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168 095 Now, there has been one rapture already past. Did you know that. Let--let's see if we can't read it right quick. Let's get Matthew the 27th chapter, and let's get about the 45th verse of the Matthew the 27th chapter. Let's see if we can't get that right quick and see if we can't get just a little bit out of this would help us right quickly: 27 and 45 I believe I got wrote down here. Let's read.
Now, from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth...
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, Lama, sabachthani? which is to say, My God,... why has thou forsaken me?
Some of them that stood by,... heard it, and said, This man calls... Elias.
And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink.
The rest said,... let us see whether Elias will come and save him.
Jesus, when he had cried... with a loud voice, yielded up... (A loud voice, loud voice, watch, when Jesus dying screamed with a loud voice...)... yielded up the ghost.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the did rocks rent;
And the graves were opened; and many of the bodies of... saints that slept arose,
And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Matthew 27:45-53
169 096 One rapture is passed. Three's happened in the Old Testament of them prepared who the Word of the Lord came to. See? The Word of the Lord came to Enoch. The Word of the Lord came to Elijah. He was a prophet. See? The Word of the Lord was Jesus. See?
Watch in the Old Testament, them Old Testament saints now when this rapture first taken place. Notice verse 50: His loud voice awakened the Old Testament saints just exactly like the loud voice wakened Jesus--or wakened Lazarus. See? The loud voice awakened. And the second is fulfilled in II Thessalonians the 4th chapter. Let's just take a read--read... We just read it a few minutes ago. See? "I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those that sleep, that you sorrow not, even..." That's I Thessalonians 4:12-18. That--that will be the second rapture. The second rapture will be the catching away of the Bride.
171 097 The Old Testament saints has gone into His Presence, paradise done away. And the Old Testament saints ascended up at His loud voice when He screamed and give up the ghost. Because why? The sacrifice, their propitiation of their sins that they'd waited on... Believing that perfect Lamb was coming, they'd offered the sacrifice of the lamb. And when He died and yielded up the ghost, He screamed with a loud voice, and the Old Testament saints awoke. Watch the shout and the voice over here, the same thing at His coming. See? Yielded up the ghost, and when He did the sacrifice was perfect, and paradise emptied out; and the Old Testament saints came to the earth again, walked around on earth, and entered in with Him at His rapture.
172 098 David said over there, "Lift up, ye everlasting gates, and be ye lifted up."
He led captive captive and give gifts unto men. When the Old Testament saints went in with Him, they said, "Who is this King of righteousness?"
"The Lord of glory, mighty in host--mighty host." Here they come in, marching. Jesus led captivity captive. And here He comes with the Old Testament saints, and the--went into the new gates up there, and said, "Lift up, ye everlasting gates, and be ye lifted up, and let the King of glory come in."
The voice come from the inside, said, "Who is the King of glory?"
"The Lord, mighty in battle." The gates flew open. And Jesus the Conqueror led captive captive them that had believed on Him, and the Word had come to them. There the Old Testament saints laying in there waiting. He led captivity captive, ascended on high, took the Old Testament saints, and went in. There's one rapture already passed.
The next rapture takes place is II Thessalonians for the church, the Bride, to be resurrected to be raptured into glory. "We which are alive and remain (That's the body that's left on earth.) will not prevent or hinder them which are asleep; for the trumpet of God shall sound first, and the dead in Christ shall rise. (See?) And we which are alive and remain shall caught up together with them."
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