Saturday, December 7, 2013

How will the Rapture Happen?

Tom's Journal.

I suppose that many of us have 'speculated' too much at one time or another, or put too much emphasis on one small aspect or subject.  It is what it is.

One important saying or  proverb we ought to all memorize is:   "The golden rule of interpretation says when the plain sense of a passage/ or scripture makes common sense,  seek no other sense."   The problems start to happen when false prophets or over zealous friends try to weave in some special, secret, mystery or mathematical formula to contort and twist the passage to 'prove' their own private view, or agenda.....  like the fallacy of the JW-cult/ org./ WatchTower people, where I WASTED 22 GOOD YEARS OF MY LIFE !!!   I could have done many other constructive things in my life, even though I feel that I have accomplished a lot anyway.    At least, I am in the Lord's service and Saved now,  a minor miracle in itself !  I owe a few special people gratitude for guiding me toward that final goal, like Mary Ellen Hintz, and Captain Robb Bohnen, S.F., etc.  Steve Brulport gave me some great advice a long ago too.   Let's never forget the Holy Spirit, please. 

Now days, I am easing off putting too much attention on the Rapture...  because I want people to understand that all of us Christians are in this present fight for the LONG HAUL, no matter what comes down the pike, or how long we must wait for all of God's promises to come true.  And that usually shuts down the wagging tongues of opposition, and non-Believers, and scoffers.  
      Another 'golden rule' is:  "Pick your battles well."  Why get side tracked on small, unimportant issues??   Let others have their own way, but draw the line when it comes down to the bare TRUTH of the IMPORTANT dogmas, like:  SALVATION,  GRACE,  heaven and hell, etc.   I tell folks to just look in the back pages of the wonderful DEFINED KJV Bible, to find the 'meat and potatoes' facts of just where all the modern bible versions came from, and why it's best to finally learn to use the KJV, for serious students.   But far be it for me to bluntly state that the ONLY bible that people ought ever to read is the KJV.   That could prove to be a stumbling block, and why lose the war-- for putting so much value on bible version, when in fact, maturity will finally draw a serious student to stronger 'medicine  ??'  

Finally,  the date, December 7th has a special place in my heart because my father was a WW-2 survivor, and also got hurt on Saipan in the South Pacific at that time --U.S. Navy.    I get a bang out of watching a few old time movies about that era, compared to all the lies of our occupant of the WH churns out almost daily...   And there are a good bunch of combat Veterans in various places that I hang out at, on-line, "who speak my language."   I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I can carry my own weight, with military and history talk. 

Sorry to say,  I am already getting bummed out with the cold Winter, and my personal challenges with mobility and losing weight....  grrrrrr!   I don't want to be a sour puss, or sour grapes.  If only I had a few old military/  Christian buddies that I could hang out with who were retired like I am, and we could play Chess, and talk about the Bible, etc., or go out for lunch sometimes.   And I have a free pass at the local work out Gym in town, but the long walks total me out, so I am lifting some dumb bells at home, at least.  

OK, time to visit my F/ B friends and check out a few more emails.

Warm Regards,

How Will The Rapture Happen?

Q. I have another question regarding the Rapture. The most popular opinion is that at the Rapture, all the believers will be “vanished into thin air”, leaving behind their clothes and accessories.
I have no problem with this opinion. However, the Bible doesn’t explicitly state this; in fact, I find the verse in 1 Cor. 15:52 only says that “we will be changed in a twinkling of an eye”, nothing about disappearing. What is your view about this? How do you think the Rapture will happen?

A. You are right in saying that people have different opinions on how the rapture will happen, but that’s what they are, opinions. The three clearest verses in the Bible concerning the rapture are John 14:2-3, 1 Cor. 15:51-53 and 1 Thes. 4:16-17. In John 14:2-3 the Lord said He was going to His father’s house to prepare a place for us, and one day He would come for us to take us there. 1 Cor. 15: 51-53 says we will be changed from mortal to immortal in the twinkling of an eye, in other words, instantaneously. 1 Thes, 4:16-17 says we will meet the Lord in the air and go to be with Him forever.
The golden rule of interpretation says when the plain sense of a passage makes common sense, seek no other sense. The plain sense of these passages is that we’ll be changed in an instant and meet the Lord in the air to always be with Him in His Father’s house. To me that says we’ll vanish from Earth. Anything beyond that is human speculation.

"Peace and Safety."

Tom's Journal.

I hope this turns out so you all can download it properly.   A friend sent this stuff to me, and I had problems believing it... until lately.  One thing that did strike me is:   The devil has got most of us, even Christians so busy worrying about making ends meet and surviving the hard times, Prepping--to a certain extent, etc., that we are losing sight of the BIG PICTURE!!  That God does have a 'time table' and everything is on schedule.... HIS schedule, not ours !   Even the recent cold weather snap in the USA... as Sec. of State John, the boy, Kerry, is trying to carve up Israel to give to the PLO, the terrorists, the bad guys.   And that old covenant/ solid gold promise in Genesis 12:3 is so real !!!  obama and his idiots don't know what they are messing with....testing the mighty power of Father God!  

Just who do you think it running the show on earth ??  "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:   In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."   ~ 2nd Corinthians 4: 3-4.   YES!  The 'god' of this world is STD --Satan the devil !    And here is the discernment:  verse 4: 18, says,  'While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen....'  The Holy Spirit gives discernment...  but the wicked cannot tap the Spirit...Ha!    That is reserved only for Believers! 
    Our lives are like  a level...  going thru life we often get UN-balanced, and need to come back to "true level."   I am a tradesman/ welder, I would know.   When ever you set out to build something, you need 3 special tools to do a good job.   A level, a plumb bob, and a square.  Without them, your house will be a disaster.  Our Christian Believer's "Level" ought to be the Bible.   Few people MAKE time to read it, and fewer people can understand it, because they don't ask for and receive the Spirit to understand it !!

Now,  I know, and you know, that I've been beating my drum for YEARS -- about the Lord's return.  But first a series of things have to happen.   "For when they shall say,  Peace and safety;  then sudden destruction cometh upon them,....  and they shall not escape."   ~ 1st Thessalonians 5: 3.   What is Sec. John Kerry trying to do ??  One day, and perhaps soon,  all the 'News Media' and Papers will say,  "Peace and Security !"   And then war.  Alot of other things figure into the picture, but all that could come in short order...POOF !  Somewhere in between will come the Rapture, and we will have real Peace...  we Believers.   But in the mean time, we are ruled and moved by the day by day woes, pain, struggles, Socialism,  loss of freedom, etc.

Now!  For the sake of argument, friends and readers,  if all this is true [and I just proved it with the Bible], in short form, simplified,  WHAT OUGHT WE TO DO ? ? ?
Praise and worship the Lord, and go share/ spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ !   Bingo!   And don't go to heaven alone --- take someone with  you !!   Well, some of you might say that you have not been blessed with the 'tools' to reach out and preach/ teach/ share...  so just do what I have done:   WORK AT IT UNTIL YOU GET BETTER, BUT DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU THINK YOU ARE PERFECT OR READY.   Just do it !!   Our Drill Instructors in the Army showed us that we indeed had what it takes to do the impossible, but we had to practise and hone our skills, and then jump !  The first time I ever fired an M-60 machine gun in a helicopter, was in combat !!  And then the same night, my 'teacher' showed me how to break it down in a hog trough full of solvent and clean it, every night, so it wouldn't fail in combat the next day.  People depended on me!!   Other peoples' lives were in MY hands, and I was not about to drop the ball and bare the shame and recrimination, forever, of getting my crew killed because of MY mess up!   So, it's the very same with sharing the Gospel.  You read and study the Book, and then hang around those who know the ropes, and copy them, and Jesus Christ!   Personally,  I like to use Bible tracts to help spread the Gospel to strangers, etc.  See me to find out more.

Life is a vapour. 

Christian Army Hugs,
Tommy Schuckman