Counterfeit Christ and The Mark

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Timing of the Rapture

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I’m reading a book called Revelation Deciphered.  The author has a very common-sense approach to this controversial topic.  He makes it easy to understand and very logical as well.

The disciples asked Jesus what would be the signs of his coming.  He gave 6 things in Mt. 24 that will happen BEFORE He comes to get us (rapture):
1. deception v4-5
2. war/chaos v6-7
3. famine/economic collapse v7
4. abomination/death v9, 15-21
5. martyrdom/apostasy v9-12
6. celestial signs v29

He points out that what Jesus did NOT mention as signs of His coming and how that is important in helping us to understand the timing of events.  So Jesus answered EXACTLY what would happen BEFORE His coming.  What He did NOT mention was the trumpet and bowl judgments.  Why?  Because they happen AFTER He comes to get us.

Now before you say, “But in Matthew 24:30-31, it is referring to His second physical return to earth!”  Many people believe this because we have been taught this for years.  However, let’s compare those verses with His 2nd physical return in Rev. 19.

Mt. 24:30                                     Rev. 19:11-16, 19
1. Comes on the clouds            1. Rides a white horse
2. Blows a trumpet                    2. Has a sword coming from his                                                        mouth.
3. Comes with angels                3. Is followed by his saints on white
horses.
4. Comes to gather his elect.    4. Comes to destroy the AC.

As you can see from the above, these are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!  Scripture compared against scripture — it is VERY CLEAR that these are two different events.

For those of you who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, I understand how this is a hard teaching.  None of us want to believe that we are going to go through the tribulation (which ends at the end of Revelation 6, when the wrath of God begins).  I didn’t want to believe it either.  However, my motto has become, “I would rather be prepared for the tribulation and surprised by the rapture, than to be prepared for the rapture and surprised by the tribulation.”

For those of you who already believe in a pre-wrath rapture, this book makes the whole topic easy to understand, and gives us a better way to show/explain it to others.  For those who are just now hearing about this topic, I encourage you to read through other things I’ve posted in the End Times section.

Misleading the Masses: Revelation 12 Sign

This is a fabulous article on the Revelation 12 Sign and how it is not true.

Disclaimer:  I do not approve of everything they have on the Minute to Midnite show, but this article is well written and loaded with logical, scriptural thoughts on how this whole “Revelation 12 Sign” is a hoax.

Blood Moons, Eclipse, & the Revelation 12 Sign

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So there has been a lot of discussion on the blood moons, the eclipse, and the supposed Revelation 12 sign that is coming in September. But I just noticed something while reading Luke 21.  Look at the order in which it happens:

11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.

So FIRST, they will lay hands on us, persecute us, and deliver us up.
Then there will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences.
Then there will be fearful sights and signs from heaven.

It has me wondering — all of these supposed signs in the sky that everyone is talking about — is this like the boy who cried wolf? And is the enemy using it to make Christians look like idiots so that when the real stuff begins to happen, we will have lost all credibility?

Names of Hurricane and Their Meanings

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I decided to look up the meanings of the hurricane names, especially once I saw three of them in the same region, with Jose right on the heels of the historic Irma.  Here’s what I found:

Harvey – battle worthy — We are worthy of the Lord coming against us in battle.
Katia – pure – God is pure in His judgments.
Irma – universal / complete – His judgments will be universal, affecting the entire earth.
Jose – God shall add – God will be adding to His judgments, meaning there is more to come.

  • My cousin had some interesting insights into the name Harvey:  It could be that our country is battle worthy, as in, we are making everything a battleground: gender, sexuality, race, neighborhoods, cities, politics, religion, economics, education, and the list goes on.

  • I have also been pondering on things that have transpired just since Hurricane Harvey.  At the same time it was reeking havoc on Houston, wildfires have been raging in the west.  Here’s an interesting map of how bad it is, but it’s not being covered much in the news.  Wildfire map

  • Then we have Katia down in the Gulf, with historic Hurricane Irma causing devastation, and Jose right on the heels of Irma.  And I woke up this morning to hear of the historic earthquake in Mexico.

  • Because these things have the potential to cause enormous fear in us, it is imperative that we keep ourselves rooted and grounded in God’s Word.  Don’t look to your pastor, your spouse, your friends, your chatroom, your forum, your music, or anything else in this world to help you through these tumultuous  times.  Look to Jesus!  He alone can help you through the storm.

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Take Heed That No One Deceives You

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Luke 21-22 and Judas

I found it interesting to note that Jesus was speaking of end time events and being careful not to be deceived in Luke 21. The very next chapter, we see Satan entering Judas, and how quickly he went on his way, looking for a way to betray Jesus. Later in that chapter, you see the Last Supper. Now if you look at Matthew’s account in chapter 26, you see that all of the disciples are questioning who is going to betray Jesus. (The betrayer played his cards well, so it wasn’t obvious which one it was.) Even after Jesus tells them who will betray him, Judas still asks, “Rabbi, is it me?” And this is AFTER he has already been seeking a way to betray Jesus! I’m thinking, “Seriously? How dense can he be?” So this got me to thinking…..what’s the lesson here?

I think it’s a classic example of how the enemy can so easily deceive us. This is a lesson to us — don’t underestimate your enemy. He deceived Judas to betray the Messiah! If he can do that so easily, to the point that Judas doesn’t even realize HE is the BETRAYER, how easily might we be deceived?

Psalm 75

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I love it when snippets of scripture pop out and I get new insight!  Read this Psalm, which is clearly speaking of the tribulation to come.  Focus on the last verse.  I love it!
 

Psalm 75

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

We thank you, O God!
    We give thanks because you are near.
    People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
God says, “At the time I have planned,
    I will bring justice against the wicked.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
    I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude
“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
    I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
    or speak with such arrogance.’”
For no one on earth—from east or west,
    or even from the wilderness—
    should raise a defiant fist.[a]
It is God alone who judges;
    he decides who will rise and who will fall.
For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
    that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
He pours out the wine in judgment,
    and all the wicked must drink it,
    draining it to the dregs.
But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;
    I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
    but I will increase the power of the godly.”
 

As I pondered on the last verse, I thought about how we often think of power as having to do with physical strength, but I realized the power given to each one of us may go beyond that.  It may be the spiritual fortitude to stand firm and be willing to die for your faith, even if you know that ISIS is going to take your children and put them in sex slave trade.  Or it could be the power to love in spite of torture from your persecutors.  It might even be power to hold on to our faith and hope, in the midst of the worst of circumstances, refusing to waver from what we know is true in the Word of God.

**For those who don’t know, I no longer believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.  I believe that is a lie that has been fed to the church for many years.  It’s a lie that is going to cause a lot of people to lose their faith in the days ahead.  If you’d like to read more on what changed my mind, please click here.   There is also a very enlightening, and easy-to-understand video teaching on this topic:

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