On what has come to be known as Palm Sunday, historians record
for us that Jesus entered into Jerusalem and presented Himself
as the long awaited Messiah.
Matthew 21:8-11 records that day for us thusly, "And a very
great multitude spread their garments on the road; others cut
down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then
the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out,
saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He
who comes in the name of the LORD!' "Hosanna in the highest!"
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved,
saying, "Who is this." So the multitudes said, "This
is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."
Most prophecy teachers believe that some time between Palm Sunday
and Jesus' crucifixion, less than a week later, the fulfillment
of the 69th week of Daniel 9:25-26 had been fulfilled. The Jews
as a nation had rejected their Messiah for the time being and
salvation by Christ was offered to people of every nation.
Someday in the very near future God has promised He will resume
fulfilling the prophecy of Dan. 9 and will complete the final
week of years left remaining (see Dan. 9:24 & 27). It will
be at the close of these final 7 years of sorrow and tribulation
that God will "seal up vision and prophecy."
Until that time two prophets of God will appear in Jerusalem
according to Revelation Chapter 11 and will prophesy one thousand
two hundred and sixty days during the final 7 years.
It is our opinion that the 3 ½ years that these two men
will be prophesying will be initiated during the first half of
the final 7 years. It is also our belief that the removal of
all true believers in Jesus Christ at the event known as the
Rapture (I Cor. 15:50-55) will take place before these two prophets
begin their incredible ministry in Israel.
The Holy week which begins with Palm Sunday concludes with the
celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection.
The resurrection of Jesus is equal in importance to His crucifixion.
While at His crucifixion Jesus paid for the sins of the world
by the shedding of His own blood as the atoning sacrifice - His
resurrection secured the victory for all He would one day resurrect
As the Apostle Paul recorded for believers in Romans 6:5, "For
if we have been united together in the likeness of His death,
certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection."
To have one's sins forgiven, then to be left in the grave is
not a victory. The victory is experienced when the eternal union
between man and God is restored as God originally intended.
This is the Blessed Hope promised in the Scriptures when Jesus
comforted those He addressed in John 5:25 we quote, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when
the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who
hear will live."
Jesus revealed by His words that the resurrection of believers
would take place in stages as is supported in I Corinthians 15:19-23.
The totality of all resurrected believers - wether during the
time of Christ, or at the Rapture, or at the start of the millennium,
or even the two prophets of Revelation 11 during the Tribulation
participate in what is called in the Scriptures "the first
resurrection" (Rev. 20:6).
All believers living today and all those that have died since
the time of Christ are on the very threshold of experiencing
their part in the first resurrection when Christ will glorify
them and meet them in the air to take them to His Father's House
in Heaven (I Thess. 4:15-18 & Jn. 14:1-3).
It is important to keep in mind that in these Scriptures the
promise is that Christ is going to gather believers in Tribulation
Rapture teachers erroneously teach.
This is just one incorrect teaching among many that insist that
this Rapture/Resurrection will not take place before the start
of the final 7 years. Many will support their view by quoting
Rev. 13:7 where we are told that the Anti-Christ will be granted
authority "to make war with the saints and overcome them."
They are of the errant belief that these Tribulation Saints who
are being overcome are the Saints which comprise the Church.
When one reads Revelation 3:10-13 we find evidence that these
overcome Saints could not possibly be the Church, but are believers
which came to Christ after the Rapture.
In Rev. 3:10 we read Christ's faithful words to His Church before
the Tribulation Period is to begin, "Because you have kept
My command to persevere I also will keep you from the hour of
trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who
dwell on the earth."
Obviously the Saints who are to be overcome by the Anti-Christ's
global tyranny are not the recipients of Christ's promise of
In the original Greek the phrase "Keep you from" literally
translates "out of and away from." The Church which
has persevered over the centuries of persecution must be removed
before the time of testing comes upon the earth during the final
Through the limitless vision of the Scriptures we can see into
the not too distant future when men, women and children will
be branded like animals and beheadings will replace protest gatherings
against capital punishment (Rev. 13 & 20:4).
Unsaved persons reviewing this message will experience this horrible
world of tomorrow firsthand. The redeemed who have heeded God's
call to salvation will be removed to Heaven before Jesus Christ
opens the first of 7 seals which initiates the arrival of the
Anti-Christ and the start of the final 7 years.
Revelation 5:9-10 gives us a glorious picture of the Church in
Heaven before the first of the 7 seals of the Tribulation Period
are opened in Rev. Chapter 6. This is a critical point. The scene
is taking place in Heaven where someone is singing to Jesus,
"You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals;
For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have
made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the
Only the Church has been redeemed to God by the blood of Jesus
Christ! If your Bible version uses the word "them,"
or states in the footnotes that the word "us" is not
found in the majority of the original or oldest manuscripts,
its assertion is demonstratively and verifiably wrong!
According to the research conducted by Dr. David Hockings, -
of the 24 original Greek manuscripts in existence which contain
this passage of Scripture - 23 contain the critical word "us."
Only 1 contains the word "them." It is the Church that
is seen in Heaven giving thanks for their redemption.
After seeing the Church in Heaven extolling Christ's worthiness
to open the 7 sealed scrolls, we find Jesus opening the first
seal in Rev. 6:1. This action of Christ sends forth the Anti-Christ
thus initiating the first 3 ½ years of the final 7 years
of the age.
It should be noted that Dr. Hockings has brought his research
findings concerning the manuscripts on Rev. 5:9-10 to the direct
attention of the author of the book titled, "The Pre-Wrath
Rapture of the Church." Dr. Hockings findings completely
remove one of the book's main supports for the author's conclusions
on pages 250-255 for a Tribulation period Rapture. No apology
or correction of this known error has ever been reported by recipients
of author Marvin Rosenthal's newsletters or magazines even though
Mr. Rosenthal acknowledged to Mr. Hockings that this fact would
have a major impact on His book.
There are those who believe Christ's coming may be years or decades
away. Most believe Christ will never come. We recommend you be
ready for Christ's coming today.
In Revelation 3:10 when Christ promised deliverance to those
who"persevere," the word persevere in the original
Greek is "hupomone" and means cheerfully or hopefully
waiting with continued patience.
Only those who know their sins are forgiven by their faith in
Jesus Christ and are assured that they will be caught up to be
with their Lord, produce the life of those commanded to live
in enduring hope and joy.
Our prayer is that you have this perseverance strengthening you
in your life. Put your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins this very moment and find joy in the promise of
the Lord's soon coming (Rev. 3:11). Then take a moment, read
Rev. 5:9-10 slowly and carefully and see yourself in heaven,
because you have kept His command.