Who
  Will Be Raptured?

 

 

 

Appendix 1

Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,

 

©2009
  Enoch did not die according to the Bible. Genesis 5:24 tells us he was taken from off the earth. The Septuagint Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible compiled by seventy-two Hebrew scholars ca 200 years before Christ, reads: "…(Enoch) was not found for God had translated him and he pleased God". Paul 1 was referring to the Septuagint Greek in Genesis when he wrote:
 
Enoch's Translation
Hebrews 11:5-6
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  Therefore, Paul used the thinking of the time as reflected in the Septuagint that Enoch was translated, transported, and transformed upon his disappearance.

Vine's Expository Dictionary says that the Greek metatithemi [Strong: 3364] meaning 'translated' in Hebrews 11:5 is defined as 'to transport to another place'. Other dictionaries say it also means 'to transpose' or 'to convert to something else' such as the Levitical priesthood when it was changed to the Melchisedec priesthood [Hebrews 7:12]. It indicates an entire transformation.

Enoch's vanishing act qualifies for both. Since translation means 'to change places' or 'to transform', and the name Enoch means 'to initiate' or 'to teach', we can deduce that Enoch initiated the translation process among men commonly known as being raptured – the removal of people from earth to heaven without experiencing death [1 Corinthians 15:52].

'Rapture' is the Latin Vulgate Bible's word for 'seizing out of'' or 'snatching away from'. It is the equivalent to the Greek term 'harpazo' in Paul's letter to Thessaly: we which are alive and remain shall be 'caught up' (harpazo) together with them in the clouds… [4:17]. Again, the English translation of the Greek 'harpazo' means to be caught up or seized out of the earth. Thus, the Church's rapture is the antitype to Enoch's translation, the prophetic type.

Lot's Example
Additionally, Lot's seizure out of Sodom by angels before God judged it is another illustration of the meaning of the Greek 'harpazo'.
  The Bible says that the angels had to take Lot and his family by the hands and almost literally drag them out the city before it blew up. Could this be how the Church will be raptured off the earth? Will it be immediately prior to another 911 event on a larger scale? Jesus mentioned Lot's situation as representative of the endtime judgment [Luke 17:28,29]. So, was Lot's 'in the nick of time' escaping judgment included in our Lord's forewarning about those days?
 

Was Enoch Rewarded Or Blessed?

Let me restate the pertinent Hebrew text again which reports Enoch was translated, and I would like for you to pay close attention to how his rapture connects to pleasing God and being rewarded by Him, for that is what this Appendix is about.

 
Hebrews 11:5-6
 
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that HE PLEASED GOD.
6 BUT without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God MUST BELIEVE that he is, and that he is a REWARDER of them that diligently seek him.

The opening conjunction 'But' of verse six connects the two verses and endorses them as a unity. Could verse six, therefore, be intimating that if we do not have faith like Enoch in a translation or rapture that we will not receive the REWARD of being caught up out of the earth before the tribulation? Is being raptured a reward? And is being rewarded the same as being blessed?

From the above, we can conclude that Enoch pleased God by believing what He said. Faith or believing God is the agency causing inclusion into Paul's hall of faith champions. Therefore, faith is of utmost importance. If God says something, do it. Don't mess around wondering if He meant something literally or spiritually. Take Him at His Word literally first of all because you cannot know until it's too late that it was an error to take Him spiritually. Doubt robs people of rewards and blessings.

Had the antediluvians BELIEVED God's Word as Noah did, any of them could have received the same REWARD of escape from the flood judgment via the Ark along with Noah and his family. They had the same Adamic information regarding a coming flood as Noah did. Moreover, they had the witness of Enoch's monument and translation. Do you see where we're heading in this homily? If you don't, stay with me and you will.

All the people in Paul's faith hall of fame were giants. Hence, they pleased God and were accounted as righteous just like Abraham was. You and I are also accounted righteous when we believe God [Romans 4:23]. From verse six above, it states that in believing God faith people are REWARDED and thus blessed.

So we can surmise that rewards follow seeking God diligently as the verse states. In other words, anyone who is not committed to learning what God's will is in His Word, is a half-hearted lukewarm believer. And you know what Jesus said about lukewarm believers: …I will spue thee out of my mouth [Revelation 3:16]. So diligence to attend to matters related to God is the key to being rewarded by our Lord.
 

An Engima Of Scripture

Thirty years ago, when I learned about God's book of remembrance while studying the book of Malachi [4:16-18], I was excited that the Lord looks upon His people as jewels. I knew I was saved, but oh how precious the sound was to me about becoming a diamond, or a ruby, or an emerald in His Kingdom. So I set about to obtain more information on the book of remembrance.

As I searched for greater meaning, I did not find anything excepting commentators' interpretation on the verses, which did not satisfy my yearning. The most I derived from my intense search was that people who were committed to pressing in to know the Lord better would be His jewels. So, I began to press in for I was hungry to know God better.

Most interpretations assume that the book of remembrance is the same as the book of life wherein all believers are written. Somehow, this did not ring true with my spirit for it seemed like this book of remembrance was a special book over and above God's willingness to save anyone who calls upon the name of Jesus [Romans 10:13].

Although many things have multiple names, something told me that this book is not the same as the book of life. To me, jewels are different from semi-precious stones, and they certainly are different from opaque ones. So I strained at understanding the real meaning of this book of remembrance. The prospect of becoming a jewel in God's Kingdom intrigued me.

Over the years the book's fascination waned somewhat, but not my desire to become a jewel. God loves His children equally with the same love as He loves Jesus [John 17:23]. Yet this book in Malachi suggests that there is something that separates believers. And in all these years, the sense that the book of remembrance is special has never decreased. Even from the current copious quantity of literature on the Bible today, I have never been able to obtain a satisfactory answer to Malachi's passage. Until this interpretation………

God
Rewards According To Our Works

While I was praying about Enoch's translation, the word 'reward' kept cropping up in my spirit. Hebrews 11:6 has been a major verse I have used of late in teaching Bible faith to high school and college students on the Internet. Verse six is a critical one in this endeavor because it clearly is the means of pleasing God, for …without faith you cannot please God…. But notice that the rest of the verse states our rewards are tied to our faith and pleasing God. Read it again and see for yourself. So the concept of 'rewards' is connected to pleasing God.

Considering that Enoch in the New Testament is associated with Hebrews 11:6 and both verses 5 and 6 are a unit, and considering that he figures prominently in this vision, I was impressed to meditate upon those verses at length because I felt like I did not have a complete resolution to the interpretation of this heavenly visitation. As soon as Jeannette gave me the details about her open vision, I knew immediately that it was about the rapture. I had almost total closure without prayer. But as I was writing, I felt like there was something important I was leaving out. The Spirit would not let me rest.

Knowing that Enoch's translation to heaven actually happened, for the Bible says it did, and knowing that his translation was connected with the Pillar at Giza which is a memorial to bypassing death as we have seen, the Holy Spirit stirred up my spirit to do a word study on the words 'memorial' and 'remembrance' for memorials are remembrances. What a guide we have in the Holy Spirit! He led me to the resolution of this work of the Lord as well as that of the book of remembrance in Malachi.

 

The Feast of Trumpets

When studying the feasts a long time ago, I learned that the blowing of trumpets during the Feast of Trumpets at the first fall feast is a 'memorial' as stated in Leviticus 23:24. Blowing the trumpet at that feast is therefore a 'remembrance' that the Days of Awe have started, which days end on the Day of Atonement ten days later. During those ten days, people must get right with God or be lost forever. That is why the days are titled Days of Awe and also why the trumpet blows on the Feast of Trumpets to awaken people that the days have come.

The trumpets blow to signal that an awesome time has begun – the seven year tribulation period. During this period people must choose between serving Jesus or serving the Antichrist. Choosing Jesus will be hazardous at that time because Jews and Christians alike will be marked for extinction as the book of Revelation prophesies. Thankfully, those days will be shortened and will terminate at the closing of the Gates of Heaven on Yom Kippur when opportunity to enter heaven ends.

The Feast of Trumpets has ten titles by which it is called and one of them is the Gates of Heaven. Jewish tradition teaches that the gates are opened on the Feast of Trumpets and they close on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The vision we are investigating is a picture of this tradition because Jeannette saw Jerusalem's Wailing Wall known as the Gates of Heaven open. This is a sign that the vision is a tribulation event.

The rapture of the 144,000 Jewish converts is the next rapture on God's agenda of seven raptures. Because the Bride will have already been taken to her heavenly prepared mansions, she is in hiding in heaven until God's wrath on sin is completed according to Isaiah 26:20-21. God has not appointed us (the Bride of Christ) to wrath, but to obtain salvation (or deliverance to heaven) by our Lord Jesus Christ [1 Thessalonians 5:9].

After the tribulation period is over, the Gates of Heaven close on Yom Kippur to complete the first resurrection to life. At that time, God's patient waiting on people to return to Him will be over. Since we do not know what time it is, I encourage readers who want to be guaranteed a place in the rapture to enter into a serious intimate relationship with Jesus. Do it now before it's too late.

The Days of Awe will be filled with unprecedented trouble and claiming Jesus is Lord of all will exacerbate difficulty. The overriding theme of all the messages on this website has been to encourage people not to procrastinate in making Jesus the Lord of your life. God has been extremely longsuffering with people over the years, so that He could call out a bride for His Son and so that people could find out how good He is. But there comes a point of no return as people found out when the doors were shut to Noah's ark.

Yes indeed, God's arithmetic points up the fact that any day now the fall feast rehearsals will become reality just like the spring ones did in 32 A.D. Have we entered the Days of Awe? Many signs point to September 30, 2008 as having begun Daniel's last week of the Jewish Age. Was it the one beginning the last Sabbatical week of seven years that ends the 2,000 year interruption of the Jewish Age Daniel spoke about in his book [chapter 9]? Some serious studious people think it was.

All the feasts of God were dress rehearsals depicting God's set times for intervening in history to accomplish His redemption plan for the world. The four spring feasts brought forth the Messiah for His work of redemption right on schedule. Hence, it is reasonable that the three remaining fall feasts will occur on schedule. If interested, the feasts are mentioned in passing in the article on the main page of this website entitled The Rapture Series.

 

Memorials Are Reminders

Pillar of Enoch
Considering that the Feast of Trumpets is a memorial and the Pillar of Enoch is a memorial, both function as reminders that a terrible time is coming when God will cleanse the earth by a fire judgment. These two memorials point to the same thing – a rapture associated with the Days of Awe. How does this relate to the book of remembrance in Malachi? Let me explain.

Strong's Concordance gives the meaning of 'remembrance' [OT:2142: zakar] in Malachi 3:16 as 'marking so as to be recognized'. Brown-Driver-Brigg's Hebrew Lexicon [Strong, OT:2146: zikrown] gives the meaning of 'memorial' in Leviticus 23:24 as 'a reminder' or 'to bring to remembrance'. Both Malachi and Leviticus concur that "memorial' and 'remembrance' infer the same thing because they come from the same root word zakar.

Chapter and verse numbers were added to the Bible quite a while after the Canon of Scripture was completed. They were added as technical references for Bible study. According to Wikipedia online encyclopedia, Stephen Langdon is credited with chapter division and Robert Stephanus for verse division. It sometimes helps to understand some passages of Scripture if you read on into the following chapter as if there were no break to see if it pertains to the one before. Hebrew and Greek texts were not only written without chapter and verse but also without punctuation. So Scripture passages must be interpreted with the Holy Spirit's guide.

I personally believe God inspired the men who divided the books. There are too many astonishing correlations associated with chapter and verse and God's contextual messages to be coincidental. For instance, Genesis 22 correlates with Psalms 22, and Bible encoded messages embedded within certain numbered verses have been uncannily associated with the surface message of the verses. Moreover, the numerical value of the numbers comport with the messages also. But that's another issue.

If you read past the last verse of Malachi chapter three and continue on without stopping into chapter four, you will find that the last chapter of the book is about the end of the Jewish Age, i.e., the time of the final week of Daniel's 70 year prophecy, the seven year tribulation period. Verse 1 talks about the day coming that burns as an oven; verse 2 about Jesus the Sun of righteousness coming with healing in His wings; verse 3 about Jesus treading down the wicked in judgment; verse 4 about the law of Moses being remembered again as the Jewish Age picks up where it left off at Jesus' crucifixion; and verses 5 and 6 about Elijah reappearing as one of the two witnesses in the tribulation period to help Jews correctly discern the times and the changing of the Jewish body politic back to Temple worship. Does not that sound like the Second Advent of Jesus?

As noted in the body of this interpretation, some people believe that America is abandoning Israel to support the Arabs. In fact, signs of that happening are already surfacing. That's why it is thought by some that September 30, 2008 on the Gentile calendar, began the last seven-year cycle of famine for the Jews. Truly, a famine of friendship with the nations of the world has begun to plague Israel, Jerusalem is certainly a burdensome stone for all people [Zechariah 12:3], and a viable candidate for the last Gentile world ruler is in the wings. Everything seems so surreal to me.

 

The Book of Remembrance Connection

I said all of the above to alert you to the serious possibility that some Christians are not ready for rapture. Perhaps that sounds like a partial rapture of the Church, which is a hot topic within Church circles, but it nonetheless is a serious issue if indeed the book of remembrance signifies that God has a book in which some people are not written, and hence may not be blessed by being raptured. Let's find out from the Word who is in that book.

 
Malachi 3:16-17
  16 Then they that FEARED the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that FEARED the Lord, and that THOUGHT UPON his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will SPARE THEM, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
 
Malachi 4:1-2
  4 FOR, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But unto you that FEAR my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wing
s; …

Fear in the above verses does not mean scared, but a deep loving respectful reverence for God, not a casual careless slipshod attitude about Him. Enough said. The second qualification is how devoted one is to seeking Him out. Giving God time once a week for an hour is not real devotion. Would a nod to God fifteen minutes a day qualify? Let me ask you a couple of questions. What is first place in your life? What turns you on and excites you? These are the kinds of things that determine how much you think about the Lord.

The Holy Spirit's purpose in having me point out this book of remembrance is to apprise people that there appears to be a connection between one's attitude toward the Lord and missing the tribulation period. How so? The 'For' opening chapter four of Malachi where we see a day coming that burns as an oven – Enoch's fire judgment? – infers a connection to the last part of chapter three that talks about a book of remembrance. It is a connector word connecting the last four verses of chapter three with the entirety of chapter four. Are you getting the connection? One could easily read 'because' instead of 'for' …the day cometh….. Try it and you will see what I mean.

Given that a rapture precedes the worst time the world will ever see as Paul teaches in his first letter to Thessaly and Jesus taught in His Olivet discourse, and given some people will miss it because they are not ready like the five foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1ff, is it possible that the people whose names are written in the book of remembrance at the time of the rapture will be REWARDED by being raptured out of the way of God's wrath [Revelation 3:10] in like manner that Enoch was rewarded by being raptured out of the earth before the wrath of God fell on sin with a worldwide flood?

The reward, then, as determined from the last words of Malachi 3:17 is being SPARED from the hour of temptation that Apostle John says shall try the whole world [Revelation 3:17]. Indeed, God said He is going to SPARE His jewels who are written in His book of remembrance. What is He going to spare them from? We are told in the next sentence of Malachi 4:1. He is going to spare them from …the day coming that shall burn as an oven …that…shall burn them up. They will be spared the tribulation of the Tribulation Period.

 

In Summary

We have seen that Enoch, the type, escaped the flood judgment by being translated and hence was rewarded – or blessed if you prefer – because of his faith as Hebrews 11:5 and 6 intimates; so there might be an antitypical correspondence with the people written in the book of remembrance escaping the fire judgment that Enoch's Pillar memorializes.

It is clear from the above that the book of remembrance memorializes a particular group of people whom God is pleased with. And the Scripture says that they are in the book of remembrance because of their deep respect and devotion to Him as a result of thinking about Him constantly. By interpolation, it is possible that the reward or blessing of being written in the book is that they are taken out of the way of the coming fire judgment on sin. Have you gotten the picture?

God determines times and seasons and how He rewards people. All I can say is, are you ready to be raptured? This whole website has been committed to helping people see the need of being prepared for rapture. Because God wants to please His children that please Him, pick your stone – a ruby, an emerald, a diamond, or perhaps a sapphire. All are precious in God's sight, but you are more precious in His sight than any of them.

Lest you think it is hard to get written in His book of remembrance, read Appendix 2. It is our tenderhearted Father's loving addendum to Jeannette's visitation to the Wailing Wall where she received a glimpse of New Jerusalem and saw the Gates of Heaven open; it is an encouraging prophecy from the Lord, a holy invitation to rest in His loving care to protect and prosper us His beloved children even in these times of turmoil and perplexity.

One last word…………. We may not be able to fellowship in person, but we can do it vicariously through Holy Spirit power over the Internet. Thus, in obedience to the command to not forsake gathering together even though via Internet, we here at Whitestones Ministries are exhorting you to stay ready …and so much the more… because we …see the day approaching [Hebrews 10:25].

(To continue please click on Appendix 2 for the "Hope" prophecy)

Maranath, Jeannette and Lee

 
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