In an attempt to understand the Rapture (a term that is not biblical) Apostle Paul used the Greek Word “Harpazo” which means “to snatch away” or “to seize” faithful Believers in Christ. In brief, it is an event biblically described as being “taken up” in the air and to be with the Lord forever. This writer believes that there will be such an event – the Word is very clear on that. But what was questionable to this Believer was how and when this would happen. During prayer one day I asked the Lord to open my earthly understanding on this subject. No sooner was the question posed that a vision was then shown.
Suddenly I was shown, from an aerial view, my slow cooker on the kitchen counter. That is to say, I was up in the air and looking down into it. The glass lid had been lifted and hovered above the bottom part. The white ceramic bowl inside in which the food cooks had been lifted and removed. But the outside shell which was stained on the inside remained on the counter.
The kitchen counter represents a place of preparation. The slow cooker represents the tripartite body: Body, Soul and Spirit. Its function symbolizes the spiritual operation of gradual sanctification – the process of ‘being made white’. A process that involves fire or heat which is the power of the Holy Spirit made available through Jesus Christ’s finished work.
The stained outer shell represents the earthly flesh body and the top lid represents the earthly head – as spoken and confirmed yesterday. Both form part of one body – the corruptible body. A body that cannot be raised to inherit the kingdom of GOD. A body that returns to the dust of the earth from which it was made. It follows that only the soul and the spirit contained inside the slow cooker will be taken up. The soul is that part of ourselves that interfaces with the world and the Spirit: A part that can also be stained by the world. It symbolically resides inside the Spirit body (inside the white ceramic bowl). And just as food is transformed by the heat of the white bowl so it is that the soul is also sanctified and gloriously transformed by the fire of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is symbolically conducted through the electrical cord which is connected to the outlet which is the omniscient power of GOD. This is the mystery, the transformation which Apostle Paul long ago declared; obviously a scriptural truth he had studied in the Old Testament:
“Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Eccl. 12:6-7) …..“All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.” (Eccl. 3:20)
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1Cor. 15:50-54)
Apostle Paul further taught that when this “snatching away” occurs, faithful Believers who are still alive at that time will be gloriously transformed and taken up to be with the Lord forever. No doubt, there will occur a supernatural event that will allow this to happen even though the body is alive. As for the timing – no one knows with 100 percent accuracy when it will take place. Because of the uncertainty of the timing, it behooves us to be prepared at all times. Until then Believers who are in true covenant with GOD, are already experiencing a type of being raised up – no doubt this is the soul in its gradual stage of transformation before the final big event. (Eph. 2:6)
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:13-18)
Keep the Faith,