“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (or precede) them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11)
The message is as clear as it can possibly be. As clear as this message is, some have trouble understanding it, even today. Paul says that Lord will appear in the air, the dead in Christ will rise, those still living will rise right after, and we will then spend eternity with the Lord. Paul says the purpose of this revelation was to comfort believers facing hard times. What completes the theme is Paul’s exhortation at the end.
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
High (7) WATCH WEEK, FEAST OF TRUMPETS IS September 15-17, 2023; Why The ‘Gathering Up’ Of (7) Christians Must Occur Before God’s Tribulation Judgment
By Nathan Jones June 13, 2023 HarbingersDaily.com
Have you ever noticed how many teachings there are out there concerning the Rapture of the Church?
Sure, the Bible makes it crystal clear that one day Jesus will return and gather up all those who are saved and take them to Heaven to live with Him forever. But, the when and the where and how’s of it all… so many different and even conflicting views. Which are facts and which are merely opinions?
During these times of confusion and indecision, sometimes you just have to get away, take a walk, and spend some time thinking it through.
For me, after long study, I have come to believe (7) in what is called the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view.
This “gathering up” of Christians will (7) occur before God’s judgment falls upon the (7) world in a seven-year time period foretold (7) by Daniel and known as the Tribulation. (777)
But, why exactly do I believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture? I have my reasons, ten to be exact. All are founded on the conviction that the Bible is the very Word of God, that it should always be interpreted literally, and that it is firmly rooted in Jesus’ ironclad promise that He will indeed return. All preclude a spiritualized interpretation of the Scriptures. Doing so merely results in imaginative nonsense. Let’s walk through these reasons and see if they help provide clarity.
1. The (7) Rapture and Second Coming are different events.
Some claim that the Rapture and Second Coming are the exact same event occurring at the very end of the Tribulation — the Post-Tribulation Rapture view. And yet, read all the verses which cover Christ’s return and you’ll encounter two very different scenarios. These verses actually (7) describe Christ’s return happening in two stages — the Rapture (Jn. 14:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Thes. 4:13-18) and later the Second Coming (Zech. 14:1-21; Mk. 13:24-27; Lk. 21:25-27; Rev. 19) — separated by a period of time.
2. The Rapture (7) can occur at any time without warning.
Jesus stated in Matthew 24 to (7) “keep watch because you do not know (7) on what day your Lord will come,” indicating Jesus will arrive (7) at a time when nobody is expecting. (777)
Not expecting? How can that be when the Second Coming is preceded by exactly seven years (to the day) of events — (7) such as the rise of the Antichrist, plagues, wars, and earthquakes which destroy most of the world? The Rapture happens imminently and without warning, while the Second Coming has to be preceded by many years’ worth of signs. The two then cannot possibly be the same event.
(7) Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries:
Daniel 12:11 And from (7) the time that the daily sacrifice shall (7) be taken away, and the abomination that (7) maketh desolate set up, there shall be (7) a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
NWN; Count 1,290 (7) days to the Second Coming of Christ, (7) from when the ‘Abomination of Desolation’ occurs. ALL (7) timelines lead to the Second Physical coming (7) of Christ onto earth on the last (7) day of the entire seven years tribulation. (7) The ‘Rapture’ and ‘Second Coming of Christ’ (7) are ‘BOOKENDS’ of the seven years tribulation. (7) The ‘Rapture’ is the ‘FIRST’ tribulation event. (7) The ‘Second Coming’ is the ‘LAST’ bookend.
3. The Rapture removes the Restrainer.
Second Thessalonians teaches that God’s restraining influence will be taken away when the Antichrist rises to power. Christ restrains the evil of this world today through the Church. Therefore, the Church will need to be removed — raptured — before the Antichrist’s seven-year reign can even begin.
4. The Tribulation is for Israel’s redemption.
Jeremiah 30 describes the Tribulation as the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” Revelation 12 portrays Israel fleeing from the Antichrist’s persecutions. And, the Battle of Armageddon pits all the nations of the world against Israel. Israel is repeatedly the focal point of the Tribulation and the center of God’s work of redemption, not the Church.
5. The Church (7) is missing on Earth during the Tribulation.
Like the Flood, the Tribulation stands apart as God’s second great judgment upon a rebellious world. It’s the very wrath of God. True, believers have endured suffering throughout history, but never actually from God’s wrath. Revelation 3 confirms that Christians are promised never to have to endure the Tribulation, proven in the fact that there’s no mention whatsoever of the Church throughout Revelation chapters 6-18 which describe the events of the Tribulation.
6. The Church (7) is busy in Heaven during the Tribulation.
While the earth faces God’s judgments, the Bible reveals the Church will be quite busy up in Heaven engaged in three events: a judgment for rewards, a celebratory Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and preparing to return to earth with Jesus. None of these three have anything to do with living in a world that’s being destroyed.
7. (7) The Millennial Kingdom needs to be repopulated.
If all the Tribulation believers are raptured up to Heaven at the Second Coming and given glorified bodies, bodies which like the angels cannot reproduce (Mat. 22:30; Mk. 12:25), then who is left to repopulate the earth during the Millennial Kingdom? The Rapture cannot possibly happen Post-Tribulation then, for no more children would be born.
8. (7) God’s wrath lasts the entire seven years.
Some claim God’s wrath is poured out over just a few of the seven years of the Tribulation, so the Rapture must occur three and a half or even five-plus years into the Tribulation. But, these Mid-Trib and Pre-Wrath Rapture views tend to forget that Jesus Christ Himself breaks the seals which launch all 21 of Revelation’s judgments. The final Seven Bowl Judgments are said to finish the wrath of God, not begin His wrath. Because all these judgments are initiated by Jesus Himself, God’s wrath lasts the entire seven years, wrath the Church is promised not to have to endure.
9. Faithful examples removed from God’s wrath.
Enoch was raptured before the Flood. Noah and his family were removed from the floodwaters. Lot and his family were sent away from Sodom and Gomorrah before God incinerated those wicked cities. Rahab and her family were set apart when Joshua’s army invaded Jericho. Again and again, the biblical examples show God removes believers from His wrath, instead of making them suffer through His wrath.
10. (7) The Pre-Tribulation Rapture view is not new.
Some will argue that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view is just “too new to be true,” crediting it to John Darby some 200 years ago. But, is that assessment historically accurate? Not at all! The Pre-Tribulation Rapture view is a reawakening of the long-ignored teachings of Jesus and the Apostles.
First Things First
Feeling better? More clear? Hopefully, our “walk” has confirmed or challenged some of your beliefs in the Rapture. What is far more important than our understanding of end-times views is our salvation status. Only faith in Jesus Christ and His shed blood will one day lead us upwards to be with our Lord and Savior forever and ever.
(7) Have you grabbed hold of that salvation? Will (7) you then be part of the Rapture? Or, (7) have you rejected Jesus and so will (7) be left behind to endure the Tribulation? (7) Jesus leaves that choice up to you.
(7) Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries:
1 Corinthians 15
49 And as we (7) have borne the image of the earthy, we shall (7) also bear the image of the heavenly. (77)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that (7) flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom (7) of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (77)
51 Behold, I shew (7) you a mystery; We shall not all (7) sleep, but we shall all be changed, (77)
52 In a (7) moment, in the twinkling of an eye, (7) at the last trump: for the trumpet (7) shall sound, and the dead shall be (7) raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (7777)
53 (7) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, (7) and this mortal must put on immortality. (77)
54 So when (7) this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and (7) this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be (7) brought to pass the saying that is (7) written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (7777)
John 14:2 (7) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were (7) not so, I would have told you. I (7) go to prepare a place for you. (777)
John 14:3 And if I go and (7) prepare a place for you, I will (7) come again, and receive you unto myself; that where (7) I am, there ye may be also (777)
The Great Sign of Revelation 12
Revelation 12 And (7) there appeared a great wonder in heaven; (7) a woman clothed with the sun, and (7) the moon under her feet, and upon (7) her head a crown of twelve stars: (7777)
2 (7) And she being with child cried, travailing (7) in birth, and pained to be delivered. (77)
4 And his tail drew the (7) third part of the stars of heaven, (7) and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon (7) stood before the woman which was ready (7) to be delivered, for to devour her (7) child as soon as it was born. (77777)
5 And she (7) brought forth a man child, who was (7) to rule all nations with a rod (7) of iron: and her child was caught (7) up unto God, and to his throne. (7777)
How rare is the Revelation 12 Heavenly Sign  Once in 7000 Years – UPDATE:
Romans 5:9 Much more then, (7) being now justified by his blood, we (7) shall be saved from wrath through him. (77)
Revelation 3:10 Because thou (7) hast kept the word of my patience, I also will (7) keep thee from the hour of temptation, (7) which shall come upon all the world, to (7) try them that dwell upon the earth. (7777)
According to (7) the Bible’s Book of Revelations, seven trumpets (7) will be sounded in the last days (7) to unleash a series of catastrophic events. (777)
The Book of (7) Revelation holds the final chapters of the (7) Bible and details the end of the (7) world and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (777)
Hope Bolinger wrote in an article for Christianity.com: (7) “The seven seals and seven trumpets are a (7) series of catastrophic events that will take (7) place during the End Days to enact (7) the judgment of God upon the earth.” (7777)
(7) For some time, I have pinpointed the (7) Rapture to occur during the Feast of (7) Trumpets, the time of the late harvest, (7) and because of the progress of the (7) “falling away,” the Day is clearly approaching. Would God (7) allow such an obvious action of the (7) world to occur contrary to His will? (7) “Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10b).
(8×7). Eight ‘8’ is (7) God’s Divine Number For Change, Change of (7) Season, Change of Plan, Change of Epoch.
Prov. 25:2 (7) It is the glory of God to (7) conceal a matter, but the glory of (7) kings is to search out a matter.
(7) Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries:
The ‘Raptured / Harpazoed’ Church is in Heaven FIRST, which then witnesses Jesus Christ open the FIRST SEAL (of the seven seals) that STARTS the TRIBULATION. The First Seal is the ‘White Horseman on an Arabian Stallion’ that is REVEALED by his ‘CONFIRMATION’ of the False Covenant of Peace and Security for Seven Years.
Revelation 5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
… ‘no man in heaven’ = Raptured Men, Bride of Christ, Church
… ‘nor on earth’ = Those ‘Left Behind on Earth’ During the Tribulation.
… ‘neither under the earth’ = Those in Hell.
… ‘twenty-four elders’ = A ‘select’ group of raptured/redeemed men who constitute part of God’s office of Government / Governance in Heaven.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 (7) And they sung a new song, saying, (7) Thou art worthy to take the book, and (7) to open the seals thereof: for thou (7) wast slain, and hast redeemed us to (7) God by thy blood out of every (7) kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (777777),
Note; all the redeemed (past tense) men that make up the Raptured Church, from the ‘Age of Grace.’ These are NOT the ‘Tribulation Saints’ who are martyred, beheaded for their faith by the Beast / Antichrist, during the Tribulation on Earth.
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Jesus Christ is (7) the ‘ONE’ worthy to open the SEALS:
Revelation 6 And I (7) saw when the Lamb opened one of (7) the seals, and I heard, as it (7) were the noise of thunder, one of (7) the four beasts saying, Come and see. (7777)
Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and (7) behold a white horse: and he that (7) sat on him had a bow; and (7) a crown was given unto him: and (7) he went forth conquering, and to conquer. (7777)
But how can (7) they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save (7) them unless they believe in Him (Jesus Christ)? (7) And how can they believe in Him (7) (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about (7) Him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear (7) about Him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14 (777777)
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your (7) Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs (7) of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. (7) Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask (7) God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that (7) Jesus Christ is who He claimed to (7) be; that He was both fully God (7) and fully man and that we are (7) saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. (7) Put your trust in Him as your (7) only hope of salvation. Become a son (7) or daughter of God by receiving Christ. (7777777) 7×7
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess (7) with your heart and with your lips (7) that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.