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Bible Prophecy Basics - Part 2

Concerning the seemingly infinite number of false doctrines we are constantly bombarded with, as many of you very well know, GOD's Word is always correct and will consistently un-cloud our mind should we choose a routine of diligent study in the oracles of Wisdom (The Bible) and inquire through The Holy Spirit appertaining Truth. He reveals secrets hidden throughout the ages to whomsoever would put forth the effort, but there are no “private” or personalized interpretations of Scriptures given to anyone (2 Peter 1: 20-21). The Bible fits rightly together from beginning to end, but the recreants who propagate the fallible doctrines of the world are wrong; as good as dead wrong until they drop their dangerously confusing sectarian beliefs in order to choose The Bible as it is written instead. False teachings such as “rapture” or “soul sleep” are destroyed by the light of the Scriptures upon closer examination, but if a person remains entrenched in any false doctrine while trying to envision the Bible fitting harmoniously together, they will be left with so many places where understanding completely escapes them. More often than not, this error causes people to abandon Bible study altogether as they are left with the only alternative of clinging to the commandments and doctrines of men; thereby nullifying much of what GOD has chosen to reveal. He has certainly chosen to reveal all should we opt to exercise the measure of faith dealt to each of us and simply believe, but we must forsake our own understanding and expectations in the process (Proverbs 3: 5).

 

If it comes to pleasing men or GOD, we must always choose pleasing GOD. If you have followed after GOD’s Righteousness for very long, you will realize there are very few people who will not be offended when you only seek to please GOD through personal Bible study and to strip your mind of every doctrine you’ve ever heard - until you find proof of a doctrines’ validity within Scriptures. That is what I call “getting a fresh start. In this day and age it is really the only sound start. GOD’s Word speaks for itself and if pleasing GOD is not sufficient for acceptance, so be it. We must absolutely take Scriptures for face value regardless of who it offends. That is pleasing to GOD.

 

Isaiah 1: 28-31 speaks to us of the unfaithful ones on the great and notable day of The Lord, as well as the sinners. To elucidate the terms “faithful” and “unfaithful” -faith” is to be faithful to GOD and His Word.Unfaithful” is to put trust in a congregation (called “Church” in error) and their doctrines over GOD’s Word. Isaiah 1: 28-31 relates to those who forsake GOD and HIS Words to create “rose gardens” in their own minds (false doctrines of peace, safety, and escape). They also help other people build gardens of peace in their minds; great gardens of oak trees to protect their plans of escape apart from GOD and His appointed trials upon all those living on earth, for both saint and sinner alike. GOD says no flesh shall have peace during sentences of tribulations, trials, and judgment being passed (Jeremiah 12: 12). Just read of the righteous Jeremiah’s troubles, but he was living a spirit led life and took no concerns for his flesh. The Bible teaches us this is the correct attitude to have. Being in tribulation is where it pays great dividends to the soul to be spiritually minded and not carnal minded. The carnal mind is the enemy of GOD, and those who are not spiritual in their life’s walk cannot please GOD (Romans 8: 6-14). Spirit filled Christians meditate in His Words day and night. They also inquire of The Lord concerning Truth. GOD will not hold back wisdom from those who seek, ask, and knock (Matthew 7: 7-11 and James 1: 5-8).

 

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Those who aren’t spiritually minded have forsaken The Holy Covenant, which is in actuality a Spiritual Covenant, and again we read of these in Daniel 11: 28-45. These are the same ones which satan shall have intelligence with in a twisted covenant to his own beneficial liking. These passages mentioned in Daniel 11 are a second witness to 2 Thessalonians 2; or vice-versa. In Daniel 11: 32 and 35 we see the saints of GOD tried and tested so as to purify and prepare them to meet GOD uprightly and strong of spirit. In Revelation 14: 12, remarked on in the previous section, we see the mention of the saints’ patience during the beast’s tribulation of deception and blasphemy; when he seals the minds of apostates and sinners with his assumed name and blasphemous covenant.

 

Can we understand that these “saints” and the “elect” written of in Scriptures are Christians during the great tribulation? Can we understand that Daniel 11: 32 and 35 points us to persecuted Christian saints during the great tribulation? Similarly, in Daniel 12: 1, 7, and 10 we also see reference to GOD’s holy and wise people as Christians who are written in The Lamb’s Book of Life (Daniel 12: 1). Yes, Christians - living on earth during the final tribulation. GOD’s holy and wise people mentioned there are absolutely Christians, because no one who refuses Jesus and His Salvation can be considered holy or wise, and certainly not by GOD’s standards, otherwise Christ’s earthly pleadings and sufferings were all in vain and that is surely not the case. Salvation through Christ Jesus’ Sacrificial Blood was ordained long before the foundation of the world was laid and is of prime importance in determining the eternal fate of every human being (Romans 8: 29-30 Ephesians chapter 1 ◦ 2 Thessalonians 2: 13).

 

Daniel 7: 25 also bears witness of these persecuted Christian saints who fall into satan’s captivity during the last days, yet they shall overcome at the later end by the Blood of The Lamb and the Word of Testimony which GOD puts into their mouths through The Holy Spirit (Revelation 12: 11-13); against all gainsayers and accusers - even against satan (e.g. Matthew 10: 17-39 and Luke 21: 12-28). Revelation 12: 9-17 is a snapshot of how the end-time saints overcome anti-christ and his tribulation of persecution to the Christians. We will go into detail on this in an upcoming section.

 

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GOD gives us a quiz in Revelation 13: 10 concerning who will be on earth during the time of the greatest tribulation the earth will ever see. Read that chapter and pay close attention to verse 10 which I mentioned and notice the preceding and following verses of the time you are reading about. Then examine the other verses that are given in the prior paragraphs and tell me if there is a “rapture. And also please answer to me if you feel the saints mentioned in those Scriptures are unsaved Jews who don’t recognize or acknowledge The Holy Spirit or Jesus The Christ. Did GOD change His Mind concerning what it takes to obtain Salvation? ..... No. There are no saints without The Holy Spirit of GOD dwelling within their flesh body temple, but there are those of “the election” which are yet to be saved. GOD seals their mind with The Holy Spirit and writes His Name there before the end of this age. These ones are some of the house of Israel as well as some of Korea (North and South), China, India, Iraq, Iran, and all other nations. Amen ! ..... Such ones as should be saved, GOD adds to The Church daily (Acts 2: 47); all of the way until the latter end (Deuteronomy 4: 29-31).

 

The Bible fits completely together if we allow it to and disallow our fleshly feelings of getting in the way through fear. Who is it that shall harm us or separate us from the Love of Christ if we are His true followers. Shall tribulations, distress, persecutions, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, death, life, angels, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, depth, or creatures separate us from the Love of Christ (Romans 8: 35-39) ? Absolutely not! Fear not those who can destroy the flesh body and after that have nothing they can do to us (Matthew 10: 28), but instead, we must love and respect our Heavenly Father’s ability to keep us through the age and the ages; against all odds and devices formed against us. In fact, GOD gives some very comforting Words to those who are faithful to Him during the very last days, as written in Luke 21: 16-20 as well as the chapter of Psalms 91 (among other places). We as Christians are GOD’s heirs along with Jesus (Romans 8: 16-17), and we also inherit Psalms 91’s promises of protection. After all, we have His Holy Spirit; why wouldn't we have surety. A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand, but the curse, plague, or death does not come near to GOD’s children during the end-time tribulation (Psalms 91). Do you believe that? You can count on that more than what you see when you look at the floor! But, don’t let that man who wavers back and forth between faith and fear think he will receive comfort from GOD during the end-time, because he won’t (James 1: 6-8). And that would be one tough field to plow without the comfort of His Holy Spirit. At a point during the final tribulation men shall seek to die, but death shall flee from them (read Revelations chapter 9 - also see verses 4-6 there). At that time, “death / satan” will be playing the role of “life / Christ. The prophet Amos has something to mention about the turmoil on earth during that time in Amos 5: 13-20. It shall be well with the prudent Christian though (see Amos 5: 13 and much of The Bible). There are many today who seek the Day of The Lord (His Coming), but GOD tells us this is not wise in that fifth chapter of Amos.

 

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We know all of the answers the unlearned come up with in order to prove their points. The truth is, any faithful Bible student can give at least two counterclaims from Scriptures to disprove each single claim in favor of the “rapture” doctrine. Furthermore, the Biblical doctrine againstrapture” will carry throughout the whole Bible - front to back and top to bottom, whereas evidence for “rapture” will not. It is necessary that it have total Scriptural support to have any validity, not just a “here and there - hit and miss” kind of thing.

 

We know very well that Jesus’ first Advent was depicted as a sacrificial lamb for the slaughter, and His second Advent is portrayed as “The Lion of the tribe of Judah” or “The Lion of GOD. I have studied The Bible intensely for years, in several languages, and there are only two Advents of GOD The Son recorded. There is no secret entry by Jesus in the end times written anywhere.

 

How can Christ in His full Magnificence of Glory, seven times brighter than the sun (Isaiah 30: 26), secretly step out on a cloud to call certain “christians” away from tribulation? It would be an impossibility for The Lord’s Glory to remain hidden from the face of the earth longer than one second (see Psalms 18: 12 and 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52), once He raises up out of His place to perform judgment upon satan, apostates, and sinners alike. Jesus’ sevenfold brilliance begins melting mountains (take note of Psalms 46), with fire raining down upon earth, including great hailstones and brimstone upon His arrival (2 Peter 3: 7 and verses 10-12). The sun’s present summertime intensity can kindle forest fires as it now stands. How can anyone even conceive that GOD The Son’s complete Glory is less than or even equal to that. He and The Father shall be the Light of the eternal Kingdom to come, and the inhabitants thereof shall have no need for the sun to light upon them (Revelation 22: 5). The sun will be very dim compared to The Lord’s total Glory. Very dim !

 

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But still, some say the Christians will disappear and the unsaved will remain upon earth to suffer, or only Jews will suffer - or both. The Truth is, when Christ comes all flesh bodies will be destroyed in the presence of His Glory. Some false reports propose that the human body of certain Christians will disappear into Heaven while the unsaved are wondering where they went. Flesh and blood cannot inherit The Kingdom of GOD (1 Corinthians 15: 50). Corruptible and perishable flesh is not able to inherit the incorruptible spirit dimension or abide near GOD’s consuming fire for even a millisecond length of time (2 Peter 3: 10 and 12), let alone make it into the atmosphere of any ample altitude in His Presence. To think otherwise portrays an ignorance which is taught by the commandments and doctrines of men. Those same doctrines will make GOD’s Words void in our minds. I am speaking from experience on this. If we choose to believe those unlearned interpretations, we may as well toss our Bible onto the book heap, because we will not understand sound Biblical doctrine from henceforth after accepting those dim views, until we start leaning on The Bible as it is so plainly written. If or when we forsake GOD’s simple containment of facts in exchange for another broken down cistern of rapidly leaking water, we are in the saddle of apostasy my friends ..... period.

 

There are also different teachings on the disappeared (“raptured”) Christians. One belief is, they will be reunited with a glorified flesh body at the second advent of Christ, which is supposed to be (some say) seven years after a “rapture. Others claim the disappeared “christians'” flesh body will be glorified at the time of a “rapture”, before the second Advent of Christ (some say seven years - some say three and one half years before then). It seems they arrive at these conclusions partly from misunderstanding Job 19: 25-27 (discussed soon) and Ezekiel chapter 37 (and also by generally misunderstanding the Meat of The Word).

 

Ezekiel 37 is concerning the vision of “the valley of dry bones”, which uses an example of a valley with many decayed human bodies and nothing remaining but dried bones. Then GOD instructs Ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones, at which time the sinews and flesh reforms as if the bodies are coming back to life. At that point there is no “breath(Ruwach [Hebrew] Spirit) in them, so Ezekiel must prophesy for the “wind(same word: Ruwach [Hebrew] Spirit) to enter into the “reassembled” bodies. But there in verse 11 GOD tells Ezekiel what this vision means.

 

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He uses that prophetic example as the bodies of the whole house of Israel rising out of their graves and coming back together into a great army (company, host), BECAUSE, ..... Israel said to GOD they are in a hopeless condition and cut off from all of their other body parts; meaning all of the body of Israel, i.e., all of the tribes were not joined together and there was no hope for them to reunite into a whole nation again. In verse 12 GOD instructs Ezekiel to prophesy to the whole house of Israel (this is a prophecy of Salvation through The Messiah and His Holy Spirit), and tell them He would bring them out of their graves and put His Spirit (Ruwach) in them. He accomplished that when Jesus was given as a Sacrifice to take away sins from before GOD’s Eyes. After Jesus’ Crucifixion and before His Resurrection, He went to the imprisoned (dead) spirits (1 Peter 3: 18-20 4: 4-6) and set the captives free (all who would accept Him; probably all - see Matthew 27: 52-53). This could not happen before Jesus fulfilled the plan of Salvation on the Cross, because Scripture teaches us that Christ is the firstborn from the dead (Romans 8: 29 and Colossians 1: 12-20). Yahshua’s (Jesus’) Sacrificial atonement broke all holds of death and all holds of satan on GOD’s people - even on those who were in the grave for centuries (also see John 5: 25 John 5: 28 is another time-frame apart from verse 25 and will be discussed later, but it is rather in relation to Revelation 20: 4-7). Much of the above prophesy was fulfilled by the Power of Christ’s Perfect Blood. The other part remaining to be fulfilled in this prophecy is explained by the following:

 

Then GOD uses another example in the same chapter of Ezekiel 37 (verses 15-28) of two sticks portraying the two separated “houses” of Israel; with one stick for Judah (representing Benjamin and Levi also) and the other stick for Joseph, which was in Ephraim’s hand (the heir of Joseph - representing the 10 northern tribes symbolically). At GOD’s command, Ezekiel then joined the two sticks together and they became as one in his hand. These two split kingdoms of Israel have not been reunited since they were separated in the time of king Solomon’s son (king Rehoboam). They will not be reunited in the land of Israel until Christ’s second Advent. Ezekiel 37 has absolutely nothing to do with a resurrection of any flesh bodies at a “rapture” or at any time. This is a classic example of how crucial it is that we understand the basic and metaphoric uses of many prophecies. The faithful Bible student will understand the interpretation, thereby understanding the appointed times for the fulfillment of each part. GOD has brought certain tribes of Israel back into their land throughout history, but never all together at once while they all had The Holy Spirit in them as prophesied in that chapter and certainly never with GOD dwelling among them forever as Ezekiel 37: 24-28 explains. So while some of that chapter has been fulfilled to various degrees at various times, it has not been completely and ultimately fulfilled yet, and won’t be until Christ’s second Advent.

 

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As for Job 19: 25-27 mentioned above and quoted below, this is another area which genders much confusion about “flesh resurrections” at a time of a so-called “rapture". The Hebrew word “basar [baw-sawr']”, used in Job 19: 26 for “flesh”, was translated the overwhelming majority of times as “flesh” in the Authorized King James Version Bible of 1611 (AKJV). Yet, that Hebrew word means: “(my-)self” ◦ “in person” ◦ “my own being” ◦ “body” ◦ “kin” ◦ “kind” ◦ likeness” ◦ “mankind” and even “type” or “animal-kind” - more revealing than the word “flesh. I consider the ultimate coverall translation for “basar”, especially when the context insists, to be: “kind [i.e., type]” or “likeness”, but I can easily accept “self” also, but the word “flesh” is too close minded for proper use in certain areas such as Job 19: 26. So, the better translation for Job 19: 26 would have been “self” ◦ “likeness” ◦ “being” or “kind”, because Job made the statement in Job 14: 14 (below) that he waited for a change of body to occur, i.e., from a flesh body into a spirit body. With that being the same principle taught in all of The Bible, wisdom instructs us to look at the conflicting verse of Job 19: 26 to see why it conflicts with sound Biblical doctrine. We have determined the error to be one mistranslated English word; “flesh. It seems that flesh always gets in the way - does it not? Ecclesiastes 12: 7 also states the flesh body permanently goes back to the dust from which it is formed and the spirit goes back to GOD who gave it (also the same idea in Genesis 3: 19 Psalms 49: 12-20 Ecclesiastes 3: 18-21 1 Corinthians 15: 35-44, 53). The evidence is overwhelmingly in our favor to the effect we have found an error and corrected it in our minds. There is absolutely no need for the weak flesh in GOD's kingdom, nor can it exist there. But, we are not dealing with a second Advent resurrection at all in the following verses of Job 19. Job is writing: “Even though my flesh body (person) shall die and decay back into the elements of earth from which it is formed, yet shall I live as a spirit body (person) to see my Redeemer for myself. Another person won't see Him for me and report it back to me. I shall see Him for myself with my own eyes; with my own understanding and consciousness - when He shall stand upon earth at the end of days.” Job is expressing to us: “though he will die, yet shall he live again, because of his Redeemer.

 

Job 19: 25-27

25 For I know [that] my Redeemer liveth, and [that] He shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:

26 And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh [i.e., own self - in my own being and with my own consciousness] shall I see God:

27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

 

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See Job 14: 14 below. He knew very well the flesh body must be changed into a spirit body and so did all of the Old and New Testament writers in all of the verses mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Job did not contradict himself in Job 14: 14 and Job 19: 26. The translators evidently misunderstood the doctrine of changing bodies from flesh to spirit and failed to properly interpret the word “basar” and it's ideal in Job 19: 26. At least they did at that point in their translations or a scribe took it upon himself to imply the idea of a flesh resurrection; the rest of The Bible simply doesn’t support that idea, though.

 

Job 14: 1-22

1 Man [that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and full of trouble.

2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

4 Who can bring a clean [thing] out of an unclean? not one [note: Meaning, who can take a perishable flesh body and make it otherwise. GOD had no intentions for flesh man to live forever. That is why He made it out of temporary and perishable materials, but He did put a spirit man inside who had the opportunity to live forever through His Son - Christ Jesus].

5 Seeing his days [are] determined, the number of his months [are] with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass [note: GOD limits the life of all flesh bodies to a certain number of days that cannot be passed];

6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

9 [Yet] through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant [note: There is a possibility that a tree can live again after it is cut down].

10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he? [note: But, the flesh man's body wastes away to nothing after it is cut down, then he gives up the spirit to go back to GOD (Ecclesiastes 12: 7).]

11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up [note: After the flood is gone, it is gone. It may come back, but it will never be the same. So it is with life - after it is gone, it is gone. If it returns, it shall be completely different]:

12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens [be] no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep [note: the flesh man lies down and shall never awake, even through all of the time and space of eternity].

{Note: Let's look at the literal translation of verse 12 from the Hebrew and leave out the extra English words which were added. It is helpful to first read verses 11 and 12 above, then verse 12 below. Sorry to the Hebrew readers for the somewhat backwards Hebrew "transcription".}

 

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Job 14: 12 from the Hebrew with transliterations (uses SIL Apparatus Fonts partly):

    even so - man     lies down         and not - lives       even to - no more    heaven(-s), air

         [‛iysh]             [shâkab]          [Vålô  yåqûwm]             [‛ad  biltîy]            [shâmayim]

         (eesh)            (shaw-kab')    (vehl-ow  yek-oom')        (ad  bil-tee')       (shaw-mah'-yim)

                                             

 

                      not       will they awake        and not - be roused          out of sleep.

                  [lô]          [yâqûwtsrû]                 [Vålô  yê‛ûwr]               [mishnâtâm]

                  (low)      (yaw-kootsroo')          (veh-low  yay-oor')        (mish'-naw-tawm)

                                                         

13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! [note: Job is totally disgusted about living and suffering in the flesh body.]

14 If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come [note: Job knows the answer is no. The flesh man shall not live again. Man must receive a change from the flesh body into the spirit body.].

15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

17 My transgression [is] sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow [out] of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man [note: Flesh man has nothing to hope in or look forward to. Once the mountain falls, it will lie where it fell. Similarly, the stone which is worn away by the waters shall not reverse the process to re-accumulate the loss. So it is for all things made from the elements of earth].

20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth [it] not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth [it] not of them.

22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

 

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Job is stating that GOD will call and he (Job) will answer (verse 15 above) as a spirit man, not a flesh man.

 

Again, touching on the “rapture” doctrine, so much time must necessarily be devoted on these pages to that because of the major damage it has inflicted upon understanding throughout history. It is not a new thing as Ezekiel chapter 13 conveys. We need to envision this further please. Let’s just say that Christians were “snatched away” from the earth while the sinner remained. All should know that flesh and blood cannot enter into Heaven (1 Corinthians 15: 50-55), or the coming Heaven age upon earth; “glorified” or not - as if flesh could actually be glorified as some hope. If the “rapture” doctrine had any value whatsoever, it should be understood when Jesus came to call them out, (silently as many believe), their flesh body would drop from the sky unto the ground at the speed of earth’s gravitational pull as with any dead weight falling object; if they even got off of the ground at all. There would be consumed flesh bodies falling or lying all over the place. So then, how would the rest of the human beings endure the presence of GOD’s full Majestic Glory upon earth? ..... Can’t see Christ’s Coming? ..... Don’t count on that:

 

Isaiah 40: 5

5 And The Glory of The LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see [it] together: for the mouth of The LORD hath spoken [it].

 

Revelation 1: 7

7 Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they [also] which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.

 

Disappearance?

 

Some invariably divide Christ’s Second Coming into two separate Advents separated by a tribulation. These same ones say the above verses indicates the second Advent of Christ which occurs after a “rapture” and tribulation. They claim that during a “rapture”, which some say is either before or in the middle of the great tribulation, Jesus “steps out on a cloud” and secretly snatches them from earth. That would mean Jesus comes 2 more times after His first Advent (as Savior). What we’ve already studied has denied the possibility of a third Advent, but still they cling to the idea just the same. However, there is even more solid evidence against the “rapture” doctrine yet to come - much, much more.

 

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As of several years ago, the doctrines of the unlearned have worked towards polluting everyone's understanding (and done a good job of it), by labeling all Christians as believing in one of three “rapture” doctrines:

(ir-)respectively}-  Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, and Post-Tribulation; on the assumption there is even such a thing as “rapture. Confusion now abounds for the population in general by forcing everyone to wade through the mud of three different doctrines, when in reality there are no such divisions within Scriptures. There used to be nothing wrong with the word “rapture”, before it became a “religiosity decree”, but it has taken on a whole new description. It is no longer defined [by them] as “overcome with ecstasy. Now it invariably means; “I'll be happy to escape the great tribulation”, and you can gather that from the tone of anyone who is hopeful for a “rapture.

 

In relation to the above, many say Jesus will remain hidden in a cloud, similar to when GOD was in the presence of the children of Israel in the wilderness, on Mount Sinai, and in The Temple. That was evidence of GOD’s Presence, yes, but if we begin to think that, that was the complete Glory of His undimmed Personage, we’re fooling ourselves loved ones. There is no cloud that could hide the brightness of seven strengths of the sun’s radiance for very long (again, see Psalms 18: 12 - below). It is written He will come in the clouds, yes, we just read that above, but the day before His coming will be a dim day of cloudy darkness (see Joel 2: 1-2 Amos 5: 18-20 Zechariah 14: 6-7) and war, because the battles preceding and including the final battles of Armageddon and Hamon-gog will fill the skies with thick pillars of smoke; in the Middle East region for example. Additionally, there will be great earthquakes with volcanoes erupting worldwide, spewing ash and smoke into the heavens; the latter example much greater than the former. Revelation 6: 12 (the sixth seal), and Joel 2: 31 gives the description of the sun being darkened near the time of a great earthquake and the description of the moon being turned into blood (red) gives indication of atmospheric haze from pillars of volcanic smoke filling the skies (see Ezekiel 30: 3 Amos 5: 20 Joel 2: 30). We can easily reason that immediately after Jesus arrives, the earth will be profoundly different, so the moon appearing blood red would indicate the haze in the skies has accumulated over a period of time in order to give that appearance, but we can't lock ourselves into that interpretation alone. Concerning the sun, it will be darkened in Christ Jesus’ presence (Isaiah 60: 19). He outshines the sun when He comes, as mentioned, but we are examining the earth just before that time. We can’t rule out solar, lunar, or planetary eclipses either, as well as other signs and wonders in the heavens. Another view of the great earthquakes just before The Lord comes can be read in Zechariah 14: 4-5. That description is of the ‘quake in Israel preceding Christ's coming (also see Revelation 16: 18-19). We must understand this to be one of the most important times in history and we can’t go far from Truth by using our imagination regarding all of the signs and wonders in the heavens and earth (Joel 2: 30); including asteroids (stars) hitting earth (see Revelation 6: 12-13). The Lord did say the earth will reel to and fro like a drunkard (Isaiah 24: 17-23), and asteroid hits would have a two fold effect. Firstly, this would be bound to cause earth tremors and secondly it would cause the skies to fill with dust and debris. Also remember, great hail stones weighing over one hundred pounds will fall to earth too (Revelation 16: 21). But on a spiritual level, the word “stars” in many prophecies indicates “angels” as we are instructed in Revelation 1: 20, for example, and Revelation 12: 7-9 tells us satan and his angels will be cast out of heaven to earth. With the knowledge and understanding that GOD refers to the angels as “stars”, we know the truth of the matter concerning that, but we can't leave it at that while examining this most major catastrophic earth (and Heaven) changing event.

 

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Prophetic significance is also applied to the words: “sun”, “moon”, and “blood” which we will get a glimpse of as we continue studying. The various descriptions from the prophecies mentioned above are usually only recognized by people through literal understanding in many instances, but the book of Revelation (and much of The Bible for that matter), is mainly a spiritual book (see John 6: 63) containing symbolism, analogies, types, patterns, and metaphors - even though there are literal interpretations indeed and even dual interpretations. To those who lean upon their own understanding it is only mysterious riddles. It will all become more clear towards the end of course; as Scriptures declare. Naturally, the book of Revelation gives credence to spiritual matters of the utmost. As a matter of fact, throughout The Bible, “Prophetic Call Words” are used which retain their prophetic meaning through the two original languages of the Old and New Testaments. By GOD's design, this makes prophecies easy to remember. The following is a short list of “Prophetic Call Words” - not complete by any means:

 

sun, moon, stars, blood, grass, trees, cedar (fir), thorn, green, horn,

bitter, sweet, dust, dry, iron, clay, fire, water, sword, wing, oil, and bread

 

Many common everyday words within Scriptures have prophetic and spiritual significance far more than the physical / literal description implies. The whole Bible contains so many precious “keys” referencing the spiritual sayings in each of the other books, known as “dark sayings”; meaning “hidden(hidden from the world in general). These “keys” are especially true for understanding the book of Revelation. The word “revelation” however, or “apokalupto (Grk.)”, means to “reveal” or “uncover”, but it is ultimately The Spirit of GOD who is able to reveal the matters in the book of Revelation and even all books to any of us. Yet prophecy is meant to be understood and not remain hidden - not for the world, but for The Spirit led Christian (e.g., Mark 4: 11-12).

 

Here are a couple more mysteries of the “Prophetic Call Words” revealed by GOD in various Scriptures. Most people understand these, because The Lord made it so simple that most people would understand; by outright declaration of it:

Flesh men and women are referred in Scriptures as “clay”, “dust”, and even “grass. These terms show us that flesh man is made up of the more base elements of the earth.Trees” however, refers to the angels or those living completely within spirit bodies, basically because trees are of more ancient days than what grass abides and greater of strength and stature. Jesus also referred to Himself as a green tree in Luke 23: 31.

 

Daniel 2: 32-43 gives a prophetic example to show one descriptive difference between mankind and the angels. There, mankind (the seed of men) is likened unto “clay” and the angels as “iron. These “Prophetic Call Words” retain their significance in practically all instances throughout both Testaments, but it is easily understood when an actual physical tree, for example, is referenced. However, we should not limit our understanding to a literal interpretation only; never should we do that. In some cases, kings and their dominions are likened unto “trees(e.g., Daniel chapter 4), but “cedar trees” describe The Lord's “angels” and even GOD refers to Himself as a “Great Fir Tree”, meaning always green and without faded foliage. When dealing with Bible prophecy, there is a whole lot more to it than it appears materially. It mostly extends to a spiritual level of understanding given for the last days as we will apprize. But that is an outstanding feature of Scriptures really; to know what shall be by examining that thing which has already been (Ecclesiastes 3: 15 - see the section Prophecy Patterns”), as well as for seeing reality.

 

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