Dear Susan, praise God for your reply. Finally a reply that is full of wisdom and Christ like love. I had already made a decision to no longer interact here. Most of the comments I’ve read from my question were not from a spirit of love. Some were even condescending and so dogmatic that gave a sense of a Pharisee or Sadducee. To have a different interpretation of God’s word than others should never divide brothers and sisters unless it’s an issue of salvation. Faith in Christ alone, His sacrifial death on the cross for all sin as He was the perfect lamb of God, Christ death, burial and resurrection 3 days later, and His ascension into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of God. I can add anything to this work of Christ alone and can never earn His free gift of salvation. I simply confess and agree I am a sinner, ask for forgiveness, repent moving forward and believe in my Heart that Christ has saved me from the death I deserved, eternally separated from Him.
I still believe that Jesus will do just as Paul described in 1st Theslonians, 4.
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
I Thessalonians 4:13-17 NKJV
Jesus was from Galilee. All His disciples were also. They understood perfectly the Galilean wedding customs. That’s why Jesus told His disciples He would be leaving them, but not to fear. For my fathers house has many mansions (or dwellings). I go to prepare a place for you, and I will come back and receive you to myself.
During the time the bridegroom went back home and added on to His fathers house, the bride was to get ready and always be prepared for the day her bridegroom blew the trumpet in the city and came and took her back to his fathers house for the 7 day wedding feast. A perfect picture of the rapture.
During that time, the bride didn’t experience the wrath of the bridegroom all around her. She might experience like we all experience the sinful evils of man and Satan. Yet the bridegroom was focused on one thing. Getting the new addition of the home ready for His bride. Waiting for the day tye father would approve and send His son to get his bride. Only the father knew when that time would be. Hence the immanency of Christ return could happen at any time.
Susan, I also have experienced disappointment last year when the rapture didn’t happen around the FOTs. It made me ask God for wisdom and understanding. Keep searching the scriptures. Matthew 24 has been a big help understanding the end times before Christ 2nd physical return to earth.
Yet He said, when you begin to see all these things, know the end is not yet. He also tells us to look up our redemption draws nigh.
Anyway, I found some peace focusing on what Christ would want His bride doing. Preparing for His coming. Be in God word, sharing the gospel with the lost, warning them of things to come, and standing firm in my faith, trusting Christ in all things.
Date setters have done more damage to believers and non believers than most realize. Christ told his disciples when they asked, “Only the Father knows, not even the angels of Heaven or not even the Son”. Perfect typology of the Galilean wedding custom.
Anyway, I’m not going to argue theology here. I can’t even get a response to who created Messiah2030? If it’s on the website, I can’t find it. Maybe it is. So far when I’ve asked twice now in the forum, my question has been ignored. Which is fine. Maybe they don’t want people to know for good reasons.
I’m not here to convince anyone when the rapture will happen or if it’s a 7 year or 3 1/2 year tribulation. Or even if there is a pre-tribulation rapture. I was hoping I would find a loving community of believers who encouraged one another, not tear down if they happened to question anything presented in Messiah2030. One response said, “if I find any part of this timeline off, discard the whole thing”. How can man be as perfect as God in revealing His word? I’m still discovering new revelations regularly in my study and listening to pastors with more training than me.
May God bless you and give you peace beyond comprehension. Our God is faithful and will keeps all His promises. We will be with with Him one day and then and only then will all things be revealed and made clear.