Rapture” comes from the Latin words ‘rapturo’ the root word for rapid instant quick action. The Latin translators used the word “caught up” as the closest word that described emergent lift off in the Biblical text from 1 Thessalonians 4:17. The Greek word is harpazo “to seize upon by force,” “to snatch up.” In the same way, the English word “rapture” which means “to be caught up” is suitable translation of Greek word harpazo. Rapture is called in Greek parousia which means “coming alongside and remaining with” someone in the first phase of the second coming of Christ. The English Bible translated the different meanings of etymology root word from Greek and Hebrew Bible, Torah, Tanakh words. As a result, the earlier translations were made obsolete by St. Jerome’s Vulgate version of the Bible. Jerome knew Hebrew and revised and unified the Latin Bibles of the time to bring them into conformity with the Hebrew as he understood it. So words in English, Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic, move beyond basic definitions into word relationships from Greek or Hebrew texts: e.g EloHim, Yahweh, used LORD GOD, Lord God is a proper, meaningful translation from original languages. Jesus Name translated Yeshua, “Joshua,” “The Lord Saves,” in Hebrew. The rapture event inaugurates the great tribulation period. The scriptures of First Thessalonians 4 and 5 are familiar to most Christians as a description of “rapture of the church.” The rapture into heaven in eternity will happen in history but Only God Knows the Exact Day or Time Jesus will call His church out of world before great persecution. For The Lord himself will descend from heaven in the cloud, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of the trumpet of God. This rapture passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 -17 says, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we shall ever be with the Lord. The dead in Christ who accepted and received Christ ministry on earth born again. The dead in Christ arise because Christ resurrected by conquering death. Believers in church age who died in Christ and believers alive rapture with Jewish people of faith in the Messiah’s church in new covenant of God with Israel. In 1 Corinthians 15:52, in a moment of twinkling of an eye at the sound of trumpet shofar the dead will be raised imperishable changed into immortality.” God Knows how to rescue Godly from trials to keep the unrighteous under punishment for day of judgement in 2 Peter 2:6-9. God said, because you keep the word and persevere, I will keep you from the hour of testing about to come upon whole world to test those who dwell upon the earth according to Revelation 3:10. God of all flesh is able to transition His people in air for God Suspends firmaments in sky in heaven. Many key principles accurately describe events in the Bible without exact modern words people are familiar and use. e.g satellite, cigarettes, drugs, homosexuality in Romans 18:32 accurately describes Sodomy and sexual perversion. So the cry of command from the lips of Jesus is to awake the dead in Christ and to call forth from their graves as God called his friend Lazarus forth in John 11:43.
The archangel Michael sound the trumpet for God’s final redemption of believers and God’s Chosen nation. “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people everyone whose name is found written in the book will be delivered in Daniel 12:1. The trumpet calls living saints at the time of the Rapture to be caught up and transformed together with the resurrected saints described in 1 Corinthians 15, I declare to you brothers flesh and blood cannot inherit kingdom of God nor does perishable inherit the imperishable. God transforms dead into glorified body for entry into heaven. God raises the dead in human body – form shape flesh and blood to manifest identity to confirm to loved ones to enable family recognise them. Then altogether quickly transformed with living in the twinkle of an eye. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. All believers travel into eternity instantly in the twinkling of an eye into heaven since Christ conquered death. So in the Rapture personal experience all believers arrive in heaven at the same moment.”God raised Jesus from the dead raises believers to present in God’s presence. God’s grace reaches people with thanksgiving overflowing glory to God. Do not lose heart, if outwardly wasting away be inwardly renewed daily. All light and momentary troubles achieve eternal glory far outweighs suffering prophesied by Daniel in 70 weeks as follows.
Rapture before Tribulation
There is a strong Biblical evidence in favour of Pre-Tribulation Rapture eminence in Revelation 22:7, 12, 20 as Christ says, “I am coming quickly” as Christ’s return is “blessed hope in Titus 2:13. The Lord will come like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6. Dear friends and children of God and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure in 1 John 3:2-3. Keep alert at all times, praying you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place to stand before the Son of Man in Luke 21:36. Wait for His Son from heaven raised from the dead Jesus to rescue us from the coming wrath in 1 Thessalonians 1:10. For God has not destined us for wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ in 1 Thessalonians 5:9. To be absent from the body is to be present at home with the Lord in 2 Corinthians 5:8. In Revelation Chapters 1, 3, 4, there is constant reference to the church and to the 7 Churches. However, starting the absence of the Church is significant during the intensified great tribulation from Revelation 4-19. In Revelation 4;1, John is told to “come up here,” when the church is absent throughout the great Tribulation period. So the expression “come up here” means leaving earth in Revelation 11:12 where the translation of the 2 Witnesses takes place. The rapture takes place concurrently with tribulation then progresses into great tribulation. The words used mean exactly the same 2 Witnesses’ rapture as done to the church. The absence of the church accounts for intense lawlessness spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The book of Revelation 1-3 describes the role of the Church in the end-time. Revelation 4-19 describes the great tribulation period but Revelation 20-22 focuses on The Millennium Reign of Christ with God literally dwelling among men on earth in The New Heaven and Earth located in Jerusalem. The precursor to millennial reign is rapture 7 years of set events take place on God’s Agenda. The 7 year summary of Daniel’s 70 years and Revelation text agreed range of tribulation. in pre-tribulation rapture Christ will rapture the church before Tribulation begins.Many different ways of looking at Biblical prophecy reveal discussions about the future rapture. These terms sometimes agree or disagree. For example Amillennialists believe there is no literal 1000 year reign of Christ. Revelation 20 is taken symbolically, not literally by adherents of this view. Amillennialists believe Israel is permanently set aside as God’s chosen people of salvation. The Postmillennialism believe Christ will return at the end of the present age to take over the earth to reign on earth through the church replacement theology. Postmillenialists do not believe in a literal millennial age. They argue satan was defeated at the cross and bound so the final triumph of the church is already accomplished. The Bible prophecy on premillennial viewpoints future rapture believes Christ will return visibly and bodily at the beginning of the Millennium, 1000 years of history during which Christ will reign as King of Kings in Revelation in 20:2-7 on earth. He will rule the nations from Jerusalem involving the church formed by countless multitudes from all nations, tongues and grafted in through Jesus Christ. This exegesis of literal interpretation of Scripture believes in actual 1000 year period of time during which Christ will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In mid-tribulation rapture Christ will rapture the church mid-point of tribulation. In post tribulation rapture Christ will rapture the church at the end of tribulation. In pre-wrath rapture Christ will rapture the church before the Battle of Armageddon. In partial rapture, Christ will rapture those ready into heaven to avoid great tribulation. In multiple rapture Christ receives in stages those ready as great tribulation intensifies. In pan-tribulation position some do not know what happens in future events but things sort itself out in the end. The present body is a temporary tent or building as permanent house from God. But an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Though we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, not be naked we do not wish to be unclothed so the mortal is swallowed up by life. Be confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So please God whether at home in the body or away from it in 2 Corinthians 4:14-5:9.
Pre-tribulation rapture petition of God’s elect to for rapture praying is in line with the Bible to fulfil second coming as Jesus said in Matthew 24: 20-21. “Pray your escape flight is not in winter in time of great persecution so pray to escape great persecution as Christ calls out His church from the world to rescue her from coming wrath in 1 Thessalonians 1:10. For as lightning comes from the east is visible in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Taking some and leaving of others is part of the rapture because some are left behind on earth. The church will not endure great tribulation of terrible destruction as Christ paid the price. Indiscriminate persecution intended for God’s Wrath for the world means the church delivered from Tribulation. In 2 Corinthians 2-5, Paul in Christ was caught up in visions and revelations of God, 14 years earlier out of body into 3rd heaven into Presence of God. In Deuteronomy 10:14 although to the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. In Ezekiel 8:3, God stretched out His Hand and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven in visions of God and took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of inner court where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood. God is able to lift up by as He pleases into heaven in visions or physically. The Biblical pattern shows God pours out wrath but gives opportunity for the righteous to escape. Then with appearance of His coming in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, resurrection bodies in Rapture. 700 priests and prophets of God in Israel stayed behind doing the work of God, but Elijah preferred to be with God so Elijah was taken alive into heaven. God does what He Wants because the principle of “rapture” is clearly in Biblical. Believer are privileged to suffer as Christians persecuted in generations and some martyred. When God condemned Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction, He rescued the righteous Lot oppressed by sensual conduct of unprincipled men. So stopped righteous man’s soul living tormented day after day with lawless deeds before reducing them to ashes. Christians are delivered from persecution, trials, temptations like Enoch, Elijah, Lot, by faith after suffering persecutions. 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “although the Godly in Christ suffer persecution they are encouraged, strengthened by Perfect Example of Christ. Christians go through trials as Paul but God’s Grace is sufficient in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Scriptural Examples show Abraham prayed for Lot’s deliverance from Sodom. Noah and Family escaped flood, so the whole city of Nineveh escaped God’s wrath and judgement. The rapture believers appear before seat of Christ in Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians, 3:10-15; 1 Corinthians 4:2-5 for rewards. The church as the Bride of Christ joins Bridegroom for a great wedding feast to live with Him as joint heirs. The church in wedding to Jesus includes in God’s house invited to taste of my banquet in Luke 14:16-24. The rapture is to join Christ in great marriage feast so, “Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to God. For the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. John notes, “Write, ‘Blessed are those invited to marriage supper of the Lamb, “These are true words of God in Revelation 19:7-9.
The anti-Rapture argument: They do not believe Jesus will come back physically so say the text is symbolic of Jesus forever in heaven so never coming back to earth. They say Jesus’ Glorified body is too Holy to live on earth. Others say Jesus de-materialised into an angel so the angelic host will come to fight spiritual warfare metaphorically speaking. As such do not believe in any coming of Jesus in a physical battle of Armageddon in Jerusalem. They say this earth will never be transformed but remain as it is. Yet the world is destroyed daily as whole communities are wiped out through wars, bombs and shelled into ghost towns. Nuclear disasters and earthquakes ruin whole cities and villages so people escape tragedy from disaster zones. On the other hand are rapture mongers distractions who waste time trying to figure out, analyse, calculate the exact time of rapture, to prove they know the times and seasons’ better than God or everyone. YET god sais nobody, not even HIS SON JESUS CHRIST or the angels know the day or time. So depart from teaching and preparing the congregation to be ready for rapture in God’s Timing. Others mock the rapture so pre-occupied with teachings or writing books pointing fingers at who is the anti-Christ, the dragon etc. So ignore the more important matters to focus on priority urgent issue at hand on readiness for rapture. Or winning more souls for God’s Kingdom by responsibility of teaching the correct word of God through accurate Scripture texts. Many condemn and judge those who disagree with their point of view. Then argue Jesus is the Only Special Glorified Saviour qualified with 144000 random hand-picked select few to dwell in heaven. This idea is the reason they do not think all people qualify to be with God in heaven after rapture. They say only exclusive select few gathered will be in heaven but all others remain on earth never entering heaven. God built mansions in heaven prepared place for countless multitudes from all nations before His Throne with 24 elders, saints, 144000 Jewish male virgins from 12 tribes of Israel. All authority is given to Jesus to teach, preach, save, reign on the earth through these 144000. Some try to reason God logically scientifically so say the body remains intact in the grave. They do not accept the fact that the spirit soul returns to God. So prefer to think of relatives intact in mortal bodies whole, asleep in the Lord in the grave to be awakened. Many have difficulty picturing God’s word by thought of loved ones de-materialised into incomplete mere dust as spirit returns to God in heaven. This idea is incomprehensible so not palatable to them so they refuse to accept or understand God’s words concerning eternity. The things of God are spiritually discerned by faith, not trying to humanly figure out how God will do so by human understanding. Others grieve the Holy Spirit and believe lucifer ascends but say rapture is agnostic levitation. So prefer agnostic devil levitation but do not believe Almighty God Who suspends planets perfectly synchronised, is capable of lifting His people into heaven. The Pharisees and Sadducees discredited God’s Miracle Power in Christ at Work, Healing of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name to beelzebub. God said anyone who sins against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. In Jeremiah God asks, is there anything too hard to accomplish including rapture?
7 Year Great Tribulation the anti – Christ establishes peace treaty covenant with Israel so Jewish Temple rebuilt. God’s Defence Plans include 2 Witnesses, 144,000 Jewish Male Virgins Witnesses from the 12 tribes of Israel. Through their witnessing is major outpouring of Holy Spirit in everlasting Gospel preached to countless multitudes from all nations, tribes and languages saved globally. However, anti Christ will destroy the City of Babylon and Israel. Then war in Heaven breaks out so St. Michael the Archangel and angels cast satan out of the second heaven and onto the earth. The devil furious intensifies attacks because he knows his time is short-lived. The abomination of desolation happens 3 and 1/2 years into the tribulation. The anti Christ breaks peace treaty with Israel to seat himself in rebuilt temple to proclaim himself to be God. Then 7 seal judgements occur during the first half of the Tribulation as follows: The anti Christ sets out to conquer the world and cause people to kill one another. The mark of the beast means slave labour conditions exist so people work yet unable to buy enough food for a day. The martyrs will cry out to God in heaven to avenge their deaths. God says to wait just a little while longer. God causes a great earthquake to hit the earth, causing every mountain and every island to move out of its place. He also causes the sun to turn black and the moon to look like blood. There is silence in heaven for a half an hour. An angel offers the prayers of God’s people to Him to avenge them.In John 16:7-8 The Holy Spirit “convicts the world concerning sin in” God’s mercy, grace, compassion, intercessions of Jesus and saints restrain the lawless one. When the church is taken in the Rapture, anti Christ steps up ungodly plans but multitudes turn to Christ to become true believers in the tribulation period. The Holy Spirit through the 2 evangelists and 144000 evangelist Christians witness when wickedness abounds. The Holy Spirit through the 2 evangelists and 144000 evangelist Christians witness when wickedness abounds. All are quickly put to death by the man of sin. God Supernaturally Destroys invading armies. God defeats satan using weather conditions, earthquakes, asteroid collisions, and other “terrors in the heavens but the church is saved from the Tribulation. In John 16:7-8 The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. ” God’s mercy, grace, compassion, intercessions of Jesus, saints restrain lawless one who rules the nations.
Signs of Jesus Second Coming
Later is Christ’s Glorious Return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in 2 Corinthians 5:10. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory in Matthew 24:21-30. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. The flight of Israel Jesus spoke of happens in Revelation 12. Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ Restoration of State of Israel and Jewish people returned to land of Israel and re-established state signals birth pang sorrows of end times. This sign came to pass on 5/14/48 and as city of Jerusalem was regained by Jews on 6/7/67. Many false Christs and false prophets will arise and perilous times will come. Jesus said as end time approaches will be wars, rumours of wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom. Famines, pestilences, earthquakes. Lawlessness and immorality will abound. Love of many will grow cold, Christians will depart from the faith giving heed to doctrines of demons, Men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, unholy, proud, boasters, blasphemers, unloving, disobedient to parents, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, traitors, headstrong, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, ungrateful and un-thankful. The mystery of lawlessness is already at work, restrained until taken out-of-the-way. The lawless one will be revealed when God slays with breath of His mouth and brings to end. The anti-Christ, false prophet, and 10 Nation confederacy rule the earth, Rise of City of Babylon, Russia and Allies invade Israel. Brethren, with regard coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, do not be afraid or disturbed either by spirit, message, letter on matters that the day of the Lord will come. Let no one deceive you, for it will not come unless apostasy comes first and man of lawlessness is revealed. The anti Christ is not revealed until hindering force removed. In 2 Thessalonians man of sin or lawlessness is not revealed until he who restrains is taken out of the way. The son of destruction who opposes and exalts himself as so-called god for worship, takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as ‘God.’ Daniel 9:27 indicates the anti-Christ who is to come is a covenant breaker. And he shall make and confirm a strong covenant with many for 1 and 1/2 week he shall put an end to sacrifice offering, oblation to cease in coalition alliance with the beast in Daniel 7:8 -11 Revelation 13:4 as the little-horn. Treaty with Israel, ends in defilement of Temple in Revelation 13. The nominal Church lost true believers so joined other religions of the world to become a “one world united religion,” which, in turn will give its power to anti- Christ. The apostate church is pictured as a prostitute riding the beast in Revelation 18. The apostate church of the period will be corrupt influenced by anti-Christ in Revelation 18 as the great harlot of Revelation 17. Concurrent events taking place overlap from rapture of church in part of 70th week. Daniels prophecy and Jesus’ predictions are parallel at times in God’s 70 weeks program for Israel and Jerusalem together with His program for the church. In A.D. 325, Constantine called a general council meeting at Nicaea to settle the conflict over religious, moral superiority, deity of Christ, to define Christian doctrine. The dispute was not resolved between the Church in Rome and Church in Alexandria due to political and religious reasons. By A.D. 508, the Church in Rome gained enough political support to silence opposition in Alexandria. When Arian influence was eliminated the Church in Rome established herself as guardian and defender of the universal catholic Christian faith. About 25 years after the victories of Clovis, Emperor Justinian consolidated supreme authority in the pope in matters of faith and religion. Justinian bequeathed title, “Corrector of Heretics,” upon the pope in A.D. 533. After 5 years in A.D. 538, Belisarius, Justinian’s general subdued Italy. Though the pope was not in a position to wield complete authority over nations so the pope’s dominion ruled Christian church and Christian states with absolute power. Jesus directs great tribulation affairs with angels from heaven. Jesus is the Commander-in-Chief of the armies of the Lord. The saints of God reign in heaven as Revelation Chapter 4, in a great scroll, handed to Jesus by His Father, Jesus is authorised to begin long-awaited reign on earth. So directing all events of the end time, He will establish His military operations from Jerusalem in His final appearance as King of kings and Lord of lords.
7 judgements occur during the middle to latter part of the great Tribulation as follows: 1. God rains down hail and fire upon the earth burning up one-third of the trees and all of the green grass. 2. God releases a meteor into the sea turning one-third of the sea into blood, killing one-third of all living creatures in the sea destroying one-third of the ships are on the sea. 3. God releases another meteor, hitting one-third of the rivers and springs, causing contamination of the water and many men to die. 4 God strikes a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars so they give no light. This causes a third of the day not to shine. 5 The bottomless pit is allowed to open up releasing a huge swarm of locusts to attack all the people who do not have God’s seal on their foreheads. They are not allowed to kill these people, but to just torment them with their bite. These people will be seeking death and will not be able to find it. 6. demonic angels are released from the Euphrates river to kill a third of mankind by demonic angels leading army of 200 million demonic spirits to carry out mass slaughter of humans. 7. Heaven is begins to rejoice because God release Wrath upon the wicked on earth and taking His Vengeance. God releases more lightnings, another earthquake and more great hail upon the earth. In the dream of Nebuchadnezzar interpreted by Daniel, revealed 4 major kingdom empires emerge including the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar or Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greece and imperial Rome. Babylonian kingdom represented as head of gold on the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2:32. This is true, in the world history: in 560 BC, the kingdom of Babylon was destroyed by King Cyrus of the Medo-Persian kingdom in Daniel 5:28, 2 Chronicles 36:23. Medo-Persian kingdom described as chest and arms of silver statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is in Daniel 2:32. The Greek kingdom mentioned in Daniel 8:21 defeated the Medo-Persian, is the belly and waist of copper in Daniel 2:32. According to historical records, in 331 BC in the battle of Arbela, Alexander The Great of Greece with fewer troops managed to invade the Media-Persian army and destroy the kingdom. Kingdom of Greece as the Bible prophesied was destroyed by a kingdom hard as iron called Roman empire. History shows in 146 BC, the last Greek city of Corinth fell to Romans and city completely destroyed by General Lucius Mummius from Rome. Roman Empire is depicted as iron legs of statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The European Union powers together with new nation fight Israel. The Franks–France. 3. Anglo-Saxons–England. 4. Burgundians–Switzerland. 5. Visigoths–Spain. 6. Suevi–Portugal. 7. Lombards–Italy. 8. Heruli. 9. Vandals. 10. Ostrogoths. Clovis, King of the Salian Franks, destroyed the Ostrogoths, Vandals and Heruli. In modern terms, these nations will be all fully armed against Israel. Persia, Ethiopia and Libya join too with weapons. Gomer and all its hordes will also join you, along with the armies of Beth-togarmah from the distant north and many others in Ezekiel 38:1-6. The nations cited in the verses above are associated Old Testament predecessors but all represent nations exist today. Long before Russia became a world power, biblical scholars identified Magog as the nation of Russia and Gog as the ruler of Russia. The other nations referenced above are identified below with original Hebrew name followed by modern English name of country: Rosh = Russia, Magog = Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, Persia = Iran, Cush = Sudan, Put = Libya, Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-togarmah = Turkey. According to God, Russia will mobilize a coalition including these nations in days.
7 Bowl Judgements as follows:
1. God causes loathsome sores to fall upon those who have the mark of the Beast. 2. God causes the entire sea waters to become blood killing every living creature in seas. 3. God causes all the rivers and springs to turn into blood. 4. God causes the heat from the sun to scorch men with great heat and fire. 5. God causes total darkness to fall upon the kingdom of the Antichrist. 6. The Euphrates river is allowed to dry up to prepare the way for the kings of the east to come to the battle of Armageddon. Then 3 demonic spirits are released from the mouths of the anti Christ and false Prophet and they go out to all the kings of the earth to bring all of them to the battle of Armageddon. 7. God causes the greatest and most severe earthquake to hit the earth. The city of Babylon is completely finished swallowed up whole. This earthquake causes all islands to flee away and all of the mountains to be no longer found. God then rains down great hailstones weighing 135 pounds each. God then says: “It is done.” The Battle of Armageddon, All the nations of the world come against Jerusalem. Half of the city will go into captivity, houses will be rifled, and the women ravished so salvation and deliverance comes. From Daniel Chapter 2, the Bible gives clues about some large empires that would arise on earth towards the end of time, namely through the dream King Nebuchadnezzar. From the meaning of the dream was also unfold latter kingdom which will last reign on earth before the kingdom of Christ, that kingdom from which the Antichrist will arise.
There is a sequence of events taking place which occurs “in heaven” and parallel sequence of events occurring “on earth.” In the book of Revelation note is made of those who “dwell in heaven” and those who dwell on earth” during the tribulation period. Those dwelling in heaven as the church in resurrection bodies walk in the company of the Lamb and holy angels. Those dwelling on earth include non-believers, but also God’s 144,000 Jewish evangelists and converts, as saints of the Tribulation period. God appoints and He directs the 144,000 Sealed from the 12 Tribes of Israel in Revelation 7:1-8 144,000, and is involved Personally in Shepherding His faithful remnant church. The 144,000, Tribulation Saints come in final 7 years of world evangelism for Israel’s judgement and restoration. The 2 witnesses from the Old Testament leaders may be Moses and Elijah or Enoch and Elijah in Revelation 11:1-12. All are quickly put to death by the man of sin. Many saints will become martyrs during the tribulation period, but they will not be given their resurrection bodies until the tribulation ends in Revelation 20:4.
The 2nd Coming of Jesus
The pre-Tribulation Rapture interpretation best explains this important feature of God’s future plan. After 7 years of tribulation Christ returns, with “armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses in Revelation 19:11-14. This pictures redeemed in Revelation 3:18 with glorified, immortal bodies in 1 Corinthians 15:35-50 descend from heaven. In Colossians 3:4, and 1 Thessalonians Christ is revealed in glory coming with His saints to reign with Christ on earth. Blessed Holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection so second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for 1000 years in Revelation 20:6. Second Coming of Christ 1. During the great tribulation the Second Coming of Jesus follows tribulation in the middle of the battle of Armageddon, Jesus literally descends from heaven where every eye will be able to see Him. Christ appears in the sky, bringing with Him the saints in epiphaneia which is Greek word meaning shining forth openly in public second coming in power and glory. Jesus will land on the Mount of Olives and He will then destroy all of the invading armies who have come against Jerusalem.
Jesus throws anti-Christ and false prophet into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone. Jesus throws Satan into the bottomless pit and kept chained 1000 years. The rest of unsaved humanity is kept in hell until 1000 Millennium Kingdom is over. In the The Millennium Kingdom, Jesus will literally rule entire earth from the city of Jerusalem for 1000 years with all of the saints ruling the nations of the earth with Him. There will be no more wars ever again. Wild animals and beasts will be tamed. People will live long lives up to a 1000 years so no more weeping or crying. Later, satan is let loose one more time after 1000 years in the Millennium Kingdom, Satan is let loose from the bottomless pit for a little while in order to go out and attempt to deceive the nations of the world for one last time. God allows satan to tempt and weed out restless evil in the Millennium Kingdom. They will all converge on the city of Jerusalem to go into battle. Before the battle is fought God will destroy this invading army with fire. Satan is then cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone where he will now join the anti- Christ and False Prophet. All three of them will now remain in this place forever and ever and we will never hear from the devil again. According to Jesus’ teaching on the Mount of Olives, there will be a judgement of the nations sheep and goats nations in Matthew 25:31-46 before the Millennium commencement of the 1000 year reign of Christ in Revelation 20:1-6. In the parable of wheat and tares in Matthew 13:24-30 after Battle Of Armageddon tares separated from the wheat that remained until the end. The tares are collected first and tied in bundles burned in The Great White Throne judgement and wheat is gathered into barn. The wheat represents true believers who survived Tribulation period and permitted to enter Millennial Age. In the rapture Christ comes first for believers in the CLOUDS then back to heaven. His feet does not touch the earth. In Second Coming Glorious Return as King of Kings, Christ comes down on earth to fight battle of Armageddon with the saints so remain on earth forever. These are differences between these 2 events.
|The Rapture||The 2nd Coming|
| Christ comes for His own in the clouds Jesus will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to heaven and verses show the day and hour of that event is Known Only by God.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
|Christ returns to earth with saints of God returning to wage war on the anti- Christ after pre-tribulation rapture of believers
| Believers taken to Father’s House meaning that Christians will be removed from the earth.
| Christ and saints on earth for Battle Of Armageddon
| Seen only by believers
1 Corinthians 15:52, 19:11-16;
| Every eye will see Him
Revelation 1:7 Matthew 24:30
|Escape great tribulation of evil one two parts cut off and die; but the third shall be left thereinZech. 13:8-9,|| Satan bound
|God’s Wrath unleashes but Jacob shall be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7,|| Earth judged
|Foretold in Amos 5:18-20, 1 Corinthians 15:51|| Foretold in Old Testament Christ and Rules Forever
Dan. 12:1-3; Zech. 12:10; 14:4
The Great White Throne Judgement of all unsaved humanity from hell stand before God for their final judgement. All of those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life are thrown into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone where they will all remain forever with satan, the anti-Christ and the False Prophet. Believers are seated in heavenly places with Jesus in golden land in the 3rd heaven. Earth is regenerated and new heaven replaced in new heaven and new earth. All things will be made new. There will not seas, night, sun, moon because the glory of God will be Light illuminating the earth and heaven. No more death so curse of Adam and Eve ends for good. No more sorrow, pain, crying, or weeping. God the Father Himself will now come down from heaven and dwell with mankind forever and ever in this new heaven and new earth from the city of New Jerusalem which comes down from heaven. This new city a square and possibly 1500 miles wide. The foundations of the walls will be adorned with all kinds of precious stones. There will be 12 gates with an angel at each gate. The gates made of solid pearl and streets solid gold. There shall no longer be any temple as God and Jesus will be the temple. All the nations of the earth walk in God’s light and the gates of city never be closed. Without satan, demons, all evil, unsaved people taken out of new heaven on earth believers live happily ever after with God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, all of God’s angels. All saved loved ones reunited in Perfect Godly Ultimate destination in glory. God Wins in the end and so the faithful remnant in Jesus Christ are the Overcomers to rule nations with Christ.
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Dr. Showers Renald, Significance of Tribulation in Israel’s History.