Tribulation – Judgments! War!

Vietnam War – Music Video – Riders on the Storm – Info from the author of the video, Flying Dutchman – Published on Jan 27, 2018 – Dedicated to the soldiers who fought and died during the Vietnam War. Brave young men who served their country, which many of them never received a “welcome home” or a “thank you” from its country.

In the video we see men of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. They may be enlistees or draftees. They may be active duty, reserve or national guard. I call them heroes!

The Vietnam War began. Members of the US armed forces, and allies, were called to serve in Vietnam; others were called to support the war effort from neighboring countries. For brevity purposes, I will call the men in the video, “troops.” They are seen wearing helmets, flop hats, tropical fatigues, flak jackets and jungle boots. They are equipped with rifles and ammo belts. They may have fired pistols and machine guns; they may have thrown grenades. Many of the troops were carried to the fight by helicopters. Those wounded were carried by their fellow troops to places where they, and those killed in action, were taken away by the same helicopters. Troops crawled through jungles, walked in water up to their chests, and walked through rice paddies; hard-sole jungle boots protected the troops from hidden punji sticks. Troops were fired upon by the enemy; they returned fire. Tanks and artillery weapons fired on enemy locations further away. Airplanes dropped bombs. Machine gunners on helicopters fired on enemy soldiers. Just prior to the end of the war, helicopters were thrown into the South China Sea so that the enemy could not make use of them. The Vietnam War ended. The youngest of those whom were seen in the video would most likely been born around 1950. Americans wept as they read the names of the war dead on Vietnam memorial walls.
I found the names, pictures, and details of death, of two of my friends. One was in the US Army; the other was in the US Marine Corps. Both were born in 1947; both were killed in action in 1968.

In 1969, Look Magazine published an article that showed pictures of the American war dead in Vietnam that had occurred in the previous week. The casualties were males, young men, with most of them being in the age group of less than twenty-three years old; those that were killed that week were about two-hundred twenty-nine in number. Many of the men that were drafted left jobs, homes, families and church fellowships to serve their country.

Another war will come in the future, that may not be “too far distant.” It will have a quick spiritual defeat, that will come at the hands of Christ (Rev 19:15), that comes as a campaign is being carried on by “all who have gone to war against Jerusalem” (Zech 14:12). That war will be known as “the Battle of Armageddon” (Rev 16:16); some have called it “the campaign of Armageddon.” All of the advanced weaponry, and tactics of war, will be brought against the nation of Israel but, to no avail. Christ will be greater than any rifle, rocket or bomb. All of the foes of Israel will die! Their eternity will be in the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15).

The US involvement in Vietnam was from 1950 until the last US combat troops were withdrawn in 1973; Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon were the commanders in Chief. There were more than 540,000 US troops stationed in South Vietnam in 1967. 58,220 US troops died in the war. During the war in Vietnam War, US forces were stationed in South Vietnam, as well as in other areas of Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Guam, Okinawa and in the Philippines.

The time of the Vietnam War was during that of the Cold War with Russia and its socialist counterparts. Other US troops were stationed at bases throughout the world. While war in Vietnam is largely remembered as a contest between North and South Vietnam, with the United States intervening on behalf of the latter, both factions enjoyed considerable help from a host of other world powers, large and small. The total war casualties, of both sides, was 1,273,230, which covers the time period of 1954-1975. Non-combat deaths totaled about 500,000

The Tribulation – In the verses of Matthew 24 and 25, Christ is talking to Jews about things that will happen to Jews after the rapture has taken place; only unsaved Jews and Gentiles will remain on the earth during the tribulation. The things that are stated in Matthew 24 are an outline of the time of the future tribulation. The book of Revelation, Chapters 6-19, shows a more detailed account of the things that will happen during the tribulation.

Matthew 24:5-12 New American Standard Bible (vs 9, Tribulation)

5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

Let’s look in greater detail at some of the things that will happen on earth during the tribulation. Notice that God is making the things happen that will bring His judgment upon the earth.

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (Seal judgments; severe; 1/4 of mankind killed)

7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Revelation 9:13-15 New American Standard Bible (Trumpet judgments; more severe; 1/3 of mankind killed).

13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (Great Tribulation; consider its severity)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

Revelation 16 New American Standard Version (Bowl judgments; most severe)

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, *came down from heaven upon men;

Revelation 19:11, 19, 21 New American Standard Version (The final assault on Jerusalem ends with all attackers being killed by Christ)

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. (Christ is the rider)

The war begins. The war ends.

19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. (the armies are unsaved international coalition armed forces)

21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse (all unsaved troops, including their unsaved chaplains, will die)

Remember that the above judgments (seals, trumpets and bowls) are poured out on the earth under the authority of God. No church age, born again believers in Christ, will be present while these things are happening.

At the end of the tribulation, the number of military combat deaths will be, “all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem,” (Zech 14:1-3, 12; Rev 19:15, 19-21). The non-combat deaths will include all of those whom do not know Christ as Messiah, and Lord and Savior, whom will be residing in all four corners of the earth Matt 24:29-31 (Jews); 40-41 (Jews); 25:31-34, 41, 46 (Gentiles). The righteous of Mt 25:46 will be those former unbelievers, that were left behind from the rapture, that came to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation; they are known as tribulation saints.

U.S. military personnel will be a part of the ungodly forces at the Battle of Armageddon. All that are present for that battle will be unsaved, including their unsaved chaplains, and will die, and will come under the jurisdiction of the “Great White Throne Judgment,” Rev 20:10-15. The sentence will be “confinement for all of eternity” in the lake of fire. These unsaved tribulation era people, combatant and non-combatant, will never see the Kingdom of God; from their physical location on earth in the tribulation, they will be taken to judgment. The same judgment has been set for everyone, of all times, whomever has not been born again. The remedy is to be born again (John 3:3); to believe in Christ (John 3:16); to have the indwelling Spirit of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (John 14:16,17, 20); to be prompted by the Holy Spirit to righteous living (John 15:26-27; 16:7-11); to have an intimate relationship with God, the Father, and God, the Son, being empowered by God, the Holy Spirit (John 17:3).

John 3:3 New American Standard Bible

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:16 New American Standard

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 14:16-17,20 New American Standard Bible

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

John 15:26-27 New American Standard Bible

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 16:7-11 New American Standard Bible

7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

John 17:3 New American Standard Bible

3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

If we have been born again, we know Christ as Lord and Savior. If we know Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been born again.

During the time that I spent in Thailand and in the Philippines, during the Vietnam War, I remember those times as being times of national unity. We were not a hyphenated nation, we were “Americans.” Consider the unity that is shown in the faces of the following video. Please look very closely; or, you might miss somebody.

Lee Greenwood – A Prayer for America – Yankee Stadium Memorial (23 Sept 2001)) – God Bless the USA

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Israel 8 – Exodus 12-13

City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie – Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie. The song was recorded by Arlo Guthrie in 1972, and is about a train, The City Of New Orleans, from Chicago, Illinois, to Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans, Louisiana. The distance for the train ride is about 900 miles, and the time for that ride is about nineteen hours. In this article on the study of Israel, we will see the beginning of its travel through the wilderness, which lasted much more than nineteen hours; the distance is, “beyond me,” but the time for the journey was forty years (Exodus 16:34-36).

Such memorable train routes as, The Orange Blossom Special, The Wabash Special and, of course, The City Of New Orleans, have a certain air of romanticism within their individual histories. The train trips that I have had in my past, have all left me with very pleasant memories. The Orange Blossom Special took me through the middle of beautiful Florida orange groves. “The Wabash Cannon Ball” was a fast express train line [1] on the Wabash Railroad. This express train traveled throughout the middle and western United States and also, on the Great Rock Island Route in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s.[2][3][4] The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train on the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and connecting railroads between New York City and Miami in the United States. It ran during the winter season only. It covered 1,327 miles (2,136 km) on the Pennsylvania Railroad from New York City to Washington, D.C., the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad from Washington to Richmond, and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad from Richmond via Raleigh, Columbia, and Savannah to Miami. A section also went to Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Some of my followers may have their own special memories of train trips. As a kid, I can not think of any of my friends that did not want a Lionel Train Set.
Btw, my favorite train ride ended at Tampa, Florida, on my way to MacDill AFB.

Israel 8 – Exodus 12-13 – Preliminary

Train travel was not an option for the Israelites as they were rushed out of Egypt by God; they walked. It was on God’s timeline to get His chosen people (Deu 14:2) out of Egypt, in the manner that He did: “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart”(Exodus 4:21; 7:3; 9:12; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8, 17). Consider also, “the king hardened his own heart”(Exodus 7:13, 14, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 34, 35; 13:15). Check out the link to the MacArthur comment: Consider also the sovereign timing of God in John 2:4, “My hour has not yet come.” Additionally, as was stated in my article, “The Catching Up! When,?” it will be upon the decision of God as to the time of the catching up of His saints, prior to the tribulation,
Another example of the timing of God, that is shown in the body of this article (Ex 12:41),”At the end of 430 years, to the very day, all the tribal divisions of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.”

The year date of this article is 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Frank Charles Thompson, 1858-May 3, 1940, D.D., Ph.D.). It must be stated again, that all that is happening in these verses is a record of the sovereign actions of God to remove the Jews from Egypt and to lead them to their promised land. The promised land, which will be the possession of the Israelites, after they complete their soon to begin forty-year wilderness journey, will also be the land of the Jews during the yet to come Kingdom Age, in the time of the millennium. The fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham is seen in His leading the Jews to their promised land (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21).

Israel 8 – Ongoing

We will continue with our study of Israel, which is not a study of the text, verse by verse or word by word, but an examination of the sovereign actions of God which He made to effect His purposes for Israel. It is very clear that throughout much of the world, to include many churches, there is a great lack of proper respect for “God’s Chosen People.” But, there is great scriptural truth for the fact that the Jews are, “God’s Chosen People.” It is important for born again believers in Christ to place Israel in its proper place of significance which God has placed that nation, to include its people.

The Jews were not abandoned by God (Elohim, Exodus 13:18) after He led them out of Egypt. Neither was God absent from the Presence of Israel on any day of their 40 years of wilderness experience. Neither is God absent from the Presence of Jews, or Israel, at any time in today’s world.

Nehemiah 9:19-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. 20 “You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst. 21 “Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.

The biblical text of this article comes from The International Standard Version.
International Standard Bible Version Information

Notes are based on my studies of the men and women whom are listed as sources of information in my Equipping Blog.

Exodus 12:37-42 International Standard Version (ISV) The Exodus Begins

37 About 600,000 Israeli men traveled from Rameses to Succoth on foot, not counting children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with a very large number of livestock, including sheep and cattle. 39 They baked the dough that they brought out of Egypt into thin cakes of unleavened bread. It had not been leavened because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves. 40 Now the time that the Israelis lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of 430 years, to the very day, all the tribal divisions of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42 That was for the Lord a night of vigil to bring them out of the land of Egypt. This same night belongs to the Lord, and is to be a vigil for all the Israelis from generation to generation.

Note. Verses 40-41 “four hundred and thirty years.” Abraham had been told that his descendants would be aliens mistreated in a foreign land for 400 years, using a figure rounded to hundreds (Gen. 15:13).

Exodus 12:43-51 International Standard Version (ISV) Instructions for the Passover

43 The Lord told Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover: No foreigner is to eat it, 44 though any slave purchased with money may eat it after you have circumcised him. 45 But no temporary resident or a hired servant is to eat it. 46 It is to be eaten in one house, and you are not to take any of the meat outside the house, nor are you to break any of its bones. 47 The whole congregation of Israel is to observe it. 48 If an alien who resides with you wants to observe the Passover to the Lord, every male in his household must be circumcised, and then he may come near to observe it. He is to be like a native of the land, but no uncircumcised person is to eat it. 49 A single law exists for the native and the alien who resides among you.” 50 All the Israelis did this. They did exactly as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. 51 And on that very day, the Lord brought the Israelis out of the land of Egypt by their tribal divisions.

Note. Verse 46 “nor are you to break any of its bones.”
1 Cor 5:7. The death of Christ fulfilled the feast of Passover. Christ is the Christian’s Passover lamb.
1 Corinthians 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”
John 19:36. The crucified Christ had no bones broken.
John 19:36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, ‘Not a bone of Him shall be broken.’”

Exodus 13:1-2 International Standard Version (ISV) Consecration of the Firstborn

1 The Lord spoke to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelis, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.”

Exodus 13:3-10 International Standard Version (ISV) The Festival of Unleavened Bread

3 Then Moses told the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, from the house of bondage, because the Lord brought you out from this place with a strong show of force. Moreover, nothing leavened is to be eaten. 4 Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5 When the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which he swore to your ancestors to give you—a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ritual in this month. 6 You are to eat unleavened bread for seven days, and on the seventh day there is to be a festival to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days, and nothing leavened is to be seen among you, nor is leaven to be seen among you throughout your territory. 8 And you are to tell your child on that day, ‘This is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 It is to be a sign for you on your hand and a reminder on your forehead, so that you may speak about the instruction of the Lord; for the Lord brought you out of Egypt with a strong show of force. 10 You are to keep this ordinance at its appointed time from year to year.”

Note. Verses 2–10 This passage is a further explanation that tied the departure of the Jews from Egypt to God’s promise of Israel’s entrance into, and residence in, a new home land. In their new land, there would be an annual seven-day feast observance of the Jews’ departure from their slavery in Egypt. Verses 8 and 16 explain the opportunity, that was not to be overlooked, of parents teaching their children of the significance of God’s faithfulness in freeing the Jews from their Egyptian bondage.

Exodus 13:11-16 International Standard Version (ISV) The Redemption of the Firstborn

11 “When the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite and gives it to you, just as he promised you and your ancestors, 12 you are to dedicate to the Lord everything that first opens the womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord. 13 You are to redeem every firstborn donkey with a lamb, and if you don’t redeem it, you are to break its neck. You are to redeem every firstborn among your sons. 14 Then when your child asks you in the future, ‘What is this?’, you are to say to him, ‘The Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of bondage with a strong show of force. 15 And when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of humans to the firstborn of animals. Therefore, I sacrifice to the Lord every male that first opens the womb, but I redeem every firstborn of my sons. 16 It is to be a sign on your hand and an emblem on your forehead, because the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong show of force.’”

Note. Verse 12 “Dedicate,” (set apart), helps to explain the meaning of consecrate in verse 2. The idea is “to treat as distinct,” as well as to “identify as being special.” The word, “males,” relates to all firstborn.

Exodus 13:17-22 International Standard Version (ISV) God Guides the People in the Desert

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them along the road through the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer, because God had said, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people the roundabout way of the desert toward the Reed Sea. The Israelis went up from the land of Egypt in military formation. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, because Joseph had made the Israelis take this solemn oath: “God will certainly take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones up with you from here.” 20 They left Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the desert. 21 The Lord went in front of them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel both day and night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Note: Verse 17 See the comments from the MacArthur study note:

Note. Verse 21 Consider a pillar of cloud, and a pillar of fire. They would be the means by which God would lead the Jewish people. The cloud by day and fire by night (Ex 14:24) relate to the Angel of God (Ex 14:19; 23:20–23) or the Angel of God’s presence (Isa 63:8, 9). In Ex 3:2, it was the pillar from which the Lord also spoke to Moses.
(Ex 3:2, “The angel,” (mal·’ach, Hebrew), 4397: a messenger, malak: a messenger, Phonetic Spelling: (mal-awk’); “of the LORD,”(Yah·weh, Hebrew), 3068: the proper name of the God of Israel, Yhvh: the proper name of the God of Israel, Phonetic Spelling: (yeh-ho-vaw’).

Israel 9 – Supportive

At 12:36 in the video, we pick up from where our prior article on Israel ends,”Israel 7 – Exodus 5-12.”

Ron Wyatt – The Red Sea Crossing

Published on Jan 1, 2013
This is the incredible story of Ron Wyatt and how he actually proved the stories of the Bible were correct! In this video, Ron proves everything about The Red Sea Crossing and even found the wheels of the chariots under the water right where God told him to look. He also proved the Bible’s information about Noah’s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, Mount Sinai and Sodom and Gommorah.

He also found the blood of Jesus Christ that was on the Ark of the Covenant! This information should have been front page news all over the world but has been suppressed by those wishing to deny Jesus.

When Israeli scientists tested the blood for Ron they had never seen anything like it! First the blood was still alive and they could analyze the chromosomes which would have been impossible if this was normal blood. Secondly when they analyzed the blood, they found that it had 23 chromosomes from the mother as was normal but only ONE chromosome from the father! About 90% of the scientists did not believe in God or Jesus Christ before they analyzed this blood. Ron Wyatt reported that every single scientist involved converted to Christianity afterwards!

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The Catching Up! When?

Mamas and The Papas – Monday Monday (Hollywood Palace, 1966). “Monday, Monday” is a 1966 song written by John Phillips and recorded by “The Mamas & The Papas.” The group was formed by husband and wife John and Michelle Phillips, formerly of the New Journeymen, and Denny Doherty, formerly of the Mugwumps. Both of these earlier acts were folk groups active from 1964 to 1965. The last member to join was Cass Elliot, Doherty’s bandmate in the Mugwumps.

In the song the lyrics are very telling of the subject of this article. Consider the words, “Monday Monday, could you leave and not take me?” There are other words in the song that relate to our “day to day” thoughts of life. Consider what it would be like if suddenly you were missing, and no one could figure out where you went. This same scenario is waiting to happen to millions of people, “and it will happen!” For those whom will be “doing the looking” for their missing loved ones and friends, they will begin a time of life that they will never have thought of, and will face conditions that will be more horrifying than anything that “science fiction” would have never dreamed of!

There is nothing in prophetic studies that tells of things that will precede such an absence of so many people from our world. But, as it relates to the time element that will be required for such an event to occur, we find the following prophetic scripture, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” (1 Corinthians 15:52). The following video shows what it will be like when “those missing,” will be missing. Notice that the setting in the video is that of a church building! Please understand that the event that is being shown is not that of the second coming of Christ, where He will stand on the earth.

See the following three passages. The catching up of the church is also “the gathering, 2 Thes 2:1).

John 14:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New Living Translation (NLT)
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

Consider the purposes for the catching up of all born again believers in Christ. The believers at the Church in Thessalonica had a fear that “The Day of the Lord” had come, and that they were in “The Day Of The Lord.” They also had a concern that the man of sin (the anti-christ) had been revealed.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Man of Lawlessness

1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

Note. vs 1 and 2. The Thessalonian Christians thought that they had missed the event which is shown in the above video. They thought that Christ had already come in the air to catch them up, to take them to the presence of God the Father, which would remove them from the persecution of the anti-christ and the divine judgment of God. These Thessalonians believed that they were living in the time of “the Day of the Lord.” Consider the following verses that relate to the Feast Of Tabernacles, which is a fall feast of the Jews. The feast is also known as the Feast of Booths and the Feast of Ingathering.

The Jewish feast of Ingathering/Tabernacles/Booths: Lev 23:33-43; Ex 23:16-17; Deu 16:13-16; Neh 8:13-18; Num 29:12-40; John 7:2. The feast of tabernacles will fulfillment in Christ in Zech 14:16-19.

Note. vs 3 and 4: The man of sin can not be revealed until there will be an apostasy. The word, “apostasy,” will be discussed to show that it is God, and only God, who is in control of the timing of the catching up of the saints. No person, or persons, by their actions or thoughts, will determine the timing of God, for anything. We will now consult the Lexicon comments of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 which is provided by BibleHub.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 New American Standard 1977
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.

NASB Greek Origin
the apostasy ἀποστασία (apostasia) from aphistémi

aphistémi: to lead away, to depart from

868. aphistémi

Strong’s Concordance
aphistémi: to lead away, to depart from
Original Word: ἀφίστημι
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: aphistémi
Phonetic Spelling: (af-is’-tay-mee)
Definition: to lead away, to depart from
Usage: I make to stand away, draw away, repel, take up a position away from, withdraw from, leave, abstain from.

In any Biblical application, the sovereignty of God must be the primary factor of concern.

Psalm 103:19 New American Standard 1977
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all.

Jeremiah 18:6 New American Standard 1977
“Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

In the case of 2 Thes: “vs 2 the Day of the Lord will not come, vs 3 unless the apostasy comes first,” the sovereignty of must MUST be the determining factor.

Day Of The Lord. The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. But the day designated in Scripture as “the day of the Lord” is coming when God will punish human sin, and He will deal in wrath and in judgment with a Christ-rejecting world. One thing we are sure of, that God in His own way will bring every soul into judgment. The Day of the Lord, according to the Old Testament, is a time of God’s judgment and a time of God’s dealing with the world in its sin. The Day of the Lord is also a time of deliverance and blessing for Israel. The millennium—the whole kingdom reign of Christ on earth—in which Christ personally directs the government of the world, is also included in the Day of the Lord. How are Christians related to this judgment? Verse 4 states: “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” Christians, of course, do not know when the Day of the Lord is coming either The best explanation is that we will not be here. When the Day of the Lord comes, we will be in glory.

In creation, we see that everything that God had created was “very good.” (Gen 1:31). After the fall of Adam, and the resulting curse upon the earth, we see that God planned a redemption for His fallen world: ”

Genesis 3:14-15 New American Standard 1977
14 And the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, And dust shall you eat All the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

MacArthur study note:
3:15 After cursing the physical serpent, God turned to the spiritual serpent, the lying seducer, Satan, and cursed him. bruise your head…bruise His heel. Satan could only “bruise” Christ’s heel (cause Him to suffer), while Christ will bruise Satan’s head (destroy him with a fatal blow).

In the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, we see the completed work of God that was done because of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. In the Revelation to John, God tells of his continuing work:

Revelation 21:5 New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I am making all things new.”

From the point in time of the creation of the world (Gen 1:31), until the time of its being made new again, it was only God that was “in charge of construction.” Mankind does not have, and will not have, anything to do with the things of God’s sovereignty. In relation to 2 Thessalonians 2:3, it will not be a falling away from the Word of God that will cause God to catch up the born again believers in Christ. Much, to the contrary, it will be the sole decision of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), that will be responsible for the catching up of the saints taking place. Consider two of the most convincing proofs that tell of the saints, “whom will be missing.” From the Lexicon we find the Greek word “868.maphistémi,” “to lead away, to depart from.”

Consider a sheep pen that is full of sheep, and that they are under the care of their Shepherd.

John 19:2-4 New American Standard 1977
2 “He who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. 3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

868 “to lead away.” Christ will lead all of His born again believers out of the sheep pen of earth.
868 “to depart from.” Through the leading of Christ, all of His born again believers will depart from the sheep pen of the world.

In both instances of 868, it will be the rapture of the church that will be the tool that Christ will use to remove His believers from this world, and then take them to the third heaven, to the Presence of God the Father (2 Cor 5:10).

Consider the purposes for the catching up of the born again believers in Christ. The believers at the Church in Thessalonica had a fear that “The Day of the Lord” had come, and they were concerned that they were in “The Day Of The Lord.” The following information was drawn from a discussion that was provided by
Dr. David Reagan and Nathan E. Jones on a special television episode of Christ in Prophecy.

The Four Purposes for the Tribulation

The signs of the times indicate that we are on the threshold of the Tribulation, a time of unparalleled carnage that will befall the earth. The earth will plunge into a period of time that the Bible describes will be the most horrific period in all of human history.

What is the Tribulation, and what are its purposes?

One of the names the Bible gives for the coming worst time period in all of human history is the Tribulation.

It is because of the time of tribulation that will come upon the earth, that the born again believers in Christ will be removed from the earth. It will be God’s decision to bring upon the earth, the oppressive acts of the anti-christ, and the judgments of God (Rev 6:1-19:21). Consider the four purposes.

The first purpose for the Tribulation concerns the wrath of God. God’s anger has reached the lip of the cup. God’s very nature is patience, but His wrath will eventually pour out when His anger has finally reached its limit. God’s anger will finally consume the world in what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord. So, the first purpose involves the punishment for the world’s sin.

The second purpose for the Tribulation concerns bringing a remnant of the Jewish people back to know God and His Son, Jesus, as their Messiah.

The third purpose for the Tribulation involves the Gentiles, for they too will come to know the Lord as their Savior.

The fourth reason for the Tribulation, I think, is also the paramount reason for the Tribulation — Jesus returns. I am talking about Christ’s Second Coming. Jesus finally comes back to earth. When Jesus returns, He defeats Satan and the Antichrist, and He sets up His Millennial Kingdom for a thousand years.

(end of program)

Consider the things that will happen after the born again believers in Christ have been caught up from this earth, and the tribulation begins. All of these things will happen because of God’s plan, and because of the reasons that are stated in the Old Testament of the Bible, as follows.

Jeremiah 30 discusses the tribulation (586 B.C., Thompson Chain Reference Bible).

Jeremiah 30:7 New American Standard 1977
‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.

Daniel 9 discusses the tribulation (539 B.C., Thompson Chain Reference Bible).

Daniel 9:20-23 New American Standard 1977
20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he gave me instruction and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 “At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.

Daniel 9:24 is the beginning verse of scripture that relates the tribulation to the Jews and Israel.

New Living Translation

24 “A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

The church, and believers in Christ, did not come into being until the year 30 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible). Acts Chapter 2 shows the birthday of the church.
2 Corinthians was written in 56 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible).
2 Cor 5:21 states that Christ became sin, so that believers in Christ will become the righteousness of Christ. Notice that Christ did not become a sinner; He became “sin” so that He could pay the sin debt, that born again believers would have to pay, had they not been born again.
Romans 8:1 states that there is no condemnation for those whom are in Christ. By being born again (John 3:3), such a person has a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of Christ. Anyone whom has been born again, literally has their spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (John 14:20).

Summing it up, God does not have a problem with anyone whose Spirit is as perfect and sinless as that of the Spirit of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). The primary purpose for the Tribulation is for Jews whom have not been born again, to be born again, to accept Christ as Messiah. Until that happens, Jews, and Gentiles, whom have not been born again, “are sin.” They need Christ to pay their sin debt; and, He will, pay their sin debt, as soon as they accept Him as Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18). Eternal life for each person begins at the time of the new birth, which is the acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior (John 17:3).

In future articles, we will discuss more about the anti-christ and the tribulation, the millennium and the eternal state. The following video shows the conditions of the world that will be present after the catching up of the born again believers in Christ occurs. There will be no babies or young children left on planet earth. There will be no people left on earth whom have been born again. There will be no people left on the earth that were not able to make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The subject of the new birth and the rapture of the church is a serious one. John 3:3, “you must be born again!”

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Israel 7 – Exodus 5-12

♪ Up, Up and Away is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by The 5th Dimension, that became a major pop hit, reaching #7 on the U.S. Pop Singles. The singers, Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson, sang a song of people being caught up in the clouds. The thought of anyone being “caught up in the clouds,” is more than a mere thought. As was stated in our last Israel article, Enoch was “caught up,” but to be taken to the Presence of God. Such an event can only be described as being “Divinely orchestrated!” (God “took” Enoch to heaven, Genesis 5:24.) The events of Israel’s history, and of her “yet to happen” future, can best be described as being a series of miraculous events that God performed, for “His purposes, for “His chosen people” (Deuteronomy 14:2). This article will begin with another miraculous “catching up” event of the Jewish prophet, Elijah. We will proceed from the catching up of Elijah to a study of the miraculous events that God performed to remove Israel from their place of bondage in Egypt.

Israel 7 – Exodus 5-12 – Preliminary

2 Kings 2:1-12 – NASB – Elijah Taken Up to Heaven – Context

Specific verse of Elijah being taken up to heaven:

VS 11: As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.

Parallel Translations, Verse 11:

NIV: Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
NLT: Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.
ESV: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
KJV: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
CSB: Elijah went up into heaven in the whirlwind.
NET: Elijah went up to heaven in a windstorm.
HCSB: Elijah went up into heaven in the whirlwind.
NASB: Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
NAS 1977: Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
DARBY 1890: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into the heavens.
GENEVA 1599: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Based on the wording of the above translations, it is very clear that the Jewish prophet, Elijah, was taken up to heaven by God, and did so without experiencing death. New Testament comparisons of the same experience can be found in John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. Information about the Jewish Prophet Elijah can be found in the follow article that was published by, which is a Jewish organization (not Messianic Jewish).

In the opening of this article, and the last post about Israel, we discussed the miraculous power of God in lifting His people up, from this earth, to heaven. In the closing of this article, we will discuss the miraculous power of God in making it possible for His people to cross a large body of water that has a floor of more than a mile below its surface. A normal question may be: (1) How could the fleeing Israelites (some very old and some very young, and some in very poor health and some in very good health), walk downward from the edge of the shore, a distance of 5500 feet, and then walk upward, a distance of 5500 feet, onto the far shore? Another reasonable question may be: (2) What happened to the possessions of the Egyptians, whom were pursuing the Israelites? These Egyptians were drowned by the same water that had been opened by God to allow the Israelites to flee to safety on the opposite shore from where they began their water crossing. Answers to these questions are considered in the closing video of this article.

Israel – Ongoing.

The miracles of God, in His deliverance of Israel from Egypt, continue in the following verses.

Let my people go (vs 1). I will not let Israel go (vs 2)

Exodus 5:1-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Israel’s Labor Increased

1 And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” 2 But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.” 3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” 4 But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you draw the people away from their work? Get back to your labors!” 5 Again Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!” 6 So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying, 7 “You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.”

Moses and Aaron confront the Pharaoh, demanding the release of the Hebrew people. Pharaoh only increases the workload for the Israelites. God responds by inflicting a series of ten plagues on Egypt. Before each plague, Moses demands the Israelites’ release, and after each plague, God purposefully “hardens” Pharaoh so that he refuses the request (4:21, 7:22). The plagues are shown in Exodus 7:14-12:36. The year date of the plagues was 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Frank Charles Thompson, 1858-May 3, 1940, D.D., Ph.D.). The plagues outline comes from the Ryrie Study Bible, Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, 1925-2016, Th.M., Ph.D.). It is important to know that all that is happening through these sovereign actions of God is to remove the Jews from Egypt and to lead them to their promised land. The promised land, which will be the possession of the Israelites, after they complete their soon to begin forty-year wilderness journey, will also be the land of the Jews during the yet to come Kingdom Age, in the time of the millennium. The fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham is seen in His leading the Jews to their promised land (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21).

Prelude to plagues. Exodus 5:1-7:13.

God authenticates Moses by the plagues that He pours out on Egypt. Scriptures come from New American Standard Bible, 1995 Update. Links come from BibleGateway,

1 First Plague. Blood. Exodus 7:14-24.

2 Second Plague. Frogs. Exodus 7:25-8:15.

3 Third Plague. Gnats. Exodus 8:16-19.

4 Fourth Plague. Flies. Exodus 8:20-32.

5 Fifth Plague. Disease on the livestock. Exodus 9:1-7.

6 Sixth Plague. Boils on man and beast. Exodus 9:8-12.

7 Seventh Plague. Hail. Exodus 9:13-35.

8 Eighty Plague. Locusts. Exodus 10:1-20.

9 Ninth Plague. Darkness. Exodus 10:21-29.

10 Tenth Plague. Death. Exodus 11:1-12:36.

Before the plague, Moses instructs the Hebrew people to cover their door posts in the blood of a sacrificed lamb as a sign for God to protect their homes from His killings. Pharaoh relents and releases the more than 600,000 Israelites who, in turn, plunder the Egyptians’ wealth.

Israel – Supportive.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following video and discussion. It is clear that God provided for the exodus of the Israelites in a plan that He devised in eternity past. It is also clear that God led the Israelites to the place of their “Red Sea Crossing,”and that it was not just by “happenstance” that the Jews “stumbled across” the proper place to cross the sea.

As we have been going through this wilderness study of Israel, we have been using a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series has not necessarily aligned up with each article, but has added content that is valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood:

[Acts 7:36-40] He [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness [of Midian/Saudi Arabia] forty years.

See Israel 4 for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 6 of 6

In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know some of the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32). There is a list of the names of God in the previous articles on Israel.

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“Christian And Jew” is an informational blog that makes known issues that relate to the teachings that are based on scriptures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The following passages are key to understanding God’s instructions for His people to live holy lives, and to make known to the world His desire for all people to maintain lifestyles of Godly righteousness. The comments that follow each scriptural passage come from the MacArthur Study Bible, which should be owned by all serious students of God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 New International Version (NIV)

4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

6:4 Hear, O Israel. See 5:1. Deuteronomy 6:4–9, known as the Shema (Heb. for “hear”), has become the Jewish confession of faith, recited twice daily by the devout, along with 11:13–21 and Num. 15:37–41. The Lord…Lord is one. The intent of these words was to give a clear statement of the truth of monotheism, that there is only one God. Thus, it has also been translated “the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” The word used for “one” in this passage does not mean “singleness,” but “unity.” The same word is used in Gen. 2:24, where the husband and wife were said to be “one flesh.” Thus, while this verse was intended as a clear and concise statement of monotheism, it does not exclude the concept of the Trinity.

6:5–9 You shall love the Lord your God. First in the list of all that was essential for the Jew was unreserved, wholehearted commitment expressed in love to God. Since this relationship of love for God could not be represented in any material way as with idols, it had to be demonstrated in obedience to God’s law in daily life. Cf. 11:16–21; Matt. 22:37; Luke 10:27.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 New International Version (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

3:16 All Scripture. Grammatically similar Gr. constructions (Rom. 7:12; 2 Cor. 10:10; 1 Tim. 1:15; 2:3; 4:4) argue persuasively that the translation “all Scripture is given by inspiration…” is accurate. Both OT and NT Scripture are included (see notes on 2 Pet. 3:15, 16, which identify NT writings as Scripture). given by inspiration of God. Lit. “breathed out by God,” or “God-breathed.” Sometimes God told the Bible writers the exact words to say (e.g., Jer. 1:9), but more often He used their minds, vocabularies, and experiences to produce His own perfect infallible, inerrant Word (see notes on 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21). It is important to note that inspiration applies only to the original autographs of Scripture, not the Bible writers; there are no inspired Scripture writers, only inspired Scripture. So identified is God with His Word that when Scripture speaks, God speaks (cf. Rom. 9:17; Gal. 3:8). Scripture is called “the oracles of God” (Rom. 3:2; 1 Pet. 4:11), and cannot be altered (John 10:35; Matt. 5:17, 18; Luke 16:17; Rev. 22:18, 19). doctrine. The divine instruction or doctrinal content of both the OT and the NT (cf. 2:15; Acts 20:18, 20, 21, 27; 1 Cor. 2:14–16; Col. 3:16; 1 John 2:20, 24, 27). The Scripture provides the comprehensive and complete body of divine truth necessary for life and godliness. Cf. Ps. 119:97–105. reproof.Rebuke for wrong behavior or wrong belief. The Scripture exposes sin (Heb. 4:12, 13) that can then be dealt with through confession and repentance. correction. The restoration of something to its proper condition. The word appears only here in the NT, but was used in extrabiblical Gr. of righting a fallen object, or helping back to their feet those who had stumbled. Scripture not only rebukes wrong behavior, but also points the way back to godly living. Cf. Ps. 119:9–11; John 15:1, 2. instruction in righteousness.Scripture provides positive training (“instruction” originally referred to training a child) in godly behavior, not merely rebuke and correction of wrong behavior (Acts 20:32; 1 Tim. 4:6; 1 Pet. 2:1, 2).

3:17 man of God. A technical term for an official preacher of divine truth. See note on 1 Tim. 6:11. complete. Capable of doing everything one is called to do (cf. Col. 2:10). thoroughly equipped. Enabled to meet all the demands of godly ministry and righteous living. The Word not only accomplishes this in the life of the man of God but in all who follow him (Eph. 4:11–13).

Matthew 28:18-20 New International Version (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

28:18 All authority. See 11:27; John 3:35. Absolute sovereign authority—lordship over all—is handed to Christ, “in heaven and on earth.” This is clear proof of His deity. The time of His humiliation was at an end, and God had exalted Him above all (Phil. 2:9–11).

28:19 therefore. I.e., on the basis of His authority, the disciples were sent to “make disciples of all nations.” The sweeping scope of their commission is consummate with His unlimited authority. in the name of the Father…Son and…Holy Spirit. The formula is a strong affirmation of trinitarianism.

28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. The kind of evangelism called for in this commission does not end with the conversion of the unbeliever. I am with you. There’s a touching echo of the beginning of Matthew’s gospel here. Immanuel (1:23) “which is translated, ‘God with us’”—remains “with” us “even to the end of the age”—i.e., until He returns bodily to judge the world and establish His earthly kingdom.

John 3:3 New International Version (NIV)

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

3:3 born again. The phrase lit. means “born from above.” Jesus answered a question that Nicodemus does not even ask. He read Nicodemus’ heart and came to the very core of his problem, i.e., the need for spiritual transformation or regeneration produced by the Holy Spirit. New birth is an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the believer (2 Cor. 5:17; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:3; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18). Chapter 1:12, 13 indicates that “born again” also carries the idea “to become children of God” through trust in the name of the incarnate Word. cannot see the kingdom of God. In context, this is primarily a reference to participation in the millennial kingdom at the end of the age, fervently anticipated by the Pharisees and other Jews. Since the Pharisees were supernaturalists, they naturally and eagerly expected the coming of the prophesied resurrection of the saints and institution of the messianic kingdom (Is. 11:1–16; Dan. 12:2). Their problem was that they thought that mere physical lineage and keeping of religious externals qualified them for entrance into the kingdom rather than the needed spiritual transformation which Jesus emphasized (cf. 8:33–39; Gal. 6:15). The coming of the kingdom at the end of the age can be described as the “regeneration” of the world (Matt. 19:28) but regeneration of the individual is required before the end of the world in order to enter the kingdom.

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8 How Fast Is Fast? Harpazo!

Here’s a list of the fastest vehicles. Other references to speed follow the comments on vehicle speeds.

1. Fastest car: Thrust SSC, a super-sonic, jet-propelled car — 763.035 mph (1,227.986 kph). Set on a one-mile track at Black Rock Desert, Nevada in 1997.
2. Fastest production car: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 267.81 mph (431.072 kph). Set in 2010.
3. Fastest motorcycle (official): BUB – Lucky 7 Streamliner — 367.382 mph (591.244 kph). Set at Bonneville Speedway, Utah in 2009.
4. Fastest motorcycle (unofficial): Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner — 376.363 mph (605.697 kph). Set at Bonneville Speedway, Utah in 2010.Fastest boat: Spirit of Australia speedboat — 317.596 mph (511.13 kph). Set in 1970.
5. Fastest helicopter: Westland Lynx 800 G-Lynx — 249.1 mph (401 kph). Set in 1986.
6. Fastest manned spacecraft: Apollo 10 — 24,790 mph. (39,896 kph). Set in 1969.
7. The speed of sound. If we consider the atmosphere on a standard day at sea level static conditions, the speed of sound is about 761 mph, or 1100 feet/second.
8. The speed of light. The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), and in theory nothing can travel faster than light. In miles per hour, light speed is, well, a lot: about 670,616,629 mph. If you could travel at the speed of light, you could go around the Earth 7.5 times in one second.

All of the above facts on speed are very interesting. But, let’s also consider the following terms that relate to “eye blinking speed.” Such speed is part of the equation of 1 Corinthians 15:52. Consider the following terms: “in the blink of an eye; suddenly, quicker than the blink of an eye; in a moment, in the blink of an eye; in a moment, faster than an eye can blink; like the blink of an eye; in an instant, in a split second,” all of which come from different Bible translations. Probably the best known “eye blinking” wording of 1 Corinthians 15:52 is, “in the twinkling of an eye.” This article will address the speed of “an eye,” as it relates to the end of times study. The context of 1 Corinthians 15:52 will be discussed in this article; other scriptures will be addressed that also act to explain the subject. Future articles will discuss the subjects of, “tribulation, millennium and eternal state,” which relate to the events that will follow, “the blinking of an eye.” “Translation” relates to the changing of mortal bodies, those which are decaying and dying (the kind that we all possess), into immortal bodies, those which will never decay or die (the kind that anyone would want to possess, and is available, “for the asking,”… read on!). The words of 1 Corinthians 15:52 that describe the translation process are, “we will be changed.” The context of believers in Christ being translated is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:35-57.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

How quickly will the rapture take place? The word, “rapture,” is an action word, and is derived from the following (Rapturo, Harpazo, Rapture):
The Bible was first written in Latin and the Latin word used for rapture is ‘rapturo’. The Bible was then translated to Greek and the word used is ‘harpazo’ meaning ‘to seize upon by force’ or ‘to snatch up’. Finally the Bible was translated into English and the word used for rapture is ‘caught up’. The scripture references for rapture are: 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, John 14:1-6 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, per:

English NASB translation: “will be caught.” Greek: ἁρπαγησόμεθα(arpagēsometha); Strong’s Lexicon: 726: to seize, catch up, snatch away; Origin: from a prim. root harp-

“harpazo,” is the Greek word “ἁρπαγησόμεθα (arpagēsometha),” which means, “to seize, catch up, snatch away.” Consider the following flow of information. Notice that a transliteration is one word into which a number of other words are condensed.

harpazó: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Original Word: ἁρπάζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: harpazó
Phonetic Spelling: (har-pad’-zo)
Definition: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Usage: I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery.

HELPS Word-studies
726 harpázō – properly, seize by force; snatch up, suddenly and decisively – like someone seizing bounty (spoil, a prize); to take by an open display of force (i.e. not covertly or secretly).

So, why are we having this discussion on the translation of our bodies? Well, let’s consider the dilemma.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 says that we have a spirit, soul and body. Our spirit is the first part of us that is finished, and is present within our embryo, upon our being conceived. Our spirit influences our soul (our mind, emotions, consciousness), which influences the things that we say, think, and do. Our mind begins to develop prior to birth, and continues to develop after we are born. Our body, our “eyes, nose and toes,” are developing from the time of conception until, and after, the moment of our birth.

After God completed the creation of our world, the condition of the world was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). That condition related to everything that God created, whether natural, mineral, physical, animal, human; things of the mind, of speech, of heart beat, of blood flow; things of the sky, ground, water, and anything else of creation that can be considered. All of God’s creation was very good, perfect, without error or defect.

After God created Adam (Genesis 2:7), He told Adam that if he were to eat of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” that he (Adam) would die (Gen 2:17). God made Eve from Adam’s rib (Gen 2:22). Eve tells the first lie (Gen 2:3). Eve eats from the tree, and “gives Adam a bite,” (Gen 3:6). At that point in time, Adam and Eve begin a life-long death spiral, with the curse of death spreading to all of mankind, from Adam and Eve, to their children, to you and me today (Romans 5:12-13; 1 Cor 15:22). Due to the fall of Adam, a curse came upon all that found perfection within the Garden of Eden in Gen Chapters 1-2, to include every part of each person’s body, soul and spirit; with sickness, illness, death and other bodily ailments, which were not present until the fall of Adam and Eve, becoming a major source of suffering in the lives of all humans and animals (Gen 3:14-19).

Life does not become “life,” at any governmental determined time; see below.

Biogenesis is the production of new living organisms or organelles. Conceptually, biogenesis is primarily attributed to Louis Pasteur and encompasses the belief that complex living things come only from other living things, by means of reproduction. That is, life does not spontaneously arise from non-living material, which was the position held by spontaneous

Let’s consider God’s solution for the dilemma from which all of mankind finds itself.

John 3:3 New Living Translation (NLT) We must be born again, spiritually.

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

vs 3: The eternal Kingdom of God, is one of perfection. In order for mankind to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth, and the New Jerusalem, each person must not be flawed, in any way, from the fall of Adam, and the curse which followed. We must be born again, and be given a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ. We must be given a body that is eternal, not dying, and not decaying (per 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.)

John 3:8 New Living Translation (NLT) God’s Holy Spirit causes the new birth of the spirit to take place.

8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

John 3:16 New Living Translation (NLT) If we have been born again, we will believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior. If we believe in Christ, we have been born again.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:18 New Living Translation (NLT) Anyone not having believed in Christ, is judged to be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15). Anyone having believed in Christ, has the expectant hope of being taken by Christ to the Presence of God the Father (1 Thes 4:13-18).

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

Romans 8:1 New Living Translation (NLT) No born again believer in Christ will ever come under the condemnation of the lake of fire (Rev 19:10-15).

8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

It is only through the catching up of the saints by Christ, that anyone will be taken from earth to the Presence of God (John 14:1-6). It is only because of the new birth that anyone will be caught up by Christ and taken to the Presence of God (John 3:3). It is only because of the new birth and the catching up of the saints, that anybody will go before God at the Bema judgment (Judgment Seat Of Christ) for eternal rewards (2 Cor 5:10). From the Bema judgment, the caught up saints (the bride of Christ 2 Cor 11:2) will be taken to the Marriage Of The Lamb (Rev 19:7-8). From the Marriage of the Lamb, Christ and His bride will descend from the third heaven to earth for the Battle of Armageddon, where Christ will defeat the forces that are attacking Jerusalem at the end of the tribulation (Rev 19:11-21; Zech 14:1-4: Matt 24:29-30). It is only through the new birth and the catching up of the saints, that the believers in Christ will be taken to the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (John 14:2-4; Rev 21:1-2).

It is important to know that the scriptures that relate to the catching up of the saints were/are written to people whom know Christ as their Lord and Savior, which means that they “have been/will have been” born again. Let’s consider the three passages that we have discussed.

John 14:1-6: This passage relates to Christ, and His Jewish born again believers, on the evening which preceded his crucifixion and death. See information on the Darby Translation below.

John 14:1-6 Darby Translation (DARBY)

1 Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe on God, believe also on me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many abodes; were it not so, I had told you: for I go to prepare you a place; 3 and if I go and shall prepare you a place, I am coming again and shall receive you to myself, that where I am ye also may be.
4 And ye know where I go, and ye know the way. 5 Thomas says to him, Lord, we know not where thou goest, and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus says to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father unless by me.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Darby Translation (DARBY). This passage comes from the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the born again believers in Christ (the saints/the church), at the church at Thessalonica (1 Thes 1:1).

13 But we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are fallen asleep, to the end that ye be not grieved even as also the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus has died and has risen again, so also God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. 15 (For this we say to you in [the] word of [the] Lord, that *we*, the living, who remain to the coming of the Lord, are in no way to anticipate those who have fallen asleep; 16 for the Lord himself, with an assembling shout, with archangel’s voice and with trump of God, shall descend from heaven; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 then *we*, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in [the] clouds, to meet the Lord in [the] air; and thus we shall be always with [the] Lord. 18 So encourage one another with these words.).

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 Darby Translation (DARBY). This passage comes from the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the born again believers in Christ (the saints/the church), at the church at Corinth (1 Cor 1:1-2).

50 But this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruptibility. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in an instant, in [the] twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and *we* shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must needs put on incorruptibility, and this mortal put on immortality. 54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptibility, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the word written: Death has been swallowed up in victory.

In this discussion on 1 Corinthians 15:52, as shown in the second video, there are four distinguished theologians on the Jon Ankerberg Show that are involved in the discussion on the subject of “the twinkling of an eye.” Those men are Jon Ankerberg, Ed Hindson, Ron Rhodes, and Mark Hitchcock; Mark addresses this issue. Consider the backgrounds of each of these men. John Ankerberg (M.Div, D.Min.); Ed Hindson (Th.D., D.Phil.); Ron Rhodes (Th.M., Th.D.); Mark Hitchcock (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.). The Library Page of this blog tells more about each man.

Let’s consider the action of the verses that surround 1 Cor 15:52.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 New Living Translation (NLT)

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s consider the human situation that necessitates having a body that is mortal, decaying and dying.

vs 50. Our present physical bodies will not be allowed entry into the eternal Kingdom Of God where mortal and dying bodies can not exist within a perfect state of eternal life (Rev 21:4).

It is important to know that only born again believers in Christ will be caught up by Christ and taken to the Presence of God, the Father, in the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2). It is also important to know that Christ can cause any person’s spirit to be born again, per the example of the disciples (Matt 10:1; the disciples didn’t go through any classes; Christ called them.); and the wording of John 3:8, (“you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit” NLT.)

Let’s consider the process by which believers in Christ (saints in Christ), will be made able to inhabit the eternal state of the Kingdom of God.

vs 51. A promise to all born again believers in Christ: “We will not all die;” we will be transformed/translated/changed.”
vs 52-53. The translation process will happen very fast, in the “blink of an eye.” At the time of the sound of the trumpet, which announces the coming of Christ from heaven for His born again believers,” deceased believers will be raised from the places where their bodily remains may inhabit (regardless of the state of decay), and will begin an immortal and eternal state of life which will be free from any kind of sickness, illness or debility. After all deceased believers have been “raised from death,” and made alive, all believers in Christ will be transformed and given bodies that will never die. Immediately, “in the twinkling of an eye,” all living saints (believers in Christ) will be freed from their dying, decaying, debilitated bodies, and given bodies that will be immortal, and that will never experience any kind of sickness, illness, or debility.

Consider that which makes the defeat of death possible.

54. The enemy of all whom have ever been born into this life will finally be defeated. For those whom have believed in Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have been born again, they will never again have to come “face to face” with death. It is through Christ that “death,” which is the greatest enemy of all human beings, will be defeated, and never, ever, be able to raise its ugly head, again.

In addition to the benefit of being caught up by Christ, and taken to the Presence of God, those whom have been born again have the following spiritual benefits.

1. Our spirit will dwell within the Spirit of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and will be taught by God’s Holy Spirit (John 14:20; 26; 16:7-8). 2. Our spirit will be a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). 3. Our spirit will be as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). 4. The Spirit of Christ, being within our spirit, will be our expectant hope of eternal life (Col 1:27). 5. Our spirit will be perfect within the Spirit of Christ (Col 1:28). 6. When we were conceived and born, our spiritual condition was that of darkness (John 1:3). 7. Because we have a spirit that dwells within the Spirit of God the, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” we are no longer in a condition of darkness, but are now in a condition of light, which permits us to live within the Spirit of God (1 John 1:5). 8. By having our spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ, no one will ever be able to remove us from dwelling within His Presence (John 10:27-30). 9. At the time of our new birth, we begin our eternal spiritual life: “this ‘is’ eternal life,” (John 17:3).

Consider the eternal state in which born again believers in Christ will live forever. It will be a place where death, sin, sickness or debility will not be allowed to exist.

Revelation 21:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

The New Jerusalem

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”


Let’s reconsider the question of, “how fast is fast?” After I have given the question much thought, through much deliberation and prayer, I will have to share my conclusion of the matter. The conclusion in relation to the contents of this article is that, “fast is fast;” it is “God-fast!” Nothing can be any faster than when Christ returns to earth from Heaven to catch up His saints, to change their mortal bodies into immortal bodies, to take them to the Presence of God (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).

It is important to know that God has a plan for Israel, and a plan for the Church. Israel is a nation; the church is not a nation. God has not replaced Israel with the Church; He has not given the promises and blessings to the Church that he made covenant to Israel; such teaching is known as replacement theology, and is designed by Satan to undermine God’s love for Israel, “His Chosen People” (Deuteronomy 14:2). The timeline for the rapture is based on God’s timeline for Israel. The purpose of the tribulation is based on God’s purposes for Israel, which do not include the Church. Nothing that the church has done, has not done, will do, or will not do, will hasten or delay the day in which God catches up the born again believers in Christ and takes them to His Presence in the third heaven. The purposes and details for the tribulation are written in the Old Testament. The time of the tribulation is known as “Jacob’s distress” and “Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7); it will be discussed in future writings, and will point to Israel (Daniel 9:2, 20) as being the reason for the tribulation. Also shown in prophecy will be God’s deliverance of Israel from, “Jacob’s distress.”

The judgments of God on the earth during the tribulation will be very severe. God will not place “the bride of Christ,” infants, young children, or anyone unable to make a decision for Christ, in the midst of the judgments that He will unleash on the earth (Rev 6:1-17; 8:1-7; 16:1-3). The purpose of the tribulation is for God to judge sin and to draw unbelieving Jews to accept Christ as their Messiah. The payment for the sin of the bride of Christ, the church, was made on the cross by Christ (2 Cor 5:21).

The only sin that will cause anyone to find themself in the tribulation is the sin of unbelief (John 3:16-18).


Version Information

The Darby Bible was first published in 1890 by John Nelson Darby, an Anglo-Irish Bible teacher associated with the early years of the Plymouth Brethren. Darby also published translations of the Bible in French and German.

J. N. Darby’s purpose was, as he states in the preface to his English New Testament, to make a modern translation for the unlearned who have neither access to manuscript texts nor training and knowledge of ancient languages of the Scriptures. Darby’s translation work was not intended to be read aloud. His work was for study and private use. In his own oral ministry he generally used the English KJV Bible.

This Bible is in the public domain in the United States. We are making it available in the same format in which we acquired it as a public service.

Our closing video is that of a song that tells of the catching up of the saints.

The Happy Goodmans – I Believe He’s Coming Back [Live]

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