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“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God (See Rev. 21:2). And I will write on him My new name.”Fascinatingly, in 1 Peter 2:1-10, the Apostle Peter taught that we are like the living stones making up the Temple of God, where the Holy Spirit dwells:
“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”Taking this understanding that all born again believers are like the stones of a building that houses the Spirit of God, it makes sense that they should be seen as the very stones that make up the New Jerusalem, which is identified as the Bride of Christ in Revelation 21:9-10:
“‘Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.’ 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”It is therefore those who are divinely considered to be a part of the Church of Philadelphia that are the true Bride of Christ that will dwell in the New Jerusalem, and Yahshua considers them special because “you have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Rev. 3:8). These are believers that refuse to stop saying Yahshua’s Name in public prayer, and who refuse to stop calling sin what it is despite heavy public pressure to do both. Because of this, Yahshua promises them a special deliverance in Revelation 3:10:
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”This HOUR OF TRIAL that Yahshua promises to deliver His precious Bride from can’t be anything other than the Great Tribulation, which will certainly “come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth”!
Now, since the Bride, who will be the sanctified believers dwelling within the New Jerusalem, comes down out of Heaven to be placed on the New Earth after the Last Judgment (See Rev. 21:2), it makes sense that she will be taken up to Heaven along with the Five Wise Virgins who attend to her needs in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25:1-12:
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’”This Parable clearly tells us that the Five Wise Virgins will be taken by the Bridegroom Yahshua to the Wedding Feast at His Father’s heavenly house because He knows them, and they were expecting Him. This means that they have a personal relationship with the Son of God through His Holy Spirit, and they literally hear His voice and experience dreams and visions that come directly from Him through the Spirit. As it says in Joel 2:28-29:
Meanwhile, the Five Foolish Virgins who aren’t expecting a Rapture and aren’t doing God’s Will on Earth but are too busy focusing on the pleasurable things of the world, or who are focused on survival rather than God and are making constant disaster preparations, such as buying guns and storing ammo, and stockpiling food and water and outdoor survival gear, will be left behind to suffer through the Great Tribulation because Yahshua doesn’t know them, and they were NOT expecting Him. It is these people whom Yahshua does NOT know who are left behind to cry out to God in Revelation 6:15-17, where they say:
“And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?’”So, whether we live through the Great Tribulation or not all depends on our focus right now. Your focus will tell Yahweh God which group of Virgins or saints that you belong to. If you’re focused on Yahshua and doing His Father’s Will, you will surely go to be with Him in the Rapture. But if you’re focused on trying to save your behind and potentially killing people to stay safe when the world is judged and goes to perdition, you’ll get your wish, and you will become one of the Tribulation Saints faced with severe persecution and potential martyrdom at the hands of the Antichrist.
There are additional proofs that the Bride of Christ and the Wise Virgins are going to be caught up to the Third Heaven for a short time before returning to the Earth with Yahshua at the Battle of Armageddon. These are the three New Testament Scriptures that proclaim that - although all believers will face tribulation and persecution on the Earth prior to the Rapture, born again believers are not meant to suffer through God's Wrath, which will begin when the Sixth Seal is opened. Here are those proof texts from God's Word:
Romans 5:8-10 ~ “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 ~ “For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. 9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 ~ “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”There is no doubt from these Scriptures that Yahshua loves His Bride made up of all born again believers very much, and that He does not want her to suffer through the Great Tribulation - when God's Wrath will be poured out on the whole world. Since God's Wrath will affect the entire planet, no one left behind on the Earth will escape it unless they received some unexpected divine protection in some way, either through the warrior angels of God, or from the 144,000 Witnesses, whom I firmly believe will be warriors as well as preachers!
In closing, I want to stress that I do not think that God is against believers who have home gardens, a couple of months worth of food and water stored up, first aid kits, camping gear, or emergency travel packs. We all should be prepared for disasters since they can occur anywhere, and at any time. What God is against is allowing survival to overwhelm your ability to function as a witness proclaiming the coming Kingdom of God, for which this world is passing away.
Believers are supposed to be proclaiming the world’s need to depend on Christ and His help and protection rather than on the strength of their own arms. We need to focus on our love for Yahshua and His Kingdom, and our desire to be His Bride and the Wise Virgins, and this is only possible if we truly know, love and trust in Him.
As an important follow-up to this article, I highly recommend reading the following article that shows that Yahshua our Messiah also taught the Rapture:
- Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
These attacks come because so many who are misinformed think that I am trying to dumb down the masses so that they will be sitting ducks when the world goes to perdition. They are angry at me for criticizing die-hard Doomsday Preppers who live with their entire focus on survival and living off the grid. But they fail to discern the love behind my criticism, which is meant to be a gentle rebuke aimed at getting them to wake up to their ignorance regarding what Yahweh God truly wants and expects from us as believers in Yahshua.
Though I have great respect for people who are living off of the land without a need for modern conveniences, I think that those who are relying on this to save them are in for a very rude wake up call when the Rapture happens and they are left behind, because the environmental destruction of the Earth that will occur during the Great Tribulation will make pure water and air more scarce than fine gold, and home gardening and living off the land will become impossible. Due to this, these die-hard survivalists will eventually starve to death or die from thirst unless they repent and realize that the Kingdom of God is not of this world, and they turn to Christ for help.
Before these people who were in rebellion against God can receive His help and forgiveness, they will need to finally accept God’s Will that this present world is passing away so that men’s evil works can be destroyed. After this, Yahshua will renew part of this current Earth to its Edenic state of perfection during His Millennial Kingdom.
This is why Yahshua made it clear that He wants us to fully rely on Him to fight for us in every battle that we must face, and not to rely on our own strength, which will surely fail without His presence and protection. Yahshua wants us to have the right attitude about our place in His Kingdom, and His promise that those who truly love Him will not have to suffer through the Great Tribulation.
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