By Jesse Wanskasmith
March 15th, 2017
In the last issue of The Mountain, I wrote about ‘The Sign of Revelation 12 Occurring in the Skies Above Us.’ This article delves into what some have long understood to be the pre-tribulation Rapture in Revelation 12:5 and how the heavenly sign is just one sign of many that mark the Fall Feasts of 2017 as something extraordinary. Much of this information has been lost to the Church including the importance of the Fall Feasts and how Old Testament law relates to what God has planned for End-Times. Be courageous and read on!
Acts 2:19 (Interlinear) And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke.
What is the Rapture?
The Rapture is a removal of True Righteous Believers from Earth by God to preserve these Christians from Satan’s wrath during the Great Tribulation (Rev 12:12). It is an unscheduled undisclosed event when Jesus comes half-way to Earth to meet his Church in the air.
1 Thes 4:15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.
We are told in 1st Corinthians that “in the blink of an eye” we will be transformed from our earthly bodies to our heavenly bodies and be brought up into Heaven.
1 Cor 15:50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
Dr. Mike Svigel, an associate professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, in a 2013 interview on My Digital Seminary, commented on the Revelation 12:5 “Snatched up” reference, “The word in Revelation 12:5 is the word for “rapture,” harpazo, and always means a sudden removal, a snatching. In contrast, for the ascension of Christ, the New Testament uses terms such as “to be lifted up,” epairo (Acts 1:9), “to ascend,” anabaino (John 20:17; Ephesians 4:8-10) and “to take up,” analambano (Mark 16:19; Luke 1:11). These are neutral terms meaning a removal from one place to another.
John 14:3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
Does God plan to have his children live through the Tribulation?
John 3:18 There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
This is hard question to address as it has many interpretations that often divide the Church. Some ministries such as Morning Star ministries are preparing for coming hard times, but are we truly being called to prepare for the judgements described in Revelation? Of all the recorded dreams and prophetic warnings received by believers, the vast majority of them have NOT called for individuals to prepare large quantities of food, shelter, backup power or cords of wood to survive some upcoming global cataclysm. Christian faith has an added value of spiritual protection and God has plans to keep his followers from enduring this judgement as long as they keep the narrow path toward him. Let’s examine this in detail.
There are two trains of thought regarding the Rapture that are discussed here:
1 Thes 1:10 (NLT) And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.
1 Thes 1:10 (Last sentence, direct translation) Deliver [Rhoumai #4506] us [Hemas #2248] of separation of a part from the whole [Apo #575] anger, wrath, indignation [Orge #3709].
Jeremiah 30:7 (Interlinear) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
The Jeremiah verse talks about deliverance from this time of Jacobs Trouble. The word saved means Yasha` “to be liberated, be saved, be delivered”, Strongs word #3467.
Dr. Mike Svigel, commented on the judgement in 1st Thes and if that applies to pre-tribulationists theology, “I see a lot of strength in passages that promise rescue from coming wrath tied to the coming of Christ (1 Thes 1:9-10) and in the context of the Rapture (1 Thes 5:9), but also in the promise of being kept from the hour of testing in Revelation 3:10 and Peter’s reminder that, based on God’s past pattern of rescuing his righteous from judgment prior to pouring out his wrath (in the cases of Noah and Lot), He will rescue the godly from trial (2 Peter 2:6).”
It’s important to note that the Tribulation includes wrath attributed to both Satan and God and that both maybe present at any given time. McHyde identifies in a 2010 article, “Would God Allow His Bride to Go Through the Great Tribulation” that after only the 7th Trumpet is when, “God’s wrath picks up where Satan’s wrath let off.” Citing Revelation 15:1 and 1 Cor 15:52, McHyde makes the claim that only immediately prior to God’s wrath, will the Rapture come.
1 Thes 5:9 (HCSB) For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
Rev 12:12 (interlinear) Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Revelation 11:18 (NLT) The nations were filled with wrath, but now the time of your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants the prophets, as well as your holy people, and all who fear your name, from the least to the greatest. It is time to destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth. (Click to Article)
This is another mans viewpoint.
I am not writing a theory. I am not writing my ideas. I am not writing what I think or guess may happen. I am writing under the authority of Yahshua of Nazareth, by His Blood, and under His Ruach ha Kadosh — and this is 100% certain!
So take heed! Yah speaks now!
In the year 17 AD, Yahshua of Nazareth was crucified. All the gospel accounts verify that a massive earthquake occurred when YahShua died on the tree, such a massive earthquake it caused the several foot thick curtain of the Holy Place to divide assunder!
In fact, this massive earthquake, that overthrow several cities in the Middle East and Asia Minor, including Sardis, was recorded by the historian Pliny. Pliny says this was THE MOST massive earthquake ever recorded in the Middle East up until that time (the time we now know as the 1st century AD).
Pliny, a verified and TRUSTED secular ancient historian, says this earthquake happened in the year 17 AD.
Yahshua was crucified and rose again in the Spring (Passover) of 17 AD. This is not a guess. This is not a fun theory or idea. THIS IS HISTORICAL FACT!
My website contains many other proofs involving the reign of Tiberius but I will not exhaust that in this article. (Click to Article)
Should Gentiles take heed of the Jewish High Holy Days?
What might the Jewish faithful be unaware of concerning the High Holy Days?
Is it possible the world is in for a really interesting surprise? Maybe! Consider this:
There’s been some controversy within Christian and Messianic congregations about the suggestion of a future event called the ‘rapture.’ Some say it’s a biblical concept supported by the Bible’s text, others don’t see how it could be so. Recent popular fiction books based on the concept of a rapture (series entitle ‘Left Behind’) have generated sales in the millions. Let’s use an example to illustrate the issue and then let’s venture a whole new look at what the discussion might really be all about! Then you decide!
We need an ‘opposing point of view’ for contrast. Actually, we’ll use a friendly source for this illustration. The Spring 2003 edition of Foundational Teachings carries a lead article entitled “LEFT BEHIND – SOME WILL BE; THE IMPORTANT QUESTION IS WHEN?” by Charles P. Schmitt. (Immanuel’s Church).
If you sit in a study session with Mr. Schmitt you will soon realize that he goes to great measures to search out background material. His eyes are on seeking an accurate presentation for what is in both the Scriptures and in observations made by others over time. Good research often brings great rewards and the assurance of reaching proper conclusions. To this end we give considerable credit to Charles Schmitt. So, take note we use his writings here as an example not for the sake of criticism – he could very well be correct in what we quote below. But we think there remains one considerable point to be made. And maybe the quotation below is plagued by historical bias without proper reference to the best interpretation. That possibility is why this article was written! (Click to Article)
Rosh HaShanah is a profound and life-changing holiday. It’s a bit mysterious as well, since the biblical text tells us very little about what to do or what its purpose is.
Among the few biblical details, we are told that the first day of the seventh month is a “memorial” (Leviticus 23:24). A memorial is a time or place where one calls attention to past events. But what does this day commemorate?
The verse says that the day is called a zichron tru’ah, which literally means “a memorial of sounding.” Although some English versions take the liberty of inserting the word “trumpets,” this word does not occur in the Hebrew text. Tru’ah can refer to any kind of noise, such as shouting. The only reason we know that trumpets are involved—specifically, a ram’s horn trumpet called a shofar—is on the basis of Jewish tradition.
Nonetheless, the sound of the ram’s horn is the memory-jogging device, the memorial symbol of Rosh HaShanah. What could this commemorate? Some hints can be found in the ancient prayers that we recite in our synagogues on Rosh HaShanah. (Click to Article)
Every year at Rosh Hashanah, disciples of Yeshua hear the shofar in anticipation of the future trumpet of Messiah. Yeshua predicted that God will “send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other” (Matthew 24:31). He will gather, “His chosen ones” and bring them back to their land.
The daily prayers of the synagogue entreat God three times a day for the great blast of Messiah’s shofar and the ingathering of all Israel:
Blast the Great Shofar for our freedom. Lift a banner to gather our exiles, and quickly gather us together from the four corners of the earth to our land. Blessed are You, O LORD, who gathers the outcasts of His people Israel. (Amidah 10)
The “great shofar” of Messiah alludes to a prophecy in Isaiah:
It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem. (Isaiah 27:13) (Click to Article)
The purpose of this manual is twofold:
First of all, it is to warn those who receive this manual prior to the rapture of the events that will take place in the last days as foretold in the Bible. Based on what the Bible has to say about future events, nobody in their right mind would want live on earth after the rapture. Hopefully, many will read, believe, seek God, repent and be saved. Salvation is very simple, so simple to attain, in fact, that most people cannot accept its simplicity; thereby reject it completely. However, it is complex because it is life-changing and based on that which we cannot see; it is based on faith. Simple, because Jesus does all the work. If you want to be saved and have eternal life, simply pray in belief and humility to Lord Jesus:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and ask you to forgive me of my sins and prepare for me a new heart. I surrender my life to you.”
Secondly, to those left behind after the rapture, this is indeed a survival manual. You still have an opportunity to repent and have eternal life. The same prayer of salvation is applicable to you; the only difference is that you will spend a little time experiencing a taste of hell while you remain on earth.
Let me be really frank with you. If you are reading this manual and the rapture has already occurred, then you probably are not going to physically survive; you most likely will die sometime in the next few years. This manual is about the survival of your soul. You are going to go through terrible suffering. The only question that remains is whether you will go to Heaven or go to hell when you die.
Definition: Rapture–This is the event that will occur when Jesus calls His followers (both gentile and Jewish believers) with a trumpet blast, and in the “twinkling of an eye” they will be removed from the earth and transported to be with Jesus in the heavens (Click to Article)
We continue with the proofs that the martyrs of the Tribulation period tell us. In Part I we stated that ALL who become Christians during the Tribulation will die. It is a key view. Why? It critically affects the Rapture debate. As such, for Rapture naysayers, this view is problematic. Understandably, others may be puzzled as it is a complex and potentially confusing topic (especially so for such a short article series as we present here).
Were it proven that ALL who become Christians in the Tribulation become martyrs, it makes a serious dent in the case for a Rapture occurring any other time than before the Tribulation. For example, were there no Christians alive on earth as of the early stages of the second half of the Tribulation, there could be no mid- or –end-tribulational Rapture. It wouldn’t be logical. The Great Multitude (see Revelation 7:9, these all martyrs) are shown to be already in front of the heavenly altar at the time of the 5th and 6th seals.
If ALL Christians have been martyred who would be left to be raptured? As the case may be, Tribulational martyrs are expressly promised to participate in the First Resurrection … in their case, this occurring at the beginning of the Millennium. For a Rapture to occur at any other time than before the Tribulation would not align with Scripture; nor the proofs of the Tribulational martyrs; nor the character of God. (Click to Article)