GRACE THRU FAITH
By Jack Kelley @gracethrufaith.com
Rapture? What Rapture?
Q. If a person does not believe in the rapture, but loves the Lord undeniably, is that person taken at the time of the rapture or are they left behind to endure the tribulation?
A. Believing in the rapture is not required for inclusion in the rapture. When we accept the
Lord’s death as payment for our sins and ask Him to be our Savior, we become members of His Church and the Holy Spirit is sealed within us. From that point on all the rights and privileges that accrue to the Church accrue to us as well, and that includes the rapture.
Not believing in the rapture is no different than any other mistaken belief about it. When it happens, all born again believers will go, regardless of what they thought about it.
How Do We Know Psalm 83 Is A Prophecy?
Q. How do we know that Psalm 83 (which, to me, sounds like a prayer, rather than a prophecy) is actually a prophecy of war? What makes that “prayer” a “prophecy” that we know as the Psalm 83 war?
A. You’re correct in saying Psalm 83 is a prayer, but that doesn’t make it a hypothetical one, such as when we pray for protection against whatever danger might arise. The prayer is too specific in naming the names of Israel’s enemies, even quoting their words.
Nothing that would have fulfilled Psalm 83 has ever happened, so there are two possibilities. Either the prayer was answered pre-emptively and God over ruled the enemy’s plan, or the prayer was for a future time.
Until recently we might have accepted the first possibility, but suddenly modern nations occupying the lands of the very enemies Psalm 83 spoke of are surrounding Israel and threatening to attack, and they’re uttering the very words from Psalm 83:4.
“Come,” they say. “Let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel will be remembered no more.”
Then you have the fact that these enemies, against all logic, will not be involved in a prophecy we know is about an attack against Israel (Ezekiel 38). Why are they missing? Is it because they will have already been defeated? These are strong circumstantial indicators that Psalm 83 is a prophecy that will soon be fulfilled.