7 Consider The Journey – Another Millennium Perspective

The subject of the end times, especially the study of the millennium, requires a great deal of study. There are many highly respected theologians that have written on the time and details of the Kingdom Age, also known as the millennium, and the millennial reign of Christ. Most of the authors that I have chosen for research purposes, have been found to be very knowledgeable of eschatology (end times study), and are “in sync” with their conclusions. However, I have found some differences in their findings, such as those that I have found in their research of the millennium; but, those differences are minor, as they fit into the overall subject of the end times. This article on, “Consider The Journey-Another Millennium Perspective,” will provide a point of view on the millennium, in which I find total agreement. It is a view that is sound, and is supported by the research of such highly respected theologians as, Charles C. Ryrie, Ph.D., Paul David Freed, Ph.D., Dwight J. Pentecost, Th.D., and John F. Walvoord, Th.D., all of Dallas Theological Seminary. It is through the end times expertise of the aforementioned scholars that I have been able to write, with great confidence, this article on such a challenging element of eschatology. By the way, you will come to see that the song, “Beulah Land,” actually relates to the eternal “heavenly state” of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:1-2). The millennium, however, which relates to a time of “earthly” existence, covers a time period of only “one thousand years.” A credible source document that I have used, more than any other, in the preparation of this article is, “Things To Come, 1958, J.Dwight Pentecost, Th.D., forward by John W. Walvoord, Th.D.; both of Dallas Theological Seminary.)” “Things To Come” is a book that everyone should also consider for a study on the subject of the end times; Chapter XXXI offers great insight into the study of the millennium.

The millennium is one of the key parts of “The Day Of The Lord.” “The Day Of The Lord,” which is the major theme of the prophetic book of Joel, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Included events are God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Ryrie Study Bible, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th.D., Ph. D.)…. Israel will praise the Lord during the Millennium. The Day Of The Lord is a time that God may judge or bless. It is a time that will begin with the seven-year tribulation, which could be called the “judgment phase,” and will continue throughout the entire thousand-year reign of Christ, which could be called the “blessing phase.” The Day Of The Lord will stretch all the way from the rapture to the end of the millennium. It will commence with a time of wrath and judgment on a wicked and Christ-rejecting world, and will culminate in a time of peace and prosperity in which Christ will be in the midst of the earth, and bring blessing to the nation of Israel. The millennium will end with judgment (Rev 20:9-15) (John Walvoord, commentary, 1&2 Thessalonians).

The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the Day of the Lord is used in the sense of an extended period of time. 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. Paul is telling the Thessalonians that the Day of the Lord is going to come, and this follows immediately the passage which dealt with the coming of Christ for His church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) (John Walvoord, Commentary, 1 & 2 Thessalonians).

Here is the order of events of the Day Of The Lord: “Rapture Of The Church By Christ. Tribulation. Second Coming Of Christ. Millennium.” Following the events of the Millennium will be the destruction of our world (1 Peter 3:10), and the gift of God to those whom have been born again, which will be the eternal state,” of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2). Notice that “the earthly Jerusalem,” and the remainder of our present world will be destroyed prior to the appearance of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem.”

It is important to know that the “Kingdom Age, the earthly millennium, the rule and reign of Christ,” is the same one thousand-year period that immediately follows the tribulation and second coming of Christ, where He sets foot on the earth, for the purposes of judgment of sin, and the establishment of the Kingdom Age. The rapture precedes the tribulation, and is the event where Christ comes in the air to catch up His deceased and living saints of the church age. During the time of the millennium, the Old Testament saints, the church-age saints, and the tribulation saints, all of whom will have immortal, resurrection bodies, will reside in the heavenly Jerusalem of the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2); they will continue residing there throughout eternity, but will have access to the earth.

The new Jerusalem, “the heavenly Jerusalem,” will come down out of heaven by God and will be the abode of all of the saints (Heb 12:22-24); it is the place that Christ is preparing for His people (John 14:2). During the millennium, the New Jerusalem will be suspended over the earth; it will be the dwelling place of all believers during eternity, as is emphasized in Rev 21:1-8 (Ryrie Study Bible note, Rev 21:2). Those residents of the heavenly, New Jerusalem, will rule and reign with Christ during the time of the earthly millennium (Jews, Matt 19:28, and Gentiles, Rev 20:4-6). They will be able to go to and from the heavenly earth, to the earth of the millennium, as they reign with Christ.

Born again, living and deceased, believers of the church age will reside in the eternal state throughout the duration of the millennium, due to their having immortal bodies (resurrected, and changed bodies), given to them at the time of the rapture of the church (1 Cor 15:50-54). Those, whom will be born again during the tribulation, will be allowed to enter the millennium at the end of the tribulation, Jews (Matt 24:40-41) and Gentiles (Matt 25:34-40); they will enter without having immortal resurrection bodies. These tribulation saints were unbelievers at the time of the rapture of the church, and were left behind to endure the tyranny of the anti-christ and the judgments of God. By entering the millennium in mortal bodies, these tribulation saints will bear children, whom will also have to come to saving faith in Christ, and be born again, in order for them to enter the eternal state. All born again mortal people in the tribulation will be given immortal bodies, and will be allowed to enter the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2). Children whom are born during the millennium, but never come to saving faith in Christ, never having been being born again, “will not” enter the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2), but will find their eternity in the Lake Of Fire (Rev 20:7-15).

Consider a heavenly city, the Heavenly Jerusalem. Hebrews 11:10, 11:16, 12:22-24, Galatians 4:26, Revelation 3:12, 21:2, 21:10. The Heavenly Jerusalem will be the destination for all raptured and resurrected saints at the time of the second coming of Christ. The raptured living saints are those in John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, 17-18. The resurrected saints are (1) all Old Testament resurrected saints (Daniel 12:1-2), (2) New Testament resurrected deceased saints (1 Corinthians 15:50-52, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16), (3) tribulation martyred, deceased and resurrected saints (Revelation 20:4); they will occupy the heavenly Jerusalem “during the millennium.” These saints will have access to the “earthly Jerusalem” during the millennium, where they will rule and reign with Christ. Resurrected Jews will rule over the Kingdom Age Jews (Matthew 19:28). Resurrected Gentiles will rule over Kingdom Age Gentiles (Revelation 20:6). Left-behind saved Jews will occupy the land that was promised to Abraham. Left-behind saved Gentiles will be able to travel through the land of Israel (Genesis 15:18-20), but will reside outside of those boundaries (Zechariah 8:20-23, 14:9-21). Unfallen angels will also occupy the heavenly Jerusalem “during the millennium,” and will have access to the “earthly Jerusalem” during the millennium.

Consider a place that Christ has prepared for the raptured and resurrected believers in Christ (John 14:2), and for all saints of all times. At the time of the rapture of the church (catching up of the saints), those saints will be taken by Christ to the Presence of God in the third heaven (2 Corinthians 5:10), where they will receive heavenly rewards. Next, they will accompany Christ to the Marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-8). Then, Christ and His bride (the born again believers in Christ), will descend from heaven to earth for the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-20); Christ wins this spiritual battle (Revelation 19:15,21). After the victory, all of the raptured and resurrected saints will meet at the Marriage Supper (Rev 19:9) during the millennium, in the heavenly new earth. Only born again people will enter the earthly kingdom, but sin will develop and flourish. This is because of those whom will be born during the Kingdom Age, but will not be born again. There will be death on earth during the earthly Kingdom Age (Isaiah 65:20). However there will be no death in the heavenly eternal state (Revelation 21:4), neither during the time of the millennium, nor during eternity.

Consider the tribulation Jews and Gentiles that are allowed to go into the Kingdom Age on earth. They will have been born again, but will enter the Kingdom Age in mortal bodies; therefore, they will be able to have children. The children that will be born during the Kingdom age will be born with a need to be born again, and will be given instruction by Christ (Isaiah 2:3). Not all of these people will come to faith in Christ during the millennium; they will be a part of an attack on those whom will have come to faith in Christ, at the millennial age Battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7-9). Those whom will come to saving faith in Christ, will be given immortal bodies, and will be allowed to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2, 7, 8).

Consider a place that has been prepared by God for those Jews (Matthew 24:39-41), and Gentiles (Matthew 25:34), whom will miss the rapture and will be born again during the tribulation. Those whom will be born again (John 3:3) and come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation, will be allowed to enter the Kingdom Age on earth during the millennium. But, because these left-behind Gentiles and Jews will not have been raptured or resurrected, they will not initially be allowed to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). However, because these tribulation saints had been born again, they will be given immortal bodies so that they can enter the eternal state.

Consider a look into the eternal state (Ryrie Study Bible notes).

Rev 21:1. A new heaven and a new earth. The present creation will be destroyed so that it may be cleansed from all the effects of sin (2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12).

Rev 21:3-4. People will enjoy a new intimacy with God, and the elimination of those sorrows that sin brings.

Rev 21:8. Those, whose lives can be characterized in these ways will be cast into the lake of fire because they have shown themselves to be unbelievers.

Rev 21:11. The city will shine with the Glory of God, which will allow that Glory to shine brilliantly.

Rev 21:12-14. Though both Jewish saints and Christian saints will inhabit the city, the names of the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles are a witness to their continued distinction.

Let’s not forget the unfallen angels, and their importance in the return of Christ and His bride at the time of the Battle of Armageddon, which has also been called the campaign of Armageddon.

Matthew 24:29-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

24:31 from one end of heaven to the other. All the “elect” from heaven and earth are gathered and assembled before Christ. This is the culmination of world history, ushering in the millennial reign of Christ (cf. Rev. 20:4). (MacArthur Study Bible note).

My note. Angels will be sent throughout the world to gather the elect (Jews, Deuteronomy 14:2). These will be Jews of the tribulation. They will be taken to the Presence of Christ (Matt 24:29-31). One will be left behind to enter the millennial kingdom. One will be taken in judgment (Matt 24:40-41). Initially, those whom are taken, face death (Luke 17:37). At the end of the millennium they will be raised to go before the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:10-15).

Notice that the tribulation precedes the second coming of Christ and the millennium. Notice, also, that the event of Matt 24:40-41 is not the rapture of the church.

As I close this article, I would like for you to consider the events which will lead up to the millennium. The following video will show an assortment of events which are very close to those which God’s Word tells about the tribulation and great tribulation. Consider the Words of Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.

The great tribulation will be the last half of the seven years of tribulation, which will take place after the rapture of the church takes place. Conditions on earth will become increasingly more severe. Millions of people will be missing. No one whom is left on earth will be a born again believer in Christ. Liberal theologians will be interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, and other such networks, explaining that global warming, or alien abductions, are the cause of all of the people being missing. Disorder will be the order of the day. Chaos and violence will sweep the earth. A new world order of, “one world government – one world leader,” will be established. Cosmic disturbances, of all sorts, will erupt and make the flood of Noah’s time look like a day at the beach (Gen 7:10-24). The entire world will attack Israel. Of the soldiers that will be involved in the attack on God’s Holy land, none will have a relationship with Christ. So, what is my advice for those of whom have no relationship with Christ? The answer is found in John 3:3, “you must be born again; and in John 3:16,”you must believe in Christ as your Lord and Savior,” otherwise, you will face God’s judgments which will fall on everyone whom is left on the earth (Rev 3:10). Born again believers in Christ, little children, and those whom are unable to make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be removed from the earth prior to the events of the tribulation taking place, and will begin a time of presence and intimacy with God, that will last throughout all eternity.

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7 Consider The Journey

BEULAH – bu’-la (be`ulah “married”). Beulah Land relates to a time and place on earth after the tribulation has ended when all born again Jews and Gentiles find themselves in the Kingdom Age, also known as the millennium. It will be a time when Christ, the Messiah, will rule over all of the earth for one thousand years. Beulah Land is also a name symbolically applied to Israel: “Thy land (shall be called) Beulah …. thy land shall be married. …. so shall thy sons marry thee” (Isaiah 62:4). In this figure, frequently used since Hosea, the prophet wishes to express the future prosperity of Israel. The land once desolate shall again be populated. https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/beulah/
During the Kingdom Age, for those whom will have entered with resurrected bodies, or resurrection bodies (e.g., 1 Corinthians 15:50-54), there will be no sickness or death.

Beulah Land is also a stop on the way to the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). All born again believers in Christ/Messiah will go from the Kingdom Age into the eternal state; they will expect the following: “and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

The second video tells of things that will happen immediately after the catching of up of the born again believers in Christ occurs (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). This series of articles will discuss the events that lead to, and follow, “the catching up of the true spiritual church.” The “catching up” of the saints (born again believers in Christ) is also known as the rapture (English), harpazo (Greek) and rapio/raptura (Latin).”

The Bible is God’s story of a journey, “from a garden to a city, with a cross in between.” Within the pages of the Bible is a timeline that begins in the garden of Eden, and travels throughout time until it reaches the eternal state of the “New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem;” this blog will focus on key stops along the way.

Much of this Blog focuses on the Jews of the Old Testament, whom are known in Scripture as “God’s Chosen People” (Deuteronomy 14:2), and their waiting for a Messiah who will rule and reign in a coming Messianic governed kingdom. You will see Blog posts telling of the coming of the Jewish Messiah, who was born a Jew, who also died a Jew, was resurrected a Jew, ascended to Heaven as a Jew, and will return to Earth as a Jew who will rule and reign in His Messianic Kingdom. Many articles that you will find posted in this Blog will show God speaking to Jews through Jewish prophets about “future things” that relate to a Messianic King, who will rule and reign on Earth during the thousand-year Kingdom Age, also known as the Millennium (thousand years). Articles in this Blog identify Christ, our Lord and Savior, as being the Messianic King, whom is also known as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16). At the end of the Messianic Kingdom, “Satan,” whom had been bound for most of the thousand years, emerges and leads an assault against Christ and righteousness. Christ wins this battle (Battle of Gog and Magog, Rev 20:7-9), and Satan loses! At that time, all righteous people, of all time, enter into the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, which is at the end of the Journey that began at the Garden of Eden. God the Father and God the Son “are” the Temple (Rev 21:22), “and are” the light (21:23-24). Ezekiel 47:12 pictures the New Jerusalem as the new and perfect “Eden.” Per Rev 22:3,”There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.” We are told in Scripture that Christ is “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and that He is “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6).

As pleasant as is the picture that is painted above, there is another picture that also needs to be painted. That second picture tells about all of the people whom will not find their eternity in the eternal state of “New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem.” Because of the seriousness of the outcome of both “pictures,” no punches will be held back in these articles. The second picture will show things of this world that may lead a husband and wife to put themselves, and their children, on a road that will not take them to the eternal state where they can spend eternal bliss with God. Instead, the second picture will show such people, whose journey ends at the Great White Throne Judgment. There, they will be cast into “the lake of fire,” which burns forever and ever.” With them, will be Satan, the anti-Christ, the false prophet, and all others who were not born again, whose names were not found written in the book of life (Revelation 20:10-15).

The following information is too serious to not be stated. Parents, this is as real as a heart attack! Some of you may need to take corrective actions now! Consider the things that affect the minds of your children.

Conditions that will exist in the Eternal State of Revelation 21-22, and those that will not exist, are shown in the following verses.

Revelation 21:1-3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The New Creation

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.

The following conditions will be present in the Eternal State for the righteous people of all time.

Revelation 21:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.

God is active in making the Eternal State perfect.

Revelation 21:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”

Unrighteous people will not be present in the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

8 But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Question: Why are cowards unrighteous? It is because they will not have trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is also because they will have not been born again, which would have given them a perfect spirit, which would have allowed them to be given a righteous and perfect eternal resurrection body and soul (to complement their perfect spirit).

Consider the born-gain experience, and results.

John 3:3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

3 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

It’s simple. If anyone believes in Christ as Lord and Savior, they have been born again. If they have been born again, they believe in Christ.

John 3:16-18 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

The new birth puts our spirit into the Spirit of Christ, due to our spirit being a perfect and holy spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

In order for our spirit to be put into the Spirit of “God the Father/God the Son/God the Holy Spirit,” we must have a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of “God the Father/God the Son/God the Holy Spirit.”

1 John 1:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.

The perfection of the Eternal State will not allow anything, or anyone, that is not as spiritually pure as God to enter, where only righteousness is present. Only people whom have been made to be righteous, by being born again, will be allowed to enter the Eternal State (Revelation 21:4).

A consistent lifestyle of one, or more, of the following conditions are proof of a person whom has not been born again, and identifies such a person as one whom will not enter the Eternal State.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Christian Standard Bible)

9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

But, people can change. They can place their trust in Christ and be born again.

1 Corinthians 6:11 (Christian Standard Bible)

11 And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

The Democrat Party supports and promotes homosexuality and abortion on demand. That party is now supporting legislation which will make it lawful to kill an unborn baby, even during and after the birth of the child. Such legislation recently passed by New York, attempted by Virginia, and under consideration by other states, identify those goals. Nobody having a lifestyle of supporting homosexuality, or abortion on demand, has been born again. Such people do not have the Spirit of God dwelling with their spirit, promoting them to live righteously (John 14:16-17, 16:7-8). In essence, such people will stand in line at the great white throne judgment, and will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15).

Parents, “it’s up to you” to teach Godly things to your children (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).

The following video tells of the event (the rapture of the church) that will precede the things that are shown in the opening video of this article.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Consider “the dead in Christ,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16,” and “the dead,” Revelation 20:12.

“The dead in Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16.” For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

The “dead in Christ” are those deceased believers in Christ whom will be resurrected and taken to the Presence of God at the time of the rapture. The living born again believers in Christ will immediately be caught up and taken to God’s Presence in the third heaven .

“The dead.” Revelation 20:12. “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

“The dead,” are all of those whom have not been born again, and are standing before God at the end of the Millennium, at the great white throne judgment. As opposed to “the dead in Christ,” whom had their sin debt paid by Christ, these whom are “unbelieving and unborn again” must pay their own debt, which comes from the judgment of God at Revelation 20:15.

Should anyone choose to pay their own debt sin?

Romans 3:23
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:8
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:1

8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Romans 10:9
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:13
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

John 3:16
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.

2 Corinthians 5:21
21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Should not everyone call on Christ, in belief, to save them, thereby paying their sin debt?

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The Twinkling Of An Eye

“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.” (1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible)

The opening video of this post is very illustrative, and true, of the things that will take place on earth, after the catching up of the saints occurs, and a seven year time of tribulation begins (John 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The video shows things on earth that will take place after all of the born again believers in Christ, whom are known as “the church,” are suddenly removed from the earth.  Confusion, chaos and violence will be rampant, and will lead to a time in world history that will be like that of none prior. For those, whom dwell upon the earth (earth dwellers, Revelation 3:10), the judgments of God will be poured out in the form of: an ungodly conqueror, conflict on earth, worldwide scarcity and famine, widespread death, martyrdom, cosmic disturbances, and other judgments of God that will lead to the second coming of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon.

Those “whom dwell on the earth,” did not accept Christ as their Lord and Savior prior to the catching up of the church;  in essence, “they were not born again.”  Small children, infants, and other people not having the mental capacity to make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be made to be born again by God. There will be those whom are are left behind, that will accept Christ. But, there will be earth dwellers whom will continue to defy God, even as they see His judgments being poured out on the earth (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8). The primary reason for the tribulation, as described in these opening two paragraphs, is for a time when God will judge sin, and will draw unbelieving Jews to accept Christ as their Messiah. The second half of the seven-year tribulation period is described by Christ in the following verse:

Matthew 24:21 (NASB)

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

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The Catching Up – The Eternal State

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1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

The above song and verses tell of the day when Christ will come from Heaven in the air, and will catch up from earth, those whom know Him as Lord and Savior, the living, and those whom have known Him as Lord and Savior, those deceased; Christ will take them back to Heaven with Him to the third heaven *. This event is also written in John 14:1-6 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-55. This event precedes the time of tribulation, at the end of which time Christ, and His caught up believers, will return to earth at the Battle of Armageddon, and the physical second coming of Christ, where He will stand on earth and judge sin and where our Lord will set up His Kingdom Age (Matthew 24:29-31). In the Kingdom Age, the believers in Christ will rule and reign with Him on earth for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4). At the end of the Kingdom Age of 1,000 years, believers in Christ will enter the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem, where we will have an eternal presence with Christ, in total perfection (Revelation 21:1-5; 22:1-2). In the eternal state, there will be no more curse from the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:17; Revelation 22:1-5). We will “see Christ,” and serve Him….forever.

* The first heaven, where the birds fly. The second heaven, where astronauts fly. The third heaven, where God dwells and has no need of flying. The eternal state will be that of the new heaven.

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The Trumpet Sound

A shofar is an instrument made from the horn of a ram or other kosher animal. It was used in ancient Israel to announce the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) and call people together. It was also blown on Rosh Hashanah, marking the beginning of the New Year, signifying both need to wake up to the call to repentance, and in connection with the portion read on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Binding of Isaac (Genesis, chapter 22) in which Abraham sacrifices a ram in place of his son, Isaac.
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-shofar

The sound of the trumpet will also be heard in future times, such as:

“The rapture of the church.”

This will be when born again believers in Christ will be removed from the earth, to protect them from the judgments of God which will take place during the following seven years of tribulation. When the rapture takes place, deceased believers in Christ will be resurrected/raised up from their bodily places of death. The dead and living will be taken immediately to the third heaven to the Judgment Seat of Christ for rewards (2 Cor 5:10), and for the marriage of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-8). It will be from the marriage of the lamb that Christ and His bride will return to earth for the battle of Armageddon, at the second coming of Christ to earth (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 14:1-15).

Trumpet Sounded At The Rapture

Consider the following verses that tell of the sound of the trumpet that will be heard during the times above.

The trumpet will be sounded at the catching up/snatching away of the born again believers in Christ, whether dead or alive. These people have been born again due to their belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is not the second coming of Christ, where He will stand on the earth at the end of the tribulation. In these verses, Christ comes in the air and takes His born again saints to the Presence of God the Father, in the third heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

50 For I assure you, my brothers, it is utterly impossible for flesh and blood to possess the kingdom of God. The transitory could never possess the everlasting.

The dead and the living will be fitted for immortality

51-53 Listen, and I will tell you a secret. We shall not all die, but suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, every one of us will be changed as the trumpet sounds! The trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised beyond the reach of corruption, and we who are still alive shall suddenly be utterly changed. For this perishable nature of ours must be wrapped in imperishability, these bodies which are mortal must be wrapped in immortality.

54 So when the perishable is lost in the imperishable, the mortal lost in the immortal, this saying will come true: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ ‘O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

God’s message regarding those who have died

13-18 Now we don’t want you, my brothers, to be in any doubt about those who “fall asleep” in death, or to grieve over them like men who have no hope. After all, if we believe that Jesus died and rose again from death, then we can believe that God will just as surely bring with Jesus all who are “asleep” in him. Here we have a definite message from the Lord. It is that those who are still living when he comes will not in any way precede those who have previously fallen asleep. One word of command, one shout from the archangel, one blast from the trumpet of God and the Lord himself will come down from Heaven! Those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then we who are still living on the earth will be swept up with them into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And after that we shall be with him for ever. 18 God has given me this message on the matter, so by all means use it to encourage one another.

“The trumpet will be sounded during the tribulation.”

This will happen as God pours out his judgments on the earth.

God’s judgments on the world during the time of tribulation.

Revelation 8:1-13 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

The seventh seal: complete silence
1 Then, when he had broken the seventh seal, there was utter silence in Heaven for what seemed to me half-an-hour.

The vision of the seven trumpeters
2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand in the presence of God, and seven trumpets were put into their hands.

3-6 Then another angel came and stood by the altar holding a golden censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to add to the prayers of all the saints, to be laid upon the golden altar before the throne. And the smoke of the incense rose up before God from the angel’s hand, mingled with the prayers of the saints. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it upon the earth. And at that there were thunderings and noises, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. Then the seven angels who were holding the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

The first trumpet: hail and fire
7 The first angel blew his trumpet. Hail and fire mingled with blood appeared, and were hurled upon the earth. One-third of the earth was burnt up, one-third of all the trees was burnt up, and every blade of green grass was burnt up.

The second trumpet: The blazing mountain
8-9 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a vast mountain blazing with fire was thrown into the sea. A third-part of the sea turned into blood, a third of all live creatures in the sea died, and a third-part of all shipping was destroyed.

The third trumpet: The poisonous star
10-11 Then the third angel blew his trumpet and there fell from the sky a huge star blazing like a torch. It fell upon a third of the rivers and springs of water. The name of the star is said to be Apsinthus. A third of all the waters turned into wormwood, and many people died because the waters had become so bitter.

The fourth trumpet: Light from the sky diminishes
12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third-part of the sun, a third-part of the moon and a third of the stars were struck. A third-part of the light of each of them was darkened, so that light by day and light by night were both diminished by a third-part.

The cry of pity from mid-heaven
13 Then in my vision I saw a solitary eagle flying in mid-heaven, crying in a loud voice, “Alas, alas, alas for the inhabitants of the earth for there are three more trumpet blasts which the three angels shall sound!”

Revelation 9:1-21 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

The fifth trumpet: The fathomless pit
1 The fifth angel blew his trumpet. I saw a star, that had fallen down from Heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the fathomless pit.

2 Then he opened the pit and smoke like the smoke of a vast furnace rose out of it, so that the light of the sun and the air itself grew dark from the smoke of the pit.

3-5 Then out of the smoke emerged locusts to descend upon the earth. They were given powers like those of earthly scorpions. They had orders to do no harm to any grass, green thing or tree upon the earth, but to injure only those human beings who did not bear the seal of God upon their foreheads. They were given no power to kill men, but only to torture them for five months. The torture they could inflict was like the pain of a scorpion’s sting.

6 In those days men will seek death but they will never find it; they will long to die but death will elude them.

7-11 These locusts looked to me in my vision like horses prepared for battle, On their heads were what appeared to be crowns like gold; their faces were like human faces, and they had long hair like women. Their teeth were like lion’s teeth, their breasts were like iron-breastplates, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of a host of chariots and horses charging into battle. They have tails and stings like scorpions, and it is in their tails that they possess the power to injure men for five months. They have as their king the angel of the pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon, (meaning the destroyer).

12 The first disaster is now past, but I see two more approaching.

The sixth trumpet: the destroying angels
13-14 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a solitary voice speaking from the four corners of the golden altar that stands in the presence of God. And it said to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!”

15 Then these four angels who had been held ready for the hour, the day, the month and the year, were set free to kill a third-part of all mankind.

16-19 The number of their horsemen was two hundred million—I heard what their number was. In my vision I saw these horses and their riders, and their breastplates were fiery-red, blue and yellow. The horses’ heads looked to me like the heads of lions, and out of their mouths poured fire and smoke and sulphur. A third of all mankind died from the fearful effects of these three, the fire, the smoke and the sulphur which pours out of their mouths. For the power of these horses lies in their mouths and in their tails. Indeed their tails are like serpents with heads, and with these they inflict injury.

20-21 The rest of mankind, who did not die in this fearful destruction, neither repented of the works of their own hands nor ceased to worship evil powers and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone or wood, which can neither see nor hear nor move. Neither did they repent of their murders, their sorceries, their sexual sins, nor of their thieving.

“The trumpet will be sounded at the end of the tribulation.”

This will happen as Christ returns to earth to gather the Jews from all corners of the world, whether dead or alive. The following are the living Jews which did not know Christ as their Lord and Savior at the time of the rapture. They have spent the last seven years in the tribulation, where some were born again, due to their coming to saving faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. Other Jews, during that same seven-year period, were not born again and had not come to saving faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. The deceased Jews, living and deceased, are discussed below in Daniel 12:1-2. As you read the following verses, consider their separate destinies in eternity.

Matthew 24:29-31 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
The following verses describe the events of the second coming of Christ to earth, accompanied by His born again believers, which were caught up to the third heaven in the rapture. In the rapture, the saints are caught up with Christ to Heaven. In the second coming, the saints return to earth with Christ from the marriage of the lamb in the third heaven (Rev 19:7-8).

At the end of time the Son of Man will return (This relates to the end of the time that people will live on the earth before the kingdom age begins.)

29-31 “Immediately after the misery of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, the moon will fail to give her light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of heaven will be shaken’. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will wring their hands as they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky in power and great splendour. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet-call and they will gather his chosen from the four winds—from one end of the heavens to the other. (vs 31, the chosen people are Jews).

Matthew 24:40-41 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
Two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left behind. Two women will be grinding at the hand-mill; one is taken and one is left behind. (The ones that are taken, are taken to immediate death and future judgment for eternity (Rev 20:10-15). The ones that are left behind are left behind to enter the Kingdom Age, which also is known as the thousand-year reign of Christ, the millennium. This is not the rapture of the church. The eternal destiny of the ones that are left behind is the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2).

The plight of the deceased Jews, whether they are born again, or not born again, is mentioned in the following verses. Please remember that this occurrence also takes place at the end of the tribulation when Christ returns to earth from the third heaven with his caught up saints, whether resurrected or raptured.

Daniel 12:1-2 The Message (MSG)

The Worst Trouble the World Has Ever Seen
12 1-2 “‘That’s when Michael, the great angel-prince, champion of your people, will step in. It will be a time of trouble, the worst trouble the world has ever seen. But your people will be saved from the trouble, every last one found written in the Book. Many who have been long dead and buried will wake up, some to eternal life, others to eternal shame. (Notice that the context of this passage relates to Israel “your people.” The time trouble is the tribulation. Those saved from the trouble are those which have been born again and caught up (1 Thes 4:13-18). The book of life is the Lamb’s book of life which has written in it all of the saved from all times (Rev 17:8). The deceased born again Jews will be raised to eternal life. The deceased Jews whom have not been born again will be raised to eternal torment, Luke 16:22-24; Rev 20:15.)

Jews or Gentiles who missed the rapture but came to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation and were martyred will be raised from death for an eternity of blessings and presence with God (Rev 20:4).

Revelation 20:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

We have learned about Christ, our Lord and Savior. Now, let’s worship Him.

Philippians 2:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

All The Glory – Terry MacAlmon

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The Second Coming Of Christ

The subjects of the rapture of the church and of the second coming of Christ have been discussed many times, and by many people, but it has been my experience that a lot of bad information has been passed around during those studies and times of discussion. Through a lot of personal observation and study, I have found that many people use the two terms, rapture and 2nd coming, interchangeably, without providing sound documentation for having come to their conclusions. It is easy for any student of scripture to observe that Christ discussed “Jewish things” with Jews. Data on the speaker in the video is shown at the bottom of this page.

In the context of this 24th Chapter of Matthew the term “elect” refers to Jews (Deuteronomy 7:6). In Paul’s letters, he relates to the elect as being “the called” of the born again Body of Christ, which is the spiritual church of Christ. In relation to the rapture/catching up of the church, the event deals with Christ coming down from heaven, not landing on Earth, but calling His born-again body of Christ, the spiritual church, up to heaven where it will receive rewards at the judgment seat of Christ, and take place in the marriage of the Lamb. During the time of “rapture, rewards, and marriage of the Lamb,” the tribulation is taking place on Earth. The second coming of Christ relates to Christ coming from Heaven to Earth, (with His saints who were raptured, and have been in the third Heaven with Him during the time of tribulation on earth) where He will stand on the Mount of Olives. On His descent to Earth, Christ will win a spiritual battle at the Battle of Armageddon and set up his Millennial reign (1,000 years). The Kingdom Age (John 3:3) is the same as the Millennium. In this 24th Chapter of Matthew, Christ uses Jewish terms to explain His second coming to Jews.

A discussion of the “lead up” to the second coming of Christ is shown in the following verses of scripture. Christ will be shown to physically return to earth, and to stand on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. From there He will judge sin and will set up His earthly Kingdom, which is also known at the thousand-year reign of Christ (the millennium).

Matthew 24:1-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Signs of Christ’s Return (which occurs after the rapture of the church)

1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.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. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 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. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

The “elect,” the Jews, are the objects of this passage. Christ is seen by everyone on earth as He returns to earth. The elect of verse 31 are Jews (dead and alive), and are gathered together from all areas of the earth (the regathering of Israel). These conditions of atmospheric rebellion will not be discussed with the future Christians by the Apostle Paul as something that they will have to endure, which is because born again believers in Christ will not have to undergo the judgments that relate to the tribulation.

The following passages of scripture also tell of the second coming of Christ, to stand on the earth.

Zechariah 14:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south

Christ returns to earth and stands on the Mount of Olives; he was seated on the Mount of Olives while he was speaking with His disciples in Matthew Chapter 24:3.

Revelation 19:14-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid heaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”
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.

Rev 19 is the same occurrence as that of Zechariah 14:1-4. In this passage, it shows that the armies of heaven (the saints which had been raptured) will be with Christ during His descent to Earth.

In conclusion, it is easy to understand that Christ uses Matthew Chapter 24 to explain the events of His return to earth, in that which we call “The Second Coming Of Christ.” In John 14:1-6, Jesus discusses the rapture of the church with His disciples, who will soon become his apostles, and who will convey the same message to the gentiles and unbelieving Jews, as they carry out their ministry as apostles.

For those whom are alive now, and have not come to saving faith in Christ, if the rapture of the church were to occur,”RIGHT NOW,” a bleak future is staring them, “straight in their faces!”

Consider those which show no evidence in their lives that they have been born again. Prayer and evangelism are needed to reach those whom do not know Christ as their Lord and Savior. But, we must understand that in their present state of life these people demonstrate open hostility to the gospel of Christ, by not only believing that it is okay to kill unborn babies, but are also by promoting the idea of using the force of law to accomplish such murders and by using tax payer dollars to finance those murders. Consider the following proponents of killing unborn babies.

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/12/michelle-obama-trashes-women-who-voted-for-trump-you-support-a-misogynist/

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/12/new-planned-parenthood-ceo-i-plan-to-expand-abortions-we-have-a-more-imperative-to-kill-babies/

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/12/abortion-activist-sarah-silverman-trump-supporters-are-a-cult-cults-dont-know-theyre-cults/

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/12/watch-horrible-pro-abortion-ad-shows-beautiful-newborn-baby-says-its-ok-to-abort-her/

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/12/pro-abortion-andrew-gillum-withdraws-concession-but-pro-life-ron-desantis-leads-as-florida-recount-begins/

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/12/pro-abortion-democrat-stacey-abrams-files-lawsuit-although-it-appears-pro-life-brian-kemp-has-won/

Now, let’s focus on the worship of Christ, our Lord.

Holy Are You Lord – Terry MacAlmon

Video participant.

Dr. Renald Showers.

Biographical data.

Dr. Renald Showers
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Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

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Rapture Review – Who’s Going? – Who’s Left Behind?

The Timing of the Rapture and the Second Coming. Vimeo comment: In this program, Dr. John Ankerberg and his guests, Dr. Renald Showers and Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, discuss the differences between the times when the Rapture and Second Coming will occur. We hope you’ll be encouraged by this program to live each day with a life devoted to the Lord and committed to sharing Him with others.

This teaching is serious! Parents! You must ensure that you and your children will be caught up in the rapture, and will not be left behind to endure the oppression of the anti-Christ, or the judgments of God.

If you, or your children, see nothing wrong with the killing of unborn babies, “you do not have” been born again,” having the Spirit of God dwelling within your spirit, prompting you to righteous living.

If you, or your children, see nothing wrong with homosexuality and same-sex marriage, “you have not” been born again,” having the Spirit of God dwelling within your spirit, prompting you to righteous living.

The only people that will be caught up in the rapture are those whom have been born again. To be born again is to have the Spirit of God the Father/Son/Holy Spirit dwelling within our spirit, prompting us to righteous living.

Consider the truth of those whom will not be caught up in the rapture.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

Revelation 21:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

8 But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Consider the truth of the eternal destiny of those whom have not been born again.

Revelation 20:10-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

10 The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne Judgment

11 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. 12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.

13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Consider that which is necessary for those whom support abortion on demand, and homosexuality, to not be left behind at the time of the rapture, to endure the oppression of the anti-Christ and to suffer the judgments of God.

1 Corinthians 6:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

There is no negotiation on this verse.

John 3:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The result of the new birth is:

John 14:16-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.

John 15:26-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Coming Testimony and Rejection

26 “When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—He will testify about Me. 27 You also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 16:7-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

7 Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you. 8 When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:

Don’t let this woman lead you and your children to the lake of fire:

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/13/hillary-clinton-celebrates-abortion-says-abortion-rights-are-human-rights/

Don’t let these “pastors?” lead you and your children to the lake of fire.

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/09/pastors-will-ask-for-gods-blessing-on-local-abortion-clinic-tonight/

Do you want this “priest?” to teach you and your children on “the love of Christ for children?”

https://www.lifenews.com/2016/03/02/episcopalian-priest-aborted-her-baby-so-she-could-finish-divinity-school/

Does this passage remind you of a particular political party? In today’s vernacular, it is called “selective reduction.”

Exodus 1:15-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.”

Can you imagine how many “church goers” find nothing wrong with that which happens when this story occurs today? The number of those people is astronomical; they have not been born again; they are going to hell!

Check out the suspects:

https://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches

https://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/north-america/united-states-of-america/nccc-usa

To believe that abortion on demand is okay, and that homosexuality is okay, is to not have a belief in Christ as Lord and Savior. The result of such unbelief is the condemnation to the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15).

John 3:16-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

Parents! The eternities of you and your children are at stake!

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