字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント So shalom from the top of the Mount of Olives. The city of Jerusalem is right behind me, and we are on top of one of the most important mountains on planet Earth. This is the place were so many things happened. This is the place where Jewish people from Galilee used to encamp right here every festival, as they made it to Jerusalem from the east, making their way up from the eastern part from Jericho as their last major stop and right here for the first time, they would be able to see right where the dome of the rock is standing today was the temple, the great temple. Whether it's the first temple built by Solomon, roughly 1,000 B.C. and destroyed in 586 B.C., or it's the second temple that was rebuilt by those who returned back from Babylon, but it had to go through three different phases. One when they built it, another one when the Hasmoneans restored it in the second Century B.C., and, of course, the time that Herod the Great gave a great facelift to this mountain and created something adorned with marble and gold. And they say that he who did not see Jerusalem in those days knows not what beauty is. And some others said that if ten cubits of beauty were given to the world in those days, nine were taken by Jerusalem at the time. Jerusalem was amazing. Jerusalem was definitely the center of the world's attention even then, not to mention now. But the message that we want to talk about from the top of the Mount of Olives right here as we look at the Temple Mount, as we know that the City of David is right down below, this is a contested place today. This is a place where UNESCO is actually saying it's not even having any Jewish heritage, where we know that not only that it has, if there is any heritage to this place, it is Jewish. We know that we found remains that's going back to more than 3,000 years ago. And just recently we found a 2,700-year-old piece of scroll that is sort of like an invoice for someone who was shipping wine to Jerusalem. And so all I'm trying to say, there is no doubt we're standing and looking at a place that God himself said in Second Chronicles 6:6, this is where I am going to put my name upon this place. Not only that, he said also, I'm going to give it to David to rule over my people Israel. So, God says I will be here, and God says it is meant to be for David to rule over my people Israel. And we all know that somebody has to come from the house of David. Somebody has to be from the line of Judah or from the line of Judah, from the tribe of Judah, and he will restore once again the fallen tabernacle of David right here. Now the topic of the rapture of the church is often something that either is being controversial, which means people don't exactly know how to take it and they have so many different opinions about it, or often being completely neglected by thousands of thousands of churches all around the world. It's something that I believe is the work of the enemy. To neglect most likely the most important thing that can be promised to the believers in Jesus is definitely to steal from them their only hope, their blessed hope. The main hope for every believer. And the title of the message is the mystery of the rapture. And it's not for nothing. It is a mystery. In fact, I want you to know that mystery is not secret. Secret is secret, and mystery is a mystery. And when the Bible wants to talk about mystery, the Bible talks about mystery. When the Bible wants to say secret, the Bible says secret. Mystery and secret are two different things. Mystery is something that is not hidden but transformed from shadow to substance, something that at a certain point we saw it, but we didn't understand and then in light of new revelations, now we understand what it was all about. Yet secret is something that is hidden and that we cannot see nor feel. So, when God reveals secrets, it's something we never heard of. When God reveals a mystery, we are going to say, “Aha!” "Now I understand it." And it's interesting because for the entire Bible we find thirty-three times the word mystery, and we find it once in the Old Testament in the Book of Daniel. The mystery that we're talking about that dream that Nebuchadnezzar had and that mystery eventually was solved by God, the God of Israel, who revealed the true meaning of that dream to Daniel, for him to share with the king. And that mystery was all about things that existed and will come to pass and then Daniel just interpreted it. He received an understanding of something that existed. Thus, it's a mystery. Yet we find that word mystery also in Romans and Corinthians and Ephesians and Colossians and Second Thessalonians and First Timothy and in the Book of Revelation. And in the Book of Daniel, the mystery was all about the true God. The mystery revealed who the real God is. When all the other people tried to give their own interpretation, it is the Lord God of Israel that gave the true one. But then as we move in Romans 11, there is the mystery about Israel and God's plan for Israel, plan for Israel, which means Israel which means Israel has been there. They are going through things, but there is a mystery about their role even in the future, that God in Romans 11, in light of Jesus and in light of New Testament, is indeed revealing to all people. So, that's Romans 11. So, that's Romans 11. In Colossians chapter 2, In Colossians chapter 2, the mystery of the true Messiah. Colossians 2:2 talks about behold I tell you a mystery about Christ, and if that's not enough in Ephesians 5 verses 31 and 32, the mystery of the relationship the between the church and Christ. It is a mystery. It's a mystery just like a husband and a wife. It's a mystery because we've heard about it before when God described his relationship with Israel while in the desert. Remember we read about it in Jeremiah chapter 2, and now we see that that same mystery is also between the church and Christ. A husband and a wife. It is a mystery. I think it's even a mystery to married couples still. And then in First Corinthians 15:51, the mystery of the soon rapture. The Bible says behold I tell you a mystery about how we are going to change. In Ephesians 3 verse 6 and Colossians 1:26, the mystery of the Gentile heirs of the kingdom, how a Gentile can be an heir of the kingdom. It's a mystery, which none could understand before, but now in light of the New Testament, in light of Christ, we understand. God never meant only Israel to be the heirs. He had also kept a remnant that did not worship the Baal even from among the heathens. And then Second Thessalonians 2:7, the mystery of lawlessness, which is already at work. This is something different and that's when we teach about the antichrist and the spirit of the antichrist. So, we see that there are several mysteries, even in mystery Babylon in Revelation. But I would like to dwell with all of you this morning from the top of the Mount of Olives on First Corinthians 15 verses 51 and 52. "Behold I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep," which is the Bible way to say not all of us will die. And this is the way to tell the believer because nonbelievers will die. Believers just fall asleep. We fall asleep, and then we wake up and we are somewhere else. Almost as if we fell asleep in the living room, and the father takes us and puts us in bed, and we wake up and we're in bed where we need to be in our room. A room that belongs to us, and we wake up and here we are. We just fall asleep, that's all. So not all of us will sleep, but we shall all be changed. Just like Paul says in First Thessalonians 4, that "Behold, the dead in Christ will rise first, and we that are alive will be caught up in the air." We can clearly see that Paul talks to the Corinthians and tells them the same exact thing. And he says, "In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." Isn't that interesting that on one hand, he speaks of a sudden event. On the other hand, he speaks of a process. The sudden event that takes less than a second, twinkling of an eye. It's our bodies changing and leaving this place. Within a twinkling of an eye, we're going to be gone. It's not something that the world is going to sit and watch and look at all of us like Mary Poppins going all the way up there. No. The world will just understand that we're gone. We will be gone instantly. However, he said at the last trumpet, which means that there has been a process that had begun already, yet nobody pays attention if it's not the believers. We need to pay attention. We need to look for that which I believe God is trying to get the attention of the world with, the trumpets. And I've always said that Israel and the church are the two trumpets that God has been using ever since 1948. This is the first time in history of Israel is a nation back in the land and the church coexisting. All before that, Israel was dispersed all around the world. They were not a nation back in their land, or when they were in the land before the church did not exist. So, you see in the Book of Isaiah, God says about Israel you're my witnesses. In the Book of Acts, you talk about the church, you are my witnesses. These are the two witnesses. These are the two silver trumpets, I believe, that Moses was commanded to make to direct the movement of the camp and to direct the attention of the people. And God, ever since 1948, is trying to get the attention of the whole world that he's about to do something big.