Hello, John and Doves,
I owe you all an amended explanation of why I think 2 Kings 22:20 is so important to us, as we approach the middle of the 70th week of
We are nearly 3 years into the 70th week, and we have seen many good and wonderful, spirit-filled Christians [really, full-blown disciples of Yeshua] pass on to glory.
We read about the short-term prophecy concerning the death of good king
" '...So I have indeed heard you, says the LORD. So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster....' "
2 Kings 22:19-20 NLT [New Living Translation]
Compare that passage to this one in Isaiah:
"Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time, but no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die." Isaiah 57:1-2 NLT
Now, let us consider how this all relates to us who remain until the coming of the LORD for His Bride. There are five passages to view in particular.
First, let's look at the book of Acts:
"As they strained to see him rising into heaven,
two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.
Galilee,' they said, 'why are you standing
there staring into heaven?
Jesus has been taken from you into heaven,
but someday he will return in the same way you saw him go!' " Acts 1:10-11 NLT
Jesus' Second Coming, when He will descend to the Mount of Olives, and thereby cause it to be split by an east-west valley, pointing to the Gate Beautiful. This is due on 10 Tishrei 5776, which is Yom Kippur. If the Aish.com calendar is correct, then this should be on September 23, 2015.
Then Jesus, as Israel's High Priest [Hebrews 4:15], will proclaim the Jubilee year that starts on Tishrei 15--Sukkot--Tabernacles, 5776--September 28, 2015. Take heart!
Secondly, let's look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that
Jesusdied and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesusreturns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
"We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord, Himself, will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NLT
This passage speaks of the rapture of the saints prior to the midpoint of the 70th week, that is, before the middle of April 2012. That is to say, a rapture prior to the fifth seal simply does not make sense.
After the rapture, everything goes pretty much like clockwork, down to Yom Kippur, 5776. On this side of the rapture, we wonder when all these homegoings will draw to a close.
To be sure, many saints have been martyred [or otherwise passed on to glory] recently, but we will not all die:
"What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the
. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. kingdomof God
"But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will be all transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies."
1 Corinthians 15:50-53 NLT
This last trumpet is first and foremost to be understood as the 100th, and last, shofar blast of Yom Teruah, the Day of Blowing, or the Day of the Shout. Yom Teruah, the fifth of the seven feasts of the LORD, is the Leviticus chapter 23 name for the Jewish Civil New Year, Rosh Hashanah.
Last of all, let's look at why we should take YHWH at His Word, concerning the promises we have just read.
There are two passages--the fourth and fifth that we'll view today--that are paramount in knowing that the LORD will follow through to keep His Word to us.
"The LORD's promises are pure,
like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.
"Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed,
preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about,
and evil is praised throughout the land." Psalm 12:6-8 NLT
The LORD's Word is more reliable than municipal water delivery systems:
"The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
"They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
"It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
"It will accomplish all I want it to.
and it will prosper everywhere I send it." Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT
Thus, one can safely and sagely conclude that if Christ cometh not for His Bride soon, then she MUST DIE, in order to escape the looming Great Tribulation, as per 2 Kings 22:19-20 and Isaiah 57:1-2. You see, one way or another, the righteous and pure Bride of Christ [Ephesians 5:27] WILL BE KEPT FROM DISASTER [1 Thessalonians 5:9].
Conclusion? If it is true that we shall not all die [1 Corinthians 15:50-53]--and it is [Psalm 12:6-8 and Isaiah 55:10-11], then we must be taken out of the world all at once. [Jesus never got splinched; therefore the Bride won't be cut in two.]
Furthermore, this Rapture of the Bride must happen on schedule, when all our mansions are ready. [See John 6:37 and John 14:1-3] Since "mansions" can and does refer to heavenly houses, as well as to fabulous new immortal bodies, we know that when the last believer who belongs to this historical parenthesis that we call the "Church Age" is saved, then two things will happen.
The Church Age will culminate with the Rapture, and Eretz Israel, beginning with the 144,000 that are sealed in the foreheads with the sign of the Lamb of God [whatever the LORD has in mind], will begin her slog through the last four years of Daniel's 70th week. Thus, we can say with assurance that Israel is the Elect, and the tribulation has been shortened for her sake.
This time around, though, Eretz Israel will physically tread on, and thus claim, the full inheritance promised by God to Abraham and his descendants [Deuteronomy 11:24 and Joshua 1:3]. Even the hidden city of Petra falls within the bounds of the Promised Land.
"Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle."
Just in case you had any doubts, consider Isaiah 46:9 to 13--a commentary on 1 Corinthians [whose chapter 15 contains the fabulous "behold I show you a mystery" passage in verses 50 to 53]:
9 "Remember the things I have done in the past.
For I alone am God!
I am God, and there is none like me.
10 "Only I can tell you the future
before it even happens.
Everything I plan will come to pass,
for I do whatever I wish.
11 "I will call a swift bird of prey from the east--
a leader from a distant land to come and do my bidding.
I have said what I would do,
and I will do it.
12 "Listen to me, you stubborn people
who are so far from doing right.
13 "For I am ready to set things right,
not in the distant future, but right now!
I am ready to save Jerusalem
and show my glory to Israel." Isaiah 46:9-13
, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Baruch HaShemEl Shaddai