The Rapture: Not So Fast
‚ÄúFor with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, the Lord Himself will descend from heaven, and those who died in Christ will rise first. Afterward we the living who remain, will be caught up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall ever be with the Lord‚ÄĚ (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
“Take notice, I am telling you a secret. We shall not all die but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet call. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall all be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
The consensus of thought concerning the mechanics of the rapture in the Christian community holds that believers will disappear instantaneously from the earth, in a moment of time. In one instant we will be present on the earth and in the next instant we will be gone. In one instant Christians will be driving cars, flying airplanes, performing surgery, working on computers, in other words transacting life. In the next instant under this scenario cars will go careening around uncontrollably, planes will drop out of the sky and millions of people will ‚Äúinstantaneously in a moment of time‚ÄĚ disappear without a trace.
The verses quoted above do not say that we will disappear from sight ‚Äúinstantaneously‚ÄĚ in the ‚Äútwinkling of an eye‚ÄĚ. The scriptures state that we will be CHANGED in the twinkling of an eye and that we will be ‚Äúcaught up along with them (the dead in Christ) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air‚ÄĚ. The change we go through is a change from the perishable to the imperishable, from mortal to immortal. Now the phrase ‚Äúcaught up‚ÄĚ is translated from ‚Äúharpazo‚ÄĚ which means; catch up, take by force, catch away, pluck, pull, to seize and carry off by force, to snatch out or away. While these meanings imply some amount of suddenness, they don‚Äôt indicate an instantaneous event. To be ‚Äúcaught up‚ÄĚ could be an observable event. To snatch something out of the way is a quick happening event but it is an observable event.
What does the bible have to say about the process of how others have been taken from this earth to meet the Lord?
“…The more I watch the events unfolding around me the less I think I understand about the timing of the events of Revelation….
Here we go again. ¬†As we move closer to spring the quakes uptick in strength and frequency. ¬†This writer sounds like a broken record even to himself. ¬†If this nobody has the pattern nailed, where are the geologists and news media analysts and government big wigs to take note of this pattern and explain the “why” behind the pattern?
The do not acknowledge it because people might start asking questions that would lead them to the truth. ¬†The truth is, according to the bible destruction is coming from above. ¬†Revelation 8 tells us about the trumpet¬†judgments¬†that come down on the earth from up above our heads.
Jesus said ‘look up’ when all these things begin to happen. ¬†He really meant it, look up! ¬†What is going on up there is affecting down here. ¬†This spring we will have another mega earthquake somewhere in the world. ¬†How can we be sure? ¬†The past 3 years have seen 9.0 or real close to that quakes in Chile, Japan, and in the Pacific ocean. ¬†Last year we had twin mega-quakes and most people didn’t blink an eye at it because they didn’t cause massive loss of life. ¬†What will we see this year? ¬†Only the Lord knows.
Jonathan Cahn Rabbi/Pastor of the Jerusalem Center in Wayne, NJ gives the Keynote Address at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, 1/21/13.
“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.”
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will thoughtfully consider the current path of the human race and the many indicators that this world is undergoing a rapid transformation right before our eyes. Throughout the years of his presidency, Barack Obama has often declared that the United States of America is heading in the “right direction.” However, if a person is willing to make an honest assessment of this world’s present condition, it becomes clear that the situation is not improving but rather growing worse.
New resolutions and fresh starts are associated with the beginning of a New Year. Many people gave great thought to physical resolutions for 2013. How many of us took the time to consider making spiritual ones?¬† JRed’s blog, Lookup Fellowship, has both a new look and a new attitude. I love the site’s clean new look. The previous one could be a bit overwhelming at times. But what I like most about the site right now, is the attitude it reflects and the example it sets.
How often do we get so busy with work and home and family and all the “stuff” of life that we neglect our very lifeline? Bloggers, like other writers, tend to be creative and one great thought can inspire many more. It’s easy to get caught up in the creativity of self expression. When this happens, the blog that was once showcased God begins to showcase the blogger.¬† (I’m just generalizing here¬† – no reflection on LUF.)
The blogger (or writer) is the only one who can answer for what appears on the page. Motivations are not always obvious. Nor are allegiances. JRed¬† determined that not only would he continue to showcase God on¬† his blog, he would also remove any content that did not fit his 2013 definition of what LookUp Fellowship should be.
Imagine how much better our walk with Christ could be if we took the time to clean out our spiritual closets, disposing of anything that doesn’t properly reflect the God we know and love and serve, and then made a conscious decision to maintain our focus for the next 365 days.
We are now more than 2 weeks into the New Year. While I did not make any resolutions, I did get my business life cleaned up and organized. It’s high time I spent more time on the spiritual side of my life. I hope that it, like the LUF website, will be clean, fresh and focused when I’m done.
Thank you, JRed, for the reminder and the inspiration.
Tracking Bible Prophecy Headlines – 1/16/2013
January 2013 Newsletter –¬† Last Trumpet Ministries¬†¬†
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Romans 1:26-32
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† II Peter 3:13-18
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”¬†¬† I John 5:19-20
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will examine recent events which indicate the people of the earth are living in an increasingly desperate and wicked age. As I write this newsletter, another year is drawing to a close, and this has been a year of many amazing events as well as numerous incidents of unspeakable evil, treachery, and heartbreak. The contents of this newsletter will bring us face-to-face with the very harsh realities of this world, and it is my prayer that in doing so, we will all feel strongly compelled to draw nigh unto God and seek Him with a whole heart.
In Romans, chapter 1, we read of many evil characteristics that plague this sinful world. Each of these despicable sins was already common in the days of the Apostle Paul, but as we grow closer to the end of time, this profusion of wickedness has greatly intensified. Sadly, numerous atrocities were committed in the year 2012, including many senseless killings in the United States.
One such horrific incident occurred on July 20, 2012, when a gunman entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and went on a murderous rampage, which claimed the lives of twelve people and wounded fifty-eight more. (1) Less than one month later, on August 5, 2012, a gunman entered a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and then proceeded to murder six people in cold blood while wounding four more. (2)
Four years ago, the end appeared so close – the signs were all around us. It’s easy now to see that those signs were just the first ripples of the birth pangs. When a woman goes into labor for the first time, she has no idea just how much those initial pains are going to intensify. We can now look back and see just how far the pangs have come.
Bro. D¬† has been chronicling some of them. He notes the obvious (to those who’ve been watching) decrease in the time between events even as the intensity gets stronger. Our world is in the throes of labor pains. The earth itself is groaning. Earthquakes, dead animals, strange sounds and UFO sightings have become everyday occurrences. Regions that were once cold are now hot and areas that are usually hot are suddenly cold. Australia is on fire. The world is facing economic issues, famine, and drought. People are losing jobs. Entire nations are going broke.
It is actually being said that the world rulers are gearing up to inform us our planet was seeded by aliens and they’ll soon be returning to rule us. Cloning, trans-humanism and genetic experimentation are now commonplace as people try to replace God.¬† Activities that once were taboo are not only discussed openly now, they’ve been made legal – even in the U.S. military.
America isn’t the only nation on a collision course with destiny. All of the world is about to see what happens when God, the one, true, God, is denied, blasphemed, mocked and otherwise treated with disrespect.
God will not be mocked. Vengeance is his and he will satisfy his wrath. If you’d like to know more about what to expect in coming days and weeks, read the book of Revelation. And the book of Joel. And the books of Isaiah and Nehemiah. Read the Old Testament and see what God did when his own people refused to obey him. Read the New Testament and see how the next age pans out.
Even as the media is filled with news about famine, drought, pandemics and other scary events, those who have accepted Christ as their Savior can take comfort in the fact that God is in control and He alone holds all the power. Now is the time to keep your focus on the Lord and your eyes on the skies. Pray for the lost – time is quickly running out.
by Brother D
The year 2012 has satanic promises draped around it. The Mayans were satanists, they worshiped the devil and his demons. They offered him blood and he gave them his ‘secrets.’ 2012 appears to be a year that ‘they’ have marked with a deadline. ‘They’ want to get something accomplished this year. Question is not what they want or plan to do, the real question is what will the Lord allow them to do.
If you watch the signs around us, it appears the Lord has allowed them to develop their plan to a mature stage. Look at the economics in the world as an example of this. The signs in the heavens are the Lord’s signs. We have seen Revelation 12 play out last fall, we are seeing sings in the sun moon and stars. These signs do not mean anything will happen on the day of the sign, they do mean that something will happen at some point.
Timing is the Lord’s arena. We know that because we are told “no man knows the day or hour” of His return. The Bride does not know when the Bridegroom will call for her.
Satanic prophecies are actually satanic promises. People like the Mayans tell us what their spiritual masters have told them. Throughout history satan and his minions have attempted to setup their ‘world order’ and have failed (hitler, napolean etc). Reason? Restraint, the Restrainer. At what point will the Restrainer be removed? Time will tell. The Lord told us these days will require faith and patience. The wise virgins were prepared to wait. Signs come and go. Years come and go and things go on and we patiently wait and endure through them looking for the arrival of the Bridegroom.
When I hear people say they turned away from the faith because something did not happen on someday I remember the parable of the seed that fell on different kinds of ground. Only the seed that fell in good soil grew and continued to grow. The rest fell by the wayside.
We just had an annular eclipse, and life goes on business as usual, chances are the upcoming transit of venus and pentecost will be the same. They will come and go uneventfully. One of these days however, things will change radically. On one day and with no notice things will change radically. I expect that day to be one of the ‘in between days’ that has no special significance or signs attached to it. A day like today would fit that description perfectly.
The atheist and the ‘other tribbers’ enjoy every sign and signal that goes by without incidence. They think it proves something. What it proves is they will be caught off guard when the Bridegroom calls and they are found with no oil. They are not watching and therefore not ready for the Bridegroom to appear today. Something somewhere at sometime later things are supposed to happen according to them. How unfortunate.
The Lord has me reading through the books of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Psalms lately. He has also instructed me repeatedly that patience, time, forbearance and long-suffering are what we should embrace today.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Brother D
Pentecost comes in the early summer (May-June). It‚Äôs the only Levitical Feast Day between the 3 Spring Feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits) and the 3 in the fall (Rosh Hashanna, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles). The Hebrew name for this Day is Shavuot, which means weeks, so in Israel it‚Äôs called the Feast of Weeks.
This is because it‚Äôs supposed to occur 7 weeks after the Feast of First Fruits (Lev. 23:15-16). Deut. 16:9 confirms this. ‚ÄúCount off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.‚ÄĚ The first cutting of the grain harvest took place on the Feast of First Fruits.
Since First Fruits is the first Sunday after Passover, Shavuot should always be on a Sunday, too. But somewhere along the way the Jews began counting from the first day of Unleavened Bread (the day after Passover) so now Shavuot can come any day of the week, depending on what day Unleavened Bread begins. This year (2010) it began at sundown May 18 on our calendar.
Christians call this day by its Greek name, Pentecost, from a Greek word that means ‚Äú50 days‚ÄĚ. There were 50 days from the Sabbath that followed Passover to the Feast of Weeks, and that‚Äôs where the Greek name comes from. But whether you count seven weeks (49 days) from First Fruits to the day the Jews call the Feast of Weeks or count 50 days from the first Sabbath after Passover to the day Christians call Pentecost, you will arrive at the same day and it will be a Sunday.
But like the Jews we‚Äôve also changed things although we‚Äôve retained the Sunday part. Christians now start counting on the day we call Easter Sunday, which is officially the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the Spring Equinox. We include Easter Sunday as day one, so Pentecost is always seven weeks from Easter.
Because of differences between the Western Solar calendar and the Jewish Lunar one, Easter does not always come on the first Sunday after Passover, so we don‚Äôt always celebrate Pentecost on the correct date either. But this year Easter came on April 4, which was the first Sunday after Passover, the Feast of First Fruits. That means May 23, called Pentecost Sunday in 2010, is the correct date for the Feast of Weeks, according to Lev. 23:15-16 and Deut. 16:9. It‚Äôs the 7th Sunday after April 4.
What‚Äôs a Pentecost?
Jews celebrate Pentecost (I‚Äôll just use its Greek name to avoid any more confusion than necessary) as the day Moses received the Law on Mt. Sinai and the nation Israel was born. (Exodus 19-20) Christians celebrate it as the day the Holy Spirit fell on the Disciples in Jerusalem and the Church was born (Acts 2). If you agree with my view that the parables of Matthew 13 describe the church on Earth and that the parable of the yeast predicts there will be sin in the church, you‚Äôll be interested in the fact that unlike all the other Jewish Feasts that call for unleavened bread (no yeast), Pentecost requires bread baked with yeast (Lev. 23:17). In the Bible leaven, or yeast, is a model of sin because it causes the dough to begin spoiling.
The Jewish Pentecost ceremonies reveal a subtle link to the coming church. In synagogues, the Book of Ruth is read on Pentecost. The story of Ruth has been called ‚ÄúThe Romance of Redemption‚ÄĚ. It‚Äôs about Naomi, a Jewish woman from Bethlehem who lost her land and position and was forced into exile in a foreign country (Moab). Shortly thereafter her husband passed away leaving her penniless and alone.
She returns to Bethlehem accompanied by Ruth, a gentile woman who has sworn never to leave her. Ruth was a Moabite who had married one of Naomi‚Äôs sons (who also died) making her Naomi‚Äôs daughter-in-law and a destitute widow as well.
Once back in Bethlehem Naomi‚Äôs close relative, a prominent Jewish man named Boaz falls in love with Ruth and marries her while in the process of redeeming Naomi‚Äôs land. Both these events were accomplished according to the Law. For Naomi it was the law of redemption (Lev 25:25), and for Ruth it was the law of leverite marriage (Deut. 25:5-6).
The modeling here is dramatic, with Naomi in the role of Israel, destitute and alone; Ruth as the Church, the gentile bride; Boaz as the Kinsman Redeemer (Messiah) and the story a prediction of the relationship between them. In the process of redeeming Israel, the Messiah takes a gentile bride. In doing so, He saves both from destitution and redeems Israel‚Äôs land. The identification of the Church with Pentecost began in the prophecies of Ruth. To learn more about these incredible prophecies, and enjoy one of the world‚Äôs classic love stories, read Ruth‚Äôs Story.
By the way, Boaz was the son of Rahab, the harlot from the Book of Joshua (read ‚ÄúThe Gospel in Joshua ‚Ä¶ The Story of Rahab‚ÄĚ ), and 3 generations later his great-grandson David became King of Israel. Rahab and Ruth both show up in the Genealogy of the Lord Jesus (Matt. 1:5), and King Solomon named one of the pillars at the entrance to the Temple after Boaz.
When‚Äôs Your Birthday?
By tradition Enoch, one of the patriarchs from Genesis 5, was born on the day later to be known as Pentecost. Enoch‚Äôs name means ‚Äúteaching‚ÄĚ, a primary function of the Church (Matt. 28:19-20) For this reason many scholars see him as a ‚Äútype‚ÄĚ of the church as well. Genesis 5:21-23 indicates that Enoch was very close to God and was actually taken live (raptured) into Heaven before the Great Flood. Pre-Trib scholars see this event as one of several Old Testament hints that the Church will disappear from Earth before the Great Tribulation.
These same traditions also hold that Enoch was taken on his birthday. So here‚Äôs a model in Genesis 5 of a man identified with the church being born and raptured on the day that would become Pentecost, the day the church was also born. Will the Church be raptured on our birthday too? Personally I don‚Äôt believe the Rapture of the Church will be the prophetic fulfillment of any of Israel‚Äôs Holy Days. But if I‚Äôm wrong and the Rapture does fulfill a Jewish Feast, Pentecost is by far the most obvious candidate.
As you probably know, I believe the reason no one on Earth can accurately predict the day of the Rapture is because it‚Äôs a number specific event, not a date specific one. In Romans 11:25 Paul implied the church has a ‚Äúfull number‚ÄĚ, when its ranks will be considered complete. When that number is reached the Church will ‚Äúcome in‚ÄĚ which means it will arrive at its scheduled destination, like when a ship ‚Äúcomes in.‚ÄĚ
Jesus said the destination of the Church is His Father‚Äôs house (John 14:2). Put it together and I believe it means we‚Äôll be raptured as soon as the pre-determined number of Christians has been born again, no matter what day of the week it is.
Soon And Very Soon
One day soon now, all who are in Christ, having heard and believed the Word of Truth, the Gospel of our salvation (thereby receiving the mark of the promised Holy Spirit) will suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth along with all children and those mentally incapable of making informed choices. In one instant we will have been going about our daily routines on Earth and in the next we‚Äôll be standing in the presence of our Redeemer, our sins forgiven and forgotten, and all our imperfections gone. Among us will be all the faithful dead of the Church Age, reunited with perfected bodies and restored to eternal physical life. Together we will begin the most incredible journey of exploration and realization ever dreamed of.
Neither we, nor the unbelieving world, will have received any advance warning of the timing for this event; it will have come totally by surprise. Maybe it will happen on Pentecost, maybe not. But one thing is certain, when it does happen, none of us will care one whit whether we had predicted it‚Äôs timing accurately. We will only express in unimaginable joy our gratitude for being there. For it is by grace you have been saved through faith ‚Äď and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God ‚Äď not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephe. 2:8-9) As it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him ‚Äď but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. (1 Cor. 2:9-10). You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 05-22-10
from RITAN (http://raptureintheairnow.com/rita-main-discussion-forum/ascension-day-a-small-study)
Why did Jesus ascend 10 days before The Church Age began?
Let‚Äôs first look at Ascension Thursday‚Ä¶
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, ‚ÄúMen of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.‚ÄĚ
The word ‚Äúmanner‚ÄĚ is ‚Äútropos‚ÄĚ which means ‚Äúmode, style, character, means, or way.
So He‚Äôs coming back the SAME WAY‚Ä¶ (and a cloud received Him out of their sight).
What does the bible say about how Jesus will return for the Rapture?
1 Thes 4:16-17
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
The words ‚ÄúClouds‚ÄĚ in both verses (1 Thes 4:17 & Acts 1:9) is the same Greek word, so it seems that His departure and return WILL be the SAME.
The question is if Jesus returns the same WAY, will He return on the same DAY.
Here are more Bible verses to consider.
1Cor 15:21-23- For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: CHRIST THE FIRSTFRUITS, (First Ascension Day) AFTERWARD THOSE WHO ARE CHRIST‚ÄôS AT HIS COMING. (Second Ascension Day).
Could the order stated in verse 23 be the two Ascension Days as I showed?
Why did Jesus ascend 10 days before the dispensation changed on Pentecost?
The Age of Law started on Pentecost when Moses received the Ten Commandments and the Age of Grace started on Pentecost with the arrival of the Holy Spirit and many believe, as do I, the Age of Law will start again on Pentecost.
What I don‚Äôt believe is that the Rapture will happen on Pentecost. There was a reason that Jesus left on Ascension Thursday 10 days before Pentecost. What happened in these 10 days as the apostles stayed in prayer in the upper room until the Holy Spirit came upon them? What did they do? Well, they picked the new Apostle, Matthias, who would testify of the Resurrection.
It was God who picked this 12th Apostle as we see in Acts 1:24 which says ‚ÄúAnd they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knows the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen‚ÄĚ. Did they need a week to do this? I wouldn‚Äôt think so. So why then did Jesus leave 10 days in advance of Pentecost? I believe it was because 10 days will be needed now, after Jesus ascends a second time on Ascension Thursday this May when He leaves with the Bride. Why will these 10 days be needed? The time will be needed for God to choose and seal the 144,000, who will be used after Pentecost testifying of the Resurrection the same way He chose the 12th Apostle after the first Ascension Day for the same purpose.
On Ascension Thursday, Jesus, who is the Jew‚Äôs Messiah, will take the Bride with Him and will leave the Jews behind. Ten days later, however, they will realize, by the appearance of the two witnesses and the sealed 144,000 that God has not left them and will be there for them during the 70th week.
Has anyone ever noticed that Romans 11:11 has never been fulfilled?
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Has our salvation ever ONCE provoked the Jews to jealousy? NO, Never! When we are RAPTURED, leaving with their Messiah, especially on His original Ascension Day, will they be jealous?‚Ä¶I think so..! Or if our disappearance is explained as alien abductions, when the 2 witnesses and the 144,000 preach of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, His Resurrection, and the Rapture, I‚Äôm sure that if jealousy wasn‚Äôt evident at our Rapture, it will be then. God‚Äôs word does not come back void and Gentile salvation MUST provoke the Jews to jealousy.
Let‚Äôs take a look at May 17th, Ascension Thursday.
The 17th, fits the 5, 6, 7 Jesus, of Charity. (15, 16, 17)
It fits a Gentile Holiday and not a Jewish one, which fits a word someone posted a year or two ago.
It‚Äôs a sliver moon like many people have seen in their rapture dreams and a few days later it‚Äôs the new moon.
Ascension Day is near the end of the barley harvest (Omer count) as the wheat harvest begins on Pentecost. Many people believe the Church is the barley which unlike wheat, which has to be crushed (tribulation) to separate it, it is just waved in the air on the days following first fruits.
It‚Äôs also in the spring.
How does this affect overall dates?
Yes, I do believe that the 70th week has not yet begun and that the full 7 years are left for the 70th week. I also believe that the 70th week will end on Rosh Hashanah ‚Äď Sept 21, 2017 (the jubilee year) which is 50yrs after 1967 when Jerusalem was re-united with Israel and 100 yrs after 1917 when Israel left Ottoman rule. (Google – Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel‚Äôs prophecy)
How can this happen?….The shortening of the days by 1/3rd of course (Rev 8:12 & Mark 13:20). If the beginning of the 70th week is May 27th 2012 and it ends on Sept 21, 2017, it will only be 1943 days which means on July 25, 2014 a catastrophic event will happen (meteor strike, etc.) that will shorten our days to 18 hours and cause 2520 days to fit into 1943 days. Simply done by an excel program.
Well that‚Äôs the end of my study‚Ä¶..and of course, I‚Äôm not picking a date, just showing a possibility‚Ä¶!
Any way you look at it, He coming very, very soon!
Behold, I tell you a mystery!
“But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!”
1 Corinthians 15:51
Just over the horizon there is a mysterious event approaching that has spoken by our Lord and his prophets. The world will be complete astonished by this mysterious event! Jesus said, “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. (Matt 24:40-41) That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” (Luke 17:34-35)
This mysterious incident in ancient times has repeatedly been revealed in Holy Scripture. Prior to the Flood of Noah Enoch a righteous man before the Lord was the first to experience this enigma It is written that Enoch is ‚Äúthe seventh from Adam.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúEnoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints‚ÄĚ (Jude 14). Enoch is also seventh in the sequence of names in the epistle of Jude. The number 7 means ‚Äúcompletion.‚ÄĚ Revelation 2 and 3 contain seven letters to the churches, which portray the Church Age. According to 2 Corinthians 10:11, the Church is the ‚Äúend,‚ÄĚ the ‚Äúcompletion‚ÄĚ of the world ages. And blindness has come upon Israel until the ‚Äúfull number‚ÄĚ of the Gentiles has been reached Romans 11:25.
Enoch was born on the day of Pentecost sixth day of the month of Sivan, the ninth month of the civil year; the third month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in May and June). He was 65 when Methuselah was born and he did not die but was taken up into heaven in 987 at the age of 365 years. The epistle of Jude is the last letter before the Revelation, and it mentions Enoch as being a kind of completion. Could this completion be understood as a picture of the mysterious imminent removal of the Church and the following day of reckoning? The Church will be removed from this earth when it is complete and then the Lord will turn to Israel once again (Romans 11:25-26.) Perhaps this is why Michael the archangel, who fights in particular for the children of Israel (Daniel 12:1 and Revelation 12:7), is mentioned in Jude 9.
Enoch was the first man to be removed (harpazo) because he walked with God (Genesis 5:24) and this took place before the Flood. This word Harpazo in the Old Testament Septuagint, (Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures 300-200 BC) the actual Greek word literally can translate, “shall be seized.” ‚ÄúEnoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.‚ÄĚ (Genesis 5:24) The name Enoch means ‚Äúteaching‚ÄĚ which is a primary function of the Church (Matt. 28:19-20) This Greek word “harpazo” is used seven times in the New Testament. (Matt. 13:19, John 10:12, Acts 8:39, II Cor. 12:2,4, I Thess. 4:17, and Rev. 12:5) In each case it means something was quickly grabbed, snared or seized. Beyond question this is a picture of the true Church, which follows the Lord and will be raptured (Harpazo). Noah, on the other hand, is a type of Israel, who is saved through the ‚Äúflood‚ÄĚ of the Great Tribulation.
Although we do not know the day or hour of Jesus‚Äô return, we can clearly see the last chapter in human history before the Rapture has begun. ‚ÄúGod, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by [His] Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds‚ÄĚ (Hebrews 1:1-2) It might come to a shock to many that we have been living in the last days for over two thousand years.
Only those who are ‚Äúin Christ‚ÄĚ (the Ark) will be kept. ‚ÄúJude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied‚ÄĚ (Jude 1- 2) There is no other place where you can be preserved from the future judgment of God than in Jesus Christ alone.
Another Old Testament symbolic type which points toward a removal (Harpazo) of God‚Äôs people prior to judgment is Lot and his family. They were delivered out of Sodom and Gomorrah before those cities were destroyed. The Apostle Peter alludes to both of these examples in his second epistle. He states that if God spared Noah and Lot, then He surely “knows how to rescue the godly from trial and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the Day of Judgment” (2 Peter 4-9).
In Noah‚Äôs time, the sins of the people brought the judgment of the Flood upon them, but Enoch was saved beforehand. In the same way, the situation of the end-times is demanding God‚Äôs judgment. The Church of Jesus Christ will be preserved from God‚Äôs judgment through the Harpazo (Rapture). Of the time of Noah, Jesus said, ‚ÄúBut as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be‚ÄĚ (Matthew 24:37- 39).
Hollywood depicts quite vividly the depravity of our sin. In the early 1900‚Äôs we had a few monsters in the silver screen, from Frankenstein, Wolf man, Dracula, and a few misshapen creatures, But today‚Äôs lust of horror and gore films has gone beyond our imagination.
The people of Noah‚Äôs generation did not see the signs of the times; they did not listen to God speak through Noah, ‚Äúby which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water‚ÄĚ (1 Peter 3:19-20).
There was no sign of impending judgment when Noah was building the ark. People lived as nothing was going to happen then suddenly the soaking rain came upon the people unexpectedly. This is how it is today‚Ä¶ People live each day mocking those who warn them of God‚Äôs impending judgment, then suddenly the God will remove (Harpazo) his bride from impending danger, the Rapture will take place and the time of Jacob‚Äôs (Israel) trouble will commence. ‚ÄúAlas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it.‚ÄĚ (Jer 30:7) The only time period that fits this description is the period of the Tribulation. This time is unparalleled in history.
The Bible tells us of others who have been taken up into heaven in very much the same way that we will be at the time of the rapture. Elijah was taken up into heaven like a whirlwind. II Kings 2:11-12 “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel! And Elisha saw him no more.”
The book of Daniel brings a further typology that reveals the mystery of the rapture. Remember the story of Nebuchadnezzar‚Äôs golden image that landed his three friends in the fiery furnace for refusing to worship it? Where was Daniel in this story? He is mysteriously absent, and there is no way he knelt to that image. He was probably out of town on business. He therefore becomes a type of the church while his buddies become a type of Israel, being protected even while in the midst of a fiery furnace.
The Psalms of King David alludes to the Rapture. ‚ÄúOh, how great [is] Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, [Which] You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues.‚ÄĚ (Psalm 31:19-20)
The Prophet Isaiah speaks of God‚Äôs hiding His people until his judgment has past. ‚ÄúCome, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.‚ÄĚ (Isa 26:20-21)
In the New Testament there is an interesting teleportation episode with Philip and the eunuch. ‚ÄúWhen they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took [Harpazo] Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.‚ÄĚ (Acts 8:39-40) Azotus is a coastal city about 19 miles north of Gaza which Philip was transported via The Holy Spirit’s Highway.
The rapture of the church is likened in the Bible to the calling of a virgin bride (the true church) to join the Bridegroom, Jesus. The false church is, on the other hand, like “the great harlot” depicted in Revelation 17. The imagery is one of consummated love between Jesus and His church. The church will then be safe from the terrible time of world wide judgments, lasting seven years. This promise is give to the Church by Jesus, ‚ÄúBecause thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.‚ÄĚ ( Rev 3:10) These “end-time” judgments will commence immediately down here on earth after the Holy Spirits work through the Body of Christ (the Church) is removed. ‚ÄúFor the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [will do so] until He is taken out of the way.‚ÄĚ (2 Thess. 2:7).
The rapture is all about being united with the God we have professed to love. Most of us by now are aware of the widespread hypocrisy in the church these days, the reality that Christ’s Bride-to-be has often gone whoring after other gods. This means that preparing ourselves for the rapture deserves our immediate attention if we are followers of the Lord Jesus, or if we have been delaying our decision to align ourselves with God’s people. Getting ready for the Rapture is all about repentance in fact. Our nation is falling apart around us and much the blame can is due to the failure of the church to be the holy people we are called to be.
The language of heaven is about going “home.” Our transformation will be immediatewhen Christ calls us (A twink is a reflected particle of light seen in the eye and thusly travels at the speed of light 983,571,056 feet per second) “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)
Nowhere are believers told to watch for the appearance of the Antichrist. On the contrary, we are told to watch for Jesus Christ. In Titus 2:13 Paul says we are to live “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Likewise, Peter urges us to “fix our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13). John completes the apostolic chorus by similarly urging us to “fix our hope on Him at His appearing‚ÄĚ (1 John 3:2-3).
‚ÄúAs Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.‚ÄĚ (Matt 24:3) For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.‚ÄĚ (Matt 24:37-42)
‚ÄúSuch things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.‚ÄĚ (Romans 15:4)