What Is The Rapture?

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This is a study on the doctrine of the Rapture. I've broken down the study into what I hope are manageable bites.

There's a lot here, so take a topic from the list posted at the right and digest it before coming back for another topic. It's too much study for a one-time read.


Some basics:

What IS the Rapture?

The Bible tells us that before the great Tribulation comes upon the earth, the Lord will remove his believers from the earth.

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
Thessalonians 4:16-18

The source of the word "Rapture"
In the Greek translation of the Bible, the words "caught up" are the word "harpazo," which means to sieze, catch away, pluck, pull, take by force.

When the Bible was translated into Latin in the 4th century, the Latin word used was raptere, "to seize, snatch, tear away." It's from "raptere" that we get the term "Rapture."

Whom Is He Coming For?
An ominous warning here. Not everyone is taken, as is gleaned from the parable of the five wise and the five foolish virgins. That's another study. The point here is this: he's coming for those who are eagerly watching for him. More often, conversation is about who the Antichrist might be. Jesus is coming for those who are eagerly waiting for HIM, not those who are looking for the Antichrist.

"To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation."
Hebrews 9:28

As Christians we are not to look for the Tribulation, or for the Antichrist, but for "His Son from heaven who has delivered us from the wrath to come."
Ist Thessalonians 1:10

Jesus is the pattern
As it happened to Jesus, so will it happen to us. Those who have been conformed to his death, will also be conformed to His resurrection. Jesus is the pattern. We were shown a picture of the Rapture at the Rapture of Jesus. Are you surprised to hear that Jesus was Raptured?  Read it in Acts 1:

"And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.'''
Acts 1:9-11

On what do you base your belief that the rapture takes place BEFORE the beginning of the last seven years?

Daniel 9:24 tells us that the entire 70 "weeks" of years is determined upon Israel and Jerusalem:
  "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city..."

Sixty nine have been fulfilled, culminating in the Messiah being "cut off."

Shortly after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the "mystery" of the church age began several days later at Pentecost.

Paul explains that the church age was a "mystery" hidden from the prophets of old and only revealed after the Resurrection of Christ. The church age closes with the Rapture. After that, the story goes back to Israel to finish out the 70th week which is clearly stated to be determined upon Israel and Jerusalem. And then the Lord will return to rule and reign upon the Throne of David in Jerusalem.
 

The 70th Week of Daniel

What Does The Bible Mean By "Week?"

Daniel 9:24-27

"Seventy weeks are determined upon your people..."
In the Hebrew, a "shavua" (translated "week") is a period of seven in the sense that a decade in English is a period of ten.

Seventy periods of seven equals 490 years. All but the last seven have been fulfilled, and that last period of seven is what is referred to as "Daniel's 70th week." It's a period of seven years determined upon Israel that is yet to take place before the end of the age. The purpose of it is judgment of the world, while Israel is protected and brought through to redemption.

The 70th Week Is Appointed Upon Israel, NOT upon the church.
Daniel 9:24 indicates that all 70 weeks are specifically determined upon Israel.
"...are determined upon your people and your holy city…."

It's determined "upon THY people," which is the Jews.
It's determined "upon THY holy city," which is Jerusalem.

It is not two half-weeks that are "determined" upon Israel and Jerusalem, but one period of 7 years.

The events of the period revolve around Israel, The Temple, Jerusalem, the Two Witnesses, and the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel.

Not Upon the Church
The church was not present during the first 69 weeks, and is not present in the last week.

During the Tribulation period described in the Book of Revelation chapters 6 through 19, the church is not named once. This is all the more noticeable since the word is used repeatedly in the first three chapters, where Christ is seen walking among the churches, and then sending messages to seven specific churches.

The church age began suddenly and unexpectedly on Pentecost, and ends suddenly and unexpectedly, before the events of the 70th week begin.

Not Post-Trib
The post-tribulation view requires that the church be present during the 70th week of Daniel , even though it was absent from the first 69, which is conspicuously inconsistent.

Not Pre-Wrath
The pre-wrath view requires the church to be present during the first part of the 70th week, which indicates a misunderstanding of the purpose and continuity of the 70 weeks. It also suggests that the first half of the week will be relatively calm. No, as soon as "the Lamb" opens the seals (Revelation 6) it begins the wrath of God, and is anything but calm.

The text: Daniel, chapter 9:24-27
24: Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

25: Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.

26: And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; the end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

27: Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering; and on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.

The Church Conspicuously Missing

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.'' Revelation 4:1

The Church Conspicuously Missing After Revelation Chapter 3

The church is mentioned repeatedly in the first three chapters of the Book of Revelation, where Christ is seen walking among the churches, and sending messages to seven churches.

But from chapter 4:2 on, "after those things," the church is not named once throughout the entire account of the Tribulation period.

From the moment John is told to "Come up here," for the remainder of the vision he is in the presence of the Lord, looking down on the dreadful events of the Tribulation on the earth. He is seeing it from heaven.

It is significant in the fact that John is told to "Come up here."
The very same words are spoken to the two witnesses before they too are raptured:
And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here.'' And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. " (Revelation 11:12).

The Church age began suddenly and unexpectedly on Pentecost.
It will also end suddenly and unexpectedly.
The is the "mystery" Paul was speaking of, the church age, something not revealed in the Old Testament and something not present when Daniel's "70th week" begins again.

There are two peoples of God, Israel and the church.
Two covenants.
Two programs.
Two "times."

In the 70th week, God is dealing with Israel and judging the world.

What Is 'The Trump of God?'

Shall the Bridegroom come for his Bride with a trump of JUDGMENT???
Of course not!

There are more than one kind of Trumpets.
The Trumps of the Tribulation are the trumps of angels delivering the JUDGMENTS of God's WRATH.

The Rapture takes place not with the trumpet of angels but with the "Trumpet of GOD."

Let us not confuse the "Trumpet of God" with the temple trumpets or the shofar. Remember that those trumpets continue during the Millennium, so none of them are "the last trump" anyway.

The silver trumpet
Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the assembly and for directing the movement of the camps.
Numbers 10:2

The shofar or ram's horn
Rosh HaShanah is the day of "the blowing of the trumpets."
According to the Mishnah, the trumpet used for this purpose is the ram's horn not the silver trumpets mentioned in Numbers 10.

There are two FUNCTIONS of Trumpets:
1. the Trumpet call to war
2. the Trumpet call to assembly

The seven trumps of the Book of Revelation are trumps of war, trumpets of judgment.
The trumpet of the seventh angel in Rev. 10:7 is straightforwardly presented as the last of seven trumpets of angels blown in a sequence as God releases His WRATH upon a Christ-rejecting world.

The trump of Corinthians is not a trump of judgment;
it is not a trump of angels;
it is the Trump of God;
a trump of assembly.

When Jesus comes with the Trump of God, it is the call to assembly.

Paul mentions the "Trumpet of God" in connection with the rapture.
It is interesting that this term appears only twice in the Bible:
at the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai at Pentecost;
and at the Rapture.

When Jesus comes, it's with the "Trump of God." He's coming to assemble the Church, not poor judgment on her.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the Trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53

Who Is The Restrainer?

Who is NOT "the restrainer?"

It is not the Holy Spirit.
We know that no one can say 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:3)
If the Holy Spirit were taken out of the way, no one would be saved from that point on.
We know there will be multitudes of people saved during the Tribulation, so the Holy Spirit is on the earth then.
The Holy Spirit is NOT the restrainer referred to in this passage.

Then who is taken out of the way?
Who is hindering the mystery of iniquity?

Who IS the restrainer?

The one restraining iniquity is the Body of Christ on earth.

The Body of Christ is the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
The Body of Christ is to occupy until Jesus comes.
The Body of Christ is hindering the working of iniquity.
If the Body of Christ weren't here, the whole world would be gay and killing babies, and all wickedness would have free reign without any restraint whatsoever.

It is the Church, the Body of Christ, who is testifying to the lost and inviting them to come to the Lord. And it is the Church who will be taken out of the way.

And THEN that lawless one will be revealed and will take over, when there isn't a single righteous person to restrain him. In fact, those who are left behind will welcome him.
"I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive." John 5:43

The text: 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-8
3. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
4. who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
6. And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
7. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
8. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

Resurrection Comes Before The Judgments

There is a reference to the Rapture in the Old Testament. This passage in Isaiah clearly shows that the Rapture will take place BEFORE the judgments begin:

First the resurrection:
"Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."

Then a hiding away:
"Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past."

Then the judgments:
"For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain."

Isaiah 26:19-21

Are We Escapists?

Believers who await a pre-trip Rapture are criticized for taking an "escapist" view. "Why," critics say, "should we get the easy way out when so many others are suffering all over the world?"

Why? Because Jesus TOLD us to ask for it!
"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.'' Luke 21:36

This is something he counsels us to do, it's not a suggestion.

Those who are taken in the Rapture are not taken on the basis of how much they have suffered. They are taken on the basis of the church age being closed. The Rapture takes place independently of what any believers have or have not suffered.

Believers down through the ages have encountered the full spectrum of human experience, from the terrible sufferings of those who died of torture, all the way to the opposite scenario such as the sheltered woman who never knew much of any suffering in this life and dies a peaceful death. At times, babies or children are taken without having gone through suffering.

Suffering is not the issue. We're not going to be kept here during the Tribulation because of others who suffered terribly before.

There is a time set, period. Before the last week of Daniel which is determined upon Israel, and when the church age ends, Jesus will come for his believers.

Jesus told believers to ASK for this "escape," to pray for it.

It bears repeating:
"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.''
Luke 21:36

As In The Days of Noah

"And as it was in the days of NOAH, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man. They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of LOT. They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Luke 17:26-30

Noah wasn't put into the ark halfway through the beginnings of the rain. He went into the ark before the first drop fell.

"So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood ... And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth."
Genesis 7:7-10

Furthermore, it wasn't during threatening times that he went into the ark. At the time, they were going about life as usual, buying, selling, marrying, giving in marriage.

Likewise when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah
"When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, 'Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.' And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, 'Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.'''
Gen 19:15-17

Lot wasn't moving fast enough so the angel prevailed on him to hurry, because he couldn't bring the judgment UNTIL LOT WAS OUT OF THERE:
"Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there."
Genesis 19:22

While the worst judgments of the Tribulation come after the midpoint when the Antichrist goes into the Temple, the first 3-1/2 years will NOT be normal times. From the beginning of the "time of sorrows," life on earth will be increasingly traumatic until the birth pains come to the end.

The entire seven-year period will be times of increasingly terrible birth pains.

The Rapture precedes all of the tribulation of the last seven years.

Enoch -A Type

"And Enoch walked with God: and was not; for God TOOK him."
Gen. 5:24

Enoch, a gentile, was a type of the Rapture.
He is said to have been born and raptured on the date Sivan 6.

In "The Legends of the Jews," H. L Ginzberg wrote that according to Israel's oral tradition, Enoch was raptured--taken to heaven --on the very day of Pentecost.

In Talmudic tradition, not only was Enoch raptured on Pentecost, he was also born on Pentecost.

The church was born on Pentecost.

Why Some Don't Believe It

The subject of the Rapture speaks of something we have never seen before, nor does it have any equivalent expression in anything any of us has ever experienced.

Mankind's view of life is linear, that is, he thinks things will just continue on as before, and on, and on ad infinitum. So it's difficult and awkward to speak about an experience so far removed from anything any of us has ever experienced.

Jesus said that the last days would be "as it was in the days of Noah."2 Let's examine this a bit more closely. What exactly was the story with Noah?

The whole topography of the earth was different in the days before the flood. It's very understandable that men would think Noah crazy for the things he was saying. Try to imagine being alive back then, and seeing this spectacle of a man building a ...a WHAT? You're building a WHAT?"

Not only had the people never seen a flood, they hadn't even seen rain. And here was this old man - it took him a lifetime to build that, that, that ..."WHAT?" And as he was building it, he preached to the people. The New Testament tells us1 that Noah was a preacher. He was a "preacher of righteousness." So picture this old man, swinging a hammer, building a boat to save his family from a deluge of water that was going to come and kill all the people except him and his family. In the heat of the day, imagine crowds gathering around to watch this old man sweat as he toiled under the hot Middle Eastern sun day, after day, after day, all the while preaching "righteousness" to a people who thought he was crazy.

"What is he saying?"
"That we're all going to drown in a flood, all except him and his family."
"Is he crazy?"
"You tell me."

This goes on for years. Then for decades. Noah ages, yet he continues working on that huge 450-foot vessel almost the length of two football fields and 45 feet tall, way more than three stories high. Children grow up hearing about this crazy man Noah, and tell their children, who tell theirs, and Noah is still building the boat. And preaching. And people just wag their heads when they go by. They get used to it and they've just chalked him up to being one of those crackpots. Every generation has their nuts, you know? Oh leave him alone. Just pity the poor man.

What is faith?

Faith is believing what God says. And typically, the people now honored for their faith were people put in positions of having to believe something they had never seen before. That's faith by definition.

Consider Moses. How would YOU feel if you were Moses? Here he is in the wilderness, he's just brought the millions of Jewish people out of Egypt, and they're stuck now between two obstacles. On one side is the sea, and on the other side are the armies of Egypt chasing after them with the intention of massacring them. How would YOU feel if you stood in his shoes? Everyone's looking at him with this "I can't believe you brought us to this" look on their faces, as the sound of an army of horse hooves rapidly approaches them.

Do you think Moses was some superman? No, Moses was a flesh and blood human being just like any of us. All he knew, is what God said. That's ALL he had to go on, as the facts on the ground suggested something quite different. YOU know the rest of the story, and that kind of takes the glory out of it because you tend to forget that Moses did NOT know the rest of the story. All he knew was that he was standing at the sea with anywhere from two to six million pairs of eyes on him, and the growing sound of horse hooves drawing near. To believe that he was going to get out of this alive would require that he believe in a MIRACLE, by definition, something impossible to happen. Most of us would have been groveling on the ground trying to figure out where we went wrong. But Moses knew that the Lord had told him he was going to bring his people of Egypt, and God didn't mean to bring them out to die at the hand of Pharoah's army. And they didn't. You know the rest of the story.

Noah, Moses, are they isolated stories? No, there are MANY.

Picture Joshua. Joshua is the military commander over the Israeli army. He's up against the walled city of Jericho, which the Lord has said He will deliver into the hands of Israel. But then the Lord tells Joshua how this is going to happen!!!

Picture yourself the military commander in this case. How would you explain to your soldiers that the marching orders are just that: marching orders. "God told me we're to march around the city once every day for six days. Then on the seventh day, we're to march around the city seven times and seven priests are to blow their trumpets. And then, if we do this right, the walls of the city are going to fall to the ground."

Once again, YOU know the rest of the story, but remember, Joshua didn't. Not only did he have to believe it himself, but he has to get his military men to believe it.

"We're going to do WHAT? We're going to just walk around the city every day? Not even on horseback? And then walk around it seven times with seven priests blowing trumpets? And, uhhhh, the uhhh, walls are going to just fall down to the ground?"

I could go on, the Bible is full of stories like these. What would you say if you were 90 years old and your wife 80, and God told you you're going to bring a son into the world? That's what Abraham was expected to believe. Not only was his wife 80 years old. but she had been barren all her life. She had NEVER born a child. And it sounded so funny to her that when she heard it she laughed out loud. And for that, God told them to name the child Isaac, because that's Hebrew for "laughter."

Was the child born? You bet he was. And he was the father of the Jewish people struggling today for life in Israel. More about that later.

The point is that faith is believing what God has said when what God has said defies common sense. And if that is the definition of faith, how many of us could live up to it if we were called on to?

Well we are.

This is a generation that was singled out millenia ago, and spoken of by the prophets of the Old Testament, and further explained by the apostles of the New Testament. It is signified as being the generation in which the nation of Israel, in dispersion for more than 2000 years, would be brought back to the land of Israel, to the land of their fathers. There's a LOT written about this generation. And some of it is going to put believers once again into the position of being called upon to believe something that they have never seen or experienced, and something that will be totally and completely supernatural. Something that will totally and completely defy common sense. Something so hard to believe that most people won't. Until after the fact.

Yes, THIS generation. There are many such things, almost impossible to believe, foretold to happen in THIS generation. For Israel -well anyone who has been watching the goings on in the Middle East will find it hard to believe what the Bible foretells that is going to happen there among the Jewish people. But what do you care, it doesn't involve you.

Or does it?

But the Israel story is not the event I'm directly speaking of. I HAVE spoken about that, and will continue to do so. But what I'm speaking about here today concerns not the Jews, but the believers in Jesus. Those who believe what Jesus has said, and what the New Testament writers have presented, are being called upon to believe that before the rest of the story happens in Israel, the church age must come to a close. And it will come to a close in a very supernatural way. It began in a supernatural way, and it ends supernaturally.

"The dead in Christ will rise first".

Those who have died believing in Jesus Christ, will be the first to rise. And this will happen BEFORE the "rest of the story" happens to Israel. Just to give you an idea of the possible timing.

So The dead in Christ will rise first. And then, the rest of the believers in Jesus who are alive at the time, will be "caught up" together with them in clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. That's called the "harpazo," or the "Rapture."

They will spend the next seven years WITH Christ, until the close of the Jewish story. At the close of the Israel story, Israel will be on the brink of destruction, and her enemies will have taken part of the city of Jerusalem. The great and last war, called the battle of Armageddon, will be taking place in Israel, and all will appear to be lost. At that point, ISRAEL'S Messiah will come. He will destroy his enemies, and bring the surviving Jewish people into the New Covenant, thus completing the Israel story which ends with the salvation of Israel.

I have often said that as I speak of the Rapture, I distinctly feel like Noah, because I have to speak of things that defy common sense, and that could never in a million years happen outside of supernaturally.

I'm wielding that hammer and warning the people.

"You're building a WHAT, Noah?"

"You're going to, uhhh, rise into the air, Paula?"

And it's hard sometimes. Sometimes I feel like Moses felt when his back was to the sea and several million pairs of distraught eyes were upon him. He wasn't going to get out of this one unless God SUPERNATURALLY intervened. It must have been an incredibly stressful moment for him.

The story was as dramatic with Noah, but it had a very, very tragic ending. The flood came. Noah and his family were preserved alive because they believed. But every other person on the face of the earth, all the old men, the old women, the children, the infants, the animals, all living creatures that walked the face of the earth, DIED. Some people say, "God wouldn't...." Well He DID!

So what am I saying?

For the world:

"And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
Luke 17:26-30

For the believer:

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Let him who has ears to hear, hear.


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1. 2nd Peter 2:5
2. Luke 17:26

A Personal Word

I was going to be going with some friends to a "Prophecy Conference" in a city not too far from home.

There was a question on my mind concerning the timing of the Rapture. So before the conference, I brought my thoughts to the Lord.

From the things we do know about "the last days," one thing that stood out glaringly to me is that the Temple in Jerusalem isn't yet built. The Book of Daniel -- and this passage is quoted by Jesus himself -- says that three and a half years into the Tribulation, the Antichrist goes into the Temple, into the Holy of Holies, and proclaims that he himself is God. This is called "The Abomination of Desolation."

Well, not only is the Temple not built, the Temple Mount itself is still under the jurisdiction of the Palestinians. So, I was thinking, by the time it takes for Israel to get control of the Temple Mount, and THEN considering the time it will take to build the Temple, bearing in mind that the previous Temple was compared to the seven wonders of the world, you're talking how many years for all this to be accomplished? "So," I opined to the Lord, "it's going to be awhile, right?"

Listen to this story.

We went to Portland and attended the conference. On the last day, we were just as alert and interested as during the first hour, so interesting was all we heard that weekend. Then .... suddenly ....a woman comes into the hall, goes onto the stage, and whispers into the speaker's ear, then leaves. The speaker turns to us and tells us that there's been some conflict in the schedule, and that we have to leave the hall, because a WEDDING is scheduled to take place now in this hall.

WE WERE INTERRUPTED BY A WEDDING! ! !

For those of you who don't understand -- the Rapture is when Christ comes for His Bride, the church.

The chills went up and down my spine, the way it always does when you realize the Lord has touched you. Instantly I knew that this was the direct answer to my question, "you can't be coming anytime soon, because so much needs to happen first, right?"

NOTHING needs to happen before the Rapture. In fact, this very point had been made during the teachings at the conference. Yes I did "catch" that fact, but never as powerfully as when the Lord went out of his way to show me personally that our lives are going to be INTERRUPTED BY A WEDDING!