John 20:17KJV Jesus saith unto her. TOUCH ME NOT; FOR I AM NOT YET ACENDED TO MY FATHER; BUT GO TO MY BRETHERN, AND SAY UNTO THEM, I ASCEND UNTO MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER; AND TO MY GOD, AND YOUR GOD.
What does this mean? TOUCH ME NOT; FOR I AM NOT YET ACENDED TO MY FATHER.
In parallel to the rapture. The stone at Jesus grave was rolled away simulating opening the door to get out, as will the graves open up to allow the buried believers out of the grave. If the grave does not open, then the rest of the world will not believe the saints were raptured. If all of a sudden millions upon millions of graves were open around the world, the ones left behind would know something extraordinary happened. Seeing all the open graves would make even the most skeptical wonder what happened all of a sudden.
Not to mention all the people who suddenly vanished right before the eyes of the ones left behind. Between the two simultaneously physical events, the world will know something supernatural happened.
Back to the point of ascending to Heaven after the rapture, or the coming out of the grave as Jesus did, when Jesus told Mary not to touch him because He had not ascended to the Father. It is the same with us at the rapture; we cannot be touched for we will be ascending to Heaven. Jesus body was in the same condition as we will be at the rapture, therefore He could not be touched, because He had to go back to Heaven and be transformed into the new glorified body, which can only be glorified by the mighty power of God himself. Apparently the glorification process has to take place in Heaven because the air of sin is not present there as it is on the earth.
The bible speaks of the marriage supper of the lamb (Rev.19: 7), when we receive our glorified bodies. It is the same as the virgin bride cannot be touched by the groom until the consummation of the marriage. After the marriage supper of the Lamb, and our heavenly consummation, then we can come back to earth as Jesus did after the ascension.
Yes, Jesus could have walked thru the stone door at the tomb. He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue him from the Roman soldiers. But He chose to follow certain procedures and not skip any steps. Man would have to follow the same transformation procedure later in history at the rapture.
This also proves the rapture had to happen before the tribulation. We have to ascend to Heaven and be transformed at the marriage supper and then come back to earth with Jesus at His second coming after the tribulation.
With our glorified bodies we will then be able to interact with the people who are spared during the tribulation and have fellowship with them and each other. One difference for us will be, we will be able to eat as Jesus did (Luke 24:41-43) when he was with the apostles after his resurrection.
Remember, Jesus saw Mary before he ascended into Heaven; likewise He will see His bride before our transformation as we are raptured and ascend into heaven. Hallelujah!
Jimmy L. Strait
6/3/2015 3:52 AM