God is A God of Order

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God is a God of Order

We are told in 1 Corinthians 14:33 that God is a not the author of confusion. He is a God of order, and we can see this in His Word. For instance, in the days of creation, He didn’t start with day 5, then go to day 7, then day 1, etc. Genesis describes those days in the order they happened.

Another example of this is Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18-19. Jesus didn’t quote all of Isaiah 61:1-2. The last line of verse 2 mentions the day of vengeance. Jesus only quoted the previous parts of those verses because that is what He was fulfilling in His first coming. That last part will happen when the Lord pours out His wrath on the earth, starting at the end of Revelation 6.  Again, you can see He is a God of order.

In Matthew 24, the disciples wanted to know the signs of the end times. Since God is a God of order, I fully believe Jesus answered their question in the order of how things will happen.

Verses 4-5: He warns of deception and admonishes us to take heed so that we aren’t deceived. He tells us many will come in His Name and deceive many. This means that many false teachers are going to enter churches and teach doctrines which are not sound. This is already happening in many mega churches. They are accepting a doctrine of unity with all faiths (including Muslims, Mormons, and Catholics), and saying we are all one. Many churches are ordaining homosexuals. This is clearly against scripture.

Verses 6-7: We are warned of wars and rumors of wars, but also famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.

Verse 9: Jesus tells us we will be delivered up and killed because of Him. Please notice that He does not say He comes back to deliver us before this happens. There is nothing to indicate a rapture happening before this occurs. (That comes later in this chapter, so hang on, we will get there.)

Verses 10-11: He speaks of betrayal which will happen, many false Christs will arise to deceive many. Lawlessness will abound, resulting in the love of many growing cold. Mark 13:12 warns us that brother will betray brother. I believe this warning can also refer to brethren in the church. Since there will be so many false teachers/false Christs arising, deceiving many, it only makes since that we will be betrayed by our own church family – the ones who have fallen for the deception. John 16:2 tells us there is coming a time when those who kill us will think they are offering a service to God.

Verse 13: We are told those who endure to the end will be saved. It is quite possible that the ‘end’ may be giving our lives. Now you may be thinking, “But we aren’t appointed unto wrath!” Yes, you are correct. As I stated above, the wrath of God is not poured out until Revelation 6:16-17. However, in verses 9-11 of that chapter, you can see where there are martyrs crying out to the Lord to avenge their blood.

Verse 15: Jesus mentions when we see the abomination of desolation. Why is He telling believers “when you see,” if we are not here? After all, the disciples were asking how they could tell when the end of things was coming? If believers were gone at this point, why would we need to know this bit of information?

Verse 21-22: Jesus warns that great tribulation is coming, and for the sake of His elect, He will shorten those days. Again, if the rapture had already taken place, why would the elect need those days shortened? We would already be gone. However, this is proof again, that the rapture has not taken place.

Verse 27: He tells us that His coming will be as lightning flashing across the sky. Everyone can see lightning. It brightens the sky. He is pointing out that all will see His coming. It is not a private rapture, where we just disappear, leaving everyone wondering what happened to us. Revelation 6:16-17 confirms that all eyes will see Him when He comes to rapture His church. The unbelievers will try to hide from His glorious presence and His wrath.

Verse 29: This verse gives critical information to help us know when to expect Jesus. It tells us immediately after the tribulation, the sun and moon won’t give off their light, and stars will fall from the sky. This event actually happens in Revelation 6:12-13.

Verses 30-31: Jesus will appear in the clouds and all tribes will see Him. With the great sound of a trumpet, He is going to gather His elect. Now you may be thinking this is His coming at the end of the seven years. However, if we compare this verse with what happens at His coming at the end of Revelation, we can see it is two different things:
Matthew 24:30:

He comes on the clouds, He blows a trumpet, He comes with angels, and He comes to gather His elect.

Revelation 19:11-16, 19:

He rides a white horse, He has a sword coming from His mouth, He is followed by His saints on white horses, and He comes to destroy the anti-Christ.

Scripture compared against scripture — it is VERY CLEAR that these are two different events.

I know this information may be entirely foreign to what you’ve been taught over the years. However, we are to be like the Bereans, searching out what the scriptures say, rather than just accepting what we are taught from the pulpit or books.

I will be honest, when my eyes were first opened to this concept, it was incredibly difficult for me. It happened around the time when ISIS was doing so much beheading. I began to have panic attacks and was so depressed. However, I prayed through it. It wasn’t easy. It took months for me to wrap my head around all of this. And I will still admit – I hope I am wrong! If ever I was wrong about something, I want it to be on this issue!! However, I don’t think I am.

So that being said, my thinking 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.”

This concept has become a passion of mine, and why so many of my devotions are devoted to motivating people to spend time in the Word of God. It is the ONLY way to get prepared spiritually for the days ahead of us. The church is not prepared for what is to come! I fear many will fall away when they realize they were taught a pre-trib rapture, and it doesn’t happen. It breaks my heart and has caused me to shed many tears over the last few years. It is out of love that I share this hard concept with you.

May the Lord open your eyes and help you to navigate in the days ahead.
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

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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.

Supper is Ready

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Supper is Ready!

As a newlywed, I couldn’t wait for husband to get home at the end of the day so that we could be together once again.  While at work, I would long for the hour to come when we could see each other.  My heart yearned to be with him.

After having Rachel, I still yearned for him to come home for supper.  It was important to me to have that meal ready for him at the end of the day.  I remember how, in the early months of Rachel’s life, the only way that I could get supper done was to play praise and worship music when it was time to fix supper.  She would be in her carrier, sitting on the counter, watching me fix supper, and very quickly, she would dose off long enough for me to get supper ready.  Many times Dean would walk in the door to that peaceful, relaxed atmosphere, finding his precious little one, sound asleep.  (What he didn’t know was how chaotic life had been prior to that nap!)

As Rachel grew up, I would anxiously await supper time again, wanting to tell Dean about the latest words Rachel said, or something funny that she did.  Often, we’d find ourselves at the supper table, having a good laugh over the humorous things Rachel would do.

Even now, I still yearn for the hour when my husband will walk in the door.  There is a contentment to our whole family when we are all together in the evenings.  We feel complete when we are all together.  It gives us that time for intimate conversation when we sit down at the supper table.  There are even those times when Dean may be here, but yet he’s out working in the garage.  Finally, I am able to send Rachel out to tell him, “Supper is ready!”  Once again, I’m longing for those supper time moments.

Even with as much as I look forward to supper time, there is another supper that I am even more anxiously awaiting — the Wedding supper of the Lamb. (Rev. 19:9) I used to find myself feeling too attached to this world, but in the last few years as I have developed a much deeper and intimate walk with the Lord, I find myself feeling more like an alien and stranger on this earth. (I Pet. 2:11) I long to go home to that place that my Lord has prepared for me. (Jn. 14:1-3) I’m longing for supper time.

Sister, even in the midst of the daily grind and the myriad of trials that you may be facing right now, I pray that you hear the voice of the Father saying, “Supper is almost ready!”
© 2004, Stacy R Miller

10 Things that must Happen Before the Rapture

This blog post covers some really interesting information and it puts it in a way that is very easy to understand.

When Does the Rapture Take Place?

I wanted to share something with you.  I’ve done a lot of studying over the last year regarding prophetic things, Matthew 24, and the book of Revelation.  I’ve done some researching online on the topic of the rapture.  I found some very interesting things that we’ve not been taught in church.Get your bible and open to Matthew 24 and Revelation 6.

Read Matthew 24.  Watch for the words AFTER the tribulation, and see what happens after the tribulation.  The sun and moon are darkened, stars fall from the sky, then the Son of Man appears and gathers His elect.  This is the rapture, and EVERY eye will see it.  It won’t be like what we’ve been told all these years.  Now go to Revelation 6:12 and start reading there.  You will find THIS is where the sun and moon are darkened and the stars fall from the sky.  (And remember — you just read in Matthew 24 that this happens AFTER the tribulation.)  Verses 15-16 speak of many who are trying to hide from the Son of Man when He comes.  Verse 17 speaks of how the day of His WRATH has come.  Meaning – the tribulation is over.  Wrath has now come.

Moving on, since we are not appointed to wrath, we are now gone.  Revelation 7 speaks of a multitude of people from every nation, tribe, tongue being in heaven.  Verse 14 tells us these are those who have come out of great tribulation.

So I believe all this stuff about a 7 year tribulation is wrong!  The bible doesn’t specifically speak of tribulation itself lasting 7 years.  So there is a time of trouble that lasts 7 years, but not all of it is the tribulation.  Part of it is WRATH, and that is DIFFERENT from tribulation.  We’ve NOT been taught that!!!!

Also, as you read through scripture, you will often see the phrase “The day of the Lord.”  This is referring to the day the rapture takes place and the wrath of God begins.  (They both happen on the same day.)

Oh, and something else — Mt. 24:32 speaks of the days of the tribulation being shortened for the sake of the elect.  If the tribulation is supposed to last 7 full years, how can you shorten those days?  It can only happen if part of that 7 years is tribulation and part of it is God’s wrath.

This was a very hard realization for me.  I was scared and I was angry at having been taught lies for over 30 years.  But as I have prayed and hidden myself in the shelter of the Almighty, I’ve come to grips with it.  I joined an end-time forum online and one of the members posted a very wise comment.  He said, “I’d rather be prepared for the tribulation and surprised by the rapture than to be prepared for the rapture and surprised by the tribulation.”  Very wise words indeed.  I keep telling my hubby, “If I ever wanted to be wrong about something, it would be my new beliefs on when the rapture takes place.”

If you want to study more on this topic and research it for yourself (and I highly recommend that you do), there is a great teaching called After the Tribulation.  Have your Bible, a notebook, and a pen handy.  You will want to take notes!

Also, there is a book on this topic that is a easy-read.  Short, and to-the-point, with clear, easy-to-understand explanations for why the rapture takes place after the tribulation.  It is called The Prewrath Rapture Position Explained: Plain and Simple.  I highly recommend it!

I’m sharing my thoughts on this with you because if I’m correct in what I’m seeing in the Word, I don’t want to see the Church left in the dark and caught unaware.  We need to get our spiritual house in order.  We also need to be discussing this with our family members and making plans for when things really start hitting.

May the Lord be with you and grant you peace as you continue to live in Him.