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Question: I don’t know about the “Rapture”. However I think it was Paul who said,” This corruption must put on in corruption, this mortal must put on immortality”. I’m not sure if Paul was referring to his eminent martyrdom, or if he may have been alluding to the “Catching away” since the word “Rapture” doesn’t appear in the Holy Bible. All I’ve been hearing is there is no “Rapture” or “Catching away” then there are those that believe in a pretrib rapture. And others speak of a midtrib being truth and others still preach a post trib explaination for the “Catching away” prophesy , so “eeny meeny minny mo”? How then should a growing Christian know what to make of such mixed up interpretations?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Bram thank you for the question.
In a sense your actions here answered your own question. You reach out and ask someone if you cannot find the answer yourself. Then you verify that answer with the scriptures to ensure what you have been told is true. You become like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-11)! Of course always ask our Father for wisdom and understanding during your studies.
We have a Bible Study titled, “The False Hope of the Rapture” (also available in video format) that will document from the Word of God the rapture is a false teaching. I do not care whether it is pre-Tribulation, mid-Tribulation or post-Tribulation rapture. Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is coming back one time and one time only. He is not making any extra trips, that is clearly documented in the Bible for anyone who wants to open the Book. In that study we also look at the verses commonly used by those who believe in a rapture and explain their false belief. I truly believe you will enjoy that study.
While the rapture is a horrible false teaching, the fact that the word “rapture” is not found in the Bible does not necessarily make it untrue. The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible either, yet we know “there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one,” (1 John 5:7). Keep that in mind…
What Paul was referencing in 1 Corinthians 15:35-55 was the change of bodies we will experience upon the Return of Christ. Instantly, at that moment, we will be changed from this corruption (flesh bodies) into our incorruptible (spiritual bodies) bodies that never get sick, old or die.
Bram, read that study and comeback to us with any questions you may have. I know our Father is impressed that you have taken the time and effort to try and seek out the truth of His Word.
Question: Hello Brandon, I have a friend who asked if I would ask this question because she uses a flip phone and has no way of asking. Her question is, is it okay to wear men pants if your a woman? The way they cut women’s pants are not the right fit. If you answer, Thank you.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Faithful, thank you for the question.
Tell your friend she just might be the last person with one of those things. ? Remind her when it is time, there is something called a PC and/or a “tablet”.
The sad part is your friends concern comes from a false teaching put forward by mainstream Christianity. Before we open our Bibles we need to be reminded in the days of old men actually wore what we would consider a skirt today. So in the days of old, men and woman nearly wore the same thing in that regard.
Turn your Bible with me to,
5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
What are we talking about here?
It is not okay to be a crossdresser. Go do an internet search for that term and see what you come up with. On second thought, do not do that. Why? What you will see is an abomination to our Father. It is a perverted act.
Remember, our Father instituted many laws, ordinances and statues in order to protect His people from heathen practices. The pagan’s certainly had many abominable practices with one of those being crossdressing.
Our Father is extremely intelligent and He expects us to use a little bit of our mind when we read the scriptures. Unfortunately, not many in the realm of mainstream Christianity seem to be able to do that anymore. Due to that, they cause much confusion and uncertainly for Christ’s Flock.
Now that I think about it, my wife tends to steal my shorts (not pants boys, love you dear) from time to time or my t-shirts and tells me how comfy they are. To date the Lord has never plagued my family due to that. No hail stones or cursings so I am quite sure we have this one right.
God makes it very clear there are roles for the husband and there are roles for the wife within the family unit. He does not want those mixed up or crossed. He certainly does not want men skipping around like a woman or a woman acting like a man. Ephesians 5:23 does a good job of explaining this and with that add these two past Bible Q&A that are around the same subject.
Question: Hi Brandon, Thank you for this site. I have been learning so much. In one of your Q&A sessions, I understood you to say we looked the same in the first world age as we do now. I too believe this because we will know our family in the third world age, but when we are born through our mother’s womb we look like our Mom and Dad and relatives. I can’t understand how we looked like them before we were born of woman. Can you help me with this.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Susie, great question and you are very welcome.
I have probably said something along those lines several times over the years. Let us clarify a couple things.
- We will have the same appearance that we do today, meaning we will have two arms, two legs, ten fingers and ten toes. We were made in His Image and that is not going to change (Genesis 1:27). Some people wrongly believe we will be floating spirits or something else which is not true. Remember, even the Angels have a body that has mass, a body that consumes our food and of course our body can consume Angels food (Genesis 19, Exodus 16).
- In a recent Bible Q&A I said, I believe we will return to our former appearance which addresses your question. I do not believe any of us can document that statement, but for the reasons you pointed out it only makes sense. Let us read the quote from a Bible Q&A from 3-10-2017.
On another level, if you understand The First Earth Age then you know we all existed at that time in our true bodies which are our spiritual bodies that never get sick, old or die. The point is, God created us how He wanted us at that time and if it were not for Satan’s Rebellion we would still have that appearance and I believe He will return us to that semblance once again.
I placed the bold and underline to highlight the point. God originally created us and this earth how He wanted it and what happened? Satan sinned and ruined the whole thing which brought about the destruction of The First Earth Age. That of course brought about the creation of this age of flesh where we all have the opportunity to make up our own mind who we are going to follow, God or Satan.
So naturally what is God going to do? Put the earth back to how it was. Which in my mind means He will put us back to how we were. We have to remember, the First Earth Age was perfect. In The First Earth Age maybe I was a couple inches taller or shorter, maybe I had black hair instead of a sandy color. Whatever our appearance was, that is how I feel we will return. I highly doubt we will look like we do today.
On another level, let us consider those who have been born with disabilities. Some have no legs, arms, physiological shortcomings, down syndrome you name it. Is that individual with down syndrome today going to look and act like that after Christ Returns? Not a chance.
I have a question regarding how I am to deal as a Christian with family members whose actions are ungodly.
I have been treated as the black sheep of the family since my childhood, and now to add insult to injury I feel that I will have my inheritance stolen from me.
My mother is the main culprit. She grew up in a Freemasonic family. She lies like the Devil. She has been kicked out of four Christian churches for sowing chaos! She has no love in her. All she lives for is control and greed and power.
My dysfunctional family as a whole refuses to change, and I feel angry at God at times for giving me this family.
I pray for them, but sometimes I want to give up.
Please pray for me, and any Christ-centered advice would be much appreciated.
Name: Brandon T. Ward & WEB Staff
Answer: Thank you for the question Mark.
First off, we certainly said a prayer for your situation and ask our readers to do the same. Unfortunately, in this life nothing is perfect including families. To what degree are they ungodly and how does that affect you is only a question you can answer. While we can say prayers, I think we all understand God is not going to intervene into the life of someone who is not asking God into their life. We have to knock, seek and then we will find (Matthew 7:7-8).
If you have planted your Seeds of Truth, then let them be. You cannot force your family to do something they do not want to do. Attempting that will typically make a situation much worse. If the family problems get too bad, you may have to separate yourself from them. Turn your Bible with me to,
2 Corinthians 6:4
4 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
The verse really explains itself. If someone is stuck in the dark and they do not want to see the light there is not much you can do to help them. You plant that Seed of Truth and move on from there. This is a decision you will need to make through prayer of course.
Having said that, family is definitely a very, very precious thing so if you are able to have a healthy relationship with them I would certainly encourage that.
Life is tough Mark, never give up. I can understand your frustration, but you are a man of God. Whatever we face today is nothing compared to the days ahead so buckle up that Gospel Armour a bit.
Remember, “there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it,” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
The tough and hurtful things that happen to us in life happen to everyone. It is those moments in life that truly make us who we are. Those are some of our defining moments. Remember that, God is on our side so lift up your head and keep pressing forward.
Do not feel angry at God, He did not place any burden on you. Our Father does not send burdens, you can document that for yourself in Jeremiah 23:38-40.
To sum this up, read over the scriptures I placed here, pray about it and move forward. You cannot let these things bring you to the ground. We need as many good spiritual soldiers as we can get. I know you can do it Mark.
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