The Rapture of the Church Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

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Rather than try to address every heretical misunderstanding that
is being propagated by sensationalist heretic so-called prophecy
specialists, I will try to provide you a simple basic foundation
of truth. I do not consider myself a "prophecy preacher", but
most of this stuff is very basic and elementary.

Because there are disasters, earthquakes etc as never before is
certainly a sign of the end time, but it does not mean that the
vials in Rev are being poured out.

Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am
Christ ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be
not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the
end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and
earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall
kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's
sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one
another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall
wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be
saved.

Notice that it does not say that the wrath of God is poured out.
It is notable that one of the things it mentions is that the
real Christian will be hated for His "Name's sake". The
trinitarian hatred for the Name of Jesus in baptism comes to
mind.

We have some promises from Jesus. Those real Oneness Christians
who know that Jesus IS the Holy Ghost will be able to understand
this.

John 14:7 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye
know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Jesus is the Truth! Jesus was telling them that He was with
them but would be IN them. That is a strong sermon for
monotheism right there. Remember that the Spirit of Jesus IS the
Holy Spirit and He promised that He would NOT leave us
comfortless. Remember that promise from the Comforter.

Now another basic foundational point is that, while the
antichrist system is at work and the antichrist is probably
walking this earth right now, he CANNOT be revealed until the
Holy Spirit is taken out of the way.

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already
work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out
of the way.

I trust that we can agree that the only one with the power to
"letteth" regarding the antichrist is Jesus Christ (Oneness
Christians understanding that Jesus IS the Father, Son, AND
Holy Ghost.)

2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto
him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither
by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the
day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of
sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called
God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you
these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed
in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who
now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with
the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with
all power and signs and lying wonders,

Now hopefully by this time we see two points proven from the
scripture.

1. Jesus has promised that He will not leave the Church
comfortless

and

2. The antichrist cannot be revealed until the Spirit of God is
taken out of the way.

Revelation 13:14 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.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that
as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be
killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in
their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the
mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the
number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his
number is Six hundred threescore and six.

I believe that before the antichrist can be revealed and
implement his mark, that the Gentile Church will be gone.

I believe that when the Spirit of Christ leaves, that the
Church goes with Him.

1 Thessalonians 4:10 And indeed ye do it toward all the
brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you,
brethren, that ye increase more and more;
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business,
and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without,
and that ye may have lack of nothing.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as
others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so
them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we
which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall
not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons,
brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so
cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape.

Would sudden destruction coming be a "comfort" to the Church if
same was going to happen to the Church.

Does the bridegroom come to beat up the bride right before the
wedding supper? Did Noah get wet? Did Lot get singed?

Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the
coming of the Son of man be.

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be
also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were
given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat,
they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire
and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is
revealed.

Think about what happened in Sodom right after Lot left.
Think about what happened right after Noah left. Then
look at the verses in 1 Thessalonians. It speaks of the
Rapture and then great destruction.

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire
and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is
revealed.

God comes for His Bride, then WHAM!!

Pastor Winter