I was speaking with a dear friend who shared about the coming rapture of the church. I asked him how do you see the salvation of the Jews occurring in those days? His response was that if they have not accepted Jesus Christ as the son of God then they will endure the tribulation.
In speaking with Bill Salus who was a guest on my radio show concerning the rapture I intimated that I do not believe in the rapture of the church in the same way that Christianity has this understanding. Our show was not about the rapture, I avoided further dialog for that reason.
For two days I have inquired of my God, Father your entire word concerning your people declares that your hand is moving to both restore the Kingdom of Israel and to redeem your people. I consider that even among the disciples none had to fortuitousness of discussing a Christian church, all were addressing the restoration of Israel and the coming King of Israel. Israel at the time was under the scrutiny of yet another superpower. Their were no Baptist, Pentecostals, Catholics, etc, etc.
The verse in scripture whereby Yeshua says, Upon this rock I will build my church is the cornerstone of what Christianity announces the church and the construction thereof.
Matthew 16:18 I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
However, Yeshua says clearly that he has only come for the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15:24 These would not have been the pagans who were oppressing Israel to be sure. Jesus never stood before the pagan world stating or even declaring that he had come to establish a church. He never said to the Jews, I am doing away with all that you have believed in order to graft into the covenant made with Abraham, the gentiles.
And then we have the prophets who declared the following:
Zephaniah 3:8 "Therefore wait for me," says Yahweh, "until the day that I rise up to the prey, for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour on them my indignation, even all my fierce anger, for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
Isaiah 60:5 Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
Zechariah 8:7-8 Thus says Yahweh of Armies: "Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; and I will bring them, and they will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they will be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness."
In proper context all three verses are talking about Israel. Israel is mentioned approximately 2575 times throughout the scriptures. The word Christian is mentioned three times in the scriptures, never in the Old testament. The word itself is a transliteration. None of the Old Testament prophets declared that God would establish a people group separate from Jews that he would rapture away from harm.
Pre-tribulation rapture theology was developed in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby and the Plymouth Brethren, and popularized in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible
None of the disciples were taught that they would be taken to heaven but rather that Yeshua would return just as they saw in his ascension.These Jews were witness to the birth, life, death, and resurrected Messiah. Later, they would experience once again the coming of the presence of God in the Temple just as the Hebrews at Sinai experienced [Festival of Shavuot]. Again, the focus for much of what transpired was with Israel and God's people, the festivals wholeheartedly recalling time spent by God developing his revelation to the entire world through Israel. Every scripture verse presented above is written by their hand. The seven Biblical festivals mentioned in Leviticus 23 were mentioned, in deed commanded of, the assembly of Israel. Therefore we can clearly see that the father's of the first assembly would have been Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses was reconnecting their descendants to the FIRST and only word of YHWH.
Acts 1:10-11 While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, who also said, "You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky."
Again, the "two men" were addressing Jews. None of these Jews spoke of a rapture. This is a concept introduced by a Christian approximately 1800 years later who was taught replacement theology as a cornerstone of his biblical understanding.
Much of the Bible is focused on the nations directly related to the area of the Middle East. However, the term Middle East is born out of the fall/defeat of the Ottoman Empire. One article written by Karl Meyer, New York Times credits Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan as the person who coined the term
The Middle East just as was in the time of Nimrod, Assyria, Babylonia, Medo-Persian, Greek-Selucid, Rome-Byzantine and current Islamic time period the focus of much of the Biblical world. All having relationship to a little tiny plot of land forever called Israel.
The rapture phenom would have us believe that one day millions of Christians would return to the land of Israel with Jesus the Christ. God however says that the covenant promise would be forever with the Jews.
Isaiah 60:10 "Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you: for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor have I had mercy on you.
America is not readily pinpointed in the scriptures and nowhere in the Old Testament does any prophet at anytime talk about a greater assembly of Gentiles that would enter into a covenant relationship with God outside of Israel or in addition to Israel. The blessing was made to Jacob, God hated Esau nevertheless, both were Hebrews The Bible declares that we would be en grafted into the covenant promises made to his Chosen People. Our salvation was made possible with Israel as a result of their Jewish Messiah who would rule over the nations.
I just struggle with a church mindset that supersedes itself over what the Bible declares.
God will rapture the church while his chosen, whom he made enumerable promises to is left to be slaughtered? It just simply does not fit, the entire Biblical narrative! Personally, I think the church is about to experience Holocaust!
- Men are marrying men in the Christian nations
- Women are marrying women in the Christian nations
- Millions of children are murdered within the womb legally in the Christian nations
- The Christian nations are filled with pornography, sexual immorality, corruption, greed and fornication
- Children are rebellious to authority and history is no longer taught within most Christian nations
- Replacement Theology is present in virtually every Christian doctrine promoted and most Christian's don't know what it is.
- The Christian nations are divided
- The Christian nations are allowing Islamic principals to be mixed into the culture. Much of islam is preparing to wipe Israel off the map!
- The legal system or laws of men have stifled the laws of God within the Christian nations
- Drugs and pharmaceuticals are more prominent in the culture of Christian nations
- The family is broken in most Christian nations
- Divorce is better than 50% in most Christian nations
- God is mocked routinely within Christian nations
- God is coming to rapture the Christian church............
The Bible tells us that God will intervene stopping the destruction of Israel...He does not say that he will intervene and stop the destruction of Christianity.
Joel 3:16 Yahweh will roar from Zion, and thunder from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth will shake; but Yahweh will be a refuge to his people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel