Posts Tagged ‘End Times’

Many Christians today believe they will be taken up from Earth in a secret rapture while the unsaved world suffers the wrath of God during what some Bible scholars refer to as Jacob’s Trouble.

Well, if you are one of those who believe in the rapture theory, then I urge you to prayerfully study the Scriptures. Because there are going to be many Christians who place their faith in this ‘secret rapture’ who may not be prepared for what is coming upon God’s people.

Friend, I urge you to get ready. Prepare your heart and mind for a time of trouble like never before. I am not here to scare you or to cause you any anxiousness, but to give you the truth from the Word of God about a Great Tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth.

Jesus confirmed himself that there would be great times of trouble for the church. “…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22)

Remember Jesus was speaking to his followers and NOT unbelievers! Jesus gave this statement after prophesying about the destruction of Jerusalem, which happened in 70 AD. The saints endured horrendous persecution after this, and between 538 and 1798, the Roman Catholic Church slaughtered over 50 million Christians! Now did God take these saints out of this tribulation? No, He kept them THROUGH it. Many of the saints who were burned at the stake were filled with the peace of God, and even sang hymns while it was happening because they felt God’s presence so strong through it.

If God did not take His people out of these times of trouble, what makes you think He is going to take you out of the tribulation to come? Why would He allow His people of old to give their lives for their faith in God, but spare you from the same?

We live in a time when most people are content to get their knowledge of religion from T.V specials, novels and greeting cards. But you cannot afford to neglect your personal responsibility to prove the truth!
The rapture doctrine was made even more popular in the 1970s by Hal Lindsey’s writings (The Late Great Planet Earth, etc.) and more recently by Jim Jenkins and Tim LaHaye in their Left Behind fictional books and films. But where did the idea of the rapture originate?

Credit for its origin generally goes to John Nelson Darby, a 19th-century theologian. There were some in Darby’s day called amillennialists that didn’t believe that the Kingdom of God is coming to Earth at all. He labored to correct these false teachings. Darby believed, rightly, that Jesus Christ would return to establish and rule over the Kingdom of God here on Earth. But in his zeal for countering the amillennialists error, Darby added an error just as bad—the rapture theory. He believed he understood a new truth, an idea that had not been taught in the history of Christendom. While he was most likely sincere, sincerity alone does not make one right. “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20)

Darby’s pre-tribulation view of the rapture was then picked up by a man named C.I. Scofield, who taught the rapture view in the footnotes of his Scofield Reference Bible. Many who read the Scofield Reference Bible accepted what its footnotes said as biblical truth and adopted the rapture doctrine even though no Christian had heard of it in the previous 1800 years of Church history!

Many Christians today use 1 Thess. 4:16-17 as proof of the rapture doctrine: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

But which trumpet is Paul referring to? Because in 1Cor. 15:52 he writes: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (Emphasis mine)

The apostle John wrote in Revelation 11:15 that the seventh trumpet was the last one that was sounded: “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” So we should read what happened to the Church during the other six trumpets.

Unfortunately, God is not going to allow us to hear any warning trumpets sound before the end of the age. But if we are wise we can know when the time is close.

A doctor cannot know the exact date of an infant’s arrival but by watching the mother, the doctor can predict an approximate time of delivery. Meteorologists cannot know the exact time a hurricane will make landfall or when a tornado will appear, but by watching the weather patterns they can forecast an approximate time and warn people to take cover.

Mat 24:37-39 warns us that just “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Again, I remind you that Jesus was speaking to his followers.
So is it possible that we are not only living in the Last Days but are actually living in the beginning of the Great Tribulation?

When I see how utterly sinful the world has become, when I see how corrupt government agencies and world leaders have become, when I see how children are being abused, killed and thrown away like garbage and when I see the rise of terrorist groups around the world who use beheadings as a way to instill fear in its victims while the world (and the Church) sit passively by eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, I wonder if we are.

While so many people are being tortured and killed for their faith, do you think that you’re so much better than they are? Do you think that they will die but you will be raptured away? Remember Paul teaches us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 to: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

What would cause so many Christians to fall away from God? Could it be because so many put their faith in a secret rapture that turned out not to be true?

I believe that many professing Christians will be tested during the Tribulation to see whether they have true faith. Take a look at Revelation 12 and 13: It tells us all about the persecution of God’s people right up to the very end times.

Friend, don’t believe the false teaching of the rapture! We must be ready to give our life for Jesus! Remember that ALL who live godly lives will suffer persecution! (2 Timothy 3:12)

But also know that if we trust Him, God will give us the strength and the grace we need to keep us through whatever the world throws at us.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28)

The Islamic world aflame with revolt and upheaval…Earthquakes increasing in frequency and intensity…Superstorms ravaging the planet…Violent protests raging throughout the world… Sound familiar?

It’s not a subject that the secular media is likely to explore, but millions of people the world over should be asking themselves whether the turmoil and disasters plaguing the globe are the signs of the times predicted by Jesus and the prophets of the Bible that would coincide with the end of the age.

Matthew 24:
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

As we look at the instability in our world, the turmoil and the threat of terrorism, we can’t help but ask, “Are we living in the last days”? There have always been catastrophes in the world, but never before have there been so many, and so frequently! Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, famine, disease and war…Are we simply experiencing the natural order of things as some contend, or are the signs we see all around us the warnings of the end times?

One only has to read the latest headlines to know that something evil is brewing in the world:
‘52 Dead in Northeast Nigeria Attack by Extremists’
‘Ukrainian government threatens state of emergency after protesters occupy building’
‘Malaysian church attacked amid Allah dispute’
‘Cyber-attack hits federal judiciary websites, filing systems’
‘Pentagon: U.S. not capable of detecting foreign nuke threats’
‘37 killed in Baghdad bomb blasts amid ‘deliberate and senseless’ targeting of Christians’
‘Syrian Jihadists Target Both Jews & Christians For Ethnic Cleansing’

I believe that it is our responsibility as Bible believing men and women to pray as the prophet Daniel did that was recorded in the Book of Daniel chapter 9:1-19:

“I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him….Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

I pray that God will once again revive His Church and that we will all endure until the end and be found ready to meet our king.

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him… Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? …The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thes. 2:1-12)

Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. (Isaiah 9:16)

Ever since Adam’s fall into sin, confusion has ruled as king in the hearts of mankind. (As the result of the curse of the broken law) We can still see this confusion, this curse of the broken law, which Satan uses to mislead his counterfeit bride of Christ into thinking she can be washed in the blood of Christ without repentance.

The gospel of our Lord begins and ends with the word “repent!” (Matt. 4:17; Mark 1:14-15; and Luke 24:46-47) Notice how these verses clearly teach that repentance is what leads to the remission of sin. But Satan’s gospel leads his counterfeit bride of Christ to think she can be saved in her sins, instead of from her sins.

Did you ever stop to think what a mystery it is to see all the confusion there is in the world today? The more educated and learned in human wisdom we are, and the more technology advances, the more confusion we have. Why? The more that people rely upon human wisdom, the further they stray away from God. (As proof, one only has to examine the workings of our nation’s political system) This is the “mystery of iniquity” and can be traced back to mankind’s forsaking God and His revealed will. Until we understand that it is the curse of the broken law, it will remain a mystery to us.

Isaiah had warned us: “Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.” (Isaiah 1:9)

What was the sin of Sodom? The usual answer is homosexuality, but that is not true. The true answer is in Ezek. 16:49: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” That is also the sin of this nation, and it has been for years: Pride, fullness of bread, haughtiness, entertainment, serving the god of the flesh, and trampling the Word of God under our feet. Why? Because we have surrounded ourselves with the abundance of idleness and have so little love for the poor and needy. We serve the god of self instead of the God of creation.

As a result of compromising the Word of God, the mystery of iniquity now works confusion in the world. Let’s ponder what Jesus taught us. Jesus spoke of the anxiety that shall dominate the world in this time of confusion: “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26) *The word ‘perplexity,’ is taken from the Greek word, ‘Aporia,’ which means, to have no way out; to be at a loss mentally; to come to a point of despair.

When those who are Christian in name only, see what is coming upon the face of the earth, they will become perplexed. They are the ones who will not allow the truth to prevail. They teach peace, peace while they still love the wages of sin. Without any repentance, their hearts will fail them for fear of the things taking place on the earth.

Scripture foretold that anxiety, perplexity, and confusion will happen in the last days. What we see in the world today is a result of unbelief and compromising the Word of God. It is the result of spiritual adultery, serving the god of self. But those who are truly Christian do not live in perplexity and anxiety, because we live by faith, not by sight.

A wise man once said, “The sin that we tolerate is the sin that we love.” This is not a call to be intolerant to the sins of others, but to the sin that resides in us! What sin do you tolerate? You must kill it! Crucify it! Bury it and walk away from its tomb!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20