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'Trump Guided by God's Hand to Help Build Third Temple' - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz -
"Like channeled water is the mind of the king in Hashem's hand; He directs it to whatever He wishes." Proverbs 21:1 (The Israel Bible™)
President Donald Trump's epic proclamation on Wednesday acknowledging Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people was a major step towards establishing the Third Temple and bringing the Messianic era, said a number of Jewish activists working to rebuild the Holy Temple.
"What he did last night was an enormous step in bringing the Temple," Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality, told Breaking Israel News.
He added, "This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple."
Fried compared Trump's role to that of Cyrus, the Persian King who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple. Fried cited Proverbs to emphasize this point.
Like channeled water is the mind of the king in Hashem's hand; He directs it to whatever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1
"There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God)," Fried declared.
Yakov Hayman, the United Temple Movement chairman, saw Trump's statement as part of a historical progression joining a number of major shifts in modern history for Israel and the Jewish people.
"1917 was the Balfour Declaration establishing Israel for the nations," Hayman told Breaking Israel News. "2017 was Trump's declaration."
He said it was now only a matter of time until non-Jews made a similar declaration recognizing the Temple Mount as the site of the Jewish Temples, but noted that to move forward, it was necessary for foot soldiers in the cause to take the first steps. "When Jews and non-Jews go up en masse, the Temple is inevitable."
Hayman emphasized that all of the stages in this process required a multifaith effort, with Jews and non-Jews performing different roles while moving towards a mutual goal.
"The people of Israel are returning to their roots while simultaneously the non-Jews of the world are realizing the authenticity of our claim to the Temple Mount and our right to build a Jewish Temple as a House of Prayer for All Nations," Hayman explained.
"These processes are codependent. It depends on the Jews, our actions, but the non-Jews are an essential part of the process."
"Our task is to act as priests to make the whole world holy," Hayman said, citing Exodus.
You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Exodus 19:6
"That will only happen in a Temple in Jerusalem," he emphasized. "The next step, the most important step, must be taken by the Jews. We need to begin going up to the Temple Mount is massive numbers. Once we do that, the Temple is the next inevitable step."
He noted that Trump's personality is uniquely suited for the role of the non-Jewish leader who begins the Messianic process.
"There is something very special and holy in Trump," Hayman said. "Sometimes, he appears coarse and not connected to religion, but every time he addresses the nation he speaks about God. Last night, he said his motivation for recognizing was Jerusalem was because it was the right thing to do. That is precisely how a leader guided by God should speak."
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, was cautiously optimistic.
"One year ago, the Sanhedrin called on Trump to build the Temple as Cyrus did 2,000 years ago," Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News. "He has clearly moved in this direction but there is still a long way to go and many pitfalls that could prevent that from happening."
"Trump is facing enormous political pressures," Rabbi Weiss noted. "The borders of Jerusalem are still open to negotiation. The Temple Mount is still not a settled issue and the United Nations is working hard at trying to convince the world the Jews have no place there. If Trump is to succeed, the Jews have to come together in unity in order for him to remain strong."
The Strategic Timing of Trumps Move to Recognize Jerusalem - By Dovid Efune -
US President Donald Trump has faced a virtual torrent of criticism since recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday.
He should pay the critics no heed. The move is not only morally the right thing to do, it's also a political masterstroke. Let me explain.
Generally, the critics can be divided into two categories.
The first group -- among them the Ramallah-headquartered Palestinian Authority and Gaza Strip-ruling terror organization Hamas (along with various Arab and Muslim states, and even the US State Department) -- has made the case against recognition as being vital to prevent the inevitable violence and outrage that will follow as a result.
But Arab blackmail doesn't feel like a compelling argument against implementing American law and doing what's right -- certainly for the United States. In addition, neither of these entities has much of a track record in furthering the cause of peace.
The second group, who are generally supportive of the move, have questioned the timing -- ahead of the expected unveiling of a White House peace initiative in the coming weeks.
The timing, however, appears to be very well considered. It's highly appropriate to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the outset of a peace push for the following reason:
When Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, whom Trump has tasked with the Mideast peace brief, embarked on their "listening tour" soon after the president took office, they were advised by at least one regional actor that, in the words of Albert Einstein, one can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results.
In many ways, it seems that this word of advice -- frankly, a matter of common sense -- has served as a guiding principle in the nascent peace efforts.
From what we have seen so far, the peacemaking team has sought to implement new approaches on at least four fronts.
Firstly, there's the "regional approach" concept, which was mentioned by both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump in their first White House meeting. The practical manifestation of this alignment between Israel and the Sunni Arab states has yet to be clearly presented, but remains a constant subject of peace discussions.
Second is the commitment to push the parties to the table without imposing a predetermined outcome. "We're trying to find a solution that comes from the region, not to impose," Kushner told attendees at the Saban Forum over the weekend.
Third, there's the focus on "bottom up" actions, seeking to build cooperation between the Palestinian and Israel people themselves by appealing to interests. This "economic peace" concept was behind the US-facilitated landmark water deal inked in July by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there is the administration's willingness to apply pressure on the Palestinian Authority. Whereas some past presidents have handled PA leaders with kid gloves, Trump has taken a far more forthright approach, bringing up prickly issues like PA payments to terrorists without thinking twice.
This is vital because, as has been very well documented, the greatest obstacle to progress in the region has been Palestinian intransigence. The Israelis have shown -- perhaps mistakenly -- an incredible capacity to offer painful concessions for the cause of peace, including land transfers, prisoner releases and dangerous security arrangements, often at great political risk.
Time and again, these gestures were rebuffed, and the Palestinians were excused as being the weaker, aggrieved, more delicate party.
The Palestinians first introduced the Trump administration to their duplicitous strategies when PA President Mahmoud Abbas told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in June that they were ending the terror payments, only to recommit themselves to the sponsorship shortly afterwards.
But now we have a White House that favors results over process, and understands that presenting the Palestinians with real, permanent and painful costs for their rejectionism may provide the best opportunity for progress. Both carrots and sticks are necessary, and the White House appears to be preparing one hell of a stick.
There's the ever present threat to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; the threat to shut down the PA office in DC; the specter of White House support for the Taylor Force Act, which will see significant cuts to US financial aid to the Palestinians; Trump's unwillingness to specify the two-state solution as the only solution to the conflict; and even the threat to withhold funds from international bodies that give the PA and the PLO full membership, which was circulated in the administration's early days.
In addition, the Palestinians will not be quick to forget that it was a matter of months before they were even able to establish contact with Trump's team. They should not be taking that access for granted.
The Israelis have long been concerned -- with due reason -- that the Palestinians have never intended to pursue a genuine peace and that the peace process is seen as a tactic to secure more land from which to launch continued attacks on the Jewish state.
Leaders of the PA have paid lip service to the peace initiatives over the years, but the statements in the PA's founding and guiding documents, its glorification of terrorists, the curriculum taught in its schools and its constant incitement on social media, among other things, have all long-told another story.
Here we have an administration that for the first time seems prepared to call the Palestinians' bluff. The recognition of Jerusalem at the onset of a peace initiative -- and the lining up of further potential repercussions -- shows the Palestinians and the international community just how serious the president is.
O Jerusalem - J.L. Robb -
A year after I was born, Israel was reborn. At age 1, I did not have a clue to the significance of May 14, 1948 nor did I know of the numerous Biblical predictions of Israel's return to center stage.
As a kid, I went to Sunday School and sometimes, church; but it was 32 years later before I began to learn about these 2,700-year-old prophecies. That is sad. Until I read Hal Lindsey's The Late Great Planet Earth and was introduced to Biblical prophecies concerning the Last Days, I was unsure if God really existed. The more I read, the more I was convinced that prophecy was the proof of the pudding.
Today, December 6, 2017, may prove to be the biggest day in Israel's post-1948 history.
After Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama campaigned on and promised a move of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's eternal capital; there is finally a president who is actually planning to do what he said he would do.
Today, President Trump is reportedly announcing a move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital of Israel, Jerusalem. If this does come to fruition, the United States will be the first country to recognize Jerusalem, the City of David, as the capital of Israel. I am not sure President Trump knows the significance of this move in prophecy.
So what did the ancient, Jewish prophets say about Israel and her return in the Last Days?
"In that day, I will restore David's fallen shelter- I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins- and will rebuild it as it used to be, so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name," declares the Lord, who will do these things.
"The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.
"They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God. Amos 9:11-15 NIV
Amos, a shepherd, lived in Tekoa, a village in Judah, southeast of Bethlehem. Amos, though from Judah, prophesied God's messages to the 10 tribes of Israel in the north, telling the leaders to get back to God or else. He wrote from about 760-750 B.C. and predicted the restoration of Israel after her exile, in the Last Days.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: "I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God." Zechariah 8:7-8 NIV
Zechariah wrote his prophecies about 520 B.C. and probably saw the rise of the Greek Empire. Zechariah's book is one of the last in the Old Testament and in many ways, parallels Revelation. There are similarities between Zechariah's visions and the four horsemen of Revelation, the measuring of Jerusalem and the flying scroll.
The prophet Isaiah had a lot to say about the restoration of Israel to her ancient lands, and he wrote from about 700-680 B.C. Like Zechariah, Isaiah was from Judah.
"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth- everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." Isaiah 43:5-7 NIV
Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. Isaiah 66:8 NIV
Israel's rebirth happened in a single day, May 14, 1948.
Jeremiah wrote from about 585-500 B.C. and was a priest in the town of Anathoth. Jeremiah was known as the "weeping prophet" because of all the doom and gloom he predicted would befall Israel and the world.
"However, the days are coming," declares the Lord, "when it will no longer be said, 'As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' but it will be said, 'As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors." Jeremiah: 16:14-15 NIV
"I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the Lord.
"The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.
"So then, the days are coming," declares the Lord, "when people will no longer say, 'As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' 8 but they will say, 'As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live in their own land." Jeremiah 23:3-8 NIV
"I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile." Jeremiah 29:14 NIV
'The days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,' says the Lord." Jeremiah 30:3 NIV
I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. Jeremiah 32:37 NIV
The prophet Ezekiel wrote his book from 593-571 B.C. and came from a priestly family who served in the Jewish Temple. He was captured and taken into captivity in 597 B.C. by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Ezekiel contains more dates than any other Biblical record. Ezekiel received a vision of the millennial temple that was to be established by the Messiah upon his return in the Last Days.
"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.'
"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.' Ezekiel 11:16-17 NIV
"'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.'" Ezekiel 28:25-26 NIV
As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.
I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel 34:12-14 NIV
... and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. Ezekiel 37:21-22 NIV
With all these prophecies about Israel's return to her land in the Last Days, it had to happen. It is also evident that the return includes a return to Jerusalem.
The TV news is aghast at what the move of our embassy to Jerusalem might mean for Israeli peace with the Palestinians. I hear the wringing of hands among European leaders, that recognizing Jerusalem will anger the Palestinians who consider Jerusalem as their capital.
Don't you have to be a country or nation to have a capital? Palestine is a territory and has never-ever been a nation or country. Jerusalem has never been their capital. The Muslims are experts at calling a rose a lily and know that if they say it enough, the lemmings will believe.
King David was the greatest king Israel ever had, because they missed out on Jesus by their rejection. Jerusalem was called the City of David.
Will the Palestinian Arabs get angry? Does a bear pee in the woods? The Arabs and the Persians (Iranians) have been mad at the world and each other for thousands of years. No matter what President Trump does today, they will still be angry. Indeed, there will be a war.
Prophecy of the Last Days is playing out right in front of the eyes of the world. I think it is exciting and am glad I am here to see it.
On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. Zechariah 12:3 NIV
President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the embassy will move to Jerusalem.
1:07 PM EST December 6, 2017. A date that will always be significant.
In Defense of Bible Prophecy - By Daniel Payne -
There is much debate about Bible Prophecy within the broad realm of those who claim to be Christians. Everything from subtle nuances related to specific prophetic events, to whether there are any further prophecies that await any future fulfillment at all.
There are those who believe that events foretold in the Bible should be taken literally, and there are still others who believe that most prophetic events foretold in the Bible are figurative, symbolic, or allegorical in nature.
For instance, there are those who believe in a literal future 1,000-year kingdom known as the Millennium, or the Millennial Reign of Christ, and yet there are others who believe the 1,000 years are not 1,000 literal years, but instead they are "figurative," representing the here and now.
Those who reject the Millennium as a literal 1,000-year period when Christ will return to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, are saying that the Bible doesn't mean what it actually says. God's Word clearly states that there will indeed be a period of 1,000 literal years when all things in heaven and on earth will be summed up in Christ:
"And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years" (Revelation 19:16, 20:4b).
"That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him" (Ephesians 1:10).
It is a mystery how anyone can rationally conclude that all things on earth are currently gathered together in Christ, when taking into account the absolutely depraved evil currently spreading around the globe like a poison gas.
It is not being outside a particular denomination or church that causes misinterpretation and blindness; it is being outside of the teaching of the Holy Spirit that leads to prophetic apathy:
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you" (John 14:26).
"In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise" (Ephesians 1:13).
"These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him" (1 John 2:26-27).
John means that the true Christian does not need any teaching apart from what is found in the Word of God. Faithful teachers will only teach what is found in the Word of God. In John's day, the Gnostics professed to have additional truth which gave rise to additional teachings. However, John says that there is no need for additional truth outside of the Word of God in our heads, and the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
Be wary of anyone or any group that would rather quote the words of men in regard to biblical truths as opposed to reading the words of God Himself. Quoting the Bible should always take precedence over quoting the "blessed" (orthodox, catholic, etc.) church fathers or councils.
Theology based upon verses taken out of context is a misinterpretation and a misrepresentation of the Bible. For instance, to quote 1 Peter 2:9: "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood...." in order to teach that believers are currently reigning on earth with Christ right now, is to ignore the entire context of Peter's teaching.
Just a few verses later, Peter shows that he agrees with Paul when Paul taught that "our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20).
"Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme..." (1 Peter 2:13).
As it is God's desire that children progress in their knowledge of the world they experience around them as they grow older, so it is also His desire that the generations of mankind should grow in their understanding of His plan for humanity, as the time of the end draws near.
"And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:26-27).
"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious" (1 Peter 2:2-3).
Unfortunately, due to human nature, we stunt our own growth in the knowledge of the Lord's plan for us through pride:
"And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal" (1 Corinthians 3:1-2).
"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (Hebrews 5:12-14).
God prophesied through Daniel that knowledge about God's plan for the generations will increase when the time for its final fulfillment is near:
"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" (Daniel 12:4).
"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).
God clearly teaches that it is His will to unveil more knowledge of His plan for mankind according to His timing and authority:
"Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, 'Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?' And He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you'" (Acts 1:6-8a).
"Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him" (Ephesians 1:9-10).
The Lord Jesus Himself said that there are still more prophets to come:
"Jesus answered and said to them, 'Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.' Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist" (Matthew 17:11-13).
The Lord's disciples asked Him about Elijah because Malachi had prophesied to Israel that Elijah must come prior to the Messiah's advent:
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord" (Malachi 4:5).
The Lord agreed that Elijah indeed had to come first as a prophet announcing a change in God's provision for salvation. When Jesus explained that Elijah had already come through the ministry of John the Baptist, "then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist" (Matthew 17:13).
John the Baptist was not Elijah but he had come "in the spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:17). If Israel had accepted John the Baptist and his message, then he would have fulfilled the prophesied role of Elijah:
"For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come" (Matthew 11:13-14).
However, according to the foreknowledge of the Lord, the nation of Israel did not receive and recognize the significance of the ministry of John the Baptist. Instead, they rejected him as they would also reject the true King.
There is every reason to believe that before Christ's Second Advent, a prophet will arise to prepare Israel for the coming King. Whether it will be Elijah personally or someone with a similar ministry is nearly impossible to say at this point.
In relation to Bible Prophecy, the Word of God has either been twisted to mean something entirely different than what it actually says, or the signs that have been revealed to those of us living in the last days are ignored as being not originally taught in the early church.
There are many indications that the return of Jesus may be very near:
1. The formation of Israel in 1948 as prophesied in Ezekiel 39:21-29 and Luke 21:29-31. For the first time in many centuries, the Jews have a national existence in their own homeland.
2. The rise of numerous other nations as prophesied in Luke 21:29. Jesus predicted that not only would the fig tree shoot forth, but that all the trees would as well. The demise of historical colonial governments has given rise to many new nations within the last century.
3. The ecumenical movement was prophesied in Revelation 17 and 18, as "Babylon the Great." A vast religious, political, and commercial system made up of apostate religious bodies that profess to be Christian, is hastily moving toward creating a new world super-church.
4. The great apostasy and falling away from true fundamental biblical faith as prophesied in 1 Timothy 4 and 2 Thessalonians 2, is taking place around the world today.
5. The drastic decline of moral standards as prophesied in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. The truth of this total moral depravity and breakdown cannot go unnoticed in our modern age of 24-hour social media and news.
6. Widespread violence and civil disobedience as prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8. This mystery of lawlessness is working overtime through the spirit of the antichrist.
7. The rise of anti-Christian spiritualism that takes the form of "Christianity" was prophesied in 2 Timothy 3:5-8 and 1 John 2:18. This false Christian spirit is manifested in many false cults which profess to be Christian but deny almost every fundamental doctrine of the true Christian faith. They deceive by intimidation.
8. The current will of nations to align themselves together into groups that either approximate or outright fit the lineup of nations as prophesied in Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, etc.
9. The rise in frequency of earthquakes, the threat of worldwide famine and disease, and the increasing racial tensions among nations as prophesied by the Lord in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21).
10.And finally, the outright apathetic denial of the impending intervention by the Lord into the affairs of mankind by way of the Rapture, the Tribulation judgment, and the literal 1,000-year Millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
"Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation'" (2 Peter 3:3-4).
Has Your Mansion Been Built in New Jerusalem? - By Joseph Chambers -
"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man" (Luke 21:34-36).
Every time a person surrenders to Christ with a lifelong covenant, the Lord commissions His angels to build a mansion. That covenant must be an utter abandonment to live only for Christ. Until we are willing to be His servants and to serve Him without regard for our own will, there is no true covenant. The church world is full of part-time Christians and it is destroying the message of faith.
A church full of godly people is a powerhouse for Heaven and for the earth. America's problems are not the White House but God's house. The Lord has made it plain that we must turn from our selfish ways and lay our all on the altar. The end results of a life-long covenant are breathtaking. Not only will we have a mansion in His eternal kingdom, but we will have a Holy Ghost filled life. Imagine living in the Garden of Eden rebuilt and of a far-reaching glory. What a day before the "sold-out saints."
The famous garden that the great Creator created, in which He placed Adam and Eve, disappeared in Southern Iraq, which was originally called Sumer, approximately four thousand years ago. It is presumed that it was present and protected by the Cherubim of God until the great flood. Men were not allowed in this garden after the fall lest they would eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden and then live eternally in their depraved state.
"And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:22-24).
If there is a theme in the last chapter of Revelation and last chapter of the Bible, it must be the return of this incredible garden near the city of New Jerusalem that is certainly at the center of God's presence in the new heaven and the new earth. I have found that almost no attention has been given to this incredible truth.
The original Garden of Eden had to have been the most magnificent garden ever created. Creating gardens has been a pastime and a joy of the rich and famous for millenniums. It seems to me that this lost centerpiece of human life has left a vacuum in the human family that has never found true satisfaction. This garden was so pristine and perfect that it invited the joy of fellowship between God and His choice creation. Because of its excellent beauty and the deep sense of the divine delight of the Creator, Satan chose it as his location of attack against God and man.
Even as Eve listened to Satan's lie, the River of Life was splashing in the background. When she looked upon the tree of good and evil, she well may have held in her hands the fruit of the Tree of Life. Her deception and then Adam's deception occurred within the reach of a life so perfect and full that the heart of a pure soul has never understood such foolishness.
How could it have happened?
The only possible answer is that our Creator gave this man He created absolute right of choice. He wanted love that had the right to choose to love, because all other love is not really love. That day in the breathtaking garden, sorrow began that still rushes like a tsunami upon the whole of the human family and the created world. This great closing text reveals the final end of human misery and a total new beginning.
The Creator is going to move in with His redeemed family; the total curse will have been eliminated, and we will actually see the Father face-to-face. While New Jerusalem will be the most magnificent creation of all eternity, the earth will have been recreated into the paradise of perfect bliss. It will be a worldwide garden and nothing of disease, weeds, undergrowth, or destroying insects will be present to mar the beauty. If you can imagine the city of New Jerusalem set within and upon this garden-like world and the beauty of both, united to welcome all of His and the Lamb's family, you are beginning to get the vision. We will be so identified with Him that His family appearance will be written upon each continent.
His entire cosmos will be filled with creative beauty. The only exception will be the Lake of Fire that will contain the wicked. The second death, the most dreadful indictment ever assigned, will have been finished and assigned to its victims, and that multitude of the wicked will be cast into this eternal lake of brimstone. It will be in the vicinity of Babylon and large enough to contain every lost soul of all eternity. It will be possible for man to visit this site and forever remember the sacrifice of the Lamb that spared their souls that same fate.
Isaiah spoke of this dreadful place that would be visible forever.
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh" (Isaiah 66:22-24).
Babylon has been the devil's capital since the day of Nimrod. He moved it to Rome nearly two thousand years ago, but only to deceive. The Antichrist will return this capital back to Babylon.
Isaiah also spoke of this future judgment against Satan and clearly tied this location to Babylon. He saw, "That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased...Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee ...
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit" (Isaiah14:4, 9-12, 15).
"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you" (2 Corinthians 7:1-3).
Hell will rise up out of the heart of the earth to be joined with the Lake of Fire, and God will set a boundary around the ancient center of Satanism. It will become the final abode of Lucifer, the Antichrist, and the false prophet, along with his fallen angels and every wicked soul that rejected God's offering of grace. Babylon will finally become the desolation promised by the prophets of old. God the Creator will reward the wicked at the very center from which wickedness has charmed the earth.
Anyone that doubts the Book of Revelation must deny some of the plainest speech in the Bible. After John has finished viewing the city of New Jerusalem in the midst of the new heaven and new earth, his host that had taken him on the tour spoke great words of warning. This angel, that later identified himself as a fellow servant of Jesus Christ, said to John:
"And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done" (Revelation 22:6).
The messenger continued his attention to John by prophesying of Christ and for Christ. "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book" (Revelation 22:7).
Before we review the verses individually, we must understand the warning in this book that speaks so loudly. The church world is full of religious people and leaders that either deny or ignore this "Masterpiece of Truth." The messenger to John, pronounced by the voice of Holy Ghost prophecy, that it is spiritual death to change or reject these words.
"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Revelation 22:19).
Jesus also said that the "Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35).
It is time for the church and the church world to embrace this wonderful revelation within the Book of Revelation.
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 22:1-5).
These verses continue the subject of chapter twenty-one. This magnificent city of New Jerusalem is more than an ordinary city; it is the temple of God and Christ. This temple is united with the city of New Jerusalem, the home of Christ's bride. God the Father is moving the heavenly temple within the New Jerusalem and uniting it all with His new creation. Our view of this eternal and glorious creation is certainly limited to human words and descriptions that remind us of the Biblical warning,
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12).
This is the grandest view ever revealed and from it we can catch a limited vision of our future. Living for anything but our Lord Jesus Christ and His eternal plans is folly.
John is now allowed to view one of the most breathtaking aspects of this city and the new world. The River of Life and The Tree of Life is second only to the Father and the Lamb as the heartthrob of this city. It is our substance of eternal life. While Adam and Eve were created to be eternal, the River of Life and the Tree of Life were the source of that eternal life.
So, it is in this eternal picture again as it was in the beginning. We will live forever, and the provision of that life is flowing directly out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. Our eternal life is not resident in His created family but in Himself and the Lamb of God. While this river is a literal river and this tree is a literal tree, the substance of both the river and tree is divine life, His divine life provided for His family.
This river will flow throughout this great and marvelous city and throughout the new earth. The original river in Eden divided into four streams and flowed far and wide to provide life for all of Adam and Eve's family. This river flowing from the throne of God shall certainly do no less but will be the joy of the whole universe.
On either bank of this river will be the Tree of Life. The Bible is not speaking of one tree, but of one variety of multiple trees bearing multiple fruits. This tree will bare twelve manners of fruit, and the fruit will be yielded and renewed monthly. Everywhere the river flows, the tree will line its banks and satisfy every eternal soul with life everlasting. The leaves of the tree will be filled with renewable nutrients that provide perfect substance for our glorified bodies.
The curse of sin is finished and the glorified saints will have perfect fellowship with their God and Father. It will be the joy of the earth to serve the Great Creator and His Son and to worship Him forever. The care of our mansions and the breathtaking gardens that fill the landscape will fill every saint with unfailing pleasure. Fellowship with other saints, viewing a dazzling world of exquisite beauty, and worshipping with the angels and great prophets will never allow for one moment of boredom.
There will never be a sunset. Artificial light will not be needed because this new world will be flooded with the light of the Lord God Himself. It will be a world bathed in the glory of the Eternity and filled with His presence forever and ever.
"And he said unto me, these sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, see thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethen the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God" (Revelation 22:6-9).
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (1 John 2:15-17).
The fact that this angel of God, charged with delivering this message of Jesus Christ, would interrupt this great revelation to emphasize the truthfulness of this great masterpiece is thrilling. This messenger is not speaking for himself but by direct inspiration. These words are the words of God. Everything in this book is perfect, "faithful and true" and cannot be denied or changed. The angel plainly says,
"The Lord God of the holy prophets sent (me) his angel to show unto His servants the things which must surely come to pass."
This book is either literal or all of Christianity is in trouble.
The great statement that I have already quoted in the beginning of this chapter is a post-stated warning that carries the student or reader back to chapter four, where the saints were caught up to the throne before the Great Tribulation. This is given to readers and students of this book so we do not wait to suffer through the great Antichrist period. Let's read that warning again:
"Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book" (Revelation 22:7).
The Lord did this very same thing in Matthew chapter twenty-four when He painted the picture of the dark Tribulation but ended with a route of escape. No believer has to endure the coming hell on earth. The Lord said the exact same thing to the church of Philadelphia:
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Revelation 3:10).
When John could get his breath from what he had seen and heard, he fell down in front of this angel or messenger to worship. This walking tour of the city, plus the words of proof for all he had seen, left him in a rapturous mood. But the angel was more than an angel. He was a servant of the Lord, a fellow servant, a glorified saint, actually an elder participant in the grand events of God's kingdom. This certainly suggests that the saints of God in Heaven are not there to picnic, but to worship and participate. This servant of God was quick to confirm that he was one "of them which keeps the saying of this book." He adds, "Worship God."
"And he saith unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be" (Revelation 22:10-12).
Now we get a warning on top of a warning. This Elder of the Lord (let's call him that for the rest of this discussion) plainly tells John that this book is an ironclad truth that cannot be put aside. The Book of Revelation has been on the shelf all the way back to the beginning of the dark ages. Too few of God's saints have dared to dig into this Masterpiece. The hour has come that no believer can dare wait to keep these great truths. The Elder says something that is hair-raising:
"Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand." If it were at hand, then what would that Elder say today? This book is a "Revelation, an unveiling," not a "concealing or a hidden thing."
The Elder then declares a warning that leaves no one innocent. "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still." Righteousness is not just a legalistic standing or a positional standing, but a literal transformation. We will be what we are now in our heart and present lifestyle when we stand before the Great Judge unless, if needed, you allow grace to transform you.
The declaration that follows the warning is exciting. The Lord to whom we relate is perfect in His sovereign being, and every facet of eternity is totally open before Him. When He comes, every saint of God will be rewarded. The reward is based on one thing alone - obedience to Him in our works. We will be rewarded and every reward will be individually determined. We will get what our surrender and devotion to Him merits. The new heaven, the new earth, the New Jerusalem, and the Garden of Eden will not be a place of identical saints and rewards, but every person will be special. Every mansion will be different and every garden will be unique.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs (reference to various groups of impure people: Deuteronomy 23:18; Isaiah 56:10; Matthew 15:22-28; Philippians 3:2), and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star" (Revelation 22:13-16).
These closing truths of this great book are really breathtaking. Easy Christianity is the product of apostasy. That certainly never existed in the Bible. The Elder is clearly caught up in the language and the message of our God and His Son. Right in the middle of these closing words, the Spirit takes this elder's lips and he proclaims the voice of the Sovereign One, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Then, as God continued to speak, He said, "Blessed are they that do his commandments." The promises are more than worthy of our total commitments. Every saint will enjoy the Tree of Life and have the right to either live in the city of His Bride or visit and enjoy the city.
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him" (Revelation 22:1-3).
As I said in the opening of this chapter, the Lake of Fire will be on earth for eternity and will be visible to be visited. The warning, "For without are dogs," makes it clear that the judgment will forever be in the conscience of every saint. To forget the consequence of sin and its judgment would be unthinkable. The sacrifice of the Son of God will be an eternal matter and we will never forget to worship our Savior. The glorified saints will possess in themselves the redemption of the Cross, and the glory of our new bodies will forever testify to the triumph of Calvary. This is why the Lord Jesus Christ is called the "Lamb" right down to the very last chapter.
Jesus Christ gave this book to John through an array of angels and elders and for the church. It belongs to every church and every saint. It is our last "Will and Testament" and was always meant to bless and embolden the followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord said, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
What a love letter! This is straight from the Lord Himself.
If you live in and obey this book, the world will appear exactly as it is, a fading kingdom soon to be judged and renewed in righteousness just for the Bride of Christ and the saints of God.
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17).
The harvest of the precious fruits of the earth is never far from the heart of God. Right in the heart of Revelation, from chapter one to this transcending close of chapter twenty-two, "there is a rainbow above the throne." It never gets so dark that something special does not appear to show the mercy extended to lost souls.
This next statement is remarkable: "The Holy Spirit says, Come." The heart of the Holy-Ghost office is the wooing of the unsaved. "Let him that heareth" shows the obligation of every recipient of grace. No one can know of salvation without the obligation of telling it to others. "Let him that is athirst come" is a call that never ends until the last soul is saved or judged. "Whosoever will" is the invitation of Holy Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. No one has the right to tell even one soul that there is no hope. "Whosoever will" is the theme of the Bible.
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Revelation 22:18-19).
The Word of God is forever settled in Heaven. Before one word was ever given to any man to write, the Bible was complete. The Word of God is a heavenly book that has been given to the earthly church. The command has always been not to change or eliminate what the Spirit has given. He first warns us not to add to His revelations. We are warned that to add will be to receive the plagues written in this book. He then warns not to "take away" from the book. This warning comes with stated results. If we "take away" His words, He will take away our name from His Book of Life. These are awesome warnings.
"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (Revelation 22:20-21).
The parting words of our Lord as He closes His dialogue with John were beautiful. The Elder speaks, "He which testifieth these things saith," and then the Elder gives the final words of the Lord, "Surely I come quickly." The Elder added, "Amen." I think John then added by inspiration, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." Maybe it was John that spoke the "Amen," also. Either way, this is a wonderful close to a heavenly vision. John then says to all the church that read these supernatural words, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
This chapter is a highlight of this great Masterpiece. To see the Garden of Eden reappear for the first time since Genesis chapter three is beautiful. Of course, it could not appear until redemption was complete. The entrance of sin had broken the great fellowship that men had with God. The Father's love demanded that a shadow of fellowship be restored, but the fellowship was always conducted with blood as its doorway. From the garden, when coats were made by God the Father, to this final revelation where a Lamb slain walks in every sentence, blood alone has been the Father's carefully laid plan. Now redemption is finished and God and His family are going to live together forever.
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The Book of the Apocalypse - by Pastor Mike Taylor -
1 "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." (Revelation 1:1-3)
Of all the books of the Bible, the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse is a most mysterious book to some, but just reading these first few verses tells the reader that the book is designed to "reveal" to the reader what is going to happen in the future. Many people look at this Book of the Apocalypse and feel that it is just too hard to understand. They see verses with what appears to by symbolic passages and just avoid reading this book, as it just confuses them. Note this will be an abbreviated version, as to interpret all of the imagery we find, would take many messages in several different parts, but let us make some observations.
YOUR PRIEST OR PREACHER WILL TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS?
In the past, denominations warned their followers that this was not a book for them to read, and if they wanted to know anything that was written in the Bible, especially this much misunderstood book, to come to them, and they would tell them what it means. Problem with that, is the person doesn't know if the information given to them is the truth, or designed to keep them under control of the religion they profess to follow. It was that way for the last 1700 years, when a Gnostic church rose to power and prevented the masses from even reading their bible, let alone to understand what the verses meant. But is the book of Revelation a book that is not for the average Christian, or is it just too complicated to comprehend all the perceived imagery? The answer to that question, is NO....it is a book of revealing, not concealing, as our Savior wanted us to know the "Time of the end" and what will come upon the earth...Let us take a journey into the pages of this book and see if we can make sense of a book that many just avoid.
THE GLORIFIED SAVIOR REVEALS HIMSELF TO JOHN
Our Glorified Savior opens this book by showing the image of His glory and dictates to the apostle concerning the 7 churches of Asia. These were real churches in Asia Minor, but was also used to illustrate the 7 stages of the progression of the church down through the whole of the Church Age. Each church illustrates what happened in a specific time period that many would be future to the Apostle. Our Lord proceeds to dictate what He finds acceptable and unacceptable issues that our Savior and Lord have with each of these churches, until He comes to the last two churches, of the Church of Philadelphia and the Church of Laodecia. As I have preached in the past, these two final progressions of the church have overlapped one another, as the Church of Philadelphia was the missionary and revival of following the Great Commission that Jesus gave His 11 apostles, (as Judas had already committed suicide) which will continue until she is taken out of this world, and Church of Laodecia who would be the luke-warm church of the falling away, or apostasy that Jesus prophesied would be a sign of the end of days and being thrown headlong into the coming tribulation. As a reader progresses through these first three chapters, our Lord makes a promise to those who populate the earth and His church at the end of the Age of Grace, the Church Age.
10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." (Revelation 3:10)
I believe this promise is made to the Church of Philadelphia that would endure the worldly pull with its temptations, and repent of her sins and stay true to the Lamb of God who took away their sins...But note what the verse says. In plain English, Jesus proclaims that because you have kept my commandments, followed in my footsteps, accepted my payment for your sins, that Jesus would keep them from the hour of temptation. What temptation is Jesus talking about?
Jesus proclaims what other parts of the Bible speaks of, that there would come a strong temptation to follow after another god on earth. Namely, the coming Anti-Christ who will demand worship from all people on earth, and will show signs and wonders that would, if possible, fool the very elect.
" For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24)
But notice something that I have revealed before, and I stress the point here as well. The statement Jesus makes of the phrase "keep thee from" in verse 10 of Revelation 3, in the original Greek that the Bible was written in, reveals to us that the original word in Greek for this phrase is the word "ek" which literally means to "take out of, or remove from ." As some people erroneously believe, God will "take us out of" not through the coming Tribulation.
SHIFT IN BIBLE PROPHECY
After speaking with John about all the ages of the Church, Jesus stops His narrative and dictating to John what to write, and immediately, John is transported to a heavenly realm in vision, and in His Spirit and records what he sees...it reminds me of when Paul was taken to the third heaven and heard things that are not lawful for a man to hear. As Paul was spirited away to another plane of existence, so John was also taken spiritually into another realm to witness the throne room of God.
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." (Revelation 4:1-2)
As you read, John describes the throne room of our Living God the Father sitting on a throne surrounded by 24 elders clothed in white raiment and crowns of gold on their heads. This description has confused many people, as some have tried to explain who they "think they are" as being angels, or non-humans, or being totally baffled and just read right over it.
4 "And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold." (Revelation 4:4)
But look at the description, and note where John has been, and where he is right now. He had just come from the explanation of the church ages, and in now in the throne room of God who shows him elders sitting on thrones. Their description gives them away. One, they are elders, so they would be those who are reigning with God and have great authority, as 24 is a symbol in Biblical terms as a sign of government, as 12 is this sign, and it is doubled here. They are clothed in White Raiment, and if you do a search, as it is found in the same book in Chapter 19, that white raiment is a sign of the saints. See, they are seated, so their work is over on earth as they have conquered, and on their heads are crowns of gold. Where have we read about having crowns of gold for the sign of the saints?
"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." (James 1:12)
13,"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14, If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward." (1st Corinthians 3:13-14)
These seated saints, who have overcome, have received their rewards, they are clothed with a sign of the saints, and they sit on thrones in God's government. To me, it is a clear sign that the Church, those who are now "born again" into God's realm are now forever in God's presence and have been removed from this earth, as the book of Revelation is a near chronological book of events which I will briefly outline how the symmetry of the Word of God in this book is laid out.
the first three book are the Ages of the Church, up to and including the age we are now in.
the fourth and fifth chapters reveal the rapture of the church, the HARPAZO that Paul spoke of in 1st Corinthians and 1st Thessalonians....we have been snatched away from the coming wrath, by force and changed into immortal beings.
Beginning in chapter 6, the bible is divided into component parts. The next 6 chapters speak of the Tribulation, that begins with Jesus opening the 1st seal of the scroll which is the title deed of all creation that Jesus has bought with His own blood, and now will reclaim it, and begin cleansing it for His reign and rule.
Then right in the middle of these chapters, we see a description of the players in this human drama with Israel being the focus of the Tribulation in chapter 12. The whole of this chapter is about Israel, just as Matthew 24 is focused on Israel and has nothing to do with the Gentile church in both chapters that many think He is talking about the church, which He is not.
The next 6 chapters of Revelation 13-18 can only be summed up to be the Great Tribulation when the Beast power and the Anti-Christ are on a rampage to bring worship to the Satan indwelled son of the devil, the false Christ.
Chapter 19 is the beginning of the reign of Christ, as He comes to put down all rebellion on earth, and throw the false prophet and the Anti-Christ into the Lake of fire alive.
The next three chapter describe the Millennial Kingdom, the loosening of Satan for a season, and the Great White throne Judgment leading into eternity.
That's a quick outline of the book of Revelation, but let us return to a few points concerning those of us who are looking for the soon return of our Lord Jesus in the clouds for His church, and the cry "come up hither".
JESUS BEGINS HIS GREAT WRATH
Note that in Revelation 6, Jesus opens the first seal of the coming Tribulation. Some try to say that the first part of the tribulation is the wrath of Satan. Only here, it is our Lord Jesus who opens these seals in succession, and how fast, we don't know, but I believe it is the first 5 seals that are the first half of the Tribulation and Jesus reveals the Anti-Christ and allow him to come upon the earth and immediately the four horseman are revealed that bring war, death, pestilence, and diseases that destroy millions. Some try to say that the wrath of God starts with the opening of the 6th seal, but Jesus is the One who is "engineering" the results and bringing them to pass. Each seal brings a crescendo of calamity that mankind knows who is responsible for the devastation that has fallen on the earth, when they cry in this future chapter:
15 "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"(Revelation 6:15-17)
Up to this point, the imagery has been most incredible, as death and destruction is all around the people of earth. God has been using evil men to fulfill His judgment on earth to this point, just as He used Assyria and Babylon to bring judgment on an idolatrous Israel. Men are being slain, now rising into the billions, and continue near unabated, as the environment itself is not safe for anyone, as plague after plague will fall on the inhabitants that dwell on the earth. But this is just the first half, as the second half is much, much worse.
In the ensuing chapters, we see the sealing of the 144,000 Jewish evangelist that preach the Gospel to all the earth. They have come to believe in Jesus due to the events of the rapture of millions, some of them, possibly their own loved ones, the preaching of the two witnesses outside the Temple which some postulate they could be Elijah and Moses, as they were the two that joined Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Note that they are doing the preaching, and even an angel in other verses is preaching the everlasting Gospel. But the question must be here..."If the church is still here, then why are others preaching the Gospel and not us? Are we not compelled by the great Commission to spread the Gospel throughout the earth?" Logical explanation and another sign, is that the church can't preach anymore, as she is not here. That is left to others.
WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN.
As I mentioned, chapter 12 just drops down into the narrative to identify the players in this spiritual drama and then continues with the plagues and destruction leveled upon the earth. Even though mankind is being persecuted by the Anti-Christ and his cronies that are controlled by the false religious prophet, (that even now is trying to unite all religion into a One World Religion), it is nothing compared to the Divine environmental catastrophes that are coming down upon all mankind .....that is the difference between the times past that all men have been persecuted down through the ages for their beliefs and not following a singular ruling theocracy bent on power and control, but now is the WRATH OF GOD, that in no time past has had this level of destruction. This begins in Chapter 6 and continues after chapter 12, and the 6th seal is opened that can only be compared to the Great Tribulation.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:27)
Because of the defiling of the Temple of God and the edict to destroy the Jews, much like in the book of Esther and the madman, Haman, God's Wrath is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation. Those on earth who have taken the Mark of the Beast have pledged allegiance to another so called "god".
9 "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name" (Revelation 14:9-11)
JESUS COMES AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
Note from the time of the Anti-Christ entering into the Holy of Holies and proclaiming himself to be a god, that you could pinpoint the return of Jesus Christ almost to the day. As John told us in Chapter 12, that Israel will be protected, a remnant from the serpent for 3.5 years.
"But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent." (Revelation 12:14)
and the prophet Daniel confirms this information in his prophecy:
'And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days." (Daniel 12:11)
Two problems that come up with those knowing the almost exact time when Jesus will come, and those who believe in a post-Tribulation coming of our Lord for His church.
Jesus said " "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
37, But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." (Matthew 24:36-3
If we know to near the exact date of the return of Christ, and knowing that it will NOT be as in the days of Noah, as the population will only be interested in survival mode, and no one will be living life as normal by any stretch. So if the truth of God's Word says that no one knows the hour and day, and it can't be as in the days of Noah, drinking, eating and giving in marriage, there must be an alternate time that Jesus speaks of and to fulfill another set of verses.
If the Post Tribulation model is correct (and I proclaim it not be), then when Jesus comes in the 2nd coming, the dead in Christ are raised to life, the living changed into immortal Spirit Beings, and the rebellion of mortal men who have followed the Anti-Christ and dare come against our Lord to do battle at Armageddon, which included all who have taken the mark of the beast, (as there will be no gray area, you are either in one camp or the other, either with Jesus or with the Anti-Christ.) who is it that goes into the Millennium as mortals? See the problem? The answer is no one will be alive in their mortal bodies to enter into the Kingdom of God. Only the Pre-Tribulation model makes any sense and aligns with God's Word.
2 "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." (1st Thessalonians 5:2-5)
Every one who falls under the wrath of God will have signs in the heavens that announce the coming of our Lord Jesus. It will be a time of intense suffering, death and destruction, for as Jesus said:
'And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." (Matthew 24:22)
It will be the most destructive and dangerous time in all the history of the rule of mankind. Anyone who reads these verses along with what Revelation speaks of, can see that this will not be life as usual. Men and women will be dying by the millions into the billions in 7 short years and the rule of Satan found in the Anti-Christ will be beyond anyone's imagination.
THE RETURN OF THE SAINTS OF GOD
Note as you read these verses and try to contemplate what is coming to pass, and the destruction leveled at all mankind, that the church has not been mentioned one time. Some try to say that the saints are the church, but that is not possible. Why? Because Jesus gave each of us a deposit of God's Holy Spirit that dwells within each of us. Remember what Jesus said? While Jesus was still on the earth 2000 years ago, He said
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
As long as we are in the world, and have Jesus as our Comforter, found in His Holy Spirit residing in the Church, Satan cannot overcome us, as long as we stay close to God. But that is another problem for those who are Post-Tribbers. If Satan can't overcome us, then how does the Anti-Christ overcome the saints during the Tribulation? And if I be a Christian and the Holy Spirit has been drawn back as 1st Thessalonians 2:7-8 testify, then Jesus lied to us, as He said He would never leave us or forsake us...since Jesus is not a liar, then why am I alone in the Tribulation without Him when I need Him the most? Easy, the church is not there.
"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." (Revelation 13:7)
More easy explanations, as the Bible cannot contradict itself. The saints of Revelation 13 is not the Church. And those who Jesus speaks of in John 16 are the church, but they are both saints, just not the same group of saints. Those in the Tribulation are NOT sealed as the 144,000 Jewish evangelist are, but although they have accepted Jesus, God does not seal them, meaning they CAN loose their salvation, if they take the dreaded Mark of the Beast. So the verse that says "He who endures to the end, shall be saved" applies here.
JESUS RETURN TO RULE AND REIGN
The perils of the tribulation come to an end in chapter 19, as John sees the bride of Christ being called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
7 "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." (Revelation 19:7-8)
I want you to focus on the description of the Bride of Christ and what she is dressed in. "fine linen, clean and white" which is a sign or righteousness of the saints. She is called to the Marriage supper, but a few verses later, we see an army coming with our Lord Jesus riding on white horses.
11 " And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
Note again the description of those who come with Jesus to make war with the last of the rebellion on earth. "clothed in fine linen, white and clean" again a sign of the saints. Where have the saints been? This is the church, and she has been with Jesus for the last 7 years in heaven and now comes back to watch Jesus finish the destruction of all rebellion, as His vesture is dipped in blood, which is not His blood, but the ones He has been slaying in the wine press of His fury for the last 7 years.
THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM AND THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
As we read these chapters 19 and 20, we see Satan bound, the 1000 year reign of Jesus, and the unleashing of Satan for a little season. Enough time to cause another rebellion on earth that is destroyed by fire coming out of heaven by God when they surround the Holy City and think in their madness they can confront the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Thus begins the Great White throne judgment of all unsaved mankind. They are gathered from wherever they died and are raised to immortal life, but their life is short lived as they are judged and thrown into the Lake of Fire, as their name is not written in the Lamb's book of life. You will not find a passage that says that anyone who has ever lived are given another chance to accept Jesus as their Savior.
This life was designed just for that. "What will you do with the man, Christ Jesus?" Will you accept His free gift of salvation or reject it? Some say, what about those who never heard of the name of Jesus and didn't get a chance?. To that, I say....that is God's Sovereign will. I am not God, but He has not revealed to us what will happen to them, or if they are forever lost. Who in their right mind would turn around and say no to a free offer of salvation, the choice of heaven or hell and not accept Jesus as Savior, who is standing right in front of them? You say, no one? You would be right. Only a madman would reject a free gift. But that is exactly what men are doing right now, because they must have proof. They must have something to believe in that is tangible....not some invisible Divine Being.....Jesus told us when He spoke to doubting Thomas who must put his finger into His nail scarred hands and His side to believe.
20, " Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29)
It is called faith, and it is something given only by God's Holy Spirit to even accept that free gift of His mercy and grace. But men do reject that calling of His Holy Spirit to their everlasting destruction if they meet God after this life.
I want to close with something that many miss at the very end of Revelation, when the Bride and the Groom of Jesus Christ beckon to those who will listen.
16 "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:16-17)'
The Bride of Christ and the Spirit beckons to all who will hear, to come and join them. The Bride of Christ has been known from the foundation of the world. God wrote down each of those who belong to Him, in the Lamb's book of life. Now we, as the Bride of Christ beckons to others who will hear. Those can only be the guest who go through the Tribulation and survive, or are slain for the Word of God by being beheaded. That would include Gentiles that have believed and endured to the end, and Jewish people, but a remnant of either, even though they are a great number, many will die without Jesus in their hearts and be condemned.
I have given you a brief description of the judgments of God as revealed in Scripture and the proof that the Church is not destined to be included in this time. As many bible passage proclaim that we are not appointed to receive any of God's wrath..There is a difference between now and then, and that is God's Wrath. Men have always been evil and persecuting other men, but God NEVER, EVER has subjected His people who call upon His Name to the endurance of His wrath. To believe that the church must endure the wrath of God and be purified along with Israel (Malachi 3:3) and endure the torment of such a time, is to embrace the concept of a Catholic purgatory that says that the blood of Jesus was just not quite good enough to save us utterly. I'm here to tell you...Jesus saves....past, present and future sins and the Church being in the Tribulation serves no purpose according to God's Word. Isaiah 26:19-21 tells us that Jesus has prepared a place for us, and to hide ourselves in our chambers till His indignation has past. He also reaffirms this fact in John 14:2-3 that He is preparing a place for us, and that where He is, there we will be also...He is coming to receive us to Himself. Will you be ready for that event?
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only beotten Son, that whosover believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)
Believe today, because the signs says that the tribulation is close at hand, if it if close, then the coming of our Lord Jesus is even closer for those who believe in Him, by faith...
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying you are ready when Jesus comes..soon....if you need prayer, counseling, or just a listening ear, email me at
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TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET................SOON.
The Gates to Hell Will Soon be Wide Open - By Joseph Chambers -
"And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh" (Isaiah 66:23-24).
If you think our world is becoming hellish, wait until the gates to Hell are wide open. Every day it appears that we sink a little deeper into the mire. The Bible is very plain that Satan is preparing to take control of the earth for seven years. Every possible preparation for his control is being prepared. It is almost impossible for someone to be converted because hardness against spiritual things grows daily. The only possible answer for what we see is that the end is at hand.
Listen to the biblical warnings of these demons coming up out of Hell below to attack Earth's population:
"And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths" (Revelation 9: 15-18).
The Rapture is your escape before these dark creatures invade your life. The saints will be out of here.
The great divide between the earth and its inhabitants and hell and its inhabitants has always remained a mystery. Upper Sheol in the First Testament was the abode of the righteous dead, and Lower Sheol and Hell fire was the abode of the wicked dead. Even between these two separate locations, there was an impossible gap. Abraham plainly told the rich man in Hell that none could pass between the two abodes.
"And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence" (Luke 16:26).
Jesus told this great story to teach the truth of man's eternal destiny. The gulf between the two abodes was very narrow compared to the gulf between Earth and Hell. In fact, man is forbidden to ever consider communication with the dead across that gulf.
The Gates of Hell Will Soon Be Wide Open:
This cannot happen until after the Rapture.
The misery on Earth will be multiplied many times over.
It is recorded in Joel Chapter Two as well as Revelation Chapter Nine.
The hatred for Christianity is multiplying.
Trump is hated most greatly over his policies against the rebukes that are against Bible truth.
Roy Moore is under attack because his views are Bible-based.
Protesters are almost exclusively anti-Christ and anti-Bible.
You think this world is sick now, just wait until the Rapture has occurred, and you will see sick at a whole new level.
Very quickly the church theology is becoming anti-Rapture.
The Post-Tribulation crowd will die like flies under this barrage from Hell.
Scripture teaches us clearly that the abode of the wicked is in the heart of the earth. Upper Sheol no longer exists because Jesus Christ led the captives out of their captivity, and they ascended with Him to dwell in His presence. They are awaiting the resurrection of their body. The righteous dead in the Old Testament could not escape death and its bondage until Jesus Christ was crucified and arose from the dead. Now, the gulf is only between Lower Sheol and the earth. No one should attempt any contact with the location of Hell or the people that are damned. Those in Hell are awaiting the White Throne Judgment, where they will appear to give account to the rejected Creator of this universe.
Hell is not just a place of wicked men and women, but also a place where fallen angels are already being judged. Jude spoke of this when warning the church about wicked men.
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like-manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 1:6-7).
The apostle Peter also reminded us of the judgments of angels that had already begun. "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;" (II Peter 2:4).
When the Son of God met demon-possessed individuals, the demons would beg not to be dismissed into the deep, clearly referring to Hell or the bottomless pit. I believe humans can become so wicked that they are demons as surely as fallen angels are demons. Jude gave reference to humans that had become beasts.
"Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core" (Jude 1:8, 10, 11).
Calling humans "brute beasts" certainly suggests a dark state of character. Hell is inhabited with the darkest of all fallen angels, and the godless and wicked throughout more than six-thousand years of human history. They have festered in their vileness and grow increasingly wicked by the day. Our Father and the Lamb are going to unleash a multitude of this wicked crowd right onto the earth.
Joel, an Old Testament prophet, gave a preview of this ninth chapter of Revelation.
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
"The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded" (Joel 2:1-8).
There is no possible interpretation of this passage but the truth before us. Joel's army is clearly paranormal, wicked, and set to destroy, the exact character of demons. All future judgment and End-Time prophecies find their perfect fulfillment in this masterpiece of literature.
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision" (Psalm 2:1-4).
The chasm between Hell and the bottomless pit at the deepest extreme of Hell is about to be bridged to the earth for the Great Tribulation. Satan and the Father will use every wicked resource: Satan will use them to work havoc, and the Father will use them to judge and destroy their own kind.
The devil's history is full of the destruction of his followers. The demon-possessed write of their own war with each other and the dangers, as a demon-possessed individual tried to climb the ladder of priesthood in their dark realm. There is no doubt that Satan's kingdom is in the realm of darkness and every aspect of their character is darkness and destruction.
"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit" (Revelation 9:1-2).
The darkest place in God's universe is about to open onto the earth.
Remember that Jesus Christ the Lamb opened the seventh seal; out from that seal appeared seven angels with seven trumpets. This is the fifth of those angels sounding their trumpets. And another angel, one of the seven Cherubim assigned to His churches, descended quickly from heaven. Remember, an individual angel or cherubim was assigned to each church during the Church Dispensation.
The seven stars were the angels of the seven churches, which are now established in Heaven since the Rapture. They are the defenders of righteousness in the earth, and that includes redemption and judgment. This great star or Cherubim has a key to the bottomless pit. No one, demon or human, that has ever been assigned to that pit was ever let out before. The gate has never been unlocked on the exit side of this dark chasm.
Everything and everyone inside the bottomless pit is as wicked as they could possibly be. They are corrupt with corrupting personalities and have longed for an opportunity to vent their fury. If this crowd had not been held in captivity, this earth would have descended into an even darker and deeper vileness. Their captivity has been part of God's restrictive plan until the fated hour should arrive.
When the great gate was opened, the smoke of this furnace quickly darkened the universe. The sun and moon, plus the atmosphere, are covered and filled with the very spirit and darkness of this frightful abyss. No doubt the smoke is but a conveyor of a stench and presence that darkens the mind of every soul it touches. There will be no pure light until this open door to Hell is closed, and it will not be closed until this seal is finished.
"And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them" (Revelation 9:3-6).
These creatures are nothing less than demons with dark powers that Satan has trained and mobilized for his hour.
Hell and the bottomless pit is indeed a place of fire and brimstone, but it cannot devour spirits or souls. It can only torment and create an atmosphere of misery. In this abyss the spirits and souls will scheme, plan, and anticipate the day when they can spread their misery. That day has come in this text. Like locusts, hungry to devour, they have power like scorpions and inflict pain that will seem unbearable.
They will be commanded to hurt nothing of nature, but only the wicked that have rejected the God of Righteousness and do not have the seal of the Father and His Lamb in their forehead. They cannot kill these wicked souls but are commanded to torment them. The torment lasts for five months with a pain that goes to the depth of human captivity. The wicked have killed and maimed the righteous and God-honoring; now, the tide has turned. This great multitude will seek to die and will make every effort to take their own life, but death will be beyond their reach.
"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them" (1 John 4:3-5).
Revelation Chapter Eight started the period of God's revenge on the godless that mercy could not touch. They cannot blame the Father or the Lamb, because mercy and forgiveness was held before this world for at least the first three and a half years. Even now, the door is open to repent, but this multitude wants no repentance. Now, the misery is too dark to see past.
"And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months" (Revelation 9:7-10).
The appearance given to these spirits and souls was planned to create the very atmosphere of the bottomless pit. Misery loves misery; now, misery has invaded the world.
Their appearance is like horses, crowned with gold and having faces like men. They have hair like women and teeth like lions. They wear breastplates of iron and they have wings like many chariots racing to destroy. Their tails are quick to inflict pain and torment. It's a scene of Hell on Earth, for indeed hell has invaded the earth.
These amazing creatures are servants of Satan and are venting his fury against his own worshipers. Satanism has never made sense because it is the opposite of a sane mind. God the Father actually uses Satan to punish himself and his followers and to show that the very nature of evil is to destroy. Evil does not have the ability to do good. This Seven Years of Tribulation will reveal all that is evil for a final display of its nature.
"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter" (Revelation 9:11-12).
Satan's kingdom is organized. The Book of Ephesians shows four levels of the hierarchy of Lucifer. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).
The organization of evil is off the radar of human sight and understanding. We fail to see how sinister it is in our normal world. The Book of Revelation actually pulls the cover off and we can begin to catch a better picture. This king over the bottomless pit is a destroyer. He is one of Hell's most powerful creatures.
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works" (Revelation 20:10-12).
Everything represented in every name one can find for Satan in Scripture shows that there is no capacity for good, even to their own. This king has prepared his army well; they do their job under his leadership, and their only reward is more of Hell.
One woe is over, but two more are on the way.
"And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates" (Revelation 9:13-14).
A voice rings out from the very altar of God. The sixth angel has blown his trumpet and the depth of judgment must be made manifest.
Satan has always been on a leash. He can do only what he is allowed. These four angels have been bound because of previous deceptions and dark deeds. They are masterminds of evil and have, by necessity, been bound awaiting judgment here. Their location of dwelling is in the Babylonian vicinity, because this is Satan's stronghold.
They must be loosed to finish the task that wickedness demands. It's fitting that during Satan's last rampages his powers will be concentrated out of his natural habitat. Babylon will be fully rebuilt and occupied. His Antichrist will rule from this city. Evil will develop right out of Babylon and will spread out over the whole earth.
"And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
"And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
"By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt" (Revelation 9:15-19).
Hell's fury will certainly arise from the center of the Beast's kingdom.
There is certainly some connection between the first half of this chapter and this second horde of spirits. They both issue from the earth or beneath the earth. Their former dwelling place is Hell or the abyss. They all serve the devil and his principalities. Their period of destruction is one year, one month, one day and one hour. They will make use of every minute, and one-third of earth's population will be slain.
The size of this great demonic army is threatening to consider. Two hundred million trained, equipped, and vicious demonic spirits will go out from one geographical area to invade the earth. Two hundred million suicide bombers all dressed in explosives could not do the damage this multitude will do.
John saw the vision and describes them. He called them "horsemen" or half horse, half man with "breastplates of fire, jacinth and brimstone." Their heads are like lions and they breathe out smoke, fire, and brimstone. The very sight of this army is enough to cause the world to seek death before they even arrive.
Their power is both from their mouth and in the tail. They kill coming and going. This kind of creature is being portrayed in mythology and has been trivialized until Revelation seems a joke. When the national news shows this evil footage, the fun will disappear.
Demons have previously taken on the appearance of holy angels or an angel of light, but that capacity is no longer available. When the angels of God cast Satan out of his second heavenly empire, he will be stripped of his powers to appear holy like holy angels. His only appearance must derive from his character, and this vision is the result. What you are really seeing in this vision is Satan and his demons exactly as they are in their culture. Finally, Satan will look like the devil, and all of his horde of spirits will look the same.
"And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts" (Revelation 9:20-21).
Unimaginably, there is still a multitude that will not repent.
The call to repentance has not subsided. Angels are always flying through the Heavens calling men to repent. We will see that in future passages.
The flesh loves its gods of self, devils, idols, and wealth. The sin of Adam was caused by the desire for things, especially things that touch the emotions. God must have known that if man fell, it would be because He gave Him that wonderful creative ability to be emotional, to feel things, and to have emotions of desire, success, and triumph. Man's most beautiful creativity is his emotions, but they are also his downfall when the heart is deceived.
At this point, the world's population is almost totally given to the lust of unbridled emotions. Nothing can help a man when his emotions are unchecked, and Satan will produce just that kind of world when God gives him free reign for the coming seven years of tribulation.
History today as Mnangagwa is sworn in as president of Zimbabwe. Pray for peace in this nation that's been under a corrupt government for decades.
With the events today with Mugabe resigning this nation needs a lot of prayer and healing. It is an answer to prayer that Mugabe would be gone with the nation suffering under his dictatorship.
The churches in this article from the church of Rome they can't influence the individuals to be born again because they aren't of the Bible.
I know from a way back in 1904 we had the gospel in this nation through missionaries from Scotland. They set up churches and schools and the people flourished with around 30 congregations set up.
I pray deeply that this nation will be reformed again and Jesus name will again be preached without persecution.
This week, church leaders in Zimbabwe called for prayer—and a transitional government—after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe was placed under house arrest by the military.
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The Rapture and the Covenant - Pete Garcia -
I am not a scholar, nor the son of a scholar, but I do believe I am being faithful to the calling the Lord has set me upon. In that calling, I've come to understand some basic truths about the nature of God through study, mentorship, and leading by the Holy Spirit. One of those truths is that God never changes.
However, how He has dealt with mankind over the past six thousand years, has changed. This is primarily because the information available to mankind has changed. God did not reveal everything to Adam, nor to Noah, or Abraham, etc. Information about God, His nature, and His agenda would be revealed incrementally. This progressive revelation came in the form of administrations, or dispensations. Changing from one to the next, meant changes in what man was accountable for knowing or doing.
I liken these administrative changes, to how a parent raises a child. It would be unjust and irresponsible for a parent to have the same rules for a 2-year-old that they do for a 12-year-old, or vice-versa. Even though the rules and responsibilities may change, a good parent never stops loving or caring for their children regardless the age.
So we come to one of those topics today that I inject my understanding of Scripture for the things I know. I'll also inject some speculation on things I am unsure of, simply because there is not enough information about it in Scripture to make firm declarations. And since I am also not a prophet (or son of one), I can only work with the tools I have available at my disposal. One of those topics I believe is what salvation looks like after the Church is caught up in the Rapture. I believe the keys to understanding this are:
Old Testament (OT) salvation (and I use that term liberally) is not the same thing as our salvation now in this dispensation. Romans 4:3 states that Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. But what did Abraham believe? Did he believe in the Gospel of Christ crucified? Well, no, because the Incarnation had not yet happened and thus how God would redeem mankind remained a mystery (1 Cor. 2:7). In fact, in Matthew 16, when Jesus asked His disciples who men said that He was, He praised Peter's answer of "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" by saying Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
But Abraham was asked to do to Isaac (his only son) the very thing that Christ would one day have to do...become the sacrifice. I believe that Abraham's faith in God was that He would resurrect his son and ultimately himself. He may not have understood it then as we do today, but He had faith in God. This is why there is an entire chapter on the faith of the Old Testament saints (Hebrews 11). In the OT, salvation is more akin to redemption, which is still a result of God's grace through our faith, but the object of said faith was not yet fully understood.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. Hebrews 11:1-2
This good testimony is what redeemed them to a place we know as Paradise or Abraham's Bosom. At certain times and usually for specific reasons, the Holy Spirit would indwell individuals to carry out God's specific task for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it was national deliverance (Samson), sometimes it was national leadership (Saul, David). But what it wasn't, was universal. Not everyone who had this good testimony was indwelt by the Holy Spirit (or at least Scripture does not tell us this).
But the Holy Spirit could also depart from men when they strayed from God's plan (Samson, Saul). When these OT persons died, they either went to a place known as Paradise (or Abraham's Bosom), or to Torments, which comprised the other half of Sheol (or Hades). (See Luke 16:19-31, 23:43)
While redemption was not exclusive to Israel (see Job 19:25-27), they were however set aside as a people who were meant to be light to a world shrouded in demonic darkness (Exodus 19:6). Instead, we read about a people who struggled nationally with holiness and the demands of the Law. The Law as it was given to Moses, was designed to point them to their need for the coming Redeemer. Instead, they made a religion out of the Law and began adding to it making it even more cumbersome (Acts 15:10-11). Instead of pointing to the Christ (Messiah), it became a shallow, works-based version of what it was meant to represent. This is why when Jesus pointed out the intent of the Law, the Jewish clerical leadership (Pharisee, Sadducees, and Scribes) plotted to kill Him (Mark 3:6, 14:1).
Key takeaway: OT salvation meant justification and/or redemption by faith in God and what He would do (future tense). The Holy Spirit could come upon a person, but could also depart from said person. The Holy Spirit would come and go from man as necessary to accomplish God's plan. The deceased either went to Paradise or Torments. The OT ends with Christ's death on the cross (Matt. 27:51).
Dispensation of Grace
Salvation as we know it today is a Church-age phenomenon that makes salvation open to all mankind by believing in the finished work of Christ on the Cross. When Jesus said, it is finished (John 19:30), He meant that there was nothing further He could do to satisfy God's demands in the Law for sacrifice. He offered Himself as the perfect, blemish-less lamb that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). His burial and subsequent resurrection on the third day, were simply the fulfillment of the prophetic texts (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, etc.), patterns (feasts) and sign (sign of Jonah) that had to be fulfilled. Furthermore, anyone in this dispensation who believes on Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins is immediately filled and sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (Eph. 1:11-14, 4:30). None of the OT saints ever had that guarantee bestowed upon them.
Believers in this age are sealed by the Holy Spirit by a one-time profession of faith. Not because of works, or how dutiful we are in our "Christianity" (John 3:16, 36; Romans 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9). The reason it's called the Age of Grace by dispensationalists is not because its grace (grace has always been a factor through every dispensation), but probably because we are the least deserving of it. We have history, archeology, prophecy, technology, and a complete set of Scriptures for our benefit, and still, many reject God, pervert His words, and/or live unchanged lives after we are redeemed (See Luke 12:48).
But one day, this special dispensation (age/era) will come to an end when those who are sealed by the Holy Spirit, will be caught up (both the living and the dead) to be glorified in their eternal bodies and be with our Lord forever (Jn. 14:1-3, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 1 Cor. 15:51-55). We have to be changed (from mortal to immortal) because where we are going (third heaven), the human body (flesh and blood) cannot survive. This is why the Holy Spirit is withdrawn (2 Thess 2:7) , because He currently indwells all believers as a guarantee. But does this mean that no one else can be saved after the Rapture?
Key Takeaway: The key distinctive of this age, and the ones before and after, is the role of the Holy Spirit. Redemption and/or justification by grace through faith remains as it always has, but now, God sent the Holy Spirit to permanently seal those who professed true faith in Christ death, burial, and resurrection for the forgiveness of their sins (1 Cor. 15:1-5, Gal. 1:9). Once this dispensation ends, the world goes back to the way it was before Acts 2 Pentecost.
The Seventieth Week
The Seventieth Week of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27) chronicles the last seven years of human-led history. This week of years is devoted to two things: destroying all the Christ-rejecting nations, and disciplining, but preserving a remnant of the Jewish nation Israel (hence why it's called 'the time of Jacob's Trouble') (Jeremiah 30:7-11).
Just like the world before the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4 when the Holy Spirit was given), the world will one day return to an age and reality where the Holy Spirit does not, in fact, seal everyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ. If Acts 2 had any significance at all, then it was the physical, visible given of the Holy Spirit to mankind to demonstrate the significance of the Church Age (or Age of Grace).
But we also know that the Holy Spirit existed on the earth before Acts 2. Genesis 1:2 and numerous subsequent OT passages indicate that the Holy Spirit is omnipresent and was busy on earth long before that Pentecost. So the idea that the HS is no longer on the earth at all is simply a misreading of the passage (2 Thess. 2:7). The Holy Spirit is in fact, the Restrainer, who is acting to restrain evil by always keeping a remnant of believers alive.
The Church (i.e....the salt and light and body of Christ) preserves God's judgment from being exacted upon a lost world whose current administrator is Satan (Luke 4:5-6) until the day of redemption (the Rapture). We do not see the Holy Spirit active on the earth during the last seven years except to seal the 144K Jewish male virgins as found in Revelation 7.
But we know that God is merciful and long-suffering (Jonah 4:2, 2 Peter 3:9). It could be that the martyrs we see in Revelation 6:9-11 (the fifth seal) are a result of believers who come to faith in Christ during the gap of time between the Rapture and the beginning of the official 70th Week. Seeing as the Rapture does not start the 70th Week, but must wait for a peace accord or a kind of covenant (Dan. 9:27), it makes sense that they come to faith early on because of the Rapture. It could be that the Holy Spirit makes one last past through (a gleaning if you will) before the strong delusion is placed upon the earth (2 Thess. 2:11).
We also see that believers come from all the tribes of the earth (primarily Gentiles then) up until the Seventh Seal. There is no mention of anyone being redeemed beyond that point except for those Jews who are saved. But we know that there will be Gentile believers at the end because of Matthew 25:31-46 and Isaiah 2:1-4. Those martyrs who are already physically dead by the Fifth Seal are positioned below the altar of God asking how much longer it would be (Rev. 6:10-11). We know that these martyrs aren't part of the Church because the Church isn't hanging out below the altar waiting for God to exact justice on our fellow brethren and servants.
Key Takeaway: Although many will come to faith in the time immediately following the Rapture (and because of it), but before the start of the official 70th Week, it is unclear that many will become believers once the "Tribulation" officially starts apart from Israel. Since it is extremely likely the Rapture causes many to come to faith finally realizing that it was real after all, then it is also equally likely that those believers are also killed fairly early on leaving primarily Israel and an unrepentant world (whose given over to a strong delusion) as the sole inhabitants of the earth.
We have seen the Church go through seven stages (mirroring the Seven Letters in Revelation) for the past two millennia. As important as the Reformation was, it did not go far enough primarily because it adopted the same Eschatology as the church it sought to reform from the Roman Catholic Church.
It was both the Great Awakening and subsequent Dispensational movement of the 18th and 19th centuries that saw the Church reach its peak in terms of biblical "authority" and knowledge. It was here that the great missionary movements were sent out to every nation, as well as men coming to about the best knowledge they could arrive at (this side of the Rapture). But during the 20th century, both began to wane as a lukewarmness swept across western Christendom.
Here is where I am inserting my own speculation. Some wonder why we spend so much time going on about the Rapture as we do. Aside from our curiosity and excitement about this coming event for our generation, it will also serve as evidence for those who are left behind. One second after the Rapture, the world will be cast into turmoil and chaos. It will remain in chaos until a system (the beast) rises up to take the reins of a global system (possibly ran by some form of Artificial Intelligence). It is in this system that a man (the little horn, the rider on the white horse, the man of sin) rises up to take control of the beast. He confirms some kind of covenant between Israel and the many (many gentile nations) that officially starts the beginning of the seven-year countdown.
How long that gap is between the Rapture and the covenant is anyone's guess. I believe it is anywhere from a few months, to a few years. But however long it is, it seems long enough for people to realize that this Rapture thing we crazy "Pre-Tribber's" have been going on and on about was real. Because of the Rapture then, many come to faith in Christ, yet, they will not be sealed by the Holy Spirit in the same manner we are.
The reason they aren't is because Satan also has a seal (the Mark of the Beast-Rev. 13:16-18) and both systems cannot exist at the same time, because one preserves eternally, while the other damns eternally. If even one born-again Christian who was sealed by the Holy Spirit were somehow to take the Mark of the Beast, then "theoretically", Scripture could be broken. We know the 144K Jewish male virgins are marked by a seal on their foreheads, but what exactly that entails we do not know (Ezekiel 9:4; Rev. 7:3). If we assume they aren't sealed by the Holy Spirit, that doesn't mean God can't preserve them in some other way. We've seen all throughout the OT (Noah's Ark, Lot's early exit, parting the Red Sea, etc.) how God miraculously delivers His own. But overwhelmingly, these Tribulation martyrs are given over for slaughter by the Antichrist and his beast system (Revelation 13:7).
Lastly, while some may take issue with me placing believers in different categories, they shouldn't. There are different categories of animals, plants, heavenly bodies, angels, humans, etc. why shouldn't there be different categories of believers? Our diversity and differences will all be used by God to bring Himself glory, and that should be a great comfort to us.
I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:25-27
Only God Knows the Future - By Pastor Mike Taylor -
21" Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.
23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you." (Isaiah 41:23)
In all the years of my ministry, I am amazed and somewhat dismayed at those who claim there is no God. I had a member on a forum that I host, would not admit that there is evidence, even from our natural world that there is reason to believe there is a higher Intelligence, we call God, who made all that we see on this earth and in the heavens above. They each claim, and this one member, held to the position that there is no proof that there is a God, but what they really mean that there is no proof they are willing to accept, not that there is no proof.
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Psalms 14:1-3)
Likewise, Paul proclaimed why these "fools" proclaim to their own self destruction:
19 "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Romans 1:19-21)
The Bible is more than ample proof of the existence of God. The Bible is God's love letter to mankind that bears His signature. What is God's signature that proves His existence? Bible prophecy is that proof that there is a God and that He is in control of everything in His universe, including mankind.
Those of the scientific field who are the hardest to convince of the existence of God, are able to duplicate or even explain some of the miracles found in God's Word. No doubt, as it was in the days of Nimrod and the tower of Babel, that science will be able to duplicate many more miracles of science, because technology is moving at a lightning speed that was predicted, but foiled in the ancient past of when mankind was of one speech and language. This was to prevent their own self destruction, ahead of the time table set out by God Almighty. Their time was not yet.
5 "And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." (Genesis 11:5-6)
In our generation, no other time in history, (save the previous mentioned time), has man been able to come together as one language and imagine to do what was in his heart and mind. That is because of our technology of the computers that can translate any language and share any knowledge that man can devise. God interrupted man's attempt once to be a god unto himself, by confusing their languages, but the age of the computers has erased that barrier and man will do whatever he wishes to discover, until he produces his own destruction. Right now, man has the ability to destroy himself many times over.
MEN'S KNOWLEDGE RUNNING TO AND FRO
Man is able to reproduce many things that were thought impossible in our recent past, as in the last 100 years, man has gone from a primitive flight of the Wright Brothers, to landing on the moon, and attempting space travel with plans to even go to Mars in our solar system. But there is one miracle that belongs only to God that man can never reproduce. That miracle that belongs only to God is the future. Only God can know what will happen in our future, before it even happens. There is no other god on earth, either by man made inventions, or scientific breakthrough that can explain or predict the future.
No other so called "deity" or sacred writing can duplicate what belongs to Almighty God. Biblical prophecy explains what the future will hold for this planet and the people who inhabit its land. That is by Divine design that God offers a challenge to those who are pretenders of His Divine nature.
As the opening scriptures shows, God issues a challenge to all who pretend to be a god unto themselves, by this challenge:
"Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together." (Isaiah 41:23)
Let us take a look ,for example what the prophet Ezekiel prophesied when describing what would happen 2500 years in advance of the future when the geopolitical alliances that have formed in the 21st Century. It has been only 70 years ago that the world was in a world-wide war with Japan and Germany and the alliances that Ezekiel describes didn't even exist until our generation.
The modern miracle is the creation of a nation long ago sent to the four winds to becoming a nation again against all odds. From the ashes of the Holocaust that is the nation of Israel reborn, sets into motion that final confrontation of the world's powers that is being made ready for its fulfillment, even as I type this message. It doesn't matter if the time element was 70 or 700 years ago, as it make no difference.
Every single event that has happened in our recent past, and even our distant past, if they had not happened in the exact order, as God revealed them to the Old Testament prophets, would have changed the outcome of the final act of this drama we call the human race.
What if just one piece had been removed, say Hitler was not born, or one his ancestors had died at birth? Would Israel have been reborn into the Holy Land and be a nation along the Mediterranean sea? Or would the European Jews still be happy in their homes and businesses, as they had been before Hitler's madness exploded on the map of Europe?
Without one single person, known to us as the madman called Hitler, would Israel be a nation again as God had prophesied to Ezekiel and written down over 2500 years ago? It is because God saw the rise of this Nazi dictator and used him to push Israel's modern day Exodus back to the Holy Land, just as Ezekiel had written, over 2500 years in the ancient past.
This is but one example of Bible prophecy that came to pass in intricate details that if one element of the historical past had been removed, then prophecy would have crumbled and we would not be seeing what we are seeing this day in our generation. But let us take a moment and review some of the prophecies that God foretold and has been coming to pass.
I am reminded of the word of our Lord Jesus Christ as He sat on the Mount of Olives and His disciples came to Him, as just prior Jesus had told them that the Temple that was the center of their culture would be torn down, and "not one stone would be upon another, that would not be cast down".
Jesus told them in details what would be the sign of the coming of the end of this age, and He made several statements that even now, are coming true.
"And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you." (Matthew 24:3-4)
Anyone who has their eyes wide open and listening closely will see the deception of our politicians, the elite who live in Hollywood (who even think we would listen to them) and the leftist media that has raised deception to an art form.
The biggest lie that Satan likes to foster on an unbelieving world is that "he does not exist". And the deception in our world is Satan inspired, the "father of all lies"
We see the deception right now of those who are swimming neck deep in the Swamp we call Washington DC, frantic that there are those that want to drain this swamp and bring in conservative members to help our new POTUS Trump do just that. I have been listening to those who are slamming Judge Roy Moore from a "so called victim" from a reported 40-year-old sexual assault on a 14 year old girl, who is just now coming forward and represented by the extreme Feminist lawyer, Gloria Allred who loves the limelight.
My first impression, why all the emotional tears from an episode that happened 40 years ago, and makes a person wonder how much the left Democratic party paid the woman to make this claim when this man has been a judge for many, many years and just now wants to run for the Senate? Do I smell a dead fish in Denmark? And today, I see where her step-son is saying she is making this whole affair up. Even Allen West reports that there is evidence the woman has been paid to lie.
But deception? Not us. This is the 21st century! We're too smart to be easily deceived. Really??
THE RISE OF EVIL THAT COVERS THIS EARTH.
Our Lord Jesus went on to itemize what would be apparent in the last days and He spoke of the increase and intensity of wars on the scene growing worse and worse.
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. " (24:6)
Wars have been a major portion of the history of this country in our domestic era starting with the Civil War and going into World War 1 &2. Since then, I don't believe there has been a decade that we have not been involved in some type of war in the international community. But the threat of World War 3 looms with North Korea rattling her sabers threatening to annihilate the USA, and the POTUS threatening to destroy North Korea in "fire and fury" that no one has ever seen before.
Of course, this does nothing but draw in Russia and China into the same Cold War that we thought history had abolished with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the demise of the Soviet Union. But as Jesus told us, the end was not yet, and it wasn't....YET.
Next, Jesus goes on to explain to His disciples that there would come a "great "FALLING AWAY"
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
In all my born days, would I have imagined the expulsion of anything that pertains to the God of the Bible from the halls of government, our class rooms, and the dumbing down of the masses to anything that speaks of righteous living and the precepts found in your Bible. But that is what we have seen, with Brown vs. the Board of Education in the 60s taking prayer out of the classroom, Roe V. Wade in the 70s and the ongoing slaughter of innocent life in and out of the womb of an inconvenienced mother, to the legalization of same sex marriage and all things pushed by a minority population known as the LGBT, or homosexuals of this country that make up only 1% of the population.
Let us not forget the random gun violence that makes one wonder if this is not staged to take away our 2nd amendment rights, and/or people possessed by evil. In our day, I would say the world has truly gone mad.
LOVE OF MANY HAVE GROWN COLD
Jesus goes on to say that another detail that will be present at the end of this age.
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12)
Anybody else notice how many parents are murdering their children lately? We just had a case, beside Roe V. Wade that invades our culture, of a mother who killed her 10 year old daughter and then committed suicide. Anyone of us can state their own local news to report the same happening in your area as this epidemic of the love of many growing cold reaching epic proportions. Each of you can make a case for the increasing tolerance of sin and the collapsing moral structure of society .
THE EMERGENCE OF THE ANTI-CHRIST
Daniel says that the Anti-Christ's seminal act of power will be to make peace between Israel and her neighbors. Until this generation, there was no Israel to be at war with. The world is crying for a leader who can solve global problems like "climate change", nuclear proliferation, the Middle East, terrorism and outlaw nations. I remember what was said back in the 1950s that was repeated in our century:
"What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the alliances of all people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him." Henri Spaak circa 1957-1960 Secretary General of NATO"**********The time has come to deepen economic and currency union "For this renewed push towards integration we need strong political leadership." (Deutsche Bank President 2011)
The world is ripe for the coming of the lawless one. But make no mistake, the man will not be on the scene until the church is removed.
6 "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders" (2nd Thessalonians 2:6-9)
I've made that clear for many messages past, that we may think we know who the man is, but we will never see him do what the bible says he will do, and that is confirm a 7 year treaty with Israel. This may even be after the Ezekiel 38-39, Gog-Magog war that decimates Islam and most likely Russia.
EARTHQUAKES, FAMINES, WARS AND PESTILENCE.
Jesus explains that the time of the end will be as a woman in labor pains, with growing intensity and frequency as the time approaches. Each of these events have been the scourge of mankind since the time of the fall of our first parents, but nothing in the recent past, or historically has seen the rise of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions like we see today. The earth seems to be in convulsions, trying to cast our the sin of mankind that it has afflicted on this planet.
Ethnic wars rage all over the planet, but central in third world countries of the Middle east, the African plains, and the Far East like North Korea. Entire populations face mass extinction from starvation, or from diseases that have long vanished from our world.
News reports of the Black Plague have sprung up in the news in Madagascar and migrating into the African countryside on its Western borders. Many believe this is a manufactured biological warfare designed to de-populate Africa, that could get away from the perpetrators and spread world-wide. Let us not forget to mention diseases that have long thought to be eradicated, such as Tuberculosis, Small-pox, and the new kid on the block, HIV or AIDS that continues to ravage those of the homosexual community and spreads in the heterosexual community because of illicit sexual relations. The spread of this portion of the downfall of mankind just grows more intense with each passing day that heralds the end of this age.
THE DAYS OF NOAH AND LOT
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5)
37 "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:37-39)
Wickedness is the hallmark of this day and age and can be proven by just turning on your TV, or pick up a newspaper, or even surf the internet. You can read about maniacs that blow up a bus full of children, or crucifying Christians on crosses, or beheading those who will not bow the knee to Islam. Or how about the latest domestic terrorism that shoots up an outdoor theater with an automatic weapon and kills over 50 people and hurt hundreds in a rampage of hedonism in Las Vegas?
If you turn on that big, black box in the corner of your living room, anything that your heart's desire can be viewed on this screen from murder, to rape, to pornography, and sitcoms that glorify homosexuality ie. "modern family" and Will and Grace. Not to mention Disney putting out a sitcom on homosexuality as normal aimed at children called "Andi Mack" where a child figures out he's gay and comes out to his friends...Disney? You mean Mickey Mouse has gone gay?
Television could be described as 'imagination in a box'. We are entertained by vicariously participating in the story line. What entertains us the most? Based on the most popular TV series, the answer is undoubtedly all the above.
But concerning Lot, Lot lived in Sodom, a place where homosexuality was rampant and widely accepted as an acceptable alternative lifestyle. Today we have the passage of the same sex marriage act, or legalizing abortion in the recent past, or the "gay lobby" that pushes their agenda to allow all expressions of sexual contact to be legal, even the sin of pedophilia. Ever hear of NAMBLA, which advocate the legalization of sex with minor children? We in this nation live in modern Sodom and Gomorrah, and we know what happened to those of those two cities?...God destroyed them with fire a brimstone, that can only be similar to a nuclear blast.
WORLD-WIDE INSTANTANEOUS COMMUNICATION.
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14)
The Gospel has spread all over the world with the invention of the internet and websites that preach the Gospel are seen in all the countries of the world that have TV access or computers. With all this information flooding the world, there will be no corner of the earth that the Gospel has not penetrated. Jesus said that when that happens THEN the end will come.
So, it could come at any moment, as this prophecy has been fulfilled. I look on the stats of my blog and notice that the message has gone from the east to the west all over this globe. How much more has this message gone out, as there are thousands of Christian websites and blogs that preach the Gospel besides mine. I am but a drop in the flood of information that seeks to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Jesus was talking about our day.
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24)
I could make a list of such deceivers. But so could you. There is now a big push to bring all religions under one banner, headed by the Roman Catholic Church. The daughters of this Gnostic religion that came out because of Martin Luther and the Reformation, has all but jumped on board to make this a reality. This deception also has reached the Protestant denominations that preach a Prosperity Gospel and proclaim this life to be the best yet to come. Only they don't realize that the sins of mankind and the debauchery will only get worse and worse.
The Bible speaks of this deception growing stronger when the "false Prophet" proclaims the coming Anti-Christ to be a god on earth. And that my friend, could be just around the corner. If the coming of the "lawless one" is close, then how close is the coming of our Lord Jesus for His Church? Even closer than what we see happening around us.
Our God, ABBA Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the Old and the New Testament has been right on a multitude of past prophesies that could take many papers to speak of and prove that the Bible is the only Book that has written prophesies that have come to pass to the very letter. God knows the end from the beginning, as He is outside of time and see man's history much as a reel to reel movie. He knows how this all will end, and He controls the levers of history.
Bible prophecy is the Signature of God, the proof of His existence and the assurance we have of our salvation.
"So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
Just from this quick rundown of what our Lord spoke of in Matthew 24 and Old Testament prophets briefly mentioned what would come to pass, should make a body sit back and analyze how this all could come about and be predicted with such accuracy in a Book that many discount as so much religious fables. But Fables don't have a tendency to come true.
The Bible is full of prophesies that have come to pass, and if the Bible has been 100% correct, the coherent mind would believe that the rest that are coming upon us, even now, will come to pass as well. It only proves that there is a God in Heaven, who looks down upon our world and made man to be in His image, but made for the sole reason that God wanted a family. God will have His family, as He sent our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God to be a ransom for those who would believe.
You see, Jesus died for the WHOLE world, but knew that the whole world would not all believe, but follow after the "father of lies" Satan the devil, as they loved unrighteousness and their sinful lifestyles, more than they loved the Lord God.
But that is not what God wants, or desires...as He sent His Son to redeem His family that was lost in the Garden of Eden.
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2nd Peter 3:9)
But God in His infinite wisdom, knew that not all would accept His free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus, but it was a freewill choice given to those who wanted to follow Him out of love and a desire to be obedient to His will. God did not want robots, but children who love Him.
So will you love Him? Will you follow Him and accept His free gift of mercy and grace? If you be honest with yourself and think for yourself and not from the "adversary" the devil, you will admit God is real, as the heavens and creation scream of His existence. But how do you come to a God who by all standards found in your Bible is a HOLY GOD that will not allow sin into His presence...God made is very simple.
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
God is calling to those who will listen to His message of Grace and Mercy and has given the only way to come to a God that the world says does not exist, but prophecy fulfilled says they are deceived. Will you be deceived?
9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Romans 10:9-11)
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET.
Does the Bible Include Science? - Dr. David Reagan -
Most people think of Science and the Bible as being in conflict with each other. Would you be surprised to find out that a scientist has used the science of mathematical probability to prove that the Bible is the Word of God, and Jesus is the Son of God?
For many years, I have been quoting a booklet by Peter Stoner called Science Speaks. I like to use a remarkable illustration from it that scientifically validates Jesus as God in the flesh.
Peter Stoner was chairman of the Mathematics and Astronomy departments at Pasadena City College until 1953 when he moved to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. There he served as chairman of the science division.
In the edition I purchased, there was a foreword by Dr. Harold Hartzler, an officer of the American Scientific Affiliation. He wrote that the manuscript had been carefully reviewed by a committee of his organization and that quote, "The mathematical analysis included is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound." He further stated that in the opinion of the affiliation, Professor Stoner quote, "Has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way."
As I said, most people think of the Bible and Science as being in direct conflict with each other. But, Peter Stoner's book shows how the two can be complimentary and compatible.
Science Speaks in the Bible
Stoner begins his book with a very interesting insight about a book written by Charles Young. He was the author of the standard college textbook on astronomy that was published in 1898. Writing in the 1958 revised edition of his book, Stoner pointed out that his copy of Young's textbook was full of scientific errors.
Now think about that for a moment. A Science book that was only 60 years old was full of scientific errors. Yet, the Bible, written between 3,500 to 2,000 years ago, does not contain any scientific errors! How can that be? The answer, of course, has to be that the Bible is supernatural in origin.
Consider for a moment the following scientific truths contained in the Bible.
For example, the shape of the earth is mentioned in Isaiah 40:22. The passage refers specifically to "the circle of the earth."
Gravity can be found in Job 26:7 where the passage says, "God hangs the earth on nothing."
Ecclesiastes 1:8 mentions atmospheric circulation.
A reference to ocean currents can be found in Psalm 8:8.
The hydraulic cycle is described in Ecclesiastes 1:7.
The significance of blood as the key to life is found in Leviticus 17:11.
Modern laws of hygiene can be found in Leviticus 11 through 15.
If that is not enough, take a look at these words in Romans 8:21, "The creation will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God." This is an expression of what is known in physics as The Second Law of Thermodynamics, namely, that all of creation is in bondage to decay.
These are only a few examples of scientific truths written in the Scriptures long before they were "discovered" by scientists!
In contrast, consider the following revelations of Mohammed that are contained in the Hadith, one of the sacred books of Islam. He wrote:
* The earth is flat like a carpet.
* The sun sets in a muddy spring.
* Stars are closer to earth than the moon.
* Water cannot be contaminated by anything.
* Drinking camel urine will make you healthy.
* A fly in your drink can cure you of disease.
* Fever comes from the heat of Hell.
Such errors are expected in documents written over 1,000 years ago, but such errors are not found in the Bible.
Stoner proceeds to present scientific evidence in behalf of Special Creation. For example, he points out that Science had previously taught that Special Creation was absolutely impossible because matter could not be destroyed or created. He then points out that atomic physics has now proved that energy can be turned into matter and matter into energy.
Stoner then considers the order of creation as presented in Genesis 1:1-13. He presents argument after argument from a scientific viewpoint to sustain the order which Genesis chronicles. He then asks, "What chance did Moses have when writing the first chapter of Genesis of getting 13 items all accurate and in satisfactory order?" His calculations conclude it would be 1 chance in 31 times 10 to the 21st power! That's a very big number!
Stoner concludes, "Perhaps God wrote such an account in Genesis so that in these latter days, when Science has greatly developed, we would be able to verify His account and know for certain that God created this planet and the life on it."
The Tribulation Chronicles I - A Message from the Missing - By Alice Childs -
As I am beginning this series of chronicles, everything is going along pretty much as it always has. Life continues to slide along, spooling out - unwinding like thread pulled from a skein of yarn. People are still getting up and going to work; children are (as I write this now) in the full swing of their school year, counting down the days until the Christmas break and preparing for the downhill slide of the school year. Some people are getting married and starting families; others are coming to the end of their lives. People are buying groceries, going on business trips, doing laundry, working on projects, paying bills, and simply doing the myriad of things that make up life in normal times.
However, with increasing frequency, "normal times" aren't as "normal" as they used to be, are they? Our society is not as gentle as it once was. People are much more self-centered and callous. Children (and adults as well) are less respectful, a lot less kind than before; and our culture, indeed the entire world, is much less safe than it used to be. There is no denying this fact.
There is a palpable fear that is growing within the hearts of everyone everywhere. Regardless of where one lives, there is an indefinable "something" that permeates the very air - a sense of looming danger that is disturbing and disquieting - a sense of an impending disaster that lies just beyond what we can see. As Shakespeare once said, it is obvious to anyone who is honest that "something wicked this way comes." Indeed, if you are honest, you too must admit that you can feel an ill wind of change headed our way.
Well, you are right; something is coming. A gathering storm is on the horizon, and when it hits, it will come suddenly; and for many who are too self-absorbed to notice, it will come unexpectedly. The repercussions that this cosmic change will leave in its wake will be be cataclysmic beyond anyone's ability to comprehend. It is those who will be in the aftermath of this "event horizon" that these series of "letters to the left behind" is meant to address.
Overall, for the time being, everything is still relatively ticking along like it always has, with the exception that the road of life on which we are traveling is a lot more bumpy and fraught with dangers both seen and unseen.
There are ominous events occurring now that are building like great thunderheads looming in the distance that are getting larger, stronger, and nearer - ever nearer. The fury of a great storm is about to be unleashed.
There is an imminent event that is going to break in upon an unprepared and largely unsuspecting world like the sudden explosion of a great caldera; an unforeseen disaster that will leave in its wake devastation on a scale unknown before; an event so unprecedented that there is no frame of reference within human history with which to compare it. When it comes, this event will, at any moment, change everything; and all that will come after this unprecedented moment will be the likes of which this world has never experienced before, or ever will again.
A change is coming all right, and for those of you reading these chronicles on this side of this event, take these words as a warning; for time and life as you have always known it is about to run out. This coming event can and will happen in an instant of time too small to be measured or quantified.
To those who will not heed the numerous warnings that have been literally shouted in every venue available by those of us who will have left this earth in this coming event; to those of you who didn't listen to your family, your friends, or others like me who tried to tell you - to prepare you - those of us who pleaded with you, witnessed to you, endured your scoffing and anger when we tried to warn you; we who prayed and agonized before the throne of God on your behalf; it is to you, who will be the "left behind ones," that these series of messages is written.
You wouldn't listen before, but after the event has taken place, everything will change; and then, perhaps, you will at last be motivated to hear what the missing ones have to say. So I am going to write to you from the perspective of where you (will) find yourself post event. In essence, these letters come to you as a series of messages from those of us who are now (will be) among the earth's missing ones.
So, without delay, let me tell you now precisely what has (will have) happened. I will tell you where we have gone, who is among "the missing," why we have been taken, and why you were not.
I will also leave for you in this series of chronicles, a detailed accounting of what is coming in your very near future. What you do with the information that I and others like me will have left you will likely impact your personal safety. But much more importantly, what you choose to do with the information we will have left for you will determine the eternal destiny of your immortal soul.
As you may have guessed by now, this "event" that I am referring to is none other than the rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ - the "catching away" of every genuine believer (along with all babies, young children, and the mentally infirm or handicapped) who by faith alone, placed his/her trust in the atoning death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ-God the Son. This is the very same Jesus who came to Earth in human form in order to pay in full the sin debt owed by every single human being alive - all who are cursed by sin.
This entire world system - this entire global sphere - is slated for destruction, because the wrath and vengeance of Almighty God is about to commence upon this wicked, vile, sin-loving, debauched, Christ-rejecting world. He is going to judge, in perfect righteousness, the inhabitants. He is about to exact justice on rebellious man, and to restore to its intended perfection His creation which sin has utterly corrupted. Life as you have always known it will NEVER return. You need to understand and accept this truth right from the start.
That's the bad news. You need to know this and accept it for the absolute reality that it is. Wishing it were not so, denying the reality of it, or ignoring the truth of it will not change the things that are coming, not one iota. It was your own refusal to accept the gift of God's so great salvation which would have spared you this time of judgment. Your pride is why you now find yourself left behind here to have to endure this time of coming darkness and woe.
But do not be dismayed. There is yet HOPE. The Lord who is "rich in mercy" is still willing to save "all who will come to Him by faith."
Even in the midst of the horrendous, oncoming judgments that God is about to mete out, He is willing, for a time, to extend His mercy and His saving grace, because God is love and He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
You made a tragic choice by refusing His great salvation during the Church Age - the Age of Grace (the time when God was calling out of the world a people unto Himself - those whom He called His body and the bride of Christ). That "age" or era closed when the Church of Jesus Christ was raptured - snatched out - of this world; when each member of the true Church (both the living and the dead "in Christ") was changed from our mortal, sin-corrupted bodies into new, immortal, glorified bodies and taken to the "Father's House" in Heaven via this event the Bible calls the rapture (catching away) of the Church.
I will go into more detail regarding the rapture event in the next letter so that you will clearly know and understand the truth of what has happened. For as you will see, Satan, the Father of Lies, the "god" of this world system, has already prepared a LIE that is so audacious, so convincing, that only those who turn to Christ for salvation will not be taken in by it.
Once the Tribulation begins, the world will only have seven more years left under this fallen Luciferian system. These last seven years will be the most horrific, most devastating, most cataclysmic, most dark and violent time this world will have ever known in all of human history. Seven years - that's it, before King Jesus returns in righteousness to renovate and to restore "Paradise Lost."
Let me end this letter today with the most important thing - the only thing that now matters - that is the salvation of your immortal soul. For you see, the sobering truth is this: you will almost certainly lose your life during this final seven years. That is just the plain, unvarnished truth; and if you should die lost, continuing to reject God's offer of salvation, then you will spend eternity in a literal, burning place known as the Lake of Fire. I cannot be any clearer or more truthful than that.
The reality is this: very few of the possibly five to six billion souls left here after the rapture will live to the end of this seven-year time of the Tribulation - very few. In fact, Jesus Himself said that if He did not return to bring a halt to this time (if He allowed it to run its course unimpeded), that no flesh (no living creature, including man) would be spared. This is how devastatingly horrific these last seven years will be.
So before we go any further in this series of messages to the left behind, let me make sure that you know how to come to salvation. Your physical life will likely end during this time; however, your soul is immortal. And you (the conscious, sentient, core of you) will exist in complete consciousness in an immortal body forever - either in Heaven in a new glorified, immortal body, or in Hell in an immortal body that can never die but can and will suffer agonal torment forever. Your final destination all depends on the choice you make right now.
None of us is guaranteed that we will live even the next five minutes. We are all merely one last heartbeat and one final breath away from eternity at any given moment. So please, if you are reading this missive and millions upon millions (perhaps billions) of people worldwide have instantly disappeared without a trace, then you have already made one tremendously poor choice. Please do not make another by refusing God's offer of salvation again.
How to be Saved
(1) Why you need a Savior
You need a Savior because you are a sinner. "There is NONE righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10 ). "For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
"For the wages [penalty] of sin is [eternal] death, but the gift of God is [eternal] life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
You see, we are not sinners because we commit sins; we commit sins because we are sinners. It's what we are intrinsically. We are born sinners under the curse of sin; and as such, we need a Savior.
(2) What you must do to be saved
You must believe (place your faith and complete trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
You must believe that Jesus Christ is God who came to Earth wrapped in human flesh, and that His death paid in full the wages (penalty) for all of mankind's sins. You must believe in His sinless life, in His atoning death, in His burial and in His bodily resurrection from the tomb, according to the scriptures. This is the only gospel that saves: Salvation is by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I (the apostle Paul) also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9-10).
Please keep reading the chronicles, as in them I will give you details of all that is soon to be coming upon the earth. Take these messages to heart, because post rapture, once a "covenant" between Israel and "the many" is confirmed by a coming, charismatic world leader, then there will be only seven years left, and you are not guaranteed that you will live even the next seven minutes.
Until next time...