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Episode: “The Rapture”
The Rapture is the next stop on God’s Prophetic calendar. Will the Bridegroom rescue His Bride before the Father unleashes His wrath upon the world? To fully understand the timing of this prophetic event, Joshua and Caleb travel to Nazareth to investigate how Yeshua’s own people confused His first and second coming signs. Is it possible that Christians today confuse Yeshua’s Rapture with His Second Coming?
Series: “Roadmap to Armageddon”
With all the prophetic misinformation out there, Joshua and Caleb Colson decide to take a road trip. Guided by the Holy Scriptures, the Bearded Bible Brothers aim to create a chronological roadmap through Israel, detailing key destinations and events leading to the end of time. From the Psalm 83 War, the Rapture, Battle of Gog and Magog and beyond, learn the Biblical order of prophetic events that precipitate Armageddon.

Caption transcript for Roadmap to Armageddon: “The Rapture” (2/10)

  • 00:01 ♪♪♪
  • 00:07 male: Most people think and misunderstand prophecy
  • 00:10 thinking that the second coming and the Rapture
  • 00:11 are of the same event.
  • 00:12 They really are not.
  • 00:14 male: I hate to think about it, but I suspect that when that
  • 00:16 shofar, that trumpet blows on that day, that there would be
  • 00:20 congregations across this world, still half full of people.
  • 00:23 male: Sure it will come like a thief in the night to the
  • 00:26 world, to the children of darkness.
  • 00:28 And we are the children of light and we're not meant to be
  • 00:31 caught unaware.
  • 00:32 ♪♪♪
  • 00:39 David Hart: We are in our series: Road Map to
  • 00:41 Armageddon and we're so glad that you've joined us today.
  • 00:44 Kirsten Hart: Today, if I'm not wrong is all about a word that
  • 00:48 is never found in the Bible, the Rapture, is that right?
  • 00:52 Joshua Colson: The Rapture, I thought somebody might bring
  • 00:54 that up.
  • 00:55 It is about the Rapture, but there is a word that's in the
  • 00:57 Bible, in the Greek called "harpazo."
  • 00:58 Kirsten: I had to set you up.
  • 01:00 Joshua: I knew you would set me up with that.
  • 01:01 Caleb Colson: It's okay, there's no English words originally
  • 01:02 in the Bible, it was in Hebrew and Greek, so.
  • 01:06 But this is very important guys, you know, we've taught as the
  • 01:09 Bearded Bible Brothers online for years about the Rapture, but
  • 01:12 right now this moment in history is the most important time to
  • 01:15 talk about that.
  • 01:17 The church needs to know the truth because we are so close to
  • 01:20 the coming of Yeshua.
  • 01:21 There's no time left.
  • 01:23 It's time to learn the truth.
  • 01:24 David: And I believe you're heading to Nazareth right now
  • 01:26 for teaching?
  • 01:27 Caleb: That's right, it's gonna be interesting.
  • 01:28 David: Let's go there now.
  • 01:30 ♪♪♪
  • 01:39 ♪♪♪
  • 01:43 Caleb: Oh, good morning, Josh.
  • 01:46 I know today is about the Rapture, but I can't really
  • 01:50 figure out a location to speak from that brings home the
  • 01:53 soberness of that event.
  • 01:57 Joshua: Don't try to make my breakfast a Bible
  • 01:59 lesson, brother.
  • 02:00 I put Jesus's food in my mouth in Jesus's homeland.
  • 02:03 My food is already holy brother, I don't need a Bible lesson yet.
  • 02:06 Oh, it's Jeff, he has our mission.
  • 02:11 Dr. Jeffery Seif: Ok, guys, here we go.
  • 02:13 You are at the edge of the world.
  • 02:15 We're gonna look at the end of the world as the church
  • 02:18 knows it.
  • 02:19 Fascinating stuff.
  • 02:21 When Yeshua came the first time people weren't ready.
  • 02:23 You know, when it comes the second time, we see the
  • 02:25 same problem.
  • 02:26 He's gonna come unawares.
  • 02:28 We're gonna look in Thessalonians in a moment but
  • 02:30 take us to the site of Nazareth.
  • 02:33 That's where Yeshua began and what a fitting place to look at
  • 02:36 his beginning when we consider his end.
  • 02:39 Caleb: Jeff's right.
  • 02:40 That's where we need to go to talk about the Rapture.
  • 02:43 We're going to Nazareth.
  • 02:44 Joshua: Sure Nazareth, why not?
  • 02:47 I mean, it went so well for Jesus last time.
  • 02:54 ♪♪♪
  • 03:04 Joshua: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 through 18, "For the Lord
  • 03:08 himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of
  • 03:11 an archangel and with the trumpet of God.
  • 03:14 And the dead in Christ will rise first.
  • 03:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
  • 03:20 them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
  • 03:23 And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
  • 03:26 Therefore comfort one another with these words."
  • 03:30 Joshua: Hey guys, the teaching of the Rapture has literally
  • 03:33 been a part of the church since Paul.
  • 03:36 He's literally been teaching it since then.
  • 03:37 But recently, the idea of a rapture has
  • 03:40 fallen from grace amongst the church.
  • 03:41 Now, what do we mean when we say the church?
  • 03:43 We're talking about those who believe
  • 03:44 in Yeshua, whether you're Jewish or whether you're a grafted
  • 03:47 in Gentile.
  • 03:48 During COVID, the Western church was really rocked.
  • 03:51 They got really nervous about what was going on and began to
  • 03:54 believe that we're living in the tribulation now.
  • 03:57 But guys, we're not living in the tribulation.
  • 03:59 We serve a loving God, a good God who has made a way of escape
  • 04:02 for us, so that we don't have to go through that tribulation.
  • 04:05 So everyone who is in Messiah, who is with the bride, will be
  • 04:08 spared from the horrors of that seven years.
  • 04:10 Caleb: That's right.
  • 04:11 And I find it interesting even in
  • 04:12 Revelation chapter 1 through 3,
  • 04:14 Yeshua is addressing the church, the Bride at first and then
  • 04:17 throughout the entire Book of Revelation, it's quiet, there's
  • 04:20 like crickets chirping.
  • 04:21 It's all about the Saints.
  • 04:22 But then at the end, the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 19,
  • 04:26 guess who comes, Yeshua on a white horse and we the bride
  • 04:28 follow after him.
  • 04:30 So here we have a bunch of important scriptures we need
  • 04:33 to read.
  • 04:34 But this will back up that narrative that Josh said that
  • 04:36 we're not reserved for wrath.
  • 04:38 Joshua: So here we go.
  • 04:39 Let's see if we can get into Nazareth's unscathed.
  • 04:44 Joshua: Revelation 3:10, "Because you have kept My
  • 04:47 command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of
  • 04:51 trial which shall come upon the whole world to test those
  • 04:54 who dwell on the earth."
  • 04:56 1 Thessalonians 1:10, "and to wait for His Son from heaven
  • 05:00 whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from
  • 05:05 the wrath to come."
  • 05:06 1 Thessalonians 5:9, "For God didn't appoint us to wrath, but
  • 05:10 to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 05:16 Caleb: 1 Thessalonians 5, 1 through 10, Paul tells us that
  • 05:19 we are the children of light and as being the children of light,
  • 05:22 we are spared from the wrath of God.
  • 05:25 But we are also meant to know God's calendar timing for the
  • 05:28 events that are to come.
  • 05:30 So for example, Josh, the Rapture of the Bride and the
  • 05:35 Second Coming, we aren't meant to be caught unaware for
  • 05:37 those events.
  • 05:39 Joshua: Sadly enough, if Yeshua to come back today in the
  • 05:40 clouds, some of us would be caught with their pants down,
  • 05:43 proverbially, not knowing that he was coming.
  • 05:45 So to understand how that might happen, we've come to the first
  • 05:48 place Yeshua came where they missed it, here in his hometown
  • 05:51 of Nazareth.
  • 05:53 I'm not gonna lie, I truly expected like a musical number
  • 05:56 to ensue when Caleb flailed his arms out like the
  • 05:58 greatest showman.
  • 05:59 But nobody cared.
  • 06:02 Joshua: Luke 21:36, "Watch therefore and pray always
  • 06:06 that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that
  • 06:09 will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man."
  • 06:13 Joshua: Yeshua himself made a way for our escape.
  • 06:15 He made a plan for our salvation.
  • 06:18 But guys, let's be honest prophecy sometimes can
  • 06:20 be confusing.
  • 06:22 Take Isaiah, for instance, in the same chapter, you can find
  • 06:24 something about Yeshua's Second Coming, his first coming, and a
  • 06:26 prophecy for today.
  • 06:28 Caleb: I mean, if he truly studied the Word of God and
  • 06:31 cross referenced the scriptures, then it wouldn't be so con--
  • 06:33 Joshua: Be sweeter.
  • 06:37 Caleb: But now that we have the Ruach Ha-kodesh, the Holy Spirit
  • 06:40 living in our hearts, we have the power to discern the
  • 06:43 scriptures and the knowledge of all truth is revealed to us.
  • 06:46 The prophecy is meant to be confusing to Satan.
  • 06:48 In fact, Satan got the Romans to crucify Yeshua, but he didn't
  • 06:53 know he was stupidly playing into Father God's master plan
  • 06:56 for our salvation.
  • 06:58 1 Corinthians 2, 7 through 8, "No, we declare God's wisdom, a
  • 07:03 mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory
  • 07:06 before time began.
  • 07:07 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had,
  • 07:11 they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory."
  • 07:13 Joshua: It's a beautiful church.
  • 07:15 This beautiful facility is where they believe that Gabriel
  • 07:17 visited Mary and said, you're gonna be Yeshua's mom.
  • 07:20 But my question is, did Gabriel say that at the nine o'clock
  • 07:22 service or the 11 A.M.
  • 07:24 service or all the services?
  • 07:27 Caleb: That's right.
  • 07:28 And Yeshua's first coming, he was quite misunderstood by not
  • 07:31 just the Jewish people, but even his own neighbors in Nazareth.
  • 07:34 The Jews believe that the Messiah had to be this great
  • 07:37 warrior that was gonna conquer and vanquish the Romans and set
  • 07:40 himself up as king ruling over Israel.
  • 07:43 They didn't understand prophecy that first he had to come to
  • 07:46 redeem the sins of mankind.
  • 07:48 He would first come as a lamb, the lamb of God.
  • 07:51 John 1, 11 through 12, "He came to His own, and His own did not
  • 07:55 receive Him.
  • 07:57 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become
  • 08:00 children of God, to those who believe in His name."
  • 08:04 Joshua: They just couldn't see that Yeshua was the Messiah.
  • 08:06 All they could see was the same carpenter that grew up
  • 08:09 amongst them.
  • 08:10 It made me wonder if Yeshua was to come back today and walk
  • 08:13 through these very streets, would they recognize him today?
  • 08:21 Victor, do you understand the kind of things that my brother
  • 08:24 tries to make me do?
  • 08:26 Victor: Things like what?
  • 08:27 Joshua: Well, things like we're in Nazareth today, right?
  • 08:29 Victor: Right.
  • 08:30 Joshua: And he wants me to walk around with a Jesus robe
  • 08:32 on and see what people say.
  • 08:33 Shalom.
  • 08:35 We are here in the streets of Nazareth.
  • 08:37 The streets where Yeshua grew up.
  • 08:39 They didn't recognize Yeshua as the Messiah when he returned to
  • 08:43 Nazareth, they recognized him as a carpenter's son.
  • 08:46 Let's see what they think when they see someone like me walking
  • 08:50 around in a robe, maybe looking something like him.
  • 08:54 ♪♪♪
  • 09:02 This is such a cool experience.
  • 09:04 I actually used to put on a rope several times a year and walk
  • 09:07 around the streets, Friday night, Saturday night and the
  • 09:10 responses I got.
  • 09:11 People coming up who were inebriated or said, I've never
  • 09:13 been in church.
  • 09:15 I didn't like church, but they all said I've heard of Jesus and
  • 09:17 I think that guy's pretty cool.
  • 09:22 Caleb: You hear that?
  • 09:24 Praying to demon gods.
  • 09:26 It's very sad, actually.
  • 09:28 If I would be mad, or more in mourning, so many people are
  • 09:31 lost, deceived, on their way to hell.
  • 09:34 ♪♪♪
  • 09:44 ♪♪♪
  • 09:54 Caleb: Let's get back to the story, Josh.
  • 09:56 After Yeshua was baptized, he came back to his hometown
  • 10:00 of Nazareth.
  • 10:01 And as was the custom on Shabbat, he went to
  • 10:03 the synagogue.
  • 10:04 And most people believe this was the synagogue that he went to,
  • 10:08 this underground synagogue.
  • 10:10 Let's go in there.
  • 10:11 Joshua: Let's check that brother.
  • 10:14 ♪♪♪
  • 10:22 Caleb: So guys, the entire city was there at the synagogue
  • 10:25 that day.
  • 10:27 Everybody knew who Yeshua was.
  • 10:28 In fact, he was the town carpenter.
  • 10:31 He was the one who took care of business for them.
  • 10:34 And so it wasn't an accident that they're like, hey,
  • 10:37 here's Yeshua.
  • 10:39 They handed him the Torah scroll to read for that day.
  • 10:43 And Yeshua found a part in a passage which was prophetically
  • 10:46 spoken that he would fulfill.
  • 10:51 Joshua: "And when he opened the book, he found the place where
  • 10:53 it was written, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he
  • 10:56 hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent
  • 11:00 me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the
  • 11:03 captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty
  • 11:08 those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of
  • 11:12 the Lord.'
  • 11:13 That he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant,
  • 11:15 and sat down.
  • 11:16 And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were upon him.
  • 11:19 And he began to say to them, 'Today the scripture is
  • 11:24 fulfilled in your hearing.'"
  • 11:28 Caleb: Let's just say they were none too happy about Yeshua
  • 11:32 saying that.
  • 11:34 And in fact, they wanted to kill him, this friend of the
  • 11:36 community and they decided to do just that.
  • 11:41 Luke 4:28 through 30.
  • 11:43 "So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things,
  • 11:46 were filled with wrath and rose up and thrust Him out of the
  • 11:49 city: and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their
  • 11:51 city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.
  • 11:55 Then passing through the midst of them.
  • 11:57 He went his way."
  • 11:59 Joshua: See, I'm about breaking things down, easy to understand.
  • 12:02 So let's look at this.
  • 12:03 Yeshua comes back to Nazareth, his hometown, he goes to
  • 12:07 synagogue, he reads Torah.
  • 12:09 They don't like what he has to say.
  • 12:11 They take him up on this hill because they're gonna throw him
  • 12:15 off and kill him.
  • 12:16 And then he turns invisible and walks right through.
  • 12:19 Let's check out this precipice that they were gonna throw
  • 12:21 Yeshua off of because it's pretty gnarly.
  • 12:23 ♪♪♪
  • 12:32 Caleb:This is where they took Yeshua, Mount Precipice.
  • 12:36 Out of their own ignorance, they were ready to murder their own
  • 12:39 Messiah, the Messiah for all the world.
  • 12:43 And Yeshua looked out at this great valley behind me, the
  • 12:46 Jezrel Valley, the valley of Armageddon.
  • 12:48 He saw his future a place where he would return one day and
  • 12:52 vanquish evil once and for all.
  • 12:54 It's chilling guys.
  • 12:56 Scripture tells us that then Yeshua, he literally turned
  • 12:59 invisible and walked through the crowd and they couldn't
  • 13:01 kill him.
  • 13:03 Joshua: The question we wanna ask you today is, will you be
  • 13:05 ready when Yeshua comes for you?
  • 13:08 Whether he comes in the clouds and the Rapture for you or the
  • 13:10 Second Coming?
  • 13:11 Are you going to be ready?
  • 13:14 He's gonna be seen by the whole world as described here in
  • 13:16 Matthew 24:30 which says, "The sign of the Son of Man will
  • 13:20 appear in heaven.
  • 13:21 And then all the tribes of earth will mourn, and they will see
  • 13:24 the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven in power and
  • 13:28 great glory."
  • 13:29 Caleb: They're weeping and wailing because they know that
  • 13:32 their doom is sealed.
  • 13:33 You see the second coming of Yeshua, the entire world
  • 13:37 sees him.
  • 13:38 Most people think and misunderstand prophecy thinking
  • 13:40 that the second coming and Rapture are of the same event.
  • 13:42 They really are not.
  • 13:44 Because the whole world sees him at his second coming.
  • 13:47 And in fact, even the beast is anticipating it.
  • 13:49 He knows the exact day he will arrive before the Rapture,
  • 13:52 Yeshua will come like a thief in the night, like in the days of
  • 13:55 Noah and no one will be prepared.
  • 13:57 At least not the wicked.
  • 13:58 But we want to look at the Jewish telling of the story of
  • 14:01 the Rapture and how we can be prepared in our hearts for when
  • 14:05 he comes.
  • 14:06 1 Corinthians 15:51 through 53, "Behold: I tell
  • 14:10 you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be
  • 14:13 changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
  • 14:17 last trumpet.
  • 14:19 For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
  • 14:21 incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.
  • 14:23 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
  • 14:28 must put on immortality."
  • 14:31 Joshua: You know, our founder, Zola Levitt was one of the first
  • 14:33 Messianic Jews to show how the seven feasts of the Lord that
  • 14:37 were shadows that point to the Messiah were actually fulfilled
  • 14:40 by Yeshua so that his people could know that he came as
  • 14:45 the Mashiach.
  • 14:46 Caleb: That's true, Josh.
  • 14:48 Yeshua died on the Feast of Passover.
  • 14:51 He was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
  • 14:53 on the Feast of First Fruits, Yeshua rose from the grave,
  • 14:58 on the Feast of Shavuot, Pentecost,
  • 15:00 he sent the Ruach Ha-kodesh, the Holy Spirit.
  • 15:04 Now, if Yeshua went through all the trouble of fulfilling the
  • 15:07 spring and summer feast to the very day, don't you think he
  • 15:10 might try to fulfill the last fall feast on the same day?
  • 15:14 Will Yeshua return for his bride on Yom Teruah, The Feast
  • 15:18 of Trumpets?
  • 15:19 Will he defeat the wicked and judge the nations on Yom Kippur,
  • 15:24 the great day of atonement?
  • 15:26 Will he begin Tabernacling with man on the Feast of Sukkot, and
  • 15:31 begin the Millennial Reign?
  • 15:32 Joshua: You know, Matthew 24:36 says that of this day, the
  • 15:36 angels don't know.
  • 15:38 That the only one who knows when he's going to return in that
  • 15:40 moment is the Father.
  • 15:42 Caleb: So how can you know the day or the hour if you don't
  • 15:47 know the day that he's gonna return on Rosh Hashanah?
  • 15:49 It's very confusing, Josh.
  • 15:51 You know, ancient Jewish Rabbis from centuries ago and
  • 15:54 commentators explained that this phrase, "No man knows the day or
  • 15:58 the hour was a very common Jewish idiom.
  • 16:00 It's like a saying that was said and correlated with Yom Teruah,
  • 16:04 the Feast of Trumpets.
  • 16:06 In fact, we know that, that day was also called Yom Ha'Keseh,
  • 16:09 the day of hiding or the hidden day as is described in
  • 16:12 Psalm 81:3.
  • 16:13 Why does it mean that Josh?
  • 16:14 It's because this feast occurred on the New Moon and the blowing
  • 16:18 of the shofar, which began the feast could not occur until the
  • 16:22 moon was visible.
  • 16:23 That tiny little sliver of a moon.
  • 16:25 And thus there had to be watchmen that were set to
  • 16:29 identify this new moon.
  • 16:31 Two watchmen, two witnesses would have to verify, they would
  • 16:34 go before the Sanhedrin and testify, they saw this new
  • 16:37 moon appear.
  • 16:38 I find that very interesting Josh, because those Rabbis also
  • 16:42 said that this Yom Teruah, this Feast of Trumpets was a hidden
  • 16:48 day of one of two days that was hidden to mankind.
  • 16:52 It was inherently linked.
  • 16:53 They said with the revealing of Messiah.
  • 16:55 First was the day of your death, the second day would be Yom
  • 16:58 Teruah, the day of the revealing of Mashiach, the Messiah.
  • 17:03 Joshua: You know, Colossians 2, 16 to 17 explains that New Moon
  • 17:06 Festival is a shadow of the Messiah.
  • 17:08 Now, let's say you don't believe any of this.
  • 17:10 Alright, let's say that everything that we said, you
  • 17:12 say, no, it's no man knows the day or the hour.
  • 17:14 We're still told that to understand the season of the
  • 17:17 Messiah's return, we look to Israel as the fig tree
  • 17:21 explaining the signs of the times.
  • 17:22 Caleb: That's right guys in Matthew 24, Yeshua's disciples
  • 17:26 came to him, and they asked, how can we know when you're
  • 17:29 gonna return?
  • 17:31 What is the sign of the end of the world?
  • 17:33 And he said, look at the fig tree, look at Israel.
  • 17:36 It's the hourglass, the timetable that we know when he's
  • 17:39 going to return.
  • 17:41 As goes with Israel, so goes the rest of the world.
  • 17:44 So what you may be wanting to know is will you take part in
  • 17:47 that Rapture?
  • 17:49 We wanna be taken in the Rapture guys.
  • 17:52 And once we are, we go before the beam of the judgment seat of
  • 17:55 Christ, we will be judged by Yeshua according to our works.
  • 18:00 This is not a judgment of whether our salvation hangs in
  • 18:04 the balance.
  • 18:05 This is about what rewards we will get and what position we
  • 18:07 will hold in Yeshua's kingdom.
  • 18:09 And afterward, we get to enter the wedding feast, a seven year
  • 18:13 wedding feast and marriage supper of the lamb.
  • 18:15 In the seven years correlates directly with the seven day
  • 18:19 wedding feast that occurred on the earth during Yeshua's time.
  • 18:21 But all during this time, those who are left behind on the earth
  • 18:25 will have to endure a seven year tribulation.
  • 18:28 Joshua: Let's read the parable of the 10 virgins, "Then the
  • 18:35 kingdom of heaven shall be likened to 10 virgins, who took
  • 18:38 their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.
  • 18:41 Now five of these were wise, and five were foolish.
  • 18:44 Those who were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil
  • 18:47 with them: the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
  • 18:50 While the bride groom was delayed, they all slumbered
  • 18:53 and slept.
  • 18:54 And at midnight a cry was heard, Behold, the bridegroom is
  • 18:57 coming; go out and meet him.
  • 18:59 Then all of those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
  • 19:02 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil;
  • 19:05 for our lamps are going out.
  • 19:07 But the wise answered, saying, No, lest there should not be
  • 19:11 enough for us and you: but go ye rather to those who sell, and
  • 19:15 buy for yourselves.
  • 19:16 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and those who
  • 19:19 were ready went in with him to the wedding: and the door
  • 19:23 was shut.
  • 19:24 Afterward the other virgins came, saying, Lord, Lord, open
  • 19:27 to us.
  • 19:28 But he answered and said, Assuredly I say to you, I do not
  • 19:31 know you.
  • 19:32 Watch therefore, you know neither the day nor the hour in
  • 19:36 which the Son of man is coming."
  • 19:39 Caleb: That's chilling, Josh.
  • 19:40 It's terrifying in a way.
  • 19:42 Do you know that the bride in that story represents
  • 19:45 the church?
  • 19:46 Jew and Gentile, they are one in Messiah.
  • 19:48 Now for many years, pastors said that it's the the virgins that
  • 19:51 represent the church.
  • 19:52 But no, they represent the Jewish people.
  • 19:54 It's terrifying that only half of those Jewish people who are
  • 19:57 meant to be a light to the Gentiles, could lead that bride
  • 20:00 to the bridegroom Messiah.
  • 20:02 Only half of them had the oil of the Holy Spirit filling their
  • 20:05 lamps, and were allowed into that wedding feast.
  • 20:08 But the door was shut on the rest of them.
  • 20:11 Joshua: I hate to think about it but I suspect that when that
  • 20:14 shofar, that trumpet blows on that day, that there will be
  • 20:17 congregations across this world still half full of people.
  • 20:21 Maybe these people are counterfeit Christians.
  • 20:23 Maybe they were never saved to begin with.
  • 20:25 They never fully committed their lives to Yeshua, but for
  • 20:27 whatever the reason, today is the day that you have a choice
  • 20:32 to choose whether or not you will take part in that Rapture.
  • 20:36 Whether or not you'll be left behind to endure the horrors of
  • 20:40 the tribulation.
  • 20:41 And if you've read what happens in this time, it's not a time
  • 20:44 you want to be here for.
  • 20:46 Instead, you want to be amongst those who made the choice in
  • 20:50 advance to be taken away in that great moment, in that Rapture
  • 20:55 with their Messiah.
  • 20:56 Caleb: Paul said, Yeshua is gonna come like a thief in
  • 20:58 the night.
  • 21:00 And 1 Thessalonians 5, they said it'll be like a thief in the
  • 21:03 night to the world, to the children of darkness.
  • 21:05 You being the children of light are not meant to be caught
  • 21:08 unaware that Yeshua is coming.
  • 21:11 We are meant to be prepared and we're not meant to be
  • 21:14 caught unaware.
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  • 21:28 Joshua: Such an amazing serious topic, but it's one that every
  • 21:31 person on this planet has to make that decision.
  • 21:33 Are you going to give your life to Yeshua?
  • 21:36 Now, talking about the Rapture, we've said it's imminent.
  • 21:39 Some people don't believe in it.
  • 21:41 The doctrine has actually been in question now, as of late of
  • 21:43 whether or not this is a recent doctrine, that only began in
  • 21:46 the 1800s.
  • 21:47 Caleb: That's right.
  • 21:48 They say John Darby invented this doctrine, but it actually
  • 21:50 goes back even further guys.
  • 21:51 There are documents that have come to light that explain that
  • 21:54 the early church Fathers taught this doctrine and to discuss
  • 21:58 this, we went to an expert Lee Brainard, who's going to tell
  • 22:01 you more about this.
  • 22:02 Lee W. Brainard: There's a tremendous amount of evidence in
  • 22:05 the early church fathers, particular the first two
  • 22:07 centuries, but even up into the 5th and 6th centuries, there's
  • 22:11 pre-trib Rapture references.
  • 22:14 I was doing research for a different book and I stumbled
  • 22:17 across a passage in Ephraim, the Syrian, which was a stunning
  • 22:21 Rapture reference, can I just read one?
  • 22:24 Caleb: Yes, go ahead. I'd love to hear this.
  • 22:26 Lee: So here's one of the passages I found in Ephraim
  • 22:27 the Syrian, "For the elect shall be gathered prior to the
  • 22:31 tribulation, so they shall not see the confusion and the great
  • 22:35 tribulation coming upon the unrighteous world."
  • 22:38 Caleb: Wow.
  • 22:39 Lee: It plainly states the Great Tribulation.
  • 22:41 Caleb: And you found this in the Greek?
  • 22:42 Lee: In the Greek.
  • 22:43 Caleb: Yes.
  • 22:45 And you were able to translate this, you have a knowledge and
  • 22:46 study of these ancient languages, and that's just one
  • 22:50 of many?
  • 22:51 Lee: Yes.
  • 22:52 Caleb: What time period was that from the Syrian?
  • 22:54 Lee: The Syrian would have been writing in the early
  • 22:56 4th Century.
  • 22:58 Caleb: Early 4th Century, but you found earlier writings
  • 22:59 than that?
  • 23:00 Lee: Oh, yes, we found, there's four clear
  • 23:02 Rapture references, pre-tribulation Rapture
  • 23:05 references in the writings of Irenaeus who was in the first
  • 23:07 half of the Second Century.
  • 23:09 And we even have pre-trib Rapture references in the
  • 23:12 Didache, which was written probably between AD 70, AD 100.
  • 23:16 So it is likely written while the Apostle John was
  • 23:20 still alive.
  • 23:21 Caleb: Wow.
  • 23:23 And for me who have never heard of Irenaeus, what's
  • 23:25 his connection?
  • 23:27 How do we, what's so important about this man?
  • 23:29 Lee: Well, Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp, and
  • 23:32 Polycarp was a disciple of John.
  • 23:34 So Irenaeus in his book against heresies clearly states that he
  • 23:39 learned his prophetic teachings from the elders who studied
  • 23:43 under the apostles.
  • 23:46 Kirsten: I for one, am so thankful for the difference in
  • 23:51 Rapture, and Second Coming.
  • 23:53 I'm thankful for the two of you giving us that insight because I
  • 23:57 think in the church, we kind of, I don't know, there's so
  • 24:00 many things.
  • 24:01 We jumble the Rapture with the Second Coming, and one isn't
  • 24:05 distinct from the other.
  • 24:06 And I'm like which one has the trumpet?
  • 24:07 Is everyone seeing this?
  • 24:09 So I'm thankful that you are kind of answering some questions
  • 24:12 for us, and the importance of why we differentiate between
  • 24:16 the two.
  • 24:17 Joshua: Well, nobody wants to ask those questions, obviously,
  • 24:19 you know that.
  • 24:20 We saw the felt board in Sunday school and there was no two
  • 24:22 separate felt pieces for that.
  • 24:23 And nobody wants to feel weird, but they are very different.
  • 24:25 And the harpazo, the catching away of the bride of Christ, is
  • 24:30 going to happen before the tribulation.
  • 24:32 And we get that assuredness in the Bible.
  • 24:33 But we also hear Paul give us that when he's talking about the
  • 24:37 church in Thessalonica.
  • 24:38 Caleb: That's right.
  • 24:40 So it's not just the church day back, you know, during the time
  • 24:42 of Paul, the church at Thessalonica thought they
  • 24:44 missed it.
  • 24:45 They thought they missed the Rapture, they thought they
  • 24:46 missed the Second Coming and they were confused
  • 24:48 concerning eschatology.
  • 24:49 Kirsten: Is it like that Larry Norman song, You've Been
  • 24:51 Left Behind.
  • 24:53 Do you remember that?
  • 24:54 That's interesting that back then they thought, yeah.
  • 24:56 Caleb: So in second Thessalonians 2, Paul had to set
  • 24:58 them straight on the timing of certain events, which is
  • 25:01 very interesting.
  • 25:02 In verse 3, he says, "Let no one deceive you by any means; for
  • 25:06 that Day, the day of the Lord of the Second Coming, will not come
  • 25:09 unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin, the
  • 25:13 son of perdition is revealed."
  • 25:15 So people are saying, well, what does that mean?
  • 25:17 He's talking about the final day, the beast has to come
  • 25:20 before that.
  • 25:21 And he said, well, what about the Rapture?
  • 25:22 How do we know the Rapture happens before the beast?
  • 25:24 The next verse tells us that.
  • 25:25 Joshua: 6 to 8 says, "And now you know what is restraining
  • 25:30 him, the beast, that he may be revealed in his own time.
  • 25:32 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who
  • 25:35 now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
  • 25:39 And then the lawless one will be revealed."
  • 25:41 Caleb: So what Paul is saying is there are certain, I would say
  • 25:45 barriers, keeping the Antichrist from being revealed,
  • 25:47 prophetic barriers.
  • 25:49 One of those is with the capital H, the He, the Ruach Ha-kodesh,
  • 25:52 the Holy Spirit that lives within us keeps the beast from
  • 25:56 being revealed.
  • 25:57 Because just one believer, I believe on this earth could stop
  • 26:00 the beast from fulfilling his prophetic work.
  • 26:03 And so we have to be taken out of the way for him to step out
  • 26:07 on the scene.
  • 26:08 That's pretty powerful.
  • 26:09 Kirsten: I have so many questions, but we don't have
  • 26:11 time for all of them, but I do wanna take the time right now to
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  • 27:04 David: We are just about out of time today, but next week guys,
  • 27:08 what else is happening?
  • 27:10 Joshua: Next week is our third stop and this entire series is
  • 27:12 about timing.
  • 27:13 When is it happening?
  • 27:15 How is it happening?
  • 27:16 All the details.
  • 27:17 Well, we believe that there's some precise timing about next
  • 27:20 week's event, which is the Battle of Gog and Magog.
  • 27:23 This is something that's talked about a lot nowadays with
  • 27:25 everything that's going on.
  • 27:27 So we're gonna clear up some of the details of when that's gonna
  • 27:29 happen next week.
  • 27:31 Kirsten: And if I can also say a special thank you to Dr. Jeffrey
  • 27:33 Seif who used to be sitting on the set for giving the guys some
  • 27:36 insight and also saying, hey guys, go here.
  • 27:40 He did that very well.
  • 27:41 David: Time to go.
  • 27:43 Caleb: That's right.
  • 27:44 And as you go, guys remember to Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim.
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Episodes in this series

  1. Psalm 83 war
  2. The Rapture
  3. Battle of Gog and Magog
  4. Rise of the Beast
  5. Babylon the Great
  6. The Third Temple
  7. Abomination
  8. Jacob’s Trouble

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