Doves,We are presently seeing bible prophecy being fulfilled before our very eyes as per Isaiah 17 and Isaiah 19.Isaiah 17 speaks of the destruction of Damascus which is presently taking place be it brick by brick.Isaiah 19 speaks of in-fighting among the Egyptian people themselves (Muslims persecuting Coptic Christians), Egypt being taken over by a cruel master (the Muslim Brotherhood under president Mursi) and the the lifeblood of the Egyptian people....the Nile River.......drying up and creating a terrible stench. All these prophetic earmarks are happening now and continuing.These two chapters were just discussed in detail last week by JD Farag and his weekly prophecy update.http://twelvebooks.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/prophecy-updates-may-5-and-may-7-by-jd-farag-and-gary-stearman-may-8-2013/But what about the prophecy of Isaiah 18 which is sandwiched between Isaiah 17 and 19? Is this happening now or about to happen? I believe it is and it's the "real meat" or most important part of the story happening in the same chronological time frame as Isaiah 17 and 19 or.......now.So what's so important about Isaiah 18 that should peak our interest at this time?Most people don't realize it...... but Isaiah 18 speaks of the rapture, the timing of the rapture and some events that happen near that timeframe.Lets look at Isaiah 18 and how God details the events of this chapter. Lets start with verses 4, 5 and 6.4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will look from my dwelling place like a clear heat in sunshine, [and] like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
So the Lord said to Isaiah--"I will take my rest". To me this means God's (Jesus') work is done. The sin debt He had to pay for our salvation was paid in full on the cross. He has spent approximately 2000 of our years preparing a place for His Church / Bride as He promised. The fullness of the Church or quantity of Gentile believers has been accomplished. He has Michael the archangel rounding up Satan and all his fallen angels which are about to be ousted from the heavens and banished to the earth.
So He (God) is resting and looking from a dwelling place. Could this particular dwelling place be the place He will be when the Rapture happens?
The next two phrases of the verse really blew me away when I understood them. What was God looking at when He looked from His dwelling place? "Like a clear heat in sunshine and like a cloud of dew in the heat of the harvest." In both instances it appears that God is talking about two things rising. We know from scripture that the dead in Christ will rise first and then the living in Christ will rise second.
Now look at the wording He used in the two phrases. "Like clear heat in the sunshine" That's like the heat you see rising from asphalt on a hot day, it appears to be coming up from the earth, it rises and then disappears. As will the dead in Christ--- that will rise first.
Now the second phrase "Like a cloud of dew in the heat of the harvest" Again we have something rising but this time the dew is already in the air, it just rises and then it disappears. As will "we" who have accepted Christ who are alive----we will just disappear.
This verse is amazing for it gives a double meaning. It gives a time frame for the rapture and tells the story of all the end time players at the same time.
When does the rapture happen time wise? When the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower. From a horticultural viewpoint, I would say late spring or early summer.
When will the rapture happen "players" wise? When the bud (Church / Bride) is perfect...... meaning when the predetermined number has been reached as per Rev.6. and when the sour grape is ripening in the flower. The Jewish people are the sour grapes.......they haven't sweetened to Jesus yet (their sour to Him) but they will because He says that they are "ripening" in the flower or will sweeten to Him at some point. And from scripture we know that this will be the case during the tribulation period.
The other players in this verse are the sprigs and the branches.
One Webster meaning for sprigs is young people. The verse says that God is going to cut off these sprigs and take them away. I believe this describes how He is going to remove (take away) all the young people from the planet that are below the age of accountability.
The other player in this verse is the branches. I believe these are the left behind people of the planet after the rapture and their fate is not good. We learn that they are cut down and gathered together. And their fate is described in the next verse.
These branches, these left behind people will be left together for the mountain birds of prey to summer upon them and the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
My interpretation of this is that at the same time Christ's Church is going up in the Rapture, Satan and his fallen angels (mountain birds of prey, i.e. UFO's) will be cast to earth and will prey upon the left behind people in the summer.
Then at some period later the beasts of the earth (demons entombed in the earth as per Rev. 9) will be released to prey upon the people left behind starting in the winter. Notice God brings summer into the picture first as if the rapture happens in the spring or early summer and Satan and his goons show up a few days or weeks later to dispense their evil and horror on these "branches".
With these verses and current world events in mind one could conclude that the rapture timeframe is near.
As near as green sour grapes forming in the flower........that's pretty near.
Blessings Doves.......John B
P.S. I'll share my interpretation of verses 1,2,3 and 7 of Isaiah 18 in another post and how those verses relate to other present day happenings