|Hope and Comfort Promised in 1 Thess. 4 and Titus 2|
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For example, in Revelation 3:10-11, the Church of Philadelphia or Brotherly Love is told that they will be kept from the Hour of Trial that will come upon the whole world. Christ says this to this Church representing His chosen Bride just before reporting that He is going to come for them quickly, meaning it will be sudden, swift and unexpected, so they need to keep watch.
In the very next chapter, John the Revelator is caught up to Heaven in the Spirit in Revelation 4:1-2, and the Two Witnesses are caught up to Heaven after they are resurrected in Revelation 11:11-12. At the time that both of these events occur, a voice is heard in Heaven crying out: "Come Up Here!", which is a divine call for them to come up or be caught up to Heaven so that they can worship God before His Throne.
Going back to Revelation 7, the 144,000 Witnesses are chosen right after the Wrath of God is described as first visiting the Earth as part of the Sixth Seal Judgment in Revelation 6:12-16, which I believe will happen right after the Rapture of the Bride of Christ promised in Revelation 3:10.
Right after the choosing of the 144,000 in Revelation 7, there is a passage describing a great multitude that no one can count, which come out of the Great Tribulation. This multitude stands before the Throne of God in Heaven in worship. This passage can alternately be translated to read that the multitude "comes away from" rather than "comes out of" the Great Tribulation that begins with the opening of the Sixth Seal and the Wrath of God.
Then, in Revelation 14:1-5, the 144,000 Witnesses that are chosen from the 12 Tribes of Israel are described as being with Christ on Mount Zion before the Bowls of God's Wrath are poured out. These redeemed saints then sing a new song before the Throne of God and the Cherubim in Heaven. Since they can't sing in Heaven if they haven't been transported there, it's logical to conclude that they are taken to Heaven with Christ, Who has come for them, appearing on the Earth - specifically on Mount Zion - at some point before the Battle of Armageddon.
Personally, I believe that the great multitude in Heaven in Revelation 7 includes the 144,000, who are then transported back to the Earth in immortal bodies to serve as Christ's witnesses to the lost. This would make sense of why they are brought back to Heaven before the Battle of Armageddon. They are among those translated and resurrected saints who will be riding on white horse with Christ when He returns to fight the great battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil described in Revelation 18 and 19.
MARANATHA! Yahshua our beloved Messiah is coming again soon! First, He will come again to rescue us from mortality and the wickedness of the world in the Rapture, and then He will come again with us all following Him as a conquering King! Hallelu-Yah!
Your Sister In Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Ministry Site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com