Jesus Christ’s “revelation” to this rebellious world will come in the form of the Rapture of all born-again believers, both sleeping in death and those alive, when He calls, “Come up here!” (Revelation 4:1). Taken from author Terry James, Prophecy Line blog. In an article titled: Missing Dave Hunt.
The Lord in fact has already revealed Himself to a world in desperate need of Him. The Rapture or catching up of those who are alive and remain until His Coming are not the focal point of His coming for us. The resurrection of the dead in Christ, is the focus. He is the first fruits of the resurrection. Those who are alive and remain will follow the resurrection. At that time all who are the dead from this present age in Christ will appear in their resurrected immortal bodies with Him in the air at the time of His Second Coming, and those who are alive and remain shall be caught up to be with the returning Messiah.
In fact, the dead in Christ are already with the Lord. Terry makes it sound as though the Rapture is for the sleeping dead. Not so, the Apostle Paul says:
But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
Terry says that all this will happen “when He (Jesus) calls, “Come up here!” (Revelation 4:1).” If This were true, it would mean that this would be the time for the end of the age for all of mankind. And it would mean the revealing of the sons of God. I’ll explain why this must be. First we know that Jesus the Son of God is already revealed in His first coming, and the subsequent scriptures. His power is confirmed and revealed at His Second Coming. But, what we must understand is that the sons of God according to Jesus as we will see, will be made up of the believing O.T. Jews, as well as all those who are worthy to attain to the resurrection. Listen to what Jesus says when answering a question about the resurrection from the Jews:
In the resurrection therefore, which one’s wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
Luke 20:33-36 NASB
IF — Revelation 4:1 were the time of the resurrection of the sons of God as Jesus stated it above; then the Tribulation would be over and done with in Rev.4:1, because marriage is a significant part of what Jesus tells us will be happening during the Tribulation.
18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! ( But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (So, my brother, even if you say that Israel and the Jews are the Elect, it makes no difference because Jesus said in the Luke passage above that these men who were O.T. Jews would not be marrying and giving in marriage after the resurrection. So the resurrection of which Jesus speaks in Luke’s passage above cannot happen for them before this time of Tribulation; and the same will be true concerning the revealing of the sons of God, and we are among those sons. Those who attain to the resurrection and to this revealing of the sons of God cannot see that time until after the age of marrying and giving in marriage. And the Rapture itself is a product of the resurrection — not the reverse.) 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. (What we see here is what Jesus has told in advance.) 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them.
Matthew 24:18-26 NASB
In fact Jesus made a double emphasis on marriage as the distinguishing characteristic of this age. He told us that His coming would be as in the days of Noah, listen:
37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
Matthew 24:37-38 NASB
Brother Terry and other Dispensationalists love to use this Noah passage to point to the Rapture. They see Noah as a type of the church or the bride, and the world being left behind in the Tribulation, but that cannot be because as in Noah’s day those in the Tribulation will be marrying and giving in marriage and having babies as can be seen in this passage when Noah is removed for their destruction, yet Jesus says that this condition only happens before the resurrection.
35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. Luke 20:35&36
So, this age includes marriage and giving in marriage, and the age to come for those who are worthy to attain to it in the resurrection does not. In fact this is solid proof of only one resurrection. There is more proof, much more, even as I have pointed out in other posts.
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