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” Whosover eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:54, KJV).

A couple of months ago, we presented posts that biblically showed that the rapture event was not a resurrection. Scripture shows that those who were alive at the last trump would be changed into glorified bodies. The timing of this glorification was after the current heavens and earth passed away. Revelation 20:11-13 shows us that at the Great White Throne Judgment, those who did not accept Jesus as Savior will be resurrected and judged.

We also learned that believers who are changed in the twinkling of an eye are glorified before death and hades are cast into the Lake of Fire. (Rev. 20:13 and 1Corninthians 15:51-56). One last question remains. When is the timing of the Resurrection of the Righteous? Revelation 20:5 answers that question: “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” The next verse tells us that these individuals are blessed and holy, so we know that this is referring to believers who died and are in heaven.

Now that we know this general resurrection is after the Millennium, is there a specific day we can focus in on? Jesus tells us that He will raise those who believe in Him on the Last Day. Martha (Lazarus’ sister) understood this when she said that her brother would rise again in the resurrection at the Last Day. (John 11:24). John the apostle identifies the Last Day, calling it that great day of the feast. (John 7:37). This was at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Last Great Day (8th day.)

This feast is the conclusion of the High Holy Days of Israel and the last of the major Feast Days for Israel. Eight also represents the number of new beginnings. So this resurrection would be the final transition into eternity. This day would be the 22nd day of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious Calendar.) On the Gregorian Calendar, it occurs at the end of September/beginning of October.

One final clue that helps solve the puzzle is that the 23rd of Tishri is a celebration of the joy of the giving of the Torah. These first five books of the Bible represent the giving of the Law. In eternity, there is no more law. So wouldn’t it make sense that eternity is ushered in right before the customary day that Israel celebrated the giving of the Law? Finally, Moses commanded the children of Israel that at the end of every 7 year cycle (Shemitah), in the solemnity of the year of release, the law would be read each day during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Deuteronomy 31:-13, Nehemiah 8:14-18). So we can conclude this: The Resurrection of the Just will happen on the 22nd of Tishri after the 7 year Shemitah cycle. The Lord has given us these treasures in His Word so that the wise would discover them and share with others. EJ

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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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Wisdom cries out in the street. Will someone listen to what She has to say (Proverbs 1:20)? It’s not that Wisdom wants attention or recognition; She wants to be heard. That is our desire as well.

One reason for a blog is to promote discussion about a philosophy or a set of ideas. We endeavor to promote wisdom in an age of foolishness. We have something to express of major importance, that—as far as we can determine—no one else is saying.

Below are six insights from our study in the Word that makes our blog unique and our books full of intriguing discoveries. It all became possible when a Pre-Wrath Rapture position was adopted. Some of what you read may seem far-fetched; but, rather than dismiss it, put it to the test. If we were not certain of the truth, we would not share our findings (Revelation 22:18-19). Since we are sure, how could we keep these revelations to ourselves?

What makes our message unique is “We Believe…

1)  The five major rules for Bible Interpretation must be carefully observed to rightly understand prophecy. A face-value hermeneutic is often taught with regard to interpreting Scripture, but abandoned by many who interpret prophecy. If rigidly applied, the correct understanding of prophecy can be determined by the weight of Biblical evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt.

2)  The focus of Bible prophecy is not the Church, but Israel. God’s sovereign plan for the future becomes clear when we key our study on the people of Israel. When Scripture mentions Jacob or the Israelites, it is always in relation to the offspring of Abraham and his grandson Jacob.

3)  The third age is the Millennium, the 1000-year reign of Christ. We are currently near the end of the 2nd age. Those on the ark were born in the 1st age, but died at the outset of this present age. Prophecy describes a coming kingdom on earth where Jesus rules over a happy and prosperous people. The last age will begin soon with a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language of this age’s survivors.

4)  The next prophetic event may happen at any moment. It is “the day of disaster”.  Imminency, or “any moment”, is a term often applied to the rapture of the saints. But the gathering up of God’s people is preceded by signs (Matthew 24:3-33), so, it cannot be imminent. Destruction will come suddenly, like a thief in the night, especially, for those unaware of prophecy.

5)  The coming rapture is rescue, not resurrection. This may be the hardest one to digest. For 150 years, Paul’s resurrection passage (1 Corinthians 15:50-58) has unfortunately been blended with his teaching on the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The events are similar but, in fact, are separated by 1000 years. In The People of God and Lifesaver, there is an in-depth, objective look at prophecies such as Revelation 20:1-6 to back it up this little known assertion.

6)  The timing of the last day’s events, such as the Day of the Lord’s coming, are knowable as opposed to unknowable. Upon close examination, we learn that the events surrounding the first coming of Christ were fulfilled on the major Spring Feast Days of the Hebrew Religious Calendar. Therefore, the Bible gives important clues in regard to the timing of things in the last days. Major Second-coming events will happen on the major Fall Feast Days of the same religious calendar.

There we have it in a nutshell. For those who can be persuaded by Scripture, the above is provable. Check these and other nuggets out for yourself in the books available on this site. You’ll be ahead of the rest of the class if you do.

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