Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Rapture. [Part 15] - by Dr. Andy Woods.

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For more clarification,  JUST READ THE BIBLE !  

WE Christians are also susceptible to the serious, violent, crazy, world tensions and world News too, as Satan walks the world like a lion... seeking to devour all whom he can scare, trap, upset, ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANS.   He already has all the UN-Believers under his thumb, and has them 'snake-fascinated'  spinning like tops and out of control.   As long as WE Believers draw nigh to God and follow God's Son, Jesus [Yeshua] Christ, we will be safe, and full of the Holy Spirit !!    And thank you, Lord, for the great fellowship that Terri and I have  U.P. here with pastor Kevin Sullivan and his lovely wife, who have taken us under their wings of protection and kindness.   I learn something good every time I shake hands with Kevin.  So many people in the USA don't even have a Spirit anointed Christian church that follows the KJV Bible and teaches the Truth !!  
      It is my fondest hope that some person or even more--- grasp the meaning of my words, and articles enough to find the Truth of the Bible and get Saved BEFORE the  Rapture!   I don't need to know, don't need to be puffed up with pride or satisfaction and glory.  YOU,  Father in Heaven deserve ALL the Glory, of course, and I only want to be YOUR tool. 

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Warm Regards,
Tommy Schuckman

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Rapture (Part 15)

Andy WoodsBy Dr. Andy Woods Sugar Land Bible Church

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My previous articles commenced a series on the rapture of the church. We began with the question, "What is the Rapture?" This question can best be answered by noting ten truths about the rapture from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. In previous articles from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, we saw that the rapture is an important doctrine and not something that can be marginalized or explained away as a secondary doctrine. We also noted that the rapture is an event that is distinct from the Second Advent of Christ. We further observed that the rapture will involve the catching up of every believer to meet the Lord in the air, and that the rapture will involve a reunion between living and deceased Church-Age believers. We then began to examine several more points from 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. We noted that the rapture will be a resurrection, will exempt an entire generation of believers from death, will be an instantaneous event, is a mystery, is an imminent event, and is also a traditional doctrine now being recovered.
We then moved to a second main question, namely, when will the rapture take place relative to the coming seven-year Tribulation period? We offered the contention that believers can develop certainty that they will be raptured before the Tribulation period occurs for at least seven reasons. First, the Tribulation period’s purpose concerns Israel rather than the church. Second, there is no reference to the church as being on the earth in Revelation 4–19. Third, the church has been promised an exemption from divine wrath. We now move on to our fourth argument favoring pretribulationalism.

The Rapture Is Imminent

The fourth reason that the rapture will take place before the Tribulation period even begins relates to the fact the rapture is an imminent event. As noted in prior articles, the rapture is an imminent event. In other words, the rapture could happen at any moment. Since no prophetic sign must first transpire before the rapture can occur, the rapture is a sign-less event. The term theologians typically employ in order to describe this reality is "imminency." We noted several New Testament passages that substantiate this notion of imminency. For example, 1 Corinthians 15:51 says, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed…” (italics added). First Thessalonians 4:15 similarly says, "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep" (italics added). In both of these passages, note Paul’s use of the pronoun "we." As Paul was unfolding the concept of the rapture to both the Corinthians and the Thessalonians, he anticipated that this event could have taken place in his own lifetime. Thus, Paul maintained that the rapture could happen at any moment. No prophetic sign had to first transpire before the rapture could occur.
In fact, the New Testament routinely depicts the coming of Christ for His church through the rapture as the very next event on the prophetic horizon. This event has the potential of taking place within the next split second. Note the imminency language found in the following New Testament texts. James 5:8 says, "You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near." First Thessalonians 1:10 teaches, "and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come." First Corinthians 1:7 similarly notes, "so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ." According to Philippians 3:20, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." All of these verses indicate that at any moment Christ could break back into history to rescue His church from God's coming wrath. Consequently, the church is to live in eager expectation of the any-moment return of the Lord.
What does this notion of imminency have to do with the doctrine of pretribulationalism? Recall the various views on the timing of the rapture relative to the impending Tribulation period. At least four differing perspectives exist. First, pre-tribulation rapturism holds that the rapture will occur before the Tribulation period even begins. Second, mid-tribulation rapture theory asserts that the rapture will take place in the middle of the coming Tribulation period. Third, post-tribulationalism contends that the rapture will take place at the end of the coming Tribulation period. This view typically sees no distinction between the rapture and the Second Advent and thus seeks to harmonize all references to Christ's return as taking place at the end of the future Tribulation period. Fourth, pre-wrath rapturism maintains that, because the wrath of God does not begin until the final twenty-five percent of the Tribulation period, the church will be present for the first three quarters of the Tribulation period only to be raptured to heaven just before the wrath of God is poured out during the Tribulation's final twenty-five percent.
Notice that only pretribulationalism is in harmony with the doctrine of imminency. Unlike pretribulationalism, all of the other rapture positions convey a list of prophetic events that must first transpire before the rapture can occur. Only pretribulationalism teaches that the rapture is a sign-less event, which can take place today. For example. according to mid-tribulationalism, can the rapture take place today? The answer to this question is no since the first 42 months or three and a half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week or the first-half of the seven-year Tribulation must first occur before the rapture can take place. According to post-tribulationalism, can the rapture take place today? The answer to this question is again no since seven years of Daniel's Seventieth Week or the entire seven-year Tribulation must first occur before the rapture can take place. According to pre-wrath rapturism, can the rapture take place today? The answer to this question is again no since three quarters of Daniel's Seventieth Week or seventy-five percent of the seven-year Tribulation must first occur before the rapture can take place. According to pretribulationalism, can the rapture take place today? The answer to this question is an emphatic yes since no part of Daniel's Seventieth Week or the seven-year Tribulation must first occur before the rapture can take place.
Thus, only pretribulationalism teaches that the rapture can take place today. Therefore, the slogan "perhaps today" only applies to pretribulationalism in contrast to the competing positions. Only the idea that the rapture will take place before the Tribulation period even begins makes any sense of the plethora of New Testament passages that teach that the Lord's coming for His church is right at the door, the next event on the horizon, a sign-less event, or imminent.
In sum, having previously answered the question, "what is the rapture?", we noted the first four of at least seven reasons that affirm the pretribulational rapture view. The first reason is that the Tribulation's ultimate purpose concerns Israel rather than the church. The second reason relates to the concept of the missing church not only from Revelation 4–22, but also from all central and critical Tribulation texts. The third reason is that the church has been promised an exemption from divine wrath. The fourth reason is that the rapture is an imminent event and only the pretribulation view is in harmony with this doctrine.
(To Be Continued...)

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We have to admit one thing for sure:  'The author of the Daily Jot,  Bill Wilson, is a very bold MAN !!   He tells the truth no matter what the outcome or price !!   I am proud to post him on my humble Christian- based Blog:  TOM'S JOURNAL !  I also got a short note from the son of Kent Hovind, the Bible-Creationist gentleman/ teacher, who taught and entertained us with his famous debates a few years back on Christian TV.  Yes,  these high caliber MEN put their pants on the same way we all do --- one foot at a time.  'I want to be in that number... when the Saints go marching in...'

Well,  I am hoping to get some sun on my face today, because it seems to help my messed up skin, lately.  I ought to quit drinking soda pop and just drink water--  according to every dietitian in the whole wide world.   Am also having trouble just contacting the local VAMC in our humble town all this morning, which leads me to believe that the Nurse just took the phone off the hook.   I know this may sound stupid, but I have to take some heavy, caustic Medicines the VA doctor prescribes for me-- that mess up my stomach if I have not eaten SOMETHING before, or with the Meds.   Well, Terri makes herself scarce and prefers to stay outside working her "Beautification Program" --3 seasons out of the year, but Winter U.P. here is long...   I want to help her, but I already pay ALL THE BILLS, and hard times are here to stay...$$$$, so I can't depend on anyone but myself, so it seems, lately.   Sometimes I just feel  "over-whelmed."  Maybe your prayers could help me, in this area, and some emails-- getting to better know you ALL, please. 
      The bottom line is:  I got used to eating a FEW pieces of that, "GOOD and PLENTY" candies that taste like licorice... and that curbed my appetite !!  But I am thinking that all the 'sugar content' of the candy is also making me break out in my face...  or could it be the 'stress of these End Times??'  
      I remember that in or about 1989, I began breaking out with dry skin and a rash, probably psoriasis, while working at the AMC LakeFront Plant, in Kenosha, WI., right next to Lake Michigan... on "Engine Cradles"  and it steadily grew worse, beginning with dandruff.   Stress could have been a contributing factor, as we got laid off the job... and we understood the auto industry:  "One day chicken --- the next day feathers [type of reality]."   Anyway,  I can only wish that some of you will LEARN how to work this simple web site's commenting procedure, please, and leave a constructive comment.  Otherwise, email:  tschuckman@aol.com 

Now!  I realize that 99% of my readers here are Christian/ Conservative types..  thank you very much, but so those of  you who are still sitting on the fence, Bill Wilson, lays it all out on this article, that 'you can't have it both ways!!'  On one hand, our soldiers and Marines are STILL getting killed in the Middle East by Muslims --al0Qa'eda and Muslim Brotherhood aligned people, in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc.   But at the same time Obama appoints top level Muslim heads of important Gov't Orgs, etc.  What's wrong with this picture ??  I think that the next 2 months will tell all.

Warm Regards,
Tommy Schuckman

Isn't it strange that I hated needles and shots all my life, but then begged for them at the height of my super PAIN in the knees, until my VA top personal 'doctor' pushed and convinced me to have their knee replacement surgery, and now they are more injured and worse !!  But the top nurse practitioner in the picture here, Mike Ryan, was a nice guy, kind and gentle, and always interested to hear me explain Bible Prophecy.... and he knew that the VA was very corrupt....shhhhh !  And he was so dang good putting those shots in my knees--angel of mercy!  My heart goes out to those old, beat  up, Combat Veterans who still fight the extreme PAIN and  agony of joint/ knee and hip degenerative disease...   but the Lord will take care of you, IF YOU ARE SAVED.    Let us all pray together for these poor souls--while waiting for the Rapture....

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013  

Yesterday's allies, today's enemies, really?
It seems like just yesterday when the occupant of the Oval Office was making the case for intervention in Libya where Muslims were in danger of humanitarian crimes by long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. It was then that the occupant worked closely with al Qaeda in providing air support, supply lines and on-ground advisors to overthrow Gaddafi. He also supported al Qaeda in other countries as part of the Arab Spring uprisings that began in December 2010. His foreign policy partner the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) provided political organizational structure and al Qaeda the military aspect to spark civil unrest and threaten governments throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. Curious how things change.

Or remain the same. The occupant has, as international policy think tank Gatestone Institute puts it in an April 15, 2013 report, "...proactively chose to reach out to the [Muslim] Brotherhood, its affiliates, and supporters for advice, training and even administration appointments." The MB helps fund al Qaeda. Gatestone writes: "The current administration's weeks-long duplicity in the aftermath of the 11 September 2012 terror attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, when it repeatedly and mendaciously claimed that an Internet video trailer sparked a protest there that got out of hand, appears to have been carefully scripted not just with the OIC but Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the US, as well."

Gatestone lists several Muslim Brotherhood network operatives that have influenced US policy toward Islam dating back to the Clinton Administration both as close confidants and as political appointees. Gatestone reports that under the current Administration: "US policy has undergone such a drastic shift in the direction of outright support for these jihadist movements--from al-Qa'eda militias in Libya, to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and both al-Qa'eda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked rebels in Syria--that it is scarcely recognizable as American any more. The infiltration of individuals...with such close Muslim Brotherhood identifications, to positions of influence at the highest levels of US policymaking must be considered, at a minimum, a contributing factor."

What do we make of the current headlines that al Qaeda is now a threat to all US embassies and that the occupant's drones have killed four al Qaeda operatives in Yemen? There is great deception taking place. The current White House is in league with the MB, which is in league with al Qaeda. What seems to be is not. 2 Timothy 3:13 says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." The riddle before us is what is the motive of one who appears as both an ally and an enemy? Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." The ultimate thief is satan. The thief before us is an elected official who is deceptive and treasonous.


Gatestone Institute report: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3672/muslim-brotherhood-us-government
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