Revelation – Rapture Revealed

A few years ago, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the very moment in the book of Revelation where the Rapture event is revealed, where it takes place in John’s book. This knowledge came to me a couple years before I began Faith and Fasting in 2016.

This was during a season of intense renewal in my life, I had begun daily surrendering myself and asking the Holy Spirit to fill me completely. We purified our home and were learning spiritual warfare and the power of fasting. It was an amazing time of growth in the Lord that continues unfolding His ways and voice in our home.

After a while, I’d forgotten the Rapture revelation, set it on the shelf by the time this blog began. However, night before last, the Lord gave me a dream about the Rapture (which I blogged yesterday), and with it He prompted me to write and proclaim to you what He had previously revealed.

Let’s pray together before we continue:

Lord, we surrender ourselves to You right now. Fill us, Holy Spirit, make us completely Yours. Open the eyes of our minds, hearts and spirits, and show us great and wonderful things from Your word.

Comfort, purify and guide us for the years to come, that we may be found ready, like the bridesmaids with their oil lamps full, instead of like the unprepared who missed the wedding celebration (Matthew 25)!

You ARE the oil, Holy Spirit. We love you! Jesus, we adore You. Father, we’ll be home soon, and we can’t wait! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen.

For years now, there has been controversy about the event called the Rapture. Some say it does not exist. Some say it will happen in the middle of the end time chaos called the tribulation, and some say it could happen at any moment!

I am not sure exactly where I fit into those categories, but I do know there is a Rapture. Hopefully, you will see that my approach is linked to what has already been revealed in God’s word. I’ll leave it up to you to determine with the Lord if this word is from the Holy Spirit.

To begin a Rapture teaching study, we must begin with the two places in Paul’s letters where he refers to the people of God being instantly changed, or transformed. We find the first passage in I Corinthians 15. Let’s read:

I Corinthians 15:51-52

Behold, I show you a mystery (secret, hidden thing): We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed (transformed), In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (an instant), at the last trump (sound a trumpet makes): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

In two parallel passages, Paul writes to the Thessalonians about the same event:

I Thessalonians 4:16-17

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice (tone, noise, sound) of the archangel, and with the trump (trumpet, reverberation) 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.

To comfort his readers, Paul goes on to say in the next chapter that this end time season will seem sudden to most, but they who are soberly watching and waiting for it will not be shocked:

I Thessalonians 5:2-4

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail (birth pains) upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren (fellow believers), are not in darkness (blindness, obscurity), that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Let’s talk about these passages. The Corinthian passage is a huge key to the moment of “rapture”. What are the clues?

Clue #1: Paul says he is revealing a mystery, which as you see in the parentheses is defined in the Greek Bible dictionary as a secret or hidden thing being unveiled. And Paul reveals the mystery is this: we in Christ will suddenly all, dead or alive, be changed!

Clue #2: Immediately following, in the middle of 1 Corinthians 15:52, he plainly says WHEN it will take place: At the last Heavenly trumpet blast.

So, basically, in this one short passage, he unfolded the mystery of God’s people, dead and alive, being instantaneously changed happens at the last sound of God’s divine trumpets.

Well, all we have to do is find that last trumpet in Scripture. So, when is it?

This brings us to two passages in Revelation, written by John the apostle while he was exiled on the island of Patmos.

In the first, we see the same two clues as Paul did in Corinthians. 1) A hidden mystery about to be revealed, and 2) in the moment of the last trumpet.

Let’s take a look:

Revelation 10:7

But in the days of the voice (tone, sound) of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound (trumpet, sound a blast), the mystery (secret, hidden thing) of God should be finished (complete, performed), as he has declared to his servants the prophets.

The clues in this passage of John’s match those of Paul! The mystery revealed, performed by the last divine trumpet blast. And Paul already told us what would happen in that moment: we will be transformed in the blink of an eye.

We have nothing left but to unearth which trumpet is the last! In Revelation, there are seven trumpets which come out of the seventh seal.

There are NO trumpets mentioned again after the seventh trumpet. The seventh trumpet of Revelation is the last.

We find it in Revelation 11:15. Here it is:

Revelation 11:15

And the seventh angel sounded (trumpet, sound a blast); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.

Friends, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to this passage which I’d read in years past, but had never really seen before. Filled, and seeing with the eyes of the Spirit, I finally saw: this verse reveals the very moment we join the Lord in Heaven!

Notice after that seventh and last trumpet blast, the verse says suddenly, “there were great voices in Heaven”. Sort of sounds as if Heaven had just added millions of new voices, doesn’t it?

Guys, that’s the moment. We will be gone, caught up with the Lord and transformed, whether we are dead or still alive at that time.

And we will rejoice, declare together with all voices in Heaven, the kingdoms of this world are now His, because we will come from every kingdom, every tribe and tongue, over whom He shall reign forever!

Last Days Timeline – Final Thoughts

So, you say, if Revelation 11:15 is the moment we are taken up, where is this in the tribulation timeline? What will we go through before we are taken? And what will we escape? Great questions!

If you continue reading Revelation after that verse, you will see we will have been taken up before the end time world leader “beast” who demands everyone take the mark on their hand or forehead. Thank God!

If you think about it, this makes sense. Scripture has warned those who take the mark of the beast will be damned forever. The beast cannot force the people of God to take the mark, because it is impossible for them to be damned. So, of course, God makes sure we are not here for that most evil time.

However, a lot will have happened before the moment of our Rapture in Revelation 11:15. Six of the seven seals will have been opened. Six of the seven trumpets will have sounded, followed by all of the destruction and woes they announce.

At this point, understand Revelation is an ongoing study for me. I will not begin in this post to attempt the whole of it. However, I will comment broadly on its content, and then on one specific thing that is timely and pertinent.

We need to all remember that Revelation is a series of visions given to John. We must treat them as we treat all dreams and visions, as heavily symbolic, not necessarily literal.

Too many scholars have tried to force fit this symbolic book into a series of literal events. I believe it is a mixture of some literal language mixed with a larger amount of symbolism. And in my honest opinion, those not surrendered and filled with the Holy Spirit, and additionally, those not skilled in the interpretation of dreams and visions should not attempt to interpret it.

Now, as to the one specific thing I do want to comment on:

In the sixth trumpet, the next to last, notice that plagues are mentioned. Revelation 9:20 says, “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands…”

Two things. One, most people will not connect the destruction happening around them as a sign from God of the need to repent and change. And two, we will be in the midst of plagues, plural.

Is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking, about COVID-19? It is a plague upon mankind, possibly one of many more to come. Or, could it possibly be the last of many in history?

Either way, we are in the last decades, friends. There has never been a better time to purify our lives before Him, sober our minds and be watchful, to surrender ourselves to His Holy Spirit daily. He will comfort, companion and guide us every day to come.

There has also never been a better time for us to pray for and witness to our unsaved friends and family. Realize, it will become harder for them to hear if the culture continues to deny God and continues choosing self-serving idols over our loving Creator.

But, family, what a Revelation! The day of Christ coming for us is inches away on the human history timeline. What a day of reunion and rejoicing that will be, for those of us who have entrusted our hearts to Him!

Stay in Him, our wonderful Savior. He is our refuge and strength, as He has always been for His people.

I pray you are focused, strengthened and encouraged by this word today. Church, bride of Christ, Israel of God… we are in this together.

Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you, and give you peace (Numbers 6).

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

I had a dream about the Rapture

I had a dream yesterday in which I witnessed the Rapture. The Rapture is that teaching that Jesus will take up His family, His followers, before (or some say during) the end time tribulation when all hell breaks out on the planet.

I’m going to tell you something I’ve not mentioned before, but the Holy Spirit showed me the moment of the Rapture in Revelation a few years ago. And I’m going to share it with you, hopefully as soon as tomorrow. I’ve already started gathering all of the pertinent verses and writing.

But, first, the dream:

April 3, 2020

I was watching children walk down the middle aisle in church while an audience looked on. It was a joyous celebration, everyone seemed happy to be there, like at a wedding. The children were walking toward the stage wearing wreaths of flowers. Flowers were on the pews.

I found particularly odd that there was snow everywhere, all over the pews, the floor, inside the building. Then, even odder, as the children were walking down the aisle, they suddenly disappeared. As soon as I was thinking, ‘how did they do that?’, I noticed the audience was gone also. And the snow was gone. The place had literally emptied in the blink of an eye.

Next thing I knew, I was choosing a pretty seashell from one of two display tables at the front of the church. It was a very unique one, unlike any I’d seen. It was small, very rounded, like a small ball. But on one side some of the shell was curved up and doubled back over itself to the halfway point on top. I loved it, and in the dream I planned to give it to my friend, Pat.

When I awoke, I prayed for interpretation and very soon realized I’d witnessed everyone in the church suddenly disappear: it was the Rapture!

That morning, I began studying all the passages I knew that hinted of this event. I couldn’t find my old notes from a few years back, so I started over.

Within an hour or two, Pat, the very friend I’d thought to give the shell in the dream, called me! This is not a frequent thing, we typically talk every few weeks at best. We chatted about a dream she’d had, and then my dream came up.

I told her I believed the Holy Spirit had revealed the moment of the rapture to me in Scripture and shared it with her. This was a fulfillment of the dream prophecy! Just as in the dream, I planned to share a unique gift with her, I did it that very day in real life.

In the dream, the shape of the seashell was the shape of the world! The part that gracefully curved up and back over itself to the top reminded me of two things: a truth partially covered, and the literal motion of people ‘rapturing!’ Up, over and out! Note, the shell had been left on a table at the front of the church, like on a gift table during a wedding. It was a gift for the bride with a partially hidden message!

More symbolism. The snow can mean two things: White means purity. This was the bride of Christ, the holy people of God celebrating Him. Second, white means winter, which signals the last season of the year, or the last season of this portion of human history.

I share the dreams, the symbols and interpretation in order to help you learn and perhaps grow in interpreting your own dreams, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Please see recent posts about dreams that will give you resources to begin learning this very biblical skill and gift from God.

Be encouraged! The rapture is real. Give me maybe a day to compile all of the Scripture and pull my post together which will reveal what the Holy Spirit showed me about the moment of Rapture in Revelation.

It was there all along… just partially ‘hidden’, like the gift of the little world-shaped seashell. It is waiting to be discovered. Let’s do it together!

Back soon!

Will Elijah Come Again? No, Elijah has already come.

This is written to counter a recent article circulating the net claiming the people of God should expect Elijah to come back to earth before the Return of Christ. It is not the first time I have heard this teaching, and it is false! Realize, it is important to challenge such teaching, for if we are not grounded in truth, we make ourselves vulnerable to deception in the end times.

Here is the background. At the beginning of Matthew 17, Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John. They witnessed Him transform into His true, glorious form, where Scripture tells us ‘His face shone like the sun and His clothing became white as light’.

Appearing alongside Jesus were the spirits of Moses and Elijah. Peter in his enthusiasm offered to make booths for each of them, momentarily failing to realize Who should have been his only priority. God’s voice came from heaven in response, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

So often, just like Peter, we slide off point in attempting to interpret the will of God and His Word. The focal point, the bullseye if you will, is always Messiah. Any movement, however slight, off center of Him misses the mark.

You see, Moses and Elijah appeared along with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration to make a point. The most revered prophets of Judaism were with Jesus! Then God made sure everyone present understood which of them was solely Lord and Master: His Son!

The circulating article I mentioned at the start, conjectured that when Elijah returns in the end times, he will likely ‘restore’ traditions of Judaism before the return of Christ. Oops, he missed the mark and the priority, that being Christ, not Judaism!

Now, I love teaching that helps us understand our Hebraic roots and connects Old and New Testaments. It helps us put all the pieces of the Scriptural puzzle together, and when it is done right, it points us to our Savior again and again. This is already happening through great scholars today like Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, for one.

But, any teaching that the people of God must return to traditions or especially laws of Judaism is strictly false and misleading. The New Testament declared the law obsolete. Paul explained it once served as a ‘nanny’ to the ancient people of God, and was retired at the cross. We now have our Bridegroom and His Spirit to guide us. To crawl back to the nanny is absurd and offensive to Him!

Back to Elijah. Should we expect him to come again, to restore Judaism and usher in the end times before Christ returns? No. Jesus, in Matthew 17, makes it very plain that Elijah already came a second time, and His mission was none other than to point the way to Christ.

Listen in to His conversation with the disciples:

MATTHEW 17:10-13

His disciples asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say Elijah must come first?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Elijah certainly comes first, and restores all things. But I say to you, Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, and have done to him what they wished. Likewise also the Son of man shall suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist.

Friends, I do not pretend to fully understand how John the Baptist was Elijah. Was he a literal reincarnation of the ancient prophet? Or, did he possess a symbolic spirit of Elijah, bring back the same message as Elijah? I cannot say, and have heard it taught different ways.

But, the core message is clear. Jesus informed us no matter how you look at it, Elijah’s message did echo on earth a second time through John the Baptist before the ministry of Christ began.

This leaves us with a solid conclusion: Elijah is not coming yet another time. For, the focal point in time for which the prophet Elijah and John the Baptist were prepping us was Jesus’ ministry/death/resurrection, not His end-time return.

The time of the cross was the most important moment in human history! Within that pivotal event lies the identity of our Savior, that He gave everything for us, and that He became the only way through Whom we can be restored to the Father.

Once more, hear the words of God the Father, and then listen to those of His Son, as He instructed!

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him! (God, the Father; Matt 17:5)

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (Jesus; John 14:6)

Before closing, let’s reflect once more on the message of John the Baptist, for it is most certainly needed today!

MATTHEW 3:1-3

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him’.”

John did what was prophesied and prepared the way for Jesus to be received by His people. And Jesus brought the kingdom of heaven to earth, as John declared.

Will you recognize the focal point of the entire Bible, and of history: Jesus our Redeemer and Messiah, and know and trust Him today?

[2020 Update: I believe it may be meaningful to say a similar message to Elijah and John the Baptist may be echoing on earth again right now, as it certainly has many points along the way in history, as needed.
The very Pastor and Rabbi I mentioned within the article above, Jonathan Cahn, is what I would call a prophet to America. His teaching centers on repentance for America, and a call for believers to return to Jesus with our whole heart.
I urge every believer reading this to check out Pastor Cahn’s messages on youtube, especially The Harbinger, The Paradigm, and more. Very, very timely subjects for America today, and you will love his enthusiastic, loving spirit.
I want to be clear, however, that in no way do we believe Jonathan Cahn is a reincarnation of Elijah. He is simply another uniquely anointed prophet with a clear and strong message of repentance in an increasingly evil world. And how many times has the message of repentance been needed in the last two plus millenia? Many!
In truth, we should all seek to bring that message, like Elijah and John the Baptist, back to life in our communities. Our world needs it like never before, because we’ve never been a more populated world! And, Jesus IS coming soon! We see the evidence of God’s timeclock being at a very late hour.
Please know we are lifting up our nation and the world in this difficult season of COVID-19! May every reader feel the comforting presence and love of Christ today!]