whether or not the Rapture of the Church prior to the Great Tribulation isn’t just a matter of interpretation, but also could be a measure of who is truly Saved and who isn’t.
• Male Child (Jesus)-Revelation 12:5 “She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, 6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.”
So why do so many people deny this is possible? Is it because they read the Bible but don’t look at it as a whole? Do they just pick out the parts that support their position and ignore everything else?
The Proof. Don’t just scoff. Don’t just blow the Rapture off as “doctrines of men.” Read it. Tell me why you think it’s wrong. And not just because you can’t find the English word “Rapture” – those arguments don’t apply because the original version of the New Testament was written in Greek.
There is a reason Jesus often used the metaphor of a “wedding,” “bride,” “groom” and “wedding feast.”
THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN THE FOUR GOSPELS, THAT IS NOT BEING USED FOR AN EXPRESSED PURPOSE.
Jesus chose His metaphors carefully. The “Wedding” references are not there by accident. The Parable of the Ten Virgins, for example, wasn’t just about keeping your faith and walking with the Holy Spirit. It was also describing who would qualify to be called into the Bridal Chamber (rapture) for a period of 7 days according to tradition (7 years in man’s time, e.g., the 70th week of Daniel) and letting us know who would not. If you are not ready as a Bride, you will miss the return of the Groom to collect His Bride when He takes her into the Chamber during the time of the Tribulation.
THIS IS NOT “NEW DOCTRINE.
Scriptural references: Acts 20:28; 1Cor. 6:19-20; 1Cor. 11:25; Eph.5:25-27
Correlation: Established with Christ’s first coming to the world,
and His subsequent sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection 3 days later.
2. Bridal Chamber Prepared
The Son returns to his Father’s house and prepares the bridal chamber.
Scriptural references: John 6:62; John 14:2; Acts 1:9-11
[“15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” -Matt. 9:15]He tells them that he is leaving (to prepare the bridal chamber):
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” [John 14:2]
At a time determined by the father [“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father.” – Matt. 24:36]
The groom fetches the bride to bring her to his father’s house. “Although the bride was expecting her groom to come for her, she did not know the time of his coming. As a result, the groom’s arrival was preceded by a shout, which forewarned the bride to be prepared for his coming.”
Scriptural references: Matt 24 John 14:3; 1Thess. 4:13-18
The bride undergoes ritual cleansing prior to the wedding ceremony.
Scriptural references: 1Cor. 3:12-15; Rev. 19:7-8 & on.
Correlation: The Bride is “cleansed” for having accepted the gift of the Father God in His Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah. She has repented, overcome the flesh and washed in the blood of the Lamb, and made her garments clean.
— “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has
come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.” [Rev 19:7]
The private wedding ceremony.
Scriptural reference: Rev. 19:7 & on.
In the privacy of the bridal chamber the bride and groom consummate the
Scriptural reference: Rev. Rev. 19:7 & on.
Correlation: They are gone for 7 days, locked inside their chamber for a time. 7 days is a “week.” In the Bible, a “week” also designates a period of 7 years. [70th “week” of Daniel].
The celebratory marriage feast to which many are invited. The Groom arrives with His Bride and ascends to the throne as King.
Scriptural references: Matt. 22:1-14; Matt. 25:1-13; Luke 12:36
Correlation: The Return of Jesus Christ to earth, with His Bride. Once the wicked are reckoned with and removed, there is a celebratory Wedding feast in the Millennium Kingdom.
*Correlation notes are mine.
The “wedding analogy” is found in multiple places throughout the Bible, in both New and Old Testaments. The Song of Solomon follows the same pattern. There is a reason for it. Jesus didn’t keep on referring to it because he simply liked the sound of the metaphor.
He is using it as a pattern of events to come.
And, if Jesus is using a particular pattern to explain something, don’t you as a Christian, think that maybe you should pay attention to it?
Books and scriptural doctrines have a precedent for being ‘rediscovered” after being lost for a time, as well. Remember 2 Kings Ch. 22? When the Book of Deuteronomy was found during the rebuilding of the Temple and it was shown to King Josiah? When he learned of it, he recognized that his people had been ignorant of God’s law for a very long time. He rent his robes and commanded everyone to begin observing it:
“8 And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. 11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes.” – 2 Kings 22:8-11
So yes, things can be forgotten and/or misunderstood over a long period of time, but the Lord always makes sure it is brought back out to the forefront again. Maybe in 1830, He used John Darby to put this long-forgotten part of scripture out there once again. Did that ever occur to anyone? Darby didn’t just make this up – the idea of being caught up into heaven (raptured, harpazo’d, translated) has been around since the days of Enoch, seventh from Adam.
What gets me is the venom and hate that comes whenever the Rapture is mentioned as being part of scripture. People don’t just disagree with the concept, they loathe it. They will curse you out, call you vile names and get downright nasty over it, scoffing and insisting that it’s impossible. My question is where does this rage come from? If it wasn’t true, why didn’t God stamp out the idea forever?
Maybe you should examine that before scoffing at it. Maybe, just maybe you’re missing something very important.God places great importance on the Covenant of Marriage. Again, there is a reason. A pattern, a “model” (for lack of a better term) is being followed.When I looked at the Wedding analogy, scriptures began making sense to me throughout the Bible. It wasn’t just that it “felt true,” it hit me on a visceral level as BEING TRUE. Any arguments I’ve heard against it are weak, and usually made by Pharisaical types who are searching the scriptures to prove their own belief system. They blatantly ignore the wedding references.
When you finally open your eyes to this, go through the Gospels and you will see that Jesus makes wedding references all over the place. When you understand that the Rapture and the Second Coming are explained by the Jewish Wedding Ceremony, you can’t miss it. It’s right in front of your face the whole time.
Jesus does this for a reason. Every single word, metaphor and simile He used has a purpose. His use of archetype [typology] of the Jewish Wedding Ceremony is to explain His purpose for coming to walk among men the first time and for when He returns. In the first part of Revelation, Jesus states categorically which churches need to repent and overcome or they will NOT go when called. Not everyone will be raptured, but only those who Repent, Overcome the Flesh and truly believe in Him.
Before you scoff, make sure you read up on this and understand why you don’t believe it. By rejecting the typology used by Jesus Himself, you might just be rejecting Him as well.
You’d better be sure.
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