This is part 2 on the coming of Yahushua.
As I have already shown I beg to differ from them.
Does Matthew (24 : 29 – 31) not state very clearly that, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, darkness will be on the earth,…. then the sign of the son of man shall appear in the heavens, and the tribes of the earth shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together (harpazo) His elect (bride) from the four winds – from one end of heaven to the other”.
The word, “then” (the sign of the son of man) indicates continuation. Immediately after the tribulation there will be darkness all over the earth for a while, and then suddenly, shekinah light all over the earth and the appearance of our savior to gather together His bride.
The whole world will become dark. Matthew says, “The sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light. The stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heaven shall be shaken”.
Does Mark (13: 24 – 27) not write the same thing practically word for word. Luke wrote practically the same but left out, for some reason, the gather together part. Would you accept the witness of just two apostles? But wait – there’s another one.
Are we not told by Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 4: 15 – 17, that when the dead are raised, the living will be raptured at the same time. We discover, hence, that those who are alive will be changed, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, and will meet the dead in the clouds to join up with Yahushua in the air. Matthew wrote that Yahushua will be in clouds as we see above in Paul’s teaching. Therefore we can safely say that the resurrection and the rapture of the saints will happen simultaneously. If the gathering together of the elect occurs after the tribulation of “Jacobs troubles,” then the resurrection of the dead “in Messiah,” will coincide. Even though there are two resurrections there cannot be two raptures. There will be one resurrection before the millennium and one after. The overwhelming proof is that Yahushua will gather His bride to Himself immediately after the tribulation of those days.
And most important of all, does Paul not say, in 1 Corinthians 15: 52 & 53, that the dead shall be raised to incorruption at the sounding of the last trumpet (7th). The seventh and last trumpet announces the appearance (epiphanea) or the sign of the Son of Man in clouds in the heavens (sky). How many trumpets are blown in the second woe (in the second group of plagues)? The seventh is the last, and after the bride has been snatched away, another seven angels will prepare to empty the bowls of our Gods wrath upon the earth. Only then (after the rapture), will the seven bowls of His wrath be poured out on the earth (Rev 16), because they would not take head to His warnings. However, the elect saints will obviously not be on earth then.
We read in Revelation 10: 7, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel when he shall begin to sound (when he blows the trumpet), the mystery of our God should be finished, as He has declared to His servants the prophets”. In other words; the probation period is over and if you are not chosen; you will be left behind. Then in Revelation 11: 15, after the seventh trumpet (last trump), is sounded, there are victorious exclamations in heaven; “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Messiah”. This means that Yahushua will have already raptured His bride to heaven, and will, at the appointed time, return to earth and take control of the world to establish His reign on earth, seated on the throne of David.
Then in Revelation 15: 1 & 2 it is recorded, just after the seventh trumpet has sounded – just before the seven last plagues are poured onto the earth, John said, “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels, having the seven last plagues (bowls), for in them is filled up the wrath of our God”. As far as I am concerned, the word “last” and the term “filled up” means it is the end – finished. Then John saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass having harps of God.
We know that the mark of the beast will be forced on humanity during the 42 months period of the beasts reign and we also know that they (who have the mark) will not have part in the kingdom of heaven. These (on the sea of glass), have the victory over the beast and these have just been raptured into heaven to attend the marriage supper of the Lamb.
In Revelation 14 we see the harvest (rapture) of the elect and in 15: 2, John saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, standing on the sea of glass having harps of God. (A similar description of heaven is given in Revelation 1: 1 – 6). In other words, saints in heaven, praising God, after been taken up after the seventh and last trumpet. After this the bowls will be poured out on the earth.
If we look at the sequence of events, we see the beast introduced in chapter 13, the rapture of the elect in 14 and the elect in heaven in 15. Just after that Armageddon is announced in chapter 16 and in chapter 19 we see Yahushua return, to destroy the combatants who are gathered at this place.
I believe that the phenomenon of the darkening of the constellations, referred to in the book of Matthew, will be a clear indication that He is on His way and it is definitely not a coincidence. Let’s go to chapter 24: 29….Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light. The stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heaven shall be shaken. Wow! This is not an eclipse of the sun or a blood moon or something of that kind either. This darkening is different and reminds us of the plague of darkness in Egypt and also the sudden darkness on the day that Yahushua died. It wasn’t a thunder storm which darkened the skies that afternoon when He died. This phenomenon is commanded by God. I’ve been shown the same occurrence in the prophets as well, and every one of them to do with the tribulation. Please read these two witnesses. Isaiah and Joel. Isaiah 13: 9 –13; Isaiah 24: 19 – 23; Joel 2:1 -2; Joel 2: 31; Joel 3:15 &16.
The birth pains are happening now but, they are only the beginning of sorrows. When these signs, mentioned above start, then we must be prepared for His immanent arrival. The sun, moon and stars will be dull. The days will be dusky and the nights cold and black like pitch. But the sign of the Son of Man will follow shortly after (30 days) and the brightness thereof will be magnificent in its power and very glorious. When suddenly the shekaina light of our God, permeates the whole world, Yahushua will be seen on clouds of glory, reaping the harvest of saints on earth and then taking them to His house (immediately after the tribulation of those days).
What I’m saying, is that we must read what Yahushua says, and identify the signs of the times just prior to His coming, so that we are not deceived. In other words; don’t be deceived by preconceived ideas without your own thorough investigation.
Ok, let’s continue…….
The next time that the world sees Yahushua, to rapture his bride, He will arrive in or on clouds of glory. How do I know this? The angels said so. Our God’s presence is often represented in clouds, accompanied by thunder and lightning, as we can see in the seal, trumpets and bowl plagues. Read about how our God shows Himself in the book of Exodus, but now, turn to the book of Acts 1: 9 &11. We read – And while they beheld Him, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. This is a description of rapture. (I believe that the clouds mentioned are a heavenly host of angels; the witnesses referred to in the book of Hebrews). Then the angels said, “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Yahushua, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner, as ye have seen Him go”. Now it’s obvious that the angel did not actually mean them who were watching Him go but those in the future who are familiar with the sings of His arrival. So, that means that as they saw Him go into heaven so we will see Him come from heaven. As the cloud received Him so it will bring Him back the very next time we see Him.
There are a few verses, in scripture, which attest to the fact that when Yahushua next makes an appearance He will first be seen in heaven or in the sky or in the air on a cloud or in clouds (only the terminology varies).
Matthew 24; 30, Mark 13: 26 and Luke 21: 27 – “And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory”. Say what !……They will see Him coming on clouds. That’s right, that’s what the scripture says. They will see Him coming on clouds. These verses show the “epiphanea” of the “harpazo”, on clouds.
Mark 14: 62 –…..” and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven…”. But the most important scripture, 1 Thessalonians 4, also speaks of the bride being caught up together in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. The apostle John records in Revelation 1: 7 – “Behold, He cometh with clouds and every eye shall see Him”. Looks like the guys paid attention in class. The four of them wrote the same information. That’s four “witness” scriptures showing Jesus coming on clouds of glory and then gathering His bride to take her to his house to consummate the marriage.
This is definitely the “harpazo” not the “parousia”. What’s really interesting though, is that they all also record that every eye shall see Him, when He comes on clouds. There is no such thing as a mysterious disappearing of people all over the world.
I know, I’m being very elaborate with the underlining, but I need to stress this fact. It’s not shown in the “Left behind” series. They prophecy a secret and silent disappearing of Saints, which no one will see. They say that the above information pertains to the moment when Yahushua sets foot on earth, but that is not true; because this scripture clearly shows a gathering of His elect (bride) in clouds in the air from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24: 31). There is no mention here of Him setting foot on the Mount of Olives on earth as He will do when He returns with His bride. This is the rapture at the same time as the first resurrection.
There will be no mistake to what is going on when Yahushua comes to claim His bride. It’s going to be a noisy affair, as well, with shouting and the sound of a trumpet (Yom Teruah) which gets louder and louder. Oh, there will be pandemonium; terror and mourning but only for those whose names have been erased from the book of life, because they will not go with Him. They will be left behind, the probation period is over. Yahushua will go in with His bride and close the door – final.
BUT wait a minute now
How do we reconcile this coming in clouds with Revelation 19:11? which reports – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold – a white horse, and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True and in righteousness He doth judge and make war”. No mention of clouds (?). “And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses”. No mention of the sounding of any trumpet (?). This is because Yom Teruah has passed.
We can clearly see that the rider of the white horse is Yahushua Himself. But, who are those clothed in fine linen, following on white horses? In verses 7 and 8, we see that Yahushua’s wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright. It is the bride, who is to be clothed in fine linen, isn’t it, spotless and without blemish. Aah Ha! This must be “her” as they follow Yahushua out of heaven, on white horses. The other riders are the host of all angels from heaven.
Although it does not say that He sets foot on the earth, we clearly see from scripture, that He comes out of heaven to make war on earth. Coming down – not going up. How do we know this? We read in Revelation 19:14 ….and the armies which were in heaven, clothed in fine linen, followed Him on white horses….. Where do you suppose they’re going? Or should I rather say – coming. DOWN TO EARTH. This sentence alludes to the idea that His army, were in heaven (at the marriage supper) but now they are coming out of heaven following Yahushua down to earth. When we think logically, we know that He is coming down to earth, because the beast and the false prophet, who are obviously on earth, are arrested soon after His arrival and thrown into the lake of fire. Check it out – “And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse, and against His army, and the beast was taken and the false prophet with him”. Please take notice that the devil has not been arrested with them. In this scripture we see that Yahushua is coming down to earth to make war with the beast and his army. We can clearly see here that the beast, who has mustered an army at Har Megido, also sees Yahushua coming with an army. This is proof that there are plans to make war. But then Yahushua arrives and sets foot on the earth (Mount of Olives). He is specifically coming down to earth to destroy the beast and his army, who have persecuted His elect for seven long years. And they (the bride), will rule and reign with Him forever as He establishes His millennium reign on earth. We also discover that it is not going to be a nuclear war either, because verse 21 tells us that Yahushua, will annihilate the army of the beast, with the sharp sword which proceeds from His mouth.
But wait, let me get back. Where was I now? Oh! Yes.
It would appear that there are two comings of Yahushua. Once in clouds and again on horseback.
Can’t be, but how do we reconcile this then.
There are many commentators of the Bible, who interpret two phases in Yahushua’s second coming. The above information shows that, in the first phase, He is seen on clouds claiming His bride and in the second phase, He comes from heaven down to earth, with his bride, to make war with the beast on earth. One can see this event, celebrated in the feasts of the Jewish people. Tradition has it that they recognize Yom Teruah, in the seventh month and commemorates the prophetic resurrection (and we know form our Scripture that He also catches away His bride). Ten days later they celebrate Yom Kippur. The prophetic significance of this feast is that Messiah will come and set foot on the Mount of Olives. These indicate two phases. Although I am alone on the theory of post tribulation rapture, I also see two phases to the second coming of our Saviour. I like to use the Hebrew marriage ceremony to put this idea together. The bridegroom comes suddenly one day or night to take his wife. This only happens after his father has given him permission. The ten virgins are alerted to his arrival (Mat 25) and accompany the two of them, to his house, which he has painstakingly built to the fathers liking. The marriage is consummated, and a rip roaring party follows. This is what we’re waiting for aren’t we – for the Father to send the Son to claim or redeem His bride from the earth. Blessed are those who are invited to this feast – the marriage supper of the Lamb.
The first phase is called, in Greek, the harpazo. This is the actual snatching away of His bride in the air (1 Thess.4 and Matthew 24). The second phase is called, in Greek, the parousia. This is the time when Yahushua returns, with His bride, (Rev 19:14) to defeat the beast and then to be welcomed by a tumultuous and joyous multitude on entry into Jerusalem on a magnificent white horse. You can get an idea of this in Matthew 21, only that time He was riding on the colt of a donkey.
These two phases are accompanied by the Greek words epiphanea and apokalupto. Epiphanea occurs on both occasions when Yahushua appears because that is what the word means. In the first phase He suddenly appears in clouds and then He appears on the white horse in the second phase. Apokalupto can be used to describe the revealing of Jesus, as the true Messiah. The same word can be used for when the beast will be revealed (apokalupto), as the false Messiah, and can also be used when Jesus reveals the marks of the salvation covenant on His body. Everyone will fall on their knees and confess that Yahushua is King of kings and Lord of lords.
EPIPHANEA = THE SUDDEN APPEARING OR MANIFESTATION OF YAHUSHUA (twice).
HARPAZO = COMING FROM HEAVEN ON CLOUDS TO COLLECT HIS BRIDE IN THE AIR.
EPIPHANEA = COMING FROM HEAVEN DOWN TO EARTH ON A WHITE HORSE WITH HIS BRIDE AND PAROUSIA = ENTERING INTO JERUSALEM TO TAKE HIS SEAT ON DAVIDS THRONE.
APOCALUPTO = UNCOVER, UNVAIL, REVEAL, EXPOSE.
Check the meanings of these words for yourself, especially Apocalupto, which can also be used when a car is presented, for the first time onto the market. It is called an “unveiling”.
In his : “Studies in the Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament” ; K.S. Wuest interprets the word Rapture so:
Harpazo. This is a Greek word, which has various meanings. The meanings are as follows: “to seize”, “ to carry off by force”, “to claim for oneself eagerly”, “to snatch out” or to “snatch away”. It was used proverbially in the sense of, “to rescue from the danger of destruction”. It was also used of, “divine power, transferring a person marvelously and swiftly from one place to another”. The proverbial use of the word can be seen in Jude verse 23, where we are told to save some with fear “pulling them out of the fire”, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh (can you see a “snatch away” here). We can also see harpazo used at that time when Paul was forcefully taken from a crowd of people who wanted to kill him. We remember also how Phillip suddenly disappeared from the sight of the Eunuch and appeared again miles away in another city.
I, therefore, believe that if the term; “caught up together” which means harpazo, can be used to describe rapture, then the term, “gather together” also qualifies as a term which describes the rapture or harpazo, using the explanation of, “to claim for oneself eagerly” and therefore both Matthew and Paul describe the rapture and these must not be mistakenly used as a description of the joyous parousia of Jesus actually entering into Jerusalem.
Parousia: This means the welcome that is given to dignitaries coming to visit. When Jesus comes it will be said, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” This is besides the “Halleluyah” and “Hosanna” and the waving of palm leaves and banners. A very joyous occasion. At last the rightful King will take charge of the world.
IN A NUTSHELL THEN
Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the darkening of the cosmos will occur – dark and cold. Then the seventh and last trumpet sounds, then the sign of the Son of Man, coming in His shekinah glory, will suddenly appear in the sky, in clouds, (epiphanea), and the dead will be raised incorruptible (resurrection of saints 1 Corinthians 15: 52 -53). He will come in clouds, with a shout and the loud sounding of this seventh trumpet and the bride who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with the resurrected dead in the clouds, to meet our savior in the air (harpazo – 1 Thessalonians 4 and Matthew 24). Everyone on earth will see (apokalupto), and realize, “Hey it’s true what the Christians said; He came back”. They will also look on in amazement as the people who are called “the bride”, are supernaturally being raised into the sky to meet Him in the air. But then, just as suddenly as He comes, He will whisk her away into heaven for a while, to celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb, consummate the marriage (Perry Stone teaches this) and then to show her the mansions which He has been preparing for her. He said He was going to prepare a place for her didn’t He (John14: 3). The people “left behind” on earth will be devastated, bewildered and very, very angry. But then, a little while later, every human will again be astonished when He returns (epiphanea of Rev19:11), this time on a magnificent white horse accompanied by His bride, as an army from heaven, with the whole host of angels, also mounted on white horses. He will set foot on the Mount of Olives and declare Himself to be the King of kings.
Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Yahushua is King of kings, when He reveals the marks of the covenant on His body (apokalupto). In other words, the truth of His identity will be uncovered or revealed. Yahushua will capture the beast and the false prophet and they will also go down on their knees and confess that He is the King of kings. Then He will throw them into the fire (Rev 19:20) and destroy the army, which gives them their power (the ten nations Rev 17). He will then be welcomed when He enters Jerusalem, in pomp and ceremonial splendor (parousia), with palm leaves and shouts of Hosanna and take His place on David’s throne to establish His rule on earth. Our King will not only reign for 1000 years; He will reign for eternity. The 1000 years is just the period of time that the devil will be incarcerated, and after that – Gog and Magog !
So, when will Yahushua come again and gather us together to Him ?
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, AT THE SAME TIME AS THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD “IN” MESSIAH.