Marilyn Agee (15 Aug 2011)
"Mercer: Looking for The Blessed Hope (The Coming of the Lord Jesus For His Church) (Best Study I've ever read on the rapture)""

From: Marilyn Agee
Re: Mercer (12 Aug 2011)
"Looking for The Blessed Hope (The Coming of the Lord Jesus For His Church) (Best Study I've ever read on the rapture)"
Concerning the study:
> > Isaiah 61:1
Of Isa 61:1,2. Luke 4:16-21 says, "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
Jesus' birthday was Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets. He was about 30 on Tishri 10, the Day of Atonement in 27 AD.
In the synagogue in Nazareth, he stood up and read Isa 61:1,2 on Tishri 10 to announce that the Jubilee Year would start on the following Nisan 1, 3787, the first day of the Sacred, Regnal and Jubilee years. 
> > Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter
> > The things which John has seen are found in chapter one, and it is the vision of the Lord Jesus. The things which are can be found in chapters two and three. These are the letters to the seven churches. There is no doubt that the church is “the things which are”
To me, the miracle-play "The Revelation of Jesus Christ" is written as if the Rapture was near. It is "at hand" in both the first and last chapters.
Rev 1:3 says, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for THE TIME IS AT HAND."
Rev 22:10 says, "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for THE TIME IS AT HAND."
The Rapture is the pivot point. The "things which thou hast seen" in Rev 1:19 happen before the Rapture, "the things which are" happen at the First-Trump Rapture, and "the things which shall be hereafter" come after the First Trump Rapture.
In other words, in The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Jesus stands at the pinnacle of the Rapture and looks backward and forward to tell us what will happen.
Before the Rapture, Jesus gives his monologue to the 7 churches. At the Rapture, heaven's door opens and the Philadelphian church, plus overcomers out of the other church groups, are caught up. These are those for whom Jesus has no words of condemnation. Next come those things that are "hereafter" the Rapture. 
Rev 4:1,2 says, "After this (i.e., after Jesus' monologue) I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet (i.e., the first trumpet of God) talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter" (i.e., after the First-Trump Rapture).

In Rev 4:2, John said, "And immediately I was (ginomai, lit., became) in the spirit."

> > After the seven letters to the churches, the scene moves to heaven and this is where “the things which shall be hereafter” takes place.

Marilyn Agee