The longer I walk w Jesus, the more understanding He gives me that all scripture is an illustration of Christ in you… the finished work of the Cross… and the separation of flesh and Spirit within the same person… Christ overcoming in His people.
Goats and sheep… wheat and chaff… tribulation and Kingdom… death and life… cross and resurrection… flesh and Spirit… not person against person, but the battle within each of us.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
These verses are referring to the division of flesh and Spirit within the same person, the moment they are born again.
This is a flesh vs Spirit thing… inwardly… when a person is born again… the trump of God being the gospel preached by the Spirit to the heart of a person… (archangel means head messenger… this is a title for Christ Himself) … the dead in Christ is the flesh, put to the cross first to be crucified with Christ… those alive in Christ (Spirit) are risen in the resurrection, seated in heavenly places. The Eternal Spirit of God within them forever.
I think back to what happened to me when I was born again… 4 years after Jesus revealed Himself to me when I was alone in my backyard and convicted me of sin… Jesus drawing my heart to such a place of humility… leading me to ask Him where was I deceived and where was I deceiving myself… giving me understanding in my heart that everything in me was sin… one minute I was sitting at my desk at work, and the next minute I was not in my body, but I was in a very dark place. It was darkness all around me, and I was the darkness. All I could see was a pinprick of light behind the darkness… I knew the light was Jesus… high and lifted up… He saw me as though I was naked before Him… He told me to cry out… He didnt show me things I had done, He showed me who I was in light of Him… Jesus showing me my own heart caused me to cry out to Him for forgiveness… and then I was back sitting at my desk and His Living Water was filling my innermost being… from the top of my head to the middle of my belly. Being filled with all truth and all mysteries, Gods Spirit filling the temple of my heart.
I share this testimony so often because this is the Testimony of Christ. This is what Christ did in me. He drew me to Him, He revealed Himself to me, He led me to seek Him for 4 years until I was able to receive the truth about myself, He led me to that place of humility, He showed me my own heart, and He even told me to cry out to Him when the time was right so that I would be born again.
From start to finish Jesus brought me to that eternal moment in the Spirit of the Cross and the Resurrection with Him and in Him.
This is the Rapture. The Eternal Spirit of Christ in you. The separation of flesh and Spirit within the same person when they’re born again. Circumcision of the heart. The flesh is left at the cross… that place of darkness and death, crucified with Christ… and the Spirit is resurrected to sit in heavenly places, forever joined with the Lord. Risen with Christ to rule and reign over the flesh.
It’s a literal moment that happens and is experienced… not just doctrine to understand.
I made a video about a year ago, sharing my testimony of this moment. I am linking it below in case anyone is interested in watching it.