I am very concerned and confused about events happening after the rapture. When the Holy Spirit ascends as well. Will anyone know that they need to know Jesus?

Lashelle Trejo
Tumwater, WA

I believe that those who have heard the Gospel message and rejected it will NOT be automatically condemned after the Rapture. Joel 2:28-32 contains prophecies concerning the Tribulation Hour. It says “And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered”. Peter refers to Joel 2 in his sermon at Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. We also see in Romans 10:13 that God says: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. We see through these texts a clear indication that in all ages God has allowed any one to be saved who would put their faith in Jesus, the Messiah.

Every believer will be evacuated at the rapture, but then the greatest revival in history occurs on earth as the 144,000 Jews begin to proclaim the message that the kingdom of Christ is at hand. (Revelation 7: 4-8) Those who were converted during the tribulation hour are “These which have come out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes white in the blood of the lamb.” (Verse 14).

Many Christians have been taught that the Holy Spirit leaves the earth with the rapture. That’s impossible. The Holy Spirit is the 3rd member of the Trinity of God. God is omnipresent – He’s everywhere at all times. (Psalm 139:7) The confusion comes from a misinterpretation of II Thessalonians 2:7. “…He who now hinders will hinder until he be taken out of the way and then shall that wicked one, the antichrist be revealed”. The Holy Spirit is not the hinderer, Christians are. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So when we’re the ones who will be taken out of the way. Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 clearly state, “I will pour out my Spirit upon ALL flesh.” The book of Revelation is written chronologically. In chapters 2 & 3 we have the history of the seven churches. After chapter 4:1, (“Come up hither”), the term church is never used again. In verses 10 and 11, the elders are laying their crowns at Jesus’ feet. You can’t get your crowns before the resurrection of the dead – the rapture. In chapter 5, verse 9, they are singing about their return to the earth to rule and reign with Christ. You can’t come down if you’ve never gone up.

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