Hiscoming Ministries

Sunday Thought – Sunday 3rd December 2017

“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” 1 Thessalonians 1:10

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thessalonians 5:9

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (Provocation; discipline; trial) which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” Revelation 3:10

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:17

Pre-Trib, Mid -Trib, Pre-Wrath or Post-Trib, we’ve all heard much about these different positions as to when the RAPTURE OF THE TRUE CHURCH takes place, in relation to the TRIBULATION. Some may even grow tired of hearing all the arguments for and against each position. Many take the view that it just doesn’t matter. They ‘SIT ON THE FENCE’ and never make their own mind up. Many Pastors and preachers don’t teach any of the positions for fear of arguments and offending those of a different belief than themselves.

Many times I have come into contact with Christians who take the view that as long as they remain faithful to Jesus, IT WILL ALL PAN OUT IN THE END!

I personally take a very different view. To me it is of utmost importance. I will not read the writings or listen to the teaching of teachers and preachers who SIT ON THE FENCE on what I call a matter of extreme doctrinal importance. I hold firmly to the PRE-TRIB POSITION, that is that Jesus will come to collect/snatch His true Church, His bride, BEFORE THE TRIBULATION COMMENCES. I firmly believe after many years of studying this subject, that it is the only position that fits all scripture.

I will not entertain any other position, and I would like to tell you plainly why I hold to this view so strongly.

ANY TEACHING or doctrinal POSITION, that allows the Church to go through either a part or the whole of the TRIBULATION, UNDERMINES CALVARY AND OUR LORD’S DEATH UPON THE CROSS. There, I’ve said it! I’ve laid my cards on the table, as it were. The true believer needs to understand exactly what the TRIBULATION is. IT IS NOT just a time of great sin on the part of man. It is not purely the work of satan and the antichrist, although that is part of it. THE TRIBULATION IS God’s wrath being poured out upon a sinful, disbelieving world of people who WILL NOT REPENT. Revelation says this about the very beginning of the Tribulation:

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:17

Why doesn’t Jesus return NOW? Surely the world is wicked enough to warrant His return? There is just one thing preventing our Lord’s return RIGHT NOW, THIS VERY MINUTE.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise (to return for His Church), as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9

Just notice the wording of that verse. NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH. When Jesus returns and RAPTURES His true Church, those left behind WILL PERISH in the tribulation, UNDER THE WRATH OF GOD. That is why THE TRUE CHURCH can never go through the tribulation.

The wrath of God was poured out on Jesus as He hung upon that OLD RUGGED CROSS. He endured the wrath of God as He bore OUR SIN. The judgment of our sin is GONE. It’s PASSED. Jesus bore it all for us.

To say, or teach, that there is a chance the redeemed Church of God will endure God’s wrath which Jesus has already endured for us, IS TO SAY OUR LORD’S DEATH WAS NOT SUFFICIENT. That teaching is saying that God will judge our sin TWICE.

That is why any other position other than the PRE-TRIB RAPTURE position, UNDERMINES CHRIST’S ATONING WORK ON THE CROSS. I can never bring myself to have any part of that, which is CLEARLY HERESY.

My precious Saviour Jesus Christ, paid my full debt on the cross. Through His shed blood, I have full forgiveness for ALL MY SIN. He paid my debt ONCE FOR ALL.

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” Hebrews 10:12

One Sacrifice for sin FOREVER. We NEVER have to face the wrath of God because Jesus faced it for us. NEVER TAKE AWAY FROM CHRIST’S ATONING DEATH FOR US!

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thessalonians 5:9

Brotherly love…..Pastor Keith



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