Eschatology 32 ~ Why I Believe In A Pre Tribulation Rapture

This verse highlights God’s ideals when judging Sodom and Gomorrah.  It highlights the hermeneutical Law  (Principle) of First Mention.  God NEVER changes.  “I am the Lord and I change not.”  “I am the same yesterday, today and forever.”  He separated believers from unbelievers, and the righteous from the unrighteous at every judgment: The Flood Of Noah, Sodom And Gomorrah, and Rahab At Jericho.  The Tribulation Period will feature millions, and even billions of people of dying, as the Lord treads the wine press and unleashes His fury on a Christ rejecting world.  God’s word says “My judgment will be without mercy.”  Many Christians underestimate the fury that will be unleashed during the Great Tribulation.  The Bible calls it the period of Jacob’s trouble.  All hell will break loose on the planet earth, during this apocalyptic judgment.  If I would not wish this on my worst enemy (and I would not), then tell me why the Lord would break His own covenant of love and redemption for the body of Christ?  It simply does not add up.  This blog site has many scriptures that validate a Pre Tribulation rapture of the church; here is yet another:

 

Genesis 18:25  King James Version (KJV)

25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Genesis 18:25 is a universal proof text that God will never judge the sheep with the goats, the wheat with the tares, or the righteous with the wicked.

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A Word For Prognosticators, Speculators, And Date Setters…

Please STOP it!  I hear this nonsense every year at this time.  People take end times prophecy into their own hands, and tell folks that it will all happen in the next 30, 60 or 90 days.  No one appreciates the Biblical study of eschatology (end times prophecy) more than I, but the Bible affords absolutely no wiggle room or formula for date setters.  I teach in a local Bible Institute, and an occasional student will tell me that there is no need to plan on a final exam because the church will be gone by the time the test is due.  (Wishful thinking?)  Guess what?  They all took their final test.  Misguided folks will often align the rapture with the Day of Atonement or with the date(s) of one of the Jewish feasts from the book of Leviticus in late summer and early fall.  A few years ago, people had an erroneous fixation on the Mayan calendar.  More recently, Pope Francis has been the perceived centerpiece for the revelation of end times prophecy.  There is a new flavor(s) every year.  Nearly EVERYONE missed the date of Jesus’ first coming  except for Mary and Joseph and a handful of their relatives and friends.  A few shepherds received an announcement via an angelic visit, and the wise men came a year later.  Goodness gracious, to this day we do not know Jesus’ birth date in Bethlehem.  In reference to His soon return, the Bible warns us to always be ready and do NOT set dates:

 Matthew 24:36  New King James Version (NKJV)

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

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…And then there are those who CONTINUALLY tell us that in the next 60 to 90 days, the dollar will crash and global currency will take its’ place, Marshall Law will be declared, there will never be another president, get your survival food, guns and ammunition, a well for water, gold and a generator, and you had better be ready to meet the Lord because you have one quarter of a year to do so.  These dates are set time after time after time after time…  One does not win souls to Christ through panic!  Telling people “They better get right with the Lord, because it is all coming down the pike in the next three weeks,”  looks very foolish after twenty two days.  People are convicted of their sins and realize their need of a Savior by the Holy Spirit, not through threats.  Perhaps one ought to direct their focus on God through prayer for our nation and world, rather than continually pressing the panic button.  As a pastor for well over three decades, I have noticed that the Chicken Littles who are always screaming “The sky is falling,” are never in prayer meeting.  This speaks volumes about their focus and priorities.  “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.”   ~E.M. Bounds

Focusing on “doomsday,” instead of striking a spiritual chord about salvation with people, often makes  Christians appear fanatical.  Events are lining up that could enable the New World Order (NWO), but we do not know what God is going to do.  He may send us a windswept, nation wide revival, reminiscent of the “Jesus movement,” from the 1960’s and 1970’s.  I pray He does.  Prophecy is indeed exciting to study and to learn, especially as we realize the Lord’s return is immanent.  But there must be a healthy balance in our walk, and a realization that God is in charge over everything.  Trying to figure out truths known only to God is a deep pit where many people have fallen.  What is your source for spiritual truth, wisdom and understanding?  The Bible or the internet?  If you desire to be a soul winner, it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

When I was six years old, my father shared with me one of the most precious stories that I have ever heard, and I remember him telling me like it was yesterday.  It was the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”  I always remember the people who erroneously set dates that only God is aware of.  …And when they are wrong, do they display contrition?  Hardly.  They often “keep crying wolf,” and set another date.  The quintessential poster boy of date setters, doomsday prophet Harold Camping comes to mind.  Enough said.

In His Service, Pastor Steve

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Douglas Woodward And The Pre Tribulation Rapture Of The Church

Doug expounds on his interpretation of the rapture and the timing, but more importantly, he shares what our attitudes should be towards believers with other eschatological points of view:

 

 

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  • JUST ONE VERSE TO PROVE THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE? S.Douglas Woodward

    JUST ONE VERSE TO PROVE THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE?

    S.Douglas Woodward

    The Family Squabble Has Gotten Out of Control

    Allow me to begin this article with one heartfelt word:  *Sigh*

    There is so much debate right now between the various camps holding differing positions on the timing of the rapture, an outsider would look at the situation in the pre-millennial prophecy community and assume we are enemies rather than family.  You would think, based upon what has been said recently, we are forgetting that our adversaries are the teachings of antagonistic secular humanists, new age pantheists, and radical Muslims. That is a shame, for we are forgetting our prime directive given to us by Jesus and repeated by the Apostles Paul, John, and Peter:  to love one another as Christ loves His Church. “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” (I John 3:23) (See also John 13:24, 15:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:9; 1 Peter 3:8)  But this is plenty of vitriol within the family and accusations flying back and forth.  Passion and zeal have intermingled with dogmatic partisanship and the debate over the rapture flourishes again, hotter now than ever.

     

    Rapture and Resurrection — What is the timing of these events?

    To make it clear up front, I am predisposed toward a Pre-Trib point of view. I characterize myself in this way, not carelessly nor without respect for the other perspectives, for I have always been given to seeing another’s point of view.  As a teacher I do my best to encourage my students to develop their own point of view–to present the alternative teachings and study the scripture, THEN purpose that they make up their own mind.  I teach that way, not because there are many truths and one truth is as good as another, but because God gave each of us a mind and made us moral agents.

    There is no escaping the fact that we are responsible for what we choose to believe.  By studying for ourselves and asking for enlightenment from the Holy Spirit, we should form our beliefs and be able to give a reason for the hope that is within us.  “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)  Peter also teaches that no scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation (2 Peter 1:21) for the prophecies came from prophets moved by the Spirit of God, not by the will of men. They are God’s words and not open to interpretation. That being said–that there abides one truth and one right interpretation–in regard to the timing of the rapture, there remains plenty of room for God’s people to miss that right interpretation.  Mistaking what comprises the correct point of view can be because we don’t want to know the truth and we hide from the light of truth.  But in this squabble, we should not begin by assuming that those who disagree with us do so because they are being dishonest, seek to injure us, or lack earnestness to learn what the Bible teaches.

    Therefore, we should seek to work together to learn the singular, biblically correct interpretation and to do so in charity and humility.  We should not disparage those whose interpretation is different than ours, but to uphold them in prayer and fellowship even as we express our disagreement based upon our understanding of the scripture.

    But allow me to go further:  Those who disagree with our view on the rapture, and do so based upon their understanding of the Word of the Lord, are neither apostates nor heretics.  They are not uncaring nor unfaithful.  Pre-Tribbers are not escapists; Post-Tribbers are not masochists.  If pastors, they serve the Lord in good faith and teach in accordance to what they have learned.  To accuse those we disagree with with any of these motives constitutes a moral lapse on our part.  To be angry with them, to call them ignorant or unthinking comprises a serious sin which Christ solemnly warns us against. “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca (“Good-for-nothing”) shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matthew 5:22)  The time has come to place this insight and commandment of our personal point of view above what we deem constitutes doctrinal correctness.  We should stand up for what we believe, but not while we tear someone else down.  To do less, is to dishonor God who commanded we love one another and Him with all our heart, soul, and mind.

    A Frequent Charge Leveled Against the Pre-Trib Position

    Having presented the previous as my context for speaking on the topic, allow me to narrow my focus to just one matter:  whether there is a single verse that proves the Pre-Trib rapture interpretation of the resurrection and coming of Christ for His saints. It is indeed one of the arguments advanced against those who espouse the Pre-Tribulation rapture of the church, that we should be able to “name one verse that proves the Pre-Trib position is true.”  The argument obviously originates with a brother or sister (usually a brother!) that takes the view that the rapture happens right before the wrath of God is poured out on an unbelieving and unrepentant world, or one who believes that the rapture and the visible Second Coming of Christ happens immediately before (or maybe one 24-hour period before [1] the visible return of Christ to this earth.  Of course, these latter two views are the Pre-Wrath and Post-Trib point of view.  But the arguer when advancing his or her argument assumes that there isn’t one verse that by itself can prove the Pre-Trib position stands true.  Furthermore, the “arguer” assumes (wrongly I might add) that if there isn’t any single verse that clearly states the Pre-Trib position (and eschews the others), then, obviously, the doctrine of the Pre-Trib view must be wrong.  In other words, any doctrine worth its salt must have at least one, clearcut verse (not passage mind you, just a verse) that says explicitly, “Jesus Christ comes for His Church before the “Tribulation Period of the Last Days” commences.

    Lot Flees from the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

    The fact of the matter is that any doctrine worth its salt will indeed have several verses (that to those who believe the doctrine) seemingly offering substantial corroboration, as well as evincing whole passages that teach the doctrinal truth, as well as scores of hints and antitypes scattered throughout the scripture, and furthermore, will correspond and

    coordinate with other biblical doctrines.  Despite this being so, on the other hand, for the unbeliever in a doctrine, who has his or her mind made up “for good” and likely fears changing his or her mind for one of many reasons (some psychological, some prideful, some scriptural), the opposite will be true.  One verse won’t convince them, whole

    passages won’t convince them, antitypes  scattered throughout the Bible will be discounted, and other doctrines that could reinforce the doctrine in question will be dismissed as obviously unrelated if not totally antithetical to it.  Ladies and gentlemen:  That constitutes the way we humans are wired.  As the saying goes, once we have a horse in the

    race and the betting window closes, we are more than reluctant to give up on that horse.

    Three of those “Just One Verse” Verses

    With this as backdrop, allow me then as one who believes the Pre-Trib rapture has merit and is supported by scripture, to recite just a few verses that we who believe this way ascribe as scriptural evidence for our position.  For those who believe otherwise, these verses can be interpreted in such a way as to not support the Pre-Trib understanding.  That is a given.  Nevertheless, these few verses hold meaning to me to substantiate that the rapture comes before the time of great tribulation.  I will quote both the traditional King James version as well as the New English Translation (a more modern version but based on more numerous and more highly regarded Greek manuscripts) just to show that the meaning of the verses isn’t altered by moving from one version to another.  Then I will provide some very modest commentary just to make my point in this article.  Now, the three one-verse rejoinders:

    Luke 21:36–Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (KJV)

    But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (NET)

    Revelation 3:10--Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (KJV) Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.  (NET)

    1 Thessalonians 5:9–For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

    For God did not destine us for wrath but for gaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NET)

    As we read these verses, please understand they do not prove any of the rapture positions outright.  But they can support any of the positions, including the Pre-Trib position. There are antitypes in the Old Testament of being “kept from” (as in preserving–think of Noah and his family, or Daniel in the Lion’s Den) as well as rescued from (as in escaping--think of Lot and his daughters, or Rahab from Jericho).  These verses, all three, or any one support the Pre-Trib rapture.  But like other “single verses” that support other doctrines, they need to be read in light of the meaning of resurrection, the meaning of salvation, and God’s antitypes like the harpazo (or rapture) of Enoch and of Elijah.

    The Parousia–The Coming of the Lord

    The IVP Bible Background Commentary (New Testament) Craig S. Keener provides this same perspective in which any of the various views of the rapture can be supported, including the Pre-Trib point of view:

    Apocalypses sometimes prophesied special deliverance (i.e., protection) for the righteous in the coming times of hardship; the Old Testament also promised God’s faithfulness to his people in such times… Some texts (e.g., the Dead Sea Scrolls) spoke of the righteous being tested by the future time of suffering, although the motif of the righteous  being tested in sufferings in general was a common one (“Keep from” could mean “protect from” [cf.Rev 7:3; cf. Jn 17:15, the only other New Testament use of the construction] or “preserve from.”)  Revelation probably contrasts the wicked “earth dwellers” with the righteous “heaven dwellers”; apocalypses (like 4 Ezra, Similitudes of Enoch and 2 Baruch) also announce judgments on the “inhabitants of the earth.” [2]

    In regards to Luke 21:36, Keener points out the same perspective again:  the verse could easily support a Pre-Trib point of view, but one can’t be dogmatic about it.

    “Strength to escape” (v. 36) could refer back to the escape of verse (Luke 21:) 21 or to enduring the persecutions of verses 12-19; “standing before the Son of Man” may mean persevering or being presented triumphant before him. [3]

    When we come to the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, those who discount that this verse refers to the wrath of God described in Revelation’s “trials, vials and trumpets” argue that the salvation proclaimed here is soteriological  salvation–in short, being saved from God’s wrath in hell not from the wrath of God poured out on the “earth dwellers”

    in John’s apocalypse.  However, I disagree strongly on this point primarily because the entire context of Paul’s discourse relates to the day of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:2) coming as a thief to those who are “in the dark”.  Paul admonishes them that they are not living in the dark, but in the light.  They are children of the day so they WILL NOT be caught by surprise (so long as they live by faith, live soberly, put on the breastplate of righteousness, etc.). Whether they wake or sleep (5:10) they will live together with Christ.  The use of those terms, waking and sleeping, reminds us of Paul’s exquisite wording on the rapture and resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:51: “We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed.”   And likewise, his introduction to this passage from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “concerning them that have fallen asleep.”  At a future great day, the Lord will bring with him those that have fallen asleep, and “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

    From my point of view, the argument advanced against the Pre-Trib position (“there is not one verse that proves it”) is a two-edged sword.  There is no verse that disproves it unless it is taken out of context and detached from the rest of  biblical teaching. There are indeed many arguments pro and con:  And I believe all of those arguments can be adduced in support of or against any of the positions held on the timing of the rapture.  That doesn’t mean that they are all equally true; contrariwise, it does not mean that none of them are true.  One will be proven true.  And frankly, as we get closer and closer to the great tribulation of the last days the correct point of view will become rather obvious.  In the meantime, I believe we are called to continue to study the scriptures, listen intently to teachers representing any of the positions as long as they do not teach from envy or strife (1 Timothy 6:4, Philippians 1:15), and test our views making more sure the word of the Lord… and, especially as Paul and the Lord Jesus Himself said, that we are counted worthy to stand before the Lord, whether triumphant in heaven or valiant in the midst of persecution here on earth.  For in either case, the Lord Jesus will be with us and we will be with Him.  And, whether because of the refinement from earthly persecution or the glorification which comes as part of the heavenly parousia, the debate will be over–we will be together and living harmoniously in the knowledge of the truth.

    NOTES

    [1] There are those who believe the “Day of the Lord” (which most all scholars associate with the wrath of God and the Day of Judgment) is a literal 24-hour day.  I do not hold to that point of view.

    [2]  Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary–New Testament, Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic, see commentary of Revelation 3:10, pp. 736.

    [3] Ibid., p. 235.

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2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Special Edition

Donald Perkins  /  Mark Of The Beast

This message is from a wonderful preacher in Southern California who has been preaching the Gospel for thirty years.  Unlike the many other installations of the 2015 Orlando Prophecy Summit on this blog site, you can watch this message live.  You will never hear a finer preacher who makes the Gospel plain and easy to understand.  Donald is patient, speaks plainly, and will talk at length with anyone  in his spare moments who sees him at the conference.  Our son Matthew and I were at this seminar.  This special edition video is the same as 2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 8.  Enjoy…   Pastor Steve   <><

Evangelist Don Perkins and his beautiful wife, Marie, are both Spirit-filled and committed Christians. They reside in Southern California. He has been ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ for nearly thirty years and has been a guest speaker several times at our prophecy conferences.
He is an absolutely wonderful preacher and also a dear friend to Linda Church and Prophecy in the News. We have just started offering his DVD sets of messages for the first time. Watch below as he speaks the message of “The Mark of the Beast” from our 2015 Orlando Prophecy Summit.

 

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.

 

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!

The Last Days & The Anti Christ Spirit Lives Within Barack Obama

Amazingly, many Christians without knowing each other have come to the same conclusion that Barack Hussein Obama is/could be the Antichrist.  Watch the following videos.  Personally, I equate him as having the spirit of Antichrist, yet withhold judgment.  Many believe he is intentionally imploding the economy, so our nation will go bankrupt, and he can then institute martial law, and order people to receive the mark in order to buy or sell.  It has been suggested that our national deficit is actually 70 trillion rather than 18 trillion, since the government could be covering up and hiding the majority of the national debt.  Many believe his presidency will not cease, and he will progress into a nefarious global leader.

Here is a fascinating passage of scripture that refers to the Antichrist:  “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” (Daniel 7:25, KJV)  “Wearing out the saints and changing the laws” is what I find very intriguing.  The homosexual, sodomite, LGBT theme of his presidency, has indeed sanctified sodomy in the eyes of our government and even the world.  This is the first time this has happened in man’s history!  And he certainly is wearing out the saints with his apostate policies.  Do not forget, when he first came on the scene, he correctly stated that marriage was intended for  only a man with a woman.  Now consider his metamorphosis!

Note Obama’s Muslim faith, and his continual disparaging remarks about Jesus Christ and Christianity.  Note his attempts at rewriting history: 1) He said in his first inaugural speech:  “This is no longer a Christian nation.”  2) In classic dictatorial fashion, he has focused several times on addressing what he calls the “great influence of the Muslim faith on America.”  Our younger populace is primed for mass deception.  Bernie Sanders, a confirmed socialist, just won a Democratic primary in a major state (Michigan) over Hillary Clinton.  It seems to me that many people under forty are primed for a dictator.

Daniel 11:37 
King James Bible
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”  Some have concluded that the Antichrist may be a homosexual from this passage of scripture.

Suffice it to say at this point that I believe Barack Hussein Obama is evil, and pursued and achieved power in order to promote his wicked agenda.  Because of the unbelievable rebellion against God in the United States of America, the Lord has allowed this man to become president.  We received the leader we deserved.  Do I believe he is the Antichrist?  I believe he has the qualifications, but at this point in time I would never make such a bold assessment.  I am praying for revival in our nation for the sake of our children and grandchildren.  We may not deserve revival, but the Lord is full of mercy and slow to anger, and with Him, all things are possible.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

Pray For Revival In America!

 

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 30

Doug Stauffer  ~  Interview With Hagmann & Hagmann

Doug Hagmann and his son Joe Hagmann interviewed Doug Stauffer.  Doug Stauffer is a Bible student and Bible prophecy expert and has a website Bibledoug.com  He has written over ten books.  His latest DVD is God’s wrath verses the pre-tribulation rapture.  The Hagmann’s set up the interview to question Doug Stauffer about a pre-tribulation rapture.

Why is the timing of the rapture (pre, mid, post) so divisive?  If you go to the Bible with a private interpretation, you can make it say whatever you want it to say.  The point is, there is no private interpretation, there is only one truth, and it is our job to find that.  We must work and keep studying to find truth and answers.

What is God’s wrath verses Satan’s wrath?  God’s wrath is the Day of the Lord in Revelation 6, the great day of His wrath.  The trumpet and vial judgments in Revelation are God’s wrath.  God takes the church home prior to the Great Tribulation, and Satan intervenes directly with Israel (the abomination of desolation) through the Antichrist, the Beast and the False Prophet.

What is the Tribulation Period?  Deuteronomy 4:29 expounds on the Tribulation Period as does Daniel 9:24-27 which is called the 70 weeks of Daniel.  The Tribulation Period is the time of Jacob’s Trouble.  God will take away Israel’s sins one day.  God will also take away their blindness at the end of the church age (Romans 11:25).  In the church age, we are to provoke Israel to jealousy.  When Satan desecrates the temple (abomination of desolation), the Israelites will turn to God as a nation.  (The Jews worship the temple, they do not worship the true God of the temple).  They will flee into the mountains for the last three and one half years for protection.  Israel will realize that Jesus is the Messiah after the church is taken out of the way.

God’s wrath verses the pre-tribulation rapture.  What is God’s wrath verses the pre-tribulation rapture?  Are we going to escape God’s wrath only, or will we be taken prior to the Tribulation Period?  The church will be raptured PRIOR to the Tribulation Period because all of God’s focus will return to Jacob.  It is the time of Jacob’s Trouble, it is Daniel’s 70th week, it is the time of His chosen people, His city is Jerusalem, it is the Jews, and it has nothing to do with the church.

At the rapture, God will resurrect all the bodies of the believers who died, and then they will meet their souls.  We who are alive will be raised in the twinkling of an eye.  The Bible says very clearly that all Christians who live faithfully will suffer tribulation before the Great Tribulation.  “All who live Godly in Christ will suffer persecution.”  (II Timothy 3:12)  The church will focus on Christ even more so as the Tribulation gets closer.

How will the media explain the rapture?  Rejecters of Christ will be sent strong delusion that they shall believe a lie that they may all be damned who have pleasure in unrighteousness.  They will believe the lie.  The media will spin the story and dupe people because they want to be duped.  ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN will fool everyone with a lie.  If one rejects Jesus Christ and the Gospel, they will not fall on their face before God.  People will believe the strong delusion and the lie.  God will provide them with a lie because ONCE THE CHURCH AGE IS PAST, GOD’S LONGSUFFERING IS FINISHED.  Matthew 24:4 tells us that people will believe in false Christs.  There will be great deception.

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