Unmysterious Rapture Timing Verses 

Chapter 7 of Reclaiming the Rapture : Unmysterious Rapture Timing Verses 

In contrast to the Bible’s lack of verses supporting a secret Pre- Tribulation rapture, there are so many verses confirming the timing of the Second Coming rapture/gathering that they will be presented below in groups. Verses that prove that there will be a resurrection and rapture are listed first. Then, verses establishing the order of events are grouped to show: that the resurrection will happen before the rapture/gathering; the resurrection will happen at the end (last trumpet); and the resurrection, rapture, and gathering will happen 

at the time of judgment/indignation. 

Verses Affirming the Resurrection 

Isa. 26:19 Your dead shall liveAwake and sing, you who dwell in dust 

Dan. 12:2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake… 

Psa. 17:15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. 

Isa. 25:8 He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. 

Job 19:25-27 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! 

Psa. 49:14, 15 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me. Selah. 

Job 14:12 So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, they will not awake nor be roused from their sleep. [Rev. 6:14 Then the sky receded as a scroll…] 

Phil. 3:11, 20, 21 If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead…for our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. 

Acts 24:15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 

Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 

Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!” 

Luke 14:14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just. 

Luke 20:34, 35 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage.” 

Rapture/Gathering Verses 

The terms “rapture” and “gathering” will be used interchangeably since “rapture” is used only once to describe this event. The more common term is “gathering”. Paul uses this term interchangeably with rapture in Second Thess. 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him… 

Isa. 11:12, 13 He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth…Ephraim shall not envy Judah, And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.

Deut. 30:3-6 That the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the LORD your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. 

Ezek. 11:16-20 Therefore say, “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’” Therefore say, “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.’” 

Ezek. 36:24-28 “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.” 

Ezek. 28:25, 26 “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘When I have gathered the house of Israel [there were two houses: Judah and Israel] from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, 

build houses, and plant vineyards (see Isa. 65:21); yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God.’” 

Isa. 49:5, 6 And now the LORD says, “Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him [referring to Jesus], so that Israel is gathered to Him” (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength), Indeed He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” 

Isa. 54:7 For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you. 

Isa. 56:8 The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, “Yet I will gather to him others besides those who are gathered to him.” 

Jer. 23:3-6 “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 

Jer. 31:1, 8-12, 33 “At the same time,” says the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.” “Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labors with child, together; a great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn.” Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, 

‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing  in the height of  Zion, streaming to the goodness  of the LORD– for wheat and new wine and oil, for the young of the flock and the herd; their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all…” “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 

Jer. 32:37-40 “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.” 

Ezek. 20:34 “I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the Lord GOD. 

Ezek. 20:41, 42 I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I raised My hand in an oath to give to your fathers. 

Ezek. 28:25, 26 Thus says the Lord GOD: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards 

[see Isaiah 65:21]; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God.” 

Ezek. 34:11-13, 16, 17, 23-25, 30 For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.” “And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats [see Matt. 25:32].’” “I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them–My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.” “And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken. I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.” “Thus they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord GOD. 

Ezek. 37:19-28 …say to them, “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand. And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.’” “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places 

in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.’” 

Ezek. 39:25-29 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name – after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” says the Lord GOD. 

Hos. 1:11 Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and appoint for themselves one head; and they shall come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel! 

Joel 3:1 For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem. 

Mic. 2:12 I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together like sheep of the fold, like a flock in the midst of their pasture; they shall make a loud noise because of so many people. 

Zeph. 3:19, 20 “Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you; I will save the lame, And gather those who were driven out; I will appoint them for praise and fame In every land where they were put to shame. At that time I will bring you back, Even at the time I gather you; For I will give you fame and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I return your captives before your eyes,” Says the LORD. 

Zech. 10:6-10 I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; for I am the LORD their God, and I will hear them. Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. I will whistle for them and gather them, for I will redeem them; and they shall increase as they once increased. I will sow them among the peoples, and they shall remember Me in far countries; they shall live, together with their children, and they shall return. I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, until no more room is found for them. 

Matt. 13:30, 38-43, 47-49 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” 

The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, 

but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just. 

Matt. 25:32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 

Mark 13:27 And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven. 

Luke 3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire. 

Second Thess. 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him… 

Jer. 30:3, 4 “For behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,” says the LORD. “And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.” Now these are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah. 

Jer. 30:6-11 “Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor, and all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” “For it shall come to pass in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will break his yoke from your neck, and will burst your bonds; foreigners shall no more enslave them. But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,” says the LORD, “nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid.” “For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.” 

Jer. 30:18-24 Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; 

The Unmysterious Timing of the Rapture 

Chapter 6 of Reclaiming of Rapture : The Unmysterious Timing of the Rapture 

The timing of the rapture (the gathering) is not a mystery. Scripture repeatedly says in plain and simple language that it will occur immediately after the tribulation of those days…He 

will send out his angels to gather His elect. Matt. 24:29-31 The prophets, Jesus, and the disciples plainly tell us the timing; we need not look to shadows and types in Scripture nor to the Jewish wedding feast, nor any other complex reasoning in order to deduce it – it will happen after the tribulation of those days. The goal of this chapter is to show the overwhelming amount of Scripture which plainly speaks of the timing of the resurrection, rapture, and return of the Lord. 

The terms “rapture” and “gathering” will be used interchangeably since “rapture” is used only once to describe this event; the more common term is “gathering”. Paul uses this term interchangeably with rapture in Second Thess. 2:1, Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him… 

It is my belief that many cannot see this (including myself formerly) because they believe that God started a new and different program with “the Church,” and that He put His promises to Israel on hold until the time of the last seven years of this age. However, from Genesis 12 to the last page of Revelation the story is all about the descendants (both physical and spiritual) of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Consequently, the resurrection and rapture directly pertain to Israel. God will graciously include the Gentiles in these events because, as Paul stated; 

You, once Gentiles…were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise…Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Eph. 2:12, 13, 15, 16 19 

This means that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel. Eph. 3:6. This is true because there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Col. 3:11 

The bottom line is, the gathering/rapture will include all who have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17) whether they are Jewish or Gentile. 

The missing link in understanding the rapture is, in my opinion, the restoration of the two houses of Judah and Israel. There are dozens of verses which speak specifically about the two houses, yet somehow the fact that the prophets mentioned these houses by name has been overlooked by popular theologians. 

The ability to recognize the plethora of Bible verses about the resurrection and rapture requires a basic understanding of who will be resurrected, raptured, and gathered. A full discussion of the scattering of Israel, and the identity of the God fearing people who would become the Gentile church, is beyond the scope of this book. Suffice it to say that there is a household of God (according to Paul’s definition above) of which the Gentiles have become fellow citizens. The Gathering will be the time when Jesus will gather all of His people who have been scattered. 

It is my hope that this book will bring clarity and show how straightforward the passages concerning this event are. There was a time I could not see what I am now teaching. It was not until I demanded to see the actual verses for the timing of the Pre- Tribulation rapture that I found there were none. And no one else could find any verses either. Once I was willing to reconsider the rapture paradigm, I discovered that despite this fact, there are many people who maintain that it will come before the time of Jacob’s trouble; and yet they cannot give even one verse to prove their timing. 

Consider, for example, the popular Pre-Tribulation defender Mark Hitchcock. Hitchcock correctly states in his book, The End, that there is no verse! “While no single verse says Jesus is coming to rapture his saints before the seven-year Tribulation, there are clear statements that He is coming to deliver His people from the coming wrath.”27 (emphasis mine) 

The reality is that God plainly revealed the timing of the resurrection and the gathering (rapture) through the prophets Isaiah, Daniel, and others. 

Isaiah 26:19-21 Resurrection/Rapture/Second Coming 

Let’s start with the earliest, and perhaps the clearest, passage we have. Isaiah 26:19-21 contains the resurrection, rapture, and return of the Lord. This passage will serve as our standard by which all other prophetic passages will be measured. (Key words are highlighted to make the comparison with other passages easier.) 

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. Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; 

Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, 

Until the indignation [ָֽז עם za’am] is past. 

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. Isa. 26:19-21 

The phrase “Your dead shall live” is the resurrection, plain and simple. Those sleeping in the dust, God says, will awake and sing. The prophet Daniel was also promised (Dan. 12:2) that he would arise to his inheritance at the end of the days. Dan. 12:13 Likewise, Martha confessed that her brother Lazarus would rise on the last day (John 11:24). 

The resurrection is also pegged after the time of trouble when Michael “shall stand up”. 

At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, 

Every one who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan. 12:1, 2 

This time of trouble is apparently a reference to a conflict between the angel Michael and Satan in Revelation 12. 

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev. 12:7-9 

The conflict between Michael and Satan is 3 ½ years before the return of Jesus. According to Revelation 12:14, Satan will attempt to destroy the Woman (Israel) but she will be protected for a time, times, and half a time, or 3 ½ years. This time of protection concurs with Daniel 12:1 which says, and at that time your people shall be delivered. The resurrection then follows the time of great trial; it does not precede it, as taught by the Pre-Tribulation rapture doctrine. 

The Rapture (Gathering and Hiding Away) 

The resurrection is then followed by God inviting His people to enter their chambers, shut the doors and hide for a bit until His indignation is past. Just as the apostle Paul said that the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up…1 Thess. 4:16-17. Why does God invite them to enter into chambers and hide? He tells them to do so because He is coming “out of His place to punish inhabitants of the earth”! Thus according to Isaiah, the resurrection will occur, followed by the rapture (gathering and hiding away) which is necessary because God Himself is coming out of his place with great indignation. 

In Isaiah 13:4-5 we read that the nations are gathered in the mountains and that “the LORD of hosts musters the army for battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven– The LORD 

and His weapons of indignation [ָֽז עם za’am], to destroy the whole 

land. The indignation spoken of is the same word used in Isaiah 26 – this is the day of the Lord, also known as the second coming of Jesus. 

On that day people will wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Isa. 13:6 As a result of His coming, all hands will be limp; every man’s heart will melt. And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames. Isa. 13:7-8 Jesus said that all the nations will wail at his return (Matt. 24:30). Both Isaiah and John mention that they will run into the caves of the rocks and call on them to fall on them and hide them from the face of God, which we will discuss in more detail later. 

This indignation [ָֽז עם za’am] is the reason that God calls His 

people to enter into their chambers and hide for a moment until it is passed. As we read in Isaiah 13:9, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it.” It will also be that the “stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine,” Isa. 13:10 in that day when He returns. 

Jesus reiterated all of these details while adding just a bit of His own flair; everything Jesus (and later the disciples) said about the resurrection, rapture, and return had already been mentioned in the Scriptures (the Tanakh28). It is important to understand that they were not adding new doctrines; they were simply reiterating (and sometimes elaborating on) what God had already revealed previously. If there were any questions in anyone’s mind as to when the rapture would happen, Jesus stated plainly that it will come after the tribulation. He was drawing upon the words of Isaiah. 

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matt. 24:29, 30 

As mentioned before, the reason they will mourn is because the Day of the Lord has come. In Chapter 2, Isaiah describes the time of tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth in the “latter days” (Isa. 2:2) because God Himself was coming to shake the earth. 

God revealed to Isaiah that people would Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty. The message is reiterated in verses 19 and 21 to demonstrate its certainty; and the timing is given precisely when men will go into hiding: 

They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. Isa. 2:19, 21 

We then have another witness from the book of Revelation which is exactly parallel to Isaiah’s: And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains. Rev. 6:15 

The kings, great men, etc. then serve as eye witnesses as to why they seek refuge in the caves; because the great day of God’s wrath has come…and [they] said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Rev. 6:16, 17 

Isaiah 2 provides the key to understanding that the day of the Lord is the day that Jesus comes, because the blasphemies will cease: The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day, Isa. 2:11 God revealed in both Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5, 6 that the Beast (Antichrist) would be given 3 ½ years, or 42 months, to blaspheme those in heaven. 

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. Rev. 13:5-6 

Since the Antichrist will blaspheme God in heaven for the last 42 months at the end of the age, then the day of the Lord cannot begin until after that time, since God so clearly revealed: 

For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up– and it shall be brought low 

upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan; upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up; upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall; upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops. The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, but the idols He shall utterly abolish. Isa. 2:12-18 

The Beast will exalt himself for 42 months and his loftiness will be brought low in the day of the Lord; which means that the Day of the Lord only begins when He arises to shake the earth mightily. Isa. 2:19, 21 

Isaiah 24 describes in gruesome detail what the destruction will look like when the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants. Isa. 24:1 It will be a time when the land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered. Isa. 24:3 God declares that the earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away. Isa. 24:4 An important time marker is given: the haughty people of the earth languish. Isa. 24:4 The haughtiness of men will be brought low in this chapter as in Chapter Two. This judgment will come about because the “earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Isa. 24:5 Instead of the blasphemies that the Beast had been hurling up to God and those in heaven, fear and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. Isa. 24:17 

We know this time is precisely parallel to Revelation 6:15-17 because we are told that the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth are shaken. Isa. 24:18 John saw in Revelation 6 that the heavens would recede like a scroll (Rev. 6:14, see also Isa. 34:4.) The heavens will open up on the day that Jesus is revealed from heaven in fire (2 Thess. 1:7, 8) to judge the inhabitants of the earth. 

…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess. 1:7, 8 

This is parallel to Isaiah: 

For behold, the LORD will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword the LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many. Isa. 66:15,16 

Jesus’ unveiling (revelation) from heaven is the time when the heavens will recede like a scroll. When that happens the entire earth will be startled completely and the mountains and hills will be scattered and bowed down (Hab. 3:6) because God will come from Teman (Hab. 3:3) and He will have “rays flashing from His hand,” where “His power was hidden.” (Hab. 3:4) 

Accordingly, when this moment comes, the earth will be “violently broken,” and “split open,” and “shaken exceedingly” (Isa. 24:19). Furthermore, 

The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again. Isa. 24:20 

The day that this happens is the day that God will judge both the fallen angels on high and also the kings and the mighty men on the earth, which John also saw in Revelation 6. 

It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. Isa. 24:21 

We are now ready to compare the rapture from our three sources: Isaiah 26, Matthew 24, and First Thessalonians Four. We discovered in Isaiah 26 that the people are told to enter their chambers until the indignation is past, which is the very day that Jesus returns. Jesus said that at His coming He would send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt. 24:31 

The verses listed in the next chapter follow the pattern shown in Isaiah 26:19-26, with the resurrection followed by the hiding away because Jesus is coming to judge. The verses are listed in order of relevance rather than the order in which they appear in the Bible. As stated earlier in the chapter, God’s promise to reunite the House of Israel with the House of Judah is the key to understanding the importance of the Gathering (the united kingdom had split into two nations). 

The Emperor Has No Clothes & the Pretrib Rapture Doctrine Has No Verse!

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES: An analysis of the so called pretribulational verses as taught by Mark Hitchcock, and many other prominent pretrib rapturists.

I had the privilege of eating breakfast with Hitchcock at the Pretrib Rapture Conference in Dallas, TX in 2012, so this is

“WHILE NO SINGLE VERSE SAYS JESUS IS COMING TO RAPTURE HIS SAINTS BEFORE the seven-year Tribulation…” Pg 136

not an attack on his character or love for the Lord. I simply think that it is time that we demand to see the evidence which the pretrib rapture doctrine is based on. We can no longer claim that the timing is a mystery on the one hand, and then on the other hand, claim that it will certainly happen before the tribulation. If someone has a verse or contiguous passage to prove the pretribulational rapture, let him submit that evidence once and for all.

Hitchcock admits that there isn’t a single verse for the pretrib rapture. Notice that his evidence rests on other verses, namely that we will be delivered from the wrath to come. So, if it could we show (which we can) that the wrath is not the entire seven years, but the very day that Jesus’ comes back (which the eye witnesses in Rev 6 shout out), then the entire pretrib rapture argument fails.

QUOTE from Hitchcock’s book, The End:
“WHILE NO SINGLE VERSE SAYS JESUS IS COMING TO RAPTURE HIS SAINTS BEFORE the seven-year Tribulation, there are clear statements that He is coming to deliver His people from the coming wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). Thus, it STANDS TO REASON that God will use the Rapture to accomplish this promise. Also, it’s important to note that many biblical doctrines, such as the Trinity, the inerrancy of Scripture, and the dual nature of Christ, are NOT SPELLED CLEARLY IN ONE VERSE.” Mark Hitchcock, The End, Pg 136. [emphasis mine] END QUOTE

As expected, Hitchcock, like every other Pretrib teacher, must call the “Trinity” to the stand as a witness as a distraction to the real question – “where is the timing verse for the pretrib rapture?” Let’s not get caught in that trap but actually look at the verses that he has offered as proof of the pretrib rapture.

The first supposed proof is in Revelation 6 where the men of the world in are eye witnesses of the return of Jesus! This fact is missed because pretribbers almost always read Revelation as a chronologically straightforward book, when it is anything but (we see ALL the islands and mountains moving out of their places in BOTH Revelation 6:14 and Rev 16:20 – thus proving that they are same exact event but repeated in the text.)

Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. (Rev 6:14) And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, (Rev 6:15) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (Rev 6:16) For the great DAY OF HIS WRATH is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Rev 6:17)

I have included the “pretrib rapture” verses that Hitchcock cites in his book The End, pg 150. Please read them slowly and thoughtfully. Notice that NONE of them…NOT EVEN ONE gives us the timing of the pretrib rapture. Some speak of the resurrection or the transformation but NOT EVEN ONE tells us that the (PRETRIB) Rapture will happen before the Great Tribulation. I hope that it will become evident that the EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.

John 14:1-3 1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Rom 8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Cor 1:7-8 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. ESV2011[WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Cor 15:51-53 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? – SURE, WE HAVE THE RESURRECTION, BUT NO TIMING REFERENCE AT ALL]

1Cor 16:22 If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Phil 3:20-21 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? THERE IS A TRANSFORMATION BUT NO TIMING REFERENCE]

Phil 4:5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Col 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Col 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Thess 1:10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? THE WRATH OCCURS AT THE SECOND COMING, ACCORDING TO THE EYE WITNESSES IN REVELATION 6:16-17]

1Thess 2:13-18 13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last! 17 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Thess 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? THE WRATH OCCURS AT THE SECOND COMING, ACCORDING TO THE EYE WITNESSES IN REVELATION 6:16-17]

1Thess 5:23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Thess 5:2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? LATER PAUL SAYS THAT THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL NOT BE LIKE A THIEF TO US BELIEVERS BECAUSE WE ARE OF THE DAY AND NOT THE NIGHT]

2Thess 2:1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

2Thess 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED. NO MENTION OF THE RAPTURE.]

2Thess 2:1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Tim 6:14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Tim 6:2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

2Tim 4:1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

2Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Titus 2:13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Heb 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a SECOND TIME, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. ESV2011 [THIS IS TALKING ABOUT THE SECOND COMING!]

Jas 5:7-9 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Jas 5:1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Pet 1:7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Pet 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ESV2011 [THE REVELATION OF JESUS IS THE LITERALLY THE UNVEILING OF JESUS AKA THE SECOND COMING – AGAIN THIS IS NOT A PRETRIB RAPTURE VERSE]

1Pet 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1Pet 5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

1John 2:28-3:2 28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? THIS SPEAKS OF OUR TRANSFORMATION BUT NOT THE TIMING OF A PRETRIB RAPTURE…IT SAYS WHEN HE APPEARS]

Jude 1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]

Rev 2:15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE???]
Rev 3:10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. ESV2011 [WHERE IS THE PRETRIB RAPTURE??? – AN HOUR OF TEMPTATION NOT A SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION]
I remember looking at such a huge list of verses and thinking that it had to be true simply because there were so many verses in favor of it. But when we actually go through the list verse by verse and demand to see the evidence, it is clear that it just isn’t there. So, from one of the premiere pretribulational scholars of our day, there isn’t a single verse, which he already admitted, that gives the timing of the pretrib rapture. As a Bible teacher, I can teach nothing more than what is truly in the text and the pretrib rapture is not in the text. If you know of any other verse, please share the verse and show us where it says it.

Blood Red Moons and the Second Coming: Are the Four Blood Red Moons Signs of the Rapture

Blood Red Moons and the Second Coming

Are the Four Blood Red Moons Signs of the Rapture?

The rapture of the Church is believed by many to be very close due to a series of four lunar eclipses which fall on biblical feast days. According to Joel 2:31, the moon will be turned into “blood before

the Day of the Lord.” Because the “Day of the Lord” is frequently believed to be equivalent to the seven years of the tribulation, then the moon becoming blood red is considered to be a sign of the impending tribulation, and if the tribulation is near, then so too must be the rapture. In other words, the theory rests on two major premises and a conclusion:

  • a phenomenon which causes the moon to turn red points toward the Day of the Lord and
  • the Day of the Lord is equivalent to the tribulation;,
  • therefore, the rapture will happen soon because believers are taken out of the world before the tribulation.

When dealing with a syllogism (a logical argument), the conclusion can only be true if the preliminary premises are true. There are, however, two major mistakes in this theory of the blood red moons. The first is that they are focusing solely on the moon, when the Bible is clear that there will be a phenomenon in the sun and the stars too: the Bible clearly tells us how the sun, moon, and stars become darkened. The second error arises from assuming that the Day of the Lord is the same as the tribulation. The ­­­Bible is also clear that these are two distinct events. We will explore both issues in this article.

First though, to be fair, I must admit that I once believed in the blood red moon craze. It made sense and it was exciting because it just so happened that between 2014 and 2015 there would be a tetrad (a series of four lunar eclipses where the moon turns to a reddish color). Add to that fact that those would occur on biblical feast days, and voila! You have something of Biblical proportions!

Messianic pastor Mark Biltz was the first discover that these eclipses fell on biblical feast days, and then pastor John Hagee followed it up with a book of his own. As a dedicated researcher, I also went to the NASA website to check the dates for myself. I was excited to discover that there really would be eclipses at those stated times, and they had indeed occurred in the past. In fact, those occurrences in the past seemed to line up with other significant events in the life of the Jewish people. For example: There was a tetrad in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue which was the same year that the Jews also got kicked out of Spain…that was definitely significant. There was another tetrad in 1949, just after the War of Independence. Then there was another tetrad which was around the time of the 1967 Six Day War. Since all of those seemed to be very significant, then the tetrad of 2014-15 would invariably be significant as well and could in fact be a sign of the nearness of the rapture.

Is Just the Moon Affected?

Blood moon Figure 1

Figure 1 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Lava flow with full moon

I was sad to discover that I could not hold the theory any longer because the moon-turning-to-blood had to also be accompanied by a sign in the sun and the stars. The tetrad / blood red moon sign fails because it focuses solely on a phenomenon in the moon, when Scripture is clear that simultaneously with the moon turning to blood, the sun will be darkened, and the stars will not give their light. We see this when we look at the entire verse in Joel 2:31:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, ​And the moon into blood, ​Before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the Lord. (Joel 2:31)

In the same chapter of Joel, where the moon turns to blood, we discover that “the sun and moon grow dark, ​and the stars diminish their brightness.” (Joel 2:10) This is confirmed from the book of Isaiah where we read about all three phenomena occurring: the stars don’t give their light, the sun is darkened, and the moon doesn’t shine:

For the stars of heaven and their constellations ​will not give their light; ​The sun will be darkened in its going forth, ​and the moon will not cause its light to shine. (Isa 13:10)

Therefore, the blood red moon prediction fails twice in the book of Joel and also once from the book of Isaiah because three things must occur for the sign to be valid: the sun, moon, and stars must not give their light. Obviously, the sun has not grown dark, nor have the stars diminished their brightness.

 

The Day of the Lord is the Day Yeshua Returns

One of the strongest proofs we have that the Day of the Lord is the same as the second coming (and not the entire seven year or 3 ½ year tribulation, depending on how you see it) is the fact that God alone will be exalted in that day. In Isaiah 2, God twice declares (in verses 11-12 and 17) that in that day He ALONE will be exalted. If God exclusively will be lifted up in that day, yet during the tribulation, there exists someone who is blaspheming him, then the tribulation cannot be that day:

 

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, ​The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, ​And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the Day of the Lord of hosts ​Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, ​Upon everything lifted up– ​And it shall be brought low– (Isa 2:11-12)

 

Yahweh Himself declares to us in no uncertain terms that He only will be revered in that day, and hence, it cannot be the same as any part of the tribulation since we are also told in equally explicit language that one known as the Beast, Little Horn, or Antichrist, will exalt himself and speak blasphemies against God and against those in heaven for a period of forty-two months. God foretells this through several of His prophets, thereby confirming the matter by at least two witnesses as required by His own instructions.

 

Daniel sees this three times in his visions, thereby establishing it and even highlighting the future reality:

…And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. ​ (Dan 7:8b)

“I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking… (Dan 7:11a)

He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host… (Dan 8:11a)

“Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. (Dan 11:36)

He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. (Dan 11:37)

 

Paul taught about the “son of perdition” who would exalt himself as God:

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. (2Thess 2:4)

 

Lastly, in the Book of Revelation, John is told three times (which confirms the severity of the offense) that this person will blaspheme God and those who dwell in heaven:

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. (Rev 13:5-6)

 

We must therefore conclude that during the tribulation, God is not being glorified or worshipped as God, but is in fact being blasphemed in a way unlike any in human history. That being the case, there is no way that the Day of the Lord, in which God alone is exalted, could be the duration of the tribulation. It must refer to the time immediately after the tribulation, also known as the Second Coming of Yeshua, because without question, He alone will be exalted in that day.

When and How Will the Blood Moons Take Place?

Since the tetrads are not an indicator of the timing nor are they the means by which the moons turns to blood and the sun and stars are darkened, what is? Does something physically happen to them? God has revealed to His prophets what will cause the darkness and blood red moon to occur.

 

God first declares that the conditions which cause the sun to be turned to darkness and the moon to turn to blood will be because of clouds and thick darkness:

A day of darkness and gloominess, ​A day of clouds and thick darkness, ​like the morning clouds spread over the mountains (Joel 2:2)

God goes on to declare that there will be “blood and fire and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30) So, there will be lots of smoke and clouds. Yahweh repeats this through his prophet Zephaniah:

That day is a day of wrath, ​A day of trouble and distress, ​A day of devastation and desolation, ​A day of darkness and gloominess, ​A day of clouds and thick darkness, (Zeph 1:15)

 

Yahweh confirms it through the prophet Ezekiel as well:

When I put out your light, ​I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; ​I will cover the sun with a cloud, ​And the moon shall not give her light. (Ezek 32:7)

 

So, we see that the three things – sun, moon, stars – are going to be darkened because of a clouds and thick smoke. Finally, in the book of Revelation, Yahweh shows us from where the smoke comes that will cover the sun, moon, and stars. It is the Destroyer (Abaddon) opening the Abyss.

 

Satan and his angels (described as stars in Rev 12:4) will be cast to the earth. John is shown that the great star (Satan/Abaddon) is given the key to open the Abyss which results in a tremendous amount of smoke coming out which darkens the sun and the air, just as described in the former prophets:

 

“And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.” (Rev 9:1-2)

 

Hence, Yahweh has revealed how the sun, moon, and stars will be darkened which will be from the great amount of smoke that will be released when the Abyss is opened.

 

Red moon from fire in California

Figure 2 Smoke from the Tea Fire 2008 gives full moon blood moon effect

How could smoke in the sky cause the moon to become blood red? Several years ago, there were some forest fires in Southern California, where I live. I looked up and saw that the moon was blood red. At first I thought it was a sign, but then I realized that when the moon is covered by smoke (ash), it appears red. Figure 1 shows a moon as seen through smoke.

Figure 2 is another picture of the moon seen through a layer of ash from a fire in 2008. The moon has predictably appeared to change color because of the smoke.

 

Figure 3 California fires darken sun

Figure 3 California fires darken sun

If that smoke is thick enough, it would cause the sun to be darkened, just like as if it were covered by sackcloth, and it goes without saying that the stars – which are lesser in light than the sun – will not give their light. This is not speculation, but observation. Figure 3 is from a California fire that darkened the sun. As witnessed from the smoke covering the sun, it then had the appearance of being covered by something thick and dark…like sackcloth.

In 2011, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted, releasing smoke like a great furnace, offering us an example of what to look for. It covered the entire sky of Iceland and grounded flights across Europe because of the ash. The sun looked like it was covered with sackcloth (See figure 4).

 

Examine the photos in this article or conduct your own internet research to see for yourself. Notice

Figure 4 Smoke billows like a great furnace from Icelandic volcano

Figure 4 Smoke billows like a great furnace from Icelandic volcano

that the smoke coming out of a volcano is enough to cover the sky, “like out of a great furnace” and can cover the sun, moon, and stars.

 

 

 

 

 

We have seen that the sun, moon, and stars will all (simultaneously) fail to give their light because of the opening of the Abyss, which will be like the opening of a great furnace. The smoke that comes out will cover the sky and consequently block the light of the sun, moon, and stars; the verses we have discussed and the pictures in this article give an illustration of how it might happen and what

Iceland Eruption Sky covered billows of smoke figure 5

Figure 5 The 2011 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption covers the sky

it could look like.

 

Thus the blood red moons of the four sequential eclipses are completely a non-issue when it comes to why the moon turns to blood. To suggest that the tetrads hold any biblical significance is fantasy; not a single Bible verse supports the theory. What the Bible does tell us is that the timing of the blood red moon will occur sometime after the Abyss is opened. This event will happen after Satan is cast down from heaven being defeated by Michael and his angels. Sometime after being cast out, he is given the key to open the Abyss and then smoke rises out like out of a great furnace so that it covers the sky, somewhat like what happens at the eruption of a massive volcano, like that of Iceland in 2011 (Rev 12:4,9; 8:10-12; 9:1,2,11). Thus the timing of the blood red moon is after the mid-point of Daniel’s seventieth week and the means of the moon turning to blood is the sky being covered by the smoke which rises from the Abyss. (See my video The Second Coming and the Battle of Armageddon for a more detailed explanation.)

Conclusion

In conclusion, the blood red moon craze is something that is based on a faulty foundation. Its first assumption, that the four total lunar eclipses are the fulfillment of the blood red moons mentioned in Scripture, fails because the sign must appear not only in the moon, but also in the sun and stars. The tetrads, both past and present, while very interesting astronomical occurrences, are not equal to or even related to the blood red moon as described in Scripture.

 

The second assumption undergirding the blood red moon craze is that the blood moons happen before the tribulation, and are therefore an indication of its imminent commencement. Because we are told that Yahweh alone will be exalted in that day, and yet the antichrist/beast is blaspheming Yahweh during that time, then there is no way that any part of the tribulation could be associated with the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord must occur immediately after the tribulation. Only when Yeshua returns will God alone be exalted. Therefore, the blood red moons, caused by smoke and cloud, are a sign of the return of Yeshua, not of a pre-tribulation rapture.

 

Finally, the Bible gives the reason for the moon turning to blood and the diminishing of the light of sun and stars – it is not an eclipse, but rather, it is the opening of the Abyss, which will probably happen around the mid-point of the tribulation. When the Abyss opens, smokes pours out like the smoke out of a great furnace, which will then cover the sky blotting out the light of the sun and stars  and will turn the light of the moon blood red.

 

 

Rapture: Pre, Mid, Post? How Do You Know?

Jesus spoke about his return in Matthew 24:29-31. He mentioned four key elements: He will come in the air, 2) on the clouds, 3) will command his angels (with a trumpet like voice) 4) to gather his people. Paul gives the same elements in his summary in 1Thess 4:16-17). Pretrib believers assert that the two accounts are two different events separated by at least seven years. Post trib believers maintain that they are one and the same event (the second coming of Jesus in which he gathers his people). Look closely at the two passages and leave a comment as to what differences you see between them (if you are pre-trib) or similarities (if you are post-trib). If you are mid trib, tell us what you see.

Immediately after the tribulation…They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matt 24:29, 31)

 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1Thess 4:16-17)

Both passages have

  1. Jesus coming in the air,
  2. On clouds
  3. He gives a command that sounds like a trumpet (note: Jesus speaks like a trumpet in Rev 1 and when God descended on Mt Sinai there was a trumpet
  4. people are picked up and gathered together

A matter must be established by two or three witnesses according to Scripture…Are these are the two different events (pret-rib) or the same event (post-trib). Please leave your comments below.

 

 

 

Today on According to the Scriptures with Doug Krieger!

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DOUGLAS W. KRIEGER is Co-Editor of the Tribnet since 2004, having written scores of e-books on Bible Prophecy. He has served as Education Administrator for public schools for 20 years, as well as Public Relations and (formerly) the Executive Director of the National Religious Broadcasters National Prayer Breakfast in Honor of Israel during the 1980s. He holds a BA/Admin. Cred. from CSULA/CSUS Additionally, he was a pastor during the Jesus Movement in Berkeley, California. Since 1968, he’s been married to Deborah and has three children who love the Lord Jesus. Doug’s involvement in Christian Leadership led to several White House briefings during the Reagan Administration with the Religious Roundtable and the American Forum for Jewish-Christian Cooperation.  He is both a conference speaker and continues to write on major prophetic themes; he is also a prolific writer and researcher on the Neolithic Earth and the “Dimensions of Paradise.”

Aliens or Angels? The Prophecy Forum Conference March 15-16 (video)


Mark your calendars for the Prophecy Forum with L.A. Marzulli, Douglas Hamp, and Gonny Shimura March 15-16 in Southern California! Watch the video and then share it with another.

 

“Could so-called ‘aliens’ be the strong delusion foretold in the Bible? The Prophecy Forum presents the first ever conference in Southern California “Aliens or Angels?” The free conference will take place March 15-16 at Hosanna Chapel of Bellflower. Speakers include L.A. Marzulli, Doug Hamp, and Gonny Shimura.

This two day conference we will present a case for how the prophetic events described in the Bible are manifesting in our time today. This conference will be Scripture based, rooted in the literal interpretation of proper exegesis and hermeneutics of the Bible, and have a scholastic approach where all information is credible, historic and well documented. The goal is to equip the body of Christ with a posture they can take moving forward into a time the Bible speaks more about than almost any other point in history.

Aliens or Angels? will be hosted at Hosanna Chapel in Bellflower on March 15-16, 2013. The event is free so we hope to see you there. The answers are out there. Get more details.

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