Jesus Christ is - The Wonderful One
To Him be the glory both now and forever.  Amen.

Why I believe the way I believe.

Up, up, and Awaaaaaayyyy!

 

 

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 

 

1 Corinthians 15:51, 52

 

The reason you don’t see a lot about the rapture on this site is that I don’t really fix on it very much.  There are a few questions of the week about it and a page or two that mention it a bit, but for the most part, it’s a divisive issue that most people believe will happen in a certain way based on who they first listened to.  Generally, folks aren’t willing to change when they see they may be wrong, and they also don’t take the time to read the Bible again and again in order to weave together a sound interpretation of issues like this.  Instead, they follow what they want to hear.  Because of this, the doctrine of the rapture on most sites denigrates into goofiness, finger-pointing, nasty accustations, and idle speculation.  However, the rapture is one of those issues that really needs a ton of study and it can’t come from anywhere but the Bible.  There are really only a couple verses that even indicate the rapture and therefore, all supporting reasons are based on what one feels the rest of the Bible is saying in a possible allusion to it.

 

I believe in order to understand the rapture you must first have an opinion on who Israel” is.  Only after this will you fully understand what the rapture means.  If you believe that Israel is the Jewish people (as I do) only then you can honestly believe in a rapture of Christians.  After this, you can decide on its timing – pre-trib, post-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, or whatever.  However, if you believe that the church replaced Israel and is now “spiritual Israel” and is the one to receive all the future blessings of the Old Testament, then there is no real reason to hope for the rapture because things will get better as we make the kingdom of Christ through our own efforts.

 

Next, you need to determine if you feel that Daniel 9:24-27 has been fulfilled, partially fulfilled, or not yet fulfilled.  You can’t have an accurate model for the rapture without understanding this passage and deciding where you stand on the issue.  A proper analysis of this would take weeks of study on your part to fully understand, but once you know where you stand, then you can make your rapture analysis and defend why you believe what you state. 

 

In addition to these points, you need to decide who you believe “he” is referring to in Daniel 9:27.  Until you make that decision, it’s not really possible to decide much of your end-times doctrine.

 

If you haven’t considered this – who “he” is in Daniel 9:27 – then I’d like you to stop here and read Daniel 9:24-27 on your own before going on.  In the coming paragraphs, I’ll tell you what I believe.  If you’ve already heard a discussion on this, then it probably doesn’t matter as you’ve had an external influence already sway you one way or another.  I’d simply like to see you make up your own mind before I go a’influencin’  you.

 

“Seventy weeks are determined
      For your people and for your holy city,
      To finish the transgression,
      To make an end of  sins,
      To make reconciliation for iniquity,
      To bring in everlasting righteousness,
      To seal up vision and prophecy,
      And to anoint the Most Holy. 
      “Know therefore and understand,
      That from the going forth of the command
      To restore and build Jerusalem
      Until Messiah the Prince,
      There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
      The street shall be built again, and the wall,
      Even in troublesome times. 
      “And after the sixty-two weeks
      Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
      And the people of the prince who is to come
      Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
      The end of it shall be with a flood,
      And till the end of the war desolations are determined. 
      Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
      But in the middle of the week
      He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
      And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
      Even until the consummation, which is determined,
      Is poured out on the desolate.”


Ok, now that  you’ve read Daniel 9:24-27 and made up your mind who you think “he” is in Daniel 9:27, I will tell you what I believe and why.  Daniel 9:24-27 is addressed to “your people and your holy city.”  Daniel was a Jew.  Therefore, I absolutely am convinced that these verses point to Jewish people and Jerusalem and NO ONE else.  There is no other sound interpretation of this passage.  Secondly, I am fully convinced that “he” in Daniel 9:27 is the antichrist, not Jesus.  If you feel it is Jesus, then your doctrine is incompatible with mine.  However, I don’t hate you for being wrong - you're just wrong. 

It says:

 

And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

 

The “prince who is to come” is the nearest antecedent and is therefore the most likely person being discussed in verse 27, not Jesus.  The prince then is someone who comes after “the people” who destroy the city – whom we know were the Romans.  They destroyed the city and exiled the Jewish people.  The temple was destroyed on 5 August 0070 exactly 14000 days after Jesus was hailed Messiah on 6 April 0032.  It is for this reason that I am convinced that someone from the revived Roman Empire will be the antichrist of the future.

 

In line with this, I believe that the 70th “7” or “week” of these verses has not yet been fulfilled.  In other words, the first 69 weeks occurred and ended on 6 April 0032.  To explain why I believe this, you can read my web page 14000 Days and it will give you a little insight into it, but specifically the analysis of Sir Robert Anderson, which is linked on that page, clearly indicates the prophetic timing until the end of the 69th week.

 

Once you know that I believe Daniel 9 refers to Israel, the Jews, and that the 70th Week is still future, and finally that “he” in verse 27 is the antichrist, then you can understand why I feel there will be the rapture.  God’s attention concerning His redemptive plan was on the nation of Israel up until the time of Christ’s passion-week.  After that, the church became the focus of God’s redemptive plan.  If God has promised 70 sets of 7 years for Israel (who are the Jewish people, not the Church) and only 69 of them have been granted so far, then it logically follows that there are 7 more years where Israel will again be center-stage in the prophetic scenario.  If this is not the case, then what Daniel was told is not true and we are not following the Eternal God who keeps covenant promises.  Remember though – others who feel differently still believe in God’s promises but they believe all 70 “7s” have been fulfilled or that the Church is “spiritual Israel.”  Therefore, they can still be saved, blood-bought Christians and believe differently.  They are just wrong; they haven't done their homework.

 

Because of what I’ve presented so far, and because there are 7 years yet to come for Israel, I can now accept that these 7 years are the same seven years mentioned in Revelation and that they are directed toward Israel.  It follows logically because the Church is the focus of the first 3 chapters of Revelation.  After the words Come up herein Revelation 4:1 (a picture of the rapture) the church is never mentioned again until Revelation 19:14 when the saints return with Christ. 

 

Now that I’ve made this determination, I can properly interpret the “rapture” passages in 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4.  Further, I can know that the antichrist won’t be revealed until after the rapture as indicated in 2 Thessalonians 2 and that his filthy actions are what Jesus is describing in Matthew 24 - specifically, the “abomination of desolation” which He cites from Daniel 9.

 

There are many other “types” in the Bible which I believe point to the rapture.  Here are two examples:

 

“Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.”  Genesis 6:16, we see God instructed Noah to put a door in the side of the ark.  This is their only means of salvation - a picture of Christ to come.  By faith, Noah built this ark and stepped into it with 7 others.  This happened just prior to the destruction of the flood.  This is a pattern for the coming destruction which follows God’s saving actions for the righteous.

 

The next passage is that of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction in the time of Lot.  Again, this is a picture of the rapture to come.  “But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door.  Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.”  Genesis 19:10-11.  To get a full appreciation of this story, you should read it in its entirety, but the passage I picked is where the angels of the Lord physically reached out to Lot and pulled him back through the door into safety.  This was at a time of great wickedness abounding in the region - a very good parallel of society - our world - today.  The angels came to destroy the city, but to save any righteous persons first.  This is parallel with the rapture to come.  After the angels pulled Lot to safety, it says they struck those outside the door with blindness so they could not find the door.  Compare this to what Paul says after the antichrist is revealed:

 

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

 

Just as those left behind were physically blinded and could not find the door in Lot's time, there will be a spiritual blinding of those left behind after the rapture of the saved through the Door of Salvation - Jesus the Christ.

 

Remember, there are other interpretations of all these passages and there are real, saved Christians who hold these incorrect views.  Don't be arrogant or bitter toward them just because they're wrong.  Instead, talk about how great Jesus is and how nice it will be when He clarifies their inaccuracies!

I don’t know if this page has answered any of your questions or if it has more confused you, but if you do have more questions then please send them my way.  Due to my study of the Bible and how it is presented, I feel this is the soundest interpretation of what’s going on in God’s redemptive history.



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.
1 Corinthians 4:16, 17

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