THE THREE RAPTURES AND THREE JUDGMENTS
The time period 1988 to 1995 contains three raptures of the faithful. Each rapture is followed by a judgment.
The first rapture occurs on Rosh-Hashana 1988, on the fifth Feast of Israel, Trumpets. (Rev. 4:1-2). All Christians, faithful and unfaithful, both living and dead, are raptured to the Judgment Seat of Christ in the atmosphere of the earth where they are judged by Jesus for their works and unconfessed sins. This ten-day judgment of the body of Christ is analogous to the separation of the wheat from the chaff. The wheat represents the faithful Christians who become the bride of Christ. The chaff represents the unfaithful Christians who turned back from the plow (Luke 9:62). Christians are also represented by the five faithful virgins in the parable of the ten virgins in Matt. 25 and the wicked servant whose lot was assigned with the unbelievers in Luke 12:46.
The second rapture occurs at midweek, 3 1/2 years into the Tribulation, sunset March 12, 1992. This rapture involves all the faithful and unfaithful Old Testament Jewish dead and the Jewish-Christian and Gentile Christian martyrs who have died by midweek, and the 144,000 Jewish missionaries who have all died by midweek (Dan. 12:2). The judgment which follows this rapture is 40 days long, lasting until sunset, April 21, 1992. It is carried out by the twelve apostles, apparently in the third level of heaven, because of the terrible events taking place on earth at that time. (Matt. 19:28). God did not allow his faithful to observe His wrath upon the wicked in the days of Noah or Lot; there is no reason to believe that he would change now. (Dan. 7:9-11, 12:2-3, Rev. 5:11, 11:15-19).
The third rapture occurs on Rosh-Hashana 1995, ten days before Armageddon. There are three groups who will not be raptured at this time: 1.) The Jewish faithful who go to Petra for safety from Satan and Antichrist, 2.) The one-third of Israel who are cleansed by the fire of adversity in the last 3 1/2 years, and 3.) the Gentiles saved of God who go into the Millennium alive. This third rapture consists only of Jewish-Christian and Gentile Christian martyrs whose robes of righteousness are washed in the blood of the lamb. (Rev. 7:14). The wedding of the lamb cannot take place until this rapture has occurred because these Tribulation martyrs of the last 3 1/2 years are part of the bride of Christ. They are raptured in the first 12 hours of Rosh-Hashana, Sept. 25, 1995. The second 12 hours of Rosh-Hashana is probably their time of judgment by the twelve apostles. The next day is the wedding of the lamb to the bride of Christ. The faithful of the Old Testament will be wedding guests (Jn. 3:29), and the heavenly angels will be spectators, as they have been throughout human history.
After the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, all, whether Jew or Gentile, who reject his blood as the sacrificial offering for cleansing of their sins are damned and doomed forever to the Lake of Fire with Satan and his angels. The saved become part of Christ's body and will live with him as song of God in the Millennium in the New Jerusalem.
Once the 70th week of Daniel begins on earth, Old Testament law again comes into effect. The dead faithful practicing Jew of the Old Testament and the practicing faithful Jew of the first 3 1/2 years, who have died by mid-week and been raptured at mid-week, will both appear as wedding guests at the marriage supper of the Lamb. At mid-week the living practicing faithful Jew goes alive to a place of safety, probably Petra, for 1260 days. The living wicked Jew who is alive at mid-week, must survive the last 3 1/2 years, must turn to God and be protected by God. If he dies in this last 3 1/2 years of Jacob's trouble, he goes to Hell. The wicked, now faithful, Jew, who survives Armageddon will help repopulate the millennial earth along with the faithful Jews released from Petra, and the Gentiles who survive the Judgment of the Nations (Matt. 25:31-46). This will be about 2.1 million people, 1/3 of these Jews. Women will outnumber men 7 to 1, leaving about 230,000 men.
The martyrs of the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation are the ones who will have the honor to serve at the Throne of God. The church, the bride of Christ, enters the New Jerusalem Sept. 26, 1995, after the Wedding of the Lamb in the third level of Heaven. The martyrs, however, serve God in the Millennium in New Jerusalem. 9 The church lives in the new Jerusalem but commutes to earth during the Millennium. At the end of the Millennium the New Jerusalem is brought down to replace the sun which has gone out. The New Jerusalem now lights the earth forever and ever.
Now the whole bride, the Church, the 144,000 and the martyrs of the Tribulation are in the vicinity of the earth to live in the New Jerusalem for eternity.
9 They do not come to earth because the sun never shines on them again. The sun will shine on the earth during the millennium.