I dedicate this article to the many who have not been exposed to the doctrine of the Rapture, and who for the first time are being presented with it. It can be a bit daunting, and I truly hope this very basic lexicon may be of assistance to you. My Goal is to make this as accessible as possible, because these events are very soon to happen, and we want you to join us in them.
Rapture– The swift catching away of God’s true Saints at the end of the church Age. The Apostle Paul is one of the clearest teachers of this expectation,
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. ( I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
The Great Tribulation- This is the teaching in the Bible that Mankind will undergo the most severe time of testing and even judgment ever in human history. Several things will be occurring simultaneously,
* Judgment will come upon the World for Sin- Jesus told us
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. ( Matthew 24:21-22)
All of the Prophets bore witness to it as well. Here is an example from Isaiah,
Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: ( Isaiah 2:10-12)
There are plenty of other names for this time, such as “The Day Of The LORD”, The Night, “Darkness”, the “Day of Vengeance”, and “The Time Of Jacob’s Trouble”.
We have a Righteous God, who utterly hates sin and evil, and will not overlook it. He will” by no means clear the guilty“, as He told Moses in Exodus 34.
There are only two options;
* He sent Jesus to suffer and die for the Sins of the Whole World.
* If you will not have Jesus, You must face God for your own sins.
The Great Tribulation is the time when God directly intervenes into Human affairs, and reveals his Righteous Wrath and Anger at the sins of the World. The Book of Revelation is the clearest picture of what the Tribulation will be like.
Daniel’s Seventieth Week- This phrase comes from the amazing time sensitive prophecy in Daniel 9, in which 540 years previous to Jesus coming, the Prophet Daniel was given the precise Date in which Jesus would present himself to the Jewish people, and be crucified.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. ( Daniel 9:24-27)
(Please LORD help me to make this plain and simple).
Daniel is praying in captivity, about the future of His people. They had been carried away to Babylon for their persistent sin, and The time had come for them to come back in the Land, the land God promised Abraham ,Isaac and Jacob forever. What would ultimately become of the people of God?
An angel, Gabriel, was sent with the answer,
70 weeks are determined upon your people, and the Holy City… Literally, “Seventy sevens…”… In other Words 490 years will be given to the people of Israel/Judah.
490 years to accomplish what?
To Finish the Transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
In other words , all of the purposes of God for Israel, will be accomplished within a 490 year period. All prophecy fulfilled, an end to their persistent breaches of faith, Atonement and reconciliation, recognition of the Messiah, and the inauguration of an Age of everlasting Righteousness.
The Stopwatch starts when the commandment comes to restore the (ruined city ) of Jerusalem.
69 weeks of years, (483 years after the decree)
Messiah the Prince arrives in Jerusalem …but is cut off…(not for himself but for the people)...
When Messiah was “cut off” at 483 years, the 490 year period was suspended. There still remains 7 years in which God will accomplish all of those things listed above in His people.
I will end this little lesson with three Greek Words to learn…
Apocalypse- An apocalypse refers to something that is suddenly revealed.The Last book of the Bible is referred to as the Apocalypse. The last thing the people of this earth are expecting ( for the most part) is the sudden appearance of Jesus Christ. They have no idea what is about to happen.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; ( 2 Thessalonians 1: 7-9)
The people who “know not God” are not going to be able to handle what is about to be revealed, (which is why we want to reach you), there is still time to get right with God!
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens 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 that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? ( Revelation 6: 15-17)
Parousia- The Parousia is the same event as the Apocalypse, only seen from a different perspective. To unbelievers, the second coming will be an Apocalypse, totally unepected an stunning, staggering and terrifying.
But to those who know Jesus, and have been reconciled to God through the death of Messiah on the cross, his second coming is a Parousia, a long anticipated bodily arrival. The King we have expected has come unto us… the promise is fulfilled, “I go to prepare a place for you but I am coming again to receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also…”. We knew He would come, we longed for Him to come!
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.( 2 Thessalonians 1:10)
Epiphany- Epiphany is a compound word, “Epi” and Phanos” It means “Shining above”. The Second Coming of Jesus is going to be an Epiphany for the World.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the (Epiphany) brightness of his coming: 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8)
I would love for this to be interactive, do any of you have any Rapture Words or Phrases you think would be beneficial? Keep in mind I am aiming at the uninitiated… Grace and Peace.