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Chapter 3: Ark of the Rapture

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus described the events of the flood as a parable of the coming events to take place in the “last days.” Jesus said it would be as it was in the days of Noah.

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know what day your Lord will come.”

Matthew 24:36-42

Every aspect of Noah’s walk of faith and obedience is a foretaste of what we shall experience. Just as Noah prepared an ark – a rescue – from God’s judgment, so must we.

We are soon to be taken from this lost world in the twinkling of an eye. We are also told to prepare for His coming, and to be dressed as a bride in our bridal garments.

“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly….”

2 Peter 2:5

Noah prepared an ark made of gopher wood which rescued the righteous from God’s judgment; it rose on the fullness of the “first rain.” It was called the first rain because until this time in man’s history, moisture came in the form of dew – it did not fall from the sky.

The flood was created by the “first rain.” Noah was a righteous man, and he symbolizes the righteousness of Christ in the last days’ believer.

Noah’s family represents the fulfillment of God’s promises for our loved ones. He, like you and me, was looking for the salvation of the Lord. He, like you and me, shared the truth with his loved ones, and they were rescued along with him. They received the promises by his obedience in telling them of God’s judgment on those who walked in unrighteousness.

The Ark of the Rapture is the Ark of the Harvest

Once again, the Lord is preparing an ark to rescue the righteous from God’s judgment – The Great Tribulation – which is to come upon the whole world; it will rise on the fullness of the last rain – the “latter rain.”

“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

Hosea 6:3

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh….”

Joel 2:28

The Bride of Christ is the symbolic counterpart of Noah and his family. Noah and his family were a remnant that entered an “ark” as the very “first rain” fell upon the earth.

And just as Noah and his family entered an ark and were saved, we who have entered into His bridal chambers and have embraced the tender, passionate love of Jesus our Bridegroom – will rise up to the clouds on the fullness of the “latter rain,” the fullness of God’s Holy Spirit to be poured out on all flesh in the last days.

Christ is the “ark of the harvest.” Christ is the “ark” that rescues the righteous remnant, the wise virgins – His bride – those who have oil in their jars, those who have washed their garments clean, those who are “looking for His coming.” They are the “dead in Christ” who will rise first, and they are those who are “in” Christ who will still be alive at the trumpet call of God – those who will rise to meet Jesus in the air at the rapture.

Do you see this remarkable parallel between the Old and New Testament?

The ark of the old covenant was a ship made of gopher wood, filled with a righteous remnant. The ark, which Noah prepared, was lifted to safety – they were rescued on the flood of the very first rain.

The ark of the new covenant is the BRIDE OF CHRIST… which once again will be made up of a righteous remnant: those who are prepared as a bride for Jesus. His bride will also be lifted to safety. The bride of Christ will rise up into the clouds on the flood of the “latter rain.”

Chapter 2: The Rapture

The word “rapture” is actually the English word derived from the Latin word “rapido,” which means to be “caught up.” It is the translation made from the original verb “harpazo” found in the Greek manuscripts.

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, and with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

I Thessalonians 4:16, 17

We will be “caught up in the clouds” or raptured at the sound of the trumpet.

It is nearly impossible for our natural minds to comprehend such an extraordinary event, but as surely as the Lord lives, it shall happen.

You must see it and believe it in your spirit. Beloved, if the Word of God says it, then the Father shall perform it.

THE RAPTURE IS OUR GREAT RESCUE

Noah was a preacher of righteousness. He warned of the impending judgment of God. He shared the truth and prepared his loved ones.

Learn from the life of Noah. You are the “good man” of your house, the “watchman” for your family.

Share the knowledge of the Holy Spirit and His infilling power. It is His infilling power that empowers a believer unto righteousness.

You are the Noah of this generation. God’s judgment is coming upon the whole earth, upon all who are not prepared. It is your vital walk of obedience to share this truth regardless of the consequences. It is for you to share with your family, your loved ones.

You are the “good man” of your house.

“But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.”

Luke 12:39, 40

Jesus was careful not to reveal the time of His return to the specific day or the hour… for only the Father knows that.

Jesus did, however, tell us in parable and prophecy that we will know the season in which to be watching and be ready.

In the days of early Israel, every camp was assigned a night watch to protect against attacking armies or thieves.

Jesus says if we knew what “watch,” or we could say what season or time to be looking for Him, we would prepare ourselves and be ready.  Jesus adds that we would also be able to keep our families from missing the “rapture” as well.

The word “watch” means being ready, preparing and sharing the knowledge of the hour in which we are living.  It means stepping out of our comfort zones with the truth about the world in which we live, sharing the urgency of the hour – like Noah – with family and friends and seeing the world through our spiritual eyes, seeing it for the condition it is really in.

Our natural eyes cannot and never will be able to comprehend the season of His coming.

KEEP LOOKING FOR HIS COMING

“Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked (unrighteous, unsurrendered, lukewarm) will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”

Daniel 12:10

Again, the conditions are set for the obedient follower of Christ. Only the “wise” (the wise virgins) will understand and know that their redemption draws nigh.

The “lukewarm,” unrighteous and unsurrendered will have their eyes on the world and won’t see the signs of the times.

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth.”

Revelation 3:15, 16

The understanding of hot or cold is used here in reference to value or usefulness. A cup of coffee is good only when it is hot; a glass of drinking water is good only when it is cold.

The “hot or cold” Jesus is referring to is not whether you are alive or dead, but whether you are of any value at all!

In the parable of the “talents,” Jesus gives us the same kind of example. He clearly illustrates that someone who receives the “talents” – the gift of eternal life – and “hides it in the ground” (Matthew 25:18) or does nothing with it is in jeopardy of losing even that which he has received.

“Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents.

And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 25:28,30

Beloved, do you realize the importance of your receiving Christ as your Savior – and Lord? Your salvation is not a “spiritual pill” which you take once to cure your sin.

Yes, in a moment, Jesus forgives you of every sin. But your life continues, and your new spirit man requires the ever-abiding presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He empowers you to endure life’s hardships, overcome your old sinful nature and grow into the likeness of Christ.

Jesus said, “He who endures to the end shall be saved.”

Matthew 10:22

The writer of Hebrews also makes the distinction for those who would be ready for His coming:

“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are (“looking” KJV) for Him.”

Hebrews 9:28

In the truest sense of the original Greek, Jesus is coming for those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness—those who are looking (preparing) for His coming.

There is a great difference between waiting for something and looking for it. There is expectancy and preparation for its arrival.

The Father desires that we have our hearts yearning to be with our Bridegroom – just as a new bride yearns for her wedding night.

THERE IS TRIBULATION COMING

Tribulation is about to come upon the whole world. Why? Because He loves us.

“For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.”

Hebrews 12:6

Great hardship is coming to help people get ready – to help prepare the bride.

“My soul yearns for You in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for You. When Your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness, they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the Lord.”

Isaiah 26:9, 10

As the world presses forward in its quest for success and self-satisfaction, the elect of God are being prepared.

Trials and tribulations are molding our spirits, perfecting our character, strengthening our faith and preparing us for the “wedding of the Lamb.”

Our robes are being washed, and our hearts are being purified. This is the time in which we can truly learn His peace, His patience and enter into His rest.

ARE YOU READY?

The rapture is the Lord’s spiritual “limousine ride” to the WEDDING BANQUET of the Lamb. But it is a wedding with a dress code; all who attend must be wearing garments cleansed from sin.

The “limo” driver is the Word of God. Only those whose sins have been covered by the blood of the Lamb, and whose hearts have been purified with love and obedience to His Word through the infilling of His Spirit, will take that glorious ride into the clouds and enter the wedding banquet.

“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…they paid no attention and went off – one to his field, another to his business.

Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes…the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:1-3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14

The rapture is an event that God has promised and deemed necessary in order to accomplish His returning judgment of Satan and his followers.

He has chosen to spare the righteous children of God from the final judgment of sin.

In judging Satan and the rebels who follow him, God is going to bring death, destruction, disease, unbearable pain and despair upon the earth – like never before!

The “rapture” is God’s way of taking His loved ones out of harm’s way.

“Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”

Revelation 3:10

“They will be Mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up My treasured possession (the bride). I will spare them (from the Great Tribulation), just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.

And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

Malachi 3:17, 18

“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon the face of the whole earth.

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:34-36

Chapter 1: God is Preparing His Bride

God is preparing His “bride” — His “called out ones” — for the wedding banquet of His Son, our Lord and Bridegroom, Jesus.

It is a feast that will take place just before the great judgments of God.

The day is coming… in our lifetime!  Some will be taken, but many will remain to suffer God’s wrath. Jesus tells us:

“…pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen.”

Luke 21:36

Have you met the risen Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you surrendered your life completely to His Lordship?

If not, I invite you to do so in the quiet of your own heart… it’s a step of faith that everyone must embrace in order to be found worthy in the eyes of God.

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.

For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me.

And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day.

For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:35, 38-40

If you have never asked Jesus to come into your life, or if you have never fully surrendered your life to Him, I invite you to do so this very moment. The Scriptures tell us:

“Now is the appointed time of salvation.”

II Corinthians 6:2

Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:20

If you ask Jesus to be Lord of your life and confess that He is your Savior and commit all you ways to Him, you shall be saved.  You will know the gift of His forgiving your sins, and you will know the joy of His indwelling presence.

Just pray this prayer with your heart and Jesus will overwhelm you with His joy and His presence!

“Dear Jesus, forgive me.  I believe You are the risen Son of God and that You gave Your life for me by dying on a cross.  I believe You paid the price for my sinful, unbelieving heart.

I confess that I am a sinner and ask You to forgive me for all I have done that is wrong in the eyes of the Father.

I surrender my life to You – I give You ALL of my life!  Open my eyes and fill me with the Holy Spirit…pour into me the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Help me know God’s will for my life and give me the strength and courage to consume Your Words and live a righteous life.  I know that for this I was born; for this I will live.”

“Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayer.  Thank You for Your loving patience.  Thank You for giving me a new life and the promise of eternity with Jesus.  In the precious name of Jesus, I pray.”

God is preparing a joyful bride

The Lord is preparing a glorious, Spirit-filled “bride” who is overcoming the traditions of man and the walls of religion.

She will have a childlike spirit, and the world will stand in awe. And those who oppose her will suffer God’s punishment.

God is also preparing a place to prepare and unite His bride before His return. He has promised it in His Word.

“And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before Me, and I will punish all that oppress them.”

Jeremiah 30:19-20

“Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin (bride) of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tebrets (tambourines), and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.”

Jeremiah 31:4

God said it in His Word. Do you think He didn’t mean it? Do you think He forgot what He said?

You can trust His Word, beloved; you don’t have to be afraid of the extraordinary excitement and joy that is coming upon the Church.

God has foretold of the day and even described the events that will take place. Don’t be afraid, and don’t let your pride or your dignity keep you from entering into the bounty of the blessings.

It is the enemy of your soul who tells you that you are too dignified, too mature, too intelligent to be so “childlike.”

We are preparing for our wedding

Do you realize the Father has been preparing a wedding banquet for His Son for 2,000 years! He is preparing a glorious bride – a bride wearing garments without spot or wrinkle. God is preparing a bride for His Son. The “bride” is the “last days” church.

Consider how carefully we plan for our weddings. Everything has to be just perfect. Do you think the Father would expect anything less for Jesus? Of course not.

He is preparing a beautiful, surrendered, loving bride. The Holy Spirit is helping us get ready. He is showing us the pride and dignity which keep us from being completely in love with Jesus; keep us from entering into the wedding feast; keep us from entering the Kingdom of God; keep us on the sidelines while “the children” – the childlike – go right on in.

“Then shall the virgin (the bride) rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.”

Jeremiah 31:13

“Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints. Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp.

For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people: He will beautify (crown) the meek (humble) with salvation.”

Psalm 149:1, 3

The truth is when the fullness of God’s presence comes upon you – you become a child again in the Spirit… and it glorifies the Father! Remember what Jesus said about the children?

“Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, ‘Whoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.’”

Luke 18:16, 17

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear.

Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’”

Revelation 19:7-9

Many churches are now experiencing the awakening of souls through a move of the Holy Spirit. People are experiencing the presence of God and coming under great conviction and repentance. Many are surrendering “self” and experiencing the fullness, infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit; they are entering the Kingdom of God.

This is our great awakening and the beginning of the bridal preparation. The bride is coming into her completeness, we will glorify the Lord with our whole collective being.

The “last days” church – His “called out ones” — will glorify the Lord in praise and worship and dance!