. The Rapture Answering the Critics With
Indisputable Proof !!!
The Rapture Answering the Critics This generation of Catholics are full of scoffers, mocking the prophesied return of Jesus Christ to Planet Earth. This is as the great Apostle Peter foretold it would be at the end of the age of grace (Church Age): Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (2 Pet. 3:3-4). Gods prophecies are 100 percent accurate, so it doesnt surprise in the least that there is the scoffing and mocking today, exactly as one of Gods prophets said there will be as time nears the Lords return. Many signals are occurring simultaneously, and with phenomenal frequency and intensity, pointing to where we are on Gods prophetic timeline. Chief among these are all of the geopolitical dynamic intrigues surrounding the nation Israel Gods prophetic timepiece. The sneering at the thought that there could possibly be a rapture just throws fuel on the fire of the end-of-days deluge the end that is coming in with a flood of last-days indicators as foretold by Daniel the prophet: And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined (Dan 9:26).
Common-Sense Reasons for Believing in the Pretribulation Rapture
The World Test
That Old-Time Religion
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
The Church Would Rebuke the Antichrist
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 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.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Jesus warned us in the scriptures, "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." (Luke 21:36) The word "Escape" used here in the Bible is the Greek word "Ekpheugo" meaning to take out of time & place.
Prophecy On Fast Forward!!!!!!!!Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilence in various places and fearful events and great signs from Heaven. (Luke 21:10-11)Wow! Do things seem to be heating up or what? Earthquakes and a tsunami causing nuclear meltdown in Japan, a new war in Libya, (where the US curiously finds itself edging toward fighting on the same side with al Qaeda and Hezbollah) serious civil disorder throughout the Moslem Middle East, the Palestinians preparing to unilaterally declare statehood in September DIVIDING JERUSALEM with growing European and UN support, and Israel threatening to take some unspecified unilateral action of their own if that happens! The rockets and missiles are flying into Israel again, and theres talk in Israel of another Gaza invasion, perhaps as early as this spring!A video recently released from Iran showed officials there announcing that this is just whats supposed to happen right before al Mahdi arrives. According to Islamic prophecies, this so-called Islamic anti-Christ will return to Earth during a time of great chaos to restore peace and reorganize the world under an Islamic Caliphate. 7 years later the world will be judged.In the US, the congress is heading for an economic showdown that could result in temporarily shutting off revenue to the government. Food and fuel prices are rising aggressively, and Walmarts CEO has confirmed that the price of clothing and other essentials is sure to follow. Housing sales are at the lowest levels ever recorded and 2011 promises to set a new record for foreclosures. Personal wealth is down almost 25% from 3 years ago, most Americans are living week to week, and record numbers of capable people are unable to find full time employment consistent with their skills. One out of seven Americans is already enrolled in the food stamp program due to their inability to purchase sufficient food without help and experts say the trend of increasing prices and actual shortages will continue for years.The 50 states, which by law have to balance their budgets every year, are finding it more and more difficult to do so. It is now believed that many of them knowingly agreed to wage and benefits packages for employee unions that theyd eventually be unable to pay, and that situations like the one in Wisconsin will soon become more numerous. Other states are finding it impossible to continue extending benefits to illegal aliens that were designed to help American citizens.The policies of the man we elected by a wide majority just two years ago seem to be designed to confiscate the wealth of most Americans and put an end to Americas super power status by eliminating what little value our currency still has. More and more experts are warning us to be prepared for the hyper-inflation thats sure to come when the rest of the world decides to stop lending us the money we need to fund our deficits. Already 70% of it is coming out of thin air, courtesy of the Federal reserve.The claim that the protestors in the Middle East are only seeking western style democracy is pure fiction! Theyre protesting against the same economic conditions that will soon prevail in the US! The result here will be the same as there, and its not far off! According to competent observers, protests against food shortages and rising unemployment will begin to erupt in the US by this time next year, if not sooner!Whats most amazing to me is the fact that so many people from all over the political and religious spectrum are looking for this year or next to bring events that will change things forever. Whether its the Islamic Caliphate, a New World Order, the Age of Aquarius, the Rapture of the Church, or whatever, these viewpoints all foresee rough times in the months ahead but promise a happy ending for their followers.What Does The Holy Bible Say?Of course, the Bible tells us that only the Church has a right to be excited about the future. Thats because the worse things get in the world, the closer we are to being relocated to our permanent home.On this issue we have the promise of One who cannot lie and has a 6,000 year track record of predicting and fulfilling prophecy without a single miss. This is a claim no other so called deity can make.God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.(Isaiah 46:10)This is one of Gods signature statements in the Holy Bible and Hes backed it up with His own performance.I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. (Isaiah 48:3)He did this to prove to Israel and to us that He is who He claims to be. But some will say, Thats all in the past. What about the future?His response is in Isaiah 48:6. You have heard all these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.If He staked His reputation on accuracy and honesty in the Old Testament, would He do any different in the New? Hebrews 13:8 says Hes the Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever! And what has He promised us about the signs that the End of the Age is upon us?Speaking of the conditions I described at the beginning of this article our Lord said, When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28)The End Times signs are Warnings to the unbelieving world that Gods patience is at an End and Judgment is coming! But for us theyre signals that were about to begin a new life filled with joy and excitement we cant begin to imagine. It will surely be a little rocky in the process, but we have to remember that even though birth pangs make both mother and baby uncomfortable, they end in the joyful beginning of a new life. It wasnt by accident the the Lord referred to the signs of the times in that way. Since our new life is not on Earth, that means the beginning of the End Times signs He mentioned indicates well be leaving soon!In my Fathers house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:2-3)The most reliable indicator that Jesus is coming back for us is that He left. And notice He didnt say He was coming here to be with us where we are, as would be the case if He had the Second Coming in mind!!! He said He was coming to take us there to be with Him where He is!!!He was referring to the Rapture!!!I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. (Rev. 3:8,10)The Greek word translated from literally means out of or away from. It includes time, place and cause. Hes going to remove us from the time and place of the hour of trial because were not the cause of it.This same Greek word is used in Revelation 7:14 where an elder tells John that the multitude he has seen before the Throne of God in Heaven is made up of people who have come out of the Great Tribulation. Since the Great Tribulation doesnt begin until Rev. 13, some have been confused by this. Understanding that the Greek word translated out of means to be removed from both the time and place of the event being referenced eliminates the confusion.In effect the elder is saying theyve come to heaven before the Great Tribulation begins. They missed the rapture, which will have happened a few chapters earlier (Ch 4), so theyre not part of the Church. They are post-church believers who will have lost their lives during the seal judgments (Rev. 6:8)I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown (Rev. 3:11).The crown Hes referring to here is the crown of righteousness that will be awarded to those who long for His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8). Hes saying, Dont lose heart. I promised Id come for you and I will.There are lots of other Biblical proofs of the Pre-Trib Rapture and Ive written about them many times in the past. My goal here was just to highlight some of the promises Jesus made to us Himself and to re-enforce our belief that based on past performance, our faith in these promises is justified beyond any doubt!Therefore, we have no reason to fear the difficult days ahead and theres no justification for uncertainty about the future, because our destiny is guaranteed by God Himself. It is He who makes us stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Cor. 1:21-22). We have His promise on that! You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah!
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SUPER SIGN-MORE PROOF ISRAEL = IS REAL
(Hence 2nd Coming Close, Hence Rapture Near)
When God says, "for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants Forever " (Genesis 13:15), He must mean "Forever"!!! He told Jeremiah when this "Forever" would cease:>>>>>>>
"If this fixed order [of the moon and stars] departs from before Me," declares the Lord, "Then the offspring of Israel also will cease From being a nation before Me forever." Thus says the Lord, "If the heavens above can be measured And the foundations of the earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done," declares the Lord. " (Jeremiah 31:3637)
Join me & millions of Real True Believing Roman Catholics, obedient under the authority of Peter, in supporting Israel-"Forever"!!!!!!!! God Truly says "Israel Is Real Hundreds of Times in the Holy Bible!!! We Pray That RealCatholicTV get REAL!!!!!!!! Why would people be leaving our Holy Roman Catholic Church in droves except that the Church is failing to teach and show the people that the Catholic faith is Real, Yesterday Today & Forever!!!!!!!! Israel is The Super Sign of our day that God's Action is Now! In our day! God's promised work with Israel can be plainly seen!!! There is no excuse not to believe, fall on our knees and worship Jesus, Yeshua, The Christ & King of kings and Lord of lords. He is coming back soon!!!!!!!! Israel Is Real !!! Israel is the last Super Sign before His wondrous appearing!!! Wake Up!!! (Romans 13:11)
*Reference: The Exact Date Israel Became A Nation Is Easily Calculated From The Scriptures Using Ezekiel 4:4-8 & Leviticus 26:18,21,24+28. Take The Penalty(390>Israel's Punishment + 40>Judah's Punishment=430 Years, Subtract 70 Years, Since These Were The Years Already Served By Israel While In Babylonian Captivity. Total Then = 360 Years. Multiply 360 Times Seven (As We Are Instructed To Do Repeatedly Here In Leviticus), Remember Our Total Is Now 2,520 Years Of Punishment Remaining For Israel. Now Add The 2,520 Years To The Year & The Month Of Nisan In Which Israel's Babylonian Captivity By King Cyrus Ended(Nehemiah 2:1), Which Is Our Point Of Reference From The Bible. Wow, This Will Bring Us To Hebrew Year 5708 & The Exact Date Israel Became A Nation! But This Means Little To Westerners Who Go By The Gregorian Calendar. Hey. This Date Is May 14th 1948!
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Clearly "Eating Drinking Marrying" is a different time then when Jesus comes to our planet filled with the darkness, death and destruction of
Your Holiness & Your Eminence,Let us carefully dissect what Jesus predicts for the times just ahead! I boldly say with confidence that Jesus has told us the future from this moment forward! I am convinced His words are speaking to this generation at this very hour! Listen to Jesus' prophesy in the Luke 17:26-30 that in the days He, the Son of man, is about to break into earths history, mankind will be doing certain things. It will be a time like the days of Noah before the Flood and the days of Lot while he was still in Sodom.People, the Lord said, will be eating, drinking, marrying, building, buying, selling, and planting. Things will be going along pretty much as normal for the time. The Lord indicates no catastrophic, worldwide socioeconomic breakdown of any sort in this time immediately before the Son of man is revealed (Luke17:30)the time He breaks into human history.This time cannot be the Second Advent of Revelation 19:11. At the time the Lord of Lords and King of Kings breaks through the planetary darkness of death and destruction at Armageddon, perhaps as many as three-fourths of all people on earth will have died as a result of wars, pestilence, and geophysical disasters brought about by Gods judgment and wrath upon an incorrigibly wicked, unrepentant world of earth-dwellers.In other words, planet earths living conditions at the time of Christs return in power and glory at Armageddon will not be anything like living conditions at the time of His intervention into human affairs as He describes in the days of Noah, days of Lot prophecy. At the end of the seven-year Tribulation period, it will be anything but business as usual. It will truly be hell on earth when Jesus comes to destroy all human government and the soul-rending carnage it has produced.So, Jesus, in the Luke 17 account, was foretelling the days leading up to the time when He calls His church to Himself"His church" meaning all Awake Catholic as well as our separated Christian born-again believers who have lived and died during the Church Age (Age of Grace). This is known as the Rapture. To learn more about this stupendous event, read 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, John 14:1-3, and Revelation 4:1-2.To repeat, Jesus was not describing His coming back to earth in the Luke 17:26-30 prophecy. He was telling about His coming to above the planet to receive His peopleCatholics, and separated Christiansto Himself. The Church, which will then will accompany Him back to the heavenly places He has prepared for them in the Fathers househeaven.YES! Jesus is telling us aboutIm convincedthis very hour in which you and I inhabit planet earth!!!M.J.The 70 Weeks Of DanielMany believe that Daniel 9:24-27 is the most important passage of prophecy in all of Scripture. Almost every mistake Ive run across in studying the various interpretations of End Times Prophecy can be traced back to a misunderstanding of this passage. Lets begin the year with an updated and expanded study of this important prophecy.Before plowing into it well back up a little and review the context. Daniel was an old man, probably in his eighties. Hed been in Babylon for nearly 70 years and knew from reading the recently completed scroll of Jeremiahs writings (specifically the part we know as Jeremiah 25:8-11) that the 70-year captivity God had ordained for Israel was just about over (Daniel 9:2).The reason for the captivity had been Israels insistence upon worshiping the false gods of their pagan neighbors. Its duration of 70 years came from the fact that for 490 years they had failed to let their farmland lie fallow one year out of every seven as God had commanded in Leviticus 25:1-7. The Lord had been patient all that time but finally had sent them to Babylon to give the land the 70 years of rest that were due it. (2 Chron. 36:21)The beginning of Daniel 9 documents Daniels prayer, reminding the Lord that the 70 year time of punishment was nearly over and asking for mercy on behalf of his people. Before he could finish his prayer, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and spoke the words that we know as Daniel 9:24-27. Lets read the whole thing to get the overview and then take it apart verse by verse.Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your Holy City to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy. Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until The Anointed One the Ruler comes there will be seven weeks and sixty two weeks. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench but in times of trouble. After the sixty two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off and have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue till the end and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. In the middle of the week he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation until the end that is decreed is poured out on him (Daniel 9:24-27).No prophecy in all of Scripture is more critical to our understanding of the end times than these four verses. A few basic clarifications are in order first, then well interpret the passage verse by verse. The Hebrew word translated weeks (or sevens) refers to a period of 7 years, like the English word decade refers to a period of 10 years. It literally means a week of years. So 70 weeks is 70 X 7 years or 490 years. This period is divided into three parts, 7 weeks or 49 years, 62 weeks or 434 years, and 1 week or 7 years. Lets begin.Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your Holy City to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy (place) (Daniel 9:24).Sitting upon His heavenly throne, God decreed that six things would be accomplished for Daniels people (Israel) and Daniels Holy City (Jerusalem) during a specified period of 490 years. (Ive inserted the word place after Holy at the end of the verse to clarify the fact that it refers to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.)We should be aware that in Hebrew these things read a little differently. Literally, God had determined to;1. restrict or restrain the transgression (also translated rebellion)2. seal up their sins (as if putting them away in a sealed container)3. make atonement (restitution) for their iniquity4. bring them into a state of everlasting righteousness5. seal up (same word as #2) vision and prophecy6. anoint (consecrate) the most Holy place (sanctuary)In plain language, God would put an end to their rebellion against Him, put away their sins and pay the penalties they had accrued, bring the people into a state of perpetual righteousness, fulfill the remaining prophecies, and anoint the Temple. This was to be accomplished through their Messiah (Jesus) because no one else could do it. Had they accepted Him as their savior their rebellion against God would have ended. Their sins would have all been forgiven, and the full penalty paid for them. They would have entered into a state of eternal righteousness, all their prophecies would have been fulfilled and the rebuilt temple would have been consecrated. It should be noted here that although it appears to have been accepted by Him, God never dwelt in the 2nd Temple, nor was the ark of the covenant and its mercy seat ever present therein.Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until The Anointed One the Ruler comes there will be seven weeks and sixty two weeks. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench but in times of trouble (Daniel 9:25).Here is a clear prophecy of the timing of the First Coming. When this message was given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel, Jerusalem had lain in ruin for nearly 70 years and the Jews were captive in Babylon. Counting forward for 62 + 7 periods of 7 years each (a total of 483 years) from a future decree giving the Jews permission to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, they should expect the Messiah.To avoid confusion, its important to distinguish the decree that freed the Jews from their captivity from the one that gave them permission to rebuild Jerusalem.When he conquered Babylon in 535BC Cyrus the Persian immediately freed the Jews. It had been prophesied 150 years earlier in Isaiah 44:24-45:6 and was fulfilled in Ezra 1:1-4. But according to Nehemiah 2:1 the decree to rebuild Jerusalem was given in the first month of the 20th year of his reign by King Artaxerxes of Persia (March of 445 BC on our calendar, about 90 years later). Exactly 483 years after that decree the Lord Jesus rode in to Jerusalem on a donkey to shouts of Hosanna! It was the only day in His life that He permitted His followers to proclaim Him as Israels King, fulfilling Daniels prophecy to the day! The Hebrew in Daniel 9:25 calls Him Messiah the Prince, denoting the fact that He was coming as the Anointed Son of the King and was not yet crowned King Himself.In Luke 19:41-45, Jesus reminded the people of the specific nature of this prophecy. As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peacebut now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of Gods coming to you. He held them accountable for knowing Daniel 9:24-27.A few days later He extended that accountability to those who would be alive in Israel during the End Times. So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniellet the reader understand then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matt 24:15-16) They will also be required to understand Daniel 9. His Holiness & His Eminence must begin teaching this to those in Israel!!!After the sixty two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off and have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue till the end and desolations have been decreed (Daniel 9:26).First came 7 sevens (49 years) and then 62 sevens (434 years) for a total of 69 sevens or 483 years. The Hebrew word for Anointed One is Mashaich (Messiah in English). At the end of this 2nd period their Messiah would be cut off, which means to be executed or literally destroyed in the making of a covenant, having received none of the honor, glory and blessing the Scriptures promised Him.Make no mistake about it. Jesus had to die so these 6 promises could come true. No one else in Heaven or on Earth could accomplish this. We can only imagine how different things would have been if they had accepted Him as their Messiah and let Him die for their sins so He could bring them into everlasting righteousness with His resurrection. But of course God knew they wouldnt, so He had to do things the hard way.Do you realize what that means? It wasnt killing the Messiah that put the Jews at odds with God. After all He came to die for them. No. Its that in killing Him, they refused to let His death pay for their sins so He could save them. This had the effect of making His death meaningless to them. Thats what severed the relationship.Because of that, we now get the first hint that all would not go well. Following the crucifixion the people of a ruler yet to come would destroy Jerusalem and the Temple, the same Temple that God decreed would be consecrated. The Israelites would be scattered abroad and peace would elude the world.We all know that Jesus was crucified and 38 years later the Romans put the torch to the city and the Temple destroying both. Surviving Jews were forced to flee for their lives and in the ensuing 2000 years I dont believe a single generation has escaped involvement in a war of some kind.After the crucifixion something strange happened: The Heavenly clock stopped. 69 of the 70 weeks had passed and all that was prophesied to happen during those 483 years had come to pass but there was still one week (7 years) left. There are hints in the Old Testament that the clock had stopped several times before in Israels history when for one reason or another they were either under subjugation or out of the land. And in the New Testament were also given hints that while God is dealing with the Church, time ceases to exist for Israel (Acts 15:13-18). But the clearest indication of the stopped clock is that the events foretold in Daniel 9:27 simply havent happened yet.He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. In the middle of the week he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation until the end that is decreed is poured out on him(9:27).Its vital to our understanding of the End Times that we realize two things here. First, the Age of Grace didnt follow the Age of Law, it merely interrupted the Age of Law seven years short of its promised duration. These seven years have to be completed for God to accomplish the six things the angel listed in verse 24 for Israel.And second, the Age of Grace was not the next step in the progression of Gods overall plan, but was a deviation from it. Once the rapture comes, nothing like the Age of Grace will ever happen again (Ephes. 2:6-7). Even when Israel accepts the New Covenant, as Jeremiah 31:31-34 promises, they wont enjoy the same benefits the Church has enjoyed. The relationship the Church has with the Lord will never be repeated with any other group. Ever.But before we try to understand the 70th week lets review a rule of grammar that will help make our interpretation correct. The rule is this: Pronouns refer us back to the closest previous noun. He, being a personal pronoun, refers to the closest previous personal noun, in this case the ruler who will come. So a ruler who will come from the territory of the old Roman Empire will confirm a 7 year covenant with Israel that permits them to build a Temple and re-instate their Old Covenant worship system. 3 1/2 years later he will violate the covenant by setting up an abomination that causes the Temple to become desolate, putting an end to their worship. This abomination brings the wrath of God down upon him and he will be destroyed.The most obvious way in which we know these things havent happened is that the Jewish Old Covenant worship system requires a Temple and there hasnt been one since 70 AD when the Romans destroyed it.Some say this prophecy was fulfilled during the Roman destruction but most believe its yet future, partly because of the term Abomination that causes Desolation. Its a specific insult to God that has happened only once previously. Antiochus Epiphanes, a powerful Syrian king, had attacked Jerusalem and entered the Temple area in 168BC. There he had sacrificed a pig on the Temple altar and erected a statue of the Greek god Zeus with his own face on it. He then required everyone to worship it on pain of death. This rendered the Temple unfit for worshiping God and so incensed the Jews that they revolted and defeated the Syrians. This is all recorded in Jewish history (1st Maccabees) where its called the Abomination of Desolation. The subsequent cleansing of the Temple is celebrated to this day in the Feast of Hanukkah.Paul warned us that in the latter days a world leader will become so powerful that he will exalt himself above everything that is called god or is worshiped and will stand in the Temple proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thes 2:4). In Rev 13:14-15 were told that hell have a statue of himself erected and require everyone to worship it on pain of death. In Matt 24:15-21 Jesus said that the Abomination that causes Desolation spoken of by Daniel will kick off the Great Tribulation, a period of time 3 1/2 years long that coincides with the last half of Daniels 70th week. The similarities between this coming event and the one from history being so obvious, most scholars are persuaded that one points to the other since nothing in the intervening years fits so completely.Soon And Very SoonA new leader will soon emerge on the scene, a man with great personal charisma. Following a devastating war in the Middle East hell present a plan to restore peace, by which he will quickly captivate and control the world. Since all true believers will have recently disappeared from Earth in the rapture of the Church, hell have no trouble persuading most remaining inhabitants that he is the promised Messiah, the Prince of Peace. He will astound and amaze them all with feats of diplomacy and conquest, even performing the supernatural.When he claims to be God, all hell will break loose on Earth and 3 1/2 years of the most terrible times mankind has ever known will threaten their very existence. But before theyre all destroyed the real Prince of Peace will return and overthrow this impostor. He will set up His kingdom on earth, a kingdom that will never be destroyed or left to another.Having given His life to finish transgression, put an end to sin, atone for wickedness and bring in everlasting righteousness, and having fulfilled all Biblical vision and prophecy, He will anoint the most Holy Place and receive all the honor, glory and blessing the Scriptures promise Him. Israel will finally have her Kingdom back and will live in peace with God in her midst forever. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.When Will the Rapio-Latin, Harpazo-Greek, Occur??? WhyWe Will Know The Time For The Rapture Is About ToHappen!!! The Stage Is Nearly Set!!!When Will the Rapture Occur?Q) When is the Rapture going to occur? What will be the timing in relation to the Tribulation?To answer this simple Bible question, Michael Surwin and I on a Christ in Prophecy television episode interviewed Dr. Ron Rhodes. Dr. Rhodes is the founder and director of Reasoning From the Scriptures Ministries. With nearly 50 books penned and decades of public teaching, he is an expert on the Bible. As a former "Bible Answer Man," he specializes in easy to understand answers to the really tough questions about the Bible and the defense of the Scriptures.I know that the Rapture of the Catholic Church and seperated believers is going to happen before the Tribulation, and there's a number of reasons why I teach that.I'd say the most important reason is that the Church has no purpose for being in the Tribulation. The Scriptures clearly define the purpose of the Tribulation and I know that it's two-fold: there's going to be a judgment on unbelieving nations and there's also going to be a purging of Israel.The Church has no business even being in the Tribulation. Now, that's aside from the fact that there's not a single verse dealing with the Tribulation in the Old Testament that mentions the Church. There's not a single verse in the New Testament dealing with the Tribulation that mentions the Church.We are told in 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 as well as 1 Thessalonians 5:9 that the Catholic Church is not appointed to wrath. That is one of the reasons why I know that God is going to take the Church out of the world prior to the time of wrath which is coming upon the world. I also know this is related to Revelation 3:10 where the Church has promised deliverance from the actual time period of testing that is going to come upon the earth.One of my favorite verses is John 14:1-3, which I know does not fit a Post-Tribulation scenario at all. Jesus says, "I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." In other words, Jesus is going to take Catholics and separated believers back to Heaven. That doesn't fit the Post-Tribulation scenario which says that they all stay on the earth.Imminence is absolute. That's the assumption that is always present. There's nothing that needs to take place before the Rapture of the Catholic Church and separated believers. It could happen at any moment! But, there are many events that must take place before the Second Coming. If you had a nice little calendar you could pretty much tell when Christ was going to come again. You could watch, for example, when the Antichrist signs the peace pact with Israel in Daniel 9:27 and do a countdown of seven years, which is also called the Seventieth Week of Daniel!When we're talking about the Rapture, we don't see signs that are prophesied prior to that event. So you see, it is an imminent event! It's something that could happen at any moment! If it were not imminent then many scriptures would not fit.The Bible teaches about the Rapture of the Catholic Church and separated believers. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 speaks of an event called "the Rapture", Latin "rapio," Greek "harpazo," which means "to catch up, to snatch away, or to take out." "After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."Paul states that the concept of the Rapture is meant to encourage believers during this Age (1 Thes. 4:18). Other references on the Rapture are Isa. 26:19-21; Mal. 3:17; Jn. 14:1-14; I Cor. 15:51-58; and 1 Thes. 4:13-18.There will be a Pre-Tribulation Rapture because the Catholic Church and separated believers are not destined to endure God's judgment on the world, as promised in 1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9; Rom. 5:9; Eph. 5:6; Col. 3:4; and Rev. 3:10.A great explanation that points to the timing of the Rapture comes from Jesus in the Parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25. This story is about the Bride of Christ (the Church of 2 Cor. 11:2) being prepared for the Rapture and Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Jesus). This parable goes with what Jesus stressed in His teachings concerning end times. Over and over He told His disciples to be ready for His return at any moment (Matt. 24:44). Jesus used the Parable of the Ten Virgins to illustrate this point.Five virgins were not ready when the bridegroom came and were thus left behind. "Be on the alert, then," Jesus warned, "for you do not know the day nor the hour" (Matt. 25:1-13). On another occasion, Jesus put it this way, "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight... for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect" (Lk. 12:35, 40). And, while the virgins left behind may have a form of godliness, they are not saved and so are not qualified to be members of the Church, and are therefore not ready to be included in the Rapture.Jesus also says in Luke 21:36, "Watch Ye therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE (Ekphuego-Greek-taken out of a time & place) all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." For God hath not appointed us to Wrath. (1Thes 5:9)Evidences of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture also come from Paul who comforted the Church of Thessalonica in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 when he wrote, "Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come." The church there was concerned that they had missed the Rapture and were living in the Tribulation. Paul assures them in verse 3 to "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction." In other words, they'd know if they were living in the Tribulation.The only hope that comforts someone staring into the face of the horrors of the Tribulation is that they would not have to endure it. These words from Paul and in 1 Thes. 4:18 provide that very encouragement and hope of the Lord rapturing the Church beforehand.Why We Will Know The Rapture Is About To HappenEcclesiastes 8:5,"Who so keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns
both time and judgment."
Daniel 12:9-10 after God told Daniel "to go thy way for the words are closed up
and sealed till the time of the end," He further said through Daniel that "none of the wicked
will understand, but the wise shall understand."I Thes. 5:2-5 where God says,2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as
travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
Revelations 3:3 where we read,3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If
therefore you shall not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and you shall not know
what hour I will come upon thee.This clearly infers that if we do
"watch," then we will know the "hour" and time.
Amos in chapter 3 verse 7 which states, "Surely the Lord God
will do nothing, but He reveal His secret unto His servants the prophets." This tells us that
God does not bring major judgments of destruction without first revealing them to His
servants the prophets through whom God then uses to warn the people with an exact time
for destruction so that the people might repent and be saved. This shows how loving and
merciful God really is! As God says, "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that
the wicked turn from his way and live" (Ez. 33:11).
Did not Noah know when the flood would come? Yes, it was inferred by God since the animals were coming and loading in pairs and then finally a little while before Noah was instructed to close the door. God revealed the exact time for the flood to His servant the prophet Noah
when He told Noah, "And yet seven days and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days
and forty nights," who in turn declared it to the people. But God also revealed the exact time
for the destruction of the city of Nineveh as recorded in the Old Testament book of Jonah, and
he revealed the exact time for the destruction of the cities Sodom and Gomorrah as recorded in
the Old Testament book of Genesis. In the case of Nineveh, God declared to the Ninevites
through His servant the prophet Jonah in chapter 3:4, "yet 40 days and Nineveh will be
destroyed." We see both the element of time and of judgment. And, in the case of Sodom and
Gomorrah, God again told His servant the prophet Abraham exactly when the destruction
would come. "And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do" (Gen.
18:27). So once Again we see both the elements of time and judgment given before major
judgments in history.Now given what we have learned, if the examples and patterns of how God acted when He
brought judgments in the past is by revealing to His people both the exact time and
judgment, why would He not reveal both the exact time and judgment to His people in
the present? Obviously, logic dictates that He would. And this is what we have already
found again and again, which gives further support for our conclusion. And this up girding of
our conclusion that we can know the day and hour of judgment as exampled in the past is
further verified by Christ Himself when He makes such statements as,"as it was in the days of
Noah," or again, "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot" (Lk. 17:28). These are powerful
admonitions for us to go back in history to see how God will work in the future. And when we
do, we must conclude that we can know the very day and time of judgment because God has
always revealed these things to His people - it should be expected. What an incredibly merciful
God that we serve who has revealed these things to sinful human beings that we all might seek
God and be saved.One further example that God love us and reveals His secrets to the faithfull is Elijah's trip by flamingchariot. Read this chapter again for refreshment! Here you will read that not only did Elisha know of theexact day of Elijah's flight, but the entire school of prophets that they were teaching, were speakingof this event, even before it happened! You see, none of God's faithful here, were left in the dark!!!The Stage Is Nearly SetI marvel at the workings of our God. He said in the book of Isaiah, So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)Everything He said that would occur in the last days prior to His return, is happening exactly as He said it would, and His chosen people Israel, is the hub of it all. That He has preserved Israel, scattered her, kept her national identity, and now brought her back as a nation, and prospered her, is a jaw dropper in and of itself.Just as amazing, is how He has meticulously set the stage for everything to come together in these last days. This can be easily seen when we realize just what transpired in the year 1948 and other years in close proximity. The State of Israel was founded May 14, 1948, and as previously mentioned, Israel is the key element. Notice below just how many beginnings there were in the mid to late forties alone. (By the way, Im sure many of you can come up with several others that I have not listed.) Some of these may seem inconsequential, but I do not believe that is the case.1920 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founded1945 The United Nations (U.N.) replaced of The League of Nations1945 The atomic age began with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.1946 The Atomic Energy Commission was created.1946 Xerographic photocopying process was invented.1947 The Truman Doctrine (aid to countries whose governments are threatened with overthrow)1947 India and Pakistan proclaimed independent nations1947 First airplane to break the speed of sound1947 The transistor invented at Bell Laboratories1947 Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) founded1947 Holography invented1947 Doomsday Clock invented by scientists1948 The Marshall Plan (giving aid to 16 European countries)1948 Foundation of the State of Israel1948 Communists take over Czechoslovakia1948 Organization of American States founded (human rights)1948 First flight of first commercial jet airliner1948 World Council of Churches formed1948 U.N. adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights1948 World Health Organization (WHO) founded1949 Communists forces gain power in China (nationalists flee to Taiwan)1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established1949 Soviet Union detonates its first atomic bomb1949 Israel admitted to the U.N.1949 Lucky Lady (U.S. Air Force) completes first non-stop around-the-world flight1949 Electron microscopy developed1949 Council of Europe formed1950 National Council of Churches formed1958 European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and European Economic Community (EEC) formed by six European countries (the beginnings of the European Union, as known today)The ACLU was founded 28 years prior to Israel being founded as a State, but I think that was probably necessary to have plenty of time to infect several generations with their poisonous venom of lies, and bring us to the state we are in today. All the others are within two to three years!This can be no accident. Nor is it a coincidence. Our Lord Jesus is clearly gathering the world to the final scene, as the symphony conductor leads each piece of the orchestra to the grand finale of the musical composition. Maybe we need to consider Isaiah 55:11 once more, So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (NASB)The naysayers can ridicule and laugh all they like, but Gods Word will not come back unto Him void. The world can swim in its indignation of the Truth if it so chooses, but Gods Word will be fulfilled to the letter. Only a fool could look at these dates and not see the hand of God moving among them.Allow me to go further. It is interesting that Jerusalem came under Israelicontrol for the first time in 2,500 years on June 6, 1967, and thefollowing occurred in that same time period (not an exhaustive listing of course):1963 American Atheist founded by Madalyn Murray OHair (pushed separation of church and state)1963 Murray vs. Curlett resulting in Supreme Court decision (8-1) that year which made it unconstitutional for school sponsored Bible reading in public schools1967 Israel defeats Arabs in Six Day War1967 First Super Bowl1967 First heart transplant (by Dr. Christian Bernard)1967 First celebration of Earth Day1967 First broadcast of Sesame Street1967 Jerusalem became Israels capitalAgain, some may seem inconsequential, but I think each plays its own part in what we have become today, and where we are in this period of time.Many others have noticed this phenomenon also. So, I am certainly not the first, nor will I be the last to notice Gods hands all over history. Any student of prophecy has probably noticed this trend in their beginning studies of prophecy.Every time in history that God has brought down judgment on a nation or even an individual, He has provided plenty of warnings. In just the observance of these dates alone, He has taken out the crayons, and colored in the pictures. Even those who may be weak in their understanding of prophecy must ask themselves, How can this be?Why are these two crucial dates, Israels statehood (1948) and Israels control of Jerusalem (1967), surrounded by so many other very important dates that have formed the modern world we live in today? These other dates have formed our economy, our world view, our spiritual apostasy, our playtime, our interests, our families, our government, our acceptance of lies and rejection of Truth, our view of Israel, our acceptance of false gods and false religions, our view of sin, our emphasis in all that is worldly, our criminal behavior, our technology, our travel, our knowledge, and we could go on and on. In other words, they all have their part in advancing the world to its climax, the return of Jesus Christ.Who would have ever thought, just a few years ago, that this world we now live in would be so drastically changed, and not for the better I might add?Who would have dreamed that our nation would ever turn its back on the apple of Gods eye, Israel? Not only have we turned our back on her, we are openly opposed to Israel and now support her enemies. May God help us! To me, this is the most frightening thing of all. As I have already stated, Israel is the hub of the wheel of prophesy. Her enemies are ready to pounce, and we now number among them. I am not frightened for myself, because I rest in our Lords protection. However, I am frightened for those who skip-to-my-lou through life, totally oblivious to an imminent judgment upon this world, a hell on earth that is surely soon about to happen.I occasionally receive emails from those who chastise me for believing in the Rapture (or snatching away) of the Catholic Church and separated believers prior to the Tribulation. It seems that when I mention the R word, here they come to set me on the right path. After all the folderol of the likes of Harold Camping, et al, its no wonder the Rapture has such a bad name among so many people. I believe wholeheartedly however, that the rapture of the church prior to the Tribulation will happen, but when God is ready. He said He is coming back for His bride (the Church), and then the time of Jacobs trouble (the Tribulation) will begin.Some think that too much is said about end times prophecy and not enough about evangelism. I believe both are important. I am also convinced that those who look deeper into last days prophecies, are much more keen about evangelizing than those who do not, because they see the urgency of the times we are in. Speaking for myself, I speak of the Rapture and what follows because I would like to see people come to Jesus now, instead of facing the horrors of the Tribulation period. I feel confident that all of us who speak of the Rapture and the Tribulation period at BibleProvenTrue.com feel the same way. None of us want to see anyone go through the Tribulation, but to the contrary, enjoy the reunion with our Savior when He comes for us at the Rapture.Nevertheless, let us return to the dates. They are there before us cold hard facts. Why has most everything else had its beginning around the same times that Israel was founded as a State (1948) and took control of Jerusalem (1967)? Think about it. There can be only one conclusion. God has been on stage, behind the curtain, setting the props for the curtain to open. The orchestra is warming up. The actors are ready. The audience is seated. The last scene of history is about to begin. When? Again, I do not know, but it could be much sooner than we think.Very few will take heed. Most will laugh off everything that has been said. Some may listen just long enough to say, Ill think about that later. Well, think about this. There are no signs for the Rapture of the Church. All the signs we are seeing are in preparation for the Tribulation which follows the Rapture. If we are seeing so many preparation signs for the Tribulation, and the Rapture precedes it, how close could it be for our Saviors return for His bride? How close could it be for His judgment to be poured out upon the world? Dont be one of those who waited too long.I have been working on this article, off and on, since prior to leaving for vacation. My wife and I just returned, and now I would like to conclude with this observation. While on vacation we noticed something that reminded me of Jesus outstretched arms beckoning us to come to Him. A child, about eight or nine years old, had strayed from her parents and become lost. A couple brought the child to the life guard at our station. Within a few moments, a police vehicle arrived with her father. As the life guard was leading the child toward the police vehicle, she recognized her father and ran to him. It was a magic moment reunion for both parent and child. Both were so very happy to be reunited.Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) Sometimes, we lose our way among all the hubbub of the world around us. For those who are His sheep He says, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (John 10:27) To both, those who are not His sheep and those who are His sheep, He says, Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)We read concerning the prodigal son the following; And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)And Jesus says, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:29-30)The Lord God Almighty is showering this world with signs of His soon return. We Catholics need to be ready, working while it is day, but all the while looking up for His soon return. Far too many others need to come to Him for forgiveness of sins, through His sacrificial death and empty grave. He holds out His arms as the father that found his child.If you are His child, and you have allowed the worlds distractions to keep you from your Fathers business, go to Him now through Confession! He is waiting with outstretched arms. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)If you are not His child, you can be, but you must come to Him through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. His arms are also outstretched for you. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)Sometimes God speaks in a still, small voice, and sometimes He speaks like a trumpet. I cant imagine all the signs from God we see around us today being classified as a still small voice!!!1948-1948-1948-1948-1948-1948...How Could All ThisHappen in 1948???In the Scriptures, there are three specific trees that are used as euphemisms for Israel; the vine, the fig tree and the olive."And He spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees." (Luke 21:30)In Scripture, the vine is the symbol of Israel's spiritual privileges; the fig tree symbolizes Israel's national privileges and the olive tree symbolizes Israel's religious privileges."Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. (Psalms 80:8-10)The Psalmist is here painting a graphic picture of Israel being removed from the soil of Egypt and being transplanted into the fertile soil of Israel.Once the "Vine" was transplanted it began to grow and spread over the land, until in the words of the Psalmist, it sent out its boughs unto the Mediterranean Sea, and its branches unto the Euphrates river, as in the reign of King Solomon."Now will I sing to my Well-Beloved a song of my Beloved touching His Vineyard. My Well-Beloved hath a VINEYARD in a very fruitful hill (Canaan): and He fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the CHOICEST VINE, and built a Tower in the midst of it, and also made a Winepress therein." (Isaiah 5:1-2)The olive tree is used to symbolize Israel and the Church by the Apostle Paul:"For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee." (Romans 11:16-18)The Apostle Paul refers to the good olive tree (Israel) and the wild olive tree (the Gentiles). The good olive tree was "good" because it was separated, or set apart, (holy), whereas branches from the wild olive tree (the Gentiles) are grafted in."For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?" (Romans 11:24)Notice carefully that the good olive tree (Israel) is NOT rooted up and destroyed with the wild olive tree planted in its place. That would be the case if the replacement theologians were right and that the Gentile Church has taken the place of Israel."For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:" (Romans 11:25-26)Instead, the good olive tree remains alive and gives life to both the good tree and the wild tree. The Church does not supplant or replace Israel, it is grafted in to the existing tree.Paul explains that "blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in."That is to say, during the Church Age, God's attention is focused on the Gentiles until that last Gentile (whom God foreknew would be saved) has been saved, bringing in the full number of Gentile believers.When every Gentile that is going to be saved has been saved, THEN. . .". . . the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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 4:16-17)The fig tree is the third, and most often-used symbol for Israel. The Bible teaches that as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him to ask Him "what will be the sign of Thy coming?In His reply, Jesus listed three major signs recognizable to the Jews.1.The appearance of the "Abomination of Desolation" spoken of in Daniel 9:27 (the revelation of antichrist).2.The sign of the Son of Man appearing in a cloud (Acts 1:9, Matthew 24:30)3.The sign of the "Fig Tree" - symbolizing the regathering of the Jews into their own land.The fig tree is a particularly appropriate symbol in that on the fig tree, the fruit appears BEFORE the tree blossoms. The Bible says that first, Israel is regathered into her own land, and only after that does the nation "blossom" with the return of the Husbandman.The restoration of Israel is like the budding of a fig tree in the springtime symbolizing a tree about to blossom -- symbolic of Israel's national privileges.The "fig tree" began to put forth its leaves on May 14, 1948, beginning the countdown to the end of the Church Age at the Rapture and kicking off what the Prophet Jeremiah called "The Time of Jacob's Trouble."But is there some way of confirming that?According to Bible prophecy, in the last days, there will come into existence, a revived form of the political Roman Empire. The Prophet Daniel predicted that the antichrist will be a prince of the people that would destroy the city and the sanctuary (Jerusalem and the Temple).In 1948, as Europe struggled to rebuild, six nations in Western Europe signed the Benelux Customs Union, beginning the process of European unification that was codified in March, 1957 with the treaty of Rome.And so, a unified Europe looks back to its foundation on January 1, 1948. Is that significant? We've examined this question before, but it is worth going back to for another re-think.The Bible also predicted the development of an apostate form of Christianity that will have world-wide authority. Revelation 13:11 describes this religious system as having two horns like a lamb -- symbols of Christianity.The World Council of Churches was born in Amsterdam in 1948. The WCC is not a 'global religion' but is the closest thing we currently have to a global religious authority that purports to speak for world-wide Christianity.The Bible also predicts the rise of a centralized global economic authority that will become one of the antichrist's principle methods of economic control.The World Trade Organization -- a trade organization empowered to regulate the global economy -- saw its genesis in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, enacted by the UN in 1948.The Bible predicted that global economy will fall under the control of a single individual who will be able to regulate commerce down to the individual level -- That no man might buy or sell (Revelation 13:17). Such individual control was impossible before the advent of computers.Although computers had been invented during World War II, they were huge, bulky monsters that used notoriously unreliable and hugely inefficient vacuum tubes. The first computers were slower than a pocket calculator, filled huge environmentally sealed rooms and required enough electricity to power a small city.That all changed in 1948 when Bell Labs patented the transistor chip, signaling the official birth of the Computer Age.That final age would be marked by 'rumors of war' - (Matthew 24:7).The ultimate 'rumor of war' was the Cold War. It began with the Berlin Airlift of 1948. The Soviet collapse was a direct result of the cost of fighting the Cold War.Earthquakes began to show a marked increase in size, scope and intensity in 1948.The modern period of ethnic unrest can be traced to the death of colonialism beginning in 1948. Increasing 'pestilence' or deadly disease, can be traced to 1948, with the introduction of sulfa drugs and the over-prescription of antibiotics.Economic 'kingdoms' began with the first multinational corporations in 1948.The decline in world-wide morality can be traced to the moment that it became acceptable to use abortion as a method of birth control.The Japanese Eugenics Act -- the first legal abortion on demand legislation ever passed in modern society -- was passed in 1948.American Margaret Sanger was so impressed with the idea that she founded the premier abortion rights advocacy group -- Planned Parenthood -- in 1948.The Supreme Court ruled for the first time, that public schools could not use taxpayer funds for religious purposes, discovering in the process, the modern principle of "separation of church and state" (McCollum v Board of Education, 1948)In 1948, Mao Tse Tung's Communists chased Chiang Kai Shek's nationalists off the mainland to the Island of Formosa and renamed itself Taiwan, and declared itself the legitimate government of China.The conflict between the two Chinas further rearranged regional political alliances until they fit the alignment foretold by the prophets.Other related events that trace their roots to the same year as the budding of the fig tree include; commercial television, holography, cybernetics, meteorology, the nuclear arms race, microelectronics, the Big Bang, the birth of NATO, the Cold War, the UN adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and the Kinsey Report that kicked off the "sexual revolution."Israel is the centerpiece of Bible prophecy. Its existence and history are proof positive of the accuracy of Bible prophecy. To this point in the historical record, Bible prophecy -- where it can be proved at all -- has proved to be 100% accurate, 100% of the time.It continues to unfold before our eyes. We've only touched on the high points in the Big Picture, but the pattern is unmistakable. Events foretold to take place in a single generation, somewhere in time -- events that can only happen once -- are coming together -- all at once and in THIS generation.The same God that predicted what has already occurred with such unerring accuracy will continue to perform His Will until His Purpose is accomplished. Bible prophecy proves God is still on His Throne and is intimately concerned with the affairs of men."Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" (Isaiah 46:9-10)That promise has no expiration date. God's blueprint for the future will continue to unfold with the same accuracy in the days ahead as it has in millennia past.Prophecy is His signature of authenticity. And our confidence is well placed."And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)The Number One Selling Book In The History Of The World, The Holy Bible,Calculates It Out To .........May 14th 1948 !!!PROOF>The Exact Date Israel Became A Nation Is Easily Calculated From The Scriptures Using Ezekiel 4:4-8 & Leviticus 26:18,21,24+28. Take The Penalty(390>Israel's Punishment + 40>Judah's Punishment=430 Years, Subtract 70 Years, Since These Were The Years Already Served By Israel While In Babylonian Captivity. Total Then = 360 Years. Multiply 360 Times Seven (As We Are Instructed To Do Repeatedly Here In Leviticus), Remember Our Total Is Now 2,520 Years Of Punishment Remaining For Israel. Now Add The 2,520 Years To The Year & The Month Of Nisan In Which Israel's Babylonian Captivity By King Cyrus Ended(Nehemiah 2:1), Which Is Our Point Of Reference From The Bible. Wow, This Will Bring Us To Hebrew Year 5708 & The Exact Date Israel Became A Nation! But This Means Little To Westerners Who Go By The Gregorian Calendar. Hey. This Date Is May 14th 1948! The G-d of Is-rael=Is-real !!!Will The Church Go Through The Tribulation?(The Truth Does Not Change Just Because The Church Ignores The Facts!!!)The Catholic Church & Separated Brothers in Christ will not go through the Tribulation. There is a distinct difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming. Some may disagree with me, and that is perfectly okay. Whether you and I, do or do not agree about the Rapture, it will have no effect on our salvation in Jesus Christ. However, for those who disagree, I strongly believe that rather than my being sorely disappointed, you Fr. Hampsch will be pleasantly surprised!!!There are many differences in these two events as shown here:Rapture: Jesus comes FOR His Church.2nd Coming: Jesus comes back WITH His Church.Rapture: Jesus waits in the air for His Church.2nd Coming: Jesus comes to the earth.Rapture: Church removed and unbelievers left behind.2nd Coming: Unbelievers removed but Tribulation saints left behind.Rapture: He comes to present His bride to the Father.2nd Coming: He comes to judge and set up His kingdom.Rapture: The marriage of the Lamb in Heaven follows the Rapture.2nd Coming: The marriage is followed by war on earth.Rapture: It happens in the twinkling of an eye.2nd Coming: Will be a steady view of His return.Rapture: Only the Church will see Him.2nd Coming: Every eye will see Him.Rapture: Jesus descends with a shout.2nd Coming: No shout is mentioned.Rapture: A resurrection takes place.2nd Coming: No resurrection is mentioned.Rapture: It can happen at any time.2nd Coming: Can only happen at the end of the Tribulation.Rapture: Angels are not sent. Jesus comes Himself.2nd Coming: Angels are sent to gather people for judgment.Rapture: Earthly bodies are changed to Heavenly bodies.2nd Coming: The Church returns with Heavenly bodies.Rapture: Jesus does not return on a white horse.2nd Coming: Jesus does return on a white horse.Rapture: Jesus return is for His Church (His bride).2nd Coming: Jesus returns for redeemed Israel and Tribulation saints.Rapture: It is a message of hope and comfort.2nd Coming: It is a message of judgment.Im sure this is not an exhaustive listing, but with it we can see that the Rapture and the Second Coming are not one and the same.The seven year period of Tribulation on earth will be a time of Gods wrath on earth like never before. He will judge the nations and through this self-same judgment bring Israel back in faith believing. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:17) But concerning His bride, the Church, He says, And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10) He promised again in 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. (Revelation 3:10)Also, some see Revelation chapter four verse one as a clear reference to the Catholic Church & separated Brothers being raptured. On the other hand, some do not, even though they believe in the Rapture. Personally, it is very clear to me that this passage is most definitely referring to the Church being taken up to Heaven via the Rapture.After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things."Note that verse one begins with the word after and ends the same. In chapter one of Revelation we see Jesus revealed (revelation) in His glory. In chapters two and three Jesus is speaking to the church. He then transfers the Apostle John to Heaven in chapter four verse one to continue the prophecy. In chapter one, we see the eternal I Am. In chapters two and three, we see the present day and age of the church period. Then beginning at chapter four, verse one He immediately takes us past the church age to the future.If I go to see a play and there are three acts to the play, I will see one act after the other, not all three at once. Neither do they overlap in any way. If I attend a concert, I will listen to one song after the other, not all at one time. Neither do they overlap in any way. Neither do the church age and the Tribulation period co-exist or overlap in any way. One follows the other. As in a play, Act 1 comes BEFORE Act 2. Act 2 comes AFTER Act 1 and BEFORE Act 3. Act 3 comes AFTER Act 2. The Apostle John is shown the church age, and then he is raptured up to Heaven to see what follows the end of the church age. To me, you just cant get any clearer than that. After means after.Some say that the word Rapture is not in the Bible. That is true, and neither are the words Bible or Trinity found in the Bible, but they are just as true as the Rapture.The word Rapture is derived from the Latin translation of caught up in1 Thessalonians 4:17, 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. The Latin translation uses the word rapturo, and this is where the word rapture is derived. The Greek word is harpazo, and it means:1. To seize, carry off by force2. To seize on, claim for ones self eagerly3. To snatch out or awayA few other verses where harpazo is used are:Acts 8:39, And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.Acts 23:10, And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.2 Corinthians 12:2-4, I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.So there is no doubt that Jesus will come in the clouds and eagerly claim His bride the Church for Himself, by seizing her and snatching her away by force to Heaven at the end of the church age. The next act will be the Tribulation, AFTER the Rapture.The Tribulation period is a time of intense judgment by God. What groom would beat the living daylights out of his bride and then say, Okay, now lets go get married. It aint going to happen.Some say that the Church has suffered persecution down through the years, so why would she not suffer during the Tribulation? The reason is quite simple. Persecution has come from evil men who carry out the deeds of their father, the Devil. Judgment comes from God. The Tribulation, as I have already stated, is not persecution. It is judgment. God is not going to judge those who He has already promised will be protected from His wrath to come. (See verses above.) Conclusion; the Church will not go through any part whatsoever of the Tribulation. She will be raptured (LT-rapturo), snatched up (GK-harpazo), BEFORE the Tribulation, and the Tribulation will commence AFTER the Rapture.END
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