February 5, 2023
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The Honor and Glory

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Rapture

We have together taken a journey to hear another side and view concerning the rapture, and although I may have shared this view with you, I may not have convinced you there will not be a rapture that takes us away to a wedding feast for a thousand years while the rest of the world is facing God’s wrath. But as we are about to see, Jesus also spoke concerning endurance and a place of honor for those of us preparing to endure the persecutions of the world. 

Because like I have said before, when Paul was writing concerning the dead being raised up, and the living being quicken to meet the Lord in the air. We need to understand Paul was not speaking concerning a taken away of the saints or the bride of Christ his Church, instead, when speaking, Paul was speaking concerning how things will happened in the end, just as it does in a wedding when the bridegroom of the wedding comes to take his bride unto himself. 

Now, some may argue, when the bridegroom takes his wife, he does take her away to a secret place before returning to the community, but if we understand what Jesus often spoke about, we will understand the second coming of Christ is not to take the bride away, but to promote her in the presence of all those attending the wedding.  Jesus spoke these words in relationship to this reality, and his second coming, Revelation 3:20-22 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” 

And what Jesus was describing in the first part of the verse was a wedding contract as he is knocking, because if we were to open our doors and let him in, he will sup with us, or enter a contract with us so that he might become our husbandman or bridegroom based on the contract of his coming kingdom, and should we enter that contract with God, the promise we have with Jesus through his shed blood is a guaranteed return of Christ to establish us in his house.  

Such is the case in a wedding, when a woman is taken from her father’s house, she becomes another man’s as she is brought under his care. And coming under his care in marriage, she then becomes an authority in the house of the bridegroom. She will be a committed partner in the relationship who will together manage the household with her husband, and as a Church, this is where we stand with Jesus Christ. We are described as the bride of Christ because the promise of Jesus is to grant us authority with him in his father’s kingdom.  

Therefore, when we read what Jesus said to the churches, we are not to forget he told us, Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my father in his throne.” Because as it was in ancient times, when the bridegroom enters a contract with his bride the promise is made, he will return to take her unto himself. But while he is away from his bride, the bride of the bridegroom must endure the waiting period that could take some number of years or more.  

During this time, she must endure patience, never losing hope, so that she might keep the contract with her bridegroom. She must endure being prepared as she is mocked by those no longer believe because of the time that has passed, or the persecutions that comes because of her obeying the contract and terms of the wedding to come. She must endure keeping herself spotless because in the end, should she remain faithful, she will be elevated to a place of power with her husband in the house of the father.  

This is the picture we have painted for us, Christ is our husbandman, and we are his bride, and as it stands, the contact we have with God is for us to keep ourselves pure until his return. We must keep the faith knowing always Jesus will return to take us unto himself. However, it is not to take us away, instead, it is to promote us before the entire world as a bride is promoted before those in attendance. Because as we all know, among those in attendance only the bride is promoted and is on display on the wedding day.  

The parable and use of the story concerning Christ returning to take his bride is not a message to take us away from the earth because in relationship to what we are teaching, Jesus spoke these words as confirmation. Revelation 2:26 And he that overcomes and keep my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” To him that overcomes said Jesus, to him that keeps my words or stand firm on the contract of the wedding promise, he will I grant the power to rule over the nations.  

The message of endurance is a part of the message of the contract, and that is because Jesus is going to make ready a place, or kingdom over which both he and his bride will rule. And if we were to read carefully, we will see that we were told this kingdom has already been prepared pointing to the reality the bridegroom can return at any moment to receive his bride unto himself.  

This is what Jesus said unto his disciples concerning his going away and his return, John 14:1-4 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”  

But reading these few lines of verses, what most of us heard was that Jesus was going away to prepare a place for us without realizing he said, “If it were not so.” showing it is already so, therefore, there is no need to go away and prepare a place because it has already been prepared for us. And Jesus also said, “And if I go and prepare a place, I will come again and receive you unto myself suggesting, he is not going anywhere to prepare a place for us.  

So, if Jesus told us this place has already been prepared for us, why are we looking for Jesus to return to take us away? We are looking for Jesus to return to take us away because we do not understand Jesus is here with us, and instead of a rapture what we will have is an appearance of Jesus Christ, and not a rapture of the Church. Because even after he was crucified and rose from the grave, Jesus appeared often to many in the same way he will appear first to his people before he appears to the world on the day of his anger.  

Now, while together Jesus appeared as he will on that coming day to his disciples and when they saw him, they were terrified. However, Jesus comforted his disciples by saying, Luke 24:39-40 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet.”

Presenting the question as to why Jesus could not have appeared in this manner as he did before in the days that are coming, and upon his arrival promote us to a place of power in his eternal kingdom. Because if we were to look back at all the things Jesus said concerning his Church, that is what he did for us when he confirmed his promise to grant us power and authority, the power and authority we will have over the nations and do have today. Luke 24:49 “Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

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