|What's The Rapture?|
|by David Martin|
"Many shall be removed in the rapture. My children, the Eternal Father has a
plan for each and every life."
"Man shall be working out in the field. One shall be taken.
Man shall say, 'Where has he gone? He has disappeared without warning.'"
"They were carried off into a supernatural realm of the
Eternal Father to await the return of My Son upon earth."
One of the most
misconstrued points of
the Bible is what people call the rapture, a coined term referencing the
Gospel prophecy concerning the mysterious removal of people from the earth.
The rapture is strictly a Catholic issue, though the ‘uncircumcised’ have stolen it, thinking it supports their idea that they will escape the tribulations by being taken up beforehand. They hold to the error that the rapture is a supernatural removing of the Church from the earth before the great tribulation.
The rapture, rather, is a mysterious occurrence which takes place just before the Great Chastisement and Christ’s Second Coming. Jesus says that at that time, "Two women shall be grinding together: the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left: two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left." (Luke: 17:34-35)
The rapture is certainly part of Heaven’s plan to remove some innocent souls before the Chastisement. Jesus tells Veronica, “There will be a gradual removal from within your world of the good. Many shall die in their earthly bodies, and many shall be taken up in the rapture.” (Jesus, July 15, 1977)
However, some understand that just before the culmination of nuclear WWIII, certain members of Christ’s elect will miraculously be taken up to a heavenly realm to pray for their brethren on earth, without which "no flesh should be saved." (Mt. 24:22) Because of their prayers, "those days shall be shortened” so that one-fourth of mankind can be saved.
This seems to tie-in with Our Lord’s Message of May 28, 1983, “The Third World War will leave no earth upon the land. There will be no earth, there will be no human beings; but a grouping would have been taken up into Heaven, My child and My children, to await the terrible devastation that falls upon mankind. Yes, My child, numerous earth-years ago I told you that some will be removed before the great cataclysm.”
Though the wording is somewhat mysterious and challenging, it appears that what Our Lord is saying is that, "there would be no earth or human beings left if it wasn't for this grouping that is taken up to Heaven to pray and await the terrible devastation."
When Jesus told the people of his day that “one shall be taken, and the other shall be left," the disciples then asked him, "Where, Lord?" Who said to them: "Wheresoever the body shall be, there will the eagles also be gathered together." (Luke 17: 36-37)
Some understand the eagles to be the elect who exhibit spiritual foresight and vision—like St. John who is symbolized by the eagle—while the body to which they are gathered is Christ's Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist. The deduction is that a select few will be taken up to a Heavenly abode to pray continuously before the Blessed Sacrament for their brethren on earth.
While the Church has never defined what the rapture is, we can rule out that it is the Second Coming of Christ or that it is an escape through which the church can avoid the tribulations, quite obviously, since Scripture makes it clear that the elect will remain on earth till the end to meet with Christ at his Coming.
St. John the Evangelist says, "Behold, he cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see him." (Apocalypse 1:7) Again we read, “The Lord himself shall come down from Heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air."1 (1 Thessalonians 4:15,16) Jesus says that “for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:22), indicating that they will be on earth till the end.
But God protects his people who listen to him. The mercy of God will envelop all those who follow Heaven’s counsel to place a crucifix on the doors to their homes. The angel of death will literally bypass any home that has the crucifix affixed, as it happened with the passing of the lamb during the Egyptian darkness.
During the Chastisement, the members of Christ will remain prostrate for six days and six nights, begging God’s mercy upon the world, just as those taken up in the rapture will be praying incessantly for their brethren on earth. It will be a time of great sorrow, even in Heaven. The glory will ensue shortly thereafter with the Second Coming of Jesus.
But some, dreading the trial, have construed the idea that they will be taken into instant glory without the cross, but this is born of fear and a lack of faith. The true Christians of the last times arm themselves with the image of the living God, the crucifix, and they place this image on the front and back doors to their homes, knowing that this will avail them all the protection they need. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is their true exodus for these times, and the Blessed Virgin Mary is the ark of salvation that leads them safely to him. She truly is our refuge and our gateway to that true enrapturement that awaits those who keep the commandments.