The completed Redemption of the Body is at the Rapture,

Completing the fulfillment of Pentecost!

Very little consideration is being given in most of the biblically advanced websites to the realities of the partial down payment of the Spirit given us at our spiritual redemption,  said to be a down payment until the redemption of the purchased possession, which is us, purchased by his blood:

 

 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

Which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 2:13,14).

And there are other realities, for the tribulation or 70th Week of Daniel's’ prophecy, is the period of time when the last 3 and final feasts of Israel, for that nation, will be fulfilled. The rapture of the Bride to the Father's’ house has been tried repeatedly to be fitted into the feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah, which is not its proper place, given that just said, it is not a feast for the church. That the Church was born at Pentecost, the day also when in the OT the nation of Israel historically was betrothed to the Lord GOD, now also the Bride, Jew and Gentile together as two leavened loaves, was betrothed to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Though God gave Israel a certificate of divorcement for her disobedience and idolatry, yet the Lord God will again remarry her in the end times scenario (Ezekiel 20). The Church in turn awaits her being taken, at the  resurrection/rapture of all Church saints, both of the dead and of the living, by the change at the twinkling of an eye and the sound of the last trumpet (1 Cor. 15:51-53), the very voice of God:

[50] Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

[51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

[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.

[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

[56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

[57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

And this is the theological argument being posed at this time, and that is that all born-again believers of the Church age are indwelled with the Holy Spirit of God, who  to us also is  a seal of the ownership of the purchased possession, and to whom the Spirit has been given in the fulness of the measure of the spiritual redemption which our Lord has already accomplished, while still awaiting of the full measure of the Spirit who is to indwell our resurrected body of glory.

The Spirit strengthens us in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16) or inward man, but with respect to the flesh or physical body, the Spirit still has to lust against/contrary to our flesh so that we may not sin (Galatians 5:17). The battle rages on and will not end till in victory we are given a new body of glory where now the Spirit of God rules in the inward and in the outward man. And we wait in hope, when this corruptible and mortal will be replaced by the incorruptible/immortal and eternal, a body such as  our Lord Jesus Christ now has (Phil. 3:21).

The theological argument continued, is that Romans 8:18-23 particularly, is a description of the very expectation that believers hold, while at the present time the sufferings we endure can not compare to the glory that should be revealed in us then, at the unveiling or manifestation of that we should be, as the sons of God, children and heirs with Him. This expectation awaits the deliverance from this body of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God, no longer striving/groaning and travailing  with the flesh, but now fully in conformity with the image of the Son of God. At the completion of the redemption of our bodies we receive the full adoption into the family of God, which thing we await for,  in hope. For it is the Spirit that will give life to the resurrection bodies and will change the body in the twinkling of an eye.

[7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

[8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

[9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

[10] And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

[11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:7-11).

For we all, of the Church Age, await to be raised up together from the dead at the rapture, the dead from the graves and the living by a change so fast that beats the blinking of an eye, and that at the very call of the voice of God the Son, a voice as of a trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18):

[13] But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

[14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

[15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

[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:

[17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

[18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The saints of the Church who have died  will be coming down to the clouds in their celestial bodies with Jesus Christ, who when his voice sounds last, will raise their bodies by the Holy Spirit so that the new incorruptible and immortal bodies, in transformation with their celestial bodies become bodies of glory. The living Christian at the time will have likewise his body changed so that it will also be a glorious body. So that this resurrection/rapture is that we creatures are presently awaiting for (Romans 8:19-25):

[19] For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

[20] For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

[21] Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

[22] For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

[23] And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

[24] For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

[25] But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

And we believe that the very feast of Pentecost will be the day in which the redemption of our bodies is made complete/final, fulfilling this feast’s physical redemption component, given that the spiritual redemption component happens to every believer the moment he comes to Christ to ask to be saved, at the very moment that he is baptized by Jesus Christ with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. May it be that some others likewise dig into the words of God and in the Spirit uncover that which the Lord has given us in the pages of the Scripture. With much blessings we have prepared this brief lesson for you and all thanksgiving and praises be given Him. Amen.

*Feast of Pentecost 2016 is on Sivan 6 in the Jewish Calendar or June 12 in the Gregorian calendar.

And we need to cover first for the sake of completion the following:

We can find the promise of his coming for his Church in the verses of John 14:1-4

[1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

[2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

[3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

[4] And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

And the Scriptures allude in over 50 verses and by every writer of the epistles of the New Testament, as in Hebrews 10:25, 36-37, that all the disciples and apostles were expecting Him to return in their lifetimes. But these do not say it could be any day nor at any moment, for in none of the verses is this concept presented, while they had to be sober and watching.

[25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

[36] For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

[37] For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

The apostle Peter gave us notice for the qualifying reason of his delay in 2 Peter 3:9, for even him knew that he would to die first, putting away this earthly tabernacle (2 Peter 13-14). And the apostle Paul also witness of the delay as being needed to await the fullness of the Gentiles to come in:

[9] The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

[25] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (Romans 11:25)

And know that the rapture is not an event or happening that is independent and un-associated to other end of the age timeline appointed times, for it is. For the rapture to occur it must be on the verge of the start of the day of the Lord, for incidentally, it is indeed the very trigger to the beginning of such, a type of the times and the seasons, as taught by Paul in 1 and 2 Thessalonians:

[1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

[3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (2 Thess. 2:1-3)

For  Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he had spoken to them before in the first epistle and that the day of the Lord would not catch up and overtake them, for the church is appointed to physical salvation and is  not appointed unto wrath:

 [5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (2 Thess. 2:5)

[4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

[5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness (1 Thess 5:4-5)

[9] For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thess 5:9)

And what exactly is that day to which they were not appointed to wrath, and by which they would not be overtaken, for being children of light (of the day) and not (of the night), children of darkness? The very chapter tells us it is the day of the Lord, which is a type of the times and the seasons (Daniel 2:21, Acts 1:6, 1 Thess 5:1-2):

[1] But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

[2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Furthermore the day of Christ (DOTL) would happen during a period of time the Scriptures describe as a falling away in 2 Thess 2:3, defined in the same chapter in 2:10 as not receiving the love of the truth, the love of Jesus Christ, of whom it is written that he came as our Saviour because of his love for man (Titus 3:4). The ones falling away are the ones who do not receive the love of the truth for they believe not the truth (2:12), that they might be saved.

Yet there is more, for the Scripture speaks of what must come first, before the day of the Lord could even show up, and that is God first showing wonders in heavens and wars with fire/brimstone on the earth. The wars on the earth are not needed to be questioned, look at the Middle East. And the wonders in the heavens we saw in 2014/2015 in lunar tetrad eclipses and solar eclipses on specific feasts of the Lord’s days, Passover and Tabernacles, God speaking to man as he promised he would in Genesis 1:14. Read carefully the words in Acts 2 and Joel 2 and realize that these are saying that God would show wonders in the heavens and wars on the earth before the day of the Lord would come!

[30] And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

[31] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Since the 2014/2015 wonders have come and gone, now the last obstacle for the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord has passed, and there are no more hurdles. What is to keep 2016 to be the year when the LORD sends his Son for his Bride? Why would GOD show these wonders years ahead of the day of the Lord, that as we have argued, follows immediately after the rapture of the Church? Persuaded we are that 2016 is the most significant of years, and await that it very well is the year of the rapture. And as GOD accomplishes all these on times appointed,  feast of the Lord’s days, and that the fall feasts also must be fulfilled for Israel, the fall feasts  at the end of the 7 years tribulation, the present and upcoming feast of Pentecost be that feast that satisfies the blessed hope, the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. After all, is it not the center candle of the 7 candle Menorah the one that feeds the others (3+3), and figuratively is Pentecost the same? Pentecost was fulfilled spiritually once, in the spiritual  life of every believer, when their spirit was redeemed, so that the redemption of the body may likewise follow the same pattern given us, so yet we may be home with the Father very, very, shortly! A spiritual fulfillment first, then a physical fulfillment.

Lastly and again,  a word on the concept of the imminent return of Jesus Christ, meaning and defined at any moment of any day, in the face of that reviewed, for we must address this issue head on, that many consider as if it were essential doctrine that accompanies a pre-tribulation position. If Luke by the Spirit writes in Acts 15:14 that of the Gentile world God is taking out a people for himself, and Peter says that God delays for he is not willing that any man should perish (be lost, 2 Pet. 3:9), and Paul says that for yet a little while he will delay (Hebrew 10:37), these all disagree with the concept of imminence. And the fact remains that God acts according to his plans in times appointed of his, feast days, as he gave life to the Church on the very day of Pentecost when Israel celebrated the day she was given of God the Law and was betrothed to Him. God has shown that he does not act randomly nor has he kept silent, for so much as to the Church being taken at a resurrection/rapture, all saints of the Church age being given their glorious bodies at the same time, speaks of a pre-conceived, carefully planned event, for a special time of His. And this points to the feast of Pentecost for at the completion of the bodily redemption we are taking up, sealed unto such a day (Ephesians 4:30). 

That the disciples and apostles hoped for the rapture to be during their lifetimes was a blessed hope for sure, for Paul hoped  he would to attain to such a resurrection (Philippians 3:11) and not die. But Paul also wrote (2 Thess. 2:3) that that rapture would occur in the midst of a falling away first, of people not receiving  the love Jesus Christ has for them (Titus 3:4), and in his lifetime the opposite was true, for he harvested souls right and left. Paul also wrote that the day of Christ, of the rapture, would precede the beginning of the the day of the Lord, for that day would not overtake the Church (1 Thess. 5:4), for the Church would scarcely be taken up (1 Pet. 4:18) when the day of the Lord would have exploded into the world stage. But there is more, for the day of the Lord, as written in Joel 2:30-31 and also in  Acts 2:19, 20, could not come until GOD showed before wonders in the heavens and signs on the earth beneath, as we have just seen happen by the solar/lunar tetrad eclipses of 2014/2015, facts unknown to historical commentators, derived recently from astronomical charts.

What kind of men ought we to be, in view of the fact that GOD will dissolve the heavenlies, as Peter wrote interrogatively in 2 Peter 3:11-14, expecting a day of God (the millennial reign)? He then says men who look for such a kingdom, being diligent to be found in peace with God, without spot and blameless. But is this to be done because he could come at any day, any moment? No, this ought to be the way of life of any and all Christians, for indwelled with the Holy Spirit and living by faith abundantly in a surrendered life, ought to produce such fruit. This is not about fearing being caught in sin if He should show up that day, in that hour, for we are to live driven by the Spirit for the love of Jesus Christ and his glory, and not because he could potentially come and find us in contempt. The Spirit of Christ in us, the Holy Spirit of truth, is all the Christian man needs to live in surrender  for his Lord and Saviour. See you soon in heaven.