THE GREAT TRIBULATION OCCURS, THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT
(1 Cor 10:13)
There hath no temptation [Gk:
provocation, adversity /// test] taken you
but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer [Gk:
permit] you to be tempted [Gk:
tested] above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.
6:14,15) Then those men, when they had seen the miracle
[in the wilderness on the east side of the Sea of Galilee] that
Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that
prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that
they would come and take him by
force [harpazo; to take for oneself] [ref: 1 Thes 4:17], to
make him a king, he departed [Gk: withdraw
self] again into a
mountain himself alone [i.e.,
He was the forerunner and only one to be a type and shadow of our
“rapture” (Dict: ecstatic joy or delight) at that time].
(Mat 11:12) And from
the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence [Gk: biazo, biazo; to force,
i.e. to crowd oneself (into)], and
the violent [Gk: a forcer, i.e. (fig.)
energetic] take it by force [to
take for oneself].
The kingdom of heaven is “a gift,”
not to be taken by oneself but to be given by God. These are those
“violent” who attempt to enter into the kingdom without being “chosen.”
(Mat 22:14) For many [but not all] are called, but few are chosen.
God’s “call” exemplified through Gideon (Judg 6:34,35) was directed to
four tribes of Israel out of the twelve tribes. And out of the 32,000 soldiers
who responded to the “call” (many didn’t), 10,000 soldiers were
(Acts 1:8,9) But ye
shall receive power [Gk: dunamis;
miraculous power], after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea,
and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up;
and a cloud received him out of their sight [as
if He were taken up into the “cloud” of a high mountain; a type and shadow
of a “rapture”].
And when even [evening; initial contextual connotations of “the evil day” Eph
6:13] was now come [i.e., the
beginning of a new Jewish day], his disciples went down
unto the sea [a biblical symbol of humanity], And entered into a [“a”
(an indefinite article indicating the possible existence of “many” ships)
rather than “the” (a definite article indicating “one” ship)]
ship [a gospel ship assembled of
wooden boards, i.e., paralleling the forty-eight priest-boards supporting the
tabernacle (Num 35:7; Josh 21:41), typifying the church], and went over
the sea toward Capernaum [manifesting
“power” upon the sea, traveling westward toward The Promised Land, a
type and shadow of Heaven]. And it was now dark [indicating the passage of time from “even;” and a strong contextual
connotation of “the evil day” Eph 6:13], and Jesus was not come
(Mat 14:22,23) And
straightway [Gk: immediately] Jesus
constrained [Gk: to necessitate;
compelled /// must needs, of necessity, needful] his [believing]
disciples [Gk: pupils, students] to
get into a ship [a gospel ship
typifying the church], and to go before him [for
the King is not yet come to reign] unto the other side [unto
the Promised Land], while he sent the [unbelieving]
multitudes away. And when he had
sent the [unbelieving] multitudes
away [this phrase repeated for emphasis],
he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come,
he was there alone.
(Mark 6:45,46) And
straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship [of
the church], and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida
[located to the west], while he sent away the people.
And when he had sent them away [the
sense of the phrase repeated again; strong emphasis], he departed
into a mountain to pray.
THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION
6:47) And when even was
come [i.e., full], the
ship [the church] was in
the midst [Gk: middle] of
the [seven miles wide (7)] sea,
and he alone on the land.
(John 6:18) And the
sea [biblical symbol of humanity]
arose [Gk: raised, stirred up]
by reason of a great wind that blew [Gk:
“a great wind”
= Wind is usually a symbol of the Holy Spirit but herein it is a symbol of
Satan x “great,” as in great tribulation.
Other symbols in the Bible also have both good and bad values that may be
accurately discerned contextually. Please
note the position of the ship, (3
½ miles across with 3 ½ miles to go) when the “great wind”
blew, i.e., Satan “blew.”
(Mat 14:24) But the
ship was now in the midst [Gk:
middle] of the sea, tossed [Gk:
basanizo; tortured: pained, toil, tormented, tossed, vexed] with
waves [Gk: swelling; billowing (as bursting
or toppling)] [of the sea (biblical symbol of humanity)]: for
the wind [personified by Satan; directed by Satan who is “the god of this
world” (aion rather than kosmos) 2 Cor 4:4] was contrary
[Gk: opposite; fig. antagonistic: against].
THE GREAT TRIBULATION, AND THE LORD’S SECOND COMING
And in the fourth watch of the night
[between 3 and 6am, but probably much much closer to dawning sunrise at 6am]
Jesus went unto them [coming
(dawning) from the east], walking on the sea
[clearly manifesting His Lordship and Kingship over all humanity].
(Mark 6:48) And he
saw them toiling [Gk: basanizo;
tortured: pained, toil, tormented, tossed, vexed] in rowing; for the
wind was contrary [Gk: opposite; fig.
antagonistic: against] unto them: and about the fourth watch
of the night [i.e., dawn] he
cometh unto them [as the sun (light) from
the east bringing enlightenment], walking upon the sea, and would
have passed by them.
“and would have passed by them” = Why?
Why would Jesus, seeing His beloved disciples in pain and anguish, have “passed
by them” and done such a terrible thing as to
seemingly abandon His disciples? Because
whatever Jesus commands us to do, God also empowers us to accomplish, and
Jesus/God had commanded His disciples (only) to get into the ship of the church
and go the other side (the opposing side) into the Promised Land (Heaven). He
therefore knew that they would arrive safely regardless of the perils,
hardships, and tribulations (acts of
purification and cleansing) that they were suffering along the way.
(John 6:19) So when
they had rowed about five and twenty
[1/8x25 = 3.125 miles] or thirty furlongs
[1/8x30 = 3.75 miles] [approximately 3 ½ miles in “the midst” or middle
of the 7 mile wide Sea of Galilee], they see Jesus walking on the
sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
FEAR IS THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH, AND THE LORD’S SECOND COMING
14:26) And when the disciples saw
him walking on the sea, they were troubled [Gk: to stir or agitate (roil water)], saying, It is a
spirit; and they cried out for fear.
(Luke 18:8) I tell you that
he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh,
shall he find faith on the earth?
(Mark 6:49) But when
they saw him walking upon the sea, they [did
not recognize Him and] supposed it had been a spirit, and cried
But straightway Jesus
spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
(Mark 6:50) For they
all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately
he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be
(John 6:20) But he saith
unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if [a
bit of doubt here] it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was
come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus [focusing
upon Jesus]. But [as Peter was walking on the water (a type and shadow of his future
King-Priesthood ruling and reigning over humanity during the Millennium)]
when he [looked about and took his eyes off
Jesus, and] saw the wind [the
opposing forces of Satan] boisterous
[Gk: forcible: mighty, powerful, strong], he was afraid
[fear is the opposite of faith]; and beginning to sink [because
he was being overcome by fear rather than overcoming his fear], he
cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately
Jesus stretched forth his hand [the
Hand Ministry], and caught him [i.e.,
saved him; and perhaps the ultimate allusion to being “caught up” 1 Thes
4:17 into Heaven], and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore
didst thou doubt? And when
they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
(Mark 6:51) And he
went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased:
and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
THIS WILL HAPPEN UPON THE ADVENT OF OUR LORD’S SECOND COMING
Then they that were in the ship [the
gospel ship, the church] came and worshipped him, saying,
Of a truth thou art the Son of God [the
final, complete, and full realization of Jesus, which will be full of faith].
(John 6:21) Then they willingly
received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land
whither they went [How is this possible?
It is a miracle and/or a definite rapture].