These are my personal notes for teaching, they are not a verbatim transcript of the class therefore they do not contain all the material that we covered in the class. I hope that they are helpful. If there are any questions or comments please feel free to post them. God bless.
The Truth Concerning
There is a great deal of controversy among religious institutions and individuals concerning the church in relation to the tribulation. The greatest reason for this is a lack of knowledge concerning the scriptures. We must have an understanding of what the word of God teaches concerning this time or we will not be able to grasp the truth of the future concerning Israel and the church. I want us to examine the scriptures and some truths that we can see plainly written out for our understanding concerning this time known as “Jacob’s Trouble”. And we need to remember exactly what that is saying. It is literally a time for Jacob or National Israel to be purged by God and turned back to Himself. The church will not be here. We will be with Christ in Heaven while all of this takes place.
We have studied in the past of how the use of the names of Israel and Jacob are very significant in God’s dealings with His chosen people. “Jacob” was the name that God used when addressing them when they were in the flesh, and not living according to His commands and direction. “Israel” is the name that God addressed them by when they pleased Him. Keeping this in mind we will continue our study.
In Jeremiah 30 we read the prophecy of the purging of Israel in the time of Jacob’s trouble. That is, National Israel, not Spiritual Israel. We, as the church, are part of that Spiritual Israel, the seed of Abraham and heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:29) In studying Ephesians chapter 2 we see the scriptures speaking to Gentiles, and specifically described in this chapter as being brought into the family by the Blood of Christ. How can we be sure that the tribulation is not for Spiritual Israel? Because if one is an Israelite by birth and embraces the true faith which is taught of the Word of God, then that one will be a Christian and saved by faith, even as the forefathers, the patriarchs listed in Hebrews chapter 11. Looking at 1Th 5:9-10 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” God’s plan has never changed; it has always been by Grace through Faith. The mere keeping of commandments is not enough to save a soul, that is works salvation, legalism. It has always been necessary that the state of the heart be that of living by faith in the God of heaven and not simply by the letter of the law for the just shall live by his faith. Therefore Spiritual Israel is not going to be here in the tribulation but those that are Spiritual Israel are now in Christ and part of the Church; The Bride of Christ. And will leave here when the Lord comes in the air to receive His own before the tribulation begins.
Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Rom 11:25-29 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
We see here in the passage in Romans that when ungodliness is turned away from Jacob, then all Israel shall be saved in a day. As for now, Israel is blinded, therefore they are known as Jacob and in need of purging. It plainly tells us in these verses that the time of Jacob’s trouble is just for that purpose, to purge and purify Jacob that he may be God’s Israel again for all eternity.
What of the church then? Are we, the church going to be here? Let’s examine the scriptures and see what we can glean concerning our future in relation to the tribulation?
1Th 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
We know according to these words that we, the church are going to be received by the Lord from this earth before the anti-Christ is revealed. The key to understanding this is to keep in mind that the revelation of the anti-Christ may not be to the people of the world. According to what we read in our next verses the Lord is going to allow them that are left behind to be deceived. We also know that we are not appointed to suffer the tribulation with the lost world but that we are “not appointed to wrath.” That being so, we know that we are preserved from judgment in the tribulation; just as Noah and his family were preserved from the judgment of the flood. Notice with me now what the bible says in…
1Th 5:9-10 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
And then notice with me the description of this time in…
2Th 2:1-12 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 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 Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means:
Today there are many that are out to deceive defraud the world of the truth. Some men will teach error and that knowingly but their pride won’t allow them to admit that they truly don’t know the truth themselves and can not understand just what they are reading. Some are lost and just don’t care; they seek only to gain a “religious” following and they will teach error simply to be teaching “their own thing” and will use the people who follow them for financial gain. This is not unheard of. They are making religion a means of making a living, a career. We must beware of these “professional” preachers. I did not say professionalism, it is always well to try and do a good job at whatever you do. But we must beware of those who prey upon the weak minded and foolish in order to make gain of them.
for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
In the past I had been taught to think that this spoke of the catching away of the church, or the “Rapture” as it is most commonly known. But this is error. The Greek word here which is translated “falling away” is “Apostasia” which is our word “apostacy”. If there has ever been a time that this was taking place, then it is now. With the world moving toward one world government, one world economy, and one world religion, there is no doubt that the day is fast approaching in the which the Lord will take the church out of here and the tribulation shall begin. And it is after this falling away that the man of sin will be revealed, the son of perdition.
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
There can be no doubt, of course, exactly who this is speaking of. The question that we need to consider is this? To whom shall he be revealed? He has been warned of and spoken of throughout scripture. We are taught clearly of the fact that he is coming and that the time is near. The apostle Paul reminds them of the fact that this is not a new teaching. Still, there are many who are going to be deceived. It will not be apparent to those who will then be inhabiting the earth just who this man who has all the answers is. They will be blind to the identity of the anti-Christ. The revelation of the man of sin will be to those who are already safe with the Lord. All will know except those men who inhabit the earth at that time.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
In looking at this passage we must remember that Paul is telling us that there is something here that is presently holding back the power of the devil. “letteth” in this verse means “preventeth” and “let” means “prevent”. The devil is being held back by someone much more powerful than he is. We know that the devil can do nothing but that which he is allowed by God. The presence of the Holy Spirit in this world is the one thing that is keeping Satan at bay. As long as there is one believer in the world who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, then there is still the power to keep Satan back. After the church is caught away, then Holy Spirit will leave the world because He lives in the hearts of the believers. Then he will “be taken out of the way.”
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
We see here that Paul is referring to a power that is keeping the man of sin from being revealed. There is only one power great enough to blind all the world to a fact that He is not prepared for them yet to see, that is God. God is now allowing the times of the Gentiles to fulfill until He has decided that “It is enough” and then will be the end of the age of the church. After this will be the beginning of the seven years of tribulation. That seventieth week spoken of by Daniel.
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And God plainly identifies for us those who will be here. It will be those who “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” Contrary to the popular “Left Behind” series, those that have heard the gospel and believed, yet turned away from God’s offer of salvation will never have another chance. They have made their choice and God will give them over to it….
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Only those who have never heard the Gospel will have the opportunity to be saved out of the tribulation. Those who have heard and rejected will be lost forever. This truth is plainly stated here in this verse. This is not something hard to be understood. It is simple and easy to read and comprehend in the way that God had it written down for us to see. The only difficulty is getting people to believe it. In watching some movies that the religious world likes to promote, such as THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, the LEFT BEHIND series, or THE DAVINCI CODE, we must keep the truth of scripture before us. The devil is a master deceiver and he knows how to use the media to promote himself and his work. We should be careful to discern and warn others of the truth concerning what we see and here.
And examine closely what Jesus says about the tribulation in Matt. 24…as well as what is said of the rapture…
(verses 1-31) And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
These verses are speaking of the time immediately before the tribulation. This is the time just before the Laodicean church age, which we have studied here in our Sunday services in the past. That age of apostacy which shall mark the beginning of the tribulation. When Jesus addressed the church “of the Laodiceans” he was letting them know, as well as those who would read it in the future (us) that He was not in the church of Laodicea. He also let them know that they were not part of Him. “I will spew thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16) The significance of this statement is the realization that when a person does vomit, they do not vomit what is part of their body, but that which does not belong there. It may be in the body but it does not belong, it is rejected and the body expels it. Jesus has told them that they may have been in the church but they were not part of the church. Simply being a member of the local assembly does not make one a Christian. This will never be more evident than when the Lord comes back for His own.
There is no doubt that we are living in the days that Jesus spoke of in these opening words. Read them again. There are many who claim to be from God who are not. We are always hearing of wars and rumors of wars. Nation does rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there are pestilences, famine, and earthquakes in divers places. And the Lord said that these were just the beginning of sorrows. In other words, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The hardships faced by humanity the world-over are nothing to compare with what is yet to come. And we don’t have to look hard to see the world beginning to turn on Israel in our day. Things are quickly moving into place for the fulfillment of these predictions of the scriptures. As for Israel, they are still God’s chosen people, and He will yet deliver them, according to His own written word. Notice
what Paul wrote for us in Romans 11:25-29. And you will see that God is going to save all Israel. That is a future event.
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
When Jesus came the first time Israel rejected and crucified Him. The next time He comes He will turn Israel back to Himself. Their sins will be purged and forgiven. This will be at the end of the tribulation, or the time known as the time of Jacob’s trouble. And that is when the Lord comes back in Power and Glory for all of creation to see. This is not the coming as a thief in the night for all shall see Him when He returns in Power and Glory. And that is to deliver His chosen people Israel from the battle when all the world gathers against them at the close of the tribulation.
It would behoove us to be good to them and pray for them. We had better keep it clear before the world that we will stand for and with Israel. But the days are coming in our text here in Matt. 24 that Israel is going to be persecuted again as they have been in the past.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, (see insert from the book of Daniel below) stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Dan 9:20 And while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
Dan 9:21 Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Dan 9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
Dan 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
And then the end of the tribulation.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Jesus has described for them the tribulation. And if you pay close attention to this chapter you will see that he tells us in the following verses how to know that it is time for it. Look carefully at what the Lord says here.
(verses 32-36) Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
The Lord tells us plainly that we can see the signs and know that it is close though we can not know the day. We can look about us and know that the time is near. Notice what He said about the fig tree. In the Bible, the fig tree is often used to illustrate Israel. Jesus speaks of the fig tree putting forth leaves. By comparison, Israel had become dormant for a time, as the fig tree does between seasons. Israel is the only nation in history that had ceased to be a nation, and then one day in 1948 they again came together as a people and a nation. They won the right to sovereignty among the nations of the world and the blessed flag of Israel once again was raised above their land. Israel lives and we know that summer is nigh! The time is near.
“even at the doors”
Then the Lord goes a step further in telling them when it would come. He tells them that it would come after the Church is taken from them. After the rapture. It may not say it in so many words but we know that the Lord is coming back as a thief in the night to take His own out of here.
(verses 37-39) But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Here the comparison is to the days of Noah. There was judgment about to fall on the earth and destroy everyone. It was coming and the people were warned, yet they ignored the pleadings of Noah, a preacher of righteousness and they went on living as they pleased: Then one day, God took his chosen ones into the ark and sealed the door, then the flood came. That is the way that it will be. The world has been warned of judgment for many years and in many ways. Of course I do understand that there are still millions of people who have never heard the gospel but Paul has already told us that the Gospel was delivered to the whole world. And we read in Acts that God commandeth all men everywhere to repent. Judgment is coming and it is coming soon. Just as in Noah’s day, it will come at the time that God has appointed and just before it does come, Jesus tells us what is going to happen. God’s chosen will be taken out of here and then will judgment fall. We will not be here if we are saved. This is a time for those who have rejected Christ and His finished work at Calvary. This is a time of purging for Israel. Therefore it is called by the Lord Himself, the time of Jacob’s trouble. Look now at verses 40-41 and see what is going to happen to the church immediately before the tribulation.
(verses 40-41) Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
And Jesus closes this portion of His message out with a solemn warning to prepare for this time. He tells the Jews that there is coming a day in which there are going to be some taken and others left behind. Notice what He said, “the one shall be taken, and the other left.” This shows that there is coming a time that there shall be a return of Jesus for those that are prepared. And those that are not prepared for this return will be left behind.
(verses 42-51) Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Notice what Luke wrote for us…
Luk 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Luk 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luk 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
No doubt this is speaking of the Rapture of the Church. And if you will not the wording, it is worldwide for on one side of the earth it is night while on the other side it is day. This is also not a return “as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth unto the west.” This is a return that will be a mystery to those who are left behind.
[NOTE] comparison passages
Mar 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Mar 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mar 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
Mar 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
Mar 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
Mar 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
Mar 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Mar 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Mar 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, let (him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains:
Mar 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
Mar 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
Mar 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mar 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Mar 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
Mar 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Mar 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
Mar 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Mar 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Mar 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
Mar 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Mar 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Mar 13:27 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.
Mar 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
Mar 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Mar 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
Mar 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Mar 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Mar 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Luk 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luk 21:21 Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
Luk 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Luk 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
Luk 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
These words of warning were to the Jews, to National Israel. Not to the church. The church had not yet been built. Compare these things to what is said of the church.
1Co 15:50-54 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Notice here the trumpet that shall sound. In the wilderness journey of the people of Israel there were trumpets that were used to notify the camp what to do. When they were to be underway there was a trumpet the call out for their preparation to move. As the trumpets sounded they were led step by step in their journey. The last trumpet was the one that was the command to move out, to start walking, to go. One day the trumpet shall sound and we will be moving out of here. Going home to the presence of our Saviour and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Rev 4:1-2 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
This passage Rev 4:1-2, is a description for us of what is going to take place when we are caught away in the rapture of the church. It will be and immediate occurrence. It will not take a long time to be accomplished. And it will be final. It is also significant to notice that from here on out, there is never any more mention of the church in scripture. From revelation four to the last Amen, the church is no longer the church, but the bride. Look at the next scripture listed and you will see the bride. Notice the portion that is underlined. That is us the church. Look at what they sing and notice the number. When the Apostle John penned these words, the largest numbers that the people used in that day was 10,000. That is why John described the number in the way that he did, he was simply telling us that he could not number them.
Rev 5:6-14 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. [Note: Revelation 1:5,6] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth forever and ever.
If you will notice with me now the next portion of scripture that I have listed here, you will see that there are a number of souls that are crying out for vengeance. We know that these are the souls of those who have refused to take the mark of the beast during the tribulation. We as Christians are taught never to seek revenge, but that the Lord will repay. We are to love our enemies and to pray for them. Notice also in the previous passage that they sung a song of redemption. They had been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. These under the altar did not make this claim and them that followed had to come the same way.
Rev 6:1-11 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.? And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.