Misperceptions, Rapture, Signs, Wedding Ceremony
Amos 3:7 – “Yahweh, does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
You have heard it said that the Rapture is a sign-less event. You have heard it said that it can happen at any moment, without notice. You have heard it said that no one knows the day or hour. I say these are blatant lies.
Matthew 24:33 – “When you see all these things, you are to know that the time is near, right at the door.”
Mark 13:8 – “Nations will fight each other, there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the ‘birth pains’.”
True, it was not for Yeshua’s disciples to know the date, but what about his future bride? Yeshua gives his bride many clues as to the time frame when her Rapture will happen. Famines, pestilences, earthquakes in diverse places, wars, ethnic tensions, and the budding of the fig tree, just to name a few.
Paul is even more blunt, saying: “But you, brothers, are not in the dark, so that the Day should take you by surprise like a thief.” (1 Thessalonians 5:4). Now, granted, the day Paul is referencing is not the day of the Rapture, but the Day of Yahweh, the seven year tribulation period described by Daniel, Revelation, and the prophets. However, that day cannot begin until after the Bride of Yeshua has been raptured and the antichrist has been revealed (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8). That day cannot happen until the dead are raised and raptured, then the bride raptured.
Putting It All In Context
The wedding ceremony is the best guideline to the timing. The bride is chosen, the bride-price is paid, and the bridegroom heads back to his father’s house to build a new home for himself and his bride.
Building The House
Building a house is a very planned out event:
- The location is measured, and the building supplies begin to arrive.
- The walls go up.
- The roof is put on.
- The windows and doors are installed.
- The furniture is built and placed inside.
The bridegroom’s neighbors and bride’s family are alert and watching all of these activities. The rest of the village’s residents likely take little or no notice of these activities. They are the “they/them” of Paul’s writings, who are asleep and not watching, They are the “they/them” who have no clue what is going on and are surprised by the thief in the night!
Finally, the father gives his approval, saying that the building is complete, and then gives his son permission to go get his bride. The son then puts the actual wedding party in high gear:
- The Chuppah is erected.
- The transportation for the bride is arranged.
- Most importantly, the food is prepared for the week-long celebration.
The bridegroom’s neighbors and bride’s family are now very, very alert. Food, especially up until just recently, spoiled quickly. When the neighbors and the bride’s family saw the food being prepared and ready to be served, they KNEW the wedding was now in motion. The rest of the village’s residents still take little or no notice of these activities. They are the “they/them” who are totally surprised when the bridegroom’s friends go to the bride’s house, singing, blowing shofars, shouting, and carrying the bride back to the bridegroom’s house. Are you awake, are you paying attention, or are you still asleep?
Matthew 25:1 – It will be “like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.”
All ten virgins had advance notice of the impending wedding. But observe the difference between the ten virgins: five are ready and prepared, five are not. Only those five who were prepared were let into the wedding party. Are you awake, are you paying attention, or are you still asleep?
Israel is back as a nation. The alliances of nations are virtually all in place. The Temple instruments are ready, the priests are being trained, and the Temple is ready to be built. The tenth red heifer may have been found. Are you awake, are you paying attention, or are you still asleep?
To say that the Rapture is a sign-less event is a lie. The signs are burgeoning and quite evident for those who are alert and watching. The wedding day is at hand, very near. It is not a sign-less event. Yeshua has given advance notice of the many things that will precede the taking of the bride – famines, wars, etc. These are equivalent to the walls, roof, furniture, etc. of the house building. Are you awake, are you paying attention, or are you still asleep?
How much longer will it be before Yahweh gives Yeshua permission to go get his bride? Or has that permission already been given? Is Yeshua right now putting up the Chuppah, preparing the food, and arranging the transportation (horses) to bring his bride to his home in heaven? How many more signs does one need . . . . .?
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.