Terrorism Around The World, The War in IRAQ, The attack on our Sovereignty of 911, and SO MUCH MORE that is seen happening around us and around the world everyday -
Is it detailed in Bible Prophecy?
Is the future foretold in the Bible?
Have we seen for the first time ever, simultaneous occurrences of these prophecies like never before in history?
The Answer is a BOLD, Resounding, YES!
And while this may come as a surprise to some, detailed, specific information about the near future is VERY CLEARLY presented in the God's Word, the Holy Bible.
Matthew 24 -
The Rapture IS
24 - And So Is The
How can I tell you these things? Can I prove it? Oh YES! As with all of the great believers, preachers, teachers, pastors, and prophets of our day, not only is it now truly obvious, but if you read you bible, if you listen to all the teachers of our day, the ones who have withstood the test of time, the ones God has chosen to promote, you will know the time is absolutely at hand.
There are many detractors, and there are those who would have you believe things that simply are not true. The reason SO MUCH has happened so quickly is very simple - The time IS NOW, the rapture is coming VERY SOON, and the Tribulation and rise to power of the Antichrist is truly at our doorstep.
This about this - Of it were not so, would it not be more like in times past, where a few radicals gave testimonies that the end was tomorrow, and made statements that caused followers to follow them into terrible situations, would it be every major teacher, preacher, and Gospel believing person that recognizes the fact that only now, today, are we truly seeing these things fulfilled.
Jesus told us we would know it is right at the door when ALL of these things begin to happen - Only now are ALL of these things happening. In the text to follow, you will find much that proves that not only are we seeing it happen now, but just as is stated in the bible, when Israel becomes a nation again (This happened in 1948) another generation WILL NOT Pass away before Jesus returns!
Before you continue to read the entire text, please take a moment to ponder this one question -
If it were not so, would ALL of the most God promoted, visible speakers of our day believe it is here?
Ray Boltz - One of the most popular Christian Singers today - (I mean he is like the Elvis of Christian Music) is singing about it! I was just listening to him the other day in a concert (This is May, 2004) telling a story about needing a Christmas song and the Vision he got from God was of God leaning over to Jesus much like you and I as fathers would lean over to our young boys, and say "why don't you go bring everyone home for Christmas" - And he then sang the song God had given him. At the end of that song he said "wouldn't that make a great Christmas present?" - Speaking the of the Rapture - You see, it is EVERYONE, not just a couple of radicals here and there pronouncing "Here comes Armageddon!!"
Charlie Daniels - A popular, secular band with Christian Roots, also singing about it, and a host of other songs, singers, and song writers.
Popular bands like DCTalk are singing and remaking songs about the Rapture -
The Lalonde Brothers of The Week in Bible Prophecy and CloudTen productions - Makers of the movies Left Behind I, II - Apocalypse, Revelation, Tribulation, Judgment, and more - Modern experts on prophecy. Promoted NOT BY Hollywood sales - It is important to note that these movies, TBN's movies like Megiddo and their NEW movie scheduled to release in June 2004, are shown FREE OF CHARGE, available to anyone! How are they promoted? How are they so widely known? It is because it is God's promotion that allows them to be escalated. The word says God promotes who he will, so you decide.
John Hagee has produced much teaching on the rapture, and also is the narrator of the famous movie Vanished. His television ministry is daily, and again, promoted by God. Think about it - If you are one of those who like to hammer on television evangelists, remember - There is and have always been bad seeds in ANY garden. I am talking specifically about the ones who have withstood the test of time. That God has allowed to speak into the lives of the masses. Do you really believe that God would allow them to continue if it were all a lie?
Jack Van Impe - A prmoinent and recognized authority on prophecy, a well respected television evangelist, and associate in production of the Apocalypse movies. Daily ministry, seen throughout the country on television, and again, withstood the test of time!
When you consider that just about every other Pastor, Preacher, or Teacher you can think of who has been promoted to center stage by God recognizes what time it is. Once again, remember that the bible says God will promote who he will, and these teachers of Gods Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ have withstood the test time, and have reached PHENOMENAL heights!
NO, IT IS ABOUT Jesus Christ! It is about yours and my salvation! It is TIME TO STAND UP! Time to find out EXACTLY WHAT IT IS YOU Believe! We Have Little Time Before the final prophecies begin.
Do you know that over 50% of Americans today have seen the Passion of the Christ from Mel Gibson. Do you know that Jesus and his return is more talked about and become a major topic in more arenas now than ever before! Not since Jesus was here in the flesh has he been more in the "Limelight" -
I'm telling you saints - This is not a passing fad, or another fanatical call to look at the coming Armageddon - The world as we know it is now a place described only in prophecy. A place that must first go through it's worst time ever. It must soon face the most horrific events of all time. This is not the voice of a few fanatics but rather the imminent coming of the Messiah to Rapture the church, so that the Tribulation can start - And the Tribulation is right around the corner.
2nd Timothy 3
While the Rapture has no preconditions to speak of, the Tribulation does, and those are finally happening all around us. It IS NOT FALSE DOCTRINE OR TEACHING TO BELIEVE The Rapture comes first - So you can truly expect that will be very soon!
Please read on...
|This world is rapidly changing at an unbelievable,
SUPER HIGHWAYk speed. Every single day we see huge, amazing advances in
the scientific community - in technological breakthroughs. Amazing
things like human cloning - Truly unimaginable. Technological progress, such as
computers and the Internet, have helped considerably to improve life in many ways.
Concurrent tot his however, is the fact that the world faces a multitude of problems - Problems like never before. While on the surface these things may even seem all fine - But when we take a close look at the bigger picture, it is easy to see a very disturbing trend - The end times , the end of the age, beginning to form.
No one can ignore the horrific, terribly frightening problems our world faces today -
Wars currently being fought around the world. Ancient battles and conflicts continue to intensify on the international
news front. The threat of new conflicts, new wars, constantly are the topic
of the news. While fear continues to escalate around the world, peace seems to be an unattainable
This is only scratching the surface you
know - So much is happening in the world today, and while I could go on and
on, suffice it to say that the bottom line is that all of it creates a
globally felt uncertainty about the future.
Wars and Terrorism
Kinda sounds like a terrible time to be living in, yes?
Look closely, and you will see that only
now is it truly evident that this is the world in which we live today.
Please keep in mind that I am not just saying
this - I am simply letting you what the Bible says. Remember what 2nd
Timothy says from above -“There will be terrible times in the last days.”
Maybe to some then it seems like the Bible is
full of gloom. Not true - God, through his Word is trying to help us
prepare. This book is filled with hope and joy. That is why it is so
often referred to as the Good News.
The Bible does say over 100 times that this earth will never, never come to an end. God did not create this world just to destroy it.
The event / the escape - usually referred to as the Rapture, IS COMING VERY SOON!
So why do think that the Bible, and it's prophets detailed the awful events of the future? The things we are seeing NOW? It is a warning because what’s written in the Bible is and will continue to happen like clockwork. God does not want anyone to ever suffer, not even for an instant. Our God truly loves us and wants that all of us would be saved.
Because his love is perfect he wants you to experience peace, happiness, and an abundant life right now!
The Bible readily predicts all the events of the world
You should not fear what is happening
because the Bible says that you have no reason to.
If you know your history, you’ll remember that Israel did not exist for nearly 2500 years. The Bible prophesied that Israel will become a nation again and belong once again to its rightful owners.
The Bible has never been wrong, not even
once. Nothing else, no book, no writer, no teacher, no psychic, etc.
could ever dare to make this claim!
A Short history of Prophetic Interpretation
I wanted to give a short history of Prophetic interpretation because many people do not subscribe to the theories, and are not willing to bend. I can only hope that they will believe and be standing by - It doesn' matter when you think the rapture will happen - It matters only that you are saved, and that you are ready!
The first centur church held an undefined faith in the "any moment" possibility of Christ's return, called the doctrine of imminence. It also believed in a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth after the Second Advent, called premillenialism.
Prophecy Experiences the Dark ages
The influential early Church leader, Augustine (A.D. 354 - 430) dealt the doctrine of prophecy the most damagin blow of anyone in history. He plunged the study of prophecy into darkness for nearly 1400 years by systematically teaching that prophecy could NOT BE INTERPRETED literally.
Augustine held to a literal, grammatical and historical interpretation of every other field of Bible doctrine, but taught that prophecy must be interpreted allegorically. He did this in order to be able to sustain his views of the Church, which he set forth in a profound book called The City of God. This book dominated the thinking of the Church for hundreds of years afterward.
Augustine taught that the Church had taken Israel's place, and had been given the promises and covenants which (in this view) Israel had forfeited by rejecting Christ. He taught that the Church is the Kngdom of God in and allegorical sense, and that there would be no literal future 1000 year earthly kingdom over which Christ would reign. (Amillennialism began here) He taught that the Church should ruke the world even in a political sense (as the Millennial Kingdom will rule in the future).
Augustines views and influence became the foundation upon which the Roman Catholic Church was built. It still holds most of his views.
Augsutine's teachings also became the philosophical basis for "Christian" anti-Semitism.He taught that Jews had no more purpose in God's plan; that they would never be reborn as a nation; that the covenants were no longer valid to them; that they were spiritual castaways with no future hope, Christ-killers who had no more place in God's plan and imposters. (All this, as strange as it may sound, was the result of a method of interpretating prophetic passages in an allegorical sense. No one who interpets prophecy literally, Jesus himself and the apostles interpreted Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament, could ever fall into Satan's anti-Semitic trap)
In the early 16th century, reformers broke away from the Roman Church. They retained Augustines views on prophecy. For the 250 years, reformed theologians began to reexamine the systematic theology. During this period, Protestants were dividing into many denominations and divergent views regarding AMillennialism, and a new view was born - Postmillennialism. They taught that the Church would eventually convert the whole world through Gospel. Once done the Millennial Kingdom would be ushered in. They believe that the Church would rule 1000 years, then Christ would come and take us all into eternity. Liberals if the time even accepted Darwins theory of evolution.
From the time of Augustine til the early 19th century, the traditional Church's interpretation of prophecy did not allow for the possibility of a literal 1000 year Kingdom, a literal Tribulation, or a Rapture that was distinguished from the Second Coming. In their view, the Church was already in the Tribulation, so it stands to reason that they hold to a post tribulation coming of Christ. The return to literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of prophecy during the early 19th century called for a thorough redefining os systematic eschatology for the first time in history. It was in this larger historical context that the whole controversy concerning the rapture began. Those who say that it started with a 15 year old's Scottish girls vision is silly. This vision of Margaret Macdonald was received in 1830 - It can be read in it's entirety in the memoirs of James and George Macdonald.
Just a quick comment- Read on - Bear with me a little longer. Know that all of these theories, disputes, controversies, etc. are not of God. God and his word speak very clearly against controversies, and I do not subscribe to them. I only want everyone to be ready and to have a little understanding of why they exist.
Do not be fooled by those who speak against the end of the age, the coming of Jesus, etc. They are doing this as a tool, and since we do not know exactly when it will happen, I urge everyone to be ready to go!
|Here is some commentary I
found particularly interesting. Since we are going to see many
detractors, many people who will try to stop your faith, accuse and
denounce Jesus in so may different ways - I selected a comment
from Jack Van Impe on Barbara R. Rossing's "The Rapture Racket" -
Rexella Van Impe: Now this is a book that Barbara has written, and in a review in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Clay Evans writes this: “Author says Rapture is a racket, distortion of the Bible”. Of course, she is responding to the wonderful "Left Behind" series by Dr. Tim LaHaye. They've sold 51 million copies of "Left Behind", and she wants everybody to think that this is a racket. In her book, this Lutheran Minister says "The Rapture is a racket. The system was born of a young Scottish girl's vision in 1830, and was later flushed out by a 19th Century British preacher, John Darby. Darby conjured up the idea based on scripture texts that indicate no such thing but are scriptural contortions." In other words, she's saying that they've misinterpreted or made it sound just like they wanted it to sound. She says the system of the Rapture was born of a young Scottish girl's vision in 1830. 1830, does it start there Jack?
Jack: That is so much baloney and this woman if she is a scholar, doesn't know much about the Holy Word of God or history which I am going to prove right now. I get so tired of these people all saying that this rapture theory started in 1830 with john Darby and a retarded girl. Come on now.
Let's see what the book really does say. Is there really going to be a rapture? Listen to Jesus in John 14:1-3. “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself”. That is the Rapture. When He says “come up hither”, in Revelation 4:1. But you can't find the word "rapture" in the Bible? Ah, but I can in the Catholic Bible. In the Latin Vulgate by Jerome who when he got to I Thessalonians 4:17 talks about the dead in Christ rising first and then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up with the dead to meet the Lord in the air. And there he used the word “rapiamore” – which is “raptured”. Thank God for that! Rexella, the Roman Catholic Church and this is in the book, the trial, the tribulation and the triumph of one of the great catholic scholar’s said. “Why shouldn't we preach prophecy? Why shouldn’t it be important, since it is important in Catholic Scripture and tradition, and in the Catholic Magisterium, the authority of teaching in the Roman Catholic Church? Thank you, Jerome.
Let's go on. In I Corinthians 15:51, Paul says, “Behold I show you a mystery”. A mystery is something that has not been revealed until this point in time so you cannot find the Rapture in the Old Testament or in most of the Gospels, but you can find it here. And then he describes it, “we shall not all sleep [or be dead]”, but we shall all [dead and living] be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we the living shall be changed.” It is that simple. He's going to change our vile bodies that they be fashioned like his glorious body. Philippians 3:21. That's why we are to be looking for that blessed hope, the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing, His revelation when He comes to earth.
Now, let's get to the main point, Barbara Rossing. Because of your constant mentioning of the Rapture theory only beginning in 1830, if you promote that in that book throughout and you certainly look like you are going to and have, then you have the biggest racket in your book, not the rapture racket. Why? Did it really begin only in 1830. Now I'm not going to be using AD because that would become monotonous, but let me give you what history teaches.
In 150, the Rapture idea was preached by the Shepherd of Hermas.
In 270 Victorinus, the Bishop of Pettau, a Catholic leader preached it.
In 350 Ephraim the Syrian
In 400, Jerome in the Latin vulgate
Then there were the thousand years called the “dark ages”, and then it came back.
In 1304, Reverend Dolcino proclaimed the Pre-trib Rapture.
In 1400 Bible translations in the native tongues led to a new propagation of the Pre-trib Rapture.
In 1627, Joseph Mede
1627 Increase Mather
1687, Peter Jurieu
1700 John Asgill
1738, Philip Doddridge
1748 John Gill
1763, James McKnight
1744, Morgan Edwards
1792, Thomas Scott
And then in 1830, John Darby.
Do you see how many preceded him from the year 150 onward? What you’re telling the people, is not the truth. I beg of you, if you are really a scholar, search out what history teaches. I’ve got 90 thousand hours of study in this book. You are wrong, scripturally and historically.
A little more on the subject of prophecy -
In II Thessalonians 2:7, the Church is Raptured. In verse 8, it goes on to say, then after that Rapture shall that wicked one, the Antichrist, the World Dictator, be revealed. He comes out or the European Union, Daniel 9:26, he confirms the covenant of peace for 7 years, Daniel 9:27. But it's not going to work. Why – because the Jew is so hated even today. And so it's called the covenant of death and hell in Isaiah 28:15. You see, the whole world is going to come against Israel. They just had a conference headed up by Colin Powell in Germany because 55 nations attended wanting to stop the hatred in all their countries against the Jew. That's what it's going to be about.