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Rapture and Resurrection
©February 27, 2011 by Asher Intrater

Two supernatural events that are due to take place in the end times are the "Rapture" and the "Resurrection." There are differences of opinion as to when the "Rapture" occurs; however, everyone agrees that it happens immediately after the "Resurrection." This is true of both the "Pre-Trib" and "Post-Trib" camps. The following verses show the connection of the timing of the Rapture with the Resurrection:

I Corinthians 15:52 – For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Thessalonians 4:15 – We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.

I Thessalonians 4:16-17 – And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them…

"The dead in Christ will rise first." If the Rapture occurs immediately after the Resurrection, it should be a fairly simple matter to determine the timing. Just find out when the Resurrection is, and then you will know when the Rapture is.

Let's check the book of Revelation which speaks the most clearly of any book in the Bible about the Resurrection. Well, it's not in chapter one, not in chapter two, not in three, not four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen… Ah here it is:

Revelation 20:5 – This is the first resurrection.

So apparently the Rapture takes place right after verse 5. This of course is right after the Devil is bound (verse 2), which is right after the Beast is destroyed (verse 19:20), which is right after Armageddon (verse 19:19), which is right after the Second Coming (verse 19:11).

If the Rapture takes place right after the Resurrection, which takes place after the Tribulation, how can anyone say that the Rapture is before the Tribulation? No, the Rapture takes place at the end of the Tribulation, along with the Resurrection at the time of the Second Coming. It is at the end of the book of Revelation, not at the beginning, not at the middle, but at the very end.


Israeli Humor

A satirical, humorous, yet cynical headline reads: "In light of reports of thousands murdered in demonstrations in Libya, Tunisia, Algiers and Egypt, the U. N. has called an emergency session and made a resolution to condemn Israel for building a new neighborhood in the town of Gilo."


Anti-Messianic Demonstration in Ashdod

By Simcha and Bella Davidov

In Ashdod, there was a large demonstration this week against the local Messianic Israelis. The chief rabbi of Ashdod said that the Messianic Jews are like Hitler (no less) as a crowd of one thousand (the paper said) ultra-orthodox religious zealots flocked around the facility of a local Messianic congregation, yelling accusations of missionary activities there. Even though the event was non-violent, as the police were there, and ended with blowing of Shofars, they promised to come back and demonstrate every week.

The newspapers published articles on the event, with the title: Chief Rabbi of Ashdod compares the Messianic Jews to Hitler. The anti-missionary organization Yad L'achim said they recently received an increase in the number of complaints of missionary activity from citizens in the city of Ashdod. They decided it is time to stop them, and organized this demonstration by distributing flyers with details of of the event, generating over a thousand of the religious men, mainly from the Gur sect.

Orthodox Jews

The flyer stated that, "the goal of the Messianics is clear, they want to convert all of us Jews to Christianity and not leave any trace of the Jewish people. The Arabs want our Land, and they want our souls".

In the demonstration the Rabbi said, "The missionaries want a final solution to the Jews, in the name of the same cursed name that created Christianity (he meant Jesus). That is what Hitler wanted. We are sending out the cry: "Who is for God, come to me (he was quoting Exodus 32:26)." "They take advantage of the poor and tempt them to have a better life as Christians." The Rabbi accused the Messianic congregation. "We will keep demonstrating and with God's help will remove them from the city."

They had a table with sign-up sheets with the goal of having a million sign against what they called "the Missionary situation." They carried signs with slogans such as: "Danger, Jewish soul, Missionary in the area." "Missionaries are souls snatchers." "Stop the Mission, it's for our souls." 

An Israeli believer who tried to come against what he called lies and libel, was removed by police for fear he would get hurt by the demonstrators. The police stated that giving out literature and other activities are legal, and they can't stop it. 

Our friend, a Messianic Israeli activist, who is well known to the opposing Yad L'achim organization was interviewed by the paper and said that, "we believe in the Jewish Yeshua, and not Yeshu, who is considered Christian. We are Jews and will remain Jews. Messianic Judaism is not a cult (as blamed by the opposition). We are a religious community that believes in the Jewish Bible (Tanach), and the writings of the New Testament that was written by Jews.  Yeshua's followers were Jews. Every Jew is entitled to his opinion.  There are Atheist Jews, Buddhist Jews, and they are still considered Jews. Yad L'achim should be declared illegal. It tries to impose their views on the people ...their statements are lies and blood libel."


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