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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Last trumpet, first resurrection "Has God said?"



This is a burden on my heart, so I am posting.   If you just read Matthew 24 or Mark 13 could you come to the conclusion that the 'gathering'  of the living and the dead occurs before the end of the tribulation?

If you just read these two scriptures could you believe in a rapture and a a resurrection of the dead,  before the last trumpet?   

1 Cor 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
"Last" is translated "last" or "final" in every translation that is not a paraphrase.

Revelation 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

In response to the new teaching that Christ snatches the church out of the world before the Tribulation, George Mueller reportedly said, “If you can show me a trumpet after the last and a resurrection before the first, then I can believe this new doctrine.” 

It is a real problem for their exegesis to note that the “first resurrection” receives its designation as first in direct connection to the resurrection of those particular martyrs that were beheaded by the final beast of the final persecution (Rev 6:9-11; 20:4-6).  Reggie Kelly

God has promises to Israel that He must fulfill, these are not side issues.  They speak of the foundation of the faithfulness of God.  Can we trust His promises?  Can we take His word literally?  

Satan's first deceitful thought planted into the mind of a human, is still his favorite lie.  “Indeed, has God said,"  Genesis 3:1

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