Harvest Rapture “Come up Hither!”
God’s Kingdom Reaped in Three Stages
1st Fruit, Harvest, End Ones. “1st, 2nd, or 3rd Watch”
Many people have different theories as to when the Rapture will take place. Some believe it will be before these seven years start, and then there are those who believe it will be in the middle of these seven years, or at the end. Scripture shows there will be three raptures and also tells us when they will take place. This is how God said He would make up His Kingdom in heaven – He shows it as when a farmer plants seed in the ground to be reaped in three stages – thus three raptures. Some people like to refer to the rapture as a “catching away” – both terms will be used.
Mark 4:26 “And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;”
Mark 4:28 “…first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.”
Mark 4:29 “But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”
1Cor. 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Cor. 15:23 “But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Cor. 15:24 “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.”
Each man is called in his own order:
The first fruit (rapture) occurred at Christ’s resurrection. The “ear” or harvest rapture will occur at Christ’s second coming when the First trumpet sounds.
The “full corn in the ear” or rapture is the “end ones”, called when the last Trumpet sounds at the end of the seventh year.
Another way to know there are three raptures is to know which “watch” we are to look for. The first watch, second watch, or third watch. The first watch has already taken place; the second watch is before us. The third watch will be the last one, all in their due season.
Mat. 24:42 “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mat. 24:43 “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched…”
Luke 12:38 “And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.”
These Scriptures are telling you that there are three different times when God will come for His people. We are to be aware of what time will be ours, even though we are not to know the day or hour of His return, we most certainly are to be aware of how close we are for our time. In the book of Haggai, it gives you a clue to know within a 90-day period when the second rapture will take place. (I will expound on that later).
The first rapture took place right after Christ was crucified. He did not go to heaven right away; He first went to the bowels of the earth and set the people free who were His. They were held in Hades for over a period of 4,000 years. This was the first harvest God said would occur to make up His Kingdom in heaven, and this is the first watch these people were to be looking forward to.
The second catching away (rapture) will be the main harvest which will take place right at the end of the last church age (Laodicea), the time we are living in now. This is where God will invite you into heaven – “Come up Hither” in chapter four. Now let’s go back to the last three verses in Chapter 3 to where Christ was on the outside of your door (heart) knocking, wanting in.
Rev. 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Rev. 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne…”
Now let’s go to chapter four. Notice how it starts with the words “After this”. It is letting you know the seven churches have run their course and they will not be mentioned on earth again. Now notice how God opened His door in heaven and is inviting you to come on up.
Rev. 4:1 “After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither,..”
The main harvest is now in heaven. Notice the contrast of these doors, the one in Rev. 3:20, where he is knocking, asking if He can come in compared to Rev. 4:1, where He invites you to sit with Him in heaven. As you can see, there are two doors here back to back.
Mat. 24:33 “…when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”
In all of Matthew 24, God is telling His disciples what they were to look for before His return for them. He is letting them know when their branch is tender and starts to put forth leaves, their rapture will be soon but there will be another one before theirs “even at the doors”. When their branch starts to grow means “when they (Israel) became a nation”. (1948).
Mat. 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Mat. 24:32 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth the leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:”
Mat. 24:33 “So likewise when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”
Mat. 24:34 “Verily, I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
This is a good time to look at your Chart. Notice how there is a Trumpet in each of the seven years. The first Trumpet, when it sounds will be as a voice speaking for the main harvest which will take place at the beginning of these seven years.
1 Cor. 15:52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
These two doors in Revelation 3:20 and 4:1 are the only places in the Bible where you will find two doors together. You can see there definitely is a rapture here in Chapter 4, right before the seven years of Tribulation start. The last “come up hither” when the last Trumpet blows, you will find in Revelation 11:12. This one will not only be for the 144,000 (12 tribes of Israel), but also for the Two Witnesses and all of those who will come through the great Tribulation. The voice is the same voice saying, “Come hither,” for both raptures, with seven years in between. The first Trumpet will blow in the first year and the seventh Trumpet (the last one) will blow in the seventh year.
I Thes. 4:16 “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:”
I Thes. 2:3 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air…”
Another way for you to know the rapture for the church takes place here in this fourth chapter, and before the seven years start, notice where the seven golden candlesticks are now.
Rev. 4:5 “And out of the throne proceeded lightings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”
Without a doubt, the church is now in heaven. Read all of Chapters 4 and 5 to how it describes a continual scene of us praising and worshiping God before his throne in heaven. Another way to know that the church has to be in heaven before the end of these seven years, notice in this last Scripture how the church is referred to as “Seven Spirits of God”. Where did we read of these seven Spirits? Revelation 1:4. Remember John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day (Seventh Year) and He was to write everything he had seen before that day. This shows the church was in heaven when John started to write.
There is yet another Scripture that shows the church has to be taken out of the way before the Beast (The Anti-Christ), can be exposed.
II Thes.2:2 “the day of Christ is at hand.”
II Thes. 2:3 “…that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed…”
The “man of sin” is another name for the Beast. “The day that shall not come” is referring to the Lord’s Day. The man of sin (The Beast) cannot be revealed until a falling away takes place, meaning the church has to be taken out of the way first.
II Thes. 2:6 “And now you know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
II Thes. 2:7 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
II Thes. 2:8 ” And then shall that wicked be revealed…”
The wicked to be revealed is referring to the Beast; the one who is controlled by Satan and people who want their own god other then Jesus Christ. There are two reasons why God’s people have to be taken out of the way. Some of the churches are doing the work God has equipped them to do. Wherever the Holy Spirit is present, Satan cannot prevail. According to Scriptures God does not want His people to go through these hard seven Tribulation years of His wrath.
I Thes. 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath…”
Since I am a believer of Christ, I have seen the power some of God’s people have on earth against Satan, so I can see why the church has to be taken out of the way. Scripture will be fulfilled; God’s perfect plan for Christ to redeem what was lost so very long ago. This next Scripture is showing what will take place among the Jewish population who will be looking for their time when they will be taken. They will realize a catching away took place and they are still here.
Jer. 8:20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
This event will take place right before the seven-year peace treaty: “the harvest rapture that has come and gone”. Now look in the book of Hosea to how it shows there will be a harvest time for them at the end of the seven years when they will no longer be blinded. Satan will no longer have his way. God is letting them know, “be patient for it will come to past”.
Hos. 6:11 “Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.”
Judah was the rebellious tribe of Israel who would not turn away from Babylon. God warned them to turn away, but they would not listen. Because of their rebellion, and rejection of Christ when He was among them, they have to go through the full 390 years of iniquity along with Israel, which includes these seven years.
Amos 8:1 “Thus hath the Lord God showed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.”
Amos 8:2 “And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.”
God showed Amos the rapture for all of His people will be like summer fruit, reaped in three stages. Being most of the fruit will have been harvested, He is telling them they will be next; He will not pass by them anymore. The first fruits of the crop are always smaller than the main harvest that follows. Then after the main harvest, there is always some fruit left in the fields that usually the poor get to come and gather if the farmer is not greedy.
Now that we can see a complete picture of God’s plan, illustrated as a basket of summer fruit, let’s go back in Scriptures to Leviticus to show how God set the stage as a foreshadow of what was to come.
Lev. 23:2 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.”
When God was speaking to Moses he was showing him the feasts they were to keep at harvest time: “first fruits,” “main harvest,” and “the gleaning.” He gave Moses strict orders as to what the Israelites were to do when the first fruits came in to be harvested. They were to bring the sheaf unto the priests for them to be waved before the Lord; for them to be accepted. Next, came the full harvest. When the reapers gathered the wheat (sheaves), they were also waved before the Lord as a promise that the entire harvest would be dedicated to Him. The gleanings will be the end ones; the Israelites, Two Witnesses, and all of those who will make it through the seven years.
Lev. 23:22 “And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the Lord your God.”
If you were a farmer you would see how the last of the fruit is usually what falls to the ground with only a few fruit left on the vines. They would be stepped on and bruised by man to where it was hard to find fruit not completely destroyed. God shows us this picture of what will happen to the ones who will have to go through these seven hard Tribulation years. They will be trodden down under the feet of men. Many will be killed, and some will survive, but at the end they will be gathered. These are the gleanings the gleaners will pick up. These three different times of gathering the fruit is God’s way of revealing to us how He will make up His Kingdom in heaven, and when they will be gathered. The remaining Scriptures in Chapter 4 shows a little bit of what we will get to see and participate in when we get to heaven. It will be a very joyous time to look forward to. The twenty four elders I believe will be the prophets of old; the raptured saints taken at the time Jesus ascended into heaven.
This chapter describes four Beasts, but realize they are not like the Beast who will play the part of the Anti Christ. These are angels, the Spirit of Christ who will come to mankind in four different ways. Remember how we have already perceived them in Ezekiel’s vision? “Like a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle”. They are four beautiful angelic beings with six wings each. With both books describing these living creatures, it shows me how God’s spirit can go to so many people at the same time, but yet be so personal to each one of us. One can’t possibly imagine the beauty of what will be in store for us.
Let’s now go into the fifth chapter where we will see the raptured saints in heaven praising God for redeeming them. These three raptures, or catching away, fulfill the first Resurrection.
Rev. 20:6 “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.
Now lets go to Chapter 5 to see why Jesus Christ had to follow the laws of the land to acomplish His mission while He was here on earth before.
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