God’s Plan For The Ages 54 – About Israel – Ezekiel 7 – The Decree Of Severe Judgment

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The Ezekiel 38 War and the Battle of Armageddon
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Dr. Mark Hitchcock, Dr. Ron Rhodes and Dr. Ed Hindson explain what the Bible teaches about the Ezekiel 38 war and what happens in the final battle of Armageddon.

Revelation 19:19 King James Version (KJV)

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Note: 19:19 kings of the earth. See 17:12–17. their armies. See 16:13, 14. His army. Zechariah describes this army of the Lord as “all the saints” (14:5). (MacArthur Study Bible)

God’s Love For Israel


Isaiah 53:2-5 King James Version (KJV)

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 King James Version (KJV)

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Notes: Isaiah MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

My note: The message is from God to Israel. 53:5 tells of a spiritual healing for the nation of Israel through Christ.


53:2 before Him. Though unrecognized by the world (v. 1), Messiah Jesus was observed carefully by God, who ordered every minute circumstance of His life. dry ground…no beauty that we should desire Him. The Servant will arise in lowly conditions and wear none of the usual emblems of royalty, making His true identity visible only to the discerning eye of faith.
53:3 despised…rejected…despised. The prophet foresees the hatred and rejection by mankind toward the Messiah/Servant, who suffered not only external abuse, but also internal grief over the lack of response from those He came to save (e.g., Matt. 23:37; Luke 13:34). we hid…we did not esteem. By using the first person, the prophet spoke for his unbelieving nation’s aversion to a crucified Messiah and their lack of respect for the incarnate Son of God.
53:4 borne…carried. Cf. vv. 11, 12. Even though the verbs are past tense, they predict happenings future to Isaiah’s time, i.e., “prophetic perfects” in Heb. here and elsewhere in this Servant-song. Isaiah was saying that the Messiah would bear the consequences of the sins of men, namely the griefs and sorrows of life, though incredibly the Jews who watched Him die thought He was being punished by God for His own sins. Matthew found an analogical fulfillment of these words in Jesus’ healing ministry (see notes on Matt. 8:16, 17), because sickness results from sin for which the Servant paid with His life (vv. 7, 8; cf. 1 Pet. 2:24). In eternity, all sickness will be removed, so ultimately it is included in the benefits of the atonement.
53:5 wounded for our transgressions…bruised for our iniquities. This verse is filled with the language of substitution. The Servant suffered not for His own sin, since He was sinless (cf. Heb. 4:15; 7:26), but as the substitute for sinners. The emphasis here is on Christ being the substitute recipient of God’s wrath on sinners (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:3, 4; Heb. 10:9, 10). chastisement for our peace. He suffered the chastisement of God in order to procure our peace with God. by His stripes we are healed. The stripe (the Heb. noun is singular) that caused His death has brought salvation to those for whose sins He died. Peter confirms this in 1 Pet. 2:24.

1 Peter

My note: Physical healing comes at glorification. The curse that came as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, in the garden of Eden, often seems like it will never go away but, it will (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 21:4).

2:24 by whose stripes you were healed. From Is. 53:5 (see note). Through the wounds of Christ at the cross, believers are healed spiritually from the deadly disease of sin. Physical healing comes at glorification only, when there is no more physical pain, illness, or death (Rev. 21:4). See notes on Is. 53:4–6; Matt. 8:17 for comments on healing in the atonement.

Lesson Text

Ezekiel 7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Punishment for Wickedness Foretold

1 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel, ‘An end! The end is coming on the four corners of the land.3 Now the end is upon you, and I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways and bring all your abominations upon you. 4 For My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare you, but I will bring your ways upon you, and your abominations will be among you; then you will know that I am the Lord!’

5 “Thus says the Lord God, ‘A disaster, unique disaster, behold it is coming! 6 An end is coming; the end has come! It has awakened against you; behold, it has come! 7 Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come, the day is near—tumult rather than joyful shouting on the mountains. 8 Now I will shortly pour out My wrath on you and spend My anger against you; judge you according to your ways and bring on you all your abominations.9 My eye will show no pity nor will I spare. I will repay you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst; then you will know that I, the Lord, do the smiting.

10 ‘Behold, the day! Behold, it is coming! Your doom has gone forth; the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed. 11 Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, none of their people, none of their wealth, nor anything eminent among them. 12 The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn; for wrath is against all their multitude. 13 Indeed, the seller will not regain what he sold as long as they both live; for the vision regarding all their multitude will not be averted, nor will any of them maintain his life by his iniquity.

14 ‘They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but no one is going to the battle, for My wrath is against all their multitude. 15 The sword is outside and the plague and the famine are within. He who is in the field will die by the sword; famine and the plague will also consume those in the city. 16 Even when their survivors escape, they will be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, each over his own iniquity. 17 All hands will hang limp and all knees will become like water. 18 They will gird themselves with sackcloth and shuddering will overwhelm them; and shame will be on all faces and baldness on all their heads. 19 They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs, for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling.

The Temple Profaned

20 They transformed the beauty of His ornaments into pride, and they made the images of their abominations and their detestable things with it; therefore I will make it an abhorrent thing to them. 21 I will give it into the hands of the foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil, and they will profane it. 22 I will also turn My face from them, and they will profane My secret place; then robbers will enter and profane it.

23 ‘Make the chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.24 Therefore, I will bring the worst of the nations, and they will possess their houses. I will also make the pride of the strong ones cease, and their holy places will be profaned. 25 When anguish comes, they will seek peace, but there will be none. 26 Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but the law will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders. 27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with horror, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. According to their conduct I will deal with them, and by their judgments I will judge them. And they will know that I am the Lord.’”

Notes – Ezekiel 7 – MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

4:1—7:27 Here is the first series of prophecies given over a year’s time, of Jerusalem’s conquest by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.

7:1–9 This lament declared that the entire land of Israel was ripe for judgment. God’s patience had ended. The final destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar was in view (586 B.C.).

7:10 rod has blossomed. Verse 11 explains this. Violence had grown up into a rod of wickedness, which likely refers to Nebuchadnezzar, the instrument of God’s vengeance (cf. Is. 10:5; Jer. 51:20).

7:12 buyer rejoice…seller mourn. Such matters of business were meaningless because the Chaldeans (Babylonians) took all the land and killed those they didn’t take captive (v. 15) and the rest escaped (v. 16). Wealth was useless (vv. 19, 20).

7:13 seller shall not return to…sold. There was to be no Jubilee year in which all lands were returned to their original owners (cf. Lev. 25).

7:17–22 This section described the mourning of the helpless and frightened people. In distress, they recognized the uselessness of the things in which they trusted. Their wealth provided nothing. Their “silver and gold” (v. 19), their “ornaments” (v. 20) were as useless as the idols they made with them.

7:22 My secret place. The Holy of Holies in the temple will be desecrated by pagans, that place where only once a year the High-Priest could enter to make atonement in God’s presence

7:23 Make a chain. Ezekiel is to perform another emblematic act of captivity (cf. Jer. 27:2; Nah. 3:10).

7:24 the worst of the Gentiles. Babylonian pagans.

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Eschatology is the study of the teachings in the Bible concerning the end times and of the period of time dealing with the return of Christ and the events that follow. Those events, follow, but are not in the order as shown: the Resurrection, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the Binding of Satan, the Three witnesses, the Final Judgment, Armageddon, and The New Heavens and the New Earth. In one form or another most of the books of the Bible deal with end-times subjects.


My study of the end times goes back to the year of 1976. There have been many people who have helped me to understand this exciting part of God’s Holy Word. There have also been many credible source documents that I have studied, “over and over.” The following individuals (some alive, and some deceased) are recognized for their knowledgeable of matters that relate to the end times. Their study materials have helped me to prepare this series of posts on “God’s Plan For The Ages.” Their names are presented below in no special order of importance. It is easy to research their qualifications through the internet.


C.I. Scofield, Merrill Unger, Charles C. Ryrie, Henry Morris, J. Dwight Pentecost, David Jeremiah, John MacArthur, Frank Charles Thompson, Grant R. Jeffrey, John F. Walvoord, J. Vernon McGee, Charles Swindoll, John Phillips, Ed Hindson, Tim LaHaye, Ron Rhodes, David Reagan, Jimmy DeYoung, Renald Showers, John Ankerberg, Hal Lindsey, Mark Hitchcock, Ron Rhodes, Jack Van Impe, Adrian Rogers, and others.

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The Great Commission And The Believer In Christ

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“I Then Shall Live”

Matthew 25:40, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

The Great Commission of our Lord Jesus instructed His disciples to: “go, teach, baptize, and teach,” all of the things that He had taught them, to “all of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20). His encouragement to them, immediately prior to His ascension to Heaven, was that He would empower them to be His witnesses, “when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,” to go “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, said of the Holy Spirit, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the works of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Those of us who have been blessed with the spiritual gifts of leadership, within the body of Christ, have been given the same commission as that which was given to the disciples/apostles, to “go, teach, baptize, and teach.” The purpose of these posts, that will be found in this blog, is to provide information that will help others to be better able to understand the teachings of God’s Holy Word, and to encourage them to have the attitude that Luke attributed to the Jews who were in Berea. ”Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed…” (Acts 17:10-12). The focal point of teaching should lead to the conclusion that was made by the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, when he said, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). Jesus didn’t die of disease or old age; He died as a result of being crucified. But, the good news is, “But now Christ is risen from the dead” (1 Cor 15:20), and because of his being resurrected from the dead: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet ….. the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised …..” (1 Cor 15:52). As believers in Christ we have been called to help other believers in Christ to know the desire that yearned within the Apostle John when he penned some of the last words of God’s Holy Word, “Come Lord Jesus,” (Rev 22:20c). May that yearning of believers in Christ prompt them for greater “works of service, to the building up of the body of Christ,” (Eph 4:12). May we lead those who have not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior to the same realization of the Ethiopian, who was led by the Evangelist Phillip to know that, “Jesus Christ is the Son of God,” (Acts 8:37). If we have been forgiven and saved by Christ, based on grace through faith, should we not also make that same grace known to others?

Baptizing, “In The Name Of The Father, And Of The Son, And Of The Holy Spirit”

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Baptizing In The Name Of The Father And Of The Son And Of The Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – The Rapture Controversy

What are the differences between the rapture and the second coming of Christ? (2:25)

By: Dr. John Ankerberg / Dr. Renald Showers; ©2004

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 King James Version (KJV)

16 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:

17 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.

The word “rapture” (1 Thessalonians 4:17 – caught up) does not appear in our English Bible. So, why is the word used, and what does it mean?

There are people throughout the world, of which many are believers in Christ, who believe that the rapture of the church is merely an allegory. If the allegory assumption is correct, should we also believe that the “allegory belief” should extend to the resurrection and ascension of Christ into Heaven, as well as the teaching of the anti-Christ and the tribulation? Should we believe that the Battle of Armageddon and the return of Christ with His saints are also allegories? Should we believe that the 1,000 year reign of Christ (the Millennium), and the Great White Throne Judgment, and the eternal state are allegories? Should we believe that the new heaven, new Earth and new Jerusalem are allegories, as well as the first eleven chapters of Genesis? Since 1 Thessalonians 4:17 is to be considered to be an allegory, because it tells of Christ coming to take His believers with Him to Heaven, should we not also consider John 14:3 to be an allegory, because it also tells of the return of Christ to take his born again believers to heaven with Him? Since those two verses are suspected of being allegories, should we not also consider the entire books of John and 1 Thessalonians to be allegories? Because 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 tells of the Apostle Paul being “caught up” to the third heaven, to be in the Presence of God, should not that incident and that book of the Bible also be considered to be allegories? Should not both letters to the believers in Christ, at Corinth and at Thessalonica, also be considered to be allegories? Should not the entire Book of Acts be considered to be an allegory because of the teaching of Christ being taken up to Heaven (Acts 1:9), and Philip being “caught up,” and taken to another location, for the purposes of God (8:39)? Should not Revelation 11:12 be considered to be an allegory because the “two witnesses” are taken up to Heaven? Should not the teaching of Revelation 12:5, where Christ is caught up to Heaven, also considered to be an allegory? Should we not consider the books of Genesis and Hebrews to be allegories because Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5 state that God “took Enoch up?” Should we not consider the book of 2 Kings to be an allegory because in 2 Kings 2:11 it states that God took Elijah up. And, should not the entire book of Revelation be treated as an allegory because of its controversial teachings on the tribulation, the anti-Christ, the 144,000 Jewish missionaries (none of whom were martyred by the forces of the anti-Christ during the tribulation)? We can add to the list of “suggested allegories,” the Battle of Armageddon with the return of Christ to earth with His saints, the 1,000 year reign of Christ, the Battle of Gog and Magog, the Great White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire?

Because of all of those examples of “suggested allegories of scripture,” should not we say that the Bible is “just one big allegory”, and totally worthless? I think not. I believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God, per the following verses of scripture. Notice the first two words, “All scripture.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

The purpose of God “taking up, catching up,” a believer in Christ, or a group of believers in Christ, to heaven, is to take those people to heaven without causing them to experience death. The word for such taking up is known as Harpazo in Greek, Rapio in Latin, and Rapture in English. Whichever translation is used, the purpose is to show that God is catching up believers in Christ to go to heaven without them experiencing death. (See John 14:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

Many people teach that the catching up of the saints and the second coming of Christ are the same event. But, there are great differences in those two events. Consider the immediacy of those two happenings. The catching up of the saints is said to be, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The same act of immediacy is also recorded in John 14:2-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. The second coming of Christ takes much longer to take place. Per scripture, Christ will not land on planet Earth, and no one on Earth who has not been born again will see Christ coming out of Heaven to catch up His saints. Those who will see Christ coming to earth, at His second coming, will not be comforted to see His appearing; they will be deeply grieved! The destination of Christ, and of those who are “caught up,” is heaven, where there will be the giving of rewards to the saints, the marriage of the lamb, and the return to Earth with the previously raptured saints of Christ. Then, Christ will inflict judgment on those who had not been raptured, and will set up His earthly millennial Kingdom; the saints will rule and reign with Christ. The destination of Christ, at His second coming, will be the Mount of Olives. Judgment on those, who were left behind from the rapture of the saints, will immediately commence. There is great comfort in the rapture, per 1 Thessalonians 4:18, “…comfort one another with these words.” Opposite emotions will be present among those who are “left behind” from the rapture, when they see Christ returning to stand on planet earth at the end of the tribulation (Matthew 24:29); “they will mourn at His sight” (Matthew 24:30); with “men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world (Luke 21:26). The rapture of the church is described quickly in John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. The scriptures that discuss the second coming of Christ show a much greater sequence of events and time, much longer than “the twinkling of an eye,” as follows: (Zechariah 14:1-14; Matthew 24:29-44; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-36; Revelation 19:7-8…marriage of the Lamb in Heaven to the raptured saints (the bride of Christ) (1 Thes 4:16-17) …Revelation 19:11-21 …the second coming of Christ with the raptured saints/the Battle of Armageddon…Revelation 20:1-6…the 1,000 year reign of Christ/the millennium; Satan bound; saints rule and reign with Christ, those returning/raptured saints, and those resurrected saints of the Old Testament and tribulation.) Notice the words, “immediately after the tribulation,” (Matthew 24:29); and, “in those days, after that tribulation,” (Mark 13:24), which show that the events of the second coming of Christ will happen after the tribulation.

The teaching of the end times, to include the rapture of the church, is a subject that is sorely neglected by pastors. It was forty-one years ago that a pastor introduced me to the teaching of eschatology. That pastor was twenty years my senior. His mentor was twenty years his senior. Both of those brothers in Christ are now with the Lord. But, their teachings go on through the people that they taught, to include this grateful student. It is my hope that more pastors will realize a sense of urgency, as it relates to the end times teaching. There are far too many “people in the pews” who are ignorant of the facts of the end times, and that is because they are sitting under the teachings of pastors who share that same ignorance of God’s Holy Word. Ignorance does not mean “stupid;” it means “not taught.” The MacArthur Study Bible provides excellent notes on all teachings of the Bible, to include the scriptures that relate to eschatology. A limited amount of notes from the MacArthur Study Bible can also be found in biblegateway.com A membership to Biblegateway provides the full extent of the MacArthur notes.

In the year 405 A.D., Jerome completed the Latin Vulgate.”This Latin translation stood as the preeminent Bible text for centuries—and set the standard for future translators” (from the following link).

The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380’s AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian (from the following link).

Whether the Latin or Greek translation is used to translate 1 Thessalonaians 4:17 into English, the meaning of both translations is that Christ is going to descend from Heaven (in the air, not coming to earth), and catch up those living believers (at the time of the “catching up”), and take them to Heaven with Him. For a full explanation of the teaching of the “catching up,” (of those living in Christ), and resurrection (of those dead in Christ), read the commentary notes at the bottom of the page.

Posts will follow that address specifics of different end times subjects.

Consider The Following Verses, And Other Data, That Relate To The Catching Up Of The Saints, Which Is Also Known As The Rapture Of The Church.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Those Who Are Dead, And Those Who Are Living, “in Christ,” At The Time Of The Rapture
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.

John 14:2-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Christ Tells The Apostles That He Will Come Back To Earth And Take Them To Heaven With Him

2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

See study notes at the bottom of the page.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Mystery of Resurrection

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.54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

(My quip) A notice was posted in a Church nursery. The notice read, “we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.” (vs 51)

Differences Between the Rapture & Second Coming (28:30)

What is the meaning of the word “Rapture?”


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

rapture; raptura; raptus; harpazo; rapiemur;rapia

1 Thessalonians 4:17 (seize, catch up, snatch away).
1 Thessalonians 4:17 King James Bible
“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.”
“Rapture” is derived from Middle French rapture, via the Medieval Latin raptura (“seizure, kidnapping”), which derives from the Latin raptus (“a carrying off”).[17]
The Koine Greek of 1 Thessalonians 4:17 uses the verb form ἁρπαγησόμεθα (harpagisometha), which means “we shall be caught up” or “taken away”, with the connotation that this is a sudden event. The dictionary form of this Greek verb is harpazō (ἁρπάζω).[18] This use is also seen in such texts as Acts 8:39; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Revelation 12:5
The Latin Vulgate translates the Greek ἁρπαγησόμεθα as rapiemur[19] meaning “we are caught up” or “we are taken away” from the Latin verb rapio meaning “to catch up” or “take away”.[20]

1 Thessalonians 4:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.

Strong’s Concordance With Greek Lexicon – 726

harpazó: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Original Word: ἁρπάζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: harpazó
Phonetic Spelling: (har-pad’-zo)
Short Definition: I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery
Definition: I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery.

Notice that the transliteration of “to seize, catch up, snatch away,” is “harpazo.” Through the use of transliteration, one word tells the meaning of many more translated words. Check out the following link.


The following are just a few more examples of transliterated words in the New Testament:

Apostle comes from apostlos and means “one who is sent.”
Baptism comes from baptisma and means “immersion.”
Christ comes from cristos and means “anointed one.”
Deacon comes from diakonos and means “servant.”
Epistle comes from epistole and means “letter.”

Strong’s Concordance With Greek Lexicon

1 Thessalonians 4:17 King James Bible

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.

will be caught ἁρπαγησόμεθα arpagēsometha 726 to seize, catch up, snatch away from a prim. root harp-

Acts 8:39 King James Bible – caught away – 726

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

snatched ἥρπασεν ērpasen 726 to seize, catch up, snatch away from a prim. root harp-

2 Corinthians 12:2 King James Bible – caught up – 726

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

was caught ἁρπαγέντα arpagenta 726 to seize, catch up, snatch away from a prim. root harp-

2 Corinthians 12:4 King James Bible – caught up – 726

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

was caught ἡρπάγη ērpagē 726 to seize, catch up, snatch away from a prim. root harp-

Revelation 12:5 King James Bible – caught up – 726

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

was caught ἡρπάσθη ērpasthē 726 to seize, catch up, snatch away from a prim. root harp-

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

4:13–18 Even though Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was brief, it is clear the people had come to believe in and hope for the reality of their Savior’s return (cf. 1:3, 9, 10; 2:19; 5:1, 2; 2 Thess. 2:1, 5). They were living in expectation of that coming, eagerly awaiting Christ. Verse 13 (cf. 2 Thess. 2:1–3) indicates they were even agitated about some things that were happening to them that might affect their participation in it. They knew Christ’s return was the climactic event in redemptive history and didn’t want to miss it. The major question they had was “What happens to the Christians who die before He comes? Do they miss His return?” Clearly, they had an imminent view of Christ’s return and Paul had left the impression it could happen in their lifetime. Their confusion came as they were being persecuted, an experience they thought they were to be delivered from by the Lord’s return (cf. 3:3, 4).4:13 those who have fallen asleep. Sleep is the familiar NT euphemism for death which describes the appearance of the deceased (see note on 1 Cor. 11:30). It describes the dead body, not the soul (cf. 2 Cor. 5:1–9; Phil. 1:23). Sleep is used of Jarius’ daughter (Matt. 9:24) whom Jesus raised from the dead and Stephen who was stoned to death (Acts 7:60; cf. John 11:11; 1 Cor. 7:39; 15:6, 18, 51; 2 Pet. 3:4). Those who sleep are identified in v. 16 as “the dead in Christ.” The people, in ignorance, had come to the conclusion that those who die miss the Lord’s return and they were grieved over their absence at such a glorious event. Thus the departure of a loved one brought great anguish to the soul. But there is no reason for Christians to sorrow when a brother dies as if some great loss to that person has come.4:14 God will bring with Him. As Jesus died and rose, so also will those who die believing in Him rise again so they can be taken to heaven with the Lord (see notes on John 14:1–3; 1 Cor. 15:51–58). These texts describe the rapture of the church, which takes place when Jesus comes to collect His redeemed and take them back to heaven. Those who have died before that time (called “those who sleep”) will be gathered and taken back to heaven with the Lord.4:15 the word of the Lord. Was Paul referring to some saying of Jesus found in the gospels? No. There are none exact or even close. The only explicit reference to the Rapture in the gospels is John 14:1–3. Some suggest that Jesus had said the words while on earth, their substance being recorded later in such places as Matt. 24:30, 31 and John 6:39, 40; 11:25, 26. Similarities between this passage in 1 Thess. and the gospel accounts include a trumpet (Matt. 24:31), a resurrection (John 1:26), and a gathering of the elect (Matt. 24:31). Yet dissimilarities between it and the canonical sayings of Christ far outweigh the resemblances. Some of the differences between Matt. 24:30, 31 and vv. 15–17 are as follows: 1) in Matt. the Son of Man is coming on the clouds (but see Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27), in 1 Thess. ascending believers are in them; 2) in the former the angels gather, in the latter Christ does personally; 3) in the former nothing is said about resurrection, while in the latter this is the main theme; and 4) Matthew records nothing about the order of ascent, which is the principal lesson in Thessalonians. On the other hand, did he mean a statement of Jesus that was spoken but not recorded in the gospels (Acts 20:35)? No. There is reason to conclude this since Paul affirmed that he taught the Rapture as a heretofore hidden truth (1 Cor. 15:51), i.e., “mystery.” Apparently, the Thessalonians were informed fully about the Day of the Lord judgment (cf. 5:1, 2), but not the preceding event—the rapture of the church. Until Paul revealed it as the revelation from God to him, it had been a secret, with the only prior mention being Jesus’ teaching in John 14:1–3. This was new revelation of what had previously been an unrevealed mystery. we who are alive and remain. This refers to Christians alive at the time of the Rapture, those who live on this earth to see the coming of the Lord for His own. Since Paul didn’t know God’s timing, he lived and spoke as if it could happen in his lifetime. As with all early Christians, he believed the event was near (cf. Rom. 13:11; 1 Cor. 6:14; 10:11; 16:22; Phil. 3:20, 21; 1 Tim. 6:14; Titus 2:13). Those alive at the Rapture will follow those dead who rise first (v. 16).
4:16 the Lord Himself will descend. This fulfills the pledge of John 14:1–3 (cf. Acts 1:11). Until then, He remains in heaven (cf. 1:10; Heb. 1:1–3). archangel. Very little is known about the organization or rank of angels (cf. Col. 1:17). While only Michael is named as an archangel (Jude 9), there seems to be more than one in the archangelic ranks (Dan. 10:13). Perhaps it is Michael, the archangel, whose voice is heard as he is identified with Israel’s resurrection in Dan. 12:1–3. At that moment (cf. 1 Cor. 15:52, “twinkling of an eye”), the dead rise first. They will not miss the Rapture, but be the first participants. trumpet of God. Cf. 1 Cor. 15:52. This trumpet is not the judgment trumpets of Rev. 8–11, but is illustrated by the trumpet of Ex. 19:16–19, which called the people out of the camp to meet God. It will be a trumpet of deliverance (cf. Zeph. 1:16; Zech. 9:14).
4:17 caught up. After the dead come forth, their spirits, already with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23), are now being joined to resurrected new bodies (see notes on 1 Cor. 15:35–50); the living Christians will be raptured, lit. snatched away (cf. John 10:28; Acts 8:39). This passage, along with John 14:1–3 and 1 Cor. 15:51, 52, forms the biblical basis for “the Rapture” of the church. The time of the Rapture cannot be conclusively determined from this passage alone. However, when other texts such as Rev. 3:10 and John 14:3 are consulted and compared to the texts about Christ’s coming in judgment (Matt. 13:34–50; 24:29–44; Rev. 19:11–21) at the end of a 7 year tribulation, it has to be noted that there is a clear difference between the character of the “Rapture” in that there is no mention of any judgment, while the other texts feature judgment. So then, it is best to understand that the Rapture occurs at a time different from the coming of Christ in judgment. Thus, the Rapture has been described as pretribulational (before the wrath of God unfolded in the judgments of Rev. 6–19). This event includes complete transformation (cf. 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; Phil 3:20, 21) and union with the Lord Jesus Christ that never ends.
4:18 comfort one another. The primary purpose of this passage is not to teach a scheme of prophecy, but rather to provide encouragement to those Christians whose loved ones have died. The comfort here is based on the following: 1) the dead will be resurrected and will participate in the Lord’s coming for His own; 2) when Christ comes the living will be reunited forever with their loved ones; and 3) they all will be with the Lord eternally (v. 17).

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible – John 14:2-3

14:2, 3 I go to prepare. His departure would be for their advantage since He was going away to prepare a heavenly home for them and will return to take them so that they may be with Him. This is one of the passages that refers to the rapture of the saints at the end of the age when Christ returns. The features in this description do not describe Christ coming to earth with His saints to establish His kingdom (Rev. 19:11–15), but taking believers from earth to live in heaven. Since no judgment on the unsaved is described here, this is not the event of His return in glory and power to destroy the wicked (cf. Matt. 13:36–43, 47–50). Rather, this describes His coming to gather His own who are alive and raise the bodies of those who have died to take them all to heaven. This rapture event is also described in 1 Cor. 15:51–54; 1 Thess. 4:13–18. After being raptured, the church will celebrate the marriage supper (Rev. 19:7–10), be rewarded (1 Cor. 3:10–15; 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:9, 10), and later return to earth with Christ when He comes again to set up His kingdom (Rev. 19:11—20:6).

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

15:1–58 This chapter is the most extensive treatment of resurrection in the Bible. Both the resurrection of Jesus Christ as recorded in the gospels and the resurrection of believers as promised in the gospels are here explained.
15:50 People cannot live in God’s eternal heavenly glory the way they are. See notes on Rom. 8:23. We have to be changed (v. 51).
15:51 mystery. This term refers to truth hidden in the past and revealed in the NT. See notes on 2:7 and Eph. 3:4, 5. In this case, the rapture of the church was never revealed in the OT. It was first mentioned in John 14:1–3, when it is specifically explained and is detailed in 1 Thess. 4:13–18 (see notes there). sleep. See note on v. 18.
15:52 twinkling of an eye. This was Paul’s way of showing how brief the “moment” will be. The Gr. word for “twinkling” refers to any rapid movement. Since the eye can move more rapidly than any other part of our visible bodies, it seems to well illustrate the sudden transformation of raptured believers. trumpet will sound.To herald the end of the church era, when all believers will be removed from the earth at the rapture (1 Thess. 4:16). dead…raised. According to 1 Thess. 4:16, they are first and the living saints follow (1 Thess. 4:17).
15:54–57 Paul enhanced his joy at the reality of resurrection by quoting from Is. 25:8 and Hos. 13:14. The latter quote taunts death as if it were a bee whose sting was removed. That sting was the sin that was exposed by the law of God (see notes on Rom. 3:23; 4:15; 6:23; Gal. 3:10–13), but conquered by Christ in His death (see notes on Rom. 5:17; 2 Cor. 5:21).
15:58 The hope of resurrection makes all the efforts and sacrifices in the Lord’s work worth it. No work done in His name is wasted in light of eternal glory and reward.

Biographies of speakers of this post.

Consider the qualifications of the speakers in the videos.

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml
Dr. Jimmy DeYoung resided in Jerusalem for at least a portion of the year each year for the last 23 years where he held full credentials as a journalist in the second most populated journalistic city in the world.

Dr. Renald Showers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

MacArthur Study Bible Notes
Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

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Why Was There No Concern By Democrats When Clinton Phones Were Destroyed With Hammers?

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CNN Stunned When Fact Checkers Confirm Clinton Phones Destroyed With Hammers.

As U.S. citizens, all of our rights are in danger due to a lack of “equal justice under the law,” as we see in the facts of this post.

This post is an extract of information from a post of November 2, 2016.

Clinton Phones Destroyed With Hammers. Other Clinton Information.

Can any reasonable person explain why Hillary Clinton would have 13 Blackberries and 5 iPads destroyed?

Here is a question for all of you military and ex-military people. What would have happened to you if you had taken classified information away from a secured environment and have someone who did not have a security clearance have access to that information, such as what happened when a private company installed the personal server of Hillary Clinton in her home?

Consider the videos and the explanation of classifications of Top Secret, Secret, and Confidential information. All such classifications show that any disclosure of such, are a danger to the security of our nation. The ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton has nothing to do with her bid to become President, but is an attempt to determine whether a federal crime has been committed. Justice has no wrist watch or calendar. Hillary Clinton, and her media and Democrat party supporters, will continue to try to spin the FBI investigation into a direction that is not true. It appears that no one in the Democrat party political process is interested in justice being found in this matter.

Never has a candidate for the office of President come under FBI investigation. The Democrat Party, and its super delegates, gave us such a candidate for President, as they did in Hillary. Of course, political Democrats do not care that Hillary Clinton supports the abortion of unborn babies, up until the time of birth. She supports same-sex marriage, to the extent that everyone must not only accept such an abomination, but must embrace it. Not a single political Democrat has spoken out against using the force of law to allow men to go into bathrooms where women and little girls may also be, at the same time. Check the links of this post to see Hillary’s opinions of men being able to go into the bathrooms of little girls, women, any kind of female.


Why would anyone want to vote for a Presidential candidate who sees nothing wrong with men going into Womens’ restrooms. Also, no other political democrat has spoken out against the decree of President Obama which made this situation a problem.

If you are a parent, a democrat parent, why do you find nothing wrong with letting a man go into the rest room where your little girl may be, at the same time? There is something terribly wrong that has happened to the Democrat party, and its political leaders, who see nothing wrong with such perverted laws? This statement is directed to people who say that they are Christians, who say that they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, who say that they have been born again and have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit. Here is a fact of such a born again experience. If a person has God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit, they have a non-stop prompting of the Holy Spirit to us to righteousness. See the words of John 16:7-11.

No one who has the Spirit of God dwelling within their spirit, and prompting them to righteousness, can support the democrat party, or any of its candidates, because of that party’s support for killing unborn babies, for supporting homosexual marriage, or for supporting laws that make it possible for men to lawfully enter the restrooms of women and little girls. There is no one who should be surprised that the Democrat party supports abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, and using federal law to allow men to go into the restrooms of women and little girls. Here is a direct statement to anyone who claims to be a born again believer in Jesus, yet still plans on voting for Hillary Clinton, or any other Democrat, Your vote will be a vote to kill unborn babies; your vote will be a vote for forcing our country to not only accept homosexual marriage, but to embrace it; your vote will be a vote to use the force of law to allow men to go into the restrooms of women and little girls. “If you claim to be a born again believer in Jesus, and still vote for democrat candidates, that is evidence that you have not been born again, and have the Great White Throne Judgment awaiting you”. This election, is an indictment against such fence-sitting Christians (so-called). My plea is for such fence-sitters to get right with God. Don’t just say that you have been born again.

John 16:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Revelation 20:15 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Now, consider the evidence against voting for Hillary Clinton, or any other democrat.


Hillary Slams NC Governor Over Bathroom Bill

Clinton Throws Support Behind Obama Admin And Transgender-Favoring Bathroom Legislation

Clinton, Sanders Slam North Carolina’s Transphobic Law


Security levels[edit]

Security clearances can be issued by many United States of America government agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security(DHS), the Department of Energy (DoE), the Department of Justice (DoJ), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). DoD issues more than 80% of all clearances. There are three levels of DoD security clearances:[1]
TOP SECRET – Will be applied to information in which the unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.
SECRET – Will be applied to information in which the unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.
CONFIDENTIAL – Will be applied to information in which the unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security.


Consider the following link that shows the number of babies that have been aborted by Planned Parenthood during the Obama administration. Hillary says that she will continue the Obama agenda.


During Obama Admin, Planned Parenthood Has Aborted Nearly 2,000,000 Babies

Democrats, “all political democrats,” support abortion on demand. If you have “the stomach for it,” check the following videos that show the abortion procedure. I have not shown the links, so that they will not automatically be shown on your screen. But, the videos should be seen. They will show you just how far our the democrat party has moved toward the butcher mindset that prevailed against Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II, when six million Jews were also murdered.

Since democrats, including Hillary, see nothing wrong with abortion, which is the butchering of an unborn baby, check out the video of a “late term abortion, which is known as “LEGRADO.” You will see the democrat party’s perverted way of thinking, as it relates to life and death. The video is a very graphic view of an abortion, and should be seen for you to know the brutality of abortion. The link can be found at the bottom of the page.

Voters, it is important to understand the seriousness of this election. If a democrat is voted into any public office, that person will support the Democrat Party platform of abortion on demand, for any reason, at any time, up until the time of birth. To not vote for a republican, any republican, will have the same result as voting for a democrat. In 2008, our nation elected a Democrat President, House Of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. In essence, our nation was led by people who showed no evidence of having a personal relationship with Christ. Hillary Clinton shows no evidence that she has a born-again relationship with Christ. Such a lack of born-again experience will affect her ability to lead our nation in the direction of righteousness. The result of her being our President will be that of more unborn babies being murdered in the wombs of their mothers. We must keep Hillary and all other democrats out of office. God will not continue to allow our nation to take the lives of innocent little unborn babies. We must understand the words of God in 2 Chronicles 7:14. That is our nation’s only defense against God’s punishment on our country.

2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Disclaimer. I am not a registered Republican. I grew up in a Democrat home. My father belonged to a union and walked picked lines. I have also belonged to unions.