Pro and Con 1032

Posted 7-9-03

Caskets and The Family Tomb of Jesus

The James Ossuary and the Jesus Ossuary
Brothers and Sisters of Jesus
By Laurence Gardner
http://graal.co.uk/ossuary.html

(My comment: Joseph may have prepared ossuaries for his whole family to use in the future. Many people buy cemetery lots ahead of time today. Also, note that Joseph Zias, mentioned below, is the Joe Zias that made the cast of the 47-letter text on Absalom's Tomb that says, "This is the tomb of Zachariah, martyr, very pious priest, father of John", an apparent reference to the father of John the Baptist.)
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...Back in 1962, the name of Pontius Pilate was discovered on an auditorium dedication tablet at Caesarea Maritima, a sea port south of Galilee....

...it was not so very long ago that the Jesus ossuary was discovered - an item of far greater importance, and with a good deal more historical and archaeological provenance than the presumed bone box of James.

The Jesus Ossuary

In 1980 an important 1st-century family tomb was unearthed during excavations at East Talpiot, Jerusalem. Archaeologists then moved the tomb's ossuaries into museum storage at Romemma, and JOSEPH ZIAS, Curator of Archaeology and Anthropology for the Israel Antiquities Authority, later commented that [unlike the James ossuary] this find was "really impressive" since it emanated from "a very good, undisturbed archaeological context". Why was it impressive? Because the ossuaries were individually inscribed with the names:

Jesus son of Joseph
Mary
Joseph
Jude
(the name of one of Jesus' brothers)
Mary
(the name of one of Jesus' sisters)

Along with these was a 6-inch shard of pottery, also bearing the name of Jesus and engraved with the emblem of a fish.

It was subsequently hailed as the greatest Christian-related discovery of all time, but for a while its secret was held within Israel. This was because the Jewish establishment was not especially concerned with Jesus - a figure of the Christian religion, even though he had been twice mentioned in the 1st-century Antiquities of the Jews....

Subsequently, on Sunday 7th April, excitement heightened when the BBC TV special, filmed in Jerusalem, was broadcast. It was Easter Sunday 1996 when Joan Bakewell, CBE (now Lady Chairman of the British Film Institute), hosted the much publicized feature documentary "The Body in Question".

New Ossuary NOT First Jesus Evidence

http://www.unknowncountry.com/mindframe/opinion/?id=67

10-29-02 - After reading our Oct. 22 news story “First Jesus Evidence Discovered,”...Laurence Gardner, author and popular Dreamland guest, wrote:

...Matthew 13:55 states in relation to Jesus: "Is not his mother called Mary and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?" This is repeated again in Mark 6:3. ...They were all younger brothers of Jesus, and both Matthew 1:25 and Luke 2:27 clarify that Jesus was Mary's "firstborn son."...

In addition, Matthew 13:56 and Mark 6:3 both indicate that Jesus also had SISTERS, who are named in the Panarion and Ancoratus of Epiphanius as being MARY, SALOME and ANNA (JOANNA). The sisters of Jesus are also mentioned in the Protevangelion of James, in the Gospel of Philip, and in the Church's Apostolic Constitutions. In the New Testament Gospels, they appear at the cross and the tomb of Jesus, along with Mary Magdalene. MARY AND SALOME APPEAR, FOR EXAMPLE, IN MARK 15:47, WHILE JOANNA AND MARY APPEAR IN LUKE 24:10, AND MARY FEATURES AGAIN IN MATTHEW 28:1.

The Jerusalem ossuary, which carries the inscribed name (in Aramaic) of "Ya'akov bar Yohosef akhui di Yeshua" [that is: "Jacob, son of Joseph, brother of Joshua"], is not a new discovery. It has been reported by the press and media several times since IT FIRST CAME TO LIGHT IN 1926, while ossuaries citing the name of Jesus are mentioned in the 1978 Manual of Palestinian Aramaic Texts and the 1994 Catalogue of Jewish Ossuaries. The Hebrew Union College and Ben Gurion University confirm that the James ossuary has no known archaeological provenance, and IT WAS ORIGINALLY FOUND IN A MUSEUM BASEMENT by Prof. E.L. Sukenik of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem....

From 1986, the James ossuary - 20 inches (51 cm) by 11 inches (28 cm) - has been owned by an anonymous private collector in Jerusalem, who bought it at auction for around $500. He was advised that it came from a tomb in the Silwan suburb of Jerusalem but, whatever its pre-1926 origin, it was clearly the product of looting since it is not recorded as an archaeologically excavated artifact from Silwan or anywhere else....

The James ossuary is a plain and very common limestone type of bone box, but as was pointed out some time ago its inscription is unusually refined - more in keeping with those found on lavishly styled ossuaries such as that of Joseph CAIAPHAS (Yehosef bar Qayafa), the High Priest of Jerusalem AD 18-37. This was discovered by Zvi Greenhut of the Israel Museum in November 1990. Caiaphas was the Sanhedrin Council elder who committed Jesus for trial before the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate.

Also discovered around the same time was an ossuary inscribed "ALEXANDER, SON OF SIMON OF CYRENE." According to the Gospels, Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus to carry his cross on the road to Golgotha/Calvary (Simon and his son Alexander are mentioned in Mark 15:21). Back in 1962, the name of Pontius Pilate was discovered on an auditorium dedication tablet at Caesarea Maritima, a seaport south of Galilee.

Given that ossuaries of the James type were only used for a short period between AD 10 and AD 70 (when the Romans finally sacked Jerusalem), it is not difficult to date the item and, given that Jesus' brother James was persecuted and stoned (according to Flavius Josephus) in AD 62, the date which has been attributed to the ossuary is AD 63. However, since the box had no historical provenance and was not related to any particular archaeological dig, it was regarded as of dubious origin by the museum authorities who released it into the antiques market some decades ago....

The most inaccurate of all statements currently being made concerning the James ossuary (as repeated in many of the related press articles, and attributed to the Biblical Archaeological Review editor Hershel Shanks) is that "It is the first and only artifact from the 1st century that mentions Jesus." This statement, as we shall see, is wholly incorrect....

In 1980 an important 1st-century family tomb was unearthed during excavations at East Talpiot, Jerusalem. Archaeologists then moved the tomb's ossuaries into museum storage at Romemma, and Joseph Zias, Curator of Archaeology and Anthropology for the Israel Antiquities Authority, later commented that [unlike the James ossuary] this find was "really impressive" since it emanated from "a very good, undisturbed archaeological context." Why was it impressive? Because the ossuaries were individually inscribed with the names: Jesus son of Joseph Mary Joseph Jude (the name of one of Jesus' brothers) Mary (the name of one of Jesus' sisters) Along with these was a 6-inch shard of pottery, also bearing the name of Jesus and engraved with the emblem of a fish.

It was subsequently hailed as the greatest Christian-related discovery of all time, but for a while its secret was held within Israel. This was because the Jewish establishment was not especially concerned with Jesus - a figure of the Christian religion, even though he had been twice mentioned in the 1st-century Antiquities of the Jews.

The limestone ossuary inscribed "Jesus son of Joseph" (65 cm x 25 cm x 30 cm) came to Western attention when the BBC was preparing for a TV program in conjunction with the J. Arthur Rank company CTVC. In the light of generally changing religious and secular attitudes concerning the literal interpretation of the Resurrection, a British research team flew to Jerusalem to establish what might have become of Jesus' body after his death. They included Chris Mann, director of the BBC's religious series Heart of the Matter, along with CTVC religious affairs director Barrie Allcott.

To their surprise, the research took hardly any time and, in a very matter of fact way, they were directed to the Israel Archaeological Authority storeroom, to meet with the curator Baruk Brendel. The JESUS OSSUARY was soon brought to their attention, along with the COLLECTION OF OSSUARIES FROM THE SAME FAMILY TOMB. Not only the ossuary of Jesus son of Joseph, but those of his parents and siblings, together with another associated casket, inscribed with the name Matthew....

The stunning news hit the British press on Sunday 31st March 1996, with front-page headlines and a lengthy feature article in The Sunday Times, entitled "The Tomb that dare not speak its Name."

Subsequently, on Sunday 7th April, excitement heightened when the BBC TV-special, filmed in Jerusalem, was broadcast. It was Easter Sunday 1996 when Joan Bakewell, CBE (now Lady Chairman of the British Film Institute), hosted the much publicized feature documentary "The Body in Question."

Referring to their first sight of the ossuaries, Chris Mann said, "It felt like the balls of the National Lottery coming up one by one," with his co-producer Ray Bruce declaring, "It is remarkable." Also recounting the Jerusalem experience, Joan Bakewell reported, "We stood dumbfounded by the sensational nature of what was before our eyes. The names of Jesus, Joseph and Mary are luminous with meaning for anyone brought up in the Christian tradition. Our find will renew the debate of the Resurrection and deepen the mystery surrounding Easter."

As it was, the broadcast did not provoke much "debate" since there was not much for anyone to challenge - the first- hand evidence had been presented for all to see. However, it did create a huge interest, with the Irish Times reporting, "Hundreds of excited journalists and archaeologists have converged on a dusty, airless basement of the Israel Antiquities Authority for a glimpse."...

HD70642: A Star with Similar Planets

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html APOD Explanation: Astronomers have discovered a planetary system more similar to our own Solar System than any known previously. The bright star HD70642, visible with binoculars toward the constellation of PUPPIS, was already known to be a star like our Sun. Now a planet with twice Jupiter's mass has been discovered in a nearly circular orbit at approximately half the orbital distance of Jupiter. Such an orbit allows the possibility of habitable Earth-type planets orbiting further in, a possibility not likely with all previously discovered planetary systems with massive planets occupying disruptive closer elliptical orbits.

It is interesting that this should come up now. The Constellation PUPPIS is the Poop Deck of the ship ARGO, which means THE COMPANY OF TRAVELERS. These travelers are the Bride of Christ. soon to be taken to Heaven in the Rapture. The ship represents Christ, as Noah's Ark did. Jesus' face is above the waterline on the prow of the ship ARGO, so we can't mistake the meaning.

Incoming email, Re: FALLING AWAY

I was wondering if the FALLING AWAY BEFORE THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED has anything to do with THE RESTRAINER being removed? Thanks for your generosity of your knowledge of scripture.

My reply

Yes. The falling away is the DEPARTURE, the Rapture, that comes before the man of sin is revealed in the Tribulation.

The "falling away" in II Thess. 2:3 is the Greek "apostasia," from "aphistemi," to REMOVE. Aphistemi is translated "depart from" 11 times, "draw away" 1 time, "fall away" 1 time, and "withdraw one's self" 1 time. "

Apostasia is translated "falling away" 1 time, and "to forsake" 1 time. Thayer says that apostasia means cause to withdraw, remove, go away, depart from, flee from. It is THE DEPARTURE, the Rapture.

The similar word "apostasion" is also from "aphistemi," and means something separative, divorce (i.e., one person separating from the other, removing himself, DEPARTING, leaving).

Apostasia was translated "DEPARTURE" in early Bibles, including Tyndale's translation, Cranmer's version, the Great Bible, Breecher's Bible, Beza's translation and the Coverdale Bible.

The "falling away" is the REMOVING from Earth of the Bride-of-Christ saints at the Pre-Trib Rapture. It is the DEPARTURE of the wise virgins when they go with the Bridegroom.

Mt. 25:10 says, "while they (the foolish virgins) went to buy (more oil of the Holy Spirit), the bridegroom (Christ) came; and they that were ready (the wise Philadelphian virgins with enough oil) went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut."

This door is the "open door" set before the Philadelphians (Rev. 3:8), for whom Jesus had no words of condemnation. It is the door that "was opened in heaven" when John was raptured to Heaven in Rev. 4:1. It is the door that we will go through at the Pre-Trib Rapture. It is the door that will be shut for the foolish Laodicean virgins.

II Thess. 2:1-9 says, "Now we beseech you, brethren (believers), by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him (at the Pre-Trib Rapture), 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 (almost all major MSS have day of the Lord) is at hand (Elijah must come first, Mal. 4:5). Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (the millennial Day of the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away (DEPARTURE, i.e., the Pre-Trib Rapture) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (False Prophet); 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 (Mid-Trib). Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what (the Holy Spirit in us, the salt of the Earth) WITHHOLDETH that he (the False Prophet) might be revealed in his time (the Tribulation). For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he (the Holy Spirit) who now letteth will let (Old English for hindereth will hinder), until he (the Holy Spirit) be taken out of the way (he will no longer restrain the appearing of the False Prophet after the Rapture). And then (after the Rapture) shall that Wicked (False Prophet) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him (the False Prophet), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders" (Rev. 13:11-18).

Dan. 9:27 says that the prince that will come (the False Prophet) shall confirm (lit., strengthen) the covenant with many for one week (7 years, i.e., the Tribulation): and in the midst of the week (Mid-Trib) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease (at the Temple), and for the overspreading of abominations (idols) he shall make it (the Temple) desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined (the falling stones) shall be poured upon the desolate" (desolator).

The falling stones are from the exfoliation, breakup, and explosion of the asteroids of Rev. 8:8,10. The False Prophet will be wounded. Zech. 11:17 says, "Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! (moves to Babylon) the sword (Sword of the Lord, the asteroid, 'the curse that goeth forth (orbits) over the face of the whole earth,' Zech. 5:3) shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened."

Zech. 5:4 says, "I will bring it (the asteroid of Rev. 8:10) forth, saith the LORD of hosts (Christ, Isa. 44:6), and it shall enter into the house (headquarters of the one world government) of the thief (the False Prophet, who, like the other son of perdition, Judas, steals), and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name (the Tribulation Pope, who claims infallibility): and it (the asteroid) shall remain in the midst of his (the Pope's) house (in Babylon), and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof."

Isa. 24:1 says, "Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof."

Isa. 30:25 says, "there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, WHEN THE TOWERS FALL." The globe will be turned upside down, and there will be towering tsunamis everywhere.

Add to that the worldwide earthquake and it is easy to see that the millennial Day of the Lord will arrive with the Day of Destruction, the Day of God's Wrath.

PS: Isa. 57:1-3 shows that AFTER the righteous men are taken away in the Rapture, the Tribulation will be near. It says, "The righteous perisheth (abad, VANISHES, ESCAPES, i.e., is raptured), and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are TAKEN AWAY (acaph, REMOVED, EVACUATED, TAKEN UP, WITHDRAWN, i.e., raptured), none considering that THE RIGHTEOUS IS TAKEN AWAY (acaph, REMOVED, i.e., raptured) FROM THE EVIL TO COME (in the Tribulation, which is near). He shall enter into peace (in Heaven): they shall rest in their BEDS, each one walking in his uprightness. But draw NEAR hither, ye sons (The Beast and False Prophet) of the sorceress (harlot church), the seed of the adulterer and the whore."

Psa. 149:5 also mentions their beds. It says, "Let the saints be joyful in glory (i.e., in Heaven): let them sing aloud upon their BEDS. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth." Agape

"Crickets wreak havoc in western US"

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2003/davidc71-3.htm
David Campbell (1 July 2003)
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Crickets wreak havoc
RICHARD LUSCOMBE IN MIAMI
http://thescotsman.co.uk/international.cfm?id=712972003

IT IS the height of summer in the western United States but the snow ploughs and gritting lorries are out in force.

With temperatures sometimes topping 100F, it is not snow and ice they are clearing up, it is crickets.

Millions of the insects are sweeping through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming in the country’s worst infestation for more than 60 years, destroying crops and turning fields, roads and pavements into moving carpets of insects.

Plough crews attempt to keep the highways clear and sand is put down when crushed bugs make the roads as slippery as oil slicks, but authorities fear they are fighting a losing battle against an insect menace that has caused millions of dollars in damage.

"It’s the worst I have ever seen," Bruce Johnson, a pest control manager in Colorado, told the Los Angeles Times. "We have had three or four years of easy winters and droughts. There has been a massive build-up of eggs and now they have all hatched."

The 2in-long Mormon crickets, named after a plague that affected Utah’s religious pioneers 155 years ago, were last seen in such numbers in the 1930s. They travel in swarms up to a mile wide and three miles long, devouring everything in their path and covering a mile or more a day.

They do not stop at buildings, either. Walls shimmer as the purple insects climb to escape the searing ground-level heat then eat through screens to enter houses.

"There’s not much you can do about it except sit and watch them go by," said George Bosick, a ranch manager in Elk Springs, Colorado. "They’re like a herd of animals, all heading in the same direction. They eat the gardens and everything, and if the door’s open or they find a crack, they’ll be in the house too.

"It’s not pleasant but you get used to it. If you’re driving and run them over, they pop like bubble-wrap. The squashed ones get cannibalised by the others, then they get run over too, so pretty soon you get lots of crushed bugs. The more you kill them, the more they come."

Utah has been hardest hit, losing an estimated $25 million (£15 million) in crops. A statewide agricultural disaster was declared last month because of the insects, drought and high winds. In neighbouring Nevada, the insects have infested 7,800 square miles.

Maranatha, David

"Hope for pre-trib rapture has been dashed"

I also used to be a firm believer in the pre-trib. But now I am in agreement with Brian Donoghue's revelation on "Hope for pre-trib rapture has been dashed" And I am glad he brought forward his conclusions because it confirms what the Lord showed me last year 26th June 2002.

The Lord woke me up starting the 16th June 2002 every night just after midnight, from the very first night I new it was the Lord because I had a feeling of nervousness in my belly, and that for no reason, but while laying there wondering what was going on I sensed the Lord saying "get up and come spend some time with me" This happened every night and on the tenth night at about 2 AM after a period of worship and then prayer I had a revelation of many things from the Lord. I am only going to share the one revelation for the purpose of the possible rapture timing.

The Lord showed me that I will be ministering the word amongst many desperate people who were shocked because of the tribulation, I was ministering the word to people who once had beautiful homes but now were living out in the countryside that I am familiar with and nobody is living there at this point in time. ( POSSIBLE REASON earthquakes, volcanic eruptions costal flooding See Matthew 24:7 Mark 13:8 Luke 21:11 & 25 )

Now I am not Jewish so I do not believe I am one of the 144,000 and don't believe I will not be part of the first rapture so, if I am going to experience a little tribulation I believe so will the rest of the bride of Christ. After this revelation I searched the scriptures for proof and I found it in Mathew 24:29

29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken." and in verse 31 "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect (the bride) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

More confirmation in Mark 13:24

24 "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light" and in verse 27 "And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect (the bride) from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven." So it's clear from scripture that before the His angels gather us there will be tribulation but and in Mathew 24:21 it talks about a great tribulation.

29 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

So Matthew distinguishes between two types of tribulation

a) the first tribulation which is the beginning of troubles also confirmed in Mark 13:8

8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

b) the great tribulation , and I believe this is the second tribulation is the one we will escape from as per 1 Thess. 1:10: "and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come." and 1 Thess. 5:9 "For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ"

Also notice the word wrath in Zephaniah 1:15 & 18 connected to the subject on "The Day Of The Lord"

I also came across a prophecy that I have misplaced in which the Lord stated that His church are arguing amongst themselves as to whether the rapture is Pre, Mid or Post and He said they are all wrong. Which could mean that it may lie somewhere between Pre and Mid. This theory could also be confirmed by the following prophetic dream by Ken Peters titled "I SAW THE TRIBULATION" I have other proof that I could add but I believe this may sum it up. Be blessed....

My reply

Because of Satan and his wicked angels, we can't trust man's dreams, visions or prophecies over Scripture. II Timothy 3:16 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

> > I am not Jewish so I do not believe I am one of the 144,000 and don't believe I will not be part of the first rapture so, if I am going to experience a little tribulation I believe so will the rest of the bride of Christ. After this revelation I searched the scriptures for proof and I found it in Mathew 24:29

Mt. 24:29 is not talking about the Pre-Trib Rapture. It is talking about the Day of God's Wrath, the Day of Destruction, when the asteroids of Rev. 8:8,10 impact Earth.

When they hit, there won't be a believer left on Earth. They will all be in Heaven receiving their rewards. However, the Pre-Wrath Rapture will take place that same day, but before the asteroids hit Earth at noon (Zeph. 2:3,4). This Rapture will be during the previous night or morning.

Rev. 11:16-18 says, "the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats (lit., thrones, which they have been sitting on since they were caught up in the Pre-Trib Rapture, Rev. 4:1-4), fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art (on the day of the Pre-Wrath Rapture), and wast (at the Pre-Trib Rapture), and art to come (at the Second Advent 7 months later, Eze. 39:12,13); because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned (it is the 1st day of his 1000-year reign). And the nations were angry (Gog's army is attacking Israel), and THY WRATH IS COME, and the time of the dead, that they should be JUDGED (at the Judgment Seat of Christ), and that thou shouldest give REWARD unto thy servants the prophets, and TO THE SAINTS, and them that fear thy name, small and great; AND shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."

Notice that in Mt. 24:31, Jesus "shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet (the "last trump," of God, I Cor. 15:51,52), and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of HEAVEN to the other."

These saints are already in Heaven, having been caught up before the Tribulation began. They are in Heaven when Jesus is given the Title Deed of the Earth right after the Pre-Trib Rapture, Rev. 5:7-9). They are already in Heaven when the first seal is broken in Rev. 6. They are in Heaven before the Tribulation saints are caught up to Heaven in Rev. 7:14.

They are already in Heaven when they are called to the general assembly in Heaven (Heb. 12:23).

Mark 13:27 shows us that the Pre-Wrath Rapture is the same day as Mt. 24:31. It says, "then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the EARTH (the Pre-Wrath Rapture) to the uttermost part of HEAVEN" (those previously caught up in the Pre-Trib Rapture.

> > So it's clear from scripture that before the His angels gather us there will be tribulation but and in Mathew 24:21 it talks about a great tribulation.

The gathering of Mt. 24:31 is from one end of HEAVEN to the other. These have been caught up previously, before the Tribulation. To be caught up at the first "trump of God" (I Thess. 4:16), the virgins have to have enough oil of the Holy Spirit in their vessels (bodies). When the Bridegroom (Christ) comes for his Bride, only the wise virgins will go to Heaven with him. That is the 1st Rapture. At the 2nd Rapture, the foolish virgins will be taken to Heaven. All will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ that day.

In Luke 21:36, Jesus tells us, "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass (in the Tribulation), and to stand before the Son of man. The wise virgins are "accounted worthy." The foolish virgins are cut off.

Luke 12:46 says, "The lord of that servant (the foolish) will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder (lit., cut him off), and will appoint him his portion (the shortened Tribulation) with the UNBELIEVERS." Mt. 24:51 adds, "And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites (pretenders): there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The foolish virgin will be cast outside the door. Mt. 22:11-14 says, "when the king (Christ) came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment (i.e., white robe of righteousness): And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness (outside the door darkness), THERE SHALL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH. FOR MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN."

When will the CHOSEN ones attend the marrage feast? Rev. 17: 12-14 reveals this when it says, "the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet (i.e., it is before the Tribulation, for they are crowned when the Tribulation starts in Rev. 13:1); but receive power as kings ONE HOUR (hora, literally or figuratively, a day, hour, instant, season, i.e., the Tribulation) with the beast (the great red dragon). These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast (of Rev. 13:3-10). These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and THEY THAT ARE WITH HIM ARE CALLED, AND CHOSEN , AND FAITHFUL."

The "called, and chosen, and faithful," Bride is already with Christ, the Bridegroom, so the Pre-Trib Rapture has already taken place--before the HOUR, the Tribulation, arrives.

My hope has not been dashed. Rev. 3:10,11 explains, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience (hupomone, hopeful, constant, patient enduring, waiting), I also will keep thee from (ek, out of, as in Rev. 5:9; 7:14) the hour (hora, literally or figuratively, a day, hour, instant, season, i.e., the Tribulation) of temptation (peirasmos, trial), which shall come upon ALL THE WORLD, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly (at the Pre-Trib Rapture, Rev. 22:20): hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Darby translated Rev. 3:10 this way: "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee OUT OF the hour of trial, which is (at the Pre-Trib Rapture) ABOUT TO COME upon the whole habitable world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."

Isa 57:1 says, "The righteous perisheth (abad, escapes, vanishes, i.e., at the Pre-Trib Rapture), and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away (acaph, removed, evacuated), none considering that the righteous is taken away (acaph) from the evil (Tribulation) to come. He (the righteous) shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds (in Heaven, Psa. 150:5), each one walking in his uprightness. But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore" (i.e., the Tribulation is near). Agape

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