Revelation (disclosure, coming, enlighten, manifestation, be revealed)
2 Peter 1:20-21 “First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Amos 3:7 “Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.”
After spending 90 mins in what was labeled a Bible Study recently on the book of Revelation I came away with more than I had anticipated. The leader of the group gave 40 minutes of idle chit-chat on topics waivering church members, politics, radical youth and his military experience. Another 40 minutes where he described his dietary battles with foods in foreign lands and how he missed his mother’s cooking.
The 10 minutes he spent on 2 lonely scripture verses lacked any content as he admittingly had very little understanding. That consumed all of 2 minutes the remaining 8 were brow beating me, the invited guest, over my question. He had managed to blurt out the word “rapture” no less than 8 times in his various diatribes so I asked.
“Where in the Bible in the word “rapture” found?
The 85 yr old retired minister leading the class gave me his pedigree along with his parental scowl…..
……beet red, vein in the neck kinda mad he was!
Ezekiel 13:18-20 King James Version (KJV)
18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows* to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt** souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.
* H3680 כָּסָה kacah (kaw-saw’) v. to flee, conceal, to cover.
**H6679 צוּד tsuwd (tsood) v. to lie in wait, to catch men.
This shows the manifestation of women tempting the religious leaders into believing they would be swept up and spared the misery of their tribulation. There is nothing in Scripture that lends itself to this philosophy. This is a man-made ideology. Period.
Instantly the leader quotes 1 Thess. 4.17. Not the verse, just the address. So let’s look at that….
1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
The part they often leave conveniently off, the part that really defines the sentence; the two preceding sentences.
Verse 15 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.”
Notice that this says “we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord” and not those of us that are raptured out 7 years or 3.5 years for you mid-tribulationists.
Verse 16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”
So this begs the question as to when they will be resurrected? Martha tells us in the Gospel of John “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” When she is speaking to Jesus about Lazarus.
This confirms for me that the last day and the last trumpet are synonymous. Further confirmation comes when we learn that the first coming of Christ coincides with all the spring feast days and the 2nd coming will coincide with the fall feast days.
What are the fall feast days? The first one….Feast of Trumpets. This verifies 1 Corinthians 15:52 perfectly; “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Jesus himself said in John 17:15 …’I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.’
The prophets confirm no rapture…. Jesus asks the Father for protection without rapture…. John’s gospel agrees….
Ask yourself this question: “If God brought his people out of Egypt with a great exodus…. is it a sign for our generation?”