Someone remarked to me once that
at the Rapture, the Holy Spirit would be taken out of the world along with
the Church. How could there be any new
believers or anyone ministering, edifying and equipping without the presence
of the Holy Spirit in their lives during the Tribulation Period? I assumed that God was everywhere
all the time--unchangeable.
You are right and this does not make
sense. The Holy Spirit has been convicting mankind of their sin since
the beginning of time, and will continue to do so until the end. It is the Holy
Spirit that opens blind eyes and deaf ears to see and hear the gospel.
Without the intervening and enlightening work of the Spirit then no man or
woman could ever be saved, for they are lost in their blindness.
People in the Old Testament got saved
just like we do today (repentance, belief in God's coming Messiah, and submission
to God's will). The Holy Spirit not only brings the repentance, but
also the enlightenment of the truth. That is why in Revelation there
reference to the "Eternal Gospel" (14:6), for the way of salvation has always been
the same, and the Holy Spirit's work in it also remains the same, and He is
also the One that seals the salvation, for the OT saints, the Church, and
the Tribulation Saints, and the Millennial Saints. In fact, many who want to argue
that baptism is a
requirement for salvation, can't explain the "thief on the cross
salvation" since he was never baptized, but he was simply saved by the
eternal gospel of repentance, belief in Christ, and submission to Him. Whatever gospel we preach,
it must apply for the OT, Church Age, and Tribulation Saints, and those
saved in the Millennium.
Actually that verse 2 Thess 2:7, does
not really refer to the "church" being taken out of the way, but
rather the actual Greek reveals a "stepping aside" and not a
"take away completely". So whatever is "holding back
the Antichrist" simply "steps aside" and allows him to be
revealed. This cannot be the church because she is completely taken
away, therefore I would say that the Holy Spirit simply allows the
Antichrist to be revealed. Bottom line, Jesus, the Father, and
the Holy Spirit, are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "Tony Capoccia's Questions and
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