Prophetic Warning: ‘Christian’ Witches Rising Using the Name of Jesus

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For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is complied with in the one precept, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.

But if you bite and devour one another [in partisan strife], be careful that you [and your whole fellowship] are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).

For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,

Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),

Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.

If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]

Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another. 

 (Galatians 5:14-26  Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)  Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation)

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Galatians 5 lists both the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh. It’s not difficult to judge between the two.

In this season, I’ve seen a rise of Christians practicing witchcraft. Or maybe they aren’t Christians at all.

I won’t judge someone’s salvation, but when people in church release word curses, pray against you and conduct unholy fasts to destroy you, the fruit of the Spirit is clearly lacking.

Galatians 5 lists both the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh. Witchcraft is among them. But there is a higher level of witchcraft that some so-called Christians are tapping into and it’s dangerous.

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Kingdom Now: Eschatological Error At The Beginning And End Of The Church Age

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Technical jargon created and employed by insiders, while useful and appropriate within a given field of expertise, often has a way of shutting down the conversation whenever such terms are tossed around by “the common folk.” In the case of biblical study, this failure to communicate can be especially disheartening if a new believer encounters a weighty word like dispensationalism or premillennialism, and then decides that it’s too complex and not for them to know.

After all, if the experts can’t agree, what makes me think that I can understand something like eschatology? Does holding to a specific view of eschatology even matter anyway? Sure, I’ll assent to the belief that Christ is coming back, and I know that I’m going to heaven when I die, but what does a thousand-year reign have to do with the here and now?

All good and relevant questions. And if you have asked, or are currently asking, yourself something along these lines, then this post is for you.

For starters, a proper understanding of biblical eschatology [end-times] does matter. Some pastors and teachers may not think that end-time specifics are all that important for life and practice today, but they should reconsider and ponder the implications of this proverb from Solomon’s pen:

The end of a matter is better than its beginning; likewise, patience is better than pride (Eccl. 7:8, NET).

Keep this verse in mind, because there is a strong correlation between a misunderstanding of our current age and a prideful heart. There are those preaching in pulpits today who say that we can have our best lives now. There are pastors teaching that suffering and illness have no place in the daily life of a child of God, and that if you only had enough faith, or if you would just say the right word, then you would be healed and could then receive God’s blessings in full.

My friends and fellow heirs in Christ, we should not be of the opinion that eschatology is a buffet— a free-for-all, whereby we can pick and choose the best option that suits our current lifestyle. A right view of future prophecy matters for life and practice now. Conversely, an errant view is like a deadly disease that goes undetected by the untrained eye and spreads throughout the body if allowed to run its course (see 2 Tim. 2:17-18).

Thankfully, those who have sharpened their senses (Heb. 5:14) can spot this pervasive eschatological error effecting the body of Christ today. One might identify this doctrinal disease in its various strains as: Kingdom Now, Christian Dominionism, Prosperity Theology, etc. I’ll also go one step further and label a couple of soft-forms of “kingdom now” theology: Amillennialism, Post-millennialism, and Preterist interpretations of the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation.

Regardless of how we label and identify this disease, it’s effect on the true body of Christ has been devastating. And it’s not a recent phenomenon either! We can find traces of the “kingdom now” doctrine all the way through the New Testament, which is largely set in the context of the 1st-century churches in modern day Greece and Turkey.

As you’ll see from this brief study, the eschatological errors plaguing the earliest churches are still alive and well in the 21st century. Eventually, and one day soon, the final and only cure will be to forcefully remove the true body of believers and leave the rest to go into unrelenting judgment and purging by fire.

In short, after reading this post, it is my hope that you will gain a greater appreciation for how one’s eschatology effects their mindset and behavior at the present [i.e. sanctification], for better or for worse. Also, my aim is to inspire those who are eagerly awaiting the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to persevere in suffering now, so that when He appears, you will rejoice and look forward to reigning with our King on the earth in the coming millennium and beyond (Rev. 5:1020:4-622:5).



Early Detection in the First Century

“Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough?” (1 Cor. 5:6, HCSB).

In order to arrive at a sound interpretation of a verse or passage of Scripture, you have to start with the immediate context of the original author and his audience. One of the most helpful techniques for interpreting epistles, I learned from a professor in the Bible Exposition department at Dallas Seminary.

Dr. Charles Baylis suggests that we should first discover the problem, or problems, which the author addresses in the letter. Usually this is some form of false teaching (bad theology) that has taken hold in one of the churches. The church at Corinth, notorious for its carnality, had its fair share of problems, but most of these issues appear to stem from a single, major misunderstanding about this current age and whether the kingdom of God had come in full or not.

Once you grasp this theological root issue, the whole letter of First Corinthians opens up. The immense knowledge and spiritual gifts given to these new believers in Christ led them to a point where they became prideful and conceited [kinda like a “gifted and talented” teenager who might rebel against his parents after being granted certain freedoms].

A sampling of the background issues that the apostle Paul addresses in the letter include:

1) Some among the Corinthians were questioning the legitimacy of Paul’s apostleship because of his lack of worldly eloquence and how much he was suffering; thus, they deemed themselves to be more “spiritual” because of their own knowledge, wisdom, and prosperity (chapters 1–4).

2) Thinking that the kingdom of God had already arrived on earth, they no longer had the final judgment in view, and so sexual immorality spread and was even celebrated (chapters 5–6).

3) Thinking that they were already “like the angels in heaven” (c.f. Matt. 22:30), some considered the institution of marriage to be irrelevant or outdated (chapter 7).

4) There was an over-emphasis on the miraculous, “speaking in tongues,” and, interestingly enough, a disinterest in prophecy (chapters 12–14; see especially 1 Cor. 14:135).

5) Perhaps most relevant to addressing their “kingdom now” mindset, Paul affirms the necessity for a future bodily resurrection of the dead in Christ, which some were denying (chapter 15).

Do you see how the Corinthians’ false eschatological beliefs affected their daily lives? Anyone care to assert that eschatology isn’t that important or relevant to the present time? Right, it’s just a secondary issue, and we’re all just “prophecy nuts.”

And for good measure, here are some quotations from a few scholarly sources to confirm the strength of this underlying eschatological error within the church at Corinth:

Commentary from Charles Baylis:

These Corinthians had made the same error that many make today in their theology. They had misunderstood the age and the delay of the implementation of the kingdom. Thus they thought that since the age of the Law was gone, and they were in a new age, then they were enjoying the rewards of the kingdom now. Since Paul had explained that they were free from the Law (of the Jews) and everything was done, forgiveness of sins, new life, they thought that they were enjoying the kingdom now in this body. Thus, they denied the future earthly kingdom in a resurrected body, saying that everything was given to them by God…now! This is the kingdom, and they were enjoying its benefits…freedom from authority, law…and they were rewarded with riches, honor…and if they were not rewarded with these items, then they were not spiritual” (“Book of First Corinthians,” pg. 1; to read the rest of his commentary, go here).

Commentary from Benjamin Merkle:

From the evidence found in 1 Corinthians, it appears that the Corinthians were basing their Christianity on an erroneous view of spirituality caused by an embrace of over-realized eschatology. This doctrine affirms that the kingdom of God has come in all its fullness and therefore rejects the notion that the kingdom has ‘not yet’ fully arrived…[t]he influence of over-realized eschatology either directly or indirectly caused most of the problems that Paul seeks to correct in his first epistle to the Corinthians” (“Paul’s Arguments from Creation in 1 Corinthians 11:8-9 and 1 Timothy 2:13-14Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 528-29).

Commentary from Michael Vlach:

Paul viewed the kingdom reign as future in 1 Corinthians 4 and 6. With 1 Cor. 4:8 he chided the Corinthians for thinking they were reigning already when they were not…in 1 Cor. 6:2-3 he stated that the kingdom reign of the saints involves judging angels, something that clearly was not happening in the present. So even before we arrive at 1 Corinthians 15 Paul already indicated that the kingdom is future” (Premillennialism: Why There Must Be a Future Earthly Kingdom of Jesus, pg. 103).

Ready for a little sanctified sarcasm? In order to get his point across, the apostle Paul gets a little feisty toward this rowdy group that was “puffed up” and “inflated with pride” (1 Cor. 4:6188:1). This next passage not only exposes the “kingdom now” error of the Corinthians, it also reveals the apostle’s desire to be reigning with Christ in the coming millennium:

For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you didn’t receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn’t received it? You are already full! You are already rich! You have begun to reign as kings without us [the apostles]—and I wish you did reign, so that we could also reign with you! (1 Cor. 4:7-8, HCSB).

Paul’s statement really captures the Corinthian confusion perfectly: They had already begun to reign like kings with no regard for the age to come. And the apostle wishes they were right, because that would mean he, too, would be reigning along with them. But he knows better. The kingdom is yet future (c.f. 1 Cor. 6:9-10 – note the future tense, “…the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom”).

The Corinthians weren’t the only ones who were “full” and “rich” and living it up as if they already had their crowns. A little ways across the Aegean, you had the Laodiceans…

Terminal in the Twenty-First Century 

“So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth!” (Rev. 3:16, NET).

In First Corinthians and the book of Revelation, I see some interesting parallels between the underlying beliefs at Corinth and Laodicea. I don’t think it is a stretch at all to say that Laodicea most likely had the same eschatological error as the Corinthians. Echoing Paul’s language in 1 Cor. 4, the Lord Jesus rebukes the church at Laodicea in a similar manner:

For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17, ESV).

Compare Jesus’ words with Paul’s statement in 1 Cor. 4:8, “…you are full…you are rich!” The “kingdom now” cancer had spread from Corinth and latched on to the Laodiceans. And since Revelation 2–3 prophetically summarizes the entire Church Age, and given that we are rapidly approaching the conclusion of this age, the current forecast looks grim for the inheritors of the Laodicean legacy.

Christ has no words of commendation for this end-of-the-age church. Prophecy wasn’t welcome in ancient Corinth and Laodicea, and nor is it welcome in the mega-churches of today. Prosperity theology isn’t just an American phenomenon, either. This errant “kingdom now” doctrine that had humble beginnings has now spread all over the world.

Perhaps, we have Roman Catholicism to thank for adopting the false eschatology of the Corinthians, Augustine’s amillennialism, and exporting its “Christian” dominion from Rome to the four corners of the earth. And as stated earlier, the only cure to correct the haughtiness and pride of these last-days “Christian” churches is a swift and surgical removal of the true believing remnant while leaving the remainder to go into the Tribulation (c.f. Rev. 2:22-233:10).

The ironic end of those who identify themselves as “Christian” and say in their hearts, “I am full, I am rich, and I need nothing,” will be the shocking exposure of their spiritual blindness and poverty.

Remember the Solomonic proverb, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning…patience is better than pride” (Eccl. 7:8). In a similar vein, those who correctly understand the times will patiently wait for their King to return. However, those who live like kings in this present evil age (Gal. 1:4) will be sorely disappointed when the King of kings returns and ends their party. They did not learn the principle of “cross before crown,” and they skipped over the last part of verses like Rom. 8:17, “…if indeed we suffer with Him…” and Php. 1:29, “…you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake.”

Continuing with the parallels of First Corinthians and Revelation, I find it interesting that Paul says in 1 Cor. 4:18, “Now some are inflated with pride, as though I were not coming to you” (HCSB). And in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation, we find the same attitude among those who are either asleep (Rev. 3:3), or inflated with pride (Rev. 3:16-17). Both are not expecting the Lord to return.

It’s no coincidence that Jesus identifies himself as “the ruler of God’s creation” to the Laodiceans in his opening address (Rev. 3:14; the Greek word arche can also be translated as “first” and “ruler/principality” in addition to “beginning”). He lets them know right away who’s really in charge. For those in Laodicea who heed His message, they are promised Christ’s throne at His return (Rev. 3:21). Again, not a coincidence.

So, as Paul would say (1 Cor. 4:21), which way would you rather have it? Jesus is coming back soon whether you’re ready or not. Do you want the rod of iron, or gentle staff of the Shepherd? (c.f. Rev. 3:19-20). If you want to escape the Tribulation and be ushered immediately in to the King’s table, then you had better check to see if you are clothed with the King’s righteousness (“What is the gospel?“).

If you are already a believer, clothed with Christ’s righteousness, then I pray that you have your eschatology straight. Hopefully, after reading through this study and traveling from Corinth to Laodicea all the way to our present day at the end of the Church Age, you get the picture. A sound doctrine of the future [eschatology] matters today.

In closing, here are three key takeaways:

1) Premillennialism is a fancy way of saying that you agree with the teaching of Scripture that the kingdom of God has not yet come in its fullness. We still await the return of the Son of God, Son of David to rule on earth from Jerusalem—the duration of this future reign having been disclosed in the last book of the Bible, which the apostle John states explicitly as 1,000 years (Rev. 20:1-10).

2) Though some textbooks, commentaries, preachers and teachers present eschatology as if it were choosing a soup de jour, don’t be fooled. All views are not equally valid, and you have to land somewhere. As shown in the study above, orthodoxy precedes orthopraxy (i.e. right doctrine leads to right practice). Therefore, a correct eschatology should result in faithful obedience to God’s will during this present age [dispensation], which includes suffering for Christ before reigning with Him.

3) Now that you are equipped, help set others free who are trapped in prosperity theology. Minister to those coming out of a “kingdom now” mindset who are reeling from the shipwreck of their faith. Finally, look forward to your future crown without envy for those who call themselves a Christian and yet live like they are already reigning in the millennium.

God, our Father, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And, come Lord Jesus! Gather us together and get us ready to reign with You!

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Massive Earthquake Strikes Iraq As Star Of Bethlehem Rises Over Israel

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A massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake has just struck Halabjah, Iraq, just miles from the Iraqi/Iranian border as the long-expected Jupiter-Venus conjunction is rising over Israel and the Middle East.  Details are coming out slowly, but at this time we can report that at least 400 have been killed and over 6,500 injured in the devastating earthquake.  It was the most powerful earthquake in the entire Middle East in five years, and the most powerful earthquake in Iraq in recorded history.

This is happening while a very close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus is rising over the Middle East early Monday morning.  The conjunction follows a number of amazing astronomical occurrences that led up to what many have come to call the Revelation 12 Sign.  This conjunction on Monday is reminiscent of a similar conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in 2 BC that many scholars contend was the single best candidate for the Star of Bethlehem at the birth of Christ.

Perhaps even bigger news is afoot in Israel as news is breaking that a soon-to-be-revealed Middle East peace plan designed by the Trump Administration has won the backing of Saudi Arabia and the Saudis are demanding that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas either agree to the peace plan once revealed or resign.  The Palestinians are sending signals that they may be caving to Saudi demands.

UPDATE: 4 hours and 5 minutes after the earthquake in Iraq, a large 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, which was followed 4 hours and 4 minutes later by an even larger 6.5 magnitude quake in Jaco, Costa Rica (source).   (Click to Source)

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A Cosmic Encounter…

So we are now very near an interesting watch period… a close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter which provides amazing imagery of Christ uniting with His church. We wrote about this earlier which you can see here. This conjunction also mirrors a similar event which occurred at His first coming between these same two planets.  Believe it or not, that conjunction was much closer than this one as the planets were perfectly together, indistinguishable from each other.

Below is a graphic I put together to compare 3 notable conjunctions.  The first is in 2 BC at the time of Christ’s birth also known as the original “Star of Bethlehem”.  That was an unbelievable sight I am sure and likely the brightest “star” they ever saw.  The second one is the one occurring this year.  There will be a bit of a gap, and not as bright as back then, but it will catch the eye of anyone who see’s it that’s for sure.  The 3rd is from 2015… many of us saw this one in person as this was also a high watch time and much was made of this conjunction back then.

While it is not as spectacular as at Christ’s birth, this conjunction is still very very close and has been getting some attention in the press. It is surely a unique event and the fact that it occurs 50 days after the Rev12 Sign is impossible to ignore.   Here are some examples from a few articles.

Space.com
Venus ‘Snuggles’ Close to Jupiter in Epic Conjunction Early Monday
Early Monday morning (Nov. 13), bright Jupiter will pass an even brighter Venus in a low but close and spectacular conjunction. The celestial highlight in the coming days will involve the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter — but only one of the two characters in our celestial show has been on stage thus far.

AccuWeather
Venus, Jupiter conjunction: The brightest planets to meet up in Monday morning sky 
Early Monday morning (Nov. 13), bright Jupiter will pass an even brighter Venus in a low but close and spectacular conjunction. The celestial highlight in the coming days will involve the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter — but only one of the two characters in our celestial show has been on stage thus far.

BBC News
Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display
The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star.

EarthSky.org
Venus-Jupiter conjunction Monday a.m.
Watch for the super-close pairing of the sky’s 2 brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter. They’ll be in the sunrise direction, low in the east at dawn.


Facebook is even highlighting the conjunction… calling it a “Cosmic Encounter” and a “unique moment of wonder”.

As I showed above, and as you may have seen in Stellarium, these planets will be close, but I don’t think it will look like a single star as some of the articles suggest.  I plan to get up early and check it out though!

Daniel Matson has been on top of all this as well as the simultaneous ramping up of events in the Middle East which all seem very prophetic.  I suggest you follow his very active Facebook page if you haven’t already to stay up to date.  Here is a link to his most recent post:

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Closing Thoughts
We shall see what happens in the coming days, but I find it very hard to believe this is a vast set of cosmic coincidences.  No, we know that God has a plan and purpose for all He does and this is no different.  He has brought us to this point for a reason so keep looking up and draw ever closer to Him just as the planets above show us to do.

If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to check out the following article which dives deeper into this amazing event and it’s possible significance: (Click to Source)

 

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A Fitting Finale? The Venus/Jupiter Conjunction Connection

I am convinced the Rev12 Sign was the real deal… If you are still visiting this site you probably are as well.   I actually believe it takes very little faith to believe such a thing when you ponder the scriptural references and the odds of such an alignment coming together so precisely.  It was something we saw with our own eyes for crying out loud!  Add on top of that all the other world events and ‘signs of the times’ which make it abundantly clear that we are living in a time period with huge prophetic significance.

Despite of this, many of us have been in a period of perplexity for the last month or so as we wait on the Lord and do our best to trust in His promises. As the days passed and theories fell by the wayside, it was understandable that some lost enthusiasm.  Sure some lost all interest, but for most of us I it seems we are unable to fade back into the lives we were living before we learned of the Rev 12 Sign. Praise God for that blessing… but it is also a cross to bear as well as we are all finding out.  I believe He has been winnowing us… testing our faith, honing our perseverance. Drawing us back to dependence soley on Him as He reminds us that all of us studying this are just humans… None of us have been given all the answers and none of us will be able to boast on that great day.  We are saved by grace and I believe it is only by the grace of God alone that we are able to understand anything at all… especially something as complicated and epic as interpreting the signs of His glorious return.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

By His grace a thought has reoccurred to me for the past month or more that doesn’t seem to go away.  It goes something like this: Whenever things ramp back up there should be a very logical connection back to 9/23/17 that would add legitimacy to the sign.  I think of people sharing the gospel in the future, perhaps after we are gone, pointing back to the Rev12 Sign and explaining how that kicked everything off.  It seems to me there must be a logical connection to be able to teach the change of dispensation (Micah 5:3) in an easy to understand way.  Perhaps there would be another alignment, or a logical day count, or some other type of biblical precedent that connected directly to Rev 12 verses 1 and 2.   The reason I am writing this is because I am excited say all of those happen to roll together around the 12th and 13th of this month!  Could this be the fitting finale?

Below is a compilation of info of why this event seems so promising.  Nothing is for certain, but the info below has gotten me more excited than anything since the days leading up to September 23rd.  Please check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  God Bless!

Part 1: 7 reasons why I am excited about November 12th and 13th

1. Coming very soon Venus and Jupiter will form a beautiful conjunction in the sky (they get really close together). These two planets are the brightest objects in the sky besides the Sun and Moon and they will be practically on top of each other. It happens in the morning and in the East and all of these elements are directly relatable to the Rev 12 Sign and other biblical passages.

2. Venus is considered the “bright and morning star” and is biblically linked to Jesus Christ who is given the same title. Jesus is the head of the church.

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:12-16

3. Jupiter represents the Body of Christ.  We all know His literal body while he walked the earth was beaten and bruised for by his stripes we were healed (Is. 53:5).  True Christians (The Body of Christ) are often persecuted as well.  Representing this mystical body,  Jupiter completed a loop inside the womb area of Virgo for the period of a human pregnancy just prior to the alignment which fulfilled Revelation 12:1-2Revelation 12:5 describes a rapture event in which that child is caught up to God at some point after this event. Now that planet which represents The Body of Christ (Jupiter) comes into close proximity with Venus. I believe this could be very clear imagery in the heavens of The Body of Christ (Us/ Jupiter) being united with the Jesus Christ (The Head) at His return.

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Colossians 1:18

 

Notice in the image above how the Venus appears to site directly on top of Jupiter just like a head would sit on a body.  This was a close as I could zoom in on this software and the imagery jumped out at me.  Additionally, if Jesus was going to give us something (like a new body) it is fitting that these planets would seem to ‘touch’ as well.

4. This conjunction takes place 50 days after the Revelation 12 Sign. Obviously we know that the Holy Spirit came to the disciples 50 days after Christ’s crucified. 5 is also the number of grace. 50 days would be a fitting “grace period” after the sign to close out the age of grace. We shared a post on this back on October 5th… 50 Days of Grace | Reader Contribution 

5. This conjunction also takes place 777 days since the last Blood Moon of the Tetrad in 2015. 7 is the number of perfect completion. If the Blood Moons were a warning of the end to come, 777 days would be a fitting and merciful period to show the perfect completion of the warning period which was ushered in by the Blood Moons. (Joel 2:31)  And as you can from Dan Matson’s graphic below this isn’t the only interesting day count to this conjunction!

6. In fact, this conjunction has been on peoples radar for many years as it closes out a series of five(5) Venus/Jupiter events which have all landed on very interesting days.  Dan is working on a post about this I’m sure, but for now here is one of his older posts from 2015 in which he touches upon this phenomena and looks forward to this day we are talking about. http://watchfortheday.org/aug7.html

7. A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter was an integral part of the Star of Bethlehem as described by Rick Larson who is famous for his Bethlehem Star presentation.  Rick’s presentation awakened many of us to the world of Biblical Astronomy and Scott Clarke has repeatedly credited Rick Larson for initially helping light the fire that led to his subsequent studies. Here is an excerpt from the Bethlehem Star site where Rick describes the Jupiter / Venus conjunction at Christ’s birth.

By the following June, Jupiter had finished crowning Regulus. The Planet of Kings [Jupiter] traveled on through the star field toward another spectacular rendezvous, this time with Venus, the Mother Planet. This conjunction was so close and so bright that it is today displayed in hundreds of planetaria around the world by scientists who may know nothing of Messiah. They do it because what Jupiter did makes such a great planetarium show. Jupiter appeared to join Venus. The planets could not be distinguished with the naked eye. If our magus had had a telescope, he could have seen that the planets sat one atop the other, like a figure eight. Each contributed its full brightness to what became the most brilliant star our man had ever seen. Jupiter completed this step of the starry dance as it was setting in the west. That evening, our Babylonian magus would have seen the spectacle of his career while facing toward Judea. No one alive had ever seen such a conjunction.

http://www.bethlehemstar.com/starry-dance/westward-leading/

As you can see we have a precedence of a Jupiter/Venus conjunction indicating huge events including the birth of Christ at His first coming.  Would it not make sense that a similar conjunction indicated another big event (the birth / rapture) of Christ’s Body at His 2nd coming?  It makes a lot of sense to me!


Part 2: Conjunction Connection

The text below is making the rounds on Facebook and for good reason…. a fantastic summary that put many pieces together…  You may have seen it on some Rev 12 Facebook Groups or the Watch for the Day page.

(From our Sister Stephanie…)

“Family, I don’t know if this connection has been made but I was stuffing my face at my sisters bday dinner and I randomly was thinking about the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on 12/13 Nov. I’ve looked at the two mentions of the morning star and also the two different Greek words used for the word child in Rev 12:5 which I always thought was weird. I just solved the puzzle for real this time!!! 

Ok in the first mention of morning star it says this: Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star. I never noticed that it says give “him” the morning star. I was like who is “him”? So I read the scripture above and it says, 

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star. 

I was like I have seen this somewhere before and then I just realized who the “Him” was, look!!! 

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. We know the child in both verses is Jupiter. 

We know that the morning star is Venus, but I can confirm that bc the use of the original word for morning in Rev 22:16 is orthros. Here is the scripture and the meaning is below it.. 

Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 

From orthros; relating to the dawn, i.e. Matutinal (as an epithet of Venus, especially brilliant in the early day) — morning. see GREEK orthros 

 Sooooooo here is it out simply, When Jesus is saying he will give “him” the morning star, the “him”is the child in Rev 12:5. When Jupiter conjuncts with Venus Jesus is going to give Jupiter the morning star (Venus) I have looked at these scriptures for months and I never noticed the “Him” in Rev 2:28. What gave it away was when I saw Rev 2:27 above it about the rod of iron phrase, the same rod of iron that is given to the child Rev 12:5

Guys this has to be right!!!”

The coming conjunction info: (Nov 12/13) Very interesting to consider.

I agree… very interesting indeed!  Thanks to all of you who have spread this message!


Part 3: Paul Dawson’s latest Video about Venus

Here is the concluding video from Paul Dawson that highlighted much of this so beautifully and succinctly.  Check it out, it’s just under 14 minutes long. I have watched it multiple times and found it so encouraging.

Regarding the video above and this conjunction our brother Bryan shared the following quote in a group I am a part of which I thought was quite insightful:

“I have run Stellarium back and forth many times after watching Paul Dawson’s series and the Nov. 13th conjunction seems like such a fitting and poetic finale to this whole season.”

I couldn’t agree more. This would be a very fitting finale indeed!


Part 4: The Final Exit Out of The Woman?

Another thing I found interesting is that this conjunction takes place at the VERY EDGE of the boundary for the constellation Virgo.  In a few short days after this conjunction both planets will be out of Virgo (The Woman)… leaving only Mars in the constellation.  Mars is often the planet of War… so perhaps this indicates war in Israel after the church departs?  I am not saying this is the birth, but just another type of exit from the woman and potentially another piece to the puzzle.  It could be something or it could be nothing, but I thought I would share.

 


Conclusion

At times I feel like we are watching a very complex and detailed movie play out before our eyes.  We may have walked into the theater assuming the movie was 90 minutes long, but as we blow past that time marker we realized this is not your typical flick in any way.  With most movies you can get a sense you are getting close to the end, but if you haven’t seen it before and aren’t checking your watch you never quite know when the will credits appear on the screen.  I think it is the same way with the rapture and this season of watching. We have a sense we are towards the end of the age of grace, and are waiting for the rapture to take place… but we didn’t write the script, we are just watching and eagerly waiting for the conclusion.  We know a movie can’t go on forever though, and it is the same way with this world.  And just like a good movie, I have a feeling “The Director” will be able to tie up all these loose ends perfectly in the end.

So we must ask ourselves, is this conjunction the fitting finale to this epic film, or is this just another step in the process or piece of the puzzle?  Surely if a human director can formulate a script that will keeps people guessing our Awesome Abba can do the same and more.    None of us know how far this will play out but I believe it is worth eagerly watching that’s for sure!  I believe there is a chance this could be it.  As you have seen above, there are a lot of elements that seem to come together in a beautiful way, but like always, we must wait and watch… in fact, that’s exactly what He wants us to be doing. Maranatha!!

So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:28   (Click to Source)

The Gates Of Hell

I’ve been camping on Gary’s Open Your Eyes post from 10 days ago and the nearness of October 31st.  I have some additional thoughts that have come to mind after my sister Rebekah refocused my attention on the Barley harvest and 10/31 that I will share here.

October 31st: this would be the true Day of Atonement if the barley wasn’t aviv as expected thus bringing into focus the jubilee trumpet theory.  It also happens to be Halloween (All Saints’ Eve) and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, both of which are central to the Church and its meaning.  This Halloween happens to be 40 days after Yom Teruah (if it wasn’t delayed), thus we see a possible 40-day repentance window.  It sure would be a way for God to take back the day the devil has stolen!

Some of you are familiar with the work of Ray Vander Laan.  I have been blessed, moved and changed as this Biblical archaeologist and founder of That the World May Know Ministries makes the living Word of God come alive, through carefully teaching in the context in which the Word was written.

Background

In the early days of Jesus’ ministry He was something of what we might call a rockstar or celebrity. The lame walk, the blind see, the dead are raised, radical powerful heart of the matter teaching, shaking up the establishment, demons cast out, feeding thousands all in the safety of the northern reaches of Galilee.

Some verses that highlight the point:

Matthew 4:23-ff (NASB)

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

(leading into the Sermon on the Mount – chapters 5,6 & 7)

Matthew 8:1-3 (NASB)

When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. 2 And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Luke 8:4 (NASB)

When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:

Here the tone changes.  As if Jesus begins to show His band of twelve the cost of discipleship and what faith looks like.  Boot camp.  They’re going to need it.

Here we get the account of the storm on the Sea of Galilee in the night and the man filled with a legion of demons in Gadarenes.

These fishing boats were not U.S. Coast Guard-approved.  These were homemade boats.  There were no approved floating devices, rescue boats, lighting, flares, weather radio, two way radios, rescue beacons, cell phones or satellite phones.

There was then a natural fear of the water.  It was believed by many to be the abyss, the home of the demons.

Worst possible scenario – out in the middle of the Galilee, in the dark, at night, in a storm.  Suddenly the Son of the Most High God wakes from His sleep in the bow of the boat and announces to the wind and the waves “Peace be still”.  They were in awe.  “Who is this that commands even the wind and the waves”.  He of course is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He spoke the universe into existence and without Him nothing was made that has been made.  He is Lord of the deep and Lord of the abyss.

If this wasn’t traumatic enought they get out of the boat to find themselves in a place where no good Jewish boy would go.  A Gadarene cemetery face to face with a naked man, who was out of his mind, who broke chains and who was filled with a legion of demons.

Imagine the deepest horror movie voice and when you reply and ask “what is your name?”, the reply is the deepest, most-nerve-rattling-demonic “we are legion for we are many”.

SCARY!

Suddenly the cost of discipleship grows higher and confusion sets in.  We liked prosperity Jesus, the big crowds, big meals and big popularity better.  (IMHO – I suppose this is what did Judas in.  He thought He could push Jesus into a confrontation and He would throw off the Lamb and become the Lion – maybe not, don’t know).  Much of the church is dead, powerless, practicing a form of godliness, but denying its’ power.


Caesarea Philippi

In Matthew 16 and Mark 8 we receive the account of Jesus taking the disciples far into the north of the Galilee to Caesarea Philippi.  Not a Jewish place at all.  A Roman city full of the most despicable idol worship, worship of the “god” Pan and Ba’al, orgies, temple prostitutes and infanticide.

All of these mythic practicies were designed to excite the gods, into bringing fertility to the area.  If I can be so pornographic to say, that if there was enough orgy, prostitution, idols, and statues of sex and fertility, perhaps the gods would be aroused enough to ejaculate rain and bring life.  It was a place of utter wickedness.

Caesarea Philippi sits below Mount Hermon.  Mount Hermon is the hightest point in Israel.  Snow accumulates in winter and the spring and summer melt feeds the Jordan River.  Of course the Jordan is life to all of Israel.  The headwaters of the Jordan are right here.  At one time they came out of the mouth of this cave, although an old earthquake closed this passage and rerouted the head waters of the Jordan.

Caesarea Philippi was a red light district.  This was definitely a place where no follower of Elohim would be caught dead.

That the world may know article – link

From the picture above you see the mouth of the Jordan and where the holes in the rock face where once stood idols to Pan.

Pan was the half man / half goat.  Certainly a shadow of the gateway where the goats will be sent once the sheep and goats are divided.

It was commonly thought that this was the place of demons, that the deep abyss could be found in the cave and that this was in fact the gateway to hell.

It is in this place where Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 (NIV):

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Of course a large dogma and system have been built around Peter from this one verse.  This was not about Peter.

Jesus is saying I’m not hiding at Trinity Christian Academy in Jerusalem, Israel.  You won’t find the battle at the First Christian Church in Jerusalem.  The battle is here.  And where the battle is that is where you will find me.

Much of dead Christendom hides in their buildings, clamouring for their 501(c)(3) status, while doing nothing to reach a dead and dying world.

Where sin rages.  Where the homeless are.  Where the disinfrancished can be found.  Where the lonely, hurting, sick and distraught are – there He is.

This job has been passed along to the Church and to my point:

The Church (the true Church) is knocking down the front door of hell.  We (the body) knocked down strong holds, we pointed people from death to life, from sin to holiness and through the collective work of the Church “greater things than these are performed”.  The sick were healed, the blind received sight, where there was conflict you find peace, where there was brokenness you find wholeness and where there was loss we find gain.

In the words of Mark 5:15 we find those who were formerly far from God “seated, clothed and in their right mind”.

It was the Church that built the orphanages and the hospitals.

The Church kept hell pinned back and the gates of hell did not prevail.  Once again God’s prophetic word proved true.

Now as Halloween approaches, I’m reminded that we the Church, the body, are leaving and the gates of hell will open again as the Restrainer leaves and this world enters Daniel’s 70th week and it will be one very demonic place.

Be ready.

Share the hope that lies within you.  That’s all you can take with you.

Grateful for what Hillary reminded us of yesterday (my grandmother’s 100th birthday – she went home 4 years ago), 1947, 1948, 1967 are past.  The Chernobyl type and shadow of the Wormwood star is old news.  The giving of the Gaza Strip is old news, as is the 2014/2015 blood moons, 8/21 eclipse, 9/23 – Rev 12:1-2 and the Fall festivals in 2017.  The hour is exceedingly late.

Ray Vandeer Laan – That the World May Know – Volume 5

It would be fascinating if Christ’s return for the bride was on Halloween.  Regardless, I am reminded to stay on mission no matter what happens.  (Click to Source)

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Rapture and Pre-tribulation Rapture Made Simple!

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The Rapture: What is it? 

It is Jesus coming to claim His bride, the church, and bring her back to His place in heaven.  Why does He do that?  Because we are in a period of time called the church age or the age of Grace.  It initially began with the resurrection of Christ, but “officially” began at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out and indwelt all believers. From that day until now, all believers are born again with the Holy Spirit residing in them during this church age, which has a beginning at Pentecost and an end when Jesus comes for His bride and takes her back to heaven to be with Him.

Why is the church referred to as the bride of Christ? 

A marriage relationship is the strongest, most intimate relationship God has set up.  It is when two become one, and it means this in a much stronger context than simply physical union.  We often say our spouse is our “soul” partner.  We are “two become one” soul partners.  Jesus says in John 14:20 that “I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

That is Divine God being “two become one” through our bride and marriage relationship with God. This is the most intimate relationship God provides.  Not even the angels have this type of relationship with God.  AND since the church is called the bride of Christ, it is important to examine the Jewish betrothal customs to see how this betrothal relationship unfolds.

When a Jewish bridegroom proposes to his perspective bride, he offers her a cup of wine.  If she drinks from the cup, she has accepted his proposal.  Next, the bridegroom goes away to prepare a place for them to live, sometimes back to his father’s house.  When he is through preparing a place for He and his bride to live, he comes back for her.  She has been waiting, not knowing when he will come back.  When he comes back, there is a shout and a blowing of a trumpet or shofar. He gets his bride and takes her back to his place for a wedding and a wedding feast, which lasts seven days.

How does this line up with the church? 

Jesus’ proposal to the church occurred at the last supper, when He had wine with His disciples, and told them He would not drink from the wine cup again until they were in His Father’s house.  He then went away to prepare a place for He and His bride to live – in heaven.  In John 14:2-3 He says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms.  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.”

We, the bride of Christ, are still waiting for Him to return to take us back to His place in heaven.  In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 it says, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 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.” THAT is the rapture, and THAT is when Christ comes to take us back to His place in heaven.

The wedding feast lasts for a week, but in this case it will be for a week of years; and we shall see why in a moment.  Jesus “promised” that He has prepared a place for us and that He will come and get us at some point. The rapture is the fulfillment of that promise.

Is the rapture the same thing as the Second Coming of Jesus?  

No.  What happens at the rapture is that Jesus comes back in the “air” ONLY for His bride, the church, to take her back to heaven for the wedding feast.  It is immediately following the wedding feast at the end of the week-long feast of years in Revelation 19 that Jesus returns to Earth “with His bride, the church;” and THAT is His Second Coming.  Matthew 24 says that every eye shall see Him as He comes back to judge the surviving wicked, and to rule over planet Earth.

He will rule from Jerusalem during a period of 1,000 years called the millennial reign of Christ. It will be an unprecedented time in history. His church, who are now immortal beings, will physically and visibly be reigning on Earth with Jesus.  Human beings will co-exist alongside visible immortal beings.  Only believers who survive the seven-year tribulation will be allowed to enter into the 1,000-year millennial reign of Christ.

What happens between the rapture and the Second Coming of Christ? 

It is important to remember that God “still” has a covenant with the Jewish people, in which He told them that there is a time coming when they will receive their long-awaited Messiah. And they, Israel, will be the “predominant” nation on earth and will be held in high esteem.  This covenant is spelled out in Daniel chapter 9 in what is called the 70 weeks of Daniel prophecy.  This, too, is 70 weeks of years, which begins when the Jews in Israel, who have been in  Babylonian captivity, are allowed to return and rebuild Jerusalem.  And it says from that time until after 69 weeks or 483 years, the Messiah will be cut off or killed.  That lines up in time with Jesus being crucified. The 490-year time-period “clock” of years stops due to the crucifixion of Christ, leaving a period of one week of years, the 70th week still remaining.

This 69 weeks of years is a covenant God has with Israel and does not include the church.  The church never spent one day inside that first 69 weeks of years.  The 69 weeks stopped when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the donkey, and was rejected and crucified.  Up until the church age, God used the nation of Israel to bring about revelation of Himself to the rest of the world through His word, written by Jewish authors, and through the Jewish people, since Jesus is from the linage of David – in fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

Following the crucifixion of Jesus, God turned from Israel to the “church” to bring about revelation of Himself to the world, and that is where we still are today.  One of the main reasons for the rapture is for the Lord to bring the church home so that God can now turn back to Israel and restart the 70 weeks clock again. This is in order to fulfill His promise to the Jewish people, to bring them their Messiah and fulfill His other promises to them.  This last 70th week of seven years is also called the seven-year tribulation period, in which God pours out His wrath on Earth and sees to it that Israel will “finally” recognize Jesus as their Messiah (Zechariah 12). They will call on Jesus to save them when they are surrounded by all nations, who want to destroy them at the battle of Armageddon. THIS is when Jesus returns at His Second Coming.  He comes back to save Israel and to set up His reign on Earth for the 1,000 years.

Since the church did not spend even one day inside the first 69 weeks of God’s covenant with Israel, there is no reason to think it will spend even one day inside the 70th week, which is the seven-year tribulation period.  This also shows why it is necessary that the rapture will be a “pretribulation rapture” versus a mid-trib or post-trib rapture.

What other evidence is there that the rapture will be pretribulation? 

There are many, many people who have differing views as to whether the rapture will occur before the seven-year tribulation, during the middle of it, at the end of it, or somewhere in between.  Let’s see what the Bible has to say.

Since the seven-year tribulation period is described in great detail in the book of Revelation, let’s begin there.  As the book of Genesis tells us how everything began, Revelation tells us how everything ends.  In the first three chapters, the church is mentioned around 27 times.  There is symbolism in the book of Revelation, but the symbolism is explained as to what it is.  In chapter 1, John sees seven lamp stands, and they are described as representing the seven churches.  Seven is a number of completion with God, and this is also symbolic as representing all churches for all times.

Chapter 4 begins like this: In verse one John says, “After this I looked and there before me was a ‘door’ standing open in heaven.  [Remember this door for later].  And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a ‘trumpet’ said, ‘Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this.’”

This clearly is a wonderful picture of the rapture: there is a trumpet call, and the bride is called to heaven, and “I will show you what must take place after this,” meaning after the bride is in heaven.

John immediately describes seeing the Throne Room and says he sees the seven lamp stands “again,” which represent the seven churches that were on earth but now all reside in heaven.  Following this is when the scrolls are opened and all of the events of the seven-year tribulation are described.  The church is not mentioned even one time during this seven-year period from chapter 4 to chapter 19, when finally it mentions the church at the wedding feast with Jesus at the end of the tribulation. Immediately following the wedding feast is when Jesus comes back to Earth with His bride, the church, to save Israel in His Second Coming.  This is “strong” evidence in Revelation that shows a pretribulation rapture versus one occurring during the tribulation.

Many people think the church will not be spared the tribulation period, and that we are to be persecuted, but is that what the Bible says? 

First, we need to recognize that Jesus died on a cross to save us from our sins and to also save us from God’s wrath.  He took on God’s wrath for us at the cross.  And yes, Christians have suffered much persecution and endured “man’s” wrath from its beginning until now.  However, the tribulation period is described as a period of God’s wrath on Earth – not man’s wrath on Earth. God has already saved us from His wrath that will be poured out on earth during that time.

Rev. 3:10 describes Jesus speaking to the churches: He says, “Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.”

Twice in the Bible in the Old Testament and New Testament, a day is represented as 1,000 years with God; thus, an hour is represented as clearly a very short period of time.  This clearly has to mean the seven-year tribulation period of God’s wrath that He has prophesied will occur before His Second Coming. He is telling the churches that He will keep us “from this hour of trial that is to come upon the whole earth.”

Another strong evidence for a pretribulation rapture occurs in 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2

This chapter talks in detail about a time when the antichrist is ruling the earth and sets himself up to be God; but it says that the antichrist CANNOT be revealed until the Restrainer is removed from the scene.  Since the Bible says the antichrist will be a person controlled by Satan, who is it that can restrain Satan?  Clearly, the only one who can restrain him is God Himself; and since God the Holy Spirit resides inside all believers, it is necessary to remove all believers in order that the Restrainer, the Holy Spirit, is removed from the scene. This occurs pretribulation. THEN Satan can bring about his plan to control a one-world leader called the antichrist.

Pre-Fulfillment and Fulfillment

There is a very “interesting” example of a pretribulation rapture in Genesis, Chapter 6.  The Bible has quite a few examples of something happening in the Old Testament that is a pre-fulfillment, and then something much bigger called a fulfillment happening later, often in the New Testament.  A great example of this is when Jesus said in Matt. 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jonah was the smaller pre-fulfillment, and Jesus the greater fulfillment.

In Genesis,chapter 6, God refers to Noah and his family as the righteous on Earth. He wants them to enter the ark, for in seven days He is going to bring down His wrath and judgment onto the earth.  This is a picture of God taking the righteous on Earth, Noah and his family, and putting them in a safe place, the ark, for a period of seven days until His judgment begins upon the earth.  This is a pre-fulfillment.

The greater fulfillment is talked about in Matt. 24: 37-41 when Jesus says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”

This is saying that, just as people were unaware in the days of Noah, so will they be unaware in the end of days; and it shows the rapture represented by the man and woman “being taken” during this time and the other two left.

The greater fulfillment is that the church is considered the righteous on earth; and here we have God taking the righteous on earth, the church, and putting her in a safe place–heaven–for a period of seven years before He comes back to judge the earth.  Of course, this seven years is the time of the wedding feast already mentioned.

We have another example of this in Genesis 19:12 where God is getting ready to pour out His “wrath” and destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He sends His angels to save Lot and his family from His wrath. Indeed, the angel even says he cannot destroy Sodom and Gomorrah “until” Lot and his family are in a safe place. Once they are, then God’s wrath destroys Sodom and Gomorrah.

However, I have saved the best for last.

One of the most powerful, if not “the” most powerful verses in the Bible that talks about the rapture, not only describes the rapture beautifully but describes it point blank as a pretribulation rapture. AND it occurs in the Old Testament.  Isaiah 26:19-21 says this: Verse 19 describes the rapture; “But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise—let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy—your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.” This is clearly a beautiful picture of the rapture.

Verse 20 further describes this as a pretribulation rapture:  “Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you.  [Remember John saying he saw an open door in heaven in Revelation, Chapter 4?]. ‘Hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by.  See, the Lord is coming out of His dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.”

This is a strong picture of the church being called up to heaven.  Why?  Because the Lord is getting ready to bring down His wrath onto the earth to punish the people for their sins.  The church is “behind” the doors, and it even describes the time of God’s wrath on Earth as a “little while,” corresponding to the “hour of trial” that is to come upon the whole world (Rev 3:10).

These are all good examples of a pretribulation rapture.  They are by no means exhaustive, but strong enough by themselves to give a pretribulation rapture far greater weight than biblical evidence to support a mid-trib or post-trib rapture.  Post-trib is really a non-issue because, if the rapture occurred at the very end of the tribulation, there would be no “believers” to enter into the 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ, as they would all have just been raptured. The only ones left would be unbelievers who are not allowed to enter the 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ.

I hope this is helpful to those who care about the rapture and “when” in relation to the seven-year tribulation that it occurs.

Maranatha! Come quickly Lord Jesus!

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