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Is There a RAPTURE? – THE TRUTH

Nancy

Is There a RAPTURE

The Harvest is Great but the Laborers Few

Over the past several decades there has been much discussion and dispute regarding the term RAPTURE…Actually, there is no such word in the Bible…This has been something that has made me wonder for many years…Rapture???? What??? Sounds like some horrific prehistoric dinosaur, quite a despicable hideous thought that crosses my mind every time I hear the term…

So, lets go to the Book of Revelation and see what the Apostle John was describing in his vision…In Revelation 7, it discusses that the angle holds back the four winds of the earth until twelve thousand out of each of the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed…then again in Revelation 9:4 a small mention is made of this group, that 144,000 are standing along with the Lamb on Mount Zion and are singing a “New Song”, that no man could learn except for the 144,000 that were redeemed from the earth…it would seem pretty clear that these 144,000 are a very special and select group of people unto God and were sealed for a specific purpose…

There is much, much, much talk about a “Rapture”…the majority of the Christian church, at least in America, believes that the church will be spared going through the Great Tribulation…that somehow, they will be TAKEN” lifted up in the clouds and into heaven with Jesus, and those that are not “Saved” will go through “Great Tribulation”…I say, REALLY? How is this so?…Two millenium have passed since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ…and didn’t he say that the church would go through, “Much Tribulation”…he asked the apostles, “Can you bare the CUP that I bare? What is this CUP that he is referring to? Foolishness my friends, he laid his life down for you and was crucified and all of the twelve apostles died terrible deaths for their testimony of Jesus Christ, except for John, whom likewise was persecuted. For two thousand years now, the church has gone through great persecution and tribulation for the sake of preserving and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the nations…I would say that “Millions upon Hundreds of Millions” have forgone their death for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…

In my opinion, the term, “Rapture”, is a fallacy…an erroneous infatuation of the mind that deceives us into believing that we are somehow unique and special and we will never be separated from the concept of the “Prosperity Gospel”…WRONG FALSE DOCTRINE ! I’m sorry to lay this truth upon you, but does anyone recall the Book of Job? People go around teaching about “Falling out in the Spirit”, Baptism by Fire…so stupid ignorant belief that by someone laying hands on you, and you falling backwards, that you are “Slain in the Spirt”… Yes, I would say, You’re slain alright…Slain by the Spirit of Satan the Devil to believe in him and his false doctrines and possessed of the devil himself…Speaking in strange tongues and babbling voodoo….Gibberish…that no sane human being can understand…Folks, you just plain scare me…

The Baptism by Fire is a baptism of your soul to chasten you, in the “Cup that Jesus Bore”…Like Job, you will be greatly persecuted, stripped of all that you have and your puffed up pride, to follow Jesus unto your death…I hate to tell you, it’s not going to be a “Cake Walk”…You will learn to walk in the “Will of God”…not your will…You will learn by “FAITH” to put your total trust in Jesus for all your needs and separate yourself from the Mammon of the World…For Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that is written…For no man can serve two masters, for he shall love the one and hate the other…Job lost all that he had, even his daughters, he was only left with his wife whom was his own flesh…he was greatly despised and persecuted by his friends as well, thinking that it was his sins that wrought him this great catastrophe…but no, it was Satan who petitioned the Father in Heaven to test him that he would curse God…

The entire Old Testament from Adam through Abraham, Moses, to David was a blueprint and forerunner to the final fulfillment of the return of Jesus Christ and the Book of Revelation. Forget the term “Rapture”, the true understanding is “Harvest”…There are four harvest festivals and the first began with the “Wave Sheaf Harvest”, Jesus Christ himself, representing the First of the First Fruits…He was “Waved before the Lord”, on the Morrow after the Sabbath, when he was raised from the dead…for our liberation and salvation…just like the Israelites fled from Egypt following the Passover meal the next day, the very next day, they crossed the Red Sea and entered into the Wilderness, the Morrow after the Sabbath…In like manner, the Israelites marched around the city of Jericho for six days and carried the “Ark of the Covenant” before them…on the “SEVENTH DAY” the final day, they sounded the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down and they went “UP” into the city…they crossed over the river Jordan and entered into the Promised Land… and they ate of the “Old Corn of the land and the New Corn of the land on the SELFSAME DAYin like manner, the disciples partook of the Old Testament and the New Testament in the Selfsame day upon Jesus “CRUCIFIXION”…NOT on HIS RESURRECTION as most believe!

Jesus being the First of the Firstfruits, we can not proceed before him…it was forbidden to eat of the new barley harvest which were tender green ears of new barley heads until after the wave sheaf was offered…they were like a delicacy…the barley wasn’t completely ripe until about Seven Weeks after the wave sheaf was offered during the Passover week…this period of seven weeks represents the period of time to fulfill the Barley Harvest…bringing us up to the time of the 50th Day, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, the giving of the Holy Spirit…Barley was continued to be harvested during that time period as in the Book of Ruth, who was gleaning on the edges of the field during that time and Boaz, the grandfather of King David, later married her…The Barley harvest is significant as it represents the 144,000 or the 12 tribes of Israel as described in the Book of Revelation…

As we read in John 6:4 And the Passover,  a feast of the Jews, was nigh. This starts the event where Jesus fed 5,000 with five barley loaves and two small fishes…after they had completely eaten and been filled and satisfied, Jesus commanded his apostles to gather up all the fragments, that nothing would be lost…hmmmm interesting…just like during the very first Passover, all of the lamb must be eaten, that nothing remain of it, and anything left should be burnt…In John 6:13 Therefore they gathered them “up”, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which were left by those who had eaten… Matthew 14:21 And they that had eaten were about 5,000 men, beside women and children. The twelve baskets represents the twelve tribes of Israel that were sealed in the Book of Revelation 7:4-8…the angel was commanded to hurt not the earth until the 144,000 were sealed in their foreheads…likewise in Revelation 14: 3-4, And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were “redeemed” from the earth. These were they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb… These represent the Firstfruits of the Barley Harvest unto God, chosen out of the twelve tribes of Israel…(Don’t confuse them with the Jews of today in Israel…) Note, those that were fed were those following Jesus in the wilderness wherever he went…

Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, a quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarious, and do not harm the oil and the wine. Hmmmm? Could this not be what most consider as the “Black Horse” representing a famine, but a paid for redemption by Jesus Christ?

The third harvest is the Wheat Harvest, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost…We see in Matthew chapter 15 that Jesus was again with his disciples in a wilderness place…and a woman from Canaan (a Gentile Woman) came unto him asking to be healed…and Jesus proceeded and ignored her…and his disciples asked of him, to send her away and Jesus told them that he was there only for the “Lost sheep of the House of Israel”…again she fell down and worshiped at his feet and he answered her by saying that it wasn’t meet, (or proper) to give the bread of his children and cast it unto dogs (the gentiles) …but the woman replied, “Don’t even the dogs eat of the crumbs from the master’s table?….and Jesus praised her for her great faith and proceeded to heal her daughter of a devil…

As Matthew 15 continues and unfolds, another great multitude is once again following Jesus into the wilderness…and he proceeded to heal them…apparently they had been following him for now 3 full days and he had compassion on them as they had not eaten for that long and he couldn’t just send them away hungry and fasting…In this instance his disciples said, but we only have Seven Loaves of BREAD and a Few Fishes…so Jesus proceeded to bless and multiply the bread and fishes and 4,000 men plus women and children were fed…and Seven baskets full were taken up of the fragments…Notice, on this occasion, the bread was not barley, but described as simply loaves…the loaves were leavened loaves of Wheat bread…we are now into the Feast of Weeks, or Wheat harvest…The seven baskets that were taken up represented the Seven Churches of Revelation, or the Gentiles…remember the woman, the Gentile woman who asked for the crumbs of the table? The Church of the New Testament, the Woman…and for those who wonder as in John 2:4…when Jesus addresses his mother as it would seem somewhat harshly, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.”….It is my interpretation that in this instance, he is likening the term “Woman” as unto the Church…and she was asking for a miracle to be performed before her time to be born at his death and resurrection…

There remains one final harvest, The Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles, otherwise known as the Feast of Booths…this festival is at the end of the year, in the Hebrew calendar it begins on the 15th day of the Seventh month and lasts for 8 full days…the first day begins with a Sabbath, a feast day and the 8th day ends with another Sabbath, a day of feasting…This festival is significant of bringing in the Oil and the Wine… The grapes and the olives are all harvested therefore, we have the New Oil and the New Wine… Again, Revelation 6:6….and do not harm the oil and the wine…lets go back to Revelation 12: 17…. Satan was wroth with the woman and went after the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God… Hmmmm, you know, I always found this rather odd that the church refers to itself as the Remnant….Why? I’ve done a great deal of sewing in my lifetime and when you get done making a garment, the fabric that is
“Left Over”, is referred to as a “Remnant”….

Now lets proceed back to Revelation 7:9…After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands…vs 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, what are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? Vs 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Now lets look at Revelation 15: 2 – 3 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over the image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty: just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

The “Great Multitude are those in the Final Ingathering Harvest…the Remnant that Satan goes after that Keep the Commandments of God…they will be going through “Great Tribulation”…these are those that are the five (5) sleeping virgins, who are not paying attention and looking for the signs of the time…the ones who believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior but are backsliding, listening to their lame pastors…not reading their Bibles…and living with one foot in church and the other in the world…It’s going to be a great wake up call for them…The song of Moses is not the same song that the 144,000 were singing, as no one could learn that song except for the 144,000….

The Book of Revelation is very difficult to pin point and lay out exactly what happens when…but, I find it interesting that there are exactly 22 chapters and the very middle of Revelation ends with Revelation 11:19, at the end of the 7th Trumpet, and Chapter 12 begins the second half of Revelation and begins with the Woman fleeing into the wilderness…the Church…Now why is this so significant…because we are told that the Dead in Christ are supposed to Rise first…In Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the “ark” of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings and an earthquake, and great hail…The “ARK” is significant and sacred…The ark is symbolic, just as in the day of Noah, that it is the “Door” and means of Salvation…first to the Jew and then to the Gentile…the door closed, the rain came down and the Ark ROSE UP…the Ark of the Covenant carried the tablets of the Law of Moses and some sacred vessels…if anyone came in contact with it, that person would be struck dead…the ark always proceeded them into battle, if I recall, and preceding the children of Israel going into the Promised Land, they marched around the city of Jericho for seven days…the ark proceeded the Israelites…on the final day, on the 7th Trumpet was blown….Joshua 6:5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout: and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall “ ascend up” every man straight before him.

It is my observation or opinion, that the 144,000 that are chosen by the Father, the Israelites…will proceed the Church, the Woman in the First harvest, the Barley harvest…representative of the 12 Baskets that were taken up…the church, Being the Woman, will flee into the wilderness to a place prepared by God and be nourished there for three and a half years…That is the second harvest and represents the Wheat harvest, or Pentecost….the loaves have leaven, as in comparison that the barley loaves did not have leaven…they were pure…The Woman represents the 5 virgins who have their lamps full with oil…they are prepared and watching…she brings forth the man child…she represents the gentile nations…she represents the seven churches…she, like the 144,000 are redeemed with a price…the Oil and the Wine represent the final feast or Harvest of Ingathering…those are the remnant of the Woman who keep the commandments and Satan is going unleash his wrath upon them…It’s also quite possible that the 144,000 will in part be the Laborers who go out into the final harvest…that they will go two by two…like the 70 that Jesus sent out to teach the gospel, as he first sent 70 and then 2 more…I believe that they will be given great powers…may actually even be considered one of the two witnesses…and the church being the other witness…the Old Covenant and the New Covenant together as Israel and the Church…as they will be teaching for three and a half years…during the tribulation period…

So there you have it:

Wave Sheaf Offering, first harvest…the First of the First Fruits to Raise from the dead, Jesus Christ.

Barley Harvest – Firstfruits of the Barley, not to proceed the Wave Sheaf…the 144,000, 12,000 chosen from the 12 tribes…Unleavened bread – sing a song that no man can know

Wheat Harvest – Pentecost – The Woman, the Church – with Leaven loaves – flees into the Wilderness for 3 and a half years…

Feast of Ingathering Tabernacles – oil and wine, remnant of the seed of the Woman, will go through Great Tribulation…Sing the Song of Moses, wash their robes white – a number that no man can number….

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How God Answers Prayer when you Pour Yourself out & Press into HIM….

GOD IS ALWAYS THERE LISTENING FOR YOU TO ASK HIM FOR HIS ADVISE

“ARE YOU WILLING TO BE LEAD LIKE A YOUNG FOAL INTO THE “Kingdom of Heaven”?

NancyThis morning I woke up to a post in my email that has settled my spirit…for two days now, I have been torn up emotionally over something personal going on in my life and it was driving me into a complete out of control tizzy….I realized that my direction and thoughts were so filled with this issue that I couldn’t even concentrate or focus to pray…and had to force myself into making that prayer effective and really concentrate and pour my heart out to God, and ask him that his will be done, not mine…

It’s only when I humble myself that I can then begin to feel God’s power take over in my life. When I put my own desires to the side, can I let him lead me and he brings others to my side to strengthen me and give me his Word and message as to where to follow…This is when he is also able to use the body of Christ to bring us all together closer.

As I was contemplating all of this, this morning, it brought me back to a memory some years back when I was raising horses in Illinois…It was always so exciting when a new foal was born…nothing more beautiful, sweet and innocent…from day one, when the colt was born, I would begin conditioning them and desensitizing them so that they would not resist me…then getting them used to wearing a halter…this is when the fun began is learning to break a horse to lead…

My first couple of foals were determined to not cooperate and a certain woman who got me involved in horses was a very abrupt aggressive personality and her way of getting a horse to lead was very harsh…It always turned into a tug of war and a battle of wills, where the colt was determined to stand it’s ground, all four feet planted out square with it’s head pulling back and me sliding toward him…We both had a workout.

It wasn’t until some woman came to my farm who raised horses as well and observed my predicament that everything changed immediately before my eyes...She demonstrated…put the lead line on the colt, turn your back to it and simply, WALK AWAY FROM IT, BUT LEAVE SLACK IN THE LINE.…From that moment on, all that happened was the colt followed me…

Listen for God’s small voice…and let him lead you in your lives…

God Bless, have a wonderful day and just keep listening…& NEVER FORGET,   “…PRAISE HIM IN ALL OF YOUR WAYS AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART…

I would like to give a special credit to the post of : Russ Francuzenko (Facebook)

“Warriors in Christ Should Be HUMBLE in HEART yet RELENTLESS in BATTLE!!!

My Lord is King, Victory Comes ONLY in Obedience to His Commands.
In, battle, He will let us know when to act and when to be still.
The POWER MUST BE HIS, not ours. When it begins to become ours we begin to get in the way of His Power.

When we start believing we are Powerful we put ourselves at risk of the Spirit of Pride. My King can place more into an Empty Vessel that one with something else in it. We fight the more dangerous things.Things that are not seen. The things that fuel and direct the evil in this World.

I am nobody except for Him. I am but Dust and will return to Dust.
My soul and Spirit are His.

I will back all this up with scripture when I can. You are welcome to help me.