Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Is The Rapture - Bible Verses

For Part One of this post, see This Is The Rapture!

Jesus is coming soon! He will gather his church in the air and spirit them away before the wrath of God is poured out on earth and Satan's full mayhem is unleashed in the form of the New World Order.

There is a lot of debate about the Rapture, even among the wisest and most knowledgeable of the Scriptures. The reason why is it has been concealed! First, the Lord wants his appearance to be a surprise. "I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you," Jesus said in Revelation 3:3. So it's not surprising that the Bible is opaque on this question. Moreover, insight into the Rapture has been concealed since the time of Daniel. "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time." It was the decision of God himself to seal up the insight he gave to Daniel. But the words have recently been unsealed, because WE ARE AT THE TIME OF THE END. I highly recommend this video by Jonathan Kleck about Daniel 12: 

The Unrolled Scroll

Below are some verses in Scripture that testify to the Rapture, when Jesus rescues his saints.

Revelation 3:10-11
Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world*, to test those who dwell on the earth. I am coming quickly.

* This is the Rapture! Those who persevere in the faith will be spared the time of testing coming upon the world.

Luke 21:34-36
Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place*, and to stand before the Son of Man.

* This is the rapture! It is an escape from cataclysmic events Jesus describes in the section prior to this verse. Who escapes? Those who stay on the alert, praying and maintaining their relationship with the Lord.

Matthew 24:36-41
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.*

* This is the Rapture! Note the comparison to the days of Noah, when Noah and his family were saved in the ark from the wrath of God poured out on earth. God promised no more floods. This time it will be fire.

No one knows the day or the hour. Life at the time may seem almost normal. Eating, drinking, marrying, and then Jesus comes! Two people at work, one a believer and the other not, one taken into the air and the other left behind. Then comes judgment on earth.

Daniel 12:1
Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.*

* This is the Rapture! At the time of distress, everyone whose name is written in the Book of Life will be rescued. The word "rescue" in Hebrew implies a "slippery escape." We will be rescued right as all hell is breaking loose.

Daniel 12:11
And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away*, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

* This is the Rapture! In the age before the coming of the Messiah, the temple was a building in Jerusalem dedicated to the worship of God. In the end times, which is the era between the first and second comings of Christ, the temple is the human body. The moment Jesus died on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and the earth shook. This event signified God's presence and power would no longer dwell in a temple in Jerusalem. Instead, God's Spirit would dwell in our bodies. Jesus talked extensively about how the Holy Spirit would come and lead and empower us. At Pentecost this was fulfilled dramatically and continues to present. The Apostle Paul also wrote about how the temple is our body, specifically the bodies of men and women who are born again and in whom the Spirit dwells.

In the age before the coming of the Messiah, the daily sacrifice was in fact a twice-daily burnt offering presented to the Lord in the temple. It paid homage to and symbolized God's continual presence, communion and blessing among the people of Israel. Now, can you guess where the daily sacrifice happens in this age? That's right, the temple which is our bodies. According to 1 Peter 2:5, "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." And Paul said in Romans 12:1, "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." Do you see it? WE ARE THE DAILY SACRIFICE! We who are born again in the Spirit are the daily sacrifice in the temple of our bodies. The removal of the daily sacrifice is the Rapture! When all of God's people are removed, there will be nothing left but darkness in the world, nothing but unregenerated humans separated from God and directly influenced by the spiritual forces of darkness, namely, Satan and his cohort. This is the abomination that causes desolation! 

From the time the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination is set up, there will be about three and a half years until the end of the age, when Jesus comes as a Warrior King for the Battle of Armageddon and establishes his throne on earth for a thousand-year reign. Then will come the Sabbath rest of creation. After laboring for 6,000 years under the fall of man and dominion of Satan, creation will rest for 1,000 years under the righteous kingship of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12:7-9 and 13-14
And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him...

And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place*, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent

* This is the Rapture! By reading all of Revelation 12, you can see the woman represents God's people or the church (ecclesia), the male child is Christ and the dragon is Satan. Long ago Satan was evicted from the third heaven where God's throne is, and today Satan occupies a lower rung of heaven. This is why he is also called prince of the power of the air. The day is coming when Satan and his fallen angels will be thrown all the way down to earth. He will then pursue God's people with a frenetic vengeance. But at that moment, the church will be given "two wings of a great eagle" and fly away. This is The Rapture!

Times, time and half a time is poetic way of saying three and a half years, which is the duration of Satan's one-world beast government. At the end of this time, the saints in heaven will return, riding in Jesus' army on the day of the Lord for the Battle of Armageddon. But don't worry, you will have supernatural immortal bodies for this battle! More on this later.

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