Isaiah 26:20 – Isaiah’s Pre-Trib Rapture Passage

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 24-26; Ephesians 4)

There are many who dispute the notion of the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church.  So be it.  They claim to find verses here and there in the Bible that support their various positions, be they mid-Tib, pre-Wrath, post-Trib, or no-Rapture.  I respectfully disagree and declare that God is so clear in His communication to the church, that He has provided evidence throughout the New Testament of His intent to remove the Bride of Christ from the earth prior to the 7-year Tribulation.  Not only that, but this mystery that Paul discussed in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 is even validated in the Old Testament.

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

Most people who read Scripture from a literal perspective should be able to see that Isaiah 24 is all about the Tribulation.  Several examples should suffice:

Isaiah 24:1

Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,

    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.

Isaiah 24:6

Therefore a curse devours the earth,

    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;

therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,

    and few men are left.

Isaiah 24:17

Terror and the pit and the snare

    are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!

Moreover, the prophet tells us that at the end of the Tribulation (Armageddon), the rebellious demonic host of heaven, which includes Satan, will be thrown into Tartarus until their day of final judgment.  The human element in league with them are likewise cast into this temporary prison.  We see this in Isaiah 24:21-22:

On that day the Lord will punish

    the host of heaven, in heaven,

    and the kings of the earth, on the earth.

They will be gathered together

    as prisoners in a pit;

they will be shut up in a prison,

    and after many days they will be punished.

Why does God bring the Tribulation’s punishment upon this planet in the first place?  Isaiah 24:20 provides the succinct answer:

… its transgression lies heavy upon it,

    and it falls, and will not rise again.

Throughout the Bible God shows His unfathomable love, mercy, and grace upon mankind.  However, in His dealing with the children of Israel, we see His wrath as a result of their disobedience.  He reaches a point time and again that He must punish them in judgment because they have spurned His love and chosen another way to live other than in Him.  The example of Israel is reflective of the rest of humanity.  When anyone, whether it’s Israel, with whom God has a special relationship, or mankind in the all-Gentile nations, He gives people more than adequate opportunity to choose life with Him.  When they decide not to follow His righteous ways, the time comes that He must bring correction.  The ultimate righting of this wrong will occur during the Tribulation.

The Lord has two primary purposes in raining down His wrath upon the earth during this most horrible of seven years:

One: Through this time, He will bring final redemption to Israel in the remnant that finally acknowledges Jesus Christ as Messiah.

Two: He will punish this unbelieving world, while at the same time, redeeming a remnant of mankind that turns to Him in faith.

For all those who believe that the church of true believers in Christ must go through the Tribulation, as always, I have to ask: Where do Christ-followers, saved by the blood of Jesus, fit into this picture?  Are we redeemed?  Have we accepted the gracious gift of salvation offered by our Lord?  Has He removed our iniquities as far as the east is from the west?  If so, why do you think God requires the blood-bought Bride of Christ to endure these horrible days of Tribulation?  Why is our generation so much worse than that of believers in 1700, 1800, 1900, or whatever earlier time, which necessitates our having to suffer through the Day of the Lord?  If the Tribulation is for Israel, which it is; if the Tribulation is for unbelievers, which it is – then what purpose in God’s overall plan to draw all men to Himself is served by believers entering into this time of wrath?

Most pre-Trib Rapture believers see the Lord assuring us of His taking us to heaven as protection and blessing in John 14:1-3:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

If we don’t go to heaven and find refuge during the Tribulation in our Father’s house, when exactly would we do that?  After all, at the end of the Tribulation, when Jesus returns to earth – with His saints following, by the way – He remains here to rule and reign on His throne in Jerusalem.  We’re here also in glorified bodies ruling and reigning under His direction.  During the Tribulation is the only period which believers spend any time in heaven.  Forevermore, at least until the end of the Millennium, we remain on the earth once we come back with Jesus.

Moreover, we also believe that Revelation 4:1 speaks of the Rapture:

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

The church is spoken of, and to, only to this point in John’s Revelation.  Note the verse says: after this.  It is after John is transported, i.e. Raptured, to heaven that he is shown what will occur on the earth following that translation.  This is when the Tribulation begins.  The church is not mentioned again until Revelation 19 as the time of Tribulation concludes.

I stated earlier that Isaiah has a pre-Trib Rapture passage.  Consider what the prophet says in Isaiah 26:20-21:

Come, my people, enter your chambers,

    and shut your doors behind you;

hide yourselves for a little while

    until the fury has passed by.

For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place

    to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity,

and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,

    and will no more cover its slain.

Can you read this and not see John echoing this in the verses noted above?  God’s people are called to their chambers, i.e. the rooms or mansions in heaven, that He has prepared for them.  They provide refuge, that is a hiding place for believers (my people) while God reigns down wrath upon the earth for the sins of mankind.  It will be a bloody, awful time of punishment.

The takeaway is that God will protect His own.  He intends great harm to come upon this unbelieving world, yet because of His love and mercy, He will shelter those who have chosen to align with Him prior to His judgment.

Any other position besides belief in a pre-Tribulation Rapture fails to understand the character of God.  He is our blessed hope.  Because He loves the Bride of Christ, He will provide safe quarters for her.  Jesus is returning soon.  We stand upon this Rock in our faith.  Because of that, He will keep us from the great and terrible Day of the Lord.


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

The INDESTRUCTIBLE HYDRA: This Creature has its OWN NEURAL NETWORK-Why is this in the vials of Vaccines and being Injected into Millions of People – The Entire World is Under the Microscope – We ARE the EXPERIMENT!

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Stew is calling for prayer for our children and the whole world. He is visibly shaken. Brethren, is it not abundantly clear that horrific scientific experiments are being conducted on billions of people? Does this not shock you?

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GROUNDBREAKING: NEBRASKA AG SAYS DOCTORS CAN LEGALLY PRESCRIBE IVERMECTIN, HCQ FOR COVID, CALLS OUT FDA, FAUCI, MEDIA FOR ‘FUELING CONFUSION AND MISINFORMATION’

From breakingchristiannews.com

At the request of the Nebraska Department of Health, on Oct. 15, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson issued a legal opinion that Nebraska healthcare providers can legally prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID, so long as they obtain informed consent from the patient.

[Children’s Health Defense, Inc] Few subjects have been more controversial than ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine—two long-established, inexpensive medications widely and successfully used in many parts of the world for the prevention and treatment of COVID. (Screengrab image)

By contrast, the use of both medications against COVID has been largely suppressed in the US where doctors have been threatened and punished for prescribing them.

On Oct. 15, Nebraska Attorney General (AG) Doug Peterson issued a legal opinion that Nebraska healthcare providers can legally prescribe off-label medications like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID, so long as they obtain informed consent from the patient.

However, if they did neglect to obtain consent, deceive, prescribe excessively high doses or other misconduct, they could be subject to discipline, Peterson wrote.

The AG’s office emphasized it was not recommending any specific treatment for COVID. “That is not our role,” Peterson wrote. “Rather, we address only the off-label early treatment options discussed in this opinion and conclude that the available evidence suggests they might work for some people.”

Peterson said allowing physicians to consider early treatments will free them to evaluate additional tools that could save lives, keep patients out of the hospital and provide relief for our already strained healthcare system.

The opinion, based on an assessment of relevant scientific literature, was rendered in response to a request by Dannette Smith, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Smith asked the AG’s office to look into whether doctors could face discipline or legal action under Nebraska’s Uniform Credential Act (UCA)—meant to protect public health, safety and welfare—if they prescribed ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine.

“After receiving your question and conducting our investigation, we have found significant controversy and suspect information about potential COVID-19 treatments,” Peterson wrote.

For example, a paper published in the Lancet—one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world—denounced hydroxychloroquine as dangerous, yet the statistics were flawed and the authors refused to provide analyzed data.

The paper was retracted, but not before countries stopped using the drug and trials were cancelled or interrupted.

“The Lancet’s own editor-in-chief admitted that the paper was a ‘fabrication,’ a ‘monumental fraud’ and a ‘shocking example of research misconduct’ in the middle of a global health emergency,” Peterson wrote in the opinion.

A recently published paper on COVID recognized that “for reasons that are yet to be clarified,” early treatment has not been emphasized despite numerous US healthcare providers advocating for early treatment and “scores of treating and academic physicians”—who have published papers in well-respected journals—urging early interventions.

Peterson cited numerous studies showing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine reduced mortality by up to 75% or more when used as a preventive or prophylaxis for COVID, suggesting hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved had the drugs been widely used in America.

“The data was so obviously flawed that journalists and outside researchers began raising concerns within days of the paper’s publication. Even the Lancet’s editor in chief, Dr. Richard Horton, admitted that the paper was a fabrication, a monumental fraud and a shocking example of research misconduct in the middle of a global health emergency.”

Despite calls for the Lancet to provide a full expansion of what happened, the publication declined to provide details for the retraction.

As with ivermectin, the FDA and NIH adopted positions against the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID—making assertions that were unsupported by data. The AMA, APhA and ASHP, which opposed ivermectin, also resisted hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID.

By contrast, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and other physician groups, support the use of both ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as an early treatment option for COVID. Peterson cited an article co-authored by more than 50 doctors in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine who advocated an early treatment protocol that includes hydroxychloroquine as a key component.

Governing law allows physicians to prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, AG says

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 38-179 generally defines unprofessional conduct as a “departure from or failure to conform to the standards of acceptable and prevailing practice of a profession or the ethics of the profession, regardless of whether a person, consumer or entity is injured, or conduct that is likely to deceive or defraud the public or is detrimental to the public interest.”

The regulation governing physicians states that unprofessional conduct includes:

“[c]onduct or practice outside the normal standard of care in the State of Nebraska which is or might be harmful or dangerous to the health of the patient or the public, not to include a single act of ordinary negligence.”

Peterson said healthcare providers do not violate the standard of care when they choose between two reasonable approaches to medicine.

“Regulations also indicate that physicians may utilize reasonable investigative or unproven therapies that reflect a reasonable approach to medicine so long as physicians obtain written informed patient consent,” Peterson wrote.

“Informed consent concerns a doctor’s duty to inform his or her patient, and it includes telling patients about the nature of the pertinent ailment or condition, the risks of the proposed treatment or procedure and the risks of any alternative methods of treatment, including the risks of failing to undergo any treatment at all.”

Peterson said this applies to prescribing medicine for purposes other than uses approved by the FDA, and that doing so falls within the standard of care repeatedly recognized by the courts.

Peterson said the US Supreme Court has also affirmed that “off-label usage of medical devices” is an “accepted and necessary” practice, and the FDA has held the position for decades that “a physician may prescribe [a drug] for uses or in treatment regimens or patient populations that are not included in approved labeling.”

Peterson said the FDA has stated “healthcare providers generally may prescribe [a] drug for an unapproved use when they judge that it is medically appropriate for their patient, and nothing in the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) limit[s] the manner in which a physician may use an approved drug.”

In a statement to KETV NewsWatch 7, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services said:

“The Department of Health and Human Services appreciates the AG’s office delivering an opinion on this matter. The document is posted and available to medical providers as they determine appropriate course of treatment for their patients.” source

Brethren, all I can say is PRAISE OUR LORD IN HEAVEN!!

Finally, the system is fighting back. We don’t know how this will play out, but the fight for right is in full force! Hallelujah!

How Can I Be Saved?

MARANATHA!

Isaiah 22:13 – You Did Not Look To Him

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 22-23; Ephesians 3)

In Isaiah 22, the prophet gives an oracle – a vision – for Jerusalem.  I could be wrong, but it appears to me that this is both a lament for what had already occurred and a warning of what was to come with the destruction of the daughter of my people (Isaiah 22:4).  A great threat of invasion was hovering over Jerusalem.  Prudently, they did what anyone would do in seeing such a menace approaching.  Weapons were available elsewhere, so they collected them.  They prepared for the attack by assuring they’d have water.  In order to keep the enemy hordes from breaching the city walls, they reinforced them. (Isaiah 22:8-10)  All that they did in preparation was good and sound planning.

However, they neglected one thing to their ruin.  Isaiah 22:11 tells us:

… But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

They did all the earthly things they were supposed to do, but had no regard for the One who could truly save them.

The Lord God of hosts called for them to come humbly before Him, seeking His mercy in this situation (Isaiah 22:12); instead they reveled, thinking they were safe, or if not, believing they’d die in merrymaking, as Isaiah 22:13 says:

… and behold, joy and gladness,

    killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,

    eating flesh and drinking wine.

“Let us eat and drink,

    for tomorrow we die.”

Their fatalism angered God.  He declared in Isaiah 22:14:

The Lord of hosts has revealed himself in my ears:

“Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,”

    says the Lord God of hosts.

How they approached this coming catastrophe was the worst thing they could do in the eyes of the Lord.

He goes on to foretell that one who served Him, because of his attitude of preparation without spiritual guidance, would be uprooted.  This man had carved out for himself a place of refuge, but Yahweh had no use for his earthly arrangements; they wouldn’t stand (Isaiah 22:15-19).  God would honor another and give him much authority (Isaiah 22:20-25).

This narrative makes me think of what’s happening in the world today.  Many secular people see that something is coming that will be bad, but they don’t have wisdom and insight into what that is.  They’re preparing for calamity, but have no sense of the ultimate disaster that will claim their soul.

Conversely, there are three groups in the church.

One: those who seemingly have little discernment or regard for Bible prophecy and what’s happening all around them.  They’ve buried their heads in the sand and are proceeding to do church as if nothing is going on that will touch them.

Two: those who certainly know the times just as the men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32).  The problem is that they have misread the Word of God.  However they got to this point in their walk of faith, they’ve been completely deluded as to what happens next in these end times.

These are the preppers.  They’re storing away food and guns, perhaps arranging for an underground bunker or a bolthole to which they can flee.  The coming Tribulation is the reality they apprehend and want to make sure they can endure those awful seven years.  Some mock the idea of the Rapture; others appear to ignore it.  In all cases, they seem to be looking for the soon appearance of great evil in the world, perhaps seeing and preparing for the approach of the Antichrist as the culmination of the coming lawlessness.  In the Christian community, there are many who think this way.

Three: the minority of us who place our confidence in the soon return of Jesus through the Rapture of His church.  Through wisdom and discernment, we see all that the preppers do, except our approach is entirely different.  We may have small quantities of supplies on hand, since we know that times could be rough prior to when Jesus comes.  However, we are looking up.  Our desire is for the Lord to return so that we can join Him in the heavenly realm as His Bride.  This doesn’t mean – as so many scoffers declare – that we are avoiding engagement in the world until that time.  On the contrary, those I know with this belief in the accuracy of God’s Word as to the Rapture, are engaged furiously in doing what we can to bring others into the Kingdom.  To that end, we are doubling down in how we seek the Lord so as to grow closer to Him.  At the same time, we’re grieving and praying and reaching out as God allows in these darkening days.

Rather than be like the steward Shebna that God rebuked in Isaiah 22:15-19 because he was looking to his own self-sufficiency, our desire is to be like Eliakim, to whom the Lord said about in Isaiah 22:22:

“And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”

Shouldn’t our prayer and desire be to wholly serve God in these treacherous times?  Should we not respond in the same manner we see that the prophet did in Isaiah 6:8?

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.