The Vanishing Explained

I need to lay a foundation. The four Gospels, Jesus Christ presents himself to the Jews as their Messiah. The Jews rejected Jesus as their long awaited Messiah. After the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Holy Spirit is sent to believers / the church. So the Holy Spirit and the church are connected as one.

Other than the early church witnessing the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ – the church has no physical relationship with Jesus in the flesh. Everything the church has is because of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus promised to send us the Comforter,  the Holy Spirit who would lead us, guide us, work in and through us, comfort us, strengthen us. And God chose Paul the apostle to be the apostle to the church – in times of the Holy Spirit  working.

Paul’s letters give direction and understanding about the things of God, salvation through Jesus Christ and how the Holy Spirit works in and through the church. Denominations pick and choose the points or areas they want to focus on from Paul’s letters. I am not saying all denominations, I am saying true believers, those truly saved have their denominations too. When it comes to the Holy Spirit,  there has been strife, arguing, church splits and dissention among believers. Do you really think God is behind all that dissention?

Just like God breathed into Adam (flesh made from dirt) the breath of life ( a spirit / life) and Adam became a living soul (now had a mind, will and emotions ) so the Holy Spirit revives mankind to God. See Genesis 2:7. (Man lost the relationship with God through sin.)

As the breath of life from God gave life to Adam so the Holy Spirit revives the spirit of mankind of those who get saved, born again, those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation. The Holy Spirit could not live in believers until after the resurrection because Jesus had to send him. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit would come upon people but as Jesus said in John 14:15-27 he would be (future) in us.

It is not surprising then, that Paul, the apostle to the church, teaches the church about the Holy Spirit. We can debate what the Holy Spirit does in this age of the church but the bottom line is, it is the Holy Spirit that is the power of God working in and through true believers. Believers can choose to limit the Holy Spirit in their life by their faith, what they believe. 

So when we look at Paul’s teaching of the catching up, the vanishing, the rapture of believers, we see that doctrine is nothing new as some today claim. The doctrine of the catching up is in the New Testament but also pictured in the Old Testament  examples of Enoch and Elijah.  [ I believe it will be Enoch and Elijah who will be the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation because they are the only two who did not die on earth in the Old Testament. Some think Moses and Elijah but Moses died and he was buried in the land of Moab, see Deuteronomy 34:4-6. ]

Enoch and Elijah were taken up by God, to heaven. So when Paul explains the Holy Spirit working in and through believers, the church, Paul addresses there is a time coming when the Holy Spirit is going to be removed from the earth. If the Holy Spirit is living in us, as scripture clearly teaches,  true believers, then if the Holy Spirit is taken up or removed from the earth, guess what is going to happen to the believers? The believers will be removed from earth too. Taken up. How? By the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul addresses this in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.

Are you ready for the vanishing? 

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Until next time.

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2 responses to “The Vanishing Explained”

  1. ThinkingLoud says :

    Bless you, for you edifying expository of the Bible. However, if I may, I would say apostle Paul was actually sent to minister to the gentiles, which is a subset of the Church (The true believers, the people of the way). The Church is made up of the jewish and gentile born again believers.

    Paul was the apostle, i.e. ambassador, to the Gentiles. His God given responsibility was to bring the Gentiles into a righteous relationship with the God of Israel through the New Covenant which Messiah brought. He makes this very clear throughout his letters…
    Romans 15: 15-18
    “15 But I have boldly written a few things to you, my brethren, so as to remind you by the grace that is given to me from God,
    16 That I may be a minister to Yeshua The Messiah among the Gentiles and that I may labor for The Gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles may be accepted and sanctified by The Spirit of Holiness.
    17 I have pride therefore in Yeshua The Messiah in the presence of God.
    18 I dare not speak of anything to the audience of the Gentiles that The Messiah has not done through me by word and by works,”

    As far as the 2 witness to come in the end times, I lean more towards “Moses and Elijah”; because these were the two that appeared with the Messiah at the mount of transfiguration. Nevertheless, these are minor issues that will be made clear to all when they are fulfilled.

    Thank you for your diligence in propagating the good news of our Lord!
    Shalom my dear brother!!

    • heavensrecord says :

      Thank you for your comment ThinkingLoud. Actually, Paul was not sent to “minister to the Gentiles” but as the Lord explained to Ananias in Acts 9:10-16 KJV
      “And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here , Lord.
      [11] And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
      [12] And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
      [13] Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
      [14] And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
      [15] But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
      [16] For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
      Clearly God called Paul to bear the name of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, to kings, and to the children of Israel.

      About Moses and Elijah, I understand there are two trains of thought with the two witnesses in Revelation. I do believe it is Enoch and Elijah, not only because they are the two that never died but Moses represents the law. When Jesus was physically here on earth, he was under the law so it is understandable why Moses and Elijah would appear to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Moses does not have anything to do with the church however. And Enoch and Elijah were caught up, a clear picture of the church.

      I appreciate your comments and look forward to more. Thank you so much. Shalom.

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