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Mount of Olivet
People assume too many things! Scripture does seem to state that the Rapture happens at the same time as the second coming of Christ. But, here is no reason to assume that the second coming happens at the same time as the first resurrection as described in Rev 20. There are many reasons stated in scripture that indicates otherwise. There is no reason to assume that the great multitude as seen entering heaven after the sixth seal is opened (Rev 7:9 ) is the same group of people described in Rev. 20, which is said to be the first resurrection. To suggest that these events all happen at the same time is an improper assumption. By using a minimal amount of analytical deduction, when reading a few simply stated verses of scripture, while reframing from applying any personal interpretation, it becomes obvious that scripture indicates that the second coming and the Rapture, and the first resurrection happens during two distinctly different times periods, and possibly a third?
Let’s begin our investigation in Matthew chapter 24. In a private conversation, Jesus was telling these four disciples of things that they will soon see and of things which was going to happen to them. Then in verse 34 Jesus told them that this generation shall not pass till all of these things happen, but no one knows what month and day it will all be finished. In Matthew 16:28, and Mark 9:1, Jesus said that his second coming would happen during the lifetime of some of those which were standing right there in front of him. In the Rev 5:6 Jesus is seen arriving in heaven, described as being bloody and beaten, as if he had recently been taken down off of the cross. We should ask ourselves, why he was described this way. John could have simply identified him as Jesus Christ, King of Kings, but he didn’t! And he immediately takes the book and begins opening the seals there of. Unless we apply our skills of misinterpretation to these verses, there is but ONE obvious meaning. The four horsemen of the apocalypse were released around 30 AD, upon that generation which had beaten and killed him. This happened after the sixty second week of the seventy weeks which was given to them in which they were supposed to quit sinning and anoint the Most Holy. There are eight weeks left in that prophesy. Lets remember to NOT interpret these eight weeks as if they magically disappearing for 2000 years, as some theologians would have us to think.
Matthew 24:7 “… and there shall be famines, and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places”. In 62 AD, there was a great earthquake in the Mediterranean Sea that destroyed Pompeii. For the next 17 years, there were so many smaller earthquakes that they became commonplace and received little attention.
In the mean time a civil war broke out in Jerusalem between the different religious sects. The streets were littered with dead bodies. The Roman army was sent to bring an end to this civil disobedience. The city was surrounded, allowing no one to leave, and no food and supplies to enter. Starvation was soon added to their list of woes. Disease and pestilence soon became rampant, due to the great number of bodies rotting in the streets. It would have seemed that everything that Jesus had spoken of had come true, but the end was not yet,.
In 70 AD the Roman army breached the walls, the temple was destroyed as Jesus had predicted. The insurrection had been put down. Titus and his army continued hunting down and killing any and all suspected of being a rebel. This ended when his father died and he became the tenth Emperor of the Roman Empire on June 23-79 AD . Two months later Mt Vesuvius erupts creating conditions which can be seen as fulfilling those things as stated in Matt. 24:29. And Rev 6:12 We must remember that this was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, with winds carrying clouds of ash for 1000s of miles.
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light …”. This can be compared to that which is written in Rev 6:12. Rev. 6:12 … “And when the sixth seal was opened there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, and the moon became as blood”. It is written that at some time after this, a great multitude are seen entering heaven who had come out of the great tribulation.
And Then, the seventh seal is opened. Nothing happens except, there is silence in heaven for about half of an hour. All of prophesy that was written to and concerning that Hebrew Nation has been fulfilled. That Nation of Israel had come to their end of their days. If this verse says nothing else, it definately establishes the fact that all of the events described with the opening of the seals are finished before the trumpets are sounded establishing some degree of chronoligical order to prophesy.
AND THEN the seven angels are given seven trumpets, A different story begins.
I purposefully left out another issue which I should now address. And when the fifth seal was opened, those who had already been killed for their testimony are seen under the alter. They are told that they were going to have to wait there, for a “little season”, until their fellow servants and brethren would be killed as they had been. A season is 13 weeks. A little season would be a little less than thirteen weeks. I believe that each of these thirteen weeks are equal in value to each of the sixty two weeks as described in Daniel 9:26. A little season would be a little less than 119 of our years here on earth. This would mean that these people were going to have to wait, until some time around 149AD.
Matthew 24:22 And except those days be cut short there should be no flesh be saved; but for the elects sake, those days shall be shortened.
When the 14th king belonging to the fourth beast comes to his end (Daniel 11:45 and 12:1) at that time Michael shall stand up for the children of Daniels people, redeaming some of them from among the living and some of them from their graves.
I am not saying that I do, because I do not; but IF a person could understand all to the connections between all of the prophesies they would still be unable to express exactly how they all fit together. It would be like attempting to describe how every strand of a spider web are all connected to every other strand.
I have said it before and will continue to do so. We can not understand prophesy unless we establish a chronological order in which they are said to unfold.
There are a number of pertinant issues that are not contained within this Hub. I will continue attempting to find the right words for their inclusion.