Yesterday, I introduced three sets of threes that I found at 1 Corinthians 15:22-24 and Isaiah 25:7-8, suggesting they might point to three salvation events, one that happened in 33 AD and two that may happen in the future.
Then, I demonstrated how the first threes fit Scripture very nicely. Now I need to do the second and third.
The third is by far the more straightforward, since prophecies about Armageddon, End of Days and Final Judgment are labeled clearly as such.
Armageddon, End of Days, Final Judgment
3) Then comes the end when he hands over the kingdom.
Rev 11:15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever.”
3) He will destroy death forever.
Revelation 21:4 There shall be no more death.
3) He will wipe away tears.
Revelation 21:4 God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
And now for the Big Question
What does this humble Catholic find in Scripture about the possibility that Jesus’ Second Coming will be a Rapture event? I’ve been dancing around this issue for weeks now, but I am ready to lay it out here.
I believe Jesus himself told us there would be a Rapture and that Revelation puts it on the “Day of God’s Wrath” when Seal Six is opened.
Before I go any further, let me be clear that I will be building the evidence layer by layer. It’s not a simple and clear-cut thing, yet the more I have studied, the greater the preponderance of evidence has become. Remember, please, that I take this very, very seriously. It’s a huge deal for me to put my name on anything at all, much less on something to do with God’s holy word. (“Millstones” come to mind.) So … big breath … here goes.
Evidence for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture
At the end of Revelation, chapter 6, Jesus opens Seal Six.
The very next thing is the Sealing of the 144,000 Jews on Earth (Rev 7:1-8), then the Triumph of the Elect (Rev 7:9-17). Right after that, in Chapter 8, Seal Seven is opened. It looks to me like Chapters 6, 7 and 8 are supposed to be consecutive events.
In previous blogs, I showed how the Letters and Seals are matchers, that the first fours describe both the ages of the church up to the Reformation and, for those after 1517, the situation for each church depending on how it relates to the local government.
I showed how Letters Five and Six describe the two ways we tend to relate to our church communities (insiders or outsiders) and how Seals Five and Six appear to describe the beginning and the end of the post-Reformation “Age of Many Churches.”
I believe Seal Six describes the Rapture event and that Chapter Seven describes two major events that will happen afterwards – one on Earth and one in Heaven.
After that, I think Letter Seven (Laodicea, “I stand at the door and knock”) describes the spiritual situation the “Left Behind” will find themselves in, which I believe will be a six months period of relative peace. (Rev 8:1 “When he broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.”) During this “silence in heaven”, Jesus will be knocking on every heart on Earth, making His possibly-final appeal.
After that, the Great Tribulation (Trumpets and Bowls) will begin.
Now, to get back to the middle threes.
2) Then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ.
Rev 7:13-14 “One of the elders said,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
I think this passage is related to Seal Five (Rev 5:9-11) where John sees
“the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness
they bore to the word of God. … Each of them was given a white robe.”
2) He will destroy the web that is woven over all nations.
This one is trickier. I’m going to leave it until next time.
2) He will wipe away tears.
Rev 7:17 “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
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