” Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.” (Daniel 9:24, NRSV).

Tomorrow evening at sunset begins the most solemn day of the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement is a Sabbath, where no work is done and the streets of Jerusalem are empty. Even non-religious individuals observe this day. It is so holy that many schools in the United States with a high Jewish population will be closed on Wednesday. Although there is no temple to observe this special day with animal sacrifices, many Jewish men and women have been repenting and asking God for forgiveness since Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets.) God, in his mercy, covers the sins of the Jewish nation for another year.

For a true believer in Jesus, our sins were atoned during the preparation day of Passover. When Jesus was crucified, all sins: past, present and future were paid for. However, because the Jewish nation rejected Jesus as their king, God sent a hardening over part of Israel (Jewish people) until the times of Gentiles are fulfilled. (cf: Romans 11:25 and Luke 21:24). God accounted for this in His master plan of salvation and therefore instituted the Day of Atonement as a holy day for Israel to observe. (Leviticus 16). So, when will Yom Kippur be fulfilled? Daniel 9:24 holds the key.

70 weeks of years ( 70, 7 year periods) were decreed for Daniel, his people (Judah and Israel) and Jerusalem. We know that the sins of Judah  will be put to an end and the iniquity of the Hebrew people will be atoned for. (Ezekiel 36:25-38). The only way atonement can be made is when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Will Israel do this? This is what Zechariah 13:1 tells us: “On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.”

The prophets are in agreement that there will be a day where the sins of Israel will be atoned for. This fulfillment will happen on Yom Kippur. Then the remnant of the 12 tribes will be gathered to Jesus and He will cleanse them before they enter the Millennium. (Zechariah 8:23). Ezekiel 45:18-25 shows the Feast Days Israel will observe in the Millennium. They are Passover (days of Unleavened Bread), Pentecost (Spring Harvest) and Sukkot (Fall Harvest). Yom Kippur is not necessary anymore after Israel turns to Jesus.

What does that mean for us? Well, if we know that the Day of Atonement ends the 70th week, then we can know that the  final 7 year period will end in late September or early October. (That is when Yom Kippur is observed). We can count back 2520 days to determine that the beginning of the 70th week will commence sometime during the end of October. God has given us clues in His Word so that his magi can figure out future events. Will you be prepared? EJ

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Moses and the Red Sea
The LORD said,… “And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go, I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:7a, 9-11 NIV)

Last evening, a number of U.S. presidential candidates lined a platform in Southern California to debate before the eyes of the world. Americans–as well as humanity in general–are looking for a savior. Who will rescue? Who will lead them to the Promised Land of peace and prosperity? On what man or woman will everyone pin their hopes? Only one will be chosen, but mark my words: They will not have the spirit of Moses, but the spirit of antichrist.

The world is ready for Satan’s seduction. The candidate who most convincingly promises “peace and safety” or “you will have success” (without turning from sin) will rise to a level of power previously unknown. All nations will sing their leader’s praises. They will shout in revelry like the Israelites did when they danced before the golden calves (cf. Exodus 31:1-20).

Moseses will come forth when God’s people weep and wail over the world’s condition. When the cry of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendants reaches heaven, then will the Lord respond and send his rescuers.

(Notice, in Exodus 3:11, that our prototype Moses did not believe he was God’s gift to humanity as does the typical politician. Humbly, he asked “Who am I?”)

Prophets have a divine calling, they are not chosen by ballot. People tend to reject divine rule, but want a king like other nations. The world will soon have their king! Pharaoh will seem tame in comparison. The Moseses will appear when all misplaced hope in Egypt dissipates like smoke. Our brothers and sisters experiencing persecution are aware, but Western Christians are not yet at the “awareness” stage.

How will we know prophets like Moses? Not by their rise in the polls, but by their willingness to fill the ruler’s prison. America and this world are presently under God’s judgment. The powerful hope to silence prophetic warnings while they boast of their superior abilities to the adoring crowd.

Want a preview of what the Moseses will be saying? If we have ears to hear, read Revelation 2 and 3. The Prophet went into the midst of seven churches and divided the righteous from the wicked. If it is time for judgment to begin on the household of God, then it’s time for the Moseses to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Are you a Moses in the making? A goal of theprophetsofgod.com blog is to serve anointed men and women by equipping them to walk in their destiny.

I recommend “The Prophets of God: Recognize them, Listen to them, Follow them” (Top left). If we don’t know what a true prophet looks like, how can we be one?

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“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town… I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.” (Matthew 23:33-34, 36 NIV)

I have been bitten by mosquitoes, horse flies and red ants. Wasps and bees have stung me multiple times. There is no way I need a viper’s fangs in one of my limbs to know that it would hurt–a lot! I will learn from the experience of others, thank you very much.

In Matthew 23, Jesus did not name the teachers of the law and the Pharisees after a poisonous snake without good reason. He could have referred to them as an irritating insect, like chiggers or gnats, but, as John the Baptist did before him (Matthew 3:7), the Lord chose vipers to describe the Jewish religious authorities.

Our previous post, “Prophet/Prophecy Haters”, contained words of grief. Our brother Elijah wrote of a “friend’s” stinging accusation that inflicted pain where we are all vulnerable, in the heart. A personal indictment was leveled against Elijah for passionately sharing prophecy. The context may not fit, but the words in Zechariah 13:6 seem to apply: “If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ he will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’ ” Ouch, that hurt!

We must employ the “near/far prophetic” of Matthew 23 to identify this generation’s vipers. For Jesus and his Jewish disciples, they were the religious leaders of their nation. It did not take long for their hatred for Jesus to manifest itself in blood, the blood of the cross. The thirst for more spilled over onto those whom Jesus sent as apostles. Men like James, the Elder, and Stephen were executed. Great persecution broke out against all the disciples, scattering them abroad (Acts 8:1, 11:19). Peter and John were miraculously spared. Believers in Jerusalem and Judea were surrounded by vipers.

If Jews persecuted, imprisoned and murdered fellow Jews for following Jesus (near), what will believing Christians face as we inch closer to Christ’s return (far)? Our Lord singled out prophets, wise men and teachers, in Matthew 23:33, as those who suffer the venom of vipers. God’s people understand the hatred of humanistic secularists or Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religious radicals, but are we prepared for what Jesus promised? Can we picture “Christian” leaders hunting down believers because of their prophetic message, their wise counsel or their teaching of Bible truth?

“How could what Jesus said happen to us?” you ask. It is instructive to look at the discussion among the chief priests and Pharisees in John 11:47-50. After Lazarus was raised, the elites of the religious class became afraid. Jesus threatened their worldly status. When Peter and John sent the cripple into the temple courts walking and jumping and praising God (Acts 3:8), they were again frightened. The officials seized the disciples and put them in jail (Acts 4:3). Later on these same disciples felt the sting of the flagella as they were flogged (Acts 5:40).

In a conversation with my wife, I asked her thoughts about why Elijah’s best friend attacked him over prophecy. She nailed it. “He is afraid.” Those who love their position in this world, real or imagined, want to silence those whom Jesus sends.

Many of Christians fall into the category of haters: They show great displeasure in any talk of terrible times or the last days. Some are within our own families. Brother will betray brother to death, and a son his father or a father his son. Beware of the vipers. If they get close, it will really hurt.

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“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15 NIV)

God’s promise (“prophets like you”) affirms that Moses is the original model for prophets (i.e. the prototype). When production begins, duplication of the original follows.

Teachers have long considered Deuteronomy 18:18 as Moses’ promise of the “Prophet Jesus”. Is there more to this that we’re now seeing? Does this prophecy have “near” and “far” implications”? (Rule #5, “The 5 Basic Rules of Bible Interpretation”: “Look for the near/far in prophecy.”)

I am convinced full-scale production will soon commence!” If Jesus is the “near” fulfillment of God’s Deuteronomy 18:18 promise, then is the world going to see tens of thousands or more Moseses? Are prophets like Jesus ready to emerge onto the world’s stage? You bet they are!

Bible prophets were blood brothers to Moses: Samuel, Nathan, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Zechariah, and John the Baptist, to name a few. All were descendants of Jacob. Did each satisfy the definition of a prophet (cf. Deuteronomy 18:18-19)? Yes, without improvising they spoke on God’s behalf. Was Elijah–who pre-dated Christ’s incarnation by over 700 years–the Moses of his generation? He was. He exemplified the Lord’s commitment to keep his promise. Yet prophets like Samuel, Elijah or Daniel were unique. They were not reproduced through offspring.

Should we assume Jesus is the “far” fulfillment of Deuteronomy 18? Jesus is the Word of God! Christ has the final word (Hebrews 1:1-2), if we think of “final” as complete perfection. Regarding future events, the Father told everything to Jesus, then he passed it to his friends (John 15:15, Revelation). Jesus, a son of Jacob and Judah, is the epitome of uniqueness.

“New” prophecy does not exist. Anyone adding to or subtracting from Scripture should not be trusted, even if what they say comes true (cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-3). The Lord will have true prophets to counter the thousands of deceivers. God’s Word, spoken from mouths like Moses’, will be heard all over the earth.

Joel 2:28-32 declares a vital feature of the last days: God’s Spirit will be poured out globally. “Your sons and daughters will prophesy.”

If the Spirit fills select spokespersons, aren’t we accountable for what they say? If men and women from “every nation, tribe, people and language” listen, won’t they be be led into the Promised Land? Won’t these Moses-like deliverers be duplicates of the prototype?

What do we call this multitude of bold servants and prophets, these future saviors of the saints? “Moseses” is my suggestion. Any interested in applying for this vital leadership position?

I want to dig deeper into this “Moseses” subject. Stay tuned for Part 2.

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” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Luke 13:34 NRSV)

Weeks ago my heart was grieved by a letter from someone who claimed to be my best friend. His message was harsh. In no uncertain tone, my friend said: “Stop talking about prophecy because it ‘bums’ me out.” Then the attack became personal when he involved my family. (“I hope you do not tell your children these things.”) This letter was an eye-opener since this man claims to love the Lord, yet has a disdain for prophets and prophecy.

His attitude toward God’s special messengers is nothing new. Prophets in Bible times faced similar challenges. Those with darkened hearts reject God’s warnings. Those open to the light will receive it. Many want to know the truth about the last days. Believers desiring accurate teaching await the Lord’s return yet they expect future trials.

Jeremiah confronted a “hater” of prophecy and prophets in Hananiah. Earlier Judah had gone into a partial captivity in Babylon. Hananiah foolishly spoke for God promising Judah’s exiles would return in two years (Jer. 28:3).

Wisely, the Lord’s servant stood up to this charlatan. Jeremiah said that past prophets foretold times of war, famine and pestilence against countries and kingdoms. They never spoke of peace without first warning of destruction.

Hananiah was exposed. Jeremiah said this pretender would be dead within the year. In Jeremiah 28:17, God’s word was fulfilled. Hananiah died in the 7th month (Tishri, the month of God’s judgment).

As we approach the end of this age, God is raising up prophets. How will we recognize them? They will remain true to God’s word by speaking of a coming day of disaster. “The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10b).”

We must be wise to follow the prophets of God as well as their prophecy. If we do not, we will be vulnerable to false prophets. Awake, oh sleeper, so the Day does not sneak up on you! EJ

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“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…”
The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” (Exodus 19:4-6a, 8a
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Many possess land handed down through a line of ancestors. Property that has long been in the family is not uncommon. Ownership took place long ago. A deal was struck. A deed or title followed. All parties, descendants included, became bound to an agreement. So it is with God’s people, the Israelites.

With Moses as the go-between, the Lord met his people at Sinai. A conditional agreement was made. If the people obeyed God fully and kept his covenant, they would be favored above all others on the face of the earth. They would be the Lord’s treasured possession. Though everyone belonged to Him, Jacob’s offspring would be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. This is the inheritance of Israel.

With the terms of God’s covenant clearly spelled out, the gathered children of Abraham voiced their agreement. The people responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” (Exodus 19:6a) In what language did Moses communicate God’s terms? In what language did the descendants of the Patriarchs promise their faithfulness to the Lord’s covenant? They spoke in an ancient Hebrew tongue we know today as Paleo-Hebrew.

Did the Lord renege on his commitment? “Is God a man that he should lie or a son of man that he should change his mind?” (Numbers 23:19) The question is rhetorical. Of course, he has not–and never will. The Lord will have a people who keep their covenant of obedience. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Pentcost Redux) is all that’s necessary to reveal the chosen or elect of God. This anointing from on high will not fall upon individuals scattered here and there, but, as in Acts 2, on gathered saints (cf. Hebrews 10:25).

In the last days, the people Peter described in 1 Peter 2:9 will gather in fellowship communities by necessity. (Think of the animals that arrived two by two in ordered to be gathered into Noah’s ark.) One tongue, uttered by God’s people, will mark believers and fortify their unity. Because of language difficulties, the wicked from the nations will stumble in confusion, or–and this will be a false sign or wonder–a counterfeit Pentecost from Satan could occur.

Our brother Elijah commented on the “Pentecost Redux, Part 1” post. He pointed out that a major key to understanding tongues in prophecy is Genesis 11:1-9. Realizing that confusing language to scatter people was God’s judgment on covenant-breakers, we can easily see how reuniting the covenant keepers from among the nations will be a common tongue. Revelation 7:9-10 is evidence. Languages may not cease. Nations will be present in the Millennium, but God’s people won’t need translators. In the way Arabic and Mecca unites Muslims around the world, Paleo-Hebrew will be spoken by the saints who look to Zion as God’s Holy Hill.

In conclusion: The Israelites stood at Sinai and made a sacred vow. They spoke as one and promised God their obedience. They failed to keep their word, but their descendants who call on the Lord, will fulfill their covenant. As one people with one tongue, saints will gather around the Temple and our High Priest Jesus. There we will pledge our faithfulness to the God who saves. The difference between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion will be Pentecost Redux.

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Pentecost
“Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil…

“Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other. Never again will my people be ashamed.” (Joel 2:23-24, 27 NIV)

In Part 1, we argued from Scripture that the Pentecost described in Acts 2 I s a preview of a greater Pentecost coming in the last days. During the first Pentecost, Jews spoke in the tongues of all nations. In the time of the end, believers from all nations will speak a single language.

Speaking through the Prophet Joel, God said in the last days he would pour out his Spirit on all people (Joel 2:28). Before this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, He promised to send the autumn rain (see above). Abundant fall showers will produce full threshing floors (Joel 2:22-24). In the context of a great end-time harvest of grain and fruit, God promises an in-gathering of people as the Holy Spirit showers all nations. Do not miss the connection between the Spring Feast of Pentecost in the history of Acts and the Autumn Feast of Pentecost in prophecy.

According to Acts 2:41, three-thousand accepted the Apostle’s message, were baptized and added to the number of Jewish disciples. In Revelation 7:9, John’s eyes were opened to what Joel described and Peter proclaimed. Appearing in robes that gleamed white like ripened heads of wheat is a multitude too numerous to count. The harvest that is here foretold is comprised of sons and daughters, old men and young men, from every nation, tribe, language and people. Joel and Revelation 7 are in perfect harmony.

What is heard in Revelation 7:10? It is the opposite of the every language under heaven in Acts 2 during the Spring Feast of In-Gathering. In Revelation we preview the saved from throughout the earth declaring God’s glories in one language, not all languages! It is not a cacophony of tongues, but a single solitary tongue. The one voice is the evidence of a Pentecost Redux. This time it won’t be Jews filled with God’s Spirit, but all people and nations, which includes Jews. Jews are part of all. This event is set for Israel’s fall feast of In-Gathering.

What language or tongue is spoken around the Lamb’s throne and by all during the Millennium? My belief is that it will be the tongue spoken in Exodus 19, as Jacob’s descendants stood near Mt. Sinai. I am referring to the ancient language of Israel; what scholars call Paleo-Hebrew.

In “Part 3”, we will uncover more of God’s purpose for another, richer and more complete Pentecost.

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” But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” (Revelation 20:5 NKJV)

In the last post we differentiated between the rapture (a physical and forceful catching away of the saints) and the resurrection (the dead in Christ transformed with a glorified body). Those who are alive at the last trump will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. We also learned this transformation occurs prior to death’s ultimate defeat.

Matthew 5:18 states that Heaven and Earth disappear before the smallest part of the law goes away.  The picture then becomes clearer: after our Heaven and Earth are gone, Death and Hades are sent to the Lake of Fire.

Revelation 20:4-6 answers the question: “When does the resurrection occur?” John sees thrones and people seated on them with authority to judge. These are the souls that had been beheaded for Christ (cf: Rev. 6:9-11). They refused to worship the beast or his image, neither had they taken his mark. It is repeated so we don’t miss it: This is the first resurrection!

It cannot be denied, the Bible says the martyred souls come back to life at the start of the Millennium; the general resurrection occurs after the thousand years is passed.

By comparing Scripture with Scripture, it becomes evident the Rapture is not described in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. How can so many Bible prophecy experts get it wrong? “Taken or seized in an upward direction” is not ushered into glory in a new body. Are they so married to their doctrine of any moment rapture that they deny the obvious?

When are “alive” saints changed? Revelation 20:11 informs us. Believers are glorified when the last age, the Millennium, is no more. John sees a Great White Throne and on it The Judge. Heaven and Earth flee from His face. The Greek word is pheugo (fyoo’-go) and it means “to run away, vanish, escape, flee away” (pg. 75 of “The Greek Dictionary from Strong’s Concordance” a.k.a. Strongs).

The definition that fits the above context is “to vanish”. The present heavens and earth are preserved by fire for the Day of Judgment (2nd Peter 3:7). The heavens disappear with a great noise and the elements will melt with a fervent heat (2nd Peter 3:10). To survive, those alive must be changed. How could anyone live through an inferno?

Finally, the Heavenly Jerusalem will descend on a new earth (Rev. 21:1-2). Eternity begins. As believers, this is our glorious hope. To grasp this, God’s Spirit must be our teacher. Our part is studying, comparing and examining the Word of God within its proper context. We are certain readers will arrive at the same conclusion we have: Rapture is not Resurrection.

EJ

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Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV).

In Part 1, we cited what many prophecy teachers claim about the Rapture. From 1 Thessalonians 4:17, the Greek word used for what we call “the rapture” is harpazo (“snatch or seize, suddenly or vehemently, i.e. to take away”, Bauer, Arndt and Gingrich, p. 107),.

In harpazo’s thirteen New Testament usages, it never applies to a physical change into a glorified body. Instead, it means a sudden forceful, carrying away. An objective reading of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 shows Paul teaching that saints who are asleep are the first, in order, to meet Christ in the clouds. Then, following that, we who are alive and remain will be taken up, seized or plucked to meet Christ in the air. The intended meaning portrays a gathering up by force. Conversely, if we were instantly changed into a glorified body, we would have the ability to ascend under our own power. Seizing or carrying away intimates a strong arm doing the lifting or snatching. Harpazo would not be the word Paul would choose, if Pre-Tribulation (PTR) teaching were true. Does this make you wonder why their scholars don’t consider this contradiction?

Prophecy teachers misinform and mislead when they insert the “resurrection teaching” of 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 into their teaching on the rapture. They are not identical events, but types, meaning they are similar in nature, but not the same. They are separated in time by just over 1000 years!

When one claims that believers are changed at the rapture when the last trump sounds (1 Corinthians 15:52), the logic becomes flawed. They are saying “this equals that”, but rapture is clearly rescue, not resurrection. There is no evidence that the trumpet call of God in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is the last trumpet. Where in Scripture is “last trumpet” a reference to the snatching up in the air at Jesus’ return?

In 1 Corinthians 15:51, Paul refers to the saints’ change from mortality to immortality, as a mystery. Paul uses the Greek word for “mystery” 21 times. It is musterion (moos-tay’-ree-on, “a secret or mystery too profound for human ingenuity”, B.A.G., p.532)

The conveyed idea is that many will not understand the truth. God must reveal it. Many will be led astray by false teaching. Paul is clear as to the order of events. “Changed” occurs at the last trumpet, when the corruptible puts on incorruption. The Bible states when this transformation happens (i.e. the mortal putting on immortality), then what is written, such as Hosea 13:14, is fulfilled. “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes” (NKJV).

So when is death ultimately defeated? 1 Corinthians 15:56 teaches that the sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. While during Jesus’ 1000 year reign on earth sin will be restricted and death delayed, both will exist. The Law must also exist since not the smallest letter or least mark will disappear from the Law until all is accomplished (Matthew 5:18 ).

Our answer to the question about Death and Hades’ ultimate defeat will come next time. In Part 3, we will see another major problem PTR teachers have by confusing rapture with resurrection. EJ

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” 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 thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1st Thessalonians 4:17, NKJV)

The sun sets over the ocean as two lovers embrace. The waves gently roll onto the beach. The sky is clear blue and the world seems perfect for the couple. In an instant, as the man and woman peer deep into each other’s eyes, this moment of serenity turns into chaos. The woman literally vanishes and immediately, the bewildered gentleman hears screams from panicking mothers on the boardwalk. Children are gone and the sounds of a plane plummeting toward the ocean is heard. A moment of love turned into a scene of heartache, death and destruction. What caused this? Many in Christian circles would say that the Rapture of the Church had just taken place. Those adults who believed in Jesus and all children are in Glorified bodies in Heaven. Christian literature and movies have portrayed similar events. Is this Biblical?

Paul described what we call the Rapture as a catching away of believers to meet the Lord in the air (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17). The Greek word for caught up is harpazo (har-pad’-zo). It means to seize: catch (away or up), pluck pull, take (by force). There is nothing in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 that suggest believers are given glorified bodies and are in heaven. Paul says we will meet the Lord in the air. The Greek word indicates a physical gathering of the elect. When we compare this event with Matthew 24:31 we see that angels are the ones who are taking the elect of the Lord up (after the great sound of a trumpet). The saints are in physical bodies but in the air with Jesus. Now let’s look at other scriptures that use the term harpazo.

In Acts 8:26-39, we read the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. The Angel of the Lord told Philip where to go and it was a divine appoinment to preach the Gospel of Salvation. The eunuch believed and was immediately baptized, then the Spirit caught Philip away (harpazo). He was bodily transported to another city, Azotus. (Acts 8:39-40). There was no resurrection into Heaven.

Paul himself says that he remembers a man 14 years earlier caught up into the 3rd Heaven (Paradise). He used the word harpazo again, yet he did not know if this was a physical or spiritual catching away. The fact is that Paul entered God’s throne but he did not have a glorified body. In fact, he is recounting this event 14 years later.

Finally, we see the term harpazo used in Revelation 12:5. The man child was caught up to God and His throne because the dragon (Satan) wanted to devour the child, who is God’s plan of salvation. This catching up is an example of rescue not resurrection. Conversely, Luke describes Jesus as being carried up into Heaven (Luke 24:51). Jesus has a resurrected body at this point and when He ascends into Heaven, the Greek word that Luke uses is anaphero (an-af-er’-o) which means to take up, bear, bring (carry, lead up, offer up). Jesus ascends with the Resurrected power He received from the Father. Harpazo, the term meaning rapture is not used.

When we follow the 5 Rules of Biblical interpretation (see definition section), truth will be realized. In the next post, I will show how 1Corinthians 15:51-52 (where believers are changed in the twinkling of an eye) is not the same event as the Rapture. It is a parallel event that follows rule 5 of Biblical Interpretation: Look for the Near/Far in Bible Prophecy. EJ

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