Do all saved Christians go up in the Rapture?
Do All saved Christians Go in the Rapture?
The Tribulation is represented by the symbol of the night time when Jesus, the Light of the world, has left the world.
JOHN 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
The Bible promises that God will return to the Jews in the Tribulation. But there is no promise of Gentiles getting saved in the Tribulation. Jesus is off the mercy seat when He takes His Bride to the Wedding Supper. So no Gentiles get saved in the dark night of the Tribulation.
A huge multitude of saved Christians emerges from the Great Tribulation.
REVELATION 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number,
: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.
These people had to be saved before the Tribulation started.
They thus represent the foolish or fooled virgins.
Virgins are clean women representing saved church people. Being saved before the Tribulation starts means that they will make Heaven if they do not take on the mark of the beast during the Tribulation.
But only the wise virgins, with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, know enough truth to avoid being deceived by the church leaders. Thus they are prepared for the catching up of the church.
Let us go through a quick reminder of the overall “Bigger Picture”.
To get some clues about the Second Coming of the Lord we need to understand what happened at the First Coming of the Lord.
Consider a point that many end-time students miss.
There were 40 days from the resurrection to the ascension when Jesus went up with a cloud of witnesses (the resurrected Old Testament saints), not a fluffy rain cloud.
The First Coming of the Lord saw Jesus at the age of about 30 years commence His most amazing ministry that was to divide world history into BC and AD. Everything before the birth of Jesus became BC, Before Christ. AD is Anno Domini, “In the year of the Lord”.
His ministry lasted 3½ years. Jesus was crucified and spent three nights in the depths of the earth (Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night). Protestants have been fooled by the Catholics into believing that He died on Friday and thus only spent two nights in the tomb. What else have the Protestants got wrong?
His resurrection early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, saw Him fulfill the firstfruits of the Jewish feasts as He waved goodbye to Death, Hell, and the Grave.
A great earthquake occurred at the time of His death that heralded the resurrection of the Old Testament saints who arose soon after Jesus resurrected.
Forty days after His resurrection Jesus ascended up to Heaven with the Old Testament saints as He led captivity captive. They had been confined to the Old Testament Paradise in the sides of the pit but now were being led up to Heaven.
Then 10 days later the Holy Spirit came down on the Day of Pentecost and filled the upper room where 120 disciples were gathered. This launched the seven church ages.
The Day of Pentecost was a further fulfillment of the day when Solomon’s Temple was anointed as the Spirit of God came down and filled the Temple.
I KINGS 8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.
The New Testament Temple would be built over 2000 years using living stones, the born-again Christians.
The first day of this born again Spirit-filled church was the special coming down of the Holy Ghost in great power.
The last seven years that were promised to the Jews by Daniel is known as the 70th week.
Daniel 9:26 shall Messiah be cut off
Thus, Jesus was killed after 3½ years of ministry. The last week was cut in half. The second half of the last week is known as the Tribulation but this would happen some 2000 years later.
This “time interval of 2000 years” pushed the two halves of the last week far apart, and is known as the “dividing of time” because it divided the last time of 7 years in half.
This time interval of 2000 years is also known as the seven church ages.
The seven church ages started with the Holy Ghost coming down on the Day of Pentecost and ends when the Bride is caught up to Heaven in the Rapture at the Second Coming of the Lord.
Just before the Tribulation starts Jesus will Come the Second time to catch His saints up to meet Him in the air, (this is often called the Rapture), and take His Bride to the Wedding Supper.
Then two prophets, Moses and Elijah, will take the Gospel to the 144000 Jews in the Tribulation.
Applying the understanding of His First Coming will allow us to follow clues in order to form an idea of what will happen soon.
The order of events is laid out in the following diagram.
Are all saved Christians caught up to meet the Lord in the air? In other words, are all saved Christians going to be raptured?
This is sometimes called the Third Exodus.
The First Exodus was calling the Jews out of Egypt.
The Second Exodus was calling the Christians out of Judaism.
The Third Exodus is calling the Bride out of the churches.
What did Jesus say about the end time?
MATTHEW 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Like ourselves, the disciples wanted to know about the end-time events.
MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Our biggest problem is deception.
We live in a time of deception and fake news. Do not expect the church to be spared from this.
The church will be the main target of the Devil. That is why we have 45000 different types of denominations and churches.
MATTHEW 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Churches cannot agree on the basic doctrine of baptism.
ROMANS 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
:4 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 also should walk in newness of life.
:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Baptism requires complete immersion in water just as burial requires complete coverage of the corpse with the ground.
But churches agree on Christmas despite the fact that we are never asked in the Bible to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
We ignore that 25 December was declared to be the birthday of the sun god by the pagan Roman emperor Aurelian in AD 274, shortly after he had beheaded the Bishop of Rome.
Judgement Day seems to present a contradiction.
The saints shall judge the world and will also judge angels.
Yet Christians are also judged with the world.
I CORINTHIANS 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
No Christian should accuse another Christian in a court of law.
I CORINTHIANS 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
On Judgement Day the saints will judge people by the Word of God.
JOHN 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day
I CORINTHIANS 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
Angels cannot transgress against God’s Word. The King James Bible is the Absolute authority.
But another Scripture shows Christians being judged and allowed into heaven which is only possible if they have been saved.
MATTHEW 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
MATTHEW 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
MATTHEW 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
These two scenes from the Bible have Christians judging and Christians being judged.
This is only possible if there are TWO groups of Christians.
There is a second apparent contradiction.
Some Christians get a reward.
Some Christians suffer loss and are saved as by fire.
I CORINTHIANS 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Building on Scripture is good and strong. Unscriptural ideas are worthless and cannot withstand fire.
I CORINTHIANS 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Every man’s work will be tested by fire. The fire of persecution and rejection.
I CORINTHIANS 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
For these Scriptures to be true, there have to be two groups of Christians.
Seeming contradiction number 3. There are wise and foolish virgins.
Yet they are virgins, not whores or harlots as in Revelation Chapter 17.
MATTHEW 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
:9 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.
These Scriptures definitely say that there are two groups of Christians
This parable describes an oil crisis or a definite lack of the Holy Spirit.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
They did not understand enough Scripture.
They put too much emphasis on self.
Today we have an oil crisis building up between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Iran has produced thousands of missiles that can attack oil tankers and Saudi oil production facilities that are shown by the black dot.
There is a narrow sea between Iran and Saudi Arabia, shown inside the green oval. One out of every three oil tankers in the world use this sea.
If this oil stops then prices will skyrocket.
MATTHEW 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
:9 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.
Buy for yourselves. There is a price to pay. Persecution and rejection.
Can you pay the price?
Each person can only save themselves.
PHILIPPIANS 2:12 work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
You cannot save yourself from hell by your own works. We are saved from hell by grace through faith.
EPHESIANS 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
So, what can we save ourselves from? The Tribulation.
How? By understanding the truth from Scripture.
So, what will knock saved and sincere Christians into the Tribulation?
Deception by false doctrines that are not written in the Bible.
These Scriptures say that there are two groups of saved Christians: the wise and the foolish or fooled church.
Let us consider the two things that people have to be saved from.
The church has to be saved from hell.
The Bride has to be saved from hell and from the Tribulation.
We are saved from hell by repentance.
We are saved from the Tribulation by following the truth of the Scriptures.
We cannot be saved from hell by our works.
But we will only be saved from the Tribulation if we struggle hard enough against church error.
This struggle is on-going and will not end while we remain on earth.
MATTHEW 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
We must know that the name of God is Jesus Christ.
We must endure persecution, humiliation, rejection until the end and never stop believing in order to be saved from the Tribulation.
LUKE 21:34 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.
We need to be accounted worthy to escape.
MATTHEW 20:16 … for many be called, but few chosen.
REVELATION 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
What counts is that we must be faithful to what is written in Scripture.
The Word tells us the way that God thinks.
We must learn to love God’s way of thinking.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
What we need to find is God’s Plan of Escape from the evil Tribulation that is coming.
ISAIAH 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
MALACHI 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Speak to each other often.
Fear God and think about His name. The name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus Christ.
God sees such people as jewels and God will spare them.
The Bride knows the Name of God, it is Jesus Christ.
The church does not know the name of God because of the Trinity belief.
By believing that God is in three separate Persons, it is impossible to find one name for God.
God the Son and God the Holy Ghost are completely unscriptural statements.
The Son of God is the Man Jesus.
Colossians 2:9the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in Him bodily.
God the Father has no name. In the Old Testament He was called JHVH. But this cannot be pronounced, so it is not a name. Samson’s parents saw an Angel and later realized that they had seen God. When they asked Him His name, they were told that it was secret.
Scholars made up a name called Jehovah. But Jehovah is never referred to in the New Testament because the Jesus of the New testament is the Jehovah of the Old Testament.
There is no mention of “God the Father” in the Old Testament. The first time God took on a name was when the Spirit of God dwelled bodily in the Man Jesus. So, Jesus is the name of God.
Thus the Trinity imposes the artificial man-made name of Jehovah on God.
But the Trinity has no Bible name for the Holy Ghost.
So, Trinity produces two names for three People. Thus, God loses His name.
Trinitarians then compensate by stressing God’s three titles.
They say, “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost” but cannot tell us what that name is.
AMOS 6:10 Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
That exactly describes the dilemma of today’s Trinitarians. God has no single name.
HEBREWS 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Meeting together either at someplace or over the internet is essential as we keep discussing these issues and coming to a better understanding of the mysteries of Scripture.
MALACHI 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
We only serve God when we are Scriptural.
Doing something that is not in the Bible is not serving God.
MATTHEW 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
“Lord, lord” seems to have a Trinity influence as they see the Father and the Son as two separate Persons.
But the Father is the supernatural Spirit that dwells in the Man Jesus, Who is thus the Son of God.
Only when the fulness of God dwelled in the Man Jesus did God call Himself “God the Father” for the first time. God was never called “God the Father” in the Old Testament.
The Third Exodus
The First Exodus was the Jews coming out of Egypt as shown in the Book of Exodus.
The Second Exodus was the Christian church coming out of the Jews.
The Third Exodus is the Bride of Jesus Christ coming out of the church. Coming out of a church world that knows the basics but has no idea of the deeper mysteries of Scripture like the Godhead, serpent seed, the seven church ages, the beast and little horn, the 3½ year Tribulation, the Thursday crucifixion so that Jesus could spend three nights in the tomb etc. Thus the church world is fast asleep and unaware as turbulent world events rush by.
MATTHEW 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Are you going out to meet Him?
Whatever church you are in is immaterial. It cannot guide you to Jesus when He comes.
When the wakeup call comes, you will realize that truth is to be found outside the church.
Because in the church age of the Laodiceans, Jesus stands outside every church door appealing to some individual within. Only when that individual goes out of the church will he or she be able to find the Lord.
An angel is a messenger.
REVELATION 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
“Come out of her, my people” illustrates that there will be a third exodus from the corrupted church system of Mystery Babylon.
It will come suddenly and unexpectedly.
I THESSALONIANS 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
I CORINTHIANS 15:52 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.
There will be a shout, voice, and trump.
These are different steps that we will have to follow.
I THESSALONIANS 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
: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.
Do the shout, voice, and trump still lie in the future?
1965-1127 I HAVE HEARD BUT NOW I SEE
Dear God, in this solemn moment, it's going to be a time like this when there really will be a clap of thunder someday, and the Son of God shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise.
This is the last month of brother Branham’s life on earth.
But brother Branham’s message is the “shout” so how can the shout be in the future?
Brother Branham’s understanding and preaching of his message was the first stage of the message. The purpose of his message was to reveal the mysteries of Scripture to the Bride. So only when the Bride are able to prove what they believe from Scripture for themselves will the message be complete.
1964-0823 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.1
But those who can accept the Word in Its fullness, not me preaching It, because It's the Bible says so. Those who accept that is free, because they--the Word's already been judged.
REVELATION 10:7 In the days of the VOICE of the seventh angel.
The seventh angel has left the scene in December 1965 but he left his recorded sermons behind.
So, the days of his voice is the time that we are living in now.
This is the time when we have to prove brother Branham’s revelations from Scripture.
MATTHEW 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Midnight is a very unexpected hour.
We need to go out because Jesus stands outside the church door as the Word of God in Revelation Chapter 3. What is preached in the church is partly truth and partly man-made corruption.
But we need to open the door as individuals.
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
JOHN 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
A loud voice is associated with the resurrection.
MATTHEW 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
REVELATION 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
We do not know much about the seven Thunders.
We know absolutely nothing about what they say.
To understand them when they happen, we are going to have to match them with the patterns of Scripture.
Can you fit the Scriptures together properly?
So how good is your knowledge of Scripture? Do you know enough to recognize the seven Thunders when they do their mysterious uttering?
REVELATION 4:1 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 I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
A trumpet is associated with the catching up. The Rapture.
Thus the seven Thunders utter after the voice of the resurrection to prepare the Bride for the changing of their bodies so that they can receive rapturing faith.
We cannot be raptured in these present bodies of flesh and blood.
Our new, glorified bodies will have no blood. The Holy Ghost will flow through our veins.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;