Eschatology 33 ~ Matthew 24:44- A New Wrinkle For The Rapture Of The Church

As a student of Bible prophecy and eschatology for thirty seven years, I have found that the discovery of new truths is becoming more and more infrequent.  Well, here is a new one.  It is based on one scripture in the famous Olivet Discourse spoken by Jesus:

Matthew 24:44  King James Version (KJV)

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

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I discovered this truth in a book written recently by Terry James, entitled “Rapture Ready…Or Not?”  What made the discovery exciting was that I had the same exact thoughts about Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:44, and now I received confirmation from one who has studied eschatology throughout his entire life!

If one would attend a Prophecy In The News Conference, you would find that the forty to fifty speakers are all united, believing in a pre tribulation rapture of the church.  There are four scripture passages that are often quoted, all referring to the rapture doctrine.  They are 1) I Thessalonians 4:13-18, which is the plainest and most comprehensive scripture on this doctrine.  2) I Corinthians 15:50-53.  Paul presents the rapture as “a mystery,” meaning this teaching is a new doctrine not found in the Old Testament.  The Thessalonian and Corinthian passages parallel each other perfectly.  3) John 14:1-4.  This passage is not used as often in reference to the rapture, and refers to our Lord Jesus preparing a place for us to dwell in heaven.  Nonetheless it is a very appropriate passage in reference to our doctrine.  4) Finally there is Revelation 4:1.  The seven churches in Asia Minor are considered in Revelation 2-3.  Chapter 4 opens with John and the church taken to heaven, inferring that the church will be taken to heaven as the Great Tribulation is unleashed on a Christ rejecting world, expounded upon in Revelation chapters 6-18.  These are the four “rapture” passages that are most often referred to by those who have studied this doctrine to a great degree.

May we now contrast the famous Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24, with the aforementioned passages on the rapture of the church.  (The Olivet Discourse is found in all three synoptic Gospel accounts.  Namely:  Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 17, 21).   Theologians and scholars of eschatology have long contended that the prophecies shared by Jesus focus on the Jewish people and Israel, but NOT on the Gentiles, the church and the rapture.  It is very true that a great portion of Jesus’ prophecy zeros in on the Great Tribulation period and the nation of Israel.  When Jesus returns at the end of the Great Tribulation, it will be an expected event, since the Bible forecasts the Second Coming of Jesus Christ through the many signs leading up to it.  Now let us contrast His Second Coming in judgment with the rapture of the church, Matthew 24:44.  44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  This passage states the Lord will come when no one expects Him to come.  The rapture of the church will be unannounced and no one knows when it will occur.  The second coming of Jesus Christ will happen at the end of the Great Tribulation period.  Jerusalem, we have a problem.  It seems that the only way to account for Matthew 24:44 is that Jesus is referring to the rapture of the church.  The only way that Christ’s coming for His bride can be totally unexpected is for it to happen prior to the Great Tribulation.  This is Terry James’ contention and I agree wholeheartedly.  Therefore Matthew 24:44 refers to the rapture of the church and not Christ’s Second Coming.  Jesus encourages all believers to always be ready because He will return at a time when no one expects Him.  The Bible forecasts Christ’s Second Coming as occurring at the end of the Great Tribulation / 70th Week of Daniel  /  Jacob’s Trouble.  The rapture will happen at a totally unannounced time.  Matthew 24:44 refers to the Lord’s return at a totally unannounced time.  When Terry James pointed this out in his book “Rapture Ready…Or Not?,” the truth of his words immediately resonated with me and I saw his point.  What could be plainer?  The rapture of the church is the next major event on the Lord’s prophetical calendar and will remove God’s church from His judgment upon a Christ rejecting world.  It will catch people by surprise, as mentioned in Matthew 24:44.

Maranatha!

Blessings, Pastor Steve

 

Pray For Revival In America!

The Coming Convergence / Ingenuity Films

This 100 minute film, The Coming Convergence, by Brent Miller Jr. and Brent Miller Sr. of Ingenuity Films will be released on March 28, 2017.  I preordered it, and it will be shown in our church as soon as it is available.  Enjoy the following official 2017 trailer, and the synopsis of the film by Brent Miller Jr.  The movie commences by portraying the world from a young ladies’ perspective, literally waking up in the Great Tribulation period.  She realizes she is there because she was not born from above and did not receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  The unique feature of Ingenuity Films is their appeal to believer and unbeliever alike. 

 

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The Coming Convergence
BRAND NEW FILM BY INGENUITY FILMS!
The Coming Convergence is a brand new film to be released on March 28th by Brent Miller, Jr., founder of Ingenuity Films, along with his father, Brent Miller, Sr., Producer and Technical Advisor for Ingenuity Films. This is the award winning California based studio behind “The Final Prophecies” documentary and the critically acclaimed “Decoding the Future” prophecy series.
The story begins with a young girl, (Erin Hawkins), that wakes up one day to discover that something devastating has happened in the world around her and she finds herself in what is known as “The Great Tribulation.” She realizes that she had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior, but she didn’t, and now she is facing her unbelievable and greatest fears. She faces the reality of the approaching apocalypse, as she is living through the end of days. Her words of warning are a wakeup call to the horrors mankind will soon face. The conclusions of The Coming Convergence explains both how the scenarios described within Revelation are converging before our very eyes and why everything that must come to pass is of man’s choosing.
We ask ourselves… “Is it possible to know the day of our demise?”
Jesus chastised religious leaders in ancient Jerusalem for not knowing the time of His first arrival. Will the prophesied final generation today make the same mistake? The Bible foretells that the end of days would be preceded by a sequence of global events that has never before occurred, but can this be proven? Through newly exposed geological and statistical evidence, a convergence of events has now been discovered that many believe finally prove the Tribulation is about to begin!
This whistleblower film breaks the mold of what a documentary can be by pulling you deeper into the reality of the approaching apocalypse.
The young girl’s cinematic interruptions throughout the documentary act as a warning to the genuine reality humankind will soon face. The conclusion of The Coming Convergence leaves such an impact that attendees during the films theatrical premiere in California were driven to tears and shock.
This film features Jack Hibbs, Ray Bentley, Douglas Hamp, Brent Miller, Sr., Tom Hughes and Kade Hawkins.
Watch the trailer of this “MUST SEE” Documentary Film!

This 100-minute film, available on regular DVD and Blue-Ray, is an excellent documentary to use in witnessing to your family and friends who may not know of the salvation of Jesus Christ, and how He can become their Lord and Savior.

 

 

Southwest Radio Ministries Expose Rick Warren

Rick Warren’s Religion of the Anti-christ

Rick Warren has been exposed at every prophecy conference that I have attended.  All of the speakers see gross errors in his theology.  Rick Warren encourages Christians NOT to study prophecy because God did not intend for us to understand these things.  As you can see below, Rick’s time is spent, attempting to bring in the millenium himself, as he reveals his New World Order (NWO) colors through hobnobbing with secular, political and religious globalists from all over the world.  Christians identify the NWO with the Tribulation Period and the reign of the Antichrist.  Rick Warren endorses and is part of the NWO.  His paganism is revealed for all with eyes to see, and the following is yet another slice of his arsenic laden pie.  Warren has removed all doubt about his beliefs from any spiritually discerning Christian who truly examines him:

 

If your pastor does not teach the truth of Bible prophecy, you ought to find a church that does.

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 39

Brent Miller    ~    Fires From Heaven:  New Evidence For Man’s Demise

Brent Miller is the CEO and executive director of Ingenuity Films.  Their goal is to present Biblical truths in the most easy, understandable manner they can.  In today’s world, that happens to be through video.  Brent is also noted for the documentary The Final Prophecies.  It is an incredible evangelism tool.  The Final Prophecies is seen more by the secular world than by Christians.  The Final Prophecies reveals the merging of a one world religion, a global monetary system and a universal government, setting the stage for the Great Tribulation Period.  Decoding The Future is another exciting documentary that reveals the apocalyptic events soon to come.  Additional films for release from 2015 to 2018 are The Coming Convergence (2015), Purging America (2015), Bracing For Tomorrow (2016), Searching For God (2017), and Decoding The Past (2018).

The Fires From Heaven are a combination of the first and second trumpets from opening the seventh seal.  Fires From Heaven is a subject that is extremely frightening.  We can see these events right now, they are unfolding before our very eyes.  We see the foundation of these events starting.  The four horsemen of the apocalypse bring forth religious deception, wars, inflation, famine, disease, hunger and death.  War, famine and disease will kill one fourth of the earth.  Matthew 24:3-8 covers the opening seals of judgment upon the earth.  Jesus calls them the beginning of sorrows.  1.8 billion people will die in seals 2, 3 and 4, and Christ says this is just the beginning.  Christians are now being conquered through religious deception.  This is the opening of the first seal.  Outside of the United States, all Christians believe in evolution.  Inside the United States, 40% of Christians believe in evolution.  If Christians believe that creation came about without God, the next logical step is to believe there is no God.

We are witnessing a change in global weather patterns.  There are storms and tornadoes that are breaking records year after year around the globe.  Earthquakes are increasing in number and intensity.

Signs of the Times:

We see the world religion merging together that is based on tolerance.  [If you embrace everything, you believe in nothing].  Christians cannot embrace tolerance.  We are set apart from this world.

The world is merging to form one financial system.  The collapsed economies around the world will eventually merge.  We know that because prophecy tells us that, and we can see it coming together.

For the sake of mankind, someone will come forward and take control of the leadership of the earth.  The Bible tells us this will be the Antichrist.  We can see these things starting to unfold and we can see these things are happening simultaneously.

Thousands of Christians are being martyred every year because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  Many countries make it a crime to mention the word Christ.

We see the sign of nations all over the world turning their backs on Israel.  The United States and our leadership have turned our backs upon Israel.  These actions have consequences.  (Genesis 12:3)

Are there cosmic signs in the heavens as well?  Brent Miller believes there are, and that these cosmic events can be seen in the heavens all around us, but no one is looking.

First Two Trumpets Of The Seventh Seal: 

Fire From Heaven (1st Trumpet)  One third of the land mass burns up from fire.  What will be coming is a coronal mass ejection (CME).  This is a chunk of the sun that breaks off and strikes the earth.  Our atmosphere will roll away like a scroll.  Everything in the way of the CME will vaporize.  Most governments around the world are building underground bunkers for their leadership.  The earth’s magnetic field is beginning to collapse, which would allow a CME blast to penetrate our atmosphere.  The sun’s activities have been intense the last twelve years.  On July 8, 2012, a massive CME blast just missed the earth by one week.  If it struck us, it would have sent us back into the dark ages.  This event prompted governments to build underground bunkers.  

More Fire From Heaven (2nd Trumpet)  This is a mountain on fire being cast into the sea.  It will kill one third of all life.  It is an underwater volcanism event.  It is an underwater volcano arising from the sea.  It will kill sea life and create poison, as well as create tsunamis.  

Note:  A Passing Space Body Could Cause All Of These Apocalyptic Cosmic Events To Happen In Quick Succession.  (Domino Effect).  The Gravitational Effects Of A Passing Space Body Could Cause A Pole Shift And The Following Activity That Comes From The Sun.  Our Infrastructure Will Be Destroyed, The Earth Will Be Sent Out Of Its’ Orbit And It Will Wobble Like A Drunkard.  This Will Trigger The Fires From Heaven.  

We will not know the day or the hour of the Lord’s coming, but if we are watchful, we will know the times and season.  We can see the convergence of all of these events.  For those who know and serve the Lord, we will not suffer God’s wrath.   

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 38

Terry James    ~    This End-Times Bubble

What is coming down the pike?  We are living in times unlike any other in the history of mankind.  We are approaching the end of this dispensation of man’s history.  This is an exciting time for the Christian, as we look forward to being with the Lord Jesus Christ.  We have a bubble that is building unlike any other time in church history, where the Lord will soon call the church home and the tribulation will begin.  Jesus spoke extensively about this in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24).

Three major things that are happening-

1) There is a war like atmosphere everywhere, yet the end times have not yet commenced.

2) Anti Semitism is growing in Israel and reaching a new high in hatred of the Jewish people.  Many blame the Jews for all of the problems in the world.  Arabic nations want to destroy Israel and wipe her off the map.

3)The economy is in a bubble.  Our 18 trillion dollar debt is another bubble that is building, and it cannot ever be paid off.  Why do things keep going?  Why has it not yet burst?  We do not know.  It does not quite yet appear to be the Lord’s timing.

Deception In Government-

Deception in government rules the day.  Our leaders are deceptive beyond belief.  President Obama promised to have the most transparent government of all time, and it has turned out to be the opposite.  In “Fast and Furious,” our government intentionally gave guns to criminals in order to attack our second amendment rights.  Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) promised that we could keep our doctor and that the health insurance would be affordable.  The premiums are high, the benefits are less, and one does not keep their doctor.  Nancy Pelosi did not want anyone to see the proposal until it was passed.  The bill had to be passed before congress could see what was in it!  Deceptive governing is proliferating across the United States and across the world.  We were lied to about Benghazi, that the terrorism was over a movie maker.  Obama lied and said:  “I did not set a red line in Syria.”  Obama claimed Isis was a mere JV team and nothing to be concerned about.  Hours prior to the recent massacre in Paris, he again claimed that “Isis was not a threat.”  The IRS conducted illegal wiretaps in order to get at the enemies of this administration.  The VA scandal has led to the deplorable treatment of our war veterans.

Apostasy And False Teachers Arise-

The end times will feature seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.  Speaking lies with hypocrisy, and having their consciences seared with a hot iron.  The emerging church is filled with people who are not born again believers.  They are compromising with various faiths that say Jesus Christ is not the one and only way for salvation (universalism).  Examples are Joel Osteen, Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Kenneth Copeland, Frederick Price, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Robert Schuller and Rick Warren.

Major Crises Building-

Societal and Cultural Wickedness Abounds.  Homosexuality, gay marriage.  How much more “without natural affection” could you get after gay marriage?  One man and one woman for life is thrown out the window.  Abortion.  The government endorses the killing of unborn babies- 55 million since Roe vs. Wade in 1973.  Men shall be fierce.  The black community is killing itself.  Society is on the brink of imploding.

Global Economics Is On The Brink Of Sudden Cataclysm-

There is an explosive geopolitical bubble developing!  China is building their military, based on our money.  Iran and Russia represent a major signal of the end.  Ezekiel 38-39  Persia meets Magog.  Many other nations will join with them against Israel.

The Uniting States Of Antichrist-

666.  The nations will give power to the beast.  The European Union will produce the Antichrist and his regime for the Great Tribulation and the last seven years of human history.  There will be a revived Roman Empire, the ten toes mentioned in Daniel chapter 2.

1)The European Union

2)The North American Union

3)The South American Union

4)The African Union

5)The Eurasian Union (Russia-Belarus Union)

6)The Mediterranean Union

7)The Gulf Cooperation Council (Arab States of the Gulf)

8)The South Asian Association

9)The Asia Pacific Union

10)The Caribbean Community

This is all in the making.  This bubble keeps building.  Our economic bubble will soon collapse.  We cannot keep printing money forever.  The banks will soon charge us to keep our money in them!  There is a lot of desire throughout the world, to drop the American dollar as an international commodity.

“When these things begin to come to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

God’s people are still here- THAT is why these things have not yet happened.  The rapture will burst the bubble, and open up the flood gates for the Antichrist and Great Tribulation.

 

A Kick In The Teeth To The New World Order (NWO) And Globalism

The Attempt To Establish A “New And Improved” Tower Of Babel Received A Major Setback:

Britain voted to exit the European Union (E.U.).  The feelings of the British populace is that the establishment in England has been ignoring the will of the people.  Does this not remind you of the United States’ Republican Party?  There is an obvious parallel to the candidate Donald Trump and his popularity.  Prime Minister David Cameron will step down from his office, on the heels of Britain opting out of the E.U.  The voting in England reveals that the people want to take back their sovereignty, control immigration and bureaucratic regulations, their borders, their culture, and their economy.  Donald Trump praised the British Exit (Brexit) decision.  Trump compared British nationalism to his own “Make America Great” mantra.  Trump believes this will create a ripple effect in Europe as nations want their monetary system and borders back.  There may already be an independence referendum in Scotland, following Britain’s lead.  The British voted out of the E.U. because they are tired of decisions being made for them coming from Brussels, Belgium.  Trump believes that this could start to unravel the entire E.U.

Why is this decision so important?  Genesis 11 tells us   that the Lord broke up the pagan Tower of Babel.  This “Tower” will be resurrected one more time, depicted in great detail in Revelation 6-18.  It is called the Great Tribulation period, led by the Antichrist and False Prophet.  There will be a one world government, a one world economy and a one world religion.  As long as our country leans towards nationalism, we will keep our religious freedoms in tact.  The global philosophy, however, will severely impinge our freedoms and democracy.  Many politicians on both sides of the aisle are globalists, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  Exiting British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is a globalist.  Donald Trump is a nationalist.  (Make America Great Again).  Pray for our national sovereignty to remain strong and pray…

For Revival In America

Apostasy Is Becoming Prevalent In The Church

2 Thessalonians 2:3 King James Version (KJV)

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 

Matthew 24:24

 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

APOSTASY  …is when the belief system of the fallen world enters the church.  What was recently called sexual perversion is the new normal.  Today’s America is like ancient Sodom.  Sodom was so apostate that Sodomites even attempted to rape angels, even after the Sodomites were blinded!  [What is mind boggling is the naivety of people today, who seem to believe we are exempt from God’s judgment from our sanctifying of sodomy!  There is absolutely no fear of God.  Keep in mind that we have so much more light than the ancient Sodomites, yet we wink at this hideous abomination.  Judgment is coming very soon.]  Our president and the supreme court have been working on sanctifying “gay” marriage, and promoting the LGBT movement for years with great success.  After the supreme court’s recent vote to allow these “marriages,” the White House was bathed in rainbow colors, thus displaying their consummate approval and endorsement of this decision.  Most Christian leaders realize that the next step for those who practice these abominations, is for them to demand acceptance within the church.  Many mainline churches will have no worries, because they have already gone apostate.  So much for freedom of religion.  Church members are scrambling to change their by laws as to what constitutes a Biblical marriage, who can use the restrooms, etc., etc.  Make no mistake, those who oppose the New World Order (NWO) will eventually have their land and buildings confiscated, and their churches dissolved, unless the Lord intervenes.  The Bible tells us in Daniel 7:25 that the Antichrist will change our laws.  I cannot imagine a greater change than to turn God’s plan for marriage on its’ head.  We have usurped 6,000 years of human history and standards for morality and made a total mockery of God’s ideal for marriage and family.  Many mainline Christian churches have already accepted these life styles which means that the Lord has taken His candlestick out from among them.  Wherever apostasy prevails, the Holy Spirit leaves.  In North Carolina, people who oppose the rights of the LGBT crowd to use the public restrooms are referred to as hateful.  Who would like their nine year old child to enter a public restroom with one who believes they are a man today and a woman tomorrow?  Anyone who stands for Biblical, traditional and normal values is labeled as hateful and phobic.  Churches are becoming less bold and even timid about confronting these issues.                                                                                          Tran bathroom abuse

This photo is taken from Lloyd’s of Rochester blog site

Acceptance of sexual unions outside of God’s parameters is a huge sign that the church age may be winding down.  If this is the case, then apocalyptic events like the rapture of the church and the Great Tribulation could be right around the corner.  So what should be our attitude given these circumstances?  Should we be sad or glad?  The Bible has the answer:

Luke 21:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 This is the blessed hope of the church.  Maranatha, the Lord is coming!