It is now chic and in style to blow the ram’s horn or shofar when opening a prophecy conference. (It can also be an antelope horn). A rather large and well proportioned minister from Miami blew the shofar with authority; and he was self taught in this particular ministry, performing very well. The following scripture was the opening Word of God at the meeting: Revelation 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV) “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood…” Why was the horn used to start the conference? I Thessalonians 4:13-18 13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” During the opening of the assembly, it was also suggested that it would be wonderful at this time if Benjamin Netanyahu was president of both Israel and the United States of America.
The Opening message of the conference: …was by Kevin Clarkson, the host of the conference and a Baptist pastor from the Midwest:
Dr. Kevin Clarkson, “Portraits of the Rapture,” I Thessalonians 4:13-18. [Dr. Clarkson used the hermeneutical “First Mention Principle” to prove the rapture. This sermon also resonated with the Biblical concept of typology, as he used many examples throughout the Word of God that were earlier shadows of the rapture of the church. What was fulfilling and a blessing to me, is that I too have found the same truths totally independently from Dr. Clarkson or anyone else! THAT is what we call a God thing. Thank you Jesus].
“Rapturo” is the root of rapture. Jesus (I Thessalonians 4:16) Himself will meet us in the air. The voice of the archangel will be heard, the trump of God. The archangel is Michael. Jude 9a “Yet THE archangel Michael….” Following are Biblical precursors of the rapture:
1)Enoch was raptured. “God took him.” “God translated him.” The word “took” is used for taken in marriage.
2)Noah. Genesis 7:1 “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” Luke 17:26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man.”
3)Lot. Genesis 19. “Sodom” (Hebrew) means “chains.”
4)Elijah. II Kings 2 Prior to his rapture, Elijah went from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho and crossing the Jordan River, displaying persistence.
5)Lazarus. John 11:21-26 Jesus said: “I am the resurrection.”
6)Revelation 4:1 A door was opened in heaven- The Throne Room of Heaven- “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” This scripture, Revelation 4:1, has been identified with the rapture of the church more so in recent years.
7)The Transfiguration. Matthew 17. Peter, James and John ascend the Mount of Transfiguration. The Lord took away the veil of flesh, and the three disciples saw both Moses, Elijah, and Jesus in all of His glory and righteousness, with the clouds enveloping Him. Moses represented the law. Elijah represented the prophets. Jesus was there as the Son of God who fulfilled the law and the prophets. Matthew 5:17.