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The Rapture Concealment

May 26, 2016

Zephaniah 2:1-2 – “Gather together before the Day of Yahweh’s wrath comes upon you.”
Those who hope in The Rapture are often attacked for looking for the great escape, for the hiding away from calamity. This, some say, is pure fantasy. But the scriptures say that this hope is no fantasy at all, but reality – those who are called up in the Rapture will be hidden away, concealed in the secret places during the time of Yahweh’s wrath.

Saved From
1 Thessalonians 5:9 – “Yahweh did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Yeshua HaMashiach.”
Revelation 3:10Yahweh will keep the Bride of Yeshua from the hour of testing that will come upon all the Earth.
The Hebrew word often translated saved or delivered is malat [מָלַט H4422] which means: to escape, to slip away; specifically to deliver, release or rescue. In the Greek, it is often the word ekpheugō [ἐκφεύγω G1628], or sōtēria [σωτηρία G4991]. Numerous examples are noted in scripture of righteous people being delivered from calamity or destruction while the unrighteous or evil are punished: Noah is delivered from/through the flood (Genesis 6); Lot is rescued from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:25-19:29); and Rahab is rescued by the Jews when Jericho is overthrown (Joshua 6:22-23, Hebrews 11:31); whereas the unrighteous are kept under punishment for the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:9).

This separation of righteous and unrighteous is clearly stated in the book of Matthew: the good fish are separated from the bad fish in the net; the wheat is separated from the tares at the harvest; the five wise and five foolish bridesmaids are separated at the door; the sheep are separated from the goats; the profitable servants are separated from the unprofitable servants; and those with wedding garments are separated from those who have none.

Gathered Together and Hidden
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17We are gathered up in the clouds to meet Yeshua and will be with Him forever.
Likewise, the image of being hidden behind closed doors for the righteous during Yahweh’s wrath is a reality clearly stated in scripture:
Yahweh’s beloved is arraigned in festal clothing and has entered her chamber (Psalm 45); Yahweh’s people hide in their rooms for a short time until his anger is finished (Isaiah 26: 20); Yahweh’s people are concealed in his tabernacle, in the secret place (Psalm 27:5); those who are ready go in with him to the wedding feast; and the door is shut (Matthew 25:1-13). My favorite is in the Song of Songs: “My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away. Hide in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff’!” (Song of Songs 2:10-14).

Gone And Not To Be Found
Song of Songs 6:12 – “Before I was even aware, I was suddenly riding in the royal chariot with my beloved prince . . .”
Song of Songs 6:13 – “Return, return, O maid of Shulam! Return, return, that we may look upon you . . .”
Song of Songs 6:14 – “Come away and hide in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff . . .”
Read verse 6:12, and then compare it to Paul’s statements that we will be changed in an instant (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).  Now note the parallel of suddenly riding in her beloved’s chariot with the gathering up in the clouds to meet Yeshua, our beloved prince and bridegroom (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Read verse 6:13, and then note that once the maid of Shulam is gone, others want her back, verse 6:13! The Older Covenant maid, or bride of Solomon, represents the Newer Covenant Bride of Yeshua! She is taken by her bridegroom Solomon, a representation of Yeshua, into his chariot – a direct Older Covenant parallel with the Newer Covenant rapture. Read verse 6:14, and then note that many look for her, wanting her back, but she cannot be found – her beloved has taken her away and hidden her in the secret places. The words “secret places” comes from the Hebrew word sâthar [סָתַר H5641] which means: to be concealed, hidden, absent in a secret place.

Conclusions
Psalm 27:5 – “In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle: in the secret place of his tent.”
Scripture is very clear that the Bride of Yeshua will be taken away before the wrath of Yahweh is poured out and will be hidden in the secret places – the door will be shut and no one else can enter. This taking away will happen in an instant – so fast that it will happen before she will be even be aware. She will be looked for, but cannot be found. These images are a perfect representation of the Rapture Concealment.  These images are a perfect representation of the Rapture Concealment, which will take place before the Tribulation period, exactly as portrayed by the above scriptures.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

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2 Comments
  1. Hello Truthmatters12,
    A failure to comprehend both the historical and the prophetic nature of the scriptures will, unfortunately, blind a person to what scripture is really saying. While it was tempting to deal with the Zephaniah passage first, I will instead deal with the Revelation passage first, as this is the more important of the two to understand correctly.

    Revelation 3:10 is part of the letter to the church in Philadelphia, not the church in Sardis! Sad to say, it is you that are misusing scripture, not I. This verse speaks of the hour of testing that comes upon the whole earth. Not just the middle east, not just the land of Israel. Yes, Emperor Trajan’s war against the church was terrible, but it was not world wide. Philadelphia prophetically represents the faithful church, which as far as I know, does still exist. Philadelphia, in fact, has an open door which no one can shut!

    Not only have you mistaken Philadelphia with Sardis, your assertion that it no longer exists is false teaching. Sardis, in fact, is told to wake up and strengthen themselves, and Yeshua will dress them in white and confess their name before his Father and the angels. Being dressed in white, overcoming or conquering, having one’s name in the Book of Life, being confessed before Yahweh are all references to the Bride of Yeshua – again, a faithful remnant that is still alive and well today. Yahweh always has a faithful remnant!

    Zephaniah 2 lays out a series of judgments that starts in the West, proceeds to the East, then to the South, and lastly to the North: from Gaza to Moab and Ammon, to Ethiopia, and finally to Assyria. These verses are speaking prophetically of a fulfillment that is yet still in the future. The undesired nation of Zephaniah 2:1 is a direct reference to the Bride of Yeshua, called a foolish nation in Deuteronomy 32:21. The land of the Philistines has not yet been given to Judah for their shepherds and flocks. Neither has Babylon, Moab, or Ammon become a waste as are Nineveh, Sodom and Gomorrah. Nineveh, Sodom and Gomorrah are patterns, pictures, and types of the destruction that is yet to come. They are simply examples or warnings of what is coming to the ungodly (see 2 Peter 2:6).

    Nor has Yahweh yet famished ALL the “gods” of the earth, so Haley’s assertion that the Zephaniah passage has found fulfillment in a past event is grossly incorrect, despite some parallels. In Hebrew thinking, a “command” to gather together is the same as Yahweh doing the gathering. Only Greek thinking sees a difference. Therefore, the gathering together is also a future fulfillment, hence a reference to the rapture when we are gathered together and hidden, or concealed in Yeshua!

    The primary topic of the blog is concealment. The passages I have used all prophetically indicate a concealment before Yahweh’s wrath is poured out. All point to the reality that the rapture will be a time of concealment as well, despite your vehement objections!

  2. truthmatters12 permalink

    Many of these Scriptures are taken out of context. Your lead Scripture, Zechariah 2:1,2, is a COMMAND to gather together, not a PROMISE that the LORD YAHWEH will gather His people together. Also, it is followed by a “for” in verse 4, and the statements that follow fit the destruction of Babylon, which was, according to Halley’s, a mere 20 years hence. This is NOT a verse that supports the rapture.

    You leave OUT the time reference in Revelation 3:10 and miss the fact that this is a personal reward for the faithful church in Sardis, which, as far as I can tell, DOES NOT EXIST TODAY. Rather, Jesus says that the “hour of testing” is “ABOUT TO COME” upon the whole earth. It is a misuse, indeed, an abuse, of language to believe “about to come” applies 2,000 years past the promise! This “hour of testing” was imminent. Written in 96 AD, we are going to have to look at a more contemporaneous “hour of testing.” Roman Emperor Trajan’s general persecution of the Church was terrible.

    NOTE:
    The portions of this comment that I deemed to be personal attacks have been edited out.

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