Psalm 105:1 – “Give thanks to Yahweh! Call on his name!”
Psalm 147:4 – “He determines how many stars there are and calls them all by name.”
Isaiah 43:1 – “I am calling you by your name; you are mine.”
Older Covenant Name Calling for Evil Deeds
Name calling, despite many vehement objections, is a Biblical fact. In dozens of verses in just the Older Covenant scriptures a person is called out by name and their evil actions described, and especially many of the kings. Judah’s first born, Er, was evil in Yahweh’s sight (Genesis 38:7), David did evil in Yahweh’s sight for having sex with Bathsheba and killing her husband (2 Samuel 12:9), Solomon did evil in Yahweh’s sight (1 Kings 11:6), Nadab was evil in Yahweh’s sight (1 Kings 15:26), Baasha the son of Ahijah was evil in Yahweh’s sight (1 Kings 15:34), and on and on the list grows. Zimri, Omri, Ahab, Jezebel, Ahaziah, Manasseh, Jehu, and many others are listed. Quite a bit of name calling, eh?
Newer Covenant Name Calling for Evil Deeds
3 John 1:9 – “Diotrephes, who likes to be the preeminent among them, doesn’t recognize our authority.”
And the name calling does not end with the Older Covenant. The Apostle John calls out Diotrephes for his desire to be more important than others (3 John 1:9). Paul calls out Peter in front of everyone and berates him for his hypocrisy (Galatians 2:1-14), and calls Jannes and Jambres stupid people with corrupted minds (2 Timothy 3;8-9). Yeshua calls Herod a fox (Luke 13:31-32). Both John and Yeshua call several people “offspring of vipers” (Matthew 3:7, 12:34, 23:33, Luke 3:37). Again, quite a bit of name calling, eh?
Name Calling for Doing Well
Genesis 6:8 – “But Noah found grace in the sight of Yahweh.”
Noah is just one person called out for doing what is right in Yahweh’s sight. Moses and Aaron did exactly what Yahweh had ordered (Exodus 7:20). Samuel is highly praised in many places. Asa is called out for doing what is right in Yahweh’s perspective (1 Kings 15:26), and his son, Jehoshaphat followed in his Asa’s footprints (1 Kings 22:43). Jehu, Joash, Amaziah, Azariah, Uzziah, Jotham, and Hezekiah are all named as those who did what was right in the sight of Yahweh. The Apostle Paul calls many by name and commends them, including Phoebe, Priscilla, Epaphras, Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Timothy, and Luke. Peter commends Dorcas and Silvanus. John commends Gaius and Demetrius. Quite a bit of name calling for doing well, don’t ya think?
Contacting the Scholars
Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now,” says Yahweh, “let us talk this over and reason together.”
Over the past twelve years I have made many efforts to correct some misperceptions about the rapture. Two of those are: the rapture is an instantaneous disappearing event (NOT), and nothing has to happen before the rapture takes place (NOT). Part of those efforts have been to contact well known scholars, speakers, pastors, and authors. Only a few have responded.
Those Who Have Responded
Of the many whom I have written, emailed, or called, only a handful have responded. They are Derek and Sharon Gilbert of SkywatchTV who have confirmed several insights, and special credit to Terry James, Todd Strandberg, and Cynthia Nuara of Rapture Ready, for allowing my rapture insights to be published on their website, despite their struggles with some of those insights. We have “talked this over and reasoned together” (Isaiah 1:18).
Failing To Connect The Dots
Psalm 12:2 – “They all tell lies to each other, flattering with their lips, but speaking from divided hearts.”
Now, I am not [repeat, NOT] calling anyone who has not responded a liar, despite the bluntness of what the scripture indicates – I am simply saying they just may be someone who is confused by a misperception!
I have heard many scholars, teachers, and pastors, etc. say that the Jewish Wedding Ceremony is an excellent pattern for the rapture. Two of them (whom I will not name) even promote a film depicting the Galilean Wedding Ceremony as being a more perfect pattern – yeeha. But it appears that none are able to connect the dots that in neither ceremony does the bride instantly disappear from her house and show up at the bridegroom’s house – she has to be carried there by the bridegroom’s friends. Go figure! They all teach that Elijah and Yeshua were witnessed at their respective raptures, but cannot connect the dots and see that this pattern also applies to the Bride of Yeshua when she is raptured – Oh No, the Bride of Yeshua according to their teaching simply disappears in an instant and does not have to be carried up to the clouds. Go figure! Perhaps speaking from a divided heart. Yikes.
Likewise, they teach that Paul’s statement that the dead rise first is an excellent pattern of how the rapture will occur, but teach the misperception that there are no signs that precede the rapture. They simply cannot connect the dots that the dead rising first will be THE final sign that the rapture is near, and even ignore the many signs Yeshua himself commanded us to look for as confirmation that our redemption (resurrection to living if dead/change from mortal to immortal if still living) draws near. Go Figure! Perhaps speaking from a divided heart. Double Yikes.
If you are offended by negative name calling, a Biblical Fact, then it is time for you to stop reading.
Those Who Have Not (Yet) Responded
Luke 24:15 – “While they discussed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.”
On the other side, however, there are those who have not (“yet”) responded even after multiple attempts to contact. They include: Billy Crone, Jan Markell, Eric Barger, Barry Stagner, Jack Hibbs, Kenneth Johnson, Larry Ollison, Tommy Ice, Gary Stearman & Bob Ulrich (despite several emails from one of their board members), and JD Farag. Please pray for Yahweh to open their hearts, minds, and eyes to the more consistent Rapture pattern as presented above, and in many other places on this website.
I cannot say why none of these have responded to my queries about the two above rapture patterns, but will do a little conjecturing that perhaps they do not want their misperceptions corrected! Does not scripture indicate that when we gather together to talk things over that Yeshua will be there with us? Indeed, it does (Luke 24:15).
The Bible calls out many by name, a fact that many do not appreciate and which is vehemently objected to. It is therefore acceptable practice to do the same, whether or not one accepts this fact. My calling out a person by name does NOT ascribe motives, nor imply a lie, it simply points out my desire to talk things over and reason together (Isaiah 1:18) and have Yeshua join with us (Luke 24:15), so that I can simply attempt to correct a misperception that needs to be corrected.
Again, please pray for Yahweh to open the hearts, minds, and eyes of those who have not yet responded to the more consistent Rapture pattern as presented above, and in many other places on this website.