So he carried me away in the spirit

Revelation 17:3; 21:10

The Bible speaks about being ‘carried away’, using other terms, like ‘translation’, ‘translated’, ‘caught up’, and so on. 

We can ‘get carried away emotionally about something, or we can carry something away from one place to another.

Often, in delight, parents with their little children will pick them up from one point of place and whirl them around and run off with them to another place with squeals of delight all around. Many children have never known that joyous experience from their parents.  It was not my experience as a child.  But I have been able to bless my own children in this way when they were little and some of my granchildren too.

Written or spoken language can be translated into another language or dialect.   When this happens, there is usually a unique change in sound and  expression in the new language spoken.  There is often a total change in place – geography and culture.  But the meaning, hopefully, remains the same.

Paul speaks about being translated from one kingdom to another – Acts 26.  He speaks of this to the king Agrippa before whom he had to give his defense.  Paul relates to the king what Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth said, who though killed and was buried under Pontius Pilate, rose form the dead by the power of God.  Paul says “To open their eyes, and  to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God

 

To the Colossian believers Paul writes of God’s work for, and in them – “who delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” Colossians 1:13.  Here the word translated can also mean – carried away, transferred.

Jesus has Himself spoken to us and through His prophets and apostles about a coming day when those who truly hold fast to Him in faithfulness will be gathered –  transferred into His Father’s house, where eternal glory and joy, love and peace abide without end.  Are you ready for that moment of translation?

Two things must be made perfectly clear at this point.

1.  Jesus  said – Be ready for in an hour you think not the Son of Man comes.

2. At a point in time – and soon to happen (it is now May 2015), the saints in Jesus Christ will be gathered unto Him, first those who have died in Him, then immediately aftewards, those who are yet alive.  And these will be forever with their Lord.  See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Summary of these two facts:

…we MUST get ready and STAY ready for Jesus

…because on a particular day and hour (which no man can know), only those ready for Jesus Christ will be suddenly gathered to Him and never be separated.

The date and time, and all the factors before and after are secondary matters. 

JUST BE READY AND STAY READY!

In Acts 8:38 we read the account of Philip who after testifying of Jesus being the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy (Isa 52-3), to the Ethiopian Eunuch and then baptizing – immersing** him (in Jesus name) in a body of water, was caught away from that spot by the Holy Spirit.  The Greek word here for caught away is harpadzo from which some say we get the word harpoon.  A harpoon when triggered is sent swiftly to its target.

One moment Philip is with the Ethiopian, the next instant he disappears from sight, and is later found at Azotus, an ancient Philistine city known as Ashdod.  No cars or airplanes in those days.  It was a supernatural miracle.  Those who are deep in the occult know that such things can happen in the spirit realm.

The point is that by the use of the word harpadzo for a particular purpose, it shows Philip is seized, taken hold of, snatched, and removed – away, not in a malicious but protective manner, physically and totally in an instant from one geographical place to another.

In 2 Corinthians 2:4 we read where Paul is talking about a certain man known to him, but does not identify him, who is caught up into Paradise – a Heavenly dwelling place.  Here again Paul uses harpadzo.  Whoever the man was, he was seized and instantly transferred from one place to another different place in a different dimension, whether only in spirit or, physically he did not know.

In 2 Kings 2 we have the account of the translation of Elijah.  The prophet knows that the day has come that he will be taken away and ascend into Heaven.  Elisha also knows this, either prophetically by the Holy Spirit, or by Elijah telling him.  But the Lord was to come and snatch Elijah physically** from Israel, and translate, carry him away into Heaven.  This was an extremely rare event.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ will come suddenly for His people who are eagerly expecting Him and preparing spirutally for His appearance.  Hebrews 9:28 – “so Christ having been once offered “to bear the sins of many,” Christ shall appear a second time without sin to those expecting Him for salvation.”

AND YOU THEN, BE READY! FOR IN  THE HOUR YOU THINK NOT, THE SON OF MAN COMES.” LUKE 12:40

 

 

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FOOTNOTES

Acts 8:38.  Baptism by immersion.  IS sprinkling sufficient or is immersion required, We will look at this in more depth in another post.

Jesus went down into the water of Jordan river.  There John baptized Him.  Then Jesus came up out of the water.  Matthew 3:16

Both Philip and the Ethiopian descended – went down into the water and ascended – came up out of the water.  This would at least admit to half their physical bodies being immersed in water.  You can go down to water and then dangle your finger in a trickle of water, or your feet.  But they did not go down to water but into water.

The primary meaning of the word for baptized (baptidzo) is make whelmed or fully wet.

While there is a precedent for the use of the word sprinkle in respect to cleansing in the Old testament, is there a precedent for the idea of full immersion in water in the old testament?

I will attempt to answer this matter more fully in another post.