Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Will Earth Be Hit By Fire From The Sky - by a CME?" - Inspirational Weekend

Before I discuss the main topic (Fire From the Sky- a CME), I wanted to share a video concerning breaking news in the Middle East.   As many of you know, Israel is God's prophetic time clock;  much of prophecy revolves around the tiny nation of Israel, God's covenant people forever.  Russia, Turkey and Iran have joined forces, so to speak, to form what Kevin Clarkson of Prophecy in the News calls a strategic triangle. This is exactly what is prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39, and is a prelude to the war of Gog and Magog.   Following is a very short video concerning this:

Now, speaking of fire from the sky, 4 years ago, July 23, 2012, earth had a near miss with a CME, or a coronal mass ejection from a powerful storm on the sun; the strongest in over 150 years.  We all went about our business as usual, oblivious to the danger we almost encountered, as the media did not tell us about the event till much later.  Here is a link to one article about its occurance.   

Whereas a solar flare is mostly local events on the sun, CME's are large bubbles of magnetized gas (liquid fire....plasma like) which erupt into space.   Here is more information about them. A natural EMP disaster, like a CME, would render the whole planet into a shut down scenario.   Following is a video with much valuable information on all this that takes us to prophecy in the book of Revelation.   

In case you did not watch the above video,  I will highlight some of the information in it.   In a previous post I shared Revelation 8:7-9 , which Brent Miller in the above video also talks about.
Revelation 8:7 says, "The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up."   According to Brent Miller, this is describing a CME; liquid fire and hail, and mixed with blood from people on airplanes being killed and blood from any birds killed during the CME blast.   

Revelation 8:8 follows:  "And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;  (verse 9 says:)  "And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed."  Miller believes this is describing a supervolcano in the ocean.   

The verses above and following are describing what is known as the trumpet judgments.   Revelation 8:10-11 says,  (10) "And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; (11)  And the name of the star was Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter."  This "star" is probably a meteor.

Keep in mind the above Scriptures are referring to what happens during the Tribulation period when God is using His wrath to execute vengeance and judgment on ungodly and wicked mankind.   True believers will not go through the Tribulation as they would have already been raptured to heaven prior to this Tribulation.

I urge you to watch the video above as Brent Miller is quite the scholar and prophecy expert and he gives you valuable information in a clear and concise manner.  In the video he discusses many other interesting facts that I did not highlight here.   Keep in mind what one famous preacher has said:

"The LORD has His own sovereign modes of action: He is not tied to manner and time as we are, but doeth as He pleases among the sons of men."  -  Charles Spurgeon

Although believers will not experience the Tribulation, things might get worse for us before that time. As many of you are aware of, Christians right now are suffering persecutions and beheadings and other hardships.   We need to remember what Joshua 1:9 says,  "Have I not commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."  - Hebrews 13:5     See also Deuteronomy 31:6.

There is a verse at Deuteronomy 28:34 that is speaking of another time and place, but could possibly be applicable to the Tribulation period:  "So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see."  -  King James Version.   Following is the same verse in the Contemporary English Version (CEV) : "What you see will be so horrible that you will go insane."  That will be the case, maybe, of many in the Tribulation.   You do not want to be on earth during that time !   I urge you to make sure you get right with the Lord before it is too late and you miss going to heaven in the soon to happen Rapture.

"All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out."  -  Jesus at John 6:37

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tommy Ice Video On The Gospel And Another Video Of 13 Reasons To Believe In The Pre-Tribulation Rapture - Inspirational Weekend

The above photograph of the Hawaiian Black-Crowned Night Heron I took on the island of  Kauai, Hawaii, near the beach.   Notice how alert he is and he seems to be surveying his surroundings with keen interest.    It reminds me that we, as Christians, need to be alert to the times we live in - meaning the last of the last days -  and watching for the  soon return of Jesus to take us home to heaven in the Rapture.   And not only to watch for it, but to be ready.  That means having a close personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus.   If you have such an intimate relationship, then you most likely are leading a godly life; a fruitful life.   

In my last post  I mentioned how sharing Bible prophecy was a wonderful evangelizing tool.   Yesterday, a video was posted to You-tube featuring Tommy Ice who talks about how vital the Gospel message is and in it he said that, along with the Gospel, Bible Prophecy is also excellent to use to evangelize.   He gave pertinent information about several things.   Following is that video :

Recently, I ran across an article by Tommy Ice concerning the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  Many scholars believe that there was no evidence  (other than the Bible) of any kind about it before 1830,  but this article has a paragraph about the Pre-Trib Rapture being mentioned over a 1000 years before 1830 and which was dated somewhere between c. 374-627.  Please read the article found here .  It was fascinating to me, and to all of you who crave information about end time events, you will find it a good source.

Most Christians believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, myself included.   However, many believe that the Rapture will occur at the mid-way point of the Tribulation, and still others believe the Rapture happens at the end of the Tribulation period.   It is the Pre-Trib belief that gets the most attacks and is most hated.  To me, that just helps to prove that it is the accurate view.   The devil always attacks the fiercest at what is the truth.

If you know the Rapture of the church is near, you will live a more godly life and will be in more of a state of readiness for Jesus' return.  The main thing is to seek first God's kingdom  (Matthew 6:33).  Put God and Jesus first in your life.

I John 3:3 states,  "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure."

Following is a video which gives 13 reasons to believe the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation.

Both of the above videos are excellent "spiritual food" and I hope you take the time to view them; they are short but full of much needed information.  If you are not sure of your standing with God, now is the time to pray and ask for forgiveness in sincere repentance.  Pray for Jesus to come into your life; believe His shed blood at Calvary washes away your sins; surrender all to Him and make Him the Lord of your life.   Believers today are sealed by the Holy Spirit.

"In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise."
- Ephesians 1:13

"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."
- Ephesians 4:30

This seal guarantees our salvation.   It also means that, as believers, we have eternal life.  What an awesome gift!  We ought to be singing praises to God all day long for His great love and mercy !  And it should give us a humble and grateful heart.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."   -   Jesus speaking at Luke 21:28 concerning the signs of the last days.

"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh."  - Jesus at Matthew 24:44. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

"Reasons to Study Bible Prophecy" - Inspirational Weekend

Why should you be concerned about Bible prophecy?  Most people don't give it a thought, and many pastors will not teach on it from the pulpit.   One of the reasons pastors don't preach on Bible prophecy is because they were not taught about it in seminary.   Others do not want to disturb their congregations with it and perhaps lose membership over it.   And many pastors today preach a watered-down, people-pleasing sermon to "tickle the ears" of their congregations in order to keep everybody happy and to make them come back for more feel-good and comfy experiences.   What ever happened to Spirit-filled sermons, a sticking to the true message of the Gospel and spelling out the consequences of sin?  And an emphasis on being a follower of Jesus Christ?   And that Hell awaits unrepentant sinners?

There are still some good churches out there with true men of God as pastors.  Thank the good Lord !

When Bible prophecy is not preached in churches, it is like eliminating one fourth of the Bible as not important or useful or relevant.   "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."  -  2 Timothy 3:16-17  (KJV)

Following are a few facts from the Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy by J. Barton Payne:
"There are 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 in the New Testament for a total of 1,817 prophecies   These prophecies are included within 8,352 verses of the Bible.   
Since there are 31,124 verses in the Bible, the 8,352 verses that contain prophecy constitute 26.8 percent of the Bible's volume."   That is actually a little more than 25% of the Bible !  

It is obvious that God wanted to tell us about the future.   I find that Bible prophecy builds my faith when I realize how much prophecy has come true already.   My previous post  on Daniel's 70 weeks shows how he prophesied hundreds of years in advance about Jesus, the Messiah.   And of course, it came true....things like that build a person's faith and trust in God's Word and keeps you coming back for more.   I personally cannot get enough information on Bible prophecy; the more I read the more I want to learn.    

Besides building your faith, Bible prophecy exposes just how awesome God is to know the future and to help orchestrate events to bring prophecy to come to pass.   When you read the promises of God that give you such hope, you grow to love and experience Him even more.   And isn't that what it is all about?  Love.  

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."   - 1 John 4:10-11

Christianity is the only religion that says "Done!"  Christ died for us so that His shed blood could wash our sins away when we believe in Him and in His resurrection.      All other religions are about "Doing" this or that to obtain heaven or some form of higher being.   

Remember, before the fall and sin, God created Adam and Eve in order to have fellowship with them.  Today, God wants to have fellowship with you as well.   Christianity in a sense is not a religion,  it is a relationship.   A strong, personal, intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ.   That is what the Lord wants most of all.  And of course obedience.   If you have a close relationship with the Lord and love him with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind (Mark 12:30), you will be less likely to sin.  At least, not deliberate and willful sin.  

In addition to building your faith and showing how awesome God is, Bible Prophecy is a great tool to evangelize with when it comes to leading the lost to a saving belief in the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Many people have come to Christ after hearing Bible Prophecy about the end times and the horrors of the soon to come Tribulation period.   And I am sure that preaching about the Rapture of the Church has also helped lost souls as well.  No one wants to be left behind when the Rapture occurs to face the Tribulation later.   Granted, there are some scoffers (2 Peter 3:3-4) whose hearts are so hardened that they may never see the truth of the gospel.

We live in perilous times !   Look at 2 Timothy 3:1-5 :  "(1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."   Notice that verse 5 says to have nothing to do with sinful people described here.   (Except, of course, to witness to them about Jesus).

Though we are in the last days and times are chaotic, believers in Christ have a blessed hope (Titus 2:13) and faith to endure, and help from God to persevere and be strong while waiting for the Lord to return to take us home.

Keep praying, study God's Word, and keep looking up !

Thursday, July 28, 2016

"The Prophet Daniel's 70 Weeks And The Abomination of Desolation" - Inspirational Weekend

This information might end up being rather lengthy, but I will endeavor to simplify as much as possible.   To begin with, Israel and the Jews are God's chosen people; He made a covenant with Abraham and the nation of everlasting covenant.  The modern day "replacement theology", where supposedly the Christian Church replaces the Jews and God is "through with the Jews", is not biblical at all; the Bible simply does not support replacement theology which you can readily discern if you study God's Word diligently.   

Daniel was a Jew who was taken to Babylon as a young captive, along with many other Jews, when the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem.  The Babylonian captivity was God's punishment upon the Jews who had previously rebelled against God.   Actually, the first captives, which included Daniel, were taken to Babylon in 605 B.C.; the second group of captives were taken in 597 B.C., which included the prophet Ezekiel; the third deportation was in 586 B.C., when Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed by the Babylonians.   

Daniel was a godly man, and when he was over 80 years old (around 538 B.C.) he read the writings of the prophet Jeremiah and perceived that soon the Jews would be released from Babylon as a free people.   In Daniel 9 it explains how Daniel prayed fervently for his people and pled for mercy.  The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel in answer to his prayer and told him of future events, some of which would be immediate and others that would occur in the far distant future (Daniel 9:20-23).

The following is from Daniel 9:24-27 :   " (24) Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to anoint the most Holy.  (25) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:  the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  (26) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  (27)  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. " 

Almost all scholars agree that the seventy "sevens" are  seventy weeks of years which equal a period of 490 years.  The prophecies would start at the time a decree was made to rebuild Jerusalem, and this was given in 445 B.C. by king Artaxerxes of Persia.  From that decree to the time of the Messiah would be 483 years.  Using the Jewish 360-day calendar year, 483 years after the decree brings us to A.D. 30, when Jesus, the Messiah, made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem  (Matthew 21:1-9).  Remember that the prophecy said that after 62 weeks the Messiah would be "cut off", which occurred when Jesus was crucified.   

Of these 70 weeks, 69 have been fulfilled.   This obviously leaves one more "seven" to be fulfilled. There is a very long time period between the 69th week and the 70th week.   The final "seven" is known as the Tribulation period, which will occur sometime after the Rapture of the Church (true believers). 

Daniel 9:27 speaks of the antichrist and how he will make a seven-year covenant with Israel. This is the beginning of the Tribulation period.  But after three and a half years he will break that covenant and the antichrist will stop the sacrifices in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and will cause the abomination that causes desolation, as spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24:15 :  "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)"

The holy place refers to the temple in Jerusalem (Acts 21:28;  Psalm 24:3).  Daniel 9:27 makes it clear that it is a person who causes some sort of desolation in the holy place, the temple.   Please read 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 where it speaks of the antichrist as sitting in the temple of God, showing himself to be God.   Revelation 13:14-15 speaks of how the beast (another name for the antichrist) makes an image of himself, for all the people to worship.   It may be that this image is set up in the holy place, the temple, for all to worship, which would definitely be an abomination that causes desolation.   This is more likely, maybe, than the antichrist himself being seated there in person.  

It is good to know that at the end of the Tribulation, when Jesus makes His Second Coming (not the Rapture of the Church which happened years previously)  ,  but His Second Coming to earth, Israel will repent and will accept Jesus Christ as its Messiah.   Also, when Jesus destroys all enemies at the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation, He will then set up His rule as Lord and King during the 1000 years of peace and paradise on earth.      I could continue all this further, but it may be best to save more for another future post.    Below is a video about Daniel and his prophecies.  

"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. "  -  Revelation 21:3

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Brexit, The Merchants of Tarshish, and America in Bible Prophecy" - Inspirational Weekend

My photograph above shows a busy but not violent Hawaiian surf with soft floating clouds that remind me of God's glory,   Remember, the presence of God was represented by a cloud to the ancient Israelites (Exodus 13:21 and Exodus 19:9).    Whenever I see or paint clouds, I feel very spiritual and I am reminded of God.   It is too bad that many people give no thought to God, except maybe when they take His name in vain.   America is no longer the country I grew up in over 50 years ago.  The other day I was watching news videos and also videos about Bible prophecy and their fulfillment in the present time and in the near future,  and for some reason I got really upset and bothered more than usual about just how bad things are right now.  As a Christian, I know all the promises of God for believers and the hope of eternal life in heaven, so I don't usually get so upset about all the chaos going on in the present because of the soul-peace that faith in Christ gives me.    I had to get away from all the bad news and pour over the comforting Scriptures immediately to calm my troubled spirit.   It was more a feeling of despair and sorrow over all of the evil going on that upset me, and not so much a spirit of fear.

So many lost souls out there are going to perish in the Tribulation period unless they come to their senses and accept Jesus as their Savior.   Let me just share three Scriptures in the book of Revelation that describes just one of many judgments of destruction to take place in the Tribulation.  You might want to read all of Revelation chapter eight, but here are verses 7 to 9 of that chapter:  (7) "The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:  and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.  (8) And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:  and the third part of the sea became blood; (9) And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed."   God's wrath against wicked mankind is being poured out here;  you do not want to go through the Tribulation !   I digressed a little here because I wanted to emphasize actual Scriptures instead of just providing where to find them because, quite frankly, a lot of readers would not look them up in their Bibles; if they have a Bible, that is.    You Christians need to be witnessing to these lost souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ before the Rapture occurs, which will be soon.  If you are like myself, you may have family members who are not yet saved.  Pray for them.  Share the Gospel with them.  Live a godly life and be a good example to them so they may want the peace and joy that you experience as a believer.

When you are troubled by world events, just remember that God is still in control and always will be.  Things that are occurring now were long ago prophesied in God's Word, and must take place to fulfill those prophecies.   "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."   - Jesus speaking at Matthew 24:13.     But take note, you must have put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and as the Lord of your life in order to be saved.  

In my previous post, I had indicated that I would talk more about Revelation and Daniel's 70 weeks, but I ran across two bits of information about Brexit, and how Britain is now able to fulfill prophecy found in Ezekiel 38; so I decided to write about that first instead.  More on Revelation and Daniel later in another post.   Many scholars believe that Britain is what is referred to as "the merchants of Tarshish" at Ezekiel 38:13.  Also, in that same verse, it mentions about  "Tarshish , with all the young lions thereof."   It is believed that the young lions are past colonies from Britain, like North America and Australia and Canada.   If true, that would mean that America is in Bible prophecy after all.   Here is a link for an excellent article by prophecy expert Bill Salus on this very subject.  

By the way, I highly recommend that you purchase a book by Bill Salus titled, "The Now Prophecies" found at Amazon and other places.  The author attempts to put various prophecies in a rough order in terms of when they occur.   Some things could happen right now (like the Rapture of the Church) and others need more time to occur, to reach fulfillment when the time is right.

Below is a short 9 minute video about Bible prophecies which also mentions Brexit and how it is timely in terms of these last days we find ourselves living in.   

"Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."  -  James 5:8

Thursday, July 14, 2016

"The Seven Year Tribulation and End Times (With Sermon on The Tribulation by Charles Stanley)" - Inspirational Weekend

The seven-year Tribulation period is right around the corner; it is a time when God's wrath is poured out upon wicked mankind that live in opposition and defiance of the LORD, those persons that did not accept Jesus as their Savior when there was still time.   Some time before the Tribulation, all those believers that looked to Jesus in faith and repentance were taken to heaven in the Rapture of the Church.   Followers of Christ will therefore not experience God's great wrath  ( 1 Thessalonians 5:9). God's wrath for believers has been satisfied because of their faith in Jesus who took the wrath for them when He died on the cross.  See my previous post on July 7, 2016, directly below for more information on the Rapture.

Many of you may be aware of the verses at Matthew 24:37-39 where it says of the end times that it will be just as in the days of Noah when Christ returns soon.   Did you know that scientists are now producing animals with human organs, that they are planning to experiment with human babies having 3 parents, and that they are attempting to reach a godlike state and live forever with transhumanism?  The fallen angels in Noah's day were doing animal/human creations before God wiped them out with the flood.  It all points to the fact that we are now living in the end times.  I wrote more about this earlier at this link, where you will also find two videos about the days of Noah: one featuring comments by Jeff Kinley, and the other video with commentary by Billy Crone.  Check out what Jeff Kinley has to say; you will find it interesting and eye-opening.   I decided to show the Billy Crone video here again right now:

In the video above, Billy Crone talks about how it was in the days of Noah, as well as the experiments being done in our time with animal/human hybrids (chimeras) and the attempt to create super-soldiers with micro-chips and vaccines to give soldiers where they feel no pain when injured so they can continue to fight.  Much, much more fascinating information is on this video -- things that were being done in Noah's day before God put a stop to it with the global flood.  The heavenly Father will soon put an end to all the evil atrocities being done today, things not only done in the name of science but in every other area as well.  These are the last days !

This post will deal mostly with generalities about the Tribulation; I will get into more detail about the judgments of Revelation in future posts.  Unsaved people need to be aware of how terrible and devastating and all encompassing the Tribulation destruction and punishments will be so that they will turn to Jesus as their Savior and avoid the plagues that will occur during that seven-year period of God's wrath on wicked people.   

The Olivet Prophecy at Matthew 24 and 25 also speaks of this time.   Please read those two chapters.  Jesus says at Matthew 24:22, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."   He also says at Matthew 24:29,  "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken."   

There will, however, be many that will be saved during the Tribulation.  Revelation 7:14 tells us, "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.  And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."   These Tribulation survivors and believers will have to pay with their lives under the One World Government and the Antichrist.   Revelation 20:4 says, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."     Notice in Revelation 20:4 these believers during the Tribulation were beheaded.   Look at what is now happening with Christians being beheaded and you can figure out that this will continue during the Tribulation -- and by whom, no doubt.  It is easy to see how near we are to first the Rapture, then the Tribulation period.   It is time to get right with the Lord !

"(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:  behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)   -  2 Corinthians 6:2  KJV

Just a reminder, when we say "Tribulation" we are speaking in general of the entire seven-year period.   But the Bible speaks of the "Great Tribulation", which is the last half of the Tribulation or 3-1/2 years .   Jesus says at Matthew 24:21,  "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

Jesus is here referring to the the event at Matthew 24:15 which is about the revealing of the "abomination of desolation."   This is referring to the Antichrist and his desecrating the future rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.   Daniel 12:1b refers to this as "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time......"   In fact, the last 3-1/2 years of the Tribulation is also known as "Jacob's trouble"  (Jeremiah 30:7). Jacob was the ancient patriarch whose name was changed to Israel from whence came the nation of Israel,     So called "Jacob's trouble" because this time period of persecution and natural disasters is God's way of dealing with the nation of Israel and its sin, in order to bring Israel, the Jews, to acknowledge God and also Jesus as the Messiah.   

I will go into more detail about this topic in my next post and also more about the 70 weeks of Daniel.    Below is a 3 part short sermon (about 25 minutes total) by Dr. Charles Stanley on the Tribulation period.  After the first 10 minutes of the sermon, it automatically rolls over to part 2 and then part 3.

"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."    Jesus speaking at Revelation 3:11

Thursday, July 7, 2016

"The Rapture of the Church, End Times, Brexit Commentary" - Inspirational Weekend

Concerning the turbulent times in which we live and the fact that the Rapture of the Church is imminent, we need to carefully consider what path we take in life; a path leading to eternal life, either in heaven or in hell.   How we live - either carnally or spiritually - mirrors our true heart condition and determines our future.   You cannot follow Jesus and live like hell at the same time.   We are now in the last of the last days, the end times.  Wake up and live for God before you wake up one day in hell instead.   But before you die, if you are not a true believer in Jesus, you will be "left behind" after the Rapture to face the most horrendous of times ever during the Tribulation period of 7 years.  There is hope, however, if you turn to God and follow Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength, 

First, the commentary on Brexit below by Gary Stearman, emphasizes how we are living in the last days.   Mr. Stearman touches on the New World Order (one global government, one global economy, and one world religion that is soon to take over and change life as we know it, that is, if believers are not raptured before then); he also speaks of the European Union and the Revived Roman Empire, the latter of which is prophesied in the Bible.  Actually, the New World Order is also prophesied in God's Holy Word.  You will find this commentary very interesting.

I keep up with the news mostly from alternative media that is Christian, and if it were not for the promises and hope found in the Bible, I would be very fearful of the future.   God's Word says the Rapture is the "Blessed Hope" at Titus 2:13 :  "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; " (KJV) .   By the way, the Greek construction of this verse favors the translation:  "The great God, even our Saviour , Jesus Christ." This is a clear testimony to the deity of Christ (see Romans 9:5).

The Rapture is spoken of at 1 Thessalonians 4:17,18 where it says:  "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."   The expression "caught up" is from the Greek word "harpazo" and the Latin word "rapturo" or "rapio",  the latter being from which our English word "Rapture" is derived.   Both words mean a carrying away, a snatching away, or being caught up.                             In 1 Thessalonians 4:18 it tells us to "comfort one another with these words."   It is a great comfort to believers to look forward to the Rapture and the fact that we will always be with the Lord thereafter. The Rapture is not a fearful event to true followers of Jesus.   If you are not a believer, then you should be fearful of being left behind when the Rapture occurs.    In another future post, I will talk more about the Tribulation that follows the Rapture.   

There is another passage we need to be aware of found at 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 which follows:  "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."  This proves the immortality of the human soul, contrary to what some cults teach.  

What about the children and babies when the Rapture occurs?  Many point to an "age of accountability" as the determining factor.  In other words, if they are old enough to understand and to make a clear choice for or against Christ.   The Bible does not specify such an age of accountability; but God is merciful and loving and just, and extremely young children will no doubt be taken to heaven during the Rapture.   To me, it depends on the individual child, what level of understanding they have, not a certain age.  Charles Spurgeon believed that "a child of 5 can as truly be saved and regenerated as an adult."  Some believe that the mentally handicapped will also be taken to heaven when the Rapture occurs.   God is full of grace and mercy; he is loving and holy.  He always does the right and just thing.

Since I firmly believe the Rapture is at the very door, I will be posting more here about the end times and Bible prophecy as time goes on, Lord willing.   And He is willing that I do just that, if I live so long.   Times are urgent folks!   So many people are caught up in the everyday affairs of life and of pleasure as well as working more and more to pay the bills and to make ends meet, that they seldom think about God or the Bible, much less about Bible prophecy.   There are all kinds of information on the Internet to warn us about how evil and corrupt society is now, and we need to think of the state of our soul and where we will spend eternity.  The solution is a close, intimate, personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.   Then you have a secure hope and the promises of God to sustain you.  

Here is a video sermon about the Rapture by Dr. David Jeremiah.  It is excellent !

Our hope in Christ guarantees our safety.  

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the vail;"    -  Hebrews 6:19 (KJV)