... 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 - The clouds

The clouds

We should keep in mind that the place of action for the events to come will be Israel. There is where Yeshua Messiah will touch down, Acts 1:9-12:
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet [a], which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.
[a: mount Olivet is the mount of Olives]

Where else does biblical scripture speak of Yeshua Messiah coming in the clouds, together with others? And what happens immediately after that?
In the book of Revelation describes the only moment that Yeshua Messiah appears in the clouds in Revelation 19. This event will happen at the time of the first Gog Magog war called Armageddon (the 6th and 7th bowl), Revelation 16:12-21: verses 14-16 tells us about the preparations for the war, and Revelation 19:17- 20:3 speaks of the actual war and imprisonment of the fallen angels.

Revelation 19:11-16 tells us:
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Yeshua Messiah's immediate action after appearing with the clouds will be to go to war and imprison the fallen angels, Revelation 19:17– 20:3. Notice that verse 14 speak of the armies in heaven and it's in Revelation 20:4 that the resurrected people are mentioned. And as we have red before in 1 Thessalonian 4:16-17, the resurrected will be the first ones to be caught up in the air.
Daniel 7:11-14, verses 11 and 12 tells us that beasts were destroyed after which Yeshua Messiah alone comes on the cloud to take his place as ruler, verses 13 to 14:
13 “ I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

In accordance to both passages in Daniel and Revelation, the enemy is destroyed before Yeshua Messiah takes his place as ruler of God's Kingdom.
Daniel 7:9-10 speaks of the Ancient of Days, thrones and the books that were opened. Compare with Revelation 20:4-5. Everything was prepared, brought in readiness for Yeshua Messiah and his elect. After he completed his task (Daniel 7:12) he appeared before the Ancient of Days.

Revelation 1:7 tells us:
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. …

This passage again makes clear that every body will see him coming with the cloud, let's say friend and enemy. By the way, who pierced him? John 19:31-37 speaks of this and notice verse 34 tells us that a Roman soldier pierced him. Compare with Zechariah 12:10. So generally speaking the Romans are the enemy who pierced him, not the Jews, although certain leaders at the time and Judas collaborated to imprison and kill him. When he comes, he goes to war at Armageddon after all have seen him come with the cloud.

But Matthew 24:29-32 tells us: 29 “Immediately  a f t e r  the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 “Now learn this parable from the  f i g  t r e e: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!
Notice verse 29 says that he will come immediately after the signs in heaven, the tribulation. And he will gather his elect with a great sound of the trumpet. How can Yeshua Messiah do this, while his first priority is to fight a war? Verse 31 says he will send out angels with the trumpets, they are the ones doing the gathering for him.

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