The Rapture

The Rapture Wrap-Up

Over the last couple of years, beginning in 2012, the pre-tribulation Rapture parallels, patterns, pictures, and types have been documented. And all point to a very noisy, loud, full on, joyous, heart warming, momentous, glorious occasions, not some quiet, private celebration between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today we take a quick look at the major topics in our wrap-up of the Rapture:

Parties And Other Celebrations
Our documentation began with a look at a celebration like no other in which we discovered that Yahweh loves a parade and loves to show off. Heaven celebrates every single time a sinner repents (Luke 15:10). Heaven celebrated with a triumphal parade when Yeshua won the victory over sin, hell, the devil, and death (Colossians 2:15 and Ephesians 4:8).

We then looked at the wedding patterns, first at Mount Sinai, and then at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony. The Ten Commandments, given at Mount Sinai, are not just a list of do’s and don’ts, a set of rules to live by, but are also a written testimony to the sacrament of marriage and are a joy and a gift of love from a husband to his wife, and from a wife to her husband. That the Hebrews were called to be Yahweh’s bride is attested to in many scriptures. We then looked at the Jewish Wedding Ceremony and found out that it is indeed a dress rehearsal for The Rapture. Yeshua came down from Heaven, gave his life as a ransom for his bride and offered her eternal life. He returned to heaven to prepare a place for his bride and will return to take her home.

Our Findings: We found that all three of these celebrations are very noisy, loud, full on, joyous, heart warming, momentous, glorious occasions, not some quiet, private celebration between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Definitions
We also looked at definitions of the Hebrew words. The term, caught-up, is the Greek word harpazō (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Harpazō, [ἁρπάζω G726] means to be seized or plucked up by force, to catch (away, or up), pluck, pull, or to take by force. This term then became the words rapiemur, rapturo, or raptus in the Latin, which becomes the word Rapture in English. Greek to Latin to English! Using this word, Rapture, does not make one an illiterate individual, nor does using the word make a person out to be a heretic or a blasphemer.

The term, departure, or falling away, is the Greek word apostasia (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Apostasia [•πoστασα G646] is a compound of two words which both mean a motion away from a place or person a state of separation, that is of distance – either physical: of distance of place, or temporal: of distance of time, never an apostasy, falling way, or rebellion from an ideology.

Our Findings: We found that the apostasia in a physical moving away, and that there are many examples of resurrections and raptures throughout scripture. Many even appear to have “advance notice” of the times and seasons in which they will occur. The individual who has placed their trust in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is raised to eternal life. When The Rapture (or harpazō) occurs, it may be that some of you will be simply caught up and some will have to be yanked out of here! Which person will you be? It is my prayer that you will accept Yeshua as your Lord and savior, and be one who goes willingly when He calls out: “Come up here.”

The Rapture Before The Tribulation
Scripture reveals a loud return of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach during the final sounding of the last trumpet and the instantaneous transformation of believers into immortality prior to their ascension into the clouds and then into heaven itself. The “gone in an instant” image makes for great reading, for simply good fiction, but is not supported by scripture.

In numerous scriptures a period of seven years of tribulation, trial, and judgment is described. It is during this period that the antichrist is revealed and the saints are overcome, as described by the Minor Prophets, Daniel, and Revelation. It is also during this period that scripture tells us that large numbers of people will accept Yeshua as their Messiah. These tribulation period saints, however, are not the saints that currently make up the Church / Bride of Christ. Paul informs tells us that this seven year period will not come unless the departure (frequently translated the apostasy) comes first (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), the temple is rebuilt, and the antichrist is revealed.

Our Findings: We found that the Rapture patterns clearly show that it will be a visible event, that it will take time from beginning to end, and that it will be clearly able to be watched as it transpires, and that it follows a distinct sequence of events. The sequence is:
• Yeshua descends in a cloud with a shout, the voice of an angel, and the sound of a trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4)
• The dead are raised and instantly given their immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15)
• The living rise to meet them in the clouds and instantly given their immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15)
• The people are gathered together with Yeshua while those left behind watch intently (1 Thessalonians 4)
• The two witnesses eventually appear to give witness to Yeshua and the Rapture. (Revelation 11)

We further found that Yahweh is not a god of disorder and chaos, but a god of order and organization. He establishes a pattern and the rapture, or if you prefer, the removal, is always the first in the series of events that is displayed by the patterns. Yahweh is consistent, timely, orderly, unchanging, and the scriptures display a consistent pattern of rapture before tribulation – a pre-tribulation rapture. Noah, Elijah, the Bride of Yeshua are all raptured first. A time of continued warning ensues, then the disaster strikes. The pattern is: removal, revelation, ruination. The pattern is: departure, depiction, destruction. We even found that the pre-tribulation pattern is evident in the series of the Moedim. That pattern is: death, burial, resurrection, giving of the spirit, rapture, judgment, millennial reign.

The Rapture Horses, People and Patterns
Enoch was the first to be raptured in the body, and that event set the pattern for all future bodily raptures in scripture Enoch was raptured in a whirlwind in the accompaniment of chariots and horses of fire. Elijah was the second to be raptured in a whirlwind in the accompaniment of chariots and horses of fire. Yeshua was raptured by a white horse. Enoch, Elijah, and Yeshua were witnessed as they were raptured. Numerous people have also been raptured in the spirit. Most come as a surprise and only the person involved is affected – either there are no witnesses or those present have no idea what is happening.

Our Findings: All bodily raptures thus far involve advance notice, horses, and witnesses. Several involve whirlwinds, but not all. This pattern tells us that without doubt the Bride of Yeshua will be raptured by white horses as well. It is safe to declare that when there is no presence of horses, chariots of fire, whirlwinds, or witnesses who see a bodily rapture then it is only a rapture In the Spirit.

The Overcomer and The Crown
The person who overcomes is a person who has prevailed, risen above, triumphed over, or defeated the catastrophes, disasters, heartbreaks, misfortunes, and tragedies of this world. This person has taken Yeshua into his heart – they are faithful and will never deny their faith in Yeshua. This person is charitable, is longingly waiting for Yeshua to appear, prayerful, engaged in service to others. This person is anything but lukewarm, and has washed his robes in the righteousness of Yeshua. The person who overcomes is a person who Yeshua has declared noteworthy, a person who he will call his own possession, or as the King James puts it: “a peculiar person” and will be rewarded eternal life in the times to come.

Our Findings: The overcomer is a chosen, peculiar person who Yahweh calls his own possession. The overcomer has triumphed over the world through the blood of Yeshua. The overcomer is faithful and will never deny their faith in Yeshua. The overcomer is zealous for good works, not slothful. The overcomer receives many rewards including eternal life in the times to come. The Crown of Righteousness is only available for those who are longingly awaiting Yeshua’s return.

The Concealment and The Church
This separation of righteous and unrighteous is clearly stated in the book of Matthew. Numerous examples are noted in scripture of righteous people being delivered from calamity or destruction while the unrighteous or evil are punished (Genesis 6; Genesis 18:25-19:29; Joshua 6:22-23; Hebrews 11:31); whereas the unrighteous are kept under punishment for the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:9). Likewise, the image of being hidden behind closed doors or in a secret place for the righteous during Yahweh’s wrath is a reality clearly stated in scripture (Psalm 27:5; Psalm 45; Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 25:1-13). The bride is gone and cannot be found (Song of Songs 6:12-14). Even the Jewish Wedding Ceremony agrees: the bride is concealed behind closed doors for seven days!

Our Findings: We found that 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. She will be looked for, but cannot be found. These images are a perfect representation of a concealment after the Rapture, which will take place before the Tribulation period.

The Rapture Party
Many assume and teach that the Rapture will be a very quiet, secret event. We have found that just the opposite is true. Scripture is filled with parties: weddings, parades, and angels having a hootenanny when a sinner repents. Celebrations are held for: the feasts, for being chosen, for dedications, for reading of Torah, for giving thanksgiving and praise, for victory in Yeshua, for the captives having been brought to a better, more wonderful captivity, fathers holding parties, and a lot of feasting, thanking and praising.

Yahweh’s parties, the moedim, are the best parties in town. Nobody does them better! Enough meat to feed an army – lamb, beef – roasted, boiled, barbequed, as it were. Loaf upon loaf of breads, some baked with leaven, some without. And the wine – gallons and gallons of wine – the best wine in the world. Yahweh brings the best of the best to his parties, never second rate. The Rapture will be the best party of all, and it hardly sounds like quiet, unnoticed event.

Conclusions
Titus 2:13 – “We look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great Lord and Savior, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, will be revealed.”
The Rapture is real. It is indeed, our blessed hope. The patterns depict a pre-tribulation rapture without any shadow of doubt. The door has been opened and the Bride of Christ has been taken to Heaven, the crowns have been given, the Bride is clothed in white (Revelation 4), and the songs are being sung (Revelation 5). The redeemed whom Yeshua has purchased are present and accounted for. The Bride will be given its Sabbath rest as a result of Yeshua’s shed blood, and sings new songs to confirm this fact while enjoying being in Heaven (Revelation 15:3).

Final Thought
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.

 

The Rapture

The Rapture Party

Are you looking forward to the Rapture / Resurrection with joy, with a living hope, and overwhelming gladness? Are you expecting a glorious, noisy, stupendous party? Or are you simply expecting to be taken up with nary a whimper, leaving your clothes behind in a crumpled heap? The image of an instantaneous rapture has been popularized in our minds for quite some time, but this is not the pattern that scripture leads me to expect.

Lets begin our journey and find out if the Rapture is a quiet, barely noticed affair, or if, as I contend, the Rapture is a glorious, noisy, joyful, heart warming, stupendous celebration like no other.

Yahweh’s Parties
Yahweh’s parties, the moedim, are the best parties in town. Nobody does them better! Enough meat to feed an army – lamb, beef – roasted, boiled, barbequed, as it were. Loaf upon loaf of breads, some baked with leaven, some without. And the wine – gallons and gallons of wine – the best wine in the world. Yahweh brings the best of the best to his parties, never second rate. And they hardly sound like quiet, unnoticed affairs.

Take Shavuot for instance. When Shavuot occurred in Jerusalem, instituting the Age of Grace and the Church Age, the people hearing of this accused the disciples of being “full of sweet wine” (Acts 2-13). Peter quickly corrects them saying “It is only nine a.m. in the morning!” Wouldn’t you be joyful if you had just been indwelt by the Ruach Ha’Kodesh? I would. Does this sound like a private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so. Sounds like a noisy, joyous, glorious occasion to me!

And how about Yom Teruah. Trumpets and shofars blaring, wedding day of the Messiah, coronation of Messiah as King, resurrection of the righteous dead and the taking up of the living righteous. Does this sound like some private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so.   Sounds like a noisy, joyous glorious occasion to me!

Other Parties

Weddings
In a Jewish wedding, the groom’s party arrives at the bride’s house with loud shouts, often accompanied by the blowing of a shofar or trumpet. The bride would first hear of her bridegrooms presence outside her home through the loud, noisy calling of the bridegroom’s friends – “Your groom is on his way to lift you up and carry you to the new home; come out and join him so we can start the ceremony!” Does this sound like some private, quiet celebration to you?  I don’t think so.   This sounds like a noisy, joyous, glorious occasion to me!

Parades
Paul tells us that armies would make a public display of captives, weaponry, and trophies that were seized during war on foreign soil (Colossians 2:15). Every item displayed was exposed to all to view and enjoy in an openly, blatantly, publicly performed parade. It was a momentous, loud, full on celebration that was celebrated by both emperor and subjects. When Yeshua triumphed over Satan, he also held a parade (Ephesians 4:8). Does this sound like some private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so. Once again we see the pattern of a noisy, loud, full on, joyous, heart warming, momentous, glorious occasion.

Repentant Sinners
Heaven celebrates every single time a sinner repents (Luke 15:4-7). Picture in your mind celebrations you have witnessed when someone has called together a group of friends – perhaps to celebrate the Super Bowl games or World Series. When the prodigal son returns home, the father sees him from afar, runs to meet him, then commands his servants to bring out the best robe, sandals, and his ring, to kill a fattened calf, roast it, and then celebrate. (Luke 15:20-24). The celebration was so loud, in fact, that the older son could hear its noise even out in the fields, and came to investigate (Luke 15:25). Does this sound like some private, quiet celebrations to you? I don’t think so. This sounds like noisy, joyous, glorious occasions to me!

Other Celebrations
Scripture tells us of many other celebrations. Celebrations are held for: the feasts, for being chosen, for dedications, for reading of Torah, for giving thanksgiving and praise, for victory in Yeshua, for the captives having been brought to a better, more wonderful captivity. We escape floods, famine, walls falling down, the tribulation. We are kept from the wrath about to engulf the Earth. We are invited to a wedding and hidden away when the door is shut. We are given festal clothing. Angels celebrating, fathers holding parties, and a lot of feasting, thanking and praising. 

The Blessed Hope Called The Rapture
Titus 2:13 – “We look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great Lord and Savior, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, will be revealed.”
1 Peter 1:6-7 – “In this you greatly rejoice, despite immediate trials, for there is wonderful joy ahead . . . even honor and glory at Yeshua’s appearing
Throughout the Newer Covenant, we see an image of the meeting with Yeshua Ha’Mashiach upon resurrection as a blessed, joyful, wonderful event. At the resurrection, we receive our immortal, incorruptible bodies in which we will spend eternity. When Yeshua returns, he will shout, the archangel will shout, and Yahweh’s voice will sound like a trumpet. Yeshua will not come all the way to the Earth, but will wait for us to join him in the clouds.

Yeshua’s victory over Ha’Satan was fully, openly, and loudly celebrated in Heaven. This was no quiet, private celebration between Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh. All of Heaven was involved, giving praise for His victory. Just imagine how great the parade and celebration will be when Yeshua raptures his entire Bride and brings them home to his Father’s house in Heaven!! Does this sound like a private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so. This sounds like a noisy, joyous, glorious, happy, cheerful, festive, and singing our hearts out occasion to me!

Conclusions
The Rapture, the gathering together in the clouds, is accompanied by Yeshua shouting, an Angel speaking in a loud voice, and the trump (voice) of Yahweh. When the Rapture occurs it may be that some of you will be simply caught up and some will have to be yanked out of here! Which person will you be? It is my prayer that you will accept Yeshua as your Lord and savior, and be one who goes willingly when He calls out: “Come up here.”

The Church/Bride of Christ will be given its Sabbath rest as a result of Yeshua’s shed blood, and sings new songs to confirm this fact while enjoying being in Heaven (Revelation 15:3). And I highly doubt that these songs will be sung quietly and slowly like some funeral dirge.

Does the Rapture sound like a quiet celebration to you? Not likely – I don’t think so! Undoubtedly the rapture will be a very noisy, joyous, glorious, happy, cheerful, heart warming, festive, and singing our hearts out stupendous occasion!

Final Thought
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.

The Rapture

A Celebration Like No Other

Every year we celebrate New Year’s Day with parades, fireworks, drunkenness, debauchery, and other works of the flesh.  But modern parades and celebrations can’t even come close to the celebratory parade in Heaven upon Yeshua’s victory over Ha’Satan.   We read about this celebration in Colossians 2:15.

The Scripture
Colossians 2:15– “Having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

Greek: ἀπεκδύομαι ἀρχή ἐξουσία δειγματίζω παρρησία δειγματίζω θριαμβεύω θριαμβεύω
G554 ἀπεκδύομαι apekduomai; G746 ἀρχή archē; G1849 ἐξουσία exousia; G1165 δειγματίζω deigmatizō; G3954 παρρησία parrēsia; G1165 δειγματίζω deigmatizō; G2358 θριαμβεύω thriambeuō; G2358 θριαμβεύω thriambeuō;

Defining The Words
Strong’s, NASB, & Thayer’s Hebrew–Greek Dictionaries, Complete Word Study Dictionary
G554 ἀπεκδύομαι apekduomai: — to despoil, disarm, or wholly divest of
G1165 δειγματίζω deigmatizō: — to display, to expose
G3954 παρρησία parrēsia: — openly, plainly, publicly, with boldness, confidence, and jubilant celebration
G2358 θριαμβεύω thriambeuō: — to triumph, to triumph over, to lead…in triumph

Word Pictures
Apekduomai (ἀπεκδύομαι) is the Greek word that describes a complete spoiling, stripping, or disarming of an enemy, often leaving them naught but their birthday suits.  In other words, the enemy soldier was left standing stark naked.  Apekduomai was a complete plundering of the enemy’s possessions, lands, armor, treasures, trophies, weaponry, subjects and captives.  Nothing was left for the enemy to gather together; nothing with which he might retaliate.

Deigmatizō (δειγματίζω) is the Greek word used to denote the display of captives, weaponry, and trophies that were seized during war on foreign soil.  Every item displayed was exposed to all to view and enjoy.  This display was not done in private –it was done in public, open to all.  This display also was designed to commemorate the victor and to humiliate the defeated enemy.

Parrēsia (παρρησία) is the Greek word that was used of an openly, blatantly, publicly performed parade.  It was a momentous, loud, full on celebration that was celebrated by both emperor and subjects.  By using parrēsia in conjunction with deigmatizō, Paul doubly emphasizes the extent of the public display.  This was no quiet celebration, attended by just a couple of the emperor’s closest friends!  Oh, no, not at all – this was a well attended affair celebrated by the entire nation of people.

Thriambeuō (θριαμβεύω) is the Greek word that specifically means a triumphal parade.  This parade celebrated the returning emperor’s, king’s, or general’s triumph, bringing the conquered enemy king, beaten and bound in chains, to be paraded before the people.  This word, thriambeuō, is used twice in a row, indicating an exceptionally strong triumphal parade!!  Again, this was no quiet, private celebration.

The Interpretation
Because Paul uses apekduomai, deigmatizō, parrēsia, and thriambeuō, Colossians 2:15 can be written as follows:
Yeshua completely stripped the principalities and powers and left them utterly naked, then gallantly strode into Heaven in an exceptionally triumphal parade to celebrate His victory and the defeat of Ha’Satan and his forces.  As part of His triumphal parade, He publicly exposed and displayed the spoils seized from Ha’Satan; nothing was left to Ha’Satan’s disposal with which to retaliate.  Yet the greatest spectacle of all occurred when the enemy himself was openly put on display as bound, disgraced, disabled, defeated, humiliated, and stripped bare.”

The Results
Ephesians 4:8 – “When he ascended on high, He led captivity captive.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 – “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph . . .”

The word thriambeuō is also used to describe victory in Christ.  In Colossians 2:15 it is Ha’Satan and his demons that are marched in front of the heavenly hosts.  The above two passages say that those who trust Yeshua for salvation are the captives who He proudly displays as being His conquered possessions. Those who trust in Yeshua as their Lord are marched in front of all the angels in His triumphal parade.   Those who trust in Yeshua are the spoils of war that are put on display, but in triumph, not in defeat.

Further Study
Sparkling Gems From the Greek by Rick Renner ISBN 0-9725454-2-5
365 Greek Word Studies For Every Day Of The Year To Sharpen Your Understanding Of God’s Word, pages 74,75, 592, 593.

The Conclusion
Luke 15:10 – “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Heaven celebrates every single time a sinner repents.   Heaven celebrated with a triumphal parade when Yeshua won the victory over sin, hell, the devil, and death.  Just imagine how great the parade and celebration will be when Yeshua raptures His entire Bride and brings them home to His Father’s house in Heaven!!

Yeshua’s victory over Ha’Satan was fully, openly, and loudly celebrated in Heaven.  This was no quiet, private celebration between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  All of Heaven was involved, giving praise for His victory.  Ha’Satan has been fully stripped and no longer has any authority over all who accept Yeshua as their Lord.

Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew prophets. The stage is being set. Each day is one day closer to our Lord’s return.  Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon.  Get busy reaching the lost.

The Rapture

The Rapture Church

Revelation give a clear picture of events to come, their sequence, and whether or not the church is in heaven during this period of time.

The Sequence of Events
Revelation 1:19 – “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter . . .”

What John has seen: Chapter 1:1-19
John sees Yeshua glorified in heaven.   He is the alpha-omega, the aleph-tav, the Almighty, the one who stands in the midst of the seven lampstands and who holds the seven stars.

What John sees that are currently present: Chapter 1:20-3:ff
Johns also sees the current situation which spans the time between Pentecost and the rapture. There are nineteen mentions of the church in the first three chapters, and numerous mentions of what the spirit has to say to the churches, so the church is clearly present during this time period. Chapter three ends with the church on earth.

What John sees that are the things that shall take place after this: Chapters 4 thru 22
Revelation 4:1 – “Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this.
Chapter four begins with the church in heaven, and John now sees what happens after the door in heaven is opened. From this point on, until chapter nineteen, there is not one single mention of the church on earth.

The Spirit Transferred
Revelation 3:22 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 4:5 – “Out of the throne proceed flashes of lightning, sounds, and peals of thunder. There were seven lamps of fire burning before his throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7 – “For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.”
Neither is there any mention of the spirit being on earth – only in heaven. In Revelation chapters two and three the spirit is said to be in the midst of the churches. In chapter four the spirit is seen in front of the throne in heaven. The dwelling place of the Ruach Ha’Kodesh has changed from earth to heaven. Since the spirit indwells the believer, then the believer must also be in heaven!

The Parallels

The Sounds
Revelation 4:1 – “I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here’.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “For Yeshua Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of Yahweh, and the dead in Yeshua will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them . . .”
Both Thessalonians and Revelation mention a voice, and a trumpet. Both the voice and the trumpet are calling the church to come up to heaven!

The Changes
Revelation 4:1 – “Immediately I was in the Spirit . . .”
1 Corinthians 15:52 – “In a moment . . . the dead will be raised imperishable, and will be changed.”
In both Corinthians and Revelation an immediate change takes place. John says he is no longer in the body, but in the spirit. Paul says we change from perishable to imperishable.

The Church in Heaven

The Open Door
Revelation 4:1 – “I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven.
Revelation 19:11-14 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, Yeshua, and his bride following.
The door into heaven is open so that we can see, through John’s eyes, what is going to happen there. Only once more will this door open, and that is to allow Yeshua and his bride to return to the earth at the final day of the tribulation. In chapter four, the door opens and the bride goes up. In chapter nineteen, the door opens and the bridegroom and bride come back down!  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

The Crowns
2 Timothy 4:8 – “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which Yeshua will award to me on that day.”
James 1:12 – “The blessed man will receive the crown of life which Yeshua has promised to those who love him.”
1 Peter 5:4 – “And when Yeshua appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
Revelation 4:4 – “Around the throne I saw twenty-four elders with crowns on their heads.
Revelation 4:10-11 – “The twenty-four elders will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy are you, Yeshua, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created’.”
Crowns are given as rewards for faithful service by Yeshua. Once the door has been opened, we see twenty-four elders around the throne wearing these crowns, and later casting them at Yeshua’s feet. Only those who belong to the Bride of Christ are given these crowns. The twenty-four elders, therefore, represent the whole Bride, the church.  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

The Clothing
Revelation 3:5 – “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments.”
Revelation 4:4 – “The twenty-four elders were clothed in white.”
Revelation 19:14 – “And the armies, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Yeshua.”
The overcomer is clothed in white. The twenty-four elders are clothed in white. The armies following Yeshua are clothed in white. The overcomers and the elders and the armies are the same people. And who is the overcomer?  The overcomer is the one who is a child of Yahweh, the one who has accepted Yeshua as their Lord and Savior: those who have become the Bride of Christ – the church!  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

The Praises
Revelation 5:8-10 – “The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb and sang a new song.”
Revelation 5:8-10 – “You have redeemed for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
The elders sing a new song, and verifying that the redeemed whom Yeshua has purchased are present and accounted for and are the kingdom of priests and kings of scripture. Angels aren’t redeemed. Unbelievers aren’t redeemed. Only those who accept Yeshua as their Lord and Savior. The redeemed are the Bride of Christ – the church!   The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

Conclusions
Revelation 1:19 – “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter . . .”

The Bride of Christ, the Church, the Overcomer is clearly in heaven during the period of time described as that which will happen hereafter. The door has opened, the Bride has been raptured, and the tribulation begins. The Bride has been raptured so that she does not have to suffer when Yahweh’s wrath is poured out. Only those who have rejected Yeshua as their Lord and Savior will suffer Yahweh’s wrath.  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

Final Thought
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.

 

The Rapture

The Rapture Order

Over the past four years we have examined over a dozen topics that point to a pre-tribulation rapture.

We have looked at the Rapture Wedding Vows at Mount Sinai and at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony. We have looked at the Rapture Concealments: Gathered, Saved, and Gone. We have looked at the Rapture Harpazōs: Enoch, Moses, Elijah, Lazarus, Yeshua, and the Saints. We have looked at the Rapture Patterns: Removal, Revelation, and Ruination. We have even looked at the Twenty Scriptures including the one scripture (Matthew 16:18) that gives Absolute Proof that the rapture is a pre-tribulation event!

Today we will look at the order of events represented by the Moedim of Yahweh to see if these, too, point to a pre-tribulation rapture.

God Of Order
1 Corinthians 14:33 – “God is not a God of confusion, but of shalom.”
1 Corinthians 14:40 – “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
Yahweh is not a god of chaos, confusion, or disorder. He is a god of peace and order.

The Moedim Patterns:
Leviticus 23:1-ff – “Yahweh spoke to Moshe, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, The set feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts, which you shall proclaim in their appointed season. They shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations’.”
The seven moedim are: Pesach, Chag Ha’Matzoh, Reishit Katzir, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippurim, and Sukkoth. There is a pattern of dress rehearsals that are represented by the Moedim of Yahweh. The pattern is: death, burial, resurrection, giving of the spirit, rapture, judgment, millennial reign. The first four have already been fulfilled.

Pesach (Passover), Chag Ha’Matzoth (Unleavened Bread), and Reishit Katzir (First Fruits)
Romans 6:4 – “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”

Pesach, Chag Ha’Matzoth, and Reishit Katzir sets the pattern: death precedes burial, which precedes resurrection. We are to put to death sin in our lives. This sin is to be buried with Yeshua in his burial. This burial, called repentance, leads to new life, to our becoming a new creation, a form or type of resurrection.

Shavuot (Pentecost)
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 – “Now he who establishes us with you in Yeshua, and anointed us, is Yahweh; who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Ruach Ha’Kodesh in our hearts.”

Shavuot sets the pattern for the receiving of the Ruach Ha’Kodesh, the Holy Spirit. Repentance leads to a new life in Yeshua, a form of resurrection. Upon repentance and acceptance of Yeshua as Lord and Savior, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh is given as a guarantee of that action.

Yom Teruah (Trumpets)
1 Thessalonians 4:16 – “For Yeshua, himself, will descend from heaven with a loud shout, the voice of an angel, and the sound of Yahweh’s trumpet.

Yom Teruah sets the pattern for the rapture. It announces Yeshua’s wedding day, his coronation as King, the day of the resurrection and the rapture of his Bride. Yom Teruah is the next moed to be fulfilled on Yahweh’s Daytimer! And it precedes the last two moedim on that calendar.

Yom Kippurim (Day of Atonements) and Sukkoth (Tabernacles)
Yom Kippurim sets the pattern for judgment or tribulation, and Sukkoth sets the pattern for Yeshua’s millennial reign. Both of these moedim follow the dress rehearsal for the rapture. Tribulation, on Yahweh’s Daytimer does NOT precede rapture. The Millennial reign does NOT precede judgment or tribulation. Just the opposite, the Rapture happens first in order, followed by the tribulation and the reign of Yeshua.

Conclusions
Yahweh is a god of peace and order, not a god of chaos, confusion, or disorder. The patterns evidenced by the dress rehearsals, by the Moedim of Yahweh, clearly establish an order of events. That pattern is: death, burial, resurrection, giving of the spirit, rapture, judgment, millennial reign.   The moedim pattern, just as the patterns we have previously looked at over the past four years, also clearly point to a pre-tribulation rapture. The Pre-wrath, Mid-Trib, and Post-Trib positions can only be supported by misinterpreting scripture, by violently twisting it, by trying to take heaven by force (Matthew 11:12).

Final Thought
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.

______________________________________________________________________
NOTES From Previous Blogs
The Rapture Patterns:
Removal: Enoch after witnessing for over 300 years is raptured out – taken from the earth – removed from the coming disaster.
Revelation: Other individuals continue for about 670 years to minister to the people and warn of coming disaster.
Ruination: The flood begins, but Noah is protected during the disaster period.

The Rapture Concealment:
Gathered: Together and hidden in the secret places
Saved: From the time of tribulation, taken out of the tribulation period
Gone: And not to be found on this earthly planet as tribulation breaks forth

Past Resurrections / Raptures / Harpazōs:
Enoch: Raptured
Moses: Resurrected
Elijah: Raptured
Lazarus: Resurrected
Yeshua’s: Raptured
Saints: Raptured at Yeshua’s Resurrection

Wedding Vows
• At Mount Sinai
• At A Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Twenty Reasons For A Pre-Tribulation Rapture

    1. Isaiah 1:9 – The tribulation is a time to bring forth a remnant from within Israel.
    2. Isaiah 13:9 – The tribulation is a time to destroy sinners from the Earth.
    3. Jeremiah 30:7 – The tribulation is a time of Jacob=s trouble, not a time of judging the church.
    4. Daniel 3:13-ff – Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah are with Yeshua and not affected by the fire.
    5. Nahum 1& 2 – Yahweh reserves His wrath for His enemies.
    6. Zephaniah 2:1-2 – We are gathered together before the decree takes effect.
    7. Matthew 16:18 – Yeshua will build his church and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
    8. Luke 21:36 – We are to pray to escape all these things.
    9. John 5, 6, 14 – Yeshua returns to take us to be where He is.
    10. Romans 1:18 – Yahweh only shows His anger against those who suppress the truth.
    11. Romans 5:9 – Yeshua will save us from Yahweh=s wrath by His blood.
    12. Hebrews 12:22-24 – The church is enrolled in Heaven.
    13. Hebrews 4:9 – The church will have a time of Sabbath rest in Heaven.
    14. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 – Yahweh has not appointed us to wrath.
    15. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 – The Son Of Perdition cannot be revealed until He who restrains evil is removed.
    16. 2 Peter 2:9– Yahweh keeps the unrighteous for the day of judgment.
    17. Revelation 3:10 – Yahweh will keep the church from the hour of testing that will come upon all the Earth.
    18. Revelation 5:9-10 B Only the Bride of Christ can sing AYou have bought us with your blood . . .@
    19. Revelation 11:18 – The tribulation is a time to judge the nations for their sins against Yahweh=s chosen people.
    20. Revelation 12:17 – The tribulation is a time to bring forth a remnant from within Israel

 

The Rapture

The Rapture Concealment

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.

Saved From
1 Thessalonians 5:9 – “Yahweh did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Yeshua HaMashiach.”
Revelation 3:10Yahweh 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 4:16-17We 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.

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.  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
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.

The Rapture

The Overcomer

Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
1 John 5:4-5 – “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Yeshua is the Son of God?

The person who overcomes is a person who has prevailed, risen above, triumphed over, or defeated the catastrophes, disasters, heartbreaks, misfortunes, and tragedies of this world. This person has taken Yeshua into his heart – they are faithful and will never deny their faith in Yeshua. This person is charitable, watchful, prayerful, engaged in service to others, is anything but lukewarm, and has washed his robes in the righteousness of Yeshua. The person who overcomes is a person who Yeshua has declared noteworthy, a person who he will call his own possession, or as the King James puts it: “a peculiar person” and will be rewarded eternal life in the times to come.

Those Peculiar People
Ephesians 1:13-14 – “You were sealed with the Ruach Ha’Kodesh of promise, who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of Yahweh’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.”
1 Peter 2:9 – “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for Yahweh’s own possession; that you may proclaim the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

A person for Yahweh’s own possession is the same as a peculiar people in the KJV! In Hebrew the word translated own possession is cĕgullah [סְגֻלָּה H5459]. In Greek the word is peripoiēsis [περιποίησις G4047]. Both words mean: a possession, one’s own property, a valued property, a peculiar treasure or person.

The peculiar person who becomes Yahweh’s own possession is a person who has obeyed his voice and kept his covenants (Exodus 19:5). The peculiar person who becomes Yahweh’s own possession is a person who has been chosen (Deuteronomy 7:6, Deuteronomy 14:2, Psalm 135:4). The peculiar person who becomes Yahweh’s own possession is a person who is honored and praised above all nations (Deuteronomy 26:18-19). The peculiar person who becomes Yahweh’s own possession is a person who is spared from Yahweh’s wrath (Malachi 3:17). The peculiar person who becomes Yahweh’s own possession is a person who is zealous for good works (Titus 2:11-14).

Rewards For Those Who Overcome
Eternal Life
Revelation 2:7 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:11 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.”

The overcomer receives eternal life, not eternal death and torment in the lake of fire.

Hidden Manna and a White Stone
Revelation 2:17 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.”

The overcomer receives a white stone with their name inscribed upon it. The High Priest of the Older Covenant wore a breastplate with the names of the twelve tribes inscribed on twelve stones (Exodus 28:21). History records a Roman custom in which the champions of athletic games were awarded white stones with his name inscribed on it which gave him access to the victory banquet – hence the Biblical inscribes white stone gives the bearer entrance to the hidden manna at the eternal victory celebration in heaven!

Authority To Rule
Revelation 2:26 – “He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.”
Revelation 3:21 – “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

The overcomer receives authority to rule as a regent of Yeshua over the nations and peoples of the millennial age. This person is a member of the Kingdom of Priests who reign upon the earth (Revelation 1:6 and 5:10). This person also receives authority to judge the angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)

Righteous Living In The Presence Of Yahweh
Revelation 3:5 – “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
Revelation 3:12 – “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.”

The overcomer receives the right to be in the presence of Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh for all eternity. The veil between the holy and the most holy has not just been torn, it has been utterly removed. Never again will the overcomer be separated from God Almighty.

An Eternal Inheritance
Revelation 21:7 – “He who overcomes will inherit all these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”

The overcomer receives adoption into Yahweh’s family as a son or daughter, not a slave or servant.  The overcomer inherits all that belongs to Yeshua ((Luke 12:32, Romans 8:17, Acts 20:32, Galatians 4:7, James 2:5).

Conclusions
The overcomer is a chosen, peculiar person who Yahweh calls his own possession. The overcomer has triumphed over the world through the blood of Yeshua. The overcomer is faithful and will never deny their faith in Yeshua. The overcomer is zealous for good works, not slothful. The overcomer receives many rewards including eternal life in the times to come.

Final Thought
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.