Matt. 24 is for the Jews?

In order for the pretrib doctrine to have legs, the passage in Matt. 24:29-31 must be isolated for the Jews only.  Matt. 24:29-31 reads:

[29] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
[30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
[31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other

Because this passage gives us a direct order of events that interferes with the pretrib rapture doctrine,  the doctrine must find a way to segregate this order of events so that it does not include everyone.

As a result, names must be given to the segregated.  One name we are told is the Jews and the other the church.  There are several problems in attempting this.  One is that Christ’s work on the cross has created “one new man” and eliminated this segregation of Jews and Greek see Eph. 2:11-15.

Another is the definition surrounding the saints/church/elect.  The church as described in the book of Revelation includes those who are not all heaven bound.   It is much like the church today.  It includes the hot, and the cold, and the lukewarm.  Includes those who overcome and those who do not. The parable of the sower also describes the church… the fertile soil (hot), those who love their “stuff” (weedy soil/lukewarm), those who have no heart for tribulation and persecution (stony soil/lukewarm), and those who go, just because their spouse or parents drag them to church (hardened path/cold).   Only the fertile soil is rapture material.  Only those who overcome are rapture material (Rev. 3:5).  The lukewarm of the church or those who do not overcome in the church, are vomited out of God’s mouth, and their name is blotted out of the book of life… Rev. 3:5, 16.  So here it is very clear, that the church itself is not raptured, but rather the only ones who are gathered together with Him are the saints or elect.  Which are fertile soil.  The church is no different than that of the 10 virgins found in Matt. 25.  All were earnestly awaiting the bridegroom, however only half made it to the party.  The other half were told “depart from me, I never knew you.”  That is very direct message, because if they weren’t invited into the heaven, then where are they to go?  The answer is Hell.  There are some who believe in second chances, but that is entirely speculative.

There are several problems with eliminating certain passages of the Word in an attempt to state that the passage is for a certain group.  First of all the passage must state that it is specifically speaking to a particular group, as it does when designating and isolating certain groups.   This passage does not.  Therefore, if one believes this passage is not for them, but points the finger at another, the door to pick and choose which Scripture is right for them is blown wide open.

For instance, if Matt. 24 is isolated for the Jews, what about the book of Acts?  In Act 1:9-12  the disciples see Jesus ascend into the clouds to heaven.  They are then told by heavenly beings, “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.”  This order of events is described in Matt. 24:29-31.  in Acts Jesus departs from the Mount of Olives, to the clouds, to heaven.  If He returns in like manner, then it is… heaven, clouds, Mount of Olives.  This does not describe a rapture event of heaven… clouds… heaven…. clouds…. Mount of Olives as the rapture doctrine teaches, but rather it describes the order that Jesus taught in Matt. 24:29-31.  If therefore Matt. 24 is for the Jews only, then Acts 1, must also be for the Jews only.  And if Acts 1 is for the Jews only… why stop there…. why not the whole book of Acts being Jews only.   What an absurd idea!

The pretrib doctrine teaches that Matt. 24 is for the Jews only, because they falsely believe that the time of Jacob’s trouble is the 7 year great tribulation at the time of the end.  The time of Jacob’s trouble has come and gone… it was between 70 AD and 1948 AD know as the Jewish diaspora.   Jer. 30:8 speaks of Jacob’s trouble, but Jer. 30, 31 is a TWO chapter prophesy that describes this time in which Israel is scattered to the ends of the earth and then gathered again (Jer. 31:8), not the time which is yet to come.  Approx. 12 million Jews were killed during the Jewish diaspora… 3 Million on the onset… to 6 by 164 AD when Jerusalem was eliminated of Jews and was “trodden down of the gentiles” Luke 21:24…. fulfilling the time of the gentiles.  Hitler killed a final 6 million Jews at the end of the diaspora.  This is indeed the worse time ever for Israel.   For more on this topic, see my previous post:

https://boldncourageous.wordpress.com/the-history-of-the-time-of-jacobs-trouble-the-abomination-of-desolation-and-daniels-70th-week/

Answers to when the Rapture happens.

Two people were walking down the street discussing their plans for the following week.  One person tells the other that he intends on going golfing on Tuesday.  The other person asked back, “Is that the first Tuesday of the week or the second?”  Confused the first person inquires, “What do you mean, there is only one Tuesday in a week?”  The second responds, “Well the first Tuesday, we call the Rapture, and the second is the ‘Second Coming’.”  The first responds, “That sounds pretty messed up to me.”  The second continues,  “The first is the ‘day of Christ’, and the second is the “day of the Lord.”  The first responds, “Didn’t you know?  Christ is the Lord!”  The second continues, “The first Tuesday Christ meets His people in the air (1 Thess. 4:17), but the second He meets them in the clouds (Matt. 24:30).”  The first declares, “That sounds twisted to me!”

You’ve heard of the war tactic, ‘divide and conquer’?  Here the enemy of our faith has attempted to divide the coming of our Lord as well.  The term “rapture” was first coined for this very purpose.   Prior to the 1800’s the term “rapture” to describe the coming of Christ was non-existent.  It was first made popular in John Darby’s book called, The Secret Rapture.   Today, the term to describe the coming of our Lord is commonly referred to as the “rapture,” however, the coming of Christ that is commonly referred to by this term, “rapture,” is conjured up and there is not a single Scripture to back its existence.

Here is what the Word of the Lord states:

  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-54  Behold, I tell you a mystery:  We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on imortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on imortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

So often this verse, we are told by man, is talking about the “rapture,” however, the context and the Word of God call it “the resurrection of the dead.”

  • 1 Corinthians 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead.  The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.

In this chapter (1 Cor. 15) it begins speaking of the return of Christ in verse 24.

Although the ‘resurrection of the dead’ is a different event than the ‘gathering together with Him,’ that many now refer to as the “rapture,”  the events happen at the same time, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” see 1 Cor. 15:51,52

The rapture doctrine attempts to create two “first resurrections” the first being at the “rapture” and then again 7 years later at the “second coming.”  By doing so this doctrine adds to the book of Revelation ignoring its warning in Rev. 22:18:

  • For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book.

Here’s what the book of Revelation has to say about the “first resurrection:”

  • Revelation 20:4-5  And I saw thrones, and they sat on them  and judgment was committed to them.  Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands.  And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished.  This is the first resurrection. 

Who is listed in the group of people for the first resurrection?  Those who didn’t receive the Mark of the Beast or worship him.  The ‘rapture doctrine’ informs us that the Scripture is incorrect… that the rapture is the first resurrection and that those who don’t take the mark are in the second resurrection.  The Word of God doesn’t lie… man does when he listens to the father of lies.  The ‘rapture doctrine’ is a doctrine of devils.  Just like there is only one ‘Tuesday; in the week… there also is only one ‘first resurrection’ of the dead.

 

This Generation will not pass away…

The understanding on which generation Jesus is speaking about brings about much heated debates in Matt. 24:34.  The reality is that the context and word ‘generation’ throws the entire meaning out of wack.  The original is not speaking of a generation as we understand in the English language, but rather the “Household of the faith.”

In the Messianic translation of the Scriptures called the Cepher, published by the Cepher Publishing Group translates Matt. 24:34 as:

Amein I say unto you, This tribe shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

I wrote the Cepher Publishing Group and inquired how they came up with the word tribe.  they responded:

  • Doing our research on this verse, we took a close look at the word in its context.  The Greek Word here in the text is ‘ghen-eh-ah’. One of its meanings is ‘generation’ however the word also means “nation” as in a sense of ‘a people’ or ‘tribe’.
  • Looking further at the Aramaic text of the Peshitta (AD 164), the word used in thes context is ‘sharbata’ which means tribe.  And in this context it is the ‘Yisra’el of YAHUAH’ or his ‘Household of the faith’ that will not pass away.
  • With this evidence before us, we believe that the word ‘tribe’ is a better translation than ‘generation’.

With this in mind we can come to the logical conclusion that Jesus was indeed informing us that the nation of Israel would not pass away until all these things came to pass.  We understand because of history many came to the conclusion that Israel had indeed passed away.  The Emperor of Rome made the final push to expel all the Jews out of Jerusalem in 132 AD, and Israel appeared to be non-existent until 1948 when she again became a nation.  She was trodden down by the gentiles up until that time of the gentiles being fulfilled.

  • Luke 21:24  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  KJV