First Rapture is According to Readines
26. To be in the first rapture and escape the hour of trial that is to come upon the whole world we need to watch, pray, "keep the word of His patience" (Rev. 3.10).
Do you believe the
first rapture is included in the first resurrection, and in order to be
accounted worthy to be received to throne (Rev. 7.9) in Third Heaven and escape
the Hour of trial that is to come upon the whole world during the Tribulation,
we need to be watchful,
prayerful, ready (Matt. 24.42, Luke 21.36), keep the word of His patience
(Rev. 3.10), and maintain the conduct of Matt. 5-7 to abide in those works God
has set for us? Do you believe the grain "offering of firstfruits...are not to
be offered on the altar as a pleasing aroma" (Lev. 2.12) as for "burnt
offerings" (1.9,13,17) because a grain offering is by works and not accepted as
the sacrifice on the person's "behalf to make atonement for him" (v.5)? In
Genesis 4.3-5 the different sacrifices of Cain and Abel contrast proper
sacrifical offering unto salvation, not works offerings of the saints. "If you
present a grain offering of firstfruits to the LORD, you must present fresh
heads of grain, crushed kernels, roasted on the fire, for your grain offering of
firstfruits. You are to put oil [applying the Holy Spirit] and frankincense on
it; it is a grain offering...as a fire offering to the LORD" (2.14-16); "filled
with incense, which are the prayer of the saints" (Rev. 5.8). The burnt and
grain offering are individual offerings or private offerings of overcomers (Lev.
1.2); public national sacrifices offered to all each day as an offering to all
are listed in Numbers 28-29.