Scripture has much to say about witnesses and their role of testifying to others. But does scripture give any indication that the Rapture will be a witnessed event? Let’s find out.
2 Kings 2:7 – “If you see me taken from you, may it be so.”
2 Kings 2:7 – “The fifty members of the prophetic guild went and stood opposite them at a distance, while Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan.”
Elisha had asked Elijah for a double portion of his spirit, and Elijah replied that if Elisha saw him depart, then Elisha would receive that portion. We know that Elisha did, indeed, witness the departure, as the prophets later stated; “The spirit that energized Elijah now rests upon Elisha” (v. 15). Elijah’s ascension was also witnessed by fifty of the prophets, as stated in verse 7. The rapture of Elijah was witnessed by many.
Acts 1:10-11 – “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel who said, ‘You men of Galilee, why are you gazing up into heaven? Yeshua will return in exactly the same way as you watched him ascend into heaven.’”
Yeshua was carried up into heaven while the disciples were looking on, and a cloud received him out of their sight. This ascension was so fascinating to those watching that two “men” had to interrupt them and basically tell them to get on with their lives! And not to mention that the disciples were in the right spot at the right time to witness Yeshua being taken up, eh? The rapture of Yeshua was witnessed by many.
Do We Have A Third Witness?
Enoch 81:6 – “In the second year, you will be taken from amidst their presence.”
Jasher 3:27 – “And at that time the sons of men were with Enoch.”
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 also tells us that Enoch had witnesses to his departure (Enoch 81:6). Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18 both mention the Book of Jasher, which also tells us Enoch had witnesses to his departure. Perhaps we do have a third witness. The rapture of Enoch also was witnessed by many.
Question: Will the Rapture of the Bride be Witnessed?
Malachi 3:6 – “I, Yahweh, do not change.”
Hebrews 13:8 – “Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
If Yahweh and Yeshua do not change, and the previous raptures were witnessed, it is appropriate to conclude that future raptures will also be witnessed, therefore, the rapture of the Bride will also be an event that is witnessed by many.
When a rapture event occurs, other people are present who see the person being raptured. Enoch was in the presence of his children and the King’s men when he was raptured (Enoch 81:5-6 and Jasher 3:34). Elijah was in the presence of Elisha and perhaps fifty or more of the sons of the prophets when he was raptured (2 Kings 2:7). Yeshua was in the presence of the apostles, and perhaps others when he was raptured (Acts 1:10-11).
Therefore, I conclude that the Bride of Yeshua more likely than not will also be witnessed when she is taken in the future rapture event. What do you say?