No Wrath For His Bride
For those “caught up” in the rapture debate, not to worry…
*Elijah was also “raptured” into heaven by a whirlwind (2 King 2:1, 11)
1. Israel’s restoration after Christ’s return disallows the false teaching of “replacement theology,” which insists that the Church forever replaces Israel as the priesthood/Light among nations. In truth, Israel will ultimately enjoy a place beside Christ and His Church as a distinct but equal entity sharing in the “priestly” rule of God’s Kingdom. Rev. 21:9-27 reveals the holy city (the Bride’s dwelling place prepared for her per John 14:2-3) as having twelve gates with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel inscribed on them, and also having twelve foundations inscribed with the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
That Israel’s identity is inscribed on the gates possibly represents the idea that it was through Judaism that Christianity came into the world, while the Church’s identity inscribed on the foundations is made explicitly clear in Ephesians 2:19-20, Luke 22:29-30, and Matthew 16:18-19.
2. The seven-year Tribulation refers to the final Judgment of God on Israel and an unrepentant world prior to Jesus Christ’s return to establish His Kingdom on earth. The most exhaustive prophecies recorded concerning this end-time Judgment are found in the book of Revelation, chapters 6-19. This time frame is also known as the Seventieth Week, a “week” being a span of seven years in relation to Judaic prophetic reckoning. Daniel 9:24-27 introduces this template with verse 27 describing the final or seventieth week that is, again, thoroughly expounded in Rev. 6-19.
3. See John 3:1-21