BELIEVING IN A KIND OF “RAPTURE” (EZEK 37:1-14) REAL SOON
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(2 Th 1:7-10) And
to you who are troubled [Gk: in tribulation] rest with us,
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance [Gk: vindication,
retribution: punishment] on them that know not God, and that obey
not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with
everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the
glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints,
and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony
among you was believed) in that day.
Commentary: Father God employs human beings as “agents” to do His will. Thus,
we must entertain the possibility that the “flaming fire” that the
Lord is coming in is imminent nuclear war.
(Mat 24:21) For
then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
tribulation = Gk: pressure:--affliction, anguish, burdened, persecution,
tribulation, trouble /// to crowd (lit. or fig.):--afflict, narrow, throng,
suffer tribulation, trouble.
(Mat 24:29 Immediately
after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened,
and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
(Rev 6:12,13) And I beheld
when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great
earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the
moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth,
even as a fig tree [here used as a symbol of “the powers of
the heavens”] casteth her untimely figs [fallen angels],
when she is shaken of a mighty wind [the Holy Spirit].
Commentary: this occasion is celebrated as the 6th Feast, the Feast of
Atonement (Lev 23:26-32).
(Mat 24:30,31) And
then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven [the
cross?]: and then shall all the [unsaved] tribes of the earth mourn,
and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds [composed of a
speck of dust surrounded by water, i.e., we who are dead in Christ, i.e.,
“asleep” 1 Thes 4:15] of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and
they shall gather together his elect [Gk: select: chosen] [those
who “are alive and remain” 1 Thes 4:17] from the four winds, from one
end of heaven to the other.
(1 Cor 15:51,52) Behold, I
show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [Gk: be dead], but we shall
all be changed [Gk: made different], In a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and
the dead shall be raised incorruptible [Gk: undecaying: immortal], and we
[all; who are alive and remain] shall be changed [Gk: made
(1 Th 4:13-18) But I would
not have you to be ignorant [Gk: not to know (through lack of
information)], brethren, concerning them which are asleep [Gk:
are dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For
if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep [Gk:
are dead] in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say
unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain
unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [Gk: precede]
them which are asleep [Gk: are dead]. For the Lord himself [Father
God] shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel
[Jesus Christ], and with the trump of God [the Holy
Spirit]: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive
and remain shall be caught up together with them
in the clouds [the resurrected dead: Rev 20:4-6], to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore
comfort one another with these words.
“caught up” = Gk: to take for oneself, i.e. to prefer:--chosen.
(Mat 24:32-36) Now
learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and
putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh [a
time of increasing higher and higher heat - until the peak of His return]:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,
even at the doors [the return of the summer Son - sun]. Verily I say
unto you, This generation [a direct reference to the Christ generation
which extends from His death up through the present: Psa 22:30; Mat 1:16,17]
shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth
shall pass away, but my words [Gk: logos] [the Law] shall not pass
away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of
heaven, but my Father only.
(Mat 24:37-39) But
as the days of Noah [Heb: rest] were, so shall also the
coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the
flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and
giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark
[i.e., in type and shadow, Noah and his family were raptured], And [the
unsaved peoples] knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(Luke 17:28-30) Likewise
also as it was in the days of Lot [Heb: a veil: covering];
they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold,
they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went
out of Sodom [carried by the angel (Gen 19:16), a type and shadow of
a rapture] it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed
them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is
revealed [“revealed in us” Rom 8:18 & 2 Thes 1:7,10,12].
(Gen 19:15,16) And when the
morning arose, then the angels hastened [Heb: hurried] Lot,
saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest
thou be consumed in the iniquity [Heb: perversity: sin] of the
city. And while he lingered, the men [the
two angels] laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife,
and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him:
and they brought him forth, and set him without [Heb: outside]
(Mat 24:40-44) Then
shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken [a type of rapture:
to take for oneself, i.e. to prefer: chosen], and the other left. Two
women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other
left. Watch therefore [Gk: keep awake: be vigilant,
watchful]: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this,
that if the goodman of the house [Gk: master of the house] had known
in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would
not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also
ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
(Mat 24:27,28) For as the
lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also
the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will
the [raptured] eagles be gathered together.
“carcase” = Gk: a ruin, i.e. (spec.) lifeless body (corpse,
carrion):--dead body, carcase, corpse.
Commentary: the NIV Bible has it “vultures” rather than “eagles” which
connotes an entirely different completely negative picture, the opposite of
joyous delight. Was the Holy Spirit speaking in this NIV verse, or not?
(Isa 40:31) But they that
wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings
as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not