Some things in the Bible are so big, so gargantuous, the mind can’t get around ‘em. It just spits ‘em out. They’re simply too far removed from finite everyday life; albeit, they are indeed true and life-changing if you sit down and let the syntax sink in. Most of us are aware of the verse “great and precious promises” (2Peter 1.4). Well, let’s see if this will fit on your plate!
Hidden in Plain Sight
Since everyone will eventually die, there is only one true escape, and that would be from physical death itself. It is an epic feat, that according to the Bible, only two people have accomplished, and it has been hidden squarely in front of the eyes of all who have embraced the New Testament. Even though, having been read by countless millions, it remains invisible to their consciousness. It is so big, so powerful, so outrageous that it cannot be admitted into the mind and spirit of the average person. Fortunately, if you have been reading this blog for more than a week — you are no average person. Take a look at the book of Hebrews… ~ “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11.5).
The Greatest Feat in History
We are considering, second only to the resurrection of Messiah, the greatest feat (miracle) recorded in the Bible, or for that matter… recorded in all of the annals of history, and it has a very important and vital connection to every believer who inhabits the earth at this present day as the prophecies of the end of the age fulfill themselves before us. For those who are not familiar with this verse, the term ‘taken away so that he did not see death’ is referring to something very similar to what many people know as ‘the rapture’ of the children of God out of the calamities of the final generation. Referring to God’s great escape plan by which He will miraculously deliver His people out of the midst of the catastrophic events that comprise the final great tribulation period (the final 3-7 years), the Bible states. ~ “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God… hen we who are alive and remain shall be caught up…in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1Thessalonians 4.16-17).
In the Twinkle of an Eye
Two mind-boggling events will occur here. First, as the aforementioned verse reveals, we’ll be ‘caught up together to meet the Lord in the air.’ Millions of true blood washed Christians will instantly disappear from the face of the earth and be translated in the twinkle of an eye into the presence of Jesus Christ ‘in the air.’ Second, their physical body will never die. The last generation who attain unto the ‘catching away’ (rapture) will never die. Their physical body will be transformed, just like Jesus’s resurrected body was. When He rose from the dead on the third day, there was no body left in the tomb because His body had been transformed into a celestial, eternal, and incorruptible body. This transformation will happen at the end of the age to every believer who is alive and called in ‘the first resurrection’ of the church, the rapture. The Apostle Paul writes about this in the book of 1Corinthians. ~ “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed [raptured].” (1Corinthians 15.51-52).
The Greatest Escape
One must be accustomed to biblical terminology to correctly understand this translation of the Bible. When it is says that ‘we shall not all sleep,’ it means we shall not all suffer the pain of physical death. The last generation will escape part or all ofthe great tribulation upon the earth as God pours out His furious wrath, and the chosen few escape death through the rapture, in an instant… as it is written — ‘in the twinkling of an eye.’ The rapture is called the ‘blessed hope’ in scripture because the child of God can rest assured that the Father has a glorious flight plan out of the darkest moment in world history. ~ “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2.13). The only thing that could be greater than this is what is mentioned in the opening lines of this blog. To cut to the chase, your Bible reveals in Hebrews 11.5 that Enoch similarly to the rapture was transported from earth into the presence of God in a heartbeat, and he never tasted death.
How Big is your faith!
What makes this totally beyond what most people can fathom is that Enoch was not raptured by divine providence like the church will be — Enoch was transported ‘by faith.’ Now, that is unquestionably the most monumental act of human faith recorded in the Bible, and it is written in the New Testament because it corresponds to you. Are you tired of waiting for the rapture? Who said you have to wait? God is no respecter of persons. (Call me crazy.) If it was written in the New Testament, Enoch’s walk of faith is your ticket outa here, whether it be before or after the rapture. As the ominous clouds of darkness begin to cover the earth foreboding of the arrival of Antichrist, God is calling His children to get serious about faith. To stop playing games with their faith, so they can escape the things that are coming upon the earth and stand in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 9.23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things [are] possible to him who believes.”
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