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Until the Day of Warfire

Chapter 29
Until the Day of Warfire

 

Recently, I went through Matthew 24 verse by verse. Believe it or not, there is always something more to learn from Yahweh and His word. Let’s go back and look again at one portion of that powerful Olivet Discourse. Matthew 24:37-39, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. [JESUS ADVENT 2.0] 38For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” This passage is repeated in Luke 17:26-27, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” We know not to get into date setting, but what if Yeshua has given us a clue regarding a date? Remember that it is the sign events of the end times that will lead us to the JESUS ADVENT 2.0, but aligning current events with dates found in the Bible may really help us out with our end times timeline.

 

Of all the patriarchs in the Old Testament, Noah’s worldwide catastrophic Flood had specific month and day numbers assigned to many of its notable events. But what day did Yeshua just happen to mention in His Olivet Discourse? THE DAY THAT NOAH ENTERED THE ARK! So what day was that? Let’s look back to Genesis 7:11-13 and find out, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life [about the 1,657th year of creation, about 2452 BCE], in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—” Noah entered the Ark on the 17th day of the 2nd month of the 1,657th year of creation. Before Yahweh gave Moses the religious calendar at the Exodus event, the Hebrews counted the beginning month of their year from the fall month of Tishri, which we now call the 7th month of the Hebrew year. So Noah’s 2nd month is our modern Hebrew 8th month of Cheshvan. And just to help you relate this to our life today, when is Cheshvan 17, 5773, or 2012 CE? It’s this Friday, November 2, 2012 CE, which of course begins at sundown on Thursday, November 1, 2012 CE, Jerusalem time!! This is according to the two computerized Hebrew calendars that I use.

 

So what you say? Well, on Cheshvan 17, 1657 creation year, YAHWEH BEGAN TO POUR OUT JUDGMENT ON THE WHOLE WORLD as Noah knew it. After 40 days and 40 nights of rain, the earth was totally submerged under about 7 meters of water. Every living person and creature outside of the Ark died, except fishes.

 

So what you say? Well, we find that date of Cheshvan 17 in another ancient writing known as The Book of Jubilees. In Chapter 3, verse 17 of The Book of Jubilees we read, “. . .And after the completion of the seven years [Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden in perfection for 7 years, exactly], which he had completed there, seven years exactly, [8 A.M.] and in the second month, on the seventeenth day (of the month), the serpent came and approached the woman, and the serpent said to the woman, ‘Has God commanded you’.” What is this verse saying? On Cheshvan 17, in the 8th year of creation, Adam and Eve sinned, fell from Yahweh’s grace, and allowed death into the world. Which means that YAHWEH POURED OUT JUDGMENT ON THE EARTH ON CHESHVAN 17, 8TH YEAR OF CREATION!! What are we seeing here? Possibly a pattern that Yahweh pours out judgment on Cheshvan 17.

 

Now let’s come back to the 21st Century. Cheshvan 17, 5773 Jewish, or 2012 CE is this Friday, November 2, 2012!! What could possibly happen this year on Cheshvan 17? Well, considering that about 30 nations of the world have their armed forces massed in the Middle East, because the Prince of Persia is rearing his ugly head, maybe we’ll see the beginning of the Gog/Magog war!!! This war could easily lead into World War III!! Ezekiel 38:3-6, “and say, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal [Russia]. 4I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5Persia [Iran], Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6Gomer [Turkey] and all its troops; the house of Togarmah [Turkey] from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.” What you see here is Russia, Iran (Persia), and all their allies heading to Israel in an attempt to wipe Israel off the map. What country above all others is bringing attention and sanctions against itself by attempting to create a nuclear bomb for the very purpose of wiping Israel off the map? Iran. Persia. Elam. Verses 21-23, ““I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says Sovereign Yahweh. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am Yahweh.”’”

 

We are learning that the Prince of Persia (the demon over the principality of Elam/Iran area) is the focus of much end time prophecy. Consider Daniel 8:2, “I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in Shushan, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam [Iran]; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai.” Daniel describes the Ram [Persia, Iran] and Goat from the west [USA and European allies] war. Verse 5, “And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth [U.S. Navy], without touching the ground [U.S. Air Force]; and the goat had a notable horn [loudmouthed liar Obama?] between his eyes.” Verse 20, “The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media [Iraq] and Persia [Iran]. 21And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece [Western Nations]. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first [or number one] king [loudmouthed liar Obama?].” Verse 17, “So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”” Read Daniel 8 and you will see that we whip Iran, but we meet our demise afterward. We finally, after 70 years, win a war, but lose America! I propose to you that the Ezekiel 38/39 war, the Daniel 8 war, and the Psalm 83 war are all one and the same WARFIRE.

 

You tell me, does this next verse sound like the current demon kings of Persia? Psalm 83:4, “They have said, “Come, and let us cut them [Israel] off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”” Verses 5-8a, “For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You: 6The tents of Edom [Jordan] and the Ishmaelites [Arabs, Muslims]; Moab [Jordan] and the Hagrites [Arabians]; 7Gebal, Ammon [Jordan], and Amalek [parts of Turkey]; Philistia [Gaza, Hamas] with the inhabitants of Tyre [Lebanon, Hezbollah]; 8Assyria [Syria] also has joined with them;” Verses 11-12, “Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb, yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, 12Who said, “Let us take for ourselves the pastures of Yahweh for a possession.”” Who is it that wants to divide up Yahweh’s land? Is it not the so-called Palestinians and Muslim Middle East nations? What is Yahweh’s response? Verses 13-18, “O my Mighty One, make them like the whirling dust, like the chaff before the wind! 14As the fire burns the woods, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire, 15So pursue them with Your tempest, and frighten them with Your storm. 16Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O Yahweh. 17Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish, 18That they may know that You, whose name alone is Yahweh, are the Most High over all the earth.”

 

War is coming to the Middle East and it may be coming sooner rather than later, like this weekend. We can pray that war does not break out this year on Cheshvan 17, but if not this year, then within the next few years we’ll see warfire in the Middle East.

 

This thought is not original with me. This information comes to us from an article by Susan Hooge on the www.hebrewnation.net website, in an article summarizing her work by Laura Densmore, titled Noah’s Flood and the Gog/Magog War. Here’s the link for your convenience: http://hebrewnationradio.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3349:noahs-flood-and-the-gog-magog-war&Itemid=131 They include a nice timeline chart, which I do not endorse. You can take the information and build your own timeline.

 

The Lord recently showed me that He will shorten the end times for the sake of the elect as He said He would, but He cannot take time off of the last 3 ½ years, because they are numbered days. But He can and probably will take time off the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. Lucky us. So what does that mean to us? Well, try this on for size. What did Yeshua tell the rebellious Jews in Jerusalem just before His crucifixion in Matthew 23:37-39, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahweh!” Yeshua just quoted Psalm 118:26, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh! We have blessed you from the house of Yahweh.” So what you say? Well, the Book of Psalms is a prophetic timeline of the last 150 years of the world as we know it. Psalm 1 = 1901 CE. Psalm 150 = 2050 CE. So what you say? Well, Psalm 118 = 2018 CE, a mere SIX YEARS FROM NOW!!! So, you students of the Scriptures, you put it all together and tell me what that means!!

 

After Noah’s flood, Yahweh promised not to ever again destroy the earth with water, but He will destroy the world as we know it through the Judgment of Warfire.

 

Today, this moment, is the time to repent of our sins and turn to Yeshua for the salvation of our souls. Yahweh loves us, but He is a firm perfect disciplinarian. The sky is about to roll back and reveal the Kingdom of Heaven to our physical eyes. We will soon see the Lamb of Yahweh in the clouds above earth, whom we pierced with our sins on the execution stake. Only this time around He’s coming to earth as the Judge, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. I hope you’re all ready to meet Him.

 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 30, 2012 CE

 

 

 

 

 

Rapture – A Resurrection Fit for a Queen

Chapter 27
 
JESUS ADVENT 2.0
A Resurrection Fit for a Queen

 

Let’s state it one more time so we all know for all time and eternity, the Rapture and Resurrection of the saints happens AT THE SAME MOMENT, IN THE SAME INSTANT OF TIME, THE SAME TWINKLING OF AN EYE. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Yahweh; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep [in death], but we shall all be changed—52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the [physically] dead will be raised incorruptible, and we [physically alive] shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so Yahweh will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

 

If you disagree with the fact of a simultaneous Rapture/Resurrection of the saints, take it up with the Apostle Paul and Yeshua. Ok, now we have that foundation laid, let’s see what Yeshua has to say about the timing of the Rapture/Resurrection in Matthew 12:38-42, “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

39But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. [JESUS ADVENT 1.0] 41The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment [JESUS ADVENT 2.0] with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. 42The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment [JESUS ADVENT 2.0] with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.”

 

In this short passage of Scripture, Yeshua Himself, the Creator of the universe, TIME STAMPS when the Rapture/Resurrection will be. In fact, He states it twice so we would be sure to GET IT. Do you see it? The Ninevites and the Queen of Sheba will resurrect IN THE JUDGMENT DAY RESURRECTION! Friends, you can argue until you are blue in the face for a PRE-tribulation Rapture, but it is not Scriptural! Isn’t it amazing that Yeshua and all the Apostles are in complete agreement as to when the Rapture/Resurrection occurs? That really should not astound us that much. Truth is truth. The truth that you know sets you free. This passage settles once and for all the argument as to when the Rapture/Resurrection will be. Verses 41-42 are the final nail in the PRE-tribulation Rapture coffin. You don’t have to interpret this passage. You can’t possibly twist this passage to mean any other time frame. The plain literal reading of this passage reveals to us that the Rapture/Resurrection will occur between a Tishri 1, Feast of Trumpets and Tishri 10, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Judgment Day. Could Yeshua have said it any plainer? Well, He could have given us the year, but the Father didn’t want Him to tell us that minor detail. But now we know without a doubt what will be the season of the JESUS ADVENT 2.0 Rapture/Resurrection!

 

Now some may try to argue that the judgment that Yeshua refers to here is the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of His Millennial reign on earth. But that cistern does not hold water. Matthew 25:31-33, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” And 2 Timothy 4:1, “I charge you therefore before Yahweh and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:” Sorry, but the judgment of Matthew 12:41-42 is a JESUS ADVENT 2.0 judgment!

 

Just when I thought I was done with this series of teachings on the Rapture/Resurrection, Yeshua slaps another Scripture on me. I guess I’m not done until He’s done. My recommendation for anyone who still holds to a PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection theory – REPENT!! We don’t have time to argue over the end time events, we barely have time to study them and get prepared for what’s coming. Read Yahweh’s Word, study Yahweh’s Word, but above all, BELIEVE Yahweh’s Word. It was settled in Heaven long before it was ever written down on earth.

 

See you in the trib,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 27, 2012 CE

 

 

Rapture – Chapter 26 – Our Escape Clause?

Chapter 26
 
Rapture
Our Escape Clause?

 

Did Yeshua, in His Olivet Discourse, teach us that we’ll be raptured/resurrected BEFORE the Tribulation begins? Let’s take a look and you can make up your own mind.

 

Luke 21:25-28, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] 28Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

 

Luke 21:34-36, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that [Judgment] Day come on you unexpectedly. 35For it will come as a snare on all [all includes YOU] those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man [at the Matthew 25:31-46 BEMA seat judgment].”

 

Pre-tribulation rapture folks want you to believe that this Scripture teaches us that we will be caught up, or raptured BEFORE all these things begin to happen. If so, why didn’t Jesus just say harpadzo, caught up? What does this word escape mean in the Greek? Here’s Dr. Thayer’s definition of the word escape: G1628 ἐκφεύγω ekpheugō

1) to flee out of, flee away

1a) to seek safety in flight

1b) to escape

Part of Speech: verb

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G1537 and G5343

 

Does that sound like Yeshua is going to snatch you up into the air? It actually is a verb wherein YOU, the disciple of Yeshua, do the action. You flee out of the way of harm, you seek safety in flight, you escape, you run for the hills!! During the tribulation, Yeshua is going to tell you when, where, and how to escape to safety, unless He chooses for you to be martyred. And many millions will be martyred during the Tribulation, as Revelation teaches. Yeshua explicitly tells us in verses 34-35 that Judgment Day is coming upon all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. He in no way implies that we’ll be raptured BEFORE the Tribulation begins. In fact, those counted worthy, He expects to still be standing when He returns, worthy to stand as sheep before Him at the Matthew 25:31-46 judgment seat. Those counted worthy, the sheep, will be the ones on Yeshua’s right hand who get to inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh! The Rapture/Resurrection does not happen until just before the final seven bowls of Yahweh’s wrath are poured out. That’s exactly what Revelation 14:14ff teaches. Look at verse 27 above, the whole world will see Yeshua appear in the clouds of the breathable air in the lower atmosphere. Revelation 14 displays this same scene. The Rapture/Resurrection occurs just prior to the lost being reaped into the winepress of Yahweh’s wrath. The Scriptures are consistent, if you take them in context. So what is Yeshua teaching us here? When the Holy Spirit tells you to run, RUN! He will tell you when to go, where to go, and how to get there.

 

Think back to our examples in the Old Covenant. Noah built an ark for his family. Lot and his family had to take a hike out of Sodom. When the whole nation of Israel escaped Egypt, they had to do a six-day forced march to the Red Sea. The Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorates that march! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego escaped death through the fiery furnace! Enoch and Elijah were the only men to be raptured under the Old Covenant. They were both types of Messiah, not types of you, dear saint!! And what about an example from the New Covenant Church? The first century church took Yeshua’s words literally about fleeing when they saw Jerusalem surrounded by armies in 70 CE, and not one Christian lost their life when the Jewish nation was crushed and Jerusalem was destroyed by the Assyrian filled Roman army! Yahweh will make a way for you, oh ye of little faith, but you do have to obey His voice.

 

In Yeshua’s letter to the Philadelphian Church, did Yeshua tell them they would be raptured/resurreced BEFORE the Tribulation begins? Revelation 3:10-13, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11Behold, I am coming quickly! [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, which by the way, occurs at the END of the Great Tribulation!!] Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My Mighty One, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My Mighty One and the name of the city of My Mighty One, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My Mighty One. And I will write on him My new name.

13“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

 

The word “keep” means to “attend to carefully, take care of

1a) to guard

1d) to reserve: to undergo something” per Dr. Thayer. Yeshua keeps us every day, not just on Rapture/Resurrection day.

 

The word “from” means “out of, from, by, away from” per Dr. Thayer. This word could imply a rapture/resurrection.

 

The word “hour” means a definite time or season, which could imply the Tribulation season.

 

The word “trial” [Greek word peirasmos] means “1) an experiment, attempt, trial, proving

1a) trial, proving: . . .

1b) the trial of man’s fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy

1b1) an enticement to sin, temptation, whether arising from the desires or from the outward circumstances” per Dr. Thayer.

 

This word implies a testing of man’s moral character. It is the word most often translated as temptation to sin in the New Covenant. This is the normal everyday life of the believer. What’s going to test us during the Tribulation? Many Christians will be tempted to take the Mark of the Beast, which if taken, condemns one’s soul to the Lake of Fire. But if you don’t take it, you’ll be shut out of the marketplace. You won’t be able to buy or sell, which means you will starve to death, unless Yeshua takes care of you; it’s all about trusting Him. This verse is saying that Yeshua will guard you by the hour of this temptation, if you let Him. Will you be strong and resist the temptation to take the mark, or will you crumble and submit to the Antichrist and the Beast system? That’s the test of your character that is coming upon all men on earth. How can you pass the test if you’re not even there to take the test? PRE-trib Rapturists want to skip class on test day! Does that not sound like human nature? Everyone wants to skip the test, but we’re called to tests, trials, and sufferings with Messiah!

 

The word “to test” [Greek word peirazo] means: “2c) to try or test one’s faith, virtue, character, by enticement to sin

2c1) to solicit to sin, to tempt

2c1a) of the temptations of the devil

Part of Speech: verb” per Dr. Thayer

 

Are you getting the message yet?

 

Notice that in the letters to the churches, Yeshua is looking for overcomers, not escape artists. He’s looking for those who can endure to the end to be saved. That word trial is NOT the word Yeshua used in Matthew 24 in His end-time briefing with His disciples. Yeshua used the word TRIBULATION. We are morally tested from the moment we’re born to the moment we’re dead. True believers will never take the Mark of the Beast, that’s why we’ll get beheaded and our souls will be seen in heaven before the throne of Yahweh in Revelation 20:4b, “Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Nowhere does it ever say that these believers JUST GOT SAVED DURING THE TRIBULATION. This is not a display of moral courage by a baby Christian. This is a picture of the results of moral courage developed by mature Christians through many fiery trials and persecutions!

 

And notice Revelation 3:11, Yeshua just happens to mention His Second Coming right in the middle of this hour of trial teaching. Is that a coincidence? I don’t think so. Why would you need to hold fast to what you have if you’re going to be raptured before all the testing starts? How can you overcome or endure to the end if you’re raptured before the trial even begins? A pre-tribulation rapture just does not make any sense to a thinking Christian. Do you realize that the PRE-tribulation Rapture theory can only be sold to self-centered, self-seeking, self-aggrandizing American Christians? No other Christians in the world believe such rubbish. They are persecuted daily and their faith is tried with every breath! Praise Yahweh, some of that persecution is beginning in America. Maybe now the American Church can grow up and get back to serving Yahweh and not themselves.

 

Peter had this to say about trials in 1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial [Greek word purosis] which is to try [Greek word peirasmos] you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Messiahs’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” That sounds an awful lot like Revelation 3:10-11. Neither John nor Peter tells us that we’re going to get raptured/resurrected BEFORE the Tribulation. Our Bridegroom is only coming back to earth ONE MORE TIME to rapture/resurrect the saints and establish His Kingdom on this planet. I hope you’re lamp is full of Holy Spirit oil and you’re ready to meet Him!

 

Holy Spirit just prompted me to add this. His clarion call to get out of the cities has been blasting for over 100 years!! In a daily devotional compilation of Ellen G. White’s writings, titled: 1MARANATHA The Lord is Coming, the article for May 13 is titled TURMOIL IN THE CITIES. I will quote just portions of her admonition from page 141. “It was not God’s purpose that His people should be crowded into cities, huddled together in terraces and tenements. In the beginning He placed our first parents in a garden amidst the beautiful sights and attractive sounds of nature, and these sights and sounds He desires men to rejoice in today. Light has been given me that the cities will be filled with confusion, violence, and crime, and that these things will increase till the end of this earth’s history. It is time for our people to take their families from the cities into more retired localities, else many of the youth, and many also of those older in years, will be ensnared and taken by the enemy. “Out of the cities; out of the cities!” – this is the message the Lord has been giving me. . . The ungodly cities of our world are to be swept away by the besom [broom] of destruction. In the calamities that are now befalling immense buildings [Does 9/11 come to mind?] and large portions of cities God is showing us what will come upon the whole earth.” Ellen White wrote these words over 100 years ago! Emphasis mine throughout.

 

A timely word to the wise should be sufficient,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 23, 2012 CE

 

1White, Ellen G. MARANATHA The Lord is Coming. Washington D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1976: 141. Copyright owned by ELLEN G. WHITE ESTATE, INC.

Rapture – The First Resurrection

Chapter 24
 
RAPTURE
THE FIRST RESURRECTION

 

 

Let me state that this study will not be a comprehensive study about the general concept of resurrection. We’re going to focus on John the Revelator’s First Resurrection. Let’s start feasting on the Word. Our Master Yeshua introduces us to the fact of Scripture that there are two resurrections in the future. John 5:24-30, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming [erchomai, Rapture/Resurrection Day is coming], and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Yahweh; and those who hear will live [First Resurrection at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT]. 26For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming [erchomai] in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29and come forth [First Resurrection at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT]—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life [First Resurrection at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation [Second Resurrection, 1,000 years later per Revelation 20:1-6]. 30I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” Please take note of how Yeshua ties Rapture/Resurrection Day to Judgment Day. We have already shown over and over how Rapture/Resurrection Day = JESUS 2.0 ADVENT. Then comes Judgment Day, but the righteousness saints “shall not come into judgment”. Why? because we are raptured/resurrected a few days before, on Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets. So now we know that Yeshua considers the resurrection to life as the First Resurrection that John the Revelator speaks of in Revelation 20.

 

First Picture of the First Resurrection: Yeshua was raised from the dead in 30 CE, per verse 14 above. Colossians 1:18, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, [at the JESUS 1.0 ADVENT] that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Without Yeshua’s resurrection our resurrection would not be possible and our study of it would be in vain.

 

Second Picture of the First Resurrection: Immediately after Yeshua raised from the grave, Matthew 27:52-53, “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep [died physically] were raised; [Picture Two of the First Resurrection in 30 CE] 53and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Notice that the First and Second Pictures of the First Resurrection occurred at the JESUS 1.0 ADVENT back in 30 CE.

 

Third Pictures of the First Resurrection: The Third Set of Pictures of the First Resurrection happens at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT in the 21st Century. As an introduction to the Third Set of Pictures of the First Resurrection, consider the following teaching of Paul: 1 Corinthians 15:26, “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” Get that in your spirit and meditate on it for awhile.

 

Hebrews 10:12-13, “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of Yahweh, 13from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.” Get that in your spirit, since 30 CE Yeshua has been sitting next to Yahweh on His throne in the Third Heaven, waiting for ALL His enemies to be made His footstool, including DEATH, the last enemy! It’s a given that Yeshua is interceding for the saints while in Heaven.

 

Now let’s read Paul’s Rapture/Resurrection teaching in 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible [First Resurrection], and we shall be changed. [Rapture at the same time as the First Resurrection at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!] 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O Death, where is your sting?

O Hades, where is your victory?”

56The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Do you see what the Holy Spirit is saying here? Our last enemy, DEATH, is dealt with at the Rapture/Picture Three of the First Resurrection! From Hebrews 10:13 we see that Yeshua stays in Heaven UNTIL this LAST ENEMY is dealt with when Yeshua raptures/resurrects the saints!!! Therefore, the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT happens at the same twinkling of the eye moment in time as the Rapture/Picture Three of the First Resurrection!! JESUS DOES NOT MOVE FROM HEAVEN BEFORE (not 1 minute, not 1 day, not 7 years before) THE END OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION, BUT ONLY ONCE DEATH IS DEALT WITH AT HIS SECOND COMING AT THE END OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION!!! Let that understanding soak into your spirit for awhile. It will revolutionize your rapture theorizing!!

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep [died physically], lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [Picture One of the First Resurrection during the JESUS 1.0 ADVENT], even so Yahweh will bring with Him those who sleep [are physically dead] in Jesus.

15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] will by no means precede those who are asleep [physically dead]. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of Yahweh. And the dead in Messiah will rise first. [Picture Three of the First Resurrection at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] 17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. [on earth as you should know by now] 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

 

Also included in the third set of pictures of the First Resurrection is the resurrection of the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11:11-12, “Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from Yahweh entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, [Third Set of Pictures of the First Resurrection] and their enemies saw them.” Come up and ascended are the same Greek word. From heaven and to heaven are the same Greek word also. So, where is Yahweh calling the Two Witnesses from? The Third Heaven of heavens or the breathable air heavens? Look where they ascended; into the clouds in the breathable air of the lower atmosphere!!! Remember, Yeshua and Yahweh are on their way DOWN to earth to establish the Kingdom of Yahweh on earth! This is THE RAPTURE/FIRST RESURRECTION twinkling of the eye! The Two Witnesses get raptured/resurrected at the same moment the rest of us do!! Are you getting the picture of the Rapture/Resurrection into your head? Yeshua is coming back to earth ONCE MORE, according to John 14:3 and Hebrews 9:28, two great rapture verses!!

 

And guess what, you could probably throw in the 144,000 virgin Israelites into this same Rapture/First Resurrection scene from Revelation 14:1-5, “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion [Jerusalem, Israel, ON EARTH!], and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven [since this is the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, this shows us that Yahweh is still hanging out in the clouds in the breathable lower atmosphere!], like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to Yahweh and to the Lamb. 5And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of Yahweh.” [ON EARTH, VERSE 1 !!!]

 

It’s highly unlikely that ALL 144,000 virgin Israelites will survive the Great Tribulation, so they must be raptured/resurrected!! The throne of Yahweh/Yeshua is COMING DOWN TO EARTH, think of it as the Third Heaven of Paul’s experience in 2 Corinthians 12 coming down and possibly overlaying the physical Temple Mount in Jerusalem!! Think of it as Yeshua’s appearing, from the invisible world of the Third Heaven, to the visible world of Ezekiel’s Millennial Temple we see on earth. The multiple forms of the heavens do not necessarily mean distance above the earth, but different dimensions of unknown physics!

 

Daniel reveals the Third Set of Pictures of the First Resurrection. In Daniel 11:45 – 12:1-2, “45And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he [Antichrist] shall come to his end, and no one will help him. 1At 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 [Last 3 ½ years of Great Tribulation], 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. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, [First Resurrection at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] some to everlasting life [First Resurrection at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], some to shame and everlasting contempt.” The Second Resurrection 1,000 years later.

 

Daniel 12:12-13, “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

13“But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.””

 

Here we see Daniel is promised that he will be resurrected at the END of the days. Notice that Daniel 12:12-13 speaks of the end-time timeline. As we learned earlier, it’s a blessing to reach the 1,335th day marker. Why? What’s important about that day? Check this out: Revelation 19:9, “Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of Yahweh.”” As I did earlier, I propose to you again that the 1,335th day occurs on a yet future Tishri 15, the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the marriage supper of the Lamb will occur on that day, then we will marry Yeshua and celebrate our wedding for the rest of the seven day Feast of Tabernacles, exactly what that Feast has been rehearsing for the last 3,500 years!! So, if you’re inclined to having fun with timelines, you can now count BACKWARDS from the marriage supper of the Lamb and reach many other dated events during the Tribulation!! Enjoy!

 

We find the definitive and final understanding of the First Resurrection in Revelation 20:4-6, “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. [In the Greek, this means a jury’s decision was handed to the judges who just sat down on the thrones. The “they” are not raptured/resurrected saints! Possibly the 24 elders?] Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yeshua and for the word of Yahweh, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived [Third Set of Pictures of the First Resurrection] and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years. 5But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished [Second Resurrection]. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Yahweh and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

 

You will have to ask John why he stuck the Second Resurrection right in the middle of his discussion of the First Resurrection. The second resurrection occurs about 1,000 years later. The Third Set of Pictures of the First Resurrection reveals the resurrection of saints martyred during the Tribulation! John clearly states that the Rapture/Resurrection that occurs at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT is the FIRST RESURRECTION! We just see the First Resurrection in prophetic Scriptural pictures.

 

In conclusion, Paul teaches us that the Rapture and Resurrection are one and the same event that happens at the same twinkling of the eye moment in time. The Third Set of Pictures of the First Resurrection all happen at the same moment, at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! John 14:3, Hebrews 9:28, and Acts 1:11 teach us that Messiah is ONLY COMING BACK TO EARTH ONE MORE TIME! At this JESUS 2.0 ADVENT of Yeshua, all remaining dead saints, including all Old and New Covenant saints, including those martyred and other saints who died during the Tribulation, including the Two Witnesses and possibly including the 144,000 virgin Israelites, resurrect. Then all living saints, we who are alive at Messiah’s Second Coming, which may include some of the surviving 144,000 virgins, get raptured. We learn from 1 Corinthians 15 and Hebrews 10 that Yeshua remains in Heaven until ALL His enemies are dealt with, the last of which is DEATH. Revelation 20:6 shows us that the second death, or Lake of Fire, has no power over those Raptured/Resurrected during the First Resurrection, fulfilling 1 Corinthians 15:54-57, which teaches us that we have victory over death through Yeshua! 1,000 years later, when the Second Resurrection to the Great White Throne Judgment happens, DEATH is thrown into the Lake of Fire! Revelation 20:14, “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

 

I believe the most beautiful thing to glean from this study is that ALL DEAD SAINTS ARE RESURRECTED, AND ALL LIVING SAINTS ARE RAPTURED, AT THE SAME MOMENT IN TIME AT THE END OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION AT the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! Any saints already in Heaven, like some Old and New Covenant saints may already be, when Yeshua returns to earth, return to earth with Him and the Father.

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 20, 2012 CE

Rapture – Part XIX – Paul’s Thessalonian Rapture

RAPTURE – PART XIX
PAUL’S THESSALONIAN RAPTURE

 

I’m going to list Paul’s Thessalonian references to Yeshua’s Second Coming, which I now call the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT. Once I have a group of Scriptures, we’ll take a look at what Paul taught. Trust me, I’m LOOKING FOR, HUNTING FOR, ON SAFARI TO FIND, A PRE-TRIBULATON RAPTURE. I don’t want to go through the Tribulation any more than any other believer would want to. I’m peculiar, but I’m not crazy!

 

1 Thessalonians 1:10, “and to wait for His Son from heaven [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], whom He raised from the dead [JESUS 1.0 ADVENT], even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT]” You can relax and wait patiently for your Master, because you KNOW you won’t suffer the wrath of Yahweh coming upon the whole earth!! Dead or alive, on earth or in heaven, you will be protected. When Yeshua comes down from Heaven, wrath will be upon the land. No sign of a PRE-tribulation rapture here. Notice the word “delivers” in this verse. It is in the present tense in the Greek. I know of at least one PRE-tribulation teacher, using the King James Version of the Scriptures, where this word is rendered “delivered”, who claims this verse substantiates a PRE-tribulation rapture, because we have already been raptured or delivered. But this verse DOES NOT TEACH that, since the word delivers IS IN THE PRESENT TENSE IN THE GREEK. What this verse is really saying is that at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, Yeshua IS delivering us from wrath that is still future to His Second Coming!! Yeshua returns to earth BEFORE the final wrath of Yahweh is poured out, consistent with all the Scriptures we’ve looked at so far. Yeshua may come back 1 minute before He pours out His wrath, or 1 day, or, as I believe, about 10 days. He returns on a future Tishri 1, Feast of Trumpets, raptures His saints, then 10 days later finalizes His wrath against the wicked on Tishri 10, Day of Atonement.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:14, “For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of Yahweh which are in Judea in Messiah Yeshua [the early Messianic Jewish Christian Church!!]. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the [lost] Judeans,” I couldn’t resist citing Paul’s plug for Messianic Christianity!! Did Paul, or didn’t Paul, know what he was talking about? I know he did.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:19, “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence [emprosthen, in front of place or time] of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” [parousia, JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] This is Yeshua’s Second Coming, no indication of a PRE-tribulation Rapture here.

 

1 Thessalonians 3:3-4, “that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. 4For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation [thlibo, to press (as grapes [ouch]), press hard upon], just as it happened, and you know.” Paul had a good grip on truth and the reality of the Christian life! A nice tribulation Scripture, but not a very good rapture Scripture, let’s move on.

 

1 Thessalonians 3:13, “so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our Mighty One and Father at the coming [parousia, JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” I thought the PRE-tribulation rapture folks believe Yeshua is coming back at the pre-trib rapture FOR His saints, not WITH His saints!?! Was Paul confused? Were the translators confused? Or are the pre-tribbers confused? That word “with” denotes accompaniment!! This certainly looks like a JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, not a JESUS 1.5 ADVENT! The pre-tribbers are confused about the TIMING of the Rapture/Resurrection.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep [died physically], lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [at His JESUS 1.0 ADVENT], even so Yahweh will bring with [denotes union, togetherness, companionship] Him those who sleep [are physically dead] in Jesus [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT].” Again, I thought pre-tribbers said Yeshua was coming back at the pre-trib Rapture FOR His saints, not WITH His saints. Is it different if Yahweh the Father brings back the dead saints from Heaven at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, instead of Yeshua bringing them back?

 

15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming [parousia, JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep [dead physically]. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of Yahweh. And the dead [nekros, the dead corpse kind of dead] in Messiah will rise [literally stand up, resurrect!!] first. 17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up [Greek: harpazo, pronounced harpadzo. Wikipedia: The Latin Vulgate translates the Greekρπαγησόμεθα as rapiemur, from the verb rapio meaning “to catch up” or “take away”.] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air [in the breathable air of the lower atmosphere]. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

 

THE RAPTURE/RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS IS AN UNDENIABLE SCRIPTURAL FACT!! There’s just no indication of a PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection in this chapter! Please understand the directional flow of Yahweh, Yeshua, and dead and living saints in these verses. Yahweh, Yeshua and formerly dead saints, now in heaven, are headed DOWN to earth in verse 14. Yeshua is headed DOWN to earth in verse 15 to meet us and recently resurrected saints. Yahweh and Yeshua are DESCENDING FROM HEAVEN in verse 16. Yeshua is still heading DOWN to earth in verse 17, when we pop up to meet Him in the lower atmosphere. Verse 17 shows from that moment of Rapture/Resurrection onward, we will be with Yeshua for all eternity!! Glory! BUT HERE IT DOES NOT SAY YESHUA TURNS AROUND AND GOES BACK TO HEAVEN FOR A MARRIAGE SUPPER! That is a PRE-tribulation rapture fairy tale. Since this great Rapture/Resurrection event happens on Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets, we, the Raptured/Resurrected saints will only hang out in the clouds from 10-14 days AT THE MOST, before WE, the RAPTURED/RESURRECTED SAINTS, TURN AROUND and land in Jerusalem, Israel. From other Scriptures like Zechariah 14 and Revelation 14, we learn that Yahweh and Yeshua CONTINUE THEIR DESCENT TO EARTH TO SMITE THEIR ENEMIES from Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets through at least Tishri 10, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, known also as JUDGMENT DAY. The whipping of the nations may continue until Tishri 14, the day BEFORE our marriage supper and wedding to the Lamb, on Tishri 15, the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles! Then we will celebrate our wedding to Yeshua for the rest of the 7-day Feast of Tabernacles. Pretty simple, really, when you understand just the basics of Yahweh’s Feasts and what they rehearse!!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4, “But concerning the times [a space of clock time] and the seasons [set occasions, Yahweh’s appointed Feasts], brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord [always denotes JUDGMENT DAY! Look how Judgment Day IMMEDIATELY follows Rapture/Resurrection Day!!] so comes [erchomai, JESUS’ 2.0 ADVENT] as a thief in the night. 3For when they say, “Peace [implies prosperity] and safety [security from enemies]!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day [Judgment Day] should overtake you as a thief.” Who else talked like that, that He was coming as a thief? Oh Yeah, Yeshua!! You mean Yeshua and Paul are on the same page? Yeah. And notice that people on earth will be talking about two main themes JUST BEFORE JUDGMENT DAY: economics and security!! Does that sound eerily familiar to anyone besides me? We are getting closer every day my friends.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, “For Yahweh did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ [spiritual salvation at the JESUS 1.0 ADVENT and physical salvation at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], 10who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” This is a great verse. No matter when the Rapture/Resurrection occurs, we’re saved from the wrath of Yahweh, and we’re going to get our immortal bodies at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23, “Now may the Mighty One of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming [parousia, JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice how the theme of the SECOND COMING OF YESHUA continues through the whole book of Thessalonians. Paul never gives a hint of a PRE-trib Rapture.

 

Now dear reader, just kick back for a minute and get this vision in your head. Yeshua and Yahweh and the armies of the host of Heaven descend into the lower atmosphere, and hover just above earth, say from 5,000 to 15,000 feet up. The glory of Yahweh forms a security canopy, an impenetrable shield, all around the earth’s sphere! We’ve just popped up into the air to be with Yeshua. We’re ALL there, the Family of Yahweh, including all His angels and heavenly creatures, white horses, fiery chariots, the works. The armies of the Antichrist and the evil nations of the world are gathered together in the Valley of Megiddo, ready for the final attack on Jerusalem. Think about that for a moment. But wait a minute, all the military, communications, GPS and weather satellites are ABOVE us, at their 22,000 mile up geo-stationary positions!! Question: will Yahweh allow the evil armies of the Antichrist and all his wicked host to COMMUNICATE via those satellites?? Or to blast laser or scalar wave attacks from those satellites?? HA, HA HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, Hee, hee, hee, hee, ho, ho, ho, ho, the jokes on the DEVIL!! Just thought I’d share that hilarious final war scenario! ROFL, LOL!! It’s a real gut buster when you stop and think about it. You can see a similar vision in 2 Kings 6:8-23.

 

2 Thessalonians 1:4, “so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of Yahweh for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations [thlipsis, same word used by Yeshua in Matthew 24 and by John in Revelation 1 and 2] that you endure.” I know no one likes that word tribulation and then to see Paul saying they have to endure persecutions and tribulations, it sounds just like Yeshua in His letters to the 7 churches in Revelation 2 and 3, he who endures to the END will be saved. I hope you’re all ready. But take heart, verses 6-10, “since it is a righteous thing with Yahweh to repay with tribulation [thlipsis] those who trouble you , 7and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed [apokalupsis, the apocalypse] from heaven [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] with His mighty angels, 8in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know Yahweh, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence [the face, His countenance] of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10when He comes [erchomai, JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], in that [Judgment] Day [Tishri 10], to be glorified in His saints [whom He just Raptured/Resurrected on Tishri 1] and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.”

 

We see the Second Coming of Yeshua here, as AFTER EFFECT evidence of the Rapture/Resurrection, i.e. Yeshua glorified in His saints. But yet again, you see the glorification of the saints tied to the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT in the SAME sentence in which we see JUDGMENT DAY!! Rapture/Resurrection of the saints is included in the Judgment Day JESUS 2.0 ADVENT of Messiah! Jesus, Paul, and John never separate these events by more than a few days, during the Fall Feasts of Yahweh! What is so difficult for pre-tribbers to understand about Yeshua’s Second Coming and the Rapture? Blind guides lead the blind.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-15, “Now, brethren, concerning the coming [parousia] of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,”

 

Notice that the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT of Yeshua and the Rapture/Resurrection of the saints to the gathering in the breathable air in the lower atmosphere happens AT CLOSE PROXIMITY IN TIME!! There is no evidence of a 7-year GAP between the Rapture and Yeshua’s return. At the most, the two events will be separated by a few days in a future month of Tishri, between a Rapture on Tishri 1 and Judgment Day on Tishri 10. That’s not 7 years!! This is a rapture Scripture, but there is no indication of a PRE-tribulation rapture here.

 

2not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Messiah had come.”

 

Some try to make a distinction between the day of Messiah and the day of Yahweh, or Judgment Day. Such foolishness. Some ancient manuscripts for 2 Thess. 2:2 say the day of the Lord in Greek. Come on, Yahweh and Yeshua are One. Paul was simply telling the Thessalonians not to listen to the rumors that His day was upon them then, in Paul’s day, just as Yeshua warned about in Matthew 24-25!! It also sounds like some of the Thessalonians may have thought that Yeshua had already come back, like they had missed the rapture, but Paul reassures them that He has not returned yet, and obviously, they had not yet been raptured!! If Yeshua had already come, there thoughts and Paul’s comment would have been a moot point.

 

3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come [this English phrase is not in the Greek] unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4who 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.”

 

This is the abomination of desolation that Yeshua and Daniel talked about, which is supposed to happen during the Tribulation period.

 

5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6And now you know what is restraining, that he [Antichrist] may be revealed in his own time.”

 

This 3-word English phrase “what is restraining” is ONE Greek word, a verb in the neuter gender; a thing, idea, object, concept, or political or religious entity is restraining, not the Person of the Holy Spirit.

 

7For the mystery

 

A Greek NOUN in the neuter gender, the SUBJECT of Paul’s thought is a thing, idea, concept, object, or political or religious entity, it’s a mystery, a religious secret, not the PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

of lawlessness [NOUN, feminine gender] is already at work;”

 

In verses 6-7 we discover that the MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS is WHAT IS RESTRAINING and keeping the Antichrist from being revealed to the world, not the Person of the Holy Spirit.

 

“only [a neuter adverb modifying restrains] He who now restrains

 

He who now restrains is a poor English translation given the grammar structure of verses 6-7. This 4-word phrase in English is TWO Greek words: now restrains. Now is an adverb modifying restrains, a masculine gender VERB, not a NOUN, so this CANNOT BE THE SUBJECT OF PAUL’S SENTENCE. The sense is that the MYSTERY is present tense NOW RESTRAINING the Antichrist from being revealed. Now, of course was Paul’s now, about 2,000 years ago! He who is supplied by the translators, according to their warped minds; there is NO Greek word for this English phrase He who, it is a misconstrued assumed implication based on the masculine VERB restrains. NO person, human or divine, is implied.

 

will do so until He is taken out of the way.”

 

This 3-word English phrase “He is taken” is ONE Greek VERB in the third person singular, with NO GENDER. Again, He is taken is a poor translation of the grammar, since Paul is talking about an object, idea, concept, thing, or political or religious entity; THE MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS is the subject of this sentence! A better rendering of this ONE GREEK VERB would be: until IT is taken, meaning the MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS!

 

8And then [once the MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS IS REMOVED] the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Master will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] of His coming [parousia, JESUS 2.0 ADVENT]. 9The coming [parousia, revealing of Antichrist] of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,”

 

Paul’s use of the word “brightness”, which means manifestation, appearing, or ADVENT, is the same Greek word he used in Titus 2:13 as the “glorious appearing” of Yeshua, our blessed hope of Yeshua’s soon return! Paul is saying here that this is Yeshua’s ADVENT OF HIS ADVENT, the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! That is literally what Paul is saying, the ADVENT of His ADVENT!! And I thought I had come up with a cool new phrase: JESUS 2.0 ADVENT. Paul beat me to it by a couple thousand years!! Maybe I should call His Second Coming His: ADVENT2!?! According to Paul, Yeshua’s Second Coming will be DOUBLY BRIGHT!! And notice that word parousia; see, the word parousia does not ONLY mean the second coming of Yeshua, here it speaks of the coming of Antichrist! It’s just a Greek word that means coming.

 

10and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

 

Do you get what Paul is actually saying in this paragraph? There is a THING, IDEA, CONCEPT, or ENTITY called THE MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS that is keeping the Antichrist from being revealed and rising to the top of world power.

 

FIRST INTERPRETATION: After studying the above passage, I saved this document, closed all my applications and turned off my computer. It was brunch time, so I turned to break bread with my wife, and Yahweh immediately dropped the following understanding into my spirit. What is this MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS? IF the antichrist spirit has most of the world ALREADY deceived into rebellious lawlessness AGAINST Yahweh and His Torah Law, including an apostate “Christian” Church, WHY would the Antichrist need to come out into the open? There is NO compelling reason for the Antichrist to be revealed in a mostly deceived world, a deluded world is ALREADY on its way to the Lake of Fire RIGHT NOW TODAY! So, WHAT will flush the Antichrist out into the open, to be revealed before the whole world? Simply put, the 3rd SPIRITUAL GREAT AWAKENING dragging millions or billions of rebels back to obeying Yahweh and His Torah Law! This of course will be done by the Holy Spirit of Yahweh granting a spirit of repentance to these millions or billions of people, to give them salvation by grace through faith in Yeshua, our Hebrew Messiah! This present tense MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS has seemingly prevailed over the masses of humanity for the last 1,950 years!! Only Yahweh, through His precious Holy Spirit can accomplish a spiritual Great Awakening, then the MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS will be taken out of the way as repentant humans turn to Yahweh in faith for forgiveness of sin. Then the Antichrist will be revealed to the world, because then he will understand that he’s losing control of the world, and so he must take advantage of the desperate moment from Satan’s point of view. As Hilary Clinton would say, never let a good crisis go to waste, which in this case is a spiritual awakening! Now we know how to pray even more precisely!!

 

SECOND INTERPRETATION: We should take a moment to discuss the Greek word MYSTERY. It is Strong’s # 3466. Here is Dr. Thayer’s first definition:

1) hidden thing, secret, mystery

1a) generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals

1b) a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding

1c) a hidden purpose or counsel

1c1) secret will

1c1a) of men

1c1b) of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly

 

This word mystery is used 27 times in the Second Covenant. It is the exact same word Paul used in 1 Cor. 15:51-52, discussing the Rapture/Resurrection. The only way you could relate this word mystery to the Rapture in 2 Thessalonians is to think of the Mystery as the Church itself! Paul himself makes this connection in Ephesians 5:32, “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Messiah and the church.” IF you say the Mystery is the Church of Messiah, then Paul describes it as a lawless Church in 2 Thessalonians! BUT, maybe Yahweh needs to take the lawless apostate Laodicean 21st century Church out of the way to get the end times rolling, with the revelation of the Antichrist!! This is a remote possibility in this passage in 2 Thessalonians, but it is a possibility. It definitely is another layer to the Mystery. The conclusion from this remote connection would make the Thessalonian Rapture a PRE-tribulation Rapture!!

 

THIRD INTERPRETATION: We could also try to relate this Mystery of Lawlessness to Mystery Babylon, which now we know is the United States of America, a political entity, the only current superpower WHAT IS RESTRAINING (verse 6 above) the evil Islamic beast system, with its Antichrist Mahdi, from rising to world dominance. Over the last century, America has been the world’s policeman nation, keeping evil rulers from taking over the world, but America is about to fall, as Revelation 17-18 clearly points out, point being that America has turned its back on Yahweh and will be judged for that. Go back and reread verse 6. Paul told the Thessalonians that they knew WHAT IS RESTRAINING! They could not have known about America back then, 1,600 years before America was even founded. Also, in verse 7, Paul states that the Mystery of Lawlessness was ALREADY AT WORK in his day. Well, that cancels out Mystery Babylon America from also being the Mystery of Lawlessness! And besides, America has not been a hidden or secret thing, but very much out in the open. America is definitely a great military and political power in the world, but since 2009, we haven’t restrained the Beast, we’ve enabled it! If you doubt America is Mystery Babylon, read the 60 reasons against Mystery Babylon being anything but America: http://www.aoreport.com/ao/prophecy-studies-mainmenu-47/82-60-reasons-why-iraq-can-not-be-mb

 

I therefore believe my first interpretation, or understanding given by Yahweh, is the best interpretation of the Mystery of Lawlessness. The 6,000 year old mystery is that created humans live in rebellion against their Creator Yahweh and His Torah Law. Why? Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”

 

13But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because Yahweh from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT]. 15Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”

 

Stand fast and hold to Paul’s Hebrew traditions, NOT the traditions of a modern 21st century apostate “Christian” Church. Paul just prophesied about today’s apostate Church in verse 3 above!! He who has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Laodicean Church!

 

In 2 Thessalonians chapter 3, Paul reveals that the blessed hope of Messiah’s imminent return, His JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, has caused many Thessalonians to stop working and just sit around and wait for Yeshua to show up! Does this sound like folks we’ve seen and heard about over the past 30 years? Read and heed his rebuke!

 

Well, we’ve found another version of Paul’s teaching on the Rapture/Resurrection, but still NO CLEAR EVIDENCE of a PRE-tribulation Rapture. I’m not disheartened though, just more determined than ever to give the Devil fits during the Tribulation! In 1 Corinthians Paul taught us that the Rapture/Resurrection is a mystery. In Thessalonians Paul teaches us about a Mystery of Lawlessness, related to the coming of the Antichrist. Father, please take away the restraining Mystery of Lawlessness so the Antichrist may be revealed to the world!!

 

Blessings,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 15, 2012 CE

 

 

 

Rapture – Part 22 – That Blessed Hope

RAPTURE – PART 22
THAT BLESSED HOPE

 

Titus 2:11-15, “For the grace of Yahweh that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great Mighty One and Savior Jesus Christ [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], 14who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

15Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

 

Paul sets out our blessed hope in his letter to Titus. Notice that the blessed hope is the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, Yeshua’s Second Coming!! We are to live right in this present Church Age, so that we’ll be counted worthy to escape Judgment Day at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, when Yeshua returns to EARTH to establish His Kingdom!! This is the essence of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Paul’s use of the word “appearing”, which means manifestation, brightness, or ADVENT, is the same Greek word he used in 2 Thessalonians 2:8 as the “brightness” of Yeshua’s coming [parousia, ADVENT] to destroy the Antichrist, Yeshua’s ADVENT OF HIS ADVENT, the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! That is literally what Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2:8, the ADVENT of His ADVENT!! And I thought I had come up with a cool new phrase: JESUS 2.0 ADVENT. Paul beat me to it by a couple thousand years!! Maybe I should call His Second Coming His: ADVENT2 !?!

 

Now let’s move over to Yeshua’s Passion Week in Luke 20:34-38, “Yeshua answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36nor can they die anymore [because we get an immortal body!!], for they are equal to the angels and are sons of Yahweh, being sons of the resurrection. 37But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Master ‘the Mighty One of Abraham, the Mighty One of Isaac, and the Mighty One of Jacob.’ 38For He is not the Mighty One of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”” During Yeshua’s Passion Week questioning series, He taught that some believers will be counted worthy to attain to the Millennial Age. They will get there through the resurrection from the dead!! Yeshua was talking about Rapture/Resurrection Day, His JESUS 2.0 ADVENT.

 

AFTER the age of the Gentiles trampling Jerusalem is over, continuing on in Yeshua’s end-time Olivet Discourse we learn in Luke 21:25-28, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming [currently, present tense happening] on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then [next in sequential timing of events] they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud [the sickle reaping scene in Revelation 14:14-16 at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to happen [includes the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” I do not see a 7-year GAP between a rapture and Yeshua’s second coming. The true sequence will be Yeshua’s Second Coming, then a Rapture/Resurrection, then wrath poured out. This is the exact scene we see in Revelation 14:14ff!! Get the proper order, as Paul called it in 1 Cor. 15, and sequence of events in your head: Second Coming, Rapture/Resurrection, Judgment Day, and not a lot of time between the three events.

 

Yeshua continued in Luke 21:34-36, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that [Judgment] Day come on you unexpectedly. 35For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

During the Olivet Discourse, Yeshua promises that some believers, chosen, elect of Yahweh, will escape all the evil during the Judgment Day scenario. Saints will be raptured just before the final Judgment of wicked mankind. As we see in verses 25-28 above, we’re ALREADY in the Tribulation and see the Son of Man appearing in the clouds!! Verses 25-28 above ALREADY presuppose a pre-wrath rapture, not a PRE-tribulation rapture, it’s ALREADY too late for a PRE-trib rapture. Look at the CONTEXT of verses 34-36; it’s JUDGMENT DAY!! And who is Yeshua talking TO? To His disciples, His believers, His saints, His elect, His chosen of Yahweh!!!! We will ESCAPE the wrath of Yahweh’s Judgment Day, but just a few days before, not a few years before!! Again, Yeshua is coming DOWN to earth, so WHEN you stand before Yeshua, it will be on earth, on the Mount of Olives or on the Temple Mount, NOT IN HEAVEN!! See Revelation 14:1, Zechariah 14:4, and Matthew 25:31ff. The marriage supper of the Lamb comes about 5 days after Judgment Day, on Tishri 15, the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, NOT 7 years BEFORE Judgment Day!

 

But, if you want to construe this passage as describing a PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection, go ahead and do so, because that is more comforting to our souls than to think that we have to go through any of the Tribulation. Pre-tribulation rapturists should look at Tim McHyde’s teaching on the end times at: http://www.escapeallthesethings.com Tim has a great understanding of coming events. Tim teaches that the rapture occurs just before the last 7 bowls of Yahweh’s wrath are poured out, see Rev. 15 and 16. I tend to agree with Tim. You really have to wrest and twist the Scriptures to get a PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection out of these passages.

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 20, 2012 CE

Rapture – Part 21 – Paul’s Philippian Rapture

RAPTURE – PART 21
PAUL’S PHILIPPIAN RAPTURE

 

Philippians 3, “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Master. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.

2Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3For we are the circumcision, who worship Yahweh in the Spirit, rejoice in Messiah Yeshua, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Messiah. 8Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua my Master, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Messiah 9and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Messiah, the righteousness which is from Yahweh by faith; 10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

12Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Messiah Yeshua has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of Yahweh in Messiah Yeshua.

15Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, Yahweh will reveal even this to you. 16Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

17Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Messiah: 19whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior  [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] , the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who 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.”

 

You just have to love the Apostle Paul, a real Hebrew of the Hebrews. Paul knew he was wrapped in a body of flesh until death, but he still followed Torah as best he could in that flesh. Notice that in verse 6 and 9 Paul teaches that there is righteousness in the Torah, but that righteousness is by your own works, thereby becoming your own righteousness, meaning it is not an eternal righteousness. Paul understood the difference between righteousness under the Torah and Yahweh’s righteousness once he met Yeshua. Now he knows through his faith in Messiah that Yahweh has given him righteousness from Himself, it’s no longer by Paul’s works under the Torah, as seen also in verse 9. People like to call Messianic Christians legalistic, but we understand that our righteousness is not of ourselves, because we are no longer under the tutor of the Law. Our righteousness is now bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father, just like Paul, through our faith in Messiah, just like Paul. We follow Torah to the best of our ability, just like Paul, to honor Yahweh and His whole Word, to please Him, not to gain righteousness under the Law. We walk by faith in the blood of Messiah, just like Paul, looking for our resurrection day, just like Paul. So evangelicals, fundamentals, and replacement theologians get over it, we’re not legalistic, we’re just trying to be lawful.

 

Look at Paul’s plea in verse 17, follow his Messianic example and use his Messianic life as the pattern for your own Messianic Christian walk!! Folks, it’s not just ok to follow Torah to the best of your ability until death, Paul encourages us to do so! Just don’t get sucked into pagan religious Judaism that follows man’s traditions, not Yah’s way.

 

In verse 11, Paul tells us he is looking forward to arriving at Resurrection Day. Do you realize that this Greek word for resurrection is ONLY used this one time in the Second Covenant? It means a rising up or a rising again, just like Yeshua resurrected! We know from Paul’s other teachings that the Resurrection and Rapture are the same event on the same day, in the same twinkling of an eye. So in Philippians 3 Paul is discussing the Rapture.

 

In verse 14, I wish we could see what Paul actually wrote in the original Hebrew. It looks like he may have been making a Hebrew play on words, indicating that the upward call of Yahweh is the Rapture! And notice the Rapture, being called upward by Yahweh, is Paul’s GOAL!

 

Verses 20-21 are explicitly Rapture/Resurrection verses! The Rapture of the living/Resurrection of the dead is Scriptural truth and future fact. In these verses we do not see a PRE-tribulation rapture, but we do see that it occurs at Yeshua’s Second Coming! Paul himself held this imminent expectancy that Yeshua would return in his lifetime. All the apostles and early church believed that Yeshua would return in their day. We look forward to Yeshua’s return in our day, because we know our generation is the last generation before His return. Paul clearly teaches here that Yeshua will transform our physical bodies into an eternal immortal body that CAN NEVER DIE at the Rapture/Resurrection Day. This is the Christian’s blessed hope. Notice Paul’s reference to Yeshua subduing all things to Himself. That is a clear reference to the END of the END of the Tribulation period. There is NO indication of a PRE-tribulation rapture in this chapter.

 

Our confidence is in Yeshua,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 20, 2012 CE

Rapture – Part XX – Jesus 2.0 Advent Kills All Lost Humans?

RAPTURE – PART XX
JESUS 2.0 ADVENT KILLS ALL LOST HUMANS?

 

First of all, Yeshua promised that not every soul on earth will be destroyed at the end of the Great Tribulation. Matthew 24:21-22, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

 

Daniel stated that some Israelites will survive the Great Tribulation in 12:1, “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.”

 

If the ceremonial Laws of Yahweh’s Feasts have been done away with, why does Zechariah 14:16 say SURVIVORS of Judgment Day will go up year by year to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles? “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” !?! If the Feast of Tabernacles is done away with, you’d better let Yahweh and Yeshua know, cause they seem to be looking forward to it! I guess Jesus misses a few folks when He returns to blast lost humanity!! I see now I will have to go through Zechariah 14 verse by verse.

 

Let’s mention again Matthew 25:31-32, “When the Son of Man comes [erchomai] in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32All the nations [all ethnic groups] will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” You see, from the mouth of the Master Himself, He WILL NOT slay every breathing lost soul from the face of the earth at His JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! Apparently, when Yeshua slays His enemies at His JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, it means ONLY the outright wicked people pushing the ONE WORLD ORDER, Antichrist globalists, and those who fight against Jerusalem! This is a cool study in itself! Revelation 19:15, “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations [ethnic groups]. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” How can Yeshua rule them with a rod of iron if He killed all His enemies at His JESUS 2.0 ADVENT? Verse 18, “that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” The word “people” is not in the Greek. The word “all” is used in the sense of collectivity. A better rendering of the last phrase of verse 18 would be, “and the flesh of all types of people, including freemen and servants, both small and great.” To interpret that phrase any other way, like ALL LOST HUMANS ON EARTH, would be to break Matthew 25:32 and Zechariah 14:16. You know the rule, let Scripture interpret Scripture.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:8, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” This one verse pinpoints the destruction of ONE INDIVIDUAL, whom I believe is the Antichrist. Yeshua knows how to destroy, by ones, by whole armies, by one ethnic (genetic) group, or by one political country, at a time. But it’s obvious that many lost humans will survive Judgment Day.

 

But take heart, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, “since it is a righteous thing with Yahweh to repay with tribulation [thlipsis] those who trouble you , 7and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed [apokalupsis, the apocalypse] from heaven [JESUS 2.0 ADVENT] with His mighty angels, 8in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know Yahweh, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence [the face, His countenance] of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10when He comes [erchomai, JESUS 2.0 ADVENT], in that [Judgment] Day [Tishri 10], to be glorified in His saints [whom He just Raptured/Resurrected on Tishri 1] and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” When Yeshua returns at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, the surviving lost people on earth will face the ultimate choice. Will they now be ready to get to know Yahweh and obey the gospel of Yeshua? If not, destruction, but if they do, salvation! This is what the Matthew 25 judgment is all about, separating the sheep from the goats. Yeshua is just, He will give every human a clear opportunity to receive Him as Savior and Lord.

 

Love and blessings,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 15, 2012 CE

The Marriage Mega Mystery

THE MARRIAGE MEGA MYSTERY

 

Some days my wife would just like me to BE THE MAN, meaning be the servant leader husband that Yeshua wants me to be. Ok, I’ll redouble my efforts and keep trying to be all that I can be! But wait a minute, marriage is a two-sided coin! How can the husband be the man, if the female partner is not being the woman Yahweh wants her to be? Well, of course, it’s impossible to have one without the other.

 

“Be the man” were the last words my wife spoke to me over the cell phone before I went in to work yesterday. Immediately, the Holy Spirit began to talk to me about this subject. I can serve my wife, I can try to lead my wife, I can try to be the best husband I can be for her, but IF she is not submitting to my authority and not obeying my gentlest requests, this relationship will not work. A man cannot lead a rebellious, self-serving, disrespectful, despising, undermining woman. When every request, order, command or suggestion is met with accusations, disrespect, a rebellious “I do what I want” attitude, a butting of heads and wills, a man is soon worn down and runs out of the emotional energy to try to lead such a sheep to the living waters!! Let her get her own living water!!

 

We hear preachers beating their men over the head with, “If you men would just be the spiritual leader in your home, your wife would submit and obey.” In an ideal world, maybe, but think about this: Yeshua is the ULTIMATE, PERFECT, SERVANT LEADER, and yet His bride does not always submit and obey! I give you the 21st Century apostate, Laodicean Church!! Do you get my point? Marriage is a two-way street, a two-sided coin, a relationship of give and take.

 

Paul teaches a lot of stuff in Ephesians 5, please read the whole chapter, because verses 1-21 are the lead in to the great mystery message in verses 22-33, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Master. 23For the husband is head of the wife, as also Messiah is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24Therefore, just as the church is subject to Messiah, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Messiah and the church. 33Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

 

The husband can lovingly and self-sacrificially serve and lead his wife, but if she does not return that love with obedience to his loving will, submission to his guiding authority, or respect for his place as the head of the family, you’ve got marriage problems. So, of course, when I got home last night from work, I approached this subject with my wife. We have a great relationship, wherein we can talk about anything. She may get emotional, because that’s who she is, but we can discuss the subject, not like my X-file, where I found trying to talk to her was like talking to a wall, stonewall X never gave an inch.

 

Marriage is mysterious, just like our relationship with Yeshua. Yeshua is fully capable of leading His bride before, during, and after the Tribulation, but will we as His bride always be willing, obedient, and submissive to His will? That is the mystery question of the day. I hope so, but without a broken, contrite and repentant heart, it won’t happen until we get our immortal bodies and CANNOT SIN any more!! And believe me, I’m looking forward to that day more and more with every breath!!

 

Looking up,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 19, 2012 CE

Rapture – Part XVIII – Hijacking the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT

RAPTURE – PART XVIII
HIJACKING the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT

 

If I wanted to waste my emotions on getting upset at pre-tribulation proponents, I could easily do so, but what would that accomplish? Instead, we’ll keep digging into Yahweh’s word to see what He has to say on the matter. When Yeshua appeared on earth in the 1st Century BCE and 1st Century CE, we know that was the time commonly known today as His FIRST ADVENT, or JESUS 1.0 ADVENT. Pre-tribulation advocates would have you believe that Yeshua will come again and then again, a PRE-tribulation JESUS 1.5 ADVENT in the sky followed about 7 years later by a JESUS 2.0 ADVENT when He lands on the Mount of Olives. Scripture simply DOES NOT SUPPORT such a doctrine. Most of the Second Covenant Scriptures that talk of Yeshua COMING AGAIN, relate to the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, not a 1.5 PRE-tribulation rapture/resurrection ADVENT. Some of the COMING AGAIN Scriptures do mention a rapture/resurrection, which are tied directly to His 2.0 ADVENT. Pre-tribulationists simply hijack many of Yeshua’s 2.0 ADVENT Scriptures and try to make them speak of a 1.5 ADVENT at a PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection of the saints. Poor and deceptive scholarship at best.

 

There are so many Scriptures to look at in regards to the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, that it can become overwhelming. Personally, I don’t think Yeshua sees any difference between His 2.0 ADVENT and the Rapture/Resurrection of the saints, just from His statements we looked at in Matthew 25:1-13. Pre-tribbers like to put forth the Greek word parousia (Strong’s # 3952) as the word of choice for the 1.5 ADVENT of Yeshua to PRE-trib rapture/resurrect His saints, but in just a brief look at Matthew 24-25, I see that Yeshua used at least 3 Greek words to talk about His 2.0 ADVENT. He used erchomai (Strong’s # 2064,), parousia (Strong’s # 3952), and heko (Strong’s # 2240). Why don’t the pre-tribbers talk about all 3 words? I believe Yeshua used them interchangeably to relate His JESUS 2.0 ADVENT message. And just for the record, in John 14:3, one of the pre-tribbers foundational rapture Scriptures, Yeshua said erchomai, “I will come” not parousia!! But we are not to get side tracked in arguing over words, but we can present our findings from research! And here’s another point to look at. There are 300 Scriptural signs of the JESUS 1.0 ADVENT that were fulfilled about 2,000 years ago. There are about 2,500 Scriptural signs of the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT that will be fulfilled soon, but there are ZERO (0) Scriptural signs of a PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection event BETWEEN the JESUS 1.0 ADVENT and the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT! Pre-tribbers would then want you to build a whole doctrine on those ZERO (0) Scriptural signs of a PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection!! And that in light of the Word of Yahweh, which states in Amos 3:7, “Surely Sovereign Yahweh does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” If a man-made PRE-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection doctrine breaks Scripture, throw it out!

 

I can’t help it, but I approach the Word of Yahweh from an accountant’s perspective. That’s my professional training, so I just can’t help it. I always look for the bottom line, foundational thought, or principle. So far, in my Rapture Safari, I believe Hebrews 9:28 presents us with this bottom line, “so Messiah was offered once to bear the sins of many [Yeshua’s 1.0 ADVENT in the 1st Centuries BCE/CE]. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” Read all of Hebrews chapter 9, for in it you see the FINISHED WORK of Yeshua on the execution stake securing our SECOND COVENANT in His own blood. Back to the bottom line, look at that word “second time”. It’s one Greek word, deuteros, Strong’s # 1208, and can mean second in time, which apparently is what the writer wanted to convey, since he had just summarized Yeshua’s 1.0 ADVENT. This is where I begin with the  JESUS 2.0 ADVENT. This principle is reinforced by Yeshua Himself, our First Witness, by His RAPTURE statement in John 14:1-4, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in Yahweh, believe also in Me. 2In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4And where I go you know, and the way you know.” The Greek word for “come” is erchomai, which means that Yeshua will come FROM Heaven TO earth to establish His Kingdom. This is the great Rapture/Resurrection Scripture from the lips of Yeshua Himself!! But look at the next word in the sentence, “again”. It is the Greek word palin, which does means Yeshua is coming again, but when in relation to time, it means: ONCE MORE!! This word palin leaves NO ROOM for a JESUS 1.5 ADVENT, or a JESUS 3.0 ADVENT; it ONLY leaves room for a JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! To try to use John 14:1-4 as a PRE-tribulation rapture breaks Scripture, for it leaves no room for Yeshua to come back at the end of the Great Tribulation to establish His Kingdom on earth! So, John 14:1-4 MUST be speaking of the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT at the END of the Great Tribulation!! And is that not the exact teaching we get from the two dudes in white at Yeshua’s ascension in Acts 1:11? Yes, it is.

 

So, what’s my problem? Well, if Yeshua comes back BEFORE the Tribulation to Rapture/Resurrect the saints at a JESUS 1.5 ADVENT, but you call it His 2.0 ADVENT, you’ve hijacked His 2nd ADVENT and broken all the other Scriptures that talk about His bodily, physical, visible return to the earth to set up His Kingdom on this planet and tabernacle with mankind forever. By calling His return at the Rapture/Resurrection the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, forces His return to earth to reign for 1,000 years to be called His JESUS 3.0 ADVENT, breaking Hebrews 9:28 and John 14:3! Pre-tribbers trip all over themselves trying to separate His coming at the Rapture/Resurrection from His coming to earth for His millennial reign, but the writer of Hebrews 9 makes it crystal clear, to me anyway, that Yeshua is ONLY COMING BACK ONE MORE TIME, AT HIS JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! And for the record, in Hebrews 9:28, the word “He will appear” is the Greek word optomai, Strong’s # 3700. Go figure, the Second Covenant writers used several Greek words to describe Yeshua’s 2.0 ADVENT! But the Hebrews 9:28 “second time” appearing correlates well with what those two dudes in white said in Acts 1:11. Yeshua’s ascension 1,982 years ago was bodily, physical, and visible, so shall His JESUS 2.0 ADVENT be, in the 21st Century!!

 

I believe 100% in the Rapture/Resurrection of the saints at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, just not in a PRE-tribulation 1.5 ADVENT. In fact, most of the Scriptures pre-tribbers use to create the imminency doctrine of Yeshua’s soon return describe His 2.0 ADVENT, not a 1.5 ADVENT. Pre-tribbers need to STOP abusing Yahweh’s word; it’s outright heresy and deception, even end-time profiteering (false propheteering?). Undoubtedly, 1 Corinthians 15 is one of the foundational Scriptures describing the Rapture/Resurrection of the saints. Look one more time at verses 22-24, which set the CONTEXT for Paul’s great Rapture/Resurrection teaching, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah all shall be made alive. 23But each one in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits [1,982 years ago], afterward those who are Messiah’s at His [JESUS 2.0] coming (relax, it’s parousia!). 24Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to Yahweh the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.” LOOK CLOSELY at the 3 Greek words that follow “at His coming”, “Then the end”, the word “comes” is not in the Greek. My question to pre-tribbers is and always will be, WHERE do you see Daniel’s 70th Week of the 7-year tribulation BETWEEN verses 23 and 24? Huh? Please SHOW ME, because I really do want to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. But where is it? It’s NOT IN THIS SCRIPTURE!! Paul ONLY LISTS 3 EVENTS:

 

1 – Messiah as Firstfruits 1,982 years ago

2 – JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, our blessed hope in the 21st Century

3 – Then the end

 

Is that too difficult for pre-tribbers to grasp? Apparently. Please stop abusing Yahweh’s word.

 

If I have abused Yahweh’s word, I apologize and repent now. I may have made a sweeping statement in my Safari 2 post, and I’m sorry for doing that, but I want to go back and look at Revelation 14 again. John has several rapid-fire visions in Revelation 14, which appears to be talking about the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT, on Judgment Day. For context see verse 1, “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.” And for more context, see verse 7, “saying with a loud voice, “Fear Yahweh and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment [His krisis] has come [erchomai]; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”” Now, let’s look at verses 14-20, “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come [erchomai] for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Yahweh. 20And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.”

 

Pre-tribbers like to brag that the Church is nowhere to be seen in Revelation chapters 4-18, but I beg to differ here and now. I propose a possibility to you here in Revelation 14:14-16. We see Yeshua, One like the Son of Man, sitting on a cloud in the breathable air of the lower atmosphere reaping some folks off the face of the earth!! Friends, this could easily be a Scriptural picture of the Rapture/Resurrection of the saints, IMMEDIATELY prior to Yeshua’s angels reaping the wicked grape company into the winepress of Yahweh’s wrath!! You could interpret this Scripture passage as a pre-tribber and say Yeshua is the first sickle in to reap the wicked into the wrath of Yahweh, but the passage DOES NOT SAY THAT NOR DOES IT DEMAND THAT INTERPRETATION. This is plainly, literally, a POST-TRIBULATION, PRE-WRATH Rapture/Resurrection Scripture. No twisting or hem hawing around with the passage, just a literal reading of it. Notice the distinction in John’s vision between Yeshua’s harvest and His angel’s harvest! The angel specifically harvested the tares, the wicked grape company into the wrath of Yahweh, but the passage doesn’t say what happened to Yeshua’s harvest!! Is it possible this is where we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air? I believe it’s not only possible, it’s very probable that is EXACTLY what Yeshua just did. Thus, again we see the saints protected from the wrath of Yahweh, since we are not appointed to wrath (1 Thes. 5:9)!! Do you see how dangerous it is to make sweeping statements about the Scriptures, like the Church is NOT SEEN IN REVELATION 4-18!?! Maybe I need to look deeper into Revelation 14, but I don’t see where John identified the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT harvest in 14:14-16 as ONLY PEOPLE WHO GOT SAVED DURING THE SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION!!

 

Revelation 14:12 shows Israelite and non-Israelite saints are present, the One New Man in Yeshua. Verse 13 gives a special blessing to those who die during the Tribulation, saints who NEED RESURRECTION by Yeshua in verse 16.

 

We could argue day and night about the 144,000 virgins, but let’s not argue, let’s look at a gem I just noticed. Go back and read verse 1 again, the 144,000 virgins are STANDING ON MOUNT ZION, in Jerusalem, Israel, with Yeshua, obviously at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT. Now read verse 3a, “They sang as it were a new song before the throne”. Now read verse 5b, “for they are without fault before the throne of Yahweh.” LET THIS VISION, THIS DIGITAL PICTURE, soak into your brain, spirit, and smartphone! Yeshua and the 144,000 saints are STANDING ON EARTH IN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, AND AT THE SAME TIME STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE OF YAHWEH, SINGING AND WORSHIPPING THE FATHER!! I told you Yahweh and Yeshua are moving to earth. I don’t care when we’re raptured, I just want to stand on Mount Zion, in Jerusalem, Israel, and sing and worship my Father!! Hoo Yah!! It just does not get any better than that!! Heaven and earth are merging at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!!

 

Now, for more confirmation of this, go back and reread Revelation 7, which is set as an EARTHLY scene, not a Heavenly scene, where and when the 144,000 virgins are sealed by Yahweh during the Tribulation. How do we know it’s a heavenly scene? Because Rev. 7 is happening on earth during the sixth seal and then Rev. 8:1 switches the scene BACK to a heavenly scene! Now see the Church of Jesus Christ between Revelation 4-18! Let Yahweh continue to blow our minds and hearts wide open! You won’t find PRE-tribulation teachers preaching this stuff! Revelation 7:9-17, “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, [the One New Man multitude] standing before the throne and before the Lamb [ON EARTH!!], clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our Mighty One who sits on the throne [ON EARTH!!], and to the Lamb!” 11All the angels stood around the throne [ON EARTH] and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne [ON EARTH!] and worshiped Yahweh, 12saying:

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,

Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,

Be to our Mighty One forever and ever.

Amen.”

13Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” [That is the question of the moment, and the Holy Spirit is about to show us!]

14And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

So he said to me, “These are the ones who come [Greek word erchomai, the SAME WORD YESHUA USED IN HIS GREAT RAPTURE SCRIPTURE IN JOHN 14:1-4!!!] out of the great [mega] tribulation [thlipsis], and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore they are before the throne of Yahweh, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. [THIS VERSE PROPHESIES OF HEAVEN MOVING TO EARTH, THE KINGDOM WILL MOVE TO EARTH, YAHWEH WILL TABERNACLE AMONG HIS PEOPLE ON EARTH. This is NOT a Heaven scene!! In fact, at this point in prophetic history that John sees, the spiritual heaven may be literally overlaying the physical Temple mount in Jerusalem, Israel.] 16They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun [the sun has no effect in Heaven, only on earth!!] shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne [ON EARTH, NOT HEAVEN!!!] will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters [ON EARTH, NOT IN HEAVEN!]. And Yahweh will wipe away every tear from their eyes [ON EARTH, NOT IN HEAVEN!].”” This is a parallel picture of the raptured/resurrected saints that Yeshua reaped in Revelation 14:14-16, at the JESUS 2.0 ADVENT!! So, we DO see the Church in the Book of Revelation AGAIN between chapters 4 and 18!! This passage plainly indicates that these saints were Raptured/Resurrected (erchomaied, if you will) DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION, just like Rev. 14 and 1 Corinthians 15 also indicate!!

 

Maranatha, come (parousia, erchomai, optomai, heko) Lord Jesus 2.0,

 

Gene Benjamin II

October 14, 2012 CE