Will the Rapture precede Planet X? [Part 1]
I’ve been visiting relatives for Thanksgiving and just had a thought to write about this topic. It’s a highly important one. What is the Rapture? It’s when Jesus appears silently in the skies right before the “Day of the Lord” and rescues believers from all over the world. They disappear from sight. The world is never the same. The 21 judgments of the Book of Revelation occur on the earth during the ensuing seven years. The end of the seven years is the well-known Battle of Armageddon, described in detail in the Book of Revelation.
Everything on the earth that happens during these seven years is really a spiritual battle, manifest on a physical level. St. Paul wrote about the Rapture in one of his epistles to the New Testament Church–it was the first time it was revealed. Let’s look back to the Gospels for a moment.
The lesson of the Fig Tree
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Be Ready at Any Hour
So what is Jesus saying here? First it appears to me He is saying that the fig tree generation will see the occurrence of all of these events. What is that generation? It’s obviously the one that witnesses the restoration of Israel. When did that command go forth? With a UN Resolution in November of 1947, exactly 70 years ago (the length of a Bible generation or the years of a man’s life).
So where does that put us? Right at year zero–in the fall of 2017. Reminds me of a well-known saying:
It ain’t over till the fat lady sings
It ain’t over till (or until) the fat lady sings is a colloquialism. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress.
Well, Paul wrote that when they say “peace and safety,” and I’m paraphrasing (I have a sense of humor, you know–by the way, the press doesn’t)–anyway, when they say “peace and safety” then the fat lady sings. And what is happening? Well, I understand that a peace agreement for Israel may be imminent (now I’m not placing a time frame here) with the establishment of a separate state as well. That’s it. If that’s true, pack your bags–we’re all out of here at the time of the Rapture. At least all believers, I mean. Doesn’t matter what your denomination is–as long as you’re a believer. Now that’s pretty simple but it has confounded Bible scholars for centuries.
What follows? The Day of the Lord. And what follows that? The Millennium of peace. That’s a thousand years, by the way. And then what finally happens? Then heaven and earth shall pass away (read the top part of the quote from Jesus). That’s pretty heavy, you know. That’s well over 1,000 years into the future.
Why were the disciples asking about this? I’m not sure. But Jesus told them they won’t know the time of it. Well, really, I don’t want to know the time of it either. t’s over 1,000 years from even now and was close to 3,000 years from when they asked. They sure asked a lot of questions. And Jesus was very patient with them.
But in Revelation 3:3 (which occurred 60 years after Jesus ascended), he told John (the only apostle alive at the time) that the hora (Greek word) would be known by those watching. Look it up–it means a fixed time in history. A season of time that can be known. Now everything changes. In fact, Jesus warns in that verse that if one doesn’t watch, they are in for major trouble.
Let’s look at the verse:
Revelation 3:3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Seems to me this is saying that if you won’t watch, you won’t know. What’s the reverse truth? If you do watch, you will know. Stay tuned for Part II for my conclusions. You can check out all of my books under my bio.
“About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.” -Sir Isaac Newton, 1642-1727
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