Where Is The Promise Of His Coming? – Part 2

“They will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’”  2 Peter 3:4

2021-10-02 I Am Not A VirusThe world is becoming more global, communication more instant, money more digitized and immigration/emigration movements more regulated than ever before in history.  Also, alliances are forming that want to eliminate Israel from the map.  New regulations regarding showing vaccination proof are spreading faster than wildfires as nations and communities want to protect themselves against the CCP virus (Chinese Communist Party).  Presently a patchwork of means of identifying who has been vaccinated, the technology is easily in place to document online when and where one gets the shot.  Soon it could be as simple as taking a pill, but the documentation will still be required.
No pill, No vaccine, No entry, No access.

Soon one will need documentation to buy and sell almost anything.  Eventually any transaction will require a government issued “mark” of some kind, either on the hand or forehead.  However, it will not be administered secretly (like hidden in a vaccine 🙄).  It will be clear when you receive this mark that you need it to buy and sell.
No mark, No groceries, No business, No access.

Remember, it is not the Revelation of St. John; it is “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” given to John.  The entire book is from God’s perspective in Heaven, looking at the events on earth.  As such, the timeline is somewhat confusing with flashbacks and foretelling, but to one open the Holy Spirit, it can be clear.

2021-09-25 Just be ReadyEMPHASIS: This is not to predict the next war, earthquake, tsunami or economic meltdown; it is not to read next week’s headlines before they are printed.  Jesus laid down the “Operational Principle of Prophecy” in John 14:29: “And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.” The purpose of studying prophecy is not to amass money or stockpile a bunker for self-protection.  It is to build our faith so as we see Bible prophecy unfold, we will be ready for whatever Father brings into our lives, even if He is bringing our lives to an end.

For the Christ-follower who has “read the back of the Book,” yes, “we win.”  But before we do, there will be trouble in the world, building to a scale as yet unseen in human history.  Never before have we had so many people on earth.  Never before have we had the means of monitoring everyone.  Never before have we had such instant communication around the world in seconds.  Never before has global commerce needed a digital monetary system transferable across national and political lines.  Never before have we seen a coming together of the major factions of religious leaders.

The Gold MineDr. James Christie presents in chapter 7 that there will be a tri-part rapture, or “catching away” of the redeemed.  Explored in his classic text, The Gold Mine, he bases his ideas on an original reading of the last book of the Bible.  By “orginal reading,” I mean he approaches the book as one with minimized preconceived notions of end-time events.  His is an attempt for a “new reading of the book focused on what the text itself says.”   (Page 12)

The first chapter of Revelation emphasized the book’s primary message: the time is near; be prepared.  Compared to Aesop’s fable of the boy who cried, “Wolf, wolf” too often, many have become jaded to the idea of Christ’s second coming.  When the wolf really came, no one believed the boy in the fable and we are being dulled to the idea that there is any truth to the book.  It appears to be just the stuff of Hollywood movies and fantasy.  Ooooh, the anti-Christ, ooooh, 666, ooooh, angels and demons!

Dr. Christie tells us that the Church, those who believe in their hearts that Jesus is the Son of God, will be taken from the earth in a cataclysmic event prior to many events in Revelation.  This is called Pre-tribulationalism, in that the Christ-followers are spared from the troubles to come during the last seven years of this age.

2021-10-02 Horsemen of the ApocalypseHowever, God is not unmerciful and always is open to anyone who wishes to be changed and saved.  Therefore, continued instruction is provided so that those who do not know Jesus at his second coming in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11) can still prepare and refuse cooperation with the Beast who will be taking the world stage after the ‘first’ rapture, and fully revealed at the half-way mark of the seven-year “Tribulation.”

Next, Dr. Christie looks at those in Revelation 7 who clearly are saved out of the Tribulation period (Revelation 7:13-14).  This is Mid-tribulationalism.  There is no indication that these have been martyred (killed because of religious beliefs).  The martyred are referenced in 6:9-11, and they are awaiting for their number to be filled, but there is nothing about this group being among those.  Those who are to join these “souls under the altar” are found in Revelation 14:13: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on,” an event immediately preceding the final harvest from the earth.

These worshipers of Revelation 7 may have suffered terribly in plagues called down by the Two Witnesses of chapter 11, who spoke for God for three and one-half years, but they have survived the first half of the Tribulation.  They are very possibly “the cloud” that surrounds the Two Witnesses.  The call from Heaven and events at the ‘rapture’ of the Witnesses parallels well the rapture of the Church in chapter 4.

Finally, after three and one-half years (a time, times and 1/2 a time) of intensive judgements on the earth (Post-tribulationalism), there is one more group who joins the throngs in Heaven: the Jews who have refused the Mark of the Beast.  They have not been able to buy or sell, and the False Prophet has been hunting them down and killing any he could find who refused the Mark, but he may missed some of them.  Again, God is not willing that any should perish, but that all might come to repentance, so there may be Gentiles in this group as well, those who have refused the Mark.

2021-10-02 AntichristThe Beast’s entry into the Holy of Holies in the newly constructed Third Temple in Jerusalem likely opened their eyes to the Truth that Jesus was their Messiah.  In any case, even if the entry to Heaven of this Jewish cohort is mostly through death, they are assured in Revelation 14;13, that they will be blessed, even if it costs them their lives.

Where does that leave us?  As last week, Jennifier Bagnaschi noted, we can prepare for the End Times in a couple of ways;

  1. Prepare to take the Mark of the Beast* with zero chance of making it to Heaven.
  2. Plan on getting decapitated for refusing the Mark.
  3. Somehow, figure out how to make it through seven years of the most dangerous times in history.
  4. Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return.

*It will NOT be called the Mark of the Beast, just as he will not be called The Beast! 😏

Read the Book.  Begin with the Good News (Gospel) of John.  Read Romans, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and Revelation. Each one should only take less than an hour in your native language which is probably available at Biblegateway.com.  In English I recommend the ESV (English Standard Version), but any of the Scriptures here will do.

Receive Jesus as your savior by praying and asking Him to come take rulership of your life, starting with water baptism and finding a group of like-minded disciples.  If you need help finding these, just email me from anywhere in the world at capost3k@gmail.com and I will help you.

Jesus IS coming soon. Maranatha, even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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20 thoughts on “Where Is The Promise Of His Coming? – Part 2

  1. I just read this post a second time. Interpreting scripture is so complex. Ten people can read a chapter and get different meanings out of it, but it definitely doesn’t get old or boring. Only God can write a book that you can keep reading all your life and never come close to knowing it all. I read a post yesterday that really made me think. He talks about false doctrine. He starts with the rapture but that’s not what interested me – I’ve heard every argument on the rapture from both sides of the view. The last half of it about Jesus second coming is what shocked me. I’ve never heard this take on it before and I think he might actually be right. (I’m going to be diving into the bible’s red letters with no preconceived notions and see what I get from it). You seem to be well informed on biblical things, so I would love to hear what you think.
    https://www.godisreal.today/second-coming/

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    1. Mary, I looked at this false teacher’s website and noted only first 10 blatant errors I found in the godisreal.today/second-coming website before quitting.
      Your approach is correct: read the Bible yourself; be open in humility to things we do not understand as yet; keep in mind the Jewishness of Jesus and the times in which He lived. But definitely read the Bible yourself. I recommend biblegateway.com/, for multiple translation comparisons, but my personal preferences are the ESV and the Amplified Bible.
      Such false teaching as this guy purports is part of the very problem he claims to be solving, all without ever citing references for his sources. On the rarity that he cites sources, he makes himself an easy target for his lies.
      For example, I have never heard anyone teach that people will be forced to worship Jesus; otherwise put to death? Where does he get such absurd ideas?
      The reign of the antichrist will not be “full-blown worship of Satan,” at least not in the way he describes it.
      No one teaches the “great falling away” means that “virtually all Christians will fall away from Christ.”
      No Biblical teacher ever claimed Jesus WOULD return during their lifetime; only that some expected it to be very likely.
      No one, including Hal Lindsey, taught people to NOT prepare for the future because they would be raptured. Although some wanting an “easy-out” did so, does not validate this accusation.
      He claims the International House of Prayer encourages people “to pray and fast day and night for the imminent return of Christ.” There is not one stitch of truth in this, if one goes to their website. https://www.ihopkc.org/about/
      The wikipedia page he notes is anybody’s guess, as they have lots of pages on false prophecies, but none listing false prophets that I could locate.
      There has been no “tsunami of faulty forecasting” beyond what has always been present among Christ-followers since He left the world. (Someone, please tell him how to use spell-checker to spell “avalanche.”) There have always been false prophets and there will be till Jesus returns, and this guy joins the list.
      Further a prophet is a person, not an organization: “The Church has become the greatest false prophet in history.” Which Church? The Evangelicals, the Pentecostals, the RC, the Lutherans, Methodists, or are all of them in cahoots?
      A brief perusal of his limited attention to Scripture shows serious lack of understanding of many of Jesus’ sayings.
      I do not want to give him any more of my time to examine all his crazy ideas, but he is waaaayyy off the mark.
      Your reading of the Bible is the best idea. love and prayers, c.a.

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      1. I wrote a long response to this, went to send it and somehow I made it disappear. I’m magic, but don’t want to be. Hopefully, it will work this time.
        I’m sorry you didn’t like what I sent you. I don’t know anything about Hal Lindsey or the others so I didn’t realize he was so far off. It was what he wrote at the very end that I found fascinating because it answered a question I always had. Why did Jesus keep telling the disciples that some of them would not taste death until they saw him return? It’s clear in the scriptures that the disciples thought Jesus could return in their day and that’s pretty much what Jesus said – some of them would see him return. This guy thinks that Jesus returned to the Jewish people in 70 A.D. and it kind of made sense. Jesus said that the only sign he would give them was the sign of Jonah. Jonah was in the fish for 3 days and nights and then he preached for 40 days. 40 years after Jesus death (day to year prophecy) would be 70 A.D. when the temple was destroyed. Nero thought he was a god (an abomination). He persecuted the church, the temple was destroyed. Salvation is first for Israel and then the Gentiles. Judgement is first for Israel, then the Gentiles. The Jewish people had God’s word and prophets sent to them for thousands of years. They still rejected him and had him crucified. It’s possible the Gentiles are being given 2000 more years so the gospel can be preached throughout the world to all of us so none of us has an excuse. The Gentiles didn’t have God’s word, but now we do. It’s the time of the Gentiles and then we will be judged.
        It looks like the only part of the post you didn’t read was the part that I wanted you to read. That’s how things work for me! Well, I hope this goes through. Thanks for at least trying to read it!

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      2. Hi, Mary.
        No worries, I was not offended, just disappointed that the “rumor” that Jesus already returned still gets traction, even after 2000 years! 😉 “Preterism” is a heresy that has been around since the apostle Paul’s time (See 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2); that Jesus already returned. Interestingly, it is enjoying a resurgence among those who do not take Bible study seriously and only peruse Scripture without looking into it very carefully.
        As for the specific reading of Luke 9:27, Jesus may have been referring to the transfiguration which occurred eight days after He had said this. An alternative explanation could be that He was referring to the Day of Pentecost after His ascension; this would have been the “coming of the Kingdom in power.” The Mark reference (Mark 9:1) specifically mentions “in power,” which would be consistent with the baptism into the Holy Ghost that John the Baptist described as a baptism of fire.
        Some good sites on Preterism are https://www.evangelistmatthew.com/70-ad and https://www.gotquestions.org/partial-preterism.html.
        The main thing is to love the Truth (truth), both with a capital T and minuscule one. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The universe was created by God and reveals much about Him (Romans 1) so that which is true historically, scientifically, philosophically, culturally and even mathematically will be consistent with Him.
        Beware false teachers, as they are as prolific as flies on a cow! Remember the Bereans: “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:10-11
        ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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      3. I do take scripture seriously and continuously read them . No, I don’t believe Jesus has returned as in “the end of the world returning.” Obviously, the world and all of us are still here. We’re still waiting for him. I keep studying the scriptures and seeking the truth. There are many things I’m undecided on. The temple being destroyed 40 years after Jesus death (Jesus mentioned the sign of Jonah), Nero acting like the antichrist, etc. etc. There’s too many coincidences for me to ignore them without checking them out. I haven’t had time yet, but I definitely will make time. Thanks again for your comments and taking the time to answer my questions.

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      4. There are things none of us will know until we get to ask Him. . . if those things will even matter then. 🧐. Jesus laid down a basic principle for understanding prophecy in John 14:29 : “And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.”
        Not so we could predict the next disaster, but so we would recognize HIS foreknowledge when we saw it. 🙂
        Check this one out;

        “I Can Only Imagine.” 😀

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      5. Love that song. I remember me and my sister, Connie, singing it at the top of our lungs in the car. I think you’re right. All these things won’t matter when we get to heaven. People always say “When I get to heaven I’m going to ask God about….” Either they’ll know the answer immediately or they won’t even think of the question. Heaven will be too amazing to even think of those things. We won’t be questioning God! Yes, Jesus did say he told us those things so we would know when they happen. I study bible prophecy for many reasons. If we read Revelations and put it to practice, we will receive a blessing. That alone is good reason. Also, I like trying to figure out what my God is telling me. It’s like a big mystery to solve. Since God is way smarter than me, I’m going to be wrong on lots of it, but like you say, when I see it happening, then I’ll know what God was really saying.

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  2. I was not saved when at 4 I had to suffer the beginning of abuse that lasted for years. So even today I wonder why God leaves certain cruel and destructive men alive. I don’t find reasons. I wish such men didn’t exist. Whenever I hear about pedophiles, I would like to see them all dead. Especially many religious people who take advantage of children and attract them for these horrible purposes. I would like to pray to God, if he exists, not to make these things happen again because children only deserve love.

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    1. Although I have not read any stats on it, I suspect there is a lot more abuse that occurs outside of religious circles, where men are taught that such behavior IS wrong, sinful and will result in God’s judgment. The religious connection just gets more press because it seems more hideous and “blood sells.”
      Why does a good God allow suffering? This is a question that has been asked since Job’s day. We do not know the answers and anyone who glibly posits that He allows it for good, you can be sure has not experienced much suffering.
      However, we understand that God does not make these things happen. Sin is the action humans take against what God’s plan was from the beginning. Since He allowed free will, though, He will not turn a baseball bat into a feather if one chooses to beat someone else. In the long run, though, He WILL judge and punish the guilty, and His judgment is so strong that Habakkuk prayed even for his enemies: “In wrath, remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2)
      You may want to check out a book by Lysa TerKeurst, “Forgiving What You Can’t Forget.” Excellent guide for anyone having experienced abuse. I am sincerely sorry for your pain.
      love and prayers, c.a.

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    1. I edited late, adding that Jim’s details about the tri-part rapture is in chapter 7. What he believes is that different Bible scholars saw different portions of the Word carrying more significance and simply did not think about God’s unwavering mercy to save anyone he could. They got entrenched defending their position on pre-, mid-, or post- and the camps, once formed, were very hard to break free from.
      One more on Where Is The Promise and then I will address God’s Final Mercy to those who refuse any other. ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  3. Thank you for this clear and helpful post. People are seeking answers! My Mark of the Beast post and podcast get five times as many reads and plays as my other posts! We have to keep sharing the gospel until we can’t . 🙏

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