Background Image
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  103 / 232 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 103 / 232 Next Page
Page Background

In Daniel 12:1, nothing is mentioned about a translation (a

rapture) for those who are alive. But perhaps there is, for a male

child is snatched up to God at that time (Rev. 12:5). This male

child cannot be Christ as many believe, because He has already

ascended. The male child has to be Jewish because his mother

is Jewish—clothed with the sun. Jacob interpreted this symbol-

ism as being Israel (Gen. 37:9-11).

This male child

“…will rule the nations with an iron scep-

ter”

(Rev. 12:5). Since this is what is said about God’s Son

(Psalm 2:7-9), the Messiah—many believe it is Him, and Him

alone. But, the Messiah (Christ) addresses the churches in the

Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, which are clearly Jewish.

To the Church in Thyatira, He warns them of Jezebel, who led

the Jews to Baal with her sexual immorality and eating food

sacrificed to idols (Rev. 2:20). He tells those who are unwilling

to repent, that they will suffer

“great tribulation”

(Rev. 2:22,

KJV). However, He said those individuals who did not hold to

Jezebel’s teaching would not have that burden imposed on

them (Rev. 2:24), and that they would have authority over the

nations:

“He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash

them to pieces like pottery”

(Rev. 2:27).

So, we see that the male child will include the believing,

true Jews of the Church of Thyatira, and that they have re-

ceived a promise of escaping the great tribulation (others also

have been promised escape, in Rev. 3:10). Here we are shown

that there is merit in believing that there may be a rapture dur-

ing the middle of the tribulation. This makes a lot of sense, be-

cause these new Jewish believers will escape the greatest tribu-

lation—the time when God’s wrath is to become unbearable.

Surely, other Christians (non-Jewish believers or Gentiles) will

103