Counterfeit Christ and The Mark

This is a very informative message, so grab your Bible, a notebook, and a pen!

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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.

Jacob Prasch – A Picture of the Anti-Christ

This is a very informative and interesting message.

Jacob Prasch – The Birds

This is a very fascinating message!  I learned so much in this that I had to take notes, then write a bunch of notes in my bible.  He speaks of unclean birds and how they relate to much of the deception in today’s churches.  He speaks of the whore of Babylon and how she gets into the church.  The message is scripture-filled, and he uses a lot of the cultural background of that day to help us understand what the scriptures are saying.  Absolutely fascinating and so much to learn!

Wretched, Poor, Pitiful, and More

Wretched, Poor, Pitiful, and More

Revelation 3:18 But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

When the economic crunch hit our home, I was forced to return to the work place.  After being a stay-at-home mom for nearly thirteen years, I can tell you it was quite an adjustment.  My daughter begged me to continue to home school her.  Since she was now entering high school, the pressure was even greater.  On top of working full time hours and swing shifts, there were many nights when I would come home, and still spend two or three hours helping Rachel with her school work.  By the time I would find time to do devotions, I was too tired.  If I wanted to do anything, it was either sleep or “veg” on the couch, letting the TV entertain me.  Oh what a hard cycle to break!

I noticed a very quick pattern when I started failing so miserably at reading the Word.  My attitude changed (and I don’t mean for the better).  The words running through my head weren’t words from the Living Word.  Rather, they were more likely to be the four-letter kind that I often heard repeatedly at work.  I also found that the longer I went without reading the Word, the less I desired to read it.  Because I knew my passion for the Word was waning, I then began to deal with the guilt of not spending time with the Lord.  If I did read, it seemed to be more of a “Ok, now I’ve got that done for the day,” rather than truly having my heart into it, seeking to hear from my Father.

One morning, as I was getting ready for work, I turned on a Christian TV station where they were playing music, and showing beautiful scenic photos.  Suddenly, a scripture popped up on the screen.  It was one of those moments that became a quick reality check for me.  It was Revelation 3:18.  It says, “You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”  Except that now, I did realize that about myself.  I fit that scripture to a “T.”  When I fail to get into the Word, it isn’t long before my attitude is wretched.  Because I was slacking in my devotional time, I had allowed myself to become spiritually poor because I had no fresh “oil” flowing in me.  I was pitiful because I was neglecting to spend time with the One who died for me.  I was naked because, by my actions, I was choosing not to clothe myself in Christ every day.  It was clearly time for a change.

Now my quest is to return to my First Love.  I know He is waiting and watching, and He’s doing so with open arms.  And He’s also doing it for those of you who may also have fallen on this slippery slope.  Let Him catch you with those Everlasting Arms.  It will delight Him and it will give you a new lease on life.
© 2010, 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.