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The Rapture

 

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Recently, I encountered a group of people (Friends of Israel) who I felt an immediate kinsmanship towards because, I also am a friend of Israel. While their cause is a nobel one their doctrine is flawed.

As quickly as I was "caught up" (harpazo) with them I was just as quickly returned to earth as I realized they are pre-tribulation rapturists.

Now, I had learned over 10 years ago pre-tribulation is not biblically substantiated, but in the realm of proving all things I decided to take another look.

Coincidentally, I had heard a pre-trib teacher on the radio that same week who had proof of the rapture. He pointed out the word "harpazo"(G726) which in Greek means:

G726 ἁρπάζω harpazō har-pad'-zo

From a derivative of G138; to seize (in various applications): - catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).

So by using King James Concordance I was able to find the entries in scripture that use the Greek word: Harpazo.

There are only 5 occurrences in scripture applicable to being caught up or away. The first is:

Act_8:39 And when they were come upG305 out of the water, the Spirit of Elohim caught awayG726 Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

Act 8:40 Philip, however, was found at Ashdod. And passing through, he brought the Good News in all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

 

So, Philip was caught away, only to be taken to Ashdod. Next, I found these two curious scriptures:

2Co 12:2 I knew a man in the Messiah above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: YHWH knoweth;) such an one caught upG726 to the third heaven.

2Co 12:4 How that he was caught upG726 into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

 

So, who and what are these scriptures referring to? It appears Paul is speaking of himself in the third person. Apparently the vision came to him in a dream or vision, and did not know if he was physically experiencing it. (whether in the body or out of the body...) Regardless, he remained on this planet and went through a variety of trials and tribulations...

That leaves these last two scripture verses to look at.  Let's take the scripture from Revelation first:

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught upG726 unto YHWH, and to his throne.

This is obviously talking about the child (Yahusha) being taken up to His throne.  Finally, this scripture in 1 Thessalonians reveals what looks like a "rapture" of sorts. Let us look at it closely:

1Th_4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught upG726 together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Master. 

 

Aha! This is the rapture we are looking for, right? To clarify this verse we must read the two previous verses:

1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of YHWH, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Master shall not prevent them which are asleep.

1Th 4:16 For Yahushua himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of YHWH: and the dead in the Messiah shall rise first:

So we have the dead in Messiah rising first and then those who are alive and remain being caught up in the clouds. 1 Corinthians touches on this "trump".

1Co 15:50 And this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood is unable to inherit the reign of Elohim, neither does corruption inherit incorruption.

1Co 15:51 See, I speak a secret to you: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

So you see it's the last trumpet sound, the last of 7 trumpets. That means we will be here for the first 6 trumpets if we are still alive. Each trumpet blast is made by each of the 7 messengers (angels).

Look at this:

Rev 8:2 And I saw the seven messengers who stand before Elohim, and to them were given seven trumpets. 

Rev 8:7 And the first messenger sounded, and there came to be hail and fire mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

Rev 8:8 And the second messenger sounded, and what looked like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood,

Rev 8:9 and a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Rev 8:10 And the third messenger sounded, and a great star fell from the heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the fountains of water,

Rev 8:11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood. And a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

Rev 8:12 And the fourth messenger sounded, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. And a third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

Rev 8:13 And I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, crying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those dwelling upon the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three messengers who are about to sound!”

By this time four of the seven messengers have sounded. The world is in horrible shape and three more messengers have yet to blow their trumpets before the "rapture" occurs.

By the way, the word "rapture" never once appears in scripture. I'll touch on the rapture doctrine and it's origin in a bit.

These aren't the only scriptures pre-tribulation rapturists misuse; there are others:

Luk 17:34 “I say to you, in that night there shall be two in one bed, the one shall be taken and the other shall be left.

Luk 17:35 “Two shall be grinding together, the one shall be taken and the other shall be left.

Luk 17:36 “Two shall be in the field, the one shall be taken and the other shall be left.”

The problem here is these quotes are taken out of context, let's put it into context:

Luk 17:33 “Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it.

Luk 17:34 “I say to you, in that night there shall be two in one bed, the one shall be taken and the other shall be left.

Luk 17:35 “Two shall be grinding together, the one shall be taken and the other shall be left.

Luk 17:36 “Two shall be in the field, the one shall be taken and the other shall be left.”

Luk 17:37 And they answering, said to Him, “Where, Master?” And He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the eagles shall be gathered together.”

 

It says where the body is, the eagles shall be gathered together, not flying in the clouds...

Contrary to popular belief, eagles will eat carrion like a vulture... look it up.

 

These verses in Matthew give a clearer picture:

Mat 24:37 “And as the days of Noah, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be.

Mat 24:38 “For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39 and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be.

Mat 24:40 “Then two shall be in the field, the one is taken and the one is left.  

Taken by the flood not exactly a rapture...Matthew 24 is chock full of tidbits pre-tribulation rapturists have to twist and bend to explain away.

Mat 24:3 And as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the taught ones came to Him separately, saying, “Say to us, when shall this be, and what is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Mat 24:4 And Yahusha answering, said to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.

Mat 24:5 “For many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they shall lead many astray.

Mat 24:6 “And you shall begin to hear of fightings and reports of fightings. See that you are not troubled, for these have to take place, but the end is not yet.

Mat 24:7 “For nation shall rise against nation, and reign against reign. And there shall be scarcities of food, and deadly diseases, and earthquakes in places.

Mat 24:8 “And all these are the beginning of birth pains.

Mat 24:9Then they shall deliver you up to affliction and kill you, and you shall be hated by all nations for My Name’s sake.

It doesn't say 'I'll swoop in before the bad stuff happens' and you'll be saved...

Mat 24:13 “But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.

Mat 24:16 “then let those who are in Yehudah flee to the mountains.

Mat 24:17 “Let him who is on the house-top not come down to take whatever out of his house.

Mat 24:18 “And let him who is in the field not turn back to get his garments.

Mat 24:19 “And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing children in those days!

Mat 24:20 “And pray that your flight does not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

Mat 24:21 “For then there shall be great distress,1 such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. Footnote:1Or great pressure, or great affliction.

Mat 24:22 “And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the sake of the chosen ones those days shall be shortened. 

for the sake of the chosen ones”, It's pretty obvious that Our Father in Heaven will be merciful on us, his chosen ones, but we will not be raptured away during this time!

One more relevant point, look around the world where thousands of our brethren are being tortured and killed for their faith, what exaclty is the reason a pre-trib rapturist believes they are so special to be spared but not the brethren described here in Revelation?

Rev 6:9 And when He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the beings of those having been slain for the Word of Elohim and for the witness which they held,

Rev 6:10 and they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Master, set-apart and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Rev 6:11 And there was given to each one a white robe, and they were told that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brothers, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

Lastly, the origin of the pre-tribulation rapture from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapture

Authors generally maintain that the pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine originated in the eighteenth century, with the Puritan preachers Increase and Cotton Mather, and was then popularized in the 1830s by John Darby.[14][15] Others, including Grant Jeffrey, maintain that an earlier document called Ephraem or Pseudo-Ephraem already supported a pre-tribulation rapture.[16]

Pre-tribulation rapture theology was popularized extensively in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby and the Plymouth Brethren,[17] and further popularized in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible.[18]

The Wiki entry is extensively done documenting the various 'rapture' timings, ie. pre, mid or post tribulation and worth taking a look at.  The one thing you must ask yourself about the rapture is this: Will it be worth taking a chance on a controversial doctrine with a fairytale outcome or would it be a sound idea to prepare ourselves in mind, body and spirit when the tribulation begins?

Luk 12:40 “And you, then, be ready, for the Son of Adam is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Why would you need to be ready for the bliss of being spirited away? Wouldn't it make more sense to be ready and prepared for a coming disaster?  This is a dangerous doctrine that will cause many to 'sleep' and be unprepared-thinking they have an easy way out come judgement day.

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