And can this also be connected to the picture in Scripture of the Bridegroom and Bride coming for the wise virgins? “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to greet the Bridegroom and the Bride” (Matthew 25:1 Aramaic). Can the second coming of Jesus Christ come in two stages? First, the 144,000 spiritually pure bridal company are taken by God to be transfigured, like Enoch; and then the wise virgins? Selah.
By the way, I totally disagree with all rapture theory, which is escapism. There is no escapism in Scripture that I can find. The “rapture” is a rather recent theory, which was made up in 1830s by John Nelson Darby. When I say this, I am not eliminating the possibility (probability) of people being taken by God like Enoch was… but that is outside the doctrine of what I believe is the escapetology of the “rapture.” I get raptured every day when I ascend to be in and with Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 2:6).
The rapture theory all started with some visions given to Miss Margaret Macdonald where she saw that Christ is going to appear in two stages. I think what Miss Margaret saw was accurate, but not its interpretation. I believe that the 144,000 Bride made up of the children of Israel will be the first stage of the appearance of Christ. These 144,000 will be taken by God Himself, like Enoch, as the “firstfruits” of resurrection life (Rev 14:4). At the second stage, the Bridegroom (Yeshua) and the Bride (144000) will come back for the wise virgins.
Give em heaven!!!
~ Robin Main
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: FOR THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB IS COME, AND HIS WIFE HATH MADE HERSELF READY.
8 AND TO HER WAS GRANTED THAT SHE SHOULD BE ARRAYED IN FINE LINEN, CLEAN AND WHITE: FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS.
9 And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.
14 AND THE ARMIES WHICH WERE IN HEAVEN FOLLOWED HIM UPON WHITE HORSES, CLOTHED IN FINEN LINEN, WHITE AND CLEAN.
15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations; and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
~ Revelation 19:6-16 KJV