Saturday, August 12, 2017

Time Is Up (Part 4 - The Rapture)




PREFACE


If you haven't read the previous parts of this blog series, you can find them below:
  1. Part 1 - Two Perspectives
  2. Part 2 - Birth Pangs
  3. Part 3 - The Appointed Times

This is by far my favorite subject when discussing the feasts or end-time prophecy.  All my life and especially as a little kid, i've had personal rapture dreams.  I never understood what they meant but I will tell you this: I was a Catholic and Catholic's didn't teach about the rapture nor have belief in it.  Why was I having these dreams after never being taught or hearing about it?  God revealed so much to me over the last 20 years, some in just the last five years, that really shook me and the reason these blogs exist today. I've had at least 30 + rapture dreams in my life, something that my mother can confirm as a child and my wife as an adult.  In my later years, I started documenting them in detail within my emails so I could go back and pray about what God was showing me. God was telling me to prepare myself (as I was always left behind to watch) and to sound the alarm as a watchman.

But...there is quite a bit of conjecture whether scripture supports this "rapture" belief or if it's a made up thing. I've studied prophecy over the last several years intensively and have gleaned from many fantastic pastors and authors, including Pastor Mark Biltz, Pastor Perry Stone, Pastor Steve Cioccolanti, Jaco Prinsloo, Scott Clarke, and Charlie Campbell to come to my conclusion: the rapture absolutely exists and is scriptural!

I've heard the arguments from both sides of the isle, common questions or concerns with either view, and have based my position from those findings and own personal experience within dreams.  I take no credit in my own knowledge within this blog and will be quoting or paraphrasing each of these pastors or authors that I've gleaned from over the years in their teachings. I highly recommend their books, sermons, and YouTube channels if you are further interested in their teachings.  




THE MEANING


The first thing we need to do is define what the word "rapture" means and where it's located within the Bible.  There are other terms used like "the gathering together" and "the catching away" but rapture is the most common. You see, the word "rapture" doesn't exist in the Bible.  Wait, huh? That's right, the word rapture isn't found anywhere - but neither are words or phrases like demons, second coming, millennial reign, trinity, etc. We use all of those common theological terms to describe something and understand when someone mentions them, but without realizing they aren't in the Bible.

The New Testament was written in common Greek (so it could be read within the synagogues) and as the times changed, the church started getting influenced and infiltrated by the Roman-Catholic church, which spoke Latin.  


St. Jerome (347 AD - 420 AD), whom was a protege of Pope Damasus I, was asked to translate just the New Testament from Greek to Latin.  In the English language, we may have one word that has several meanings and it was no different when translating Greek to Latin:

Example:


  • Power (Merriam-Webster)
    • possession of control, authority, or influence over others
    • physical might
    • a source or means of supplying energy
So this one word means several different things depending on the context its being used with.  When St. Jerome translated the Bible to Latin, he had to use words or phrases in Greek that closely coincided with words or phrases in Latin. Paul used the phrase "caught up" in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and the Greek word for that phrase and context is harpazo.


Harpazo:
  • to seize, carry off by force; to seize on, claim for one's self eagerly; to snatch out or away. (Lexicons definition)
  • The Latin translation for Harpazo (or "to seize") is "Raptus", hence where we get the English word rapture. 
The terminology is strong here and it needs to be scrutinized.  This term harpazo means to seize violently (to take by force) or to snatch away quickly.  You could compare it to your son or daughter being in the middle of the road and a speeding car comes directly at them. Your instinct as a parent would be to yank them as quick and hard out of harms way as possible. - that is what this term means.

When we use the word rapture and although that specific word isn't in the Bible, it stems from the Latin word raptus and refers to a violent and quick catching away.  We often use the word "trinity" to describe God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit based on 1 John 5:7 however the word itself is not listed in the Bible. It's not heretical to speak of the trinity nor is it heretical to speak of the word rapture.




PAUL'S REVELATION



History:

Paul, whom used to be called Saul of Tarsus, had heavily persecuted the church and even approved the stoning of Stephen. (Acts 8:1-2).  He would go from house to house, arresting men and women and putting them in jail.  His intention was to travel to Damascus and anyone who followed Jesus, he would bring back to Jerusalem for trial. On the way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19), Jesus revealed Himself to Saul from heaven, essentially telling the proud Pharisee that he was only hurting himself in resisting the truth and teaching of Christ.  Saul was instantly changed inside, his name became Paul, was baptized by Ananias in Damascus, and became the most influential disciple of the New Testament. He wrote 14 books of the New Testament and is the one who received the revelation of the rapture on the same mountain Moses received the 10 Commandments, Mt. Sinai in current day Saudi Arabia. (Galatians 1:16-17


As you see from the image, the top of the mountain has been burned when God physically came down in fire (Exodus 19:18) and walked in front of Moses as he was hid in the cleft of the rock.  If you're interested in the archaeological findings at this mountain and near by, check out this website: Ark Discovery

In his letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 14:16-17), he says "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."

In Paul's letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), he says "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

These two scriptures are where we get the initial belief in the rapture.  The specific phrase "caught up" within it's context is also found in other versus of the Bible below.



SCRIPTURES WITH THIS PHRASE


  • Acts 8:39 uses this same term and describes Phillip disappearing in front of the eunich as the eunich was getting baptized by him.
  • Paul describes this event in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 where we will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord.
  • Paul also describes his revelation of the "rapture" in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 where he was caught up into paradise.

All of these versus describe what we consider a rapture of the righteous.



CONCERNS



Question 1:

"Why hasn't the rapture been taught prior to the 1800's, when John Nelson Darby popularized the teaching?

  • Answer: There were no prophetic end-time signs being fulfilled until then. Israel wasn't a nation, the Jews weren't returning to the country that they didn't have, no antichrist, no third temple, etc. If people in the 1200's were told the rapture wouldn't have happened until 2017 (as an example), there would be no hope for them and the following generations.  In Titus 2:13, it says we are looking for the blessed hope...which there would be none had Paul revealed the precise day or hour the rapture would take place.
    • Paul also goes on to explain in 2 Corinthians 12:3-7 that when he had the revelation of the rapture, "it wasn't lawful for a man to utter the unspeakable words..." This means Paul was shown exactly when this event would take place but couldn't speak it, only giving us clues so that we were always watchful and hopeful.  This is where he speaks of the Feast of Trumpets and we will get more into that later.

Question 2:

"The Church has been given authority and power right now.  The Rapture is an escapism-type teaching, is it not?

  • Answer: Absolutely.  God has shown time and time again within scripture that the righteous are not to be judged with the unrighteous when His wrath is poured out. 
    • Jesus spoke of praying to be worthy of escape in Luke 21:36
    • Paul talks about Jesus making a way of escape from temptation in 1 Corinthians 10:13
    • Psalm 71:2 mentions escaping and being delivered into God's righteousness
    • Psalm 141:10 talks about escaping while the wicked fall into their nets
    • Isaiah 37:22 talks about the remnant escaping from Jerusalem to Mt. Zion
    • Isaiah 66:19 also talks about escaping

Then look at some of these larger events where the righteous escaped death:
  • Noah and family escaped the flood (Hebrews 11:7)
    • Jesus also talked about the "last days" being that of Noah (Matthew 24:37). We should see "escaping" the same.
  • Lot and his family escaped from Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:22)
    • Jesus says again that the last days would also be like Lot.(Luke 17:28-30). The "escaping" applies here too.
  • Exodus and the Passover prevented the Israelite's first born from being killed by the angel of death (Exodus 12:23)
  • Rahab was spared when Jericho was destroyed (Hebrews 11:31
  • Jesus talks about Jerusalem being surrounded and the inhabitants escaping to the mountains (Luke 21:20-21)
  • Jews escaping to Jordan under the Antichrist rule (Daniel 11:41)
  • 144,000 Jews being saved from God's angel's (Revelation 7:1-3)

Here are some examples of scripture talking about being hidden when God's wrath is poured out:

  • Zephaniah 2:3: "...It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger."
  • Psalms 27:5: "...In the secret place of His tabernacle, he shall hide me..."
  • Isaiah 26:20: "Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past."
    • This correlates to Jesus speaking of the 10 Virgins parable in Matthew 25:1-13. More specifically, verse 10, "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut."
    • In Revelation 4:1-2, John also sees a physical door in heaven that was opened, allowing him to enter.

All of these events and scriptures confirm that the righteous (bride of Christ) are hidden, will escape, and not destined to God's judgment/wrath. We are given the blessed hope (rapture), which is a blessing for only those who overcome. (Revelation 3:21; James 1:12)  Jesus confirms this within the four parables below and in John 14:3 where He says "...where I am, so you may be also."


Personal Thoughts:
While praying and driving home a few years ago, God randomly revealed to me the understanding of the 10 virgins parable. There are two types of believers: The ones who just believe and then the ones who truly follow.  Then He revealed to me that all 10 virgins were waiting to be married to the bridegroom, hence "all were saved". Only five were prepared to meet him which speaks of the ones who overcame until the time of the wedding. The five who missed the bridegroom speaks of the sleeping church, specifically the Laodicea church mentioned in Revelation (our current generation).  Jesus reveals this more in Matthew 7:14, "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Those who truly take up their cross (daily) and live their life for Him and according to His word (daily) are the ones that receive the blessed hope (rapture).

There are four parables about the return of the Lord and in each of them, Jesus mentions some that aren't taken or prepared. This means there will be Christians who are not raptured according to Jesus.
  1. Parable of The Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14)
  2. Parable of The Thief In The Night (Matthew 24:43)
  3. Parable of The 10 Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
  4. Parable of The Three Servants (Matthew 25:14-30
Luke 21:36 says, "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

If all Christians were going to be raptured, there would be no reason to pray that we will be counted worthy of escape as Jesus mentions here in Luke.


IDIOMS


Idiom (Merriam-Webster):

  • the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class
  • the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language

In today's culture, we might say "Turkey Day" and everyone knows we are speaking of Thanksgiving. Or we might say, "It's raining cats and dogs" meaning its raining really hard. These are known as idioms and every period of time has them, as they pertain to their culture. I couldn't say "Turkey Day" to someone hundreds of years ago and expect them to understand what i'm talking about.

We don't realize just how many idioms are used within scripture, but more specifically as it pertains to the rapture. I'm going to get into this in a lot of detail so stay with me because its very important to understand these meanings.

Examples:

  • Matthew 24:36 is probably the most quoted and common idiom regarding the rapture. "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." 
    • This statement pertains to the Feast of Trumpets and the people in Jesus' day would have understood this idiom.  As we covered in the last blog, the Feast of Trumpets has many names associated with it, one being "The feast in which no man knew the day or hour". I also added an addendum about this very verse at the very bottom of this blog part, which will describe how this was possible and how we can know for certain when this will take place.
      • This is the only feast of the seven that's a two-day feast, having started when two witnesses site a sliver of the new moon and reporting it to the Sanhedrin. Thus, the people never knew when the feast started until the new moon was sited and why its a 48 hour feast.
      • Its the only feast that can be celebrated by the entire world at the same time and this ties into the parables Jesus spoke of below:
        • Luke 17:34-36, Jesus says "I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left.  Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”
        • You have one asleep (night), you have one grinding the mill (morning), and you have one in the field (mid-day).  Feast of Trumpets is the only feast that enables these to happen at the same time. Half of the world will be at night and the other half during the day.  This is also why my dreams of the rapture happen mid-day and turn into night - foreshadowing this festival. 
        • Also odd is that my dreams usually happen at noon (relating to the "twinkling of an eye" in the next points below) and here in Nashville, Tennessee, we are 6 hours behind Israel. When the sun sets around 6:00 PM their time, its 12:00 PM our time. 12:00 is considered "time's up" or "doomsday" according to the doomsday clock. We use the phrase "in the 11th hour" meaning once it hits 12:00, its over.  6-7:00 PM on the Hebrew calendar is considered midnight. How interesting...
  • 1 Corinthians 15:52 is full of idioms. "in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
    • "at the last trump" is also an idiom for the Feast of Trumpets. During this festival, the shofar (trumpet) is blown 100 times. In these 100 blasts, the first of three categories are combined back and forth until there is a total of 99 sounds.  Then comes the 100th, the Tekiah Gedolah, a very long-sustained note – as long as the trumpeter had breath to hold it, and this is known as “the last trump.” 
    • "twinkling of an eye" is a Jewish idiom for the very small time period where the sun rises into morning and sun sets into evening. 

    • Interesting to note that Jesus says "that night" in the parable and first in the context of the verse. This Revelation 12 sign I keep mentioning happens in the very last hour and the last day of the Feast of Trumpets, fully fulfilling "at the twinkling of an eye."  This also correlates to the vision Daniel was given in Daniel 8:26 about the "vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true".
    • "in a flash" isn't an idiom but actually has a lot of scientific significance since this refers to lightning. (Greek definition). Perry Stone has an amazing teaching (YouTube video) on the science behind lightning (strokes and particles) and how it relates to the rapture. (Matthew 24:27)
      • Lightning flashes at 186,000 miles per second (or in other terms, travels around the world 7.5 times per second) so we could say Jesus will "catch up" His bride faster than we can blink. 
      • A cloud has positively charged particles on the top and negatively charged particles on the bottom. In a storm where there is lightning, the ground becomes positively charged so the negative particles at the bottom of the cloud attract the positive on the ground and it creates a spark called "the leader stroke". The ground particles then shoot up to the clouds in whats called "the return stroke".



      • Jesus returns to call up those of which "are on the ground", returning up in the clouds to meet Him in the air. Lightning can only happen if the ground particles are positive, meaning those who have answered God's call. The term "air" is defined by two Greek words as they correlate to Mt. Olympus, being the tallest mountain in their day.  From the top of the mountain (where a cloud sits) to the top of the sky is one word.  From the bottom of the cloud to the ground is another word. (Greek Strong's Concordance)
      • In Ephesians 2:2, it shows Satan's dominion is from the bottom of the clouds down to the earth (2nd definition of "air").  So Jesus comes into Satan's territory, snatches up His bride, and brings them above the clouds (positively charged particles) where Satan has no dominion. It's here we understand phrase, "first the physical, then the spiritual" from 1 Corinthians 15:46


SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS


The Feast of Trumpets is known by several names such as:

  • The Feast That No Man Knows the Day Or Hour
  • The Time of Jacobs Trouble
  • The Day of the Awakening Blast
  • Yom HaDin
    • Day of Judgment
  • The Opening of the Books
  • The Opening of the Gates
  • Yom HaKeseh
    •  The Hidden Day
  • Ha Kiddushin / Nesuin 
    • Wedding of the Messiah
  • Ha Melech 
    • Coronation of the Messiah
  • The Blowing of the Trumpets

Several of these alternate names stand out as they pertain to the rapture:
  • The Time of Jacobs Trouble:
    • Jeremiah 30:6-7 says, "Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor, and all faces turned pale?  Alas! For that day is great,  so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.  We know the woman gives birth (Revelation 12 sign) on The Feast of Trumpets (9/23/17). It says "that day" will be great (as in the great sign in heaven - Revelation 12:1) and it is the day of Jacob's trouble (insinuating the start of the tribulation period) and the child shall be saved out of it. Revelation 12:5 discusses the child being "caught up" - or "saved".
  • The Day of the Awakening Blast: 
    • This pertains to 1 Thessalonians 4:16, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise.  We see the blast of a trumpet (singular) and the dead in Christ raised from their sleep.
    • Zechariah 9:14 says, "Then the Lord will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord God will blow the trumpet, and go with whirlwinds from the south." He will be within the clouds (over them), His arrow (or snatching away) will be like lightning, and Jesus Himself with blow the shofar (trumpet) as it pertains to 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
    • Psalms 47:5 ties into the first part, "God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet."
    • Romans 13:11-12 correlates the dead as "sleeping", "The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near." "The night is nearly over and the day drawing near" is another reference to the "twinkling of an eye" when night transitions to day.  Interesting that he mentioned "hour" again.
  • The Opening of the Gates:
    • Jesus speaking of the difficulties to get to heaven (through the narrow gates) within Matthew 7:13-14. Only the ones who overcome and persevere with get the blessed hope.
  • Yom HaKeseh (The Hidden Day):
    • Colossians 3:3-4 says, "For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Philippians 3:21 confirms, "who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
  • Ha Kiddushin / Nesuin (Wedding of the Messiah)
    • I think this one is self-explanatory through the parables Jesus spoke of in Matthew 22:1-14 (wedding banquet) and Matthew 25:1-13 (10 virgins). Both dealt with the bridegroom acquiring his bride and the feast being ready.
  • The Blowing of the Trumpets
    • In Joshua 6:20 and on the Feast of Trumpets, we see the culmination of Joshua and the Israelite army walking around the city of Jericho for 7 days before the city walls fell. 
    • Joshua 6:5 says they were to make "one long blast" with the rams horn and then make a "great shout" with the trumpets.
      • On the Feast of Trumpets, the last and 100th shofar blast is called "Tekiah-Gedolah" meaning "the last trump".
    • Joshua 6:20 says, "So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city." This Old Testament verse directly correlates to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 that says, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  
      • Jesus is the High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) that blows the trumpet of God, He shouts, the voice of an archangel (Daniel 10:6 describes the archangels voice as "the voice of a multitude") and then we go up (caught up) together.  
      • The blowing of trumpets is to announce the presence of God (Revelation 11:15)
      • This is a direct revelation that the rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets as the pattern with Jericho.

IN CLOSING



I'm going to make some extremely bold statements here
  • There will be no Muslims taken in the rapture. 
  • Likewise, there will be no other followers of any other religion taken. 
  • You will most likely see children under the age of accountability taken - and quite possibly children of other religions because they aren't of age to fully understand and make a belief choice yet.  Yes, that also means women who were pregnant at the time of the rapture.  We believe life starts at conception and every child given a soul!  This should be one of the greatest signs to watch for.
  • You will see people who claim to be Christian left because they chose to not pursue God but yet only believed in Him.  If you have read Revelation, they have a VERY difficult road ahead of them.
  • I would even go so far to say the governments of the world will now claim aliens exist and they are the cause of millions of people disappearing, most likely spearheaded by Pope Francis. (just so happens to be the 70th anniversary of Roswell, NM and the Vatican has the most powerful telescope called Lucifer - go figure that one). How will aliens taken unborn babies from mother's wombs? Do not believe the lie as scripture says will happen (2 Thessalonians 2:11). This event is the rapture of the true bride, those who pursued Him every day and obeyed Him.

There is only ONE path to God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Since the Feast of Trumpets is the next feast to be fulfilled, the idioms within scripture describe this feast and times of day within, and the Revelation 12 sign (i'll address in another blog) gives birth in the last "hour" or the "twinkling of an eye" of the last day (September 23, 2017), I'd say we better watch and be prepared with our oil in our lamps just in case. Jesus and Paul gave us the feast day with times to watch for but didn't give the exact hour, day, or year it would happen to ensure we had hope. The blessed hope.



ADDENDUM: WHY DIDN'T JESUS KNOW?



I want to clarify this question since I still hear a lot of people quote Matthew 24:36, even after I have explained the above blog in person, text, or message:

"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

Why do you think Jesus - being God - didn't know everything already according to His statement?  I think too often, we don't don't really analyze this statement.  Jesus is God and knows all , right?! There are some interesting things to mention here.

Mark 6:3-5 says, "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? (Yes, Jesus had siblings and He was the first of them) and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin (even His own siblings didn't believe Him), and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

The kicker was that Jesus "could do no mighty work there" because of their unbelief.  How is this possible since Jesus is God and can do anything? It sounds like Jesus was limited in some form or manner while being human. The next verse would support that:

Luke 2:52 says, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Jesus increased in wisdom and it also says in favor with God. This is very important to consider. This verse highlights that Jesus didn't know everything as a man unless God the Father revealed it and as Jesus increased in wisdom and favor. It also supports that He wasn't able to do everything unless God the Father provisioned it:

Proverbs 2:6 confirms this and says, "All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding.  

John 5:19 says, "Jesus gave them this answer: 'Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."

Wisdom needs to be given by God the Father and then He also provides the understanding of it.  If Jesus was limited to perform miracles because of their unbelief, scripture says He increased in wisdom and favor, and God the Father was the only one who knew the specific day and hour (as Jesus said in Matthew 24:36), this would mean Jesus truthfully didn't know the time of the rapture because God hadn't revealed it...yet...

...and here is where things shift and why we are able to confidently confirm what Jesus didn't know: 

Paul and John weren't provided either of their revelation until AFTER Jesus died and ascended to heaven. 

Paul (originally called Saul) was changed by the resurrected Jesus on his way to Damascus. Paul then went to Mt. Sinai to pray where he received the revelation of the rapture. This again was only after Jesus died, ascended into heaven, and given the revelation from God the Father.

When John was visited by Jesus on the isle of Patmos and shown the events of Revelation, that was 60 years after Jesus had already died (scholars believe Revelation was written around 95 A.D). Again, when Jesus died and ascended in heaven, God the Father revealed everything to Him at that point.  That is why Revelation 1 says, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John"

BOOM! Jesus knew the rapture would be on a Feast of Trumpets and within Paul's revelation, he confirmed more details of that day (such as the twinkling of an eye, the last trump, etc). Paul also confirms that no one was permitted to speak such words (2 Corinthians 12:4), implying that although he knew the exact year, day, and hour - he couldn't speak it.  Instead, he gave us enough clues to have 100 % confidence of the feast, and the hour of it without giving us the specific year.  This ensured we still had hope and always continued to look up during that festival each year. 

John's revelation about the woman giving birth (Revelation 12:5) coincides with this rapture event and why we can now confidently say we know when the rapture will take place - because Jesus revealed it once God the Father revealed it to Him.

Do you often wonder why Daniel was told by Gabriel (Daniel 12:4) to seal the words up until the time of the end but John was told to reveal it and not shut the words up (Revelation 22:10)? 

Daniel 12:4:
But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."

Revelation 22:10:
Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.

Did you know that we only discovered this Revelation 12 sign within the last 2-3 years? It was only through an increase in knowledge as stated in Daniel that we were able to view the sky patterns in a program called Stellarium. In Daniel's day and throughout most of history, they had to view everything with the naked eye.  They didn't have powered telescopes, they didn't have computers or programs to go backwards and forwards in time based on celestial patterns.  It was only recently until that knowledge was given and as Jesus told John, the time is near. We are now at the time of the end as mentioned in Daniel where knowledge increased and we have understanding of his vision.




Daniel 8:26 says, "The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true..." As you see from the image above, the evening and morning are right at the times of "twilight".


1 Corinthians 15:52 says, "in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."



  • Both of these pertain to what time of day the rapture will occur


Genesis 1:5 says, "And there was evening, and there was morningthe first day."

The nugget here is "the first day". September 23, 2017 - when the Revelation 12:5 sign gives birth and falls on the Feast of Trumpets, BIRTHS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR. 

  • This tells us what day of the year the rapture will occur

This all goes back to Matthew 24:32 where Jesus talks about the owner of the house knowing when the thief would come:

Matthew 24:32:

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

1 Thessalonians 5:4-6:
"But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober."
Revelation 16:15 says the same thing, "Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed."

He then tells Paul and John the same analogy about the thief. He says "look (or watch)". He says "blessed" is the person who watches and has clothes on (something we take off as we go to sleep)

Jesus says "understand this" in Matthew 24:32 - meaning there is something to scrutinize as to what He's about to say. He then correlates keeping watch by knowing when the thief was coming, as you see highlighted in blue. This verse confirms that in order to keep watch, you need to know what time the thief was coming.

We know what time He is coming because it was revealed to Paul and John after Jesus died and ascended:

Galatians 1:11-12 says, "I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." Paul only spoke of what was revealed to him by Jesus Himself. The same is said for John:

Revelation 1:1 says, "The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John" Extremely important to note is Jesus revealed it to John but only after the Father revealed it to Him, and only after Jesus was resurrected.

Paul says we are not in darkness (when thieves usually come) "brothers" - implying those who are his true bride and looking for Jesus to return. He then goes on to say "that day" not surprise you like a thief, just as Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24:32 paragraphs above.


WE ARE CALLED TO KNOW THE DAY AND HOUR......IF......we are His bride awaiting His return. If we are asleep (as the Laodicean Church), we wont see the signs, know the day or hour, and hence be unprepared when it occurs.  We know it will happen on a Feast of Trumpets, we know what time period of day it will occur, and now we know what day of the year it will occur. To stress the point one more time, we are called to know when the Master will return.


...to be continued...



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