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I see that many are finding my Blog by using the key words “Joseph Prince Rapture”, and so I thought I would google these words myself and give a listen to what Joseph Prince is saying about the Rapture.

I came across a September 2014 teaching on YouTube (posted below) and I would like to discuss a couple of the points that he is teaching.

Joseph Prince stated that he wanted to discuss the “Partial Rapture Theory “. Joseph stated that a Believer who “sometimes stumbles” and who “sometimes sins” looses their hope in the Rapture when taught this theory, because such a person is under condemnation.

Joseph then went on to say in this video, that a partial rapture theory is not biblical and that the ONLY criteria for a Believer to go up in the Rapture is this: that you are a Believer who is alive. And he basis this statement on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, with his emphasis on verse 15 which reads:

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. – 1 Thessalonians 4:15

Joseph emphasizes that this verse DOES NOT say “we who are faithful” will be caught up with the Lord, and it does not teach “we who are over-comers” will be caught up with the Lord, and then loudly proclaims THE ONLY requirement for the rapture that this verse mentions is “we who are ALIVE and remain”.

Joseph Prince then goes on to state that there are different levels of consecration and/or commitment among Believers, and he asks who gave anyone the right to determine “what level of faithfulness will cause you to be going up” to the Lord, when the Apostle Paul speaking “by the word of the Lord” simply states that it is “we who are alive and remain”.

Now, I ask you honestly, readers … is the whole Truth? And is this sound Bible teaching?

By pulling only one Scripture from the Bible, I could make up any number of teachings and say, “Look! It is truth. The Bible says so!”

So, what does the Bible really teach about the lifestyle of a Believer concerning the Rapture?

Of course the Bible does not teach that one moment you are saved and the next you are not saved when you sin (see 1 John 1:10 to confirm that this is Truth), BUT the True Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ does indeed teach that True Believes will lead godly lives and that those who refuse to do so will miss out on the Rapture. Yes, the Bible actually teaches that there is a PARTIAL RAPTURE for those who are READY, or WISE virgins as seen in this one Passage of Scripture (and yes, there are other Passages which teach this):

1 – “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 “Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. … 6 “But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.7 “Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 “The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 “Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 “But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. – Matthew 25

Believers are called “virgins” in the Epistle of Paul to the Corinthian church when he writes:

…for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. – 2 Corinthians 11:2

… and so we see in Matthew 25, that we can be wise virgins who will be allowed to go up in the Rapture and into the presence of our Bridegroom, or we can be foolish virgins who will indeed MISS the Rapture of the Church if we do not keep our ‘lamps lit”.

You see, dear reader, Joseph Prince is WRONG. And I take absolutely no delight in reporting this, since a very, very dear relative of mine chooses to receive spiritual nourishment only through Joseph Prince’s teachings. And this very, very close and dear relative of mine … along with thousands of others … is being lured to sleep, and is being allowed to walk in lukewarmness … and perhaps even in sin … in their Christian walk because of Joseph Prince.

But if the above Bible verse shows that there is indeed a partial rapture for those who are ready, then what are the requirements that the Lord is looking for in His people, in order to be Rapture Ready?


Below are just a few passages of Scripture which show how a wise Believer must walk.
 The True Word of God teaches that Believers must learn to over-come the lusts of their flesh:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. – Romans 8:1, KJV

The True Word of God goes on to warn that:

5 – For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 – For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 – Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 – So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. – Romans 8, KJV

The True Word of God also states this, as written by the very half-brother of Jesus:

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4

And the True Word of God teaches this:

7 – Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 – the one who practices sin is of the devil – 1 John 3

Please dear readers, do not let any man rob you of your reward which is the Rapture of your body should you be alive when Christ Returns, and please let no man rob you of your reward which is Eternal Life with the Lord Jesus, Who taught us this:

… he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me – Matthew 10:38 (see also Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, and Luke 14:27)

There are many teachers and preachers today who teach that NO MATTER HOW ONE LIVES, if one simply believes in the Lord Jesus Christ they are eternally saved. However, many, many Scriptures teach differently (some can be found in my Category entitled Holiness: Is It Necessary For Salvation?) and if you are serious about your Eternal Salvation, I would challenge you to search through the Scriptures for the Truth! Please.

Holiness does not mean being perfect every moment, and that the moment you stumble you are doomed to Hell … but holiness does mean a willingness to obey God’s holy requirements and “practice righteousness … even as He is righteous”.

Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous – 1 John 3:7

By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. – 1 John 3:10

Run after righteousness and holiness, dear reader. Make it your first and foremost goal! By doing such you will have a great reward in this life and in the life to come!

… godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come – 1 Timothy 4:8

3 – If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 – he is conceited and understands nothing; – 1 Timothy 6

Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness – 2 Timothy 2:19

11 – For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 – It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age – Titus 2, NIV

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Has the Jesus of the Bible been replaced in your church with a Jesus that the Bible makes no mention of?  

Many new or newer Christians may not even be aware that their church speaks of a Jesus which is different from the Biblical Jesus, and even many old time saints are falling prey as people are more and more turning away from reading the Bible for themselves and relying on simply listening to sermons and preachers or reading books authored by their favorite preachers.

Is this happening in your church?  Is your church preaching a Biblical Jesus or another Jesus?  Can you tell?  Let’s look at one of the more popular Jesus’ that is currently  talked about in churches today.

There is the Jesus of Self Help, Inner Healing, or help with Recovery:  This Jesus will heal all of your inner hurts and past abuses.  Just close your eyes and “see” Jesus there in the middle of your traumatic experience and hear Him love you in the middle of it.  This Jesus  will “walk you through” abuse or will help you in your Recovery from addictions.  But sadly, such teaching is absolutely not mentioned anywhere in the Bible folks.  Why?  Is it because there was no substance abuse in Bible times?  Was there no incest, or family beatings taking place, and so the writers of the Bible were ignorant of such abuses and addictions?  No.  Sin is sin and sin has been around since the very beginning, even before Cain murdered Able.  And in order for any person to find peace, help, and freedom from their inner wounds and/or addictions, they must be able to first call their trouble what the Bible calls it:  SIN. And we must repent of our sin, we must forgive those who sin against us, and we must make the choice to not give in to sin any longer.

Easier said than done, you might moan?  Especially if this writer has never experienced family trauma or addictions to know how hard the struggle can be?  No.  This writer knows all about growing up in a family filled with abuse, of having a father who spent 10 year in prison for armed robbery, and this writer knows the pain and the struggle and the depression that comes from addictions … plural.  But thanks be to God Who set me free when I finally came to the place where I HATED my sin so much that I prayed and pleaded and then fasted and prayed for FREEDOM.  It was only when I picked up the Bible and started reading it for myself … word for word from front to back, even while drinking my daily bottle of booze … that when I came to 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 I realized I was a sinner going to HELL.  And upon repenting I was then very dramatically Born Again and set free from addictions.  And then, when the demons of alcohol came back to me a few years later, tempting me with great temptations to get drunk and live drunk all over again, I went into a very lengthy time of prayer, which consisted of 6 months of focusing on and praying for my freedom.  No Recovery program.  No Inner Healing.  Why?  Because to call myself a victim or victimized, or to say I had “hang ups” or problems and that I just needed a little help, instead of HATING THE SIN that was waging war in my flesh and in my mind, would have kept me a slave to my sins!

God said to the murderer Cain, in Genesis 4 —

sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.

We must learn to MASTER sin and conquer it, in order to be fee and obey the words of God.

Compare this Scripture in Genesis to one false statement currently being promoted:

“People give their lives to sin when they feel rejected and unwanted. But when they know that they are God’s beloved, no temptation can succeed against them.” (p.296) J. Prince Destined To Reign

This teaching is not Biblical, but people are in love with this teacher and his teachings.

The Bible does not say anywhere that when we feel accepted, we will be able to resist temptation.  In fact, the Bible states that in this world the true Christian will actually face persecution and rejection:

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man – Luke 6:22, NIV

Now, that’s a little tough on the ego, Jesus.  Yet, these are the Words of the real Jesus.   The Biblical Jesus.  Who does love us but Who also gives us the Truth that we must learn to conquer and put away sin.

This may sound extremely harsh and unloving to those who are struggling with any past abuse, rejection, hurt, or current addictions, but people I am telling you the only Truth that will actually SET YOU FREE.

The Bible does not teach us how to develop our self-esteem nor does it teach that God wants to develop our self-esteem!  The Bible also does not treat sin lightly by saying we all just need “help” in our recovery OR that God loves us and accepts just as we are!  Rather the Bible is plain that SIN needs to be resisted and refused, as we can see in Romans 6 other Scriptures:

11 – In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 – Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.


God sure does love us, so much that even while we are unconverted sinners He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us and take the punishment of our sins, but He does not want us to continue to live bound in our sins!  He actually demands that all men everywhere repent and turn from sin and be saved.  And if you will take the time to pray … even fast and pray … for your freedom, God will see to it that you WILL be delivered!  But do you hate sin enough to care to be free?  Or do you fear God enough, that you don’t want to disobey His written commands?

Please dear readers, don’t be deceived by the words of current preachers or self-help groups and counselors who won’t call sin sin.  Read the Bible and find out that your trouble IS SIN.  Find out how much God hates sin.  And then please start praying to the real Jesus of the Bible Who can and Who will deliver you from your sin.

1 John 3 —

1 – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2 – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
4 – Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
5 – But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7 – Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray (Do not be decieved – ESV, NASB, etc).  He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8 – He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.

Again, if you are currently struggling with any kind of sin in your life, come to Jesus in determined prayer, for this is why Jesus appeared … to free us from our sin:

1 John 3 —

5 – But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins
8 – The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

Titus 2 —

11 – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
12 – It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
13 – while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
14 – who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

My next post will show yet another Jesus currently being preached in churches today.  I pray that you will care about your eternal destination enough to be determined to make sure you are actually worshiping and loving the Biblical Jesus … the Jesus Who died to save you and free you from your sins.

2 Corinthians 11 —

3 However, I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from sincere and pure devotion to the Messiah. 4 – For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen. (ISV)

Galatians 1 —

9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

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It is joyfully reported from pulpits today:

I did not come to judge the world, but to save it – John 14:47, NIV

This verse is met with claps and loud “Amens” in the charismatic churches I have been attending, as the preacher goes on to proclaim other supporting verses, such as:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him – John 3:17, NIV 

But such preachers are forgetting to read and teach the entirety of Christ’s Gospel to their congregations and are therefore leading many astray as many so-called believers today think that one prayer of salvation gets them into Heaven and that there is absolutely nothing else required of them.  After all, God is love and Christ died to save sinners. Just believe and be saved. That’s the whole Gospel, right?

But listen to Christ’s words which surround the “I did not come to judge the world, but to save it” statement:

47As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.
48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. – John 12, NIV

The very words that Christ spoke WILL CONDEMN people in the last day…people who say they are believers yet do not obey Christ’s words.

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words … and does not put them into practice  (he) is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” – Luke 6, NIV

Combine this statement with:

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7, NIV 

Add these Truths with James’ teaching … James who grew up in the same household with Jesus:

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. – James 1, NIV

Deceptive words are indeed coming from today’s pulpits.  Words of “peace” and “safety” when really Judgement and the Day of God’s Wrath is on its way.   Preachers are telling masses everywhere that “you are loved just the way you are”, that you are “accepted in the beloved”, and that God is out to bless you and not harm you.

While these are Truths, these are half Truths without the full Gospel being preached to hearers to tell people how to walk pleasing to God, so that God’s blessings can come into our lives:

3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.
7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 4

In other words, IT DOES MATTER how you live and God WILL judge the one who does not obey His Words.
James 1:22 (above) said, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves” … and we would do well to believe and obey these words.  It is up to US whether we will be deceived or not.

So watch over yourself … you very own eternal soul.  Guard your heart and your mind closely and choose to obey God’s Words alone!  Weigh every preacher’s sermon against the Word of God and be careful about who you will believe and be taught by … even when you seem to be the only one looking at the Word and actually reading it and obeying it.  If God says YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED if you don’t obey Christ’s Words, then believe God!  Don’t believe the preachers.

Current charismatic preachers can seem so “right” on their large platforms in front of huge gatherings, with their successful ministries and extremely zealous and seemingly concerned way of stressing to you that YOU ARE SAVED without a change in your attitude or lifestyle.  After all, “God is love!!!”  They seem so right as they point fingers in people’s faces who oppose this teaching, while dogmatically stressing to their hearers, “IT IS BY GRACE ALONE THAT YOU ARE SAVED”.    (If they truly love and have such great concern for their congregations and want them to walk in the peace, grace, joy, and love of God, they should just as zealously be teaching the people HOW to walk freed from the mastery of sin!)

But it is not your preachers words that will save you at the End of this Age of Grace! 
No matter HOW dogmatically and convincingly he can preach this message! 
47 “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him.  For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.  48   There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him t the last day. –
John 12, NIV

9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor
adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. –
1 Corinthians 6, NIV

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. –
Galatians 6, NIV
 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. –
1 John 3, NASB 

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his
eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father
but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. …   24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—even eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. –
They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. –
2 Thessalonians 2:11,12  NIV
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