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Now, if you want to read in Matthew 18:16, It said, “There is three that bear record,” see, in Saint… in First John 5:7, so forth. Three is always a witness. Is that right? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] It’s a verification, something that’s right. Three witnesses bear. “In the mouth of two or three witness, let every word be established.”167 Now notice. We’ve had three witnesses.
Three is a witness. Now, we have already had three raptures in the Old Testament. Did you know that? As a witness. Now watch. Enoch was one; Elijah was the other one; and Jesus was the other one.Jesus, being the Keystone, now, He bare record. See? He was the Keystone between the Old and New Testament, ’cause He had to first die and then rapture. He died; come to life and walked around here with us; and then was raptured up. Because, He was the Keystone that tied the two together. After His resurrection and rapture… Look. After He did that, and proved that, the Old Testament there. We all know Enoch was translated. We know Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind, that right, in a chariot of Fire. And Jesus died, buried, rose up and lived here on earth, and then was raptured up, the Keystone. There is three, to bear record. Is that right?
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† Now, there has been one rapture already passed. You know that? That, let’s see if we can’t read it, right quick. Let’s get Matthew, the 27th chapter. And let’s get about the 45th verse of the Matthew, the 27th chapter. Let’s see if we can’t get that right quick, and see if–if we can’t get just a little bit out of this, would help us, right quickly. 27:45, I believe, I got wrote down here.
Let’s read.Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth…And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabach-…? which to say,… my God, why has thou forsaken me?Some of them that stood by,… heard it, and said, This man calls… Elias.And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink.
The rest said,… let us see whether Elias will come and save him.Jesus, when he had cried… with a loud voice, yielded up…”A loud voice.” Loud voice! Watch.When Jesus, dying, screamed with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks did rent;And the graves were opened; and many of the bodies… the saints that slept arose,And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
65-1204 THE.RAPTURE_ YUMA.AZ V-5 N-14 SATURDAY_« 169 † One rapture is passed.Three has happened in the Old Testament, of them prepared, who the Word of the Lord came to. See? The Word of the Lord came to Enoch. The Word of the Lord came to Elijah, His prophet. See? The Word of the Lord was Jesus. See?
170 Watch in the Old Testament, them Old Testament saints now, when this rapture first taken place. Notice verse 50. His loud voice awakened the Old Testament saints just exactly like the loud voice wakened Jesus… or wakened Lazarus. See? The loud voice awakened.And the second is fulfilled in Second Thessalonians, the 4th chapter. Let’s just take a read, read it. We just read, a few minutes ago. See?… I would not have you… ignorant, brethren, concerning those… asleep, that you sorrow not, even…That’s First Thessalonians 4:12 to 18. That, that will be the second Rapture. The second Rapture will be the catching away of the Bride.
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† The Old Testament saints has gone into His Presence, paradise done away. And the Old Testament saints ascended up, at His loud voice, when He screamed and give up the ghost; because (why?) the Sacrifice, the propitiation of their sins, that they had waited on, believing that perfect Lamb was coming.
They had offered the Sacrifice, the Lamb. And when He died and yielded up the ghost, He screamed with a loud voice, and the Old Testament saints awoke.Watch the shout and the voice over here, the same thing at His Coming. See?”Yielded up the ghost.” And when He did, the Sacrifice was perfect, and paradise emptied out. And the Old Testament saints came to the earth again, walked around on earth, and entered in with Him, at His rapture.