Keith's Comments
Damascus-Rapture Connection?
Considering the escalating conflict in the Middle East, and the continued insertion of the city of Damascus, Syria into conversations regarding Israel’s eradication of Hezbollah, it appears there may be a direct correlation between the Rapture of the Church and the destruction of Damascus.

All information is in relation to the harvesting of crops in Israel to which the resurrections are based. So as you read, consider the following harvests:

The first fruits: Christ;

The harvest: the Rapture of the Church;

The gleanings: the Tribulation Saints.

The following Scriptures have the relevant portions bolded.

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Firstfruits And Sequence [Order] Of Resurrection

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." (1 Corinthians 15:20 KJV)

"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead." (1 Corinthians 15:21 KJV)

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV)

"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; [firstfruits] afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. [rapture]" (1 Corinthians 15:23 KJV)

"Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, [gleanings] even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." (1 Corinthians 15:24 KJV)

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Another Gleaning Reference

"And when ye reap the harvest [rapture] of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning [tribulation saints] of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 23:22 KJV)

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Damascus And The Rapture

"The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." (Isaiah 17:1 KJV)

"The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid." (Isaiah 17:2 KJV)

"The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts." (Isaiah 17:3 KJV)

"And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean." (Isaiah 17:4 KJV)

"And it shall be as when the harvest man gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim." (Isaiah 17:5 KJV)

"Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outermost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel." (Isaiah 17:6 KJV)

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The sequence of events would appear to be:

1. The destruction of Damascus by Israel (Isaiah 17:1);

2. Israel hated by the world for its’’ actions (Isaiah 17:4);

3. The Rapture of the Church (Isaiah 17:5);

4. The Tribulations Saints are left upon the earth who will come to Christ during Tribulation (Isaiah 17:6);

Upon obtaining this information I immediately presented it to my Pastor and Associate Pastor who are Independent Fundamental Baptist. They both agreed it appeared to be just as it read: There is a direct connection between the destruction of Damascus occurring first, and the Rapture of the Church occurring second at some later point.

We believe Damascus becoming a ""ruinous heap"" while the Church is still present on earth would result in the greatest witnessing tool since Israel became a nation in May 1948. God will use this fulfilled prophecy to gather the final members of His Church before calling them Home to glory.

If and when we see Damascus destroyed as a result of the current Middle East conflict, know that the appearing of our Lord in the Rapture is near, and we have but a short time to be a witness unto the nations. For those on other forums who are dismissing this idea, and they are, remember: The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.

May the Lord's Will be done, in Jesus' Name, amen!

Keith

07-22-2006

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