No doubt, all of us have some garments
which tend to wrinkle more than others.
I can think of linen and cotton, which
require some pressing, starch or dry
cleaning to solve the problem.
In the area of eschatology, it may
be wise to ask, “Does Your Rapture
Ready Garment Have Wrinkles?”
We’ve pointed out a couple of the
wrinkles in the Rapture teaching
advanced by “Charting the End Times.
With all the charting in the book, it never addressed the “little while” time parameter of the end! Note the following passages.
A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”
Now, let’s insert John 14:3. I go to [My Father] to prepare a place for you, and if I go [you will not see me and again, [a little while] I will come come again and receive you to myself [and you will see Me, because I go to the Father, that where I am, there you may be also.
Now this questions perplexed the disciples. How could Jesus leave them and they not see him, and then see him because he went to the Father? What was this “little while” all about?
Wrinkle No. 1
First, the first wrinkle is the time of sorrow and lamentation for the disciples, while the world rejoiced. Christ described this time as a woman, when in labor who has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” (John 16:21–23, 33).
This is the time of persecution and the war waged against the saints in the last days of Israel. Matthew describes it under the exact same metaphor, Matt. 24:8. There it is calling the beginning of sorrows, —literally, the beginning of labor pangs.
The time is the same, that between Jesus’ going away to the Father’s house. The little while of Matthew 24 is described as “this generation,” (Matt. 24:34), literally showing that the disciples would live to see Christ in the Father’s house upon his return.
Wrinkle No. 2
The period between Christ’s going away and his return is the time he sends the Holy Spirit. In fact, it was to the disciples advantage that Jesus went away, because if he did not, the Holy Spirit could not come.
Well, what’s the wrinkle? The Holy Spirit remains until Christ returns! Christ only returns at the end of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. This is the “going away” which is in apposition to his “coming again.”
The ministry of the Holy Spirit fills the entire period with no interruption, (uh that would be the alleged rapture), —until the time of judgment. The Holy Spirit’s work was not completed until the time of Judgment and the banishment of Satan.
Christ’s would return only when the Holy Spirit’s work consummated, (1 Cor. 1:7–8), a time which Matthew places at the end of the Jewish age, (Matt. 18:20). Compare Mk. 16:19–20.
Charting the End Times, places the judgment, and the destruction of Satan, after the alleged rapture and therefore, before the Holy Spirit’s ministry was complete, (Chapter 18). This only means it is not the coming of John 14:3, and thus, the text does not teach the rapture doctrine.
So, If your “rapture ready” garment has wrinkles, you’re not ready to fly!
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