The following is written by Daniel Thompson, and is a portion of his paper on The Pre Tribulation Rapture of the Church, for a course in End Times Prophecy / Eschatology, taken at the Southwest Florida Bible Institute during the summer of 2017:
…. “I explained that different people in the Church today believe that the Rapture will take place at different possible times, or maybe not at all. I also have explained what the Rapture of the Church is, and now I will tell you my own opinion of when the Rapture will happen. Based on what I have studied in God’s Word, I believe the Rapture will take place before the Tribulation Period. I am a Pre-Tribulation Rapture person due to the strong evidence of God’s Word. By understanding Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy, and knowing that the 70th week is Jewish time, not Gentile time. When the Church is Raptured, the 70th week will then begin what is known as the time of Jacob’s Trouble or the Seven Year Tribulation.
The other reason I believe that the Rapture will happen before the Tribulation, is that God sent His only begotten Son Jesus to come to this earth to pay a price for all the sin in the world. Since Jesus paid the price in full for each and everyone of us, why would we, the church, have to go through the Tribulation Period? Some scriptures such as Revelation 3:10, I Thessalonians 1:10, and I Thessalonians 5:9 all refer to the Church not being subject to wrath, and they will be kept from the hour of testing which we call the time of Jacob’s Trouble.
Also, would a natural father have his child go through a great time of tribulation? I don’t think so. If not, why would our Heavenly Father who loves us, put us through a time of Great Tribulation?”
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, made the following famous and prophetical quote about the twentieth century:
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“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”
Was William Booth a prophet or what? This is one of my favorite all time quotations, and found on this blog site more than once.
Blessings, Pastor Steve
Jeremy Camp’s life was filled with suffering, prior to the ministry that has placed him in the public eye across the globe. His wife Melissa died on February 5, 2001. That was the springboard for his music ever since. Now one can sense pain and suffering as a theme in all of his music, yet he finds his strength in the Lord. His music is an autobiography. His mere presence on videos, pictures, appearances and songs connotes one who is like his Savior – “a Man of sorrows.” …or like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. Underlying his melancholy exterior, however, is a total inner peace and trust in his Lord. He is a marvelous reflection of our suffering Savior and the Lamb of God. Key the following link for his story:
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Jeremy Camp: Melissa’s Dying Wish
Melissa Camp’s Tribute Page
Interview: I Still Believe
Audra Smith Haney – 700 Club Producer
Award-winning musician, Jeremy Camp leads worship all over the world every year. Jeremy says his success was born out of a life filled with personal suffering. It began with his marriage to Melissa, a marriage Jeremy entered into knowing that the woman he loved was dying.
Jeremy remembers the day he met Melissa. He was leading worship for a church group in San Diego.
“I was singing and I looked up, and there was Melissa with her hands raised up so high. You could tell she was really worshipping Jesus,” remembers Jeremy. “I kind of joke around [now] and say, ‘I hit the wrong chords and sang a little flat.’ ”
After only a few months of dating, Jeremy was in love.
“I said, Melissa, I need to tell you something, ‘I love you.’ But she said, ‘I don’t feel the same way.’ ”
However a few months later, Jeremy received a call from Melissa, who gave him some devastating news. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”
“I remember walking into the hospital, and she had just found out she had cancer, and she was smiling. I was like, ‘Why is she smiling?’ ”
“She [Melissa] said, ‘I am doing okay, because I have been thinking, if I were to die from this cancer, if one person were to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it would all be worth it.’ ”
“I was driving home that night, and I was crying, and all these emotions were coming up again. I said, ‘Lord, if she tells me she loves me, I will marry her.’ I don’t even know why I said it. It was just God preparing my heart.”
Jeremy remembers, “So, about two weeks later, I got a phone call. She [Melissa] said, ‘I need to talk to you.’ She said, ‘I know now why God wanted it to be just me and Him because He wanted to prepare me for this. But I have been praying for you for a long time, and I wanted to let you know, ‘I love you.’ ”
“It was like, we both just knew. We just knew,” says Jeremy.
Five months later, Jeremy and Melissa wed. However, during their honeymoon, Melissa started having serious stomach pains.
“So, we got back to the doctor when the honeymoon was over and the doctors pulled me aside. They had done some tests on her. They said, ‘The cancer is back.’ So I was like, ‘What can we do?’ There is nothing else we can do. It is all over her body. The doctor told Melissa she had months, maybe weeks, to live.”
“I remember her [Melissa] saying, ‘Jeremy I just want to worship the Lord right now.’ So, of course, I would pull the guitar out. It’s those moments, and we had more of those moments, where it’s not about our circumstances when we worship the Lord. He is worthy to be praised no matter what we are going through.”
On February 5, 2001, at 21-years-old, Melissa died.
“I was on my knees and I remember her sister saying, ‘She is with Jesus now.’ A grief fell over me that I can’t describe. The weight of her suffering is over, but the grief is she’s gone. We always had worship music playing in the background. I remember the Lord speaking into my heart and saying, ‘Jeremy, I want you to stand up and worship me.’ I remember standing up and raising my hands.”
“That was such a good act of obedience for me, just saying, ‘Lord, I don’t want to do this, but I know this is why I am here.’ ”
“I remember not wanting to ask God, ‘Why,’ but I finally did, and God always spoke to me. He said, ‘Jeremy, I don’t always want you to know why, because I want you to have a testimony of walking by faith.’ And I had written that song previously on our honeymoon, Walk By Faith.”
“And I look at these songs that come from it, Walk by Faith and I Still Believe. I wrote two weeks after she went to be with the Lord,” says Jeremy. “I have seen story after story of God using this whole thing to show His faithfulness to encourage people. That blows my mind realizing that Melissa made that statement, that if even one person accepts Christ. I hear thousands and thousands of stories. I remember being on my face after that realization and God said, ‘Jeremy, ‘Remember.’ ”
“When I get distracted, when I lose sight of what is going on, God will say, ‘Look at how many thousands!’ ”
Today, Jeremy is re-married and his thriving ministry is shared with his new wife, recording artist Adrienne Camp.
“From that, you have the ministry of God bringing us together — Adrienne and I, and what we have together to minister to people. And from that, two beautiful girls, who have changed my life radically. My encouragement… .do not lose heart, because our affliction is just momentary and what He is preparing for us, what He has in store for us, it will blow us away.”
“Imagine no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain… and one day we will forever be with Jesus,” he says.
…his songs to follow-
China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day
Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and it is likely that few…will know the answer.
The average annual number of abortions in America currently is just under one million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people. But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.
Every year more unborn babies are killed in abortions in China…than anywhere else in the world. Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China. -LifeNews.com
Nike Making Islamic Clothing Line
After a year in the making, sports clothing company Nike is rolling out its new fashion line – Islamic friendly women’s wear that will cover customers from head to toe.
According to a report from the Independent, the fabric was made with “Middle Eastern temperatures in mind…” (townhall.com).
Companies are willing to go many miles in the wrong direction to pick up customers – as this story reveals.
What ever happened to good ethics and decency in the business world? -RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity
We can will to believe; and when we do, God enables us to exercise faith; and even as little as a grain of mustard seed exercised will move a mountain. -Vance Havner
Men and women of worldly anxieties, take this message with you. How long has God taken care of you? quarter of the journey of life? half of the journey of life? Can you not trust Him the rest of the way? -T. Dewitt Talmage
It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people. -Richard Henry Lee
I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity. -John Wesley
How humiliating to find that I am pained when I learn that N_ or M_ does not like my preaching yet am so calmed when all the alphabet for years rejected my Master’s message. -J.W. Alexander
Truth alone can stand the guns of criticism. -Herbert Hoover
Organizations without the Holy Spirit are like mills without power. Even a church that is thoroughly orthodox and accepts Biblical standards is as useless as are clouds without rain until endued with power from on high. -Charles Spurgeon
Course #4 – Intermediate Loneliness In a period of twenty four hours, Moses found himself isolated from every relationship that he ever enjoyed. One day he was a leader in the Pharaoh’s palace, the next day he led scorpions in the desert. God led Moses into the desert to teach him to lead. A leader is not a leader until he has learned to follow. God would not use Moses until Moses had learned to submit to God and to submit to His timetable. So Moses was alone. God, in His wisdom, at times will separate us from our normal network of family and friends. Isolation is an opportunity to get to know Him better.
Conclusion Moses felt like an absolute failure. He lost his career, status, reputation, family, friends and future. But he was not a failure. God took him aside to take some courses. These courses have to do with character development. God was not trying to ruin Moses. He was rebuilding him so that he could be used strategically. …And the people God loves to use most are those who have learned to depend completely upon Him. For many of us self-sufficient, confident types, that does not come easily. Our society is intoxicated with worldly success. But if you know Christ, you know that FAILURE IS THE BACKDOOR OF SUCCESS. God uses our failure to equip us for future success. Has God enrolled you in a Masters of Character Acquisition (M.C.A.) program? That is good company my friend. God does not enroll anyone, only those with a special work. When you graduate, there will be no ceremony, sheepskin diploma, class ring, and a cap and gown. But you will have the approval and certification of the Master Himself. …And God does not make any junk!
Failure is the backdoor of God turning you into a success, and fully equipping you for the Master’s use.
In Christ, Pastor Steve
Course #2 – Advanced Obscurity Moses went from the penthouse to the outhouse. A somebody to a nobody. Moses was overconfident. The remedy for overconfidence – obscurity. Midian is a barren area without restaurants, servants and chariots. It is a great place to learn obscurity. In 40 years of obscurity, solitude and quietness, God rebuilt Moses from the inside out. Illustrations- Elijah had his Tishbia and Beersheba, Jesus had His wilderness, and Paul had his Arabia. God still enrolls folks in Advanced Obscurity. As we frantically pursue the American Dream, we do not have time for this. That is why God steps in and changes our circumstances. Obscurity is tough, especially when you are in a hurry to climb the corporate ladder. But God wants you to climb the CHARACTER ladder. TRIALS build character. Perhaps it is an obscure job going nowhere; maybe it is an illness that knocked you down and took you from your routine. It is here, that God works on us. But we often do not understand what God is doing, and that leads to our next course:
Course #3 – Remedial Waiting Moses was nearly 40, and in a hurry to get with the program. Peter Marshall states: “We are in such a hurry that we hate to miss one panel of a revolving door.” You and I are in a hurry, and God is not. God does not fax character to us overnight. It takes a lot of time to build character. Can you believe God took 40 years to build character into the life of Moses? Most of us want character in 40 minutes. Moses was in a hurry to deliver his suffering countrymen, but he overlooked one thing – Character development comes before ministry. Perhaps you are waiting – for a promotion, to conceive a child, waiting for a business to turn around, waiting for employment, for a house to sell, etc., etc. We are right on His schedule. He is working on your character, molding it as He sees the need.
Introduction- At the age of 39, Moses was a man of power, prestige, education, wealth, and a career of unbelievable potential. He was worldly successful. At the age of 40, God called Moses to go back to school. He already had an Egyptian Bachelor of Arts, a Masters Degree, and a PhD as well. Moses lacked an MCA – a Masters in Character Acquisition. It is not an easy degree. People do not sign up for it; events lead to it. Events such as bankruptcy, divorce, moral failure, drug abuse, and major setbacks. It is a tough program consisting of four courses plus God’s electives that He selects. It took 40 years for Moses to graduate. Moses lived to be 120 years old. For his first 40 years he was an unqualified success, for the next 40 years he was an undisputed failure, and for his last 40 years he was fit for the Master’s use. After Moses was a worldly success, God enrolled him for a 40 year course at the University of Midian in the desert. The four courses he took were 1)Unemployment 101, 2)Advanced Obscurity, 3)Remedial Waiting, and 4)Intermediate Loneliness.
Course #1 – Unemployment 101 Moses was a scholar, statesman and a soldier. With these credentials, jobs come looking for you. Moses was a success. He had a Nile beachfront summer home. He was financially well off and living on cruise control. Sudden unemployment had to be a shock to the Golden Boy. He was stunned, hurt, wounded, embarrassed and humiliated. Unemployment 101 is a tough course to take, and attacks a man’s self worth. One has no idea how long this course is going to last. In most courses, you know when the midterm and final exams are coming….and then the class will be over. In Unemployment 101, the professor does not hand out a syllabus signifying the date of the class and the specific teachings. And that is the source of your suffering. How long is this trial going to last? Here is the good news about Unemployment 101. This challenging course will cause you to suffer, but it is the suffering that qualifies you for the ministry. You may think, “I am not in full time ministry!” But if you know Jesus Christ, then you are in the ministry…and it is the suffering that will equip you for the unique task that God has set aside specifically for you. He has not shelved you. He is simply retooling, and you are the tool.
I have no idea what additional proof one would need in order to discern that Rick Warren is a false prophet, pure and simple. He has the audacity to believe that the Purpose Driven movement is bringing in a New Reformation, hence as we follow this track, his thinking is that he is a modern day Martin Luther. To Rick, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Millenium are small potatoes, because like Ford, he has a better idea.
Perhaps he envisions himself as a Protestant Pope of some sort, and when he speaks “ex cathedra,” his words supersede Holy Writ. Rick’s time is spent hobnobbing with Muslim clerics, the Pope, various United Nations affiliates, involvement with a plethora of social concerns, meeting the leaders from all religions, and spending time with an additional assortment of political VIP’s throughout the world. (This sounds like a purely social “gospel” to…
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