Saturday, May 16, 2015

Thoughts About The Rapture

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF)

The Lord has been instructing me for some time (a year or so) about cycles, and the Old Testament.  It was not until this week that I understood everything He has been teaching me was to be put together to understand the very end of the end times (the days we live in today).  It is time to get excited about what is coming.

Points of understanding:

The Lord has always operated on cycles.  We have winter, spring, summer, fall.  Here recently He has revealed what nobody took notice of:  the re-emerging Shemitah cycle.  Thanks to the Lord using brother Cahn, the whole world now knows what the Shemitah is.  So what?

So its all about cycles.  We began the Bible with an Israel cycle, which transitioned into a Church cycle, then we will finish with an Israel cycle.  The Old Testament is an Israel cycle.  The New Testament is almost all a Church Cycle.  The book of Revelation is a mixed cycle (Church cycle, Israel cycle, The End.)

Revelation 1-3 is exclusively the Church.  Do you see Israel mentioned anywhere in there?  No.
Pay close attention to the little details you have read for years and glossed right over.  Read now from the perspective of cycles.  In Revelation 1 here is how our Lord is described for us by the Holy Spirit:

12And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Do you see any mention of Isaac, David, Jacob or anything else relating to Israel in this description^^?  No you do not.  Rev 1-3 is the end of the church cycle.  Rev 4-5 is transition between cycles, Rev 6-18 is Israel cycle.  We just looks at the description of Jesus in Rev 1 for the beginning of the short church cycle, now let us look at the description of our Lord Jesus in the transition cycle in Rev 5:

Just before opening the first seal, how is our Lord described?

5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Do you see the change?  We just shifted from the Church cycle into the Israel centric cycle.  Notice the Words used:  Lion of the tribe of Juda (Israel), Root of David (Israel).  Once someone points it out to you it is plain as day but for years all of us have read right over this.

The Lord spent an entire chapter of the Bible explaining how things work:  Cycles/Seasons/Times!!

Eccl 3
1There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

After Rev 5:5 you do not see the Church, what do you see?  Old Testament punishments for disobedience.  Revelation 6, all the seals are Old Testament judgements!  This was a real eye opener.  The Lord has had me in Deuteronomy 28, Leviticus 26, Isaiah 51, but why?  To understand Revelation 6....Compare the rewards for disobedience listed in Leviticus 26, with Revelation 6.  They match up more or less exactly.

In Rev 1-3 we see the church mentioned by name.  Rev 4-5 is transition with Israel taking center stage again by Rev 5.5.  Revelation 6 is a reintroduction (via the seals) of the same exact Old Testament punishments for disobedience...and the Church is mentioned no more.  One cycle has ended, another has begun.

 Seal 1, anti-Christ, Leviticus 26:7And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

 Seal 2, a great sword: Lev 26: 23And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; 24Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. 25And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities

Seal 3, Famine, Leviticus 26. 20And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

Seal 4, Death, Leviticus 26.  36And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth. 37And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies. 38And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. 39And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

Seal 5-6 begin to break new ground that is specifically contained to Revelation.  What I do want you to notice is this (remember cycles/seasons/times):  11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

A little season?  Rev 3:10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Hour of temptation (tribulation) = little season?  The Church is promised to sit out , be removed from that season (Glory to God.)

Is it really a coincidence that right now the Shemitah (Israel centric) cycle has made its way back into the world's consciousness?  Is it really a coincidence that the same exact rewards for disobedience listed in Leviticus 26 (Israel centric) and Deuteronomy 28 (Israel centric) reappear in Revelation 6 (Israel centric)?

What's the point and what does this have to do with the rapture?  The point is, the Church cycle is coming to an end and the Israel cycle is about to begin.  No cycle ends on a dime, as one cycle is ending and another is beginning they blend for a short time, that is where we are right now.

 As for the rapture.  I believe we should forget we ever heard the word rapture.  Why?  Why not let the Bible speak for itself and use the terms the Bible uses?  Satan is very clever.  He has used the rapture debate to steal our hope, to create doubt.

How has he done this?  By framing the argument as though only one event were possible.

 Why has there been all this argument over pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib?  Because we have all argued as though the Lord could only possibly be talking about one event across all of the scriptures that have been used to defend each of the rapture viewpoints.  We all fell for it, for awhile.  What was the error that led so many astray?  Not letting the Bible speak for itself.

Luke 21:36 is an "escape from all" event.  Escape from all are the precise Words used by the Lord.  Forget the word rapture, if the Lord did not use it, we should not either...

Revelation 3:10 is a "kept from the hour of trial" event.  The word rapture is not used by the Lord, we should not use it either.

1 Thess 4 is a "caught up" event.  Yes, you can use the word harpazo if you want to but let us use the Lord's Words, His descriptors, not ours.

Matt 24:31 is a "gather his elect" event.  The Lord did not use the word rapture here, lets use His Words not ours..

^^These are some of the key scriptures that have all been lumped together to steal the hope of millions by introducing doubt.  The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy.  The Lord only knows how much killing, stealing and destroying the enemy has done by us allowing him to frame the Word of God for us.  Forget you ever heard the word rapture and resolve only to know exactly what the Word of God says..

I will ask one simple question to get the wheels turning about what appears to be multiple events.  Does the "caught up in the blink of an eye" event in 1 Thess 4 sound like angels "gather his elect from the four winds"  No, the methodology per the Word of God is completely radically different so why do people continue to force round blocks into square holes?  If they sound different they probably are different.  Who has created all this confusion about these scriptures?  Men have with the assistance of the enemy.

If we take the Word of God as it is written and do not add anything to it, do not spiritualize it and subtract from it but just take it as it is written its is so obvious a child could understand it.

There can be multiple events, and there will be multiple events and I hereby refuse to call anyone of them "rapture" as that term has now been used to so confuse the body of Christ that it should be banished.  Let the Bible speak for itself.

The Bible, when it speaks for itself, appears to be pointing to multiple events, not one.  Revolutionary idea?  Not even close.  This path is so well worn in the Bible it is hard for me to believe we were so easily sidetracked.  Consider:

• Enoch—Genesis 5
• Elijah—2 Kings 6
• Isaiah—Isaiah 6
• Philip—Acts 8
• Paul—2 Corinthians 12
• Two Witnesses—Revelation 11
• Male Child (Jesus)—Revelation 12

All of these ^^ are physical translation events.


There will be multiple events that will happen exactly as the Word of God said they will.  There will be an escape from all event.  There will be gathering from the 4 winds of heaven event as detailed in Matt 24:31.  There will be a caught up in the blink of an eye event as described in 1 Thess 4.  Where the events sound the same, they probably are the same, where they do not sound the same, they probably are not the same.

This past week the Lord had me skim through the New Testament to look for links to Old Testament punishments linked to the New Testament.  Thats where we see 1 Cor 10 and Rev 6, they link Old and New but the larger point that zooms out to the big picture is this:  The New Testament really is "good news."  If you go back and read the Old Testament and see how often punishment, and disobedience, and curses are mentioned and it can be some tough reading.  When you skim through the New Testament, its about love, grace, mercy.  In general its just "good news" especially compared to the Old Testament.

Here's where it is time to get excited.  The good news of the New Testament, the Church age/cycle ends as it began, with hope and comfort.  How so?

It appears that there is an escape from all event coming.  Escape from all means what it says it means.  Some believers will escape all that is about to happen.  Is there some hope and comfort in that?  You bet there is and it is time to slam the door shut on the enemy stealing our hope and comfort.

Okay, is that all the hope and comfort?  No.  What happens to the believers who miss the escape from all event?  There is a gathering by the angels event that takes place immediately after the abomination that causes desolation. resulting in what we see in Revelation 7, a multitude in heaven.  Notice there is no mention of the Church in Revelation 7.  Why not?  Different cycle, different people. 

What we do see in Rev 7 is the elders that we also saw in Rev 4-5 and what did the elder say?

"Who are these people?"

Different group, different time, different cycle.  What do we know about these elders?

We know there are 24 elders (Rev 5:8).  We also know that these elders represent a much larger group that is already there in heaven with them.  How do we know that?

In Rev 5:8 we see there are 24 elders and in Rev 5:9 we see this:

9And they sang a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation;

So, there are 1. redeemed persons in heaven 2.  out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.  Next let us ask if this equates:

24 people =every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. 

Another way of asking it is, are there more than 24 (combined) tribes, tongues, peoples and nations?  Obviously and absolutely MANY more.  And they are there before any of the seals have been opened in Rev 6.  So who could these people be and which event could they be associated with?

Ask better questions, get better answers.  Stop accepting pre-framed arguments and accept the Word of the Lord just exactly as it is written, adding nothing to it and subtracting nothing from it.  If the events sounds different, they probably are different.  There is no limit to how many different events the Lord can cause to take place as we have already established here:

• Enoch—Genesis 5
• Elijah—2 Kings 6
• Isaiah—Isaiah 6
• Philip—Acts 8
• Paul—2 Corinthians 12
• Two Witnesses—Revelation 11
• Male Child (Jesus)—Revelation 12

Glory to God.  It appears the escape from all event is next.  Let us pray for ourselves, our families and all those in Christ that not one of us will miss it.

grace and peace