Q. One thing we had wondered was, since the OT is so full of struggling twins and brothers: Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, etc., do you think that Lucifer and Yeshua were closer brothers in Heaven? Well, of course, as sons of Yahweh, they were brothers, but it seems there is more to this than meets the eye.
Also, I have trouble believing that we’re all going to be “raptured” and whisked off to heaven. Since there is no mention of the word “rapture” at all, some have interpreted this concept of meeting Him in the air as only for the chosen 144,000 (martyrs slain for Him) who will reign with Him (or serve as judges for mankind). When Yeshua said that the meek will inherit the earth, we take it to mean that His kingdom will be established on earth when it is restored to its former paradise under Yahweh’s Law.
A. You have some interesting theology. The teaching that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers in Heaven is one of the main thoughts of Mormonism. It is not only unscriptural but denies the divinity of Jesus, making Him into a created being like Lucifer. Jesus is not Lucifer’s brother, He’s Lucifer’s creator (Colossians 1:16).
The contention between brothers in Genesis is meant to demonstrate that what the elder despised, the younger revered. Cain brought the works of his hands to the altar in violation of God’s law and was rebuked. Abel brought the blood of an innocent lamb as instructed and was accepted. Esau despised the right of the first born and traded it for a bowl of soup. Jacob sought it and received the inheritance.
Both are meant to pre-figure the contrast between the first and last Adam. The first Adam violated God’s Law, lost his inheritance, and brought about man’s condemnation. The last Adam kept the Law, regained the inheritance and made it possible for man to become righteous.(Romans 5:18-19) “The first Adam became a living being, the last Adam a life-giving Spirit.” (1 Cor 15:45)
Paul called Jesus the last Adam because although as God He was before Adam, as man He came after him. Like Jesus, Adam is called the son of God (Luke 3:38)
There’s no mention of the word rapture in scripture because it’s neither of Hebrew nor Greek origin, the languages in which our Bible was written. Rapture is of Latin origin. The Greek word is “harpazo” and means to be snatched away or caught up. It’s found in 1 Thes. 4:17, in a prophecy of the rapture of the Church. The Bible does not mention the 144,000 of Rev. 7 either being martyred or reigning with the Lord.
The word rapture is like the word Lucifer in that both first appear in the Latin Vulgate translation and have stayed with us through the centuries since.
The Lord’s Kingdom will be established on Earth following the 2nd coming.