_________ September 01, 2016 _________

Philip didn’t go Up

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.  “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants?  For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Yeshua.

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.  Acts 8:26-40

This is the only recorded actual event showing ‘harpazo’ in the Bible… ‘harpazo’ meaning taken bodily away from a place by a supernatural means.  At least, that’s what the church told me, when I was growing up… I don’t have the time at the moment to look that up.  But look at that – Philip didn’t go ‘up’.  He was just sort of teleported.  Why am I pointing this out?  Because I’ve read some verses I don’t understand… but are making me wonder about the ‘rapture’ as the church taught it to me.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  Rev 12:6

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  Rev. 12:14

For as lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.  For wheresoever the caracase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.  Matt 24:27-28

These are all yet-unfulfilled prophecies (as far as I know)… and they have some things in common.  First, they all have nourishment already prepared at a God-given location.  They all refer to flight, or eagles.  They all also have underlying allusions to a place in the ‘wilderness’, or away from where they originally had been.

So the question that arises is… could the rapture be a sideways movement, instead of an upward one?

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  1. Megan Spencer

     /  September 1, 2016

    I have wondered if the prophesied second exodus is one and the same with the rapture. Some folks have an entire theology built around the second exodus and I’m not sure what to make of it.

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