"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." 1 Thessalonians 4:17
We want to show you with these verses that we shall be caught up in the air by angels who shall carry us up. We will not fly, vanish, or float away. There are Angels that come with the Son of Man (Christ Jesus) in the clouds and they are sent to the four corners of the Earth to gather His people at the end of the world.
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:30, 31
"And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." Mark 13:26,27
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory" Matthew 25:31
"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels" 2 Thessalonians 1:7
We have established that the angels shall appear with the Lord Jesus at His coming. When Jesus returns, He shall be seen by the whole world and take His throne. Every rapture verse you will find will not show that there is any discreet or "secret rapture" but only speaks of a wonderous and thunderous showdown when the Son of Man appears in the cloud. Every eye shall see Him and know that He is Lord. There is no "halfway" second coming, or third coming. When Jesus returns, all of this shall occur.
We also want to establish that the 144,000 is a symbolic number of Spiritual Israel squared which actually represents an innumberable amount of people. The 144,000 are those who are truly saved, who have been washed by the blood of the lamb, who are found without fault before the throne because of Jesus Christ, and they were redeemed from the Earth. We are that 144,000.
Introduction of the 144,000 (symbolic number): Read Revelation chapter 7
Verse 1 shows that there are Angels standing at the four corners of the Earth,
Verse 3 shows that they seal the servants of God on their foreheads.
Verse 4 shows there were 144,000 sealed (144,000 is a symbolic number since Revelation is filled with symbolic numbers. We see twelve tribes that are of Spiritual Israel and it is squared)
Verse 9 shows these are actually innumberable people worshipping the Lamb from many nations and languages.
Verse 13 and 14 show the "144,000" are those who have come out of the great tribulation and were made pure in the blood of the lamb (saved believers).
Verse 15 to 17 show their salvation through Jesus Christ.
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
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.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Revelation 14:1-5
These verses show that those who were sealed in Revelation 7 were sealed with the Father's name on their foreheads. We see that these people were the ones that were redeemed from the Earth (caught up in the air). We see here that these people are undefiled and pure because they are saved. When we are saved and washed in the blood of the lamb, then we are undefiled and without blemish. We are the 144,000 (spiritual Israel) that were redeemed from the Earth and undefiled.
When they are undefiled, they are undefiled by women. Why? The Bible calls the filth and the false religions the "whore." We are those who are undefiled by the whore. Immediately after verse 5 in Revelations 14, it explains what happens to those who have been defiled by the whore of Babylon and those who have "fornicated" with her. True believers and followers of Christ will not follow after the world and the whore. We shall be without fault before the throne of God because we have the blood of the Lamb.
The Parable of the Wheat and Tares (read Matthew 13)
*(very important parable)*
Verse 24 shows the Kingdom of Heaven is a man which sowed good seed in his field,
Verse 25 shows the enemy sowed tares (evil people) amongst the wheat (God's people),
Verse 29, 30 shows that God allowed the tares to grow alongside with the wheat, so that the wheat would not be rooted up (destroyed), so both live alongside with each other until the time of the harvest is come. The wheat shall enter His barn, while the tares are cast aside to be burned.
"Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." Matthew 13:36-43
The key is that the Harvest is at the END of the world, the reapers are the Angels which "catch" them up into the air to be with the Lord, and He shall divide the wheat from the tares, and the sheep from the goat. Those who follow the enemy shall be burned at the harvest, and those who follow God shall enter His Kingdom (barn).
"So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord." Matthew 13:49-51
I hope this helps us take a closer look to what will occur at the end of the world. The harvest is coming. The reapers are waiting. Are you ready?