*note* this is the latest chapter of my upcoming book, Let There Be Light.
Something has puzzled me about the record of Christ’s return to gather his church as recorded in Thessalonians, which I’ve always found rather curious.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep.
For 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.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
When Jesus Christ returns for the church of God, there are a number of events recorded. He will personally descend from the sky with a shout, one of the archangels will be with him, the trump of God will sound and the dead in Christ shall rise first. After the dead have been raised, those of us who are still alive on earth shall join them in the clouds.
The detail that has puzzled me is why there is a time gap between the dead being raised and the living being changed. Why did God record this detail? What difference does it make whether the dead rise first or not?
Every single word in the word has a reason to be there. All scripture is God breathed, all of it from Genesis to Revelation, it says so in Timothy, so there must be a reason for that detail being there.
2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, [theopneustos – God breathed] and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Details recorded in the bible are important. For example, tradition teaches Jesus Christ died on good Friday evening and got up on easter Sunday morning. I’m not sure why churches refer to the murder of Jesus Christ as good, but there you go. Is tradition correct? The Bible is explicitly clear on how long Jesus Christ was dead.
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
When the bible mentions a day or a night, it could be referring to parts of a day. However, when the bible states a day and a night, it is referring to a literal 24 hour period of time. Three days and three nights means 72 hours. Friday evening to Sunday morning is one day and two nights. Even going with traditional religious horseshit logic that this is referring to part days, you can still only squeeze 3 days and 2 nights out of it. The traditions of men are not to be trusted.
The Bible makes clear that Jesus was already raised from the dead when the two Mary’s went to his sepulchre.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
The Judean sabbath was Saturday. It was the Vatican which changed the sabbath from Saturday to Sunday at the Council of Laodicea, in AD 336. Let’s forget about their nonsense and hold in mind that the sabbath was Saturday. The Judean days were timed differently to ours as well, their days didn’t run from midnight to midnight but from sunset to sunset. Sunset marked the new day.
So, before sunset on Saturday, as Sunday approached, which was the first day of their week, the two Marys went to visit the grave and Jesus Christ was already up. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead sometime before sunset on Saturday. That is what the bible teaches. Therefore, three days and three nights earlier, on Wednesday, sometime before sunset, Jesus Christ was buried. He was raised from the dead three days and three nights later sometime before sunset on Saturday. Fuck good Friday, fuck easter Sunday, fuck easter bunnies, fuck eggs, and fuck religious horseshit. It is the details in the word that are important, not the traditions of men.
The word records that there is a time gap between the dead being raised and those of us who are still alive and remain being changed. Why is that detail there? Why is it important?
Last night, as I stepped into the shower, I asked God why he had this detail recorded. Why did he want us to know that the dead in Christ rise first, and then there is a time period before those still living on earth are changed? What difference does it make? Why is this detail so important that he had it recorded? He even recorded it twice, establishing it and highlighting it with a figure of speech.
When I got into bed a couple of hours after my shower, I had my answer. As I lay down, I knew why God had this recorded, and it’s mind blowing.
I mentioned in an earlier work that the Revelation Administration would start with a bang. All over the world, in a moment of time, those of us with holy spirit will simply disappear off the face of the planet when Jesus Christ returns. Whether we are driving cars, mowing our lawns, cooking dinner, flying in aircraft, shopping, whatever, we will all simply disappear, all at the same time.
And that’s why there’s a time gap. Jesus Christ will return with a shout, and with the trump of God. We will all hear it. All of us. No matter where we are on earth, we will all hear this shout, we will all hear the trump of God. We will all know what’s about to happen. We will just know. While the dead are being raised and are meeting the Lord in the air, we who are still alive will still be here and we will know what’s about to happen. That gives us time. If we’re driving a bus, we will have time to pull over and park before we disappear so no one will be hurt. If we are driving on motorways, we will have time to pull over to the hard shoulder and park. If we’re cooking, we will have time to turn off the cooker. We will have time to turn taps off, turn off electrical appliances, stop vehicles, have someone else quickly assume important responsibilities so others are not harmed by our disappearance. We will have time to take care of stuff before we go.
God is going to let us know what’s about to happen which will give us enough time to take care of stuff before we go so others are not harmed. See how wonderful our God is?
1 John 1:5
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.