WHEN SOMEONE ARGUES THAT THE RAPTURE OF THE BRIDE IS NOT BEFORE THE DARK TRIBULATION, THEY OFFEND THE “SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.” “THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY” IS ACTUALLY THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST. This truth is stated infallibly in the book of Revelation. A glorified saint testified the following to John as he was witnessing the grand drama, “…I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10) Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ and represents a great portion of the Bible.

Every word of the Holy Scripture is His testimony, His prophecy, or His instruction. There are multitudes of prophetic declaration in the Bible and they cover every important future plan of our great God and Heavenly Father. The world does not know their future; they tremble as they watch the developing signs of sorrow. We that know the Lord in a personal manner and believe His prophecies know exactly what is about to happen. The world is going to tremble while we shout and praise our Faithful God and His Son.

The Bible is full of testimonies of His soon appearance. We do not know the day but we recognize the season. Every Bible prophecy is in perfect order and you can often read it in the world’s newspapers. Their language is sometimes scary but we have the great testimonies of His coming to rapture His bride, so we are full of joy.

1. Jesus Christ promised, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
2. The Angels said, “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:10-11)
3. The Church said, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (I Thess. 4:16-18)
4. The Holy Ghost Said, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28)
5. The glorified Christ promised, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Rev 3:10)

The testimonies of Jesus Christ and the infallible truths proclaimed by His angels, His church, and His Spirit are beyond question. Let this sermon bless your soul and be comforted that He will soon appear.


  1. Thanks, Bro. Chambers!~ was just telling my husband at lunch today HOW EASY it it to “gravitate to all the negativity” in the world (same as the majority of the world does) ~ because we are living in Sodom & Gomorrah!! (I made this comment as a man came prancing into Luby’s carrying a purse! ~ ugh!!)

    Anyway, often times it is very difficult to have joy in THIS world ~ as there seems little left here that is wholesome & godly … very little to be happy about.

    However I am reminded that the joy OF THE LORD (not of the world) is my strength! And I will focus on the things that the N.T. tells us to *THINK ON* ~ only till He rescues us outta’ here — which should literally be ANY day now!!

    Amen & Maranatha! ~ may it be SUPER soon!!

  2. Amen. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
    Thank you I was blessed and encouraged by this sermon!

  3. For those who doubt that the Rapture will occur, please consider first the passage from 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.

    Here we see the dead in Christ rising first, followed by those who are alive when he comes in the clouds to meet them in the air. I think it’s important to note that Paul makes no mention is whatosever of any kind of judgment of the world or of evil people AT THAT TIME! Nor does it even suggest the world will have any idea what’s happened.

    When we read Revelation 19 we see that Jesus returns with the armies of heaven and if we look at Zechariah 14:5 we see he is accompanied by his saints. Now Zechariah was writing in Old Testament times so his focus was most likely on the Jewish saints of the past and of his time. I believe that the New Testament agrees with this and includes the New Testament saints – believers of Jesus in this company. Here we have evidence that the whole world will now see Jesus, even as he said in Matthew 24:27. There are also other confirming verses in Zechariah 12:10 and Revelation 1:7.

    The point I want to make is that when I read these two accounts, they are so completely different that they must be of two separate events occurring at two differing times in order for them not to be contradictory.

    Now one can argue about just when the first occurs relative to the second, but that the first must precede the second seems pretty obvious.

    Again, since Paul makes no mention of the judgments mentioned in Revelation, it seems the logical conclusion that the “gathering” of believers in he air must precede them as well.

    In my opinion, the evidence supporting the Rapture greatly exceeds that opposing it but people are certainly entitled to make up their own minds.

  4. I certainly am enjoying my harpazo…nothing like it. I wonder if the Apostle Paul is enjoying his “ground zero” snatching away. Also Philip must be having a blast moving around the earth in in his “ground zero” caught down experience. The Gadarene demoniac was also harpazoed at ground zero but in the wrong spirit. God has given the earth to the sons of men…why would He take us away?

    Jesus prayed against a rapture and leaveing the world when he said, “Father take them not out of the world bu keep them from the evil one.”

    The earth is the center of God’s heart. This does’t get any better…enjoy it.

    One who has flown away…love


  5. Why can you not see that the place Christ prepared is the Church?

    Did Jesus return as He promised in John 14:16=18. Read it and read it and pray and read until the revelation comes 🙂 He did praise God.

  6. Hi, this is a short incomplete list of references to the rapture according to the King James Version of the Bible.

    I think the pre-tribulation rapture has become the most popular teaching in the present Church.
    And most everyone expects to be ruptured…
    No one I know is preparing for the tribulation to come except the worldly people.

    Proverbs 22:3
    3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
    The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995 (electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version.) (Pr 22:3). .


    Dear Joe Chambers,

    Yes, the Rapture will be BEFORE THE OFFICIAL TRIBULATION (Daniel’s week #70), but it is still possible for us to face hard times before we are EVACUATED. With the extreme drought in America’s farm belt especially withe the grain crops, we could experience a famine in USA or at least much higher food prices. The VIOLENCE is increasing too. A mass murder happened in a movie theater. Now it has happend in a Siek church in Wisconsin, and more to come. PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS NOW EXISTS IN THE USA even now. Most of this persecution is in the form of DISCRIMINATION AGSINST CHRISTIANS IN THE NAME OF “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” especially by the SODOMITES and their supporters. SOME CHRISTIANS HAVE EVEN BEEN JAILED FOR VIOLATING THE LIBERALS DOGMA OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. IN ARIZONA A MAN IS RIGHT NOW IN JAIL FOR HOLDING BIBLE STUDIES AT HIS HOME. The cities claim that it was a ZONING VIOLATION. DON’T LET YOUR CITY HALLS PASS ZONING LAWS THAT PROHIBIT HOME BIBLE STUDIES. ALSO PREVENT COUNTY COMMISSION FROM PASSING ZONING LAWS THAT PREVENT HOME BIBLE STUDIES. What do you think?


    Keith Black

  8. Heb 9:28

    When did Jesus bear the sins of many? At His first coming at Calvary.

    When did and does He appear the second time unto Salvation? Pentecost and every time a soul calls on Him and is born again. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ

  9. Amen to all my brothers and sisters,
    May the glorious day of the return of our lord Jesus Christ soon be upon us.
    Amen in the name of the lord Jesus.

  10. AMEN!!! I can’t believe so many Christians just can’t believe in the plainly stated biblical address of the rapture. I sleep better at night knowing that it could happen any day.

  11. “Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:6-8

  12. I don’t believe there will be 7 years of “great” tribulation… I believe that there will be 7 years but only the last 3 1/2 years will be considered the “great” tribulation. Also… I believe that the actual “wrath” of God will be when the “vials of wrath” are poured out.
    Just thought I would share that with you. I also believe that the mystery spoken of in Corinthians and the mystery spoken of in Revelations the the last trumpet and the 7th trumpet are one and the same.


    I challenge you to let Jesus be Lord of all.

  13. Beloved pastor Joseph, lots of loving greetings to you from Finland! Your e-mails from your ministry have made me every time blessed. I am grateful to Lord Jesus that in America are pastors who speak the truth and
    warn Christians about coming hard days and about this great apostasy which is moving all over the world. In fact we are livng already hard days.

    May God of Israel bless you and your ministry, keep you and shine His face upon you. Could be so wonderful some day visit your church and meet you 🙂

    Shalom from Finland, Joensuu

    pastor and musician,
    Jarmo Pippola

  14. Thank the L-rd this is true. I am so tired of all the preachers and their followers trying to burst my bubble. Many times, I come across someone who says the rapture ain’t till the end or there is no rapture at all. When bombarded so often, one starts to worry.

    Come quickly, L-rd Jesus!

  15. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour. I believe in the Rapture. I look for His return every day.

  16. John Hagee has declared this spring of 2012, that nothing in prophecy needs to
    be fulfilled before Jesus can return.

    And I am explaining to people with scripture that the antichrist must be revealed
    and apostasy occur (NASB) before Jesus returns. 2 Thes 2:1-3 He cannot come today.

    While it may be argued the apostasy has occured because the American church with its
    300 plus denominations lacks obedience, people still do not know who the antichrist is.
    But the American church is only part of the church in the world. While the church is basically
    dead here; it is not in other countries. Tell me who the anti-christ is Mr. Chambers, then
    the rapture will be imminent, but not before. Anti-christ (singular) We have many anti-christs
    (plural) for leaders. And many preach on the TBN network.