Rapture vs. Second Coming

Rapture vs. Second Coming

Two Different Events

There are two detailed descriptions of the Lord’s return in the New Testament. One is written by the Apostle Paul (1 Thess. 4:13-18) and the other by the Apostle John (Rev. 19:11-14). Some people think the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18) and the Second Coming (Rev. 19:11-14) are speaking about the same event which occurs at the end of the Tribulation. Did you notice the above chart? If you look carefully you’ll see that these two events are as different as night and day.

 

Two Different Times

It’s simply not possible that these two descriptions are about the same event! They have absolutely nothing in common. In fact, they are totally incompatible. That’s because they describe two different events separated by 7 years. The Rapture happens without the world knowing it, just before the start of the Tribulation. On the other hand, Christ’s Second Coming will be seen by the whole world at the end of the 7-Year Tribulation.

Will the Rapture Occur on a Jewish Feast Day?

Will the Rapture Occur on a Jewish Feast Day?

October 2017
Tim Buck

There is a growing movement to use the Jewish Calendar and Jewish Feast Days as pointing to the end times and the Rapture of the church. Over the last few years, dates have even been set for the Rapture using the Feast of Trumpets (the Jewish date of Tishri 1, which usually occurs in September). In recent years, prophecy teachers have claimed the Rapture would occur every September since 2011. 

Like the tetrads, blood moons, the eclipse of 2017 and the September 12, 2017 hoax, these Jewish Feast Day speculations produce a lot of hype and end in confusion.

Those who insist that the Rapture can somehow be connected to Israel’s ancient calendar are committing a serious error.

We must be mindful that, since Christ came into our world, we are under a New Covenant, not the Old Covenant that governed Israel. When the Temple veil was rent from top to bottom (Mt. 27:51) at the moment of Jesus’ death, the Jewish traditions, ceremonies and holy days became a thing of the past,

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. (Col. 2:16-17)

The church is no longer held responsible to keep Israel’s Feast Days or to maintain the Jewish calendar just as we do not need to bring a lamb sacrifice into the church.

The Rapture is a church event exclusively for the Body of Christ and is not meant to be mixed up with the Mosaic Law Celebrations for ancient Israel.

It is a mistake to mix the old with the new and therefore an error to use Jewish Feasts and Celebrations as a guide for end times prophecy relating to the Rapture of the Church.

4 Principles to Interpret Bible Prophecy

The following truths have helped me immensely through the years.

Not only have they enabled me to reject the date setters but they’ve helped me avoid being swept up into the end time hysteria’s of false predictions.

1. Anyone who Sets a Date or suggests a date, even with a disclaimer — is wrong and misleading
(Mt. 24:34, 36, 39, 44, 50; 25:13; Mark 13:32-37)

2. The Doctrine of the Rapture is an exclusive event for the Church. The Rapture is called a mystery (1 Cor. 15:51-54), which means it was hidden from the Old Testament (Eph. 3:1-6). The doctrine of the Rapture was personally revealed to the Apostle Paul by Jesus Himself ( 1 Thess. 4:15a – “by the word of the Lord”).

After Jesus revealed the Rapture to Paul, the Apostle Paul faithfully taught it to the church in his Church Epistles. By design, the Rapture, and the resurrection that occurs at the time of the Rapture, are only for the church, the Body of Christ, and have nothing to do with the nation of Israel or its ancient calendar.

3. We must Never Confuse Israel with the Church (1 Cor. 10:32). Israel and the church are two separate groups that have two separate plans designed by our sovereign God.

There is actually a blowing of trumpets for both groups of people. One trumpet is for church-age saints at the time of the Rapture (1 Cor. 15:52). The other trumpet is for Israel at the time of the Second Coming (Mt. 24:30-31).

4. The doctrine of the Imminency of the Rapture is a Foundational Bible Truth.
Imminency means that the Rapture is always at hand and can happen at any moment but its time cannot precisely be known
(1 Thess. 1:9-10; Titus 2:13; James 5:8-9; 1 Peter 4:7)

 

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Islamic Links to the Death of the Two Witnesses

Islamic Links to the Death of the Two Witnesses

Murdered by Antichrist 

Muslim world celebrates death of the Two Witnesses: 

“not allow their dead bodies to be buried”
“they rejoice”
“make merry”
“send gifts to one another”


After the Rapture, and for the first time since creation, no witness will exist on earth. Rather than leaving man to his sinful ways, God sends two witnesses with supernatural powers who spark Israel’s spiritual awakening. Most believe the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah who are sent to prepare the way for Christ’s return.

KILLED BY THE BEAST

After a successful ministry of 1260 days, covering the first half of the Tribulation, the two witnesses are killed by the BEAST (Rev. 11:7 – aka 10-King Caliphate) during the conquest of Jerusalem. The details of their murder and the enemy’s response shine light on several distinctly Islamic practices that once again reveal a strong Islamic link to end time events in Revelation. 

Burial Practice of Orthodox Jews

 

 

 

 

 

ISLAMIC PRACTICE OF DESECRATING BODIES OF THEIR ENEMIES 

“Now when they have finished their testimony, the Beast (Caliphate) that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.  Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.  For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial…

 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.” – Revelation 11:7-11 

IN THE STREET FOR 3 ½ DAYS 

Why would Antichrist leave the corpses of these two men in the streets for three and a half days?  By doing so, it reveals the fingerprints of the Islam. This is a distinctly Islamic practice.

Devout Jews prefer to bury the corpse as soon as possible, usually the same day but no more than 48 hours. However, in this case, the Islamic Empire finds themselves suddenly in control of Jerusalem after Antichrist breaks the treaty and launches a brutal assault on the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the middle of the Tribulation.

DESECRATING CORPSES OF THE TWO WITNESSES

 

 

 

 

 

Glowing with success, the Turkish led Caliphate kills the two witnesses and sends the world a message. This is achieved by desecrating the bodies of the two men they hate the most.

The two bodies are left exposed to the elements for 3 ½ days while the world dances and takes pictures that flash across social media and TV screens around the world.

 

 

 

 

24/7 Watch – The Dead Corpses of the Witnesses

Islamic followers would certainly allow the bodies of noted individuals, those they deem to be infidels and enemies of Islam, to lie out in the open as an act of defiling their memory and to disrespect them in the eyes of the public. No other religious system practices such barbarism but
Islam.

The two witnesses will be so despised by the Muslim world that the longer their bodies remain in the street the more of a mockery it is to them and their followers. Islamic fanatics take pride in the death of their enemies and refusing them a proper burial is a distinctly Islamic practice.

ISLAMIC PRACTICE OF CELEBRATION AFTER TERROR ATTACKS

 

 

 

 

“The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.”  Revelation 11:10

CELEBRATE MURDER

Another time-honored Islamic tradition is seen in this passage with the practice of celebration after a terrorist attack. Who are these people that gloat over the death of the two witnesses? Are they Lutherans or Baptists or possibly Mennonites? Islam is the only religion in the world that celebrates the murder of religious leaders who don’t agree with them!

Passing out sweets and gifts after a terror attack is especially “sweet” whenever Israeli’s are murdered by Palestinians.

 Headlines Celebrating Murder and Mayhem

 


Palestinians Dance in the Streets, 5 Jews Killed
 

Muslims Celebrate, Pass out Candy in Jerusalem after bus bombing

Muslims give out candy and dance in the streets. Candy to children after Muslim Slaughters Jewish Family of Five, including an 11-year-old, a 3-year-old and an infant — all stabbed in their sleep.

MUSLIMS CELEBRATED TERROR ATTACK IN LONDON

Viewers of Al Jazeera English’s live video feed of the attack reacted with smiley faced emoticons and thumbs up. In the screenshot below, just two of 26 respondents react with sad or angry face to the London murders.

 

 

 

 

 

The media sugarcoats this barbarity but God’s word exposes it so THERE IS NO DOUBT CONCERNING THE ISLAMIC CONNECTION TO THE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF ANTICHRIST.

COME UP HERE!

The shock will come when after three and a half days a voice is heard from heaven saying, “Come up here.” At the sound of God’s voice, the two witnesses resurrect and stand on their feet. This, of course, is so all the world can witness the power of God in action, live and on camera.

With the eyes of the world fixed on the now standing, resurrected witnesses, they are raptured in slow motion to make sure there’s plenty of footage of God’s mighty power (Rev. 11:12),

“And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.”

Conclusion

The events of the two witnesses reveal a strong Islamic link. For centuries, these verses have been read and studied without considering the question, “Why?” would the BEAST system keep the bodies of two dead men out in the open? And why would they celebrate in such an egregious manner?

The answer is that these events are distinctly Islamic practices. They are practices Islam has observed for over 1000 years. Practices that God highlights in Revelation 11 so we would recognize them and realize the Islamic connection in the Bible to end time events.

God is graciously warning the church of the Islamic hatred for Israel and the church and of their disrespect for God’s witness in the world. The church needs to wake up and take notice that the enemy is rising fast.

Which means… hallelujah, Jesus is COMING SOON!

Trump Asked To Build Israel’s Temple

Trump Asked To Build Israel’s Temple

Is it time to build Israel’s Temple?

Israel’s Sanhedrin calls on President Trump to build the Temple in Jerusalem!

The Jewish Temple Mount leaders are excited over the election of Donald Trump. They know very well that rebuilding Israel’s Temple in today’s world would be a dangerous and politically incorrect task. 

In their view, if there is any modern political leader with the guts and determination to stand behind such a project, it could be President Donald Trump. 

The Coming Temple – Revelation 11:1-2

John sees the Tribulation Temple

The prophecy showing Israel’s Temple in Revelation 11 was written 25 years after the temple of Herod (the second temple) was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, and can therefore only refer to a future rebuilt temple – the Tribulation Temple in Jerusalem.

The Tribulation Temple, which will be completed and put into service during the first half of the Tribulation period, will be desecrated by Antichrist at the mid point of the seven year Tribulation.

Daniel, Jesus and Paul also predict a Tribulation Temple

Apart from the Apostle John’s prophecy in Revelation 11, there are various other references to the third temple by Jesus (Mt. 24:15), the Apostle Paul (2 Thess. 2:4) and the prophet Daniel who says:

“Then he (Antichrist) shall confirm a covenant (Peace Treaty) with many for one week (Seven years) but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering” (Dan. 9:27).

Israel’s Temple Institute prepares for the Temple

The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has spent approximately $30,000,000 on preparations for rebuilding the Jewish Temple. All the temple articles are completed, including the brazen altar mentioned in Revelation 11:1. The Jewish Sanhedrin, has been re-established in 2004 after a hiatus of 2,000 years. Israel’s religious leaders are now regularly calling for the rebuilding of Israel’s temple as the way to world peace and religious harmony. Any Peace Treaty with Israel must resolve the building of Israel’s Temple.

Massive Temple Cornerstones on Display

A worker at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem constructs a model of Israel’s Temple

Letter to Trump from Israel’s Sanhedrin – Time to Build

The Sanhedrin is the ruling spiritual authority in Israel comprised of 71 Rabbi Elders. Within days of his election, the re-convened Jewish Sanhedrin sent a letter to President Trump – asking his assistance to fulfill their mandate of rebuilding of the Temple.

 

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, who serves as spokesman for the Sanhedrin, explained that Donald Trump’s rise to power had ‘made the eternal Jewish dream a very real possibility’.

Trump’s strong stand in support of the Jewish claim to Jerusalem and the West Bank (Biblically known as Judea and Samaria) has led the Sanhedrin to the belief that he could also support full Israeli rights to the Temple Mount.

The optimism of the Sanhedrin is palpable. Rabbi Weiss explains:  “We are poised to rebuild the Temple. 

Mt. Moriah – The Temple Mount

Sitting atop Mount Moriah today is the Temple Mount, a 37-acre tract of land where Solomon’s Temple once stood.  Revelation 11 shows that Israel will have a temple there during the Tribulation. The temple will be rebuilt in the first half of the Tribulation as part of Israel’s agreement with Antichrist.

Once Israel’s Temple is constructed, Israel will begin to offer animal sacrifices as they did in the time of Christ. This will take place during the first half of the Tribulation, during the time of the ministry of the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11:3-14) under the treaty between Israel and Antichrist (Dan. 9:27).

God’s Two Witnesses – Teaching in the Temple

While Revelation 11 begins with the prophecy of the Temple (vs. 1-2), the rest of the chapter describes the ministry of Moses and Elijah who return to teach Israel and call them back to God (vs. 3-14). After the Rapture, God sends His 2-Witnesses to teach Israel the true purpose of the Temple and the purpose of bloody temple sacrifices. The sacrificial system pictures Jesus, Israel’s Messiah, the Lamb of God.

Their teaching over the first three and a half years of the Tribulation will have a profound spiritual impact on Israel and the world. Israel’s two greatest teachers will call Israel to repentance and stir the greatest revival in Israel’s history.

Measure the Temple Not the Mosque

In the Revelation 11 prophecy about the future Tribulation Temple, John is told to “MEASURE three things:

1. Measure the Temple – The Temple edifice

2. Measure the Altar “Altar” here refers to the large brazen altar and the area where the animal sacrifices are offered by the priests.

3. Measure those who worship there – In Israel’s previous temples, this is a reference to the “court of the women” (see diagram) where both men and women gathered to observe the sacrificial ceremonies.

The Tribulation Temple on the Temple Mount and the outside altar area are to be literally measured whereas the presence of the worshipers is merely to be noticed and recorded.

The ancient measuring device John used was the stalk of a reed like plant (“rod”) that grew in the Jordan Valley to a height of fifteen to twenty feet. The stalks were long and lightweight and ideal for use as measuring rods.

Rejection of Islam on the Temple Mount

The act of measuring reveals an important distinction. It distinguishes between the portion God recognizes (the temple, altar, and worshipers) versus the portion God rejects called the “outer court,

exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles

The outer court is called the “Court of the Gentiles” and is a reference to Islam’s control over the Temple Mount today. Satan has deceived Muslims into capturing the Temple Mount who regard it as their third most holy site after Mecca and Medina.

On the Mount (Mount Moriah) sits both the Dome of the Rock, directly over the location of Israel’s former Temple and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. God’s message concerning their stranglehold on Israel’s holiest site is that their days are numbered. From the following diagram, you can see how the “Court of the Gentiles” could easily overlap into Islam’s Dome of the Rock area precisely fulfilling this prophecy.

Say what? Islam has No Rights to the Temple Mount?

Over the last 5 years, the UN has issued multiple claims stating that Israel has no rights to the Temple Mount. In this prophecy, God clears up the controversy and issues a 4-fold proclamation stating Islam has no rights to the Temple Mount (vs. 2):

(1) John is told not to measure the Court of the Gentiles.

(2) It is to be left out because it is cast out and rejected by God.

       Literally the Greek text says the court, the outer one of the temple,          cast without and do not measure.”

(3) God has rejected the Islamic interlopers who usurped the Temple Mount and captured it in 700 AD. They are rejected because their blasphemous religion rejects the Son of God and follows the false god Allah. Islam has no legitimate historic rights to the Temple Mount or Jerusalem and now they are told by God they must share it with Israel’s coming Tribulation Temple.

Muslims Praying on the Temple Mount

Palestinian Muslim worshippers attend the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan outside theDome of the Rock at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on June 2, 2017.

Conclusion

The Hebrew prophets proclaimed that in the last days, the exiles of Israel would return to the Promised Land and that the Temple would be rebuilt.  “Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.”  (Ezekiel 37:28)

The Apostle John prophesied that Israel would have a sharing relationship with heathen Gentiles and would be forced to share the Temple Mount during the Tribulation. Israel and Islam, sharing the Temple Mount is now a reality and these phenomenal end-time events are unfolding before our very eyes!

The False Sign of September 23, 2017

The False Sign of September 23, 2017

Prophecy’s latest Hype!

New Signs In The Sky Worry Christians Who Fear That The Tribulation Period May Begin On September 23, 2017

Is This True?

Will the Tribulation begin on September 23, 2017 when we see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it?

Before I answer, let me remind you that all too often, mysterious theories emerge that grab the attention of prophecy students. In many cases, well meaning believers get caught up in the hype and are let down. That was the case in 1988 with “88 Reasons why the Rapture will be in 88” by Edgar C. Whisenant. It happened again in 2010 with the followers of Harold Camping and again with the four lunar eclipses during 2014–2015 that caused many people to anticipate the Lord’s return. Of course this did not happen. Now it’s happening again from a misleading interpretation of Revelation 12… and it’s gaining traction.

Each time these date speculations occur, they end up giving Bible prophecy a bad reputation and a black eye. Now, with the popularity of YouTube, it’s much easier to propagate these ideas so they quickly take on a life of their own. Sadly, unsuspecting prophecy students tend to swallow it hook, line and sinker. So, just as I taught about each of those previous events, be aware of fanciful books and slick calculations that take ten wise men to debunk.

What’s All the Rage?

The prophecy blogosphere is abuzz about a supposed event of great prophetic significance on September 23 of this year. Many videos on the internet are promoting this. On this date, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (the virgin), along with the moon near Virgo’s feet. Additionally, Jupiter will be in Virgo, while the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury will be above and to the right of Virgo in the constellation Leo. Teachers are falsely claiming that this is a rare event (allegedly once in 7,000 years) and that it supposedly is a fulfillment of a sign in Revelation 12 to let us know the Lord is coming soon.

Revelation 12:1–2 (ESV) reads: And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.

Signs from Virgo in the Sky?

So we have here a woman (Virgo) in the sky (heaven), along with the sun, and the moon at her feet. What about the 12 stars? Virtually all the websites promoting this prophetic sign state that there are nine stars in Leo, but with the addition of the three planets (which appear as bright stars), there will be 12 stars. Since Leo is to the upper right of Virgo’s head, one might see this as a crown of 12 stars thus fulfilling the sign described in Revelation 12, “and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Did you get that?

Scientific answers from “Answers in Genesis”

“Since the claim that Leo has nine stars is false, the assertion that the addition of the three planets brings the total number of stars in Leo to 12 is false too. And how rare is this occurrence, to have these additional three planets in Leo at the same time that Jupiter is in Virgo? It isn’t that common, but according to astronomy scholars it’s happened many times over the past 7,000 years, so the claim that this unusual event is so rare is false too. And how do we know that Jupiter is supposed to represent the child in Revelation 12? There is no evidence for that either. Instead, these are mere assertions and rumors someone has made with others repeating the false claims.” (www.answersingenesis.org)

What Does Revelation 12 mean?

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed studying Revelation 12 and have had the privelge of teaching it a number of times. It happens to be one of my favorite chapters and provides a unique perspective on the interaction between Satan and Israel, Satan and our world and Satan’s activities during the Tribulation Period. The language and context of Revelation 12 is to be taken symbolically not literally.

The woman is Israel and the dragon is Satan. The woman with the sun, moon and 12 stars represents the 12 tribes of Israel and is taken from Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9,

9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”

The “woman with child” is a depiction of Israel who longed for the appearance of their Messiah. The Dragon in front of the woman portrays how Satan sought to destroy the Jewish people throughout the Old Testament in order to destroy the coming Messiah. The language used is never meant to be taken as a literal constellation. Nor does it ever tell us to be looking for it as a special sign-constellation announcing the soon return of the Lord in the end times. That is pure fantasy!

Conclusion… Are You Ready?

What sort of prophetic event is this sign supposed to usher in? Clearly, most people promoting this have in mind the Lord’s return. Some explicitly state this, but others, mindful of the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:36 are hesitant to make that claim, though their implication is clear enough.

These types of claims have been made many times before. I suspect that the same will be true on September 23 this year. The Tribulation will not begin on September 23, 2017, when we all see the constellation Virgo with the sun rising directly behind it. People who get excited about these supposed signs miss the point that Jesus made in Matthew 24:42

Instead of setting dates, we ought to be ready for His return at any moment. Are you ready?