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Precepts of the Blessed Hope by Don Mills: A Great Book On Pre-tribulation Rapture

Updated on May 2, 2011

Precepts of the Blessed Hope by Don mills : A Great Book On Pre-Tribulation Rapture


This is one of the great blessings I received from God for the year 2010, to receive a copy of the book “Precepts of the Blessed Hope” from the author himself, Don Mills

This book “Precepts of the Blessed Hope “ presents a comprehensive biblical evidences supporting and strengthening the position of a pre-tribulation rapture.. I am a firm believer of a pre-tribulation rapture, that’s why the book has been a source of my encouragement to remain firm in my biblical stand that the rapture of the church will happen before the tribulation. In this book I present some major highjlights of the book that is crucial in strengthening its position.


Major Highlights

Types

This chapter presents certain “Types” found in the Bible that has relevance to the church of JesusChrist. Types and the precepts they reveal are found throughout God’s Word. According to the author of the book Don Mills, “Types” are there to help illuminate deep Bible truths that unbelievers wont really understand, but they are mainly for believers to meditate upon, to see the deeper things of God revealed. According to him, exploring the types throughout the Bible, we can see many Bible precepts once hidden from us. He furtherly contends that types in the Bible are “ a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the things.”


In this segment, Don mIlls reveals the “types” in the Bible that implies pre-tribulatioon view of the rapture. One such type presented is Joseph’s marriage to Asenath (A Gentile bride) prior to the seven years of famine. Joseph represents Christ while his Gentile bride Asenath represnts the church which is merely of the Gentile race and the seven years famine represents the seven-year Tribulation period.. Joseph’s marriage to Asenath prior to the seven-year famine reveals Christ will take away His bride, the Church before the seven-year Tribulation period.


This type, Joseph marriage to his Gentile bride Asenath before the seven-year famine is a very strong implication of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.. It cannot be simply dispelled or ignored for Joseph is a type of “ Christ.”


Why Joseph is a type of Christ ?


  • Joseph was a shepherd as Christ is the Good Shepherd.

(Genesis 37:2, John 10:11)

* Both Joseph and Christ were thirty years of age when they began their ministries.

(Genesis 4:46, Luke 3:22)

* Joseph was beloved son of his father and Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father

(Genesis 37:3, Matthew 3:12)

  • Joseph was sent to his brethren as Jesus came to his own and his own received

him not . ( Geneis 37: 13-14, John 1:11)

* Joseph’s brethren refused and hated him as Jesus was hated without a cause.

(Genesis 37:8, 18-24, John 15:25)

  • Joseph was envied by his brethren as the chief priests delivered Jesus for envy..

(Genesis 37:11, Mark 15:10)

  • Joseph was sold by his brethren as Jesus was sold by his disciple Judas.

(Genesis 37:27- 28, Matthew 26:15)

  • They conspired against Joseph to slay him. The Jews took council against Jesus

To put him to death. (Genesis 37:18, John 11:53)

  • Joseph was innocent but was accused and condemned as Jesus was falsely

condemned to death. (Genesis 39:13-14,20, Matthew 26: 59-60, 65-66)

  • Joseph and Jesus were both silent before their accusers.

(Genesis 39:20, Mark 15:4-5)

  • Joseph was resurrected from prison, then exalted in Egypt with Pharaoh. So Jesus

was resurrected from the grave and was exalted with the Father. (Genesis 41:40-42, Hebrews 8:1, 12:2).

  • Joseph had all things put into his hand as Jesus was given all things into his hand.

(Genesis 39:4, John 3:35)

  • Joseph on the throne of Pharaoh became the provider of bread to starving Egypt.

So Jesus on his Father’s throne is the “Bread of Life.”

(Genesis 41:57, John 6:33, 35, 48, 51).

These are just some of the parallelisms between Christ and Joseph as revealed by the author Don Mills in his book.

Joseph as a type of Christ cannot be simply dispelled so his marriage to a Gentile bride prior to the seven-year famine. This “Type” is one of the strongest biblical implication of a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture.” Seeing this clearly brings great delight in my heart to remain firm in my pre-tribulation rapture stand. Truly the “rapture” is a believer’s “Blessed Hope.”


Understanding the “types” presented throughout the scripture will help you gain a better way to interpret Biblical prophecies. This has been an eye opener to me. The book “Precepts of the Blessed Hope” is a great wealth of Biblical information supporting “Pre-Tribulation rapture.” It sheds light on some obscure issues in biblical prophecies not readily revealed to the majority of Bible readers. It contains eleven chapters which presents vital biblical truths regarding some future things to come. It clarifies certain issues in the Bible that has been obscure for many years.It sheds great light on the following subjects :


  • The Church Age
  • The Martyred Saints
  • Jesus as the Son of Man
  • The Elect in the Tribulation
  • The Apocalyptic Sayings of Jesus
  • The Parable of the Ten Virgins
  • Israel’s EarthlyKingdom
  • The Old Testament Saints
  • The Gospel of John.

The book contains rich and great revelations about the bride of Christ which is the church of JesusChrist and the nation Israel. The author asserts that God has a distinct plan for the nation Israel, different plan He has for the church. As a student of prophecy the book has been a great help to me to understand biblical prophecies better. I have not yet encountered any book before that strengthen the position of a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” as was presented by the book “Precepts of the Blessed Hope.”


If you want to have a copy of the book just email Don Mills at donbmills@hotmail.com.


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      Dave in Idaho 

      6 years ago

      I haven't read the book yet, but it's also interesting that Asenath isn't mentioned after the 7 fruitful years. During the famine Joseph (Christ) deals directly with his brothers (Israel) and there is never a mention of Asenath (the church)again (except in genealogical context in chapter 46). My favorite verses which speak of the pre-trib rapture are Romans 11:25 and Revelation 3:10. It's pretty difficult to navigate around those two if you don't believe in pre-trib.

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      Mike Peralta 

      7 years ago

      GET READY FOR THE VERY SOON RAPTURE: I AM COMING by Susan Davis (end-times-prophecy.com) can be obtained at: www.amazon.com www.smashwords.com www.lulu.com www.bn.com Enter the search phrase: I Am Coming by Susan Davis : I don't ask whether you're ready, because almost all people on the earth are not ready for this extreme one time event in the history of man. Similar to the Flood in Noah's day. Only those who are truly holy and fully devoted to Christ will be raptured. Take this seriously! *** The rapture is a lot sooner than you think. Many earthquakes, tsunamis, strange tornados, strange storms, wildlife dying in strange ways, calamities. This world is becoming meaner and more wicked every day: children being killed in the womb and outside the womb, gay marriage homosexuality and sexual perversion running rampant. These are all biblical signs of Jesus soon return. To be left behind will mean severe persecution and death by a ruthless, godless dictator who will look to kill all who decide to follow Christ. Better to repent now and wholeheartedly follow Christ so that you can make the rapture and avoid the tribulation afterwards. But many will die right during and after the rapture and without true repentance you will find yourself in Hell. *** Read I AM COMING by Susan Davis and get ready for the very soon rapture. This Prophetic Book Series (3 volumes so far) contains Urgent Messages From God about the soon Rapture and Tribulation. Some prophetic words from Jesus in I AM COMING: *** This is your LORD. Time is short. Time is running out. The clock is ticking. I must come soon. You must choose life or death. Only the pure of heart will see MY face, MY beautiful face. MY heart is broken for those who will be lost? Repent while you still can. Please come to ME, I am waiting. These are your last opportunities. You choose: life or death. *** Choose against ME and discover that you have made a move that has eternal consequences. MY children who are in hell have no hope. They will not find hope or love again. They are experiencing the worst things. I am sorry for their loss, but MY Word is clear and the people are without excuse if they choose against ME and find themselves in hell. *** Now I am putting forth MY final pleas and I am warning you about the horror to come... MY people left will have to go through the worst imaginable things... It will be very hard for those who want to turn back to ME. The choice now is easy. Later it will be very difficult. Come with ME now. Follow ME now. Don't waste precious moments. Turn, turn, turn NOW. Repent! Lay your life down before ME. Give ME everything. I will save you. Now is the deciding hour. Time is running out. I am coming very soon to pull MY bride out to safety. *** Don't be deceived by the worldly talk around you that these aren't the last days. They are. You do not have the luxury of time, many years into the future as the world wants you to believe. It's a trap of deception by the enemy of mankind and the people will fall into this deception and their loss will be great. Seek MY Face, surrender wholly to ME, and come after MY Truth. I will save you, I am willing. The hour is close. I do not want to lose you. Consider these words. One day it will be too late. *** I cannot allow this evil world to continue spinning out of control. You have misunderstood how much evil is in the world and how HOLY your One True GOD is. You have underestimated My HOLINESS and that I will no longer allow man's evil in the world: the longing after the world, lust, sexual impurity, blaspheming the HOLY GOD and My Name, abusing and killing children and the unborn. My Children, do you really believe that things are fine enough for this world to go on for years and years? You have tolerated so much evil, you have become so accustomed to it that you don't recognize that I, a HOLY GOD, cannot continue to allow this world to run apart from Me, its Maker. Prepare, Make Ready, I AM COMING!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Matthews thank you for gracing this hub. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Blessings and regards.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      What a terrific author review and spiritual walk. I live in a city named Don Mills. I was happily surprised to learn it was named after an author.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Brother Don Mills it is nice to read your comment for this review. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating my writings. Your visit is greatly apppreciated. It is indeed very encouraging to read your comment. Blessings and best regards.

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      Don Mills 

      8 years ago

      I must say I am truly humbled by Cristina's book review. I did not know Cristina before, but after reading her blog I felt she would be a good one to send my book to. Obviously she is a faithful woman who loves the Lord. Her writings on her blog are very insightful.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Loves To Read it is nice to hear from you again. Your visit to this hub is greatly appreciated. The book Precepts of the Blessed Hope reveals some "Types" to be found in the scripture that is very meaningful in the church of JesusChrist. I am greatly enlightened as I realized this and now I could understand biblical prophecy better. The book presents strong biblical evidences regarding pre-tribulation rapture. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Loves To Read 

      8 years ago

      I once heard a minister say that the Bible is a full circle. That the New Testament is a mirror of the old, so this comparison of Joseph to Jesus is not just a coincidence. I will try to get a copy of this book as it sounds very interesting. Me... i'm in favour of Pre-tribulation but i know this varies from Church to Church.

      Anyway Cristina thank you for sharing with us.

      Blessings and Hugs

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Fred allen, thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comment is greatly appreciated. I am a firm believer of a Pre-tribulation Rapture, the book has just strengthen my position. Remain blessed always. Have a nice day.

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      fred allen 

      8 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Very interesting typology. I wouldn't mind going before the heat get's turned up. While I don't put much thought into when, I do take comfort in knowing it is certain. What you shared is definitely food for thought. I may just get a copy. Your endorsement carries weight with me.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi samsons1 it is nice to hear from you again. Yes the book Precepts of the Blessed Hope is a very interesting book. Now I became more firm in my faith in the Pre-tribulation Rapture. Thank you for dropping by. Blesings and regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady it is nice to read your comment for this hub. Yes Don MIlls presented certain strong biblical points favoring the Pre-Tribulation Rapture in his book Precepts of the Blessed Hope.Blessings to you and best regards.

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      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      very interesting hub, I too believe in pre-trib...

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I think Don Mills makes some interesting points favoring the pre-tribulation view. Thank you for sharing.

      Forever His,

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