Today I want to talk about a hymn out of the hymnal and that hymn is "It Is Well With My Soul", it's one of my favourite songs. And what I like the most about it is that it's very clear that the author of the hymn understood the post-tribulation rapture. That's not surprising, since the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is a pretty new doctrine, and most of the hymns in the hymnal are pretty old, so most of the people who wrote these hymns obviously believed that the rapture came after the tribulation. And it's very clear when you read the words of the song that that's what the hymn writer believed. Let's read the last verse of the song "It Is Well With My Soul". And Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll, the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, even so it is well with my soul."
Now, there are two things in that verse that prove that whoever whoever wrote that understood the rapture was post-tribulational, that it came after the tribulation. And of course pre-trib rapture churches all over America sing this song all the time, and it just goes right over their head apparently what this is teaching. Because there are two things. First of all, the song equates the day when we see Jesus Christ and the trump sounds, and the day that we're waiting for "Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight", the song equates that with the clouds being rolled back as a scroll. You say "what's the significance of that?" Well that's directly taken from Revelation chapter 6, AFTER THE TRIBULATION and the sun and moon are darkened, after the sixth seal is opened, the Bible says that the sun and moon are darkened, verse 13, "and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, even when she is shaken of a mighty wind", listen to verse 14, "and the HEAVENS DEPARTED AS A SCROLL when it is rolled together."
And so right there the song is referring to the events of the sixth seal, when the sun and moon are darkened, and the heavens depart as a scroll when it is rolled together. They say in the song that we are looking forward to that day when the clouds will be rolled back as a scroll, the trump shall resound- of course in Mathew 24 it says the sun and moon are darkened, the trumpet sounds, Jesus comes in the clouds- the trump shall resound and then the song says "and the Lord shall descend, EVEN SO, it is well with my soul. And the "even so" is in quotes. Well, "even so" comes from Revelation chapter 1 verse 7 when the Bible says "Behold, He cometh with clouds, and EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, and they also which pierced him, and all kindred of the earth shall wail because of him, even so, Amen." Now of course those who believe in a pre-trib rapture, they don't believe that Revelation 1:7 is about the rapture. Because it talks about every eye seeing him, it talks about the kindreds of the world wailing because of him, that's not compatible with everybody disappearing, and everybody wondering "where is everybody?" The so-called "secret rapture" that pre-tribbers believe in, is not compatible with Revelation 1:7. Yet the songwriter of "It Is Well With My Soul", tied both Revelation 1:7, AND Revelation 6:14 to the rapture, those are both post-trib passages, it's a post-trib song.
Main Scripture/s Revelation 1:7, 6:13-14
FAITHFUL WORD BAPTIST CHURCH 2707 W Southern Ave,
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Pastor Steven Anderson