- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:46
Implicit in the question is the truth that the Holy Spirit of God, in His unique relation to the church (John 14:16), is the "Restrainer" in verse 7. This restraint will be removed at the Rapture, allowing the Man of Sin to be "revealed in his time" (verse 6). However, John saw in heaven "a multitude, which no man could number" "which came out of great tribulation" (Revelation 7:9, 14). These, together with the living "sheep" (Matthew 25:33), were born again in the tribulation after the rapture of the Church. The Spirit must then be operating on earth after the Rapture, otherwise individuals could not be born again (John 3:5). Further all that is accomplished for God in the testimony of the 144,000 sealed servants (Revelation 7:4) must be through the energy of the Spirit. The two slain witnesses (Revelation 11:11) must be resurrected by the Spirit of God (see also Romans 8:11).