 24:14-21

B: Rapture Doctrine: Lies About God's Word These lies either claim the Word of God states something it does not, or that it does not mean or say what it in fact does say.

a) "The return of Christ for the church could happen at any time, John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; Col 3:4; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Tim 6:14; James 5:8; 2 Pet 3:3-4 (See below)

The Lie exposed: None of the quoted scriptures says 'the Lord could return at any time,' nor do they support that statement.

b) The Doctrine of the rapture states that Tribulation is the "outpouring of God's Wrath" (Rev 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:19; 15:1; 16:1, 19)

The Lie exposed: None of the quoted scriptures says "the Great Tribulation is the outpouring of God's Wrath," nor do they support that statement.

c) The Doctrine of the rapture states that Tribulation is the "A time of His Judgment" (Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14;14:7; 15:4; 16:5-7; 17:8; 19:2)

The Lie exposed: Not one of the quoted scriptures says "the Tribulation is a time of His judgment," nor do they support that statement.

d) The Doctrine of the rapture states that "Tribulation is a time of Punishment" Isa 24:21-22

The Lie exposed: The quoted scripture does say this is a time of punishment: but it does not equate this punishment with The Great Tribulation as described by Jesus. Mat 24:14-21. This scripture says, "And it shall come to pass in that day..." The student of His Word who loves truth will compare other scripture which describes "that day," the day of the Lord. 2 Pet 3:3-12.

C: "Rapture Doctrine: Lies about God's People

a) "Because Tribulation saints are not the church"

The Lie exposed: The term "tribulation saints" is not found in the word of God. (see #c below)

b) Because God promised to deliver the church from the hour of Tribulation, Revelation 3:10

The Lie exposed: The word "Tribulation" is not used in this Scripture -- the word used is "temptation." Second, this (3:10) is a promise to a single Congregation of The Church, or the Church of a specific City, not a promise to the Church-at-large.

c) "Revelation 1-3 addresses believers as the "church" something like 19 times before Revelation 4 refers to the judgments which shall be "hereafter" falling on "the inhabitants of the earth"

The Lie exposed: The terms "Saints, Brethren, Brothers, Elect, We Who Remain, The Twelve Tribes, Israel of God and Witnesses" are used throughout the Word of God to name His People.

See:
The Church / the Kingdom : http://tinyurl.com/sxkcz
and
The Church in the Last Days : http://tinyurl.com/mfb9l

PART TWO

Comparing the False Doctrine with the Scripture

Wrath

"God has not appointed us to wrath" 1 Thes 5:8-10

This confusion of Tribulation with both The Vials of Wrath and the Wrath of God's Judgment is a deliberate effort to,

1.) Lie about God (stating or inferring that God is the source or cause of The Tribulation)

2.) Lie about God's Word (stating or inferring the God's Word teaches the escape from The Tribulation)

This Statement ("God has not appointed us to wrath") BEGGS us to answer the question: "Who Has God Appointed To Wrath?"

When did Salvation Come?

It is written that we are not appointed to wrath. "Jesus which hath delivered us from the wrath to come." 1 Thes 1:10 and 5:9. The term `delivered' is past tense: that is, this is something which has been done, not prophecy about something which will be done at the end of time. "Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God..." Rev 12:10. Notice that the vision in Rev 12 is of the birth of Christ, so this is a 'first century' event. Salvation came to all who receive Christ when He died as our sacrifice.

How did we get salvation? By the death of the Lamb of God. When did we get salvation? When we accepted the death of the Lamb of God as atonement for our sins. Mat 1:21, Acts 2:37-47, Col 1:12-14

First Century Saints

This "saved from wrath" means the same thing to us it meant to the First Century Saints. That is, by His sacrifice the Messiah has saved us from the eternal separation from God which we earned by our sins: grace rather than judgment. Acts 2:21, 47; 15:11; Rom 5:9, 1 Cor 5:5

The First Century Saints were saved from wrath, just as we are; and still suffered Tribulation, just as we will. Rev 6:9-11, 7:14, 11:3-15, 13.

Who Did God Appoint To Wrath?

"But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up to thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God." Rom 2:5-8. Those who reject the Messiah, deny Truth and refuse to repent from their life of rebellion are appointed to wrath.

When will those who are appointed to wrath receive that wrath? On That Day, the Day of Judgment. Rev 11:18, Zep 1:15-16.

Vials of Wrath

And please note: the Vials of wrath are poured out upon the Beast's Kingdom, not upon the Saints -- just as the 10 Plagues were poured out upon the Egyptians, not on the Twelve Tribes of Judah. Rev 16:1-10

Outpouring of Wrath

The Doctrine of 'the rapture states' that Tribulation is the "outpouring of God's Wrath" (Rev 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:19; 15:1; 16:1, 19)

Examine the scripture to see if these things be so. Acts 17:11-12

These quoted scripture do have one thing in common: they do contain the word "wrath." However, not one defines this Wrath as "the Tribulation," or as 'the outpouring of God's Wrath."

Rev 6:16-17

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Rev 11:18

"And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Rev 14:19

"And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Rev 15:1

"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

Rev 16:1, 19

1, And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

The lie exposed: Do any of the Quoted Scripture state that "the Tribulation is the outpouring of God's Wrath"? No. Because the Doctrine of 'the rapture' states that The Tribulation is an outpouring of God's Wrath, then this is both a lie about God and God's Conduct, and His Word.

Judgment Wrath

The Doctrine of the rapture states that Tribulation is the "A time of His Judgment" (Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14;14:7; 15:4; 16:5-7; 17:8; 19:2)

Examine the scripture to see if these things be so. Acts 17:11-12.

Rev 6:10

"And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Rev 11:10

"And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Rev 13:8, 12, 14,

8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Rev 14:7

"Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Rev 15:4

"Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Rev 16:5-7

5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Rev 17:8
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Rev 19:2
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

The lie exposed: Do any of the Quoted Scripture say "the Tribulation is a time of God's Judgment"? No. The quoted scriptures do not all contain the word 'Judgment' or 'Judge,' and none contain "tribulation" or describe "The Great Tribulation" as God's Judgment. (Mat 24:14-21)

Time of Punishment

The Doctrine of the rapture states that Tribulation is a time of "Punishment" Isa 24:21-22

21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

The lie exposed: Does this Quoted Scripture say "the Tribulation is a time of God's Punishment"? No. The quoted scripture does not define "Punish" or "punishment" as Tribulation, does not contain the word "tribulation," nor describe "tribulation" AS punishment. This scripture does not equate the punishment described as being The Great Tribulation, nor recognize the source, cause or time in the sequence of End Time Events of this punishment. This scripture, in context, describes the events of THAT DAY. (2 Pet 3:3-12, Isa 27:13)(Mat 24:14-21, Rev 7:14)

PART THREE

Putting it all together; The Conclusion

A) LIES ABOUT GOD

To lie and falsely accuse God is an act of Blasphemy

1.) The rapture states that The Great Tribulation is the "A time of His Judgment"
*This is a false accusation against God. (Mat 24:14-21)

2.) The rapture states that The Great Tribulation is the "outpouring of God's Wrath"
*This is a false accusation against God. (Mat 24:14-21)

These false accusations against God ignore the fact that Christ, and the Word of God, reveals both the source and causes of the Great Tribulation. (Mat 24:14-21)

B) LIES ABOUT GOD'S WORD

1.) The return of Christ for the church could happen at any time, John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; Col 3:4; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Tim 6:14; James 5:8; 2 Pet 3:3-4
*This is a Lie about God's Word: Not one of the quoted scriptures say; 'the Lord could return at any time,' nor do they support that statement.

2.) The Doctrine of the rapture states that Tribulation is the "outpouring of God's Wrath" (Rev 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:19; 15:1; 16:1, 19)
*This is a Lie about God's Word: Not one of the quoted scriptures say; 'The Tribulation is an outpouring of God's Wrath,' nor do they support that statement.

3.) The Doctrine of the rapture states that Tribulation is the "A time of His Judgment" (Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14;14:7; 15:4; 16:5-7; 17:8; 19:2)
*This is a Lie about God's Word: Not one of the quoted scriptures say; 'The Tribulation is a time of His judgment,' nor do they support that statement.

4.) The Doctrine of the rapture states that Tribulation is a time of "Punishment" Isa 24:21-22
*This is a l Lie about God's Word: This scripture does not define "Punish" or "punishment" as Tribulation, does not contain the word "tribulation," nor describe "tribulation" AS punishment.

C) LIES ABOUT GOD'S PEOPLE

1.) The rapture denies that the New Covenant was established with the House of Israel and the House of Judah (blood descendants of Abraham)
*This lie exposed: The New Covenant was established with the House of Israel and House of Judah on the Day of Pentecost, in AD 33. Jer 31:31, Acts 2.

2.) The rapture denies that "Tribulation saints" are the Church
*The Lie exposed: The term "tribulation saints" is not found in the word of God. (see #c above.)

3.) The rapture claims that God promised to deliver the church from the hour of Tribulation, Revelation 3:10
*The Lie exposed: The word "Tribulation" is not used in this Scripture -- the word used is "temptation."

4.) "Revelation 1-3 addresses believers as the "church" something like 19 times before Revelation 4 refers to the judgments which shall be "hereafter" falling on "the inhabitants of the earth"
*The Lie exposed: The terms "Saints, Brethren, Brothers, Elect, We Who Remain, The Twelve Tribes, Israel of God, and Witnesses are used throughout the Word of God to name His People.

CONCLUSION

"The "rapture" doctrine is in fact a Doctrine of Devils.

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