The events of this opening video will happen! Please don’t scoff at them! This series of articles is a plea for people to accept Christ, the Messiah, as their Lord and Savior. The opening video clip comes from the “Left Behind” movie, but it is within the bounds of Holy Scripture. In the narrative of this article, repetition is used for reinforcement purposes.
It is during an otherwise uneventful flight across the Atlantic Ocean, that all children are suddenly missing from an airliner that is flying at “flight level three seven zero,” which is approximately thirty-seven thousand feet in the air. Not only are some adults missing, their clothes and childrens’ toys remain in empty seats. The pilot decides to make a left hand, “one hundred eighty degree turn,” to go back to their home airport, only to find more chaos; more people missing! The common bond that is shared by those whom are missing, “all around the world,” is that they are either small children, or adults whom had previously made decisions to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Christ, through the rapture, had suddenly taken those saints of God away from earth, so that they would not have to endure the “soon to follow” judgments of God on a sinful world in a seven-year period of time that is known as the tribulation. (Rapture: English; Harpazo: Greek; Rapio: Latin). The rapture can be explained as being, “the catching up,” or “the snatching away.” The “catching up” of God’s people has been used by God in the past for His purposes, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. We will discuss those situations in future articles.
The following passages of scripture explain that which happens when the rapture takes place.
John 14:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
52 in a moment, 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.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
In this article, we will touch on four times of eschatology. We will briefly discuss the rapture, the tribulation, the millennium and the eternal state. We are now going to “jump forward,” as we continue our study of “To Armageddon,” which falls in line with our overall study of “The Jewish Prophets Of Israel.” All of our teaching videos are important for us in attaining a proper understanding of Eschatology/last things/end times studies. We will study end times events that happen to those whom are left behind on earth, after not being caught up in the rapture. We will study the rapture of the church, the tribulation, and the second coming of Christ to earth; Christ’s second coming will take place at the battle of Armageddon.” We will continue our study of the millennium and the eternal state, which will follow the Battle of Armageddon, in order. This, “To Armageddon Study,” will address those things which will occur on earth, up until the time that Christ returns to earth from the marriage of the Lamb with His bride, the church. The marriage will just have taken place in the third heaven, where the New Testament raptured and resurrected believers in Christ join in spiritual marriage with Christ. The bride will be the “bride of all brides.” Christ,the bridegroom, will be the bridegroom of all bridegrooms. Angels will accompany Christ and His bride to earth. At that point in time, we will “go forward” in our study, from the Battle of Armageddon to the Kingdom Age (millennium), which will be followed by the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem. We will study the scriptures that state the purpose for the tribulation as being God’s drawing of unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ, as well as being God’s judgment on sin. There is no purpose for “the bride of Christ” to be among the “earth dwellers,” whom will come under the judgments of God. In essence, the inspired Word that was penned by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:25, “husbands love your wives,” will not also tell us that Christ will leave His bride on earth to suffer from the judgments of God that He, personally, will pour out on the earth. Now! On to our study.
In the following video, Dr.Jimmy DeYoung discusses the book of Revelation, with an awareness of the absence of the “church” from Revelation 3:22 through Revelation 22:16. The obvious reason for such an omission of the church in most of Revelation is that the born again body of believers in Christ (the church), had been caught up to the third heaven, and is not present on earth during the judgments of God that will be poured out on the earth, and which will affect “those whom dwell on the earth,” (Revelation 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8).
From Revelation 4:1, though the end of the Book of Revelation, Israel is mentioned three times (7:4, 12:1, and 22:12). Those whom are present with Christ during the millennium are known as: “priests and kings of God and of Christ” (20:6), and “saints” (20:9). During the eternal state, those whom are present are said to be: “mankind” (21:3); “people” (of God) (21:3);”those whom are saved” (21:24); and “servants”(believers in Christ)(22:2). Since there is no identity of those in the eternal state as being either, Jew or Christian, it is easy to see that all whom go from the millennium into the eternal state are “one in Christ,” (Gal 3:28).
Galatians 3:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
In Rev 22:16, the unusual term “I Jesus” is used to indicate that the Lord Jesus Christ had sent His angel to testify the truth of this book to John, and to deliver the revelation to the churches. (Dr. John Walvoord, Commentary on Revelation). The context of this verse is that its truth was that which was revealed to the Apostle John, in Chapters 1-3 of Revelation, by Christ. The seven churches of Asia minor had the Revelation provided to them by John (Rev 1:4). As with any church, not all of its attendees had yet come to saving faith in Christ. The revelation was given to those churches as encouragement for their unsaved people to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. Notice, also, that among the churches that received the revelation, the church at Rome was not among them. So, really, how significant was the Roman church?
The truth, of the timing of John’s giving the Revelation to the churches, is that Christ will catch up His saints prior to the tribulation, and that the tribulation will precede the millennium. Therefore, the placing of “church” in Rev 22:16 indicates that “the church” is not present during the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem. Instead, 22:16 is a “look back” to Chapters 1-3. (Dr. John W. Walvoord, Commentary; Dr. Daniel D. Green, The Moody Bible Commentary). This same message of the Revelation of Christ has traveled forward from the time of John (95 A.D.), up until the time in which we read this article. It is through the preaching and teaching of God’s Holy Word, and the fulfilling of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8), that the inspired Word of God will continue to be spread forward in time until the time that the rapture takes place, and even during the tribulation by those whom will come to know Christ as their Messiah, their Lord and Savior. Therefore, it is incumbent upon today’s believers in Christ to make our writings and videos available to those whom will become tribulation saints.
What would you include in a brief chronological overview of the book of Revelation?
Jimmy DeYoung – Signs of the Last Days
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As has been mentioned above, the study of eschatology relates to the end time events of the rapture, the tribulation, the millennium and the eternal state. Once we, as born again believers in Christ, have entered the Kingdom Age of the millennium, our next stop on God’s prophetic timeline is the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem. The sixty-second chapter of Isaiah discusses the millennium. Jerusalem, in the millennium, is also known as “Beulah land” (Isaiah 62:4, NKJV). It will be during the Kingdom Age that saved Jews will dwell in Israel; saved Gentiles will spend time there, too. Christ will rule and reign from Jerusalem. From the time that we have been born again, we have begun an eternal indwelling of our spirit with that of God the Father/Son/Holy Spirit (John 3:3; 14:16-17; 20, 2 Cor 5:17; Col 1:27; 1 John 1:5). On the day that Chris was crucified, He told the repentant thief, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise,” (Luke 23:43). Paradise is a name for the third heaven, or the Presence of God. All of us have suffered great losses of loved ones. However, we have the assurance, as did the thief on the cross, of being with those whom have been born again, “in the Presence of God;” which will happen: (1) spiritually in our life time; (2) in death (as was the promise from Christ to the thief on the cross): and (3) in person after we have entered the Kingdom Age. Let your mind travel. Think of your precious, departed, loved ones with whom you will have such a wonderful reunion, in Beulah land. Squire Parsons sings about Beulah Land in the following video. In the song, the words, “our heavenly flight,” refer to the rapture of the church.
Sweet Beulah Land [Live]
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