Is there any evidence in scripture that would point us in the proper direction on these pointed questions?
Isaiah 54:1 “Shout for joy, O barren one, she who has not given birth; Break forth into joyful shouting and rejoice, she who has not gone into labor [with child]! For the [spiritual] sons of the desolate one [will be] more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the LORD. 2 “Enlarge the site of your tent [to make room for more children]; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them; Lengthen your tent ropes And make your pegs (stakes) firm [in the ground]. 3 “For you will spread out to the right and to the left; And your descendants will take possession of nations And will inhabit deserted cities. 4 “Do not fear, for you will not be put to shame, And do not feel humiliated [or] ashamed, for you will not be disgraced. For you will forget the shame of your youth, And you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood. (AMP)
What in the world is God telling Israel in this passage? It is here that she is described as a barren woman having given no birth yet, while in this condition, she is not without Spiritual Children, and she at the same time is at some point widowed. It is not that she had no children, because before she was widowed she did have children, but her children while, She is barren are more numerous than when she was married, before she became widowed.
These verses perfectly describe you and I who are born into the commonwealth of Israel (Eph 2), while she herself is barren and widowed. So what then will happen to her, for she is told that she will not be put to shame.
Isaiah 54:5 “For your husband is your Maker, The LORD of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of the whole earth. 6 “For the LORD has called you, Like a wife who has been abandoned, grieved in spirit, And like a wife [married] in her youth when she is [later] rejected [and] scorned,” Says your God. 7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, But with great compassion [and] mercy I will gather you [to Myself again]. (AMP)
So just who is this redeemer and maker?
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (KJV)
It is always taught that the Father God was married to Israel and it was He who had divorced her, but Isaiah tells a different story. Israel is seen as widowed in chapter 54 for good reason, because chapter 53 is the revelation of Jesus her maker and redeemer; her husband’s death. She is a widow, but she will not be abandoned; for her husband is her maker Vs 5.
All of this will happen when we are living in days which are like the days of Noah, He tells us in Vs 9.
Isaiah 54:9 “For this is like the days of Noah to Me, When I swore that the waters of Noah Would not flood the earth again; So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you Nor will I rebuke you. (NASB1995)
Matthew 24:37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. (NASB1995)
We know that Jesus is returning for His bride, a bride which He has redeemed and will gather from off the earth. And we know from this passage that we are those children born to her while she is in this present barren state. Her redeemer is our redeemer. Her maker is our maker. Her husband is our husband. Her king is our king. He is coming soon, and He tells us about when that will occur.
Mark 13:24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, 25 AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. 26 “Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory. 27 “And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven. (NASB1995)
Paul has put it this way. Romans 11:15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (NET)
There is a resurrection (life from the dead) to follow Israel’s barren state, when she herself calls upon this redeemer. We see this moment recorded in scripture as well.
Hosea 5:15 I will go away [and] return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their distress they will search for Me.
Hosea 6:1 “Come, let’s return to the LORD. For He has torn [us,] but He will heal us; He has wounded [us,] but He will bandage us. 2 “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. (NASB2020)
Interestingly it has been now approximately two days as God counts days, since Jesus left the earth for Heaven.
We often hear about the culmination of events. But these scriptures that we just looked at, are often left out of this discussion. You be the judge as to their perfect fit in the puzzle of the Rapture of the Bride.