Torah Restoration Ministries

Evangelist Daniel John Lee

And to the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write -- These things says He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the Key of David, He that opens, and no man shuts, and shuts, and no man opens.  I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name . . ."


The Deception of the Greater Exodus Teaching 



In the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movements, there is a teaching known as the Greater Exodus which says that once Tribulation hits, those who follow Yah will be called out to go meet Yahshua somewhere in the wilderness. I've heard one teacher claim it will be Mt. Sinai. However, Yahshua clearly said He would not return until you see Him as lightning strikes from the east to the west, and ONLY THEN, when all see Him coming in the clouds of glory, will His elect be gathered unto Him in the sky. There are literally hundreds of passages to support this, but this one from Mark 13 does an excellent job of showing the order of events:

21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

22For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

23But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

24But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

25And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

26And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

27And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Now, we DO read of a very specific "exodus" in Revelation 12 where a woman clothed with the sun and crowned with 12 stars is born up on eagle's wings where she finds her place in the wilderness for 1260 days and is nourished by Yah. However, this is to a very specific group of people that, as chapter 12 notes, does not include the many who even keep the testimony of Yahshua and walk in His commandments, for the Dragon begins persecuting them after the woman escapes into this mysterious safe place in the wilderness.

Most people who espouse this Greater Exodus deception do not seem to be referring to Revelation 12. They seem to say that, in fact, our salvation is not, as Paul wrote so eloquently in I Thess 4, in Messiah gathering us together with Him in the air in our new resurrected bodies -- but instead we are physically going to go meet with Messiah somewhere on earth in our mortal bodies (pre-resurrection bodies). I've heard some snidely and sarcastically reject the Christian doctrine of the rapture in justifying this. While it is true that the Christian doctrine of the rapture is not exactly correct, it does have some basis in the Word which we can see from Daniel 12 and I Thess 4. Clearly, whether the Christian doctrine of the rapture is correct or not, we WILL be caught into the sky, and meet Yahshua in the air, in our transformed resurrected bodies -- and that will be our FIRST encounter with Messiah. We won't be going off into some wilderness area to find Messiah -- for that is exactly what Yahshua warns against in Mark 13.

I will provide more scriptural references to the above as time permits. This is just a first rough draft.

Yah bless and shalom

Daniel John Lee