The resurrection and
catching up of those who belong to Christ is predicted in the Law of Moses through the Feast of Trumpets. Remember, the law
was prophetic— symbolically foreshadowing our redemption through Jesus Christ and the good things to come (Galatians 3:24, Hebrews 10:1, Revelation 19:10).
Who Will Be Raised?
Also known as the Feast of
Ingathering, the Feast of Trumpets ends the harvest season with the sound of a trumpet. The cycle of harvest
for the dispensation of Grace, the time of Christ In You, will be completed at this feast.
This final harvest
feast predicts the resurrection of the just and the catching up of those living in Christ at that time. This is when the real
ingathering will take place (Exodus 34:22, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The apostle Paul tells
us that all living saints (a saint is anyone who belongs to Christ) will be changed at that time—not just the
best. There is no class system within the body of Christ (1
Corinthians 15:51-53, Galatians 3:26-28, 1 Corinthians 12:13-20).
When the dead are raised,
they will be raised with glorified bodies that will never die again. Those who are living at that time will receive the same
type of glorified bodies as the resurrected ones—they just won't have to die to get them.
The Great Re-Union: It’s Not What We Think
What exactly will be taking
place when the dead are raised?
When Christ descends
from Heaven to meet us in the air, the bodies of the dead (only those “in Christ”) will be reunited with their
souls and spirits—which have been in Heaven with the Lord ever since their bodies died (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
Now, in our resurrected
and gloriously changed bodies, we will accompany Christ back to Heaven to stand before his judgment seat and receive rewards
for the things done while living on earth (John 14:2-3, 2 Corinthians
5:10, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
It is at this
time that God's redemption plan for our bodies will be fulfilled (Romans 8:23).
The End of the Dispensation of Grace
The catching up of
the living saints, more commonly known as the Rapture of the Church, signals the end of the time when men can simply
call on the name of the Lord to be saved. From this point on, men can no longer simply call on the name of the
Lord to be saved, but Jesus told us they must now endure to the end to be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8, Romans 11:25, Ephesians 3:2,1:10, Matthew 24:13).
Knowing these things combats
lethargy in Bible believing Christians and incites them to become aggressive soul winners—not just the opposite. Below
is an example of erroneous teaching in this area:
- “focusing on a rapture has caused
many to lose their burden for the lost. This escapism mentality has caused lethargy in the church, because they are waiting
to be caught away from the claws of the Anti-Christ”
(found in the doctrinal statement of Kim Clement).
This reasoning has become
quite prevalent among Christians today, but is it at all sound? I find that just the opposite occurs when we focus on the
scriptural teaching of a pre-tribulational rapture. Hearts are ablaze to win souls and prevent as many as possible from having
to experience the horrors that will be described in the next few chapters.
Aside from that, an
escapist mentality is very scriptural in certain situations. Paul admonishes Christians to flee from temptation, and
Jesus said to pray that we would be counted worthy to “escape” all the horrors that will be coming
on the earth (Luke 21:36).
commanded us to pray that prayer. I believe his word is dependable and if he advocates escapism in regards to The Great
Tribulation, then I am not going to argue with him.
The order of
the Feasts of the Lord is just one evidence of a pre-tribulational Rapture. There are many more contained within the scriptures
(some of which will be covered in later chapters). Prior to the feast of Trumpets (which foretold the resurrection/rapture),
each event predicted by each feast, occurred in the exact order, and on the very day, it was observed. This is strong evidence
that God is revealing the order of things as well as the events themselves in the observation of these prophetic feasts.
what we have covered so far:
- Passover: Christ’s Physical Death
- Unleavened Bread: The Law is Fulfilled
- First Fruits: The first Harvest Feast / Christ's Physical Resurrection (Souls
- Pentecost: The second Harvest Feast / The Holy Spirit is Given/ The Dispensation of Grace/ The
Time of Christ In You/ The End-Time Harvest begins
- Trumpets: The third and Last Harvest Feast / The Resurrection of the Dead in Christ
and the catching Up of the Living (Bodies Redeemed)
of the dead and catching up of those [in Christ] who are still living is a pre-tribulation event. The first four feasts
were fulfilled literally and in the exact order the feasts were observed. There is no scriptural evidence that the
pattern will change with the last three.
In the next few chapters
we will be looking at the feast that foretold the Time of Jacob’s Trouble—more commonly known as The Great
Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:9, Revelation 3:10, 2 Thessalonians
If there is any lingering
doubt that the feasts contained in the Mosaic Law are prophetic in nature, there are scriptures that clearly tell us the law
reveals things to come in general, and that those things pertain to Christ in particular (Galatians 3:23-24, Hebrews 10:1, Revelation 19:10).
Do You Belong
To Christ? If there is any doubt at all as to whether or not you belong to Him and would like to have scriptural assurance
that you will be included in the Resurrection of The Just, or the rapture of the church, simply call on God right now. Ask
him to forgive you of your sins and save you because you believe that Jesus Christ is his risen son (Romans 10:9-10,13).
these simple steps to learn how to follow Christ and begin to grow in your newfound faith:
- Prayerfully read your Bible every day
(always picking up today where you left off yesterday). The book of John is a good place to start. A King James Bible with no chapter headings or footnotes
- Talk to the Lord daily in prayer. It
doesn't matter if you pray silently or out loud. He can hear you either way (Philippians 4:6).
- Meet regularly with other Bible believing
Christians (Hebrews 10:25).
- Be baptized according to our Lord's command
(Matthew 28:19 & Acts 2:38).
- Begin telling others (immediately) about what Jesus has
done for you. His Holy Spirit will help you and use your testimony to draw others to Christ.
- Also, it is important to realize
that trials and temptations will still come. The choice now is, will you deal with them your way
or God's way? The only way to know the difference between the two is to read your Bible.
- You must also begin adding to your faith.
2 Peter 1:4-11 gives us a list of the things that must be added (deliberately and systematically)
if we are to follow Christ successfully. That same passage is equally adamant in assuring us that if we do not add these things
we will constantly suffer defeat in our Christian walk.
- What if we sin after we are saved? 1 John 1:8-10, 2:1-2 tells us, we certainly will sin after we are saved and how to deal with it when we do.
- What if the good feeling goes away,
and we don't "feel saved" anymore?
From time to time, the good feeling will go away. It is important to understand that we are not saved simply because
we feel like it or don't feel like it. We are saved because we chose to repent of our sins and believe on the name of the
resurrected Son of God. On that basis, we called upon the Lord to save us and now belong to him (1 Corinthians 6:19-29, 1 John 5:11-13, Romans 10:9-10,13).
the word of God—not our feelings.
Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that
like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life!”