Sunday, April 26, 2015

Isaiah 26 - The Rapture and The Day of the Lord

The name of this website is "Behold, I come quickly," because Jesus is coming quickly. I believe 100% that we are the last generation, standing on the doorstep of the end of the age. The Rapture (see posts here and here) and the Day of the Lord (see hereare just around the corner.

I have no doubt about it.

I just realized something else this morning, something the Lord showed me: Isaiah 26 ties it all together, both the Rapture and the Day of the Lord.

Read chapter 25 if you want to get the full sense of prophetic imagery in this passage. But here we'll start with chapter 26, verse 19:

"Your dead will live;
Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits."
 - Isaiah 26:19

In this verse, the spirits of the dead (the Lord's dead) rise again out of the grave, out of the earth. Sounds kind of creepy, but where have we heard this before? The Apostle Paul elaborates on this event in 1 Thessalonians:

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord."
 - 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

When Jesus comes, the Lord's dead will rise out of the earth and ascend into the air, and then those who are still alive will also go up to meet the Lord. This is the Rapture, the just-in-time rescue of all the saints.

Continuing with Isaiah:

"Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation runs its course."
 - Isaiah 26:20

Jesus hides his people for a little while until the indignation runs its course. What is the indignation? This is Satan's one-world beast kingdom, the New World Order, the Great Tribulation, the time of distress such has never occurred nor ever will again. It lasts three and a half years, according to Daniel and the Book of Revelation. We are hidden away and protected during this time. Hidden in heaven.

"For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain."
 - Isaiah 26:21

Ah, here is the Day of the Lord! When the Lamb of God rides on a white horse and leads the armies of heaven to defend Israel, defeat the enemies of God and establish his throne in Jerusalem.

"In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
With His fierce and great and mighty sword,
Even Leviathan the twisted serpent;
And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea."
 - Isaiah 27:1

Who is Leviathan, the fleeing serpent, the twisted serpent, the dragon who lives in the sea (of humanity)? You know who that is. He will be bound for a thousand years on the Day of the Lord. Then, finally, the earth will know peace and righteous rule.

Come soon, Jesus!

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