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?