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THE
SNATCH!
The Rapture of the Church!
Rev. 4 & 5
It is believed with solid basis that, at or after this point, the church is no more present on the earth (that is, all the faithful
believers will be gone, leaving only the churches’ ‘believing’ rejects behind.).  There are several good solid reasons why this
could be true:  1) the Book of the Apocalypse is in the main an unveiling and detailing of God’s plan to deal with the wayward,
rebel world of men in anger, over a period of seven years (at least), in three main phases, 2) Jesus Himself has promised that no
saint (i.e., no Bible believing individual, having Him as the object of his faith, trust and confidence, striving to maintain a right
relationship based squarely upon His word) will ever have to endure this time of tribulation (3:10; I Thes. 5:9; ‘because of your
faithfulness’, He said to the saints at Philadelphia in a message intended for the faithful in all the churches, ‘I will not allow you
to enter or to go through the time of testing which will afflict the world in days to come’.  ‘For we’, Paul assured the
concerned saints at Thessalonica, ‘have not been consigned to the wrath characteristic of this coming Day of the Lord’.), 3)
the two vast groups of saints identified as having been born again prior to being murdered in the Apocalypse narrative, are
clearly shown to be “tribulation” saints, not “carry-overs” of the faithful from the “pre-Apocalypse” era.  4) in confirmation of
Jesus’ promise, when John gets to Heaven, per the call, the saints from all the ages prior to The Apocalypse, are already there,
as will be established later in this chapter and confirmed in chapter 5, and, 5) the call to “come up here” is the symbolic call to
resurrect, insofar as it is the same command used to awaken the two witnesses after they have been dead three days, killed by
the Italian head of state with whom they will fight during the closing moments of their three and one half year ministry of
torment (11:4-18).  Therefore, it is assumed and affirmed with good biblical cause, that the command to John to “come up
here” is emblematic of the church’s being taken out of this world just before all hell breaks loose, leading to Armageddon (this
“Rapture” may also include the OT Jewish saints as well.  The term ‘rapture’—Latin—does not appear in the Bible, although its
Greek equivalent, ha-pa-ga-so-me-tha—meaning “a catching, or a snatching away”—does.  See I Thes. 4:14-18).  Whereas one
cannot be absolutely dogmatic, it is not at all inconceivable that this “catching and snatching up” of the saints could transpire
before the collapse and destruction of Babylon the Great (#2), whose downfall will doubtless precede that of Magog, who
commences his doomsday march on the Jews before the Apocalypse begins.

The trumpet like voice issuing the command is none other than that of the Lord Jesus.  Contrary to the tall tales and
misrepresentations of the Messianic Jew Steve Wohlberg—in his book END TIMES DELUSIONS (as of 05-23-2012)—there is
positively no reason why the whole world has to either see the Christ at this time, or, to hear when He calls His saints (consider
the Acts account of Paul’s encounter with Jesus.  Only Paul saw Jesus or heard His voice.  The men with him saw nothing and
heard only one voice—that of Paul only.  When God pointed out Christ to John, before the Baptism, multitudes of people
surrounding Him, only John saw the Spirit’s descent upon the Son.  Only John heard the voice of God, talking with John,
singling out the Son.  When Steven was stoned by the unrepentant Paul and his mob, only he saw the vision of the Christ,
witnessing his murder.  God did not make Himself visible to the world surrounding Enoch.  To them, His coming was
“secret”!  
Resurrected Christ:  His Abode

(:1) The evaluation and castigation of the churches
having now been consummated, the scene before John
shifts from the Alpha and Omega, standing amongst
His churches, holding their leadership in His right hand,
to a door opening into Heaven itself.  There, John hears
a Voice that is not unlike that of the Lord who has been
talking with him thus far, issuing his instructions to the
churches (things pleasing—and that which is sorely
displeasing—having been clarified, and established in no
uncertain terms).  In addition, that Voice features a
commanding sound, having as well the clarity and ring
of a trumpet.  The directive issued to John at this
juncture is simple, short and to the point, “come up
here” (:1).  

The events of the Apocalypse were presented to John
outlined into three broad categories.  The third segment
of that outline was further divided into three more sub-
categories, set to unfold, proceed and progress in seven
main sub-phases, each characterized by times of
judgment, saturated with expressions of wrath and
Holy Anger, symbolized and initiated by 1) the peeling
of Seals, 2) the sounding of Trumpets, and lastly, 3)
the emptying of Vials or Bowls.
Such a sad sight!  A haunting portrayal of the many, many saints
now living, who will be left behind--due to a lack of preparedness--at
the coming of Jesus Christ for His bride, the church.