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Edition 316: June 15th 2016
The Day of the Lord and more on the rapture:
The Day of the Lord and more on the rapture:
The Day of the Lord is a key to understanding end-time prophecy and the controversies surrounding the pre or post-tribulation rapture of the true church.
The Bible uses the terms, “day of the Lord”, “day of God”, and “day of Messiah (Christ)” They are not all synonymous. Each of them contains different applications.
There is much comfort and great blessing in knowing and seeing these wonderful truths.
What is the day of the Lord?
There are some verses that clearly refer to a 24 hour day, the last and final day of the tribulation period, which will also be the day of the Second Coming. But there are many verses referring to the day of the Lord, which is the entire seven-year tribulation period. There is even one verse implying that the “day” is the whole church era. But we won’t deal with that now.
So, we have to go by the context in the verses and surrounding verses to know and see what is being referred to.
Please read the following verses and note the distinctions between them. You will be able to clearly see if the verse is referring to the whole seven-year tribulation, or just the last day of it:
Zephaniah 1:14-18 “The great day of the Lord is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter. The mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and destruction, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpets and alarms against the fortified cities and against the high towers. I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse. Neither their silver nor gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He shall make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land.” (Both the whole tribulation period and the last day are referred to here.)
Zephaniah 3:16-17 “In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear Zion; let not you hands be weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, the Mighty One will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness.” (The whole tribulation period is in view here.)
Isaiah 13:6-13 “Wail for the day of the Lord is at hand! It shall come as destruction from the Almighty. Therefore all hands will be limp, everyman’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames. Behold the day of the Lord comes, cruel with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it....I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity...I will shake the heavens and the earth will move out of her place in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger.” (The second half of the tribulation period is in view here.)
Jeremiah 30:7 “Alas for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is the day of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” (The entire tribulation is in view here.)
Joel 2:1-2 “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming. A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness...the likes of which has never been, nor will there ever be.” (The entire tribulation is in view here.)
Joel 3:14 “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (The entire tribulation is in view here.)
Malachi 4:5 “Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers.” (The entire tribulation is in view here.)
Revelation 6:17 “The great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand.” (The second half of the tribulation is in view here.)
1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 “Concerning the times and season, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them as labour pains and they shall not escape. But you brethren are not in darkness that this Day should overtake you as a thief...let us not sleep as other do, but watch and be sober.” (The entire tribulation is in view here.)
2 Thessalonians 2:3-8 “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the come falling away (departure)comes first and the man of sin (antichrist) is revealed, the son of perdition...and now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way and then the lawless one will be revealed.” (The entire tribulation is in view here.)
So now, we see in the verses above that the day of the Lord is a term for the final day of the tribulation, the second half or the entire seven years. We must go by context. We can’t lump them all together into one.
Those who believe in a post-tribulation rapture, believe that the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 referring to the “last trump, on the last day”, are proofs that the rapture must occur at the end of the tribulation. They incorrectly presume that there is only one “last trump” and the day of the Lord is the end of the tribulation.
There is a last trump for the church age and a last trump for the tribulation. The “last day” does not always mean the last day of the tribulation. To try and include the rapture in the day of the Lord is to do Bible hermeneutics and interpretation a terrible injustice.”
When is the Day of the Lord?
Zechariah 14:6-7 “It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light the lights will diminish. It shall be one day which is known to the Lord – neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen that it will be light.”
If you recall, in a previous edition I shared with you the meaning of the Hebrew idiom, “The twinkling of an eye”, as part of the Feast of Trumpets, which is used to describe the time period between sunset and before moon rise. In other words it means, early evening.
Once the seven-year day of the Lord begins, the Bible records exactly how many days it will be until mid-tribulation and until the Second Coming. The time period is recorded in years in months and in days, so all people in the tribulation need to do is tick off the days!
So, we now know that the Second Coming will occur in the evening, on a day known to the Lord and to all people.
But we don’t know when the full seven-year tribulation begins for sure. Once the tribulation starts, people will know exactly when it will end, to the evening of the day.
More rapture revelations:
Revelation 3:8-10 “...I have set before you and open door and no one can shut it...Because you have kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial (tribulation period) which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth.”
In these incredible verses above we actually have two rapture words that are important to understand. Firstly the “open door” must be considered:
“Door” is Strong’s G2374 “Thyra”. It has a number of meanings, one being “portal entrance.”
Now isn’t that very interesting? It’s not just a normal door being spoken of but a portal into a whole new environment!
Notice that the verse says that “no one can shut this portal”. Isn’t that comforting!
The second important rapture word is: “I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole earth.”
The word, “from” (ek in the original,) means “to be kept clean out away from.” It carries with it the idea of a removal in space and time. It does not imply, being protected through the tribulation.
We have an open portal entrance, which no one can shut before us, and we have a great promise to be kept clean out away from the tribulation!
Those who believe in a post-tribulation rapture claim that the book of Revelation is not chronological. I agree that there are a few verses that jump around in time, but the majority do follow chronologically.
The term “after this” or “after these things” is used in numerous passages. “It is Strong’s G3326, G5023 = “Meta tauta” meaning “following after these things”. It’s so plain and simple, yet the post tribbers say the Revelation is not chronological!
Revelation 4:1 “After these things, I looked and behold a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice that I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
“After this” refers obviously to the preceding events, which are the chapters describing the seven churches of the church age. Then after this we see the elders in heaven, rewarded and clothed in clean white linen with crowns of reward on their heads. Then we see the opening of the seven sealed scrolls, which is the tribulation period.
This absolutely necessitates a pre-tribulation rapture.
►BUT, did you notice it? Did you see it? I hope you did! Here it is: Look back up at that verse in Revelation 4:1. Note the phrase I’ve underlined, “a door standing open”!!!!!! Yes, here it is again, that amazing word: Strong’s G2374 “Thyra” meaning “portal entrance”, which we saw a few verses back in Revelation 3:10.
So now, we have the promise of the open portal entrance to a new world seen in the church of Philadelphia still on earth in Revelation 3:10 and now after this, we see the open portal entrance from the heavenly perspective in Revelation 4:1. Isn’t that amazing?
2 Thessalonians 2:3-7 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away (departure) comes first and the man of sin is revealed...only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
More on the “apostasy:”
The apostasy is not the “falling away” from the faith. Numerous Bible prophecies show that there will be an outpouring of the Spirit of God around the world. Yes the “love of many will grow cold” but that has been on the go for many years already and, it’s selective. It’s especially a strong falling-away among the spirit-less church.
Certain sections of the church are growing very fast and strongly. The church is growing strongly in the eastern nations of the world. So if we are going to say that “the falling away” or “apostasy” is from the faith, it doesn’t really add up with reality.
If we (rightly) say that the “falling away” is in fact the departure of the church – so many other verses then add up and fall into place like a jigsaw puzzle.
The original text has the definite article in front of the word “apostasy”. This means it is not a general falling away from the faith, but THE specific departure of the church – the rapture.
The necessity of a dispensation change:
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 “Now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed...”
The restrainer must be removed before the antichrist can be revealed. The antichrist is a key central figure and participant throughout the tribulation period.
The identity of the restrainer is very important because of the timing of this event. The restrainer can only, logically, be the church indwelt by the Holy Spirit. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that occurred at Pentecost, officially starting the church dispensation.
The central character of the church dispensation is the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Before this, the Holy Spirit operated in a different manner. Of course He was still here, as He will be in the tribulation, but His operation and dealing with man was different in the Old Covenant.
Scripture requires the closing and fulfilling of Daniel’s seventy weeks of years (Daniel 9:27). Because Daniel’s seventieth week is part of the sixty nine, it carries with it all the characteristics and similarities of the sixty nine weeks.
The full seventy weeks of Daniel are “determined” or cut out of time, for “My people” (Jews). (Daniel 9:24). The seventieth week is yet unfulfilled. So this seventieth week is in fact the closing of the Old Covenant dispensation, with exactly the same characteristics as the sixty nine.
This means that the central character of the church age, which is the Holy Spirit, indwelling and hosted in the church, must change and come to an end with the removing of the church.
You can’t have the seventieth week being the same as the church age in character. That would violate half the Bible. The seventieth week is the time of Jacob’s trouble. That is Israel’s tribulation!
The tribulation period is another dispensation and closes the Old Covenant. This dispensation change starts the tribulation. It was Pentecost and the indwelling Holy Spirit that signalled the start of the church dispensation. It will be the removal of the Holy Spirit in the church, which will change the dispensation, reveal the antichrist and start the tribulation.
The antichrist cannot exist in the church age.
Do you see why dispensation deniers are so wrong?
Please note that the “departure”, the removal of the restrainer, and the revealing of the antichrist are all linked together. So if the rapture occurs at the end of the tribulation period in association with the Second Coming, then the antichrist must be revealed then too, as we go into the Millennium!
A terrible, sick reality in the church:
Replacement theology is nothing new. Satan has always tried to replace God’s word and ways with his own, right from the Garden. He has always tried to undermine, or kill God’s choice of the Jews. The Catholics formed and produced the satanic theology that the church has replaced Israel and God has no future plans for Israel.
This theology led to the anti-Semitic, mass murder of untold millions of Jews by the Catholics in the Inquisitions. Replacement theology was the central doctrine of all the reformers besides one, and today has a new modern face upon it, being the central doctrine of most reformed and denominational churches.
But think about this!
In the very soon coming day of the Lord, the tribulation period, the central focus of the antichrist will be the extermination of the Jews and especially the Jews becoming believers, en masse. Many churches, and of course the Catholic church, will be blowing their trumpet of celebration as the antichrist / beast annihilates, tortures to death, beheads and slaughters the Jews (and others getting saved.)
By the way, many churches including the Catholic church will go into and through the tribulation.
Catholic and reformed-created replacement theology will be the replacement reality of the antichrist in the tribulation.
Jewish people let me warn you: Be careful of alliances, covenants, memberships and any such thing with the Catholic church and those of replacement theology. They are, knowingly or not, motivated by Satan himself for your ultimate demise and destruction.
►Jewish people, the true church of the living God, those with a Zionist and Hebraic identity are your best friends ever. You can totally trust them / us. We love you as our own and will stand with you and for you until we are removed from this earth.
***Ruth 1:16-17 “Ruth - don’t urge me to leave you, Naomi, or turn back. For wherever you go, I will go...Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I shall die...the Lord do so to me and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.”
Ruth was a Moabite and therefore a Gentile while Naomi was a Jewess. The Moabites had tried to curse Israel. In fact in today’s terms the Moabites would be the Arab Palestinians!
What a difference one individual led by God can make!
What a wonderful picture of deep, spiritual friendship between a Gentile and a Jew.
I speak for myself and The Prophetic Scroll. We put our name in here with Ruth, and with Esther below, and Isaiah!
***Esther 4:14 “For if you remain completely silent at this time; relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place...Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for a time such as this?”
***Isaiah 62:1 “For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness and her salvation as a lamp that burns.”
We are racing ahead to the departure of the church, the removal of the restrainer, the release of the antichrist and the start of the grand, final seven year, day of the Lord.
Talk about dramatic times! It’s time to get ready, and be ready. It may be October this year during the Feast of Trumpets or next year’s Feast of Trumpets. And we’ll also keep a close eye out for a Pentecost rapture next year, although that’s more unlikely. The signs will speak!
I took this picture of a white rhino in Botswana. I used various texture filters to change it and added the picture of a single baobab tree leaf to add some interest.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 315: June 8th 2016
The Lord is coming – tear your hearts:
The Lord is coming – tear your hearts and not your clothes:
Joel 2:13-17 “Rend your heart and not your garments; return to the Lord your God for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness...Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room. Let the ministering priests weep, and let them say, ‘spare your people, O Lord,’”
Do you see the connection between the coming of the Lord, revealed in the “gathering” and the “marriage”, in the verse above and the rending (tearing) of your heart?
We have not got much time left. Our Lord is coming soon. It may be this year; it may be next (more likely.) Either way, do you know what that means? How does that impact you, if at all?
Our Lord is coming soon – tear your hearts!
A friend of mine recently died of cancer. He was well prepared to meet the Lord. Whenever a friend dies my mind always goes back to my days as a war correspondent and news man. I have seen so many people dead and dying right in front of me. I have seen people die so suddenly that their eyes were still open, though they were dead. They had no time to prepare for death!
Time is short my friends! You can’t carry on as always. If you are wise you will get ready to step into eternity now, before you arrive.
The doctrines of brokenness, cross-bearing, heart-rending, fasting and the like, all have synonymous aspects and applications to them. They are generally not popular and not liked, especially amongst the “name it, claim it, frame it” bunch.
But these doctrines and their applications into our lives are perhaps the most powerful of all. In fact the Bible says that the cross and resurrection are the very “power of God”.
If you knew without any doubt that you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do now?
If you knew without any doubt that our Lord was coming within a year or two, what would you do now?
Adding and subtraction:
True Christianity involves adding and subtracting, believing and rejecting, joining and leaving, putting on and putting off.
There are some people and ministries that you need to avoid. Do not open yourself to everything dressed in religiosity in these days.
►Acts 5:38-39 “Keep away from these men and leave them alone; for if this plan or work is of men it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it – lest you even be found to fight against God.”
You can get one of the most powerful insights into a person’s life by simply observing their attitude to God and His word. Show me your friends and I’ll tell you what sort of person you are.
Isaiah 66:2 “On this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
There are so many indicators and signs, ancient and modern, Biblical, secular and in nature, all pointing towards the soon-coming of our Lord.
Note that the title verse says that in light of the coming of our Lord, “rend your hearts”, tear your souls open, “fall on this Rock and be broken” (Matthew 21:44)... before He gets here. This Matthew verse goes on and says, if you don’t fall on this rock and be broken, it (He) “will fall on you and grind you to powder.”
Simply put, if you don’t tear your hearts open to let the Lord into every aspect of your life now, it will soon be too late and you will “suffer loss of reward.”
Are you preparing your heart for our Lord, for eternity and for your glorious future? It’s almost time!
The great man of God is the separated, surrendered, broken man! He will be empty of self and the world, but filled with God. He will know the word of God in his head and spirit. He will know the word of the world, and the word of Satan.
He will know exactly why God’s time clock of judgement is ticking away and about to strike midnight! He will see that the world’s “cup of iniquity” is just about ready to overflow – bringing the fury of God.
As a true disciple of Messiah, you cannot believe what you like. You are to be arrested by the Spirit of the living God and the word of God...Do it now. You can’t turn the clock back once you’ve stepped into eternity.
Today, shockingly, many so- called believers have been and are being handed over to Satan. Beware that your beliefs don’t get you “handed over!” (1 Corinthians 5:5, Romans 1:26.) Study those two verses!
Because the world says, now this is okay or now you can do this or that does not mean God says now you can. The world has legalised, moralised and justified sin, corruption, evil and wickedness like never before!
And many Christians buy it all, because it gives them status and acceptance with the world.
The world is becoming more and more dangerous. It is a spiritual quagmire of deceit and few can even see it, because they are in the boat going with the flow, and God has blinded their eyes.
Why so many, including many Christians, hate God:
John 1:4-5 “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
John 3:20-21 “Everyone practising evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Evil is a strange thing. Actually it’s alive! It lives with the spirit of death flowing and morphing in it. Just like Satan himself, evil masquerades in numerous forms of camouflage. It appears in flashes of beauty, lust, desire and power.
But all evil has over it a garment hiding and covering its true identity. It has a time stamp on it!
“The heart of man is desperately wicked”, says the Bible (Jeremiah 17:9). Man was born with the unredeemed, wicked blood of Adam, which had been poisoned by Satan, in his veins. He has a natural propensity for evil flowing in his veins.
It’s one of the Bible “mysteries”, called the “mystery of iniquity.” Only the work of the cross and shed blood of Messiah can deal with it.
So, with this mysterious, evil, wickedness deep in the heart of man, by nature he is going to choose wickedness and not the holiness of God.
►Beware of crowd-speak and confirmation bias! “Crowd-speak” comes down to the majority consensus. It’s what everyone is saying, and carries with it the idea that it’s therefore right and okay. Confirmation bias is similar in that it looks to the majority consensus or that crowd-speak for confirmation that they’re okay and right, because that’s the bias of the majority.
How wrong could you be!
Many Christians have been fleeced and stripped of spiritual wisdom by Hollywood and the entertainment world. The wicked wisdom of the world is now confirmation that they’re okay. Many of these people have been handed over to the spirit of Hollywood and the morality of the demon possessed celebrities of the entertainment world.
The world is their god – with a few selected Bible verses thrown in to camouflage it all as “Christian.”
A world with no restraint:
A major characteristic of the world in these end-days is it that it has no restraint. It’s on a morality slippery slope. If you are not horrified by the bias of the modern world – you need to get saved.
Hosea 4:1 “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land...They break all restraint with bloodshed after bloodshed... Therefore the land will mourn and everyone who dwells there will waste away...”
Psalm 119:53 “Indignation (Lit=horror) has taken hold of me because of the wicked who forsake Your word.”
The shocking, secret, pride of man:
Hidden deeply within the heart of man, in his veins is a deadly, secret pride, which only the cross can remove. But our Lord must have your permission to destroy this aspect of you. And most people would never agree with God on the issue.
Most people want only certain aspects of God in their lives, although they won’t admit it. They don’t want to know anything about God the destroyer of pride, ego and self-respect. They want to control their Lord.
►People try to control God like they control religion. They think they can form Him into their own creation and make Him dance to their tune. What they have is a manufactured God, manipulated and stage-managed. He’s ready to come out on demand and be put away on demand. He’s manufactured according to many selected verses which He speaks just like a ventriloquist, when required.
People think they can own and possess God. They have God, but they themselves are still on the throne of their lives, with Jeezuus sitting in sight, but just a little back.
●John 6:15 “When Yeshua perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.”
John 6:26 “Most assuredly I say to you, you seek Me not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.”
These two verses above are indeed shocking and insightful. Our Lord ran away from people trying to elevate Him! He condemned people for seeking to be filled with God, but with ulterior motives, and who were not fully surrendered to Him.
“Ah, c’mon Jeezuus, be a sport, we want to make you king – our hero! That will be so good for our image and yours too.”
This is a condemnation upon self-motivation preaching. “You can do it, just believe it.” They believe God is their sponsor, waiting to jump when they say jump. “Come to our miracle crusade,” they say. “Miracles will be there – just for you. And we’ll let Jeezuus out of the box to perform for you too!”
Today, so many ministries, people in the pulpit and on the net are automatically geared just like a big Coca Cola advertising board. Their Jeezuus is another commodity or product which they can buy, sell and control at will. Listen to their manipulation and subtle intimidation to get control!
These people want a convenient top-pocket Jeezuus, who fits in with their cell phone and pen.
These people might have some of the word, but there is no spark of real life even in the few verses that they think they “have.”
When you speak about Yeshua, the Lion, they want Jeezuus the little baby lamb, and your truth becomes the new hate speech as they reject you.
With self on the throne you have no genuine fear of God. You only have the fear of the approval of your equally stupid friends motivating you.
Psalm 19:9-11 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether...and in keeping them there is great reward.”
Many of the ministries on the internet are dangerous and suspect. We have the YouTube of Jezebels, the spiritually spineless, superficial, shallow and gullible. We have presumptuous ministries of biblical ignorance and some simply repeating hand-me-down second-hand used “goods”.
Error is not truth because it’s on a YouTube video. Error is not truth because it wears a stupid Catholic / Anglican hat called a mitre, a tribute to the fish-god Dagon and pretty frocks and collars condemned by our Lord as Nicolaitanism. Error is not truth because it comes from the mouth of some fool who insists on being called “father” when our Lord condemns that.
Error is not truth because it is preached from church pulpits by ministers with ulterior motives to gullible masses.
The only thing that can be done and must be done by anyone wanting to serve our Lord is this: You must strip yourself bare of all doctrinal beliefs, presumptions and fall on your face in brokenness and surrender to our Lord. As you do this like the broken alabaster box, the glorious truth-centred spiritual “smoke” arises and fills you, and the air around you with a new, wonderful, deep, true experience in our Lord.
My friends, the doctrine and experience of brokenness is despised today, but it is the most powerful you will ever encounter. Beware of ministries who do not speak of required brokenness.
Let me quickly add that there are many wonderful ministries today preaching the deep truths of God on the net and on YouTube videos. We must be discerning and selective.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 “...Correct those in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.”
The propensity for sin and evil in all of our lives increases as we move away from our Lord and decreases as we walk closely with Him.
Do you know why so many “believers” are superficial, don’t endure, and are full of worldliness? It is because they are believers. That is not good enough and may not even get you saved. Our Lord’s command is to “repent and believe.” (Mark1:15)
The Spirit of the living God leads those whom He knows will repent! He does not give the gift of repentance to those whom He knows will trample on it.
This explains just why it is sometimes so frustrating trying to get someone to repent and see the truth. If you have not been given the gift, you can feel sorry, change your mind on things, but you can’t repent deeply as required by the scriptures.
So what is the requirement for the gift? It is quite simply to come before our Lord in total surrender, brokenness and all humility.
Imagine the real shock and awe and incredible regret when people find out that the fair judgement of God for them was available through the cross, and it was a free gift, held out in front of them all their lives!! They rejected it and now they ask for justice. They will get it, be absolutely sure of that.
They will have to pay the un-payable price that our Messiah paid in full when He purchased forgiveness for them on the cross.
God’s just and fair judgement says, you rejected the free gift of the work of the cross, now you must pay for every single sin you ever committed, right down to your thought life. But you are bankrupt, you can’t pay for a single thing – “get out”, says God.
The politically incorrect God:
Isaiah 44:18 “They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes so that they cannot see, and their hearts so that they cannot understand.”
God gives to those who have and takes away from who don’t have!
He blinds the wise so that won’t see and shuts up their ears!
But many verses show that God highly esteems wisdom.
But it’s always, only the wisdom originating from our God that is blessed. Man’s wisdom is the pinnacle of humanistic man devoid of God. One of the great towers of man’s wisdom is the idea that man can save himself and the world.
One of the powerful ways to know if you really are saved: Do you think there are other legitimate ways to God. If so you are either very new to salvation and naive in the kingdom of God, or not saved.
John 18:37 “...Everyone of the truth hears my voice.”
Mark 4:11-12 “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things come in parables...Seeing they may see and not perceive, hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they shall turn and their sins be forgiven them.”
Clean and pure:
Brokenness, humility, cross-bearing and heart rending unto God is pure. It leaves you clean and holy. It empowers you with new eyes. It gives you the very wisdom and insight of God Himself. It draws you into His presence. It makes you want more of Him as it spoils you for use by the world.
Psalm 149:4 “He will beautify the humble with salvation.”
With self crucified and out of the way, the Spirit of God rules in your life. This is the way to victory and endurance. You will not backslide when the pressure is on!
As self gets destroyed you see with new eyes – His eyes! What a wonder that is. You become sensitive to things that before, you would just not see. You begin to gain compassion for many almost obscure things, like ants, sunsets, stars and the heartbeat of a dog.
You begin to appreciate the finer details of nature, environment and all things beautiful. You see things God’s way and get mad at what makes Him mad! You become a very different person.
Keeping external laws, traditions or customs can never deal with the internal sin-nature problem. It is only this way, through the cross working from the inside out, that we are made pure and clean and can endure in holiness.
Without the work of the cross in your life, you will be bitten by a beautiful, but poisonous snake.
Only with the work of the cross destroying self in your life can you really see, comprehend, understand and experience the deep love of God. This is the way to real success with eternal results.
So, our title verse says that our Lord is about to leave heaven as the Bridegroom to fetch His bride. And what should our response be? It must be to tear our hearts open now and allow the Spirit of God to renovate us totally!
This message is equally for the Jew and the Gentile.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”
I did this painting using printing and texture techniques and superimposed the butterfly picture, which I created from an original normal photograph.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 314: June 1st 2016
Attacks on the rapture:
Attacks on the rapture:
The devil always attacks things or doctrines that are damaging to him. He is an expert at spreading confusion around so many things that are essential for our growth and stability. Satan is the god of confusion. Our God is not a God of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Now that prophetic time is marching on so fast, the devil’s time is almost up and he is launching attacks as best he can.
There are many believers who don’t know much about end-times, the rapture, the Second Coming and such things. Getting things wrong out of ignorance, as long as the ignorance is not endemic, is okay, but there are many who are making deliberate, informed attacks on end time teaching and teachers, the rapture in particular.
I have recently read and watched some of the worst examples of exposition attacking the pre-tribulation rapture and promoting the post-tribulation rapture I have ever seen! Some of it is such garbage it’s scary. But the real scary thing is that these people have followers!
I have also seen many post-trib arguments and cases very well done.
Beware the thieves in the pulpit:
Beware lest anyone try to steal your reward! If the Bible warns against this, it’s a very real possibility, and we need to be vigilant in this regard!
Revelation 3:11 “Behold I come quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”
2 John 1:8 “Look to yourselves that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.”
Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest anyone cheat you though philosophy and empty deceit according to the traditions of men...”
The three verses above say it all don’t they! And there are more just like it. The point is that if we are not aware, and not using our God-given weapons of spiritual warfare, we are in danger of falling victim to the growing number of wolves in the pulpit.
These days, this pulpit includes many YouTube ministries and other internet based ministries.
Today there are an ever increasing number of wolves presenting pure hogwash in the name of the Lord. Many of them claim; “God told me”!
2 Timothy 4:8 “Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not only me but also all who loved His appearing.”
The verse above shows that there are rewards prepared specifically for those who love eschatology and the coming of the Lord. Don’t let this area fall under the attack of the wolves of confusion.
Why would Satan attack something like the pre-tribulation rapture if it were not true? He does not attack the post-trib rapture with the same ferocity at all! His big thing is to sow confusion and doubt. The rapture is our “blessed hope” – not if Satan can get his way!
We must understand that God operates within frameworks of His own choosing. One important principle is that God does not destroy the righteous with the wicked. He separates them.
Genesis 18:23 “Abraham came near and said (to the Lord); ‘Would you destroy the righteous with the wicked?”
Genesis 19:22 “Hurry, escape there; (Out of Sodom and Gomorrah), for I cannot do anything until you arrive there...”
So, what about the tribulation saints, who will be martyred, beheaded and slaughtered? The answer lies in the various wraths. The wrath of man, the wrath of Satan and of nature gone mad, will be responsible for these martyrs. The wrath of God will not be upon them.
Also bear in mind that the tribulation period is unique in many respects.
●Rapture type 1
Some say that the flood and Ark of Noah proves a post- tribulation rapture, in that Noah and his family were protected through the judgement and not removed from it.
Never take an analogy too far! The other way of looking at it is: Noah and his family were lifted up, which would be a rapture type to heaven, above the judgement on the earth.
But here’s the real deal: Noah and his entourage, at God’s command, went into the Ark seven days before the rain, and God closed the door. (Genesis 7:1)That is the real type of the pre-tribulation rapture before the seven-year tribulation.
If you study this, you will see something odd. God invites Noah into the ark with the words, “come in”. This was not the usual “go into”. This implies that God was already in the Ark, which is a type of God in heaven receiving those at the rapture. This parallels with the implied rapture verse in Revelation 4:1 “Come up here.”
Note that it was God who shut the door of the Ark, which parallels with God setting an open door before true believers in Revelation 3:7-10, and shutting the door to the five foolish virgins.
●Rapture type 2
Genesis 19:23 “The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. THEN the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah, brimstone and fire...”
The name “Zoar” (Strongs’ G6820) means “insignificant.”
The world thinks this whole rapture story is insignificant and small in their eyes. They don’t even care. Yet this “insignificance” to the world is our blessed hope!
Lot was removed supernaturally by God from Sodom before it was destroyed by judgement. Lot and his family were escorted out of Sodom by angels.
This is a very powerful undeniable type of the pre-tribulation rapture.
●Rapture type 3
The Gentile prostitute, Rahab and her family were removed from Jericho before the judgement of God destroyed the city. (Joshua 6:22-24)
The two Israeli spies called down judgement upon themselves if anything harmful at all, “even a hand” touched Rahab and her family during her removal from Jericho. (Joshua 2:19-21)
The walls of Jericho only fell after seven days of trumpet blowing, and marching around the city and a final march around the city seven times on the last day, before the judgement fell.
Many post tribbers say that Jericho fell when the seventh trumpet on the seventh day was sounded, pointing to the seven-year tribulation period. They say that because Rahab was removed at this point, the rapture will be at the end of the tribulation.
The most important part of this story is that Rahab was removed before the judgement fell and she was totally unharmed in any way.
Rahab and her family were removed to a place “outside the camp of Israel and then they burned the city with fire and all within it, and Rahab dwelt in Israel to this day...” (Joshua 6:23-24) “
Why was Rahab and family removed to a place “outside the camp of Israel”? It was so that they could be purified and made clean.
Bear in mind that our Lord Himself was crucified “outside the camp”.
Hebrews 13:13-14 “Let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach, for here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”
The terms “the camp” and “outside the camp,” were frequently used in Old Testament ritual cleansing practises. Those outside were ritually unclean. The animal sacrifices had to be prepared “outside the camp.” Our Lord was crucified “outside the gate”, where He became sin for us.
The symbolism here is that Rahab, had to be taken to this place of ritual cleansing, “outside the camp” to be made pure. The Bible says that she then settled inside Israel.
So, we see in this dramatic typology, the story of the purification of believers through the cross, being raptured, made clean and white and pure and taken to heaven, rewarded – (well outside the camp of the world), while the tribulation is on the go.
It is very important to see and understand that Rahab betrayed her city Jericho to destruction. She was not like Lot’s wife, looking back to her home in the world. The message is simple. You MUST betray the world – leave it to its destruction. Rescue people out of it, but don’t try to save it. You are wasting your time if you do. This is the only time betrayal is right and good with God.
Your future and mine, my friends, is “outside the camp” of the world-system – you must prepare now to go there soon. After being prepared, rewarded and dined for seven years, we will be forever ready for eternity.
►There are dozens of rapture types in the Bible. They must all agree. They do all agree.
Post tribulation rapture impossibilities:
●If the church were in the tribulation, the church would have authority over the antichrist. (That is the section of the church which believes in and uses the gifts of the Spirit). So why then do the tribulation saints not have this same authority over Satan? It’s simply because they are part of a dispensation in which the gifts of the Spirit are not at work in the same way as in the church era.
●If the rapture occurs at the end of the tribulation, this means that the famous rapture verses of 1 Corinthians 15 and 2 Thessalonians occur right at the end of the tribulation – obviously. That means that the antichrist is revealed at the end of the tribulation, just as we go into the Millennium. It also means that the restrainer of evil will be removed right at the end of the tribulation as we go into the Millennium. Do you see the problem?
●Revelation 3:10 “We will be kept from the hour of trail...” This “hour of trial” (the tribulation) is a term relating to time and space. We are kept out of the time period of the tribulation. The use of these words absolutely forbids the interpretation implying that we will be protected through the tribulation. The words mean that we will be removed from the whole time period and the only way that can happen is by rapture.
If the saints of the church in Philadelphia are promised to be taken from (Lit=, clean out away from) the “hour of trial”, how can they now go through the “hour of trial”? The term “hour of trial” is very important. Post tribbers, almost without exception, claim that the church needs to be tried and tested and purified by being crushed, tortured and slaughtered in tribulation.
●The believers of the church are seen during the tribulation, in heaven with crowns already awarded. So how can the church now have to go through the “hour of trial”, to be purified, to get rewards, which they have already been awarded?
Sights, sounds and spectacles: Rapture/ Second Coming differences.
The Bible reveals in numerous places that the saints come back from heaven with our Lord. Here are just four of the verses: Jude 1:14, 1Thessalonians 3:13, Zechariah 14:5 Revelation 19:14.
The rapture of the true church focuses entirely upon our Lord, while the focus of the post-tribbers is on the antichrist, and trying to keep their heads on their shoulders, and the worst destruction and suffering the world has ever seen.
●At the rapture our Lord comes for His own, and at the Second Coming, He comes with His own. ●At the rapture He will be seen and heard only by believers. ●At the Second Coming every eye will see Him. At the rapture there are no changes to the natural earth. ●At the Second Coming, nature would have already been in its wildest rampage and warpath of destruction ever. After the Second Coming the natural world is restored to its original pre-Adamic glory.
Why is it that our Lord returns for the church saints in the air? He does not come to the ground anywhere? The rapture occurs in a “moment a twinkling of an eye” The original word is “atmo” which means an atomic instant.
We are caught up to meet Him in the air. The Second Coming occurs just as our Lord left, after the resurrection and ascension from the Mount of Olives. He returns to the Mount of Olives and His feet literally touch-down. All eyes see Him descend. Why say that His feet will touch the ground”?
It seems that the inspired word of God has laboured the differences between the rapture and the Second Coming, for a reason. This is because the two cannot be seen as the same event and are two distinctly separate events, separated by seven years.
Be careful of being influenced into the post tribulation rapture view – you just might end up staying behind with them. This appears to be the meaning of the verse: “To them who look for Him, He will appear a second time.” (Hebrews 9:28)
The Bible shows that all the wicked are “raptured” off this earth at the Second Advent: Matthew 25:1-13, Revelation 3:8-10, Revelation 4:1 Revelation 19:21, 20:5. While all the wicked are removed from the earth, the tribulation saints stay on the earth, in bodies with longevity restored, to go into and repopulate the earth in the Millennium.
The wicked and righteous can’t be taken together or first. It must be one at a time (with seven years in between.)
A post trib rapture sees an empty earth, with no one in their natural bodies to re-populate the earth in the Millennium.
Darby / Mac Donald rapture:
A fast-spreading error is the belief that the rapture is modern doctrine invented by John Darby after Margaret Mac Donald whispered some rubbish into his ears.
These same people accredit Darby with starting the doctrine of dispensations, which is central to the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. Well, Darby did not start it, God did!
Some claim that Mac Donald was subject to demonic voices and intentionally “infected” the church with the doctrine of the rapture.
But it was actually John Darby who is credited with and accused of “inventing” the pre-tribulation rapture. Darby claimed that he realised that there could only be a pre-tribulation rapture in light of the biblical distinction between Israel and the church. This was in 1827.
By the way, John Darby was the source of a number of major false doctrines. If you put weight on things like this, you deserve to be deceived.
●And for those who say the word “rapture” is not in the Bible:
The word “rapture” appeared in the Latin Vulgate and in numerous Bibles right through the age. You can’t say that there will be no rapture because the word is not in the Bible because some idiot said so, and the error just got handed down.
But hang on a minute, here is the word “rapture” in the Bible!
1 Thessalonians 4:17 “We who are alive and remain will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.”
The original word for “caught up” is “harpazo” which in Latin is the word “rapere or rapturo” Ah...so the word is in the Bible!
►This Latin word is the origin of our English word “raptor”, the word for eagles and similar birds. The word means to “snatch or seize by force” That’s a perfect description of an eagle, swooping down and snatching its prey, and a perfect description of the rapture.
Besides, what do you think “catching away” means (1 Thessalonians 4:17)? Because “catching away” is not spelt R-A-P-T-U-R-E, does that mean there will be no catching away? Come now, you ignorant idiots behind the pulpit, you need to step down!
If you know your Bible you are to be a Berean – searching the scriptures to see if these things be true. The Bible says that sectarian is sin, which is just what happens when we elevate the doctrine of any individual.
Rightly dividing the word (2 Timothy 2:15):
Here is just one example of many, of how the post-tribbers get it wrong:
Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
The above verses are often used to prove a post-tribulation rapture. Quite simply this is all referring to the events of the Second Coming. The “elect” here are the tribulation saints and the saved Jews. When you examine the details of the rapture, it simply can’t fit in here.
If you mix together the rapture and the Second Coming, the church and Israel, you will get it all wrong. The two are distinctly different events separated by seven years, each with their own totally different characteristics.
Most post-tribbers do not distinguish between the rapture and the Second Coming. They are also all dispensation deniers. Of course they must get it all wrong.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 has traditionally been interpreted as the falling away or departure of the church from the faith, making this a problem verse. But the term “falling away” has the definite article in front of it meaning that it is THE falling away, more correctly interpreted as the departure of the church. This also fits the context.
“The departure” of verse two must relate in context to verse one, “our being gathered together to Him.”
The original word “from” is Strong’s G575 “Apo”. It means: A clear “separation” of place, or a “fleeing from”. Because the word has the idea of space associated with it, it should not be used as falling away from the faith, but departure from the earth.
We most certainly do already have an apostasy from the faith on the go. Apostasy of the church from the faith therefore, cannot be a rapture sign.
So, if we put the word rapture or catching away in place of “apostasy”, which would be perfectly legitimate and accurate, we have perhaps the most powerful pre-tribulation rapture verse in the Bible.
Let’s write it out that way:
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the rapture comes first and the man of sin is revealed...”
At the end of the day, the truth will endure as it only can. There will only be one truth and it will be holy and pure. None of us have all the truth. It is currently being revealed and opened up progressively as we move on.
Because this is all spiritually charged, the enemy is at work in these doctrines.
You must open your heart with a holy desire for the truth and close your heart to error and the attacks of the enemy, who wants to defeat you, render you ineffective and rob you of your eternal reward.
If you have a genuine desire for the truth, with a soft and broken heart – you will be led into all truth.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 “We must wait for His Son from heaven whom He raised from the dead, even Yeshua, who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
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Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 313: April 25th 2016
The Marriage, the Bride, the Rapture:
The Marriage, the Bride, the Rapture:
We’ve just looked at some of the incredible signs, symbols and types that we can apply to a pre-tribulation rapture from the Fall Feasts, in the previous edition, and more in the edition before that.
Now, let’s have a look at some of the incredible, irrefutable evidence for the rapture in the ancient Jewish wedding customs and celebration.
If you put the previous three editions together, they will collectively, shed much revelation on the pre-tribulation rapture.
The ancient Hebrew wedding and all its rich symbolism applies firstly to the Jews themselves, but there are many idioms, types, symbols and messages that apply to us, the church as well.
Some of these issues and facts are spectacular to say the least.
Most of the traditions of the ancient Hebrew wedding (at the time the Bible was written) are not practised today, but you can look all these things up. The ancient, rich symbolism and meanings are still right here and still apply.
Let’s describe the ancient wedding:
The groom would go to the home of the bride where the contractual betrothal would take place. This was not the full marriage yet. There was no consummation or living together yet. The groom would pay the price required for his bride. He would then go back to his father’s house to prepare and make the arrangements for the full wedding.
The groom would prepare a wedding chamber at his father’s house, which is where he will bring his bride for the full consummation of the marriage later on. The bride and groom would stay in this temporary dwelling for seven days.
This temporary dwelling is called the chuppah, but bears no resemblance to the chuppah used today. Back in those days it was a lot more elaborate and was sealed from view to anyone outside.
The groom would only leave the father’s house to fetch his bride, once the father had approved of the preparations made by the son. It was only the father that knew the specific instant in time when everything suited him, and all was ready.
The father would then send the son and the last trump would sound to mark the event and the fact that everything was in place for the wedding.
All of this time, the bride was considered to be consecrated, set apart and bought with a price, but still awaiting the completion of the marriage.
The groom would then leave the father’s house and come and fetch his bride to take her to his father’s house, where she would be adorned and made ready for the marriage consummation. The bride would not know the exact time of the groom’s coming. She knew the approximate time. She would need to be ready as the time approached.
Watchmen would go onto the roof of the bride’s house close to the expected time, to watch for the bridegroom’s arrival. The watchmen would then shout – “Behold the bridegroom is coming.” And blow the shofar.
The groom would take his bride and they would then go into “hiding” back at the father’s house, in the secluded, chuppah for seven days where the marriage would be fully consummated.
Only after the full marriage consummation for seven days, would the groom bring his wife out for all to see.
After the marriage in the father’s house, the bride accompanied by 10 virgins carrying tall beams with oil lamps on the top, would be carried on an “aparion” to meet the guests.
Unlike today, this ancient Hebrew wedding had two parts to it. The first stage was called “kiddushin”, which was the contractual betrothal, in which the couple were seen and rendered fully fledged bride and groom, but the marriage was not yet consummated, and they were not permitted to live together yet.
Then came the “nisuin” or the consummation of the marriage under one roof (the chuppah). The chuppah has the distinct meaning of place contained within it. The word “chuppah” means a covering of protection or hiding!
Summary of the ancient wedding:
●The groom goes to the bride in betrothal. This is a type of our salvation.
●He would pay the price required for the bride. This is a type of the cross of Calvary.
●He would then go back to the father’s house to make preparations. This is a type of our Lord’s return to heaven and His waiting and preparing for us.
●He would then leave the father’s house and come to fetch his bride. This is a type of the rapture.
●She would then be adorned and made ready. This is a type of the rewarding of the saints in heaven.
●The marriage consummation would be a private affair in the chuppah for seven days. This is a type of the marriage itself being fully and forever consummated in heaven for seven days, which is also a type of the seven-year tribulation on earth.
●Watchmen on the roof awaiting the return of the now-married bride would watch and declared the arrival. This is a type of the Second Coming of the Lord with His own to be met by the tribulation saints – the wedding guests.
A post-tribulation impossibility:
The post-tribbers believe the rapture occurs right at the end of the tribulation, at the Second Coming. We pre-tribbers, mockingly call it the great U-turn. They believe that our Lord descends to the earth at the Second Coming, the church goes up to meet Him in the air, quickly gets married to Him, does a swift U-turn and comes back to the earth with Him.
But if this wedding tradition is true, the marriage itself occurs at the father’s house (heaven) and lasts for seven days. How does that fit into a post-tribulation rapture? The Second Coming does not last for seven days. There is no way it fits.
The mix up:
We must not mix up these idioms and symbols. ●We have the Groom, who is our Lord Himself. ●We have the Bride, which is the true, born-again church. ●We have the wedding guests who are the tribulation saints, or those saved in the tribulation period.
There is a ●wedding contract or betrothal (not the full marriage). There is the ●marriage ceremony, which occurred privately. There is the ●wedding feast.
If you mix all these things up and don’t see how they fit together, it will throw a spanner in the works of your eschatology.
We must make a distinction between the saints who are called the church, and the saints of the tribulation period. We can’t lump them together.
Matthew 25:1-10 speaks of those who are invited to the marriage supper. A bride is not invited to her own marriage! These are the tribulation saints.
Some people who know all about the ancient Hebrew weddings say that it relates only to the Jews and not the church at all. It obviously does relate to the Jews although they have largely rejected their bridegroom up until now. The symbols, idioms and messages relate to the people of God both Jew and Gentile. Much of the typology is for the church.
In ancient Hebrew tradition it was required that the bride was a virgin at the time of the wedding.
In this day and age, it is very rare to find a marriage couple (male or female) who are virgins. Because this is the case, it does not make it right.
But here is the good news: In Messiah and through the cleansing work of the cross, you are restored to purity. Guilt is gone through the sacrifice of our Lord. We can all stand before Him, at our great wedding ceremony – pure, clean, washed, made holy, righteous, sinless and right with Him.
Here’s an amazing thing hidden in a well-known rapture verse:
2 Thessalonians 2:1 “I beseech you brethren, by the coming Lord Yeshua the Messiah and by our gathering together to Him.” The Hebrew form of the word “gathering” (Strong’s H3349) means “cleansing” and “purging.” In Greek the word simply means to “gather together,” although it does contain the importance of “place” within it.
Isn’t that just amazing? “Gathering” at the rapture also means that we will have been purged and cleansed. We will have been purified and made virgins, clean and white and sin free!
At the feast of the wicked, which I’ll look at further down, all participants will be pure scum, in their sin, evil and wickedness, un-cleansed and unable to ever get clean.
Wildlife and dogs await the wedding:
I’ve always been a dog lover, and have just seen my champion super-star, red setter die in my arms a few nights ago. I’m a lover of wildlife, environment and all natural creation. To me, we have an enormous responsibility to our environment, including our working animals and pets.
So this is all very much on the forefront of my mind right now, which is still in pain.
Romans 8:19-21 “The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...The creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
The rest of this discourse goes on to say that all creation is suffering as in labour right now, awaiting this great release, when the true church is finally revealed, married and fully, completed sons and daughters of God.
If you thought the heading of this chapter was amiss, think again. Read those verses again. Read them aloud and let them speak to you.
The next time you see any suffering in natural creation, just remember that it’s not in vain. Very soon all creation will celebrate the wedding of the saints when they return to the earth at the Second Coming, to set it free from the curse and the hands of all evil and wicked people into our hands!!!
The terrible enemy, death, will be swallowed up in eternal life – even the natural creation and yes your dogs and pets too!
Job 12:7-10 “Now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind?”
Revelation 19:9 “Then He said to me, write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb...”
Isaiah 62:4-5 “You (Israel) shall no longer be termed forsaken, nor shall your land be termed desolate...for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall God rejoice over you.”
The marriage of the antichrist the feast of hell:
There is only one rapture described in the Bible at the end of the seven-year tribulation period. It is the “rapture” of the wicked from this earth to hell.
Revelation 19:17-19 “Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, come and gather for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people free and slave, both small and great.”
The devouring birds in this verse and others like it are a reference to demon spirits and forces.
There will be a feast at this wedding with much drinking!
Revelation 17:6 “I saw the woman (religion) drunk with the blood of saints and the blood of the martyrs of Yeshua. And when I saw her, I marvelled with great amazement.”
Matthew 22: 12-14 “Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless! Then the king said to the servants, bind him hand and foot, take him away and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Many are called and few and chosen.”
Revelation 17:1-5 speaks of the great whore of Babylon, sitting on a scarlet beast, drunk with her fornication and blasphemy, with whom the kings of the earth had committed fornication.
In these verses above we see some horrific symbolism, all pointing to a terrible, final, eternal and irreversible destination.
You have a choice now, but the second you step into eternity, you will have no choice. You won’t be able to get up and walk out of the feast of hell. Please make the right choice now.
Note that the antichrist kills and causes the blood of the tribulation saints to flow. He rides a scarlet beast, while we have the scarlet blood of the Lamb cleansing us from the inside out!
The antichrist is arrayed in scarlet, not the saving blood emanating from the cross of Calvary. It’s all on the outside – external, like the works of all religion.
We as true believers in our Lord are drunk on the new wine of the Spirit. The work of the Spirit is within us – in our hearts. The antichrist is seen as drunk on the blood of the saints. He will slaughter those who are saved in the tribulation period.
The unsaved of the tribulation become the bride of the antichrist like it or not! They go to the feast of slaughter, like it or not. They go to the supper and feast of demons and devils like it or not. If you are not saved, the antichrist is coming for you, ready or not!
Those of the false church, counterfeit Christians and all those who thought they were Christians because they went to church on Christmas day will go to this feast as well.
The “whore of Babylon” does not go in the rapture (obviously). In the form of the Catholic church, she goes straight into the tribulation. They are already married to none other than Satan.
Surprisingly, a large number of the so-called Christians mentioned in the letters to the seven churches in the Revelation are destined for the tribulation feasts of hell.
Please be aware that it was God who shut the door of the Ark of Noah. It is God who shuts the door to the five foolish virgins. There is coming a time where the door will be shut. You don’t want to be caught on the outside...come in now!
Here are a few characteristics of the antichrist. Please be aware that there will be one antichrist, soon to be revealed, but that there are many in the spirit of antichrist even now.
Antichrist will be: ●Lawless or a law unto himself (2 Thessalonians 2:3). ●He will blaspheme God (Revelation 13:6). ●He will claim to be God 2 Thessalonians 2:4) ●He will be a miracle worked (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, Revelation 13:13) ● He will control the world economy (Revelation 13:16-17) ●He will defile the Temple (Daniel 11:31, 21:11) ●He will seek to destroy Israel (Daniel 11:40-41, 9:27) ●He will cause wars and destruction. (Revelation 12:12, 19:19)
The impossibility of the post-tribulation rapture position:
(If you would like to know more on the rapture, please see the previous three editions. If you go to the “Editions by Subject” Index on the right hand side, there are numerous other editions there on all aspects of the rapture)
As you can see from the content of this edition and the rich symbolism of the ancient Jewish wedding, the post-tribulation rapture position, simply does not fit in.
All the meanings and types are lost in the post-trib position.
Because so few people today know anything at all about the traditional wedding, the meanings just fly right over their heads.
Putting together the symbolism of the Feasts of the Lord, particularly the Feast of Trumpets (previous edition) with these of the wedding ceremony – the scales tip very heavily in favour of the pre-tribulation rapture.
Those who believe that there will be no rapture, because the word “rapture” is not in the Bible (according to their erroneous thinking) are so far wrong, they are right off the scale! They are not qualified to be teachers of any description.
Looking into all of these idioms and symbols in the ancient Hebrew wedding, we see the pre-tribulation rapture so clearly. But more than that, we see that none of it actually fits into a post-tribulation rapture position.
You can twist things and try to make them fit the post -trib view, but the more you try, the deeper into a mess you get.
The pre-trib rapture, just fits in so well, just like a jig-saw puzzle.
Revelation 21:27 (The glory of the New Jerusalem) “There shall by no means enter into it anything that defiles or causes abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
I took this picture as a herd of elephants emerged from the water at the enormous Okavango Delta in Botswana.
If you would like to see some more pictures of this beautiful place, click HERE
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 312: May 18th 2016
The Fulfilments of the Fall Feasts:
The Fulfilments of the Fall Feasts:
There are some things where revealed knowledge must make us dogmatic and inflexible. In fact the meaning of the word “doctrine” comes from the root word “dogma.” But there are also some things where we are all still in a learning situation, or where our Lord Himself is opening up, and revealing things to us more and more in these days.
I believe that the end-time verse saying “knowledge will increase” (Daniel 12:4) is progressive, and as such, means that we are in an exciting time of the outpouring of revelation. This may mean that we were wrong or simply without revelation on some issues before. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as we recognise it and move on.
Much of the understanding of the seven Feasts of the Lord is completely new to most people, because the Catholic church and all its offshoots has been so successful in re-characterising the church through the age, and making all things of Jewish origin, foreign to the church.
Let me tell you, that a church in these times that does not have a Hebraic slant is on thin ice.
Most regular Gentile Christians have no idea how they have been robbed of many great truths. The Feasts is one of these areas. They are rich with symbolism, prophetic meaning and importance, which the church is largely blind to.
The seven Feasts all have a prophetic meaning and fulfilments in real time. The first four, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost have all been fulfilled, leaving the last three, also called the Fall (Autumn) Feasts, still to be fulfilled in time and reality.
These are, The Feast of Trumpets, also called Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, also called the Days of Awe and the Feast of Tabernacles, also called Succoth.
We must bear in mind that the Feasts occur in a specific order, which can’t be changed or shifted around; simply because that’s the way the historic fulfilments occur. For example, Passover which was fulfilled by the crucifixion comes before the resurrection, represented in the Feast of First Fruits.
In this edition I will look at what the actual fulfilments will be and when they will occur. I will also look at the incredible meanings and symbolism in these fall feasts, for Jews and the church.
Mysteries and messages:
Much of the symbolism is hidden to most. God could have made it all extremely clear. But the Bible says that our Lord often spoke in parables so that the wise of the world would not understand.
Matthew 13:10 “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”
It is those who are humble and obedient to His word that will understand and those who are not who won’t understand. Isn’t that just the way it is in reality?
As we look at the incredible meanings of the Fall Feasts we must bear in mind that the entire church age is referred to in the scriptures as a “mystery.” In other words it was not seen by the Old Covenant prophets.
The word “mystery” is Strong’s G3466 and means “Once hidden, now revealed”. Or revealed to inside members but hidden to outsiders.
Ephesians 3:1-5 “Have you heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you. He made known to me the mystery...which in other ages (dispensations) was not made known as it has now...”
Ephesians 3:9 “Grace has been given to me to make all people see what the dispensation of mystery is, which, from the beginning of the ages, has been hidden in God...”
In these two verses above, we see that the church age is called the “dispensation of the mystery” and was hidden to those in previous dispensations. Again, this is exactly why we need to believe in and accept what the Bible teaches about dispensations, before we can understand all these things.
Only as we rightly divide the word do we understand the divisions of doctrine and their applications to Israel or the church.
Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets):
As we go through this, note how many messages and symbols apply to us, the church, and the rapture.
This year the feast is between October 3rd and 4th.
●Rosh Hashanah is also called the Natzal, which is symbolic of the day of the resurrection of the righteous dead and taking up of the living righteous. Many interpreters refer to this as the rapture.
●Rosh Hashanah is also known as the time of the “Coronation of the King.” The Rosh Hashanah meal includes the challah loaves which are round loaves, drenched in honey, shaped like crowns, suggesting Kingship and reminding us of the crowns of reward laid up for the righteous.
●Rosh Hashanah is also known as, Kiddushin Nesuin, which is the Messiah’s wedding ceremony! The Feast of Pentecost is the “betrothal” in terms of a Hebrew wedding, while Rosh Hashanah is the full wedding.
●This Feast is also known as, “The feast of which no man knows the day or hour”. This is because it’s the only one that begins on the sighting of the new moon. It is celebrated over two days to allow for any discrepancy in the moon rise and the sighting of it. As such, ancient observers would watch for the new-moon, but would not know the day and hour (within two days). We most certainly will know the time and season.
●The Feast is also known as “Yom Hadin”, the day of judgement. This looks forward to all the severe judgements of the tribulation period. But for us believers this would be a classical reference to the work of the cross of Messiah and the judgement of reward stored up for us as we enter heaven. This is also the time the antichrist is revealed and let loose on the earth. We could say that Yom Hadin represents the start of the tribulation period, with the rapture at its beginning.
●The Feast of Rosh Hashanah is also called “Yom Teruah”, meaning the awakening trumpet blast. Teruah is also translated as “shout.” Isaiah 44:23 Zephaniah 3:14 Zechariah 9:9
The “Teruah” shout is used to represent: ●An expression of joy and great exuberance. ●The shout of a King. ●It is also a battle cry. ●It is the shout to gather together the people when the camp is to be moved.
One commentary says that the “Teruah” is the strongest word in the whole Bible indicating great exuberance and expectation.
“Teruah” in Hebrew means a specific sort of trumpet blast. One in which the sky is shattered and broken by the sound.
●The Feast of Rosh Hashanah incorporates the “Tashlikh” ceremony, which speaks of “casting off” and of “new beginnings.” At the ceremony, sins are symbolically cast off, leaving the participant with a “new beginning.” This most certainly speaks to us as believers of the final enemy contained in our flesh being destroyed as we receive new resurrection bodies. (1 Corinthians 15:26)
►This ritual Tashlikh, symbolising the casting off of sins and the new beginning, is performed in the late afternoon at dusk. In those days the time period at dusk, just after sunset, and just before night was called “The twinkling of an eye!” I hope I don’t need to say anything more about that!!
●Rosh Hashanah is also called Yom Hakesh – The Hidden Day. Quite simply this means to hide away. But hide from whom? It is from Satan himself. The shofar is blown every day leading up to Rosh Hashanah, but not the day before. The theory is that this would hide the day of judgement from Satan. It most certainly speaks to the rapture as well.
Psalm 27:5 “In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle ...”
Isaiah 26:20-21 “Come my people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves as it were for a little moment, until the indignation (tribulation) is past. For behold the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”
Trumpet types Idioms and meanings:
We must understand that there are numerous trumpets in the Bible, used for different things. There are also different trumpet blasts, also symbolising and calling for different things.
The various types of trumpet blasts at Rosh Hashanah symbolise; repentance, sorrow, alarm, judgement and gathering.
We see the first trump, the last trump and the great trump in the Bible.
For example we see the use of silver trumpets, brass trumpets, the shofar and sometimes the call or voice of an angel is also called a trumpet blast. All have different meanings and applications, which you can only see when you look up the original words used.
The first trump was blown on the Feast of Pentecost (Exodus 19:19).
1 Corinthians 15:52 speaks of the “last trump” This is not the last trump of Revelation. The book had not been penned at the time of Paul’s reference to it. The last trump of the Revelation 11:15 is the last trump of the Old Covenant (seventieth year of Daniel)
We have a last trump for the Old Covenant and a last trump for the church age. They are not the same. People who try to merge them together don’t realise that the last trump in the book of Revelation hadn’t even been written when Paul spoke of the last trump of the church age.
Different trumpet sounds:
Rosh Hashanah sees four primary types of trumpet blasts. These are Tekiah: A long single blast signalling the coronation of Messiah. Shvarim: Three short wail-like blasts signifying repentance. Teruah: Nine staccato blasts of alarm signifying the awakening. Tekiah Ha- Gadol: The last trump blast.
The Teki’ah Gedolah, is the last of 100 shofar blasts also called the “last trump.” It most certainly refers to the “last trump.” of 1 Corinthians 51:50-52 and the end of the church age, which sees the next dispensation, Daniel’s seventieth week come into existence to complete the Old Covenant.
This would be where the rapture of the church takes place. Just as Pentecost occurred in a very short period of time, giving way to the church age, so the rapture and the next dispensation must occur together, in a very short time with little or no gap between them.
This “last trump” is perhaps the most important of the Rosh Hashanah trumpet blasts because it so clearly identifies the rapture with this Feast and no other.
►The day before Rosh Hashanah, dedicated men undergo a ritual bath of cleansing and a white linen cloth is worn. They greet each other with the words, “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.”
Does this ring any bells? It speaks of the righteous, raptured, with their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life, now in heaven, clothed in fine linen clean and white.
The Hebrew month of Elul, in Jewish tradition, is known as the “month of preparation for Rosh Hashanah”. In this month, the diligent look forward with anticipation and reverence to the coming of Rosh Hashanah, with all its meanings. Do you know what this means? It means that we will have some time to prepare for the coming of the Lord. We are commanded to “watch, pray and be ready.”
It means the exact opposite of “no one knows the time”!
It means that we as true believers are right now in that time. We are in our “Elul” of preparing for our Messiah! What a tragedy that so many know nothing about any of these things and are not preparing and are not ready!
Do you see why it is wrong to say that no one knows the time and why it wrong to avoid all these end-time things and wrong not to watch.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement):
This year it is on 12th October.
The day is referred to as, Atonement, the Great Day, and the Great Fast, the Day of Awe.
The full meaning of the Day’s of Awe are this: People will be totally awe-struck in their devastation.
Yom Kippur, almost without doubt, will see its fulfilment at mid-tribulation as the great judgement called the wrath of God begins and runs through to the end of the tribulation period.
Some believe that Yom Kippur will be fulfilled at the start of the tribulation. That would leave Rosh Hashanah with all its incredible types and meanings out in the cold.
Some believe that Yom Kippur will be fulfilled by the closing of the seven-year tribulation. This would leave the Feast of Tabernacles to be fulfilled by the Millennium only. I don’t have too much of a problem with that – we will see won’t we?
Technically, it’s not a feast but a fast.
Yom Kippur pictures the full restoration of Israel with Yeshua, our Messiah and will see the fulfilment of Romans 11:26 “Then all Israel will be saved.” “All” in this verse is “all” of the remnant and not every single, last Jew.
This is the holiest day of the Hebrew year and observed with a 25-hour period of fasting. It points to severe judgement and repentance. Jews believe that God writes the names of many Jews in His book of life at Rosh Hashanah, but only seals it on Yom Kippur.
►The last service on Yom Kippur is called Neilah, which means the “closing of the door.” It was God Himself who closed the door of the Ark once Noah and his entourage were inside. In the parable of the 10 virgins the door is closed to the five foolish virgins. There is no more room for repentance – it’s over. The grace of God has run its course.
If Yom Kippur points to the mid-tribulation wrath- judgements, then the shutting of the doors revealed in the Neilah could be interpreted as a mid-tribulation rapture. It’s possible, but it doesn’t add up with other factors.
Neilah means the grace of God has limits to it! There is a limited time in which repentance can be done and made. (Hebrews 12:17)
The Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth):
This year it is on October 17th.
It is also called the “Feast and Season of our Joy.” It is also called “the Feast of Ingathering and the Feast of the King.
Being the last of the feasts, its fulfilment will be in the last great purpose of God revealed in the dispensation of the Millennium. It will be when, in physical reality, the “word will become flesh and dwell (tabernacle) amongst men.”
All the other feasts culminate in this great conclusion.
This is a true feast of celebration and joyful activity. The Succoth (a temporary tent dwelling) which is built in the homes of the participants symbolises our temporary dwelling on and in the world.
The saved, remnant Jews and saved Gentiles will be united forever in the Millennium.
In these remaining fall feasts we see the next major events in world history encapsulated into these amazing convocations. They are rich with symbolism and meaning for the Jews. They have many messages for the church, currently in “mystery” form, as a separate distinct entity from Israel.
As you have seen, there are so very many indicators, pointers and symbols that we can apply to the church and a pre-tribulation rapture.
I would encourage you to read the previous edition entitled “The logic of a pre-tribulation rapture” if you have not done so.
There will be a lot more on these themes in the next edition, entitled “The marriage, the bride and the rapture.”
Summary of main pointers to a pre-tribulation rapture:
In these fall feasts we see: Natzal, a type of the rapture. The “last trump” which parallels with the rapture discourse in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. We see what the term “no one knows the day or hour” really means, which our Lord was referring to. We see the terms, “shout and shouting”, and “the shout of the King”, which Paul was referring to in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. We see the “casting off” and “new beginnings” which can also speak of the rapture. We see the meaning of the term “twinkling of an eye” to which Paul must have been referring in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.
By the way, Paul says that our Lord will “catch us up in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye”. The word “moment” in the original is “atomo” meaning an atomic second, or even less than a second and it will occur in the evening just between dusk and nightfall (the twinkling of an eye.)
This rapture meeting occurs in the air. Our Lord does not come down to the earth until the Second Coming, which is specifically described as occurring slowly, as He left the Mount of Olives, with every eye watching Him.
If every eye will see Him return at the Second Coming, it implies it will be in the day time. We have seen that the rapture will take place at “the twinkling of an eye”, which is evening. (See further above.)
There is absolutely no way you can make the rapture and the Second Coming the same event – a post trib event!
The signs will speak:
As I’ve said so many times, it’s not this date or that, or calendar, or feast or calculation. It’s when all the signs collectively fall into place together, and then we can look at it all with a much greater degree of certainty.
Without all the signs in place forget about any dates.
We wait and watch for the alignment of all the signs, all the symbols, dates, calculations, calendars, all collectively and together. We will see it coming!
I’ve just touched on some of the meanings and symbolism of these remaining feasts. It’s a beautiful study, going into these details in depth.
What I find absolutely incredible is the fact that world history from the cross onwards is so succinctly shown in these feasts. I wonder how people can ignore this. I wonder what degree of blindness there is amongst people, not to see these spectacular truths.
Many, like the Catholics, Anglicans, denominational churches and others, just “tear” it all out of their Bible and get rid of these major, symbol-rich events and signs.
Others in their incredible ignorance and deception would say, “It’s all coincidence”!
I took the background picture at a waterhole in the beautiful Etosha Game Reserve, Namibia and the lion at a friend’s private game reserve called Mabula in South Africa. Merging them together adds interest.
Shalom and grow in grace!