The contemporary teaching called “the Rapture” generally has the believers being swooped up or to a save place prior to the really bad events of the end times. I don’t hold this belief but believe that there will be believers being protected and martyred right up to the moment when Yeshua returns in power and glory with the host of angles with him. I am also one who believes that future Biblical events are foreshadowed by historical Biblical events.
One instance of the historical Biblical events foreshadowing the future is the story of Rahab the Harlot. In Joshua 2 we see the Israelite spies being hidden and protected by this woman of ill repute. Whatever her motivation was, she realized which side was the right side very early on her actions preserved her entire line. In Joshua 6 we see Jericho come down and all within it destroyed except Rahab and her family. This is incredible because it is recorded that she lived on the wall – the same wall that came down on the sound of the last trumpet. Is it a coincidence that Jericho fell at the last trumpet just like the last trumpet is the marker for the end of this age? I think not. Isn’t it also interesting that Rahab, a sinner, was saved by her actions just like the ‘good’ thief on the cross? And think about the precision required to save Rahab and her family during the plunder of a walled city by tens of thousands of marauding Israelites. This level of precision is miraculous indeed.
There is another even more precise miracle in the book of Joshua that I had overlooked for years until we started our Joshua study at Northland Hebrew Roots Fellowship. I had missed this miracle because it immediately precedes the miracle of Yahweh making the sun stand still for Joshua and the Hebrews so they could finish their battle:
And the LORD confounded them before Israel, and He slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and pursued them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the LORD threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword. Joshua 10:11-12
This is phenomenal precision bombing from thirty thousand feet. The Hebrew army was vast at this point and it was going against an alliance of nations. The battle field must have been immense. And the hailstones fell on Israel’s enemies while Israel was fighting them and it missed the Israelites. That is impossible to imagine.
So, keeping the theme of history being an indicator of prophecy in mind, is there even a need for a rapture? The scriptures say that believers remain until the very end, but even without those, doesn’t the idea of a rapture limit the power of God? If He was able to preserve Rahab in the rubble of Jericho and He was able to strike down 100,000 of Israel’s enemies on the same battlefield as Israel’s warriors, then surely He is still able to do that for us!