The Rapture is the moment when Christian believers think they will be taken up to heaven to be with the Lord. "Then there will be two men in a field one will be taken and the other left behind. There will be two women grinding flour at the mill one will be taken and the other left behind" (Matthew 24:31,40-41, Luke 17:34-37). This has nothing to do with a Rapture, but has everything to do with the Ingathering of the Lost Tribes to Israel.
This rewriting of Jeremiah 3:14-15 has had a remarkable impact on Christians throughout the world, who unhesitatingly embraced and have waited for the Rapture with a constant anticipation, that it would take place in their lifetime (1 Thess. 4:16-17). The false story of Matthew having Jesus returning (24:27-31) on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory comes from a mixture of scriptures from the Jewish Bible and is put together into a subtle story which has no root in reality. (Deut. 30:4-5, Isaiah 27:12-13, Ezekiel 37:9, see also Deut. 4:27-30.
"When you see these things come to pass,
look up for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).
Which "things" shall come to pass?
"...when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies" (Luke 21:20). When Christians read these words, many believe their
"Rapture draweth nigh," or in Jesus
coming; to fight the enemies of Israel
, but it is rather their spiritual destruction; redemption from spiritual darkness.
Zechariah 12:9 "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations (kol-ha-goyim) that come against Jerusalem."
Isaiah 41:11-12 "Behold all those incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded; those who quarreled with you shall be as nought and be lost... those who war with you shall be as nought and as nothing." See also Isaiah 29:5-9.
Revelation 1:7 ”Behold, He is coming with clouds
and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the
tribes of the earth
will mourn because of Him..."
Christian Bible translators mistranslation of Zechariah 12:10 NKJ
"... then they will look on Me whom they (the Jews) pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn."
"And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplications. And they shall look to Me because of those (all the Jews) who have been thrust through with swords,
and they shall mourn over it (that slaughter) as one mourns over an only son and shall be in bitterness, therefore, as one is embittered over a firstborn son"
Bible "...and they shall look unto Me because they have thrust him through;
and they shall mourn for him,.." Who is Me and who is him?
It is noteworthy that awareness of and mourning over the Holocaust have been a key theme in Jewish culture in our times (Rabbi A. Greenbaum).
How do Missionaries Paint Jesus into the Jewish Scriptures?
”Many bulls have encompassed me;.. "They open wide their mouth against me, as a ravening... and a roaring lion... like a lion (Heb. KAARI), (they are at) my hands and my feet... Save me from the lion's mouth,” (Psalm 22:13-14,17-18,21-22). So did Hezekiah say, As though they are crushed in a lion’s mouth; (Isaiah 38:13): ”like a lion (Heb. KAARI), so it would break my bones;..”
In Psalm 22, 7:2-3 and 17:8-12, David cries out to God to rescue him from his enemies, whom he likens to a lion. It is only in Psalm 22:17(16) that the word KAARI is deliberately translated as "pierced," by Christian translators. In Isaiah 38:13 it is translated correct.
When the original words of Psalm 22:17(16) is read, any allusion to the crucifiction dissappears!
If David wanted to write the word ”pierced” through - as with a sharp instrument; a sword” he would have used the word DAQAR as in Zechariah 12:10 ”and they shall look unto Me (God) because they (the gentiles) have thrust him (the Jewish people) through (with sword); and they shall mourn for him,..” (over that slaughter; Holocaust). See also 1 Samuel 31:4, Zech. 13:3. Or king David would have used the word RATZA as in Exodus 21:5-6 ”and his master shall bore his ear with an awl,..”
Psalm 40:7(6) and Hebr. 10:5-6 is one of numerous examples were the NT doesn’t follow the socalled Old Testament,” when they ”quote:” Psalm 40 7(6) "Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened (Heb. KARITA; digged); Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required." Hebrews 10:5-6 "Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased."
"My ears You have opened (Heb. KARITA; digged);" "You dug ears for me" - You made them hollow [enabling me] to hear Your voice (Rashi). Or the voice of the prophets, Jewish scholars.
Job 36:8-15 "And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; Then He declareth unto them their work, and their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly. He openeth also their ear to discipline (MUSSAR), and commandeth that they return from iniquity. If they hearken and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge... He delivereth the afflicted by His affliction, and openeth their ear by tribulation."Through the oppression He brings upon them He opens their ears to hear Him when He says, Return to Me" (Rashi).See also Job 33:14-18, Isaiah 38.
When Prophecies Don't Come True:
It's midnight — have your neighbors ascended to heaven?
(By Rabbi Yonason Goldson): ”
There's something we love about a prophecy unfulfilled. But let's be honest: even if we mocked those who eagerly awaited rapture this past Saturday, were we not the least bit discomfited by a little voice whispering from some distant corner of our minds, "But what if this time they're right?" (JewishWorldReview).
The prophets Isaiah 41:8, 44:1-2,21, 45:4, 52:13, Ezekiel 37:15-28, Judges 20:1,11 and Nehemiah 8:1; also mentions Israel UNITED as "ONE MAN."
Exodus 4:22-23 and Hosea 11:1-4 mentions Israel as "Firstborn son." – the first to be redeemed from Egypt's slavery and idolatry. It might also refer to Daniel 7:13-14,18,22,27. "...a son of man, and he came even to the Ancient of days, and he was brought near before Him." All the commentators agree that this refers to Mashiah. Jeremiah 30:21 "And their prince shall be of themselves, and their ruler shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto Me; for who is he that hath pledged his heart to approach unto Me? saith the LORD."
Psalm 148:14 "And He hath lifted up a horn for His people, a praise for all His saints, even for the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Hallelujah." Psalm 145:18-20 "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him; He also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love Him; but all the wicked (
) will He destroy." Joel 3:5, Isaiah 26:20.
Psalm 133:1-3 "A song of ascents of David. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers also to dwell together! As the good oil (with which Aaron the priest was anointed)
on the head runs down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, which runs down on the mouth of his garments. As the dew of Hermon which runs down on the mountains of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, life forever."The idyllic unity among brothers brings God’s blessings. The Psalmist likens the flow of heavenly blessing to the precious oil with which High Priests and kings were anointed.
The Ingathering of the Tribes will take place toward the end of days: "If any of thine that are dispersed be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee. And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it;.. (Deut. 30:4-5, Isaiah 27:12-13).
See Ezekiel 37:1-14 "...Thus saith the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." Meaning "From every place where their souls went to wander in all four directions of the world they will be gathered in" (Rashi). "...and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great host... these bones are the whole house of Israel... I will open your graves,.. and I will bring you into the land of Israel.”
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, that standeth for an ensign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek,.. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people,.. And He will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:10-12, Gen. 49:8-12, Zec. 2:10, 9:9
Jeremiah 3:17-18 "At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem, neither shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers." (See also Jeremiah 23:5-8, 31:6-11).
Jeremiah 23:7-8 says the future redemption and ingathering of the exiles will be so striking that it will outweigh even the redemption from Egypt. The glorious future that awaits Israel at the end of days can only come about after the cleansing of the people through the tribulations of exile (23:9-15).
1 Kings 8:46-53 Solomon's Prayer: "
If they sin against Thee--for there is no man that sinneth not--and Thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captive unto the land of the enemy, far off or near; yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive (Deut. 4:27-31, Ch. 30), and turn back, and make supplication unto Thee in the land of them that carried them captive, saying: We have sinned, and have done iniquitously, we have dealt wickedly; if they return unto Thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray unto Thee toward their land, which Thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which Thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for Thy name; then hear Thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven Thy dwelling-place, and maintain their cause; and forgive Thy people who have sinned against Thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against Thee;
and give them compassion before those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them; for they are Thy people, and Thine inheritance, which Thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron; that Thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of Thy servant, and unto the supplication of Thy people Israel, to hearken unto them whensoever they cry unto Thee. For Thou didst set them apart from among all the peoples of the earth, to be Thine inheritance, as Thou didst speak by the hand of Moses Thy servant, when Thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.' The oppression of the Israelites suffered in Egypt is likened to a furnace in which metal is purified (Deut. 4:20). See also the great cleansing process that is going to take place at the end of days; Zech. 13:8-9, Ezek. 22:18-22, Malachi Ch. 3, Isaiah Ch. 1.
Exodus 2:23-25 ”...and the children of Israel sighed from the labor, and they cried out, and their cry ascended to God from the labor. God heard their cry, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God saw the children of Israel, and God knew...” God sent Moses (Exodus 3:1-15), and he was the first redeemer, and Elijah will be the last.
Malachi 33:22-24 ”Keep in remembrance the teaching of Moses, My servant-the laws and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. Lo, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord, that he may turn the heart of the fathers back through the children, and the heart of the children back through their fathers-lest I come and smite the earth with utter destruction.” See Isaiah 24:1-6.