Scripture is inundated with many instances of Yahweh telling his people before an event happens that the event will indeed happen, a foretelling that I call ‘Advance Notice.’
2 Kings 17:13 is an example of this foretelling – Yahweh had warned Israel and Judah in advance through every prophet and seer, saying “Turn from your evil ways; and obey my commandments and regulations, in accordance with the entire Torah which I ordered your ancestors to keep and which I sent to you through my servants the prophets.” This is stated similarly in Jeremiah 18:11, 25:5; and 35:15. Isaiah 50:6 and especially 53:5 foretell of Yeshua’s trial and crucifixion as does Psalm 22:14-18.
2 Corinthians 13:1 – “Every fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
But are there any scriptures that give advance notice of a rapture event? In order to determine if there are, we must find at least two witnesses to establish it in accordance with Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15; Matthew 18:18, and 2 Corinthians 13:1). You may be surprised to find out that there are:
2 Kings 2:3, 2:5 – “Do you know that Yahweh is taking your master away from you today? ‘Yes, I know,’ Elisha answered; ‘say no more.’”
Twice, scripture tells us that the day of Elijah’s departure, or rapture, was known to the Sons of The Prophets, sometimes called the Guild Prophets. Elijah and Elisha also knew, so the total number of people who were in the know is at least 102. Scripture does not indicate where this foretelling about his rapture is recorded, but this can only be described as ‘Advance Notice.’
Luke 9:30-31 – “Suddenly there were two men talking with Yeshua; Moses and Elijah. They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke of his departure.”
Yeshua received information regarding his departure from Moses and Elijah before he was carried into Heaven (Luke 24:51). This is generally taught to be about his death, but the word used, exodus [G1841], is made of two words, ek [G1537] and hodus [G3598]. Ek means out of and hodus means a road. This verse could very well mean that Moses and Elijah were talking to Yeshua about his rapture – his journey out of the earth back to heaven! Either way, this meeting between Moses, Elijah, and Yeshua regarding upcoming events sounds like ‘Advance Notice.’
Do We Have A Third Witness?
Scripture does not give us any qualifications about the two or more witnesses other than they must be honest about their testimony. Genesis, Jude, and Peter all quote from the Book of Enoch which tells us that Enoch also had ‘Advance Notice’ about his departure (Enoch 81:6). Perhaps we do have a third witness.
Question: Does Advance Notice Still Apply?
Amos 3:7 – “Yahweh Elohim does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
Can we take this promise literally even today? I say we can because Amos 3:7 unequivocally states that Yahweh always gives ‘Advance Notice.’ Numbers 23:19 says “When Yahweh says something, he will do it; when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it.” Yeshua says he and Yahweh are one (John 10:30), and Hebrews 13:8 says: “Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Yeshua on numerous occasions reminds his disciples that the promise of Amos 3:7 is his standard operating procedure as well:
Matt 24:25 “There! I have told you in advance!”
Mark 13:23 “But you, watch out! I have told you everything in advance!”
John 13:19 “I tell you now, before it happens; so that when it does happen, you may believe.”
John 14:29 “I have said it to you now, before it happens; so that when it does happen, you will trust.”
Question: Will Advance Notice Be Given to the Bride of Yeshua?
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 – “But you, brothers, are not in the dark, so that the Day should take you by surprise like a thief; for you are all people who belong to the light, who belong to the day.”
Paul, after discussing the resurrection of the dead and rapture of the living states very clearly: “The day should not take you by surprise . . .” This indicates that ‘Advance Notice’ will be given – standard operating procedure by both Yahweh and Yeshua. What scripture does not tell us, however, is in what form that notice will be given. Stay alert, keep watching (Mark 13:37).
Scripture is inundated with many instances of Yahweh telling his people before an event happens that the event will indeed happen – the Biblical patterns of advance notice are clearly shown.
Yahweh has promised to give advance warning through his prophets (Amos 3:7). Yahweh and Yeshua are the same today as they were yesterday, and will be tomorrow (John 10:30; Hebrews 13:8). Paul states that we will not be caught off guard by the coming of Yeshua to rapture his bride (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5).
Therefore, I conclude that the Bride of Yeshua more likely than not will also be given ‘Advance Notice’ prior to the rapture event. What do you say?