Caught up

All of the promises of God are already yes, and Amen in Christ, including what many expect to be a “rapture”.

I could take the time to debunk the pre, mid, and post, trib theories but I won’t because its all false and convoluted hypotheticals; and it just becomes more confusing than an alternate terminator ending. So I will skip to the truth of it all,

“This to you we say in the word of the Lord, that we who are living–who do remain over to the presence of the Lord–may not precede those asleep, because the Lord Himself, in a shout, in the voice of a chief-messenger, and in the trump of God, shall come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we who are living, who are remaining over, together with them shall be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in air, and so always with the Lord we shall be; so, then, comfort ye one another in these words.” 1Thess. 4:15-17

The true catching away is not an event in time but a personal and spiritual experience when we SEE that our natural life has been removed and replaced with Him. This work had already begun in some believers even before Jerusalem was destroyed, before the Church as a whole was establish as the house from heaven.

Paul knew what it is to be caught up to God. he wrote,

“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one CAUGHT UP (same Greek word as in Thess.4:16-17) to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was CAUGHT UP into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” 2 12:2-4 KJV.

“I knew a man.” Why doesn’t Paul just come out and say I was caught up, it was me? Because in seeing The Lord, we see that we have no life of our own apart from Christ and that he (along with all mankind) had in fact already been judged crucified in the cross.

The voice of the trumpet is the Father speaking the judgement of the cross into you.

He saw the Father from the perspective of being in union within Christ. He saw by Christ’s own sight. So He was not in his own fleshly body or in his old identity. He saw no other body than the Body of Christ. He was in the New Man. He saw He had been taken. He was no more.

In seeing Him we see we are removed, dead with Christ. We see it is in fact “Not I but Christ” who lives in God’s sight. Surely, we live as a soul, but only as a vessel of the Spirit of Christ. So it is established in us that it is in fact “not I but Christ” Who lives. All of Paul’s working comes out from this revelation of Christ.

“We thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead” 2 Cor. 5:14 and also,

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me.” Gal. 2:20

In seeing Christ, Paul has seen the Person of truth and reality. He is the foundation of reality. Christ in you is Paul’s gospel.

“Having died”, this covenant is completely other than and apart from the letter of the Law. So he saw and heard what was “not lawfulto be spoken. He saw and heard what was entirely by grace through faith in Christ.

This appearing and knowing is beyond salvation because it is the appearing of the salvation that we already have.

This “catching away” wasn’t the same as Christ’s appearing to Paul on the road to Damascus. But it was the appearing of Christ in Paul as the essence of Paul’s only eternal Life. Paul had received Christ formed within until He appeared in Spiritual birth. And after that it was all over for Paul because Christ was all.

“I make known to you the gospel preached by me, that it is not according to man. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it , but by a revelation of Jesus Christ”….”God was pleased, “He having separated me from my mother’s womb” and having called through His grace, (see Isa. 49:1) to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him” Gal. 1:11-12,16.

Paul describes being caught up with the trumpet call,

the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God” Thess 4:16

John also described experiencing the revelation of Christ in the same terms that are today being misinterpreted to be a future rapture event. John also was caught up with the trumpet call.

“I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” Rev. 1:10

“I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, .’Come up here, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter’. And immediately I was in the Spirit” Rev. 4:1-2

The trumpet call of God is Covenant Language. What I mean is that it is about being caught up unto God,

it is above

in the city of Christ: Zion where natural Israel refused to come. It is coming into the New Covenant. It is entering into the relationship in Christ where old Covenant Israel left off, see Ex. 19:16, Deut. 4:12.

John goes on to describe a vision of Jesus “in the midst” of the Churches. This is John seeing the coming of the Lord within the true Church not separated from His Resurrection Body. John saw Jesus in a long robe because Jesus was showing Himself to John as the Great High Priest, as the New Covenant priesthood to the putting away of the old tangible temporal priesthood.

Jesus is also revealing Himself as the New Spiritual temple, The Fathers house, to the putting away of the tangible Old temple.

And so the rest of the book of revelation is about the destruction of the temporal temple and the city of Jerusalem to the establishment of the New. Up until the last chapters. Then, we are shown Jesus revealing Himself as The New spiritual city to the putting away of the Old tangible city.
The Jerusalem above is free.
The temporal city was the Harlot, the Church was seen to already be the heavenly New Jerusalem.

Can you see that the writer of Hebrews has already told us this?

“You HAVE COME to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus.” Heb. 12:22-24 ESV.

We must see Him because He is in you, because He is your Life. He only needs revealed.

He has no intention of showing Himself any where else.

This true catching away is the fulfillment of the ascension of Elijah.

“Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you SEE me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you” 2 Kings 2:9-10.

Here Elijah was a testimony of Jesus and Elisha a testimony of the Church. Notice how it was necessary that Elisha SEE His lord in his ascension before he could receive the double portion. Why? Because we can only walk in that which has been unveiled in the seeing of Faith. The double portion is the portion of the inheritance measured to the firstborn. So also it was with Abraham,

“All the land, WHICH THOU SEEST, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever” Gen. 13:15.

The New Covenant is received in view of Christ. It is necessary that the eternal inheritance be unveiled in the seeing of faith to live in Him. The turning of our focus from the natural realm to Him, is necessary in the transformation of the soul. John not only heard the voice like a trumpet but He turned to see that voice.

This testimony is found all through the scriptures.

“Behold, I speak a mystery to you: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in a GLANCE of an eye, at the last trumpet” 1Cor. 15:51-52 LITV.

We are familiar with reading in the “twinkling” of an eye KJV. Translators like Nestle show us that it isn’t about the quickness of the moment, but that we are all being changed in the “throwing of the gaze”. It is about the focus of the eye of our heart. let Him cause you to be fixed on knowing Christ alone.

In the days of Elijah many of the people continued to look for Elijah in the natural realm even when Elisha told them they could not know him according the old way any more. Elijah represents Jesus in His ascension and Elisha His Body the New Church, the New Man. Look at the way they urged Elisha to let them continue to look for Elijah according to the flesh.

“when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not” 2Kings 2:17-18.

How long will we keep looking for Jesus in the natural realm, when He can only be known as the Spirit and Life in His Body the Church?

What was to be known of Moses and Elijah is to be found by Christ in you!

Hear Him.

“Yet a little while, and the world seeth me NO MORE; but YOU SEE me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you” Jn. 14:19-20

About fourteen years ago the Father began revealing His Son in me. I remember it as an experience in time, but it was as if it was completely apart from me.

I saw Christ and His work as the ultimate end and the goal of the world. I also saw His appearing as the purposed end of spiritual birth, because He appears as Our Life. And as I see Him I see rest.

Any teaching feels so useless now.
The breathing lessons were unnecessary. We don’t need lessons on how to fall out. The pushing was all involuntary. Whenever this Son appears no one needs coached how to rest.
When we see Him He is so other than us, and then again, He is the only Life we have ever had.

I have no words except to say that in seeing Him I saw the apocalypse in me. I saw that to God the apocalypse had already come and it continues to come within hearts that look for Him to appear as He is. For years it has been as if I am unpacking all that was in seeing Him. And even though Bible study did not reveal Him in me, I can find no better words to describe the revelation of Christ than those others have already written. In seeing Him I see that Christ in me has already become the end of the age, even the end of world for me. This is the same Jesus that the writer of Hebrews wrote about.

Now once, at the full end of the ages, for putting away of sin through His sacrifice, He has been revealed; and as it is in reserve to men once to die, and with this, the judgment, so Christ, once having been offered to bear the sins of many, He shall appear as the Second, [covenant, creation, man, etc.] to those who are looking for Him, apart from a sin, unto salvation, by faith.” Heb. 9:26-28 ELT.

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As He is

Revelation is an unveiling or uncovering of One hidden. It is not a creating of something that was not already there. It is being made to see the Truth “as He is”.

“Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we shall be. But we know that whenever He is revealed, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him AS HE IS. And everyone having this hope in Him purifies himself even as that One is pure.” 1 Jn. 3:2-3

Jesus is all.

He is your purity.
He is already all that the Father has desired.

He is too much for us to hold or contain. So His appearing continues on forever. We already have all of Him that we are going to receive. We are not getting more of Him than we already have. But more and more we are being made to bear knowing Him in His appearing. Going on in His appearing is to continue knowing Him being clothed in Him, in His purity.

When He says everyone having this hope in Him “purifies himself” even as that One is pure. It is not meant that we are to try to purify our hearts from self so that you can cause His appearing to continue.

You can only purify yourself in freely receiving His presence and purity. Purity from self is a gift given once for all in the cross. To suggest that man is required to make the way for His appearing by self-purification is the most perverse of falsehoods.

Your help is not required.

“Flesh and blood has not revealed” the Son. Whenever man is put in, corruption is added.

His appearing reveals the end of self not the other way round.

When He is revealed He is seen “as He is.”
He already is all things to the Father.
He already is our purity.
He already is the Kingdom.
We only need to see Him as He is.

Whenever we ask for the kingdom to come,
and for His will to be done, in earth “AS IT IS” in heaven.
We are not being told to ask for Him to come and fix or complete all of our incomplete things.

When He appears, He appears “as He is”.
Our expected One is already complete and perfect. He is utterly other than all the things of men.

In the revelation of Christ we are made to see we are “complete in Him”. In seeing Him, we see that in Him, we already have all things. And in turn, we let go of all our vile things.

In His revelation we see Him to be the One sure and unmovable foundation. When He appears He is seen as the only Truth and reality to the destruction of all that is not of Him.
He is seen as the reign of His Life in our hearts. He is seen in all of His completeness, finished and established.

“Flesh and blood has not revealed this” foundation, Mt. 16:17.

“On this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatever you bind on earth shall occur, HAVING BEEN bound in Heaven. And whatever you may loose on the earth shall be, HAVING BEEN loosed in Heaven.” Mt. 16:18-19 LITV.

He is triumphant.

This is an eternal fact. It is finished. It is done. Jesus has done it all. The gates of death and hell cannot undo what is done. The war is over.

I don’t pretend that there isn’t a great ocean of darkness and ignorance to this. Yes. There are many things written about standing, resisting about fighting the good fight. But I am telling you that as long as these words seem like a contradiction to God’s own rest, then you must wait for His appearing in you.

There is no contraction in the mind of Christ.

“Therefore, let us exert ourselves to enter into that rest.” Heb. 4:11 LITV.

The only exertion is to rest in Christ. There is nothing for you to accomplish that is not already done. You can only stand still, abide, and remain in this rest. All will try to push you off this holy ground.

And the answer is not to get rid of His words. The answer is the coming of the Author of the words.

Wait on The Lord.

Judge nothing before the time. Until words are gathered up in the Word Himself. Until all the shadows are taken away in the Light.

All the warfare spoken of is not a contradiction to rest, being still and knowing Him alone.

“Come ye, see the works of YHWH, Who has accomplished desolations in the earth, Causing wars to cease, Unto the end of the earth, the bow he shatters, And the spear He has cut asunder, Chariots he does burn with fire. be still, and know that I am God, I am exalted among nations” Ps. 48:9-10 ELT.

“Comfort ye, comfort ye, My people, saith your God. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her, That her warfare hath been completed” Is. 40:1-2 YLT.

He is “our Life.”

“Whenever Christ our Life is revealed, then also you will be revealed with Him in glory.” Col. 3:4 LITV.

All who experience the revelation of Jesus Christ have been born of God. Now the unveiling of Christ is to see the One Who was already being formed in you. We received Him as our eternal Life, and so true Life was conceived; therefore His coming is the fulfillment of spiritual birth.

Then “unto those that look for Him” He appears in you, as
“our Life.”

This appearing, His coming, His revelation is in you as your very eternal Life. It is the coming of rest itself.

He is rest.

“You who are troubled–rest with us in the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with messengers of his power, in flaming fire, giving vengeance to those not knowing God, and to those not obeying the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall suffer justice–destruction age-during–from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of his strength, when He may come to be glorified in His saints, and to be wondered at in all those believing–because our testimony was believed among you–in that Day” 2 Thess. 1:7-10 YLT.

He is in you.

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