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Why Does Jimmy DeYoung Say the Rapture Must Occur Before the Temple is Built?

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem

At around 46 minutes into Brannon Howse’s radio show which aired July 12, 2013, Brannon asks Jimmy what he thinks has to happen before the Jewish temple can be rebuilt. Jimmy Deyoung, without hesitation, declared: “Rapture of the church takes place.”

This declaration by Jimmy seems to directly contradict 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4.

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

As I interpret this scripture, the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to meet him in the air will not occur until the man of sin (the antichrist) is revealed. He is the man who will exalt himself above God and will even seat himself in the temple of God.

Why does Jimmy say the church must be gone in order for the temple to be rebuilt when it’s very clear that the church won’t be gone until the antichrist is revealed? And how will the church be able to recognize the antichrist?

Paul gives us a clue by revealing that the antichrist will be the one who seats himself in the temple as God and demands to be worshiped as God.

How can Christians see the revelation of the “man of sin” sitting in the temple if they are secretly raptured before the temple has even been built?

*An extra thought: Paul even says not to believe that the gathering of the church by the Lord has occurred if the man of sin hasn’t been revealed. What if a secret rapture occurs and the antichrist hasn’t yet been revealed to the church? Should we believe it’s the true rapture of the church?

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About Diana Lesperance

I'm passionate about Jesus and I love to defend the gospel of grace and truth. I have a large and active family that keeps me busy and overwhelmed on a daily basis.

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One thought on “Why Does Jimmy DeYoung Say the Rapture Must Occur Before the Temple is Built?

  1. I agree with you. It’s so sad Jimmy has so many followers. I met him once and I usually have a good discernment of good and bad people when I meet them….he gave me an ugly dark feeling when I shook his hand. I don’t agree with his rapture teachings, or many others for that matter. I had to walk away from Brannon Howse as well because he appears to be one of Jimmy’s biggest fans. Brannon’s calling I believe is exposing the false church….he is clueless when it comes to prophecy and takes everything Jimmy says as “gospel”…pardon the pun. 🙂

    Posted by Brandy | April 24, 2014, 10:36 pm

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.

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