Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Special Notice: Harpazō

"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 (harpazō) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

These are the words inspired of the Holy Spirit to Paul describing the harpazō of the Bride of Christ. They are also the prophetic word of God given to Isaiah in the Old Testament.

"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain."

Isaiah 26:19-21

See also Zephaniah 2:3, Psalm 27:5 for other Old Testament references to this event.  The early church father Ephrem of Nisibis (Ephrem the Syrian) who was a prolific writer (three millions lines of text according to early church historian Sozomen) also taught about the same message as Paul regarding the harpazō of the Bride of Christ prior to the 70th Week (the 7-year long Tribulation/Great Tribulation). Circa 370 AD Ephrem wrote:

"For all the saints and Elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins."

Therefore, we have proof that the dispensationalist emphasis on the harpazō is not something made popular in more recent historical times, it has been a central tenet of our belief from the get-go. Those who attempt to teach otherwise are propagating a falsehood, a false teaching, a modern day myth. To this end it is also very instructive to read the entire chapter of 1 Thessalonians 5.

The key point here is that the harpazō will occur prior to the start of the 70th Week; it is not tied to any other prophetic occurrence or fulfillment; it will literally occur at a point in time known only to God the Father. It literally could happen in any given "twinkling of an eye" as Holy Spirit-filled Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:52. The technological way of say this is that the harpazō will occur in 1/6 billionth of a second. That's pretty fast; it is at all times lessthan a heartbeat away from becoming a reality.

Are you ready for the harpazō to occurIs Jesus Christ your professed Lord and Savior; is He your personal Messiah? If not then pray this prayer from Psalm 51 and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness
in your abundant compassion
blot out my offense.
Wash away all my guilt;
from my sin cleanse me.
For I know my offense;
my sin is always before me.
Against you alone have I sinned;
I have done such evil in your sight
That you are just in your sentence,
blameless when you condemn.
True, I was born guilty,
a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.
Still, you insist on sincerity of heart;
in my inmost being teach me wisdom.
Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure;
wash me, make me whiter than snow.
Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins;
blot out all my guilt.
A clean heart create for me, God;
renew in me a steadfast spirit.
Do not drive me from your presence,
nor take from me your holy spirit.
Restore my joy in your salvation;
sustain in me a willing spirit.
I will teach the wicked your ways,
that sinners may return to you.
Rescue me from death, God, my saving God,
that my tongue may praise your healing power.
Lord, open my lips;
my mouth will proclaim your praise.
For you do not desire sacrifice;
a burnt offering you would not accept.
My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit;
God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.

In Jesus Holy Name I pray, Amen.

1 comment:

Lujack Skylark said...

Praise the Lord the Harpazo will happen in this generation which saw the re-birth of modern Israel
on May 14, 1948.