Least 12 Raptures or Resurrections
With or Without Newly Clothed Spiritual
After you study this, take the
* You need a newly clothed spiritual -
resurrected - body in order to enter 3rd heaven since you cannot come
before the throne at Rev. 7.9 to the High Priest naked. The Bible says
nobody is in 3rd heaven yet. Therefore, before both the first rapture (Rev.
3.10, Luke 21.36) and the last trumpet resurrection and rapture (1 Thess.
4.15-17, 1 Cor. 15.23,50-52), those who have been raptured already who are
awaiting newly clothed spiritual bodies have gone some place in the interim
which is where the "companion firstfruits" are now, who were resurrected
with Christ in Matt. 27.52. There is also Enoch and Elijah. They would not
have newly clothed spiritual
bodies, necessarily, since Enoch and Elijah have not yet died, for they
shall return as the Two Witnesses.
It is not of
God to think legalistically there is only one rapture or resurrection. God
reveals to us at least 12 raptures and/or resurrections. We may
know the specific reason for these various raptures. Believers in the last days
must pay attention to 3 essentials: (1) eternal life, (2) rapture, and (3)
reward. Thank God, He has already provided the first essential. He has
chosen us before the foundation of the world that through the death of Christ we
should receive eternal life. The other essentials are something required
"Harpazo" (Rev. 12.5, Acts 8.39, 2 Cor. 12.2-4,
1 Thess. 4.17). Though we can't resurrect a soul or perform the rapture, we can
clone people which is a type of resurrection. The smallest indivisible unit of
time is 10-43 seconds which is even smaller than a "twinkling
of an eye" (1 Cor. 15.52).
various raptures and resurrections:
1) Enoch and
Elijah (representing readied overcomers and first rapture) were raptured (Gen.
5.24, Heb. 11.5; 2 Kings 2.1,11).
(Mark 16.19, Acts 1.9-11; in Rev. 12.5 Jesus firstfruits and overcomers).
3) Those out
of the grave at Christ's death (companion firstfruits).
raised from the dead, as well as, the 12 year old girl who was only asleep (Matt.
9.18-26) - we are only appointed once to die so then comes rapture.
rapture (Rev. 3.10, Luke 21.36, Matt. 24.37,40-41,42) at Rev. 7.9 before the
trumpets of the Tribulation (Rev. 8ff) - firstfruits before the first month of Tribulation signified by the
two wave loaves (could signify the first rapture and the harvest rapture or
the rapture of those who are saved among both the Jews and Gentiles) in Lev. 23 at Pentecost. These two wave
points also can typify from the time of Pentecost
to the first rapture based on readiness, watchfulness, patience and holiness in our manner of life.
To understand this complexity, some points need to be addressed:
firstfruits (Rev. 14.1-5) are included with those raptured alive at first
rapture and some could be raptured during the Tribulation. The virgin
firstfruits shall be
closest to Christ in the 1000 year reign since they actually remained
virgins which is valued by God because looking ahead, there is no
procreation in the New City in eternity future;
man-child overcomers (Rev. 12.5) expresses that of being overcomer believers
whom begin being raptured at first rapture. Most overcomer believers having died in previous centuries
would be raptured at the last trumpet with those who are alive and left (1
seal tells us that the only other group raptured at the first rapture
besides living overcomers and the virgin firstfruits are the martyred
believers from the past 20 centuries. Martyrs are also raptured individually during the
Tribulation like the Two Witnesses;
woman in Rev. 12.1-6 is the eternal will of God
that gives birth to the firstfruit overcomers (man-child) also seen in Rev.
14.1-5 (as mentioned there are two other groups in addition to the 144,000
virgin overcomers closest to Christ). There are advanced parties and
harbingers in every sphere. Once they are first raptured (12.5 coincides
with 7.9) before the Tribulation, Satan then goes after Israel so the woman
which was first represented as the eternal will of God becomes Israel so
that the Jews flee in the wilderness at that point when the Great
Tribulation starts. "Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great
significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her
feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head" (Rev. 12.1). The sun
represents grace; the moon the law; beneath her feet because it is the Old
Testament; and the twelve stars are referring the 12 Patriarchs of the 12
Tribes of Israel on which the law is enacted.
6) Philip the
evangelist (Acts 8.39), who was raptured while at work (a type) away to
Caesarea - reward is
related to our work. Rapture and reward are interrelated, such as in the case of
Philip. Paul was taken up in the spirit in a vision of Third Heaven (2 Cor.
12.2-4). John was taken up in the spirit to see the visions in the book of
7) Many martyrs
raptured separately and individually during Tribulation (many) like the Two
Witnesses (Enoch and Elijah) raptured at the end of the 42 months of the Great
Tribulation or 1260+3.5 days (the Great Tribulation is the second half of
the 7 Year Tribulation). The reason they are not rapture around mid-Trib as some
think is because mention of them takes place in Revelation 11 which is the
timing of the last trumpet or 3rd woe. Recall the 1st woe or 5th trumpet took
place back in Rev. 9. The gleaning period of 30 days is to the 1290th day-this
30 days is for judgment by Christ when He is on earth with his sickle to divide
the unsaved wheat (pretending to be saved) from the saved wheat in Matt. 13 & the good and
bad nations as sheep from goats in Matt. 25.31-46.
9) The 7th trumpet
resurrection and rapture (final harvest of the last week in Daniel 9) of the
body of Christ which is
pre-wrath at the start of the 19th month of the Great Tribulation (1 Thess. 4.15-17, 1 Cor.
15.23 and Rev. 14.14-16). The last trumpet or 3rd woe pours out the 7 bowls and lasts 24 months from the 19th to the
42nd month. Noah goes through the stormy sea to be raptured to dry land and
represents those not martyred in the Tribulation.
raptured after the 7th trumpet resurrection from the 19th month to the 24th
month of Great Tribulation are gleaned like in any field (various
11) After the Last
Revolt at the end of millennial kingdom, there is the resurrection and rapture of
the unsaved from the bad side of Hades (where
the rich man is) to be judged and cast into hell.
12) After the
unsaved are cast into hell at the end of the millennium, rapture of the saved
takes place from the good side of Hades
(Abraham's bosom, sometimes called paradise below) for those who died in the
1000 years or who have not yet be resurrected or raptured.
It is very
special to note that anyone who is resurrected is also to be raptured, but not
all those who are raptured were resurrected, since they did not die. Rev. 20.4
refers to the first resurrection overcomers
who receive the reward of reigning during the millennial kingdom.
Those gleaned may be martyred or remain alive. If they die, they would be
resurrected and raptured individually three and a half days days after going to rest in Hades
like the Two Witnesses. This can also occur and extend to the time after Christ's
appearance as Christ administers
judgment (Matt. 25.31ff) from the 1260th day (end of the 42nd month from the
starting point of the first woe of Rev. 9.1) to the 1290th day, and
definitely no latter than before Israel receives glory at the 1335th day
from the commencement of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 9.1 or 5th
trumpet). If any are not raptured from the 1260th to the 1290th day, even to the 1335th day,
then they would be raptured after the Last Revolt at the end of the millennial
kingdom at Great White Throne. Proof of this gleaning is shown when after the
42nd month (equaling 1260 days), there is still more rapturing going on, e.g. The Two Witnesses
three and a half days after the 1260th day.
Of course, whether taken or left, all the men and women spoken of in Matthew
24.40-41 are saved—so that the ones left cannot be viewed as being unsaved
because of the following reasons:
(1) “Watch therefore” (v.42). The word “therefore” connects with the preceding
verses 40 and 41. Since you are saved and have life, you are expected to watch.
Those who lack the Lord’s life cannot watch. The determining factor in rapture
is not a being saved or unsaved but is a case of one’s works after regeneration.
To say that all the regenerated will be raptured together is a serious mistake.
(2) “Your Lord cometh” (v.42). The unsaved do not have the relationship of
servant and master with the Lord. Man may misuse this word, but the Lord never
will. The unsaved person may consider himself to be a servant of the Lord, but
the Lord will not carelessly use such a term as “your Lord” here.
(3) “The thief was coming” (v.43). If a thief comes to steal apples, he will
take the ripe ones and leave the unripened ones behind. Thus it is not a
difference in kind but one of degree.
(4) The five foolish in the parable of the virgins told of in chapter 25 are not
false virgins. They are real, except that they are not wise as are the five wise
virgins. The wise ones spare no effort to carry oil in the vessels whereas the
foolish are too lazy to make such a provision. Nevertheless, both the wise and
the foolish are virgins, and they all go forth to meet the bridegroom.
(5) Judging from typology, those who are left can be the saved as well as
those who are taken. Both Enoch (who was raptured) and Noah (who entered the
ark) were saved. Yet both Abraham (the intercessor) and Lot (who passed through
tribulation) were saved too. But Elijah (the taken) and Elisha (the left) were
saved. The disciples whom the Lord in His ascension left behind were all saved
ones. Both Philip (the one taken away) and the eunuch (the one left behind) were
writes on pages 154-155, KKH (also see
on Rev. 14 and Leviticus 23, pp. 151-153):
Two passages of
Scripture mention the conditions for [first] rapture directly:
(1) Revelation 3.10 “Because thou didst keep the word of my patience, I
also will keep thee from the hour of trial, that hour which is to come upon the
whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”—It says “the word of my
[i.e., the Lord’s] patience” and not “my word of patience”: today in this age
people curse the Lord, yet the Lord does not strike them to death with lightning
(in the millennial kingdom, however, such conduct will not be tolerated).
Christians stand with the Lord on the same ground and refuse glory from men
because the Lord is now rejected and has not received glory yet.
(2) Luke 21.36 “But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that
ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand
before the Son of man”—“that ye may prevail”: We need to watch at all seasons,
not just be watchful for five minutes. We should not go to sleep [such as
those in Matt. 13.25 who slept which allowed the unsaved tares to to deceive
those in their midst. Christ must treat those who slept according to Matt.
9.24,25, refusing them the first rapture and rewards of reigning for not
discerning in their spirit and
abiding in Christ], but instead
discern the light of the Lord and the darkness of the world. And always praying
that we may be counted worthy to be in the first rapture. If we do not resist
the blessing of the world we cannot escape the woe of the Great Tribulation.