The Rapture Theory
Part 2 of 2
The Apostasy must happen and the “man of sin, the son of perdition” must be revealed for what he really is.
First of all, let’s examine the meaning of the word perdition.
✡ Perdition__G684, apoleia, from a presumed derivative of NT:622; ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal):
Spiritually and eternally lost. How does that happen? This particular soul is extinguished forever. Gone. Like a drop of fat on a hot coal. Psssssst. A little smoke in the air and it’s over.
Paul is saying that there is no way that we will gather back to our Lord until Satan, in his role as the Antichrist, is revealed for what he truly is; an imposter.
What is this falling away?
✡ Falling away__G646, apostasia, feminine of the same as G647; defection from truth (properly, the state) ["apostasy"].
The Apostasy is unknowingly transferring your belief in one thing to another. When Satan, in his role as the Antichrist, stands on Mount Zion claiming to be God, looking exactly like Jesus Christ, Christians around the world will believe that he is, indeed, the true Christ. They will transfer their belief from the true Christ to the false christ.
Those Christians who loved the Lord all of their lives will be deceived by this false one into believing that he is the true Christ. And to keep themselves from being deceived in the first place, all they had to do was read the Book that our Father gave to all of us, instead of listening to the heretical garbage that comes out of the mouth of most preachers.
Trust me, the blood of every soul that was deceived by this intentional treachery, will fall on these preachers on Judgment Day and there will be a ton of wailing and hollering on that day by these people.
People just do not understand the gravity and the seriousness of what goes on in the world of our Father. He doesn’t just smile at this situation, it grieves Him. It angers Him.
If you can keep yourself from being deceived by these preachers by reading the Bible, don’t you think that our Father knows that these preachers can do the same thing? Of course He does.
A lot of people like to play church. Dress up in fancy clothes, get their hair done on Saturday, sleep with a hairnet on Saturday night so they don’t mess it all up, look good and show off on Sunday morning. Get together and gossip with their little clutches, suck up to the preacher whenever the opportunity presents itself and then brag about it to make their pitiful little lives look more important than they really are.
Have their little prayer sessions at home or on the phone, pretend to speak in tongues and just try to be something that they aren’t. They are so stupid that they don’t realize that they are playing right into Satan’s hand. Spiritually, they’re running around lighting matches, with Satan holding five gallons of gasoline in the middle of the room, and it makes them feel so important.
How sad and pitiful these people really are.
2nd Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Satan will sit on Mount Zion in Jerusalem and convince the entire world that he himself is God. How can he do that and get away with it? He will look exactly like the true Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Whatever notion or picture that you have in your mind as to what the appearance of our Lord is, what He looks like, that is exactly how Satan will portray himself to you. Our Father has given him the power to do this.
2nd Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
Paul is saying that he has told all of them before.
2nd Thessalonians 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2nd Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Who is the subject here? Satan. The verb, letteth, is a transitive verb. That means that you cannot change the already active verb, you must transfer the definition to the present subject. What was the subject and the object of the last verb? Satan sitting in the seat of God.
Who “letteth? Some will tell you that it’s the church but then many of them have Satan preaching from their pulpit most of the time. They are beguiled, a polite way of putting it.
Who is he that restrains Satan? Read Revelation 12:7 and you’ll know;
Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Revelation 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
The Archangel Michael and his angels hold Satan at this time.
2nd Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Satan is going to be revealed.
2nd Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
When the five month tribulation is over, Satan being on this earth during that time, our Lord will come.
2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
They received not the truth because they didn’t pick up the Book and read it for themselves, they didn’t love the Father enough to do that. It was more fun to play church, I mean, it’s really boring to sit there and read that Book. They’d rather be at church having their preacher give them HIS version of the truth.
How does our Father handle that situation?
2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Our Father, by His own decision, will keep them believing the lies; the rapture theory, the any-moment doctrine, keep them singing “I’ll fly away old Glory” till their voice becomes hoarse because He loves them that much.
You might ask, why would our Father deliberately keep them believing these lies. That’s what the Millennium is for, that 1000 years of teaching and discipline. During this time they will be given the opportunity to know the truth for the first time. And at the end of those 1000 years they will be tempted by Satan again for another five month period and if they don’t come around after that, then they’ll walk into the Lake of Fire, right alongside Satan, and they’ll be gone forever.
2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
There will be some that will have understood the truth, they just didn’t care about it. The ways of the world held too much pleasure for them and Satan has them hook, line and sinker. This is his world, that’s why he is called the prince of the air.
The word perdition means to perish and there is only one soul created by our Father that has been sentenced to die and that is the soul of Satan, Lucifer, or the Dragon. Whatever name he is going by, depending on which role he is currently playing.
Right now he is sitting up in heaven, twiddling his thumbs, pointing out to our Father every time that you screw up and waiting for the Archangel Michael to release him, to get back on this earth for his first five month period of temptation and deception. His second five month period will come at the end of the Millennium.
Paul wrote the second letter to the Thessalonians because he was afraid that if they believed in the any-moment doctrine, that they would worship the first entity that came along, that looked exactly like the Lord, and that would mean that they would be deceived into worshipping the false messiah.
That’s why he said that the Apostasy and the revealing of the man of sin, Satan/Antichrist, MUST happen before the true Messiah returns.
Through the Holy Spirit, Paul has given us these two things to watch for before we gather back to Christ at the end of this dispensation. Christ also gave us a check list of seven things that would happen before He returns so I want to go there. Who better to tell us than the Lord Himself?
There are three chapters in three of the Gospels that basically contain the seven events that Christ will give us as to what will happen before His return. They are Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.
These seven events are seven signs, they are also the seven seals and they are also the signs of the seven trumps. A lot of sevens, which stands for spiritual perfection.
Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
This is a private conversation between Christ and the Apostles and they are asking some pretty important questions. Truly, what could possibly be more important than understanding the signs that foretell the coming of the Messiah?
With that being said, I’m going to Mark, chapter 13, because the account is shorter and we’ll start with verse 4 and we’ll have the same question asked as we read in Matthew.
These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ as He answers the question from the Apostles;
Mark 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
The coming of Christ and the end of this earth age.
Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
The very first warning that Christ gave was to beware of men, especially those that claim to be of the cloth; the white collar boys, the Bible-toters, that tell you that God spoke to them today and told them which tie to wear to the Sunday morning get-together at the church.
Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
They will come Christ-like. They’ll tell you that they are one of His teachers, one of His ministers and if you believe the garbage they teach, you are in serious trouble.
Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
Here is the second sign. Don’t let the talking heads on your nightly news broadcast get you all excited and fearful. There have been wars and talk of war since time began.
Sometimes I just have to smile when I read a headline that says: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks at a Stalemate. To put it bluntly, the Arabs and the Jews have been at each other’s throats since Adam was created. There will never be peace between these two lands.
There will never be complete peace between nations, not even after the Antichrist appears, for even his one-world political system will receive a deadly wound. Not a wound as you might think.
Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
This word sorrows is not as you might think, it’s not referring to disappointments or worries but labor pains.
✡ Sorrows__G5604, odin (o-deen'); akin to NT:3601; a pang or throe, especially of childbirth:
The birth of a new age is compared to the labor pains of a woman giving birth. The closer she comes to the actual delivery time the more frequent the pains become.
The return of Jesus Christ will mark the beginning of the new age and we will all be changed into spiritual bodies at that instant.
But as we approach the end of this age or dispensation the turmoil among nations will become more frequent. The constant drumbeat coming from false preachers will step up a notch, there will be more conflicts between nations.
The Bear, Russia, has been hibernating, so to speak, for some years now but just recently she has awakened and sent her troops into Ukraine. Communism is alive and well.
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
Ye shall be beaten means that you will be brow beaten. Questioned by the authority called Satan/Antichrist. You will be a witness for the Lord. It’s a good thing to be a witness for the Lord but the words that you will speak do not come from you but from the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
The Holy Spirit will publish the truth among all nations with the tongue of Pentecost Day, when all the Apostles spoke and everyone present understood their words in their native language, even down to the dialect spoken in the area in which they were born. This was also prophesied by Joel the Prophet which Peter speaks about in Acts, chapter 2;
Acts 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Is it a coincidence that as I sit here tonight writing this, that in a few hours there will be the first of four lunar eclipses over the next two years. Today is April 14, 2014 and the eclipse, called the blood moon will begin at 2:00 am on Wednesday morning. Fascinating isn’t it?
Is the Lord going to come sometime during this two year period? Well, no one knows the exact time or hour but I think that we should consider this:
Our Father has told us the season in which He will return. That season, or period of time, is likened to the adult stage of the locust, which runs from May to September, which is a five month period. To my way of thinking that will be the five month period in which the Antichrist will reign with our Lord coming at the end of that period.
Contrary to what most of the world believes, Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th but was conceived on or about that day. This is very easy to prove if you know the dates or the weeks that the Levitical priests served in the Temple. These periods were called “courses” and the date of the course when Zacharias was serving in the Temple began in the second week of June. With that in mind, read the first chapter of Luke and I’ll give you a clue to pay attention to: how long Elizabeth had been pregnant with John the Baptist when her cousin, Mary, went to her and told her of the Immaculate Conception.
The actual birth of our Lord occurred in late September, around the Feast of Tabernacles.
His death on the cross occurred at Passover, sometime in April or May, depending on which calendar you are using. Would it not seem reasonable that Christ would return on or near the date of His birth? Immediately following the five month reign of the Antichrist?
I’m speculating, of course. There will be two sets of lunar eclipses over the next two years. Two of them will happen on or near Passover; and two of them will happen on or near the Feast of Tabernacles. In Acts 2:19 our Father said: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath. I think that these four blood moons, when the moon almost turns to the color of blood, would qualify as wonders in heaven above, don’t you?
Don’t forget the words of Joel the prophet:
Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.
The earth will be exactly between the sun and the moon during these four eclipses making the sun dark and the radiated sunlight from around the earth will give the moon a deep amber color
What a fantastic time to be living. Even the prophets of the Old Testament longed to be living during this time. I don’t know if Christ is coming soon or not but I do believe we are being given a sign from Him. Maybe it’s time to stop playing church and take a serious look at the condition of your spiritual life.
(The three other eclipses will be on 8 October 2014, 4 April 2015 and 28 September 2015. Sadly, we have cloud cover throughout the night here in the southeast.)
Back to Mark;
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Let me say this; the only people that will be brought before the councils of Satan during this time will be God’s Election. Who are our Father’s Election? Those that have the seal of God in their foreheads; they know that the Antichrist is Satan and they are not going to be deceived by him.
And if you are one of the fortunate ones that get to do this for our Father, don’t think that you’re going to get there and tell the Antichrist/Satan what you think of him. Don’t think for one minute that you are going to put him in his place. If you do he will destroy you.
Our Lord just said that the Holy Spirit will speak through you, it will be the words of our Father that you will speak. You don’t have to memorize Bible verses in preparation for this, you don’t have to have the Song of Moses committed to memory, you simply have to love the Father enough and have studied His Word enough to know the difference between the false and the true Messiah. That’s it. Our Father will do the rest.
This hour is the hour of temptation, you can read of it in Revelation, chapter 3;
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
You will not find the Antichrist/Satan tempting because you know who he is but the rest of the world, yes, the rest of the world, will find him tempting because he has deceived them into thinking that he is the Messiah, come to rapture them away.
Revelation, chapter 17 also speaks of this hour because it will be the time when the political system that Satan has put together will reign with him;
Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Satan is death warmed over.
Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Wait a minute! Even in the name of some religion, you couldn’t get a mother to deliver her son or daughter to the point of dying! Death is another name for Satan/Antichrist.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
If the mother believes the rapture theory and the spiritual junk taught by most churches, she will go to Satan/Antichrist and plead for her son or daughter because they don’t believe that Satan/Antichrist is the true Messiah.
This is not a physical death as you might be thinking.
Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
When your brothers and sisters in Christ become aware of the fact that you don’t believe that this fake jesus, standing in Jerusalem, is the true Messiah, they will say bad things about you. But don’t worry, some may be doing that because somewhere deep in their mind they really may not believe that the apparent jesus is not the true Jesus and they will hate you because you have eyes to see and ears to hear and they don’t.
It’s probably already too late in the day for them to become convinced that they have been deceived because they will have no Scriptural foundation to fall back on as you do. The rapture theory, the any-moment doctrine and the miracles that Satan/Antichrist will perform during this time will convince them that they are right and you are wrong.
Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
This word fire in the Greek is lightning;
✡ Fire__G4442, pur (poor); a primary word; "fire" (literally or figuratively, specifically, lightning):
He will snap his fingers and make lightning come down from a clear blue sky. If you didn’t know the truth wouldn’t that make you a believer? You have to know what’s going on BEFORE it comes to pass or you will be deceived as well. Now is the time to do just that. Open your eyes and ears.
But be very careful; there are many websites out there that will give you some convincing Scripture verses to convince you otherwise. They are a part of the overall deception by Satan. He is hard at work laying the groundwork, even as we speak, and he has a lot of helpers.
Having preachers do his work for him is his favorite deception and there’s no shortage of them either. Some of these preachers do his work just for the pension that they will receive when they retire from the church. They know better but they do it anyway. The really big-name preachers do it for tons of money; some do it for the stature of community recognition and some do it because they are just butt-ugly stupid.
Here comes another sign from our Lord;
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Did you notice that (let him that readeth understand,) is in parenthesis? That’s to capture your attention. What its saying is that if you have eyes to see and ears to hear you should know what this abomination of desolation really is.
Mainly out of curiosity, I did a web search for abomination of desolation and came up with a lot of interesting conclusions by many people.
Front and foremost is that the Vatican or Papal influence will be the abomination.
It has been suggested that a pig offered on the sacred altar was the abomination.
The destruction of Israel will be the desolation.
The surrounding of Jerusalem and its destruction will be the desolation.
The last one is that a man will ascend the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
An abomination is something that totally turns our Father away from whatever the source is. Idol worship, of any type, by the Israelite's, caused the destruction of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. Our Father makes it very clear throughout the Scriptures that worshipping anything or any person other than Himself is very bad news for the worshiper.
Satan standing on Mount Zion, claiming to be God, and convincing billions of people that he truly is, is the height of something abominable to our Father. It’s not a statue or an idol made of wood or silver or gold but an entity created by God Himself, in the full pattern.
Certainly this fulfills the abomination part of that phrase.
Desolation, in the spiritual sense, is fulfilled by the act of Satan deceiving millions and millions of people and putting each of their souls in dire straits. How much more could one entity do to offend our Father? It’s already been written by Paul that the Apostasy must happen BEFORE our Lord returns and Satan convincing billions of souls that he is the true Messiah IS that Apostasy.
The word it in the King James in Mark 13:14 should have been translated as he and Dr. Moffatt, in his translation, has it right when he uses he instead of it for it is not desolation, which indicates a condition; but desolator, which indicates an entity which is actually what he is.
Satan will be the one standing in Jerusalem claiming to be God. He will be the desolator.
(People really need to get over trying to put Rome or the Pope or the Catholics as causing the destruction of the end times.)
Mark 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
During the time that these verses were written it was common for people to get up on their roof and see what was going on around them. Check to see if maybe the enemy was silently approaching. They were called watchmen. Christ is saying that when you see all these things begin to happen you won’t have time to get down and go into the house to gather up your belongings. It won’t do you any good to do so.
Mark 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
You’re not going to need a change of clothing.
Mark 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mothers and fathers have no need to become upset with this verse for it is given in a spiritual sense. We are supposed to have prepared ourselves for a wedding with Christ but for those who are deceived by the Antichrist, they will already be impregnated with his lies and, figuratively speaking, will have gone to bed with Satan instead of waiting for the true Christ.
We’re supposed to be a virgin when the true Christ returns.
Mark 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Don’t be harvested out of season.
Mark 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
This word affliction means tribulation, the first of two tribulation periods. This first one lasts for five months. The second one has to do with the enemies of God. Are you an enemy of our Father?
This tribulation will not be full of horror and bloodshed, it will be a peaceful and religious time. Do you really think that Satan, as the Antichrist, posing as the real Jesus Christ, will bring horror and bloodshed to everyone during this time? Would the true Messiah do that? Of course not. Satan isn’t stupid. He’s going to come in peacefully and prosperously, to win as many souls through his deception as he possibly can.
This covers the seven events that our Lord said must happen before His return. We saw that the tongue of Pentecost Day came through His Election when taken before the synagogues of Satan and we should not worry if that happens to one of us.
We also found out that the Antichrist, Satan in his second to final role, will appear first, before the true Christ so the next time you hear someone say that “the church” will be raptured away, by Jesus, to return, with Jesus, you will know that it’s a lie.
There will be millions of souls or saints that will return with our Lord but they are already under His altar, they are not here on earth in earthly bodies;
Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And the number is almost too many to count;
Revelation 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
He will now explain the two tribulation periods, listen closely;
Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
What days is He talking about? The days of the tribulation of the Antichrist. Satan will be so convincing in his deception that even His Election would succumb to his lies if it lasted any longer than this five month period.
Many will tell you that the tribulation will last for 3 ½ years but why don’t we listen to our Lord and find out what the truth of the matter is;
Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
The deceived ones will tell you that Christ is in Jerusalem!
“I saw it on TV!”
Don’t believe them. It’s the false messiah in Jerusalem at this time.
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
There is a time coming when one will say that he is coming to rapture you out and at that time you will see the deception.
Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
This should not come as a surprise to you. The prophets of old wrote about it; the Apostles wrote about it; Jesus spoke about it. How can you possibly say that you just didn’t know? The standard answer will be:
“My preacher never told me about it.”
Are you really going to continue to let some man take control of the destiny of your very soul? I don’t care if he’s a nice guy or not, if he teaches and preaches the rapture theory and the any-moment doctrine and you believe it, you are in very serious trouble. Spiritually.
Life in these earthly bodies is 120 years, at best. Life in a spiritual body can last for untold billions of years. Or it can last for as long as it takes for our Father to sentence you to that short walk to the Lake of Fire, depending on who you worshiped in this life.
If you don’t believe in a life in the hereafter, then keep on doin’ what you’ve been doin’. And after the Judgment we’ll say ciao and never see your dumb butt again. Ever.
Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
After this five month period of tribulation of the Antichrist, the appearance of Jesus Christ with His shekinah glory will be so bright that the sun will appear darkened in comparison to it and since the moon receives its light from the sun it will go dark.
Mark 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
This is the true Christ, this is the day of our Lord, this is the day that we’ve all been waiting for.
Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
This is the second tribulation. It will happen in just a short period of time. This is the time when we will all change into our spiritual bodies and those who have waited for the true Christ will He gather from the four corners of the earth and take them to Him. The others, if deceived by the Antichrist, MAY go into the Millennium. Others will just be held in reserve, awaiting the final judgment and assume the role of dead man walking.
Christ is now going to give us come cautionary instructions that we should consider before His return to us;
Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
After a long, hard winter we all look forward to the spring. Month after month of storms, snow, rain, hail, sleet, blowing winds, all the things that make up a normal winter, finally our attention turns to slightly warmer temperatures and we look at the trees to see if they have little buds on the ends of the branches. A sure sign that spring is coming.
So we should, in like manner, take the signs that our Lord has just given to us and look at them as a spiritual winter because when we see these signs come to pass you should know that the time is near.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
In May of 1948, Israel, once again established her borders as a nation and the good and bad “fig” began to return to the land of their fathers. By the year 71AD, the ten northern Tribes had been scattered over the face of the known world and the city of Jerusalem had been destroyed. The remaining Hebrew people, mainly from the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin, had to hang tough for the next 1900 years.
In 1948 the generation of the fig tree began and this is the last generation of mankind. How long is this generation? No one can possibly know and all the mathematics of 40 and 70 and 120 year generations give us no clue as to the time of His return. All speculation is futile.
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Heaven and earth ages will pass away. Heaven and earth, as we know it, shall pass away for, after the Millennium, there will be a new heaven and a new earth;
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Where are His words kept? In the Book, of course. The Bible.
You must realize that everything that has happened on this earth since mankind was created is just not going to be forgotten about when we get to heaven. Nor is the Bible going to be done away with. In fact, during the Millennium the Scriptures will be used to teach those that were deceived in this age.
Satan is locked away in the pit during this 1000 years so he will be of no effect, and these flesh bodies will no longer be around to be tempted by all the things that gave it pleasure during this life. It’s a whole new ballgame when we are in our spiritual bodies.
Reading and understanding and living by the words of this Book during this life will be of utmost importance during the Millennium and the Eternity. Putting in the time to read it and understand it now will benefit you greatly in future times. It may even make you one of His Election.
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
No one knows the exact time but His Elect do know the season.
Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
You cannot live your life in any way that is contrary to the Words of our Father and expect, at the final moment of earthly life, to confess your sins and make it into heaven by the skin of your teeth. Our Lord will return when you least expect it and catch you unawares. What are you going to do then? Beg for mercy? Sorry. Too late Charlie. The facts have been written in the Book and that’s what will be used FOR you or AGAINST you on Judgment Day.
Why would you be so reckless with your soul? The time is right now, today, this moment. It’s very easy to do. Sincerely ask forgiveness of your sins, through His precious blood, and you begin anew instantly. And then, on a daily basis, try to live according to His commandments. That’s a good start.
We’re not talking about breaking New Year’s resolutions here, as most of us do, but a heart-felt, sincere effort on your part to live according to His rules and regulations. Daily. Yeah, it’s tough to do. But it sure is worth it at the end.
Or you can ignore it, keep doin’ what you’ve been doin’ but Judgment Day is going to come just as sure as the sun will rise in the morning. There is absolutely nothing that you can do to avoid it. Nothing. Unbelief does not exempt you from it. Believe it or not, it’s going to happen.
Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
You and I are the servants of the house. He put us in charge of our own body and life.
Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
You will notice that these times are the four major breaks in a day; morning, noon, evening and night.
Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
This doesn’t mean to actually be asleep when He comes but rather distracted from the unexpected spiritual events that are soon to come. It means that you aren’t aware, you have to develop spiritual discernment. Don’t go through life with blinders on either side of your eyes. Don’t have tunnel-vision, to where the only things that you see on an average day are the things of this earth.
Allow your soul and spirit to come into your conscious mind once in a while, let them remind you that there is more to this life. Your soul and spirit cries to be absent from this earthly body and back with the Father. It’s the earthly body that desires to stay here and seek the pleasures that makes it happy.
Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Be conscious, be aware.
One final place that I want to go, in the Old Testament, Ezekiel, chapter 13. What I have covered so far is from the New Testament and the words of the Holy Spirit through St. Paul and from the mouth of Christ in the book of Matthew.
The prophet Ezekiel had a bit to say about this fly-away doctrine, this rapture theory.
Ezekiel 13:16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God.
Have you read the news lately? Do you see any peace in Jerusalem lately? Negotiators from this country, having peace talks with the Israelis and the Palestinians, trying to convince Israel to cut the city in half just to placate a people that have wanted to annihilate Israel since early times.
And our current president, with serious leanings towards the Arabs and the Syrians, humiliating the Prime Minister of Israel by making him enter the White House through a back door, will not be of much help to the Israelis. America has always loved Israel and they have been a rock in the Middle East for us for many years.
But there is no peace in Jerusalem today. Is it possible that this imposter, posing as the true Christ, could satisfy their cries for peace when he appears?
Ezekiel 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them,
Who prophesies out of their own heart? False preachers. Telling the mass of Christians that listen to them that they don’t have to worry about no tribulation, you’re going to be somewhere else when it happens.
Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
This word hunt is an interesting word;
✡ Hunt__H6679, tsuwd (tsood); a primitive root; to lie alongside (i.e. in wait); by implication, to catch an animal (figuratively, men); (denominative from OT:6718) to victual (for a journey):
These preachers lie in wait, their prey are ignorant people who call themselves Christians. They wouldn’t know the truth of our Father’s Word if it hit them between the eyes. That’s what makes them easy prey. Easy to catch. Easy to fool and deceive.
They place cloths over the outstretched arms and hands of our Lord to hide His real truth from them. They could just as easily teach the real truth of the Scriptures but they decide to work for Satan instead.
Will they save the souls that come to them? Keep them alive by keeping them out of the grasp of Satan? Teach them the truth of the Scriptures? Warn them that the false one is coming first? No, just the opposite.
Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
These preachers teach what they’re told to preach or they can look for another job and lose their pension and retirement. Any man or woman, that tells you that they are called to the ministry, and teaches the garbage that they teach every Sunday morning for a fistful of dollars on Friday will eventually pay dearly.
They tell the souls that should die, because of the acts that they do in this life, that they will be raptured away from it all and protected, and the souls that should be kept alive, they place at the footstool of Satan because of their lies.
Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.
Our Father is against the lies that they tell, that cover up the real truth of the Scriptures. They show pictures of cars going down the freeway without a driver, because he has been “raptured” and “flown away” to a safer place while the others in that car are left to fend for themselves.
Is that a picture of a God that you would want to serve? I saw these posters with my own eyes when I was a child getting my haircut at a barber shop one day. Ironically, it was right next to a movie poster advertising a new movie called Quo Vadis.
They want to fly away the souls that should not live and condemn the souls that should live.
They hide their deviousness by telling everyone that they come in the name of Christ and one day they will pay for their treachery.
But our Father says that He will rip them from their arms and save them. When? During the Millennium because God Himself may already have sent the spirit of slumber over them to protect them from these spiritual wolves.
Your war in this life is not just against these preachers but against powers and principalities that drive them. I told you earlier that you probably do not understand the seriousness of what goes on in the world of our Father, that world that would scare us to death if we were to see it in these earthly bodies. Only in spiritual bodies with Christ by our side would we be able to handle it.
Ezekiel 13:21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Our Father loves each and every one of us; He may not like what we do sometimes, but He loves us still and He wants to protect us even though He allows these false religions and false teaching to prevail among us.
But He does give us a back door, a way out, and that is by giving us pastors and teachers that love Him and want to teach His truth. They are out there but they are harder to find than those that teach heresies because there are so many of them.
And even if you find one you must read the Scriptures for yourself. You have to put the effort in yourself, along with a good teacher.
Our Father will tear these souls from their hands and on Judgment Day they shall know that He is the Lord.
Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
Our Father weeps for us when He hears this junk taught from the pulpits of His houses. But then again, they’re not Beth El, they’re Beth Aven. Houses of nothing. Houses of vanity.
These preachers promise a quick trip out of here so their precious little followers won’t have to endure any hardships and temptations. Boy, are some people going to be surprised and deceived when the Antichrist stands on Mount Zion claiming to be the savior.
On the one hand they will realize that they haven’t been raptured away or flown away, that will surprise them and on the other hand, they will think that this false one is the true Christ. One lie will be exposed while the other will continue to take them into the spiritual bed of Satan.
Ezekiel 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
These preachers stand up there acting so important, with their expensive suits and gold rings and tie clips. They have the attention of the dumb masses because they haven’t studied the Bible for themselves and they know that they have a captive audience. They beg for your money to pay for expensive houses and cars and such.
Every once in a while one of them will get exposed and they will cry and wail before the TV cameras, caught, literally, with their pants down as they entertain women of the night. They’ll beg forgiveness and then demand that you forgive them and most times their followers will do just that.
But it doesn’t come from the heart, they don’t want to lose the life style that they have grown accustomed to living. Having all that money and power pretty much puts them on the level of most politicians.
Sometimes it’s very hard to say in your heart that they will soon get their just deserves but that’s the way that we have to look at it. Our Father is in control and we must let Him have His way in this.
The church must go through the tribulation of the Antichrist before our Lord returns. That means every soul on earth, not just a select few. Everybody that is living at this time will go through this tribulation. No exceptions.
You can smooth out that road that lays before you by understanding the truth before it happens. It’s up to you.
19 April 2014