Zephaniah 2:1-2 – “Gather together before the Day of Yahweh’s wrath comes upon you.”
Those who hope in The Rapture are often attacked for looking for the great escape, for the hiding away from calamity. This, some say, is pure fantasy. But the scriptures say that this hope is no fantasy at all, but reality – those who are called up in the Rapture will be hidden away, concealed in the secret places during the time of Yahweh’s wrath.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 – “Yahweh did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Yeshua Ha‘Mashiach.”
Revelation 3:10 – Yahweh will keep the Bride of Yeshua from the hour of testing that will come upon all the Earth.
The Hebrew word often translated saved or delivered is malat [מָלַט H4422] which means: to escape, to slip away; specifically to deliver, release or rescue. In the Greek, it is often the word ekpheugō [ἐκφεύγω G1628], or sōtēria [σωτηρία G4991]. Numerous examples are noted in scripture of righteous people being delivered from calamity or destruction while the unrighteous or evil are punished: Noah is delivered from/through the flood (Genesis 6); Lot is rescued from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:25-19:29); and Rahab is rescued by the Jews when Jericho is overthrown (Joshua 6:22-23, Hebrews 11:31); whereas the unrighteous are kept under punishment for the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:9).
This separation of righteous and unrighteous is clearly stated in the book of Matthew: the good fish are separated from the bad fish in the net; the wheat is separated from the tares at the harvest; the five wise and five foolish bridesmaids are separated at the door; the sheep are separated from the goats; the profitable servants are separated from the unprofitable servants; and those with wedding garments are separated from those who have none.
Gathered Together and Hidden
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – We are gathered up in the clouds to meet Yeshua and will be with Him forever.
Likewise, the image of being hidden behind closed doors for the righteous during Yahweh’s wrath is a reality clearly stated in scripture:
Yahweh’s beloved is arraigned in festal clothing and has entered her chamber (Psalm 45); Yahweh’s people hide in their rooms for a short time until his anger is finished (Isaiah 26: 20); Yahweh’s people are concealed in his tabernacle, in the secret place (Psalm 27:5); those who are ready go in with him to the wedding feast; and the door is shut (Matthew 25:1-13). My favorite is in the Song of Songs: “My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away. Hide in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff’!” (Song of Songs 2:10-14).
Gone And Not To Be Found
Song of Songs 6:12 – “Before I was even aware, I was suddenly riding in the royal chariot with my beloved prince . . .”
Song of Songs 6:13 – “Return, return, O maid of Shulam! Return, return, that we may look upon you . . .”
Song of Songs 6:14 – “Come away and hide in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff . . .”
Read verse 6:12, and then compare it to Paul’s statements that we will be changed in an instant (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). Now note the parallel of suddenly riding in her beloved’s chariot with the gathering up in the clouds to meet Yeshua, our beloved prince and bridegroom (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Read verse 6:13, and then note that once the maid of Shulam is gone, others want her back, verse 6:13! The Older Covenant maid, or bride of Solomon, represents the Newer Covenant Bride of Yeshua! She is taken by her bridegroom Solomon, a representation of Yeshua, into his chariot – a direct Older Covenant parallel with the Newer Covenant rapture. Read verse 6:14, and then note that many look for her, wanting her back, but she cannot be found – her beloved has taken her away and hidden her in the secret places. The words “secret places” comes from the Hebrew word sâthar [סָתַר H5641] which means: to be concealed, hidden, absent in a secret place.
Psalm 27:5 – “In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle: in the secret place of his tent.”
Scripture is very clear that the Bride of Yeshua will be taken away before the wrath of Yahweh is poured out and will be hidden in the secret places – the door will be shut and no one else can enter. This taking away will happen in an instant – so fast that it will happen before she will be even be aware. She will be looked for, but cannot be found. These images are a perfect representation of the Rapture Concealment. These images are a perfect representation of the Rapture Concealment, which will take place before the Tribulation period, exactly as portrayed by the above scriptures.
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.