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The Rapture Connection to the Sign of the Son of Man - Revised!

The Rapture Connection to the Sign of the Son of Man - Revised!

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Published by Helena Lehman
In this article, Helena explains the connection of the Sign of the Son of Man with the heavenly signs that Yahshua told believers to pay attention to as the time of His coming neared. Helena particularly focuses on the possibility of a summer Rapture that may be tied to the Grand Cross that will be prominent in Earth’s skies from June 26th through July 12th in 2011 and how there may be signs attached to both the First Rapture and Second Rapture as well as Yahshua’s actual Second Coming that may be intimately tied to the constellation Orion. Please download this version to replace the original version.
In this article, Helena explains the connection of the Sign of the Son of Man with the heavenly signs that Yahshua told believers to pay attention to as the time of His coming neared. Helena particularly focuses on the possibility of a summer Rapture that may be tied to the Grand Cross that will be prominent in Earth’s skies from June 26th through July 12th in 2011 and how there may be signs attached to both the First Rapture and Second Rapture as well as Yahshua’s actual Second Coming that may be intimately tied to the constellation Orion. Please download this version to replace the original version.

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The Rapture Connection to the Sign of the Son of Man
By Helena Lehman of thePillar of Enoch Ministry (POEM)http://pillar-of-enoch.com 
This article is being written as an addition to my original article entitled “Whythe Post-Tribulation View of the Rapture Doesn’t Make Sense” that was posted to myPOEM Blog on January 5th, 2011. If you have not read that article before reading thisone, you might want to read it before reading this one further. Here is a link to theoriginal Blog article:
Why the Post-Tribulation View of the Rapture Doesn’t Make Sense
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-post-tribulation-view-of-rapture.html And the Web and PDF versions of the same article at my POEM web site:
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The above listed article shows why the “tribulation of those days” spoken of inMatthew 24:29 is likely not referring to the final seven-year Tribulation described in theBook of Revelation, Chapters 6 through 16. My argument for this partly rests on thematter of intensity. The tribulation of the Gospel writers speak of earthquakes, wars,rumors of wars, famines and pestilences “in various places”, suggesting manycomparatively small disasters with a limited area of coverage. Secondly, this tribulationis reported as the beginning of sorrows, not the end:
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” - Matthew 24:7-8 
Another key to understanding the 24th Chapter of Matthew are the two distinctquestions that the disciples posed to Yahshua when He told them that the city of  Jerusalem and the Temple would soon be destroyed:
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’ Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’” - Matthew 24:2-3 
Note here that the disciples asked Yahshua two distinct questions. In asking:“Tell us, when will these things be?”, the disciples were seeking to know how to
 
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recognize when the destruction of the Temple and city of Jerusalem were near so thatthey could flee before it happened. But the second question, which was: “What will bethe sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”, related to Yahshua’s return to setup His Kingdom. Woefully, however, though the disciples saw Yahshua as theprophesied Messiah, they fully expected Him to conquer the Roman oppressors and re-establish David’s throne and kingdom immediately after the destruction of Jerusalem.The disciples had no concept of the suffering that Yahshua was soon going to undergoas the Lamb of God and atonement sacrifice for our sins, or that there was going to be along delay before Yahshua returned to Jerusalem to lead their fellow Jews to set upGod’s Kingdom.The point here is that the disciples had no idea that the two questions coveredtwo distinctly different time periods in history that were to be separated by over 2000years! This means that Yahshua’s reply has to be seen in this light, with a portion of itpertaining to their current time in history and a portion of it pertaining to ours. Thus,though Yahshua warned his disciples to “take heed that no one deceives you” inMatthew 24:4, they had already been deceived by their former Jewish religious leaders.In an attempt to warn His disciples that they were confused, Yahshua did not answertheir first question initially, but their second one. But until the Holy Spirit was sent tobaptize the disciples and Apostles on the Pentecost or Shavuot after Yahshua’s deathand resurrection, they did not understand Yahshua’s reply in context. Furthermore,those without the Spirit are still having trouble figuring out what Yahshua meant today.Let’s examine Yahshua’s prophetic words in light of the two different timeperiods being referred to. In verses 5 through 14 of Matthew Chapter 24, Yahshua isciting the trouble that began in the early church when Pagan Rome and the Jewishleaders saw all the new believers in Yahshua and the rapidity at which this newphilosophy spread among the Gentile nations as a major threat to the established order.This era saw a huge rift form between the Jewish synagogues and Gentile Christiancongregations as the Jews who rejected Yahshua’s free gift of Grace insisted on keepingall the ancient religious rituals that they loved alive.In order to do this, the Jews forcibly expelled the new believers in Yahshua fromtheir synagogues if they did not see a need to keep the same rituals or remember the Jewish Feasts in the same way. As a result of this rift, the Gentile believers that hadrejected many Jewish religious restrictions and developed their own unique rituals andview of theology based on New Covenant principles suddenly found themselveswithout public places of worship. This caused the schism between Messianic Jews andGentile Christians to deepen even further, and many Jews began to hate and betraytheir Christian brethren by turning them in to their Roman overseers, who mercilesslyraped, pillaged, imprisoned, martyred and enslaved all of the peace-loving newbelievers that had the misfortune of being caught.Eventually, though Gentile coverts fellowshipped with one another in theirhomes and in secret meeting places, some of them also began to congregate publicly inthe synagogues of the Samaritans, who neither persecuted nor rejected Christian
 
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believers, but openly accepted them. As a result, some Gentile believers were deceivedbecause the Samaritans had erroneously mixed Pagan and Jewish religious ideastogether. As a result, they eventually rejected sound Christian theology, taking onmany Pagan customs that the Roman Emperor Constantine would one day tragicallyand incorrectly also embrace.Nonetheless, though verses 5 through 14 of Matthew Chapter 24 pertained to theEarly Church age, this passage equally applies to the 20th Century AD, which the first100 of the 150 Psalms in the Bible appear to be prophetically linked to. The TwentiethCentury saw the devastating affects of a severe and prolonged economic depression andtwo major world wars that threatened to destroy the Christianized civilizations of theWest. In addition, this period of history saw the massive imprisonment and murder of nearly 30 million Christians and 12 million Jews in Asia, Russia, Austria and Germany.Most of these victims had been relatively peaceful, law-abiding citizens that wereunjustly tortured, starved, and murdered in Nazi or Communist concentration camps.This describes the tribulation as described in the Book of Revelation quite well:
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. And then many will be offended,will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” - Matthew 24:9-13 
The false prophets mentioned here are easy to identify in our age. These werethe warped intellectuals of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries that inspired suchreligious philosophies as Mormonism, Theosophy and Rosicrucianism, and politicalideologies such as Nazism and Communism. Though resembling Christianity,Mormonism professes a different Messiah than the Christ of the Bible and definessalvation in a completely different way. Adding to this deception, the two non-Christian religious ideologies that rose up back then profess the false belief that Christwas not a divinely sent Messiah but only a wise man who became a wise spirit-being orascended master upon his death. They also erroneously teach that everyone eventuallyfinds salvation and ascends to a higher spiritual reality like Christ did and no particularreligious ideology is superior over any other. In addition, the two major politicalideologies that arose in the 20th Century developed fanatical leaders that viewed Christand those who followed Him in truth as enemies of the state.The religious, social and political unrest of the Twentieth Century was triggeredby the rise of these destructive religious and political ideologies that led to thedeprivation, imprisonment and death of many Christians and Jews in World Wars I andII. Nonetheless, throughout that terrible time of trouble, some of those who wereunjustly imprisoned and brutally treated were given opportunities to witness to othersabout their enduring faith in Yahweh God and His Son - even in the midst of terriblesuffering.

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