What are some critical signs are pointing to the imminent Rapture of the Church? Some key events include:
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13: 24-30)
The traditional view of the Harvest at the end of the age is that there is only one harvest, and then comes the end. However, Scripture gives abundant witness to show that the one harvest mentioned in the above passage actually consists of three separate phases that differ in timing, as well as in the crop harvested.
These three phases of the harvest – first the barley crop, next the wheat crop, and finally the crop of grapes.
The Barley Harvest and Rapture of the Saints
During the growing season of a farmers crop there is a first fruits growth that comes up in the field first. This crop is to be an offering to the Lord. It is to be tied with a red cord or a sheave to make it well known to all who are in the field that it is an offering to the Lord. We, as Christians and Messianic Jews, are the first fruits of the field of harvest. We are marked by the Holy Spirit as belonging to our Lord. Jesus was the first fruit and we will follow after Him.
These who believe are the barley grain. Barley grain is a soft seed. In days of old when they wanted to separate the grain from the chaff they would put the barley on a sheet holding the four corners and would raise the sheet to the wind. This process is called winnowing. It would easily separate the two and would give them the pure grain. This is what we are like. We are soft and pliable in the hands of the Lord to be corrected and re-aligned to His ways.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. (1 Corinthians 15: 20-23)
We believe we will be part of the “in-gathering” (or Rapture) with Christ Jesus during this time. We will not experience the wrath of the 7 year Tribulation period:
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
The Wheat Harvest and the Tribulation Rapture
About half way through the 7 year peace treaty there will be a Rapture of the Tribulation Saints by the Lord. Before this can happen, many prophecies will occur that are in Ezekiel 36-39. There is also a direct correlation with the 7 year peace treaty, the rebuilding of the Temple, and many other things spoken in the written word of the Bible (the inspired Word of God). As you begin to study this, you will see for yourself that this is true.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands… (Revelation 7:9)
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:13-14)
So we see in the above passages this wheat harvest will be a very great harvest, of those that had robes by virtue of their Faith in Messiah, but were not yet ready when the Bridegroom came for the Bride at the First Resurrection Harvest.
Wheat is a tougher grain than barley. Thousands of years ago, farmers used a tool called a “tribulum” to separate the chaff from their wheat. Today our word “tribulation” is derived from the name of that tool. It takes a tribulum to break the seed from the chaff. It goes through a breaking process to become free and be what our Father, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, would have us to be sons.
We have a God who loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, Yeshua to come in the flesh and dwell among men, teach us the way, die for us as a perfect sacrifice with all the sins of the past, present and future upon Himself, and taking the stripes upon His back, shedding His precious blood, was buried, raised, and ascended into heaven, sitting at the right hand of the Father and making intercession for us. He did it all for us! Just as the ancient farmers used a tribulum to separate the chaff from their wheat, God will use the Tribulation to separate the chaff from the lives of the Christians at this time.
The final Harvest and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!
The last harvest will be the grapes harvest that comes from the four corners of the field. The grapes have to be crushed to be made into “New Wine.”
The Great Tribulation will bring this about. This symbolizes the people who accepted Christ during the second half of the 7 years, known as the Great Tribulation. That group of people will have to endure the most horrendous time on Earth ever.
As a Christian, we will never have to ask the question: “Am I good enough for Heaven?” This is what the Bible says:
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
raised us up together – That is, we are raised from the death of sin to the life of the Lord, in connection with the resurrection of Jesus, and in virtue of that. So close is the connection between him and you, that his resurrection made yours certain.
made us sit together – Together with him. That is, we share his honors. So close is our connection with him, that we shall partake of his glory, and in some measure do now.
the heavenly places – He has gone to the heavenly world as our Head and Representative. His entrance there is a pledge that we will also enter there. Even here we have the anticipation of glory, and are admitted to exalted honors, as if we sat in heavenly places, in virtue of our connection with him.
in Christ Jesus – It is in connection with Him that we are thus exalted, and thus filled with joy and peace. The meaning of the whole is this:
“We are united to Christ. We die with him, and live with him. We share his sufferings, and we share his joys. We become dead to the world in virtue of his death; we become alive unto God in virtue of his resurrection. On earth we are exalted to honor, peace, and hope, in virtue of his resurrection; in heaven we shall share his, glory and partake of his triumphs.”
So in a very real sense, if you are a Christian you have already left this kingdom of darkness that includes the world system, the flesh, and the Devil, and in the Spirit you are already seated with Christ in Heaven!
The very first event where Jesus demonstrated His power was at a wedding ceremony and thecelebrations. When His mother Mary came to Him and explained that they had no wine left, Jesus turned water into wine for the wedding party and their guests. The celebration of the wedding was important to Jesus. He and his disciples enjoyed the dancing because awedding is a wonderful covenant between a man, a woman, and God.
We will be going to another wedding very soon as we are nearing the time of the redeeming of the covenant people of God to His home in the heavens. How will we be dressed? Will we be dressed in the proper garments? Will our lamps be filled with oil or do we need to go out and buy some? Some are asking how to know that they are ready for the Rapture.
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
“But they paid no attention and went off-one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and thewedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into thedarkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Wearing the Right Garment
Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. (Ecclesiastes 9:8)
Note: This is not about natural clothes; this is a clean heart and mind by the shed blood of Jesus through the Cross of Christ and the washing of the Word of God.
The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by. (Zechariah 3:4)
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. (Revelation 3:4)
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:1)
The reason the guest was not accepted in his apparel is that his was soiled from sin. The garment you need to wear is a robe of righteousness with humility. You receive it by repenting, turning from your sin nature, and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life. “Redeemed” is what the Father sees when He looks at you when you have done this.
Keeping your Lamp Full of Oil
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and thedoor was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
This scripture is about ten virgins. Five who were wise and have truly have given their body, mind, and spirit to the Lord and have accepted Jesus as Savior. There were five who were foolish and did not make a commitment to the Lord and were expecting to be taken with the Lord when He arrived. This is why they were refused at the door to the wedding feast, because they did not have a relationship with the Lord Jesus (I do not know you).
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 3:18-22)
The prophet Micah wrote of the Rapture:
Godly people have vanished from the land; there is no one upright among the people.
In the Book of Psalms, David describes the Rapture this way:
Help, LORD, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race.
Where have the godly and faithful people vanished and disappeared to?
She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.
If you have been following our messages, you know that we show that the Rapture “window of time” is closing rapidly. We know this because the Lord gave Christians very specific signs to look for. He used everyday examples like harvesting crops, marriage, and birth to give us understanding of spiritual events. The birthing example in Revelation 12 can help us to understand what is happening right now.
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth…
She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
Since a woman, in prophecy, usually symbolizes some type of church (Eph. 5:24-33) (II Cor. 11:2), the woman clothed with the sun represents the visible, true church of Christ just as the scarlet-clad woman represents Satan’s church in Revelation 17. Likewise, because there are numerous born-again Christians within the church before the Rapture, the woman is said to be clothed with sunlight, the garment of righteousness and evidence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. (“You are the light of the world.”)
The moon under her feet shows that the Christian church has complete power over the kingdom of darkness, symbolically portrayed as the sun-clad woman standing on top of the moon, the empress of darkness and symbol for the cult of Moon-god worship which dominated the ancient world religions.
Then finally, the garland of twelve stars (i.e., the twelve apostles) symbolizes the New Testament church because it is the church that will be existent at the time of the Rapture. (Rev. 12:1).
Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
The woman endures great pain and anguish before her delivery of the child. This labor and pain symbolizes what the church will suffer through just before the pre-tribulation Rapture occurs. We have seen the incredible hardship on millions of people including Christians just in the last few months, with non-stop natural disasters, global social upheavals, and massive economic devastation.
She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
The “male Child” represents all Christians who will be “caught up” (I Thess. 4:16-17) at the time of the Rapture. He (the saints) will rule with a “rod of iron,” as noted in the following passages:
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations- ‘ He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
(1 Corinthians 6:2)
This part describes the revived Roman Empire (the United States of Europe now forming) and the Beast (Antichrist):
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
Let’s break it down:
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
The dragon is a known emblem of Satan, and his chief agents, or those who govern for him on earth, in the pagan empire of Rome, the city built upon seven hills.
The ten horns refer to the division of the world into ten kingdoms. The seven diadems represent seven forms of government.
This is a description of the restoration of the imperial power of a revived Roman Empire. This empire is a perfect description of the current European Union (EU).
Bible prophecy foretells a 10-nation military alliance that will rise out of a revived Roman Empire (the European Union) and will come under the control of the Antichrist (Daniel 7:23-24). Unknown to many Christians, a 10-nation military alliance appeared in Europe in 1995, called the Western European Union (or the Brussels Treaty Powers).
These 10 nations are members of both NATO and the European Union. What bound them together was a mutual defense obligation under Article Five of the modified Brussels Treaty, which meant that an attack against one would be an attack against all.
Yet, on March 31, 2010, the 10 nations announced that they had agreed to terminate their alliance and transfer the Western European Union’s powers to the European Union – which, under the Lisbon Treaty, has developed a mutual defense obligation that includes all the EU member states.
We know that the agenda is to create a centralized European economic government that would dictate decisions to all member states. Whether that takes the form of a newly stripped-down eurozone or whether it will come into being as a result of Brussels exploiting the current crisis to pose as saviors matters little – the goal of the Dragon remains the same.
European Ministers Lay Out Explicit Plan to Create United States of Europe / Brietbart, April 4, 2016
…Not content with merely monetary union and free movement, the declaration, signed by the speakers of the national parliaments in Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg states that they want to integrate a broad spectrum of policies. “It should include all matters pertaining to the European ideal — social and cultural affairs as well as foreign, security and defence policy,” the declaration states.
“The current moment offers an opportunity to move forward with European political integration, which could lead to a federal union of States.”
His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
Eurocrats are keen on exploiting the debt crisis in a bid to create a “United States of Europe” led by European Council president Herman van Rompuy, a move that frighteningly parallels plans by top Nazis, may of whom went on to found the EU, and their mission to build a continent-wide economic government.
We covered in previous messages that the Beast conquers the world through a false peace agreement, and eventually reveals his true nature with people actually worshiping him as God. Note that the country of Turkey is currently in the process of joining the European Union, due to their part in helping Europe with the Syrian immigration crisis. Stay tuned on this fact…
His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth – This refers to the Beast seducing and leading the heathen and pagan world.
And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born – This is when the Beast prepares to destroy the Christians in much the same way he tried to destroy the Jews in World War II. The Lord takes us all in the Rapture, our blessed hope!
It should be noted that a woman travailing in birth is utilized in yet another New Testament passage, and there it also refers to the Rapture:
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
(1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)
The “birth pains” of the world are building and converging towards an unprecedented climax. There is an upcoming “delivery date” for the Rapture, known only to the Lord.
The time is running short. The United States of Europe is well on the way to being formed, with calls for much greater unification. This is the revived Roman empire detailed in Revelation 12 & 13.
We believe that the Beast (Antichrist), assisted by the False Prophet, will soon finalize the Israeli-Palestinian “land for peace” treaty, which will begin the dark 7 year period called the Tribulation. We believe that the Rapture will occur before then.
On February 6, 1999 I was sitting on my bed praying and the Lord spoke to me in a loud voice. He said, “Tell them that I love them. Tell them that I care. Tell them that I am coming for them. Prepare, like a man who has been told he has just a short time to live. Heal, forgive, and perform those acts of charity that you have been putting off. Tell everyone that I am coming soon for My bride.”
At this point, He said, “What do you see?” I looked down at the pattern on the bed. It was a pattern of budding flowers.
He said, “Open yourself up to praise Me…receive My love…stretch yourself out to Me”. After that, He said: “My reward is with Me”.
Then I said: “Lord, give me a sign in the heavens or on the earth, so that they will know that this word is from You!” Then I saw a vision of an arm, up to the shoulder, with a gun in its hand. The gun fired two times. The arm was pointing downward. The Lord said: “There will be two shots fired that will be heard around the world. This is a sign, so they will believe that this word proceeded from My throne.”
After He left, I quickly wrote down what happened so that I would have a record of this message. I sent the message to many churches and ministries, but it was mostly ignored. I went on with my life.
In September of 2001, I saw the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. I knew then that the Lord confirmed His word. The Lord is coming very soon!
We can see the makings of the Antichrist in Recep Erdogan, as the Bible shows that the Antichrist (or “Beast”) will be a peace maker and will be very wise in the beginning of his rule.
At first the Antichrist will seem to solve many of the world’s problems and he will be considered great in the eyes of most in the world. The Antichrist will help mediate a peace agreement in the Middle East, especially with Israel. As of August 15, 2016, Abbas would welcome any efforts by Turkey to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in light of the failure so far of French and Egyptian efforts:
Abbas to meet Erdogan by the end of the month / Times of Israel, August 15, 2016
Turkish and Palestinian leaders reportedly to discuss situation in Gaza and ‘the recent Israeli escalation in the region’
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by the end of the month for talks about the situation in the Gaza Strip and a French initiative for ending the conflict with Israel.
A senior Palestinian official told the Qatar-based Al Khaleej news site that the meeting will be part of a two-week international tour by Abbas covering Egypt, Jordan, France and other “Arab, Islamic and foreign countries.”
In the two men’s first meeting since a failed coup in Turkey last month, they will discuss Palestinian internal affairs, the Israeli- and Egyptian-imposed blockade of Gaza and what the official called “the recent Israeli escalation in the region.”
Abbas, said the official, wants to develop ties with Ankara, and the visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.
Also reportedly under review will be a French peace initiative, as well as Palestinian intentions to appeal to the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank.
The official indicated that Abbas would welcome any efforts by Turkey to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in light of the failure so far of French and Egyptian efforts.
Time is running out. If you are not a Christian, you can claim Him now:
Jesus, I thank You that You came to save us from our sins and redeem us back to the Father God that was lost when Adam sinned in the garden. Please forgive me of my sins and I choose to turn from them and I ask You to help me to sin no more. I invite You Jesus to be my Savior and Lord over all of my life. I invite the Holy Spirit to live in me and teach and guide me. Thank you Lord Jesus! Amen!