IS THE CHURCH READY?
There are many schools of thought concerning ‘the rapture’ of the Christian Church from the earth. I’ve heard things like the Church is the Bride of Christ and that He is coming back for her to be raptured away with him and the two, God and the Church will enjoy sweet fellowship forever. This will all start after the Church (Bride) will be seated with the Father and Son and all the angels to enjoy the wedding feast of the lamb.
So, what is the rapture according to the Christian Church? According to what I heard in the 20 years I spent in hardcore Pentecostalism, I understand that there are different schools of thought on the rapture. Some believe in and advocate a pre-tribulation rapture. This is where all the Christians on earth who have said the ‘sinner’s’ prayer are going to be caught up with Jesus in the air before the tribulation begins, and thus, they will avoid any harm. Those who are on the earth and haven’t said the sinner’s prayer are going to experience horrible calamities.
Some believe in a mid trib rapture and some in a post trib rapture. Personally, I believe mankind (all of us) will go through the tribulation. For those who have accepted the work of Messiah, Yeshua, to their lives, and have a Passion for his Torah, the promises of Psalm 91 will apply to them. For those who are law-breakers, they will go through the tribulation experiencing God’s wrath for their disobedience to his Torah commands.
The whole crux of this is that one must adhere to the commands of our Father’s Torah. (The Torah is the first five books of the bible, and the instructions found therein.) Yeshua is the Torah in the flesh. In the beginning was the word (Torah) and the word (Torah) was with God and the word (Torah) was God. The Word (Torah) became flesh and dwelt among us. Yeshua (Jesus) said “If you love me, keep my commands.” What commands was he talking about? It wasn’t the New Testament because the New Testament wasn’t even written when he made that statement. So, what word was he talking about or what commands was he talking about? He was talking about the commands of Torah.
The Torah has always existed, in the beginning was the word… So, why do many Christians have such a disdain for the Torah of God? I’ve heard things like, “Why would you want to keep all of those commandments? Jesus nailed the Torah to the cross.” Let me explain something to you. There are actually two laws in the bible and both are mentioned in the New Testament. There is the Law, or more appropriately, Torah, or Instructions. The instructions God gave us in the Torah which were meant to give us life and have it more abundantly. (Sound familiar?) Just look at the blessings found in the Book of Deuteronomy concerning obedience to the commands, instructions, Torah of God.
So, what happens when one disobeys the Torah, commands, instructions of God? Such people become cursed and begin to live under the second law, the law of sin and death, small ‘L’. When Messiah died he took the curse of the law of sin and death and nailed it to the tree. What that means for those of us who had broken the Torah of God in times past, is that we are now aware of his commandments and we’re to practice repentance. A 180 degree turn from disobedience to God’s word and 100% obedience to his Torah Commands.
I have heard it said that the commandments of Torah are burdensome and no one can keep all of them perfectly. This is a direct violation and unbelief in what God said in Deuteronomy. He was point blank in saying that we can obey and adhere to these commandments, that we are well able to keep them. There were many, many people who adhered to the commands of Torah and their lives were truly blessed. These blessings are available to us when we desire to obey his commandments.
Keep in mind that many of the Torah commands do not apply to everyone. There were commandments for Sacrifices, Temple Worship (The temple is no longer there), Married couples, Priest and Levites, those in the land of Israel, etc. So there are many that do not apply to us here in North America and all other parts of the world. That being said, there are commandments that are very dear to our Father in Heaven and he commands us to keep them.Violating these commands will no doubt bring the curse of the law of sin and death upon us. We see this everywhere on earth. Nations disintegrating before our eyes because of their disobedience to the commandments of God.
To be very honest with you I don’t know all of the commandments that God has commanded for me to keep and obey. Here are some of the commandments I keep and adhere to, or am learning about.
1) The seventh day Sabbath
2) The dietary laws of Leviticus chapter 11
3) God’s Holy Days as outlined in Leviticus chapter 23
4) The tying of Tzit Tzits to have on the four corners of our garments.
5) All of the Ten Commandments.
Humanity has been in a deep sleep concerning the Torah of God. (Darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the peoples) The Hebrew language was dead for many years, so we don’t have the exact, accurate translations of God’s word. The only way we are going to find out the truth is to seek God and he will give us the answers.
To sum up what I am saying here is this: Saying a prayer (commonly called ‘the sinner’s prayer) to secure your spot in Heaven is a myth, or a vapor. The only way to Heaven is through accepting the work that Messiah performed on the tree, AND the obedience to his commands. Do we really think God is going to reward disobedient people? The Israelites were kicked out of their land and made a byword (a laughing stock) for their disobedience to the Word of God. Are we any different than the Israelites? The answer is ‘no’.God sent his word and healed us. That word is Yeshua, and that word is the Torah. Yeshua is the Torah in the flesh. Yeshua and Torah are synonymous.
So, if we think that we can somehow be caught up in the air with Jesus and all the time have had contempt for his Torah commands, we have deceived ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we truly believe that our Messiah did away with the Torah commands and we have no desire to keep them, that is, we pick and choose which commandments we are going to keep and throw out the rest of them, we will find ourselves standing before a very angry God. In the 20 years I spent in Christianity, I heard many, many sermons, but in that time I never once heard a Pastor who taught on the commandments of the Torah, not once.
Is the Church ready for the rapture? No, she is not, nor will she ever be without the tribulation. It will be that during the tribulation that the Jews will learn about their Messiah, Yeshua and Christians, those who God will have favor on, will realize the truth about adhering to the commands of Torah. This is a strong warning for those who say they are teachers and leaders within the Christian faith. I have heard many Pastors talk about their judgment being more severe than the congregants. To which I would like to add:
If you have never taught God’s Torah, you have only been a resounding gong or cymbal. Your religion is futile and worthless.
Repent while there is still time, my Christian brothers and sisters. We all, like sheep, have gone astray. If we truly want to see the hand of God move in our lives we MUST obey his Torah. God Bless you and may the scales of our eyes fall off, so we can look into, and behold that perfect Law of liberty.