Rapture? Or No Rapture – Part 3 [Two shall be… one shall be taken]

Then shall two be in the field; one shall be taken, and the other left, Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left

(Matthew 24:40-42)


Last time, God in His mercy, opened up 1 Thessalonians 4:17 for us to understand and draw encouragement from. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 is the passage that talks about being caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And now we understand what it truly means and how we should prepare to be part of it.


As the Lord helped us to understand that passage, so we trust Him to mercifully open Matthew 24:40-42 to us:


“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” [Matthew 24:40-42, KJV]


Many of us are quite familiar with this verse, especially because of Rapture.

But does this passage actually refer to Rapture?

Truthfully, IT DOES NOT, and we can tell from Luke 17:37


34 I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left.

36 Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left. 37 And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”” [NKJV]


Now this answer “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together” does not sound like Rapture. Rather, it is a great separation¾a great separation of the eagles in these last days. But to understand this separation we should ask three questions:

  1. Who are the eagle?
  2. What is the body?
  3. Where is the body?




Isaiah 40:31 says: “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” [NKJV]. Such are the people symbolized as eagles. They are believers who faithfully maintain a healthy relationship with our Lord Jesus, and by so doing, are able to remain strong spiritually. They are the ones gathered to where the body is because their spiritual ears are open to hear what the Holy Spirit says to the church.




The body is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the bread of life. In John 6:51 He said:


51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world… 53 … Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” [NKJV]


This is what these eagle believers are gathered to do: to eat the flesh of our Lord Jesus and drink His blood so that they can have life. But how do they eat His flesh and drink His blood to gain eternal life? Our Lord Jesus explains in John 5:24 saying:


“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” [NKJV]


And in Luke 11:28 He said:


“… blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” [NKJV]


So we see that the eagle believers eat of our Lord Jesus’ body [to gain eternal life] by hearing His words, doing them and using them to grow in faith in God. Moreover, when we remember that our Lord Jesus is the Word of God, we can understand that eating His body simply means feeding on the Word of God.


Knowing these [that the body which the eagles feed on is the body of our Lord Jesus and that they feed on Him by hearing His Word, believing it and doing it] we can move to the next question:




With what we have learnt from the previous question, this question can be rephrased as: where is the Word of God? Or: where can we feed on the body of our Lord Jesus? And our Lord Jesus has already answered it. In Matthew 18:20 He said:


“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”


This means that our Lord Jesus is spiritually present to feed His eagles with His word wherever and whenever they are gathered together in fellowship.


We can therefore understand that the prophecy of “… two shall be … one shall be taken …” is pointing to a time when God will gather His true believers out from wherever they may be to where they can truly feed on the word of God. Or to be more specific, it is pointing to a time when God will move His true people out from the backslidden church system and lead them into simple fellowships that operate in Spirit and in Truth, just as it was with the early church [gathered out from the backslidden organized Jewish religious system]. This is so that He can finally have a church that is truly without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish [not incorporated under any person, group of persons, or government, but fully owned and headed by the Lord Jesus Himself]. This is a very significant event in these last days, to get the bride of Christ ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb, but only the eagles will have ears to hear the call of the Holy Spirit¾a call made through the different messages He is sending among His people in these days.


This gathering of the eagle believers is so important that it is prophesied again in Revelation 12:14. There it is compared to the exodus of Israelites from Egypt to the wilderness. It reads:


“But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.” [Revelation 12:14, NKJV]


In this passage, the woman represents the true bride of Christ. This woman is made up of the eagle believers who are gathered to where they can feed and be nourished with the true word of God. The great eagle represents the people God will use to carry out this gathering. They are symbolized as a great eagle because their ministry is similar to that of Moses. In Exodus 19:4 God also symbolized Moses’ ministry as eagle’s wings. It reads:


“And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.” {NKJV]


The eagles’ wings by which God brought the Israelites out of Egypt into the wilderness refers to the ministry of Moses. And God used a similar symbol to represent the people He will use to lead the exodus of His eagles out from “Egypt” into “the wilderness”.


We can thus understand that what our Lord Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:40-42 and Luke 17:34-37 is actually A GREAT EXODUS OF EAGLE BELIEVERS FROM “EGYPT” TO “THE WILDERNESS” [where the body is], through the ministry of people who are already mature eagles. We are then faced with two questions:

  1. What is the Egypt the eagles are gathered out from?
  2. What is the wilderness they are gathered to for nourishment?


When we understand these two things, we will appreciate how important it is in these last days, and why we must be among those eagles that are gathered, if we want to be part of the marriage supper of the Lamb.




This Egypt is mentioned in Revelation 11:8. It reads:


“And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” [NKJV]


Our focus is on the great city which is also spiritually called Sodom and Egypt. This great city is the Egypt that God’s eagles are being gathered out from in these last days. But what is this great city? Revelation 17:18 gives us a clue. It reads:


“And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” [NKJV]


But who is this woman? Verses 1-6 of the same chapter reads:


“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup of full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”


From this passage, we see that this woman [this great city Egypt] is also symbolized as a great harlot [a great whore]. But why is she called a great harlot? If we read Jeremiah chapter 3, we will see that God called the Israelites a harlot [a whore] when they backslid from Him to worship idols. It reads:


1 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him and becomes another man’s, May he return to her again? Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return to Me,” says the LORD … 6 The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to me.’ But she did not return… 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees… 11 Then the LORD said to me, Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous that treacherous Judah… 14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; ‘for I am married to you… 20 Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, So have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel,” says the LORD… 22 “Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.”…” [NKJV]


From this passage, we see that God called the Israelites a harlot [a whore] because they backslid and committed spiritual adultery by turning away from Him [their Husband] and going to worship idols of stone and trees. But this was the Old Testament. In the New Testament, however, the church is the bride of Christ; and so a whore used as a symbol in the New Testament represents a church that is backslidden and commits spiritual adultery. This is what the great harlot in Revelation 17 represents. This is what the great city represents. This is what “the Egypt” represent. This is what God’s eagles are gathered out from. A backslidden church system. In the days of our Lord Jesus, this great city was expressed as the backslidden Jewish religious system of the priests, the pharisees, the sadducees and the scribes. But it is has evolved to be expressed as the backslidden church system. Beginning with the Roman Catholic Church [the whore riding on the beast [the Roman Empire]], down to her harlot daughters, many of whom are Pentecostal, Evangelical and Charismatic churches. The entirety of this backslidden church system [mother and daughters] is what God’s eagles are gathered out from. And since this backslidden church system is symbolized as Egypt, we can understand that this gathering is A GREAT EXODUS, with the pharaohs being the false prophets and leaders in the backslidden church system, the Israelites being the eagles, and the Moses being the great eagle. This is what is about to happen, and we must pray to get out of Egypt quickly because God has said in Revelation 18:4:


“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” [NKJV]


The wilderness, on the other hand, represents simple fellowship gatherings without a “city-structure” [not incorporated or registered as an organization], where Jesus Christ is truly the Head, they worship in Spirit and in Truth, operating in oneness as a body [as described in Ephesians 4:1-13], according to the pattern God set for His New Testament church, as can be learnt from the early church in scriptures.


It is those who are part of the eagles [collectively shown as the true bride in Revelation 12:14] that will be nourished and prepared for marriage to our Lord Jesus. They are the ones later described in Revelation 19:7:


“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine lined, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”” [NKJV]


Indeed, only those who are gathered as eagles out of the backslidden church system will be called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. This is particularly true in these last days, because all those who remain in the backslidden church system will be taken over by the gentiles and be made to accept the mark of the beast.


“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” [Revelation 3:22, NKJV]




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Rapture? Or No Rapture -Part 2

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

(1 Thessalonians 4:16)


Last time, by God’s grace, we focused on verse 17 of First Thessalonians chapter 4. We learnt that the clouds represents the presence of God and the air represents the spiritual realm of the earth. We understood that to be part of those who are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, we need to always remain in the clouds, in God’s presence, and allow Him to put His laws into our hearts and write them in our minds.


Now, we will focus on verse 16 to learn something very interesting. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 reads:


“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.” [KJV]


Verse 16 tells us that our Lord will descend from heaven. Meaning, His journey begins from heaven. Then verse 17 says that we will meet Him in the air. Meaning, His journey concludes in the air. But the fact is that it’s not just a journey. It’s a progressive take-over. It’s like the coming of the sun in the morning. As the sun approaches the darkness begins to fade away because of the sun’s light until the sun’s light completely takes over. So also, as our Lord is descending from heaven to the air, He is actually progressively taking over from the powers of darkness. But this will make more sense when we realize that the heaven and the air are different spiritual realms. There are three spiritual realms from heaven to the air. The heaven our Lord is coming from is the third and highest spiritual realm [as Paul calls it] because there the Kingdom of God is fully established and His glory is fully shown. But as He descends, He takes-over the other two spiritual realms¾the air being the final one He will take-over. We will now proceed to discuss these three spiritual realms, and we trust God to help us. Amen.


The Three Spiritual Realms – from heaven to the air


We should know that there are actually three spiritual realms, counting from heaven to the air. The highest of these three spiritual realms is heaven, and it is also known as the third heaven, or paradise. We can find this in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 which reads:


“1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago, whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows, such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man, whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” [NKJV]


In this passage, Paul referred to heaven as the third heaven to show that it is the highest spiritual realm. Highest in the sense that it is the most glorious spiritual realm: the realm where the Kingdom of God is fully established, the will of God is perfectly done, and the glory of the King is greatly shown. Now, because he called it the third heaven, we know that there are two lower spiritual realms. These two spiritual realms came into existence when God created the heaven and earth of this world. We should keep in mind that when God created this world, He created both a physical and spiritual world. Our physical bodies exist in the physical world, while our spirits exist in the spiritual world. Just as the physical world has a heaven and an earth, so also the spiritual world has an upper and a lower realm. The “upper” in spiritual context simply means a realm of higher authority. So the upper realm in the spiritual world is the position of spiritual authority over the lower realm, and this lower realm is the air. It is called the air because it is the spiritual equivalent of the physical space filled with air: the space below the clouds. Physically speaking, this space filled with air is where all general human activity takes place. Similarly, the lower spiritual realm, the air, is where all human spirits exist [except those who are seated with Christ in the third heaven].


We can learn more about the upper and lower realms of this world from Genesis 1:6-7. It reads:


“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. [7] And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.” [KJV]


From this passage, the upper realm of this world is the one above the firmament, while the lower realm is the one below the firmament. The firmament is essentially made up of the clouds. As such, the upper realm, physically speaking, is the one above the clouds, while the lower realm is the one below the clouds; and as we know, it is this lower realm [below the clouds] that is filled with air.


But our main desire is to learn about the spiritual upper and lower levels of this world. Romans 1:20 tells us that we can use the visible things that God has created to understand the invisible things [the spiritual things]. So, to understand the spiritual realms of this world, we can look at how God set the physical realms. Genesis 1:16-18 says:

“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.” [KJV]


From this passage we see that God set the sun, moon and stars in the upper realm of this world. And the reason He put them there is so that they can rule over the lower realm and influence it with their light. This therefore gives us a clue to understand that just as the physical upper realm is the place of authority and influence over the physical realm, so also the spiritual upper realm is the place of spiritual authority over the spiritual lower realm. This spiritual upper realm is the spiritual heaven of this world. And we can also call it the spiritual second heaven, since the third heaven is of greater authority than it. As for the spiritual lower realm of this world, it is the spiritual realm Paul referred to as the air, and we may also call it the spiritual first heaven. These are the three spiritual realms from heaven [the third heaven] to the air [the first heaven]. The Kingdom of God is already fully established in heaven [the third heaven]. But the plan is not for the Kingdom to only be established in heaven. Our Lord Jesus taught us to pray saying:


“… Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10 Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” [Matthew 6:9-10, KJV]


Notice that He said “… in earth…” not “… on earth…”. This is a spiritual statement. The heaven and earth referred to here are spiritual not physical. It is in the spiritual heaven [the spiritual third heaven] that the will of God is perfectly done. But the plan is that the will of God will also be perfectly done in the spiritual earth. The spiritual earth refers to the realm where all human activity takes place, which is the realm of the air. As such, our Lord’s prayer is that just as the will of God is perfectly done in heaven [the third heaven], so also the will of God will be perfectly done in the realm of the air [the first heaven]. But as we discussed, the place of authority to influence the air is the spiritual second heaven [the spiritual heaven over this world]. As such, for the will of God to be perfectly done in the air [the first heaven], then His will must also be done in the heaven over this world [the second heaven]. We can therefore understand that our Lord’s prayer which says “… Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven …” is a prayer that God’s Kingdom will expand beyond the third heaven to take-over the second heaven [the spiritual heaven over this world] and the first heaven [spiritual the realm of the air where the spirits of human beings exist]. It is this progressive take-over of all three spiritual realms that is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 as our Lord descending from heaven to the air. And as we said before, He is coming as a Sun, as a shining light, to recover this world [its spiritual upper realm and its spiritual lower realm] from the powers of darkness that took over when Adam and Eve fell. That’s why our Lord Jesus is also referred to as the Last Adam. But just as it was the fall of both Adam and Eve that gave satan and his angels access to heaven of this world to exercise authority over the air and become the prince of the power of the air, so also it takes the rise of both the Last Adam and His bride to completely cast satan and his angels down from this heaven [the second heaven] and out from the air [the first heaven] into the bottomless pit [the spiritual dungeon, the spiritual prison]. That’s where we come in. That’s why in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 we are told that our Lord will descend with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, with the trumpet of God. In other words, our Lord’s progressive take-over of the upper and lower spiritual realms of this world [the second heaven and the air] will be through the ministry of the archangel; and this archangel is a symbol for a symbol for a group of people who are part of the Bride of Christ. We should now proceed to consider the archangel. We trust our faithful Father to help our understanding. Amen.


The Archangel


Now, we should note that this archangel is the same angel that sounds the seventh trumpet in Revelation chapter 11. This angel is not referring to the spirit angels like Michael or Gabriel. At least, in this context, it is not. Rather, this angel refers to a body of people who serve as God’s messengers to declare His word to His people and the world. They are like Isaiah whom God instructed in Isaiah 58:1 saying:


“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” [KJV]


They are called archangel because, of all the ministries that God has anointed to serve as His messengers, they are the greatest. They are like John the Baptist whom our Lord Jesus described as the greatest ministry. Why? Because he was the one whose ministry went ahead to prepare the way for our Lord’s first coming. Similarly, these people referred to as the archangel are the ministry God will empower to announce and prepare the way for our Lord’s second coming. They are the ones our Lord Jesus referred to as “the clouds of heaven” and “his angels” in Matthew 24:30. From verse 29 it reads:


“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 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.” [KJV]


In this passage, the clouds of heaven and the angels refer to the same people: the people referred to as the archangel in 1 Thessalonians 4:16. Hebrews 12:1 and Jude 1:12 show us that clouds are used as a symbol to represent people. But these people are not just clouds. They are clouds of heaven: clouds of the third heaven. And it is through their ministry of sounding the truth of God’s Kingdom that God will prepare His Church and progressively take-over the second heaven and the air.


The effect of their ministry is just like that of the seventy disciples our Lord Jesus empowered and sent to preach the gospel in Luke chapter 10. Luke 10:17-20 says:


“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name. 18 And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” [KJV]


In this passage, after the disciples came back and reported the success of their ministry, our Lord Jesus told them of the vision He had while they were ministering. He told them that He beheld satan falling down from heaven as lightning from heaven. This means, satan was losing that position of spiritual authority over the cities where the disciples preached. Similarly, the people that collectively make up the archangel, or the clouds of heaven, will have such an effect on the powers of darkness. The only difference is that they will not just be preaching to some cities. God will spread them into all cities to preach the gospel of the Kingdom in all the world for a witness unto all nations. As such, the effect of their ministry is that satan and his angels will be completely cast down from the heaven of this world [the second heaven], not just in some cities, but in all cities of the world. It is this event of satan and his angels being permanently and completely cast down from the heaven of this world that is described in Matthew 24:29 as:


“… the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” [KJV]


Revelation 6:12-14 also takes about the same thing. It says:


“And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;…” [KJV]


In these two passages, the sun, the moon and the stars refer to persons that make up satan’s spiritual government of darkness operating from the heaven of this world [the spiritual second heaven]. The sun [the principal star] is the head of government and that refers to satan. The stars refer to satan’s fellow fallen angels, the ones he appointed to operate as spiritual principals and powers over different regions and people. The moon refers to satan’s human allies. Persons that have made league with satan to rule and influence this world in a path of darkness. They are the ones that will have a bloody experience since they are human. These symbols, the sun, the moon and the stars, were also used in Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9. Joseph dreamt that the sun, the moon and the eleven stars bow down before him. When his father interpreted it, he said the sun was himself, Joseph’s Father, the head of the family, the stars were Joseph’s brothers who are also of the male gender and their father [the sun], and the moon was Joseph’s mother [who was of another gender different from the stars]. Keeping these in mind, we can understand why the sun refers to satan, the head of the spiritual government of darkness that was over the world. We can understand why the stars refer to satan’s fellow angels since they are of the same spiritual nature. And we can understand why the moon refers to humans, since they are of another nature [human nature] which is different from the sun and the stars [who are spirits].

But at least we can understand that satan and his angels will be cast down from the second heaven [the heaven over this world] through the ministry of the portion of the Bride of Christ that makes up “the clouds of heaven”: the messengers of God collectively symbolized as the archangel. This is what is shown as the war in heaven in Revelation 12:7-9. It is as they faithfully carry out their ministry under the spiritual Headship of our Lord Jesus, that there is war in the heaven of this world and the territory of our Lord’s Kingdom is expanded beyond the third heaven to the second heaven and finally to the air. Then at this point, the rest of the Bride of Christ who are not part of the archangel will be called into glory to join our Lord Jesus and their brethren to rule the world spiritually. At that time, the third heaven, the second heaven and the air will become one heaven. It will no longer just be the third heaven that is a paradise of God. The third heaven, the second heaven and the air will become one great spiritual paradise of God. And what is the paradise of God? It is a field beaming with life, full of fruitful trees¾trees that are full of sap. These trees are people. Isaiah 61:3 tells us that we are to be trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He will be glorified.


By calling the third heaven paradise in Second Corinthians 12:1-4 Paul was saying that the third heaven is full of persons who are like fruitful trees of God. These persons in the third heaven are mentioned in Hebrews 12:23-24. They are the innumerable company of angels; the members of the church of our Lord Jesus Christ¾not just all who go to church, but those whose names are truly written in heaven. 1 Timothy 2:19 says: “… The Lord knows those who are His. And, Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”¾it is those who truly belong to God that are part of the trees of the Paradise of God. Other trees include the spirits of just men made perfect. And the principal tree, the one in the center of the Paradise of God, is our Lord Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant. When therefore the second heaven is taken over, it will no longer be a field of thorny and dead trees, which is what satan and his angels and their human occult partners where. Rather it will now be occupied with the trees of God, the trees of righteousness who are now trees of life like our Lord Jesus. The air will be worked on because that is where the spirits of the rest of humanity are. During the thousand years, with satan and his angels bound up in prison [the bottomless pit], the humans will be cultured in the path of righteousness so that they could also be trees in God’s Kingdom. But not all will submit. Some will rebel and will be sent to the lake of fire, which is the second death.


But central to the flow of this plan is that we be faithful and make ourselves available to carry out the ministry God is empowering us His people to carry out. But those who will be empowered are those who make up the clouds of heaven. Those who live as trees of righteousness in the Paradise of God. Those who live like heavenly people and not earthy. May the Lord help us to leave in this way.




The Seven Stages-The trumpet and the Cups of Judgment

By God’s grace, we will use three scriptures to learn what it means to sound a trumpet and pour a cup of judgment: Isaiah 58:1, Jeremiah 25:15-30, and Ezekiel 2:8-3:4. We will understand that both sounding the trumpet and pouring the cup of judgment symbolize prophesying God’s word.


Isaiah 58:1 says:

“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.” [NKJV]


This passage shows us that sounding the trumpet simply means deliver a message from God to a people: to alert them, correct them, or direct them.


Jeremiah 25:15-30 says:

15 For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: “Take this wine cup of fury from My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send you, to drink it. 16 And they will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.” 17 Then I took the cup from the Lord’s hand, and made all the nations drink, to whom the Lord had sent me: … 27 “Therefore you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Drink, be drunk, and vomit! Fall and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.”’ 28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “You shall certainly drink! 29 For behold, I begin to bring calamity on the city which is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth,” says the Lord of hosts.’ 30Therefore prophesy against them all these words,…”


From this passage, we see that the act of prophesying God’s judgment against a people is symbolized as making them drink the cup of God’s judgment.


Now that we know what it means to sound the trumpet and to pour the cup of God’s judgment, we can understand what it means when we are told, in the book of Revelation, that an angel sounded a trumpet. It simply means that the angel declared God’s word to the people of the world. And when we are told that an angel poured a cup of God’s judgment, it simply means that the angel prophesied God’s judgment against the world.


However, we should note that the angel does not refer to a spirit angel; it actually refers to a human messenger. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 our Lord Jesus asked John to write letters to the seven churches. Each letter was addressed to “the angel of the church”. For example, in the letter to the church of Ephesus He said: “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write…”. This angel of the church is obviously not a spirit angel. A physical letter will not be written to a spirit angel. The word “angel” simply means messenger. As such, the angel of the church of Ephesus is referring to persons in the church of Ephesus who consistently make themselves available to serve as God’s messengers to shine the light of His word to His people. In the same way, the angel that sounds a trumpet in each stage is not referring to a spirit angel. Rather, it is referring to the people in each stage who serve as God’s messengers to declare His word to the people of the world. And likewise, the angel that pours the cup of judgement in each stage refers to the people who serve as God’s messengers to prophesy His judgments against this world. For example, the fifth angel that sounds the fifth trumpet refers to the people who serve as God’s messengers in Stage 5 to preach the gospel of the Kingdom to the world and the fifth angel that pours the fifth cup of judgment refers to the people who God will use in Stage 5 to prophesy His judgments against the world. Usually, the people who sound the trumpet are also the ones that pour the cup of judgment later on in the stage they serve in.


Now that we understand the angel, the trumpet and the cup of judgment, we can look at Ezekiel 2:8-3:4 to understand how they relate to the book. It reads:


8 But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” 9 Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe. 1 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness. 4 Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.” [NKJV]


From this passage, we can pick some lessons about those who serve as God’s messengers in each stage. Just as Ezekiel needed to eat this book, so also God’s messengers in each stage need to eat the revealed portion of the book when a seal is opened. From Ezekiel’s experience, we see that eating the book simply means receiving God’s word. It is after a person has received God’s word that he/she can speak it. This is what God’s messengers, the angel in each stage, experience. When a seal is opened, God reveals truths to them and they accept it with all their heart; they live by it; and then they serve as messengers to sound it to the world. And when the world does not accept it, they serve as messengers to prophesy God’s judgment. The vision shown when a trumpet is sounded, or a cup of judgment is poured, is a prophecy of the effect of the ministry of God’s messengers in each stage. While the vision shown when a seal is opened is an overall prophecy of the main theme of each stage.

Come out of the institutionalized church system [1 of 2]

The prophecy our Lord Jesus gave concerning the Jewish temple in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 has two fulfillments: one to the physical Jerusalem and the other to the New Jerusalem [the Lamb’s wife in Revelation 21:9-10, the Church]. The fulfillment to the New Jerusalem [the holy city as it is called in Revelation 21:2] is restated in Revelation 11:1-2 for prophetic emphasis. We therefore need to yield to the same counsel our Lord Jesus gave in Matthew 24:15-16:

“15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:”

We need to know what this means for us. And that’s what this message is about.


Understanding Stage 5 [Part 3 – the ministry of the fifth angel]

This is a continuation of the discussion on Stage 5. In this message, the ministry of the fifth angel is considered [God’s messengers in Stage 5] – the kind of people prophesied to carry out this ministry, the level of life and power they are prophesied to demonstrate, and how we can make ourselves available to be part of them. Kindly listen and consider.

Understanding Stage 5 [Part 2]

This is a continuation of the discussion on Stage 5. As we have discussed, God has a seven-stage agenda to take-over this world. It began after our Lord Jesus ascended and it ends with His return. Currently, the world is in Stage 4, and we are rapidly entering into Stage 5. God, in His wisdom and mercy, wants us to be prepared for Stage 5. Kindly listen and consider.