1. But for condolence, listen to this:
2. For I was grieving concerning what happened to Zion, and prayed to the Most High saying:
3. How long will this trial endure for us, and will this evil be remaining forever?
4 The Mighty One, in His mercy and compassion, revealed to me that I would be given comfort. He showed visions that I would not again endure anguish, and showed me the riddles of the ages, and the coming of redemption was shown to me.
1. Therefore, brethren, I have written to you, that you may reassure yourselves concerning the multitude of affliction.
2. For you know, that our Creator will certainly avenge us on our enemies, for all that they have done to us. The end times will soon come, and His mercy upon us will arrive, the judgment on the wicked will then occur, and both will soon occur.
3. For though the wicked prosper now, in spite of their unholy ways, they will pass away as does steam.
4. We now see their power flooding upon us, but wicked as they are, they will soon become as a raindrop.
5. We see their firm might now, but since they resist the Most High, they will soon be a strong as spit.
6. We see now their glory, but since they do not keep the laws of the Most High, as smoke they will ascend away.
Like Baruch and Israel longed for, and waited for God to intervene in the trialls of the nation, the church of today waits for the rapture/resurrection day wherein we shall be removed from the "trials" of this world.
In I Thessalonians 4:15-17 "caught up" is a translation of the Greek word "harpadzo" which means "to catch out of harm's way."
"Watch ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man."
I Corinthians 15:51-52
"...shall all be changed in a moment."
II Thessalonians 2:1
"...coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together."
I Thessalonians 5:9
"For God hath not appointed us unto wrath."
Judaism speaks of the doctrine of the woes of the Messiah, called the "hebh-e-le hamashiah" which speaks of the troubles preceding the coming of the Messiah. Jesus spoke of such troubles in Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:8. The early church spoke of such trials also in I Corinthians 7:26, I Thess. 3:3, 5:3.
There will be mercy given the saints, via the rapture, and then judgment will come upon the world.
The three Greek words that refer to the rapture are:
harpadzo = to catch out of harm's way
ekphugein = to escape from a dreaded person or thing
apolutrosis = to take unto oneself a valued object
All three indicate that a rapture will occur before the one raptured can be harmed.
If a truck were bearing down toward you, and I saw it coming, and said: "I will snatch you out of harm's way", do you want me to do it:
Obviously, "pre-truck" is the only one wherein you would be snatched out of harm's way, and the other two would not be consistent with the meaning of "harpadzo".
The church at Philadelphia, which represents the last day revival church, in contrast to the Laodicean church which is to be the "spued out" church of the last days is told:
"Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."