Many people still believe that the rapture can happen anytime. Without warning. It can happen any time. Any time after all the prophesies are fulfilled!

Consider these scriptures that all describe nearly the identical event. The scriptures are found in the old testament three of the gospels. Acts and Revelations. After studying all of them, it became apparent that the events spoken of in Mathew chapter 24 and  25  are chronological. They contradict the misconceptions that the rapture will be a mysterious event that only those that have gone in it will actually be aware that it has indeed occurred. These scriptures also debunks the notion that this event will happen out of the blue with little or no warning. The warning signs will be so dramatic, no one will miss this once in a lifetime event.

In Thessalonians, Paul has something to say about the thief in the night: Watch the verbiage and how consistent these scriptures are.

1Thessalonians 5:1-4 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. But you, brothers, and sisters, are NOT in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.  Why would Paul equate the thief in the night with being in darkness?

Mathew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Was Noah caught off guard? NO! Only the ones perishing were caught off guard and left behind. The perishing world misinterpreted or ignored the signs. The believers(only eight people) did not miss the event or wonder what happened. The unbelievers were drowned with no opportunity to escape. Noah, his family and the animals were rescued. The opportunity came to those who were prepared and obedient to God's words.

What then are the signs of His coming?

What should we be looking for? Many prophesies have to be fulfilled prior to this rapture event. Until they are fulfilled, the rapture will NOT happen. Consider what Jesus said: The return of the son of man will be like as in the days of Noah. None of this caught Noah and his family off guard. This description is found in all these scriptures. Starting with the old testament, then the gospels and new testament and finally in the book of revelations.

Notice that before the event is tribulation, trials, persecution.  After the event is Judgement and punishment upon the world. Being left behind is not God's plan.

Mark 13:23 Joel 3:14-15, Joel 2: 28-31, Acts 2:14-16, Mathew 24:29-31, Luke 21:25-28, Revelations 6:12-17 Revelations 7: 1-8 Revelations 7:13-15 Revelations 7:9 Revelations 8: 12    

 

First the old testament

Joel 2:30-31 And I will show wonders in the heavens(stars) 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 great and the terrible day of the LORD .

Isaiah 13  For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth,and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will  cause the arrogance of the proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. (Judgement).

The day of the Lord or the great and terrible day of the Lord are one in the same. How can one day be both great and terrible? Depends on which side of that day you are on. For Noah and his family , that day was great. They were safely hidden by God in side the ark.  They followed the Lord in what they were shown and were rescued for it. Everyone else, it was a terrible day.

What are these days about?

Joel 3: 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

 

Gospels and confirmed by Peter in Acts.

 

Luke 21: 25-28 “And there shall be signs in the  sun, and in the moon, and in the  stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift your heads; for your redemption draws near.  Let it be a great day. Get in the ark!

Mark 13: 24-16 “But in those days, following that distress, “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Mathew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the distress of those days“ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Acts 2: 14-16Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions,your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, 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 glorious day of the Lord.

Notice that Peter confirms part of the prophesy from Joel as having happened that day. Well obviously He was referencing the Spirit falling upon people not the sun.moon and stars.

Before the event Distress. During the event sun moon and stars. The day of the Lord Great for some not for others!

 

Book of Revelations

 

Revelations 6:12-13 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, Rapture!

Revelations 8: 12-13 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” Rapture

We will make reference to this later. It is with amazing clarity that Jesus himself explains the rapture event.

There are 3 main events that occur prior to the rapture that everyone, believers and non- believers, will see.

  1. There will be signs in the sun. The result will be the  darkening of the Sun
  2. The moon will not give its light.
  3. The power of the heavens will be shaken. Indicates the stars will be moved from their current place. Some even falling to earth.

These three will be impossible to miss! Misinterpret yes. Just like in the days of Noah. However no one will miss them and when they end, everyone will know why.

Mathew becomes explicit as to what this means for the believer and the unbeliever.

 

What insight does the bible give us into the rapture

Mathew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the distress of those days“ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

When the sun is darkened, it begins and does not end until a sign appears in the sky. We do not know how long this will last. It is enough of a concern that Jesus asked us to pray that this

(sun moon stars event) does not happen in winter. How can any believer that reads these scriptures miss this event. We are not darkened.

Mathew 24:30 . The sign of the son of man will appear in Heaven. There is no indication that unbelievers will see this sign or understand it.

Mathew 24:30  And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

This is really quite simple. Jesus said that it will be just as in the days of Noah. The unbelievers are continuing life while for over 100 years Noah and His family are building the Ark. Had they understood what was coming, I am sure they would have asked to enter the Ark with Noah. The door was shut and the rain began. It is then that they realized they had NO escape. They may have climbed mountains to avoid the deluge but to no avail. Every mountain was completely covered in the flood. When they see the son of man coming it will be too late and that is why I believe they are mourning. This indicates two things.

Mathew 24:30

  1. At this point they recognized who Jesus was and that the proverbial door is shut.
  2. They recognized the fate they chose and were mourning over it.

 

First event He is gathering select people.

Mathew 24:31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Note: Allot of people thought this was the second coming. The second coming is with ALL His angels and He sets up His thrown in Jerusalem. After this Jesus Describes in great detail 3 of the rapture parables to show us  what they will look like.

Mathew 24:39 That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Mathew 25:1  “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

This story continues until verse 13

Mathew 15:14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

This parable continues to verse 30.

Mathew 24 31  Mathew 24 39 Mathew 25:1  They are welcomed into the marriage supper of the Lamb. (All by Faith)

Acts 1:3 He(Jesus) appeared to them(as a group) over forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God. After this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Acts1:11 Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Is it coincidence that The rains fell for forty days and Jesus appeared to them for forty days.?

Our bodies will be changed in an instant. But the whole event, expect around forty days. The dead are raised first. Remember what happened when Jesus was raised from the dead.

Mathew 27:52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

1 Corinthians 15:42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 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.

1 Corinthians 15:52
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Revelations 8: 12-13 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet

The event should last around forty days. Even the parable concerning the wise and foolish virgins dispels this thought that the rapture is quick and silent. . The wise were taken into the banqueting room for the wedding feast. The foolish came later where Jesus met them at the door. This event will coincide with a trumpet blast.

Mathew 24:11 Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us! Depart from me for I do not know you.

Daniel 12:11-12 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination  that causes desolation is set up, there will be1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days. (45 more days).

Second coming event he is gathering Nations for judgement.

Mathew 25: 31 “When they see the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

For the rapture                                                                                                                                                 Second coming

Jesus talks about only 4 angels.                                                                                                                       all of his angels

People being resurrected                                                                                                                                  People come back with Jesus

The world is out of control                                                                                                                                Jesus rules with an iron scepter

 

Where does this put us in the timeline?

 

We know that the Sixth Seal and the fourth Trumpet are the rapture events recorded in Revelations

That would mean we will see or live through Seal 1-5 and Trumpet 1-3

Where does that put us in the timeline of current events?

Prior to the rapture. You can determine if these prophesies have already or are currently unfolding.

Jeremiah  Jewish people return to their homeland

Rev 6:1  Seal # 1  White Horse Conquering

Rev 6:3 Seal # 2   Red Horse Wars and peace removed from the earth

Rev 6:5 Seal #3   Black horse Runaway inflation

Rev 6:7 Seal # 4   Pale Horse wars, pandemics, death by war pestilences famine and wild animals. 25% of the world dies.

Rev 6:9 Seal # 5   Counting of the Martyrs

Rev 8:7 Trumpet # 1 hail fire and blood

Rev 8:8 Trumpet # 2 Something like a mountain thrown into the sea

Rev 8:10-11  Trumpet # 3 great star fell into the sea the star is called wormwood See Revelations 9 1-5 refers to a star that HAD fallen.

Mark 13:22 False Christs

Mark 13:7 Wars and rumors of wars

Mark 13:8  Famines and Earthquakes in various places

Mathew 24:21 Affliction greater than ever seen before

Daniel 11:31 Animal Sacrifices return to Jerusalem

Daniel 11:31 Mathew 24:15 The abomination causing desolation is set up where it ought not to be.

Daniel 12:11 From the time the daily sacrifice is stopped and the abomination that causes desolation is set up (1290) days

Daniel 12:11 Blessed are they that make it to the 1335 day (45 days more).

Mark 12:12 Betrayal within families (This is the Baptism of FIRE)

False Prophets performing miraculous signs to deceive even the elect.

Daniel 12:4 The mystery of these events is revealed.

Clearly we are going through at least part of the tribulation. About the sun. moon and stars event. Jesus tells us multiple things.

  1. These times will become so difficult that people will be dying from fear. He also asks us to pray that this sun, moon and stars event doesn't occur in winter . Imagine the world cast into darkness(or at least darker) . The power of the sun to warm the earth is  lessened by 1/3. Temperatures will plummet. Jesus said if He had not shortened those days, no flesh would survive.

 

What happens during and after the Rapture?

 

Mathew 24:30 Jesus appears on the clouds

Mathew 24: 30 The nations mourn. Their fate is now sealed

Mathew 24:40-41 One taken another left. Multiple examples of people being left behind. Even those who claim to be waiting for Him.Revelations 7:9 After this (after the sixth seal but before the seventh seal) I looked and there (in heaven) before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation tribe. People and language, standing before the thrown and before the lamb. They were wearing white robes, Then one of the elders (24 elders in God’s throne room) asked me, “These in white robes-who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And He said. “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation. they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.

They are not the 144,000 Jews because they can be counted. It's us!

Mathew 24:31 Revelations 8: 12-13 The Trumpet is sounded.

Revelations 8:1 Seal # 7 Wrath begins Silence in heaven for about half an hour. Wrath of God

Revelations 9:12 Part of fifth trumpet Woe #1                                                       Wrath of God

Revelations 11:14 Woe # 2 part of the sixth trumpet                                             Wrath of God

Revelations 7:17 Tears are forever wiped away.

Revelations 9 1-5 A star that Had fallen is now given the keys to the shaft of the abyss releasing locusts and more to hurt people.

Wrath of God

 

Now as you read the scriptures surrounding the sun moon and stars event, you will know where you are in time.

For me the final season began Feb 2014. A miraculous event with absolute accuracy was demonstrated. Then the Lord spoke to me that it indicated the final season has begun. There are witnesses to this and confirmations.

 

Where are the Jewish people during this time?

 

This is the biblical timeline of the Jewish Nation going into the Great White throne judgement.

  1. The Jews rejected the Messiah sent to them.
  2. The Jews killed the Messiah
  3. Their destruction is predicted.
  4. The temple is destroyed and Jews scattered throughout the world
  5. The nation of Israel is restored from throughout the world.
  6. They restore the temple and begin daily sacrifices
  7. The man of lawlessness appears.
  8. He abolishes the daily sacrifices and sets up the abomination of desolation where it ought not to be for 1290 days.

 

2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident I say and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord

John 14:2
My Father’s House has many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you.

So, dying takes you from your body. We are present with Him (Jesus). He is with the Father in Heaven. So, we are there too waiting for our physical bodies to be resurrected.

What will His appearing look like?

Romans 6:5
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Like Him Imperishable walking through walls (Luke 24:36) Not restricted by physical laws. He also ate with them. (Luke24:43) His disciples recognized Him and understood their relationship to him.

What is the Resurrected body like?

1 Corinthians 15:42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 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.

1 Corinthians 15:52
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Paul is referring to himself and expecting Himself to be changed into the resurrected believer.

Do all believers participate in the 1st resurrection?

 

The White Horse of conquest seal number one,

The red horse removes peace seal number two,

The Black horse of hyper inflation seal number three,

The Pale horse of death through famine plague and wild beasts, seal number four,

Seal number five the remainder of those slain for the gospel has come in,

Seal number six great earthquake. The sun turned to sackcloth the moon to blood, stars fall from heaven.

Ships from the western coast lands (possibly US and Canada?) oppose him. Out of fear he returns and shows favor to those who forsake the holy covenant. Ezekiel 37:26 God creates a covenant of peace. Israel forsakes God altogether.

  1. 1290 days the Abomination of desolation is set up
  2. Those in Judea warned to flee to the mountains
  3. told to pray this will not happen in winter.
  4. Blessings for those who make it to 1335 days or 45 days past the 1290th day. (remember Noah 47 days total)
  5. False prophets and false messiahs appear during this time.
  6. While this is going on the sun will be darkened the moon not give it's light; stars will fall from the sky and heavenly bodies will be shaken.
  7. Rapture just after The signs in sun moon and heavens.

Somewhere between the daily sacrifices being made and the 1335 day the sun moon and stars event will occur. Immediately after the sun moon and stars event, we will see the sign of the son of man. It appears only believers will recognize this however the rest of the world will recognize the son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. The son of man coming is a separate event from the sign of his coming.

In all of this, the Nation of Israel appears to be in Chaos.  Anarchy plays a huge role in their future with 144,000 getting saved.

Revelation 6-12&13 describe again the darkening of the sun moon and chaos in the heavens. It is referred to as the sixth seal. Verse 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and the rocks of the mountains:

The Kings and everyone on earth understood what was happening and why.

There is so much more to this. This is scratching the surface of this event. Understanding that the event of the sun moon and stars is preceding the rapture has made the other events clear.

After these events the seventh seal is opened there is silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelations 8:1 then the rest of the tribulation period occurs. This part is referred to as wrath or punishment.

This is why it says Blessed are those that participate in the first resurrection for the second death has no power over them.  Be ready.