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.
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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