Insights, The Rapture

Let’s Talk About The Witnessed Rapture

Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now,” says Yahweh, “let us talk this over and reason together.”
Jeremiah 23:35 – “When you speak with your friend ask, ‘What has Yahweh answered?’ or ‘What has Yahweh said?’.”
Luke 24:15 – “While they discussed together and reasoned, Yeshua himself drew near, and went with them.

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.

Kudos To 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 the awesome folks at Rapture Ready.

In the last few months of 2019 I began to email Terry James about the possibility that the rapture may be a witnessed event, rather than an instant disappearance. At first Terry was hesitant to even broach the topic, as he and his staff have always taught that the resurrection and rapture occur in a twinkling of an eye, but he assured me that if I could convince him using only scripture, then he would personally see that my articles got published. Terry was eventually convinced, was true to his word, and a series of seven articles were published by Rapture Ready, beginning in February 2020 and continuing until July 2020. Special credit to Cynthia Nuara, Terry James, and Todd Strandberg for allowing my rapture insights to be published on their website, despite their struggles with some of those insights. They are awesome. We have “talked this over and reasoned together” (Isaiah 1:18).

It also appears that the folks at Prophecy Watchers may be softening to the witnessed rapture event if one of their latest videos is an indication of the stance they will be taking in the future, now that the new Co-host, Pastor Mondo Gonzales is on board. You can view the video here:
Mondo Gonzales – The Rapture and Resurrection

or here:

We May Not Just Disappear
The series of seven articles about the Rapture are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to insights the Holy Spirit has given me about the Biblical patterns. Key to my understanding is that there are at least three Biblical witnesses to a bodily rapture being witnessed!

The raptures of Elijah (2 Kings 2:7-12) and Yeshua (Acts 1:9) were fully witnessed events. The rapture of the two witnesses of Revelation will also be witnessed (Revelation 11:12).

Virtually all agree that the Jewish Wedding Ceremony is an excellent example of Yeshua’s actions of taking his Bride. When the bridegroom’s father gives him permission to go get his bride he does not simply walk outside his newly built home, blow the shofar, shout “Wife, come here” and poof, she instantly disappears from her father’s house and appears at his feet. NO, NO, NO – he and his friends literally have to go and carry her from her house to his new home. That ride is well witnessed by all who have been awakened by the shouting and blowing of shofars of the bridegroom and his friends. No disappearing event here, either! But if you listen to some mistaken scholars – 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!

The patterns are consistent. The truth that the rapture of Elijah, Yeshua, and the two witnesses was (will be) a well witnessed event is fully revealed in the Bible, no matter how assiduously anyone denies it. This lends me to believe that the rapture of the Bride of Yeshua will more than likely also be a well witnessed event, not a disappearing act. What do you say?

Those Who Still 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, 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).

A Recent Push Back
Job 13:6 – “Now listen to my reasoning, pay attention to how I present my dispute.”
My latest attempt to talk over this possibility listing the above examples garnered a biting reply from a well known Biblical scholar, Daymond Duck, who assumed that I was not a pre-tribulation believer. NOT so! I am so pre-trib I won’t even buy Post cereals, haha. Here was his reply: “You have given me very few reasons why you believe what you believe”, “Your points are not well taken”, and “It is best to agree to disagree and move on.”

I suppose I could spend all day standing on the pitcher’s mound trying to convince him otherwise (wouldn’t that just be ducky . . .) but his further comments saying that “I do not have the time to devote to one individual who has his mind made up and is not going to change” have me convinced he will likely not reply to any further attempts to dialogue. I chuckled at this statement thinking it sounded like a pot calling the kettle black – I can be stubborn, after all, but perhaps he is as well. I attributed this to having a bad day – I get them too, and assured him he is fully forgiven. Time will tell if he continues to email and discuss the witnessed rapture possibility.  So far, as of this writing, no further replies.

Conclusions
There are those who are willing to dialogue, and those who stubbornly refuse. So, again, kudos to the staff at Rapture Ready and may Prophecy Watchers also take up the baton. If only everyone was as willing to dialogue as Terry James was when I first approached the topic of a well witnessed rapture event.

I know that the witnessed rapture paradigm is substantially different from the instant disappearance model currently being taught, but Yahweh does expect us to discuss new insights with each other. How sad that the above individual was so hasty to simply dismiss and move on. Please pray that he will reconsider and begin a dialogue as did Terry.

Romans 11:8 – “Yahweh has given them a spirit of dullness – eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear, right down to the present day.”
Jeremiah 5:21 {CJB} puts it this way: “Hear this, stupid, brainless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.” Ouch, double ouch! Other translations tone it down a bit and simply call them “foolish people who have no understanding”.

I kinda like the CJB; blunt, to the point, in your face and quite succinct. And how well those scriptures describe many of today’s well known scholars, speakers, pastors, and authors who are so unwilling to even hear what the Bible has to say.

Final Thought
The prophetic signs are burgeoning and not abating. The impact of Wormwood on the Earth is still expected in April 2029. There is still a plethora of stupid brainless people who refuse to listen to sound doctrine. Time is incredibly short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – so be of great cheer, keep looking up, and keep maintaining an attitude of gratitude. Be sure you are believing The Truth, not The Lie. Be sure Yeshua is your Redeemer, King, and High Priest, and your sins are forgiven.

6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About The Witnessed Rapture”

  1. Hello Dave,
    I hear your objection to my naming names!

    However . . . . . It is a Biblical practice to do so!
    In dozens of verses in just the Older Covenant scriptures a person is called out by name and their actions (good or evil) described. 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).

    Matthew 18:15-17
    If your brother commits a sin against you, go and show him his fault. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he doesn’t listen, take one or two others with you. If he also refuses to hear them, tell the congregation; and if he refuses to listen even to the congregation, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax-collector.” I have followed this admonition as best as I could, contacting each of the named individuals on more than one occasion, and giving them plenty of time to respond. They have steadfastly refused to dialogue, so now I am taking it to the entire congregation.

    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 [or persons] by name does NOT ascribe motives and does NOT besmirch them, 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) despite their refusal to do so. And note that I always say they have not YET responded in the hopes that they will respond and start a lively discussion — I am not even close to treating them like a tax collector :). Bill Salus and Joel Richardson have very different views about who heads up the coming one world government, but I really enjoy the debates they have.

    God Bless,
    JeffVH

    For a more in depth look at this topic, See https://raptureparty.net/2021/03/04/name-calling-is-a-biblical-fact/

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  2. Hello Pro J
    I have wondered as well as to the immediate disappearance of the Bride or if the people omitted will see us actually ascend. We can rest assured that our Lord will use this event to His glory in the fullest so I’m inclined to believe the latter.
    However I don’t see the need to besmirch our other brothers and sisters in the Lord on these differences. No one is right about everything except Jesus.
    Love your blog, please keep up the good work and we’ll see you soon!

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  3. Hello Dave
    Scripture is very blunt: “Two or more witnesses establish a fact” (Deuteronomy 19:15, Matthew 18:16). That we have three witnesses to a witnessed rapture I find incredibly important, especially since there are zero witnesses to any resurrection culminating in an instant disappearance rapture. In fact, there isn’t even one single resurrection that even culminates in any kind of rapture.

    Sooooo, very important that we understand the Biblical patterns, instead of taking fictional stories and turning them into man-made doctrine, which then parades itself as Biblical doctrine. The instant disappearance nonsense to me is either Satan masquerading (2 Corinthians 11:14) or just plain the codswallop of morons that won’t listen to sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3).

    And even more importantly, Yahweh doesn’t do things in a vacuum. He gets right in the face of Satan and the Fallen Realm and shows off! (see Psalm 68:18, Ephesians 4:8, 2 Corinthians 2:14).

    God Bless,
    JeffVH

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  4. Hello Professor J!

    Great to hear that you’d gotten the attention of Terry James, the Gilberts, etc. I always wondered if our departure would be instantaneous or not. 1Corinthians 15:52 says we will all be “changed in the twinkling of an eye.” So we’ll have have glorified, eternal bodies put on, but it doesn’t say that we’ll depart at that twinkling.

    Question: How important do you see our departing like Jesus and Elijah vs. instantaneously? Just curious. It would be awesome, being taken up slowly. I’d be yelling to those below, “It was Jesus, not aliens!” Soon and very soon, brother. The Lord’s blessings to you. —Dave

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