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Is There A Rapture? 

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 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. 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 Thessalonians 4:13-17, NKJV).

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.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-54, NKJV).  

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.

There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 35-44, NKJV). 

There is a great stirring in the Christian circle with much talk about a pre-tribulation rapture. The pre-tribulation rapture has varying beliefs but most point to the belief that the Church, (true believers who have given their hearts to Jesus Christ and who follow Him) are being caught up and taken away with Jesus and will not take part in the great tribulation of end times. The main belief is that the second coming of Jesus and the rapture are two different events. Many believe that those who were raptured will be brought back with Him as an end-times army at the end to witness to the ones who are left behind in darkness and defeat satan. Many in this group of believers also believe that those who are raptured in this pre-tribulation rapture will receive their glorified bodies at this time too.  I personally do not believe in the pre-tribulation rapture.  I believe in a rapture but not a pre-tribulation rapture. My belief is in a post-tribulation rapture which takes place at the end of the great tribulation and occurs in conjunction with the second coming of Christ.  I believe that the whole body of Christ (His church) who are living at this time will remain and take part in this great tribulation until He returns.

Some in the body of Christ do not even believe in any rapture because the word rapture is not in the Bible. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 talks about being ‘caught up’. The word ‘caught up’ is Harpazo in Greek and means catch up, take by force, and catch away.  Rapture is an English word for the latin word Rapio which means ‘to seize or snatch in relation to an ecstasy of spirit’ or the actual removal from one place to another. When the word rapture is in reference to the above three Scriptures we see that it is referring to ‘being caught up in the clouds’, and ‘being resurrected and changed from your earthly body to your Heavenly body’, and being taken out of danger and delivered to safety.

Why do I believe in the Post-Tribulation rapture?  Firstly I have been communing with Jesus and receiving revelatory words for the last ten years and He has never once brought a pre-tribulation rapture to my attention in the words He has personally spoken to me.  Everything He has taught me is pointing to the uprising of the Saints as an army against the antichrist spirit in the end times. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19, KJV). Many who believe in the rapture believe that Jesus is going to rescue the true believers of His Church (the ones who have been through personal tribulations and washed clean through their faith in Him) and remove them from the Tribulation. Personally this makes no sense to me whatsoever. Who will preach the Gospel to the unsaved and help the rest of the Church who are lukewarm to rise up?  Why are the true believers currently being sanctified to receive more of Him and being encouraged to walk closer with Him only to be taken away prematurely?  Many believe that these ones who are taken up will be brought back again when He returns.  What is the point of that?  The lukewarm Church and the unsaved need the hope and message now from the ones who have been sanctified through the fire – not when it is too late.  There is a select group of Christians who are currently going through the refining fire.  The Lord showed me that these ones are the first-fruits, being tested and purified so that they come out clean. They are fore-runners, being prepared for the end times so they can be a shining light to those who are lost.  These are the ones who will walk in the power and spirit of Elijah that Malachi prophesied about. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse (Malachi 4:5-6, KJV).  These ones receive a double anointing of His power to preach the Gospel and set the captives free before His return. They are known as forerunners. John the Baptist was the first forerunner who came in the spirit and power of Elijah to prophesy about the first coming of Christ (Luke 1:17). Just as Elisha received the double anointing of Elijah so too will we in this uprising. I believe the following Scripture which Jesus spoke to His disciples is also aimed at His Bride and is for today.  But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (John 17, 13-17, KJV). It is my belief that the enemy has twisted scripture to fit the need of this pre-tribulation rapture. Why? The Bible talks about a great falling away.  Could the ones who believe in the pre-tribulation rapture be so disappointed if it does not happen only to find that they and their family are going through this tragic event only to feel abandoned, give up hope and walk away? This would be a huge reason why the enemy wants to deceive.

After writing this I then felt led to seek the Lord Jesus and ask Him directly (as I had not asked Him before) if His Church was going to be raptured and taken away before the great tribulation like so many believed, and it was possible that I had misinterpreted what He had previously spoken to me and lined that up with Scripture.  The day I received this word was 31/05/2019. This is what I heard, “The urgency of the hour.  I am calling My people to sound the alarm.  I am coming soon.  You need to get ready. Parable of the Ten virgins. Preparation beforehand – five of the ten virgins had oil in their lamp whilst they were waiting for the return of the bridegroom.  They were ready. Five of those virgins ran out of oil because they never brought extra.  Whilst they went to buy more oil the bridegroom returned and the other five went to the wedding banquet. When the five who brought oil returned they were forbidden to enter the wedding banquet. If you run out of oil you cannot see because there is no light for your lamp to show you the way.  Without the light you will get lost in the darkness. The oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. To receive more anointing one first has to be made more Christ-like. How? By the laying down of your life unto death – sanctification through the dying to self process. This is imperative to my children.  It is the difference between life and death. To awaken My Church there is coming a Tsunami of My power.  A tidal wave.  A catastrophic event for those who are not in Christ.  For those who are it will be bittersweet. On one hand they will be made well and whole but the ones who are not ready will get worse. Catastrophe and chaos is coming into the world. The fire of God has been sent to refine.  If you stayed firm in the refining you will be refined and made whole in this wave of anointing.  If you did not continue and work with Me, instead getting taken away by the enemy, by abandoning Me and abandoning the call hope is not lost.  The ones who are refined in this wave will have an opportunity to help the ones who are lost. Those who have been seeking My face will see My face. A face to face encounter. Is it a rapture where you will be taken away out of the great tribulation?  No. It is a raising up. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you (Romans 8:11, KJV). 

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you (2 Corinthians 4:14, KJV).  Will you receive your Heavenly bodies in this time?  No for it is not yet time. In this raising up there is an outpouring of My Spirit where these ones will enter into My Glory and walk in My Glory.  They will be born-again in their soul and DNA. The old man will be dead and the new man will rise. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:20-24, NKJV). This is for the sake of My body – the Church.  You are being raised up for them.  It has always been about them – My body – the Church. I died for them – why would I take away the ones whom I am raising up when I saved them for My purposes?  These ones will be given My anointing, My power, and My revelations to teach. The pre-tribulation rapture is a false doctrine to try and turn the Church away. Those who hope for this in this time will be disappointed when they start to see the great tribulation come upon them. They will feel abandoned by Me but they are not. I am raising up a standard who carry My light to show the ones who are lost the way. Many do not perceive or hear My voice.  I am raising up Christ-like Sons and Daughters to guide.  They will walk in My power.  Those who are lost will have hope shining through the darkness.  Many who I am raising up in this time believe in the pre-tribulation rapture.  What will happen to them?  They will be mocked and belittled and called false prophets.  The Church won’t trust them because they taught false doctrine. It is important My daughter to get this message out.  Those with ears to hear will hear what My Spirit is saying.  They will repent and turn from this deception.  They will teach the truth and get back on track.  This is a dangerous deception that can damage My church.  During the great tribulation many of My children will lose their lives for My sake. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28, KJV). Fear God - put Him first in your life, and He will put you first in His. If you are chosen for this I will not leave you, nor forsake you.  I will be with you every step of the way. I will give you peace, I will give you strength.  Continue to follow Me for what is coming is the darkest of days the world has ever seen and never will again.  It is time to trust Me now and be made ready so you can stand until the very end. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:10-15, NKJV).”

He then told me to look at the Scriptures where the sun is darkened and the moon turns to blood and then to determine the timeline of the rapture in accordance with this event. I did this and this is what I found:- For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. (Matthew 24:38-41, NKJV). Many talk about this Scripture where it mentions the taking away of certain people whilst others are left behind and point to this event as being the pre-tribulation rapture.  If you read all of Matthew 24 you see that the sun turns to darkness and the moon to blood before these people are taken. Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:29-31, KJV). This Scripture is clear that the rapture of the Church (remnant left behind) is when Jesus returns, coming on the clouds and is after the great tribulation.

If you put the timeline of events into order you see that this event (moon turning to blood) happens at the sixth seal. I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place (Revelation 6:12-14, NKJV). There are seven seals that need to be broken. The order in which John is shown these events is where a lot of misinterpretation comes.  After John sees the breaking of the seventh seal there is silence in Heaven and then he is shown a vision of seven angels with seven trumpets.  After each trumpet is sounded another catastrophe is released.  1 Corinthians 15:52 says that Jesus appears in the clouds with His saints at “the last trump.” After John sees all seven trumpets released he then sees a lamb standing on the Mount of Olives with 144,000 Saints (Revelation 14). These ones are mentioned in Revelation 7 who are the 144,000 people from the tribes of Israel who are sealed and preserved for God and the destroying angels are given strict instruction that those who are sealed cannot be touched or harmed during the great tribulation. These ones are not raptured but protected by the lamb of God because He is with them. After this vision seven angels carrying seven bowls of God’s wrath are released one by one.  It appears to the reader that the seals are first, then the trumpets, and lastly the bowl or vials of God’s wrath. I have put together what happens with each seal, trumpet and bowl/vial.

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer (Revelation 6:1-2, KJV).

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up (Revelation 8:7, KJV).

And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image (Revelation 16:2, KJV).

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword (Revelation 6:3-4, KJV).

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood. (Revelation 8:8, KJV).

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea (Revelation 16:3, KJV).

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. (Revelation 6:5-6, KJV).

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters. And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. (Revelation 8:10-11, KJV).

And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood (Revelation 16:4, KJV).

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth (Revelation 6:7-8, KJV).

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise (Revelation 8:12, KJV).

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire (Revelation 16:8, KJV).

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held (Revelation 6:9, KJV).

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. (Revelation 9:1-3, KJV).

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain. And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. (Revelation 16:10-11, KJV).

I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12-17, NKJV).

Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone (Revelation 9:13-17, KJV).

Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Revelation 16:1-14, KJV).

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour (Revelation 8:1, KJV).  

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets (Revelation 10:7, KJV).

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever (Revelation 11:17, KJV).

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done (Revelation 16:17, NKJV). When you study what is happening with each seal, each trumpet and each bowl or vial you will soon see that the events for the seals and trumpets are depicting the same event from different angles, except the vials which are at a different time.  Although it appears the order is the same as how it is written we can see clearly when put together in its correct context it tells a different story. In reality it will be the first seal and first trumpet and will continue in this fashion until the seventh seal and seventh trumpet are released. In regard to the bowls/vials I initially supposed that the vials were released in consecutive order alongside the seals and trumpets but I have since found the order of these don't seem to match up with the order of the description of the seals and trumpets.  The reason for this,  I recently read that the second angel sounds his trumpet and a third of the creatures die in the sea (Revelation 8:8) whereas in (Revelation 16:3) the second vial is released into the sea and every living soul dies. This means that initially a third die (second trumpet) and then later all die (second vial) so it is not the same event. This has lead me to believe that somewhere along the timeline the vials are released and that the vials are the wrath of God possibly poured out on the world after Jesus has safely caught up the Church and led them to safety into the promised land (where He and His Bride will live and dwell for 1000 years). There is scripture that also talks about 'an hour of temptation' that His Church will be exempt from and is for those who have kept His command to persevere.  I believe that the outpouring of these vials is what is being referred to as the 'hour of temptation' and happens after satan is released to deceive the earth after the 1000 year millenium is up.

Jesus returns for His bride after the seventh seal is broken and the seventh trumpet is sounded - this is after the great tribulation. You will see in the Scripture below in Zechariah that the silence happens as Jesus is raised up out of His Holy Habitation to come back to earth to reclaim Jerusalem (His Holy land). Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation (Zechariah 2:10-3, KJV). This shows a completely different timeline of events compared to the way it is written in Revelation.

We see also that the great and mighty sign that Jesus is coming is the sun being darkened and the moon turning to blood. In regard to the belief of many that the seven seals are first, then the seven trumpets, if the seven trumpets were released after the seventh seal (after the half an hour of silence) like most believe, then the sun should already be darkened and the moon turned to blood at the release of the first trumpet, but according to Scripture at the sound of the fourth trumpet only 1/3 of the sun is darkened.  This cannot be if it has already been through the sixth seal where it is completely darkened. 

If you read Joel and the timeline of events you see again the mentioning of the sun turning to darkness and the moon to blood.  This event happens after a great and mighty carnage has been released on the earth. It talks about a plague of locusts that are likened to fire which destroys. There is a great lack of blessings. Interestingly this plague of locusts is also mentioned in Revelation 9 and happens when the 5th trumpet is sounded. There is a call to repentance and God restores all that was stolen back to His people. The world rises up in this time against the followers of Christ (His Bride) and He will be a refuge, a strong fortress to His bride during this time. 

Before the return of the Lord Jesus He pours out His Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28) and (Acts 2:17) and during this time the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord come. Upon His return He will pardon His bride and the Lord will make His home with His people. “And it shall come to pass afterward, That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the LORD has said, Among the remnant whom the LORD calls (Joel 2:28-32, NKJV). 

For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days (Mark 13:19-20, NKJV).

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven (Mark 13:24-27, NKJV). 

And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:31).

Again we see by Mark 13.27 when this gathering happens it is taking place after the great tribulation. These events clearly show that the rapture does not happen before the tribulation.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 says that the rapture will happen at “the coming of the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 teaches that Christ is the first fruits of the resurrection…then afterward they that are His at His coming. The scriptures do not teach two comings after His resurrection and ascension to the Father but there will be two changings for the body of Christ from mortal to immortal. It happens at the first resurrection (the day of the Lord) as described in Revelation 20:4-6 and again later after the 1,000 year millennial in the second resurrection when those who did not take part in the first resurrection are raised up and changed.  This is when the New Jerusalem comes down from Heaven and the rest of the world is judged. 

With everything I have learned and been shown by God this is what I believe is going to happen. The antichrist is currently rising up in power.  God has been refining His Church through the fire and preparing an army of first-fruits to rise up against him. There is coming a great wave of His anointing power.  In this time there is going to be revival and an outpouring of His signs, wonders and miracles that will be released through the ones that God has prepared to carry His double anointing.  These are the ones whom God has prepared (who have been refined through trials and tribulations in this time) who will be born-again in their soul (mind, will, emotions, conscience) and DNA.  In other words they will still have their same earthly body (not their glorified physical bodies) but their inner man will be renewed because the old man would have died through the refining fire.  When the raising up takes place I believe these ones will have face-to-face encounters with Jesus – some may even be taken up into the Heavenlies to meet with Him (much like John and Paul when they went into the third Heaven). In this sense you could call it a type of rapture - being caught up, but not taken away. There will be an exchange – His heart for their hearts. They will immediately return and look the same, but they will not be the same as before this event.  They will preach the gospel, heal the sick and release those who are bound.  They will walk in the same power that Jesus did. They will be one with Him in spirit and soul. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common (Acts 4:32, KJV). 

These ones will provoke the rest of the church to jealousy and help them to rise up in Him also. The world will get worse, things will look bad.  God will keep those who are His under the shelter of His wings. He will provide for them.  They will avoid the mark and teach others to do the same.  Many of His followers however will die during the great tribulation for His names sake, but He will give them the strength and the peace to enable them to do this.  Scripture shows us that these first fruits come from two groups of people, the first being the 144,000 who are from the 12 Tribes of Israel and are the ones who are sealed. And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed (Revelation 7:4, NKJV). The second group are the ones who cannot be numbered and are from every tribe, nation and tongue. After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! 

Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them (Revelation 7:9-15, NKJV).  

Before the final and great day of the Lord comes I believe there will be another outpouring of His Spirit where the rest of the Church who followed Him and His ways will rise up alongside the ones who are already walking in the fullness of His power and anointing. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 shows us that when He returns there are two groups of people (who are chosen as the first-fruits) who are in the clouds with Him being changed into their new heavenly bodies. No one is changed into their Heavenly bodies ahead of this event. One of those groups are the Saints who come down with Jesus from Heaven with His angels and are the ones who have lost their lives for Him. When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed (Revelation 6:9-11, NKJV).  This group obviously come down in spirit form and receive their new bodies at the same time as the ones who are caught up. The other group who are caught up with them are the ones who remain on earth in Him until the end. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming (1 Corinthians 15:23, KJV). 

After this post-tribulation rapture it is my belief that these two groups will face judgement and will live and reign with Christ on earth in the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for 1000 years. “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain' (Zechariah 8:3, NKJV).

In this time the devil is bound.  Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while (Revelation 20:1-3, NKJV).  

The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years 

And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years (Revelation 20:4-6, NKJV).  The first-fruits are the ones who take part in the first resurrection.

After this the devil is loosed for a time to go out and deceive the nations.   Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:7-10, NKJV). The rest of the world I believe in this time may be facing the vials/bowls of Gods wrath. After this the devil is cast into the lake of fire. The rest of the church (the dead) who did not partake in the first resurrection will stand before God and are judged for their works with the rest of the world. Whoever was found not written in the Book of Life are also cast into the fire. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works (Revelation 20:11-13, NKJV). 

After these events those who are written in the Lambs book of Life live and dwell with Him in peace forever! The New Heaven and New Earth come and the old heaven and earth pass away. Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:1-4, NKJV).

And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:3-5, NKJV).

It appears that it is very important to have such a relationship with Jesus that we will be ready when the great tribulation comes.  It is imperative that we have oil in our lamps.  This means that we have fully yielded our lives to Jesus so that His strengths can rest upon our weaknesses.  Time is short.  If you have made a commitment to follow Jesus but don’t have a personal relationship with Him it is time to make Him your first priority. 

The Faithful Church

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:  “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 

Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. (Revelation 3:7-12, NKJV). Although Christians will go through the tribulation, after the 1,000 years are up we see that God pours out His judgement on the rest of the world. Those who have persevered and remained faithful and received the crown of life who took part in the first resurrection (those who were martyred and remained in Him until the end) will become a pillar in the New Jerusalem (the New Heaven) and will evade this judgment which is the last and final judgment on the earth and its inhabitants when it is destroyed and taken away.

In conclusion and in regard to the pre-tribulation rapture (as I have previously discussed) I do not personally believe in this and believe it is a false doctrine. How do false doctrines happen?  There are many ways this happens.  One way is through men and woman who pose as servants of God (but who really work for the kingdom of darkness) who preach and teach these things using false signs and wonders. Another way is when a deceiving spirit (angel of light) speaks to a true prophet of God and feeds them the deception.  A deceiving spirit speaks scriptural truths and quotes the word of God but adds in deceptive twists.  They can be really hard to discern. The deceptive twists can be missed if the majority of the word lines up with Scripture.  Knowing the word of God, the character of God, and the voice of Jesus and having an intimate relationship with Jesus is one way to overcome these deceptive spirits, as well as asking for the gift of discerning of spirits. Another way this deception can come into the body of Christ is when one takes a revelation from God and puts their own interpretation on it ignorantly to suit their own ideas or mind-sets. Also if preaching from the word of God and using scripture, a singular passage should never be taken out of context and used in a way where it goes against its original intent.  When one misquotes a singular scripture and you then read the passage it originally came from the true message can be completely lost when using just this one scripture.  If I am correct about the pre-tribulation doctrine being false and it does not happen and the great tribulation comes upon the world, Christians who believed in it will feel very hurt, confused and abandoned by God.  False doctrine is brought in by the enemy to cause damage and lead you away from the correct course. Pray always to God and ask Him to show you always any false doctrine you are believing, following or teaching.

In regard to the pre-tribulation rapture I have covered most of the Scriptures used by those who teach it in this article, and shown how they apply to the post-tribulation rapture but to be thorough I want to discuss two more that I haven’t used in my article.  The first is the fig tree. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled (Matthew 24:32-34, KJV). Most who have studied this Scripture believe the fig tree is an analogy of Israel (the church) and that this is a hidden message to watch out for the rapture. The belief is that the parable of the fig tree is to do with the rebirth of the nation of Israel; that a fig tree symbolizes national Israel and the new growth on the fig tree was a prophetic image of Israel being reborn.  Apparently the fig tree blossomed in 1948 in Israel which makes this generation the one which will not pass away before the rapture happens. Today there is much talk because the fig trees in Israel are blossoming mightily.  What is interesting to me is that the Scripture is actually referring to the new leaves being the sign, not the fruit.  God told me once years ago that the fig tree produces fruit before it produces new leaves and that the Church (we) are like the fig tree.  He told me that before we produce new leaves we must first produce fruit.  Any tree that does not bear fruit is destroyed.  If we are the fig tree then one must assume that when we have produced fruit we will then receive new leaves, which if the analogy is correct means a rebirth. As previously discussed the Lord has been talking to me about the rebirthing of our soul which happens with the next great outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Interestingly the tree of life in Revelations is mentioned for its leaves which bring the healing. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations (Revelations 22:2, KJV). This depicts that we walk in a greater anointing and power after we have produced good fruit and received the rebirthing of our soul (new growth - the leaves).  The parable of the fig tree is pointing to the coming of the Kingdom of God.  I believe Jesus comes again first in Spirit through His Holy Spirit (which is the greater infilling of the Spirit that is coming into our soul), then physically when He actually returns coming in the clouds where every eye will see Him. 

The more appropriate analogy of the fig tree then is when the body of Christ have produced fruit (the first-fruits) and are ready and receive this greater infilling, this is the sign that the day of the Lord draws near.  Generally what is happening in the natural is also happening in the spiritual so the fruit blossoming on the trees is surely a sign that the greater infilling is near.  If we go by seasons of past things in the Bible one would also have to assume that in this great outpouring of blessing may last seven years before the beginning of the great tribulation begins.  We look to what happened to Joseph when He interpreted the dreams of the seven fat cows and the seven skinny cows.  According to Scripture the great tribulation also lasts seven years.

The second passage that I want to mention is the woman and her man-child (Revelation 12). And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne (Revelations 12:5, KJV). The belief is that the man-child is the church being raptured.  It is very clear that the man-child is Jesus and not the Church when you read the whole passage in its correct context. Jesus is the one who rules the nations with an iron rod. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God (Revelations 19:15, KJV). He then passes that authority on to us at His return and our bodies of clay will be broken to shivers because that is when we receive our new heavenly bodies. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father (Revelations 2:26-27, KJV). The man-child is again mentioned in Isaiah 66:7-9 which clearly shows you that the man-child is Jesus as it speaks of the first and second coming of Christ. The woman represents the 12 Tribes of Israel.  John’s vision is about a timeline of past, present and future events. How do we know this?  It talks about satan falling from Heaven.  This is not a future event. We know from Scripture that satan fell from Heaven very early on as he was in the garden of Eden tempting Eve to sin. Satan has been referred to as the god of this world. How also could he have offered the world to Jesus when He was tempted by satan in the wilderness (claiming it as his Kingdom) if he had not already been cast out of Heaven and given this authority by God because of man's sin? Satan's fall is mentioned also in Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-15.

The woman is protected by God by being nurtured in the wilderness. During this time the flood comes and the earth protects the woman in this flood. (Interestingly God has been talking with me about a tsunami – a wave of His power that is coming that will be catastrophic for those who are not in Christ, and is part of the raising up of the first-fruits).  The dragon (satan) is angry with the woman (who I believe at this time represents the first-fruits who have now been raised up from the 12 Tribes of Israel) because he cannot touch them.  He then wages war against the rest of her seed (the church who were not raised up in this infilling). The whole of Revelation 12 actually shows how the body of Christ remain here on earth throughout the tribulation when read in its correct context.

Another Scripture I would like to leave with you is headed up as The Great Apostasy in the New King James Bible. In this Scripture Paul makes it clear that the day of the Lord, (His return and the final judgment), will not transpire until two things happen. First, the falling away, (or great apostasy), must occur. Second, the “man of lawlessness” must be revealed, he who is called the “son of perdition,” also known as the Antichrist. Many will be deceived by this man and follow after him.  The mark of the beast system is all part of the falling away that this Scripture talks about.  This is clear that the Church will be tested in this time before the Lord returns for His bride.  The ones who refuse the mark and endure to the end will be saved!

The Great Apostasy
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, NKJV).

(PRAYER) – “Father God I pray that You would always show me false doctrine and its practices.  I repent for entering into false doctrine, including the belief in the pre-tribulation rapture where the church gets caught up and taken out of the great tribulation.  I repent for teaching this false doctrine. I pray Lord Jesus that I will receive a great and mighty outpouring of Your Holy Spirit where the new man will be birthed in Your strength. I pray that I will see Your Glory and walk in Your Glory, and have a face to face encounter with You. I pray for strength, insight, keys, revelation and peace to be able to withstand the great tribulation, and the second coming of the Lord. If I am in the group who is sealed with Your mark to be preserved during the great tribulation, thank You that I cannot be touched or harmed in this time. Keep me strong in this time Lord Jesus. Keep me focused on You. If I am in the group that will lose my life for Your names sake I pray that You will enable me to do this.  Your word says not to fear the one who can kill my body but fear God who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell, so my prayer Lord Jesus is that You fill me with the fear of God to keep me in those days.  I pray also Lord Jesus that You would show me truth and give me a discerning spirit to discern false prophets and false Christ’s who are being sent to try and deceive the body of Christ. I pray that I will live and dwell with You in the promised land for the 1,000 year millennial.  If I am not in the first resurrection Lord Jesus I pray that I would then take part in the second resurrection, and live and dwell in the New Jerusalem, the Holy City and be a pillar in that Temple and be with You forever and ever, In Jesus name, Amen.”

By Tania Francis

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