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Former Raptures

This is: Chapter 5, part 1 -- a background on the Raptures in the Old Testament
Followed by part 2
(Sheaves: 4 Translations)...future RaptureS to come

So far we have examined:
* the enforced 666 system coming
* the one world government coming
* WW 3 on the horizon and
* The capture of Jerusalem for 42 months. [3 1/2 years]

All of the above takes place during the time known as "The Great Tribulation"...
(Matthew 24 :21)...or "The Time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7).
That period of time lasts 3 1/2 years (Daniel 9 and Revelation / Apocalypse Chapters 11--13).

Our Lord told us in Matthew 24: 21 that this tyranny would be so unprecedented that unless He Himself personally intervened, "No flesh would be saved". Well, for those who take Our Lord seriously--and obey Him with all their heart--He has a royal route of escape . It’s called "The Rapture"...meaning "to be caught up". Obedient Believers in Jesus Christ can look forward to this "Blessed HOPE" (Titus 2:13) found in
I Thessalonians 4: 13-18 :
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (the departed), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no HOPE.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
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 (precede) them which are asleep (body only ; the spirit and the soul are alive in heaven with Jesus).

"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:
( what an awesome sight as their graves are opened around the world
)



"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."
Wherefore, Comfort one another with these words
."
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Now, that’s taking the King’s Highway Home. What a Blessed Hope !
Please see "The Seventh Trumpet"
hopetotheend.com/trumpet.html

LIKE THE BUTTERFLY

Yes, the Obedient Believers (abiding in a committed relationship) are going to have a Fast-forward metamorphosis.
They are told that in I Corinthians 15: 51, 52 :

"Behold, I show you a mystery;
We shall not all sleep (
undergo death for a length of time),
BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED [
translated ]
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 (
be given new Glorified bodies).
For this corruptible (body) must put on incorruption;
And this mortal (body) must put on immortality."

Such Love that Our Lord has for His Bride who is ready-- His obedient, professing followers-- is unfathomable.
We are made ready by abiding in a deeply committed and professed relationship with our Beloved Lord.
We are ready by being filled with the Holy Spirit, taking directions from Him.
We must remain ever sensitive to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit) (Matthew 25: 1-13),
So incomprehensible is this mystery of Executive Privilege, that the unbelieving world rejects the idea of a rapture, and replaces it with an "alien-kidnapping scenario" in order to "cleanse the world for the New Age".
So much for figments of the imagination verses the 4 Millennia verifiable Word of God.

ENOCH WAS NOT

The Rapture, or "translation" as some prefer, is actually not a new concept. It’s been around as far back as Genesis. We read in Genesis 5:24 ..
"Enoch walked with God (was obedient to the still small voice of his conscience), and he WAS NOT;
FOR GOD TOOK HIM."
We know very little about his life...  only that he was faithful to God
(obedient). The Book of Hebrews says of him:
"By Faith Enoch was translated (raptured) that he
(1) should not see death; and
(2 ) was NOT FOUND, BECAUSE GOD HAD TRANSLATED HIM:

for before his translation (Rapture) he had this testimony, that he pleased God
(he was obedient).
"But without Faith (a personal relationship.. not just religion), it is impossible to please Him.
For he that cometh to God must believe that HE IS,
And that He is a Rewarder of them that Diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:5,6)

SWEET CHARIOT

Not only was Enoch raptured, but the more famous Elijah was raptured way back in history at the time of the Assyrian Empire. Elijah’s notoriety lay in the fact that he was willing to PROFESS his faith openly and demonstratively, even amongst those who opposed him. Or in other words, he wasn’t afraid to be politically incorrect, knowing full well that his life was in jeopardy. Hence his departure from wicked Jezebel.
(The term "Jezebel" in Rev. 3 means  false-religion wedded to culture, commerce, society and politics.)

Elijah was to be well rewarded for his open profession of faith in the Living and true God. We read in
II KINGS 2:11...
"And it came to pass when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind....behold there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire.. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."

Hymn: SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT --YouTube -- Kathleen Battle and
the Harlem Boy's Choir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVyBjqY3r0k

Like Enoch, Elijah was raptured as a witness of preservation against judgement to come. Both Enoch and Elijah were miraculously delivered from their unbelieving and unprofessing generations. Enoch’s generation went into the all-consuming flood, and Elijah’s generation were made captives of Assyria. The Generation left behind at the modern-day Rapture, will also be under "The Assyrian" (Isaiah 10: 5-7), the antichrist and his false prophet.

LIKE THE DAYS OF NOAH
Days of unbridled wickedness and evil- Genesis 6:5, 6;
Corruption and violence -Genesis 6: 12, 13;
Gross neglect of warning-- 1 Peter 3:20 and Luke 17:26-30

"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man (Jesus) be. For as were in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage (business as usual), until the day that Noah entered into the Ark.
And they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;
so shall the coming of the Son of Man (Jesus) be.
Then shall two be in the field, the one shall be taken (raptured), and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill;
The one shall be taken (raptured), and the other left.
WATCH therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."
Matthew 24: 37--42

THE FEW

The epistle of I Peter 4: 17,18 warns believers not to be presumptuous in these Last Days:
"For the time is come that Judgement must begin at the House of God:
And if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that OBEY NOT
the Gospel of God ?" (Just because you believe, doesn’t mean you obey.
The devils believe also, and even tremble - JAMES 2:19-- but they don't obey.

"AND IF THE RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY BE SAVED, (believers)
where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear ?
That verse is very sobering. "If you don’t get right, you may get left".

CONFIDENCE IN ME

"Not everyone that saith unto Me , ‘Lord, Lord ‘
shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven;
BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in Heaven
( He that obeys the Voice of the Holy Spirit).

"Many will say to Me in that Day
‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy Name ? (declared the Scriptures)
‘And in Thy Name have cast out devils? (performed charismatic gifts)
‘And in Thy Name done many wonderful works’ (" I can recite all my good deeds, Lord" ).
"And then will I profess unto them, "I Never Knew You"
(meaning..."we didn’t interface in prayer-conversation throughout the day")
"Depart from me, ye that work iniquity."[double-minded]
Matthew 7 : 21-23

This is spoken by the One who is the Discerner of our hearts [ Revelation/ Apocalypse 2:23 b],
our thoughts, our motives and priorities. This One sees all and knows all.
This is all about reality...getting real before God. Getting real with ourselves;
forsaking rationalizing, justifying, excusing and denying. This is getting real with other people...being rigorously honest and forthright. All our "works" won’t save us; only a right Relationship with God will.

GODLY CARE

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity
(Godly care) I am become as sounding brass (blowing my own horn)
or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries,
and all knowledge" ( let’s face it...an 'expert' )
"And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains"
 "I Believe, I just don't trust')
"And have not Charity" ( in need of Godly care; not motivated by secular humanism or
people-pleasing, or exchanging commercial purchases for one's own deeds
)
I am nothing" (Apart from Me, you can do nothing" JOHN 15:5)

"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
And though I give my body to be burned, and have not Charity,
It profits me nothing." (Must be led of the Holy Spirit with right motives).

"Charity suffereth long" (accepts the things one CANNOT change),
and is kind ( courteous, considerate of others, thoughtful ).
Charity envies not. Charity doesn’t brag on one’s self, is not puffed up" (arrogant).

"(Charity) doth not behave itself unseemly" (immature, out-of-line),
"seeketh not her own" (can go unnoticed; altruistic)
"is not easily provoked" ( or overly-sensitive or emotional; we must not quickly react, but patiently respond with a cool head)
"thinketh no evil." ( not always suspicious, judgmental or critical )
Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the TRUTH;"
( Love rejoices whenever Truth wins out )

(Charity)" bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things" (things that CANNOT be changed; must use Godly common sense and wisdom here).
Please see James 1:5 and also 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 for the meaning of "from such turn away".
Online Bible www.blueletterbible.com

"Charity" (Jesus)" never fails. " I Corinthians 13: 1-8
And of course, charity begins at home.
[ I Timothy 5:8 and Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-21].
And Charity has the courage to change the things it CAN with God’s help,
and by His leading. We need His Wisdom (James 1: 5) in order to realize what things we can change, and what things we cannot.

I Corinthians Chapter 13 is our guideline for "works". But all our efforts fail without God’s direction and help. Sometimes God leads us away from our own efforts. That is where we must use discernment and pull back. We are not to "cast our pearls to the swine " (Matthew 7:6).

II Timothy Chapter Three warns us not to be naive about the times we are living in:

"This know also, that in the Last Days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of them own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.
"Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, without self-restraint, fierce, despisers of those that are good. "Traitors, impatient and rash, high minded and arrogant, [rude]...
lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; [See Isaiah 58:13,14]
"Having a form of godliness (outward show....hypocrisy. Please see Matthew 23 ), but denying the power thereof’ (not led of the Holy Spirit; no depth; not Spirit-filled or motivated.
Our power to overcome comes by trusting in the shed Blood of Jesus, our Passover Lamb. We must take it to the Lord in prayer.


We are then COMMANDED: "FROM SUCH TURN AWAY’!
2 TIMOTHY 3: 1-5 -- (These sound like 'road-rage' people)

So we see then that we need the fullness of God's Word and Counsel in these Last Days,
since we want to be counted "worthy to escape" the Great Tribulation (Luke 21: 36). Sometimes we go forward, other times we pull back. We are to "Pray always", so that we’ll know the difference. When Our Lord told us to "love our enemies", He meant we were to PRAY for them...not necessarily have fellowship with them.
When we hear from a panther, it’s best not to "anther". (Ogden Nash)
When we are obedient to the Voice of the Holy Spirit, in the fullness of God's Word, then we are to:
"Look up, and lift up your heads; for your Redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21: 28


continued in
Part 2: Future RaptureS


Articles on the Rapture ( complete Index of articles pertaining to the Rapture  )

Enoch and Elijah ...Former Raptures proven in History and in Scripture

2 Raptures  and  2 translations  ...." evening, midnight, cockcrowing and morning" .... Mark 13:35

The Blessed Hope ...false doctrine of immanency; we don’t go till the man of sin show

Coming to Terms .... explaining the words that concern the raptures

2 Thessalonians 2         http://hopetotheend.com/2Thess2.html
------ First, the man of sin sitting in the temple, before the Midnight rapture

The Cockcrowing Rapture   2nd Rapture of Rev.16:15….. into the Great Tribulation

The Maiden on the Shore by J A Seiss ..." I come quickly"

Explaining the “Son of man”      http://hopetotheend.com/som.html

The Last Trump     
 http://hopetotheend.com/trumpet.html   Sounded in Rev.10:7 and Rev. 11:15

Trumpets, trumpets, trumpets      http://hopetotheend.com/ttt.html    trumpets for war also

The Midnight Rapture      http://hopetotheend.com/midnight.html   Matthew 25: 1-13.

Matthew 25:  Wise Virgins, Foolish Virgins     http://hopetotheend.com/virgins.html

“Ten days” of Revelation 2     http://hopetotheend.com/tendays.html

Food for thought:

Knowing the time      http://hopetotheend.com/knowing.html

Midnight, Meridians and Myriads    http://hopetotheend.com/mmm.html

Enoch and 365     http://hopetotheend.com/Enoch.html


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