The words "church" and "churches" are absent from Rev. 4 - 22. Therefore, the church is absent from the earth during that time, right?
Well, are you aware that these same words are also absent from 2 Tim., Titus, Heb., 1 & 2 Peter, 1 & 2 John, and Jude? Is the church absent then too? Hmmm? Titus and 2 John don't even mention Christians, brother(s), brethern, or saint(s) (although they both mention the word "elect"). Does that mean those books don't even pertain to us? (Sounds silly doesn't it?)
Is it possible that the church is mentioned between Rev. 4 and 22?
Jesus said that the book of the Revelation is for the church. Why would He say that when we are gone, and the "tribulation saints" aren't even a part of the church? I would be very cautious about basing any theology on what the scripture does not say.
My final question is this, are you willing to stake the safety of your family during a time of "great tribulation" on this kind of theology? Think about it.
Copyright © 1997, 1998 Sheila Lewis Busby
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