THE SECRET RAPTURE FACT ...... OR FICTION?
PASTOR CSJ CLAASSEN
This Booklet contains my Personal Beliefs on the Secret Rapture Doctrine.
The Teachings contained in this Book do not necessarily reflect the Official Teachings of my Church. Copyright Retained. All rights reserved. This Booklet may be reproduced in any manner without permission provided that it is freely distributed and not sold.
Pastor CSJ Claassen
Goldfields Revival Centre
PO Box 99
9460 SOUTH AFRICA.
First Issued in 1993 (Updated 1997)
2. Historical Overview
3. One Taken .... the Other Left
4. The Tribulation
5. The Way of Escape
6. The Coming of the Lord
7. The Final Trumpet
At the outset of this Study I want to draw your attention to the following Scripture:
John 20: 24 - 25
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore were saying to him, We have seen the Lord ! But he said to them, Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.
Doubting Thomas, how quick we are to criticize Thomas, but have you thought of the fact that Thomas was not prepared just to accept something that he was told. No, he wanted proof - he want to make sure of the facts - he wanted to make sure of his faith. Thomas became certain by doubting. His faith became great, intense, and convincing.
He paid the ultimate price for his faith, it is said that he was commissioned to build a palace for the King of India, and he was killed with a spear (lance) as a martyr for his Lord.
The purpose of this Booklet is not to divide the Church but rather to encourage Pastors and Members in our Church to examine their Faith and to make sure of what they believe in.
Do not accept something without testing it against the Word of God.
At the end of the day, it does not matter what, Pastor so and so believes or says, but WHAT THE WORD SAYS.
Whether you agree with this booklet or not, it is my prayer that when you preach or teach on this subject, you will be able to say, I have examined all the facts, and studied the subject and this is what The Word of God says ! Like Thomas of Old, make sure of your Faith !
I have always had serious doubts about the doctrine of the Secret Rapture and because of my doubts always avoided discussions on the subject, for fear of been labeled a heretic by my fellow Pentecostal Brethren. But one day I was confronted with the question:
"What do you believe ? "
I had no option, but to say that I did not believe in a secret Rapture, to my surprise the late Pastor Lennard Darbee, of Seattle, Washington, USA, presenter of the Radio Broadcast, Rays of Faith, said, " Neither do I." Pastor Darbee, then took me aside and showed me the Scriptures more clearly concerning the matter. When I think of that day, I remember Priscilla and Aquila in the Book of Acts.
Acts 18: 26
And he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
It is imperative that I issue a stern warning, against allowing Doctrine to divide the Church. We have a Commission from Jesus to Preach the Gospel, so that Souls can be won for the Kingdom of God.
The Question that needs to be answered is: Are you ready to meet the Lord, today ?
Friend, the question is not what doctrine you believe in, concerning the future Second Coming of Christ but rather, Are you right with God, today ? We need to remember that Death's Angel can knock at our door today, without warning, and that we need to be ready to meet our Creator.
Let us unite in our effort to answer the question that was asked in the Book of Acts: What shall we do to be saved ?
Acts 16: 31
And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.
Acts 2: 38
And Peter answered to them, Repent and let each of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Should, Death's Angel knock at your Door, before Christ's Return to this earth then all that will matter is: Are you ready, to meet Him ?
Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord?
All other doctrinal matters will be of academic value only !
I cannot stress this point enough !
The Question is not whether you believe in a secret Rapture or not but rather:
Will you spend eternity with Jesus Christ ?
Have you made certain that your Name is Written in the Lamb's Book of Life ?
In that day, the day of His appearing, only those who have accepted Christ as their Personal Savior and have obeyed His commandments will be able to enter the Kingdom of God with Christ ?
The Church that you belong to will be unimportant !
The Doctrines that you hold, will be unimportant !
Your station in life will be unimportant !
All that will matter is what did you do with Christ ! Have you made Jesus your King ?
(Go to The Secret Rapture, Part 2)
Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
9460 SOUTH AFRICA
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