THE COCKCROWING - HARVEST RAPTURE pre-wrath Rapture Rev.16:15
"Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh,
at even, or at midnight,
or at the COCKCROWING,
or in the morning." Mark 13:35
know, we at Hope To The End believe in four translations within the Church Age.
They are explained in
hopetotheend.com/ch5sheaves.html . That study is foundational to all of our articles referring to the Raptures.
The Rapture that is most explored by ministries is the Midnight Rapture of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. We give it the name "Midnight" based on two verses: Mark 13:35 and Matthew 25:10.
Yet there is very little material written about the other rapture which occurs late within the Great Tribulation period, near the end. The name of that rapture is "the Cockcrowing Rapture", or pre-wrath Rapture, based upon Mark 13:35 and Rev.3:3 and Rev.16:15.
In this study, we will seek to examine the Scriptures that pertain to that later event. May the Holy Spirit enlighten us all, as these days draw closer. May the Father of Lights give us insight into His word, keeping us from error. Amen.
WITNESSING WITHOUT DOLLARS
The Gospel which refers to the term "Cockcrowing" Rapture is the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark applies to much of the Great Tribulation, we feel, as it shows many "exploits" (Daniel 11:32) or miracles; miracles that will be occurring during this historic time of witnessing, conversions and martyrdoms
( Rev.6: 9—11 and Rev. 7:13-17 ). The Great Tribulation will be a season of Holy Spirit operations unparalleled in all of time.
You see, the last three and half years of the Church Age will be a period of witnessing
( Revelation 7--- the 144,000 Jews)
like no other period in History, except perhaps the First Century. The Gospel will be spread without churches, buildings, hierarchies, church boards, jet planes, seminars, conventions, pulpits, TV, radio or Internet. Rev.3:8 “little strength”
The great witnessing in the Last days will be done by 144,000 Messianic Jews "without guile"( Rev. 14:5)... without any other motive than to spread the endtime message of Jesus Christ and His soon return to earth to establish His 1,000 year reign from Jerusalem, Israel. They will witness without error, spot or wrinkle. They will be of one mind, with one undisputable message. Repent.
They will have the double-portion of blessings given to the firstfruits. Revelation 14:4.
" REPENT ! "
These 144,000 Messianic Jews will herald the command to repent.
"Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His path straight". Luke 3:4
The last days will be a time of renewing one's conscience. Fear of God will fall upon many, as judgments take place.
The call of the Last days will be to take care of omissions and commissions (valleys and mountains -- Luke 3:5 ). ... to correct all the existing errors in spiritual matters and to practice habits of righteousness. (Paraphrasing here).
"Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance". Luke 3: 3--18
The multitudes in the last days will need to put their beliefs into practice. “Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision” -- Joel 3:14.
During the 3 and 1/2 years of their witnessing , these 144,000 Messianic Jews will tell of the One Who is soon to come .
"Whose (winnowing ) fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat (believers) into His garner (heaven); but the chaff (unbelievers) He will burn with fire unquenchable. (in the eternal Lake of Fire) " Luke 3:4-18 and Matthew 13:40-42 and John 15:6.
These 144,000 Messianic Jews will not have televangelist empires or extra resources of any kind.
Matthew Chapter Ten describes their ministry well, for they will be appropriating the gifts of the Holy Ghost, and will be sent out as sheep among wolves."
Yet even though these Messianic Jews will have no resources at hand, they will accomplish a task of witnessing so major that those who hear and convert will be a multitude that no man can number. Revelation 7:9-17.
(Ever notice how today's ministries can tell you of all the numbers?)
Many messengers and many converts will be martyred during the last half of the Great Tribulation. They will die for their faith in Jesus Christ as the ONLY means to the Father--- John14:6. They will resist the antichrist, the false prophet, the New World Order; they will resist salvation in Mary, Allah, Buddha, or any other false mediator or false redeemer.).
They will die for their allegiance to a kingdom that is not of this world.
They will die for their faith and their belief in the Holy Scriptures of God contained in the 66 books of the Bible.
They will die for their own testimony of how God lives and interacts within us on a daily basis.
They will die for not taking the 666 mark of the Beast.—Rev. 20:4.
They will not die the cowardly suicidal-deaths of living bombs such as the Islamic State etc. die. These will die the courageous death of a higher calling. A calling which will not compromise with a politically correct revived Roman Empire and its antichristian 666 system. They will walk worthy of their high calling in Christ Jesus and will have their garments white, having been washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Matthew 22 and Rev. 7:14).
"Garments" is a key word when studying the Cockcrowing Rapture, as we shall soon see.
All those who are martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ alone as Savior will sit on thrones in the Kingdom Age, having paid the full price. (Revelation 3:21).
Yes. the Great Tribulation is an all-or-nothing time period. It truly will be a Brave Real World.
All throughout the Church Age, there have been martyrs for the faith, and also there have been those who are not-martyred. They are all saints of God.
We see both of these groups honored in Hebrews 11:33-40.
In Hebrews 11:33, 34 we see those saints who performed exploits. Many miracles were wrought by God in their behalf. And due to the miraculous intervention by God, there were saints who escaped the hands of men.
Yet in Hebrews 11: 35-38 we read of saints who were tortured and deprived, wandering in the wilderness, scourged and imprisoned, stoned and "sawn asunder "(beheaded). These were they "of whom the world was not worthy."
These martyred saints suffered ignominy at the hands of man, to the point of death, "that they might obtain a better resurrection" , as it tells us in this passage. What a praise to God they are.
We see then from this particular passage the two groups of saints during the Great Tribulation period.
As the Great Tribulation period begins, their lives will start out with many exploits and miracles. Many will see the salvation of God working in their lives. Many people will be converted to true spirituality (found only in Jesus Christ) and they will share their faith with anyone willing to listen. It will be like one candle lighting another. The Great Enkindling.
Flame enlivening flames, zeal enkindling more zeal.
"I have come to cast fire upon the earth and what will I but that it be kindled." Luke 12:49
Those who were once timid in the faith will receive courage and strength from the testimonies of others, and from their displeasure with the hypocrisy of this final Roman Day. These are they who "out of weakness were made strong". And as Joel says in 3:10... "Let the weak say, 'I am strong"
And as their personal courage strengthens day by day, a new boldness comes upon this final group of saints, and all fear of intimidation and of persecution and even of execution leaves them.
"A perfect love (of Jesus) casts out fear" I John 4:18
This new boldness will be the unction from the Holy One ( a full pouring out of His blessing 1 John 2:20). It will be the incomparable grace of martyrdom that comes upon them, a grace that befalls those who are 100 % committed to the cause of Christ. It is a song that only they can sing. How we rejoice with them in the laying down of their lives for the One who laid down His life for us, though there was no other cause than unfathomable Love.
NOT ALL MARTYRED
Not all who live during the time of the Great Tribulation will be martyred. Some will convert and share their witness with others, surviving extreme conditions here on earth, having not been martyred ( as were many of their family, friends, relatives and acquaintances). Some will re-commit and re-dedicate their lives to Christ with a far deeper faith than they previously had. These converts and recommitted will be living during unbearable times. Somewhere near the end of the Great Tribulation period, they will be raptured, or "snatched" from the clutches of the anti-Christ world and his forces down here on earth and transported by angels to heaven, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye shall they be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:50,51. Matthew 24: 40-42 and Luke 17:34-37.
This will occur at Rev. 16:15, prior to the Battle of Armageddon; hopefully before the 7 vials are poured out.
We know they will be snatched from the hands of anti-Christ and his forces, for the Lord says that He is coming for this group as a thief. Note the word "AS". Our Lord can never be a thief, for only the devil is called a thief (John 10:10). But our Lord is AS a thief when He comes for this Cockcrowing Group, for He is taking from anti-Christ what anti-Christ has thought of as his own possession. In other words these people most likely will be awaiting persecution / execution in jail or in labor camps for their faith.
ACTS 12 [ Some Delivered from Captivity and Imprisonment]
We get a glimpse into this scenario from the passage in Acts 12. Here we see the apostle Peter in jail, awaiting execution. By the way, the apostle Peter himself is a Biblical clue that points to the Cockcrowing Rapture, for it is Peter who wept at cockcrowing when he realized his denial ( in the courtyard of the High Priest. Mark 14 ). That particular scene is the only place in Scripture where a cock is crowing. So Peter is a symbol of Cockcrowing, and thus we see him as a symbol pointing to the Cockcrowing Rapture, as we see it.
In Acts 12, Peter is securely shackled between two soldiers, with no possible way of escape ( or so it seems).
"And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side. and raised him up, saying,
'Arise up quickly. And his chains fell from off his hands.....cast thy garment about thee, and follow me"
Then Peter and the angel go through the first and second ward (comparable to passing through the first and second heaven) and arrive at the city (symbolizing the city of God in heaven).
"and forthwith the angel departed from him"
And Peter said , "the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me." Acts 12: 6-11.
At that point the analogy stops and the discourse continues. But the comparison is there to be seen.
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck (snatch) them out of My hand. My Father which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck (snatch) them out of My Father's hand." John 10: 28, 29
“He that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out” --- John 6:37
AS A THIEF
Our Lord says that He is coming for the Cockcrowing group AS a thief in two places in the New Testament. Both references are found in the Book of Revelation.
The first reference is in Rev. Chapter Three:
Speaking to the Church of Sardis, Jesus says : "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Rev. 3:3
Note here too, the reference to the word "garment" in the following verse.
"Thou hast a few...which have not defiled their garments". This means that there are a few who have kept the robe of righteousness clean. The garment itself is the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone, as seen in
Matthew 22. Salvation is not of our working , lest any man boast.
HIS WORK and OUR WORKS
"This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent." John 6:29
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are His workmanship , created in Christ Jesus unto GOOD WORKS , which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (that we should practice them).
"And to her (the Bride of Jesus, His wife) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white:
for the fine linen is THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS." Revelation 19:8
Our garment is kept clean by our righteousness, --- our obedience to Jesus Christ--- which keeps our relationship with Him abiding and strong. "Faith without works is dead" James 2:13-26 (entire passage)
God IS our garment of salvation. We keep our garment clean through obedience and a living, vital relationship with Him .
DELIVERED BEFORE ARMAGEDDON
The other reference to the word "thief" is found in Revelation 16:15 where Our Lord says:
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." This is spoken just prior to Armageddon (see following verse Rev. 16:16).
This is a stern warning from Our Lord to those who once had the garment of salvation on, but lapsed in faith. Salvation can be lost, contrary to popular opinion.
Hebrews 6:4- 6 and Ezekiel 33: 7-16.
Salvation can be lost. Our garment can be gone. Peter did not have his garment on in Galilee when Our Lord was on the shore, after the Resurrection. Peter is described as naked. John 21:7 . This reference to being naked applies more spiritually to Peter than physically.
How did Peter get back his garment of salvation? By renewing his heartfelt relationship with the Lord. He professed publicly to Jesus that he loved him. He did this three times, in restitution of the three times he had denied our Lord. Please see Ezekiel 33: 7-16.
So we see then that those who were once clothed can become naked, or without the garment of Christ's salvation upon them. Those who think they are immune to sinning beyond repentance, ought to think again.
Please see Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26-31.
For more on this, please see hopetotheend.com/love.html
When one loses all sensitivity to his conscience, having willfully drowned out the voice of the Holy Spirit and willfully becoming hard-hearted , he has committed the unpardonable sin of no possible repentance ( reprobate ). 1 John 5:16 …… “ ye do always resist the Holy Ghost” .ACTS 7:51
Please also see Matthew 12 :22-32 and Mark 3:22-30 and Luke 12:10 and Hebrews 10:26.
We must remember that during the Great Tribulation, each person in Christ Jesus will be tested to the max. Those who are relying on their own wit, skill and self-reliance will not be able to make it. Those trusting in Jesus Christ, and who have His Word abiding in them, will make it.
"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Matthew 24:13
A "word" that should be abiding in these people of the last days, is the word concerning the Mark of the Beast.
We are told in Revelation 13 and especially in Rev. 14: 9-11 that we are NOT to take the Mark of the Beast no matter what. No matter if we go hungry, no matter if everyone else around us is taking the Mark Of the Beast in order to buy food and eat, no matter what.
"Hold fast thy crown, lest any man take it from thee. Rev. 3:11
So here, at the end of the Great Tribulation, Our Lord is making one final call to be ready to be delivered. We are made ready by having our wedding garment on (Matthew 22) . Those who are ready in the final phase of the Great Tribulation are raptured at Cockcrowing,
just before Armageddon when all the vials are poured out upon the unrepentant. What a very great deliverance that will be. For those who remain, life as we know it, will no longer exist. It will be almost unsurvivable.
"And except those days be shortened no flesh would be saved." Matthew 24:22.
SOME DELIVERED FROM LABOR CAMPS
Earlier we saw from Acts 12 how the CCR (Cockcrowing Rapture) would take place from prison. Now we will look at some verses which could be referring to a rapture taking place from labor camps, or elsewhere.
The word 'night' in the following verses from Luke refers to the time of the Great Tribulation, since the analogy includes daytime events.
"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. (camp dorms)
Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. ( daytime )
Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left."... (daytime )
We believe that the one that is taken is raptured out.
The disciples then ask our Lord "where ? " . The question is never directly answered.
Jesus does not say "to be with Me", nor does he say "to be executed". He merely states:
"Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together." Luke 17:34-37
Since He did not use the word "carcase" as He did in Matthew 24:23 (when talking about those dying at the end of the Age), we might presume that Our Lord is referring to a person’s living body being raptured. Please see "Coming to Terms"
If indeed this is a living body being translated , then the "eagles" might represent something other than vultures. It could be referring to a watchful surveillance system (cameras) in outer space capturing the exodus.
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If that is indeed the meaning, it would be a loud and clear message to the rest of the world how false the antichrist system is, since thr Rapture would then be a verifiable event caught on camera. It would further motivate people to repent---even at that late hour---before the final end. It would be a spectacular global witness to the rest of the world.
By contrast, the Midnight Rapture will be seen only by the 144,000 Messianic Jews, as can be learned from 2 Kings 2:10.
Again in Matthew 24: 40, 41 we read :
"Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken and the other left."
From both of these passages we see that this Cock Crowing Rapture will be an event that affects the entire globe simultaneously, since different time zones are shown: night and day.
This rapture is different from the Midnight Rapture . The Midnight Rapture is a one long day event, as we see it.
Please see hopetotheend.com/trumpet.html and http://hopetotheend.com/mmm.html
LUKE 12: 35-40
In this passage Our Lord talks about returning from "the wedding", and He also talks about a "Second Watch" and a "Third Watch". What meanings do these three phrases have ?
Pondering by Bruce Baber http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2011/bruceb77.htm
Response by Tyler C http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2016/tyler710.htm
Remember how it was stated in our earlier work "Sheaves" that there are four major translations within the New Testament Age : "evening, midnight, cockcrowing and morning"? We know that the "evening" translation has already taken place by reading Luke 24:51 and Matthew 27:52,53. That First Watch took place on the evening of Easter Sunday. Those who believed Jesus to be the Messiah of Israel, and yet died during His lifetime here on earth, ascended with Him on Easter evening. That would have constituted the First Watch. That means that only three other watches remain: Midnight, Cockcrowing and Morning.
The Lord begins this section in Luke 12 by saying that when He returns from the wedding, He will give meat ( depth of the Scriptures) to His servants who are watching. And He also states that blessed are those who already watched for Him at the Second and Third Watches. We take that to mean blessed are they who went home at the Midnight Rapture and the Cockcrowing Rapture.
Those who were ready at the Second and Third Watches have already made it home, as we see it. The only Watch left after the Wedding is the Fourth Watch of the Jewish Remnant on Millennial Morning. Our Lord is addressing those of the Fourth Watch here in Luke 12 and Mark 4:48.
What occurred previously at the Midnight Rapture ? From Matthew 25: 1-10 we see that the Bridegroom came for His Bride : the 5 wise virgins who represent those of us who were watching with lamps kindled . We must realize that the term "Bride of Christ" includes both male and female, Messianic Jews and Gentile Christians.
“Bride” might be best understood as “bonded” with Jesus in a personal forever relationship.
The words "Bride" and "virgins " designate title here, rather than gender. The Bride consisted of both Resurrected saints and Raptured saints. Each Rapture, we believe, is also a time of Resurrected saints. It is a dual event...Resurrection and Rapture.
Is the Bride of Christ a separate entity from the Body of Christ ?
Is the Bride of Christ born at the time when Jesus’ side was pierced on Calvary?
Was the Body of Christ birthed at Pentecost -- Acts 2 ?
Will the Bride be raptured at the Midnight Rapture ?
Will the newly-repentant Body of Christ be Raptured at the pre-wrath Rapture… the Cockcrowing Rapture ?
Some points to ponder. Please also see Psalm 45.
BRIDE and COMPANIONS
Those who come at the Cockcrowing Rapture (Third Watch) could possibly be the Bridesmaids, as gleaned from
Psalm 45:14, 15. In this verse a king's daughter ( a princess) is brought to the King for marriage.
In the Bridal procession are her companions:
"the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto Thee.
With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the King's palace."
Again, the emphasis here is upon title, rather than gender, when referring to "virgin-companions". Just as the Bride of Christ is both male and female, Christian Gentiles and Messianic Jews, the same can be said of the virgin companions. "Virgin" in this context means the Church. Both the Wise Virgins and the Virgin-Companions constitute the Church, as we see it. ("Virgins" in Revelation 14:4 also means those belonging to the Church).
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male or female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28.
And just as the Midnight Translation was both a Resurrection and a Rapture, we feel that the Cockcrowing Rapture (Third Watch) also has a Resurrection of saints. Those saints who are Resurrected at this time, we believe, are "the multitude that no man can number" from Revelation 7:9-17.
We believe that the Multitude of Revelation Chapter 7 are the Body of Christ for they have "washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" Rev. 7:14. All those with white robes are invited to the wedding, as can be seen from Matthew 22.
The Cockcrowing Raptured group had to have white garments too, as seen from Rev. 3:3 and Rev. 16 :15.
All who walk in white are worthy.
The Church Age is concluded, we feel, at the Cockcrowing Rapture, or at the Third Watch. The Bride ascends at the Midnight Resurrection/Rapture, and the Virgin-companions ascend at the Cockcrowing Resurrection/Rapture. When all have arrived---though at two different times--- then finally the Marriage Supper can take place. Revelation 19:7-9
The "wife" is now made ready. She is called "wife" just before the Marriage Supper takes place at end-trib. (Revelation 19:7).
"Blessed are they which are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb." Revelation 19:9.
What follows the Marriage Supper is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords returning with "ten thousands of His saints to execute judgement upon all". Jude 14 (quoting Enoch)
It is important to notice that Luke 12: 35-40 is addressed to "men". We take that to mean that this passage refers particularly to Israel, the Jews.
For the Jewish Remnant preserved for 42 months, they are to receive their King on the Morning of the Messiah's Millennium (please see hopetotheend.com/ch7p1.html ). To us, That would constitute the Fourth Watch.
EZEKIEL 20: 35, 36
It is Hal Lindsey's belief that the Jewish Remnant will be taught of the Lord in their "wilderness" experience during the Great Tribulation. (Ezekiel 20: 35, 36) .
"And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face."
That would correlate with the verse:
"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and you yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when He will return from the wedding; that when He cometh and knocketh, they may open unto Him immediately.
Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down to meat
"meat"meaning: the deeper truths of Scriptures, just like He did in Luke 24
and will come forth and serve them." Luke 12:35-37.
The Jewish Remnant, who waited the longest for their Messiah, will see Him on Millennial Morning...the Fourth Watch.
The Jewish Remnant are transfigured into Glorified Bodies at Millennial Morning, as we see it from
1 Corinthians 15:51, 52 and Mark 13:27 . They rule and reign with Our Lord during His 1,000 years from Jerusalem, Israel.
Examples of the Transfiguration are given in Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; and Luke 9:28-36
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ALL Articles on the
Enoch and Elijah ...raptures proven in Scripture
Sheaves ...." evening, midnight, cockcrowing and morning" .... Mark 13:35
The Blessed Hope ...false doctrine of immanency
Coming to Terms .... explaining the words that concern the raptures
2 Thessalonians 2 .... man of sin sitting in temple first, before the rapture
The Cockcrowing Rapture ......" one will be taken and the other left "
The Maiden on the Shore by J A Seiss ..." I come quickly"
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