Rapture according to Prophet Isaiah

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And the Lord will cause His voice of authority to be heard, And the descending of His arm to be seen in fierce anger, And in the flame of a consuming fire In cloudburst, downpour and hailstones. (Isaiah 30:30 NASB)

This is definitely a scripture portraying the return of Jesus. Because it says the ‘Arm’ of the Lord descends. The word ‘descending’ might ring bells to most of us because it reminds about one of the most taught and read scripture in the entire Bible. You guessed it ! It’s 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17. It’s says;

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

See, Both Isaiah and Apostle Paul are talking about the same event. It’s the return of our Lord and gathering of believers unto him. Even pre-tribulation theorists admit the fact that this is talking about the same event popularly called as the Rapture of the Church.

The similarities in these scriptures are astonishing.

1) First of all there is ‘Voice of authority’ in Isaiah. Similarly there is a ‘Shout‘ from Lord in 1 Thessalonians. It means that Our Lord Jesus will come with a Mighty voice, a Shout ! Clearly it won’t be a secret event.

2) Secondly, In Isaiah the Arm of the Lord will descent from Heaven. Throughout the Bible Jesus, the Son of God is referred to as the Arm of the Lord. There are numerous scriptures to validate this statement. Some of them are given below:

“I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight”. (Jeremiah 27:5)

God made everything by his arm, his Son, Jesus. John Chapter 1 confirms this by calling Jesus the Creator of all.

“You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted”. (Psalms 89:13)

Psalmist says that God’s arm, his right hand is exalted. We know it was Jesus who was exalted to the right hand of God from Acts 2:33.

“Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear”.

There are many more examples. Definitely Jesus, The Messiah is God’s right hand.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 Lord Jesus descends from Heaven. He is coming down for the Church. It doesn’t say that he touches the earth. Rather, believers are caught up to meet the Lord in the air. It’s the rapture of the church, plain and simple.

Now we have proved both Isaiah 30:30 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 are talking about the same event, Rapture of believers. No we are going to study when the Rapture occurs.

Now consider the first scripture(Isaiah 30:30) again. It says what happens when Jesus  returns for the church.

“And the Lord will cause His voice of authority to be heard, And the descending of His arm to be seen in fierce anger, And in the flame of a consuming fire In cloudburst, downpour and hailstones“.

When Jesus descends, Fire and hailstones will be rained down to earth. This is an important insight! In the Book of Revelation, Apostle John also saw the same event. But When ? When the 7th seal was broken and the first trumpet was sounded  !

“The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up”.
(Rev 8:7 NKJV)

This is further proof that there is NO Pre-tribulation rapture. Believers will go through Tribulation. Rapture happens at the breaking of 7th seal when first trumpet is sounded ! You might think that Jesus returns with the Trumpet of God, not with the Trumpet of Angels.(1 Thess 4:16), In Revelation 8:7, it is the angel who is sounding the trumpet. There can be a little bit of confusion here. But it will be gone if we read the entire chapter carefully. Consider Revelation 8:2;

And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

Trumpets belongs to God. They are his! But all of the 7 trumpets are ‘given’ to the angels to be sounded. This is a key scripture.

Blessings!

6 thoughts on “Rapture according to Prophet Isaiah

  1. FX

    Bonjour,

    Interesting post!

    One question, though!

    You write; “Rapture happens at the breaking of 7th seal when first trumpet is sounded !”

    What do you make of the 7th (and last) trumpet where it says:

    “The nations were angry,
    and your wrath has come.
    The time has come for judging the dead,
    and for rewarding your servants the prophets
    and your people who revere your name,
    both great and small—
    and for destroying those who destroy the earth”.

    Does not the rapture take place at the last trumpet (the 7th) according to Paul ? Looks like this is when the servants the prophets and God’s people (who revere His name, both great and small) get rewarded!

    Thanks for your insights,

    Blessings from France,

    François-Xavier

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    1. The Rapture happens on Rosh Hashanah, The Feast of Trumpets. There are many trumpet blows on Rosh Hashanah and the last trump is called the ‘Awakening Blast’. Most likely it will coincide with the 1st trumpet of Revelation. Blessings !

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      1. FX

        Bonjour Watchmenon the wall.

        Thank you for your feedback and explanations.

        If the rapture happens at the 1st trompet (biblically speaking, that is not the last trumet), then we must reconcile both Paul’s words in 1 Cor 15:52 and John’s words in Revelation 11.18.

        Both Paul and John (and Yeshua’s too in Mat 24:31) agree that a specific event (ie the rapture) happens at a specific moment : at the last trumpet.
        It so happens that at the 7th and last trumpet, this is exactly where John says that the servants the prophets and God’s people get rewarded,

        Are they raputure 6 trumpets earlier and only get their rewards at the 7th trumpet?

        John also equals the 7th trumpet with the beginning of Yeshua’s reign (“because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign”).
        Because the Bible does not say that Jesus’s reign starts at the first trumpet, it’s hard to reconcile a raputure taking place at the first trumpet!

        Notice, it is also says at the 7th and last trumpet that the wrath of God is set to be poured (“your wrath has come”).
        We also read: “And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm”. These words clearly echo Isaiah’s in Isaiah 30:30.

        All the above clearly seem to point to a rapture at the last and seventh trumpet, not at the first one!

        Any thoughts on this?

        With blessings,

        FX

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      2. Again, what Paul was referring to the ‘last trumpet’ may not be the 7th trumpet of Revelation. Most likely these 7 trumpets will be sounded within a year. We know that God’s wrath will be poured out on breaking of 6th seal and then the Day of the Lord begins. From Isaiah 34:8 , we know that the Day of the Lord lasts for 1 year. All the 7 trumpets and 7 woes will happen during this period. The trumpets Apostle Paul was referring can’t be sounded on any day. It must happen on Yom Teruah also known as Rosh Hashanah, The head of Jewish Civil year.

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  2. FX

    Bonjour Watchmen on the wall,

    Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate our exchanges.

    You state the following:

    “We know that God’s wrath will be poured out on breaking of 6th seal and then the Day of the Lord begins”

    Do we really know for sure ?

    Revelation 6 states:

    15 And the kings of the earth..said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

    17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

    From the above verses, we could interpret that God’s wrath will be poured out on breaking of 6th seal…

    BUT should this be the case, then we NEED to reconcile the text with the following passages that clearly tell us when the wrath is pourred :

    Revelation 11 :

    15 “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

    => Clearly, it is only at this point that Yeshua truly enters into the scene…

    18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come…, ”

    => The above verse clearly indicates that the wrath is come…at the sound of the 7th trumpet, that is after the 6th seal.

    “…and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great..”

    => This is rapture talks : dead rise first, then those who are still alive join them. We all appear before our King and get the rewards we deserve (if we do get rewards! Some won’t…)

    => The timing is perfect because, this lines up with the LAST trumpet Paul clearly mentions : this is Scripture interpreting Scripture, not an asumption about a possible tradition about trumpets being blown on Yom Teruach (which by the way is never called Rosh Hashana in the Bible!. The new biblical year is Nisan!)

    “…and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth”.

    =>Now it’s time for the wrath to fall on those who destroy the earth.

    Now onto the actual wrath, Revelation 15 clearly stipulates :

    15 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

    => Clearly, the wrath of Yahweh is contained in the seven last plagues. The trumpets are not really called the wrath of God, are they?

    So in conclusion, we cannot be 100% sure that the “”We know that God’s wrath will be poured out on breaking of 6th seal and then the Day of the Lord begins” because the above verses seem to make clear that there is more to it!

    Blessings from France,

    FX

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