First posted in 2013.
Bruce Baber (14 Oct 2013)
"The Days of Noah versus The Days of Lot and their parallels"
My personal belief is that the rapture is a progressive event, or perhaps it is better to say that it is a multiple event.
The barley harvest is first. Barley is sepated from the chaff by tossing it in the air. The wheat harvest is next and it is separated from the chaff by brusing it with a tribulum (think tribulation). The final harvest is the grape harvest where the grapes are pressed, staining the Harvester's robes red like blood. Perry Stone first (to my knowledge) showed these comparisons, or parallels. I agree with the sequence though I differ with him somewhat on the groups involved.
Barley Harvest of the Bride seen in Matthew 25...
"Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there not be enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying Lord, Lord , open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not."
Now read Luke 12:36. These characters missed out on the wedding. They are servants waiting for their master to return for them after he has been to the wedding!
The Wheat Harvest
35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.
Notice that by the time Jesus comes back from the wedding banquet that their lamps are to be lit. They are waiting and watching for the master. They are listening for the knock at the door.
If their lamps are lit it would mean that the Holy Spirit has been granted though they weren't ready when He came the first time. Because they will be here for a period of intense persecution, the Holy Spirit may be given in double portion. This would explain how they endure persecution of the antichrist. Notice in this next passage how they are identified as servants like in Luke 12 as cited above. In Joel, the servants are given the Holy Spirit in such quantity that the old men dream prophetic dreams and the young men see visions!
Read Joel 2.
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Notice that they are identified as servants after they have missed admitance to the wedding though by this point they will have the Holy Spirit granted.
In my essay "The Two Feet of the Body of Christ," I concentrate mainly on these two groups. The first group who is ready to go to the wedding and the second group who is taken by Christ before God's wrath occurring probably around mid-tribulation.
"Days of Noah" and the "Days of Lot".
Perhaps both raptures are alluded to in Luke 17.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all."
The account of Noah is usually cited as a parallel to the first rapture. Noah is given 7 days advance warning before God's wrath was poured out (Genesis 7).
Lot on the other hand had to be ready immediately. God's wrath was rained down on Sodom immediately upon his departure.
Notice the wording in the account of Lot in Genesis 19... 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house." Later in the same chapter it says... "15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
To me, the account of Lot is a better parallel to the second rapture (just prior to the bowls wrath being poured out).
Jesus was (at least in part) rejected because He didn't come as the conquering Messiah as prophecied. The prophecies of the two comings of the Messiah were sometimes interwoven in the same verses. I believe the two raptures are like that too. Luke 7 mentions both the days of Noah and the days of Lot, but I don’t believe they are the same singular event.
I stated my case in more detail in the Two Feet of the Body of Christ. I related the two times that Jesus's feet were anointed with costly perfume representing a parallel to the two times the Holy Spirit is showered on the church. I showed how the body of Christ is born like the birth of a baby with the head (Christ) first followed by the body in progressive stages with the two feet (representing the end-time church) being the last part.
It is my personal belief that the time is very short. If I am right about there being two raptures (occurring in stages) then I think it is time for others to recognize it.