There is an event coming that the Lord calls the "escape from all" which you can read about in Luke 21:36. He also calls it the "harpazo" or snatching away. People also call it "the rapture." Call it whatever you want to, the fact is, its coming...
As I was asking the Lord to give me something else to give to you (and me) today, he gave me another place in his Word where the rapture/escape from all has been prophesied. Read this:
Isaiah 30: 27 See, the Name of the Lord comes from afar,
with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke;
his lips are full of wrath,
and his tongue is a consuming fire.
28His breath is like a rushing torrent,
rising up to the neck.
He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction;
he places in the jaws of the peoples
a bit that leads them astray.
29And you will sing
as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;
your hearts will rejoice
as when people go up with flutes
to the mountain of the Lord,
to the Rock of Israel.
30The Lord will cause men to hear his majestic voice
and will make them see his arm coming down
with raging anger and consuming fire,
with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.
31The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;
with his scepter he will strike them down.
32Every stroke the Lord lays on them
with his punishing rod
will be to the music of tambourines and harps,
as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.
33Topheth has long been prepared;
it has been made ready for the king.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,
with an abundance of fire and wood;
the breath of the Lord,
like a stream of burning sulfur,
sets it ablaze.
If you ever wanted a picture of what it will be like on the day the "escape from all" (luke 21:36) happens, this is it. It is a stunning portrait of a day that is coming soon to this world. Read that passage of scripture very carefully and you'll see treasure hidden in plain sight.
The bible is used to interpret the bible, we know that right? So what do we see in Isaiah 30 that we can point to and nod our head "yep" at? How about this?
29And you will sing
as on the night you celebrate a holy festival
^^Think Feast of Trumpets here. There is a night coming, when 2 things are happening simultaneously. First, the Lord comes from afar with burning anger and clouds of dense smoke, with his lips full of wrath..He will be shaking the nations in a "sieve of destruction" and while He is doing that, we will sing "as on the night you celebrate a holy festival."
We know from previous study that all the early year feasts of the Lord have been fulfilled to the very day, only the fall feasts remain. What's the next feast to be fulfilled, literally to the day? The Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah.
As if that weren't enough, what else does Isaiah 30 point directly to, and marry with perfectly? Luke 17 and Matt 24. The bible interpreting the bible, perfect down to the letter:
Luke 17:26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed
Matt 24:36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,f but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
We are told in no uncertain terms in both Luke 17 and Matt 24 that the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah and Lot. What happened in the days of Noah and Lot? On the same day Noah entered the ark, the rain fell. On the same day that Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone fell and destroyed them all.
What does Isaiah 30 tell us?
29And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people go up with flutes to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.
32Every stroke the Lord lays on them with his punishing rod will be to the music of tambourines and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.
Go back and re-read Isaiah 30, do you see how in the midst of the radical destruction the Lord lays on the nations, WE ARE SINGING? Do you see how utterly ABSURD the people are who tell us that we will be stuck in the middle of the time of Jacob's trouble dodging plagues and the wrath of God as though we were one of the unbelievers?
Again and again, the Lord shows us the same picture. The world is getting hammered, and we are SINGING. The destruction the Lord lays on the nations will to the sound of tambourines and harps.
Now bear with me here as I reason this out. If we are standing on earth amongst the backslidden, the apostate, the pagans, the satanists and everyone else who has this wrath coming, would we really be singing and rejoicing as though we were enjoying one of the Lord's festivals? This event that's about to happen will be so dire, so grave that it will make men's hearts fail them for fear. On this earth, there will be no singing and harp playing on the day the Lord's smoking fiery vengeance is carried out.
Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Noah was in the ark when the water judgement began to fall. Lot was outside Sodom on the day the Lord's fire judgement began to fall. This future event that will see the Lord's wrath unleashed once again will be EXACTLY the same as the days of Noah and Lot. True believers on that day will be someplace physically removed, and they will be SINGING, and REJOICING at every swing of the Lord's arm against the wicked nations of this earth. That's a fact.
We live in a day of scoffers, just as the bible predicted.
2 Peter 3:3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will
come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
Many of these scoffers call themselves Christians. They scoff at the Word of the Lord that tells us in plain language that there WILL BE an escape from all that we should pray for (luke21:36). They scoff at the idea that in the day the Lord comes back for us, some believers will be physically removed just like Noah and Lot were.
As you believe, so you receive. If these so called christians can talk you out of believing what the Word of the Lord clearly says, then they can talk you out of the fulfillment of the promises. The promises of the Lord are inherited by those who patiently wait for them and have the FAITH in the promises to receive them.
Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through
faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
If the Lord tells us that there will be an "escape from all" and you have no faith for that promise, and you do not pray for escape as we are clearly told to do, and to make matters worse, you actively teach others not to pray for escape, or to believe for escape, then what will be your end? What will you receive from the Lord's hand for teaching doctrines that are in direct opposition to His own Word?
The answers to these questions are coming in time.
Remember to pray. Stop watching and reading this world's "news." That includes all the "alternative media" too. It's all, 100% trash. Get your news from the Lord. Quiet your mind and spirit so you can hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches today.
Done for today, grace and peace.