Seems I have to put the really bad news over two posts. I thought it would fit into one, but reading through the last–Rapture at Last?–I found it wasn’t there! Not exactly anyway. Some of you may be starting to figure it out by now.
Anyway, for those who ENJOY horror movies, this time to come on Earth will be precisely your scene. Too bad it’s not VIRTUAL reality. Maybe this is why the movie moguls have been making more and more horrendous movies. I watched The Hunger Games the other night. Children killing children. How perverse can we get? And we go to cinemas to SEE this stuff? As if it is not bad enough that the children of Sudan and Columbia are forced to kill adults.
Who is this woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars in REVELATION 12:1? She appears in Heaven, a great wonder, immediately following the rapture. We find some clues in other Scriptures: Bless YHWH…Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment (GAL. 4:26); Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners (S of S 6:10)? Indeed, who is she?
She was once like the moon, merely reflecting YHWH’s glory. Now with a glorified body, she is actually clothed in His light and majesty: Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of YHWH is risen upon thee (IS. 60:1). Now who did we say this about in the last post?
In REVELATION 12:1 the apostle John is here describing his vision of the Bride, the True Church, reaching Heaven clothed with the full brilliance of Yahshua’s glory. Her crown represents the twelve apostles of the Lamb–the foundation of the spiritual temple–and the twelve tribes of Israel.
The fair Bride of Yahshua, while yet the Church on Earth, is like the moon, simply reflecting the sun’s radiance. By REVELATION 12:1, however, the moon is nothing on her. It is under her feet, for she is one with her Bridegroom, radiant as He. That is the Church in Heaven. She, the Church, it says in verse 2, is with child and at the point of delivering, being in great pain to do so. This is a major clue to what is happening on Earth.
For remaining down there at that time are the millions in the valley of decision, multitudes to accept the Gospel and lose their physical lives, multitudes to reject it and drink the wine of the everlasting wrath of YHWH (REV. 4:10): Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come get ye down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision… (JOEL 3:13-14…).
The woman is in Heaven (REV. 12:1), travailing in birth (12:2), giving birth to a man-child (12:5), and fleeing into the wilderness (12:6). She cannot be a literal woman but is a term used of spiritual Yerushalem, the mother of us all (GAL. 4:26), the True Church whether in Heaven or on Earth.
ISAYAH 66:7-9 gives us a clearer understanding of this expectant mother: BEFORE she travailed, she brought forth, BEFORE her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith YHWH: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy father.
This Scripture tells us the man-child is delivered BEFORE the woman had pain and labour. And that it’s a special thing never before seen. Furthermore the son is actually a nation brought into being in one day or very quickly. This is an allusion to the secular nation of Israel. But it will fail, as before, to fulfil its mandate, so the Scripture’s real reference is to the holy nation of priests, the Elect or 144,000. THAT nation was born in one day when gathered by angels and FORMED UP on Mount Zion near Yerushalem. Obviously then, the man-child has Yahshua as its Head, and the Elect are His body.
The pain this woman experiences is the Great Tribulation and the SEVEN YEARS OF TRIBULATION following. She births the Elect BEFORE the pain begins (some will answer Yahshua’s call before the GT) [IS. 66:7], and at the very BEGINNING of the pain when it does come (first four days of the GT), for they are the foundation. Here they are called children and not a man-child. So there are more than just the 144,000 men.
The 144,000 Elect, who with Yahshua will rule the nations in the Millennium, have been witnessing to the world for the first three and a half years. Previously unbelieving people in the world will become the Church birthed on Earth, in fulfillment of a promise from YHWH to the Son: Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (the 144,000), Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel (not literally but renew their hearts)[PSA. 2:8-9].
A GREAT RED DRAGON
We know the dragon is Satan (REV. 12:9), but here in REVELATION 12:3 it is synonymous with the One World Government even now operating in the world. The seven heads are, I believe, seven men who lead this satanic government–the Illuminated Ones (or so they believe). The ten horns are ten areas or cultural groups the earth has been clandestinely, but later will be publicly, divided into:
- North America
- Western Europe, British Isles, and Scandinavia
- Australia, Oceania, South Africa, and Israel
- Eastern Europe and Russia
- Latin America
- North Africa and the Islamic Middle East
- Central Africa
- India, Afghanistan, and South East Asia
- China and Central Asia
It is not nor ever was anything to do with the European Economic Community, which is fast collapsing.
Up until the time the Elect reach Heaven Satan has been hindering and harassing them before and after they were gathered. To do this he must first approach the Judge in the heavenly throne room (see post Which Accused Them before YHWH Day and Night). Now with no Elect remaining on Earth, the dragon has no place in that court, the only place to which he still had access there in Heaven. So with the third of angels which Satan, as Lucifer, previously beguiled into following him in his attempt to usurp YHWH’s throne, he is literally thrown out of Heaven (12:4, 7-9).
Here the woman flees into the wilderness to be kept safe for the last three and a half years (12:6). This lady is distinct from the rest of the Church on Earth insofar as she is not required to give her life as are those referred to in verse 11 and REVELATION 20:4. Who is she?
REVELATION 12:13 tells us she brought forth the man-child. She certainly cannot be Mary the mother of Yahshua. She is therefore Israel and the True Church, part of the 144,000 Elect families–left behind on Earth? Yes, a small portion of that esteemed number, like Noah, his sons and their wives, are to be kept on Earth. When the glorified dead and living are raptured to Heaven, their bodies undergo a notable change. They neither marry, nor are given in marriage, for they are equal unto angels (LUKE 20:35-36). Which means they can no longer reproduce. But in REVELATION 20:8, at the end of the thousand years, the inhabitants of our planet are as numerous as the sand of the sea. All those who receive the mark are dead long ago (REV. 19:20). Everyone else was either raptured or beheaded. So from where did these multitudes come?
The woman in the wilderness is a few Elect families chosen to remain on Earth in order to repopulate it. For a short time Satan is able to persecute these holy people. Then, I gather, they are translated in the spirit, probably by angels–given two wings of a great eagle–to a special place to be protected and nourished until Yahshua’s fourth and final coming to usher in the Millennium. This verse (12:6) has been used to justify Christians in the final three and a half years hiding out in the wilderness and appearing alive at the end of it. As I’ve said before, unless one can live on nothing and drink water filled with blood it just ain’t going to happen.
Oh, how wrathful Satan is. He can no longer touch the raptured Church. He knows he has but a short time before being chained in the bottomless pit (REV. 12:12, 20:2). His aim is to take as many with him as possible. Off he goes to make war with the fledgling Church. He has virtually free rein. One fails to imagine the vast numbers of demons now roaming about the earth seeking whom they might devour.
For now, because at this point it is not necessary to know about it, we are going to jump over chapter 13.
WHO IS THAT ON MOUNT ZION?
In chapter 14 we have ANOTHER picture of the 144,000 Elect following their rapture–in Heaven. Not the hill in the earthly Yerushalem, Mount Zion here is Heaven as the writer of HEBREWS (12:22) shows: But ye are come unto mount sion, and unto the city of the living Father, the heavenly Yerushalem, and to an innumerable company of angels. Besides that, they, that is, the Elect are singing a new song before YHWH’s throne, the four beasts (living creatures NASB), and the elders (archangels).
You might ask: Where was the first picture of the Elect in Heaven? Unless you have already guessed. REVELATION 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the sun… We already discussed it.
This picture (14:1-5) contrasts the difference between these chaste virgin brides and those on Earth. There the name of the beast is in some manner being chiseled on heads and hands. Here the Bride has Yahshua and His holy Father’s Name on their foreheads. There on Earth idolatry and worship of the beast is the priority. Here they are pure and undefiled with women–idols and the false church–with eyes only for the Lamb.
While the 144,000 sing their beautiful thanks to YHWH and the Lamb in Heaven, three angels go throughout the earth proclaiming three messages. Except for converts and Christians who weren’t gathered there are no other witnesses left on Earth. These warnings are probably a repeat of those the 144,000 preached to mankind before their rapture:
- The everlasting Gospel – to fear YHWH
- Notification that Babylon or the false church is soon to fall from power
- An earnest warning not to worship the beast or his image nor take his mark
Oh, in the name of Yahshua Messiah, accept martyrdom instead.
The overriding message of my blog is that ONLY THE 144,000 ARE RAPTURED, and how to be included in that number. Scary, isn’t it to think that in 2,000 years of Church history, she can present only 144,000 men and families truly awaiting Yahshua’s return? Many readers at this time will simply cease reading in disbelief. But what is even more incredible is that the vast majority of those 144,000 will be assembled not ready either. And the only way to be prepared is to actually READ and OBEY YHWH’s Book of instructions, the Bible. I mean, REALLY OBEY IT! As in, die before you lie sort of thing. How many today even open it? (Don’t be offended. I know some of us do.) How many of us today put Him absolutely first?
If anyone can point me to a SPECIFIC Scripture that says anyone else is raptured, I invite you to please do so. I haven’t read all the books about it, but I’ve read a few. None of them has convinced me all of Christendom is going to be whisked away to Heaven, especially before the Great Tribulation.