Eliane B (9 July 2011)
"To Bruce Baber - Re: Different times of arrival"
In response to http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2011/bruceb77.htm
I completely agree with you.
I think the first event takes place on the Feast of Pentecost (before
the Tribulation) and the second one on the Feast of Trumpets (probably
about seven years later). Two separate raptures (not including the
rapture of the Two Witnesses). The Feast of Trumpets is the moment that
the 7th Seal is opened and the Wrath of God is poured on Earth.
The first event is like the Days of Noah (a type of the first Rapture,
when couples and marriages are mentioned, because everyone went in pairs
to the Ark, as the Bride is going to enter Heaven accompanied by the
Bridegroom), when everything seemed normal and then suddenly it began to
The second event is like the Days of Lot (a type of the second Rapture),
when God sent His angels to rescue Lot and his family from Sodom and
instants after Lot had left the city, fire and brimstone (a symbol of
the Wrath of God) were sent by God to destroy that place.
These are clear types and shadows in Scriptures.
Even if you read the Book of Ruth (a type of the Bride of Christ), we
must remember that she had a sister in law, Orpah (the widow of
Chilion), who decided not to follow Naomi to Bethlehem, but stayed in
Moab (a type of the world). Although Orpah didn’t follow Naomi and Ruth
and we never hear about her in the story, it is interesting to read (in
verses 9, chapter 4) that Boaz (a type of the Christ, the Kinsman
Redeemer) bought all that was Elimelech’s, all that was Mahlon’s and all
that was Chilion’s of the hand of Naomi.
Maybe Ruth is type of the Bride and Orpah is a type of the Tribulation Saints.
I’m not trying to restart the discussion about who gets left behind etc.
Even if one thinks that the entire Church is removed from Earth at the
first Rapture, one must admit that Scriptures plainly say that many
people are going to believe in Christ after the Rapture and have the
chance to be saved (the Tribulation Saints). Of course many Tribulation
Saints will be killed during the Great Tribulation, but there will be
survivors in the end, and instants before the Wrath of God is poured on
Earth (Feast of Trumpets), the surviving Tribulation Saints are raptured
to Heaven, because they simply can’t be on Earth at the moment that God
unleashes His Wrath.
Blessings in Christ,