Four-fold Reference to the “Child” (Rapturing of the Church):
- … “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” (Rev. 12:2). (Emphasis added).
- … ”And his tail drew the third part of the stars (fallen angels) of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it were born.” (Rev. 12:4). (Emphasis added).
- … “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” (Rev. 12:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought for the man child.” (Rev. 12:13). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: These four short verses, are the only direct reference to the child of God (Church) being raptured or harpazoed (caught up quickly) to heaven, prior to Satan’s rule on earth through his beast / antichrist / man-of-sin. “She” is the nation of Israel. Just as the “man” (Jesus Christ) was born of, or came out of the national of Israel and the Jewish Faith, the Christian Church also came out of or was born from Israel and Judaism. There are numerous other scripture references that indicate both Jesus Christ and God’s redeemed children will co-rule together during Christ’s Millennial Kingdom. Both Jesus Christ and his overcomers will rule with a rod of iron over the nations on earth and mankind from the earthly city of Jerusalem. This is unmistakeable and repeated numerously. Why isn’t the “man” (Jesus Christ) caught up to heaven, along with the “child” (Church). Rev. 12:4-5 specifically indicates that the dragon is not waiting to devour Christ and that Christ is not caught up to God and his throne. Period. Christ doesn’t need to be caught up. He has already won, he has already ascended in glory, he is not threatened by Satan. Satan knows he can’t attack Christ directly, which is why he is waiting for the church to be born, 2,000 years after its conception at Pentecost.
Throughout history, the lesser of two adversaries who is incapable of attacking his opponent directly, has always resorted to attacking the stronger opponent’s family or loved ones. In the case of Satan, he wants to literally kill all Christians, Christ’s redeemed, ‘the child’ or church, before it can be rescued or caught up to heaven. The Church does not ascend to heaven in glory, our blessed hope is literally a search and rescue mission on a spiritual, global scale by God. Through God’s omnipotence and omnipresence, he knows exactly what Satan wants to do, when he wants to do it, and to whom he wants to do it to. God cuts Satan to the chase and rescues men who have placed their faith in and forgiveness of their sins through the shedding of Jesus Christ’s blood and his resurrection. These four veses are very clear involving which entity is “caught up”, where the entities came from, what the entities are prophesied to do in the future kingdom on earth. Interestingly, once the “child” (Church) is “caught up to heaven”, Satan then refocuses his attention and goes after the next in the line… the woman (Israel) who is still on earth and who gave birth to both the man (Jesus Christ) and the child (Church, redeemed men on earth). Once again, Satan goes after the beloved people of God, the Jews or Israelites and tries to destroy them with a flood as they try to escape Jerusalem. There are other verses throughout Revelation that imply a pre-tribulation rapture and are so noted throughout the entirety of this complete analysis. This important reference to the rapture of the Church should be a large, bold checkmark on the logical list of reasons (mathematical axioms) as to the reality of a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church.
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