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Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Rapture Revisited (by Brianroy): Introductory Video From The John Ankerberg Show

The Rapture Revisited

What is the purpose of the Rapture (the removal of those who believe into Jesus Christ from the Earth by means of an instantaneous resurrection transformation followed by ascension to Heaven)?

The Removal of Christians from the Earth is a Declaration By GOD Through ACTION to Humanity that what He has declared through the Holy Bible is what is the True Reality of Things as they Really Are, in regard to His role in the Universe, His message to Humanity, and how He will or will not intervene in our affairs (expecting us to make an intelligent response to Him even though He is unseen, yet ever present and everywhere knowing, though for whatever reasons, not always intervening, but selective about that).   

What will the Rapture look like?  Where and when in location do those believers go?

To unbelievers, I personally believe it will likely be an entire clouding of the Earth for the unseen Rapture, as if a worldwide mystery fog for but a few moments.  If any see images, electronically or personally, it will likely be transformations of beings into bright lights and movements of lights as if balls or round vessels, luminaries that wander about and or upwards at great speeds beyond comprehension.  The very word “planet” comes from a meaning of a “wandering” luminary, and hence, planet is a designation for a “wanderer” of the heavens.  While planets are “fixed”, the wanderers of Christ Church, as luminaries of Heaven, will be given a fixed location and home in heaven, surrounding and accompanying the LORD after a pattern, as if living examples of a prophecy given all of us as we look up at the stars at night in the design of GOD’s Creation, and fail to muse on the fact that this is a coming pattern of how believers will perhaps be spread out across the New Jerusalem or simply in Heaven itself as these constellations themselves are about the Earth, to be beings of light as if luminaries and shining planets having a designated home and place of safety during the Tribulation and Great Tribulation Period, in a Universe beyond this current enveloped Universe of Darkness, in a place where no night falls.  It is a location beyond the curtains of darkness which surround this smaller enclosed universe in which we live, and as yet cannot comprehend the bounds thereof from observational illusion from our single vantage point of Earth. 

At the seen rapture, when the Two Great Witnesses are raised from the dead in the Streets of Jerusalem, after terrifying all nations with their miracles and powers of teleportation, accompanied by the preaching of the Gospel with Judgment warnings, the world will behold their transformation and ascension, visibly and completely, without the illusion of obscurity as balls or round objects of light, but as shining men -- who though slain by a mystery hydra dragon dinosaur like creature, with the likely obvious ability to fly – who will ascend with clouds in a manner like Jesus ascended into Heaven before many witnesses, over 120, in Acts Chapter 1.   

Are there any particular signs or observations or even sciences in the sun and the stars that can point us to even the possibility that such is indeed a coming reality?  In other words, is it really all that inconceivable based on what we know and don't know about the world and the Universe which surrounds us? 

Personally, head and shoulders above ANY other author on the subject you are likely to read, I not only believe in the "Pre-Tribulation" Rapture, but I believe and can show that there are two Raptures. There is indeed a pre-tribulation sudden and unseen Rapture, as they and other true born-again Christians believe; but there is also a seen Rapture whose approximate day and hour is by that time known only because of the first unseen unknowable Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation period.  Thus in regard to a knowable second rapture, which must occur at a specific length of time after the first appearance of the Two Great Witnesses of the Book of Revelation, it will be for this reason (that the Elijahn Rapture is knowable by simply reading Revelation and using a calendar) as to why there is war in Heaven when the saints of that evacuation are on their way to Heaven.

[The ff. yellow colored below from:] 

[T]he War of the Heavens (Revelation 12:7-9; Judges 5:19-22) is fought primarily upon the roadway in the heavens that leads to Heaven.

Came Kings. They fought.
Then the Kings in Canaan fought in Taanach
[in the Valley of Jezreel],
by the water of Megiddo.
The unjust gain of silver, they took not.
From the heavens, fought the stars:
[the angelic hosts]
from their courses, they fought with Sisera.
The torrential river Kishon swept them away.
That ancient torrential river, the torrential river Kishon.
Then from the galloping galloping of His mighty stallions
did the horses beat the hooves.
‘Curse Meroz’, said the Angel of YHVeH, ‘Bitterly curse its inhabitants,
for they did not come to the Divine assistance and help of YHVeH,
to the help of YHVeH (as to be) among the warriors and mighty men.’”
(Judges 5:18-23 -- translation mine)

Truth stranger than Science Fiction?

It appears that the inter-dimensional “window on high” that opens up (Isaiah 24:18) will be directly above the southeast section of Megiddo, over part of the Valley of Jezreel. The inter-dimensional window will be a portal -- like the concept of an interdimensional "worm hole" -- that warps instantaneously, the distance between Heaven and Earth. The Scriptures describe the "in between" / "the inter-dimensional", as though a long winding path or road in the Greek of 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

The time equivalency in our comprehension is that is traversed in anywhere from seconds to 15 minutes to perhaps as much as over half and hour (cf. Revelation 4:1, 8:1). Therefore, we are dealing with three dimensions, as described in Judges 5:18-23.
1) The First dimension is of this present reality that we perceive as Earth and Space.
2) The Second Dimension is some kind of in-between reality unseen and unperceived to those of the First Dimension.
3) The Third Dimension is that of Heaven itself, hence, the title of the “Third Heaven” by Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:2.

Jesus tells us of the battle tactics of that time of the Elijahn Rapture on Day 1290-1291, and the evacuation protocol, saying,

“But in those days, after that Tribulation, [of 1290 days]
the sun shall be darkened, [Joel 2:31, cf. vv. 30,32]
and the moon shall not give her light.
And the stars of Heaven shall fall,

[refers to a literal disappearance of the astronomical stars, as well as the casting down of angelic beings from Heaven to earth. That is, from the third dimension, into the second, and then perhaps also into the first dimension as well. If this last part of my analysis is correct, those angels which follow Satan as of post-Day 1291 will be as having had their “wings clipped” and thereafter be visible to the naked human eye, those dwelling upon the Earth. The technology explosion would then become incomprehensibly fast, so that speculation now is futile.

If this scenario of the clipped fallen angels becoming manifest post-Day-1291 is the case, the “kings of the East” will be angels heading humans, to fight other angels heading humans at Megiddo and elsewhere: becoming the house divided that shall not stand (Matthew 12:25-26).]

and the powers that are in Heaven shall be shaken.

[refers to a literal rippling of cosmic elements, and a bringing of war or a

“shaking” to the presence of “the Powers”; i.e., war in Heaven against GOD

the Father and the Lamb. The reverberation likened to a rippling of walls and floors as if by strikes against the foundation and support columns of a building.]

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
And then shall He send His angels,
[His Heavenly Troops and Messengers]
and shall gather His elect from the four winds,
from the uttermost part of the Earth to the uttermost part of Heaven.”
(Mark 13:24-27, KJV - Commentary mine)

In Gematria, the word “Sisera” סיסרא holds a value of 331. This word is numerically synonymous with Ephraim אפרים, which means “Doubly fruitful”; with Chasabyahu חשביהו, which means “YH has regarded”; and with Yishyahu ישיהו, which translates as “YH will either lend or borrow, with interest.”

In Gematriac synonym, those of Sisera are borrowed or delivered from hell’s place of the physically dead’s as yet still living souls or Sheol שאל.   This deliverance is by GOD’s perfect and atoning work of the Cross, and the power of His eternal life and Resurrection (I Peter 3:19-20, 4:6; Matthew 27:62-28:20, 27:52-53).

In effect, Sisera represents the angelic hosts and translated believers, in the “Song of Deborah” of Judges 5.

Further, the Song of Deborah informs us of the initial success of the powers of Darkness in this battle.

In Gematria, Kishon קישין  holds a value of 470. It is found to be as Kimriyr [Kaf-Mem-Rosh-Yod-Rosh], “an eclipse of blackness, twice intertwined and shriveled back”.   
They Yedithun ידיתון , “use the hand meant for laud and worship”, to Arar ערר “to demolish and make bare”, by Ashuq עשק “pressing upon, quarreling with, and overflowing violently upon” the Saints and Sons of Light.

They do so along the Telem  תלם , “the bank, or ridge of (the Heavenly sky-way), forming an accumulation.” In other words, knowing the Day of the Elijahn Rapture, they lie in wait as a force that is Token תכן, “a fixed and measured out / balanced quantity” of Kenath  כנת  “Companions and colleagues” thought to get the job of ambushing done. Yet, for all the intensity and fierceness of the battle, it is seen by GOD as but a Shetseph  שצף, as but “a small outburst of anger”. This, in spite of the fact, that it appears at the first that the victory is granted unto the powers of darkness, who seriously pounce the Elijahn Rapture translation [i.e., Exodus] of believers and their Heavenly Escort.

Now whether it will be participated in by hundreds of fighter or some kind of more technologically advanced warfare aircraft who enter into the temporarily opened up vector warp-stream or inter-dimensional passageway that leads from earth to Heaven, or the battle is fought solely by angelic hosts against angelic hosts and translated/transformed believers, we shall have to wait and see. Isaiah 24:18 speaks of "windows on high are opened", and I take from this that an interdimensional portal or window or worm-hole is meant.
In all likelihood, it will be a combination assault through this "window on high", as indicated by the curse against Meroz (which appears to be telling us) of man-machine-and spirit beings assaulting spirit beings accessing the portal over Megiddo. It is these that those of “Meroz”, the armies and air forces of the Jordanians and Saudis, to which the curse of GOD appears in Ezekiel 35:3-5. Further, we learn in Obadiah 11-14, that in the time Israel needed assistance most, during this battle and invasion of Heaven and the Land of Israel, those of Esau (the so called “Palestinians”), stood in the crossways and laid ambush and slaughtered their Jewish “cousins”. And even, after all this, it is not we -- the saints and angels -- who will be victorious to save (Luke 10:18-20), but YHVeH Himself must intervene to save us and those of Israel’s remnant upon the Earth at this time. For, according to the Scripture,

“YHVeH shall be seen over them,
and His arrow shall go forth as lightning:
and YHVeH GOD shall blow the trumpet,
and shall go with the whirlwinds of the south.
YHVeH of hosts shall defend them…."
(Zechariah 9:14-15a)

"...The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground."
(Jeremiah 25:30-33)

The battle between Satan and his angels and Christ and his angels and those who are the redeemed believers, must not be taken lightly. It will not be a couple of blows, then a cry for help, and no more pain. Rather, this battle is so fierce, that we who will engage in the battle, must fight with all our existence, so that we love not even our second life unto death. That means a violence threatening those who are eternal with extinction is made by Satan and those who follow him. We are told that in order to overcome, and protect those at the seen or Elijahn Rapture, we must fight (John 18:26) after this manner:
“…they overcame by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony,
and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
 (Revelation 12:11) KJV

The key word in Revelation 12:11 is “lives”. Those engaged in the battle had already died once, they are covered in the blood of Jesus, so that it is said, “Where, O death, is thy sting?” (Isaiah 25:8, I Corinthians 15:55). They are given the power and equality to take on angelic beings of great power and stature. They are not discouraged in the battle, for the word of their testimony bears them witness that they are destined to overcome in and through Christ, even as they overcame the world through Christ in their first life here on earth. Therefore, the fanaticism and empowerment of those of us upon the LORD’s side will more than equally match those who fight against the LORD, and fight knowingly that it is their one and only perceived chance, to avoid their sure destruction and doom.

 I believe I have thoroughly researched the Rapture staying to what the Scripture teaches over what is accepted Tradition, but there are still points of conjecture (such as the possible use of advanced space age military aircraft far more advanced than we are now aware of even potentially being used at a point and location where a prophesied time and place inter-dimensional location is made known to us by the scriptures themselves, as to allow for an inter-dimensional confrontation.... this is but an educated form of speculation on my part, and I am saying so in order that there be no confusion about that).

In the Last Days, Jesus himself teaches of three watches that govern his return, and hence the Bible then itself teaches us of three major Last Days "transformative" events in regard to those that are Christ's (or Saints), two of them involving the Raptures and the Last being the actual return of Christ to set foot on Earth. The "transformative" events are those in which there is a state of resurrection change, and is exclusive of persecutions and deaths. It is the conquering of death, and the deliverance and creation of new bodies out of the bare substances of the old, even if only scattered ashes, and it is done so instantly that it might be described as in nano-seconds. The Enochian Rapture, the Elijahn Rapture, and of his return at the end of the 7 year Tribulation period with his angels and the Saints (those being raptured then are merely teleported like Phillip was from the Ethiopian Eunuch he baptized in Acts 8:39-40).

Acts 8: 39-40

 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

There are those who claim and believe themselves to be Christian and disbelieve in the Rapture(s) to their own peril, because to disbelieve the WORD of GOD is to risk damnation. One objection may be that they cannot fathom the concept of Heaven because they cannot see Heaven through a telescope. But I tell them and you, where those who are Raptured are going, is back to the Beginning of Time, because it is to a Universe outside and beyond the constraints of time.

Jeremiah 17:12

“A glorious high throne from the Beginning* is the place of our sanctuary.”

Genesis 1:1

In the Beginning** God created the heaven and the earth.”

*Rishon (the primary word used here) is something or someone that is FIRST in place, time, or rank.  It is derived from the feminine noun of Rishah (found only in Ezekiel 36:11) which is used in the sense of a Beginning of Time, or a Time Beginning thus.  Rishah in turn is derived from Rosh, he who is the head person or first in rank.  In the application of  Jeremiah 17:12, we see that the time is Genesis 1:1, because the source of the person first in rank is GOD Himself in the very next verse of Jeremiah 17:13 which reads: 
"O LORD, the Hope of all Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed; they that depart from ME shall be written in the Earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of Living Waters. "
**Reshith (the primary word used here in Bereshith) is a feminine noun that also finds its definition in being first in place, time, order or rank.  Both these above verses, Jeremiah 17:12 and Genesis 1:1, deal with being in the presence of GOD at or before the Beginning of Time.  

 Therefore, as we see in these two above verses, the end destination of the Raptures is to a point and place above and outside of time, even to Genesis 1:1, where GOD creates the enclosed Universe in which we live, and sets it in motion.   In Genesis 1:1, we might better understand the concept if we can simply know that GOD is able to encapsulate a universe as if it were a oval space between His hands, run all time from Beginning to End within that oval space, and know all things and all events, even His own participation into those events.  And if this happens in a timeless state and a timeless dimension, if we are taken out of that oval and stand before GOD is such a dimension and in a new state of Creation, we effectually have traveled back to a point of Genesis 1:1 as it were.  Or so it seems to me.  Then again, this is a new concept to most others.   But let's follow with the concept a little further on.

What is time?  Like a form of measurement or a ruler, "Time" (in and of itself) is a marking unit of measurement in distance and of action.  In Time, both action of motion and its location at any given point, down to the tiniest micro-atomic particles, is recorded.  Time is a means by which GOD reckons and governs this enclosed Universe from the micro to the macro-cosmic. However, because GOD Himself is Timeless, therefore Time has no purpose other tha for mortality.  And if GOD and Heaven are immortal, and there is no darkness in Heaven because GOD is Light, and there is NO darkness in Him, none (1 John 1:5)...and that GOD is SPIRIT (John 4:24), while we are mortally covered spirits ourselves...then it stands to reason that this Universe cannot be all that is in existence.  In fact, even by our own theories of the "Big Bang" we require the operation of this Universe to be a smaller Universe within a greater Universe of light, where we generally can better perceive that GOD and Heaven are based. And in the various models of claims to how even our solar system or planet was formed (be it the Nebular Hypothesis of 1796, the Chamberlain-Moulton Tidal Theory, the Collision Theory, or the Proto-Plant Hypothesis) there is no room for the creation of souls and spirits, or the implanting of intelligence in animals or human beings.  Just cellular development is magically wished to come into being on its own, as even so there is no explanation for the soul, or emotion, or any reason whatsoever.  It is as if even the ignorant (i.e. agnostic) and anti-GOD (i.e., atheistic) Scientists of today imagined eternity would create a computer on its own if given a long enough period, but so foolishly forget that the computer though obviously designed, still has to have an artificial intelligence and programs installed for it to be effective (let alone the power for it to run on and operate). 

Their answers to such challenges?  Usually they are quite mute, or evasive, or they may even attack the questioner for simply bringing it up.
Time is a design for this enclosed Universe within the greater Universe of light. Again, from the perspective of GOD, Time and this entire universe marked by it, has already been lived out from the beginning to the end.  That is why the Bible prophecies are so accurate, because GOD uses the Old and New Testament to tell us not only what was, but what is yet to come as we live it out.  In one sense, it seems that we are merely along for the ride in the chronology, yet in spite of that, we still retain our free will.  We are still able to make clear choices and decisions and discernments without being able to deter the final outcomes pre-recorded in the Scriptures.  Our fates are not sealed until we die, therefore let us choose to believe into the Son of GOD, Jesus Christ / Yeshua the Messiah, and what he did upon the Cross in paying our debts, of dying for us, and for 3 days and 3 nights being in the Earth, and then rising from the dead, ascending to Heaven, and is coming back again, fully alive, fully GOD and fully man.

A few years ago, I made a notation in my Bible that reads:
“The Kingdom of GOD precedes the Institution of the Church, and will outlast it.”
What do I mean by this? Once you also understand where we are in relation to Time and Space with Heaven and Genesis 1:1, you will grasp the concept in its proper context.

It appears to me that "The Institution of the Church" was created for this Universe. Once it is made into the New Heavens and the New Earth (Isaiah 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13), it seems to me that the Church then completes its circle of time, and reverts back into an original state of being the Kingdom of GOD with new members (we humans) to replace and more than compensate the absence of prior members (any angels and cherubs who fall with the cherub called Lucifer / Satan / the Serpent / the Devil / of late renamed Allah the deity of Islam). There is no more gathering out of, but only an eternal inclusion for those elect who at that point -- by the grace of the Father and of our LORD Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit -- remain.

We in the Land of the Living are effectually living as spirits in mortal bodies, recognizing that mortal death is still yet a price we must all pay for being born. And quite often, we spend much of our lives pondering why we were ever born, and what are we doing here?  Many foolishly look away from GOD for the answers, while the wise look to the Son of GOD, Jesus Christ, and His Book (the Holy Bible) and more often than not, seem to find their answers, or at least just enough to grant them great comfort and peace.

We find in the writings of Paul, that the literal Greek to English translation reads: "Every Scripture is GOD-breathed"....2 Timothy 3:16. This is on the same masculine par as that of GOD breathing into the nostrils of Adam in Genesis 2:7,so that he was imparted an eternal soul with the power of highest reason / logos from GOD, the person whom is revealed as Messiah YHVeH in Lamentations 4:20, whom we know to be the Logos, he who is from the Bosom of GOD the Father (John 1:1,18) , the exact image/reflection of the Father (2 Corinthians 4:4).

See also:

Faith is an internal engine, and everyone of us has a G-D shaped spiritual dwelling place within us that needs G-D to come in and dwell (John 14:23,17), in order for us to be made complete, and to light the pilot of eternal life (that lays ever extinguished in those who reject Jesus Christ, the Creator who in His pre-incarnate state, breathed into the nostrils of Adam, and gave Adam his eternal soul) -- cf. Lamentations 4:20, Genesis 2:7, John 1:3-4.

What do we do in this world while we have time? Do we constructively bring order; find the treasures of the hidden things of G-D in his Creation and in the souls of those around us? Do we tell them of John 3:15-16, and lead them to that eternal living life that is to come to those who believe and trust into Jesus and what he did at the Cross and through his resurrection and ascension? How many non-lit pilot-lights of dead souls in humanity are lit into eternal life because of us, and the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? These pilots, when lit, become what is described in the literal Greek to English of 2 Peter 1:19 as "a lamp-light shining in a murky place." The flesh and the body inclined to sin after its animal nature, is THAT murky place. As believers, Paul also effectually instructs us in the Greek of the book of Romans that we are called to put the sin nature to sleep, and operate by a trusting faith into Christ.

This Universe enclosed? 

I contend that the Bible clearly informs us that we live within a smaller darkened Universe within a greater Universe filled with Light.

When we read:

Psalms 104:2

"Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:"

Isaiah 40:22

"It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

we are expected to reason with the evidence in Creation the deeper meaning. If we have a curtain, we have something that creates darkness, shields out light, and is itself a boundary.  This is not only true of the Earth's atmosphere, but of the stars and constellations as well. 

In Job 26:7, we see that the ancients knew and recognized the precariousness and unchaotic anti-gravity nature of the Earth in the vast universe of space. It reads: "He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing."

Science is at a loss to explain why we hang in space as a planet, or why we rotate in an even horizontal elliptical orbit around the sun. Why don't the planets maintain a distance and go over the 360 degrees of the sun at some point in time? We are always virtually equatorial, never orbiting where the sun in directly below us or over us and perhaps spin the earth in a north to south or south to north rotation. Nor can Science explain why with the shifting magnetic poles of the sun, where they polarity of the sun fully reverses every 11 years, and then over the next 11 years reverts back again, Science cannot explain why the Earth hangs on nothing and remains in its perfect elliptical orbit that it does. And if they cannot explain the easily observed, how can we say that there is no boundary of darkness and edge to space? As with only the advent of jets able to ascend to the 17 mile boundary of light, where the light upon the earth from the sun and the darkness of space separate, so that we realize now that the blue sky is simply a refraction illusion of the sun's rays upon dust particles; so too, man cannot be cognizant of any space boundary of the universe, armed with a primitive (though state of the art) Hubble telescope looking out into space.

We might do well to grasp the concept that in a darkened room with the wall painted black, if we were to glitter the walls with self illuminating crushed crystals that illuminated only themselves and not anything else, and we were not told how large the room was, nor had seen it in the day time…perhaps we would mistaken a 30 ft. by 30ft. by 30 ft. cube of a room by a ratio of greater than 3 to 1 ratio. So too, I think we almost without question to this day misapply distance and size based on the same kind of distance misjudging in Astronomy and its related Sciences. Astronomical Sciences generally do not focus intently on the depth of space south of the South Pole, but rather, we always seem to look northward and/or generally "up" or in "that Heavenly direction", as if instinctively looking for GOD but never knowing why, as if they were but drifting along like cumulus clouds.  

And we have to wonder if by observable means, we can question if we even can see and measure the observable Universe (such as star and galaxy distances) correctly.  Galaxies and Solar systems often take the mathematical shape of elongated discs.  We see shapes in astronomy that appear much like our clouds on earth.  Some like the stratus, some like the cirrocumulus, some like the cirrus, and even several other forms.  But look out to the horizon in the day time.  Run your eye to the edge of where the skyline touches the horizon and for 10 or 15 degrees upward.  If there are clouds there, and they are broken apart, and you can see their left to right of your view "lengths"... what are the width of the clouds that you see?  What are their individual heights and depths?  What is their actual distances away from you?  By having been to our horizons, we can measure distances we cannot measure in space.  But even the best trained eye will have to admit, at such a distance, with an unfamiliarity as to what the distance to the horizon rally is or how far even the length of the Horizon is in actual distances in our field of view, we cannot fathom the actual heights or depths until the clouds get closer to us, because we are more or less seeing them two dimensionally.   By having a surface of the Earth, we have an advantage of aiding measurement we cannot do in astronomy.  Because if even our closest star, be it Proxima Centauri (M5e spectral) or Alpha Centauri (G2 spectral)  is off, then what does that do to our calculations?  How can we even prove by triangulating or sun and planets that these are really just or as far as 4.3 Light Years away?  I say that we cannot.  Not really.  They are just educated guesses based on what we know, and then a whole system of  Science is built on those "guesses".  If those "guesses" are massively wrong, a whole systematic body of sciences built upon those guesses must collapse as well, leaving the nearer more verifiable sciences still standing, however.

Observations of the horizon and astronomy is built on a correlation of understanding not only Triangulation, but curves as well.  Since we do not yet know enough about how light bends, how can we go into the topic of how Time must also likely be constrained to at certain points bend as well?  We can only theorize about both, but suffice these to be put off for another day. 

This Universe of darkness is subject to the dimensional laws of time and space, while the greater Universe beyond has no constraints of “Time” placed upon it.  Even the best minds of the atheists can only call their theories as merely hypotheses, for example Stephen Hawking at: http://www.hawking.org.uk/index.php/lectures/62
The theory of a big bang expansion is better found in the Jewish nuclear physicist Dr. Gerald Schroeder's hypothesis in which as the Universe expands from the Big Bang, so does time accelerate to be more ancient than it is or was. 

From 1990, on Zola Levitt Presents, Dr. Gerald Schroeder, Genesis 6 Days of Creation From a View Of a Nuclear Scientist

  But there's a problem, as Stephen Hawking notes, of microwave radiation.  This goes back to the data of an everywhere at once Microwave or Cosmic Ray distribution as evidenced by the C.O.B.E. Satellite data. 

The G-D Factor: Creation testifies it was Designed and Created by a Creator, even in Observations of Astronomical Science
The above pdf. tells us about the 1990 Cosmic Background Explorer Satelitte, C.O.B.E., and the background radiation of the entire sphere of the northern heavens -- as seen from the North Galactic Pole -- which showed an average temperature of 2.735 degrees centigrade above Absolute Zero. The spectrum curve was less that 1% across the entire range of observed frequencies. That is, the universe was like some giant Cosmic radiator. There was no pond rippling big bang. The echoes of history tell us that the Universe was created in a "poof" / "everywhere all at once" and in an even distribution fashion... exactly like the ancient Bible Scriptures which tell us that GOD stretched the Heavens like a curtain, and it was there. The COBE used the milky way galaxy as a mean center for its Daily Microwave Radiometer (DMR) readings. DMRs are those wavelengths which are able to be filtered out from our own galaxy's emissions. There are 3 known DMRs, and the COBE used all 3.

 In 1993, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (courtesy of NASA) revealed a 365 day condensed DMR picture of the North Galactic Pole Sphere, and this is where the "radiator" picture comes in. It was at this meeting that the American Astronomical Society officially said the fluctuation was not as high as 1%, but only .03% or three-one hundredths of one percent. They also settled on a final number of 2.726 Centegrade above Absolute Zero (over its previous 2.735). 

Therefore, we can say that the Creation, even the Universe itself, scientifically testifies that it was simultaneously created everywhere at once by GOD in a macro-cosmic action.  And if that is the case, Creation must always occur and be able to grow within a greater sphere or Universe of operation, be it an acorn into a tree, a sperm into an animal, etc.  This is what Creation tells us.  As we follow the juxtaposed logic as it applies to Time, we must also apply it as but a mechanism unique and specific to this smaller Universe within the greater Universe filled with light.  We are in the dark, behind the curtain, unable to even grasp how to measure outer space and tell where the boundaries of Light are (a condition of ignorance we are expected to have) as shown in Jeremiah 31: 37
Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

Though it may be possible to eventually search out the Earth beneath enough to discover the foundations as a result of the coming continental collapse of the United States in the lower 48 after being nuked by what was formerly NATO, along with Russia, and a nuclear armed Iran (and perhaps other nations), so that perhaps by satellite for a brief  period of time (perhaps hours, perhaps days, that the foundations of the Earth shall be seen...yet is is now, and always will be impossible for man to measure the Universe, which will ROLL BACK LIKE A SCROLL during the Great Tribulation: 

Isaiah 34:4

And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Revelation 6:13-14

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Time and again, the Bible is proven to be true, and its critics as illiterate, ignorant, or just plain wrong; although sometimes those answers aren't available for many centuries, eventually the Bible is exonerated as too accurate to be composed by purely human intelligence. GOD inspires the words, and guides the writing of his Book, even if we are flawed in keeping absolute perfection. Still, for those who wish to know, more than sufficiency in the answers are still discovered by faith and His will for the timing (while other answers just are, and for the moment in time in which we or they live, to be taken on faith until the more perfect day when the Saints can ask the LORD directly and be taught by Him, sitting at his feet and asking the LORD their questions - Isaiah 54:13, Deuteronomy 33:3).

But for those left behind in the first Rapture, the Enochian Evacuation (as it were), things won't be as desirable on Earth as if mankind were simply to go along as if nothing had happened.  There will be 144,000 Jewish virgin men (and possibly women?) who will announce what had happened, as well as the Two Great Witnesses of Revelation Chapter 11 who will bring the plagues of Exodus Egypt and the fires from Heaven upon their enemies trying to subdue or destroy them as they teleport nation to nation, making the proclamations and warnings of GOD as the prophets of GOD to the nations.  

So when I say it won't be desirable, let me just use one example of the crushing physical pressures that will be experienced, that dealing with the sun).  Signs of which, we are already talking about even outside the Bible references in Science as possibly being introduced to us as a part of the next solar cycle.  But I will include some biblical referencing here, regardless.

The Erev Hypothesis and the coming solar tsunamis
The Erev Hypothesis. The abstract goes to the effect that the contrariness to the laws of observable sciences (such as gravity) can be contradicted or disrupted for periods of short durations, so as to suspend those laws within a means of controlled chaos...albeit, temporarily.

Erev simply means evening in the Hebrew, "And evening and morning", etc. But it also has 13 - 15 other meanings attributed to it. One of these is "disorder" or "controlled chaos" if you will.

The Erev Hypothesis is explored through the notion that spikes in the paleomagnetic pole reversals

upon Earth occurred daily in the first 7 days of Creation to the Earth’s benefit, with disastrous consequences in circa 2348 B.C. (Noachian deluge), possibly in circa 1961 B.C. (Sodomic Epic and misdated Holocene shifts), in 1551 B.C. (the Exodus' Red Sea and Sinai events), and in 1511 B.C. (the reversal of the Jordan and the sun appearing to stand still for a day).  It may be, that events such as the Holocene shifts of land masses and the parting of the Red Sea, or the bending of the heavens upon Mt. Sinai, will be re-witnessed as accurate event happenings by the ancients by modern man.

On other planets, we know there is at least theoretically a tie-in between electro-magnetic polarity, volcanology, and surface formations such as plains, hills, and valleys. A more recent public example was the NASA verification of this through the MESSENGER satellite. http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/telecon4.html

In the solar example linked earlier, the sun is said to reverse its magnetic poles every 11 years. Sun spots, we are learning, are often a by-product of this shifting.

In the years 1645 to 1715 A.D., the Earth was in the midst of a period now referred to by modern "pop climatologists" as the "mini-Ice Age", which is said to have extended from ca. 1400 to 1850 A.D.

 In these years, Europe is said to be known for its excessively frigid weather.  The normal warm Caribbean to Atlantic current flows seemed to have been interrupted, so that all of the rivers in Ireland and Britain regularly froze solid, and even the coastlines of the Mediterranean seemed to offer no genuine relief from frigid artic blasts, and rivers freezing along its northern coastlines and down the boot of Italy.  But the years 1645 to 1715 A.D. are special, because for those entire 70 years, it seems that there were virtually NO sunspots in the Sun, and there were (as a result)  vastly elevated levels of Carbon-14 radiation in those very same years of  1645 to 1715 A.D.  The absence of solar spots on the surface of the sun indicates that the normal polarity reversal of the sun's poles from north to south (over the course of 11 years) and then back again (from south to north over the next 11 years) suggests that the cycle during these years had apparently either temporarily ceased or at the very least, had been seriously retarded.   Less than 300 years after this occurrence ceased, the questions need to be asked, "Could the activity of the sun enter into another cycle in which an increase in solar phenomenon will once again affect the Earth in a reverse direction?  In other words, could the sun enter into a phase of a what the ancient Greeks as well as the witness of the Bible believed would be a burning of even the very elements of the earth by fervent heat?  Heat that instead of modern technology, or pollution by man, would derive from anciently predictable solar activity?  Could this be what the Mayans actually predicted in their calendar, an intense solar activity cycle for what is allegedly said to begin in December of 2012?  An activity so hot, that to the Mayans calculations, it could even be so bad as to possibly end life on Earth according to their calculations based on observable cycles to one extreme (of cold or Artic-like weather), calculated and predicted for the other extreme?"

In the application to the Earth, it appears that the waning of the paleo-magnetic life-force of the Earth is potentially a greater cause for global warming than any other factor...including sulfur dioxides and ozone depletion.

The solar winds shearing the Earth’s Electro-Magnetic shield will be accompanied by an increase in solar flare activity, filled heavily with x-rays and other disruptive forces.  

 A quick review of various solar flares, including recent specific examples,

are relevant as background data to keep in mind in its relation to electromagnetic shear of the Earth electro-magnetic sphere and defenses that GOD gave us in the design of the Earth. 

The most common denominator and pragmatic industry applications in summary of these immediately above links that we can have in walking away with this data, is this :
the more technology dependent we become, the more vulnerable we are to being pushed back to the technological backwardness of the 1800s.

 states that:
In 1989, a solar storm took down the power grid in Quebec, Canada, leaving about six million people without power for several hours.  The largest solar storm ever recorded was in 1859 when communications infrastructure was limited to telegraphs. The 1859 solar storm hit telegraph offices around the world and caused a giant aurora visible as far south as the Caribbean Islands.

 states that:
"The worst storms often come in the waning years after the solar maximum. The most recent solar max ended in 2001; November 2003 marked the strongest x-ray flare ever observed."

Add 11 years to this, and you will see that the next cycle runs from 2012 to 2014.  In fact, NASA Scientists state that it is their fear that the next wave of solar activity from 2012 to 2014 may be serious enough not only to seriously disrupt modern electrical technology, but will even stop toilets from flushing!
The article in MP3 audio by its author is @:

Even in the most basic of science for any person can grasp is that X-rays need lead to stop them.  When you go to a dentist, they give you a lead apron.  In the decades past, the operator who x-rayed your body stood behind a clearly manifest lead shield wall and pushed a button. 

In the past 150 years...or so it is believed...the Earth has already moved 10 percent into the same kind of total magnetic pole reversals as seen in the sun, and documented by the Ulysses satellite.

Sunspots and blackouts are in direct correlation to these pole disruptions and reversals, and we can tie such to the 30 A.D. sackcloth sun, and another to come in these last days, sometime perhaps between 2012 and 2042. No one knows for sure.  In its most disruptive phase, walls of water could quite conceivably stand once again as they did in the Red Sea in 1551 B.C., perhaps to depths of over 70 feet, creating pathways for 10 or 12 hour durations or more  before collapsing upon themselves and being restored to as they were.   Through mega-disruptions in the earth's poles, the laws of gravity as sustained and promoted from Earth-Sun-Moon are altered. Such documentations of magnetic pole shifts have been reported as observable in minute geologic sample borings up to 400 meters in depth, but have been clearly miscalculated as to the dates these shifts occurred. For example:
But as the writers of that pdf state in the opening of p. 5, "Time cannot be estimated except very crudely...."   This is not just on two strata close together, but I dare say on all 5 observable levels of these magnetic pole reversals in strata samples mis-listed as millions of years apart, I would interpret as perhaps being the same magnetic polarity shifts of : 2348 B.C., 1961 B.C., 1551 B.C. , 1511 B.C., and 30 AD.

30 A.D. would be the event of the Cross, where a full moon of blood red light under a clear sky of withdrawn stars and a black sun was observed from noon to 3pm when Jesus hung upon the Cross.

Such a paleo-magnetic shift and manipulation extending far out beyond the Van Allen belts may well be explained in this way as end-time happenings also in Luke 21:25 through the Greek (numbered to Strong's):

And there shall be signs in the sun,
and in the moon,
and in the stars;

and upon the earth
 [A compelling pressing afflicting and plaguing with and among] Greek 4928

of nations,
with distress

[I.e., no resources and great doubt as how to proceed];Greek 640

the sea       Greek 2281  
The waves 
[that which resonates and vibrates] G4535

roaring;           Greek 2278
Luke 21:25

The notion appears to allow for the possibility or even probability of something we have never seen nor conceived of before:  it is the idea of sun echo after the fact or a result of a solar wind and wave of flares tsunami.  The perplexity upon the nervous system is both outwardly physical by the elements of a blast of x-ray and gamma washing through with the force of feeling like one is hit by a resonating and vibrating walls or pulsations of waves, and the emotional and psychological trauma of being unable to grasp how to deal with the event. 

Salos (Strong's Greek  #4535 –  translated as “waves”) can incorporate anything that causes motion, vibration, waves, tossing, rocking….events such as wind, currents - surf - tide, electro-magnetic forces, earthquakes, and so forth. Therefore, waves from the sun and stars will involve electrified tingling and like being stuck in an x-ray machine that won’t turn off for minutes, or perhaps hours; while waves from the sea will intensify into hypercanes (past sustained tornado speeds 200 - 280 mph to speeds of up to 400 mph); and the Earth will chronically shake so much, that man will generally prefer to live in fields and tents for fear of walls or buildings collapsing upon them.  

We are still yet rediscover the hypercane monster storms of the past with winds that modern man cannot yet comprehend, nor has made adjustment for as well.  Hypercanes, again, are geologically verified ancient super-hurricanes which perhaps had winds in excess of 400 mph. In 2008, the subject resurfaced in regard to strata in the southern US Gulf coastal region.

And if Hypercanes once existed in the Gulf of Mexico, why could they not return with the right increase in solar activity; and return not only in the Atlantic and Carribean regions, but also be made manifest across the regions of the Pacific Ocean as well?  I say that man in the very near future will have to build with multiple mega-disaster scenarios in mind, from 10.0 and above earthquakes, to structures to withstand storms and winds in excess of 400 mph.  That may mean that in order to have glass windows, they will end up being layers encased in layered steel reinforced Concrete walls, in a landscaped bunker format (such as a rolling mound lawn or a flat 2-3 ft soil cropping a vegetable garden over the bunker format), and both the exposed glass and the walls of the sides to measure at least two feet or more thick, and never be built above a height of 30 ft again except as military structures.  Sewage and other underground tubing (such as gas) would have to then be converted to flex-hose technology as well, and an entire ifrastructure transformation of the nations would also have to follow suit.  However, because of the costs and the time and effort, such a societal transformation will not occur, even if the hypercanes and excessively powerful earthquakes come...even such quakes that make mountains and hills skip miles away from where they previously were (as I have shown in another post), as was experienced some 3,500 plus years ago by the ancients in the Sinai or surrounding region of the Middle East.

However, the first point we should acknowledge about WHY the teaching of the Rapture matters, it matters because it is a call is for mankind to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and believe into Him as your LORD and Savior, trusting in his atonement for you at the Cross, and trusting in His Resurrection from death, ascension into Heaven, and the granting of eternal life to you by just having faith / trust into Him in what He has done and is doing and will do for you, because GOD loves you, even while you were yet hostile in sin, and not wanting you to perish but to make that right choice of TRUST into Him...so that whosoever will may find eternal life, and not truly perish, whenever that day in which our own life ends on Earth in this mortal form may be.  If before the day of the Rapture, still instantaneously in soul and spirit absent from the body and present with the LORD (2 Corinthians 5:1-8), to live in unfathomable joy and love in the presence of Almighty GOD ever more.  

Some Essential and Obvious Rapture Scriptures

There are actually 2 Raptures of the Church, the unseen and sudden snatching away without warning (which is the Enochian Rapture), and the seen rapture (which is the Elijahn Rapture) 3 1/2 years into the 7 Year Tribulation Period (the time of Trouble, as the KJV calls it).  These two raptures are designated as the first of two watches for the believer in Luke 12:37-38.  Any of us who die prior to the first rapture, or who are living when the first rapture hits, are part of that first watch mentioned by Jesus.  Any who are born-again and who die after the first rapture, the sudden vanishing and unseen Enochian Rapture (so named after the event of Genesis 5:23-24) as well as those who are living as born-again converts when the seen Elijahn Rapture event occurs 3 1/2 years or 1290 days (cf. Daniel 12:11)  into the Tribulation period, these will all be part of the second watch.  And in like manner, those who believe or survive to see the LORD's return to the Mount of Olives 1335 days after the Elijahn Rapture (cf. Daniel 12:12, Zechariah 14:3-5), shall be part of the third watch, but while there shall be resurrection and transformation into incorruptible spirit beings like the angels who can materially manifest at will, at best there would be what we might term a type of teleportation of those resurrected after the Elijahn Rapture in Christ to thus go to Jerusalem to where the LORD is at that time.  So technically, there will be only two "snatchings away" to be hid in secret in Heaven, which the Raptures are to be defined as, and then as part of the third watch, a type of teleportation or Aliyah ascent up to Zion to the LORD at Jerusalem to come before Him and His Throne as those also  personally welcomed and beloved of the LORD.     

Below are just straight King James Version Scriptures which I designate as Rapture Scriptures. 

1)   God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
      (Psalm 47:5)

2)   This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so  come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
       (Acts 1:11 b)

3)      The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
             2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour            before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
’Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.’
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
(Psalm 50:1-6)

4)    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
        (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

5)    13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice…
16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
(Psalm 18:13,16,19)

6)    20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
(Isaiah 26:20-21) 

7)   14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them…
16 And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
(Zechariah 9:14-16)

8)    34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
(Luke 12:34-38)

9)    14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
(Revelation 14:14-19)

10)  23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
(Genesis 5:23-24)

11)    And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
(2 Kings 2:7-8,11)

12)    And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
     (Revelation 11:3, 7-9, 11-12)

13)     Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
      (Psalm 144:5-7) 

14)    But the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
     (Psalm 9:7-10)

15)    1The heavens declare the glory of God…
5  …as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
    (Psalm 19:1, 5-6)

16)    For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
     (Psalm 27:5)

17)     For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
     (Psalm 32:6-7)

 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
     (Revelation 7:9-17)

1  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
     (Revelation 19:1-7)

17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
      (Zephaniah 3:17)

For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
      (Isaiah 62:5)

18)  1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
     (Psalm 57:1,3)

19)    32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.
     (Psalm 68:32-35)

20)    Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
    (Psalm 76:8-9)

21)   For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
    (Amos 9:9)

22)  Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.
    (Zephaniah 2:3)

23)    1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
     (Matthew 25:1-13)

24)   20 …  The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
… Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
     (Luke 17:20b, 21b-22, 24, 26-30; 18:8b)

25)   34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
      (Luke 21:34-36)

26)    50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
       (1 Corinthians 15:50-54)

27)   1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither…
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
    (Revelation 4:1,2)

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