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The Rapture

The Untold Story


by TSN, SBC Minister, D. J. Love

The Rapture Doctrine


The rapture doctrine says that Christians will be taken off to the third
Heaven either just prior the 'Tribulation Period' or afterwards when YHVH
(The Creator) sends plagues on the earth. The idea of a rapture is said to have
originated with a Spanish CATHOLIC Jesuit priest named Ribera, in 1580
A.D.* during a time of much bloodshed in Europe as Roman catholics
Persecuted and Murdered * their opponents. This doctrine said that
Christ was going to come and secretly snatch away the Church before a great
seven-year tribulation, when the "Anti-Messiah" would rule the world. This
futuristic interpretation of the book of Revelation, along with the future
coming of the Anti-Messiah, was designed to take the pressure off the
Roman catholic Pope, who was universally regarded as being the anti-
Messiah by His opponents (his opponents were definitely on the right track).

* Read "The Rapture of the Wicked", by Stephen E. Jones or "The


Rapture of the Saints", by Duncan McDougall.

* True Believers do not Kill or Murder their neighbors or their


enemies.
While Revelation does describe a great many future events, involving The
Anti-Messiah, it is still nevertheless true that the spirit of the Anti-Messiah,
was already on the scene as early as the latter part of the First Century,
A.D.*. Today, a future anti-Messiah concept complete with a pre-tribulation
rapture, has become a popular view among Protestant churches too. The idea
of going to a place of safety, whether on Earth or in Heaven, is a concept
held by many. BUT... Is it the truth?

* I John 4:1-3 Beloved, don't believe every spirit, but test the
spirits, whether they are of G-d, because many false prophets have
gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of G-d: every
spirit who confesses* that Y'Shua has come in the flesh is of G-d, and
every spirit who doesn't confess* that Y'Shua has come in the flesh is
not of G-d, and this is the spirit of the anti-Messiah, of whom you
have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already (some 2000
years ago).

Note: Confess or confesses, as used here, comes from the


Greek "homologeo" (Strong's G3670) which carries with it the
implication of having a "Covenant with YHVH". This word,
homologeo," is made up of two other words. "logos" (Strong's
3056) and "homou" (Strong's 3674). "Logos" means mental
"Intent" OR "Plan," as in the "Intent of the Heart" OR "Plan
of Salvation;" and "homou" means having or being the same,
as in being "Spiritually Identical". In other words, confess or
confesses simply does not mean to make a statement that
Y'Shua is the "Son of God." It means having and maintaining
through your love of YHVH a Spiritual Marriage Covenant
with YHVH. It means that when YHVH looks at you He sees
a reflection of Himself. Everyone who does not have just such
a relationship with YHVH and His Messiah (to mankind) is
basically "Anti-Messiah" in their thoughts and actions.

Note: First let us look at the logic of the first three verses of 1
John 4. If someone teaches or believes that the Messiah is God,
a god, part of the Trinity or an immortal prior to his physical
birth, then somehow they must rule out as impossible the only
explanation that cannot possibly be wrong. It is totally
impossible for the belief that the Messiah was never anything
more than flesh and blood to violate the principles of the first
three verses and therefore fit the definition of an Anti-Messiah.
To say Messiah Y'Shua was purely flesh and blood can in no
way be construed to say that he did not come "In The Flesh."
Every man or woman who was ever born "Flesh" came into
existence "In The Flesh," and none of us are God, a god, part of
the Trinity or immortal. Additionally, the spirit of the Anti-
Messiah or the teaching or the belief that the Messiah did not
come purely "in the flesh" began before 95AD., and not with
this Sabbatarian Ministry or any other ministry that does not
teach the Trinity.
The Trinity is a pagan Babylonian belief, and a Roman catholic
Institution, and is not taught by pristine Scripture.
On the other hand, the other two possibilities, that Messiah
Y'Shua is a god (God) or a demigod (God in the flesh)
definitely betrays these false beliefs as teachings of Satan
(source of Human Nature) and its religious-government
organizations. The only mystery here is how anyone can
believe such lies, but then again, it is human nature.

Daniel 7 (A Dual or Parallel Prophecy)


It is well known to True Believers and others that the saints shall undergo
much tribulation and persecution, even right up to the time that they receive
the Kingdom. (Daniel 7:8, 21-27) "I beheld, and the same horn (little horn)
made war with the saints, and prevailed against them . . . . And he shall
speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the
Most High and think to change times and laws:* and they shall be given into
his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (three and one-half
times)" Daniel 7:21,25. Verses 26-27 speak of the time when the little
horn's kingdom (The Earth) shall be taken away and given to the
saints**.

John 15:20-21 Remember the word that I said unto you, The
servant is NOT greater than his lord. If they have PERSECUTED ME,
they will ALSO PERSECUTE YOU; if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also. But all these things THEY WILL DO unto
you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

1 Peter 1: 7 That the TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH, being much


more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honor and glory AT THE
APPEARING of Messiah Y'Shua:

* Julian and Gregorian Calendars, and Sunday as a


sabbath, Play down the importance of YHVH's Commandments
(Laws of Love), etc... Of course, it was the Roman government and
their Roman Universal church that caused YHVH's Sacred Calendar
and Seventh Day Sabbath to be abandoned.

** Matthew 5:5 "Blessed are the meek (True Believers), for they
shall inherit the earth.

How Many Times Will The Saints Go To Heaven?


Rapturists believe that their Christ will first come for his saints, taking them
in a rapture to the third Heaven, and then later come back with His saints to
Earth. Thus, they must illogically believe that many who have already died
and gone to the third Heaven (according to catholic and protestant doctrines)
will somehow be put back into the grave and be raptured to immortality
again so that the dead saints can go back to the third Heaven and be with
Messiah (again). This is so ludicrous as to be laughable. But much of the
confusion is due to the fact that the Anglican-catholic King James Bible uses
the singular word Heaven to represent three distinctly different heavens.

I Thessalonians 4:16-17 says nothing about Messiah Y'Shua


taking the saints to Heaven. The saints (who were asleep in their graves)
are awakened and given immortality for the first time, and then rise up
to meet Y'Shua (WHO WILL BE ESTABLISHING HIS KINGDOM ON THE
EARTH) in the First Heaven (Clouds or Atmosphere of Earth).

I Thessalonians 4:14 "For if we believe that Y'Shua died and


rose again, even so them also which SLEEP (In The Grave) in YHVH
will Y'Shua (YHVH's Proxy) bring with Him."

Supposedly this verse teaches that before Messiah Y'Shua returns, the
righteous dead are taken to Heaven and now they are returning from Heaven.
No, this is not the correct meaning! Paul knew that the dead are asleep (I
Thessalonians 4:13-14), and so did Y'Shua (John 5:28). The righteous dead
remain "asleep" in their graves, until the coming of the Kurios of YHVH!
Then they join with HIM (YHVH's Kurios or Proxy) in the CLOUDS (1st
heaven). Then, Once They (Y'Shua, Angels, and the Saints) have ALL gathered
together in the CLOUDS (Matthew 24:30-31), they return back to the surface
of the Earth with The Messiah (Y'Shua) to cast out evil and establish
YHVH's Kingdom on this Earth with Messiah as "King of Kings.".

A "Rapture Of The Wicked?"


Well, sort of . . .
The Great and Terrible Day of the LORD immediately follows
The Tribulation Period (wrath of Satan). Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:9-12,
8:1. It is not a day when we will all be snatched up into heaven. It will be a
time when YHVH will shake both the heavens and the earth and He will
separate the Tares and Chaff from The Wheat. Both will be shaken until
only wheat remains. See Isaiah 13:9-13, Hebrews 12:26-28, Amos 5:18,
Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43. I repeat, only the wheat remains, because it is not
the wheat that is removed or snatched away, but the Tares and the Chaff.
In Matthew 13:47-50, Y'Shua gives another parable of the good and bad fish
caught in a net. Verse 49: "So shall it be At The End of The World: the
angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just." Thus if
there is to be any rapture at all, it must be a "rapture of the wicked" to a
Place of Desolation and Spiritual Darkness.
In Matthew 24:36-42 there is a section used by rapturists to twist the
Scriptures to mean the opposite of its true intent. Verses 40-41 are taken out
of context to support the rapture, as being taken away to a place of safety.
However, verses 36-39 speak of the wicked people in Noah's day (An
Anthropomorphic Physical to Spiritual Parallel) who continued "doing their own
thing" and "knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall,
also, the coming of the Son of man be", verse 39. Those who are to be
"taken" in verses 40-41 do not appear to be raptured to a place of safety, but
taken away to be slain. As we have seen, "the righteous (wheat) shall never
be removed: but the wicked (chaff or tares) shall not inhabit or inherit the
Earth," (Proverbs 10:30). The wicked shall be gathered for punishment
(Revelation 14:18-20). Y'Shua's prayer was not that His servants would be
taken out of the world, but that they would be kept from the evil one (John
17:15, 20). No doubt the Savior wanted His followers to inherit the Kingdom
of YHVH on The Earth (The Coming Paradise), Psalms 115:16. Solomon,
also, knew this: "For The Upright Shall Dwell in The Land, and the Perfect
Shall Remain in it (land), but the wicked shall be cut off from it (land), and
the transgressors shall be rooted out of it (land or "Promised Land") . . . . Be
not afraid of sudden fear neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it
cometh. For YHVH shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from
being taken" (Proverbs 2:21-22, 3:25-26). The chaff will be blown away, Psalms
1:4.
The Marriage Feast Of The Lamb

Nearly all rapturists falsely teach that after the rapture the saints will attend
the "Marriage Feast of the Lamb" in the third heaven for a few years while
the Great Tribulation rages on the earth. The Marriage Feast, as described in
Revelation 19:7-9, must be to what Matthew 26:29, Matthew 22:1-14, Luke
22:18, and Luke 14:15-24 are referring. In these passages The Church makes
herself ready and partakes of a feast with the Eternal, but no passage
indicates that this marriage feast takes place in Heaven. This false
understanding is due to the false belief that people go to heaven when they
die. Instead, The Marriage Feast will take place when His Kingdom has been
established on this Earth.

The Feast of Divorce?

As a result of the Eternal's war against the wicked, many are slain in the
winepress of His wrath. All manner of birds will be called together to Feast
on the dead flesh of those slain by the conquering Messiah. Truly, the
wicked shall be cut off from the earth to be slain and removed (snatched or
"raptured" if you will) from the Righteous. *

* Revelation 19:10-21.
* Ezekiel 39:17-20.
I Thessalonians 5:1-4 Says that the Day of the Lord will come as a
thief in the night. Will Messiah Y'Shua return, rapture away His true
believers, with the rest of mankind unaware of what happened? Not at all . . .
There will be a lot of noise, and destruction when the Messiah returns. The
whole Earth shall see Him returning. HE will come "unexpectedly,"as a
thief, in full view of all (not secretly) Revelation 3:3, 16:15.*

* Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of YHVH is at hand, And
it will come as destruction from the Almighty.

* Joel 2:1-2 Blow you the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in
my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the
day of YHVH comes, For it is close at hand: A day of darkness and
gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn
spreading on the mountains, A great and strong people; There has
never been the like, Neither will there be any more after them, Even to
the years of many generations.

* II Peter 3:10 But the day of the Kurios of YHVH (Lord) will
come as a thief in the night (unexpectedly); in which the heavens will
pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with
fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned
up.

* Matthew 24:26-30
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go
not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even
unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered
together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and
then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son
of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
The word rapture comes from the Latin "raptus" meaning to snatch or
seize. A similar Greek word is "harpazo"*, meaning to seize, pluck up or
take by force. This Greek word is used in I Thessalonians 4:17, "caught up
together with them in the clouds." Does this refer to going to the third
Heaven where God's throne is? Not hardly !
* II Corinthians 12:2, 4 and Revelation 12:5 do use "harpazo" to refer to
being caught up to YHVH's Heaven (the clouds of the first heaven), but
"Harpazo" does not infer Heaven, just the act of being snatched.
At a moment when we are about to perish, the merciful Eternal will snatch
us up to meet with Him (and His Angels) In The Clouds (first heaven), as He
is returning to defeat our enemies and rid The Earth of all the wicked*.
* Revelation 20:1-3 I saw an angel coming down out of heaven,
having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized
the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound
him for one thousand years (The Sabbath Millennium), and cast him into
the abyss (Tartarus Hell), and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he
should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were
finished. After this, he must be freed for a short time (100 years).
Some Rapturists believe in "two phases" of Messiah Y'Shua's coming: first a
"secret" rapture for the saints to take them to Heaven for 3 1/2 or 7 years,
while the Anti-Messiah deceives the nations and tortures all who won't
submit to him. This time they refer to as the "tribulation" and "Day of the
Lord." Then they say the "second phase" of the Messiah's coming will occur.
Y'Shua will come visibly, in power and glory, with the saints, to conquer the
Anti-Messiah. However, the Bible time sequence of last day events does not
allow for this interpretation. Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 parallel the
events described in Revelation 6 and 8:
• False Prophets (deception) Matthew 24:3-5 Revelation 6:2

• World Wars Matthew 24:6-7 Revelation 6:3

• Famines Matthew 24:7 Revelation 6:5-6

• Pestilences (disease) Matthew 24:7 Revelation 6:7-8

• Persecution (Tribulation) Matthew 24:9-13, 21-22 Revelation 6:9-11

• Heavenly Signs Matthew 24:29 Revelation 6:12-17

• Day of The Lord Matthew 24:29-31 Rev. 6:8-9, 16-19


(Elect gathered)

It is very clear from the above that the "Tribulation" and "Day of the Lord"
represent two distinct periods of time, separated by the heavenly signs.
Matthew 24:29 shows that the heavenly signs happen immediately after the
Tribulation, and Joel 2:31 says that the heavenly signs occur before the Day
of The Lord. Pretty easy, huh?
The Tribulation Period is Satan's wrath. He is angry because he knows his
time is short, and he wants revenge on the faithful believers who keep the
Eternal's commandments (Revelation 12:7-17, 3:10).
The "Day of the Lord" is YHVH's wrath (Revelation 6:17) during which seven
trumpets of punishment are sounded, culminating in the seventh trumpet of
seven last plagues, Revelation 8, 9, 15, 16, 19.
Notice that the Elect (Chosen Few) are not gathered before the Tribulation,
but during the Day of The Lord (Matthew 24:29-31). Specifically, the
righteous dead are resurrected at the seventh, or Last Trumpet (Revelation
11:15-18 / I Corinthians 15:50-52 / I Thessalonians 4:16-17). The prophetic time
sequence laid out in Scripture allows no such thing as a "pre-tribulation
rapture." Even during the wrath of the "Great And Terrible Day Of The
Lord", the true servants of YHVH are not taken to Heaven, but remain on
Earth. Revelation 7:1-10 describes 144,000 servants of YHVH who are
sealed in their foreheads (Shema), so they will be protected during the wrath
of YHVH on the Earth.

Now, if YHVH's servants were already in Heaven, and immortal; why


would they have to be sealed for protection?
It is during the "Day of the Kurios" that the feet of the Kurios (the Messiah)
will stand on the Mount of Olives (on Earth), Zechariah 14:1, 4.

Ezekiel 9:4-10 (A Dual or Parallel Prophecy)


YHVH said to him, Go through the midst of the city, through the
midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that
sigh and that cry over all the abominations that are done in the midst
of it. To the others he said in my hearing, Go you through the city
after him, and strike: don't let your eye spare, neither have you pity;
kill utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little
children and women; but don't come near any man on whom is the
mark: and begin at my sanctuary.
Then they began at the old men that were before the house. He said to
them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go you forth.
They went forth, and struck in the city. It happened, while they were
smiting, and I was left, that I fell on my face, and cried, and said, Ah
Lord YHVH! will you destroy all the residue of Israel in your pouring
out of your wrath on Jerusalem? Then said he to me, The iniquity of
the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of
blood, and the city full of wrestling of judgment: for they say, YHVH
has forsaken the land, and YHVH doesn't see. As for me also, my eye
shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will bring their way on
their head.

Will the Christians be raptured off the face of the Earth? Absolutely, and
they will be accompanied by all other pagan tradition observing religious
people, and those that do not honor YHVH's Holy Sabbaths. There are
certainly going to be a huge multitude of extremely shocked and severely
disappointed Christian rapturists when they discover that they are not being
raptured into heaven, but into darkness (Hades or the grave, and ultimately
Gehenna Hell)!