Hope to the End ............Rapture Index
DIFFERENT TIME FRAMES ... context matters
Explaining the difference between the title "Son of man" versus the title "Bridegroom" .
Proof that the church CAN know the day and the hour of the Rapture.
Those left behind will not know the day nor the hour of their Rapture..
Knowing The Hour : Midnight
“Let us …not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting (encouraging) one another;
AND SO MUCH MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY APPROACHING’. Hebrews 10:25.
As the Midnight Rapture approaches, there may also be an increase in the gift of prophesying, ( 1 Corinthians 14)
wherein Believers will pass along God-given messages from the Holy Ghost, confirming an exact day and hour of our Translation / Rapture. That is why we are told to assemble all the more "as we see the day approaching". Hebrews 10:25.
The "Bridegroom" comes First ; The “Son of man” later.
look closely, all the references to Not knowing the day nor the hour are
references to “the Son of man” .
“The Son of man” is a title Jesus uses when He returns to earth to set up His Millennial kingdom from Jerusalem.( after Armageddon )
Those Christians who will be translated at The Cockcrowing Rapture of ( Rev. 16:15 ) will not be given a day nor an hour to look for their Rapture, since all the Scripture verses pertaining to that group refer to “the Son of man”.
Midnight Rapture is very specific about the hour in Matthew
25: 6 ……
“And at Midnight there was a cry made, ” Behold, the Bridegroom cometh”.
The 5 wise virgins were already betrothed to their Bridegroom by being Spirit-led and Spirit-filled ( attitude of surrendered obedience).
The 5 foolish virgins had... " a form of godliness, but denying the Power thereof." 2 Timothy 3: 5. They needed to be led of the Spirit, filled with the Spirit and Spirit-controlled.
In Matthew 25:10, the 5 wise virgins leave the scene to go to the marriage ceremony where they will be bonded with our Lord forever. The Midnight Rapture is now over : "and the door was shut ".
The foolish virgins who were left behind were told that THEY would not know the day nor the hour that the “Son of man” would come.
The Lord uses a different title here ..“Son of man”, rather than “Bridegroom” because He is referring to a different time frame, and to a different group of people.
After verse 11, our Lord addresses only the left behind members and uses the phrase ” Son of man” when speaking to them. Our Lord used the term "Son of man" when speaking to the 5 foolish virgins, because He was referring to His future title, even after Armageddon.
Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for
Thessalonians 3: 5
" Looking for that Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ." Titus 2:13
this better explains :
1. the concept of the two different Raptures
2. their different timings ( knowing and not knowing )
3. and the context of different titles used in regards to these two different events.
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