Luke 21: 36, Jesus: “Be always on the watch …”
Jesus Talking about the his own, the Lord’s appearance, here. Why would anyone need to be on the watch if the second coming in Revelation chapters 19 and 20 is “his appearing?”
We, if we were to be here, through the “wrath of the lamb” (believers won’t be here) we would know the exact date Jesus would be coming. Seven years, are left in Daniel’s prophesy. (70th week of Daniel … Those are the Jews and Israel’s 70 weeks … not the church’s) The tribulation begins on the day the peace treaty between Jews and their neighbors is signed. Tick, Tock, Start the Clock.
Three and one half years later the Anti-Christ breaks that treaty and abolishes the temple worship and sacrifice, proclaiming himself god. Three and one half years later, Jesus arrives to end the time of Jacob’s Trouble and judges the devil and his servants (“the nations”) and begins 1,000 years of Christ’s kingdom on earth. Now under such circumstance I would know exactly when, Jesus is coming in his glory.
Question is: Why do I need to “be always on the watch for his appearing” if I know exactly when to expect him on the great day of the Lord? DUH!
Revelation 19, the church is in heaven preparing to ride into Jerusalem with Jesus. How’d they get there? It’s a mystery! Paul called it the MYSTERY!
Let’s examine the clues from scripture:
Moving to I Thessalonians 1: 10
I Thessalonians 1: 10: ” … and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”
Jesus rescues the church from the coming wrath. “Wrath of the Lamb.” The church is not mentioned at all in Revelation 5-18. The rest of the book involves Israel.
Colossians 3: 4: “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
How and when are we appearing with him in glory, except in Revelation 19? How do we get there?
Christ appears? There is no glorification of the church or Israel in Revelation chapters 19, 20. But the church is already in heaven with Jesus in chapter 19.
John 14: 1-3: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. (Command of Christ) Trust in God (Command of Christ); trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (Examples of Commands of Christ).
Jesus made the promise to his disciples he was going away to prepare a place in his Father’s house and then returning to get them to be with him where he is. No taking the church or anyone to his Father’s house in Revelation 19-22.
John 11: 25, 26: “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
If someone dies in Jesus they will live. The one who believes in him and still lives will never die. This sounds familiar.
2 Thessalonians 4: 17: 13-18: “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
Verses 15-17 above, say exactly what Jesus says to us in John 11: 25, 26. Jesus comes down with a loud command and trumpet call of God and the dead (will live even though they have died) and those who live will never dies, (never sleep as Paul says in I Thess. 4: 17) changed in an instant going up to meet Jesus in the air. WAKE UP SLEEPERS!
Greek word Harpozo translated in Latin by Jerome as Rapimur (Rapture) translated into English as CAUGHT UP. The word Rapture is assuredly in the Bible, in every Latin translation. CAUGHT UP in most English translations.
Three points here: 1) Trumpet judgments are over long before chapter 19 and 20. Not that trumpet which is a judgment on the inhabitants of the earth who rejected Jesus; 2) Only reasonable explanation for the church already in Heaven (7 golden lampstands … Rev. 4) in chapter 19, before the seals are opened, Jesus comes to destroy his enemies and judge the wicked; 3) verse 18, hardly encouragement to look forward to weathering the wrath of the lamb alongside the wicked who rejected Jesus, but very encouraging to be rescued by Jesus from the wrath to come.
I Corinthians 15: 51: “I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
Speaks for itself, same thing Jesus says to Martha in John 11: 25, 26.
A type of the rapture Exodus 19: 18-20: “Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.”
20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up … .”
FEAST OF TRUMPETS Commemorates this. “100 trumpet blasts beginning on a day that can’t be predicted (new moon) and appears to the ceremony master “in the twinkling of an eye.” The last blast growing louder and sustained. The last trumpet.
Further it is the next Jewish Feast left to be fulfilled. If I were God, and I’m not, the rapture would occur on the feast of trumpets in the twinkling of an eye, at that last trumpet. That would get the Jews’ attention. Only the Father knows as Jesus said.
Revelation 4: “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.”
Now the Preterists read Revelation 1:1 and base their entire claim that all of Revelation was fulfilled in 70 A.D. because Rev 1: 1:
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.
Soon had to be soon.
But lets look at Revelation 4: 1 (Hank Hanegraaff): “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
Revelation 4: 5: From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.”
Same as in 1: 19, 20. The seven churches and John are taken up in Revelation 4.
Revelation 1: “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[e] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Jesus, himself tells you the churches are in heaven, when??? Before the tribulation begins.
That is the last time the church is ever mentioned in the book of Revelations until Chapter 19. One other point a voice like a horn said “Come up here.” Finally, seven being the number of completion John is told the seven lamp stands
Revelation 1: 4, 5:
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.”
There will absolutely be a pre-tribulation rapture just as Paul said, by the Word of the Lord. Jesus said it also. The apostles taught the church fathers as their own disciples. They taught the pre trib rapture. Darby did not invest this in the 1880’s. Peter, Paul both warned of the these scoffers in 2 Peter 3.
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