... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

09
March
2011

"Rapture": to Heaven? Part 1 of 4 - Rapture theory

Rapture theory

1 Thessalonian 4:15-17 tells us:
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Whom do we expect coming in the clouds? The Lord, the Jewish Messiah the descendant of King David that will establish an eternal Kingdom of God (Daniel 2) in Israel with Jerusalem as its capital city and whom will bring about the restoration of all things in God's creation.
What does this passage tell us? It doesn't say anything about the time of trouble or tribulation, a period of 7 years before Yeshua Messiah comes, neither about the specific moment when the event mentioned in this passage will happen. This passage does speak of people being caught up in the air, first the resurrected and after them the living. By some called the "rapture", a terminology that is not to be found in biblical scripture. 

The "rapture" theory in short: before, halfway or just before the end of the great tribulation "the church" will be raptured, gathered together into heaven to be with Jesus Christ. Jews are not included in this gathering.

Come to think that Yeshua Messiah also called Jesus Christ was and still is an orthodox Jew who love(d)s his people (Matthew 23:37) and gave his life also for them. Although at the same time he criticized some of the Jewish leaders of his time (Matthew 23:4-36) and told the people to listen to these leaders, but not when it came to following them in their deeds 
(Matthew 23:1-3). Most Israelites at the moment might not identify Jesus Christ as Yeshua Messiah, but they do expect the Jewish Messiah to come. For the prophets spoke of his coming.

The name Rosh Hashanah is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible, Leviticus 23:24, refers to the festival of the first day of the seventh month as Zicaron Terua: a memorial with the blowing of horns (shofar, trumpet). Numbers 29:1 calls the festival Yom Terua: Day [of] blowing [the horn]. 
When it comes to the blowing of horns (shofar, trumpet), there are different feasts when they are blown. According to Jewish tradition at the feast of Pasacha the first horn is blown. At Yom Kippur the big horn is blown, and at Yom Terua the last blown of the horn. That is the last of the hundred times that the horn is blown to signal the start of the year.

At the time Paul wrote about the last blown of the horn mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:52, the only one known was that of Yom Teruah. The seven ones in the Revelation were reveled later after Paul's writings to John on Patmos. So the different blowing of the horns shouldn't be confused.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Recommended