To Counterfeit the Second Coming of Christ & the Restoration of All Things
N.B. Each topic is titled with a familiar Bible term. The parenthesis ( ) which follows identifies either the actual or a counterfeitfulfillment of prophecy through the agency of the secret societies. Please see Introduction for protocols of this prophecy study.
20. NEW LIFE
A. Rapture of the Church (Transformation/Transfiguration/Astral Travel)
B. Blood of the Martyrs (Vampirism)
C. Time of Jacob's Trouble (Israel Persecuted/Anti-Semitism)
D. The Two Witnesses (John the Baptist & John the Evangelist)
E. Murders / Human Sacrifice (Genocide/Eugenics)
F. No Death (Cloning)
G. Men Will Seek Death (Suicide)
20. NEW LIFE
20-A. RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH (Transformation/Transfiguration/Astral Travel)
At the end of the Church Age, the true Church will be caught up to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air.
The rapture of the true Church will be celebrated on earth as God's removal of the wicked; Satan will have a false rapture at the beginning of the Golden Age.
Church Age (Last Days)>
New Heavens & Earth
New Heavens & New Earth
PROGRAM OF GOD
Pre-Flood Era: The rapture of Enoch who walked with God.
Old Testament Period: The rapture of Elijah.
Church Age (beg): The resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Old Testament saints at the Feast of Firstfruits.
Church Age (end): The translation of the Church will occur before the Tribulation Period.
Great Tribulation (beg): The two witnesses will be killed, resurrected 3 days later and taken into heaven.
The Millennium (beg): Resurrection of the Tribulation saints.
PROGRAM OF SATANIC DUPLICATION
Pre-Flood Era: Occultists believe that the ancient gods were once mortals who became divine by ascending or transcending the material.
Old Testament: In the initiation rites of cultures which worshipped the sun, sunrise was regarded as the time of resurrection.
Church Age: The apostate church promulgates many false doctrines concerning the rapture; one false teaching is that the wicked will be raptured.
Tribulation: The rapture/translation of the true Church will be rationalized on earth and celebrated as God's removal of the wicked.
Great Tribulation: The Antichrist will refer to the resurrection of the Church as 'the rapture of the wicked'. A false resurrection - the transfiguration or deification of mankind - will occur under the oversight of the False Prophet and a counterfeit 144,000 (monastics).
PROGRAM OF GOD
The rapture of Enoch.
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. - Gen. 5:24
OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD
The rapture of Elijah.
And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal... And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by the whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more... - 2 Kings 2:1, 6-1
CHURCH AGE (beginning)
The resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Old Testament saints at the Feast of Firstfruits (Easter).
God is gone up with a SHOUT, the Lord with the sound of a TRUMPET. - Psalm 47:5
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. - Matt. 27:52-53
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven - Acts 1:10-11
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. - Lev. 23:10-11
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept. - I.Cor.15:20
CHURCH AGE (end)
The rapture of redeemed humanity out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation BEFORE the Tribulation Period.
"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. - Rev. 5:9-10
The rapture will be a bodily resurrection.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised...- I Cor. 15:52
The rapture will be a physical transformation.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. - I.Cor.15:51-3
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. - Rom. 8:23
The rapture will be an ascension.
...the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the voice of the archangel, and with the TRUMP of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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...But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you... But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. - I.Thes.4:15-5:4
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. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne...- Rev. 4:1-3
Only the TRUE CHURCH of Jesus Christ will escape the Tribulation period.
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. - Rev. 3:7-10
GREAT TRIBULATION (beginning)
The two witnesses will be killed, resurrected 3 days later and taken into heaven.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. - Rev.11:7-12
Resurrection of the Tribulation saints.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. - Rev. 20:5-6
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. - Hosea 6:1-3
PROGRAM OF SATAN
The mystery of the Church, more properly termed "the called out ones" or ekklesia in Greek, is that the Bride of Christ holds a special position in dispensational history and will reign with Christ on earth during the Millennium. Modern translations try to obscure the special relationship of Christ to His Bride and her catching away prior to the Tribulation Period, at which time the dispensation of God's dealings with Israel will resume. When the resurrection of the true Church occurs, the occult will do damage control by claiming that this event was the removal of the wicked from the earth.
Occultists believe that the ancient gods were once mortals who became divine by ascending or transcending the material realm.
"How can it be that the gods Ast (Isis), Asar (Osiris), Suti (Set), and Nebt-Het (Nephthys) were born as mortals according to some legends, yet born divine (from the union of Nuit and Geb) according to others?...
"So let us suppose that [Nuit's] children were born and lived as ordinary mortals on some other world within the vastness of space, until the moment that, for whatever reason and by whatever means, each in turn 'ascended' to divinity -- escaping the gravity well of their own native world -- and were born, or rather bourne, through Nuit's gate to become as gods in this world. It is said that Asar was the first born of Nuit, followed in turn by Suti, Ast, and Nebt-Het. Taking the lifestories of each of these four and assembling them chronologically allows for the maintenance of the order of ascension that this new theory suggests." - 877
In the initiation rites of cultures which worshipped the sun, sunrise was regarded as the time of resurrection.
"A symbol both of the rising sun and of the dead sun god Osiris, from whom it sprang and to whom it was sacred...the Benu [the phoenix] not only typified the new birth of the sun each morning, but...became the symbol of the resurrection of mankind..." - 1127:371 (Vol. 2)
"...Since the times of the Ancient Egyptian kings, resurrection has always occurred at dawn with the rising of the morning star." - 96:203
Egyptian initiates were taught to ascend by demons posing as the pre-flood gods.
"Egyptian civilisation was deliberate alchemical experiment. It was recognised that the lives of a large number of people would be lived in the pre-initiatory states of imperfection, but that they could be brought to the portals of initiation through the help and example of others who were on the path of initiation.... Out of these disciples and initiates there were always a few who were able to go beyond the Lesser Mysteries and enter the Greater Mysteries of Light - the 'reddening'. Those who entered the Greater Mysteries (in the four great temples) represented the 'exalted' or 'chosen ones' of Is-Râ-El - the 'golden suns' who were raised up and, 'in the twinkling of an eye', transmuted into the 'fiery light' of celestial being." - 889:47
Jewish mystics developed the system of Kabbalah that teaches initiates to 'ascend' to the Throne of God to attain divinity (they think).
"There is...the prophetic tradition which has provided many wonderful images for the contemplation of divine mystery: the most holy Throne of G-D and other *ma'aseh bershit* or 'work of creation' signs shown to the prophets, such as the vision of Ezekiel of Metatron, 1:26-28, which was interpreted esoterically as the Throne of the Chariot by early Rabbinical writers (also Isaiah 6:3). The study of these mysterious visions and symbols, according to the Talmudic *haggadah* or commentary on the 'tellings' or narratives of the Tanak (sacred scriptures), tells of the descent of this same 'fire' on the expositor of the prophetic scrolls when in a holy state of contemplation. In contrast, such meditation could lead to an 'ascent' (in imitation of Elijah) which could lead astray the unprepared, but could, as in the case of R. Akiva, lead to ascent and descent in 'perfect peace' (Scholem, 1991).
This journey of the sage through the higher realms (often seven levels) was guided by prayer, fasting and the recitation of sacred psalms. It also required the knowledge of the various 'names of the angels' so that a 'seal' or incantation could be said to facilitate the journey (Wald, 1988). The apex of this ascent is a vision of the Throne of Glory and thereby *kedushah* or 'sanctification' by the Divine Presence. Yet, this Presence remain something apart, a reality so Holy that the vision of its presence was the highest sanctification, so that man and G-D remain distinct, and the vision of the *sar ha-panim* 'prince of the divine face' was supreme blessing. This was symbolized as the *kavod* or Glory of G-D. This early development was then carried throughout the Diaspora to Jewish communities far and wide. By the 10th century, the *Sefer Yezirah (1987)* had been composed, that mystic guide to all Jewish contemplatives for over the last thousand years. In this book we find mention of the Ten Sefirot, the 'Book of Creation' where the paths of wisdom and the '22 elemental letters' give the sage access to divine knowledge. This work, along with the Merkabah tradition set the stage for the emergence of a full-blown meditative tradition known as Kabbalah (Bischoff, 1985; Verman, 1992). - 885
Masonic initiation rites occur at sunrise in homage to the Sun god and to imitate Jesus' resurrection.
"Freemasons today are ritually 'resurrected' under the light of the morning star." - 96:203
"...[Master Masons'] symbol is the rising sun." - 678:55
Occultists believe the false teaching that the 'goats' go to heaven but the 'sheep' remain on earth.
"It has been thought that the sheep went to heaven and the goats went to hell. It is the other way around. The goat in Capricorn is the initiate and from a certain esoteric angle the goats to go to heaven because they function in the spiritual kingdom... The sheep remain on earth until they become goats..." (Alice Bailey) - 396:182-3
"...The traditional goat of Capricorn (an emblem of the biblical Ham and the Grail succession) was denounced as a heresy of witchcraft." - 348:203
"['The Death of Joana'], which has become almost the national anthem of Oc, is a secret lament for the Cathar Church. Joana -- Jeanne -- the name given to a woman in the Cathar rituals -- is found...at the foot of the fire, dead. She has gone to heaven with her goats (not sheep!)." - 272:138
CHURCH AGE (LAST DAYS)
False teachers claim that the removal of the wicked precedes the resurrection of the righteous who must endure the Tribulation Period.
"'As it was in the days of Noah', and we all know that then it was the wicked who were taken away and the righteous left to inherit a purified earth. Such a concept of the removal of the wicked is in keeping with the clear teaching given by our Lord in two of His Kingdom Parables. In that of the Wheat and the Tares, we are told that the harvest is the end of the age, when the angels will gather out of the kingdom, the tares which represent the wicked or those who offend. Again in the same thirteenth chapter of Matthew's Gospel, we find the Parable of the Dragnet. In its symbolism it is the bad or evil ones who are removed out of the Kingdom for Jesus says:
"'So shall it be at the end of the world (age), the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from the just.' Matt. 13:49.
"If a third witness were needed the Old Testament prophet Isaiah tells us:
'Behold the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate, and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.'
"Let me ask you to consider very carefully just who the Lord will 'rapture' or remove. Surely it is His intention to give this earth into the possession of the righteous as He said in His Sermon on the Mount." (Bill Randles) - 848
"Jahwah 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 shakedown will be so great in the day of Jahwah that only those things, which support Jahwah’s Kingdom, will remain standing. Jahwah will cleanse His earth and rule all nations in righteousness...
"PEOPLE GET PREPARED! YOU WILL BE GOING THROUGH TRIBULATION. THERE IS NO RAPTURE ESCAPE! It is a lie of Satan. You most certainly don’t want to be among the wicked that are removed from this earth. This is a false Tradition of Man - A tradition which makes void the Word of Jahwah." (caps in original) - 450
False teachers promote the deception that the rapture will be a physical transformation that Christians experience while they remain on earth.
"It is stated that the Son of Man will be seen 'coming in clouds with great power and glory' (Mark 13:26). These clouds are almost certainly a reference to the clouds of the glory of God to which we have already alluded in our discussion of the ark of the covenant. Several of the above quotations intimate that we, also, will be partakers in the glory that is to be revealed at Christ's coming... In Ephesians 2:2, Satan, or the 'spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience,' is called 'the prince of the power of the air.' The 'air' in this context is a place, or atmosphere, of spiritual authority. At the time of Christ's coming, we will be caught up into this place of spiritual authority...
"To be 'caught up' in the 'air' [raptured] in the clouds of glory to meet the Lord in this atmosphere of spiritual authority does not necessarily entail a literal bodily removal from the earth. ... But the entire thrust of Scripture is that we will have a resurrected body on earth, and that the heavens and the earth will both be regenerated, or renewed (Acts 3:21, Matt. 19:28)." (Richard Riss) - 846
"The word 'caught up' means, in the carnal understanding, just a lifting up in the air, and many teachers teach that we will be taken away from this earth to another planet. There is no scriptural basis for this. Paul was caught up, but he was still here in body. Truly, there were men who were caught up and lived no more among men, although they have been seen here on occasions. The Manchild, however, when he is caught up, will be immediately given a place of rulership on earth. The word 'caught up,' therefore, must be a lifting up from the human realm to a higher realm, where he will be living in immortality, and yet in humanity, even as Jesus Christ after His resurrection. Whether 'caught up to meet Him in the air' means a physical catching away or a spiritual one, IT IS AN OCCURRENCE WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THIS ATMOSPHERE. It definitely will not be taking men away to another planet. The scripture speaks of 'the air.' The Greek word is 'aera,' meaning atmosphere. 1st Thessalonians 4:17". (caps in original) - 847
PERVERSIONS OF SCRIPTURE
Modern versions have corrupted many verses pertaining to the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church.