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DEMONOLOGÍA

Mundo Espiritual

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

By Rev. Jay Werman


Carácter y personalidad de los espíritus Malos

 


Tabla de Contenido:
 

Introducción:

Capítulo 1
Entendiendo el Mundo espiritual
Uso de palabra espíritus en la biblia
10 tipos diferentes de criaturas
Ángeles y Demonios como espíritus
4 tipos de espíritus Rebeldes
Los espíritus Inmundos
 

Capítulo 2
Cómo Probar los espíritus
Los espíritus encarcelados
Lucifer; su creación, Reino, Caída
Y destrucción
21 nombre atribuidos a Satanás
 

Capítulo 3
Obra presente de Satanás
Métodos de Satanás
La derrota de Satanás y sus Ángeles
Caídos
 
Conclusión 

Introducción:

En la actualidad hay mucho desconocimiento acerca del origen, reino, caída, carácter, etc. Acerca de Satanás. Quizás por que ha muchas personas le aterroriza la idea, de estudiar acerca de Satanás y sus demonios. O también, porque no les llama la atención. Pero cualquiera que sea el motivo, le estamos dando ventaja al enemigo. Ya que la ignorancia acerca de este tema, no nos favorece para nada. En este estudio, no pretendo cubrir todo en este curso, pero si, darle un conocimiento sólido y fresco. Hay mucho que estudiar, y que explicar acerca de Demonología, así que, este conocimiento establecerá en ti la base, o fundamento para un conocimiento mucho más profundo.

Hay muchas cosas en este curso que son muy controversiales para muchos, pero reales, y debemos de aceptarlas tal y como están en las escrituras. Por otra parte, el hecho que no esté en acuerdo en este tema, no debe esto, detenerlo en conocer la verdad. La cual es muchas veces incomprensible y profunda para la mente humana Creo que una actitud sumisa a la palabra de Dios y un espíritu hambriento de las cosas del Señor, son la clave principal para estudiar un curso como Demonología.

Estaremos estudiando tópicos como;

  •  Entendiendo el Mundo espiritual.
  • Uso de palabra espíritus en la biblia.
  •  10 tipos diferentes de criaturas.
  •  Ángeles y Demonios como espíritus.
  •  21 nombre atribuidos a Satanás. etc.

Recordemos una expresión en el libro de los hebreos que tiene mucha aplicación en este estudio. Hebreos 5:11-14.

“Acerca de esto tenemos mucho que decir y difícil de explicar, por cuanto os habéis hecho tardos para oír. Porque debiendo ser ya maestros, después de tanto tiempo, tenéis necesidad de que se os vuelva a enseñar cuales son los primeros rudimentos de la palabra de Dios; y habéis llegado a ser tales que tenéis necesidad de leche, y no de alimento sólido. Y todo aquel que participa de la leche es inexperto en la palabra de justicia, porque es niño. Pero el alimento sólido es para los que han alcanzado madurez, para los que por el uso tienen los sentidos ejercitados en el discernimiento del bien y del mal”.



Capítulo 1

Entendiendo el Mundo Espiritual:

El mundo espiritual es más real que el mundo físico, no solo por el hecho de que el primero creo el segundo (Heb.11:3); Si no porque Dios es espíritu. Juan 4:24. Existe un mundo espiritual maligno, al que, no podemos ignorar o hacernos de la vista gorda. Dios tiene su reino, sus ejércitos celestiales, los cuales están y operan en el mundo espiritual. De la misma manera, está el mundo de las tinieblas, el reino satánico, el cual es una copia o una forma de remedar el reino de Dios. En efesios 6:12 vemos como este reino de las tinieblas esta compuesto;

“Porque no tenemos lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra principados, potestades, contra los gobernadores de las tinieblas de este siglo, contra huestes espirituales de maldad en las regiones celestes”.

Dios planifico en el plan de Redención destruir al diablo, yendo al mismo territorio del diablo, “el infierno”. En efesios 4:8-10, el apóstol Pablo describe el panorama por el cual Jesús pasó.

“Por lo cual dice: Subiendo a lo alto (Trono de Dios), llevó cautiva la cautividad, y dio dones a los hombres. Y eso de que subió, ¿qué es, sino que también había descendido primero (antes de subir al trono de Dios) a las partes más bajas de la tierra?. El que descendió (Jesús), es el mismo que también subió por encima de todos los cielos (después de vencer al diablo en su mismo territorio) para llenarlos todo”.

Es clara la descripción dada por Pablo acerca del lugar donde Jesús fue después que murió. En el libro del profeta Isaías capítulo 53:9 encontramos la complementación de este pasaje de efesios.

“Y se dispuso con los impíos su sepultura, mas con los ricos fue en su muerte; Aunque nunca hizo maldad, ni hubo engaño en su boca”.

En la biblia Ampliada (The Amplified bible) lo traduce de la manera siguiente;

“Le asignaron a él una sepultura con el malo, y con el hombre rico en su Muerte, aunque él no hizo violencia, ni hubo engaño en su boca”.

His grave was assigned with the wicked, But He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

Ahora bien, cuando comparamos las 2 traducciones, encontramos una diferencia. En biblia Ampliada (The Amplified bible) la sentencia “y con el hombre rico en su Muerte”, aparece en singular y no en singular. Otra traducción dice de la manera siguiente; “A el se le dio una tumba entre el malo, en su muerte él estaba con el hombre rico” Complete Jewish bible. De nuevo observamos que la expresión “y con el hombre rico en su Muerte”, esta en singular, no en plural. ¿A que el hombre rico estaba haciendo referencia el profeta Isaías? La respuesta la encontramos en Lucas 16:19-31 donde Jesús mismo habló acerca del Hombre Rico que fue al “Hades” después que murió. Ahora, esto suena fuerte para muchos, pero cuando Jesús murió, fue al lugar donde este hombre rico estaba. Además de esto, la historia relatada por Jesús acerca del rico y Lázaro, es una historia verdadera y no una invención de Jesús. También el texto original hebreo corrobora que la expresión “y con el hombre rico en su Muerte”, es paralelo con Lucas 16:19-31. ¿Porque Jesús fue a donde estaba este hombre rico? Por varias razones:

  1. Destruir al diablo en su misma casa.
  2. Pagar el precio por el hombre.
  3.  Cumplir todas las profecías bíblicas.
  4. Para liberar a todos los cautivos que estaban en la cautividad.

“Por lo cual dice: Subiendo a lo alto, llevó cautiva la cautividad, Y dio dones a los hombres. Y eso de que subió, ¿qué es, sino que también había descendido primero a las partes más bajas de la tierra? Efesios 4:8-9

También:

“Así que, por cuanto los hijos participaron de carne y sangre, él también participó de lo mismo, para destruir por medio de la muerte al que tenía el imperio de la muerte, esto es, al diablo, y librar a todos los que por el temor de la muerte estaban durante toda la vida sujetos a servidumbre” Hebreos 2:14-15

Jesús libero de la cautividad a todos aquellos que estaban cautivos en las partes profundas de las tierra. donde lázaro fue al momento de morir. Luc. 16:19-31. ¿qué impedía es estos justos entrar al tercer cielo? Necesitaban que alguien pagara el precio por ellos, alguien sin pecado y sobre quien satanás no tuviera autoridad. Ese hombre fue Jesús, Dios manifestado en carne!

“E indiscutiblemente, grande es el misterio de la piedad: Dios fue manifestado en carne, Justificado en el Espíritu, Visto de los ángeles, Predicado a los gentiles, Creído en el mundo, Recibido arriba en gloria” 1 Tim. 3:16

2 Corintios 5:21 dice.. “Al que no conoció pecado (Jesús) por Nosotros (Dios el padre) lo hizo pecado”.

Jesús destruyó al diablo en su mismo territorio, en las Tinieblas.

Uso de la Palabra espíritu en la biblia:

La Palabra “espíritu” es usada 778 veces en la biblia, 389 es usada la palabra hebrea “Ruach”, y 152 veces es usada la palabra griega “Pneuma”. Ambas palabra se traducen como “espíritu o Viento”. El significado primario de esta expresión “espíritu” es “Una fuerza Invisible”. El espíritu del hombre es la parte del hombre que se relaciona y tiene comunión con Dios. 1 Cor. 2:10-16; Rom. 8:15-16; Juan 4:26. El espíritu y el alma están muy relativamente unidos y es muy difícil distinguir los detalles que hacen la diferencia entre ellos. No cabe ninguna duda de que el alma y el espíritu son diferentes. 1 Tes. 5:23; Heb. 4:12; 1 Cor. 12,13,14.

El espíritu y el alma son inmortales y dependiendo de la decisión que hizo la persona mientras estaba viva, su espíritu y alma pasará la eternidad con Dios o en el lago de Fuego. Apoc. 20:11-15.

La Palabra hebrea “Ruach o espíritu” es usada de 8 diferentes maneras:

  • Dios. Salm. 139:7; 143:10; Isa. 30:1; 40:13.
  • Espíritu Santo. Gen. 1:2; Isa. 48:16; 61:1; Zac. 12:10.
  • Ángeles. Salm. 104:4
  • Querubines. Ezeq. 1:12-21; 10:17.
  • Demonios. Lev. 19:31; 20:6.
  • Otros seres Celestiales. Zac. 6:5.
  • La nueva naturaleza de los hijos de Dios. 1 Cor. 6:17.
  • Espíritu del hombre. Núm. 16:22; 27:16; Ecles. 3:21; prov. 18:14; 20:27.

La Palabra griega es “Pneuma, o espíritu” y es usada de 8 diferentes maneras: Pneuma es equivalente a la palabra hebrea “Ruach” y es usada 385 veces en el nuevo testamento.

  • Dios como espíritu. Juan 4:24; 2 Cor. 3:17.
  • Cristo. 1 Cor. 6:17; 15:45.
  • El Espíritu Santo. Mat. 1:18-20; 3:11,16; (es usada esta palabra 240 veces)
  • El espíritu personal de Jesús. Marc. 2:8; 8:12; Luc. 2:40; Juan 11:33; 19:30
  • Ángeles. Heb. 1:7, 14; Salm. 104:4
  • El espíritu de los hombres. Mat. 5:3; 1 Cor. 2:11; 6:20; 1 Tes. 5:23; Heb. 4:12; 12:23
  • Los espíritus Malos. Mat. 8:16; 10:1; 12:43; Hech. 8:7; 16:16; Apoc. 16:13; 18:2
  • La Resurrección de los cuerpos. 1 Cor. 15:44

10 tipos diferentes de Criaturas celestiales:

  1. Serafines. Isa. 6:1-7
  2. Querubines. Gen. 3:24; Ezeq. 1:5-28; 8:1-4; 10:1-22
  3. Zoa o Seres vivientes: Apoc. 4:6-5:14; 6:1-8; 7:11; 14:3,9-11; 15:7; 19:4
  4. Animales espirituales: Tienen la figura corporal como los animales que tenemos aquí en la tierra. Rom. 1:20; 2 reyes 2:11-12; 6:13-17; Zac. 1:8-11; 6:1-8; Apoc. 19:11-21
  5. Arcángel: o jefes de los Ángeles, quien gobierna reinos y planetas. Col. 1:15-18; 1 Tes. 4:16; Judas 9

Miguel: Uno de los Príncipes jefes, Príncipe de Israel. Dan. 10:13,21; 11:1; 12:1; 1 Tes. 4:16; judas 9; Apoc. 12:7-9

Gabriel: Quien esta delante de Dios. dan. 8:16-19; 9:20-23; 10:8-11:1; Luc. 1:19,26

Lucifer: El gobernador original del planeta tierra antes que Adán fuese creado, y el presente seudo gobernador del hombre en la tierra. Isa. 14:12-14; Ezeq. 28:11-17; Mat. 4:1-11; Luc. 10:18; efes. 2:2; Apoc. 12:7-9

Príncipe de Persia y Grecia: dan. 10:13-11:1; Apoc. 11:7; 17:8

  1. Ángeles comunes: Heb. 1:13-14
  2. Demonios: espíritus inmundos que andan vagando en la atmósfera. Mat. 12:43-45
  3. Demonios Destructores (representados por la Langosta): Apoc. 9:1-11
  4. Demonios en caballos: Apoc. 9:12-21
  5. El Hombre interior: espíritu del ser humana. 1 Tes. 5:23; 1 Cor. 2:11; 6:20

Ángeles y Demonios como espíritus:

Ángeles como espíritus: Ángel literalmente significa “Mensajero”, y es usada muchas veces con referencia a; “Cristo, Ángeles y a los hombres”. En Hebreo es usada la palabra “mal’âk”, la cual se usa en referencia a: “Mensajero, representante, ángel y en conexión o manifestación de la Deidad en una aparición Teofonica”. Estas teofanías son representadas en las escrituras por “El ángel del Señor”, la implicación en tal apariciones es la de hacer un decreto o mensaje directo por uno de los miembros de la Deidad en situaciones específicas. 

Naturaleza de los Ángeles: Son seres espirituales celestiales. Existen 2 tipos de Ángeles; Ángeles que sirven y adoran a Dios, y los Ángeles caídos o los que se rebelaron con lucifer. En esta sección analizaremos la parte de los Ángeles caídos.

“Entonces hubo una guerra en el cielo: Miguel y sus ángeles luchaban contra el dragón. Luchaban el dragón y sus ángeles, pero no prevalecieron ni se halló ya lugar para ellos en el cielo. Y fue lanzado fuera el gran dragón, la serpiente antigua, que se llama Diablo y Satanás, el cual engaña al mundo entero. Fue arrojado a la tierra y sus ángeles fueron arrojados con él.” Apoc. 12:7-9

Ángeles Caídos: Son los Ángeles que no quisieron obedecer a Dios cuando gobernaban la tierra con Lucifer antes que Dios creara al hombre. Lucifer mismo es un ángel caído, que en el periodo probatorio (periodo que es necesario para Dios probar a todo ser que él crea) fracaso a ser obediente a la ley divina. Este periodo en el cual los Ángeles gobernaban la tierra guiados por lucifer es también conocido como “Periodo Pre-adámico”. Algunas citas que corroboran el reino de lucifer y de los Ángeles caídos antes de ellos rebelarse. Gen. 1:1-2; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezeq. 28:11-17.

2 tipos de Ángeles caídos:

  1. Los que están Atados. Apoc. 9:11-14; 11:7; 17:8; 2 Ped. 2:4; Judas 6-7
  2. Los que todavía están sueltos. Los que están con Satanás, y quienes serán lanzados a la tierra en el medio de la semana 70 del profeta Daniel en la futura gran tribulación. Apoc. 12:7-12; efes. 6:10-17.

Demonios como espíritus: Los demonios son malos (jueces 9:23; 1 Sam. 18:9-10) tienen cierta inteligencia (1 Reyes 22:22-24; Hech. 16:16) ciertos poderes (Marc. 5:1-18), son espíritus incorpóreos (Apoc. 16:13-16), no son ángeles (Hech. 23:8-9), no son seres humanos porque pueden poseer a los hombres, y pueden ser echados fuera (Mat. 10:8; Marc. 16:17); son individuales (Marc. 16:9); Poseen conocimiento (Mat. 8:29; Luc. 4:41; Hech. 19:15); Creen (Sant. 2:19); Sienten (Mat. 8:29; Marc. 5:7); Tienen compañerismo (1 Cor. 10:20); Doctrinas (1 Tim. 4:1); Tienen voluntad (Mat. 12:43-45); Poseen ciertos poderes milagrosos (Apoc. 16:13-16); Tienen emociones (Hech. 8:7); Poseen deseos (Mat. 8:28-31; y facultades espirituales.

El trabajo de los Demonios: Ellos poseen a las personas y causan; sordera (Mat. 9:32-33), Ceguera (Mat. 12:22), atormentan (Mat. 15:22), manía y ponen a la gente lunática (4:23-24; 17:14-21; Marc. 5:1-8), impuros (son llamados 21 veces “espíritus inmundos”, Luc.4:36), poseen fuerza sobrenatural (Marc. 5:1-18), suicidan (Mat. 17:15; Jn. 10:10), provocan convulsiones (Marc.9:20), promueven el error (1 juan 4:1-6; 1 Tim. 4:1), trabajan con hechizos y brujerías (2 Cron. 33:6), dan falsa profecías (1 Sam. 18:8-10; 1 reyes 22:21-24). Y cada otra obra maligna que puedan hacer en contra de los Hombres y de Dios.

4 tipos de espíritus Rebeldes:

En efesios 6:12 encontramos 4 tipos de espíritus rebeldes que operan con Satanás.

“Porque no tenemos lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra PRINCIPADOS, contra POTESTADES, contra los GOBERNADORES DE LAS TINIEBLAS DE ESTE SIGLO, contra HUESTES ESPIRITUALES DE MALDAD en las regiones celestes”.

Definición de cada uno de ellos:

  • PRINCIPADOS: del texto griego “Archas” y significa “Principados, Jefes que Gobiernan, o Seres de alta jerarquías en el reino satánico”. Efes. 6:12; 1:21; Col. 2:10
  • POTESTADES: del griego “Exousias” y significa; “Autoridades, y son aquellos que obtienen su poder de aquel que es el Jefe en gobierno, las potestades también ejecutan la voluntad de los principados”.
  • Gobernadores de las tinieblas: del texto griego “Kosmokratopas”, son los que “Rigen el mundo de las tinieblas aquí en la tierra, o los espíritus que dictan y dominan en el mundo de las tinieblas”. Dan. 10:13-21; Efes. 1:21; Col. 1:16-18
  • Huestes: del griego “pneumatika ponerias” y son aquellos que transmiten o transfieren influencias espirituales malignas”.

En el mundo espiritual de las tinieblas existe un orden de operaciones, el cual está dirigido por Satanás, quien es un ángel caído. Todo este orden de operación satánico es una copia del sistema operativo que Dios tiene. Recordemos que Satanás antes de caer fue el jefe de los ángeles que gobernaban la tierra antes que Adán fuese creado.

Propósito de estos espíritus rebeldes:

Es destruir todo lo que representa y tiene que ver con Dios. Esta es la causa por la cual estos espíritus rebeldes odian al hombre; Ya que este fue creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios. El hombre pasa a reinar en la tierra en lugar de lucifer después que este se rebeló. Isa. 14:12-14; Ezeq. 28:11-17

Lucifer era sin pecado y caminaba perfecto en el camino de Dios hasta que se halló en él maldad (Ezeq. 28:11-17). El cayo de la gracia de Dios y fue lanzado del cielo (Isa. 14:12-14; Luc. 10:18). El vino a ser pecaminoso y su destino eterno en el infierno y el lago de fuego. (Mat. 25:41; Apoc. 20:1-10). Cuando Satanás se reveló, se trajo consigo una tercera parte de los ángeles del cielo (Apoc. 12:3-12), y el destino de estos ángeles caídos es el infierno junto a Satanás (Mat. 25:41; Isa. 24:21). Muchos de estos ángeles caído cometieron una acción que los separó del resto de los demás ángeles caídos, tuvieron sexo con las hijas de los hombre para de esta manera procrear una generación de gigantes que impidiera el nacimiento de la simiente de la mujer, el cual le quitaría el dominio a Satanás sobre el hombre. Lea Gen. 3:15; 6:1-4; 2 Ped. 2:4; Judas 6-7.

Los espíritus inmundos:

Como la misma expresión lo dice “espíritus inmundos”, estos espíritus provocan una sensación de insatisfacción que lleva al hombre poseído por estos espíritus a buscar o hacer cosas que están en contra de la naturaleza de Dios. La procedencia de estos “espíritus inmundos” es desconocida desde el puntos de vista de busca textos que la especifiquen, aunque es obvia la relación con el mundo satánico. Lo que sí podemos decir es que eran parte del reino pre-adámico existente en la tierra donde Lucifer era el gobernante. Las 2 palabras usadas del texto griego para “espíritu inmundos” o “demonios”, son “diamonion” y “diamon”, ambas palabras significan “espíritus malos”. Las 76 veces que estas 2 palabras son usadas en el nuevo testamento nunca se usa con relación a los ángeles, ya que los ángeles tienen su propio cuerpo y los llamados “espíritus inmundos” no poseen cuerpos propios. Lucifer como ángel caído no posee a nadie, ya que él posee su propio cuerpo. Por que los espíritus inmundos son “espíritus incorpóreos” no pueden operar en el mundo Material o físico a menos que sea a través de la posesión del cuerpo de los hombres o de bestias.

Aspectos generales de los espíritus inmundos:

Los espíritus inmundos están sujetos a la autoridad de:

  • Cristo
  • Los Creyentes
  • El Espíritu Santo
  • El nombre de Jesús

lea los siguientes pasajes: Mat. 8:16-17; 12:28; Marc. 16:17; Luc. 10:17; Hech. 19:15

Los espíritus inmundos aparecen operando en el antiguo y nuevo testamento. Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:10; Isa. 8:19-21; 1 Cron. 10:13-14; Luc. 4:41; Hech. 16:16; 1 Tim. 4:1-5; 2 Ped. 2:1-3; Jn. 4:1-6.

Desarrollándonos en el espíritu

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

por Rev. Jay Werman

Colosenses 1:9-11.

“Por lo cual también nosotros, desde el día que lo oímos, no cesamos de orar por vosotros, y de pedir que seáis llenos del conocimiento de su voluntad en toda sabiduría e inteligencia espiritual,
para que andéis como es digno del Señor, agradándole en todo, llevando fruto en toda buena obra, y creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios; fortalecidos con todo poder, conforme a la potencia de su gloria, para toda paciencia y longanimidad;..”.

12 cosas sobre las cuales Pablo oró para que los Colosenses fuesen llenos:
I. Llenos del Conocimiento de su Voluntad,
II. llenos de toda Sabiduría,
III. Inteligencia espiritual. Verso 9
IV. Andéis como es digno del Señor,
V. Agradando al Señor en todo,
VI. llevando frutos en toda buena obra,
VII. Creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios. verso 10
VIII. Fortalecidos con todo poder,
IX. conforme a la potencia de su gloria,
X. Tener mucha paciencia,
XI. Tener longanimidad,
XII. con Gozo. Versos 11,12.

Dentro del contexto bíblico “Conocimiento” Implica algo mas que tener una simple información, incluye que ese conocimiento produzca una formación. El conocimiento que adquirimos a través de los 5 sentidos físicos son almacenados en el intelecto, el cual es simplemente parte de nuestra alma. La información que acumulamos a través de los años y que obviamente esta almacenada en el alma, es usada muchas veces por la misma razón para argumental todo.
Dicho sea de paso, el alma esta dividida o compuesta en 5 divisiones mayores: La razón, la Voluntad, el Intelecto, la Mente y las emociones. Una vez convertidos al Señor debemos de renovar nuestras mentes a través de la palabra. Efesios 4:23 dice:

“Y renovaos en el espíritu de vuestra mente”, en otras palabras que “Tengas una actitud espiritual en tu mente”.

La formación de nuestro vida espiritual depende que la “Revelación de la verdad de Dios a nuestro espíritu”. Conocimiento de Dios implica “Conocer el propósito y plan de Dios para nuestra vida”, eso quiere decir que mientras mas nos empapemos o saturemos nuestras vidas con la Palabra Revelada por el Espíritu de Dios, mas conoceremos que Dios hizo, hace y hará por nosotros.

En Oseas 4:6 dice: “Mi Pueblo fue destruido, por faltó de conocimiento..”.

Implicando que el no conocer la voluntad y planes de Dios conduce a la destrucción. La razón por la cual Jesús enseñó mas que predicar, es por que El estaba comunicando “la voluntad y plan de Dios” para con el hombre. De igual manera, Pablo dirige el 99% de sus cartas hacia la enseñanza, tanto así que en efesios 4:11 dice:

“El mismo constituyó a unos Apóstoles, evangelistas, profetas, pastores y Maestros”.

La conjunción copulativa “Y” indica “Unidad de Ministerios”, o sea, nadie puede ser llamado al ministerio pastoral sino tiene un vocación para enseñar.

Santiago 1:21 dice: “…Recibid con Mansedumbre la palabra Implantada, la cual puede salvar (Gr. Soteria que implica Cambiar) vuestras almas”.

La palabra del Texto griego para “Implantada” es “emphutos” que indica “Que la palabra tiene la habilidad en ella misma de transformar, siempre y cuando ella eche raíces”. Ese es el poder transformador de la palabra de Dios cuando cae en buena tierra. Mateo 12:3:30.

La palabra es llamada “Semilla” (1 pedro 1:23; 1 juan 3:9) y cuando esa semilla crece tiene el poder de cambiar y transformar nuestras almas. A esa misma transformación hace Pablo referencia en Romanos 12:2; “Transformaos a través de la renovación de vuestro entendimiento”. Es la palabra revelada por el Espíritu que va a hacer crecer nuestro espíritu y de esa manera nuestra alma (mente, voluntad, intelecto, razón, emociones, etc.) experimentará una transformación.
Gálatas 4:19 dice: “Hijitos míos, por quienes vuelvo a sufrir dolores de parto, hasta que Cristo sea formado en vosotros”. Cristo va a ser “formado” en nosotros cuando la palabra de Dios sea revelada a nuestro espíritu. En Isaías 11:2 habla de los 7 ministerios activos del Espíritu santo, los cuales son para revelar la palabra de Dios a nuestro espíritu, entre otras cosas. 1 Corintios 2:9-11 dice: “…Pero Dios nos las reveló a nosotros por el Espíritu;…”. Compare también Juan 14:26; 1 juan 2:27. Muchas personas tienen mucha “Información” de la palabra, pero no han sido “Formados” por la palabra. La información básicamente se almacena en nuestra mente la cual es parte de nuestra “Alma”. Una cosa que hay que aclarar es que la “Mente” no esta en el “Cerebro” ya que este es un órgano físico que deja de funcionar una vez el cuerpo muere. La mente es donde almacenados toda la información que recibimos a través de nuestros “Sentidos Físicos”. Observe por ejemplo en Historia del “Rico y Lázaro” a la cual Jesús hizo mención en Lucas 16:19-31, en esta historia (Esta no es una Parábola, explicare esto mas adelante) Jesús hace mención de este hombre Rico que al morir fue al Hades y estando allí reconoció a “Lázaro”, “Abraham” y aun se recordó de sus hermanos que todavía estaban “físicamente vivos”. Si la mente esta en el cerebro y el rico ya había muerto, como es que este hombre rico todavía poseía “Memoria” de las cosas pasadas? Según las escrituras la mente es parte del “Alma”, la cual esta dividida en 5 parte mayores; La voluntad, La Mente, las emociones, el Intelecto, y la Razón; todas estas divisiones mayores tienen obviamente sus sub-divisiones. El punto es que el “Cerebro” le envía la información que percibe a través de los sentidos físicos y las almacena en la “Mente”, este proceso ocurre a través de las neuronas almacenados en el mismo cerebro. Muchas personas almacenan mucha información acerca de Dios y su palabra, pero esa información no cambia a nadie, es solo la Palabra revelada que vienen por medio del Espíritu de Dios la que puede producir un “Cambio”. Muchos poseen mucha preparación Teológica, exegética, y con un buen léxico, pero espiritualmente están muertos, ya que la obra del Espíritu santo no ha hecho efectos en ellos. Muchos poseen muchos títulos pero esos títulos o Cargos no indican que estas personas poseen la revelación de la palabra de Dios.

Ahora bien, Tú me preguntaras, como yo puedo distinguir que alguien esta ministrando o hablando por revelación del Espíritu de Dios? Bueno, obviamente no podemos basarnos en títulos, sino, en los siguiente:

1)- Todo lo que dice y hace “Exalta y le da la Gloria a Dios”. Y no a su ministerio o titulo.
2)- La palabra que esta ministrando llega al “espíritu renacido de los creyentes”, y no solo información que solo va a alimentar nuestro “Ego”. Una persona que solo posee un titulo una de las características mas sobresaliente es que esta persona constantemente esta alabándose a si mismo. En Juan 3:1- 15 puedes observar mi punto donde Jesús esta compartiendo cosas espirituales con alguien que solo posee “información” y un “Titulo”.
3)- El enfoque principal de el mensaje de esta persona es la de cumplir Efesios 4:12-15 que señala siguiente: “Perfeccionar a los santos”, o “Hacer Madurar al cuerpo de Cristo”, para edificar el Cuerpo de Cristo (Todos los que han Nacido de Nuevo), No para “edificar su propio Ministerio”, ya que ese es el espíritu que mueve a todos aquellos que quieren edificar “La torre de Babel”. Gen. 11:1-9. Ese es un espíritu diabólico el que mueve a este tipo de personas, ya que todo lo que hagamos tiene que traer y producir “Gloria a Dios”. En Efesios 4:12-16 muestra 9 razones por las cuales los ministerios fueron dados, entre una de esas razones esta “hasta que todos lleguemos a la unidad de la fe y del Conocimiento del hijo de Dios..”. (v. 13). El ministerio que hallamos recibido debe tener como objetivo esas 9 razones, de otra manera tenemos nuestras prioridades invertidas.
Muchos mal interpretan 2 Corintios 3:6 diciendo que el estudio mata, sacando de contexto el texto donde Pablo dice “por que la Letra mata”, haciendo referencia en los mismo pasajes acerca de la “Letra de la Ley o La Ley Mosaica”, no el estudiar y prepararse.

Proverbios 2:6 dice; “Porque Jehová da la sabiduría, y de su boca viene el Conocimiento y la Sabiduría”.

Compare con Santiago 1:5.
Mientras mas desarrollemos nuestro espíritu con la palabra de Dios, menos efectos tendrán los problemas, ataques, y los mismos apetitos de la carne sobre nosotros. En gálatas 5:16 dice; “Digo, pues: Andad en el espíritu (a través de desarrollarnos espiritualmente) y no satisfagáis los deseos de la carne”. En otras palabras, mientras mas nuestro espíritu se desarrolle a través de la palabra de Dios, mas control tendremos sobre nuestra alma (donde esta la voluntad) y la carne y sus deseos se someterán. Por esta razón es imprescindible e importante nuestro desarrollo espiritual.

1 Pedro 2:2; “desead, como niños recién nacidos, la leche espiritual no adulterada (Sin opiniones y imposiciones de hombres), para que por ella crezcáis para salvación”.

2 Pedro 3:18 dice: “Antes bien, Creced en la gracia y el Conocimiento de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo…”.

“EXÉGESIS Y SU USO”

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By Rev. Jay Werman

“A critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture.”

El Arte de la Interpretación Bíblica!

Cualquier enseñanza que señale, o exprese que la biblia es muy difícil de entender, que es un misterio, que nunca significa lo que dice en el texto, que el significado debe ser cambiado para poder entender lo que dice”; estas teorías son completamente de procedencias satánicas!

La mujer le “Añadió” al mandato que Dios había expresado en Gen. 2:17. Ella dijo; “pero del fruto del árbol que está en medio del huerto dijo Dios: No comeréis de él, ni le tocaréis, para que no muráis.” Gen. 3:3

Satanás también cambio lo que Dios había mandado. “Entonces la serpiente dijo a la mujer: No moriréis”. Gen. 3:4. Dios le dijo a Adán “mas del árbol de la ciencia del bien y del mal no comerás; porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás.” Gen. 2:17. También sucedió en Gen. 3:5-6

Tenemos que decidir creerle a Dios, o creer las mentiras de satanás y de aquellos que están corrompidos. Debemos de rechazar toda enseñanza contraria a lo que las escrituras enseñan.

“Cesa, hijo mío, de oír las enseñanzas Que te hacen divagar de las razones de sabiduría” Proverbios 19:27

Tabla de Contenido: 

Introducción:
- Definición de Exégesis
- Puntos a considerar
- 12 reglas de Interpretación
- 5 Factores que deben ser usados algunos Métodos de Interpretación Definición del Método Alegórico

- Definición del Método Literal
- Los Símbolos y su Interpretación Las Parábolas y su uso Interpretación de las Profecías Consideraciones al interpretar las Profecías

- El uso de la Exégesis
- La Paráfrasis Libre
- Uso del contexto, trasfondo, Textos que suceden Y los que preceden.
- Uso de los Texto Paralelos


Conclusión

Introducción:

Exégesis es uno de los temas más fascinante que podemos encontrar en toda la teología, ya que nos ayuda a interpretar las escrituras. El uso correcto de esta herramienta nos facilita (siempre y cuando seamos imparcial en el uso) una buena interpretación de las escrituras. Lamentablemente, muchos han usado mal esta herramienta y han confundido a muchos llevándolos a confusión. Otros han usado esta herramienta para construir su propia religión o creencia, llevando a muchos a la condenación eterna. Muchos le han dado el sentido correcto y han bendecido a muchos, a través de los siglos y edades. Por experiencia propia creo que cada creyente es responsable por el uso que le dé a esta herramienta; que puede ser de bendición, como de maldición, dependiendo del uso que se le dé. Creo que debemos infundir en cada creyente la seriedad que implica interpretar las escrituras correctamente; ya que con ella podemos salvar vidas o simplemente hundirlas en la confusión. Es obvio entonces, que este valor debe ser infundido en el creyente desde su conversión a Jesús; sin embargo vemos que nunca nos hemos ocupado de esto.

No pretendo cubrir todo este basto tema en solo algunas clases, pero si, el poder colaborar en el desarrollo de cada persona que me dé una oportunidad, y también despertar en interés en cada estudiante. Creo que a través de este material, puedo cambiar la perspectiva de aquellos que no saben dónde buscar, o de aquellos que no saben que esta herramienta existe. Reconozco que hay muchos que se han dado a la tarea de llevar esta enseñanza a las personas y han bendecidos a muchos, pero en mi caso particular quiero ser colaborador juntamente con aquellos que ya lo han hecho. Entones pues, el motivo es el de ayudar a aquel que tiene el deseo de aprende como usar la exégesis, y también el poder sentir la satisfacción de que muchos serán guiados por el camino correcto. Si usted que esta estudiando en la Academia Ministerial es diligente en conocer como interpretar las escrituras y pone por delante al Señor y el compromiso de no esconder y torcer la verdad; creo que su futuro espiritual y ministerial serán prósperos. Pero hace falta para eso hacer una decisión firme de no compromete las cosas que el Señor nos revele con los hombres, religiones, filosofías, intereses personales, etc. Debemos poner todo lo que nos estorbe a un lado y cedernos al Espíritu de Dios y a su Palabra.

Salmo 119:105 dice…

“Lámpara es a mis pies tu Palabra, y lumbrera a mi Camino”

Definición:

Desarrollaremos primero el significado, comenzando por estudiar la raíz de la palabra original, y luego entraremos en detalles en cuanto al uso y aplicación. Usaremos un texto como base y fundamento para esta enseñanza, entraremos en más detalles a medida que avancemos.

Juan 1:38 que dice…

“Y volviéndose Jesús, y viendo que le seguían, les dijo ¿Qué buscáis? Ellos le dijeron: Rabí (que traducido es, Intérprete, Maestro), ¿dónde moras?”.

La palabra usada para “Intérprete” del texto original griego es “Hermeneuo” que significa; “Explicar en Palabras, Exponer, Interpretar”. Entonces, la definición de Hermenéutica es la siguiente; Es la Ciencia o arte de la Interpretación, especialmente de las escrituras. El sinónimo de hermenéutica es “Exégesis”, del griego original es “Exegeomai” que significa; Explicar, Exponer. En el mundo griego se usaba esta palabra “Exégesis”, a Experiencia Religiosas, particularmente a la Interpretación de oráculos, o Sueños. En la actualidad se aplica para expresar la practica de la Interpretación del texto, mientras que la hermenéutica determina los principios y reglas que deben regir la exégesis. Aplicada al campo de la teología, la hermenéutica tiene por objeto fijar “los principios y normas” que han de aplicarse en la Interpretación de los libros de la Biblia.

La Interpretación generalmente comenzó en el tiempo cuando Israel regresa del exilio babilónico bajo la dirección de Esdras. Lea Nehemías 8:1-8.

En la historia de la interpretación encontramos que usar el método correcto de interpretación no garantiza necesariamente conclusiones correctas por parte de aquellos que usaron este método. Por ejemplo; El rabinismo judío uso el método literal, produjo una hueste de puntos de vista e interpretaciones erróneas por el mal eso del método. Por esto es necesario establecer algunos principios de interpretación, aun después de establecer el método correcto, de manera que el método no sea mal aplicado como para producir falsas conclusiones.

“Same prophetical event; two different point of view”

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Sturdy guide for “Same prophetical event; two different views”

By Rev. Jay Werman

Text Based: Book of Daniel chapters 2 and 7

The Book of Daniel can be divided as follow:

Section 1: Daniel’s personal history. By the way, Daniel, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were contemporaries.  The text provide the record of Daniel and the three Hebrews children Chapter 1:1-21

Section 2: Nebuchadnezzar’s visions, which involved the great image. Belshazzar was the son of Nebonidus, who was Nebuchadnezzar’s son. Instead of using the word “grandfather”, “father” is used in Daniel 5:11, 18. The Hebrew text doesn’t use the word “grandfather”. This is the reason why Belshazzar could only offer Daniel to became the third ruler in Daniel 5:29. So, Nebonidus and Belshazzar were co-rulers. Chapter 2:1-4:37 

Section 3: Daniel’s personal history, which covers from the time of Belshazzar, king of Babylon to Darius, King of Medo-Persia. Chapter 5:1-6:28

Section 4: Daniel’s visions, which covers the prophetic future. Chapter 7:1-12:13

Daniel chapter 2 reveals 4 different kingdoms from the man’s perspective. While Daniel chapter 7 it shows how God sees these 4 different kingdoms, which are represent by 4 beasts.  

In the book of Daniel we have 2 chapters referring to the same prophetical event but the view in both chapters are completely different. The main focus of this post is to break down the prophetical event and the two perspectives under their proper context. Because of the extensiveness of the material in the subject involved in both chapters, we will focus only in the basic explanation. In another post we will get into more details.

  • First Daniel chapter two: Nebuchadnezzar’s dream; “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.” Dan. 2:28. In other words, this is prophetic dream given to a pagan king. The image in the dream explain by Daniel:

“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” Dan. 2:31-35

The explanation of the dream:

“This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.” Dan. 2:36

  1. This image’s head was of gold: “Thou art this head of gold.” v. 38, which is the Babylonian kingdom
  2. his breast and his arms of silver: “And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior (silver)  to thee” v. 39, which is “Medo-Persia”
  3. his belly and his thighs of brass: “and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.” v.39, which is “Grecia”
  4. His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay: “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth   all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.” v.40, which is The Roman Empire

Observe how the quality of the materials was diminishing from Gold to iron mixed with clay. This is one of the most important prophetic dreams and was given to a pagan king. Why? Because it had to do with the future of the gentiles nations, which covers from Nebuchadnezzar to the Old Roman Empire. Now, Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream didn’t finished in verse 40, for in verses 41-43 details the ten kingdom that will be formed in the latter days, from which the antichrist will rise. And verses 44-45 detail the establishing of The Messiah’s kingdom or Divine ruling over the earth.

Now, in the same book of Daniel chapter 7 expressed the same event but the elements used are different:

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” Dan. 7:1-7

Let’s breakdown the passages:

  1. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea
  2. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another
  3. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it: This is Babylonian Empire, which is compared to a “eagle” in Jer. 48:40; Ezek. 17. The rest of the passage is when Nebuchadnezzar become insane for a period of seven years and later restored. Dan. 4:31-36
  4.  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh: The Medo-Persia Empire. Isa. 13:16-18 details how savage were their attack. Later become only The Persia Empire, which is expressed in the expression “and it raised up itself on one side”.  Daniel 8:3 is also connected with this beast.
  5. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it: The Grecian Empire; which had “four heads”. Indicating the four divisions of the Grecian Empire by Alexander 4 generals after his death. Their names are “Cassander in Macedonia and Greece; Lysimachus eastward in Thrace and Asia Minor; Ptolemy in Egypt, Cyprus and nearby Asia Minor; Seleucus (From the antichrist is coming from according to the book of Daniel) in Syria and portions of Asia (the Indus River).
  6. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it: The Old Roman Empire, which description here implied the characteristics and forms of ruling; “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it.” In other words, there is nothing like it to compare it. The four beast is disclosed by name about 12 times in the New Testament. John 11:48; Acts 2:10; 16:21, 37-38; 22:25-27, 29; 23:27; 28:16-17

Definition of the term “beasts” “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.” v. 17

In Daniel 7 the visions and dreams didn’t finished with the forth beast (v.7) but just exactly as it happened in “the image” of Nebuchadnezzar’ dream, this beast have ten horns, which according to the context of the text these ten horns are ten kings;

“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Dan. 7:24

Observe the origin of these ten horns “OUT OF THIS KINGDOM”. What kingdom is referring to? The fourth beast, which is The Old Roman Empire. So, these ten horns or kings will be rising from within The Old Roman Empire territory. Many have suggested that these kings are already exited but according to the same verse these ten kings haven’t existed yet, for it says “this kingdom are ten kings that SHALL ARISE.” When this event will happen? After or simultaneously with the rapture of the body of Christ.  For it says in 2 Th. 2:7:

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (retain) will let, until he (the body of Christ) be taken out of the way.”

What happens after that?

“And then (at the moment) shall that Wicked (the little horn of Daniel 7:20-26) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” 2 Th. 2:8

Also in Daniel 7 as it happened in Daniel 2, the prophetic visions and dreams end with the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven and The Eternal Kingdom of God.

“Until the Ancient of days (The Father) came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Dan. 7:22

“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of The Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Dan. 7:27

The image of Daniel 2 and the four beasts of Daniel 7 are part of a group of Empires that had persecuted Israel, which period is called in the Scriptures as:

“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:24

The same event of Daniel 2 is described in Daniel 7 but the graphics, elements, perspectives and methods of given the events are different. Why the used of an “image” in Daniel 2 and beasts in Daniel 7? Here is the explanation:

  • The image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream: This is how men see themselves ruling. The image started with gold as the head and as the description of the image continued the used of lower quality of materials were used, so it was the quality of each kingdom.
  • The beasts in Daniel visions and dreams: This is how God sees men’s kingdoms on earth. The description of each beast emphasized the level of violence and destruction in their path.

In “the battle of Armageddon” God will destroy all these nations that had persecuted Israel. Isa. 34:1-8; 63:1-6; Ezek. 38-39; Zech. 14:1-5; Mat. 24:40-42

“And I saw the beast (the little horn), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” Rev. 19:19-21

The deterioration of the moral values and corruption of the human governments will go increase until the antichrist is revealed. The prophecy given by Jesus in Luke 21:24 about “the time of the gentiles be fulfilled” will become to an end with the kingdom of the antichrist.

One more note: The rapture of the body of Christ and the second literal Advent of Christ are two different events; The first one will take place BEFORE the great tribulation and the second one AFTER it. We will explain both events in a separate topic.

May our God keep blessing you!

“The rapture and the second coming of Christ are not the same event”

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Topic: The rapture and the second coming of Christ are not the same event

By Rev. Jay Werman

Text Based: 1 Thess. 4:13-17

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE (Greek word “ekpheugō”, which mean “to flee out of, flee away”) all these things (The judgments of God upon the earth) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

These two events are totally different in every sense of the word, because both are covered by different purposes, time, the people involved in them and the prophecies that surrender these two distinct events. Many have come up with theories and fallacies throughout the years, bringing confusion into those that are seeking the truth. This is why we MUST rely on the Word of God at all time, instead of seeking answers in books, which in must cases twist the context of the Scriptures to justified their theories and fallacies. We must exam every passage according to his own context and line of thought of the writer, without forcing the Scriptures to say something that is not written in them.  Let’s begin our journey through the Scriptures and find out what it really says about it.

The confusion about these two distinct events is because of the wrong use and application of the passages in which these events are based. The bible separate both events without any confusion, if we are willing to handle the prophecies in their proper context, language and chronological order in which each prophecy was given by God. If we don’t respect these elements then we are going to either create a fallacy or support one. Here is a common mistake that confuses both events:

The church is “Spiritual Israel”. This doctrine has absolute no scriptural; support. The identity of the church is expressed very clear in the New Testament as “The body of Christ”. Romans 12:4-5, 6-8; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 12:12-31; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:4, 11-16, 25; 5:29-30; Colossians 1:18, 24; 2:19; 3:15; Galatians 3:27. Israel is the nation that was “CHOSEN” by God to be His people and through them to show His glory and power.

“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has CHOSEN you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt”. Deuteronomy 7:6-8 Compare also: Deuteronomy 14:2; 26:17-19; 2 Samuel 7:23-24; 1 Kings 8:53; 10:9; 1 Chronicles 17:20-21; Psalm 105:8-15; 135:4; Isaiah 43:1-3; 44:21; Jeremiah 31:1-4, 9-11; 46:27-28; Ezekiel 36:24-28; 37:21-25; Joel 3:1-2; Amos 3:1-2; Romans 11:1-2; Hebrews 8:8-13. Israel and the church are in two distinct lines of prophetical events. Israel has existed from Abraham’s covenant and they will continue until the millennial kingdom of Christ, in which all promises to the nation of Israel will be fulfilled. The church came into existence when Jesus resurrected from the dead and will continue until “The general rapture” 1 Cor. 15:23; 1 Tess. 4:13-17. The church period is with the purpose of providing salvation to “The gentiles” through God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Mark 16:16; John 3:16-17; Acts 2:38; 4:12; Romans 5:8; 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9. Some Jews people are saved by receiving Jesus, as Lord and Savior in the period that cover the church but that doesn’t mean that Israel and the church are the same. The bible identify 3 distinct ethic groups:

“Give none offence, neither to the JEWS, nor to the GENTILES, nor to the CHURCH of God.” 1 Cor. 10:32

The Jews nation was chosen among the nations to bring salvation into the rest of them, through the birth of “The seed of the woman” Gen. 3:15. The Gentiles nations are well known by living according to the own lust desires, which is rooted in a sinful nature since Adam’s transgression. Rom. 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Psalm 51:5. The church or body of Christ came into existence to provide salvation to Jews and Gentiles. Rom. 1:16:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

“What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that THEY are ALL under SIN.” Rom 3:9

“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye GENTILES, with HIS PEOPLE.” Rom. 15:8-10

“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.” Acts 9:15

“That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto THE PEOPLE (Israel), and to THE GENTILES” Acts 26:23

Once the church is rapture, the Jews and the Gentiles will continue on earth and the fulfillment of the prophetical venets that involve each ethical group. Once the church is caught up in the air by Jesus (1 Tes. 4:13-17) the Jews nation will become the primary focus of God’s purpose, in which God will renew again His covenant with His People in a period known as “Daniel’s 70th week”. The purpose of this prophetical week or 7 years is to clearance or purges Israel of any rebels within Israel. Daniel’s 70th week doesn’t have nothing to do with the church as many have wrongfully suggested. Most of the Gentile nations will be under the antichrist ruling, especially the nations under the Old Roman Empire territory. By the way, the bible DOES NOT support the fallacy about the antichrist as the worldwide ruler, but instead the bible limited the kingdom of the beast to “ten kingdoms”. Compare Daniel 2:42-44 “ten toes”; Daniel 7:24 “ten horns”; Rev. 13:1; 17:16 “ten horns”. The antichrist won’t rule neither North America nor South and Central America and some other countries outside the Old Roman Empire territory. The only one that the bible predicts of worldwide ruling the earth is Jesus Christ and not the beast, who is killed by Christ personally in His second literal advent. Rev. 19:11-21. Also the kingdom of the antichrist is limited to “seven years” as it is stated in Daniel 9:27. These “seven years” are divided into two sections: the first three and a half years, the beast will defeat “three of the ten kingdoms or horns” Dan. 7:20-24; Rev. 17:17. At this point the antichrist will brake the covenant with Israel and he will invade them which will fulfill Daniel 9:27; Mat. 24:15-21; 2 Tess. 2:4. And the other three and a half years or forty two months, he will go to war against the nations “east and north” of the ten kingdoms, in which he conquered them and completed the seven years of tribulation stated in Daniel 9:27; 11:40-45. Most people get confused in the separation of the events that involve the great tribulation period but once we separated the events of the first three and half years, the other events belong to the second part of the three and a half years. which by the way is also refers as “time, times and time and a half” in Dan. 7:25 and 42 months in Rev. 13:5 and 1,260 days of Rev. 12:5-6. All these events are related to the nation of Israel and not to the church.

The rapture of the church IS NOT a “Phase or stage” of the second advent of Jesus. Both events are separated by “seven years” period, in which God will deal directly with the Jewish people and NOT with the gentiles. The gentiles will persecute Israel, lead by the antichrist. Mat. 24:15-20.

Are any gentiles saved in the tribulation period? Of course, Salvation doesn’t end with the rapture for it is stated in Acts 2:19-21:

“And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: (Mat. 24:29) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The general rapture of 1 Tess. 4:13-17; 2 Tess. 2:7; John 14:1-3; will take of out the way to those who are part of the body of Christ and are ready to be rapture but won’t change salvation. In Rev. 6:9-11 refers to a group of people killed by the beast for the testimony, which they held:

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were SLAIN for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Rev. 20:4

First, let’s define each event separately:

The Rapture of the church:

This event involve all “The members of the body of Christ”, which is also known as “The church”. By the way, the Greek word used for “church” is “ekklēsia”, which mean “an assembly of people”. It does not refer to a “building or material structural”. The general idea in the used of “ekklēsia” is to “Call out people” with a specific purpose.  Even Israel is called by Stephen “the church in the wilderness” in the sense of “called out” and not in the sense of body of Christ.

Acts 7:37-39 “This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel (God) which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt.”

In fact, the Hebrew word “hâlak” which is used for “to go or called out” in the Old Testament, it has the same meaning as the Greek word “ekklēsia”. The used of “hâlak” carried a purpose in itself with a specific person or group of people. For instance, like the calling out of Abraham in Gen. 12:1.

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out (hâlak) of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”

The word “hâlak” is used 507 times in the Old Testament. The parallelism between Israel being called out and the body of Christ, to separate those who are called out to be God’s people.  Israel was called out through Moses and the church through Christ. So, the body of Christ was called out with a specific purpose and plan, which is separate from Israel purpose and plan. Because we are focus on the church, we are not going to get into Israel called out purpose in this section.

The Scriptures mention three ethnics groups that God are dealing with today:

1 Cor. 12:32 “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.”

The distinction and separation of each ethnic group according with God’s purpose is very important to comprehend the Scriptures. Many had mixed Israel’s plan and purpose with the church’s plan and purpose, creating confusion and fallacies.  1 Cor. 10:32 made the separation very clear. Here is the sequence that covers these three ethnic groups:

→ Israel: Called out to be God’s people and to bring through her “The seed of the woman” to redeem mankind. Gen. 3:15. At the time when God’s was dealing with Israel, there were only two ethnic groups: Israel and Gentiles. The church or body of Christ was not established until the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

→ Gentiles: The meaning word “Gentile” in the Scriptures relates to: “Pagans, sinners (Rom. 3:23), those are of the covenants, non-Jews”. Even the word “dogs” are used in reference to the gentiles in Mat. 7:6, in which passage “dogs” has 9 different figurative classes.  Observe how the gentiles took place replacing the nation of Israel in God’s plan: “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you (Israel), and given to a nation (race or gentiles nations) bringing forth the fruits thereof.” Compare with Acts 13:46-49; 15:13-18

→ The body of Christ: It’s formed form Jews or Gentiles converted to Christianity through the experience of being born again. John 3:3-6; Rom. 1:16. Observe this passage: “And that he (Christ) might reconcile both (Jews and Gentiles) unto God in one body (The church) by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.” Eph. 2:16

To understand the differences between the rapture and the second advent of Christ we must understand and separate the above ethnic groups, and put each event in their proper order according to God’s purpose for these groups. This is why I took the time to explain the differences that has been drawn in the Scriptures.

The three ethnic groups throughout the Scriptures:

→ The Jews were called out as God’s people and to be ruled by God, but instead they choose to be like the gentiles nations that were ruled by kings. 1 Samuel 8. God’s plan will eventually extend to the gentiles by the rejection of the Messiah from the Jews nation. John 1:11-12. Israel covenant with God was paused temporary to give place to the period called “Grace”, in which the gentile nations will have the opportunity to be blessed by God through the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross. The paused in the covenant with Israel was predicted in Daniel’s 70th week. The pause become in effect when Jesus died upon the cross and “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” Mat. 27:51. When the Jews covenant will be renew? Right after the rapture of the church, which involve the 7 years of great tribulation period. Compare Daniel 9:27. What Israel is receiving today are blessings, which are part of the promises to them, even though the full covenant as nation is paused.

→ The Gentiles were outside of the blessings of the covenant of Israel but God will provide a way for them to be blessed and saved, which is the period called “Grace” under Christ’s sacrifice. The gentiles in the Old Testament were oppressors of Israel and always will be that way until the fulfillment of Luke 21:24 “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” When this prophecy will be fulfilled? When the antichrist will surround Israel at the end of the seven years of great tribulation period and Jesus Christ will return for the second time and will destroy the beast, the false prophet and all the nations that persecuted Israel. The salvation of the gentiles under God’s program is through Jesus as it is stated in John 3:16-17; 14:6. The gentiles that would reject the three brands of the antichrist stated in Rev. 13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” these gentiles will be allow to enter into the Milenial kingdom of Christ and based on the way they help the Jews nation. Mat. 25:31-46

→ The body of Christ was called out of gentile’s nations and the Jews nation, to preach “Grace” through which they can be save. Many people are teaching that the commission of the church is preach “The kingdom”, but we are not announcing no kingdom but salvation through the grace of God. Jesus will establish His kingdom at the Second Advent and not at the rapture of the church. The confusion comes from the mixed of both events but when we read the passages under their correct context, we find no confusion but harmony in them. There is no doubts that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth but we were not called out to preach no kingdom, unless you are a Jehovah witness that are blinded by confusion. The message is very simple: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:15-16. I rather believe what Jesus said than what others are teaching based on their own benefits. The church or the called out started with the apostles and the rest at the upper room. Acts 1:13-15 and had kept going for over two thousand years through preaching the gospel. Once the church is raptured, God will resume His plan with the nation of Israel while the church is rewarded in the Bema or seat of judgment of Christ. Rom. 14:10-11; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-10; 1 John 2:28; Rev. 3:11-12. Also we will settle in our mansion, which was promised by Christ for those who are raptured and all the saints of all ages.  John 14:2-3 and the celebration of “The marriage supper of the lamb” as it’s stated in Rev. 19:9 “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” After that we will come with The Lord Jesus in His second Advent to the planet earth to kill the antichrist and his armies as it’s stated in Rev. 19:11-21; 2 Th. 1:7; Mat. 24:29-31; Isa. 63:1-6; Dan. 7:13-14; Zech. 14:1-5; Jude 14 and to establish the kingdom of heaven or millennial kingdom of Christ on earth. Zech. 14:9; Mat. 13:40-43; Luke 1:32-33; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 1:5; 5:10; 11:15; 20:1-10.

Jesus will rule the earth and all the saints of all ages along with Him!

Passages in reference to the rapture before the great tribulation start:

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE (Greek word “ekpheugō”, which mean “to flee out of, flee away”) all these things (The judgments of God upon the earth) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

1 Th. 4:13-17 “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. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 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. 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: 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.” We will meet Jesus on the air and from there to the third haven to meet The Father as well. Col. 4:4; 1Th. 5:23; Jas. 5:7-8; Rev. 5:8-10; 19:1-10

1 Th. 5:9-10 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath (anger, wrath, indignation), but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”

The following passage expressed the transformation of our bodies at the moment when we are taking out of this world:

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

A reference to the rapture:

Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”

The big change at the moment of the rapture:

→ “For our conversation is in heaven.” v.20 The Greek word used for “conversation ” is “politeuma”, which mean “the commonwealth of citizens or a state”. What the expression is expressing is that “our citizenship is on the third heaven: and not on this corrupted system. Which is also empathized in the context of the text: “who mind earthly things.” v.19

→ “from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” v.20 this sentence states that the place or location from where our Lord Jesus depart at the moment of the rapture, which is the third heaven. We find numerous times about Jesus being sat down at “The right hand of God”, which is in the third haven. Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 2:33; 5:31; Rom. 8:34; Col. 3:1; Heb. 10:12; 12:2; etc. There is only one time in the Scriptures where Jesus is STANDING at the right hand of God and it is in the following passage: “But he (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven (Third), and saw the glory of God, and Jesus STANDING on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man STANDING on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56. Why Stephen saw Jesus standing? Honoring his death. 1 Sam. 2:30

→ “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” v. 21 The Greek word used for “change” is “metaschēmatizō”, which mean “to change the figure of, to transform”.  What will be change? Our vile bodies. The word “vile” connected to the body implied “the low state and shame in which our physical bodies become”. After Adam rebelled, he lost his perfect state and become mortal, sinful, degraded, and took Satan’s nature, which is spiritual death. Rom. 3:23; 6:23 the word “fashioned” used in the same passage and connected with our natural bodies, come from the Greek word “ginomai”, which mean, “to become or be made”. According to the next sentence in the passage we will become “like unto HIS GLORIOUS BODY”. In other words, at the moment of the rapture our bodies will be transform in the likeness of the glorified body of Jesus. Even more, the words “like unto” from the Greek is “summorphos”, which mean, “having the same form as another, similar, conformed to”. One more point on the word “summorphos”, is not only express the form in which our bodies will looks like but also the essence in which the body is made of. This event will take place at the moment of the rapture, which is a great display of God’s power.

Let’s breakdown the following passages:

Col. 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

→ “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” v.1-2 the context of this expression is found in Col. 2:20-23, which refers, to refrain from all religious ordinances that opposes to the truth. “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances.” Col. 2:20 we are dead to “the rudiments of the world system, which is corrupted through sin. In Col. 3:1 stated that we are “Risen with Christ”, When this happened? When we were born again we were made free, but there is the possibility of backslide if we are not diligent. Gal. 3:1-4

→ “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Col. 3:1. Here is a passage for those that are teaching about material blessings. This section of the passage is connected with Mat. 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

→ “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” v.3 We are dead to: “The law, Sinful life and to the rudiments or elements of this corrupted system.”

→ “When Christ, who is our life, shall APPEAR, then shall ye also APPEAR with him in glory.” We have received “eternal life” through Jesus. John 14:6; 17:2-3; Rom. 5:10 and this is a direct reference to the rapture of the church, when He will appear in the air and we will be transform. 1 Th. 4:13-17. The Greek word used for “glory” is “doxa”, which is used 170 times in the New Testament, which mean among others “the kingly majesty which belongs to him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity.” it’s also used as the third heaven in 1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:17. Besides expressing splendor, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace and majesty, also is connected with the place where God lives. Places like “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” John 14:2; “For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Heb. 11:10; “But now they desire a better country, that is, AN HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he (God) hath prepared for them (The Old Testament saints) a city.” Heb. 11:16; and “For here have we (New Testament saints) no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Heb. 13:14

Three things promised in the passage below: “I go to prepare a PLACE for you”, “I will COME BACK again”, and observe that Jesus connected a preparation of a place to “Lives” with this coming. There is not mention of Judgements related with this coming, which separate the event in the passage and the second literal coming of Christ to destroy God’s enemies. Also promised, “I will receive you UNTO MYSELF”. Right after have been raptured, all the resurrected saints and all those who were transformed will go to heaven to be rewarded while here on earth the great tribulation period starts. John 14:1-3 is the first reference of the rapture given by Christ.

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME BACK AGAIN, and RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

The rapture of the church detailed:

1 Th. 4:13-17 “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. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 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. 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: 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”. Many modern bible students are denying the rapture because the word “rapture” does not appear in the Scriptures, but that it’s just technically, because the word “Caught up” is used in relation with the “taking out this world of the church” in 1 Th. 4:17. If you’d like to know more about the 10 different raptures taught in the Scriptures just click on this link: 10 different raptures

In 1 Th. 4:13-17 there no reference of judgements in this event, which connect these passages with John 14:1-3. Instated of “Receive you unto myself” which was used by Jesus in John 14:3, Paul used “Caught up” in 1 Th. 4:17 but both expressions are detailing aspects of what will take place at the moment of the rapture. Paul was very familiar with the used of the word “Caught up”, since he experienced rapture to the paradise, which is located in the third heaven. 2 Cor. 12:1-3. Another passage that expand and connect the idea of the rapture and it’s in complete harmony with “Receive you unto myself” of John 14:3 and “Caught up” of 1 Th. 4:17, is found in 2 Th. 2:1:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by OUR GATHERING TOGETHER UNTO HIM.”

What the language of these passages is saying is that the rapture will gather all the saints in one place, which is in THE AIR. 1 Th. 4:17. Jesus will no descend on the earth at this time, but just to gather the saints and take them to the third heaven. Jesus will be landing on the Mount of Olives at the Second Advent, which will take place after the great tribulation period.

The rapture will take place before the fall judgements of God upon the earth:

1 Th. 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The following passages are one of the most important passages related to the “timing” of the rapture and the second advent of Christ.

2 Th. 2:2-8 “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. 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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”

Let’s analyze them:

→ “Let no man deceive you by any means” v.3 this clear warning to believer. Why? Because of the confusion that will rise as the result of man and demons replacing what the Scriptures says about it.  Compare with 1Tim. 4:1-2. The warning was given by Paul to the church of Thessalonian because of a letter that was used by false teachers confusing the believers. So, Paul wrote to corrected such confusion and to conform them by affirming them that the day of The Lord had not yet happen, which is preceded by two things: “The apostasy” and “The antichrist”. In other words, The Second Advent cannot happen until these two things occur first. These false teachers used a false letter as if Paul wrote, which was a lie. Also, in this chapter Paul explained that before “the apostasy or a falling away” and “The manifestation of the antichrist” take place, the rapture must come first before these to things.

→ “for that day shall not come” v.3 what day is refer in here? read verse 2, which says “The day of Christ”, which is the second literal advent of Christ to kill the antichrist and all the rebels at the Battle of Armageddon. Zech. 14; Rev. 19:11-21. Paul wrote: ” for that day (second coming of Christ) shall not come, except (unless) there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” v. 3. So, it’s very clear that these two things must happen before the Second Advent can take place. Let’s explain in the next section the two things that precede the day of Christ, which basically are two signs.

→ “except there come a falling away first” v. 3 The Greek word used for “falling away” is “apostasia”, which mean “a falling away, defection and apostasy”. The reference here applies to the “seven years” of great tribulation, where everything will be corrupted by the antichrist system. Observe what Jesus said in Mat. 24 related to this falling away: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Mat. 24:24. By the way, “the very elect” in Mat. 24:24 are in reference to Israel and not to the church, for the church has already been raptured at this point. Please read the complete explanation of Mat. 24 and 25 in my blog page. This period of “falling away” starts in Rev. 6:1 and ends in Rev. 19:21.

→ “and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” v.3-4 This is the Beast of Rev. 13:1-18; 14:9-11; 15:2-4; 16:2-12; 19:20. Also Daniel spoke of this in Dan. 9:27; 11:35-45; 12:7; and Jesus confirmed what Daniel predicted in Mat. 24:15. The next passage expressed clearly what is “holding back” the manifestation of both things, especially the man of sin to be revealed.

→ “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” v. 6 it says “and ye know”, because Paul previously told them the details of these events. (v. 5) Now, what is “withholdeth” the manifestation of the man of sin? The Greek word used for “withholdeth” is “katechō”, which mean “to hold back; keep back; restrain”. There is something that is restraining the beast to manifest. What is it? Let’s find it in the language of the text expressed in verse 7.

→ “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE who now letteth will let, until HE be taken out of the way” v. 7 The word  “letteth” or “withholdeth”, which mean “to restrain or hinder” is apply to He, who is “Holding back or hinder” the manifestation of the man of sin. Who is He in verse 7?  Many fallacies have been circulated throughout the years but what the passage really expressed? I had read many books that said that He from 2 Th. 2:7 is “The Holy Spirit”, who is going to be taken out of the world before the manifestation of the man of sin, but that IS NOT what the verse refers to. Why I’m saying that? Because The Holy Spirit is not that one refers to in here and He is not going to be taken out of the world, that will contradict the Scriptures. Jesus said about the Holy Spirit “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that HE MAY ABIDE WITH YOU FOR EVER.” John 14:16. Also, The people that are going to be saved in the great tribulation period are going to be converted through the work of the Holy Spirit. Israel is going to be born again in one day (Isa. 66:7-8) after they are brought back to repentance through the message of the two witnesses of Rev. 11. Noticed that Isaiah 66:15-17 revealed the “Purged” of Israel of the false Jews, who are killed by the beast when Jerusalem is taken by the antichrist. Mat. 24:16-21. The gospel will be preach in the great tribulation period by an angel (Rev. 14:6-7) because the church has already been taken from the earth and many people are going to be save by the divine message. In Acts 2:21 says “ And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”, which by the way is under the context of the great tribulation period. The Holy Spirit is the divine agent that perform the miracle of being born again, so He will never be removed from earth and He is not that one spoken in 2 Th. 2:7 as to be “taken out of the way”. So, the question remains, who is HE that is “Holding back” the manifestation of the man of sin? It’s the body of Christ, which presence here on earth is hindering or obstructing the manifestation of the man of sin. The Scriptures identify the church (which mean “Called out”) as the body of Christ, that’s the identity of the church, never as “female”. For example, in Ephesians 2:14-15 “For he is our peace, who hath made both (Jews and Gentiles) one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one NEW MAN, so making peace”. Also in the same book of Ephesians 4:12-13 “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of THE BODY OF CHRIST: Till we all (The body of Christ) come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. The church is NOT a female or woman as many had said. In fact, there is no reference in the Scriptures of such doctrine and yet many had taught about it and still do today. What about the bride of Christ? You may ask. I hate to burst your bubble but the church IS NOT THE BRIDE. So, with this in mind, let’s read again 2 Th. 2:7 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE (The body of Chirst) who now letteth will let, until HE (The body of Christ) be taken out of the way (Raptured). This also proves that the rapture will take place before the manifestation of the man of sin. If you read Rev. 21:9-10 it will tell you who is the true bride of Christ. If you’d like to know about it click on the link: “The church is not the bride of Christ”

→ “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” v.8 The destruction of the antichrist at the second literal advent of Christ with all the glorified saints. Rev. 19:11-21

One more note on the manifestation of the man of sin: No one will know the identity of this person until AFTER the formation of the 10 kingdoms predicted by Daniel. He CANNOT come until the church is raptured and these kingdoms be formed inside the Old Roman Empire territory. According to Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns (10 kingdoms) out of this kingdom (out of the Old Roman Empire territory) are ten kings that shall arise: and ANOTHER (Kingdom) shall rise AFTER THEM (after the 10 kingdoms inside the Old Roman Empire Territory); and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” The antichrist cannot be manifested until AFTER these 10 kingdoms are formed. Any person that has been called “antichrist” is just speculation or fallacy.

More references to the rapture:

1 Cor. 1:7-8 “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the COMING of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in THE DAY OF our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Cor. 1:14 “As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our’s in THE DAY OF the Lord Jesus.”

Phil. 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until THE DAY OF Jesus Christ.”

Phil. 1:10 “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till THE DAY OF Christ.”

Phil. 2:16 “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in THE DAY OF Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain

Compare also: 1 Th. 1:10; 2:19-20; 3:13; 5:23; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:5-13; 4:13; 5:1-8; 2 Pet. 1:3; Jude 24; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Rev. 5:8-10; 11:7-12; 12:5; 14:1-5; 15:1-4; 19:1-10; 20:4-8.

The second literal advent of Christ to the earth:

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

According to the language expressed in the above passages, Jesus ascended to heaven in a literal and visible form, in a cloud, and the disciples saw Him when He ascended, which mean, that Christ will return in the same fashion as He left. The angels told the disciples “This same Jesus, which is taken you from you into Heaven, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER (same way) AS YE SEEN HIM TO GO INTO HEAVEN.” v. 11. The reference here is to the second advent of Christ to the earth in the clouds of heaven.

Parallel passages related to the second literal advent of Christ to the earth:

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mat. 24:27

We need to make a correction with reference to Mat 24 and 25, which many teach as related to the church, but they are NOT related to the church. In fact, there is not even one Scripture that suggest that the rapture is followed by any signs. The Scriptures Do Not teaches about any prophecy that needs to be fulfilled before the rapture can take place. In the contrary, the rapture can happen at any time, without any prophecy to be fulfilled. The rapture is also known as the imminent return of Jesus for the church. The confusion about the application of Mat. 24 and 25 with the church, it comes from the lack of distinguishing the two events. The rapture is neither one phase of the second advent of Jesus nor a second part of it; both events are distinct in every prophetic aspect. I have to repeat this again but the confusion is the result of people mixing: “The prophetical events”, “The timing of the events”, “The people involved in the events”, “Replacing the chronological order of the events placed by God on His own word”.  All you need to do is find where God had spoken about the subject in Hi Word and what He had said it. Nothing more! Don’t rely on books to find answers, rely on God, who is the writer of Hi own Word.

Rev. 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

The following passage reveals the second advent of Christ with all the saints, who were previously raptured:

Rev. 19:11-21 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which WERE IN HEAVEN FOLLOWED HIM upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh”.

If we read the Scriptures and believed what we read wouldn’t so much confusion about what God had said in His Word.

Mat. 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

The 12 original Apostles will judge Israel under the Messiah’s Kingdom:

Mat. 19:28 “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Mat. 24:27-28 “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”

Mark 14:62 “And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven”.

Luke 21:25-28 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things (the signs of v. 25) begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Second literal advent prophesied by Jesus himself:

Luke 17:22-37 “And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.”

→ Luke 17:22-25: expressed the means of His second literal advent

→ Luke 17:26-30: expressed the unexpected or anticipated destruction

→ Luke 17:31-33: expressed the warnings about His second literal advent

→ Luke 17:34-38: expressed the Battle of Armageddon

In Zechariah 14:1-7 expressed the details of Jesus landing on planet earth. Let’s underline the key sentences and break them down and extract what exactly it means:

“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”

Explanation below:

⇒ “the day of the Lord”: Is a reference to the second literal advent of Christ to judge the gentiles nations lead by the antichrist in the battle of Armageddon and to establish the kingdom of heaven, which is also known as the Milenial kingdom of Christ on earth. Compare with Zep. 1:7-8; Isa. 34:6; Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 39:17-21; Rev. 19:11-21

⇒ “I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle”: This refers to the gathering of all the gentiles nations that had persecuted Israel at the Battle of Armageddon, where the Lord will deliver Israel out of their hands and destroy the antichrist and his armies. Ezek. 38-39; Joel 3; Rev. 16:13-16; 19:11-21

⇒ ” the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished”: This will happen when the antichrist will come against Israel at the very end of the great tribulation period. To clarify the sequence of the events, The antichrist will come against Israel at the end of the first three and a half years of the great tribulation, as it was prophesied by Christ in Mat. 24:15-20. The city will be taken by the antichrist and his armies and Israel at the point would have been eradicated but God interfere and raised a new war against the antichrist’s armies in order to protect Israel, who fled to Jordan. This new war brought up by God to protect the Jews nation is prophesied by Daniel in chapter 11:44-45 “But tidings out of the east and out of the north (Nations north and east of the 10 kingdoms) shall trouble him (The antichrist): therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he(after he conquered them) shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end (at the battle of Armageddon), and none shall help him (Not even satan).” So, after the antichrist defeated all these nations, which took him about three and a half years, he will return to finish what do he came to do the first time, to annihilate Israel but that’s when Christ will return with all the glorified saints to save Israel and to destroy the antichrist and his armies.

→ “Then”: when everything seen lost for the Jews nation, the return of their Messiah to save them.

→ “shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle”: Just as The Lord fought the Egyptians to saved Israel. Exo. 14:14 “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” After all God’s attention will be upon the Jews nation.

→ “his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives”: Christ will land upon the mount of Olives and as results of it, changes will be upon Palestine’s landscape to set up the stage for the battle of Armageddon. → “ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah”. Compare with Amos 1:1. Israel will run away as they did when the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

→ “the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee”: This might surprise you but the reference in here is to God, The Father, who will come along with Christ and all the glorified saints. Compare with Daniel 7:22; Titus 2:13; Jude 14-15; Rev. 19:11-21. In fact, the Scriptures mentioned two advents of God, The Father and Christ to destroy the enemies of God. In 1 Cor. 15:24-28 expressed that God The Father, will give to God The Son all dominion, power and all things shall be subdued unto him, except God The Father, Until” all the enemies of God are completely destroy.

→ “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light”: This section expressed the “Time and duration” of the Battle of Armageddon. What time it will happen? At the evening time. How long will the Battle of Armageddon last? One-day battle.

To concluded our subject, here is a summary of the events as their are expressed in the Scriptures:

⇒ The rapture of the church: which is imminent. There is no sign that precede this event.

⇒ The formation of the ten kingdoms inside the Old Roman Empire territory: symbolized by the “Ten toes” of Dan. 2 and by “Ten horns” of Dan. 7

⇒ The raising of the antichrist: Daniel 7:24. Who is coming from Syria? According to Dan. 8:8-9

⇒ The antichrist will defeated three kingdoms of the ten kingdoms. Dan. 7:24, which will take him three and a half years and after this he will raise against Israel as it is stated in Daniel 9:27:

“And he (The Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years): and in the midst of the week (three and a half years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

→ The antichrist at this point wanted to exterminate Israel but God interfere bringing another war against him and his 10 kingdoms. The nations north and east of the ten kingdoms will declare war against the antichrist and he will go against them “with great fury”. Daniel 11:44-45

→ After defeating them, He will return against Israel as “The prince of the north” of Dan. 11:36-39 and “The Gog” of Ezekiel 38-39.

→ The antichrist will take the city of Jerusalem for the second time (Zech. 14:2) and he will try against to annihilate the Jews nation but then Christ return visible to save Israel and to kill all the enemies of God. Zech. 14:1-7; Rev. 19:11-21

Rev. 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen”.

Everyone that had gathered to fight against Israel shall see Christ returning visibly in the clouds and land upon the Mount of Olives. Zech. 14:4

Mat. 24:30 ” 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.”

Final thoughts:

The rapture of the church will occur at any moment, while the second literal advent of Christ will be follow by signs.

Jesus will come to take all the saints of all ages before the great tribulation period, while the second advent of Christ will take place at the end of the great tribulation period.

For the rapture of the church, Jesus will descend in the air (1 Th. 4:17), while in the second literal advent, Christ will land at the mount of olives. Zech. 14:4

At the rapture Jesus will take the saints to be rewarded, while the second advent of The Lord will bring destruction upon all the enemies of God and Israel.

The whole mixed up about these two different events is the misinterpretation of the Scriptures.

Later I will add a list of fallacies related to these two events.

I pray that The Lord enlighten the eyes of your understanding as it is expressed in Ephesians 1:17-18:

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

God keep blessing you!