Revelation 1:9-11

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I saw something interesting in Revelation 1:9-11.

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book….

In a manner of speaking, John was in the tribulation because he saw it and wrote about it.  He says, “your brother,” which I think  is another reference which implies that Christians will go through the tribulation.  Otherwise, why would he be saying, “your brother and partner in the tribulation” if Christians weren’t going to be there?

Disclaimer:  I do not believe Christians will be here for the full 7 years.  Rather, I believe we will be raptured at the end of Revelation 6, when the tribulation ends, and the wrath of God begins.  (This means I believe in a pre-wrath rapture.) Please click the ‘End Times’ category on my sidebar for more information on this topic.

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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.

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:

Watchman, What of the Night?

This is a fabulous message!  He gives great insights into what is ahead for us and how to maneuver through them.

Watchman What of the Night 
A Sermon by Nathan Leal

Are you Downtrodden? Struggling in your faith? Confused?

Do you need Spiritual encouragement in this late hour?
This audio sermon examines Isaiah’s calling to be a watchman for his people who were afraid, and offers hope and encouragement for you.
This sermon comes with a promise to touch those who are hungry for God.
In His Service,
Nathan Leal

 

Download the Audio by right clicking this link to save to you PC.

 

http://watchmanscry.com/audio/sermon_watchman_what_of_the_night.mp3

Nathan Leal,
Watchman’s Cry

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.

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