Rapture: Timing and Proofs
Passages That Do and Don’t Speak of the Rapture
Many hold different views on the Rapture. (The Rapture is the catching away of all dead and living Saints to meet Messiah Yeshua, Godly relatives and friends in the air.) Some say that it occurs before the Tribulation (when Yehovah the God of Israel troubles unbelieving Israel and the world). Some believe it will take place during the Tribulation, while others say that it will occur at the end of the Tribulation. Some are not sure, and are not even sure if it is important. Others don’t believe it is Biblical, saying that the Rapture is taught to convince Christians that they won’t face trouble. One viewpoint is that it isn’t important for Salvation or Christian living, and therefore it isn’t important. Since more than half of the Bible is not concerned with Salvation or Christian living, should we abandon it?
Anyone who fears Yehovah knows that what He says is always important.
Along the same lines, there are those who state that the word Rapture does not appear in the Bible. (Neither do the words millennium and incarnation.) A Latin version of the Bible proves that this is wrong, because the word is found there. The word rapture is from rapiens found in 1 Thessalonians 4 in Latin, meaning catching away.
This document will use the King James Version and some literal renderings. (Other versions often have weaker renderings and biases.) I will use Yeshua, Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yehovah instead of Jehovah, etc. to better reflect the Hebrew and its meanings. This document will place the text first in each section, followed by a ‘questions’ format. See if you can answer the questions for yourself.
A. First Thessalonians Texts
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God–ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Who Wrote the Letter?
Three Jewish men wrote this letter: Paul, Silvanus and Timotheus. They have only good things to say about the Saints (fearers of God, delighters in His Word) living in Thessalonica. They mention their patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Patience is endurance. Patience and hope will be mentioned again in these documents.)
What is the Wrath to Come (verse 10)?
Wrath signifies extreme anger. To what wrath to come are they referring? One clue is this: the writers are waiting for his Son from heaven. When will He come from heaven? While this text doesn’t specify what this wrath is or why it is, the two letters sent to the Thessalonian Saints mention this. The letters are written as a mystery, but one that has solutions in the Bible. (They are not difficult to solve; it just requires some thought and consideration with plenty of reading in the Bible.) This document is designed to solve this mystery as readers continue through it.
1 Thessalonians 2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 3For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 6Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 9For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 17But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 18Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 19For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20For ye are our glory and joy.
Is This Wrath Historical?
Verse 16 states, “Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always. For the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” This again mentions wrath. Either it already came upon those involved and is therefore not the wrath to come or is it prophetic. Which is it? It must be the wrath to come at a future time. No wrath had come upon Israel in Paul’s day. Even the Temple was still functioning.
(A Note on the Jews)
Many readers will view this text as angry words from the Spirit of God against the Jews in general. Those readers haven’t been careful in their reading (if they read at all). Verse 16 mentions us as opposed to the Gentiles. It mentions the Jews as a third group. Thus, many readers thought that us referred to Christians (made of Jews and Gentiles). Those drawing this conclusion have also not been careful.
The expression the Jews is found throughout the book of John. Yet, with the exception of specifically named non-Jewish persons, all in John were Jews. This has led some to make a distinction between the Jews and Israel. Some of them see the Jews as cursed, while Israel (in their views) consists of the people of God (referring to the Christians). This also shows a very sloppy reading.
The Jews were a sect of ‘the Jews’ (all the Israelis) who were leaders. Paul himself was one of this group:
Acts 21:39 But Paul said, “I am a man, a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.”
Acts 22:3 “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.”
Yet, Paul identifies himself by tribe:
Romans 11:1 “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israeli of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”
Philippians 3:5 “…circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews. As touching the law, a Pharisee…”
Nicodemus, that great fearer of Yehovah and believer in Yeshua was a ruler of the sect called the Jews:
John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Not all of the sect called the Jews were antagonistic to Yeshua. Some were, however.
Understanding Thessalonians will be much easier with this information. Paul stated (verse 14), “For ye (non-Jewish Saints in Thessalonica) also have suffered like things of your own countrymen even as they (the Israeli congregations of God) have of the Jews.”
I will now return to the question whether this wrath is historical. When the text says, “has come upon them to the uttermost,” that must be describing the worst case of wrath that has occurred. That can only be describing a future event, since the wrath of Yehovah on Israel has never met that criterion. The Biblical Tribulation does describe that.
Coming and Presence: To what coming does 1 Thessalonians 2:19 refer?
1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Messiah Yeshua at His coming? 20For ye are our glory and joy.
This text gives very little information. (Texts shown later in this document will give much more information.) Most readers assume that they know to what this refers. I have found that this rule holds: Whenever readers assume anything about any text, they are nearly always wrong. The Bible was written so that sloppy readers would be wrong, and careful readers would obtain right information. That way, enemies will not know what is actually occurring, and friends of the Bible will. That way, friends of the Bible will be able to escape many deadly situations, and enemies will fall into traps.
Coming and Presence: When will Messiah be present (again, verse 19)?
This will again await more information. Feel free to assume that coming and presence are about Yeshua’s arrival on earth to reign, if you must. Be ready for surprising evidence and proof, however.
In the first chapter, the patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (verse 3) indicates that something is being awaited (1 Thessalonians 1:10). What is it? Is it not waiting for His Son from heaven? This will directly connect to the present set of questions.
Patience and Lifetimes
1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Messiah Yeshua, in the sight of God and our Father …
Patience (endurance) would not be needed if they were not enduring for the sake of something that could occur in their lifetimes. They knew that somethine was imminent (it could happen at any time). It may not happen right away, but is expected at any time. No other event must first occur.
1 Thessalonians 3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 2And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 5For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. 6But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: 7Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: 8For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 9For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 10Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? 11Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 13To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
What affliction and tribulation are mentioned in verses 3 and 4?
1 Thessalonians 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation even as it came to pass, and ye know.
Tribulation means continuous trouble accompanied by danger, hurt or death. Affliction means pain and suffering, but includes humiliation. The above passage indicates that affliction and tribulation will be a normal part of the lives of Saints. An event is coming that won’t be part of the regular difficulties. The ends of each chapter often mention this event.
Which coming is “the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua with all his saints”?
1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you: 13To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua with all his saints.
Does the answer seem obvious? Be cautious.
Focus on the following underscored words:
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua with all his saints.
Why not word it, “To the end he may stablish all the Saints’ hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua with all his saints”? Three separate groups are being specified by first person pronouns (We, us, our), second person pronouns (ye, you, your) and third person pronouns (they, them, their).
- The second person pronouns (ye, you, your) reflect the ones to whom Paul, Silvanus, and Timotheus are writing.
- The third person pronouns (they, them, their) reflect Saints who will be coming with Messiah Yeshua: all His Saints (all of them).
- The first person pronouns (we, us, our) reflect the Jews, the writers, or Jewish Saints. (Carefully determine who they are.)
Always identify pronouns.
The Thessalonians must have their hearts stablished, gaining a firm foundation in the faith.
The others (the Saints with whom Messiah will come) have already been stablished unblameable in holiness before God.
The writers expect Messiah’s soon coming with all His Saints. If you recognize this as true, keep it in mind as you continue.
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. 9But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 10And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 11And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. 13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
What are Saints commanded to do while they wait?
1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and ye may have lack of nothing.
If the Saints do as commanded, they will study to be quiet, do their own business, work with their hands, and will walk honestly toward them who are outside─toward the non-saints. (They won’t be sitting on a mountain awaiting ‘the coming of Christ’!)
Is ignorance of future events acceptable?
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
(This may not seem to answer the question, but read the rest of the verses in the chapter to see that a future event is mentioned.)
The Spirit of God through the three writers states, “I would not have you to be ignorant.” They need to know what is going to happen.
Some believe these events will not be clearly understood until they are fulfilled, admitting they are ignorant. If this describes you, be patient and carefully read.
What is the Saints’ Hope?
Hope is mentioned in verse 13. This Scriptural word means expectation, something a person with that hope expects to certainly occur. The Biblical hope is almost always the resurrection, and the resurrection is directly associated with Messiah’s arrival to rule. Everyone born of God who has died will be resurrected at one time.
Sleep (verse 13, asleep) refers to death, but is used of Saints who await resurrection.
Messiah died and rose again, so God will bring those who ‘sleep’ in Yeshua with Yeshua. Whatever this event is, Yeshua and those who previously died in faith will be brought together.
If God will bring them with Him, where is He located?
He is in the heavens. They are also in the heavens.
When will He bring them?
This is harder to determine. Remain in “We which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord” means survive. The writers fully expected Messiah’s return before they died. Had they not expected this, the text mighty have been worded something like, ‘they which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord.’
Similar ‘Coming’ Texts
Read these verses again, focusing on the word coming:
1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Messiah Yeshua at his coming? 20For ye are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you: 13To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua with all his saints.
These three ‘coming’ texts refer to the same thing.
Descending from Heaven
Compare these texts:
1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Yeshua, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven.
These phrases refer to the same event.
Pronouns in The Hope
Overlook no pronouns. We is used as well as them in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18:
16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in the Messiah shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The consolation of living Saints would be very small if their only hope of seeing their dead relatives and friends were after they too were dead! This hope is for Saints who are alive. They will see them at this event whether they are dead or alive.
1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep, as others; but let us watch and be sober. 7For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. 14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all. 15See that none render evil for evil unto any; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all. 16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing. 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19Quench not the Spirit. 20Despise not prophesyings. 21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do. 25Brethren, pray for us. 26Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 27I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. To the Thessalonians was written from Athens.
Fooled by the Day of the Lord
Some pronouns in the following text have been italicized for your observation:
1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child. And they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5Ye are all the children of light and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep, as others, but let us watch and be sober. 7For they that sleep sleep in the night, and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for an helmet: the hope of salvation. 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we shall live together with Him. 11Wherefore comfort yourselves together and edify one another even as also ye do.
The expression the day of the Lord contrasts with previous texts and includes the sudden destruction of some. Ye and you are Saints who will be reading this Thessalonians letter, while they and them are non-saint bad guys who will be destroyed. The Saints (called ‘the children of light’) will not be surprised by that Day overtaking them as a thief. They will be living in ‘full uniform,’ putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the Hope of salvation for a helmet. God hath not appointed us (who are of the day, of light) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Messiah Yeshua who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we will live together with Him.
About the Day of the Lord
The Day of the Lord (the Day of Yehovah) is the Day of Wrath. (Saints living at the time of the Day of Yehovah will be prepared to suffer at the hands of evil folks, not at the hands of Yehovah. These attack statements are not directed toward them.)
The writers consoled the Thessalonian Saints, showing that they are not appointed to live or die during the Day of Yehovah, but to live together with Him. The ‘Old Testament’ has much to say about the Day of Yehovah and its accompanying wrath. The Hope includes seeing Messiah and dead Saints who are relatives and friends, not the terrible day of the Wrath of Yehovah.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua. 24Faithful is He that calls you, Who also will do.
Look carefully at this quote with the bracketed notes: “Your [plural] whole spirit [singular] and soul [singular] and body [singular] be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua.” This is not the same as “Your [plural] whole spirits and souls and bodies be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua.” Overlooking singulars and plurals will lead to wrong theology.
The spirit gives life to the body, the soul is the true entity—the real person or group, and the body is the physical ‘earth suit’ that is seen. The Thessalonian body is a part of the Body of Christ. If it is preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua, Messiah’s coming will occur during this body’s lifetime.
1 Thessalonians 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
All the holy brethren must have the same Hope.
B. Second Thessalonians Texts
2 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 4so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure, 5a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: 6Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 11Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of the calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of faith with power: 12That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Being Counted Worthy
Consider verses 4 and 5:
4so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure, 5a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God for which ye also suffer.
They are suffering persecutions and tribulations with patience (endurance) and faith! Why are they suffering? It is a manifest token (visible sign) “of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God for which ye also suffer!” Religious non-saints are usually the most violent activists against Saints. Saints suffer, and they will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God. They become strong, bold and tough to stand for what is right, to respond by doing good in the faces of evil.
Yehovah will recompense the bad-guys:
6seeing [it is] a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you!
Bad guys will also have tribulation, ending in the Lake of fire and sulfur. What will happen to the Saints?
7and to you who are troubled, rest with us when the Lord Yeshua shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels!
A better word order is this:
7and rest with us to you who are troubled, when the Lord Yeshua shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels!
They will get permanent relief from being mistreated, never to be hurt or pained again, when Messiah will be revealed from heaven. The story will end well!
Reveal and Coming Contrasted
Focus on reveal in the following:
7-bwhen the Lord Yeshua shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels 8in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Messiah Yeshua, 9who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power 10when He shall come to be glorified in His saints and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
“Revealed from heaven with His mighty angels” is not the same as “the coming of Messiah with all His Saints.” This is the time of vengeance when Messiah will come in flaming fire, and will come to be glorified in His Saints! This contrasts with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18–
13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Yeshua will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in the Messiah shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
No wrath accompanies 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, but rather a ‘get-together’ of the Saints. 2 Thessalonians 1 and 1 Thessalonians 5 are alike.
The Importance of Glorification
When the Thessalonian letters were written, the Saints’ objectives included glorifying the Name of the Lord Messiah Yeshua, fulfilling all the good pleasure of goodness, and doing the work of faith with power:
2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of [this] calling and fulfill all the good pleasure of goodness and the work of faith with power, 12that the name of our Lord Messiah Yeshua will be glorified in you and ye in Him according to the grace of our God and the Lord Messiah Yeshua.
When the Day of Yehovah comes, Messiah will come to be glorified in His saints. Glorifying [demonstrating as important] is important in both cases.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2That 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. 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who 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. 5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now restrains, until He be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming 9Whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
Beseeching by the Rapture, Avoiding Confusion
Look closely at the first few verses after reading the chapter.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua, and our gathering together unto Him 2that 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 the Messiah is at hand. 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
Beseech means to strongly urge or to strongly ask that something be done. In some of our cultures, one would not normally urge another by something as is done in this section. The Saints’ Hope is “in the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua” and in their being gathered together with their dead relatives and friends who were Saints (born of God). The writers urged that they would refuse to be shaken, etc. using this Hope.
1 Thessalonians 4 also mentioned the coming of Messiah and this gathering (we will call this the Rapture). I will explain the terminology shortly.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we who are alive/remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Caught up in Latin is rapiens. The noun form is raptura from which comes rapture.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 urges the Saints by the Rapture that “ye be not soon shaken in mind,” quickly confused and weakened. What might cause the confusion? The writers do not want them troubled or greatly upset, but upset about what?
Three possible sources of confusion and upset are listed:
- neither by spirit
- nor by word
- nor by letter
as from us. If a spirit attempts to confuse or upset them, they must refuse to believe it. If a word (communication) tries to confuse or upset them, they must refuse to believe it. If a confusing or upsetting letter on this topic comes to them as if Paul, Silvanus or Timotheus wrote it, they must refuse to believe it.
The potential point of confusion or upset is the error that the day of the Messiah is at hand. The day of Messiah is the Day of the LORD, the Day of Yehovah, the Day of Wrath (starting with the Tribulation). The writers warned that the Day of Yehovah is not at hand, even if a spirit, word, or letter might claim otherwise. (At hand means could happen now, is imminent.) The Rapture was already imminent, but the Day of Yehovah is not!
A Falling Away, the Man of Sin
3Let 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.
Two events occur before the Day of Yehovah: a falling away (not described in the text) and the revealing of the man of sin—his being made known to all who know about him. He is called the antichrist and the son of perdition in the ‘New Testament,’ and the Assyrian in the ‘Old Testament.’
The Spirit’s Letting
6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.
Let in 1611 meant either allow or prohibit! The Greek word means prohibit in this text:
6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now prohibiteth [will prohibit], until he be taken out of the way.
Who has the power to prohibit the man of sin from being revealed? Who can live for many generations? Only the Spirit of Yehovah can. The man of sin will be revealed when the Spirit of Yehovah moves out of the way, unblocking his arrival. (Some think the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth at this time, but since He is omnipresent, this makes no sense.)
Receiving the Love of the Truth
10…in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie: 12that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Many will not receive the love of the Truth. (Love of the Truth is a requirement for Salvation.) Yehovah responds to those who will not receive the love of the Truth by sending them strong delusion so that they will believe the lie. All who did not believe the Truth will be damned, choosing to have pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have course and be glorified, even as with you, 2and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men. For all have not faith. 3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep from evil. 4And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patient waiting for Christ. 6Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Messiah Yeshua, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us. For we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought, but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you— 9Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12Now we command and exhort them that are such by our Lord Jesus Christ that they work with quietness and eat their own bread. 13But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15Yet count not as an enemy, but admonish as a brother. 16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 17The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. To the Thessalonians was written from Athens.
Currently Waiting for Messiah
Focus on verse 5:
5And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patient waiting for the Messiah.
They are waiting for Messiah at this time.
The Importance of This Letter
14And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
See how strong the three writers felt about this information? We must take it as seriously!
C. A Rapid-Paced Look at the Rest of the Bible in Relation to the Rapture
Look up each text. Read surrounding texts to ascertain whether it is a Rapture text.
1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of the Messiah’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14If ye be reproached for the name of the Messiah, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Revealed is used in the above text in the same way as in 2 Thessalonians, referring to the Day of Yehovah, the Day of Wrath. Appear is used in the following text, and is akin to revealed in that Yeshua will become publicly seen.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Members of the group are identified as ye. They will receive a crown (singular), indicating that the entire group will obtain that crown. Israel will be glorified (that is the crown), and that glory will never cease. The glorification of Israel will occur upon Messiah’s arrival, and will actually begin just before His arrival near the end of the Tribulation. Enemies will know that the God of Israel is doing these destructions of Israel’s enemies and salvations of the Israelis and their friends. Once Yeshua arrives, the specificity of the importance of Israel will be known by every human living and dead.
1 Peter 1:5 …who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Messiah Yeshua: 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of [your] souls. 10Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you: 11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of the Messiah which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of the Messiah, and the glory that should follow. 12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Messiah Yeshua; 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Verse 5 establishes the timing of the revealing: in the last time. Verses 7 and 13 use different words to describe different events and the same timing. The appearing is not a threat; the revealing is a threat to the bad guys and a reason for rejoicing to the good guys. This is no rapture text; it deals with the Israelis again as a group: “Receiving the end of your (plural) faith (singular).” The entire letter is of this nature. “Gird up the loins of your (plural) mind (singular).”
The next text is a Rapture text, and gives a reversed order of events:
Psalm 50:1 A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, Yehovah, hath spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. 3Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people. 5Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. 6And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
Reversing the order gives the proper events as they will occur. Verses 5 and 6 must act as one verse:
- 5Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. 6And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge Himself. Selah. [The covenant by sacrifice is in Yeshua’s blood. The Rapture is this gathering unto Him in the heavens. God is judge Himself.]
- 4He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people. [He is judging Israel, His people, after the Rapture and during the Tribulation.]
- 3Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. [This is the arrival of God in flaming fire taking vengeance, starting in Bozrah/Petra.]
- 2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. [This is when He arrives on Mount Zion at the end of the Tribulation in great brightness to abide with the Israelis for the Millennium.]
- The mighty God, Yehovah, hath spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. [All races and kings come to Messiah on Mount Zion.]
The gathering of the Saints (verse 5) sounds like the Rapture. The Scriptures teach that all must appear before the judgment seat of Messiah:
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of the Messiah that every one may receive the things in the Body according to what he hath done, whether good or bad. 11Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
Saints are given their ranks (and potentially their assignments) at this time in the heavens. Non-saints will likewise be judged, but much, much later, and will be given their ranks of damnation.
The Saints (already having been judged) will return with Messiah when He is revealed from heaven. Think about it to see if it makes sense.
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Such a statement would only make sense if this coming of the Lord is imminent, like the husbandman waits for rain.
2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
The power of Messiah is a vital part of both the resurrection and the coming. This coming is consistent with the one in James 5:7, an imminent coming. The Rapture is imminent; the Tribulation is not.
1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him so that we will have confidence when He shall appear, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
This appearance sounds akin to 1 Peter 1:5 and following, while His coming sounds akin to texts above that refer to the coming. If this is the case, this text is not difficult to understand. We refers to the Israelis. Little children refers to Israeli children. If the little Israeli children abide in Yeshua, the Israelis will have confidence when Messiah Yeshua appears (a Tribulational event), and they will not be ashamed before Yeshua at His coming, at the Rapture. The Saints following the Rapture will know what is occurring on earth, and will be ‘rooting’ for the Israelis on earth, especially those who will do valiantly. If the Israelis don’t do well during the Tribulation, that will bring shame to the Israelis in the heavens, since what one Israeli does, all Israelis are affected.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, we are now the sons of God. And it does not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that we shall be like Him when He shall appear, for we shall see Him as He is. 3And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself even as He is pure.
The Israelis will be like Him when He appears. They will see Him as He is. The result of truly having this Hope is personal purification to the degree that Messiah is pure. This appearance will be at the end of the Tribulation.
Jude 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, “Behold, Yehovah comes with ten thousands of His saints 15to execute judgment upon all and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds that they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
The Saints will be coming with Yehovah when He comes to execute judgment and vengeance against enemies.
Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience so that ye will receive the promise after ye have done the will of God. 37For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come and will not tarry. 38Now the righteous shall live by faith. But if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
This coming is not given a timing except to qualify it, “yet a little while.” This coming has no vengeance text attached. This seems consistent with coming texts.
Hebrews 9:28 So the Messiah was once offered to bear the sins of many; and He shall appear unto them that look for Him the second time without sin unto salvation.
Appear is again used. He will appear unto those looking for Him. The appearing texts have above been linked with the Tribulation arrival (in glory, to do vengeance, to save Israel). This text appears to follow that same mode.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Messiah Yeshua…
For what does the Saint look? It is for that blessed Hope and glorious appearing!
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Messiah Yeshua, who shall judge the alive and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: 8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which Yehovah, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.
Compare verse 1 with verse 8. This describes two events: judging the alive and judging the dead. It also describes two timings: at His appearing, and His kingdom. They sound like they are at the same time. The kingdom lasts more than a thousand years.
I propose that Yeshua the Judge will judge the living folks at His appearing, and He will judge the dead also at His appearing, though they are not dead yet (referring to the damned in the Sheep/Goat Judgment). (The Saints judge the dead after the Millennium.) If this is the case, the expression the dead refers to those who have no Life and who will be both killed and damned in that Sheep/Goat Judgment. (The Sheep/Goat Judgment is only of non-Jewish persons; all physically living Jews will have been judged before the Tribulation ends.)
Saints love His appearing; others do not. His appearing is His arrival (I propose), and the judgment at His Kingdom is described in Matthew 25:31 and following.
1 Timothy 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God Who makes-alive all things, and Yeshua the Messiah who witnessed a good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14that thou keep the Commandment without spot, unrebukeable until the appearing of our Lord Messiah Yeshua 15that He shall show in His times, Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
His times refers to the Day of Yehovah. This gives the timing to a careful reader. The proof is that He will be King of kings and Lord of lords at that time. Thus, this appearing is referring to Yeshua’s arrival on earth to rule.
Colossians 3:4 When the Messiah, our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
This is the end of the Tribulation and a matter of weeks before the Millennium. It is when the Hope of the Saints (the resurrection) has occurred since all Saints will have glorified physical, immortal bodies.
Philippians 3:20 For our conversation [lifestyle] is in the heavens from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Messiah Yeshua 21Who shall change our vile Body so-that it will be fashioned like unto His glorious Body according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
We in this text are the Israelis. The only time the Israelis will successfully look for the Saviour will be when all Israel is in faith and ready for His arrival. That will occur when the Body of the Israelis (that is, the Body of Israel) is changed and fashioned like Yeshua’s Body (the Body of Christ). This will occur shortly before the end of the Tribulation. The use of the plural our with the singular Body is the clue that careful readers will see and will recognize, since otherwise it would have been worded our bodies had it been referring to physical bodies of individuals.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will perform until the day of Messiah Yeshua, 7even as it is appropriate for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart inasmuch as ye all are partakers of my grace both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Messiah Yeshua. 9And this I pray, that your love will abound yet more and more in knowledge and all judgment 10so-that ye will approve things that are excellent, so-that ye will be sincere and without offence until the day of the Messiah.
The careful reader will see the following:
- This is written to folks in Philippi. They are treated as one group, and thus as a singular entity.
- You is plural and work is singular: “He … has begun a good work in you.” This is therefore not referring to good works in each of you individually, but in the group.
- The Philippian folks are mainly non-Jewish.
- The Day of Messiah cannot be referring to Yeshua’s time on earth in His mortal body, since that is already past, and this text refers to a future: “until the day of Messiah Yeshua.”
- The Day of Messiah Yeshua is the same as the Day of Yehovah. It is when Messiah Yeshua will be actively pursuing the destruction of His enemies and the enemies of His property, Israel. (This is during the Tribulation, especially toward the end.)
- The congregation at Philippi disappeared centuries ago. Yet, this text explicitly states, “He Who has begun a good work in you will perform until the day of Messiah Yeshua.” Thus, this must refer to a future congregation in Philippi. He cannot perform a good work on a non-existing entity.
Thus, the Day of Messiah is when He is openly active during the Tribulation. This congregation will pick up where it left off some time before Tribulation starts, and will be persecuted, yet without offence and with sincerity and zeal during that time. When Messiah appears and comes, the congregation at Philippi will receive the highest accolades for excellence.
2 Corinthians 1:13 For we write no other things unto you than what ye read or acknowledge. And I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end 14as also ye have acknowledged us in part—that we are your rejoicing even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Yeshua.
This text will have the same timing and be the same event as in the Philippians 1:6 text.
The last statement might seem cryptic: “we are your rejoicing even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Yeshua.” When the Lord Yeshua descends to earth with all the Saints, and thus fulfills the resurrection of the dead, the Israelis (we in this text) including Paul and the others who were with Paul will rejoice in all the Corinthians who stood firm during the centuries, and especially during the Tribulation. (The folks in Corinth were mainly non-Jewish.)
1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: the Messiah is the firstfruits; afterward are they who are the Messiah’s at His coming. 24Then is the end when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God—even the Father, when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. 26The last enemy shall be destroyed: death. 27For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He says “all things are put under,” [it is] manifest that He Who did put all things under Him is excepted. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him Who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 29Else what shall they who are baptized for the dead do if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? 30And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31I protest by your rejoicing that I have in Messiah Yeshua our Lord—I die daily! 32If I have fought with beasts at Ephesus after the manner of men, what does it advantage me if the dead rise not? “Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die!” 33Be not deceived! Evil communications corrupt good manners. 34Awake to righteousness and sin not! For some don’t have the knowledge of God. I speak to your shame. 35But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up?” and “With what body do they come?” 36Fool! That which thou sowest is not made-alive except it die. 37And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but a bare grain. It may chance of wheat, or of some other. 38But God gives it a body as it has pleased Him, and his own body to every seed. 39All flesh is not the same flesh, but one is flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, another of birds. 40[There are] also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies. But the glory of the celestial is one, and that of the terrestrial is another. 41[There is] one glory of the sun and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars. For a star differs from a star in glory. 42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. 43It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45And so it is written, “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam a quickening spirit.” 46Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward is that which is spiritual. 47The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is Yehovah from heaven. 48As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy. And as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and corruption does not inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then the saying shall be brought to pass that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks is to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Messiah Yeshua. 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
This text supplies the order of events:
- Messiah the firstfruits was made alive. This was the resurrection into an immortal physical body.
- The ones who are Messiah’s at His coming are made alive. This has two stages: the Rapture part of the Resurrection, when Saints will receive their immortal physical bodies, and the earth-apparent Resurrection, when those Saints in their immortal physical bodies will physically come to earth alive and well with Messiah.
- Next comes the end when Messiah delivers the kingdom to Yehovah the Father, when Messiah will have put down all rule, all authority and all power (that are forces of evil). He must reign until all enemies are under His feet.
- Death is destroyed.
This coming connects to the Rapture, and the Rapture bridges to the end of the Tribulation via the resurrection (parts 1 and 2). The amount of time between the Rapture and the Tribulation can easily be many centuries.
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time—until the Lord comes Who will both bring the hidden things of darkness to light and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts. And then every man shall have praise of God.
This coming precedes His bringing the hidden things of darkness to light and His making manifest the counsels of the hearts.
Bringing hidden things of darkness to light will be accomplished in the Tribulation, and making manifest the counsels of the hearts will likewise be accomplished during the Tribulation. That is how He will sort those who will help Israel and do righteousness from those who won’t do either.
Since Yeshua’s arrival the earth will occur after He has brought hidden things of darkness to light and after He has made manifest the counsels of the hearts, the coming must be the Rapture.
1 Corinthians 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua 8Who shall also confirm you unto the end blameless in the day of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
The coming is one event (the Rapture), and the end (referring to the time when the Gentiles will no longer be predominant over Jerusalem, ending the time of the Gentiles and beginning the Day of Yehovah) is another. The latter will occur in the Day of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
Romans 12:10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love preferring one another in honour—11not slothful in business—fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, 12rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer…
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 10And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 11And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you 12so-that ye will walk honestly toward them that are without, and ye will have lack of nothing. 13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them who are asleep—that ye sorrow not, even as others who have no hope.
Three items match in these two texts:
- Demonstrate brotherly love
- Do your business
- Have hope
The tribulation mentioned can be what folks in historical Rome were enduring, but most texts speak of events to come (even if those events are viewed as extensions of the miniature versions that historically took place). There will be a future congregation at Rome, and it will receive this document written to them more than just a little pertinent. They will realize the power of prophecy, a communication that can be penned a multiplied thousand years before the real recipients will live.
No one should expect that modern churches, pastors, theological professors, spiritual teachers, normal fundamental Christians or folks of the various more caring Jewish faiths will view the Bible this way. They have not been taught to consider the power of God and of prophecy in this manner. They are instead taught to stare at their own navels, always thinking that texts must be about them and must be applied to them in order for them to have any real usefulness in their lifetimes. They are taught to be self-centered, and they have proven their teachers very competent.
Romans 8:23 And not only [they], but ourselves also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit—even we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting for the adoption [‘sonship-ment’]: the redemption of our Body. 24For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope. For what a man seeth—why does he yet hope-for? 25But if we hope for what we don’t see, we do wait for [it] with patience.
The Adoption [or better, ‘sonshipment,’ when Israelis as a unit become sons of God by the New Birth] takes place at the redemption of our [the Israelis’] Body. This hope is central to all Saints. Biblical Saints are waiting for this event with great anticipation. This will occur during the second half of the Tribulation.
The Body is not the same as bodies in the next text:
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him Who raised Yeshua from the dead dwells in you, He Who raised up the Messiah from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.
Be vigilant regarding pronouns! Us is not the same as you! Sloppy readers don’t really see the Bible; they see what they want to see.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy [to be compared] with the glory that shall be revealed in us.
Luke 19:11 And as they heard these things, He added and spoke a parable because He was nigh to Jerusalem and because they thought that the Kingdom of God should immediately appear. 12He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13And he called his ten servants. And he delivered them ten pounds. And he said unto them, ‘Occupy till I come.’ 14But his citizens hated him. And they sent a message after him saying, ‘We will not have this to reign over us!’ 15And it came to pass that when he was returned having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants to whom he had given the money to be called unto him so-that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16Then the first came, saying, ‘Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.’ 17And he said unto him, ‘Well! Thou good servant! Because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities!’ 18And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.’ 19And he said likewise to him, ‘Be thou also over five cities!’ 20And another came, saying, ‘Lord, behold thy pound that I have kept laid up in a napkin. 21For I feared thee because thou art an austere man. Thou takest up what thou didn’t lay down, and reapest what thou didn’t sow.’ 22And he says unto him, ‘I will judge thee out of thine own mouth, wicked servant! Thou knew that I was an austere man, taking up what I didn’t lay down and reaping what I didn’t sow! 23Why, then, didn’t thou give my money into the bank so-that I might have required my own with interest at my coming?’ 24And he said unto them who stood by, ‘Take the pound from him and give to him that hath ten pounds!’ 25And they said unto him, ‘Lord, he hath ten pounds!’ 26 ‘For I say unto you that unto every one who has shall be given, and from him who doesn’t have, even what he has shall be taken away from him! 27And those, mine enemies who would not that I should reign over them—bring hither and slay before me!’”
Identify the Nobleman, the Kingdom and the far country. What does “when he was returned, having received the kingdom” sound like?
Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32Remember Lot’s wife. 33Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
The surrounding texts will show that this is Messiah’s physical return to earth to reign.
Luke 14:12 Then said He also to him that bade Him, “When thou makest a dinner or a supper, don’t call thy friends or thy brethren or thy kinsmen or the rich neighbours lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14And thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee. For thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
If there is a resurrection of the just (righteous), there must necessarily be a separate resurrection of the unjust. As I proposed above, the Resurrection is in two stages. The first part is the Rapture, but that occurs quite a distance before the second part in the Tribulation. No one is officially resurrected until that person comes alive and quite visible in his/her immortal body to this planet.
The recompensing at the resurrection of the righteous can refer to either event, since both are part of the same resurrection. The recompensing will be in the form of responsibilities and rank during the Kingdom (the Millennium), since rank survives from this earth to the New Earth.
Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning, 36and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord when he will return from the wedding so that they may open unto him immediately when he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those servants, whom the lord shall find watching when He comes. Faith I say unto you that He shall gird Himself and make them sit down to food, and He will come forth and serve them. 38And if He shall come in the second watch or come in the third watch, and find so, blessed are those servants! 39And know this—that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have permitted his house to be broken through! 40Be ye therefore ready also! For the Son of man comes at an hour when ye don’t think!
What hour is in mind by “at an hour when ye don’t think”? Those awaiting the event in Luke 12:35-40 will know within several days when Messiah’s coming will be. (If they did not know, they wouldn’t be able to watch with such diligence.) This is never the case in the Rapture.
Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of man shall be ashamed of him when He shall come in His own glory, and the Father’s and of the holy angels.
Messiah comes with power and great glory after the Tribulation.
Mark 14:62 And Yeshua said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Messiah’s coming in this text is in the clouds, not meeting Saints in the air. The same is true of the following text:
Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house comes–at even or at midnight or at the cockcrowing or in the morning–36lest suddenly coming He find you sleeping. 37And what I say unto you I say unto all: “Watch!”
The master will arrive during one of four described times during which folks awaiting this arrival are commanded to not sleep. If folks were commanded to not sleep while awaiting the Rapture, what Saint would ever sleep? This command is only reasonable if the waiting period is short. Some, perhaps many, will dismiss this text as non-literal, claiming that sleeping means being spiritually off guard. The Bible uses sleep in one of two ways: physically unconsciously resting, or physically being dead. Those who are physically dead don’t need to watch or wait.
The next event occurs before the above:
Mark 13:25 And the stars of the heavens shall fall. And the powers that are in the heavens shall be shaken.
Yehovah will truly and easily remove all stars from the heavens for a period of time during the Tribulation. (What will that do to the astrology industry?)
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man shall also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
Matthew 26:64 Yeshua says unto him, “Thou hast said. Nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of the heavens.
These match texts above.
Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem! Jerusalem that kills the prophets and stones them who are sent unto thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathers her chickens under wings, and ye would not! 38Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth till ye shall say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes with the name Yehovah!’”
Jerusalem will physically see Messiah when her occupants say, “Blessed is He who comes with the Name Yehovah” (literally translated from Psalm 118). This will occur very close to the last day of the Tribulation. Mount Zion will be huge at that time, and Jerusalem will be on the north side. Many other great events will have taken place in that very short period of the Tribulation.
Matthew 19:28 And Yeshua said unto them, “Faith I say unto you, that ye who have followed me, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory.”
This occurs after Messiah’s return, as does the following:
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels. And then He shall reward every man according to his works.
Zechariah 14:5 And ye shall flee the valley of the mountains. For the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal. Indeed, ye shall flee like ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah! And Yehovah my God shall come! All the saints are with Thee!
All the Saints will accompany Yehovah when He comes. They must therefore have been already raptured. King David will be among them. He will reign during the Millennium:
Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return. And they shall seek Yehovah their God and David their king. And they shall fear Yehovah and His goodness in the latter days.
King David will be the prince of Israel as long a the earth lasts:
Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant is king over them. And they all shall have one shepherd. They shall also walk in my judgments and observe my statutes, and do them! 25And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, in which your fathers dwelt. And they shall dwell in her—they and their children and their children’s children forever. And my servant David is their prince forever.
Ezekiel 37:13 “And ye shall know that I am Yehovah when I have opened your graves, my people, and brought you up out of your graves. 14And I shall put my spirit in you. And ye shall live! And I shall place you in your own land. Then shall ye know that I Yehovah have spoken and performed,” says Yehovah.
If you believe the Bible, you will take it literally (unless it’s own words tell you to do otherwise).
This event isn’t the Rapture. It isn’t Yeshua’s arrival to reign. Ten tribes of Israel have been annihilated in this text’s beginning. Yehovah resurrects them back to mortal life so that His Word will stand. If you don’t believe this, you don’t believe Romans 8:38 and following.
Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them. And he shall feed them–my servant David–he shall feed them! And he shall be their shepherd.
David is the one shepherd over the Israelis (while Messiah is over all the shepherds—the kings and lords). Jeremiah also mentions this:
Jeremiah 30:9 But they shall serve Yehovah their God and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
Jeremiah 4:26 I beheld. And behold, the fruitful place is a wilderness. And all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of Yehovah, by His fierce anger.
This is a wrath event, as is the following:
Isaiah 66:15 For, behold, Yehovah will come with fire and with His chariots like a whirlwind to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire.
Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of Yehovah, ye who tremble at His word! Your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for my Name’s sake said, “Yehovah shall be glorified!” But He shall appear to your joy! And they shall be ashamed.
This text refers to real Messianic Jews. (Many claim this distinction today, but extremely few meet the qualification. Most are locked into Messianic Churchianity disguised as Messianic Congregatianity.)
Isaiah 64:1 Oh that Thou would tear the heavens, that Thou would come down so that the mountains will flow down at Thy faces 2as the melting fire burns, the fire causes the waters to boil, to make Thy Name known to thine adversaries! The races shall tremble at Thy faces! 3When Thou didst terrible things for which we didn’t look, Thou came down! The mountains flowed down at Thy faces! 4For since the beginning of the world they have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, God, beside thee, He hath prepared for him who waits for Him. 5Thou meetest him who rejoices and works righteousness. They remember Thee in Thy ways! Behold, Thou art wroth! For we have sinned! Our continuance is in those, and we shall be saved. 6But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses are as menstrual rags. And we all do fade as a leaf. And our iniquities have taken us away like the wind. 7And none is who calls upon Thy Name, who stirs up himself to take hold of Thee. For Thou hast hidden Thy faces from us and hast consumed us because of our iniquities. 8But now, Yehovah, Thou art our father. We are the clay and Thou art our potter. And we all are the work of Thy hand. 9Be not wroth very sore, Yehovah, and don’t remember iniquity forever. Behold! See, we beseech thee, we are all Thy people. 10Thy holy cities are a wilderness! Zion is a wilderness! Jerusalem is a desolation!
This text describes Yehovah’s coming in power and great glory. The following text shows His wrath when He is revealed.
Isaiah 63:1 Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? “I Who speak in righteousness, mighty to save!” 2Why [art thou] red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him who treads in the wine vat? 3 “I have trodden the winepress alone! And none of the people is with me! For I will tread them in my anger and trample them in my fury! And their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments! And I will stain all my raiment! 4For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come! 5And I looked. And none is to help! And I wondered that none is to uphold. Therefore my own arm brought salvation unto me! And my fury–it upheld me! 6And I will tread down the peoples in my anger and make them drunk in my fury! And I will bring down their strength to the land!”
Isaiah 62:11 Behold, Yehovah hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, “Say ye to the daughter of Zion: ‘Behold, thy Salvation comes! Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work is before Him!’”
Salvation comes with a reward and with work to do!
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes. And no man lays to heart. And merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the bad!
Those convinced that everyone must go through the Tribulation will find this text difficult to explain.
Isaiah 56:1 Thus says Yehovah, “Keep ye judgment, and do justice! For my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed!”
One is coming, another is being revealed. Both are Messiah Himself.
Isaiah 26:1 In that day this song shall be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city. He will appoint salvation walls and bulwarks! 2Open ye the gates! And the righteous race that keeps the truth shall enter in! 3Thou wilt keep in perfect peace. His mind is stayed because he trusts in Thee. 4Trust ye in Yehovah forever! For everlasting strength is in the Lord Yehovah. 5For He brings down them who dwell on high. The lofty city–He lays it low. He lays it low to the ground! He brings it to the dust. 6The foot shall tread it down, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy. 7The way of the righteous is straightness! Thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the righteous. 8Yea, we have waited for Thee in the way of Thy judgments, Yehovah. The desire of the soul is to Thy name and to the remembrance of Thee. 9I have desired Thee with my soul in the night. Indeed, I will seek Thee early with my spirit within me. For when Thy judgments are in the Land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10Let favour be showed to the wicked. He will not learn righteousness. will He deal unjustly in the land of uprightness and will not behold the majesty of Yehovah! 11Yehovah, Thy hand shall be lifted up. They will not see! They shall see and shall be ashamed for envy at the people. Indeed, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them! 12Yehovah, Thou wilt ordain peace for us. For Thou also hast wrought all our works in us. 13Yehovah our God, lords beside Thee have had dominion over us. We will make mention of Thy name by Thee only! 14They are dead. They shall not live. They are deceased. They shall not rise. Thou hast therefore visited and destroyed them and made all their memory to perish. 15Thou hast increased the race, Yehovah! Thou hast increased the race! Thou art glorified. Thou removed all the ends of the earth far. 16Yehovah, they visited Thee in Tribulation. They poured out a prayer; Thy chastening is upon them 17like a woman with child draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, cries out in her pangs. So have we been in Thy sight, Yehovah. 18We have been with child. We have been in pain. We have brought forth wind. We have not wrought any deliverance in the land and the inhabitants of the world haven’t fallen. 19Thy dead shall live!–My dead body–shall they arise! Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust. For Thy dew is the dew of herbs, and the land shall cast out the dead. 20Come, my people! Enter thou into thy chambers and shut thy doors about thee. Hide thyself for a little moment until the indignation is past. 21For, behold, Yehovah comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the land for their iniquity. The land also shall disclose her blood and shall no more cover her slain.
Verse 19 describes the dead coming to life, and verse 20 the Tribulation period and the wrath of God (the indignation) ending with Yehovah’s coming.
Psalm 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me–those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
(What event is this? This text was cited above.)
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness.
This is a description of the resurrection from the dead.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God. And it doth not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that we shall be like Him when He shall appear. For we shall see Him as He is.
Do you see the connection?
The next text also shows this hope:
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices! My flesh shall also rest in hope. 10For Thou wilt not leave my being in Sheol, and Thou wilt not permit Thy Holy One to see corruption. 11Thou wilt show me the path of life. Fullness of joy in is thy faces! Pleasures are at Thy right hand for evermore!
A wise reader will want to know who is speaking in the Psalm, and won’t assume the answer. The Psalmist is almost never the speaker. Can you figure this out?
Psalm 7:6 Arise, Yehovah, in Thine anger! Lift up Thyself because of the rage of my enemies. And awake the judgment Thou hast commanded for me. 7So shall the congregation of the people compass Thee about! Therefore return Thou on high for their sakes.
He will return to the heights to sit at the right hand of Yehovah until Yehovah has made His enemies a footstool for His feet (see Psalm 110).
Psalm 149:6 The heights of God are in their mouth and a twoedged sword is in their hand 7to execute vengeance upon the races, punishments upon the peoples, 8to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, 9to execute upon them the judgment written! All His saints have this honour! Praise ye Yehovah.
This is the vengeance that all Saints will be given against their enemies after the resurrection of the dead Saints and after the Tribulation has ended. It is the great arrest that leads up to Messiah’s judgment of those He calls the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25:31 and following.
Job 19:25 (literally rendered) “And I, I knew my living Redeemer. And He will stand afterward upon dust! 26And they shall encircle this after my skin! And I will envision Eloha from my flesh 27 whom I, I will envision to me! And my eyes saw, and not an alien!”
This is not the Rapture. A careful reader must establish who the speaker is. Once this has been established, the reader will more easily identify other texts like this one. It is a resurrection text, but not the resurrection of Saints and not the resurrection of condemned sinners. It isn’t Messiah’s resurrection. (Do you know of another very important resurrection in the Bible? There is one that is so important that many texts refer to it. Here is a clue: think Mount Zion!)
Descriptions of the Rapture and Messiah’s arrival to the earth differ. Get to know Matthew 24 and 25, Mark 13, Luke 17 and 21, and Revelation 14. Distinctions in these texts are very important. Not all similar texts are the same. Let me know if I can assist you in your understanding. You can express your protests and disagreements by writing in brief to the following email address:
When you write, make certain that you have given good evidence if you are proposing or claiming that a text represents something. Carefully identify all pronouns in the texts that you cite. You will have to use an older version of the Bible (like the King James version) to make the right pronoun distinctions, where thee, thou, thy and thine are always singular, and ye, you and your are always plural. Do not confuse texts by using ‘Replacement Theology,’ the theology that replaces Israel with the modern ‘Church’ or with you yourself. (I will let you know if you do.) Again, write briefly. If your response is long, I will abridge it by only answering the first part; the rest of your work will be in vain. That way, I will answer. If you have twenty different items to discuss, be patient and send me only one at a time.