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Raptured Saints

  1. 1. Raptured Saints Good News Witness
  2. 2. Instant Glorification <ul><li>1 Cor. 15:51-52, “Listen, I tell you a mystery ; we will not all sleep, but we will be changed- in a flash , in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet . For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable , and we will be changed .” </li></ul><ul><li>Matt. 24:31, “and he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call , and they will gather his elect .” (at 2 nd Coming of Christ). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Silence in Heaven <ul><li>Rev. 8:1, “When he opened the seventh seal , there was silence in heaven for about half an hour .” </li></ul><ul><li>If this is a prophetic ½ hour where 1 hour equals 1/24 of a year, then 1/48 is around 8.333 days literally. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Silence + Judgment <ul><li>1 Cor. 3:12-15, “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw; his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light . It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives , he will receive his reward . If it is burned up, he himself will be saved , but only as one escaping through the flames .” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our Motives Judged <ul><li>1 Cor. 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes . He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness, and he will expose the thoughts and attitudes of men’s hearts . At that time each will receive his praise from God.” </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike White Throne judgment, where actions are judged. (Rev. 21:11-15.) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Heavenly Raiment <ul><li>Rev. 19:7b-8, “ the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given for her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints .)” </li></ul><ul><li>Rev. 21:2, “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband .” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Different Glories <ul><li>1 Cor. 15:39-42, “All flesh is not the same : Men have one kind of flesh, animals another…There are also heavenly bodies…the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another . The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. So it will be with the resurrection of the dead.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Silence on Earth <ul><li>Zeph. 1:7, “ Be silent before the Sovereign Lord, for the day of the Lord is near .” </li></ul><ul><li>Hab. 2:20, “But the Lord is in his holy temple ; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Rev. 6:16- Christ is on Zion.) </li></ul><ul><li>Zech. 2:13, “ Be still before the Lord all mankind , because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling .” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Silence at 2 nd Coming <ul><li>Ps. 76:8-9, “ From heaven you pronounced judgment and the land feared and was quiet - when you, O God, rose up to judge , to save all the afflicted of the land.” (Rev. 18:2- “ Fallen, Fallen is Babylon the Great !) </li></ul><ul><li>Amos 8:3, “In that day, declares the Sovereign Lord, the songs in the temple will turn to wailing . Many bodies-flung everywhere! Silence!” </li></ul>
  10. 10. 30-Day Discrepancy <ul><li>Dan. 12:11, “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days . </li></ul><ul><li>Rev. 11:2, “They will trample the holy city for 42 months .” </li></ul><ul><li>Rev. 13:5 discusses the Beast given authority for 42 months or 1,260 days. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Gentile vs Jewish View <ul><li>Daniel tells the end times from Jewish perspective, where the majority of the Jews are left until the end of tribulation. </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation gives the end times view from a Gentile perspective, where the church is raptured 30 days prior to the end of tribulation, at the second coming of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>A Jewish year may be shorter, but a Jewish day is the same as a Gentile one. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 30-day Window <ul><li>Half hour of silence= 8.333 days. </li></ul><ul><li>Hour of testing= 16.666 days, during which the bowl judgments are being unleashed. </li></ul><ul><li>5 days left for good news witness and end times revival. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Philadelphia Spared <ul><li>Rev. 3:10, “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently , I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth .” </li></ul>
  14. 14. The “Hour” <ul><li>Rev. 14:7, “He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come.’” </li></ul><ul><li>Rev. 18:17, “In one hour , such great wealth has been brought to ruin !” </li></ul><ul><li>Rev 18:19b, “ In one hour she has been brought to ruin ! Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice saints, and apostles, and prophets! God has judged her …” </li></ul>
  15. 15. 2,300 Evenings/Mornings <ul><li>Dan. 8:13-14, “Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, ‘How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled- the vision concerning the daily sacrifice , the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot ?’ He said to me, ‘It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings ; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated .’” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Bible Prophecy <ul><li>29-30% of the Bible involves prophecy. </li></ul><ul><li>Certainly this can and will be known. God would not want such a large portion of His Word unknowable and so controversial. </li></ul><ul><li>Isa. 46:10, “I will make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dan. 2:28, “But there is a God who reveals mysteries.” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Prophecy Unsealed <ul><li>Dan. 8:26, “ The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision , for it concerns the distant future .” (keep secret until end time) </li></ul><ul><li>Am. 3:7, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets .” (See Dan. 9:2.) </li></ul><ul><li>Jn. 16:13b, “will speak only what he hears and he will tell you what is yet to come .” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Locusts <ul><li>Joel 2:3-6, “ Before them fire devours , behind them a flame blazes . Before them the land is like the garden of Eden , behind them a desert waste- nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses ; they gallop along like cavalry . With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops , like a crackling fire consuming stubble , like a mighty army drawn for battle.” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Future Eden <ul><li>Isa. 51:3, “The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden , her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ezek. 36:35, “ This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden ; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” </li></ul>
  20. 20. God Leads Locusts <ul><li>Joel 2:10, “ Before them the earth shakes , the sky trembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord thunders at the head of his army.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. Nations in Anguish <ul><li>Joel 2:6, “At the sight of them , nations are in anguish ; every face turns pale . </li></ul><ul><li>Joel 2:12, “ Even now , declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning .” </li></ul><ul><li>Despite the locusts, the survivors of tribulation are still spared and called to repent and return to God (End times Revival occurs in this setting.) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Tribulation Survivors <ul><li>Isa. 24:6, “Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left .” </li></ul><ul><li>Gen. 8:21b, “ Never again will I destroy all living creatures , as I have done.” </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Deliverance Call <ul><li>Joel 2:32, “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance as the Lord has said among the survivors whom the Lord calls .” </li></ul>
  24. 24. Great yet Dreadful <ul><li>Psalms 14:5-7, “There they are, overwhelmed with dread , for God is present in the company of the righteous . You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion ! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!” </li></ul>
  25. 25. Our Glory! <ul><li>Colossians 3:4, “When Christ, who is your life appears then you will appear with him in glory ”. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 1:5, “who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time ”. </li></ul><ul><li>1 John 3:2, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known, but we know that when he appears , we shall be like him , for we shall see him as he is”. </li></ul><ul><li>Rom. 8:18,1 Cor. 1:8, Phil. 1:10, and Phil. 2:16. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Our Crown <ul><li>1 Thess. 2:19, “For what is our hope, our joy, and the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes”. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Tim. 4:8, “Now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness , which the Lord the righteous judge, will award to me on that day- and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his coming . </li></ul>
  27. 27. Raptured Saints-God’s Arm <ul><li>Isaiah 51:9 states, “ Awake, awake ! Cloth yourself with strength, O arm of the Lord . Awake as in days gone by; as in generations of old ”. </li></ul><ul><li>The saints awake at the rapture and cloth themselves with glorious adornment. The “ generations of old ” are the raptured saints from past generations. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Christ-God’s Arm <ul><li>The “ arm of God ” is referenced many times throughout scriptures in referencing the rescuing of the Israelites from the Egyptians (see Exodus 6:6, 15:16, Num. 11:23, Deut. 4:34, 5:15, 7:19, 11:2, and 26:8 and 2 Kings 17:36). </li></ul><ul><li>The arm of God did create the heavens and the earth , as referenced in Isaiah 59:16 and 63:5. </li></ul><ul><li>But “the arm of God”, as noted many end times references include the glorified saints , who are raptured. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Arm Laid Bare <ul><li>Isaiah 52:10 states, “The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God .” </li></ul><ul><li>Ezekiel 38:16b states, “so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.” </li></ul>
  30. 30. God’s Arm Rules <ul><li>Isa. 40:10, “See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power , and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him , and his recompense accompanies him.” </li></ul><ul><li>Isa. 51:5, “ My righteousness draws near speedily , my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations .” </li></ul><ul><li>Ezek. 20:33, “I will rule over you with an outstretched arm .” </li></ul>
  31. 31. Good Tidings <ul><li>Isaiah 40:9-10 states, “ You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain . You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem , lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ See the Sovereign Lord comes with power and his arm rules for him. See his reward is with him and his recompense accompanies him”. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Zion is Elevated <ul><li>Isaiah 2:2 states, “In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief of among the mountains ; it will be raised above the hills and all nations will stream to it”. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 3:5-6 states, “ Every valley shall be filled in , every mountain and hill made low . The crooked roads shall become straight... And all mankind will see God’s salvation .” </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Good News <ul><li>Nahum 1:15 states, “Look, there on the mountains the feet of one who brings good news , who proclaims peace ! Celebrate your festivals , O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed” </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 52:7 states, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news , who proclaim peace, who bring good tiding, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, your God reigns!” </li></ul>
  34. 34. They heard-1 st Coming <ul><li>Romans 10:13-18, “ For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved . How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard ? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent ? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! But not all the Israelites accepted the good news, for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed their message .’ Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message; and the message is heard through the word of Christ . But I ask: ‘ Did they not hear?’ Of course they did; their voice has gone out into all the earth , their words to the end of the earth .” </li></ul>
  35. 35. Few Believed-1 st Coming <ul><li>Isaiah 53:1, “ Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed ?” </li></ul><ul><li>The whole 53rd chapter of Isaiah addresses the rejection. Isaiah was bleeding out the disheartening aspects of this rejection. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Different Scenario-2 nd Coming <ul><li>Romans 15:21, “ Rather ; as it is written: ‘ Those who were not told about him will see , and those who have not heard will understand ’”. </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 52:15, “So will he sprinkle many nations , and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told , they will see , and what they have not heard , they will understand .” </li></ul>
  37. 37. Famine of Hearing <ul><li>Amos 8:11, “ The days are coming declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘When I will send a famine through the land …a famine of hearing of the words of the Lord .’” </li></ul><ul><li>2 Tim. 4:3-4, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine . Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear . They will turn away from truth and turn aside to myths .” </li></ul>
  38. 38. Enemy at Armageddon. <ul><li>Zechariah 14:16-17, “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King , the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King , the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.” </li></ul><ul><li>Joel 3:14, “the valley of decision ”. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Our New Name <ul><li>Obadiah 21 (KJV), “ Delivers who will go back and forth on Zion saviors .” The word use for “saviors” is “yacha”, which means “to bring salvation ”. </li></ul><ul><li>We indeed are ministers of the message of salvation! </li></ul>
  40. 40. Capitalized Name <ul><li>Isaiah 62:11-12, “The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth : ‘Say to the Daughter of Zion , see your Savior comes ! See, his reward is with him , and his recompense accompanies him . They will be called the Holy People , the Redeemed of the Lord ; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.” (Capitalization=Glorification.) </li></ul>
  41. 41. Banners <ul><li>Isaiah 13:2-3 states, “ Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles . I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath”. </li></ul>
  42. 42. We Move Speedily <ul><li>Isaiah 5:26-27 states, “ He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. They come swiftly and speedily ! Not one of them grows tired or stumbles , not one slumbers or sleeps ; not a belt is loosened at the waist, not a sandal thong is broken.” (Called back from witnessing.) </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength . They will soar on wings like eagles… run and not grow weary , they will walk and not be faint .” (glorified=supernatural.) </li></ul>
  43. 43. End of Earth-Message <ul><li>Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come .” </li></ul><ul><li>Not fulfilled until after this great end times revival with the witness of the raptured saints. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Real Spiritual Outpouring <ul><li>Joel 2:28-31, “ And afterward , I will pour out my Spirit on all people . Your sons and daughters will prophesy , your old men will dream dreams , your young men will see visions . Even on my servants, both men and women . I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” </li></ul>
  45. 45. Our Witness Continues We are indeed messengers of the final “good news” message and will continue to teach and rule.

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