The subject of “Rapture” of the Church, seems to be gaining more and more momentum in these last days and age. It shows that those who are endowed with the discerning spirit can feel the paradigm shifts in the way nature is acting lately. Unprecedented disasters occurred in, heretofore, never before experienced frequencies, and recent “ice age” event; the polar vortex, which, if it had occurred before only in the Siberian wilderness area (Russia), moved to and seemed to be focused in the heartland of the US America. We can appreciate that these are only mere samples of what are to come during the time of the Great Tribulation!
To the true BORN-AGAIN believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are promised to be EXEMPTED from punishment in that, even before the Antichrist comes into the world scene, the following ONLY ONE TIME event would have already taken place:
[1Thessalonians 4:16-18] 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: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
However, having said that, I came across the following video presentation which tries to counter the word of God by saying WE ARE ALL GONG TO DIE FIRST!
The presenter claims that he got this personal revelation WHILE HE WAS IN A MENTAL WARD! I do not make this up; listen to his report carefully. Why do I need to start this devotional with this different view anyway; the one that is quite contrary to what most bible scholars hold as biblical truth? Because of this caveat: [2Timothy 3:13] BUT EVIL MEN AND SEDUCERS SHALL WAX WORSE AND WORSE, DECEIVING, AND BEING DECEIVED.
The most widely broadcast program on this subject was telecast by History channel featuring Richard Perry which you can witness by pasting this link in your browser: http://youtu.be/pYSUvXSOkok
Let me interject my view about the video report I made reference to above; Richard Perry who was brought into the program, countered all verses of scripture quoted prior to stating his position, which I found out were published as books he tried to sell. He briefly and sketchily “taught” on two weak premises: the Lord Jesus CANNOT leave His heavenly throne before He reconciled all things to God the Father, and secondly, before He put all His enemies as His footstool! So, the One who accosted apostle Shaul (Paul) of Tarsus, while he was travelling to Damascus (Syria) was NOT the Lord Jesus? You decide! And this “scholar” missed the fact that the Lord Jesus will not have to come down to earth but only meet us in the clouds! That is not His Second Coming which will happen after the Great Tribulation. Furthermore, the sealed 144,000 souls they talked about in the video, are non-other than selected Jews to evangelize the remnant of the Chosen Ones: [Revelation 1:7] Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, AND THEY ALSO WHICH PIERCED HIM: AND ALL KINDREDS OF THE EARTH SHALL WAIL BECAUSE OF HIM. Even so, Amen.” They do not seem to stick to the word of God, but twisted it to further their own cause: [2Peter 3:16d] “…which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
Now let us give this brother his time: please note that the following was published on the same day the next video was posted by John Ankerberg Ministry!
BE READY for whatever Satan has in store for us. GOD BLESS AND LOVE YOU ALL!
Published on January 3, 2014
Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVN4q2…
Now let us comfort ourselves with the following truth; the word of God says, the Great Tribulation represents the “wrath of God” upon the SINFUL world:
“[Revelation 6:12-17] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, THERE WAS A GREAT EARTHQUAKE; AND THE SUN BECAME BLACK AS SACKCLOTH OF HAIR, AND THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD; AND THE STARS OF HEAVEN FELL UNTO THE EARTH, EVEN AS A FIG TREE CASTETH HER UNTIMELY FIGS, WHEN SHE IS SHAKEN OF A MIGHTY WIND. AND THE HEAVEN DEPARTED AS A SCROLL WHEN IT IS ROLLED TOGETHER; AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WERE MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES. [My take: these calamities are what we know as polar shift]
AND THE KINGS OF THE EARTH, AND THE GREAT MEN, AND THE RICH MEN, AND THE CHIEF CAPTAINS, AND THE MIGHTY MEN, AND EVERY BONDMAN, AND EVERY FREE MAN, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and FROM THE WRATH OF THE LAMB: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” [My take: The so called “D.U.M.B.s” (Deep Underground Military Bases) where in the elite group had prepared to escape “FROM THE WRATH OF THE LAMB”, link [http://youtu.be/uEDAE_9v4h0] are not able to escape from THE LAMB and THE SON OF GOD, the Lord Jesus Christ, after all.]
Those are the fate of the people who would still be inhabiting the world: the un-born-again and un-believers, the worshipers of Satan, etc. etc., while Spirit-filled Born Again believers should bank on this promise: [1Thessalonians 5:9] FOR GOD HATH NOT APPOINTED US TO WRATH, BUT TO OBTAIN SALVATION BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST…
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF THE RAPTURE
Published on January 3, 2014
Join Dr. Ankerberg as he interviews theologian Dr. Renald Showers and Middle East journalist and prophecy scholar Dr. Jimmy DeYoung in a fascinating discussion of what the Bible teaches regarding the Rapture, its timing, and how it impacts our lives today.
Let me close with this caveat that you must be born-again to benefit this sure promise of God! For our lot is to be saved and be with the Lord Jesus Christ:
[John 3:3,5] “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD…Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Thus, let me repeat; we must be born again in order to enter into the kingdom of God! That is the condition!