One Day my Prince will Come, with Power and Great Glory!

Bohem Bride & Groom

By David Cook

אני האהוב שלי ואהוב שלי הוא שלי

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”

Kate Mose Wedding

“May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!

For your love is better than wine.

Song of Solomon 1:2 NASB

The lovestruck heart cry of a beautiful newlywed bride, married to the prince who inherited his father’s throne and kingdom; Solomon, the third King of Israel.  The bride was intoxicated with her husband’s love, longing for his kisses.  Not long before, this beautiful humble bride was in the fields tending goats, now because of the love of her beloved she is part of the royal family married to the King; living large in their elegant home with cedar beams and cypress rafters. [1]

Neuschwanstein Castle

Some Moms and Dads read bedtime stories to their children of castles in the sky from days gone by.  Perhaps the tale begins long, long ago with an ancient King and his beloved son the Prince and their vast kingdom.  The loving King arranged a marriage for his son to marry a fair maiden, but dastardly villains who were cohorts of the deceitful dragon had enslaved her and locked her away in a dungeon.  The Prince is on a quest, he will valiantly ride on a white steed to rescue his damsel in distress and slay the dragon and all those who serve him.

Knight Riding Horse

Many young girls grow up with the hope of being swept off her feet by a young prince who is strong and courageous of heart.  Later, in junior high and high school during the teen years this hope is reinforced by numerous songs from the music industry and movies from the motion picture industry.

 

the princess bride

Westley and the Princess Bride.

Sometimes these hopes and dreams can produce unrealistic expectations and relationship reality never quite measures up to the dream.  Yet, as I read the Bible and piece together the puzzle of the epic Biblical narrative of what the Hebrew prophets foretold, and Yeshua the Messiah explained; it is even more spectacular than a childhood fairytale.

In the Bible we read of the King of the Universe and His beloved Son the Prince, who created the heavens and the earth; both everything visible and invisible. [2]  We read of life in the garden of Eden, with the first man and the first woman Adam and Eve; who lived in innocence and fellowship with the King and His Son who created them.

eve apple

Adam and Eve chose sin and rebellion against the King and fell, not down a hill like Jack and Jill; but they fell from innocence to a dark place, knowing both good and evil.  As a result, they lived with shame, alienation and quickly learned how to blame shift their sin on the one they love.  Death entered their world; free communication and communion with God was severely severed.  Spiritual and physical death was a new reality to their self-centered world.

Adam’s choice and sinful action resulted in monumental consequences.  Adam’s sin resulted in spiritual death (separation from God) and ultimately physical death came as a result of his sin.  And death spread to all people since all sinned, sin was passed down from generation to generation. [3]  One of the most severe consequences to Adam’s sin was that the Devil (who is called the the serpent in Genesis and the dragon in Revelation) usurped Adam’s authority on earth and gained access to humanity to kill, steal and destroy. [4]

Most motion picture screenwriters know that a powerful plot needs a hero with a strong desire line.  When we look at history and the prophetic future in scriptures we see that the hero of the metanarrative written in the Bible; past, present and future is the Messiah. Yeshua the Messiah is the A&Z, He is the Prince who will inherit the kingdom from His Father in heaven; the King of the universe.

A Wedding Feast in the ForestBrides Maid

In the Song of Solomon, we are given an inside look at the young love of a royal romance between King Solomon and his bride.  The King is captivated by the beauty of His bride, like a beautiful rose in the desert!

Bohem Hair

“How beautiful you are, my darling,

How beautiful you are!

Your eyes are like doves behind your veil;

Your hair is like a flock of goats

That have descended from Mount Gilead.”

Song of Solomon 4:1 NASB

“Desert Rose” by Sting

Solomon let his bride know how beautiful she is to him, admiring features of her face; her eyes, her hair, her teeth, her lips, her mouth, her temples.  Then in subsequent verses he continues to compliment her, going down her beautiful body with his poetic admiration of God’s creation of a helpmate; who is “suitable for him”. [5]

WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM BY RON SOLIMAN

“How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!

How much better is your love than wine,

And the fragrance of your oils

Than all kinds of spices!

11 “Your lips, my bride, drip honey;

Honey and milk are under your tongue,

And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.”

Song of Solomon 4:10-11 NASB

Verse 11 makes me think that “French kissing” may not be aptly named.  Perhaps it should be called “Israel kissing”, or more specifically; “Solomon kissing”.

The bride of the King responds;

“His mouth is full of sweetness.

And he is wholly desirable.

This is my beloved and this is my friend,

O daughters of Jerusalem.”

Song of Solomon 5:16 NASB

Olive Bar

Friendship is a good base to build a romance on, the King’s bride responds; “this is my beloved and this is my friend”.

Lara in Hait 4-27-14 & Whistli

“I’ve Never Been” by Lara Landon

The Bride says;

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,

He who pastures his flock among the lilies.”

Song of Solomon 6:3 NASB

Fruit & Cheese

The Union of the Prince & His bride

“I am my beloved’s,

And his desire is for me.

11 “Come, my beloved, let us go out into the country,

Let us spend the night in the villages.

12 “Let us rise early and go to the vineyards;

Let us see whether the vine has budded

And its blossoms have opened,

And whether the pomegranates have bloomed.

There I will give you my love.

13 “The mandrakes have given forth fragrance;

And over our doors are all choice fruits,

Both new and old,

Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.”

Song of Solomon 7:10-13 NASB

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CA Grapes

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A husband & wife is a picture of Christ & His Bride

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.  25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.  Ephesians 5:22-33 NASB

The apostle Paul compared the marriage relationship of a husband and his wife to Christ and His Bride, the church.  The love Christ Jesus has for His Bride is a hard act to follow. Yet this is the challenge God gave to husbands; to “love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her”. [6]  (Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Moshiach [Messiah] which means “Anointed”.)

When Yeshua came to earth He revealed to us what His Father in heaven is like.  Yeshua the Son of God, “is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” Hebrews 1:3 NASB  The character of God is revealed through Yeshua His Son; God’s righteousness, God’s love, God’s power and His mercy.

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The desire line of Yeshua the Prince of Peace

Sometimes before a person leaves a loved one, they say things that are deep in their heart that they want their loved one to know.  Messiah and His Bride are a match made in heaven!  The Prince knew He would be leaving earth soon and His bride (God’s elect, the chosen people of God, chosen Jews and Gentiles collectively are the bride of Christ) whom He loved deeply. [7]  In His private conversation with His Father in heaven the Prince poured out His heart and reveals His strong desire line.  His prayerful desire for His Bride, the people chosen by God.

“I desire that they…be with Me where I am”

John 17:24 NASB

As we look at the Bible from beginning to end, the heart of the Father and His Son; is to be with the people who believe in and receive Messiah Yeshua.  The true and living triune God (Elohim) was with Adam and Eve in the beginning in the Garden of Eden. [8]  After the fall, Adam and Eve were dispelled from the Garden.  Their relationship with God was altered and they died spiritually and later physically.  Adam sinned and sin entered the world, and death came as a result of sin; and death spread to all people. [9]  God loved us so much that He sent Yeshua to die an atoning death.  Messiah took our many sins upon Himself.  Yeshua came to earth and gave His life as a ransom for many, He took upon Himself the fall of all mankind. [10]  Yeshua is Emmanuel – God with us!  This is the incarnation, the Son of God born of a virgin; who lived on earth as a human being. [11]   At first the Holy Spirit was moving in the world with God’s creation.  After the ascension of Yeshua to the right hand of His Father in heaven; and for those who are “born again”, the Spirit of Christ indwells you. [12]  When a believer in Yeshua dies he or she is “present with the Lord”. [13]  The apostle Paul wrote that “at the last trumpet” the dead in Christ will be transformed from mortal to immortal. [14]  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.  [15]  Then in heaven, will be the long awaited Wedding Banquet of Messiah with His Bride!  [16]  During the millennial reign, God’s people will reign on earth with Messiah for 1000 years. [17]  After that the first heaven and earth will pass away and there will be a new heaven and a new earth.  We will live with His Majesty, the Prince from Heaven and His loving Father, the King of the Universe; throughout all eternity.  [18]

Bride in the Get Away Car

The Prince is captivated by the beauty of His bride!
His desire is for her and she wants her Beloved.

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“How beautiful you are, my darling,

How beautiful you are!

Your eyes are like doves behind your veil;

Your hair is like a flock of goats

That have descended from Mount Gilead.”

Song of Solomon 4:1 NASB

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“I Want You” by Lara Landon on her OVERCOME album.

“I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;

I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam.

I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;

I have drunk my wine and my milk.

Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers.”

Song of Solomon 5:1 NASB

All Praise to the Lord

A Match Made in Heaven

The Prince from heaven and His bride have an arranged marriage.  The King of the Universe chose a bride (individuals from every tribe, nation, ethnic group and language) for His Son before the foundation of the world.  The desire of the Prince of heaven is to be with His beloved Bride!

Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me,

be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me,

for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 

John 17:24 NASB

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  1. Song of Solomon 1:17
  2. Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 48:1-16, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:13-18
  3. Romans 5
  4. Revelation 12, John 10:10
  5. Helpmate suitable for him, Genesis 2:18
  6. Bride of Christ, Ephesians 5:25
  7. A Match Made in Heaven, John 17:24, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:20
  8. “Let Us make man in Our Image”, Genesis 1:26
  9. Death entered the world through sin, Romans 5:18-19
  10. God gave His Son to die in our place, Isaiah 53, Daniel 9:24, John 3:16, Mark 10:45
  11. The Incarnation, a virgin gave birth to Immanuel, Isaiah 7:14, John 1:14
  12. Sealed with the Holy Spirit a pledge of our inheritance, Ephesians 1:11-34, John 3:7
  13. Present with the Lord, 2 Corinthians 5:8
  14. At the last trumpet, resurrection, rapture and immortality; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52
  15. Rapture of the living believers in Yeshua the Messiah, 1 Thessalonians 4:17
  16. Wedding Banquet of His Bride, Revelation 3:12 and 19:8-9, Ephesians 5:22-33
  17. Reign with Messiah for 1000 years, Revelation 20:6, Isaiah 2:1-5
  18. A New Heaven and a New Earth, Revelation 21:1-8

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Signs of His Coming & the End of the Age

Coming on the Clouds

By David Cook

Many people around the world are looking for and longing for the coming of the Messiah and the era of peace He will bring upon the earth.  We read in the Gospel of Matthew;

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”  Matthew 24:1-2 NASB

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Temple stones toppled by Romans in 70 AD.

This prophecy given by Yeshua was fulfilled about 38 years later, in 70 AD when Roman legions under Titus attacked and subsequently destroyed much of the city of Jerusalem and the Second Jewish Temple.

As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”  Matthew 24:3 NASB

So as Yeshua (Jesus) was sitting on the Mount of Olives and He gave His disciples these three categories of signs of His coming, and of the end of the age;

  • Beginning of Birth Pains     (Matthew 24:8)
  • Tribulation                           (Matthew 24:9)
  • Great Tribulation               (Matthew 24:21)

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran

On January 23, 2007 the Fars News Agency reported that “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem here on Tuesday assured that the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives.” [1]

 The Beginning of Birth Pangs

  1. Misleading False Messiahs.    (Matthew 24:4-5)
  2. Wars and Rumors of Wars.     (Matthew 24:6-7)
  3. Famines in various places.         (Matthew 24:7)
  4. Earthquakes in various places.   (Matthew 24:7)
Rabbi Schneerson

Rabbi Schneerson

False Messiahs:  False messiahs are a dime a dozen and certainly are on the rise whether it is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as the Rebbe among his followers or other false messiahs around the world.  Rabbi Schneerson was a prominent Hasidic rabbi who was the seventh and last Rebbe (Hasidic leader) of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.  The Rebbe’s followers believe and claim him to be the Messiah.  Or there is the Rev. Sun Myung Moon who his follows believe to be the Messiah.  Rev. Moon is the founder and leader of the Unification Church established in Seoul, South Korea.  False messiahs are on the increase. [2]

War in Syria man with automatic riffle Photo by Goran Tomase

Wars and Rumors of War: The United Nations released an estimate in May 2013, that the Syrian War death toll had exceeded 80,000.  On January the 15th of 2015, the United Nations estimated that 220,000 people had died in the Syrian war.  This includes civilians, armed combatants and government officials.  An online article in the Jerusalem Post that was attributed to REUTERS (10/03/2015) estimated that over a quarter of a million people had died in the Syrian War and the events of war has displaced half the Syrian population. [3]

Famine in Somalia

Famines in Various Places: The BBC News reported on July 20, 2011 that the UN declared a famine in Somalia in Bakool and Lower Shabelle region;  “An estimated 10 million people have been affected in East Africa by the worst drought in more than half a century.  More than 166,000 desperate Somalis are estimated to have fled their country to neighboring Kenya or Ethiopia.” [4]

Earthquake Frequency: The frequency of earthquakes are similar to the contractions of a pregnant woman as she approaches labor and the the delivery of her child.  The closer the woman comes to giving birth to her child, then the more frequent (and intense) the contractions become.  Similarly, the closer we come to Messiah’s “coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory” (and the rapture of God’s people) then the more frequent earthquakes become.  Take a look at the chart below with data from the U.S. Geological Survey, that shows the increase of frequency of earthquakes over time.

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U.S. Geological Survey Earthquakes Data

Time Span

Earthquakes 7.0 or Higher

Earthquake Per Time

1 AD to 1000 AD 15 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 66 years
1000 AD to 1800 AD 114 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 7 years
1800 AD to 1900 AD 115 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 10 years
1900 AD to 1980 AD 774 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 37 days
1980 AD to 2000 AD 225 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 28 days
2000 AD to 2008 AD 127 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 26 days
2009 AD 17 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 21 days
2010 AD 24 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 15 days
2011 AD 20 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 18 days
2012 AD 16 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 23 days
2013 AD 19 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 19 days
2014 AD 12 earthquakes 7.0 or higher 1 every 30 days

U.S. Geological Survey Earthquakes Data. [5]

FUKUSHIMA earthquake

When my grandmother was living in the late 1800’s earthquakes 7.0 (or higher) happened one in every ten years.  In 2014 earthquakes 7.0 on the Richter magnitude scale (or higher) happened one in every thirty days!  Earthquakes are dramatically increasing in both frequency and magnitude.

The 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 7,000 people and injured more than 14,000, occurred on April 25, 2015, with a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.8 Mw[1].  Its epicenter was the village of Barpak, Gorkha district, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 15 km (9.3 mi).

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A magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015.

It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake.  Some casualties were also reported in the adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history.  It triggered another huge avalanche in Langtang valley, where 250 were reported missing.

Everest basecamp after avalanche

Everest basecamp after avalanche.

Hundreds of thousands of people were rendered homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture. [6]

Beginning of Birth Pangs: Yeshua said that false messiahs, wars and rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes are the “beginning of birth pangs”.  He compared the turbulent times of wars, famines, earthquakes and false messiahs to the contractions and labor pains of a pregnant women, as she nears the day of delivery. [7]  As the day draws near of the coming of our Deliverer we see false messiahs, wars (and rumors of wars), famines and earthquakes increasing in frequency.  These four signs of the times, false messiahs, war, famine and earthquakes are like contractions that increase in both frequency and intensity as the day approaches of Yeshua’s coming for His people.

Yeshua the Messiah said;
 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you,
and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

At that time many will fall away and will betray one another
and hate one another.”

Matthew 24:9-10 NASB

Christians will be Killed: On May 28, 2013 FOX NEWS broadcast a report on the beheading of a British soldier on the street in London and the rise of Islamic killings of Christians and other non-Muslims (so called “infidels”).  Author Raymond Ibrahim said; “In Indonesia, three Christian girls on their way to school were beheaded; in Syria last Christmas, U.S. supported rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to the dogs.  In Africa—Somalia, Tanzania, Mali—Christians are regularly decapitated.” [8]

Genocide in Sudan

Mr. Ibrahim spoke of the all-out jihad in Nigeria, Lebanon and in Sudan.  In Sudan there has been a genocide, it is estimated that over 1.5 million Christians have been killed by the Janjaweed, (the Arab Muslim militia), and even suspected Islamists in northern Sudan since 1984. [9]

The Beginning of Tribulation

  1. Christians will be killed i.e. Martyrs dying for their faith. (Matthew 24:9)
  2. Christians Hated by All Nations because of Jesus (Yeshua) Name. (Matthew 24:9)
  3. Many People will fall away from the Christian faith. (Matthew 24:10)
  4. Many People will Betray and Hate each other. (Matthew 24:10)
  5. Many False Prophets will Arise and Mislead Many People. (Matthew 24:11)
  6. Lawlessness Increases and Most People’s love will Grow Cold. (Matthew 24:12)
  7. The Person who Endures to the End will be Saved. (Matthew 24:13)
  8. The Gospel of the Kingdom will be Preached in the Whole World as a Testimony to All the Nations.  Then the End will Come. (Matthew 24:14)

Great Tribulation

  1. Abomination of Desolation, the anti-Christ standing in the Holy Place of the Temple.  (Matthew 24:15 also see Daniel 9:27 and 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4)
  2. Yeshua gives Instructions for those living in the province of Judea in Israel during the time when the Abomination of Desolation occurs.  (Matthew 24:16-22)
  3. Then there will be a Great Tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.   (Matthew 24:21 and Daniel 12:1)
  4. For the sake of the elect (Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua as Lord) those days will be cut short, otherwise no person would still be living.  (Matthew 24:22)
  5. False Messiahs and False Prophets will Arise and show great Signs and Wonders to Mislead People, if possible even the Elect, that is Jewish and Gentile Believers in Yeshua who are alive at that time.  (Matthew 24:24 and Romans 8:28-33)
  6. The Coming of Christ Jesus will be like lighting that flashes from the east to the west.  (Matthew 24:27)
  7. Immediately AFTER the Tribulation of those Days; the Sun will be Darkened, the Moon will Not give its Light, the Stars will Fall from the Sky, and the Powers of the Heavens will be Shaken. (Matthew 24:29)

Messiah Yeshua Coming On the Clouds of the Sky & Gathering the Elect

  1. The Sign of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) will appear in the Sky. (Matthew 24:30)
  2. All the Tribes of the Earth will Mourn when they see Yeshua (Jesus) Coming on the Clouds with Power and Great Glory. (Matthew 24:30 and Zechariah 12:10-14)
  3. Yeshua (Jesus) will send His Angels with a Great Trumpet and they will Gather Together His Elect (that is Jewish and Gentile Believers in Yeshua, see Romans 8:33) from One End of the Sky to the Other. (Matthew 24:31, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2, 1 Corinthians 15:50-52)

This event that Yeshua referred to as the Son of Man coming on the clouds and sending His angels to gather together His elect; is commonly referred to as the rapture of the saints (i.e. believers in Messiah Yeshua as their Savior and Lord).  It is important to notice that Jesus taught that His coming on the clouds and the rapture of the elect happens after the birth pangs, tribulation and after what Jesus referred to as the great tribulation.

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.  Matthew 24:29-31 NASB

Then Yeshua gave more details about His coming on the clouds of the sky and the rapture of His elect in Matthew 24:39-41;

“…so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.” Matthew 24:39-41 NASB

The Son of Man (a title of Yeshua the Messiah) will come;
1. Two men will be in the filed one man will be taken up (raptured) and one will be left behind.
2. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken up (raptured) and one will be left behind.

The Apostle Paul also taught on this important subject when he wrote to the saints who were in the Thessalonian church;

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.  2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 NASB

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church that two things would take place before the rapture of the elect (i.e. rapture of believers in Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of the living God);

  1. The Apostasy (the falling away of many Christians from their faith.  Yeshua spoke of this in Matthew 24:10 and Paul in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3)
  2. The anti-Christ, who is the man of lawlessness and son of destruction; will be revealed and take his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. (Referred to by Jesus in Matthew 24:15 as the abomination of desolation and by Paul in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4 and in the Book of Daniel 9:27 and 12:11.)

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth that at the last trumpet the dead in Christ would rise from the dead and be given immortal bodies and then be taken up into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  Then the believers who are alive and remain on earth would be changed from mortals to immortals and then they would be taken up into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.  1 Corinthians 15:5-52 NASB

Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica that our Lord Yeshua will descend from heaven “with a shout, with the voice of the archangel” and the sounding of the trumpet, the resurrection of believers in the Lord Jesus who had died would be transformed into immortals and then taken up into the sky to meet Christ Jesus in the clouds.  Then those believers who are alive and remain on earth who would then be transformed into immortals and taken up into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 NASB

Yeshua gave His disciples the promise that He would be “coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:30 ESV

[1] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Demise of US, Israel Imminent, Fars News Agency, News number: 8511030486, 17:45 | 2007-01-23  http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8511030486

[2] False Messiahs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_messiah_claimants

[3] Syrian civil war, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_civil_war
Casualties of the Syrian Civil War, Wikipedia,       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Syrian_Civil_War     http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/US-allies-short-on-options-as-Russia-and-Iran-flex-muscle-in-Syria-419823

[4] UN declared famine in Somalia, BBC NEWS, www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14211905

[5] U.S. Geological Survey Earthquakes Data, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/2012/2012_stats.php

[6] Nepal Earthquake on April 25, 2015, ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Nepal_earthquakeh

[7] Yeshua spoke on earthquakes being like birth contractions, Matthew 24:7-8.

[8]  Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians: FOX NEWS, http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/28/islam-rule-numbers-and-beheading-in-london/ (For a comprehensive picture of Christian suffering under Islam read, “Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians” by Raymond Ibrahim).

[9] Persecution of Christians, Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Christians