We listened to another installment of the Revelation Study with John Courson tonight. I have it on CD so we do it sloooooooowly I guess, rather than tune in on the radio. Anyway, this one is about the rapture. We believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, one where the saints are taken to Heaven before the tribulation begins. But many people believe in a mid-tribulation rapture, one where the saints are taken half-way through the tribulation. Others believe the saints must go through the whole 7 years of tribulation before escaping to Heaven.
Something I've heard pastors and others say when backing up their points is that Noah is a picture of the Church. This isn't so, according to our study tonight. Noah is a picture of Israel; Enoch (who is taken to Heaven before the Flood) is a picture of the Christians.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are a picture of Israel; Daniel is a picture of the church. The three men go through the fire but Daniel is mysteriously missing from that. He's taken away before the tribulation from ole Nebby (who is a picture of Anti-Christ) begins.
John Courson uses these illustrations to prove his point that the Church is raptured before the Great Tribulation.