Thursday, October 11, 2012
Did Jesus Ever Mention The Rapture?
A. While Jesus gave us a few hints about the rapture, He never taught openly about it and I don’t think we would have seen His hints if we didn’t already know about the rapture from Paul’s teaching. In 1 Thes. 1:10 Paul made the first direct mention of the rapture, following up with more detail in 1 Thes. 4:16-17 and 1 Cor 15:51-52. These letters were written about 20 years after the cross.
One of the Lord’s hints was in the reference to the days of Noah and Lot in Luke 17:26-29. After speaking of of the days of Noah where the faithful were preserved through the judgment, He then brought up the days of Lot where the judgment could not come until Lot was first taken away from the time and place of its occurrence (Genesis 19:15-22). In these two examples He was saying that some (Israel) would be preserved through the end times judgments while others (the Church) would be removed from the time and place before they begin.
Another hint came in John 11:25-26. Speaking of the last days, Jesus told Martha that believers who die will live again and those who are alive will never die. In other words there would be one generation of believers who would not die but would go straight from this life into the next one. With hindsight we can tell He was speaking of the rapture because those who survive the end times judgments and go live into the Millennial Kingdom will still be in their natural states and will eventually die. Only those taken in the rapture will never die.
But as I said, if you didn’t already know about the rapture from Paul’s teaching you probably wouldn’t see these hints. After Paul revealed the rapture, Jesus confirmed it in His letter to the Church in Philadelphia, saying, “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth” (Rev. 3:10) The Greek word translated from in this verse means we’ll be kept out of the place, time, or cause of the hour of trial.
Joh 11: 23-27, KJV
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (*The first resurrection for the dead in Christ before the rapture)
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (*The rapture of the church)
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
UNDERSTANDING IN MATT 24 :
THE ONE IN MATT 24: 26-31, IS ABOUT JESUS SECOND COMING/ HIS JUDGMENT AT SECOND COMING NOT ABOUT THE RAPTURE . IN THESE VERSES IN MATT 24 TALK ABOUT SEVERAL THINGS, END TIMES SIGNS, SECOND COMING/ GOD'S JUDGMENT AT SECOND COMING AND THE RAPTURE;
Matt 24:26-31, KJV
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (*JESUS IS IN THE SECRET CHAMBERS (HEAVEN) WITH HIS BRIDE , THE RAPTURED CHURCH DURING 7 YRS TRIBULATION)
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. (*MANY THE DEAD BODIES BOTH MEN AND ANIMALS, DURING THE 7 YRS TRIBULATION AND BY THE END OF TRIBULATION AND WHERE THE EAGLES EAT OR TAKE IT)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (*AFTER THE TRIBULATION FOR 7 YRS IS OVER)
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (JESUS WILL GATHER HIS ELECTS, THE ELECTS ARE THE SAVED PEOPLE WHO SURVIVE DURING 7 YRS TRIBULATION PERIOD, Surviving believers will be received into the Kingdom to help re-populate the EARTH while unbelievers will be sent away for judgment.)
Taken left in Matt 24 is about the Rapture.. although it does not tell the word rapture. Verses 37-42 is about THE RAPTURE, YOU SHOULD READ THE WORD OF GOD IN CONTEXT, DO NOT TAKE IT OUT OF THE CONTEXT, LET'S READ IN THE WHOLE CONTEXT ,
Matt 24:37-42, KJV
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (THE DAYS OF NOAH IS RIGHT NOW, NOT DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD WHEN PEOPLE DRINKING, EATING AND MARRYING)
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.(**THE FLOOD, GOD'S WRATH'S COMING, WHEN< THE TIME IS JUST LIKE THE DAYS OF NOAH)
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH)
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH)
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.(YOU CANNOT KNOW THE EXACTLY THE DAY AND THE HOUR DURING THIS PRESENT TIME, IF THE RAPTURE HAPPENS DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD OR AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION, WE KNOW THE TIME ALREADY, 3 1/2 YRS AFTER THE TRIBULATION STARTS (MID TRIB) AND 7 YRS LATER AFTER THE TRIBULATION STARTS (POST TRIB)
When we looked at Matthew 24 and the subject was the rapture and Israel. Matthew 24 is the greatest prophetic word from Jesus himself in all the Bible. This is the greatest statement. The parallel gospel to this is Luke chapter 21. So both in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 Jesus gave us his lesson on Bible prophecy. Now, he went on in Matthew and gave us Matthew 25. He also has Matthew 25, additional things to say about prophecy. Matthew 24 is considered to be the greatest word Jesus said about prophecy. So I believe the best way to understand Matthew 24 is not chronologically because we get lost when we try to understand it chronologically. There are and it will be had many events happening and it doesn't seem that they fit chronologically. The best way to understand it is how these events affect different periods of time, different people groups on the earth. So if we look at it like that it seems like the first part of it is a general word speaking to the gentile nations. Part one we looked at Jesus= words to the gentile nations about the end of the world. For the second part we began last week looking at Jesus= words to Israel about the end of the world.
These Bible passages clearly talking about the rapture, before the tribulation period starts :
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (**the rapture happens on normal , usual day, not during tribulation for 7 yrs)
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
32 Remember Lot's wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. (**rapture event,, people will be raptured and the others will be left behind)
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (**rapture event,, people will be raptured and the others will be left behind)
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.(**rapture event,, people will be raptured and the others will be left behind)
Matt 24:37-44, KJV
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, (**the rapture happens on normal , usual day, not during tribulation for 7 yrs, many places in this world during the tribulation are already destroyed, majority people cannot afford to buy food, even partying, there will be famine and dead people and animals everywhere, if the rapture happens then, it does not make any sense with these verses)
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (**rapture event,, people will be raptured and the others will be left behind)
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (**rapture event,, people will be raptured and the others will be left behind)
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (**The only one of the rapture that we cannot know the day and the hour is pre trib rapture, while the mid and post trib rapture, people can guess the time of the rapture, mid trib rapture , the rapture will happen 3 1/2 yrs later, post trib rapture the rapture will happen 7 yrs after the tribulation period starts)
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
THE DECISION YOU CAN MAKE RIGHT NOW, BE READY FOR THE RAPTURE OR FACING/ ENDURING GOD'S WRATH/ THE DAY OF THE LORD/ JACOB TROUBLE/ 7 YRS TRIBULATION IF YOU ARE LEFT BEHIND :
Isa 13: 6-13, KJV
6 Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand;
it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and
sorrows shall t
ake hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
Zeph 2:1-3, KJV
1Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.
3 Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.
Psalm 27:5, KJV
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Isa 26:17-21, KJV
17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
Rev 3:10-11, KJV
10 Because 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.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
UNFORTUNATELY MANY CHRISTIANS (I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT NON CHRISTIANS) WHO HATE THE RAPTURE, THEY DON'T LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT THAT, EVEN ATTACKING, SCOFFING AND MOCKING THE RAPTURE (PRE TRIB RAPTURE ) , IN THE REALITY IT'S CRYSTAL CLEAR THE BIBLE MENTIONS ABOUT THE CHURCH (BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS/ THE HOLY SPIRIT FILLED CHRISTIANS) WON'T BE HERE ON EARTH DURING 7 YRS TRIBULATION !
2 Peter 3: 3-9, KJV
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were
from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
It is very clear in Rev 3:10
Rev 3:10 KJV
Because 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.
Stephens 1550 Textus Receptus
hoti eteresas ton logon tes upomones mou kago se tereso ek tes oras tou peirasmou tes mellouses ercesthai epi tes oikoumenes oles peirasai tous katoikountas epi tes ges
Rev 3:10 GNT
ὅτι ἐτήρησας τὸν λόγον τῆς ὑπομονῆς μου, κἀγώ σε τηρήσω ἐκ τῆς ὥρας τοῦ πειρασμοῦ τῆς μελλούσης ἔρχεσθαι ἐπὶ τῆς οἰκουμένης ὅλης, πειράσαι τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.
Thayer's Greek Definition :
ἐκ / ἐξ
ek / ex
1) out of, from, by, away from
Part of Speech: preposition.
ἐκ as preposition had been use hundred of times as the meaning of out of.
Mat 2:15 KJV
And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Stephens 1550 Textus Receptus
kai en ekei eos tes teleutes erodou ina plerothe to rethen upo tou kuriou dia tou prophetou legontos ex aiguptou ekalesa ton uion mou
Mat 2:15 HNT
καὶ ἦν ἐκεῖ ἕως τῆς τελευτῆς ῾Ηρῴδου, ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν ὑπὸ τοῦ Κυρίου διὰ τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος· ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἐκάλεσα τὸν υἱόν μου.
Mat 7:5 KJV
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of [ἐκ] thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Mat 15:19 KJV
For out of [ἐξ] the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Mat 27:53 KJV
And came out of [ἐκ] the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Rev 3:16 KJV
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of [ἐκ] my mouth.
If Lord Jesus says Rev 3:10
Rev 3:10 KJV
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from [ἐκ] the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
It means the true Christians will be out of 7 years Tribulation.
We know some guys who are carrying Post Tribulation teaching or don't believe the rapture at all, and truly he does not understand what the word ἐκ means in Rev 3:10.
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