Seven Reasons Why God Must
Remove (Rapture) His People
"The LORD knoweth how to deliver
the Godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment
to be punished" (2Peter 2:9).
by Katie Stewart
First, "Except the LORD of Hosts had left unto us a very small Remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah" (Isaiah 1:9). Such a time as has never been before is coming, and cannot come until the Remnant be removed. The Restraining Influence of the Holy Spirit as felt through the saltiness of True Believers must be removed through a Pre-Tribulational Rapture, then the Seven Year Tribulation of Daniel's Seventieth Week can begin. "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth [restrains] will let [restrain], until He [the Holy Spirit] be taken out of the way" (2Thessalonians 2:7). [See our article "Must There Be a Pre-Tribulational Rapture?" ---New Window to see why Scripture points to a Pre-Tribulational Rapture; however, Scripture indicates more than one Rapture, e.g., Pre-Wrath Rapture. See our article, "More Than One Rapture" ---New Window, for Scriptural documentation.] When those who are "accounted worthy to escape" (Luke 21:36) in the Pre-Tribulational Rapture are removed, then a series of removals take place, as preparation and fulness of time allow. With each removal, the judgment grows.
Second, "For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the LORD make upon the Earth" (Romans 9:28). To "finish the work" and "cut it short," He needs to take drastic measures, and so get His people out of the target area. Remember, the target area is the entire Earth of humanity.
Third, "That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from Thee: Shall not the Judge of All the Earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25). Because it is right to make a difference between right and wrong, God will remove them.
Fourth, "And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous... If I find there forty and five... forty... thirty... twenty... I will not destroy it for ten's sake" (Genesis 18:26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32). Even when the LORD knew that only Lot and his two daughters would escape, He still sent His angels to remove them before the destruction began.
Fifth, "5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous Who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?" (Romans 3:5, 6). Sin does not recommend us to God. If it did, then the LORD couldn't judge the world-- there wouldn't be anyone to judge, or any reason to judge. Unrighteousness or righteousness in a people determines whether or not they're judged.
Sixth, "When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved" (1Peter 3:20). God waited on the righteous before judging the wicked.
Seventh, "Judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?" (1Peter 4:17). If we cooperate with the Holy Spirit and judge ourselves, we are walking uprightly, and we are ready and "worthy to escape" (Luke 21:36) in the Rapture. When we then have been removed as an object of God's judgment, He can focus upon the entirety of the rest of the Earth to complete His worldwide judgment. The righteous "commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a Faithful Creator" (1Peter 4:19).
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