Psalm 37:28 For Yahweh loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
Proverbs 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
Jeremiah 50:20 In those days, and in that time, saith Yahweh, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.
Isaiah 1:9 Except Yahweh of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
In verse 20, reserve is H7604 sha ar, meaning to remain, be left over, be left behind, survive. Just like Noah and his family, just like the wheat in the parable of the wheat and tares, and in many places throughout scripture, such as here in verse 20, we clearly see that the wicked will be destroyed and the righteous will remain. There is no ‘rapture’!
Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of Yahweh! to what end is it for you? the day of Yahweh is darkness, and not light.
Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world (age): the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Christ is not coming to take us away.
Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, Yahweh is my God.
This life is our mortal test, our proving grounds, our refinery of our faith (allegiance). We are all tested and tried, we are all chastised, we will and do go through tribulation. When we lean on our history, heritage, Kinsman Redeemer and allegiance to Him, we are preserved during this test, and come through it when He returns. There is no shortcuts or skipping this exam.
There is no “rapture” of the saints. We will be tried. We will be tested. We will be proven. Only with true knowledge and understanding will we be in good standing with God.
The Kingdom of Heaven is Righteousness. When Christ returns, removes all evil and all the wicked, those of us that have allegiance (faith) will shine, and the earth will be filled with righteousness (heaven).
The Real Rapture is for the Wicked (non-whites).
The rapture doctrine originated with a Spanish Jesuit named Ribera around 1580 AD. He was the first to propose that Christ was going to come and secretly snatch away the church before a great seven year tribulation, where the ‘Antichrist’ would rule the world. This Futurist interpretation of the book of Revelation, along with the ‘future’ coming of the Antichrist, was designed to take the pressure off the Pope, who was universally regarded as being the fulfillment of these rather unflattering prophesies by the students of the Reformation. The streets of Europe still were running with the blood of the recently born protestant movement that had exploded in the face of the Catholic church.
Then, about 1830, a Scottish teenager named Margaret McDonald claimed to have had a vision. It is said that she was mentally challenged, and a Catholic. She said the vision had taught her that there was to be a secret removal of the saints before a great future tribulation, during which the ‘Antichrist’ was to appear on the scene. Darby accepted this vision as the new revelation from God, and soon he led the Brethren church to accept the doctrine. Even so, this doctrine was not widely accepted until a century later.
Those who rule with Christ in His Kingdom will be on earth, for we read in Revelation 5:10, “and we shall reign on the earth.” This is but a reflection of the Old Testament Scripture. As far back as the days of Moses, this was the great hope of our ancestors. This planet is not destined for destruction; it is going to be shaken and cleansed so that God can give His people a good and beautiful inheritance. This was vowed by God Himself in the days of Moses: Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Yahweh.
Heaven simply means ‘the sky’ or ‘righteousness’, depending on context. A word study and examination of each verse with this word will demonstrate this. (see the Truth about Heaven on this site.)
There are those who derive a great (but false) comfort in the belief that we are destined to live in heaven forever. But Jesus prayed, ‘Thy kingdom come,’ in order that God’s will would be done ‘in earth’ as it is now done in heaven.
The reward of Christians is that their God will come to live with them – not that Christians will go to live with God. When John described the New Jerusalem, he made it plain that this city was to come down out of heaven to earth. Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Jerusalem refers to the people, the children of Israel, the bride, or the White descendants of the tribes of Israel and Judah (the Ones to whom the Abrahamic Covenant was given exclusively). When Christ returns, we who are written in the book of Life will receive our immortal bodies, like Adam before he fell, like Christ when He ascended.
Many Christians have also misread John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions (dwelling places): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. This passage does not contradict Revelation 21. Christ went away to prepare the Kingdom for us from His exalted and powerful position in heaven (righteousness). He is cleansing the Kingdom now as He could not do as a man on earth. It was essential that Jesus leave and be reinstated as King-Priest, and Intercessor for the Saints. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
The “churches” teach that when you are “raptured” you will stay in a mansion in the sky somewhere.
If we pass this test in this mortal life, by striving for allegiance with Christ, we will have a place, a relation, a position in the Kingdom. Our eternal abode. If we fail miserably in this life and have no good works to show, we will have to live eternally with our shame. However, the non-Adamies will be consumed and obliterated in the Lake of Fire.
The Cleansing of the Kingdom
The Scriptures are full of references to the wicked ones being removed from the earth, so that the righteous may inherit a cleansed Kingdom. Solomon wrote in Proverbs: The righteous shall NEVER BE REMOVED; but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. (Prov. 10:30).
For the upright shall dwell in the land…. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. (Prov. 2:21, 22).
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (Prov. 3:25, 26).
The New Testament author of the book of Hebrews (Paul) referred to this passage in Haggai in Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth; but now He hath promised, saying, yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, “yet once more,” signifieth the REMOVING OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE SHAKEN, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore, we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
In each case the theme is clear: God will soon shake the earth in tribulation, in order to throw down all man-made systems and in order to remove all the wicked from the earth. This shake-down will be so great in the day of the Lord that only those things which support God’s Kingdom will remain standing. God will cleanse His earth and rule all nations in righteousness.
One Shall Be Taken, the Other Left
Matthew 24:37-42 is perhaps the second most popular Bible passage (other than 1 Thess. 4:17, 18) to teach the pre-tribulation rapture of the “church”. The passage is a comparison between Christ’s second coming and the days of Noah leading up to the flood. Jesus said here: 37 But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood, they (THE WICKED) were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came and took them (THE WICKED) all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one (THE WICKED) shall be taken, and the other (THE CHRISTIAN) left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one (THE WICKED) shall be taken, and the other (THE CHRISTIAN) left. As you noted in reading the above verses, the flood of Noah’s time took the wicked people away (off the earth). In the same manner, when Christ returns, the coming of the Son of man will see the wicked taken away, and the righteous will be left to inherit a cleansed earth, AS DID NOAH. Those who teach the opposite view, that the one “taken” is the believer and the one “left” is the unbeliever, miss the fact that the plural pronoun “them” can only refer to all the wicked people in verse 38. “Them” could hardly refer to Noah’s family, because the wording of the passage is such that Noah is referred to individually. It would have been poor grammar to use a plural pronoun in reference to the singular noun, “Noah.” There is also the obvious fact that Noah was not removed from the earth, but was rather preserved THROUGH the flood (“tribulation”). If God can protect His Christian people here on the earth as He did with Noah and his family, then why must we think that God must remove Christians from the earth in a rapture in order to protect them?
The Wheat and the Tares
Jesus’ parables of the Kingdom reveal the same theme as well. In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus pictured the Son of man planting good seed in his field, and then one night an enemy sowed tares among the wheat. In the parable, no one appeared to know about the tares until the wheat and the tares began to bear fruit (or go to seed). At that point the tares were discovered, and the servants asked what to do about it. The Son of man instructed them to await the harvest, lest the wheat plants be rooted up along with the tares. Then the instructions were to “gather ye together FIRST THE TARES, and bind them in bundles to burn them,” and then gather the wheat into the barn.
The lesson is clear for those who know what tares are. Tares are today known as zewan in Palestine. Tares look like wheat plants as they mature, but when they are full grown and begin to bear fruit, the fruit of the wheat is golden, while that of the tares is almost black. The wheat is nourishing, but the fruit of the tares is bitter and poisonous. Farmers have to remove each tare seed from the wheat before grinding the wheat to flour. Thus, the tares were separated and removed from the wheat FIRST. The wicked are to be removed from the earth not the righteous. Hence, we look not for the rapture of the church, but rather for the “rapture” of the wicked. Only then will come the “harvest,” when the righteous will “shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father” (Matt. 13:43).
Separating the Bad Fish from the Good
Later in this same chapter Jesus told another similar parable, in which a fisherman cast his nets into the water and drew to shore all types of fish, both good and bad. Then he sat down and separated the fish. Jesus concluded the parable with these words: 49 So shall it be at the end of the world (age); it the angels shall come forth, and SEVER THE WICKED from among the just. Again, note that it is not the just who will be “removed,” but rather the wicked. This is the constant and consistent theme throughout the Scriptures. We are never given any good reason to believe anything different.
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
Nearly all rapturists teach that following the rapture we will all attend the ‘marriage supper of the Lamb’ for some years, while the great tribulation rages on the earth. This concept has no scriptural basis.
In ancient times a marriage supper was a feast attended only by the groom and his friends. The bride to-be never attended the marriage supper. It took place, in fact, while the bride was home making herself ready for the marriage itself. When the bride was ready and the marriage supper consummated, only then did the groom go to claim his bride. For an example, see Judges 14 in the story of Samson’s marriage.
We must not look at this marriage scene through modern spectacles, lest we completely misunderstand the whole comparison.
Revelation 19 is the only complete passage which describes the marriage supper. Verse 7 and 8 describe the Bride making herself ready, while the rest of the chapter describes the supper itself. What follows is a description of Christ’s coming, the ‘Day of the Lord’, which all the prophets saw and accurately described. It is a bloody scene, following the same basic outline prophesied in Isaiah 66:15-16. The fire and the sword smite the nations, ‘and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God’.
But what does all this carnage have to do with the marriage supper? And just who are those called to eat this supper? The passage continues: Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
The fowls are the ones who partake of this marriage supper. This is not simply an isolated passage. This is repeated in Ezekiel 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. 18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. 20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
Zephaniah repeats this idea: Zephaniah 1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
These guests are the fowls of heaven and the beasts of the field. Christians will not be forced to consume this carnage at some marriage feast in heaven. The only eating that the Bride will do will be when she dines with her Husband at His table in the Kingdom – AFTER she is married to Him.
Revelation 19 and Ezekiel 39, as well as others, describe how the wicked will be ‘raptured’ off the earth. They will be destroyed when Christ comes to cleanse His Kingdom-Bride. The Bride will be clothed in white ‘robes of righteousness’ when the wicked are removed from the Kingdom here on God’s good earth.