Messiah the Savior declared, one shall be taken and the other shall be left behind. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when our Redeemer returns. The ones taken are to be destroyed; although His children will be left behind, to inherit the Kingdom on earth at His Second Coming.
Mark 13:24-27 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
Our Savior made it very clear that after the tribulation He would gather all of the saints (or Holy ones) together. It would be unnecessary to gather the heavenly host if it were not for the fact that they also were to reign on earth with Him (Dan 7:22, 27, 1 Thes 3:13, 2 Thes 1:10).
It is prophesied, that Yahweh will appear with ten thousands of his saints (Jude 1:14, Zec 14:5).
There is no doubt that after the tribulation events have transpired, Yahweh will create a spectacular transformation, and will establish His kingdom on earth (Mat 6:10, Dan 2:44). Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done (Psa 145:13, Luke 11:2).
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith Yahweh.
The son of man, which is a reference to the Savior, will gather out of His kingdom, all those who are guilty of violating His laws. These shall be cast into Hell, or everlasting fire (Mat 25:31-34).
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How can Messiah claim the kingdom as his own? This is only possible if Our Savior is Yahweh manifest in the flesh, being the very image of Yahweh (Rev 20:4, 2 Cor 4:4, Col 1:15). Did He not say, “He that sees me has also seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty Yahweh, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
As it Was in The Days of Noah | One Shall Be Taken
Matt 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence, and all flesh was destroyed except for eight people who were left behind. When our Savior returns, it will be as it was in the days of Lot and Noah; One shall be taken to inherit destruction. This is the unfortunate fate for all who have not found protection in Him.
Matt 24:39-40 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left.
When Messiah returns a second time, one group of people are to be taken, but not to heaven. They are actually taken to Hell, to await the final judgment after His 1000 year reign. Those left behind will remain on earth. This is the exact opposite of what is presented by the pre-tribulation rapture teachers. And this leaves their followers unprepared for this time of great tribulation!
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
There is not one Bible verse that suggests we are ever to go up to heaven with resurrected bodies. This transformation happens at the last trumpet judgment when the Elect reign with Messiah the Savior (who is Yahweh) on earth.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from Yahweh out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
When our inheritance or treasure is mentioned in association with Heaven, it always refers to one of two promises. The crown of righteousness which is our Salvation is the reward given to the Elect at our Savior’s second coming. And then, the New Jerusalem which comes down from Heaven – this represents our final dwelling place, after His millennium reign on earth (1 Thes 4:15-17).
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which Yahweh, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The apostle Paul clearly points out that he will receive the crown of righteousness at the same time as all those that love Messiah’s appearing do. This occurs upon His return to the earth, at the second coming. To imagine that one shall be taken to receive the reward of eternal life before the tribulation, while the apostle waits until the end of the tribulation for his is nonsensical for sure.
Yahweh will judge those who are alive, as well as those who are dead, when he appears again to usher in His kingdom (2 Tim 4:1). The wrath of the Lamb, involves separating the living from the dead – spiritually speaking.
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, even from the wrath of the Lamb
If there is a pre-tribulation gathering of the church, then those who are raptured ticket to will escape the judgment. But, according to Scripture that is impossible, as it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment (2 Tim 4:1; Heb 9:27-28).
Peter presents us with a message that many false teachers do not want to talk about because they do not want to deal with it. We will partake in Messiah’s sufferings and are able to endure through the power of His Spirit that lives within us. However, this temporary pain does not compare to the eternal glory and joy to be experienced at His Second Coming.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Messiah’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Judgment begins with or at the body of believers known as the church; there is no special escape clause expressed or implied.
1 Peter 4:17-18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of Yahweh: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of Yahweh? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
So we ask those pre-tribulation rapture advocates a simple question. If the Church is raptured away how then is it possible for judgment to begin there? If the righteous be scarcely saved, what chance would the ungodly that are left behind have, with no discernment for the truth during the worst period of deception known to mankind?
And when these end times events begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (or salvation) draws near (Luke 21:28).
Our Savior, who will reign on earth will set in motion the first judgment, and the first resurrection. Those that destroy the earth will be sent to Hell to await the lake of fire, which is the final judgment. The ones who practice iniquity, are the ones who are taken away. However, the promised reward is given to the Elect who will reign on earth with Him.
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
The prophets, Saints, and others are rewarded at this time, which most assuredly is at the end of the great tribulation period.
One Will Be Taken and The Other Left Behind
Yahweh will descend from heaven at the last trump, and the Elect will be caught up to be changed. This is when we are rewarded or clothed with incorruption and immortality (1 Cor 15:52-54).
And the seventh angel sounded (the last trump); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of Yahweh, even of Messiah Himself; and he shall reign for ever and ever (Rev 11:15).
A rapture or gathering of the church before this time is quite impossible, how could the prophets not be worthy of the same rewards of the church, that is supposedly taken away and transformed years before they are. Salvation at any time, other than that of the second coming of our Savior, is also impossible. The reward for the righteous is Salvation, which just happens to occur when the Savior of mankind returns (Isa 62:11; Col 3:24; Rev 22:12).
Saying, We give thee thanks Yahweh, Oh Yahweh Almighty, that is, and was, and is to come; because thou does possess great power, also thou reigneth (Rev 11:17).
Consider also Rev 1:7-8 – referring to the Messiah, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Also to you who are afflicted rest with us, when Yahweh shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels (2 Thes 1:7).
Observe the logical progression here, one shall be taken, that is for sure, but it is not the Elect of Yahweh. Yahweh is revealed and He brings His angels with Him. If the church was raptured and taken to Heaven there would be no need to bring the Angels and Saints to the earth (1 Thes 3:13, Jude 1:14).
2 Thess 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe…
Yahweh will come again to be glorified before his Saints, however, with flaming fire He will take vengeance on those who do not know Him or obey His commandments (Psa 79:6, Dan 7:10, 2 Thes 1:7-8, 2 Pet 3:7).
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of Yahweh our Messiah, and by our gathering together unto him (2 Thess 2:1).
Yahweh must first come down from Heaven in order to gather His Elect, this does not represent two separate events, the proof of this is in the following verses.
2 Thess 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Messiah is at hand.
The day of Messiah is in fact when He returns to gather us, one event that occurs during a single day.
2 Thess 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
And it is evident that the day in which we are gathered, or caught up with our Messiah, does not occur until after the reign of the anti-christ (the one opposed to the Messiah). Well, there goes the possibility of escaping the Great Tribulation.
2 Thess 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom Yahweh shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming
And finally, this all happens at the end of the Great Tribulation, as this is when our Savior returns and throws the Beast and False Prophet into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).