No Rapture: Part 4 – Heaven on Earth
Having been guilty myself of calling this earth several things, one being a type of hell, I found myself in need of repenting to God. After considering the section in part one of this series concerning Job, I saw that the earth was not as God had originally intended it to be. Because of the sin of Adam, who was made of earth, the curse of sin fell upon the earth. This was not Gods doing but the actions of Adam and as such this earth is not the place it once was in the perfection God desired.
The thorns and thistles we experience today are the pains and obstacles we have in completing our mission here on earth. They are the flat tires, lost jobs, arguments and general strife that life seems to have at the most inopportune times.
Matthew 13:24-30 “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Friends I can see from this passage the absolute beauty of the Kingdom of God, first in the fact that the tears are gone, burned up for ever; no more vile people murdering innocent people, no more bank robbers, burglars, pedifiles or rapists. There will be no fear for it too has been consumed by the love of God.
John’s vision details what God wants to do is restore this earth to the perfect environment it was before the fall. Revelation 21:2 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” This holds true to the thought that we are not going to be swept away to some outer place because Messiah is bringing the New Jerusalem, The Kingdom of God, right HERE! Why would I want to be anywhere else? I wouldn’t.
Secondly we have been gathered into his storage, his safe place, his household. We are called the wheat, why is that significant, because Jesus calls himself the bread of life, born in Bethlehem also known as “The House of Bread”, this is where the show bread for the temple was made. We are all mixed together with the completeness of Jesus to be presented in perfection to God. Wow!
In conclusion, I see no valid reason to believe we, as believers of the salvation found in Messiah Yeshua, will be whisked away for 7 years (or 3.5 for mid-tribers) when we look at the scriptures as they were written in the original context.
There are several things we have to consider, such as, precedence with the patriarchs in which none were swept away and all were here for their tribulations. The disciples, apostles and the early church whom all remained during their tribulation. Next, the fact that the wicked has always been the one removed from the earth starting with the tribes of the Nephilim in the land of Canaan, to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the entire earth in the flood, and the legion of demons that plunged the cliffs in the herd of pigs.
Lastly, we have to consider the original intentions of the earth and that God had made it as a place to fellowship with his creation. There is no word or phrases that explicitly denote the term or concept of a “rapture” and it is the artful work of the deceiver once again getting mankind to ask the question “did God really say that” and the answer again is NO.