Today I want to talk about Job Chapter 14 verse 12. The Bible reads "So man lieth down and riseth not till the
heavens be no more. They shall not awake nor be raised out of their sleep." So this verse is very clearly stating that those who've died will not be resurrected, they will not live again until the heavens be no more. Let me read it for you again. "So man lieth down and riseth not till the heavens be no more. They shall not awake nor be raised out of their sleep." So when the Bible talks about believers who've died, it talks about them being asleep, their body is asleep. And the reason for that is that the believer never truly dies.
The Bible says "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." And of course when believers physically die their body is asleep in the earth, but their soul goes to heaven and they're still alive with the Lord in Heaven. This verse gives the timing of when that first resurrection will take place because remember when the rapture happens, the Bible says "the dead in Christ shall rise FIRST, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with Him in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord." So the Bible tells us in Job 14:12 that that is not going to happen, until "the heavens be no more."
Now, let's see if that's consistent with a pre-tribulational rapture. Of course, the Bible says in Mathew 24 that AFTER the tribulation the sun and moon will be darkened, and then Jesus comes in the clouds with the trumpet and the rapture. Well in Revelation 6 we read about the sun and moon being darkened. Let me read it for you. The Bible reads in Revelation 6:12 "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood, and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken of a mighty wind", watch verse 14, "and the heaven DEPARTED as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
So that's the exact event that we read about in Job 14:12 when the Bible says that man lies in the earth, man is asleep, "and does not live again till the heavens be no more. They shall not awake nor be raised out of their sleep." That is the EXACT timing given in Mathew 24, Mark 13, and Revelation 6. Sun and moon are darkened, heaven departs as a scroll, heavens be no more, and then the dead in Christ rise first.
Main Scripture/s Job 14:12, Mathew 24, Revelation 6:12-14
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Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church