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The central theme of prophecy for believers today is the coming of Christ for His own in what is called the “Rapture”, or the “catching-up” of the church.

The rapture of the church is one of the most important practical prophecies in scripture for believers today. – It is an essential part of the many other prophecies in the scriptures. The “Rapture” is only a small fraction of the large body of prophetic scripture, but it stands out as one of the most important.

Unfortunately, although almost 2,000 years have passed since the prophecy of the “Rapture” was given, many Christians do not know much about it because their churches do not teach it!

Here I go again — but what a tragedy!! This is an event that we should be anticipating with great expectation and joy!!!

Though no one in Jesus’ ministry on earth even understood the difference between His first and second comings, thousands of Christians today recognize the difference between the hope of the Rapture, (when Christ will come for His own to take them to Heaven) and the Second Coming of Christ, when He will come back to Earth with the angels and the saints from Heaven to reign over the earth in His thousand year kingdom.

These entirely different events should not be confused.

The Rapture is a movement from Earth to Heaven, whereas the Second Coming is a movement from Heaven to Earth with an entirely different purpose.

It is obvious that the disciples did not understand the words of Christ as He announced for the first time that He will return for His own, as recorded in John 14:2-3, “In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Only later would further revelations be given to the disciples about this great event.

Listen to this!
        “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep
          you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the world.”

          Revelation 3:10

The “hour of trial” is the great tribulation.

Notice He does not say, “I will keep you through the ‘hour of trial’, but ‘from the hour of trial.’ — This refers to the Rapture, when Jesus will catch away God’s people for Himself.

We who are pre or mid – tribulationists believe it’s clear that the church will not go through the great tribulation that is about to take place.

Also notice in chapters one through three of Revelation that the church is mentioned nineteen times. — The church is not mentioned at all in chapters four through eighteen which describes the tribulation in great detail.

A specific example of this is how Jesus addressed the seven churches in chapters two and three. In every case He closes with the statement, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” — But when we move to some of the descriptive prophesies of the tribulation, we see in Revelation 13:9 — “He who has an ear, let him hear.” — Its obvious that there is no mention of the presence of the church.

It’s not there!!

Continuing, there are three positions on the Rapture, and we had better know what we believe or we will be shaken by every headline, every catastrophe, and every apostasy of our day.

First – there is the pre-tribulation view which says all true believers will be raptured before the seven-year tribulation begins.

Second – there is the view that the church will be raptured in the middle of the tribulation (three and one half years), or as the great tribulation begins.

Third – some believe we will live through the tribulation and be raptured and go up with the Lord at the end. (Difficult since its quite clear He’s coming to Earth to reign for 1,000 years.)

There was a pastor of a very large evangelical church who on one occasion said, “If I’m gone when the tribulation begins, then I’m ‘Pre-Trib’; if I stay around for three and a half years and then I’m raptured, I’m ‘Mid Trib’, if I live through the tribulation, then I’m ‘Post-Trib’. Whatever happens, I’m ‘Pan-Trib’ — Everything will ‘pan out’ all right.”

While this may be humorous, unfortunately he is wrong, and his denying his flock the assurance of the blessed hope.

All through the New Testament epistles, God gave many instructions to the church, including warnings, but never once are believers warned to prepare for entering and enduring the tribulation (Daniel’s 70th week).

The New Testament warns vigorously about coming error and false prophecies. Acts 20:29-30 says, “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” Also, 2 Peter 2:1 states, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves.” (Also see Jude 4 and 1 John 4:1-3.)

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you His Holy Spirit.” (Also see Hebrews 12:1 and Ephesians 4:25-27.)

The New Testament even admonishes believers to endure in the midst of present tribulations. 2 Thessalonians 1:4 says, “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” (See also 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14 and all of 1 Peter.)

However, the New Testament is absolutely silent about the church preparing for the tribulation as described in Revelation 6-18.

The Rapture and the Return

A comparison of the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:50-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) with the glorious appearing (Matthew 24 and 25) reveals at least eight significant contrasts or differences. — These differences demand that the Rapture occur at a significantly different time from Christ’s glorious appearing:

 1.       At the Rapture, Christ comes in the air and returns to Heaven —
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
The word rapture is the Latin translation of the phrase “caught up”.  At the glorious appearing, Christ comes to the earth to dwell and reign. —
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:31-32)
2.    Rapture – Christ gathers His own (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
       Appearing – Angels gather the elect –
And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:31)
3.    Rapture – Christ comes to reward (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
       Appearing – Christ comes to judge (Matthew 25:31-46)
4.    Rapture – Resurrection is prominent (1 Thessalonians 4:15-16) 
According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
       Appearing – Resurrection is not mentioned.
5.    Rapture – Believers depart the earth (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
       Appearing – Unbelievers are taken away from the earth (Matthew 24: 37-41)
6.    Rapture – Unbelievers remain on Earth
       Appearing – Believers remain on Earth (Matthew 25:34)
7.    Rapture – Christ’s kingdom on Earth is not mentioned.
       Appearing – Christ has come to set up His kingdom on Earth
       (Matthew 25:31,34)
8.    Rapture – Believers will receive glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51-17)
       Appearing – Survivors will not receive glorified bodies.

An old southern preacher said, “It’s time for our church to wake up and sing up, preach up and pray up, and never give up or let up, or back up or shut up, until the church is filled up or we go up! — Amen!”

You and I should always be living in light of the Rapture. We do not know when it will take place. As we look at the events happening in our world today, we believe it may be very soon, but we should always be ready. The Apostle believed he would be part of those then alive (1 Thessalonians 4:17), and every generation since has had that same hope. But whether God takes us by death or the Rapture, we must be faithful to Him and use every opportunity He gives to serve Him.

Until Next Time,

Red

 

This is getting crazy! .. I start out knowing exactly what I’m going to talk about this week (the Rapture) when, out of nowhere, comes something that completely changes my entire thought process. .. And this week is a no-brainer … the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. .. I’ve been watching, and yes, even expecting something of significance to take place over there .. something that would start the ball rolling for a re-shaping, or re-structuring of the European nations, and this event certainly fills that expectation. .. This is how it all started out this morning ..

  *World News Outlets Trumpet ‘Brexit’ Vote Results  Global Order Jolted*

      -France, Italy Netherlands now want referendums …

      -British Pound in historic collapse – World stocks rocked …

      -International ‘Plunge Protection’ teams mobilize … (I wonder who they are?)

      -Global Banks seek to reassure …

      -Greenspan: ‘This is the tip of the iceberg’ ….

Hence, because of all this incredible over-reaction everywhere, the title of this commentary emerges. .. If a nation the size of Wisconsin with a financial structure that could not, by any rational standards, have any far-reaching effects on the world’s overall economy, have this much of an impact, it simply indicates just how fragile and paranoid the world is today. … It truly is ‘The House Built Upon Sand.’ ……

For those of you who follow my rantings concerning end-time prophecy fulfillment, this should come as no surprise. .. I’ve been talking about how something of major proportions would soon come along to disrupt the current makeup of today’s European Union. .. Well, here it is! .. and it is just the beginning. .. Over the next few weeks & months, we will see more & more countries wanting to do the same thing .. get out. .. Cutting to the chase, after all the dust settles, and after they’ve been on their own for a bit, they will realize that individually they will NOT have enough of an economic impact to sustain their way of life .. so .. a newly structured union will emerge, and this time more in line with the prophetic picture given in the Bible. (the prophet Daniel, etc) … Just remember this, the coming world government and its eventual ruler (the Antichrist) will emerge out of the old Roman Empire which geographically included most of modern-day Europe as well as several other nearby regions. …

Also for a moment, just take a quick glimpse as to just how much this one event affected the world’s economy! .. I mean it has caused market chaos across the entire planet! … And again, we know from reading God’s prophetic teachings that in order for a world government to come into being, there will need to be a complete breakdown of our current societies. .. I’ve believed for years now that this collapse will come from an economic breakdown – a worldwide financial collapse, so to speak. .. This isn’t it quite yet, but believe me when I say, this collapse is just around the corner, and today’s events just reinforce the likelihood that it is, in fact, not a myth. …

In addition, look at what else is going on as we speak .. civil chaos spreading throughout many nations … record weather & geological events occurring almost hourly .. Israel, God’s timeclock, is becoming increasingly isolated as the UN continually goes against her .. Biblically prophesied international alliances such as Russia (King of the North), Iran (Persia), & China (King of the East) which no one thought possible just a few years ago .. The current Pope & other world religious leaders all railing for unity (world church) .. the worldwide societal moral collapse … the list goes on ……

The Bible tells us of two housed – one built upon rock, and the other, on sand (Matthew 7:24-27). .. It then tells us of a coming storm that will descend upon both of these houses. .. When reading about it, we see that the house built upon rock withstands the storm, but the one on sand collapses. .. There are many scriptures that talk of what is coming, but these, I believe, size up the condition of the world’s societies today. .. Simply, the social structure of today’s world cannot, and will not, stand up to the coming storms, both from economic chaos as well as natural events that are now descending upon us. .. And they will only intensify. .. When Jesus Himself talked of the coming “birth pains” of the last days, He was telling us that yes, they will come, and they will only increase in intensity and in numbers as we draw ever closer …..

Now the obvious question … how is your personal ‘house?’ .. Is it built upon the rock, which is strong & enduring faith in our Lord & only Savior, Jesus Christ? .. This is the ONLY house that will stand in the coming days. .. All the rest will crumble & wash away and be lost forever. … Think about this, and pray constantly .. and also know that I will be praying for you & with you .. and please pray for me as well. .. We all need each other’s support in these ever increasingly difficult days ….

Until next time,

Red

Note: Sorry for no commentary last week. .. Our site manager, brother Victor, took some time away & I’m useless without him. ……

First of all, I said last week that I was going to talk about the Rapture of the Church this week ..  but alas, something more urgent is being pressed upon me .. and this has just taken place over the past few hours. .. Simply, I sense an urgency to tell you of things soon to befall this nation & world. .. I know that there are many naysayers out there shouting out all sorts of ‘the end’ scenarios .. and yes .. most of us sound like the ‘boy who cried wolf’ one to many times .. but, at the risk of this label, I shall proceed without caution & with the conviction that it comes not from me …..

If you remember back in January when the new year began, we immediately saw world economic conditions in a free-fall. .. Many end-timers panicked & predicted the end at any moment. .. I did not share this urgency at that time. .. I felt that things would level out through much of the Spring & early Summer months. ….. As of today, this has proven to be true .. but .. not for much longer. ..

As with each passing day, I start out reviewing the world’s news headlines, and mostly not from the American press because it is so limited & ‘controlled,’ but from Israeli & European news outlets. .. Let me get straight to the point & tell you that negative major economic & social undercurrents are taking place most everywhere! .. Here’s just a couple of examples …

*Economically, the world’s big players like George Soros are buying gold by the tons thinking it will be the only thing left with any real value. .. And here’s just a few of the headlines from this AM … “Summer Market Panic Brewing” .. World Governments Bond Yields at All-Time Lows” .. Gold Rush” .. “Former Fed President: ‘All my very rich friends holding lots of cash’ ”  …& this is just today!  … Also this week, the world’s ‘elite’  (Bilderberg Group).. the chosen few .. are meeting in Europe to discuss highly secretive issues regarding the world’s deteriorating economic & social condition. .. Simply, without shouting it from the rooftops, those in control know that something of major consequence is about to take place globally. ..

*Socially, one would have to be blind not to realize that things are falling apart at an unprecedented rate. .. Just look at Venezuela right now .. 900% inflation, food & medical supply shortages .. a people desperate for most anything or anyone to ‘save them’ from its imminent societal collapse. .. And it doesn’t end there. .. Many other countries are experiencing these same conditions .. southern European & many African nations as examples. … This one headline from this morning sums it all up quite well .. “Terrorism, Violence Worldwide at All-Time High” .. This is always the result when people become desperate. …

*Pestilence also is not taking the ‘back seat’ .. Just three headlines from today … “Entire Planet Experiencing ‘Apocalyptic’ Weather Patterns – Life-Threatening Heatwaves, Extremely dangerous Wildfires, Vicious Tornadoes, Unprecedented Flooding” … “Record Flooding Around the World – USA, Mexico, Russia, China, France, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Romania … ” … “Global Crops Are Turning Toxic Due to Extreme Weather Conditions” … and I just can’t pass this one up .. “Another Fireball in the Sky – This Time Over St. Louis Area, Midwest”  … Are all these rapidly increasing sightings coming from ‘Planet X?’ .. Who knows, but we are told in Luke 21:25 that “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.” …

*Morally, where do I start!? … This one example sums it all quite clearly. .. Did any of you see the ‘celebration’ that took place in Switzerland this week at the dedication of the world’s longest underground tunnel? .. Believe me when I say, it was ‘straight out of hell!”  .. I mean it featured a character that looked like ‘Baphomet,’ the man-beast that represents Satan & evil, lesbian sex out in the open, people dressed as various animals & creatures I’m unable to define … Simply, when I saw the pictures, it said to me that we have no further to fall as a world! .. and this was just a tunnel dedication! ..

Lastly, let us take a quick glimpse of our nation. .. In all the aforementioned categories, we are accelerating at a breathtaking pace! .. Economically, we are in desperate shape .. $19 plus Trillion in debt and rising by the second .. social unrest is raising its ugly head in many places across the nation, not to mention all the ‘preparedness drills’ the government is currently undertaking in preparation for what? .. A President & national leadership, including the Supreme Court, that supports Biblical sinful lifestyles that have historically proven to be a main factor in their national destruction .. Christian leaders ‘selling out’ all over the place as they try to ‘become relevant & tolerant’ to today’s societal needs  (hence, their own popularity & wealth) .. the ‘Gay’ agenda now dominates the social & political landscape and for those of us who disagree, we have become ‘the enemy of a fair & just society’ .. (Note: The National Faith Council is made up of entirely ‘gay’ people!) … There’s a ton more, but we can get the picture from just this …

Bottom line? .. The honeymoon is over! .. I feel an urgency to warn each of you to be prepared for the worst concerning our nation and the world as a whole. .. I believe that before this year is over, we are going to see major economic & social consequences throughout this land. .. Society as we know it will no longer exist. .. Venezuela will look like ‘play school’ compared to what is coming. .. So how do we prepare? .. Certainly spiritually is at the top of the list. .. We need to get our ‘spiritual houses’ in order, and then share what we know with those we love and care about most. .. As for physically, certainly hoarding isn’t biblical but to have a few weeks or months of supplies such as water & food is not a bad thing. .. Simply, it will buy us some time to share with those in this desperate world the truth before it is too late for them. .. Nothing is more important than that. …

One of the great Saints of our time, the 97-year-old Billy Graham, said just a few days ago that we are definitely in ‘The Days of Noah’ prophesied in the Bible. .. “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”  (Matthew 24:37-39) … This prophecy really hits the nail on the head! .. People are truly oblivious to what is about to befall them! .. A fierce flood is upon us and so few even realize it! .. To me this is the real tragedy of our time .. the absolute blindness to the truth of God’s teachings. ..  But then, yes, it was & is prophesied. ..

In closing, please know that I am NOT setting any dates or absolute timelines concerning when it all goes down. .. But the ‘nudgings’ are getting stronger by the moment & I feel compelled to share them with you .. and remember, those of us who are trying our best to ‘be right’ with God truly have no fear of what is about to come upon us. .. In fact, it is an extremely exciting time to be alive! .. Why? .. Because I truly believe we are that generation spoken of by Christ that will see His glorious return! .. Hallelujah! ..

He is coming, and very soon. .. He will soon show the world that He is the ‘one & only’ true savior! …Hallelujah! ……

Until next time,

Red

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