Hidden in plain sight

Some other hints of the Rapture.

New Testament reference 1:

I presented this verse before but its radical message needs a deeper look.

Jesus said to her (Martha), I AM [Ego Eimi] the resurrection, and the life [Zoe = life]; he who believes in me, though he may die [Apothane = physical death], yet he shall live [Zesatai = he will live, future tense]And whoever is alive [Zon = is alive, present tense] and believes in me shall not die [Apothane = physical death] in that age.  Do you believe this?
John 11:25-26

There are several usually missed concepts he is declaring in this passage:

  1. Because most translations don't capitalize 'I AM' here (but do elsewhere in John), we don't see that Jesus is attaching one of the names of God to himself (read Exodus 3:14).  Written 'Ego Eimi' in Greek and spoken 'AHYah' by Jesus in Hebrew, this is an open declaration of deity that would have been glaringly obvious to all who heard it.
  2. Next he declares two things which are critical to the message here, that he is 'the resurrection' and 'the life'.  Most have never seen the direct connection of these to the next two sentences where he explains further...
  3. As 'the resurrection', he is saying that he, being God, will some day resurrect all who died but while living believed in him!  Although an amazing concept, it was nothing new to them as God talked about this many times in scripture and Martha just previously said she knew this.
  4. However, the next statement was new and quite radical!  As 'the Life' he says that everyone who is alive and believes in him when he resurrects the dead, will not die a physical death, meaning they will be transformed directly into their eternal bodies!
  5. Very few have noticed the last point because translators almost universally leave out three words.  They decided these words were not important enough to show you!  The words in English are literally 'into the age' and are commonly translated elsewhere as 'forever'.  These words can also be translated as 'in that age' or 'at that time', the arrival of the 1000 year day of YHWH.

Only his question remains, 'Do YOU believe this?'

New Testament reference 2:

Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name.  And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:  'After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle [or temple] of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up.' [quoting Amos 9:11]
Acts 15:14-16

The word take here in Greek is Lambano, which means 'to take by the hand to carry away, to take up, and to take to one's self'.  Elsewhere it is sometimes translated as 'marry'!  This is the same word base used in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 where Jesus tells of 'taking one but leaving another'.  Also notice that this is before He returns to rebuild the temple in the Millennium!

New Testament reference 3:

So the Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews 9:28 KJV

This is a very difficult verse to translate because of its scrambled word order, probably due to its translation from Hebrew to Greek.  Yes, the letter was written by a Hebrew to the Hebrews in Hebrew!  I believe, with evidence, a more accurate meaning would be:

Thus the Messiah, sacrificed once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time to him without sin, who is eagerly waiting for salvation.
Hebrews 9:28 - My Translation

When He returns to the earth, Revelation 1:7 says that 'every eye shall see Him', but here in obvious contrast He states that He will appear a second time only to those without sin (forgiven after repentance), walking in obedience, and watching for Him.

References in the Old Testament:

Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise.  Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.  Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.  For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.
Isaiah 26:19-21

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, And I will glorify the house of My glory.  Who are these who fly like a cloud, And like doves to their roosts?
Isaiah 60:7-8

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27:5

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice.  Seek righteousness, seek humility.  It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger.
Zephaniah 2:3

Merciful men are taken away, while no one considers that the righteous is taken away from evil.
Isaiah 57:1

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