A friend of mine showed me your program on Direct TV and gave me a DVD of the show, which I am starting to understand some new things. But I have a question about the Rapture and the Bible. When I read this passage, I believe this says we will see the anti-Christ before the rapture, but I am told by my friend no we will be taken / raptured before the anti-Christ. Can you help please Sir. See II Thessalonians 2
Thanks for the question. Please consider the following
II Thessalonians 1:3-11 teaches that the Believer will “rest with us” (the whole Body of Christ) “When the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed” and while he is “taking vengeance” on the lost world, who later suffer “everlasting destruction.”
Then in II Thessalonians 2:1-14 Paul corrects a false teaching that caused the Thessalonians to think their present tribulation was the presence of “the day of Christ” on earth. They thought that day was “at hand,” or had “come.” But Paul assures them that is had not “come.”
First he assures them based on the fact that the “coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” is our “gathering unto him” so there is no need to be troubled.
Secondly, the day they thought was here, is not, and will not come until there is “a falling away first and the man of sin revealed.” When those two things take place then the tribulation present will be that which is coming from the Lord. But those two things are being hindered. II Thessalonians 2:6, 7 says: “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” It is the work of God by His Spirit in the Body of Christ – the age of grace that interrupted the prophet program that is hindering Satan from having his way in the earth. But once we “are taking out of the way” the next verse says: “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”
Lastly in II Thessalonians 2:13 Paul givse thanks “because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is our salvation from the wrath to come. “The beginning” in the context is the beginning of coming of the anti-Christ and those days on the earth.