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Die Wegraping 2

Die Wegraping 2

As ons na die Ou Testament kyk sal ons sien dat daar twee verskillende prentjies oor ons Messias – Redder en Verlosser – geskilder word. Die een is ‘n toneel van lyding (Jesaja 53:2-10, Psalm 22:6-11) en die ander toneel is van die heersende Koning (Psalm 2:6-12, Sagaria 14:9,16). Die rede hiervoor is dat Hy twee keer na die wêreld sal kom. Die eerste keer was die lydende en verwerpte Messias (ongeveer 2000 jaar gelede) en die tweede keer as die heersende Koning (in die toekoms).

In die Nuwe Testament sien ons ook twee tonele, alhoewel dit een koms is wat verdeel is in twee fases bv. ‘n persoon wat halfpad na sy eindbestemming oornag, kom nie twee keer nie. Dit is een reis opgedeel in twee fases. Die eerste fase sal die wegraping wees en die tweede fase die wederkoms. Daar is baie verskille tussen die twee fases nl. die wegraping en die wederkoms. Ons moet seker maak dat ons nie die twee verwar nie.

Wegraping Wederkoms
Jesus kom om die kerk te haal. Johannes 14:1-3, 1 Thessalonicense 4:14-17 1 Jesus kom saam met die kerk. Kollosense 3:4, Sagaria 14:5, Judas 1:14, Openbaring 19:14
Ons sal Hom in die lug ontmoet. 1 Thessalonicense 4:13-18 2 Jesus sal Sy voet op die aarde neersit. Sagaria 14:4, Openbaring 19:11-21
Die wat glo sal weg geneem word. Die wat nie glo nie sal agterbly. 1 Thessalonicense 4:13-18 3 Die wat nie geglo het nie sal weggeneem word. Die wat gered is tydens die verdrukking sal agterbly. Mattheus 13:28-30
Slegs wedergebore christene sal Hom sien. 1 Johannes 3:2 4 Elke oog sal Hom sien. Openbaring 1:7
Kan enige oomblik gebeur. Openbaring 3:3, 1 Thessalonicense 4:14-6 5 Dit gebeur aan die einde van die 7 jaar verdrukking. Daniël 9:24, Mattheus 24:29-30, 2 Thessalonicense 2:3-8
Gebeur in ‘n oogwink. 1 Korinthiers 15:51-54 6 Almal sal Hom sien kom. Dit is ‘n stadige proses. Mattheus 24:30, Openbaring 1:7
Jesus kom nie op ‘n wit perd nie. 7 Jesus kom op ‘n wit perd. Openbaring 19:11
Doel is om die kerk aan God voor te stel. Openbaring 19:6-9, 2 Korinthiers 11:2 8 Doel is om te oordeel en Sy koningkryk op aarde te vestig. Judas 1:14-15, Openbaring 19:11-21, Sagaria 14:3-4
Die wegraping is slegs vir die kerk. 1 Thessalonicense 4:13-18 9 Die wederkoms is vir die geredde Jood en die wedergebore nie-Jood. (“Gentile”)

Die tradisionele Joodse troue help ons ook om God se plan met die mensdom beter te verstaan.

Deel 1 Die Messias en die Joodse Troue
Erusin or Kiddushin – Betrothal or Engagement

1. Once a bride and bridegroom enter into this initial phase of marriage they are considered married. This period lasts from one to two years. In Jewish custom, it was binding. It was so binding that it could not be broken without a orthodox divorce.

The Arrangement:

The groom’s father [God/YHVH] made and approved choice of the bride. In traditional Jewish customs, marriages were arranged by their fathers.

The Groom’s Promise: Tenaim – Conditions:

The Groom makes a covenant or contract promise. The Ketubah is a document that is used for the purpose of assuring a bride will be provided for. Once this document was signed and witnessed by two people then it was binding and the couple was considered married. Drink the cup of wine to seal the covenant. Kiddush Groom pays a price to show he is serious.; today the wedding ring is used for this purpose.
Groom’s speech of promise to his bride that he would come to claim her soon, this is the Engagement Promise.

A Covenant Relationship –

God made a New Covenant with Israel and Judah to replace one He made with Moses. Yeshua drank cup of redemption at Passover. Yeshua paid the bride price of redemption for us on the cross.
Jeremiah 31:31
Matthew 26:27-29,
1 Corinthians 6:20 John 14:2-3
3. Groom Prepares a Place for His Bride: Chuppah

Groom prepares a bridal chamber where they stay for seven days. He works on it until it pleases his father. Then he may go after his bride. The Chuppah canopy is derived from this type of a bridal chamber. Yeshua tells us that He does not know when He will come; only His Father knows. We must be alert and ready! For, He is preparing our place now. Be alert: Be ready: Do all He asks while you’re here. Develop an active prayer life. Offer yourself in ministry opportunity. Keep ourselves from doubt and failure.
John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
[Yeshua is in Heaven preparing a place for His bride] [Also have a look at the numbers – God/YHVH is PERFECT. Plus Minus 2 years/2000 years. Then He will come to fetch His bride]
4. Waiting for up to two years –for the bridegroom to come for the bride.

As John the Baptist was filled with joy when he saw Yeshua, so we too shall be filled when we join Yeshua in the heavenly bridal chamber. Some liken those 7 days in the chamber to the 7 year tribulation period which we will spend not in agony on earth, but in bliss in heaven. Then we will return as the wife, not the Bride.

[According to this Yeshua will come to fetch His Bride BEFORE the Tribulation and they will be in the Heavenly Bridal Chamber for 7 days/7 years. The Bride will not [R] not be part of the Tribulation at all. Then only will Yeshua come back AFTER the 7 days, with his WIFE, and then will He clean this earth WITH His wife.]

Part 2 Nisuin or Chuppah – Ceremony or Nuptials

The word Nisuin means “to lift up” or “carry” [Rapture]. Lifting up the bride is an ancient wedding custom of carrying the bride to the ceremony in a carriage lifted by poles. Although seldom done today, the ceremony bears the name. The Chuppah is not only related to the bridal chamber, it is also “lifted” by poles like the ancient carriage. The custom of lifting the bride and now the groom in chairs is rooted in this processional. Due to the expense of having two ceremonies.

5. The Mikvah – Ritual Immersion –

Today, the Jewish Bride and event the Groom are immersed in a ritual pool of Mayim Chaim, Living Water, known as a Mikvah. The Mikvah is a pool of water that has a source and exit stream. A river, lake, or sea is a natural mikvah. A man made pool could work as well if there is a constant inflow and exit drain. In the Torah, women were immersed for various reasons such as their monthly menstrual cycle. The immersion is a requirement for Gentile converts to Judaism. The Mikvah was not a ritual started by John the Baptist. This is an ancient Jewish practice dating back to the time of Moses.
Remember John, the Baptist…. He was Jewish. The act of Baptism or immersion did not begin as a Christian concept. It is rooted in the Jewish cleansing rituals from the Torah. It had been a practice of the priests to wash or immerse themselves. John’s baptism itself is probably best understood as an adaptation of Jewish ritual washings, with some influence from Qumran in particular.
John’s baptism was primarily a baptism of repentance (Mt. 3:11; Mk. 1:4; Lk. 3:3; Acts 13:24; 19:4).

6. The Bride Waits:

While the groom builds the new home, the bride waits and wears a veil. This shows she belongs only to the groom. She prepares for her wedding by making blankets, etc. She also shows gratitude to her family for raising her and she mends hurt relationships. No matter what, she had to be ready because he would come at night. We must do His will in our daily lives. We must be committed to our ministries at home and Body of Believers. We must heal wounded relationships and express our agape love to each other.
We must exhort! Yeshua tells us that He will come like a thief. So, we must be living “His Love” at all times. The Body of Believers, too, is veiled. The world is not sure who the Body of Believers is. When we go, it will know. 2 Corinthians 11:2 Luke 19:13 1 Corinthians 13:1 Luke 12:40

7. Kittel – The Wedding Garment:

The Kittel is a white robe, it looks somewhat like a bathrobe. It is a garment worn at Passover. It is also warn by the Groom at a wedding. The word Kittel is rooted in the Hebrew word Katal – To Slay. A garment worn by priests during certain sacrifices such as Passover or Yom Kippur Sacrifice. In Biblical times the kittel was warn by all the men attending the wedding.

The Parable of the Wedding FeastMatthew 22:11-12 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’

8. The Bridesmaids:

Unmarried friends who attend the to bride and provide light for the groom who comes at night. This is a traditional custom for friends to light havdalah candles in the processional or during the veiling ceremony. Light is a symbol of God’s presence, the Shekinah Glory.

We prepare the bride in our ministry to each other. We groom her. We must be ready in our service and not run out of power or conviction as the bridesmaids did. Parable of the Ten Virgins – Matthew 25:1-13

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”

9. The Bridegroom Comes:

The groomsmen would run ahead of the groom sound the Shofar, and shout that he was coming. While the father’s head was turned, the groom would steal the bride. The wedding party then went back to the groom’s house to meet the guests. The angel, Gabriel, will blow the trumpet of God, and Yeshua will come like a thief to snatch away His Bride. When we arrive in Heaven, a host of people will be waiting for us.
John 3:29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

10. The Bridal Chamber – Chuppah

The bride and groom enter the bridal chamber where the marriage is consummated. The party waits outside until the groom tells the best man that it is consummated. Then, the guests rejoice for 7 days. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the Shofar, trumpet of God. And the dead in Messiah will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

11. The Kiddush-

The shared cup of wine is a simcha, joy, at a Jewish Wedding. When the bride drinks from the cup after the bridegroom it is a sign that she is accepting the covenant he has signed during the Ketubah signing.

Blessing of the Cup:

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheynu Melech Ha-Olam Borey P’ree Hagafen.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine. Amen.
Yeshua’s first miracle was turning water into wine at a Jewish wedding. – John 2
Matthew 26:27-29 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

The Seven Wedding Blessings

1. Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has created everything for His glory.
2. Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has created mankind.
3. Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has made mankind in thy image, in the image of thy likeness and prepared for him – from himself – a building for eternity.
4. Blessed are You, O Lord, who fashioned the mankind.
Bring intense joy and exultation to the barren one through the ingathering of her children amidst her in gladness. Blessed are You, O Lord, Who makes Zion joyful through her children. Gladded the beloved companions as You gladdened Your creature in the Garden of Eden. Blessed art thou O Lord, who makes the bridegroom and the bride rejoice.
5. Blessed art thou, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, Who created joy and gladness, groom and bride, mirth, glad song, pleasure, delight, love, brotherhood, peace and companionship. O Lord, our God, let there soon be heard in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the groom’s jubilance from their canopies and of youths from their song-filled feasts.
6. Blessed are You, Who gladden the groom with the bride.
7. Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.

13. Breaking of the Glass – A symbol of the destruction of the Temple.

Also a sign that the covenant broken can not be put back together.
The Temple was destroyed in the year 70 A.D.
A Traditional end to a Jewish wedding serves as a reminder of the fragility of life, even during the most joyous of celebrations. Life is fragile. We break this glass as a symbol of our past. In the theater that say go break a leg. In a Jewish wedding we break a glass. Forgiveness is an end to a shattered past. As the Groom smashes the glass everyone will shout Mazel Tov! Which means Good Fortune, may your lives here on out not be shattered, but full of fortune and joy.

14. Married Life Begins:

New couple goes to the father’s home to begin married life.
We too, will go to the Father’s house for the Marriage Feast of The Lamb, then go with The Messiah in His reign in His kingdom here on earth for 1,000 years.

15. Yichud –

Seclusion- After the Wedding Ceremony the Bride and Groom now retreat to a private room to enjoy one another. This is a time of togetherness before the great feast that awaits them.

Revelation 19:5 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!’

Ons leef vir ongeveer 2000 jaar al in die genade of kerk dispensasie. Dit het met die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees op pinksterdag begin.(Handelinge 2). Dit sal met die wegraping tot einde kom. Die Here neem dan Sy kinders van die aarde af weg om Hom in die lug te ontmoet. Die Griekse woord wat hier gebruik word is HARPAZO – dit beteken skielik, oombliklik wegruk, skoonveld in ‘n oogwink. Die woord Harpazo word ook in Openbaring 4:1, Openbaring 12:5 en 1 Thessalonicense 4:17 gebruik. Hulle sal dan voor die Bhema regterstoel van God verskyn waar hulle werke getoets sal word en sal loon ontvang. Dit is hier waar jy tot 6 krone kan verwerf as beloning vir jou werk op aarde.

Die wat op die aarde agterbly sal die groot verdrukking ervaar want die kerk en die Heilig Gees wat die teëhoudende faktor is sal dan weg wees. Daar sal ongekende verwoesting en genadelose pyn op die aarde wees. Daarna sal die wederkoms plaasvind. Jesus sal sy voete op die Olyfberg neersit en sal deur die ooste poort na die herboude Tempel gaan.

Kom ons kyk wat sal alles tydens die wegraping plaasvind.

1 Thessalonicense 4:13-18

13 Maar, broeders, ek wil nie hê dat julle onkundig (Geen mens moet in die duister wees nie.) moet wees met betrekking tot die ontslapenes (dooie mense) nie, sodat julle nie treur soos die ander wat geen hoop het nie. 14 Want as ons glo dat Jesus gesterwe en opgestaan het, dan sal God ook so die wat in Jesus ontslaap het, (gesterf het) saam met Hom bring. 15 Want dit sê ons vir julle deur die woord van die Here, dat ons wat in die lewe oorbly (lewendig) tot by die wederkoms van die Here, die ontslapenes (dooie mense wat met Jesus gesterf het) hoegenaamd nie sal vóór wees nie. 16 Want die Here self sal van die hemel neerdaal met ‘n geroep, met die stem van ‘n aartsengel en met geklank van die basuin van God; en die wat in Christus gesterf het, sal eerste opstaan. 17 Daarna sal ons wat in die lewe oorbly, saam met hulle in wolke weggevoer (Harpazo – skoonveld, oommbliklik) word die Here tegemoet in die lug; en so sal ons altyd by die Here wees. 18 Bemoedig mekaar dan met hierdie woorde.

Kom ons kyk hoe Jesus Sy bruid gaan kom haal.

Jesus sal persoonlik uit die hemel neerdaal. 1 Thessalonicense 4:16 Jesus kom om sy bruid te haal. Hy stuur nie iemand ander om Sy bruid te gaan haal nie. Hy kom self om Sy bruid te haal.

Die basuin sal blaas. 1 Thessalonicense 4:16. Die basuin of Shofar speel ‘n belangrike rol in die meeste Joodse gebeure of rituele. Moses het die gebruik van basuin op bevel van God ingestel. Dit was bv gebruik om ‘n vergadering van die volk by een te bring of om die laer op te breuk. Numerie 10:2. As die hemelse basuin nou blaas is dit om al die gelowiges bymekaar te roep om die Here in die lug te ontmoet, nie op die grond nie.

Jesus sal neerdaal met ‘n geroep. 1 Thessalonicense 4:16. As ons na die gelykenis van die 10 maagde kyk in Mattheus 25:6 sal ons sien dat daar ook ‘n geroep was vir die gaste om die bruidegom te ontmoet. Jesus sal heel waarskynlik roep: “Kom op hierheen” soos in Openbaring 4:1-2. Nie almal sal hierdie roepstem van Jesus hoor nie, maar slegs die wat Sy stem ken.

Die eerste opstanding sal plaasvind.1 Thessalonicense 4:16. Dit beteken dat die wat hulle bekeer het voor hulle gesterf het opgewek sal word uit die dode. Hulle sal dan opgeruk word na die hemel en so sal die wat nog leef en wedergebore christene is ook opgeneem word. Almal wat in die wegraping gered word sal verheerlikde liggaame kry. Dit is ‘n liggaam soos Jesus gehad het na Sy opstanding uit die dode.

Die wegraping is nie iets nuut nie. Die Here het dit al in die Ou Testament gedoen. Hy het vir Henog weggeneem. (Gen 5:24) en so ook vir Elia (2 Konings 2:11). In die Nuwe Testament sien ons dat Jesus ook vir Fillipus in ‘n oogwink weggevoer het (Handelinge 8:39-40). In ‘n oogwink was hy in ‘n ander dorp waar hy gepreek het. Die enigste verskil sal wees dat dit hierdie keer miljoene mense sal wees en nie net enkelinge nie. Prys die Here daarvoor.

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