Rev 1:14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.
Daniel 7:9 "I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.
Daniel 10:6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.
Revelation 2:18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:Revelation 19:12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself
He sounds fearsome! Glorious! I can't wait to see Him! Meanwhile, I asked myself, "Self? What does pure wool look like, anyway?" And google helped me out.
Paul revealed the rapture about 20-30 years after Christ's ascension.The word 'mystery' here means hidden, not unfathomable.
"Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15:51-54)The last trump is not the Trumpets in the Trumpet Judgments as outlined in Revelation 8:7 to Revelation 11:15. If you're confused about the trumpets, please read Jack Kelley's explanation here. If you are still having doubts about whether the rapture will occur before the Tribulation (it will) please recall the incident at Sodom and Gomorrah. Many interpret the events at Sodom as a literal event and at the same time, also as a future picture of the rapture. Sodom was a city about to be judged for its grievous sins. However, the righteous are taken away, and the angel who has come to do the smiting even says in verse 22 that he cannot do anything until Lot (the righteous one) arrives safely at his destination. 2 Peter 2:6 reminds us that the smiting of Sodom was for past sins and as an example of what will happen to the ungodly. Not the ungodly and the righteous mixed together, only the ungodly. Saved believers are not ungodly but are considered righteous (Rom 4:5). As the scene opens, we see Abraham reminding the LORD of his character and nature, that He would not judge the righteous. He began his argument when he learned about the city's upcoming judgment where his nephew Lot resides:
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. Then Abraham approached Him and said: “Will You sweep away the righteous with the wicked? (Gen 18:22)Abraham began his contention at 50 righteous people, 'would the LORD judge Sodom if 50 righteous people reside in it?' And got down to ten. The LORD said He would not smite the city if there were 10 righteous people found inside it, and though there were fewer than 10 found, He made a provision to have those few removed before the judgments began. The character and nature of God is to stand the righteous with Him but to judge the wicked. Church-age believers are not wicked but justified and equal in His sight, our sins forgotten. (Micah 7:19) When the tribulation begins, the saved (righteous) will be away and safely residing at our destination prior to the wrath and judgment.
In a moment we will all be changed. Think on that. At one moment, you could be sitting at your computer with a cup of coffee at your hand, reading this very entry and the next, hear a trumpet and a voice and before you can blink, BE WITH JESUS! How marvelous! Before Israel was back in the land there wasn't a possibility of being raptured yet, but now since they are, and since we are coming up on the end of the generation that saw these things come to pass...(Mt 24:34; Psalm 90:10) then...our Groom may be getting ready to collect us now. Even if it is next year or 2 years...it is still so close. We may very soon be seeing the Lord of pure white hair and eyes like lightning and and clothes as pure as the driven snow and hear His voice of a rushing tumult say to us "Welcome good and faithful servant, to this place!"