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Do you believe in the Rapture?

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2019 by cavalier973

Do you believe in the Rapture?

This question is often misunderstood as “Do you believe in the Pre-Tribulational Rapture?” which I imagine greatly annoys my brothers and sisters in Christ who hold to a Mid-trib, Pre-Wrath, and/or Post-trib view of the Rapture. The question of whether the Rapture happens at all is separate from the timing of the Rapture.

So, where does the idea of the Rapture come from? The first place (in book order) is from Matthew 24:36-44. All quotes are from the King James Version.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 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, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
(Now, a lot of Pre-trib teachers object that this is not a Rapture passage, that it is a message to a Jewish audience, and does not apply to Church Age believers, however the description that Jesus gives in that passage is very indicative of a Rapture event. I will circle back to this point later.)

The next place that a Rapture event is implied is the Gospel of John chapter 14, versus 1-3.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

After that, we have 1 Corinthians 15:50-52.

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 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.

Then, the famous (and more straightforward) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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 clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Those are the big ones. There are other passages that possibly hints at a Rapture event, or may not, but those are enough for a Bible student to conclude that there will be some sort of event where living believers will experience a miraculous transformation and transportation “at the coming of the Lord”, avoiding death in the process. I am not saying that everyone who reads the Bible should or even will conclude that a Rapture event is predicted, just that it is a reasonable conclusion one could make.

Now, as to the timing: I am definitely in the Pretribulational Rapture camp. The reason doesn’t involve a lot of cross-referencing Bible passages and unassailable arguments. I recognize that I could be wrong. I base my view primarily on the previously quoted Matthew 24 and on Luke 17:26-30:

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
In each example that Jesus gives–Noah and Lot–the situation was thus: God was going to rain judgement on the earth, but He first evacuated His faithful followers. In Lot’s case, the angel said that he couldn’t start the destruction of Sodom until Lot was safely away. The angels had to literally take Lot and his wife and his daughters by their hands and physically drag them from the city. In Noah’s case, God gave Noah the plan for the ark, Noah built the ark, God brought the animals to Noah, and then God shut the door once Noah and his family and the animals were inside. Noah got to go inside the ark; he didn’t have to ride on top of it. Noah didn’t have a single drop of rain splash his cheek. The angel didn’t give Lot an asbestos umbrella. Lot didn’t have to flick sparks from his tunic as he ran (was dragged).  They were each in complete safety before God’s judgement fell.
Secondarily, I base my belief in the Pre-Tribulational timing of the Rapture on Daniel’s “70 weeks” prophecy, in Daniel chapter 9. Here is the key verse (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 bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Notice that Gabriel (who is the speaker here) says “thy people and upon thy holy city”? The “Seventy Weeks”–which includes the seven-year period we call “the Tribulation”, is for “Daniel’s people”, which would be Israel, and “Daniel’s holy city”, which would be Jerusalem. The Tribulation does not concern the Church at all. This is Israel’s time to again be the focus of God’s attention; He will bring the nation back to belief in Himself, and in their true Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. In doing so, He will remove Satan as “god of this world”, and Jesus will take His rightful place on David’s throne. This is what Christians pray for when they recite “Thy kingdom come” in the so-called Lord’s Prayer.
There are more reasons to accept the Pre-Tribulational Rapture teaching, which are better explained at places like www.pre-trib.org. Those are the main reasons that I accept it.
Now, the Matthew 24 passage and the Rapture: Pre-tribulational proponents argue that this passage is Jesus talking to Jews, and so the section that speaks of “one taken, and the other left” is actually talking about the Second Coming of Christ, and that, based on the phrase concerning those that the flood took away, the “taken” means taken to judgement, and the “left” means left on earth to enjoy the Millennial Kingdom. However, if you take your Blue Letter Bible app, and look up the words “took” and “taken” in that passage, you will see that they are different words. If you further do a word study for the Greek word for “taken”, you will see that the first instance of the word in the New Testament is when God tells Joseph to take Mary to be his wife, and then it says that Joseph took Mary to be his wife. He didn’t take her to judgement. The word for “taken” means to “carry along”, as with the case of someone taking a friend with him on a journey. Meanwhile, the word for “left” can mean “abandoned”, “divorced”, or “sent away”. I don’t know, but the idea of being “abandoned” to the Millennial kingdom doesn’t sound quite right. I got this insight, by the way, from Robert Breaker in his Youtube Video on the passage. Mr. Breaker argues that the information Jesus gives here is to His disciples in a private session, and not to the Jews generally, and that He answers their questions in reverse order (Matthew 24:3):
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?
He tells them what the signs of His coming and of the end of the world in verses 4 through 35, then in verses 36 through 44, talks about the timing. Just reading this last passage gives clues that those who will experience judgement don’t know it’s coming; they continue doing regular, everyday activities like eating, drinking, and marrying–they are living life normally, then, suddenly, one is “taken” and the other “left”. Even a cursory reading of the end times scenario described in Revelation would imply that life at the end of the Tribulation will be anything but normal. I doubt there will be much “eating and drinking”, because there will be no food or water, to speak of. I doubt that marriage will be a priority on anyone’s agenda over just surviving. The best counter to this argument that I have found is here, mainly because the author recognizes that the words for “taken” and “left” don’t fit with the idea of “taken to judgement” and “left to enter the kingdom in blessing”. However, his argument:
But more importantly I think the Lord’s point here was that just as people had no idea the world was about to end in the days leading up to the flood, no one will know the world is about to end in the days leading up to the second coming.
I find weak, for the simple fact that the time leading up to Noah’s flood was apparently uneventful, while the people who have gone through the Tribulation will know that the end of the world is at hand. They even say so, at the breaking of the sixth seal (Revelation 6:15-17):
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; 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: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Everyone knows what’s going on. It’s not going to be a surprise. Further, they can grab the few remaining copies of the Bible from night stands in abandoned hotel rooms and figure out they’ve got whatever amount of time remaining, based on the signposts given in Revelation. The repeated assertion in Matthew 24 that the coming of the Lord will be unexpected (“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only“,  “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come“, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh“, “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of“)  seems much more in line with the imminent Rapture of the Church than the detailed and obvious events leading the the Second Coming of Christ.
There are other arguments against Matthew 24 being a Rapture passage, but I can’t think of them, right now. Maybe tomorrow. Whatever they are, I have not found them persuasive.
The important thing to do in the meantime is to believe in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, for your salvation. He has paid all the expenses, He has made all arrangements, and only requires that you believe in Him. I urge you to do so.
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The wrong battlefield

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2018 by cavalier973

The past couple of years have been fascinating, politically speaking. I did not vote for President Trump in the 2016 election, for a variety of reasons. I am a proponent of Free Trade, and Trump’s protectionist stances were off-putting. I viewed Trump as a “Trojan Horse” candidate; a New York City liberal who was lying in order to get Hillary elected. I actually believed that he did not want to win the election. I wasn’t quite as bothered as other people pretend to be about his flawed marriage life, and multiple commissions of adultery, because, well, I didn’t vote for him, but they were counts against his character, so throw it on the pile of reasons to not vote for him.

Still, President Trump has shown himself to be a much better President than I anticipated. He got a really good tax cut plan implemented, he has massively cut regulations (disassembling the administrative state), which is helpful to the economy, and he got two good judges (well, better than H. Clinton judges, anyway) onto the Supreme Court, and is reshaping the Federal judiciary at the lower court level. A successful Presidency, taken as a whole. I will wait for further evidence to see if his peace deal with North Korea will hold up, but I expect it will, for a while.

The 2018 Midterm Elections didn’t go nearly as well as I was hoping (wishing, really). Democrats are managing to turn Republican Party election night wins into Democrat wins, through extremely obvious voter fraud.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned, and the President appointed the AG Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker to be acting Attorney General, and there is a lot of hope expressed in conservative circles that Whitaker will bring to fruition the promises of “draining the Swamp”. However, there are groups of “conservatives” who oppose Whitaker, and who are arguing that his appointment is unConstitutional. So this tiny, possible win may likely be turned into a loss for the President, as well.

There are more examples of how the United States is in flux right now, and not just politically. Educational institutions and entertainment media also push certain ideas onto the populace. I mention them because there is an idea that conservatives will be able to push them back and “save America” or “Make America Great Again.”

Well, any success will be temporary, unfortunately, because “America” doesn’t actually belong to the people who inhabit its borders. Matthew Chapter Four gives the narrative of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, by the Devil. The Devil (“Satan”, Jesus calls him) makes a rather remarkable claim: that all the kingdoms of the world belong to him. He offers them to Jesus, with the provision that Jesus worship Satan. Jesus rebukes him, using Scripture (the only way to fight Satan is with God’s Word), but does not refute Satan’s claim on “all the kingdoms of the world”. I infer that “all kingdoms” includes future kingdoms as well as the ones present at the time of this narrative.

That means that, to borrow a phrase from the late Chuck Missler, The United States of America, even at its best, belongs to Satan. We can fight the leftism and cultural rot and political evil in our country, but in the end, will “lose”, because the country is already in the hands of the Devil.

We have a mission, however, from our Lord Jesus: make disciples of all nations. He didn’t say, “make nations of disciples”. We who believe belong to God’s kingdom, and are on the earth as His ambassadors. We are also spiritual warriors. Ephesians 6:12 points out that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against” spiritual authorities. Fallen angels or demons or some other evil spiritual entities. It is not appropriate for us to become angry with humans who spout anti-Christ nonsense, because they are not our real enemies. The evil spirits that control them are.

We won’t permanently “save America”, because it is a kingdom of this world. But we can join God in His work to save Americans. Pray, pray, pray. Jesus gave us a model that is quite useful for speaking with God.

“Our Father, which art in heaven” — an acknowledgement that God is real, that He is our loving protector and provider. He is outside our realm, and so can see everything that is going on.

“Hallowed be Thy name” — Praise for God is essential. It puts us in the proper mind frame for our petitions that follow.

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven” — this is a prayer for the promised “Millenium Kingdom” that is spoken of in the Book of Revelation. As Chuck Missler notes, Gabriel promised Mary that her Son would sit on the Throne of David. Jesus will be the King of Israel as well as King of the world. God did not abrogate His promises to Israel, or transfer them to the Church. The promises to Israel revolve around their land. The promises to us who are Christ’s Church revolve around being with Christ.

“Give us this day our daily bread” — God is our provider, whether we are on the verge of destitution, or are the multi-millionaire CEO of a thriving corporation. There is a movie with Jimmy Stewart (I think it’s “Shenandoah”) where Stewart’s character very cheekily prays something along the lines of, “We did all the work, but I guess we’ll thank you for our food, anyway.” That kind of attitude is dangerous and nonsensical.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” — God is a God of Forgiveness. It isn’t that He overlooks our sins–He couldn’t be a Holy God if he did so–but He provided a substitution for us, which allows Him to forgive. We should likewise forgive others when they wrong us. Since Jesus put this in His “model prayer”, then we should also tell God when we’ve forgiven someone else.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” — A prayer for protection, but not just physical protection. Our minds and hearts are bombarded with all sorts of evil ideas, with temptations to evil attitudes.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” — a statement of fact concerning God’s position. Also, finishing up the prayer with more praise to God. Practice praise daily; you are developing a skill that will serve you well in Heaven.

“Amen” — “So let it be.”

 

Our battlefield is not the United States, and our goal is not national salvation. Salvation is an individual concern. Start with your own household. Believe in Jesus; walk by His Spirit; love with God’s power. Share the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins–that He took our punishment in our behalf. Maybe God will intervene, and allow us a few more years of plenty and peace, but remember that Satan is jealous of his kingdoms, and works relentlessly to claim back any ground he lost to the Gospel of Christ, which is why we see the anti-Christian community seem to gain ground. Politics won’t defeat Satan; they are all in his purview. His flesh-and-blood agents are working to overturn election results, and to infiltrate all civic institutions. Reclaiming the culture won’t work; as Satan is in control of all distribution networks, you won’t be able to get that awesome, conservative-Christian book published or movie released.

Prayer works, though; living the Gospel works. Just remember, we are praying for God’s kingdom to come, not for our kingdom (which is really Satan’s kingdom) to remain. He told us to abide until He returns, so pray that God gives you grace to be a good citizen in whatever nation you live. Pray that He will allow you to live peaceably with your neighbors. Pray for provision, so that you can share with others. Pray for unity in the Church of Jesus the Messiah; we may be bitterly opposed, politically, and you may think I have it completely backwards, and that the political right, with its bigotry and racism and sexism, is what is detroying America, that Trump is a horrible and horrifying President. However, if you are a Christian, then you are my brother or sister, and I pray that we are united in Christ’s love.

 

Party at my place, the third night of Heaven.

Maranatha.

Believe the Bible, or don’t

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2018 by cavalier973

Believe that the Bible is God’s truth-message to us, or cast it aside as worthless. Don’t try to reconcile the truth of Scripture with the pitiful philosophical flatulence of atheists.

For those who desperately need to believe that Darwinism is true; who desperately want to call God a deceiver, remember that God holds humans responsible for death in the universe, an unjust stance if millions of years of death preceded man’s arrival on the scene, but perfectly just if the narrative in Genesis chapters one through three are solid history and not allegory.

I can only imagine the awkwardness for those who spent their lives basically calling God a liar suddenly finding themselves standing in front of His throne.

A thought on Hell

Posted in For God with tags , , , , on September 24, 2018 by cavalier973

Part of the pain, and shame, of Hell will be that one’s unbelief, which one assumed to be evidence of superior intelligence, will be shown to be hideously naive and stupid.

Laughing off God’s word as “oral traditions of goat-herders written centuries after the fact” will be particularly piercing. One does not call God a liar without repercussion.

Chrissy Ford is a liar.

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2018 by cavalier973

Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote should be held at the earliest opportunity, and the woman who accuses him of feeling her up should be ignored.

Remember that she has not claimed that he raped her. A lot of people are jumping straight to calling him a rapist when that isn’t what she claimed. She seems to be claiming attempted rape, but even that didn’t actually happen.

Let me help those who may be confused: there was no party, gathering, or meeting at which a teenaged Kavanaugh threw Chrissy Ford on a bed and felt her up. It did not happen. Anyone who claims it happened, anyone who talks about repressed memories and believing the victim, is a liar, or is irredeemably stupid and gullible. This is a purely political tactic, to attempt to derail the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court or, failing that, to try to tarnish his reputation so that any decisions he makes as a Supreme Court Justice can be described as illegitimate.

A lot of people who support Kavanaugh are expressing frustration and despair, thinking that this tactic by the prog-leftists will be successful. It only succeeds, though, if we let it. We dont have to allow the Democrats and the prog-leftists get away with their lies. Simply say, “You are fooling no one with this. You are a liar, and have no right to have your accusations treated seriously. We don’t care what you say. We will pursue this course of action despite your opposition.” As Dan Bongino says, “New rules: we win, you lose.”

In order for this to work in the political sphere, we have to vote for candidates that will have the backbone to not play the Democrats/prog-leftists’ silly game, where normal people take their lunacy seriously.

What about the Jews?

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2018 by cavalier973

There is a group within the alt-right and pro-Trump movements that seems only interested in pushing an idea called “the Jewish Question”, which, as someone else quipped, is more of a “Jewish Statement”, and revolves around the idea that most or even all of the world’s problems are the result of the insidious secret activities of Jewish people. The high percentage of Jewish people (as compared to their percentage of the population) in media, finance, and entertainment is normally mentioned, along with anti-nationalist policies prominent Jewish personalities promote.

Okay, that isn’t too surprising. Jewish people have long been held in suspicion due to their insularity and their ability to succeed in business and politics despite their proportionally small numbers. Jews are easy scapegoats when times get tough. As an aside, Dr. Thomas Sowell has noted that Chinese people who immigrate to other lands are similarly viewed and by the native populations.

In any case, the feeling among those who promote the Jewish Question is that Jews need to be persecuted, even executed, as a group. Again, this is a stance that a lot of people have historically taken.

It seems that many people claiming the name of Christ are being enticed into embracing this idea. The most mainstream Christian version is called “Replacement Theology”, which posits that all the promises that God made to Israel have been permanently transferred to the Church, because Israel rejected the Messiah. Well, all the good promises have been transferred, anyway. Israel still gets to have all the bad promises.

At least the replacement theologians aren’t saying that God straight up broke all His promises to Israel. That would imply God is a liar, and if He is a liar, how can we Christians ever truly trust Him?

It is clear from Scripture that God chose Israel to be the people that bear His name. It was Israel that God brought out of Egypt, Israel to whom God gave the Promised Land, Israel who received His law, Israel through whom the Messiah would come, and thus bless all the world. Israel and “the Jews” are the same, by the way; some try to claim they’re different, that the Jews are satanic, etc. Some try to say that the people of Great Britain, or the American Indian tribes, are really the “lost Tribes of Israel”. I doubt either scenario.

To be quite honest, the Jews haven’t quite covered themselves with glory, and aren’t always the innocent victims that some want to portray them as. Even the barest effort at research will reveal that Jews are definitely the children of Jacob: lying, cheating, grasping, cowardly, disloyal, unconstant… Even a good Hebrew, like Joseph son of Jacob, you kind of have to watch your back with. He interpreted Pharoah’s dream, and thus saved Egypt, and the surrounding regions, from terrible famine, and yet, less than fifteen years after being put in charge, Joseph had finagled every single Egyptian into becoming a slave–literal slave– of the government. Read that story again; he seized a portion of everyone’s grain during the seven good years prior to the famine, and then sold it back to them. The Egyptians had to buy back their own seized property. Joseph stopped even keeping records of the grain he seized. Again, Joseph was a good guy–nothing bad is directly said about him in Scripture.

The three Hebrews/Jews (the Bible applies both terms to the same people) who wrote the largest portion of Scripture–Moses, King David, and Saint Paul– were murderers.

To take it to the next step, GOD HIMSELF is harder on the Jews than many “Jewish Question” adherents today. Read the prophets. Isaiah, when granted a vision of,God, cried out “Woe is me, for I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people with unclean lips.” [Isaiah 6:5]. I don’t think Isaiah is admitting he has a potty mouth; his lips are unclean from kissing idols–literally, or figuratively.

Or consider the whole prophecy of Ezekiel. At one point, God lifts Ezekiel by his hair (Ezekiel was one of the exiles in Babylon), carries him to the Temple in Jerusalem, and shows him all the idolatry that is going on in the place that God described as His earthly dwelling. The priests have idols hidden away in their chambers, and are out in front of the Temple, worshipping the sun.

So, what about it? Why hasn’t God abandoned Israel in favor of the Messiah’s church?

God asserts in Ezekiel the He will rescue Israel for His name’s sake: “Then you will know that I am the LORD when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.’” Ezekiel 20:44

So, God isn’t blind to Israel’s bad qualities. He will save the nation despite the Israelis, not because of them, because He keeps His word and His promises.

All right, then; that is Old Testament stuff. Is there anything in the New Testament that supports the idea that the Church permanently replaced Israel?

Well, St. Paul didn’t think so. Check out his letter to the Romans, chapters 10 through 12.

St. John’s prophecy, called “Revelation”, deals exclusively with the Church until chapter 4, after which only Israel is talked about as being God’s people on earth. The 144,000 are Jews, 12,000 from each tribe, and these are the ones that evangelize the world with the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Church (as represented by the crowned-and-enthroned Elders) is in heaven.

We are living in the Church age. It is a special time of God’s grace, whereby people can freely accept God’s offer of salvation through Jesus the Messiah, who died for us, and then rose from the dead. The offer of salvation is made to Jews and non-Jews, and any Jewish person who accepts Jesus the Messiah has the same privileges and benefits as the non-Jewish believer. In fact, in Jesus the Messiah, there is no longer a distinction between Jew and non-Jew; there is only the Christian.

At some point, though, being a Jew will entail a lot of privileges that will be unavailable to non-Jews. During Jesus’ reign on earth, a non-Jew who wants to worship God will have to find a Jew and request access to God. The temple during this time will only be open on Saturdays and on new moon days. Those of us who became Christians during the Church age will, of course, be serving God day and night in His temple, so access don’t be a problem for us.

To wrap up, hatred of Jews as a group is a Satanically inspired emotion. They are God’s chosen people, not for their own sakes, but rather for God’s name’s sake. That said, God obviously has a special regard for Jews, and loves them, even as they continually reject Him. One who wishes to have the mind of God should have the same love and regard.

It is again time for some tough-love crazy-talk

Posted in For God on August 19, 2018 by cavalier973

Even at its best, this world still belongs to Satan.” ~Chuck Missler

 

First, if you have not yet done so, call on Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, to rescue you from your sins. Pray in your heart/mind, or speak your prayer aloud, I don’t care. Ask Jesus to,help you if you have difficulty understanding what it means to believe in Him, and read the Bible–the Gospel of John, or the Letter to the Romans are good places to start. Grab that Gideon Bible out of the hotel lampstand and start reading, man. Take care of that problem, first. When you have done so, read the Book of Revelation, then the Gospel of John (again).

Now, the following is my speculation of future events, based on my understanding of what the Scripture says. Not all Scriptural prophecies have been fulfilled, yet.

Again, this is my own speculation based on Scripture, not mystically sourced predictions.

The next prophesied event to occur will be the Departure of the Church (2 Thessalonians 2:3) (note: your translation probably says “apostasy”, or “falling away”, but the word can be translated “departure”, as in “a departure from a room”, or, “departure from the earth prior to God’s final judgement”). This is followed by one or possibly two attempted invasions of Israel, first (possibly) by the adjacent countries (Psalm 83), then the “Gog-Magog Invasion” described in Ezekiel 38-39. The end of the Gog-Magog Invasion is an obviously miraculous direct intervention by God, which will result in Israel abandoning (as much as is possible) Talmudic Judaism and other forms of Judaism (Kabbalah, Reformed, Atheistic Judaism, etc.) in favor of Mosaic Judaism, including a rebuilding of the temple and a resumption of the Mosaic sacrifices. (An aside: check out the aftermath of that invasion, which seems to indicate that specialists are hired to clean up radioactive waste. When people see a man’s bones lying in a field, they don’t touch it! Instead, they put up a sign for the specialists to come around and bury the bones.)

The Pseudo-Christ appears out of nowhere, and expect him to have a similar career to President Trump, except on a grander scale (I would say that Trump is not the Pseudo-Christ, nor is Obama). I speculate that the Pseudo-Christ will claim credit for the miraculous end of the Gog-Magog Invasion. He will somehow appease Jews, Muslims, those who call themselves Christians (but who aren’t really, as evidenced by their missing the Departure*), and the miscellaneous religions.

Things will be going swimmingly for a short while, until the Pseudo-Christ confirms a covenant with Israel, which will trigger the beginning of “Daniel’s 70th Week”.

The False Prophet will appear, and I expect he will claim to be the historical Jesus of Nazareth returned. He will “explain” that he is not the Son of God–just a prophet–and that he never really died on the cross, but was rather taken to heaven. This False Prophet will have miraculous powers, and will fully support and promote the Pseudo-Christ.

During the first three-and-a-half years, God’s initial judgements will fall (for more details, see the prophetic Book of Revelation). The 144,000 Jews (12,000 from every tribe, except Dan) will be sealed, and will begin proselytizing the world.

The order of the next few events may differ from how I describe, but I speculate that the two witnesses will appear, and begin their ministry of proclaiming God’s judgement.

At the end of three and a half years, an angel will fly through the sky, proclaiming the Gospel. Everyone will hear the Gospel, and have to decide which side he is on–the real Christ’s, or the Pseudo-Christ’s.  The Pseudo-Christ will kill the two witnesses, and then enter the Jewish Temple and declare himself to be God. He will be killed himself (something to do with a sword hitting his right eye and right arm). The False Prophet will “resurrect” the Pseudo-Christ, as well as set up a talking statue of the Pseudo-Christ in the temple. At this time, people will be required to show their allegience to the Pseudo-Christ by getting a mark on their foreheads or on their right hands. THOSE WHO TAKE THIS MARK HAVE DAMNED THEMSELVES. Without the mark, a person will be prohibited from buying or selling (the ultimate anti-Free Trade scheme 😉 ). This mark may have something to do with the actual number “666”, or, it may be an allusion to an Islamic creed. I’ve heard it both ways.

God’s final series of judgements fall, the Armies of the world gather on the plain of Megiddo, those Jews still alive finally, FINALLY acknowledge that Jesus of Nazareth is their True Messiah by saying, “Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord”, the real Jesus marches out of the heavens with His army to the Earth, he says, “Drop dead”, the world armies then die, and the real Jesus ushers in the Davidic, Covenanted, Millenium Kingdom.

God wins, the end.

 

*It is not necessary to believe in the Pre-Tribulational Departure (“Rapture”)–or any rapture at all–to participate in the Pre-Tribulational Departure. All that is required is a saving faith in Jesus the Messiah. If you find yourself being raptured, don’t panic! It will quick and painless, and you will get to see, face-to-face, our Savior and Lord, in your new resurrected body that will be spiritual and likely hyperdimensional in nature. Also, you, as a true Christian, are considered by God to be part of the body of Christ, and thus not subject–legally, morally, spiritually, etc.–to God’s wrathful judgement. Win-win!