God’s Angels May Ride Chariots During the Rapture

The old Gospel song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” may be correct. God’s Angels may ride Chariots during the Rapture.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

The old Gospel song may be right:

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry he home

I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Coming for to carry he home
A band of angels coming after me
Coming for to carry me home

God’s angels may ride chariots during the Rapture. The greatest evidence is found in Isaiah:

For behold, the Lord will come in fire And His chariots like the whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. (Isa. 66:15)

This is obviously referring to the Day of the Lord when the Rapture and the Wrath of God happen on the same day. On that day fire and brimstone will be hurled upon the earth after God’s chosen will be saved first by the Rapture. If God’s angels come in chariots, isn’t it likely that they use these in the Rapture?

God’s Chariots are mentioned in several other locations in scripture:

The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands. (Psalm 68:17)

He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
He makes the clouds His chariot;  He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers. (Psalm 104:3-4)

Behold, he goes up like clouds, And his chariots like the whirlwind; His horses are swifter than eagles. (Jer. 4:13)

You rode on Your horses, on Your chariots of salvation. (Hab. 3:8)

So it is obvious that God has Chariots. And it is verses like these that have inspired the Gospel Song quoted above.

Elijah’s “Rapture”

Obviously, we have a very concrete example of a rapture in a chariot.

As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. (2 Kings 2:11)

Is this a picture of what will happen at the Rapture of the righteous? Perhaps.

Later Elijah’s protege`, Elisha, revealed God’s armies to his servant as being in chariots:

Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)

Zechariah’s Chariots

Most readers of Revelation Deciphered (VIEW ON AMAZON.COM) are aware that the four colored horses of Revelation are first seen in scripture in Zechariah. Except in Zechariah, the horses are yoked to chariots!

Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains. (Zech. 6:1)

Zechariah’s horses are White, Red, Black and Spotted. Revelation’s first three horses are identically colored, but the fourth horse is Green. Zechariah’s vision doesn’t exclude this horse from being Green. “Spotted” is a pattern and this horse could be Green with spots or a plain color with Green spots.

Cherubim ARE Chariots

The most incredible mention of a chariot and angels appears in Chronicles:

Gold for the model of the chariot, [even] the cherubim that spread out their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord. (1 Chron. 28:18)

The cherubim on the Ark are described AS chariots. In Ezekiel, they are famously mentioned as having wheels.

Enter between the whirling wheels under the cherubim and fill your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim. (Ezek. 10:2)

God’s creations are more fantastic than I believe most of us imagine!


So are the angels of the Rapture Cherubim that have the form of chariots? And are they drawn by spiritual horses such as Zechariah’s horses? Scripture certainly seems to indicate they are, but only fulfillment of the Day of the Lord will prove it.



5 thoughts on “God’s Angels May Ride Chariots During the Rapture”

  1. Another thought here. The word for “winds” and “spirits” are one and the same. So, to add to what you presented above….

    Zechariah 6:1 Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming from between two mountains…. 5 And the angel answered and said to me, “These are four SPIRITS of heaven

    Matthew 24:31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds/SPIRITS, from one end of heaven to the other.

    If the angels are sent out to gather the elect from the four spirits, which Zech 6 tells us are four chariots, that must mean the chariots swoop and collect us first, then the angels collect us from these chariots. Thus we can conclude that the catching up of Elijah was indeed a foreshadow of the rapture in detail.

    I further agree that these are the first four seals in Revelation 6. It is asked, “Who is worthy to open the scroll?” The scroll cannot be opened without first opening all the seals. It is my understanding that all the seals will be broken at the same time. The whole scroll opening ordeal lasts only 30 minutes, as per the 7th seal.

    Luke 12:35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.

  2. I think you nailed this one, my friend! This is exactly what I believe will be the case at the rapture. Everything in the OT is recorded for a reason. Even the historical stories foreshadow end time events.

    The most interesting part of this story on Elijah is that only Elisha SAW the chariots. The other 50 onlookers did not see.

    2 Kings 2:10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, IF YOU SEE ME when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” …12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!”

    There is no record of the 50 onlookers on the other side of the Jordan ever seeing Elijah taken up or any chariots. They only saw Elisha with Elijah’s mantle. The Jordan is not very wide. Why didn’t the others SEE Elijah being taken up?

    1. Harvos, Notice that even the dead in this age are carried into Abraham’s bosom by angels. Luke 16:22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.”

      I do not see record that the sons of the prophets didn’t see the chariot. They may have and might not have seen it. They later say “perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley.” Perhaps Elisha told them what happened or perhaps they saw it. What is your theory?

  3. There are lots of medieval art that carries pictures of “vehicles” in the sky carrying heavenly beings. Some think that these were UFOs seen back in those days. We know that if they existed, they were probably demons. I read an extensive study on the subject many years ago that left me believing it is somewhat likely that some angels travel in what the Biblical writers called chariots that today we may see as UFOs. Up until the airplane was invented there was nothing to compare what they saw to except a chariot.

    Another exciting thing to look forward to seeing when Heaven is opened and comes down to Earth.

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