The Great Battle For The
A great battle for the
Rapture is raging. The master of
this battle is Satan because he stands to suffer his greatest defeat when the
Rapture occurs. Remember, how Satan
defiled the first woman in the garden and has attacked the seed of woman every
moment since that occasion. The
Father God declared this continuing battle in His first Messianic
statement. "And I will put
enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall
bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15).
Womanhood and her
purity have been at the center of every great conflict since the Garden of
Eden. Our Father had to
miraculously deliver Sarah from the Egyptian Pharaoh because of Abraham's
unbelief. If Sarah had been
defiled, the godly seed of the coming Christ would have been destroyed. Twice, our Father reached into the
Gentile world to redeem a Gentile woman and to purify her that the seed of woman
might continue undefiled all the way to Calvary.
The last seed of
woman is prophetically pictured in Revelation chapter twelve. There is a great debate over this
prophecy but the whole Bible has prepared us to interpret this simple
truth. The sun-clothed woman is a
visible picture of the church, both First and Second Testament, and the
man-child is that final seed of woman, which is caught up to God and His
throne. There was a church within
the Nation of Israel. Luke wrote
about this church in the wilderness.
"This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel
which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the
lively oracles to give unto us."
(Acts 7:38). The Second
Testament church has had its visible form for nearly two thousand years.
Testaments there has been nurtured within the visible church an invisible
company of the Godly seed. This
company of saints does not love this world or its fashions. Whatever the world is doing, this Godly
seed is doing the opposite. The
world can scorn this man-child, but this godly seed will only shine the brighter
and witness the louder. This crowd
of saints cannot be bought because they are already purchased. The hatred of Satan for the true seed of
woman will never diminish for all eternity. Even after the Rapture, the Antichrist,
empowered by Satan, will stand on the earth and blaspheme toward the heavens
where the raptured saints have been removed. "And he opened his mouth in blasphemy
against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in
13:6). No wonder there is such a
battle for the Rapture.
Satan Standing Before the Church
Lucifer or Satan, has stood before the sun-clothed woman throughout her
existence. He hates every
expression of godliness and separation.
Holiness is the antithesis to the false. The one religious expression that Satan
cannot imitate is purity or Biblical Holiness. He will promote his own prayer plan, his
own worship, and his own music; but every time the element that is rendered
unnecessary will be holiness. Look
at the prayers, music, or worship at a religious rock event and the entire
picture will be anything but pure and sensible in both action, dress, and
beauty. The whole affair has the
air of uncontrolled emotion and wild conduct. Unsaved, but moral people can discern
this better than our modern church world.
The visible sun-clothed woman has been defiled, but she still bears an
invisible company ready to be "caught up."
Let's view this
in Scripture. She is called a
"wonder" because of her contradictions.
She is visibly defiled, but has within her great body an undefiled people
that long to be delivered. I hear
this cry almost every day, "My church has gone the way of Hagin, Pensacola,
Toronto, the "God Chasers," etc., but I am going to be faithful to the Holy Word
and my Lord." There is a great
remnant that is searching for a true worship and a faithful pastor, but are
often disappointed. The sun-clothed
woman has broken the hearts of a multitude by her backsliding and
compromise. But, soon, very soon,
the faithful will be "caught up."
Now, let's look at this prophetic picture, "And there appeared a great wonder in
heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her
head a crown of twelve stars. And
she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be
delivered. And there appeared
another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and
ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the
stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the
woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was
born. And she brought forth a
man-child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was
caught up unto God, and to his throne." (Revelation 12:1-5).
Look at Several Aspects of This Text:
This Woman is Pained to Be Delivered of Her "Uncomfortable" Child -
The "Pensacola and Toronto" crowd have shouted from their pulpits to the
resistance within, "Leave, get out, get out of our way, quit resisting this new
thing" and have driven thousands out of their own churches. The Hagins, Copelands, Hinns, and the
whole New Wave deception have taken over thousands of churches and forced the
"Godly people" to flee in mass. The
"Willow Creek Model," the "rock music bands," and an entire list of strange
religious fads have stolen the church from tens of thousands of very dedicated
and hungry souls. (The Prayer of
Jabez is the latest.) The
modern sun-clothed woman hates the Rapture-Ready crowd and is "pained" to be
delivered of us. She will soon get
her heart's desire. We will be
"Child" Will Be Caught Up - There is no question, but that the
"man-child" is the raptured saints.
The only alternative that I have ever read or heard is that this
"man-child" is an historic intrusion at this point representing Jesus Christ's
ascension. Let's look at the words
used to describe this event. The
Word says, "And her child was "caught up" (harpazo) unto God and to His
12:5). The exact word in the
original is "harpazo" which was used in I Thessalonians by Apostle Paul for the
church. Please hear his words
by the Holy Ghost, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord." (1
Thessalonians 4:17). The Scripture
never says that Jesus was "caught up," but that He was "carried up" or "taken
up." The risen Son of God ascended
of His own power. We read in Acts,
"And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and
a cloud received him out of their sight." (Acts 1:9). The word used clearly indicates that he
ascended of His own authority and power.
The Earth had no hold on Him.
He is clearly the risen, glorified Son of God and He ascended back to His
The word "caught
up" (harpazo) is a powerful Greek word that indicates several wonderful
ideas. It means, "to seize, catch
(away up), pluck, pull" or "take by force." The idea of "removing from impending
danger" is clearly evident. These
words "caught up" cannot apply to Jesus Christ as the resurrected Lord in any
possible way. The Holy Ghost does
not make that kind of mistake in Biblical language.
The picture of
our present day church world gives an exact situation for the Lord's intended
message. The "man-child" is a pain
to the church, not even considering the world and Satan. If the church hates the "rapture ready"
remnant, how much more are they hated by the godless world and the hordes of
evil spirits operating under Satan's command. It is easy to see the indication of our
removal from impending danger. We
will be suddenly without warning and, while the world thinks to change us or
destroy us, "caught up" to His throne and delivered from the "rapture hating"
crowds. The Lord Jesus chose the
Hates The Rapture Truth - This text portrays Satan as actually
standing before the visible church, "to devour her child as soon as he was
born." Why does Satan hate the
"man-child" and the birth of this "man-child" so totally? Again, we return to the text in Genesis
and the conflict between Satan and the seed of woman. This struggle is approximately six
thousand years old. Satan has made
life a battle for every victory of woman's Godly seed. From Adam to Jesus Christ the Godly seed
was victorious only by pain and sorrows.
From Calvary to the present the "seed of Jesus Christ" has won only by
prevail and death to self. Finally,
the Godly seed of women is at the moment of Her greatest triumph. This seed has been faithful and
victorious in spite of Satan's continuance fury. Both the dead and the living have won
the victory. The whole creation is
groaning and travailing for deliverance.
The Holy Ghost has said, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us. For the earnest
expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him
who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be
delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the
children of God. For we know that
the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also,
which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within
ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." (Romans 8:18-23).
The devil will
never concede one battle. Every
victory we win will be by the triumph of our King of Kings. As this battles reaches its zenith and
the devil stands posed to devour, the Holy Ghost reaches into the very jaws of
the evil one and the "overcoming saints" are "caught up" to the throne. The victorious ones will have won their
greatest victory. Satan is left to
blaspheme and rage, but we are forever out of his reach. He can never accuse us again.
Sun-Clothed Woman Cannot Be the Nation of Israel - The prevailing
view among many Bible Expositors is that the sun-clothed woman is Israel. There are several reasons this
interpretation fails. Israel will
not be saved until the end of the seven years of Great Tribulation. Yet, we have the remnant of this woman
that misses the rapture winning every victory against Satan by the blood of
Jesus Christ. Look at two verses,
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelation 12:11). "And the dragon was wroth with the
woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Revelation 12:17). There is no possible way these two
verses represent the Nation of Israel during the seven years of the Great
Jewish nation was never promised to rule the nations with a "rod of iron." That has been an exclusive promise to
the church (overcoming saints) throughout Holy Scripture. This "man-child" is clearly given that
promise. "And she brought forth
a man-child who was to rule all nations."
(Revelation 12:5). The
church is going to judge the nations and be kings and priests for one thousand
years. Israel will be her own
nation in the Promise Land as promised to Abraham. She will be the most glorious nation on
the earth, but will not be Christ"s king and priest of the nations of the
Third, this great
prophecy is a future prophecy and cannot be confused with the historic
past. When Satan is first seen in
verse three, the description of him is clothed in his future role. He has "seven heads and ten horns and
seven crowns upon his heads."
(Revelation 12:3). This is
clearly a position of world power and rule over the Antichrist kingdom that the
Bible reserves for this last earthly period. The statement to John in the beginning
of chapter four establishes the rules for interpretation. The Lord said to John, "After this I
looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I
heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither,
and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." (Revelation 4:1). From Revelation 4:1 to Revelation 22:21
future prophecy is not to be confused with the historic past.
The Remnant Of The Sun-Clothed Woman
Most of today's
church world has adopted a very soft opinion of the Rapture. This was not true in the past. Whether reading writings of Hudson
Taylor, Joseph Seiss, G. H. Lang, or many other great saints and writers, their
theology demanded holiness and clean living (separated from all compromise and
worldliness) for the Rapture saints.
According to the past greats, much of the church world was clearly
unprepared to be a part of the "Rapture Remnant." I believe they were right. The saddest day of human history will be
the day after the Rapture.
Multitudes of lukewarm, indifferent, worldly, and slothful church leaders
and members are going to miss the Rapture.
They will be this crowd that Satan turns in his fury to persecute and
slaughter. With the Rapture victory
won by the ready saints and lost by Satan, his anger will be indescribable.
When you view
this picture of the remnant of the church world fleeing into a wilderness for
three and one-half years, it fits perfectly with the Tribulation Saints seen in
several passages. They will be
martyred, as seen in the following verses, "And when he had opened the fifth
seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of
God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice,
saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our
blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto
them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants
also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be
6:9-11). Do not forget that
Revelation chapter 4 and Revelation chapter 12 are the same Rapture event
pictured twice. The first picture
is from a heavenly view and the second view is from the earth. Each view is followed by a different
picture of the same seven years of the Great Tribulation. The great company of Tribulation saints
in Revelation seven is the result of those who overcame Satan by the "Blood of
the Lamb." "And they overcame
him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved
not their lives unto the death."
Satan Will Lose His Kingdom
Satan has been
the "god of this world" for nearly six thousand years. His love to be worshipped and obeyed has
been intoxicating. He guards his
domain with evil dedication and uses his host of fallen angels (demons) to
demand his will. He knows that when
the Rapture occurs, it is the beginning of the end. The very "man-child" that he stands over
to devour will be the Lord's kings and priests who will become the rulers of
this world. We are going to take
over Satan's previous domain. No
wonder there is such a hatred for the Rapture. It is a battle to the end.
believers have been "caught up" in today's compromise, religious fads, and false
teachings about Post-Millennialism and Kingdom Dominion doctrines. The faithful that have refused the
watered down standards, the new fads, and doctrines will soon be gone. It is either to be "caught up" in the
false or to be "caught up" to meet Him in the air.
The Bible is a
plain book. All anyone needs to do
is to take the Bible literally. You
cannot take the "Hope of the Rapture" literally if you do not take the "laws of
righteousness" literally. The
saints of every great revival have been holiness men and women. Whether it was Dwight L. Moody, Hudson
Taylor, or any of the fundamental ministers, they preached holiness and godly
separation. The compromisers call
this standard "legalism." To a few
it may be, but to the pure of heart, it is obedience.
You must decide
if you want to be one of the "man-child" remnant "caught up" to meet the Lord or
one of the crowd left to flee into the wilderness.
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