Snow, being one of the most astounding miracles attesting to the existence of God, early January brought an amazing overnight and all day miracle to Lexington! Three neighbor boys made snow angels. The oldest and the youngest were done and gone before I could get my phone out, but the middle one stayed with it for the picture.
There is something sobering about getting a couple phone call messages, texts and emails from your favorite doctor concerned with your latest lab results, especially on December 30, so close to the year’s end. Sobering, but not frightening, as it may be for those who do not have hope in Jesus. I know where I am going and I know the One who knows the way. (John 14:1-4)
All six of my strokes since 1999 have been ischemic (clot) strokes, meaning my body likes to throw coagulated blood at my brain. But getting a lab result that suddenly and without warning shows one’s ‘blood-thinning’ medication makes you at significant risk of a hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke is cause for concern. No changes in diet, no alterations in activities, no travels to strange lands (like Norway 😉), no deviations in sleep nor major stresses; so why the drastic change in medical results that two weeks ago were fine?
Suddenly my mortality faces me like an impressive off-season Halloween costume, trying to scare me by telling me I could have died this week if a significant blow had struck me, or I had fallen with just a simple trip on the sidewalk. But the Spectre does not alarm me; death has lost its victory; the grave has lost its sting because my life is hidden in Jesus, the Christ, and nothing will happen to me that my loving Lord does not allow for my good, even it the event is to take me Home. (1 Corinthians 15:50-57)
So as 2021 comes to its finale, I consider the New Year’s Resolution I made in 1969 at 18 years old and have faithfully kept every New Year: “Resolved, I will never make another New Year’s Resolution!”
This is not to suggest that we should not look back at the fading year and evaluate what we could or should have done differently. Nor does it mean that we should not plan some improvements and developments in the approaching New Year. However, as noted on , most resolutions do not make it to January 31! And none of us has any guarantee of tomorrow, much less the whole year ahead. Whether one runs like James Fixx or manages one’s food with self-control like Ang, there are no warranties we can claim any more than righteous Job.
Thus, I encourage you at this changing of the days to consider your life: its value, its impact on others, its final destination. And walk in fear of The God Who Is, one who loves you more than we can grasp in this life, and who has revealed Himself most clearly in the God-Man, Jesus. (Hebrews 1:1-3)
Then you will not fear when the clock turns to midnight, just because one minute after midnight you could find yourself in His arms and in His kingdom in Heaven.
Happy New Year to all who are reading this, and with all my heart I hope to meet you someday around the Throne of God to praise Him together.
yours and His,
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God; Psalm 90
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of Adam!”
4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
7 For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.
8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
The Gaither Vocal Band is bringing their sweet gospel music to Lexington, Kentucky, November 5, 2021 for a concert at Lex City Church at 7:00 pm. General admission is $25/person, $22/old person like me 😤 or children 12 and under. If you buy as a group of 10 or more, it goes down to $20/person. If you haven’t heard Ladye Love Smith’ angelic sound or listened to Kevin Moore “fiddlin’ around,” these each would be worth the ticket price. But the venue is stacked with other gospel voices worth listening to, not to mention the Gaither Vocal Band, one of the most iconic groups to bless the Heavens and earth with their original melodies.
Bill and Gloria remain one of the most beloved and musically gifted musical duos in America.
“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
“God won’t send anyone to hell, He’s too loving and nice to do that.” This is an opinion uttered by many who believe God is all-loving and compassionate. And with good reason: He IS. However, those who express this view do not seem to understand the depth of His mercy: He will not violate anyone’s free will. THAT is how loving and compassionate He is.
Many people will articulate this viewpoint in one breath and then in the next condemn someone who has done something they consider wrong, especially if it was done to them. They do not like the idea of living next door to a witch, a rapist or child-molester, a murderer, or a greedy thief or liar. How would they enjoy sharing Heaven with one such as these?
There are evil people in the world, those who get pleasure out of watching others suffer. There are those whose only joy is to feel powerful over another or to use people as their toys. Many a shoplifter or liar has stolen or told a fib without any need, but just for the delight of it. These are the ones Revelation 22:15 calls dogs, sorcerers, sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters and practitioners of falsehood.
“But,” they will say, “when they have learned their lesson by suffering for a while in hell, God will let them out.” True enough. In fact, God’s mercy is SO immense that if Lucifer, the devil himself, ever apologized and admitted that he was wrong to try to take God’s place, God would even forgive him! How soon will that happen? Try never. The devil is so self-deceived that he continually thinks that somehow, someday, in some way, he will be able to overthrow The Uncreated One. Even into the eons of eternity he will continue to plot, plan and program what he believes will be his ultimate win: “I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14)
In the same way, those who have believed his lie, “and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,” (Genesis 3:5) will follow him to their doom. It is true that if they would learn their lesson, if they would turn from their selfishness, enjoyment of others’ pain, their immorality or greed, Father would forgive them and allow them into Heaven. But habits are hard to break, and the older habits get, the more set in the avenues of our minds they become until they are unbreakable, even for God. Thus Revelation 22:11 says, “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
We see this in the judgements of Revelation 16:9, 11, and 17. Even when they are facing unquestionable judgements of God, instead of repenting and asking for mercy, people curse God and blame Him as though all the problems being visited on them are HIS fault. Even then, if they would just ask, God would be merciful, but they simply refuse to see what should be plain in front of their eyes. “They did not repent and give him glory.”
The bottom line is that God will not send anyone to hell. In fact, He did not even make hell for humans. “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no hell.” (C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce) But God is so merciful, He will not allow anything evil to enter into Heaven. In His Final Mercy, He will isolate the recalcitrant sinner so they cannot go on sinning, injuring others and themselves. And that final separation from all others who live in God will be hell.
In this series on The Promise of His Coming, I have presented The Lie, The Truth, The End and Your Choice, details of what The End might look like, and how the enemy of our souls has deceived the whole world with pseudo-science to deter people from believing that Jesus will come again. It is my sincere hope that someone reading this will begin to investigate: Did Jesus arise from the dead? What are the implications if He did? Will He come again? What will the End Times look like, if not like our present troubles?
There is always hope for anyone, no matter what you have done, how you have lived your life, how ignorant of The God Who Is you have been, how far from God and any goodness you have moved. All you need is Jesus. He will forgive; He will restore what was broken; He will give you eternal life . . . if you will receive Him. (John 1:12)
Maranatha, even so, come Lord Jesus.
“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
As I noted in Part 1 of this series (initially titled, “The Lie, The Truth, The End and Your Choice”) we humans are a short-sighted race. Peter realized this when he penned the words in his letter about the question that would arise in a few years. Even in that first century that was as yet to be marked by the life and death of Jesus dividing between B.C. and A.D., philosophies of life already abounded that said nothing ever changes.
From the various human origin stories of ancient times, the central idea of all false religions is that we somehow have to please a god in order to arrive at a state of perfection. Most people live their lives with no hope of eternal life, but simply anticipate that when you die, you no longer exist or get recycled for another try. The Great Deluge (whether in the Hebrew tradition or religious myths about a local flood) is now considered an old wives’ tale, so most think the world will simply continue as it has since they were born.
In the case of the Hebrew story of Noah (see Genesis 7–11), only eight people survived to repopulate the earth. By the time Abram arrived on the scene, many had already forgotten the Creation and the Flood story. Myths about the beginning of human history began to evolve and people began to worship “gods” that had nothing to do with the creation of the world. Noah and Shem had recently died and language had been confused at Babel, so their story was not getting much traction in the widening world. Only in Abram’s ancestry was the story of Creation and the Great Flood still told accurately. Noah’s grandson and Shem’s son, Arphaxad, born two years after the Flood, was the most reliable source for history, although all the generations between Noah and Abram had known Noah before he died, including Terah, Abram’s dad.
Now, removed from the Flood by more than 3000 years, we have come up with new stories to explain human origins apart from any divine power or design. Who would have thought that a first century prophet like Peter could have foretold of Darwinian evolution and its deceit of the entire world? Even among many Christ-followers, excuses are made for accepting a directed, but billions-of-years process of selection of microcosmic changes, that have resulted in humans, butterflies, whales and cattle.
Scientific establishments are often the last to continue fighting scientific discoveries. Copernicus and Galileo were denounced by both the Church and scientists of their day for proposing that the sun was the center of the universe and not the earth. Louis Pasteur was ridiculed by “modern medicine” for claiming that disease could be spread by bacteria too small for the eye to see. And in our generation Stephen Hawking and populists like Richard Dawkins refute the evidence for Intelligent Design (ID) that would destroy their ideas that the universe is a self-directed (i.e. NON-directed) cosmos with no Designer. (Not to mention, more general acceptance of ID would put a damper on their book sales.)
This is in spite of Darwin thinking that cells were self-contained and very simple machines that could replicate themselves. Now we understand that the complexity of the machinery, even in parts of a cell, are so extreme as to be unimaginable that all the pieces needed could somehow come together at once, by chance, to make a living thing. Leave any one item out (of the thousands to millions in each part of the cell), and all you get is a non-living blob that cannot reproduce. But, of course, the scientific community continues to deny the obvious that the earth revolves around the sun . . . I mean, that life is too complex to have evolved, even over the billions of years that they fabricate to claim that this is exactly what happened.
Most important is the focus of Peter’s argument. The idea that everything continues as it has invokes the concept that it will keep on continuing, at least for the next few billion years. Therefore, they reason, there is no need to fear an end of all things the way burlap robed hippies and crackpots warn, carrying signs, “The End Is Near.”
So at the risk of sounding like a burlap robed hippie, I will assert again that the end IS near. “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11 If this was true in 55 A.D., how much nearer is it today?!
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord WILL come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” 2 Peter 3:10
Jesus is coming soon, and in order to be saved all one needs to do is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of sin and be baptized for the removal of your sins. Then you can begin living a life filled with God’s provision for every need, protection from every danger, and recovery from every disease, even death! You can live forever, and that will be with Jesus, who loves you so much He would have gone through all those miseries of His crucifixion and lousy Easter dramatizations (😉), even if you were the only one who needed Him.
It is my sincere hope that someone will read this and follow the links and consider that the truth of the Bible will lead to the only life worth living, actually the only life that will live, and that will be forever.
If one refuses, against all evidence, to believe in the Name of the Son of God, they will not stop existing. For that person, God who IS love, has reserved a Final Mercy, the topic of next week’s blog and the last in this series, .
Maranatha. Even so, come Lord Jesus, come.
“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
The 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.
EMPHASIS: 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.
Dr. 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.
However, 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.
The 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;
- Prepare to take the Mark of the Beast* with zero chance of making it to Heaven.
- Plan on getting decapitated for refusing the Mark.
- Somehow, figure out how to make it through seven years of the most dangerous times in history.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you.
Jesus IS coming soon. Maranatha, even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Some folks bought property in the Rockies to “survive” the “Y2K problem” that never occurred. Would have been nice if they had invited anyone else, but they went alone to the mountains, as would have been the case if they had invited me, anyway.
My life is in Christ Jesus, and if I live, it is for Him; if I die, that is also for Him. Jennifer explains this phenomenon of prepping for the Great Tribulation better than I could (with some minor edits). A couple more blogs in the works on prophecy, and one on The Final Mercy of God coming soon. But if Jesus returns before I post them, we may have to talk them over in Heaven. 😁 Hope to see you there.
Can you really prep for the Great Tribulation? What are the chances if you could?
This world has gone stark crazy! My husband and I like to joke and say that we are living in the Matrix, but I wonder if there is some truth to that. Since world powers and entities have designed such a state of panic and chaos over the very soil God gave us dominion over, it has birthed widespread pandemonium! In response, thousands have begun to prep for The Great Tribulation mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
What does it mean to “prep”? It simply means to prepare. But some important questions must be asked, “Can you really prepare for the Great Tribulation considering its severity?
And more importantly, “Did Jesus tell us to prep for it?” Let’s dive into it.
If You Plan to Prep for the Great Tribulation, Consider the Following:
The Military Can See Through Walls
It is true! Within the past 10 years, MIT and a Czech radar manufacturer have developed high-end technology that can detect walking, limb movement, and even breathing behind walls. You may be thinking, “Well, not behind concrete!” But oh, touché, they can! As of 2011, it has gone public and is now in the hands of the military.
So if you are hoping to hide out off-grid for seven years during the Great Tribulation, and build yourself a nice sturdy compound in the middle of the Amazon Rain Forest, you may be out of luck.
Living Off-Grid Has Become Illegal
Since we are on the topic of off-grid living, did you know that living off-grid is now illegal? Well, in the Divided United States it is.
There are some people who just want to live a life away from all of the hustle and bustle; therefore, they choose to live with nature. Building their own homes, growing their own food, chopping their own wood while enjoying the ease of having solar panels for energy — this has become good enough for them. But since these are the End Times — based on the Word of God and the fulfillment of prophecy, these God-given human rights have come under attack.
An 81-year-old man named David Lidstone from New Hampshire was recently arrested and placed in jail for living in the woods, off-grid for 27 years. The cabin that had been his home for almost three decades is in grave jeopardy of being demolished. But this is only one of many stories!
Therefore, if you are planning on living off-grid during the Great Tribulation, more than likely you will be sought out, as it is now (pre-Tribulation) criminal to keep your private residence . . . private! An existence without government knowledge will be far more illegal than it is now.
I am not certain on this one as of yet, therefore, it is hearsay. But there has been chatter about body scanners that will detect if a person has been injected with the Covid-19 “jab.” Whether it is true or not, it is an idea that is out there. If it is already out there, that means it is likely a consideration.
I personally believe that the “jab” is a precursor to the Mark of the Beast. (No, I do not believe the current vax is the “mark”.) Remember, the devil is the great imitator. Just like God does dress rehearsals, the enemy copies.
What am I saying here? If there is talk of body scanners for the “jab,” then there will more than likely be body scanners for the Mark of the Beast. Therefore, it would be extremely difficult to fake the “mark” if that would be a part of your prepping plan.
Comparable to WWII, the Nazis had dogs trained to smell out those hiding in complex places and spaces, and this included underground shelters and bunkers. Some dog breeds can pick up scents and odors 40 feet deep. So if you were thinking about hiding underground for seven years, you are going to need more than your standardized shovel.
Sure, you have your firearms ready; you may even know a little martial arts; but ask yourself, “Would bullets and Kung Fu be able to stop robotic policemen and dogs with unbelievable strength?” That has already been established.
One of the most popular End Time words floating around nowadays is “prep.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with prepping, especially for known upcoming shortages or possible emergencies. I have friends who are prepped with enough water, food, and firewood for a year, and I am impressed! Our family stocks up as well, it does not hurt — but would it hold during the Great Tribulation?
Let’s weigh it based on the Holocaust of the 1930s thru the 1940s. During the reign of Adolf Hitler, Nazi soldiers were ordered to go door-to-door looking for Jews. If they were found, they were taken from their homes unwillingly (most times). Not only were they ripped from their houses, but their belongings were confiscated, as well.
People can prep for the Great Tribulation until the cows come home, but if that time period will be the worst the world will ever experience, then the Holocaust would be minuscule compared to what is to come. Therefore, everything you have prepped for will eventually be in the possession of the anti-Christ. Whatever was done during WWII will be repeated, enhanced, and polished for the devil’s inevitable “field day” on earth.
With all that being said, you cannot prep for the Great Tribulation, unless you:
- Take the Mark of the Beast with zero chance of making it to Heaven.
- Plan on getting decapitated.
- Somehow, skillfully figure out how to make it through seven years of the most dangerous times in history.
- Be ready for Jesus Christ to rescue you instead of having to go through the Great Tribulation.
All hands on deck, I choose #4!
When I read through the Old Testament of when the Lord rescued Noah and his family from the Great Flood after warning them to be ready, and how God sent his angel to snatch Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah after warning them of its destruction, I fell in love with Jesus all over again!
He never goes outside of His character and neither does He change. The fact that He rescued the righteous while giving them a “heads up” coincides with what He also instructs us to do in Matthew 24:42-44: “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord will come. But know this, that if the owner of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for in an hour when you least expect, the Son of Man is coming.”
We are instructed to watch and be ready for Jesus to take us to be with Him. If you are prepping for the Great Tribulation, you are looking for the anti-Christ instead of the Christ.
The Bible says the children of God are not subject to God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9), which is why we are not the ones crying out, “Hide us from the wrath of the Lamb,” in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 6:12-17). Jesus urged us to pray that we are found worthy to escape the horrors to come (Luke 21:36).
Do not forget that Jesus also assured us that, “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” (John 14:3). That is His promise to us that He is going to take us to be with Him to a place He has prepared for us.
All throughout scripture, the Lord has a great track record of protecting and withdrawing His children from great catastrophes. I was amazed when I read the surety of Isaiah 26:19-21 when the Lord tells us to come into His chambers for a little while until the indignation passes. And who can forget the famous scripture: “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.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17
And it concludes with, “Comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). There is no comfort at all in going through a real-life horror show for seven whole years! But Jesus Christ promised us an escape, a way out, and that is only through Him. We do not want to be like the five foolish virgins who did not make it into the chambers of the Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13). We want to be the ones always watching, waiting, ready, and prepping for His promise to gather us up in the sky with Him. (It does not sound crazy when you remember that Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus were raptured up, too.)
“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
We are such a short-sighted race, we humans. There is no distinction here for black, yellow, white or polka-dotted. After all, God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth.” (Acts 17:26) We are all directly related, and should treat each other as brothers and sisters, because that is what we are.
But we are also all sinners, because Adam and Eve preferred to believe they had a better idea of how to live than their Creator did. They believed The Lie with which the father of lies continues to bewilder mankind: God is holding out on you, and YOU can be like Gods.
Some atheists have said, “Well, if there IS a God like Christianity teaches, I don’t want anything to do with Him.” They drank from satan’s cool-aid and believe lies about God’s nature, His intentions, His abilities, His power, or now even His existence. “Whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Or they have listened to false teachers with an agenda of self-gratification, selfish ambition or worse. Such false teachers are going to their well-earned destruction; do not go with them!
Would you reject a teacher who wants to do good for you, just because one of his students said bad things to or about you? Do not reject a God who loves you just because someone ‘claiming’ to know Him does something bad!
My heart aches for so many who are separated from The God Who Is, who has revealed Himself most clearly in Jesus, the Christ (or Anointed One). He does not want anyone to miss the eternal life with joy unspeakable and full of glory, a life without pain or disease or death or separations. However, He will not force anyone to trust Him – it must come from our choice of who to believe: the devil whose only goal is to steal and kill, or Him whose only desire is to bring more abundant life. He leaves that decision up to each of us, and no one can force or convince another if they are unwilling to believe.
Jesus IS coming soon, and we do not know the hour or the day, suggesting that His “rapture” (or catching away) of the Church could occur at any time.
Some refer to the Pre-Tribulation rapture of the Church as a “secret rapture.” However, according to reliable resources there are more than 2,300,000,000 (2.3 billion) “Christians” in the world, making it the world’s leading religion. Add that it is the fastest growing religion, most of the new converts coming out of Islam according to Al-Jezeerah in 2020. Africa and the Middle-East are the fastest growing areas of Christianity, even though the risks of claiming to be a Christian are greatest there.
Grant that some so-called ‘Christians’ are weeds among the wheat, even if only half are true believers in Jesus, the instantaneous and simultaneous disappearance of 1,150,000,000 (1.15 billion) people collected from every nation on earth would constitute a global catastrophe unlike anything the world has ever seen! And this number could be a significant underestimate because of many “underground” Christians who cannot yet publicly claim the Name because of persecution. Imagine up to 2,000,000,000 (2 billion) people or more disappearing in the twinkling of an eye! This would hardly be a “secret rapture.”
This would instead be the most ripe situation imaginable for a “Man” to come onto the global stage, and with “ten horns,” or ten major world powers backing him, initiate a global authority to regulate emigration/immigration, establish peace in the world’s worst trouble-spot, Israel, and begin to institute a global digital currency. This global currency will not become mandated until three and a half years later when this “Man’s” false prophet comes onto the scene to enforce it.
By then it will be too late for tears, wishing you had put your trust in Jesus before this global currency is the only way to buy or sell. But it will still not be too late to put your faith in Him; it will just be much more costly, because you will not even be permitted to get groceries without a ‘Mark’ that will allow you to do so. And to get this ‘Mark’ you must swear allegiance and loyalty to the Man ordering it. Even if the false prophet, charged with excuting anyone refusing this “Mark,’ fails to find you, no one is going to help you out. But the promise Jesus gives is that some will refuse the ‘Mark” and be saved, though through death.
The Creator of life and all that you see in the universe would do anything to bring you into the Truth if you will trust Him. But He will not force anyone; He will not ‘prove’ Himself beyond what He has already done by raising Jesus from the dead.
The slogan of several universities around the world is The Truth Will Set You Free. However, this slogan is not really referring to scientific or mathematical, or even philosophical truth. It comes from the words of Jesus in John 8:32, where the whole quote is, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
My friends, the time is short until Jesus will return. I appeal to you, that if I am wrong and Jesus is not God, if He did not arise from the dead, if He is not coming back to take us to Heaven, then none of this matters. BUT, if what I have presented is true, the most important thing in your world is to know Him and be found in Him at His return.
“This I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us . . .
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by [Jesus,] a man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.” Paul, on Mars Hill, Acts 17:24-30
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.“ (Ephesians 6:12)
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)