“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. ” Isaiah 65:17 NLT
But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. Revelation 21:1
I have to say these are intriguing verses, that we are even alive in this time as the very generation who will see this happen. God repented that He had made mankind when the world was so wicked, all along He had a plan of redemption, but He found it necessary to have Noah build an ark and of all the people then only eight souls were saved.
Jesus is also a type of an ark only God promised with the rainbow that He would not allow another flood, this time, it will be fire. Purifying and cleansing fire, from many sources, including wildfires, storms, meteors, and war. I know, people tell me I don’t know when He is coming. They’ve been saying that for years. Yes, and no, I can’t say 2032 is it or give you a day and an hour.
Personally, I think it is closer than that. We have had a foretaste of the Great Tribulation with all that has gone on, and weather related, a global pandemic, fires and just the lawlessness and riot that ensue, over unjust causes or even a just one, when people panic, and hoard toilet paper, there is fear. If you turn to the news, you will worry and be afraid. The same with the government, but you can to turn Jesus and realize that some things just have to happen before He comes, He will give everyone, every chance to believe.
Now, this takes place, during and after the Great Tribulation, a period of seven years. This is different to the tribulation Jesus mentions as everyday problems or occurrences, this leads to the new heaven and earth, His Second Coming and Millennial reign and eternity.
Many people do not believe in the Rapture or catching away of the church, the word is not in the Bible but harpazo is and it is Greek for catching away by force. Some believe it is pre-tribulation like me an d others, in the middle of it, or that we go through it. If He shortens the days for His elect, or Israel for be saved, why would we think we could survive such destruction, have no food or water, medical care, and be so ill you would pray to die and couldn’t, without taking a damning mark?
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17,18
Jesus returns in a cloud of glory, probably with Michael and Gabriel. Remember, how He was taken up in a cloud, He returns the same way. The dead are resurrected, though they have been in heaven, the will receive a glorified body as we will have, those alive and remaining.
The word then is important to the verse. It is not indicative of a long period of time, just that they are first and the word remain or left here, does not have mean that we are struggling through even more perilous times, it means remaining in His love, abiding in Him until He comes.
The word harpazo is snatching by force, for instance, even that numbered hair on your head, if necessary, we would all try to save someone, whether that way or a sleeve, orshirt. The word is like that, if the enemy can snatch away God’s Word from hearts that don’t or won’t understand, God is way better.
The trumpet sounding is also important, yom teruah, like it sounds, as I am writing this we have been through the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippor, so the trumpet has sounded, is it heralding the return of Jesus? We still have some other days to consider and one of my favorites is called Shimeni Hazsaret, even after the celebrations are over, He is asking you to stay with Him. Is He asking that this year, to stay forever, we shall see.
I know people have always been date setters but even mathematicians and scholars could not calculate this, the Jewish calendar is different, and they are not God, even with revelation of Him, all we can do is believe in Him, His time is eternal. So, the Rapture or catching away is comparable to being translated like Phillip, who sudden found himself beside a chariot, having been moved from one place to another, to instruct the eunuch reading Isaiah. Only we won’t be coming back from from heaven.
And I have to say the day as a thousand years comes to mind, so that instant, like the thief in the night is a millisecond, but how long will the seven years be. I used to think it would be like 2012 to 2019, but now, not sure at all, and I am lousy at math. His time is just different, giving me the plausible and Biblical idea that the Rapture and Second Coming are two closely related but entirely different events. And they are seven years, in His time or ours, chronological or spiritual?
After all we are seeing the judgements and wrath that Jesus took for believers poured out on those who refuse His salvation, eternal life. He is coming to destroy the Antichrist handily and quickly, and sure the heavens will roll away, all the fire and darkness and death over.
I like to give people visuals to help them think about it. Suppose a beautiful new light opens over dark waters, but instead of Genesis, there is only one land mass, the original map has all seven continents together, Jerusalem, the capital where Jesus reigns from. Revelation 21:1 says there is no more sea. So, is there really no more ocean? As much as people love the beach, I could not say, perhaps, it just refers to one being around one huge land mass as perfect as Eden.
You know, I like watching the treasure hunters, and all those underwater dives for lost ships, the rovers that even got into the Arizona, you know the Titanic and other wrecks, I even heard about Nazi subs off the coast of North Carolina, just recently. I can’t imagine no water, none. I was watching one just the other night, and from the view on the back of the boat, it just was endless, how God does it is His business, we will, it is just like where it says there will ne no night, because Jesus is light but it says in the city, so could there be still stars? I love stars, I look at them many nights.
I can’t imagine Him doing away with His creations but perfecting them, but then, I am not the one who puts an incorruptible body on a soul long gone. I used to live close to a Civil War Cemetery, I would often think about that, how amazing an event that would be, and that was years ago, it is closer now, much closer. Time to receive Jesus if you haven’t and to draw near if you have, not to fear but to keep looking up. As quickly as a star twinkles in the night, we could be there.
And you know sin is cast into the sea of forgetfulness, the Jews also practice Taslisch, during Teshuvah which has also passed, usually in August / September, where bread or even something symbolic can be tossed in the ocean representing sin, maybe that is why it will be gone or recreated, I am interested in that. I always wanted to live near the beach but I am about four hours away.
And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Matthew 24:31
It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 1 Corinthians 15:52