Friday, April 10, 2020

The Rapture

Come quickly Jesus, Maranatha! Jesus said in Revelation 22:20, “Surely I am coming quickly.”  We live in a society where life is at risk, especially unborn babies and Christians who believe as God said 43 times in Scripture that “Marriage is between a man and woman.”  We have a Supreme Court in 1973 that authorized our murder of 70million unborn and now in 2015 have said that marriage is between any tow willing partners. God and our nations founding and constitution have been thrown out to the glory of “self.” Personal rights and autonomy are at the center of ethics laws today in this country more than any other.  Some of this is good in that we can decide what medical care we will accept. I believe we have this right, but not when others lives are at issue. In end-of-life care this question does allow us “Living Wills” and Advance Directives to identify our wishes when dying or when making decisions about extraordinary measures being provided. My wife and I personally have written that we are DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).   I am listening to a CD talking of our country’s new laws on transsexual and LGBT rights in marriage and bathrooms. Biological sex assignment is now however an individual identifies. This is scandalous policy giving a minority of less than 1% overarching rights. I believe that this is a chaotic concept and ideology.  You may be saying to slow down and what does this have to do with “The Rapture.”

“The Rapture” is the promise of Jesus Christ to return to earth in the clouds to take His chosen, those who have faith in Christ a Savior and Lord to heaven. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” (2 Thessalonians 4:16-18).  This is about the second coming of Christ for a Royal visit. This is before the second coming as Revelation speaks to rule and reign or earth from Jerusalem.

Jesus Himself tells us in Mathew 24 of the disaster on earth before the Tribulation and His wrath being poured out on earth. He predicted the destruction of the temple because He is the temple and our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit of God, as we trust in Him. In Matthew 24:4-14 from the Mount of Olives He speaks of the signs of the times and the end of the age.
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

This period I believe has begun, the beginning of “birth pangs.” This period of “sorrows” has begun as there are false prophets and leaders of our country who are presenting platforms and laws that are the antithesis of our country’s Judeo-Christian founding. All the things Jesus prophesied are engaged in our world at this time. This is good or tragic news depending where you stand relative to Christ. If you are a believer, this is good news preceding His soon return for us. If not a believer you will remain as the Tribulation begins. This seven-year period, the ‘abomination of desolation’ has begun. The wrath of God comes after sever years. Christians are now experiencing the beginning of a major increase of persecution. We will suffer, but God will take us out of the world before He pours His wrath as described in Revelation on all the earth. Therefore I am saying that theologically I am mid-tribulation based on Jesus’s words in the gospels and in Revelation. He is telling the churches in the final book to trust in Him and not be afraid even though He says in Chapter 2 that we will be experiencing tribulation at some level.

The good news is that the “Day of The Lord” is coming soon and He will come first with a trumpet blast of an archangel. He will take us out and there with be vast numbers left behind to suffer the wrath of God and probable agonizing death. So, you have a choice, choose life or Christ today, before it is too late.

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