MIssion of Torah is Life
For years I was taught as most Christians were that there would be a time of great tribulation on the earth which would be known as the Time of Jacob's Trouble. I was taught and then taught others to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, an event that would happen prior to the tribulation in which all believers in Messiah would be taken out of this world and to a seven-year party in heaven.
During our time of the "Marriage Supper" the world would be plunged into the greatest time of trouble ever seen. The tribulation as I was taught had two purposes; first was so the Jews could be punished for not accepting Messiah two-thousand years ago and the second was to pour out God's wrath on the earth for the rest of the population who had rejected Him. At the end of this time the believers would be brought back to this earth with Messiah to judge the earth. When the Jews saw Messiah, those who had not died during the Tribulation would all receive Him and they along with the believers would hunt colored eggs together the next Easter. Think about it for a minute, I am not trying to be flippant or facetious, but this is what the doctrine boils down to.
My study of Torah as the foundation of the scripture has changed mine as well as many others doctrine on this subject. A resent survey of evangelicals revealed that 95% believed in a pre-tribulation rapture as compared to 1% who were polled by a large messianic organization.
The pre-tribulation rapture theory began to unravel for me personally a number of years ago not because of scripture at first, but due to a statement made by a lady who I admire greatly. The late Corrie ten Boom once said, "How dare you have a doctrine that takes you our of this world, when the world will need you the most." That statement bothered me and in fact made me mad, but it caused me to search. I searched the web for the origins of the pre-trib doctrine. Here is a EXCERPT to one such article. Read what Corrie Ten Boom had to say on this subject.
My thoughts and beliefs have changed on this subject during the years. I have recorded a message "Where is the Promise of His Coming" which can be ordered by clicking the title of the message. It goes much deeper into the subject that we can go on this site.
I now see the Time of Jacob's Trouble not as a time of Jewish trouble, but a time for the family of God to be brought together because we will learn in that day that we need one another. To any of our Jewish friends who may be reading this, it is my firm conviction that if and when there is a time of tribulation and persecution on this earth, we will go through it together, arm in arm learning together how to trust and serve Him more.
It is the mission of this web site to help prepare God's family spiritually, emotionally and physically for the days ahead. As you can read in WHY THIS SITE, I do not believe we are prepared at this time. HaShem has given us the time we need just as he gave Noah time to build the ark. Noah had all the time he needed, but not a day more. We must prepare with urgency, but also with a sense of His divine timing.
A final thought. If I and many of you are wrong concerning this issue; I would rather prepare for the tribulation and be surprised by the rapture than to prepare for the rapture and be surprised by the tribulation!