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Qumran and Three Men

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          Qumran is the place that one man disappeared from and no one saw him or knew what happened to him and where another man left and people saw him when he left. Then another man died but no body knew where he was buried, save the Lord. These three mysterious men are a picture of the coming of the Lord for the Church and the Second coming.

          Jude 14-15 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Nowhere in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation do you see where Enoch gave such a prophecy. It is not recorded in scripture, so where did Jude get that prophecy made thousands of years before by Enoch, whom the scripture tells us was a man who walked with God? He had a personal intimate relationship with the Lord that is unheard of, yet it was not given to him to write a book that would become part of the Word of God, Holy Writ. It is also obvious that there were other books written by men of God, as Enoch that we do not have as a part of our Bible today; books that other Bible writers had knowledge of and spoke of, though in this instance the source is not mentioned.

          In the Old Testament there are scriptures that mentioned the second coming or return of Jesus, before He came the first time as the Messiah and redeemer. Psalm 102:16 “When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his gloryZechariah 14:9, “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one

Zechariah, chapters 12 to 14, gives us a future history of Israel and Christ’s return to the Mount of Olives. Daniel saw the Ancient of Days and the Son of God, in Daniel 7:13-14, 22. “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed… 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom

There were prophecies all the way back from Enoch, the seventh from Adam and through the Old Testament that the Messiah would come to the earth to rule and reign. The Revelation of the Messiah coming as a king to the earth had been made known to the Old Testament prophets. Then when Jesus came and said he was their Messiah and Savior, that caused them to look at him according to what they were expecting at that time and so though many believed, many did not, including the leaders. Therefore because of Israel’s unbelief, that of their leaders in particular, the Gentiles were grafted into the covenant and something happened. A revelation that was hid from the foundation of the world was given to the Apostle Paul.

          After his conversion, many of the Jews tried to kill him in Damascus (Acts 22:12-24) and so he fled into the wilderness.

In Ephesians, Galatians and Romans, Paul talked about the mysteries of God hidden from the foundation of the world, revealed only to Paul, that he recorded in the New Testament, 6 mysteries.

The first book Paul wrote was 1 Thessalonians and in that book, 5 times, Paul mentions the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 3:13, 4:16-18, 5:2) “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

Paul said in that first letter there would be a catching away, we call the rapture. That word is not in the English translation of the Bible, but neither is the word trinity, but it is taught in the Bible. The word millennium is not in the Bible, but just the mention of a thousand years (which is a millennium by definition), in Revelation 20:2-7. “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison

The Word Demon is not in the English translation of the Bible, but the word demoni means to be possessed by a spirit. So the word rapture is an English word for what Paul describes not only in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 which we already quoted, but also Ephesians 1:9-10. “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him

So Paul reveals that the people of God will be gathered together in the fullness of times and Thessalonians tells us that it is comprised of two groups of people, those already dead in Christ and those alive and remaining when Jesus returns for the church, His bride.

          Galatians 1:16-17 “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia (the desert), and returned again unto Damascus.” Arabia is beyond Jordan in the area today called Saudi Arabia. But, Paul gets more specific in Galatians 4:23-26 speaking of Jerusalem and Mount Sinai and Arabia. “But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all

Why is that important? Moses received the commandments and law of God on Mount Sinai in Arabia. Why does Paul mention this? He is saying, when I went to the same mountain where Moses got the law and went to that same mountain, I came back with the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. The revelation of the rapture was revealed to Paul in the same place on the same mountain as Moses received the law. That is a very interesting fact.

          Everything in the New Testament that is a major prophetic event, Jesus first coming, dying and being raised from the dead, the Holy Spirit coming or Jesus’ second coming can either be found in the spring and fall feasts by pattern or they can be found in the patters of the first five books of the Bible. Is there a picture of the rapture in the Pentateuch or first five books of the Bible? Yes!

          Exodus 19 tells us that on the third day the people sanctified themselves. Exodus 19:14-15 “And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third dayHosea 6:2 says, “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” Then they set bounds and sanctified themselves. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 tells us that we are to sanctify ourselves. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

Exodus 19:16 “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.” In Exodus 19:19 it tells us that the sound of the trumpet got longer and louder. “And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.” This in the Hebrew is the Tekiah Hagadolah or “Great Blast”. There are four trumpet sounds and this is the longest and loudest of them that are sounded on the Feast of Trumpets.

The people at the base of the hill hear this trumpet sound. When Jesus comes back, we were told, it is with a shout, the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God. In Exodus 19 there was the trumpet of God and the voice of God and the trumpet of God and shout in 1 Thessalonians mirrors that.

Then we are told Exodus 19:20. “And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.” The trumpet and voice of God and then God came down and Moses went up. That is what happens at the rapture, The shout and sound of the trumpet, Jesus comes down or descends and the saints go up.

So in Exodus 19 on Mount Sinai where Paul got the revelation of the gathering together of the church, he got a preview of how, with a trumpet sound, God came down and Moses went up the mount to meet God. The picture and parallel is there.

          In the beginning, we spoke of three special men, Enoch, Elijah and Moses. God sets what will happen in the future through men, places and situations that are recorded earlier in history. I think we have not fully understood the import of Ecclesiastes 1:9. “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” That is God’s Word. So there is in scripture, somewhere, a pattern or example of all that is to come to pass. What will happen in the future has already happened, at least in type and shadow and written in the past.

          Genesis 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Enoch was walking with God and God took him and Hebrews 11:5 says he was translated. “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God

At 365years of age, he is out walking with God and he just disappears and is caught up alive into heaven. That is a picture of what will happen in the future. Jude 14 tells us that Enoch was the seventh from Adam. We have now completed 6 thousand years or 6 millennium and early in the 7th millennium there is going to be a rapture of the living saints, when Jesus comes with 10,000 of his saints. In this 7th millennium there will be a translation, a catching away, being changed in the twinkling of an eye, just what happened to Enoch.

          Lets look at Moses. There near Qumran is Mount Nebo in Jordan where Moses went up to see the Promised Land, because God would not let him enter. (Deuteronomy 34:1-7) “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated

There he saw the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and much more. Then God buried Moses in a valley near there. Deuteronomy 34:6 said no man knows where Moses was buried to this day. He represents the saints of God who die in Christ. Enoch represents the living saints alive when Jesus returns. Moses represents those who are in the ground, but they can’t find the body, the dead in Christ who will rise first and leave empty tombs.

Remember when Jesus rose from the dead? Matthew 27:52-53 “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” Many saints were raised from the dead. Moses represents those who are dead, whose bodies will disappear and they won’t know where they are either.

          But then there was the third man who was missing, Elijah. Jericho is only about 20 minutes from Qumran and it is where Elijah and Elisha saw the sons of the prophets and said now I have to go across the Jordan river. 2 Kings 2:4-8 “And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground

As Elijah is walking and Elisha is walking beside him, a chariot comes out of heaven and Elijah grabs hold of the chariot of fire and is catapulted up into heavens and Elisha is standing there where it happened. 2 Kings 2:11-12. “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.” Elijah threw his mantle to the ground and Elisha picked it up and crossed the Jordan river. Who does Elijah represent. 2 Kings 2:13-14 “He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over

We have seen that when Elijah went into heaven, the sons of the prophets were standing afar off and only saw a whirlwind of him going into heaven, but Elisha saw him disappear into heaven while he remained here on the earth. That is a picture of Revelation 7:4. “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel

This happens during the tribulation where these men are sealed in chapter 7, but then in Revelation 14:3 you see them in heaven on Mount Zion, not on the earth at the Temple Mount, but singing the song of Moses in Heaven with the lamb. “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth

Elisha represents a group of Jewish people, left after the rapture for another 3 ½ years. They crossed the Jordan, which is a picture of death or tribulation. Suddenly they are caught up alive and people know they are missing. Elisha knew Elijah was gone to heaven, but they had to remain and carry on. There will be a Jewish remnant that will remain but them be carried up in the middle of the tribulation. Another group will go to Petra, Jordan to be protected during the tribulation.

There are different views on this issue of the Rapture and the Tribulation and how and when what will happen. But are these three men a picture of what is to come, each representing a different part? The last one is the one most questioned. It is easy to see the first two and the picture of the dead in Christ and the living that are caught up together in the rapture in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. Some other verses are used to say that the rapture of the church is before the tribulation starts is 1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus ChristLuke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Revelation 3:10. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth

Yet that these are all referring in context to this same thing is of question, but they are applied that way. But this is one of the views of the rapture and tribulation. That the rapture will be at the beginning of the great tribulation, but then a group of Jews will be raptured in the middle of the tribulation after 3 ½ years and another group will go into Petra to be preserved from the wrath of the antichrist during the last half of the great tribulation. We know that all the things in the Old Testament are pictures and patters of what is to come, it is just a matter of understanding and being able to properly understand the patterns, cycles and seasons and numbers in the Word of God as they are revealed. Though the gospel is simple, there are things hidden deep within the scriptures, yet they are also simple in themselves, though hard to grasp because they are hidden mysteries and not things clearly revealed.

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