The Rapture

The Rapture – Part Seven – Hidden and Concealed

Closed Doors, Hidings, Or Concealments
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.

Scriptures That Highlight An Escape, A Hiding, Or A Concealment:
Zephaniah 2:1-2 – The humble of the earth will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.
Psalm 27:5 – In the day of trouble we will be concealed in His tabernacle, In the secret place of His tent, we will be lifted up on a rock.
Psalm 45 – The Lord has vanquished his foes. His beloved is arraigned in festal clothing and has entered her chamber.
Proverbs 28:12 – When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
Isaiah 26: 20 – My people, go into your rooms and shut your doors behind you. Hide in your rooms for a short time until God’s anger is finished.
Song of Songs 2:10-13 – My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.
Song of Songs 6:12 – Once the Bride is gone, others want her back, but she is taken by her bridegroom.
Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.
Side Note: Look up the Hebrew word often translated saved or delivered. The original word is מָלַט malat [H4422] to escape, to slip away; causatively to release or rescue; specifically to deliver, escape, lay, leap out, let alone, let go, preserve, save.

Scriptures That Highlight Being Saved From / Kept From 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.

Scriptures That Highlight Gathered Together and Hidden
— We are gathered up in the clouds to meet Yeshua and will be with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Likewise, the image of being hidden behind closed doors for the righteous during Yahweh’s wrath is a reality clearly stated in scripture:
— The humble of the Earth will be hidden in the day of Yahweh’s (the LORD’s) anger (Zephaniah 2:1-2).
— Job begs that Yahweh would hide him (in Sheol), that Yahweh would conceal Him until his wrath returns to himself, that Yahweh would set a limit for him and remember him (Job 14:13).
— In the day of trouble we will be concealed in Yahweh’s tabernacle, in the secret place of his tent, lifted up on a rock (Psalm 27:5).
—– Yahweh has vanquished his foes. His beloved is arraigned in festal clothing and has entered her chamber (Psalm 45).
— When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding (Proverbs 28:12).
— Yahweh tells his people to go into their rooms and shut the doors. His people are to hide in their rooms for a short time until Yahweh’s anger is finished (Isaiah 26:20).
— Everyone who calls on the name of Yeshua will be saved. In both Mount Zion and Yerushalayim there will be those who escape. Among the survivors will be those whom Yahweh calls (Joel 2:32).

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).

Scriptures That Highlight Gone And Not To Be Found
My favorite is in the Song of Songs: “My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the Earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. 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).

Song of Songs 2:14 – “Come away and hide in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff . . .”
Once the Bride is arises note that her beloved has taken her away and she is hidden in the secret places. The words “secret places” comes from the Hebrew word sathar [H5641] which means to be concealed, hidden, absent in a secret place. Note that this matches Isaiah 26:20 in which Yahweh tells his people to go into their rooms and shut the doors, to hide in their rooms for a short time until his anger is finished.

Song of Songs 6:12 – “Before I was even aware, I was suddenly riding in the royal chariot with my beloved prince.
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).

Song of Songs 6:13 – “Return, return, O maid of Shulam! Return, return, that we may look upon you . . .”
Read verse 6:13, and then note that once the maid of Shulam is gone, others want her back! 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.

Song of Songs 7:1 – “Come back, come back, girl from Shulam! Come back to where we can see you!”
Read verse 7:1, 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, just as the Bride of Yeshua will be hidden in Heaven during the Tribulation Period (Matthew 25:1-13, Revelation 3:10).

Conclusions
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, which will take place before the Tribulation period, exactly as portrayed by the above scriptures.

Final Thought
We are always to be ready for Yeshua to return. Are you ready? If not, then get ready. Exercise whatever time you have to repent and trust Yeshua for your eternal salvation. Do not test Yahweh’s patience and wait too long – the dress rehearsals will not continue much longer.

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