I’ve been hearing a line of thought from many different sources
in the community of believers. There seems to be a feeling of guilt about
the harpazo, more commonly known as the rapture. These are all personal
observations from scripture so I encourage you to search the scriptures
to make sure that what I say is in accordance with the whole council of
God. If not, then please
tell me. I believe this line of reasoning for this guilt is birthed
of deception and let me explain why.
The train of thought seems to be that it is unfair for a select group
of “holy” Christians to get saved from all the doom and gloom
while perfectly nice people have to go through it. First off, let me say
that Christ is the ONLY way to salvation. Let’s also
not forget that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Our
salvation is not works based Galatians
2:16 and anyone is free to choose Christ and be part of the harpazo. By
a lack of faith or a misinterpretation of scripture, some people don’t
even believe in a harpazo, or catching away of the bride of Christ. I disagree with this train
of thought because of what the Bible says.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
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: 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. Wherefore comfort one another
with these words.
It’s not unfair, it’s laid out in scripture. If you choose
to believe its unfair, then that is something to take up with God. He is
the one catching us away. He is very clear that we are loved and that He
would prefer not to see us suffer. 2 Peter 3:8-9 But some people, for
reasons, REFUSE to believe in Christ. God knows who are His, but even some
of those who say they’re waiting for Him are not prepared. Matthew
25:1-13 The time is fast approaching for the fullness of the Gentiles and
the catching away of the bride of Christ.
Do you have your oil ready?
I believe there is a fundamental misunderstanding
regarding what the harpazo is for. In Revelation 19:7-14, we see that the
marriage of the Lamb occurs in heaven before Christ returns in glory at
Armageddon, and therefore before the “first resurrection” of
Revelation 20:4-5. We must have been taken to heaven before Armageddon in
order for the church, the bride, to attend her own wedding. If the marriage
of the Lamb is before Christ returns in glory, then I would think we should
all want to be caught away if we want to be the
bride of Christ. That is our blessed hope! Titus 2:13
God hates pride. James 4:6 | Proverbs 16:5 Pride caused the first sin
when Lucifer wanted to exalt himself above God. We all know what happened
to him because of that. Heaven cannot hold any sin in order for the Bible
to be true. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, so if you have faith
in that fact to be true, no pride can exist there. We have all sinned. A
quick test. Have you ever lied? What does that make you? A liar.
Go through the 10 Commandments.
What are the wages of sin? Death. Romans 6:23 So without Christ’s blood
covering sin, the Law must be carried out. It is impossible to live by
the Law because our hearts are incurably evil. Genesis 8:20-22
put yourself down because people chose to not believe. Don’t feel bad
because you are going to see your Lord, it should be a joyous time. The joy on your face
constantly should induce others to at least check out why you are so happy!
Laughter is contagious and so is joy when hope is present!
So we must understand why the tribulation is taking place and realize
that since the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and it says the tribulation
will happen, there is nothing we can do to stop it. It is there for a reason,
so leave it in God’s hands. Pray for His will to be done and it will
be. I believe that Christians going through tribulation tests their hearts.
Are they like Job, or will they turn from God at the risk of their life
day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay
the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give
their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon
shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for
their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the
arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of
the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even
a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the
heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the
wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
The way of the
just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the
just. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee;
the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within
me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favor
be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the
land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty
of the LORD. LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but
they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the
fire of thine enemies shall devour them.
trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening
was upon them. Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the
time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have
we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been
in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought
any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world
fallen. Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they
arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the
dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people,
enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself
as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants
of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood,
and shall no more cover her slain.
We are told right here that the Lord is coming out of His place (heaven)
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and that the
Lord’s judgments in the earth are to teach the wicked righteousness.
Be ye therefore
followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also
hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice
to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all
uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among
you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking,
nor jesting, which are not convenient: but
rather giving of
thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor
person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath
any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man
deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh
the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not
ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the
fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with
the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
which made a marriage
for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would
not come. Again, he sent forth other servants,
saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner:
my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto
the marriage. But they made light of it,
and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And
the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew
them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth
his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which
were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and
as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together
all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished
with guests. And when the king came in
to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou
in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take
him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Again a parable of a wedding is used to describe the kingdom of heaven.
Those who are not “covered” properly will not see the wedding
no matter how “nice” they are. Christ is the only source for
the wedding garment, without it, we don’t attend the marriage.
And I heard
as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many
waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for
the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give
honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his
hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should
be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the
righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they
which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith
unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Notice she is no longer called the bride at this point, but the wife.
She is then clothed in the same attire worn by those following Christ when
He returns in glory. Revelation 19:11-21 I don’t believe the marriage
of the Lamb and the marriage supper of the Lamb are the same event. I explain
Now missing the harpazo doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t
be saved. It just means you won’t be the
bride of Christ. Once the door is shut, it’s shut until Christ
returns in glory. Even then, everyone remains on the earth for the next
1,000 years. That time after the door is shut until Christ returns in glory
is about 3½ years. Lest you be worried about God not getting everyone who
are His, read on.
Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath
chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should
be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us
unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according
to the good pleasure of his will,
And the men turned their faces from thence, and went
toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew
near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also
destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous
with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that
be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And
the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then
I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and
said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which
am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty
righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said,
If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake
unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found
there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he
said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure
there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if
I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to
speak unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.
And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said,
Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure
ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for
ten’s sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left
communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
Abraham asks God, successively lowering his numbers, how many righteous
would have to live in a city for God not to destroy it. He goes from fifty
to ten. At this point, probably fearing that he was annoying God, he stops.
But still, 10 out of a city of possibly hundreds of thousands and God refuses
to destroy the city. My guess is that Abraham could have gone to one and
God’s answer still would have been the same. Kind of like the US military,
not a man left behind. Then Lot and his family are saved in God’s
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Showing God to be true to His Word, as
And as it
was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son
of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they
were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as
it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought,
they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went
out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed
them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of
man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be
upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down
to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return
back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save
his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve
it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the
one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be
grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men
shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And
they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them,
Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Now ask yourself, would that not hold true today with the coming and
impending judgment of the earth?
God, who at
sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers
by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the
worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image
of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when
he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the
Majesty on high: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath
by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which
of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I
begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be
to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into
the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And
of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers
a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for
ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God,
even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy
fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation
of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall
perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:
but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of
the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine
enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth
to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
The Hebrews passage speaks to me of our place as joint heirs with Christ.
Look at what Christ is given. He is placed higher than the angels, as we
will be when we receive our glorified bodies. Christ has begotten us who
accept His gift of eternal salvation and being joint heirs, thereby we too
are God the Father’s sons through our becoming one with Christ and
His fellow heirs.
loved righteousness, and
hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee
with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
This is also a trickle-down to us through Christ. Those in Christ are
given the oil of gladness above our fellows here on earth. I believe that
the oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.
the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their
lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were
wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps,
and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels
with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and
slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, (1 Thessalonians
4:16-18) Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish
said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for
us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy,
the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the
marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins,
saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say
unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day
nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Read this analysis of
Jewish wedding tradition. There is also a very good site about
and their symbology in scriptures. The kingdom of heaven is specifically
likened to ten virgins with oil lamps. Keep in mind the bride/bridegroom
theme that occurs over and over in the end times prophecies from the Bible.
We are the bride of Christ (virgins) and
we are filled with the Holy Spirit (oil). With this oil (fuel) we can
have a light to shine.
are the light of the world.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a
candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth
light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the
prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say
unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in
no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
We are waiting for Yeshua (bridegroom) and we need oil (Holy Spirit)
in our lamps in order to shine in the darkness (sin of the world). We get
that oil from
Yeshua by accepting Him into our lives as the head of our lives and
our personal savior.
he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we
should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated
us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according
to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his
grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have
redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to
the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom
and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according
to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the
dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one
all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;
even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being
predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things
after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of
his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted,
after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:
in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit
of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption
of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
So when we trust in Christ’s promise to each of us, He fills us
with the Holy Spirit (oil) and we therefore have plenty of oil in our lamps
as we wait expectantly for His return not being distracted by the deceptions
of this world.
But ye have
not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been
taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning
the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the
deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that
ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and
true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with
his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin
not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to
the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor,
working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to
give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out
of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it
may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy
Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking,
be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s
sake hath forgiven you.
Again, the Holy Spirit is shown as a seal of God on His believers (bride).
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a
parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot
forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at
hand. Hosea 9:10
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that
the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you,
generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven
and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take
heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with
surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day
come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that
dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray
always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that
shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
What will come to pass is the day of the Lord, which comes as a snare
upon those not watching. They live their lives as normal until
the sudden destruction of God’s wrath. So you see the desire to be
taken in the harpazo
isn’t selfish, it’s foretold in the scriptures and our
is selfish is when we don’t warn others of the coming judgment so
they can also repent and escape these times with us. Christians shouldn’t think
we’re better than anyone else, we just chose Christ by faith. Some
are just offended by the Word of God. I believe the wrath of God is meant
as a righteous judgment and last-ditch effort to shake up and wake up the
slumbering before they make eternal choice without really thinking about
In their distress, I believe people will seek the Lord and they will
find many believers on the earth who made the choice only after they realized
that the scriptures really were literally true. Remember that 50% of those
waiting for Christ have the door shut on them, even though they have good
works. Matthew 7:13-23 I’m not saying who will be taken in the harpazo
and I would never judge that thing which I know not of. It is the Lord’s
decision, He knows the hearts of all men, we don’t. I just read the
Bible and believe what it says.
You don’t have any reason to feel
guilty about being taken in the harpazo. Those who aren’t, really
weren’t Christians and the bride of Christ is only comprised of those
who love the Lord and obey Him. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 | Hebrews 5:8-9 |
1 Peter 4:16-19