Burning Answers

In reading Rev. Colin Le Noury and his thoughts on partial rapture, I have come to some conclusions. He is attempting to disprove partial rapture with the parable of the ten virgins but partial rapture does not use the parable of the ten virgins to prove partial rapture. Rather partial rapture uses the parable of the ten virgins to prove first resurrection, a "best" "out-of" resurrection from the parousia of resurrections during the 7 year Tribulation, of which first rapture is one of them.

He says charismatics are into partial rapture. Let them. Know that I am against the charismatics. He proceeds to find holes in partial rapture, but one by one, I will list the holes in his hole searching:

1) He first tries to cast doubt whether this is referring to the church. We can be confident both the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins are both saved as well proven here in Watchman Nee's commentary.

2) Colin writes, "The theory does lean strongly towards legalism and seems to set human works and effort as the criterion for salvation from the tribulation wrath. This is quite contrary to grace. Romans 6 v.14 states that ‘We are not under law but under grace’." Colin here confuses the works that God has set for us that we abide in with the works by man's efforts. We are not to be hermits in Christ but to "do the will of God". Is this such an unreasonable request from God overcome in him according to the 7 churches in Rev. 2 and 3 in which some are called out from to receive the reward of the first resurrection (Rev. 20.4) during the millennium. Therefore, let us abide in Rom. 6.14 obedient to the will of God receiving grace. If Colin is under grace then why does he fight the matter of overcoming in Christ and consummate reward of the first resurrection to reign with Christ for one thousand years in the time of recompense? As he furthers this error he states, "To mix human merit with grace...." is wrong. If such human effort is independent from God he is indeed correct, but that is obvious. He is alluding to something else. He is attempt to inflict upon his reader the idea that we must be almost like zombies, not differentiating our sovereign will with God's sovereign will, not recognizing we are clothed with our own righteousness in co-death as it contrasts with God's righteousness in Christ we are also clothed with in redemption. Note the commentary on being clothed with righteousnesses - scroll down to the bottom of notes on Rev. 7.14 and all of Rev. 19.8.

3) Regarding the timing of the rapture, Colin has made a mistaken assumption, stating " then of necessity the same basis of selection would have to be applied to the resurrection of believers gone before" telling us that the 7th trumpet resurrection is based on readiness. Yet no partial rapture believer believes that the 7th trumpet resurrection is based on readiness, for it this "last trumpet" is based on completion of all those "alive and left" as well as those "resting" waiting for resurrection. Instead, first rapture is based on readiness to be received up to heaven for keeping the Word of His patience (Rev. 3.10) to escape the Hour of trial that is to come upon the whole world, so be watchful and prayerful so that you may be accounted worthy (Luke 21.36).

4) Colin next says partial rapture divides the body. This can be considered a legalism of Colin's as all his points for we can see the mistaken assumption in each of them. It is ok to critique but do not assume incorrectly that which another believes for that makes you lose your own credibility. I love quoting Scripture and Watchman Nee. He stated here,  "Some people say that the rapture of the church cannot be divided because the body of Christ cannot be divided. It should be noted in reply, however, that the body is a figure of speech which signifies one life, If the body is taken literally, then there is already division today because the Lord is now in heaven, Paul has already died, we remain living on earth, and some believers are yet to be born."

5) Next, he mentions earthly purgatory. The 7 year Tribulation is a time of testing and for those Christians still lying on a bed of fornication (scroll down to the notes of Rev. 20.6) why should they not require further cleansing for having not been received at first rapture. It is positive to go through this time of testing for surely God will not receive to the throne at first rapture all those Christians who have yet much sin, self and supernatural to overcome in their lives by the cross of Christ. There also needs to be the testimony of the church through the Tribulation and this facilitates this purpose also. Colin mentions just two groups of Christians. The reason why the overcomers in Christ do escape the Hour of trial, that hour which is to come upon the whole world is because there is nothing for God to test them on in the time of testing, which by the way is not just two groups since there is mention of the parable of reigning over 5,3,1 cities and the seeds in Matt. 13 yielding 7 different kinds of Christians, and other kinds such as these in the Scriptures. Colin is attempting to legalize partial rapture, but it really is unlegalizable if you are spiritual in approach to the Word of God, which becomes very fulfilling and rewarding, much more dynamic that the widely held onlyist positions that argue back and forth. Whereas partial rapture brings together pre+post.

6) Colin concludes "This writer is of the opinion that there is a certain arrogance about the partial rapture theory." Yet may it be seen from these overassuming misapplied thoughts by Colin as has been addressed here that the arrogance is in Colin's heart. We must realize at their heart they are defending some common theme's such as historicalism, premillennial onlyism that divides the body of Christ always in dissension maintaining it as an idol of sorts to contend with. Others have other kings of motivation, whether that be lazy-believism, mistreatment of the Jewish population, or spiritualizing the Scriptures as well as legalizing them, much of this may having to do with or at least symptomatic of possible unsalvation in the man. So Colin sees the negative, "Surely the spirit of humility and grace which the Lord desires to see in all of us creates a feeling of unworthiness as opposed to delusions of self worth," yet if Colin were blessed with the blessing of Rev. 1.3 he would embrace partial rapture and see the positive desire of God for us to be received to the throne at first rapture if we are read; and if we are not, we know why, and even welcome what is required to have to go through during the Tribulation itself. There is a rime and reason and purpose for God's dealing in the consummation of this age, and this is it, so let us accept God's parousia in humility and seek what God seeks in our lives in the redemptive design to overcome, and receive deliverance from sin, natural and supernatural, abiding in those works God has set for us as our righteousness well pleasing to the Lord.

7) Colin needs to ask the question, "In any case we might well ask how do we know if we have reached a point of worthiness or readiness to be included in the rapture?" A partial rapture believer, having received the blessing of Rev. 1.3, would well respond that why is it so necessary to be one who knows if he has received the "white stone" (Rev. 2.17), but instead seek the fullness of the Scriptures in your life. Even so, some may know when they have fully overcome in Christ as that same verse says "which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it]." We need not control such a thing or to get our head around it as Colin is attempting. Instead leave that up to God to decide for let us have faith that if we are ready it is our hope of seeing Christ and with that hope come the hope of of first rapture, not even having to see death or go down to Hades. So let us drop our inordinate analyzing for some legastic answer for some set rules that Colin is in search of for that reaching of the status of an overcoming. Just let it go.

8) Lastly Colin needs to close by saying "Let us remember that the Tribulation is a time of outpoured wrath on a Christ rejecting world and more particularly a time of 'Jacob's troubles'. Paul writing to THE WHOLE BODY OF BELIEVERS IN CHRIST at Thessalonica said: 'God hath not appointed us unto wrath but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ' 1 Thessalonians 5 v.9". Here we see Colin's motivation, which is pre-tribulation onlyism whose characteristics is much overassuming, but when he goes through the Tribulation who is to know whether he will take the mark of the beast since he would never suspect he was in the Tribulation itself when it happens so he very well take the mark. Watchman Nee states, "1 Thessalonians 1.10 “The wrath to come” - This is the Great Tribulation. Since the Lord Jesus will deliver us from the wrath to come, we must be raptured before the Great Tribulation. Also, 1 Thessalonians 5.9 “For God appointed us not unto wrath” - Once again this “wrath” has reference to the Great Tribulation. Let me say, though, that such an interpretation of “wrath” here as being the Great Tribulation is incorrect. How do we know that this wrath must necessarily be the wrath in the Great Tribulation? And even if it were granted that it is, such an interpretation of this word “wrath” would still be unreasonable because the Great Tribulation, on the one hand, is God’s punishment and wrath coming upon the unbelievers, and on the other hand is Satan’s attack and wrath descending on the believers. When Satan assaults the believers, the latter enter into the experience of the Great Tribulation but do not come under the wrath of God.". Again this further contending by Colin is also shown to be futile as an argument.

9) Let us now conclude by observing the negative consequences of what Colin's massive overassuming nature reveals: for study read sections I, II, III and study your respective end-time view negative consequences not the least of which for the pre-tribulation rapture onlyist view entails a soporific dulling of the senses not only in how one treats the Jews unrighteously, but also a lack of selflessness towards God's desire to have you focus on overcoming, how He deals with that overcoming in the Last Week, which all aims towards lowering the conscience in the man by not accepting these principles.

Troy Brooks.