The Rapture is Witchcraft - 04/30/2003

hi jenifer my names brent and i kinda get a little concerned when i read stuff about the rapture firstly im not angry or hacking on you just sharing what the Lord has been graciously shown me.its not like i think your totally wrong in every point maybe just a little outta order i mean like an up side down road map 10,4,5,3,2,8,71,9,6 so if you get off a half a degree well you end up missing by a long way any ways i used to be the same but i really needed to understand the "catching up" and so the Holy Spirit showed me great and unsearchable things i didnt understand hay jenifer did you know that the witchcraft used in advertising and rock & roll just to name two obviouse ones is called rapting its the use of spells through emotions the word rapture is the manifestation of rapting weve all come under its spell kinda like how my dad watches that old t.v show bewitched or the old song sang by frank sinatra "that ole ! black magic"but any hows my point is thus would you agree jenifer that God in the bible says what he means and as you know he says "caught up" so i asked myself how can i justify the word rapture kinda like how the homosexual community stole the word "GAY" and rapt our young people into sin by a simple misuse of a single word for God doesnt call them gay he calls it as it is, so jenifer would you agree that everything physical is here to teach us the spirirtual eg: the parables so this being the case and also would you agree that out of two or more witnesses is a thing revealled eg: the word tells us many times over that we shall be saved from wrath through jesus it doesnt just tell me once.would you agree that the world continuse to berage us with the lies of evolution not once but over and over .faith comes by hearing

i found your explanation of scriptures kinda hypercritical for eg you use thess2.3,6-7 and yet you are telling us that God is going to use witchcarft something that hes never done before,its you who is teaching the apostasy setting up all who would believe your misunderstanding for the great falling away which happens because so many are waiting for the "rapture" which will never come on the one hand you talk about elijah and enoch being caught up and thats fine but they were not caught up to save them from any wrath or Gods judgement coming upon the earth they were caught up just like jesus when his job was done for his purpose hay we need to look at how God saved his people from times of his judgement lets have a look at his word lets start near the front noah the first world wide judgement of God, hay he saved noah and his family in a super natural way what about lot yep he saved lot and some of his family who were not deceived from His judgement what ! about israel from eygpt he protected all those who placed thier faith in the blood of the lamb and slayed the eygptians amongst them hay jenifer you know we could go on and on what about joseph,daniel,david great men of God so why do you suppose this time round when we are an adulterss generations is God going to change his pattern and take us from a life of ease even though millions of christians to say the least have died for their faith and that we are called to suffer and persacutions will come upon those who trully serve the Lord hay lets look at Jesus what about paul and peter are you going to tell me that even though the word tells us over and ever that thats our calling to love not our own lives until the death that all of a sudden he jerks us in the air get outta jail free card hay but what does the word say John 17:1515 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

hay jenifer thats pretty straight but i found that by studying the wheat harvest and its prcedures the word of God really explains the truth on the "catching up" the word makes it very clear when we put it in his order

Matthew 13:38-39 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Matthew 13:30 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

it makes it very clear here that the tares are gathered first read it in context remember parables

Matthew 13:24-29 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

okay so we know the field is the world right and we know the harvest is the end of the world not the begining or middle of daniels seventh week but the end finish finale the final trumpet and we know that the tares get taken first they get gathered together first which means before the wheat is gathered again study the wheat harvest and if your a farmer youll know that you can not bring in the wheat which is made into bread which is eaten and gives life until youve removed the tares which if eaten cause sickness and death check it out

Matthew 24:40-41 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Mark 13:1313 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

tares and wheat only two choices satan or jesus lie or truth me i want to be left you know when you cook and clean we gather the rubbish we chuck it all in a bin we toss it out but we keep the good stuff we keep the milk get rid of the carton we keep the egg get rid of the shell we eat the bread of life and get rid of the plastic wrapper we keep the roses get rid of the weeds we keep jesus and get rid of christmas keep jesus get rid of easter bunny hay jenifer

1 Thessalonians 5:9 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, hey just like in eygpt or in sodom or when we fight goliath he will save us and then when all evil is done away with will we be caught up just like jesus when its finished

Matthew 13:40-43 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

okay thats a taste of what the Holy Spirit has shown me thanks for reading and may His revelation and truth be upon you jenifer

your bro in christ

brent





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Brent. Thanks for writing us at Contender Ministries. I must confess that I had a difficult time following your email. The lack of punctuation made it difficult to understand what you were trying to say. I think I have the gist of it though, so let me just address a couple of points.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, "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: 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." This passage describes what we call "the rapture." The word "rapture" does not appear in the Bible. In this passage, the Greek word harpazo is used for "caught up." Rapture is a Latin word that was used here when the Bible was translated into Latin. It has nothing to do with witchcraft. Would you describe Jesus turning water into wine as witchcraft? Or when Jesus walked on the water, or fed the multitudes with very little fish and bread, were those acts of witchcraft? How about when Jesus rose from the dead? Was that witchcraft? No, those were miracles. When Christ comes for his church, and we are caught up to meet Him, that will be a glorious miracle -- not witchcraft.

That the rapture will occur is unquestionable in scripture. The only area where Christians have some disagreements is the timing of the rapture. Will it occur prior to the great tribulation, or after? Or even in the middle? If the Bible were crystal clear on that, there would be no debate. We believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. Revelation 3:10 says, "Because you have kept my command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." God did not appoint us to suffer wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9). There will be a rapture of the saints; that is a certainty. The timing of this event is less important than being prepared for it - regardless of when it occurs. Do not get hung up on the Latin origin of the word rapture. If you wish to call it "the great snatching up," so be it. One of the greatest promises in all of scripture can truly be described as a miracle, but definitely not witchcraft. We hope this helps. May God richly bless you.

In Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries