The Rapture: A Joint in Time

"The 'seasons' are the critical epoch-making periods foreordained of God, when all that has been slowly, and often without observation, ripening through long ages is mature and comes to birth in grand decisive events, which constitute at once the close of one period and the commencement of another. Such, for example, was the passing away of the old Jewish dispensation; such, again, the recognition of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire; such the conversion of those outside; such the great revival which went along with the first institution of the Mendicant Orders; such, by still better right, the Reformation; such, above all others, the second coming of the Lord in glory." (Archbishop Trench, from his Synonyms of the Old Testament)

For two thousand years, Jesus Christ has been calling a people for Himself out of the nations of this world.
This process began on the Day of Pentecost AD 30, and will end with an event called the Rapture of Church.
After that, God's attention will return to bringing all the Jews in the world back to their homeland (Israel).
A last great terrible World War will ensue, ended by the return of Jesus in power and glory.
If this is all new to you, may I suggest:

Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy     


Israel’s Victory

An Oracle

The word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus says the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the human spirit within: 2 See, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling for all the surrounding peoples; it will be against Judah also in the siege against Jerusalem. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it shall grievously hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth shall come together against it. 4 On that day, says the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But on the house of Judah I will keep a watchful eye, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the Lord of hosts, their God.’

6 On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot on a pile of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.

7 And the Lord will give victory to the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be exalted over that of Judah. 8 On that day the Lord will shield the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, at their head. 9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

10 And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one whom they have pierced, the Aleph Tav, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. 11 On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land shall mourn, each family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves. (Zechariah 12)

The Signs of the Times
Reading List

Israel is Back in the Land The Approaching Time of the End Israel's Birth Pangs
Distress of Nations Dangerous Times The Great Apostasy
The Rapture of the True Church Rapture Prep Entering a New Dispensation
The Management of the Universe The Management of the Universe The Revealing of the Antichrist
Israel's Covenant with Death  World Commerce and Trade Amalgamates World Religions Coalesce
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem The Gog/Magog Invasion End of a Nation? (EMP Attack?)

About a third of the Bible is about the future: What God has said He will do.
He has a perfect track record so far.

What determines the future is what God has done in the past 
and what He has promised to do in the future.  
So don't look horizontally at current events." 
(Ray C. Stedman)

The links in the Table above reflect current events as glimpsed in the Spring of 2022.

The Promise of the Lord’s Coming

"This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour spoken through your apostles. First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts and saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!’ They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgement and destruction of the godless.

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home." (2 Peter 3:1-13)

Time Warps

Possibly you are still trapped in earth time? You are perhaps glued to the clock and the calender.
You feel x years old where x is less than 100 years. Jesus offers eternal life as a free gift but evidently He didn't mean what He said?
Jesus has been adding to His Church for 50 generations now. In each of those generations students of the Bible expected the Rapture.
All died for one reason or another, whether young or old. Each time traveled to meet the Lord in the air when he died.
Would you believe, all believers arrive in heaven at the same "time?"

I hope your God is not Way Too Small

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