This book, IN THE LORD’S DAY, deals
1) with the time of the
resurrection of the dead and translation of the living “in
Christ" (commonly called “the rapture”), 2) with
judgment awaiting Christians at Christ’s judgment seat
following their removal from the earth, and 3) with
events related to this judgment, which preceded and
anticipate the coming Messianic Era.
the things dealt with in the opening four chapters of the
Book of Revelation. And viewing the book as a whole, these
opening four chapters provide a sequence of events which
must occur at the end of the present dispensation but before
the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period on earth.
of Revelation is the only book in Scripture which provides a
comprehensive coverage of this nature, surrounding these
events. The same truths concerning these events are taught
elsewhere in Scripture (particularly in Old Testament
typology) but not all together, in a sequence, which
includes the Tribulation in the sequence, such as one finds
in the Book of Revelation.
must the rapture and events surrounding the
judgment seat occur preceding the Tribulation, but these
events must, according to information in these
chapters, be all-inclusive. That is, all
Christians (all of the dead and the living “in
Christ” throughout the entire 2,000- year dispensation)
must be removed together, at the same time and place,
to appear before Christ in judgment. According to these
chapters, there can be no such thing as a selective removal
of Christians from the earth at the time of the rapture; nor
can there be such a thing as more than one time and place
for events surrounding the judgment seat.
A separation of Christians on the basis of faithfulness will
occur, but not at the time of the rapture. This separation
will occur at the judgment seat alone.