Introduction to 1st Edition
The Appearing of Christ
Exposing the rapture deception
Brian Raymond Kelson
Paul wrote in his last letter, his second to
Timothy, that his ministry was being discarded;
1:15 This you
know, that all those in Asia have turned away
from me, of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes
Asia included the Ephesians and the Colossians and
on the surface it might suggest that there was a massive turning away
from Christ. This is not the case. They had turned away from Paul the
apostle of the Gentiles, the one sent to them by Christ.
At the time of
writing, Paul would be aware of the persecutions against Christians,
particularly by Nero, and was more than likely to die in the same tide
of hate. Christians had not turned away from Christ, many were to die
for their faith in Him, but within a few centuries from the close of the
New Testament era, the church fathers were, for the most part, void of
Pauline doctrine. These dark ages for the Christian community lasted
nearly 900 years.
The reformation was
not the result of anyone reading the Gospels; the reformation came about
because Paul was rediscovered. Justification by faith without works
resurfaced and the power of the formalized church had diminished.
The literal return
of Christ was another doctrine which faded into obscurity and only
resurfaced in the years after the reformation. From about 1800 the
"rapture" concept took shape after someone had a "vision" and has become the flagship of most
eschatological thinking. This doctrine in all its variations must be
exposed for what it is, a masterstroke of deception.
The rapture theory
constantly holds Christians in a false state of heightened expectancy as
the faithful look for and pass yet another due by date proclaimed by yet
another zealous Christian individual or group who claim to have had some
"word of knowledge" or "prophecy" about it.
When Paul wrote to
the Colossians he said this:
Col 1:23 since indeed you* are
continuing in the faith, having been firmly established and steadfast,
and are not being shifted away from the hope [or, confident
expectation] of the Gospel which you* heard, the one having been
preached in all the creation under heaven, of which _I_, Paul, became a
Paul's confidence here is that the Colossian had
not been moved away from the hope of the gospel which was entrusted to
Him by Christ. The hope of Ephesians and Colossians is not the hope of
1Thess.4 and when the Christian community moved away from Paul in his
later ministry, they moved away from the hope for us today.
The "rapture" is not the appearing of Christ. There
is a huge difference in place and callings between these two events. The
"rapture" is in the air and clouds, the Appearing is in the heavenly
places. The "rapture" is for virgins (2Cor.11:2) who go to "meet" the
bridegroom, see Matt.25:1-6. In eastern marriage the bridegroom never
snatched the bride away from her home, He came to where she lived.
Please read 1Thess.4:13-18 and find one word or phrase
which even remotely suggests anyone, including our Lord, is returning
back into heaven. The believers of the Acts period were going to a
meeting of the Lord as He "descends from (away from) heaven with a
shout...". 1Thess.4 is an explanation as to how the Lord will "bring
with Him" (not take away) those who are dead and alive at the
fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets, a Jewish event.
The Appearing takes place in the heavenly places,
Col.3:1-4, far above the clouds and the air. Those who appear with Him
there are members of the calling which is His Body; masculine. No
trumpet blast, no voice of the arch angel or shout or clouds accompanies
this event. Test things differing, rightly divide the Word of Truth is
not an option for us believers.
My prayer is that this book will stimulate honest
thinking in the matter of the hope before the Church which is His Body
only found in the post Acts epistles of Paul.
Introduction to the 2nd
Edition (in progress-incomplete)
Christians are surprised at the growth of the Messianic "Judaism"
congregations both here in the United States of America and worldwide.
However, a moment of quiet reflection on the history of Christian
theology would see such developments as a natural progression.
Records suggest that as
early as A.D. 160 Justin Martyr saw the "church" as "the true spiritual
Israel" and allegory, spiritualization and replacement theology has
underpinned Christianity's understanding of itself ever since.
Replacement theology, whether in its wider or
restricted view, proclaims that the "church" has either replaced Israel,
or is the means whereby God is fulfilling all His divine purposes
outlined in the Old Testament Scriptures. Replacement theology transfers
all and anything of Israel and eisogetically reads "the church" into
most if not all passages of Scripture relating to that nation.
Most of the faithful
consider themselves New Covenant believers and many churches have
priests, temples, mercy seats, altars, water baptisms, tithing and
is centered around the
Passover/Communion Table and the promises made to Israel's fathers.
time of writing the Messianics are one
of the fastest growing denominations, and in the light of the
transference concepts promoted over two millennia, the fertile
theological ground for them to flourish has long been available. Indeed,
we could applaud the Messianics as being hyper evangelicals, taking
replacement theology to its logical conclusion.
No doubt we are seeing a return to the bondage of
works and the complete Judaizing of Christianity as this slide into
How is it that the gangrene of replacement
theology infected the Christian community so swiftly and is now pandemic
and ultimately manifested in the Messianic movements? The answer is a
simple one, our predecessors ignored Paul and failed to follow the New
Testament events according to the Old Testament pattern. We, following
in their footsteps, have likewise ignored Paul and the Old Testament
Instead of seeing the Old
Testament patterns as typifying the restoration of Israel's kingdom and
the reign of Christ on the earth, we have metamorphosed these facts as
being the church which is His Body in type. This
resulted in dispensational confusion. By this replacement eisegesis we
have nurtured the principles upon which the Messianics flourish.
This book hopes to restore the Old Testament
pattern in its correct setting and magnify the present dispensation,
which up until Acts 28 was hidden in God. The Mystery, revealed to Paul
alone, is that which the Father would have all Christians know,
No attempt has been made to spell out every
detail in this unfolding; in many places we have painted with a broad
brush. It is our prayer that the reader will find the joy of the Word of
God by searching every reference in its context to see if these things
May this enlarged edition facilitate a wider
understanding of this mystery; the dispensation of the grace of God in
which we live and the current hope of it.
Brian R Kelson