The anointing the apostle John speaks about—that which is embedded deeply within believers and that which teaches them all truth—is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This empowering, edifying, and supernatural baptism (believers’ spiritual edge) also is called the Holy Spirit’s Filling, which may or may not happen the moment believers receive their salvation.
I am a divorced woman, and I have been divorced for 18 years. I did not want a divorce; nevertheless, here I am feeling once again like I lost my soulmate. Sadly, every August 13th—as well as at least 5 days leading up to it and 2 or 3 days after it—I suffer from a deep sense of loss that cannot be avoided no matter how hard I try.
Life has proven to me that the chief ways God works all things together for my good are through His best-laid plans and divine timing. This revealed truth has made all the difference. Intimately knowing and trusting in the One who works all things together for my good has helped me to become physically, emotionally, and spiritually content with everything.
The only English definition of Rapture that should matter to believers in Christ Jesus is: “The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven, by supernatural means.” The second issue that should matter to believers in Christ Jesus is whether or not there is a solid precedent for future Raptures, mainly the Rapture of the Bride of Christ. The Word of God gives Enoch’s Translation/Rapture as that solid precedent. Lastly, believers in Christ Jesus need to know if what happened to Enoch is what the Word of God says will happen to the Bride of Christ. The answer is YES, because it will be with the Bride of Christ as it was with Enoch: 1. A literal physical removal (an act of the Holy Spirit); 2. A sudden disappearance of faithfully righteous man; and 3. An impending godly judgment/wrath!
The ORIGINAL texts of the New Testament, in which the Rapture concept is found, are Greek NOT English. Therefore, just because the English word Rapture is not in any particular English translation of the Holy Bible that doesn’t mean that the concept of a Rapture is not in the Holy Bible, because it most definitely is there, and this concept begins with Enoch’s Translation.
We often have problems with believing that God’s supernatural power and authority still work in believers living in these modern times. Indeed, this same unbelief is what kept the 12 disciples from healing the epileptic boy. Fasting and praying are Christ’s recommendations for casting out this kind of unbelief.
Many of us who confidently profess our belief in God and Christ will speak or show unbelief when we are in situations that stretch our minds beyond our intellectual capacities. Therefore, it is never enough for us to say that we believe, if we cannot display that belief by stepping out of our boats (comfort zones), without looking back at the blustering wind and roaring waves, and acting afraid.
Nature not only depicts how this old Earth renews itself but also nature reflects how humans renew themselves through their natural nightly sleep and restoration, and daily waking patterns. Nature also mirrors the supernatural (spiritual life). Just as the Earth dies each Fall, sleeps throughout Winter, awakens in Spring, and ripens during Summer, we who have been born again and saved from the wrath of God yet to come upon this old Earth not only must die daily, but also we must face many dying, resting, blossoming, and maturing seasons in our own lives.