the Day and the Hour,
( But NO date-setting )
One can be convinced of these things:
1. We CAN know the day of the Rapture as mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 + 4
“But ye brethren are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
Notice Jesus does Not come as a thief for His Bride at the Midnight Rapture.
Notice the word "hour" in the following sentence:
" Therefore, if you do not WATCH, I will come on you ( those left behind ) as a thief", and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
Rev. 3: 3.
So then, for those who are ready, waiting and watching, our Lord will come for them as expected ( Matthew 25:10 ). They will know the day and the hour.
But for those who were not closely watching the signs, and who were not led of the Holy Spirit, they will feel "robbed" of a glorious moment in time.
To them, the Rapture came as a thief, and they were left behind. It will be as if a "thief" snatched away a treasure.
An unsuspecting, and left behind- Church will be caught off guard,---not walking in the Spirit. They were not watching world events closely and comparing them with Scripture to see when the Midnight Rapture would take place.
2. Secondly, we must note that there are two Raptures :
A. The Midnight Rapture of
the Bride in Matthew 25:10 . ( not as a thief, they will know the time
of their departure )
B. The Cockcrowing Rapture of Revelation 16: 15. (Also called "pre-wrath Rapture" )
"Behold, I come as a thief". ( as a thief , they will not know the time of their departure).
In Revelation 16:15 ( during the Great Tribulation, and long after the Midnight Rapture ) Jesus will come and Rapture the surviving left-behind Believers, who have since repented, and are now Spirit-led. Please see Psalm 45.
3. We were meant to know the day and the hour of the Midnight Rapture since there are so many references to watching, and to signs enumerated. Mark 13: 37 ” What I say unto you, I say unto all, “Watch “.
4. We personally do Not believe in
immanency. We do Not believe that the Rapture can happen any day, at any time.
A scenario like that requires no watching at all for indicative signs. It
is a false teaching, and goes against all that pertains to the Rapture in
Scripture. It must come according to exact Scripture verses given, pointing to
a specific time. And by the way, out of the four names given for the
four different translations mentioned in Mark 13:35 ( evening, midnight,
cockcrowing and morning ), the only one that pertains to an exact HOUR is the
word "Midnight". The other 3 titles given pertain to a general period
Knowing The Hour : Midnight
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.
comes First ; Title
at Midnight Rapture ONLY
The “Son of man” later. Name given to Jesus AFTER the Midnight hour has passed.
If you 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.
The Cockcrowing Rapture ( 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”.
The 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 the Bridegroom by being Spirit-led and Spirit-filled ( attitude of a servant ).
The 5 foolish virgins had... " a form of godliness, but denying the Power thereof." 2 Timothy 3: 5. They were not 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. Our Lord has nothing more to say to them in this chapter.
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.
The 5 wise virgins were already with the Bridegroom by the time our Lord used the phrase ” Son of man” when speaking to the 5 foolish virgins. Our Lord used the term "Son of man" when speaking to the 5 foolish virgins, because He was referring to His future title.
Scripture Reveals Scripture
The answers to WHEN the Midnight Rapture will take place can be found in 1 and 2nd Thessalonians.
In order to get enlightenment and a clear understanding , we must :
“Quench not the Spirit, Despise not prophesyings : prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 19–21.
Those four admonitions
pertain mostly to the gifts of the Holy Spirit . Prophecy refers to the written word of God (
in the Bible )
Prophesy refers to Holy Ghost inspired messages, given to those who have the gift of prophesy. 1 Corinthians 14: 1-39
In conclusion, we see that
Scripture verses verify the fact that we servant-Believers are definitely to
know both the Day and the Hour of our Rapture. We do not know the Date as
yet. That will only be revealed when someone with the proven Gift of prophesy brings forth a Holy Ghost inspired message to
Believers, telling us of our departure. That is why we are advised to assemble
ourselves together all the more "as we see the day
approaching". Hebrews 10:25.
It is our own personal belief that the Holy Ghost message ( the message prophesied ) will be given only a short time before we go. Perhaps it will be given just seven days ahead of the Rapture, just like Noah had a seven day alert before he ascended upon the waters in the Ark … “yet seven days “. Genesis 7 : 1- 4 .
But we do not know. Only time will tell. Or like Jonah, it may be only 3 days. Please see Matthew 27: 52, 53.
When the actual date of
the Midnight Rapture is revealed, we are cautioned against taking advantage of
that time frame in
2 Thessalonians 3.
Strong commands are given four different times in 2 Thessalonians 3 : verses 4, 6, 10, + 12 .
In 2 Thessalonians 3: 10 ,
we are warned that there will be some who will not want to work
— knowing the Rapture is near — and will just want to slide into home plate.
“This we commanded you,
that if any would not work, neither should he eat “
2 Thessalonians 3: 10 and 1 Thessalonians 4:11
This does not apply to
those who have made a sincere effort to find a job and cannot get one;
This command is for those with jobs to remain on their jobs, as we see it. "Occupy till I come" Luke 19:13.
The command is repeated again in 2 Thessalonians 3: 12 ” that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread” .
So it is a strong command, since it is repeated twice.
There is another very
strong command in 2 Thessalonians 3:6 and that is that we are to withdraw our
fellowship from those who walk in disobedience.
“Now we command you brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”
And again 2 Thessalonians
3: 14,15 repeats itself : ” And if any man obey not our word by this epistle,
note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count
him not as an enemy, but admonish him
as a brother .”
Our understanding of that
verse is this : that while the disorderly brother may not be walking uprightly
now — and may even miss the Midnight Rapture — he may still be translated at
the Cockcrowing rapture, if he both repents and changes his ways. Psalm 51.
The final lap of our spiritual race demands separation and holiness: “let us lay aside every weight and every sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us “. Hebrews 12: 1
So all of us are to keep
busy working –”occupying
until He comes”, and we are not be “busybodies” 2 Thessalonians
We are all to keep on keeping on, doing what we are regularly doing, and not making any major changes in our lives, unless strongly led of the Holy Ghost.
For the elderly group, maintaining their responsibilities will include taking their medications, having their operations, witnessing to others etc, etc.. This is not a time for abrupt changes, especially if one is not LED of the Holy Ghost.
This is a time to
acknowledge the “inner witness” of the Holy Spirit, confirming or rejecting
what options we present to the Lord. An “inner witness” is like a sensor inside
of us, giving off direction-signals within our spirit.
Living lives of holiness helps us to keep our receptor-antennas receiving those indications.
Perhaps the younger people
will want to quit studying and live it up, “nurturing their hearts as in a day
of slaughter” James 5: 5. Will many run up credit card bills that their
relatives will have to pay off ? Will those on diets, binge ?
Will people party and drink ? …. “Is this the time, Gahazi ? -- 2 Kings 5: 26
We must keep our lamps
burning at all times. We must keep in harmony with the Holy Ghost. We must be Spirit
led, guided, Spirit-filled, always obeying the still small voice of the Holy
Spirit right up to the Last Hour. We must double-up our efforts, and not
1 Thessalonians 5: 14-28.
" Little children, keep yourselves from idols" -- 1 John 5:21
The Bible tells us that we must be responsible at all times : “Occupy till He comes” Luke 19:13. We must keep on keeping on. Knowing the Day and the Hour should not move us, but only comfort us, knowing that finally there is Light at the end of the tunnel.
“But none of these things
move me; neither count I my life dear unto myself.
So that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus ,
to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
“And the Lord direct your
hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” 2
Thessalonians 3: 5
"Keep yourselves in the love of God" -- Jude 21 ( no matter what )
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