Rapture No. 5 was the rapture of millions of people who received Jesus as their Savior sometime during the 7 year Tribulation. The Bible refers to them as the Great Multitude. But how did they hear the Gospel if believers had already been raptured before the Tribulation began?
The answer is a special group of people that God uses to evangelize Israel which then turned into the greatest revival the world has ever known. Who are these people?
Today, in this lesson we will learn who they are, but also what they have to do with Rapture No. 6.
Podcast No. 8 – The 6th Rapture in the Bible
Hello! This is Val Black and welcome once again to Bible Prophecy.
In Jesus’ Name I hope and pray you are doing well and staying safe from the pandemic, which is a plague from the pits of Hell. Well now, let’s begin our study for today.
In previous podcasts, I went into detail explaining that the first versions of the Bible were in agreement that the Antichrist would not be revealed before the Rapture of the Church.
In the last podcast we learned that Rapture no. 5 was the Great Multitude of people saved during the Tribulation. They had been evangelized by 144,000 born-again Jews and then were taken to heaven.
After the church is raptured there will be a lot of confusion for those who were left behind. The Antichrist will be revealed as a man with great influence who will have an answer to the disappearance of millions of people. It will probably sound like this, “The ones who were preventing us from having a beautiful, unpolluted world have been removed by an act of God. A great future lies before us now.”
But some of the people who were left behind will be evangelized by 144,000 born-again Jews who live a pure lifestyle and reject the ways of the world. A great revival will take place. This will happen during the 7 years of the Tribulation.
You may be wondering how we know there will be 7 years of Tribulation? That will be the study for a later podcast of Daniel chapter 9. For now, let’s assume the Tribulation will last 7 years.
After the Rapture of the Church, the Antichrist will make peace between Israel and its enemies. But about 3 1/2 years later he will change nature. There will be no more “mister nice guy”. He will begin to persecute not only the Jews but anyone who accepts Jesus as Savior. Many of them will become martyrs for their faith but at one point, God will take a Great Multitude of them to heaven. The Great Multitude is Rapture No. 5.
Today we are blessed to be living in a period of God’s grace called the Church Age. It is a time Christians are to take the Gospel message to the world. We can send missionaries to most parts of the world without fear of them being killed for their faith. But that is changing. After the Rapture, every person who becomes saved will risk their life for sharing the Gospel.
The Antichrist will force people to take a mark on their foreheads or hands to authorize them to buy, sell, or trade. But the people who are saved will reject the mark.
It will be an extremely hard time for people during the Tribulation, especially for those people who were left behind at the Rapture but are saved during the Tribulation.
Now let’s look at Rapture no. 6. If you have your Bible, turn to Revelation 7, verses 1 to 4,
From the New King James Version, “After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:”
Some people would say the 144,000 are Jehovah’s Witnesses, 7th Day Adventists, or some other group of people. But in Revelation 7, verse 4, it’s talking about the 144,000 being sealed on their foreheads as followers of Jesus. Verse 4 says,
“And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:”
We should underline the words “children of Israel” to remind us they are all Jews. Also, in Revelation chapter 7, verses 5 through 8 it gives the names of the tribes of Israel.
The term, “Jew” comes from the name of the tribe, “Judah”. has been associated with Israel since Old Testament times, ever since the Babylonian captivity in 606 B.C.
Another religious group believes the tribes of Israel migrated to England at some point in time and the 144,000 are Englishmen and even Americans.
But Revelation 7 says they are “of all the tribes of the children of Israel”. These are definitely Jews.
Now, how do we know the 144,000 are raptured? Let’s look back at Revelation 7, verse 1,
From the New King James Version, “After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.”
Note that it says the four angels are standing at the four corners of the earth. They are not in heaven.
Now let’s read verses 2 to 4,
“Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:”
It goes on to name the different Jewish tribes they are chosen from and says an angel arrived from the East. In heaven, there isn’t a North, South, East, or West. That is only on earth. So, the angel sealed the foreheads of the 144,000 Jews while they were on earth.
Now let’s go to Revelation chapter 14, verses 1 to 5:
First, let’s read verse 1,
“Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.”
The Lamb in this verse is Jesus. At some point in time toward the end of the Tribulation, the work of the 144,000 Jews will be finished, and Jesus will descend from heaven to Mount Zion.
Now, what, and where is Mount Zion?
Psalm 87, verses 2 and 3 say, “The Lord loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God!”
Zion is the “city of God”. It’s the city that God loves, Jerusalem. Mount Zion is a hill in Jerusalem. Originally, on the S.E. part of the hill is where David built his home and fortress. It’s the same hill where David’s son, Solomon, built the Temple.
I should mention here that during the 7 years of Tribulation on earth God is dealing with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. It was God’s original intention for the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in other words, the Jews, to be the people of God who tells the rest of the world the Good News of the arrival of the Messiah, the One Who came to earth to redeem man.
But at the time of Jesus riding into Jerusalem to be received as the true Messiah, He was rejected by the Sanhedrin, which was the ruling body of the Jews at that time. The Sanhedrin was made up of two classes of religious Jews. One was the Pharisees and the other was the Sadducees. The High Priest and chief priests at that time were Sadducees and they held the majority. For the most part, the Pharisees represented the lower class of people. But neither one accepted Jesus as the Messiah.
The common people adored Jesus and that is why the Sanhedrin planned to arrest Jesus in the middle of the night as they believed there would be a riot among the common people if they did it in the daytime.
This is proven by Matthew 26, verses 1 to 5.
“Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2 "You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified." 3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. 5 But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people."
I mention this to make a very important point. You have probably heard it said that the Jews killed Jesus. That they worshipped Him one day and the next day they killed Him.
Well, that’s not the case. As it says in the verses that I just read from Matthew 26, the high priest and others plotted the arrest in the dark of night to prevent the common people from rioting because they loved Jesus. Understand this, please: the high priest, Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes, could see their positions being challenged by this Man, Jesus. Jesus had won over the majority of the common people who believed in Him by faith. The Pharisees, Sadducees, etc., didn’t understand, the “Grace” of God. Besides, the Sadducees ruled over the sales of the animals sold for the sacrifices. If that was to stop their whole world would come tumbling down. So, hired people to give false testimony of Jesus. They are the ones who called for Jesus to be crucified. So, they crucified Jesus thinking that would be the end of it. Well, surprise, surprise!
Now, back to the 6th Rapture. So, here’s the picture. In Revelation chapter 7, 144,000 born-again Jews are gathered on the temple mount with Jesus while they are being sealed on their foreheads.
What is the purpose of them having their foreheads sealed? Ephesians 1:13 says when we accept Jesus as our Savior we are “sealed” with the promise of the Holy Spirit Who now takes up residence within us. It is the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence to help us to become more and more like Jesus.
The Book of Revelation, chapter 13, tells about a “beast” rising from the out of the earth. The beast is who we know as the Antichrist. He will make it impossible for anyone to buy, sell, or trade if they do not take his seal on their forehead or hand. The 144,000 are sealed by God so they will not take the seal of the Antichrist.
Now, let’s continue with verses 2 to 5 of Revelation, chapter 14.
“2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.”
Now the scene has turned from the earth to heaven. The 144,000 have been Raptured.
It says angels are playing harps and singing a new song. What is the “new song”?
Revelation, chapter 5 tells about 24 Elders and four living creatures singing a new song. I’ll read it from verses 9 and 10,
“And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."
We don’t know for sure but this is probably the same song being sung by the 144,000 in Revelation 14.
So, here is an overview: In Revelation, the 144,000 Jews are on earth and are joined by the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Then they are sealed on their foreheads by an angel.
In the meantime, the Tribulation has already started. The Antichrist is ordering everyone to receive his mark on them. But the 144,000 Jews are already marked, or sealed, by God.
Then the 144,000 change locations, from earth to heaven.
In verses 4 and 5 of chapter 14, it says,
These (meaning the 144,000 Jews) are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.”
While on earth and during the Tribulation, these 144,000 Jews are dedicated to Jesus. They have probably taken vows of abstinence from having intimate relationships with women and even while being persecuted they spend all their time spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Great Multitude of people mentioned in Revelation 7 is probably evangelized by the 144,000 Jews.
Then we are told in Revelation chapter 14 Jesus comes down from heaven to Mt. Zion, which is the temple mount in Jerusalem. There He will take the 144,000 to heaven.
Before this has happened, the Church has already been raptured and has gone before the Judgement Seat of Christ. I haven’t mentioned the Judgment Seat in previous podcasts.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
The Judgment Seat of Christ is also known as the Bema Seat. The name Bema Seat is not in the Bible, but the Greek word for judgment seat is bema seat. So the term is used to describe the time when we will all go before Jesus and give an account of our lives.
There will be another Judgement later called the Great White Throne Judgement. That is found in Revelation chapter 20. That will be a time God will judge those who rejected Jesus as their Savior.
At the Judgment Seat of Christ we will not be judged to determine if we are qualified for heaven. That was settled when we put our faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus on our behalf at Calvary.
At the Judgment Seat, every believer will go before Jesus. We may be surprised to learn then how perfect records were kept of our every action and every word spoken. I don’t believe that includes the things we did before being saved because they are forgiven and forgotten by God.
Hebrews chapter 8, verse 11,
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
That’s why the Gospel is called the “Good News”.
But at the Judgment Seat we will have to give an account of ourselves for actions and words after being saved and rewards will be given or denied for each event or word.
So we should not see the Judgment Seat of Christ as God judging our sins, but a time when God will reward us for the lives we have lived after salvation but most importantly, when we live with Jesus as our Lord.
A lord is someone with authority and control over others. In ancient times a lord over someone could be cruel to a subordinate. But we have the Holy Spirit in us to gently remind us of Who our Lord is.
We are not our own anymore when we accept Jesus. We have taken on a new Father in God, a new Spirit by the Holy Spirit and a new Brother in Jesus by the Blood He shed when He cut a new covenant on the cross.
In the 70’s and 80’s the phrase, “Jesus is Lord” was popular. You do not see or hear of it much today, which is a mistake. It’s not a fad and does not go out of style depending on what the market tells us what is fashionable from one year to the next.
After becoming born-again my father made me a copper sign saying, “Jesus Is Lord”. I’m not saying I live the perfect life with Jesus as my Lord, but I try and I know you do also.
I hung the sign up at the door of my business so people would know where I stood before they entered the shop. Dad has been gone a long time, but I am hoping his sign will be passed down from generation to generation after I’m gone and I hope others will know what it means.
Well, my time is up. In conclusion for today, let’s review what we’ve learned so far about the 7 Raptures.
Rapture no. 1 was Enoch. No. 2 was Elijah. No. 3 was Jesus when He ascended to heaven. No. 4 will be the Church of Jesus Christ which could happen any day. No. 5. Will be the Great Multitude of believers who will be evangelized by 144,000 born-again Jews. Rapture number 6 will be when Jesus takes the 144,000 born-again Jews to heaven, sometime near the end of the Tribulation.
Next time we will learn about the last Rapture, Rapture no. 7. Until then, remember to pray Psalm 91 daily for protection, and may God bless you.