Ron Reese (6 Sep 2015)
"And the Day of the Rapture is...(Part 2)"


   AND THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE IS...(part 2)
 
 
If you missed Part 1 from last week, here is the link:
 
 
As I presented to you in Part 1, AND THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE IS...THE DAY OF SUDDEN DESTRUCTION!  The main Scripture reference, in the New Testament, to support this premise, is 1st Thessalonians, Chapters 4 and 5, where the main theme is the simultaneous Sudden Destruction and Rapture.
 
In Part 2 today, I am going to give you 4 excellent TYPES from the Old Testament that show us emphatically that the Sudden Destruction and the Rapture will be simultaneous.  Are you ready for a very profound statement?  In the Old Testament, the New Testament is CONCEALED (through Typology) and in the New Testament, the Old Testament is REVEALED.  The O.T. is FULL of types.  I refer often to many O.T. characters who are types of Christ.  Through typology, every piece of furniture in the Tabernacle represents a different aspect of the character of Christ.  The blood of Jesus being the atonement for our sin is represented, by typology, in many O.T. stories and passages.  The Old Testament is chock full of TYPES.  Today, we will look at the RAPTURE, as a TYPE of the simultaneous GREAT ESCAPE and SUDDEN DESTRUCTION.
 
The Rapture event is shown to us, through typology, in O.T. events.  Here are four such events, and there probably are more, of God showing to us that the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION and the GREAT ESCAPE (typifying the Rapture) happen on the very same day:
 
1.  God's GREAT JUDGMENT is just about ready to fall on the entire world, in the form of the Tribulation, in the Book of Revelation.  The only other time that there has been a worldwide GREAT JUDGMENT of mankind is in the time of the GREAT FLOOD, in Noah's time.
 
In Genesis 7, we read that THE VERY SAME DAY THAT NOAH ENTERED THE ARK, THE GREAT JUDGMENT, IN THE FORM OF THE WORLDWIDE FLOOD, CAME UPON THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE EARTH, EXCEPT FOR NOAH AND HIS FAMILY.  THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION AND THE GREAT ESCAPE,     TYPIFYING THE RAPTURE, HAPPENED ON THE VERY SAME DAY!
 
2.  Let's examine the story of Lot and his family.  In Exodus 19:20, Lot is asking God for a way of ESCAPE BEFORE THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION.  This should remind us of Jesus, in Luke 21:34--36 admonishing ALL end-times Christians to pray to be found worthy to ESCAPE ALL of the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION OF THE TRIBULATION.  
 
Two verses later, in verse 22, we read God's response to Lot's plea for an ESCAPE FROM THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION:  "Haste thee, ESCAPE thither, FOR I CANNOT DO ANYTHING TILL THOU BE COME THITHER.  What a glorious testimony of an O.T. verse that typifies a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  God was letting Lot know that HE COULD NOT EVEN BEGIN HIS SUDDEN DESTRUCTION ON SODOM AND GOMORRAH, UNTIL THE RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE WERE REMOVED!    Glory be to God!  By typology, God is telling us, the end-times Christians, that HE CAN NOT BEGIN THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION, THAT STARTS THE TRIBULATION, UNTIL THE RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE ARE REMOVED, IN ANOTHER GREAT ESCAPE, WHICH WE CALL THE RAPTURE!!!!!!!
 
In verse 30, we learn that Lot's Great Escape was to the mountains, which typifies our Great Escape to a higher place, to Heaven, at the time of the Rapture.  We also learn from this story, that THE GREAT ESCAPE AND THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION WERE THE VERY SAME DAY!
 
Let's read the words of Jesus, in Luke 17:26--27, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man (Jesus).  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until THE DAY THAT NOAH ENTERED INTO THE ARK, AND THE FLOOD CAME, AND DESTROYED THEM ALL."
 
In verses 28--30, Jesus says, "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But THE SAME DAY THAT LOT WENT OUT OF SODOM, IT RAINED FIRE AND BRIMSTONE FROM HEAVEN, AND DESTROYED THEM ALL.  EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE WHEN THE SON OF MAN (JESUS) IS REVEALED."
 
These words of Jesus make it as plain as day that THE RAPTURE AND THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE VERY SAME DAY.  AND THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE IS...THE DAY OF THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION!!!
 
Two verses later, Jesus gives us a stern warning, when He says, "Remember Lot's wife."  Lot's wife DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS GREAT ESCAPE THAT GOD HAD PROVIDED FOR HER.  Why not?  Because her affections were on the CARES OF THIS LIFE.  So, too, according to Luke 21:34--36, those end-times Christians who are too caught up in the CARES OF THIS LIFE, WILL NOT BE TAKEN IN THIS FIRST RAPTURE!!!  I strongly urge all who are reading this post, to pay strict attention to what Jesus is warning us about here.
 
Listen to these words of Jesus, to ALL end-times Christians, "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time, YOUR hearts be overcharged with...THE CARES OF THIS LIFE, AND SO THAT DAY COME UPON YOU UNAWARES.  Watch ye, therefore, and pray always, that YOU MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS..."  This Great Escape from ALL these things is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  Will the Lord find YOU worthy?
 
3.  The story of Jericho, in Joshua 6, is also the story of SUDDEN DESTRUCTION AND A SIMULTANEOUS GREAT ESCAPE, also typifies the Rapture.  Before the Sudden Destruction to the city of Jericho, God told the Israelites, in verses 4--5, "And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven TRUMPETS of rams' horns: and the SEVENTH day you shall compass the city SEVEN times, and the priests shall BLOW WITH THE TRUMPETS...and when YOU HEAR THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET, all the people shall SHOUT WITH A GREAT SHOUT; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, AND THE PEOPLE SHALL ASCEND UP, every man straight before him."  
 
What happens at the Rapture?  The sound of trumpets!!!  A great shout!!!  And the Rapture happens on the 7th Day, or 7th Millennium, after 6000 years!!!  "AND THE PEOPLE SHALL ASCEND UP" IS A TYPE OF THE RAPTURE!!!  Verses 20--21 tell us that, "when the people heard the sound of the TRUMPET, and the people shouted WITH A GREAT SHOUT, that the wall fell down flat, so that the PEOPLE WENT UP...And they utterly DESTROYED ALL that was in the city.  This SUDDEN DESTRUCTION TOOK PLACE THE VERY SAME DAY AS ALL OF THESE TYPES, REPRESENTING THE RAPTURE. 
 
The only ones who participated in the GREAT ESCAPE were Rahab and her family, the ones whom the Lord accounted worthy (Luke 21:36), because of Rahab's obedience and service.  Read the story for the details.  But, rest assured, that this GREAT ESCAPE, which typifies, once again, the RAPTURE, WAS ON THE VERY SAME DAY AS THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION OF JERICHO.
 
4.  In the story of Moses, and the Israelites, fleeing the massive Egyptian army, we have another type of a Sudden Destruction, with a simultaneous Great Escape.  We read about it in Exodus 14:27--31, "And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared, and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.  And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and ALL the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them."
 
"But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.  Thus the Lord  SAVED ISRAEL THAT DAY out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.  And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians."  
 
Once again, through typology, we find the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION AND THE GREAT ESCAPE ON THE VERY SAME DAY.  EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE ON THE DAY OUR LORD IS REVEALED, IN THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE.  In these very last days in which we now live, just before our Lord Returns to receive His Bride, we should understand that there is nothing more SUDDEN, and nothing more DESTRUCTIVE than nuclear bombs.  My in-depth study, encompassing over 40 years of learning about end-times Bible Prophecy, reveals to me that this will almost certainly be the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION that takes place simultaneously with the Rapture.
 
WE ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE HIGHEST RAPTURE ALERT TIME PERIOD IN MY LIFETIME.  IT IS A TWO-MONTH PERIOD, FROM SEPT. 11TH TO NOV. 11TH, WHEN WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO EXPECT OUR LONG-AWAITED RAPTURE TO OCCUR.  LET THE LORD FIND EACH OF US IN THE CENTER OF HIS WILL WHEN HE RETURNS--WATCHING, WARNING OTHERS, STAYING CLOSE TO JESUS, LIVING HOLY, WITH RIGHT MOTIVES, AND RIGHT PRIORITIES, SEPARATING OURSELVES FROM THE WORLD, AND NOT GETTING TOO CAUGHT UP IN THE CARES OF THIS LIFE, LEST WE SUFFER THE SAME FATE AS LOT'S WIFE.
 
MOST OF ALL, LET EACH OF US BE FOUND PRAYING TO BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY IN THE EYES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, AND OUR SOON-COMING KING, JESUS CHRIST. (Luke 21:34--36)
 
Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 
 
Maranatha!
 
Ron Reese