Month 2:20, Week 3:5 (Chamashee/Teruah), Year 5935:047 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Monday 23 May 2011
The Raptured Rapture
Yet Another Failed Rapture Prophecy
Well, none of us are surprised by the latest failed 'rapture' prophecy - this one from 89 year-old radio evangelist Harold Camping - which was supposed to have taken place two days ago at 6 pm (Scandinavian time) - because those of us who have done careful scripture study on the subject know that there isn't one at all - at least not of the kind being promulgated by millions of evangelicals, and certainly not the 21 May one 'guaranteed' by Camping. Indeed, this is a relatively modern doctrine which was unheard of in the early Messianic Community (Church) or for over a thousand years afterwards.
"Then we, the still living who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with (the resurrected dead) in the clouds to meet the Master (Lord) in the air; and so always - through the eternity of the eternities - shall we be with the Master (Lord)!" (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, Amplified Version).
If you would like to make an in-depth study of this important topic, and spare yourself from further deception, please visit our Rapture When? page where you will find many useful materials, or if you're in a hurry, see the article, Rapturemania: Exploding the Escapist Myth.
What, then, does the Bible teach? It teaches that when Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) returns for His allegorical Bride - those who love Him, trust Him and obey His mitzvot (commandments) - that they will ascend into the air to meet Him at the final Yom Teruah and then return back to the earth with Him and the New Jerusalem, for the Judgment at the final Yom Kippur which will then be followed by the Marriage Feast of the Lamb at the last Sukkot and the beginning of the Millennium at the last Shemini Atseret. This means, quite simply, that the Bride of Messiah passes through the Great Tribulation. And if you want to know about that, please read my book, The Final Gathering
Believers need to get their eyes off short-cuts to deliverance, which the rapture doctrine represents, and back onto Yah'shua (Jesus) and building His Kingdom down here. The rapture teaching is an escapist myth, for the lazy believer who wants to avoid the nine character tests that we are here to take. The meetting with Yah'shua (Jesus) in the sky when He returns is, in any case, tied up with the true restoration of 12-Tribed Israel in the the Promised Land and not the entity that is in the Middle East. To do that, you need to study Jacob's Trouble so that you are not tossed about by all these false prophecies.
It is time to 'rapture and rapture' and get our feet on terra firma again. Ignore folks like Camping whose theological compass isn't callibrated properly and equally ignore the self-righteousness of many liberals who are condemning him but who themselves don't believe in miracles or any kind of judgment at all. Camping is right about one thing - judgment is coming, but if he had known a little Torah he would have known that the Second Coming takes place in the autumn/fall and not the summer, and if he had listened to the Christ he preaches, he would equally have known that no man knows the hour. I hope he apologises as those of us who have made similar mistakes in the past have done.
The King and the Kingdom move on and we either move with them or get left behind.