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Part VII


Rev. 14:14-16

a. these are all those saints who have come to the Lord since His  ascension, but did not qualify for the most holy. Their ingathering from the earth is not done secretly but openly and visible to all.

Only the day and hour in which He shall appear no one knows8.

Ex 7:12  (serpents); 19-21 (waters turned to blood); Ex 8:5-7, 14 (frogs); Ex 8:22-24; 9:4-7, 26; Ex 10:23; 11:7; 

b. their removal is just prior to the seven bowls of wrath, and parallels the pattern of G-d’s judgment  on Egypt, when He delivered Israel from bondage. Israel shared in the early, “minor” plagues, but as of the fifth plague, the swarm of flies, G-d set His people apart. None of the subsequent plagues touched them, because  G-d had separated them from Egypt.

Mt 24:30-31; Mk 13:26-27, 32-37; Mt 13:37-43; Rev. 12:12; 13:6; see also a. 
c. they are gathered from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. Their ingathering is accomplished by the Lord's angels and announced with a loud trumpet call. 

Henceforth G-d's holy and eternal priesthood of the firstborn from the dead, Messiah's fellow priests and kings, are separated from the earth. During the period that still elapses they prepare and consecrate themselves for their priestly duties while awaiting  the return to earth together with Yeshua.

The 5th stage [holy] of the First Resurrection is completed!


a. these are those who passed through a period of great trial, during which they withstood the “beastly" system of a one-world  government in power at that time. They also withstood its "image" and the all-powerful number of its name. They are true overcomers and conquerors -  after having missed their first chance.

Revelation 15:2-4
b. they are removed from the earth immediately preceding the judgment of the seven bowls of wrath.
Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14; 14:11 
c. following their rapture the temple of the Tent of Witness is seen opened and filled with smoke from the glory and power of G-d. Henceforth no one can enter UNTIL the seven plagues of  wrath are ended. From that time onward neither prayers nor intercession of the saints are mingled anymore with the incense from the Golden Altar. G-d will not listen to any intercession, for no one can come near Him to intercede or plead with Him. The time of the fiery trial is about to be released following the catching up of these holy Tribulation saints.

The 6th stage [holy] of the First Resurrection is completed!

7. Seventh stage:    REMOVAL OF THE "REAR GUARD" OR 
                                    "LAST TRUMPET" SAINTS

Rev. 16:15; 6:17; Zeph. 1:14-18; Joel 2:1-2, 11; 

a. their removal takes place DURING the effects of the sixth bowl of wrath, and immediately precedes the final and ultimate judgment of G-d upon the wicked, prominently referred to as the GREAT DAY OF THE L-RD.
Jer. 30:4-8, 3; Dan. 12:1-3, 7; 11:27; 12:9; Rev. 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; Dan. 12:11-12 75
b. they have endured every aspect of the period of Tribulation generally believed to be lasting seven years. At this point I will not go into the details of the precise timing of the end except to state that the battle over Jerusalem, the great earth- quake and the shaking of everything as we know it will take place during the last or final 45 days9.
Matthew 20:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:10c; 5:9; 
c. these are the "eleventh hour” or “one minute before sundown"  (saints of Yom Kippur), the last stragglers still belonging to the Body of Messiah, many of  whom were saved in the last moment,  and others who waited almost too long. They will be spared the Day of the L-RD, for none who are His are destined for wrath.
1 Thess. 4:15-17; 1 Co 15:51-52; Mt 24:31; Jn 5:25; 1 Thess. 5:6
d. these are the Last Trumpet saints. Because according to Paul in His first letter to the Thessalonians, the Lord will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trump of G-d10.

e. their rapture is NOT simultaneous with the Lord's final Return. Paul explains that the Lord will meet with this group of saints, still belonging to the First Fruit from the dead, in the air. It will be His last Coming "like a thief". What that means is that neither His shout, nor the archangel's call, nor the sounding of the trumpet  will be heard or seen except for those who are destined to take part in this last catching up --- IF they have kept alert11 and ready for this moment. 

As with all of the previous groups heaved out, the procedure is the same: the dead in Messiah rise first, then those who are alive and belonging to that consecration of "rear guard" saints. Together they meet the Lord in the air. So far, the Lord's foot has not  touched the earth during any of the raptures. He has stayed on His  invisible "highway" above the earth, or He has been seated on  clouds.

Isa. 26:20-21 [Ex 12:22]; Rev. 16:16-21; 17:1-2; 6:12-17; 18:1-19:1-5; Isa. 13:1-22;
24:1-5, 17-23; 34:1-8; 47:1-11; Jn 5:25, 28-29; Rev. 19:6-9; 20:4-5; 2 Pe 2:4-9; Is 26:19 
f. the removal of these "last remainder" saints --- one shall be taken up, another left behind --- will complete the setting up of the whole Tent of Meeting with all its furnishings and utensils. The Body of Messiah is now completely assembled in heaven. The Bride and the Bridemaids enter now their chambers to prepare for  the upcoming Marriage Supper of the Lamb, while the winepress of G-d's long restrained fury will be overflowing. 

The removal of these last saints fulfills the prophetic pattern of the tribe of Dan, whose name means judgment

At this stage not one righteous person alive remains on the earth. Either they were heaved out; or are awaiting the Lord's Return in their graves; or are hidden away in a secure place to survive the fierce destruction and fiery rage, as Noah and his family survived the flood.

Only unrepentant sinners and the wicked remain, i.e. mortal men from the House of Israel and the nations.

The 7th stage [holy] of the First Resurrection is completed!
8When it is afternoon in Israel, it is morning in the States. Israel is 8 hours ahead of US time. Even from East to West Coast are 4 hours difference. What is today in Europe, is tomorrow in Australia. From East to West and North to South the time of day and night differs. In one place saints will be deep asleep in their beds, while in another place saints will be already working. Hence, whether He comes as a thief in the night or visibly to all, the time of His coming can not be known to anyone but G-d alone. Therefore He admonishes us to be always watchful and on the alert.
9 Revelation 16:18; 6:12; Isaiah 24:19-20, 1-3; 13:13; Psalm 18:15; Hebrews 12:26-27
10 In order to understand this trumpet correctly and the archangel's call, it is very helpful to understand the proceedings of the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) and Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) [Lev. 16:29-34; 23:24-32; 25:9; Nu 29:1-8]. In particular the closing moments of Yom Kippur most vividly illustrate the final days of this age: 
          At the last hour before sundown the congregation no longer sits down. All are standing, praying final urgent prayers. At the precise time of sundown the call goes forth for the sounding of the last shofar blast. This is the signal for the closing of the gates to the ark, wherein is kept the Word of G-d - the scrolls of the Tenach. 
          All stand in utter silence, as the awe of the moment fills the house of worship. Finally, at the precise instant of the sun's descent, the shofar sounds in a very long and loud blast. While the trump of G-d sounds the beginning of judgment, the gates to the ark are closed. There remains no more time for repentance, atonement, forgiveness or escape [1 Thess. 5:2-3]. There comes only one thing now: judgment!
11 Matthew 24:42-44; 25:13; Mark 13:33, 35-37; Luke 12:37-40; 21:36


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