In one of my other posts this week I described what scripture has to say about where we (as Christians) are when the rapture happens, our earthly location when we are taken up and it's not where and how most people envision it.
As I shared in my other post there is much scriptural evidence that we here on earth as Christ's church who are alive..... are gathered by God's angels at the great sound of a trumpet. We are gathered with the dead in Christ from heaven and are all brought to Jerusalem at or near the midway point of the 7 year tribulation period.
Why are we all gathered to Jerusalem? As per Zechariah, Jeremiah and many other segments of scripture we are brought there because.....at that time point..... God will have just intervened on Israel's behalf after they were attacked and over run. God at that point as per Zechariah, steps on the Mount of Olives and splits the mountain in two causing it to move both north and south. In doing so he creates a great new valley which extends east and west for a great distance. This new valley which includes half of Jerusalem is created as a security zone / safe haven for the remnant of Jews (one third) that have just survived the great assault on the country of Israel. Only the Jews whose name appear in the book are allowed into this protected zone.
Also when God steps on the Mount of Olives he creates a new river that flows both east and west from that Mount of Olives. This new river is completely unique in that it contains the water and the blood of Jesus that He shed there during His crucifixion. Zechariah 14 declares at this time..... “living waters” shall flow from Jerusalem.
The remnant of Jews are gathered there in this new valley for their protection for 1260 days which is from the midpoint of the 7 years to the end. They are protected there by Michael the Arc Angel as per Daniel 12.
We as Christians are brought there by God's angels (Matthew 24 is one of the references) for two reasons. The first, is that this is the only security zone God has set up for His church's safe departure. What do I mean? Revelation 12 goes into detail how Satan and his forces are waiting the kill Christ's church when they attempt to rise and leave earth. The bible describes Satan as “the prince of the power of the air”which means he is in control of the airspace above earth (think UFO's).......he (Satan) is in control, except for the new security zone which God has established above this new valley and river complex in Jerusalem. A zone guarded by Michael and Michael's forces.
The second reason we Christians depart from this new security complex is because we literally have to wash ourselves in the blood of Jesus before we depart. How do we do this?
Jesus's blood is infused in the water of this new river coming out of The Mount of Olives where He shed that blood and water 2000 years ago on that very soil. We will bath in these revived living waters and be cleansed before we can get our white robs and meet Jesus in the clouds.
Revelation 7:14 describes this..... “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robs and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”
The bible says that....out of the mouth of two or three witnesses the truth is established.
Well, who will be present there in Jerusalem to attest / bare witness to these events and witness that we Christians accepted Christ as our Savior? Accepted by bathing / being baptized not only in the living waters but also in His blood which is contained within these waters?
The two end time witnesses will be present there in Jerusalem because their 1260 day ministry (or the first half of the 7 years) will be almost finished at that point and Jerusalem is where they are killed.
So these two end time witnesses will be present to attest to it all.....the baptism and the rising up of we Christians in the rapture.
Isn't that exactly what is described in Daniel 12.....two “others”(not men) one standing on each side of the “waters” (plural) of a river talking to someone in linen who is rising above the waters? Yes it is. And this rising person also shares that this will happen at 3.5 years into this period when or at the time when the power of the holy people (Jews) has been shattered. That's why God had to come to earth at that time (3.5 years into a 7 year period) because Israel was attacked and two thirds of the population was killed and......their power was shattered......as Daniel 12.
Did you ever wonder why the bodies of the two end time witnesses who were killed in Jerusalem were not desecrated? These two witnesses were hated by the majority of the world during their 1260 day ministry....so why weren't their bodies which laid on the streets of Jerusalem tampered with / burnt/ etc.? The now obvious reason is that they died within the new security zone where the “bad guys” are not allowed...hence couldn't get to their bodies.
Also was the transfiguration of Jesus described in Matthew 17 a shadow of what was to come and happen in this new security zone at the time of the rapture? I believe so.
Ecclesiastes 1 says that.....”that which is done is what will be done”
At the time of the transfiguration of Jesus on a mountain.....Mount of Olives?.....He was joined by Moses and Elijah and Jesus's face shone like the sun and His cloths became as white as light.
And it was said soon after by Jesus that Elijah was to come back first and will restore all things.....or could that phrase be said differently..... that Elijah would come back first and all these things that happened at the transfiguration would be restored or happen again.
So with this in mind....Will Moses and Elijah be the two end time witnesses and will they be present at Jerusalem in the security zone when we are transformed and taken up to meet Jesus in the clouds? Appears they will
Jesus said Elijah would come first before these things happen.....that would be true because if Elijah is one of the two witnesses he will have ministered to the world for many months “first” before these happenings take place in the security zone.....agreeing with scripture.
Will Jesus again, above the Mount of Olives, in the sky, over the security zone take on the appearance that was described in Matthew 17 at His initial transfiguration? I am saying yes and I believe that Revelation 1:13-15 is speaking of that possible event and time period. There we Jesus described in a similar manor as in His transfiguration in Matthew 17.
It says there....One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire, His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters, He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength....
So Doves, I believe that this is what God's word has to say about where we will all be.... not when the trumpet blows.... but where we will be at our rising to meet Jesus in the clouds.
Blessings Doves.......John B