Though many try to deny it, the New Covenant is very different from the Old Covenant. The main difference is that the Son of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. This same God-man named Yahshua rose up from the dead in a body of flesh and bone after His death and resurrection to show that He won the battle against sin, death and the Devil that the Law was powerless to do! After this, Yahshua was lifted up bodily into Heaven at His Ascension and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit on Shavuot to show His supremacy over the Law and the Holy Spirit’s supremacy in teaching Yahshua’s disciples to do God’s Will in spirit and in truth!
The Holy Spirit is the third Person in the Trinity, and guides those whom He indwells to live according to Yahshua's Will. This same Spirit also seals us for inclusion in the Rapture and Resurrection (see Ephesians 1:13-14 and Ephesians 4:30). This was IMPOSSIBLE before Yahshua sealed the New Covenant with His Blood on the Cross! For those who believe in Yahshua Ha Mashiach and His place as the Son of God, Creator of the Universe for the Father, Great High Priest, Kinsmen Redeemer, Avenger of Blood, Destroyer of demons and fallen angels, and Conqueror of death and the devil, they have no problem with believing that Yahshua can and will hide away His faithful saints during the Great Tribulation, just as He said that He would:
John 14:1-3 - “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And 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.”The Parable of the Ten Virgins and other Scriptures delivered by Yahshua to His followers in Matthew, Chapters 24 and 25 also teach about the Rapture. For example, the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-12, which was taught by Yahshua, teaches that half of the Professing Church represented by the Five Foolish Virgins will be left behind. They may be left behind partly because half of the Church in the world today doesn't believe in a Rapture or denies it, so their congregations are not expectantly waiting and watching for His return. In addition, a large segment of the Church is not preparing their congregations for Yahshua's coming in the Rapture because they don't teach new believers the consequences of continued sin, and their constant need for repentance.
Many Churches also don't teach believers exactly how to be born-again with the Holy Spirit in order to live a sanctified life. This baptism is only given to those who truly love and follow Christ, and who want to please Him more than anything or anyone in the world. Those who profess to know Christ but live in antagonism to His Commandments will not be granted God's Rapture refuge in Heaven through the worst time in human history known as the Great Tribulation or Jacob's Trouble. The true saints are those who keep Yahshua's Commandment to love one another as we love Him, and to love God the Father and His Son and Spirit with our whole spirit, soul and body (See Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:30-32; John 14:20-21; 1 John 2:3-5; Revelation 14:12). The Rapture is only meant for the Wise Virgins, whose spiritual lamps are filled with the Holy Spirit oil that allows them to keep the commandments. This is why Yahshua says "Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you!" to the Foolish Virgins.
Yahshua also taught about the Rapture just before He taught the Parable of the Ten Virgins. In Matthew 24:29-31 and Matthew 24:37-42, Yahshua spoke about His angels gathering the elect from one end of Heaven to the other, and how one would be taken, and the other left. This entire last half of Matthew 24 makes no sense if applied to the Second Coming of Yahshua at the Battle of Armageddon, when His saints will come from Heaven with Him riding on white horses (Rev. 19:11-14). How can the elect be gathered up by the angels of God at the same time that they are supposed to be riding white horses from Heaven to Earth? Since this is technically impossible, this section of Scripture can only apply to the Rapture, and not to the Second Coming of Christ, as is erroneously taught by most Bible scholars.
If you have difficulty believing that Yahshua will return for His Bride and the Wise Virgins in the Rapture, and do not feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit that this teaching is true, then you need to ask God the Father to give you the discernment of the Holy Spirit to understand and seek out the facts surrounding His truth.
Yahshua is coming very soon!
Love and blessings from
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry