THE RAPTURE

BY:  LINDA KEITH

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 PART ONE

As you remember, in our study of the Tabernacle of Moses; those who are moving on into the Holy of Holies will or must be emptied of all that is not of Father. This includes, teachings that we have received throughout the years, that is not true teaching.  I know that many have been taught to set their hopes on an escape called the rapture.  IF you have ever, truly studied this teaching out, you have to have found that the rapture, is not a true teaching.  I ask that you go along in your Bible, through this study, so that the Holy Spirit might enlighten you, to Father’s true plan for us.  We are in the day, when WE MUST start seeking Father and His Truth, instead of allowing man to teach us incorrectly.  Once you see, how scripture has been taken out of context, to “back up” this rapture teaching, and see the glorious plan that Father has for us, you’ll say to yourself and to Father, “who would want to escape this wonderful plan for our lives that Father tells us about.”  

The MAIN THING that we must keep in mind is; JESUS IS OUR PATTERN, and He never escaped ANYTHING!! 

In this study, I pray that everyone allows Father, by His Precious Holy Spirit, to give His Truth and enlightenment.

I want to start out by giving you some facts, regarding the rapture teaching.

1) NONE of the disciples taught the rapture.

2) Jesus didn’t teach the rapture.

3) One thing has to be done to truly get the original meaning of words in the Bible; and that is to take a word back to its original language.

4) You will not find the word, “rapture” in the Spirit inspired writing, the Bible.

5) We need to be like the Bereans. They studied the scripture for a truth.  They did not just take a man’s word for what his interpretation of a scripture was. And they studied to get the Truth, not to prove what their teacher told them. They went into study with the right attitude, to get the Truth.

6) People say, that this takes away their hope!!  Well, # 1, our hope IS NOT in an event; it’s in a man, called Christ JESUS!

I want to go over just a few scriptures, briefly.  Then, I want to look at the scriptures that the church uses, to “prove” there will be rapture, AND SHOW YOU HOW THESE SCRIPTURES WERE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT!  Instead, of PROVING, these scriptures DISPROVE the rapture message.

Folks, there is so much that we’ve been taught, that simply is not the truth of God. Take for instance, Dec 25 being Jesus’ birthday. That is not His birthday, and it’s very easy to verify this, BY THE SCRIPTURES, THE WORD OF GOD.  Another untruth is this rapture message. People of God use it as an escape, out of the world. But, let me ask you a question. If Father, allowed us to leave Paradise (fall to a lower nature), why did He make us in His Image in the first place?  Come on, our God is all knowing. He placed us right where we are, to LEARN, and you don’t learn by escaping! Father had and still has, a plan, the same plan that He has had since BEFORE we were created!   That plan is for US to come into the Image of Jesus Christ!! (Rom 8:29).  

These are just a few scriptures that I want to briefly look at:

Prov 2:21-22 “for the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect (completed) shall remain in it. (22) But, the wicked shall be cut off from the earth and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it!!

Now, to me, this Word is pretty clear. The UPRIGHT WILL REMAIN in the earth! It is the wicked THAT WILL BE TAKEN OFF OF THE EARTH.

Prov 10:28-30 “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness; but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. (29) The way of the Lord is strength to the upright; but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. (30) The righteous shall NEVER be removed; but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.”

Now, the Book of Proverbs is known as the Book of God’s Wisdom. This tells me, that HE knows more than man. And THESE 2 scriptures, that were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us more than man has, where truth is concerned. So, this is exactly what God meant. Man adds to these their own interpretation. But, remember what the Book of Revelation says about people who do that.

REV22:18 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. (this also goes for ALL of God’s Word) if ANY MAN shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”  

Isaiah 52:10-12 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm (us) in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (11) Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; (Rev 18:4 speaks of the Babylonian Church system) be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.(12) For ye shall NOT go out with haste, nor go by flight:

Now this is a powerful scripture!!  #1, “ALL the ends of the earth will see the salvation of God“!  I’m not getting into this, right now because this is a teaching all of it’s own.  And we are being told to get out of the Babylonian church system (both in the natural and in our minds).  Now, the rapture message teaches that “we’re going to be snatched up, in the twinkling of an eye:  THIS tells us that we will NOT go in HASTE!! And this also tells us that we will NOT go by flight!!  This alone, sort of puts a hole in the rapture message. But, let’s look at more.

Luke 17:26-27 “And as it was in the day of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, UNTIL the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and DESTROYED them all.” 

“As it was in the day of Noah… what happened in that day?  It was NOT God’s people who were taken off the earth, it was the wicked ones!  So shall it be in the days of the Son of Man!!!  And you’ll notice, days, is plural because Jesus’ “comings” are continual, which we will get into as we go along. As we see here, it was the wicked who was taken off the earth, not God’s righteous ones!!

Luke 17:28-30 “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, and they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (29) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. (30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

Now we have been taught that Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of homosexual activity. That is not true. It is true there was homosexuality going on, but the destruction came because of UNBELIEF! At one time, Sodom and Gomorrah was God’s devoted people.   We see here the same thing that happened in the day of Noah. I want you to notice that BOTH had the words, “they did eat and they did drink.”  Now, what this is talking about, with the “eating”, is that Noah and Lot “ate of the Word of the Lord”, the people that ate of man were destroyed, taken off the earth, they “ate of human thinking!”  Noah, tried to tell them what God had told him, but they would not “eat” of that Word. The “drinking”, speaks of the Spirit. They drank the carnal words, they would not drink of the Spirit of the Word, that God had given Noah, and Lot. In the following verses, from 31-37, Jesus is telling (in parables) how He, the Holy Spirit, is working to “take” one man”, this is the carnal man within, and one will be left, that is the Spirit-man, that lives within us, Christ. (Col 3:4, Philp 1:21, Gal 2:20).

Jeremiah 1:10 “See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to ROOT OUT, and to PULL DOWN, and to DESTROY, and to THROW DOWN, to BUILD, and to PLANT.”

In this passage of scripture we find 4-stages of DEstruction before CONstruction; planting and rebuilding. I desire to establish present truth that will cause truth-seekers to be fruitful, stable and set free.

ROOT OUT- To tear away, pull up by the roots, To Forsake. PULL DOWN- To tear down and overthrow. DESTROY- To wander away, lose. THROW DOWN – To bring to ruins. BUILD – Obtain children, bring forth fruit. PLANT- Fix, fasten, stability. {These definitions are from the Strong’s definition of words and phrases used in the above verse.}

We know that all scripture is good for reproof admonishment, convincing), correction (reform-to straighten up again. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The rapture theory happens to be one of the most deceptive and dangerous doctrines in Christianity. It has lulled believers off to sleep, and many have gone into a spiritual coma. The time has come, (as the Word of God said would come), where people don’t want to endure sound (reality-fact) doctrine, but they have heaped upon themselves teachers having itchy ears. Yes, they’d rather go on hearing fairy tales and fables. (Keep in mind, those who are affected by what is called tribulation will be the ones walking in rebellion or refusing to see the truth. However this period of time will be very exciting for the Overcomers).

HISTORY

Where did the rapture doctrine come from?  Is it taught in Judaism?  Was it taught by Jesus or the 1st century Jewish believers?

Most Christians have accepted the literal rapture teaching without any scriptural evidence, or knowing of the history of it. What is this teaching? Basically, all the good people will be ejected or snatched from the earth, before the anti-Christ appears, and all hell breaks loose on earth. The good people, meaning only the Christians, that have certain beliefs and experiences, will fly away! 

Edward Irving, born in Scotland 1792, was one of the most eloquent speakers of his day. He drew crowds of over 10,000 in the 1800’s, in open-air meetings, His church seated 1000, this was a time of revival. However, in 1833, he had a church split. He began to preach false doctrine, saying and denying the power in the Blood of Jesus, and stating that Jesus had sinned.  In 1834, he became stricken with TB and broken hearted because of his failure, and died.  His church was called the Church of Scotland – Catholic Apostolic Church. 

Back in 1930, a young woman by the name of Margaret McDonald had become ill. She was part of Edward Irving’s Church. The church was plagued by fear, as the church is today!  They expected the Roman Catholic Church to rise to power again and stamp out the Protestant Movement. There were many teachings about the Pope being the anti-Christ, and they believed that Jesus was coming any minute. In their fears, they wondered how the Christians would survive the Tribulation. They were sure that all things would be fulfilled in their day.

While Margaret McDonald was sick she had a vision that answered the questions of the sincere believers, but her vision sincerely deceived believers. She said that she saw 2 Comings of Jesus. A “Secret Coming of Jesus” to take all the good people out of the earth, beaus they were not able to stand against the anti-Christ (Pope), Tribulation, and Plagues. She saw babies flying out of nurseries, people being ejected from the planet into the sky. Then there would be another Coming of Jesus, later, that everyone would see.  This was called the “Special Coming”.

Edward Irving started to preach this false doctrine, and many received it. After all, Irving was a famous preacher, and if he said it, it must be true!!!  (actually it’s the same thinking today, in the churches!)

John Nelson Darby- Leader of the Plymouth Brethren Movement also accepted this and made this doctrine popular. He traveled to the United States and Canada ,6 times between 1840-1870. This doctrine born out of fear, spread like wild fire. 

C. I. Scofield, a Bible scholar began to promote this false doctrine very strongly. He went so far as to put it in the footnotes, and references of the Scofield Study Bible. More people gained access to this heresy and developed more error. Folks, MAN translated many bibles, today; they have found 1500 errors that was made in the translating of the King James Bible. God wants us to come to HIM for revelation of Truth. 

George Muller, a man of prayer and fasting rejected this teaching, saying it was unscriptural. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army rejected this teaching. Charles Spurgeon, a mighty man of God also rejected this false doctrine, calling it unscriptural, and heresy.

I’m sure your pastors haven’t told you this. The rapture message has ONLY been preached for 170 years!! It is man made!  The people involved with the beginning of the rapture teaching was: Margaret McDowell, Charles Darwin, (who wasn’t even a Christian), C.I. Scofield, and Charles Larkin. 

Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin was interested because of his theory of relativity (gravity). The girl and Darwin told C.I. Scofield and he was the first to preach the “Rapture”. He later, passed it on to Charles Larkin. 

This is how the rapture message started.  It is a man made teaching!  And from preachers, going year after year, to seminaries, hearing the same old teachings, year after year, this is how the belief has stayed alive!  It’s as though they don’t know, that Father is STILL revealing truths that are new to us. It’s as though, they don’t know REVELATION of the parables of the Bible is NOW and HAS BEEN, being revealed by the Holy Spirit, to those who “eat” His Word, and “drink” of His Spirit. (Col 1:26, Eph 3:8-12, 1Cor 2:7, Rom 16:25, Mt 13:35)

Now, IF you want TRUTH, read every scripture that is listed here, and that will be listed in the continuing studies on the rapture.  I tell you folks, Father has a MUCH MORE GLORIOUS PLAN for us, than to sit, until WE DIE and wait for a rapture that is NOT going to take place!!  Or, if you want to wait for a fairy tale that isn’t going to take place, that’s your choice. Father WiII NOT force us to receive His truth!!

I remember, some 15 years ago, when I first got saved. I ask EVERY pastor and teacher that I came across, “when is the rapture going to take place?”   I am NOT lying to you, EACH ONE told me the same thing. “Sister, we can’t set a specific date on the rapture, BUT IT WILL HAPPEN BY THE YEAR 2000!  Now, that was 15 years ago! Father gave me the real truth, about the rapture!  And in Dec. of 1999, I sat and watched TV, seeing all these people selling everything, packing up and heading off to Jerusalem! Because, that’s where Jesus was supposed to return – to rapture His people off the earth! Nothing happened!!  And it’s not going to!!  

The one main scripture that the church uses to prove the rapture, is 1 Thes 4:17. In the next study, I am going to take you, verse by verse, and show you how that scripture is taken out of context and has absolutely NOTHING to do with a rapture. We’re going to be looking at scriptures, on clouds!  And it explains CLEARLY what these clouds are. This alone, will open MUCH understanding about what is being taught, about the rapture.      

PART TWO

In this part of the study of the rapture, I want to look at some definitions of some words. And we are going to look at them, in the language that they were originally written in.

1. Webster’s II Dictionary: rapture= a state or expression of ecstasy; strong feeling that absorbs the mind; very great joy.

2. Denominations and “free churches” along with older denominations teach; Passover (salvation) and Pentecost (pentecost and receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the operations of gifts.). But, they do not teach, the Feast of Tabernacles, which is the 3rd feast experience; which is shown in the study of the Tabernacle of Moses.  The churches will teach the first two rooms of the Tabernacle, but they put the third room (the Holly of Holies) off UNTIL you die and get to heaven!  The Holy of Holies or the Feast of Tabernacles is the 3rd step of our walk, in the Lord, where the manifestation of the Sons of God take place. (Rom 8:18-21).  The Sons of God, are a people. They are a people, who will come into the Image of Jesus. They are the Body of Christ, of who, Jesus is the Head. (1Cor 11:3, Eph 4:12-13, Col 1:18, Eph 5:30, Rom 12:5,).

3.  The third step, in our walk in the Lord, is just as blessed as the first two. BEFORE one can experience this 3rd step, into perfection or completion, false doctrines must be removed from the nature, thinking and heart of that person. This includes the false doctrine of the rapture theory.  A person MUST know who they are, in order to manifest that knowing.  The churches express the belief of a 2nd coming of the Lord, which includes the “secret rapturing” of the saints. They teach that Jesus, comes down on a cloud, takes the Christian saints up into heaven, for a period of, a certain number of years, THEN , comes back down to earth and sets up His Kingdom.!!  If you will, please, show me where, in the scripture , it says, He comes and goes and comes again!!  It’s not there, UNLESS, you take the scriptures out of context.

4.  There are 4 words, in the Greek, for the word “coming”. So let’s look at them.

The 4 definitions of the word “coming” are:  1) Paroousia, 2) Epiphany, 3) Apocalypse and 4) Phanero.   Each of these has a different definition, and it is VITAL, as you read and study the Bible, to know which word and definition is being used, in different verses. As we know, we cannot take the meaning, in the natural, to a Word in the Bible. (1 Cor 2:12-16)

Paroousia:  this word “coming-paroousia” means PRESENCE.

Now, this is the word we want to look at. This is the one that is used in the proving of the rapture. But, as we will see, this will disprove the rapture theory! Let’s look at:

EPH 4:10 He (Jesus) that descended, (became a human man) is the same also that ascended (after His resurrection) up far above all heavens, that He (Jesus) might fill all things (the original says, “that He might fulfill all things.)”  Which Jesus did fulfill all things. The law. The prophecies regarding Him. Jesus fulfilled all things.

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me; the Father hath not left me alone…”

Here, Jesus is saying: the Father that sent me, is with me. Right?  Could Father be seen , literally?  No.  But, Father’s PRESENCE was right there in Jesus. Jesus SAW Father, because He SAW in the Spirit.

John 14: 16-20 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it SEETH him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (18) I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. (19) Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye shall see me, because I live, ye shall live also. (20) At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye are in me, and I am in you”

Now, let’s take these scriptures apart and really understand them.  Jesus, speaking of “another comforter”, said that the world couldn’t receive Him, because they couldn’t SEE Him.  He can ONLY be seen in the Spirit. And the world has not received Him, so they can’t see in the Spirit. Then Jesus said, but YE SHALL SEE ME. This is talking to us Christians, who have accepted Him as Savior. Now, can we SEE HIM? NO! Not in the physical. But, we see HIS PRESENCE in us. In VS 18, Jesus says “I WILL COME TO YOU.”  Did He?  Yes He did, in the person of the Holy Spirit. But, we cannot SEE Him, but we do see Him in the Spirit, His Presence is known to us. Right?   Let’s look at another scripture.

2Cor 5:16 “Wherefore henceforth (from now on) know we no man after the flesh. (we are to know each brother and sister by the Spirit IN THEM, not the flesh person that they APPEAR to be in our NATURAL eyes. Because the Word says, It IS CHRIST THAT LIVETH, NOT THEM–Gal 2:20). ok let’s go on, “yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh (in His earthly ministry), yet, NOW HENCEFORTH, FROM NOW ON, KNOW WE HIM NO MORE.”  OK, yes, we knew of the flesh and blood Jesus that literally walked the earth in a flesh body. BUT, He is no longer FLESH, He is SPIRIT!!  So, this is how we MUST know HIM NOW!!  And you notice, it said “hencefore know Him no more”, it’s saying, from now on, now how long is “from now on”? It’s forever. For forever, we are not to know Jesus, as the flesh man who walked the earth. He IS NOT THAT MAN!!  If He was, how could a flesh person live within another flesh person?  He lives in us as a SPIRIT. And that is what He will be “from now on.”   So, this nips right in the bud, the idea that a literal, flesh bodied man, will come out of the sky on a cloud. And it also says, “flesh and blood cannot enter heaven.” So, how are all these live, breathing saints be taken back up to heaven on a cloud or in the air, with Him, who is Spirit?  Stop and think about it.  I know, they say, well we’ll be changed in the twinkling of an eye.  But, let me show you, WHO will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. First of all, let’s look at:

1 Cor 15:38 “But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased HIM, and to EVERY SEED HIS OWN BODY.”  Ok, every seed, brings forth after it’s own kind.

1Cor 15:50 Now, I want to be sure that we understand something before we read this scripture. Are Christians perfected?  No. So, if not perfected, then it means that we still have some corruption in us, right?  Now, just say, for the sake of it, that, ok your body will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, when you are raptured. OK?  Then what do you do, with this scripture?  “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; NEITHER DOES CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION.” Incorruption means, perfection; it means, corruption contains no corruption, so how can an imperfect Christian, inherit the Kingdom, when they still have corruption (or imperfection) in them, EVEN IF their body is changed, before they get on that cloud, to be whisked off to heaven??  You see, these just do not agree!!!

Now, let’s look at where His COMING or PRESENCE shall appear. (Gal 4:19, Col 1:27, Gal 1:16, *2Thess 1:10, *Col 3:3-4,) “He shall appear in His saints, He shall be glorified In His saints, and He shall be admired in His saints.”  Now, for the kicker!!

HE IS OUR PATTERN!!  And if we are to be OVERCOMERS, we MUST do what He did. OVERCOME DEATH!!!  To be raptured is NOT overcoming or beating death!! To beat death means that someone comes to the place, where DEATH CANNOT TOUCH THEM!!  To be raptured, is to be taken out of death, not beating it!!

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these he shall do, because I go unto my Father.”  Who are these people that will believe on Him?

1 Cor 15:51-58 please read ALL of these verses. I am only going to touch on some of them.  VS 51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), but we will all be changed.”

VS 54 “So when THIS CORRUPTIBLE SHALL HAVE PUT ON INCORRUPTION and this MORTAL SHALL HAVE PUT ON IMMORTALITY, then, then, then, then, shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY!!!!”

A mortal people will put on immortality!!!  You can’t do that by escaping in a “so called rapture!”  The ONLY way to beat death and put on immortality is staying right here on earth, where Jesus prayed for the KINGDOM to come to. “thy kingdom come, to earth as it is in heaven.”  Most of this has already been fulfilled!!  His “coming’, His paroousia, His Presence is already here!!  Where is He?  IN US!!  Where is His Kingdom?   It’s IN US!

(*Luke 17:20-21) “The Kingdom of God cometh NOT WITH OBSERVATION.”  Well, this does away with, “the city of New Jerusalem, coming down out of the sky!

VS 21 “Neither shall they say, lo here, lo there, for behold THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU.”

There are SO MANY scriptures you can look up, to see where and what the Kingdom is. The Kingdom is within us, and it’s trying to manifest THROUGH US!! But, in order for that to happen, we have to know the truth of it, and of WHO we are.

We have 2 choices: 1) believe the truth of Father, or 2) live in this fairy tale escape that has been taught to us in error!!  If we choose #2, then when our time comes, we will see death, and then we’ll WAIT for those who have allowed the work of the HOLY SPIRIT to work in us, what must be worked, to cause the manifestation of the Sons of God, and to manifest the Kingdom of God, out from within them, to call back the dead.

PART THREE

1Thess 4, is the most famous scripture that is used to prove the Rapture message. I would like for us to take a close look at this scripture and see what it is really talking about.

In order, to NOT take this scripture out of context, it must be studied, in light of 3 things:

1) Church history must be known

2) It must be “explained” by other scripture

3) We must know what Paul is talking about

I ask that the Holy Spirit of Truth, take us through this scripture and give us LIGHT to the truth of it.

1 THES 4:13-18 “BUT I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU TO BE IGNORANT; BRETHREN, CONCERNING THEM WHICH ARE ASLEEP. (14) FOR IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, EVEN SO THEM ALSO WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM.(15) FOR THIS WE SAY UNTO YOU BY THE WORD OF THE LORD, THAT WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN UNTO THE COMING OF THE LORD SHALL NOT PREVENT THEM WHICH ARE ASLEEP. (16) FOR THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH A SHOUT, WITH THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL, AND WITH THE TRUMP OF GOD; AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST; (17) THEN WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR; AND SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD.(18) WHEREFORE COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS.”

We want to look at these the 4 separate things spoken of in vs 16, and we will as we go through this study:

1.”the Lord shall descend”

2.”with a shout”

3.”with the archangel”

4 “the trump of God”

OK, let’s start with VS 13. This verse tells us EXACTLY what these verses are referring to. “I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU IGNORANT CONCERNING THEM WHICH ARE ASLEEP.” This is the subject that Paul is speaking on, here. “those which are asleep.”

Now, we know that the Bible speaks two to three witnesses on a verse. So, first, we are going to look at what Paul was trying to get across to the people here in Thessalonica. Turn to 2 Cor.1:8-9

2 COR. 1:8-9 “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of OUR TROUBLE which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life; (9) But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead;”

Now, to find what Paul’s and Timothy’s “trouble” was is VERY IMPORTANT to the understanding of 1 Thess 4. We see that whatever this “trouble” was, it was life threatening to Paul and Timothy. Now, Paul says that it was so bad, that

VS 8 “WE WERE PRESSED OUT OF MEASURE ABOVE STRENGTH”.

He goes on to say that:

“WE DESPAIRED EVEN OF LIFE (they feared for their very lives).” In VS 9, Paul says “we had the sentence of death” hanging over their lives.

Now what Paul did not want the brethren to be ignorant about was this “trouble” that he was enduring, in Asia. This is very important, so much so, that in the VS 19, Paul explains or tries to make the people know, that the word that he, Sills, and Timothy preached, WAS indeed the Word of God.

VS 19 “FOR THE SON OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST, WHO WAS PREACHED AMONG YOU BY US, EVEN BY ME AND SILLS AND TIMOTHEUS, WAS NOT YEA AND NAY, BUT IN HIM WAS YEA.”

The Thessalonians church had a problem. They did not understand the teaching of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. They didn’t understand the resurrection of the dead. They were under the impression that as long as they were alive, in their physical bodies, when Christ returned; that they would be made a part of the Kingdom. But, if they died before the return of Christ, then, they could not be made a part of the Kingdom. So, the question was brought up in Corinth, concerning this preaching of Paul’s, regarding the raising of the dead. Turn to Acts 17:1-21 This will help us to understand what this “trouble” was all about.

ACTS 17:1-34 “Now when they (Paul and Silas) has passed through Amphipolis and Apollonea, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: (2) And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures. (3) Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.(now this is the beginning of Paul’s trouble). (4) AND SOME OF THEM BELIEVED AND CONSORTED WITH PAUL AND SILAS, and of the DEVOUT GREEKS, A GREAT MULTITUDE, AND OF THE CHIEF WOMEN NOT A FEW. (5) BUT, THE JEWS WHICH BELIEVED NOT, moved with envy, TOOK UNTO THEMSELVES CERTAIN LEWD FELLOWS OF THE BASER SORT AND GATHERED A COMPANY AND SET ALL THE CITY ON AN UPROAR AND ASSAULTED THE HOUSE OF JASON AND SOUGHT TO BRING THEM (Paul and Silas) OUT TO THE PEOPLE.”

Paul and Silas had preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He had also preached the resurrection of the dead, at Christ’s return. Now we see in VS 4, that MOST of the city of Thessolanicia believed Paul’s preaching. (There was a great multitude that accepted Paul’s and Silas’ teaching.) But, not VS 5!

The Jews would not accept this teaching. So, that got a bunch of “lewd fellows”, together to start trouble with Paul and Silas. This word “lewd” means: Greek #4190=hurtful, vicious, calamitous, culpous, derelict, malicious, wicked. So, we can see by the description of this group of men, what sort they were. So, the Jews, in the synagogue, got this gang of men to go after Paul and Silas, and to kill them.

Paul and Silas, had met Jason, a believer, in Thessalonica, and Jason took Paul and Silas to his home for safety. Look at Vs 9-10. “And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go. (10) And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Sila BY NIGHT unto Beria;”

So, we see that many in Thessalonica, believed Paul and Silas’ teaching. But, because of this gang of thugs, they helped Paul and Silas to escape to Beria. Now, in Beria, VS 10 tells us that Paul and Silas, went into the synagogue and preached the same thing. Now, the Berian people were well known, as STUDIERS OF THE WORD.

VS 11 tells us: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, IN THAT THEY RECEIVED THE WORD WITH ALL READINESS OF MIND AND SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES DAILY, WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO.” (Which is EXACTLY what we are doing now.)

Now THIS IS THE “TROUBLE” that Paul spoke that he would not have the brethren ignorant of: VS 13 “But when the Jews OF THESSALONICIA had knowledge that the word of God was being preached by Paul at Beria THEY CAME THITHER ALSO!! AND STIRRED UP THE PEOPLE.”

Now, you can read the rest of this chapter, but to make a long story short, EVERYWHERE that Paul went, to preach and teach the resurrection of the dead, this gang of thugs followed him and caused trouble for Paul. Even to the point, that Paul feared for his life. Here, in Athens, these thugs went around, after Paul preached and went about the city, “stirring up an uproar”, which means, they started a riot. Now, these thugs and those Jews in the synagogue, were of the Pharisees spirit, which means= a person who separates anyone from the teachings of Christ. Every town that Paul went to, to preach this message, these guys followed him and started riots, over and over. OK, turn to 1Cor 15.

1 COR 15:12-18 Now, here in Corinth, Paul preached the same gospel. As in the other towns, some people believed and some did not. The difference was that here in Corinth, those who didn’t believe, were not as beastly as those thugs, these unbelievers, just ask Paul questions. Now, this whole chapter is about the resurrection of the dead, and it would do good to read it all. But, I am just going to point out certain things here.

PART FOUR

We left off in our last study at 1Thess 17.  In this study, I want to look at the word, “clouds”.  In order to understand, chapter 4 of 1Thess, we need to understand, when the Bible speaks of clouds.

Only in the Book of Proverbs, are “clouds” used as literal clouds in the sky. Almost everywhere else, the word “cloud”, or clouds,” are used as types, shadows and are symbols.  When Father speaks of clouds, HE is speaking of people. We will be looking at quite a few scriptures to get the understanding of this word.

REV 1:7 “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.”

This verse has 4 parts that we’ll look at, as we go along.

1) “Behold, He cometh with clouds.”   When studied out, you will find that this verse is in reference to Mt 24, which we will look at a little later.

2) Every eye shall see him.”   This is also in reference to Mt. 24.  This is not about everyone on earth will see Him. First, of all, we all know, that if He appears in the sky in the state of Ohio, those living in China, are not going to see Him, UNLESS, He makes  more than one trip!!

3) They which pierced Him..”.  Now, right away, when you read this, you think of the soldier that pierced Jesus’ side, while He was on the cross. But, as we shall see, it is not talking about that soldier. If you notice, this is plural, “they”, which pierced Him.

4) All kindreds of the earth shall wail..”.  We will see who these “kindreds” are as we go along.

Now, the church uses this verse, also, to get a rapture. But, it is not about a rapture.

The Bible ALWAYS proves itself.  A scripture can’t be established unless it comes out of the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses. (2Cor 13:1)

We’re going to start with “kindreds of the earth”. In Rev 1:7, this word in the original writing, is read, “all kindred spirits in the earth realm.” shall wail because of Him.  Ok?  Keep this in mind, and we’ll put it together as we go along.  The word, “also,” in the King James Bible, is in italics, which means that King James added the word. Any word that is in italics, in the King James Bible, was added. So, this word, “also” isn’t in the original writing. So, in the original writing, it reads, “every eye shall see him, they which pierced him.”  So, right off the bat, we see a big difference already. With the word “also” added, it makes it appear that 2 groups will see Him, “every eye”, and, “they which pierced Him.”  But, actually, this verse is talking of ONE group, THEY WHICH PIERCED HIM!

“AND ALL KINDRED SPIRITS OF THE EARTH REALM SHALL WAIL BECAUSE OF HIM.”

There was a people in the earth, back then, that wanted to see Jesus die. They did not believe that He was the Son of God. They persecuted Jesus and wanted to see Him dead. This bunch of people were “kindred spirits’, they were of the antichrist nature. They believed in Father God, but they did not believe in JESUS.  Anything against Christ is antichrist. So, these people were kindred spirits. These are the people that John, while on the Isle of Patmos, was referring to. And they shall wail, because of Him.  We’re going to be running through a lot of scripture, but it is necessary, to get the whole picture of understanding.

REV 14:14 Now, we are talking about “clouds”. “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.”

White speaks of righteousness.

Golden speaks of the nature of God.

Crown speaks of the mind.

So the one on this cloud, what is being said here in typology, is , that He has the mind of Christ. The fullness of the mind of Christ, and in His hand is a sickle, a sharp sickle. The “sharp sickle”, speaks of the Word of God. It’s a two-edged sword. I’m not going into the sickle in this study; I want to just get a foundation laid, on clouds.  Now, the Word speaks of Christ coming, ON the cloud, and WITH the clouds. (Rev 1:7, Mt 26:64).

Mt 26:62, “And the high priest arose, and said unto him (Jesus), Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness against thee?” 

Ok, now, who arose?  The high priest arose. Now, keep this in mind. The high priest was of the antichrist spirit. They were the ones who did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God, the Christ. Now, the high priests were men of God, but with an antichrist spirit. Now, this was when they came to get JESUS out of the garden, the night before His crucifixion.

VS 63 “But, Jesus held his peace, and the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God”.

VS 64 “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said; nevertheless I say unto you, HEREAFTER SHALL YE SEE THE SON OF MAN SITTING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”

Jesus had to answer as He did, because of what LEV 5 says. Lev 5:1 “And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.”

Now understand this, Matt, Mark, Luke, and John are OLD TESTAMENT books. The New Testament does not start, UNTIL AFTER the Holy Spirit had come. So, Jesus was still under the law. Grace had not been appropriated yet, not UNTIL Jesus died, was buried and resurrected and the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost. And under the law, Jesus had to answer, according to Lev 5:1. What Lev 5:1 meant, was, anytime that someone had the knowledge of something, they could not conceal what they knew; they had to say what they knew.   Ok, back to Mt 26.

Mt 26:64, so they ask Him, “Are you the Christ? the Son of God?”  And Jesus said, “Thou hast said.” In other words, “what you’ve said is true. Nevertheless, hereafter, shall YE (the high priest), see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power.” Now, listen to what Jesus is saying. Remember, He is talking to the high priest, and HE says to the high priest, “YE SHALL SEE…”  Jesus told this to the high priest, right? Let’s go back to Rev 1:7. “Behold, he cometh with clouds and every eye shall see him, THEY which pierced him.”  Now, back in Mt 26, Jesus said, you, high priest, are going to see me coming with the clouds. Jesus was saying, you, all of you, that pierced me, by persecuting me, by trying to kill me, you’re going to see me, coming with the clouds!!   What Jesus was speaking of, He was talking, was about AFTER He died.  Jesus, said, if a seed of corn go into the ground and abide, it abides alone, but, if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. And the principle was, as Jesus being the seed of corn, died, then the fruit of THAT corn would be just like that corn that died. Amen?  The fruit would be after the corn’s own kind!  So, what Jesus was saying to the high priest, was, “When I die, there’s going to come MANY just like me! And you are going to see it!!”  And HE told the high priest, “YE are going to see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power…”. Ok, look at this.

Mt 25:31 “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of glory.”  Hello glory!! As many of us that are walking in HIS truth we are the glory of God!!  Revelation says “He receives glory.”  Where is He receiving it from?  From people walking in His nature, why? Because He WILL NOT share His glory with another. He will only share His glory with those producing His Glory!!  Those who have become one with Him!  ok back to Mt.

Mt 25:32 “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. (33) And he shall set the sheep on his RIGHT HAND, but the goats on the left.”

He shall set the sheep, where?  On His RIGHT HAND!! Now where did He tell the high priest, “ye shall see Me coming?  THE RIGHT HAND!  Ok let’s go on.

Mt 25:34 “Then shall the King say unto THEM ON HIS RIGHT HAND, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

So, HE told the high priest, you’re going to see me coming in the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven. The right hand of power and the clouds are the same thing. And on the Day of Pentecost, the high priest saw Peter coming out from the upper room. And Peter began to preach. With the Holy Spirit speaking through him!  If you study out this in the Book of Acts, it says, “Men from all nations of the earth had come to Jerusalem!  Amen?  And all the people who didn’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God had come to Jerusalem too!!  They and the high priest were there to see the Man who called Himself, the Christ, the Son of God!   But they missed Him!! Because HE had already died, and resurrected AND THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD COME!!  But, guess what?  Of those who had pierced Him by their words, by their condemning Jesus, THOSE OF THE ANTICHRIST spirit, EVERY EYE SAW HIM!!  They saw Him by the Holy Spirit preaching through PETER!!   Peter was the “cloud” that they saw the “power” coming through!!  That day, 3000 were saved!  He was coming in the cloud, Peter!!  This is what Rev 1:7 was talking about. It was talking about the prophecy of Mt chapters 25 and 26!  OK, let’s look at what Mark has to say about it. It’s the same, but worded differently.

Mark 14:60-62 “And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness against thee? (61) But, he held his peace and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed” (62) And JESUS said, I am and ye shall see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven.”  So HE’s speaking of a people, when HE speaks of coming in!!

Now, when He speaks of “coming WITH clouds”, HE’s talking about the “cloud of witnesses” that encompasses us, the Body of Christ. The “cloud of witnesses” that come WITH Him is spoken of in Heb.

Heb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a CLOUD OF WITNESSES…” These are those who have passed over to the spirit realm. So these are the people, the great cloud of witnesses that will come with HIM at His return.   I want to show you a beautiful truth. Turn to Acts 1:9.

PART FIVE

Ok, let’s look at this beautiful Truth that Father is showing us.

Acts 1:9 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”

Ok, listen, a cloud received Him. Out of sight of the natural eyes of the people watching.  This does not mean that HE went up beyond the clouds in the sky! That’s not what it’s talking about. It doesn’t mean that. It says “a cloud” received Him. Let’s take this scripture apart and look at it. It says, “a cloud received him.”  And He was taken somewhere.  ok turn to Mark.

Mark 16:19 “So then after the Lord has spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” 

The somewhere, where HE was taken, was “to the right hand of God.”  He spoke to the disciples, He ascended, and a cloud received Him, and then after the cloud had received Him, the CLOUD TOOK HIM TO THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD!  Now, here’s what happened at the right hand of God. (this was AFTER He ascended).

Mt 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”   OK, He’s received up and a cloud receives Him, the cloud takes Him to the right hand of God, and all power is given unto Him.  NOW, I want you to see this prophecy in Daniel 7. Daniel saw this very thing take place. He saw it 700-800 years BEFORE it took place. Daniel was “caught up” in the Spirit; he had to be to see this vision.

Daniel 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came “with the clouds” of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and THEY brought him near before him. (14) And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

The cloud received Him, the cloud took Him to the right hand of God, where He was given all power and dominion. Daniel saw the clouds take HIM to the Ancient of days , to receive all this power and dominion. Now, I want you to see who this cloud was that received Him and took Him to the Ancient of days. Now Daniel was in the heavenlies, when he had this vision, he was in the heavenly realm. (But, Daniel was still on earth.” He was “caught up” just like John was on the Isle of Patmos. Now, I want you to pay close attention to VS 13.  The cloud brought Him before the Ancient of days, right?  LOOK at the last sentence of vs 13 “and THEY brought him near before him.”   So, we see clearly, that this “cloud” is a “they”.!!  Hallelujah!!!  This does not say ANGELS, it says clearly “cloud” “They”!!   Now, this cloud, was those spoken of in Heb 12:1, they are the clouds of the heaven, (heavenlies, or spirit realm), we are the clouds of the earth. Which I will show.

1)  Rev 1:7 We saw , the clouds, here, were those (Peter) that He appeared in as the Holy Spirit.

2) 2Peter 2:9-18 to get the full impact of these clouds, please read all the verses , here, they are people who are (vs 17) clouds that are carried with a tempest.

3) Mark 14:62 These clouds are those who have passed over to the Spirit realm. To see who some of them are read Heb chapter 11, and 12:1

4) Nahum 1:3 These clouds were dust         

5) Zech 10:1 These clouds were actually, lightnings

6) Matt 24:30, 26:64 These clouds are people that Christ is manifesting through. He comes (which means appears) IN these clouds.

Now, let’s go back to 1Thess 4:17

1) descends= He has always come down (not directional, left the heavenly realm to come to the earthen realm) to come into His people.  He DOES NOT ascend again, from here on.

2) shout= a call to battle

3) the voice of the archangel Michael, the archangel of war.

4) the trump of God=we are ordered into battle.

5) alive and remain= survive, overcome

6) caught up= raised into the Spirit, the heavenlies, where we are seated at His right hand.

7) in the air= air is symbolic of the wind, which is symbolic of the Spirit, caught up in our surroundings just as Jesus was while on earth. In the earth, but not part of it.

Listen, I keep saying this, but I have to. 1Cor 2:12-16 tells us, the natural cannot understand the things of the Spirit.  We can’t just take these words of the Bible by our natural mind!!  We must allow the mind of Christ to do the explaining to us. Which vs 16 tells us, “we have the mind of Christ.”

Folks, there’s no way, anyone can get a rapture out of 1Thess chapter 4.  We have seen exactly what Paul was talking about. So we have the choice:  either go on believing a man made doctrine of escape; or believe Father’s Words. And Father does not want us going anywhere, He wants us to fulfill Rom 8:29, Gal 4:19, Col 3:3-5, 2 Thes 1:10, and JOHN 14:12.

One last thing, Acts 1:11 “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO.”

HE WILL RETURN THE SAME WAY HE LEFT. (ACTS 1:9) HE WILL RETURN IN “CLOUDS”, PEOPLE, AND IT WILL BE OUT OF THE SIGHT OF THE NATURAL EYE.

Be blessed,

 

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