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Letters to the Editor 3/18 Part 4

March 19, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/18 Part 4



Rapture is different from second coming



To the editor:

In response to the letter on Feb. 9 by Pastor James Hoofer of the Seventh Day Adventist church concerning the movie "Left Behind," I find it necessary to point out a few things about what God's word says concerning Bible prophecy. First of all, the Bible clearly distinguishes between a pre-tribulational rapture of the church (all true believers in Christ) and the second coming. These two events are separated by a seven year period of time known as the tribulation in which the unsaved will experience the wrath of God. The fact of a pre-tribulational rapture can be seen in how Christ will come for his own, in the air, and only his own will see him. According to scripture, at the rapture, believers will be "caught up together with them (those who have already died in Christ) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air." If there is no rapture, and only a second coming what is the point in being "caught up?"

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The rapture is quite different from the second coming, first of all, in that following the tribulation, he will come with his own, not for his own. It is only logical that if he comes back with his own that he had to first come for them. Secondly, where I have already pointed out from God's word that only his own will see him at the rapture, every eye will see him at his second coming. Thirdly, unlike the rapture, in which Christ comes in the air, at his second coming he will physically come back to earth.

Now concerning the question "Will any be saved during the tribulation?" In Revelation 13:7, it says, "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindred's, and tongues, and nations."

This verse is clearly speaking of how the antichrist will have power over the earth during the tribulation period. While "the saints" referred to in this verse are not the believers of this present church age, as they will have already been "caught up" out of this world as "God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." It does refer to those whom God has saved and separated unto himself. These are the "saints" referred to in Rev. 13:7, who will be saved during the tribulation, after the rapture of the church. God never leaves himself without a witness, as He will appoint two witnesses to preach the word of God. If none can be saved what is the purpose in these two witnesses? There will also be the 144,000 Jewish witnesses (12,000 from each of the 12 tribes).

Once again, who are they witnessing to if not one can be saved? Also, who are the ones "which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Salvation during the tribulation period will be based on faith as they are saved by the blood of the lamb and by the working of the Holy Spirit.

In only looking at Rev. 19-22, as suggested by Pastor Hoffer, it is easy to take this scripture out of context as one can see only part of the prophetic plan of God. I believe that all of scripture can speak for itself.

Pastor Robert D. Welty

Boonsboro Bible Church


Enjoy hunting, trapping while it's still legal



To the editor:

I am writing this letter, first to thank Mike Sawyers for the well-written article in the Times News dated Feb. 10 with reference to trapping in Maryland , concerning the proposed Senate trapping bill introduced by Sen. Perry Sfikas, Baltimore City.

I, however, would like to add a few additional things, telling it the way it is in Maryland. We have a very professional Department of Natural Resources, trained to do its job, using sound, proven methods in managing our game animals.

The problem is they are hamstrung and not allowed to do their job because of politics and our present governor, who is pulling the strings at his pleasure.

Thank the good Lord we still have two nearby states where the Departments of Natural Resources are allowed to manage wildlife for the good of their citizens. Now for those of you who would say, if you don't like it, leave it - believe me, if I were not middle-aged and beyond, I would relocate in a minute. The problem with Maryland, as we hunters, trappers and fisherman have it, we have no voice in the laws of Maryland.

The State of Maryland is run by two counties down east and Baltimore City. Even though our local representatives side with us and vote for us in the most part, they are outnumbered and voted down. The latest election would prove the above when, in Maryland, 21 of 23 counties voted for President Bush and two counties and Baltimore City voted for Al Gore, yet Gore carried the state. It is a sad state of affairs for the sportsmen and women of our state. Also for those of you who would like to do away with the present national voting system, (electoral voting college versus popular vote) if this came about the country would be subject to the same system we presently have in Maryland.

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