Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Rapture of The Man-Child

Revelation 12:5
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne."
The symbols seen in the heavens in Revelation 12 is a symbolic summery of History.  The Man-Child is Jesus and his being "Caught up to God" is at first glance an allusion to The Ascension.

The phrase "caught up" is the exact same one in the Greek text Paul uses in 1 Thessalonians 4.  Chuck Missler argues that this could also be an illusion to The Rapture, that it's not just Christ being "Caught up" here but his Body, The Church.  So this one detail of the summery of history jumps us from the The Ascension in 30 A.D. to The Rapture.

Revelation 2:26-27 actually backs up that ruling the nations with a Rod of Iron refer sot The Church as well as Jesus.

Chuck Missler is Pre-Trib, but I think The Rapture being alluded to here would suit Mid-Trib better.  Because verse 6 tells us that when The Woman (Israel) flees to her hiding place in the Wilderness, where she'll be protected for 1260 days is at this time.  That we know from Matthew 24 happens in the wake of The Abomination of Desolation.

Also the narrative of Revelation is between the two main places Mid-Tirbbers look to.  Chapters 11 and 14.

Mid-Trib is by no means dependent on this view, if it were I'd have addressed it earlier.  But it is an interesting observation.

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