THE RAPTURE

rapture-1The rapture is an eschatological theological position held by a few Christians, particularly those of American evangelicalism, consisting of an end-time event when all Christian believers who are alive, along with resurrected believers, will rise “in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.” The origin of the term extends from Paul the Apostle’s First Epistle to the Thessalonians in the Bible, in which he uses the Greek word harpazo, meaning “to snatch away” or “to seize,” and explains that believers in Jesus Christ would be snatched away from earth into the air.  Wikipedia

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  1 Thessalonians 4:17 (Paul)

But Paul, not having experience the ascension of Jesus that took place in Galilee for himself, has misinterpreted the event.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.  Acts 1:9

Jesus was taken up out of their sight, meaning, they did not see him taken.

And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel.  Acts 1:10

The two men in white apparel symbolize the two witnesses, who in that day were John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ; the embodiments of God’s Spirit and Word— the “spirit of truth,” which has come to guide the men of Galilee into the truth regarding Jesus’ return, which Paul will turn into a lie.

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? 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.  Acts 1:11

If the men of Galilee were doing right by gazing up into heaven, what need would there have been for the two men to question it?  The two witnesses of God have come to stop the iniquity that will soon spread  regarding Jesus’ return, who will come in the same manner as he left, out of their sight— a return not seen through the physical eyes (plural), but through the spiritual eye (singular), the “third eye,” as it is written,

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him…” Revelation 1:7. 

The clouds [of heaven] symbolize the thoughts [of the mind]Truth comes with or through the thoughts of the mind (by way of the heart) when there is “silence in heaven,” which opens the “seventh seal” (Revelation 8:1) or seventh chakra.  Christians will have to silence their mind of the religious iniquity they have been taught if they want to open/activate this spiritual crown chakra, through which they will see Jesus— the spiritual truth of God’s Word.  

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”  1 Thessalonians 4:16 (Paul)

As the men of Galilee did not see the Lord ascend, Christians will not see him descend.   An angel is a messenger.  The voice of the archangel is the truth that speaks to us through the holy spirit when we quiet our mind, bringing messages from the heart (the seat of the emotions) to the mind, and back again, illustrated by the angels that ascended and descended upon the ladder in Jacob’s dream, which was set up on earth, symbolizing the heart, and reached into heaven, symbolizing the mind.   The ladder symbolizes the process by which the painful emotions of our heart are transformed, through which we experience a spiritual rapture, referring to an elated (joyful) emotional state. Christians await Jesus’ second coming, which has already taken place.  His first coming was his birth.  His second was when he appeared to his apostles in Jerusalem.  His third coming is spiritual, coinciding with the third and final spiritual “era of Jacob,” which began with the new millennium, in which Jesus returns to the individual in the form of truth to that spiritual earth called the heart.

The children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people, were to ascend the mount on the third day at the sound of the shofar (trumpet), but they declined out of fear.  The third day began in the year 2000; the beginning of the third thousandth year (2 Peter 3:8) since the crucifixion of Jesus.  We have all crucified the truth from within our heart through false religious and personal beliefs.  The trumpet has sounded.  The time to overcome these false beliefs, resurrecting truth within our heart, is now!

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021