Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gun Bans Do NOT Work.

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Here is an older pic of Tom Schuckman, at my first duty station:  CuChi, RVN: early 1968, with an Aviation Company there.   Age 19.







Places...NOT to go!
 
This is FASCINATING !!  WORLD MURDER STATISTICS
 
 
From the World Health Organization
The latest Murder Statistics for the world:
Murders per 100,000 citizens per year.
 
Honduras 91.6 (WOW!!)
El Salvador 69.2
Cote d'lvoire 56.9
Jamaica 52.2
Venezuela 45.1
Belize 41.4
US Virgin Islands 39.2
Guatemala 38.5
Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.2
Zambia 38.0
Uganda 36.3
Malawi 36.0
Lesotho 35.2
Trinidad and Tobago 35.2
Colombia 33.4
South Africa 31.8
Congo 30.8
Central African Republic 29.3
Bahamas 27.4
Puerto Rico 26.2
Saint Lucia 25.2
Dominican Republic 25.0
Tanzania 24.5
Sudan 24.2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9
Ethiopia 22.5
Guinea 22.5
Dominica 22.1
Burundi 21.7
Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7
Panama 21.6
Brazil 21.0
Equatorial Guinea 20.7
Guinea-Bissau 20.2
Kenya 20.1
Kyrgyzstan 20.1
Cameroon 19.7
Montserrat 19.7
Greenland 19.2
Angola 19.0
Guyana 18.6
Burkina Faso 18.0
Eritrea 17.8
Namibia 17.2
Rwanda 17.1
Mexico 16.9
Chad 15.8
Ghana 15.7
Ecuador 15.2
North Korea 15.2
Benin 15.1
Sierra Leone 14.9
Mauritania 14.7
Botswana 14.5
Zimbabwe 14.3
Gabon 13.8
Nicaragua 13.6
French Guiana 13.3
Papua New Guinea 13.0
Swaziland 12.9
Bermuda 12.3
Comoros 12.2
Nigeria 12.2
Cape Verde 11.6
Grenada 11.5
Paraguay 11.5
Barbados 11.3
Togo 10.9
Gambia 10.8
Peru 10.8
Myanmar 10.2
Russia 10.2
Liberia 10.1
Costa Rica 10.0
Nauru 9.8
Bolivia 8.9
Mozambique 8.8
Kazakhstan 8.8
Senegal 8.7
Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7
Mongolia 8.7
British Virgin Islands 8.6
Cayman Islands 8.4
Seychelles 8.3
Madagascar 8.1
Indonesia 8.1
Mali 8.0
Pakistan 7.8
Moldova 7.5
Kiribati 7.3
Guadeloupe 7.0
Haiti 6.9
Timor-Leste 6.9
Anguilla 6.8
Antigua and Barbuda 6.8
Lithuania 6.6
Uruguay 5.9
Philippines 5.4
Ukraine 5.2
Estonia 5.2
Cuba 5.0
Belarus 4.9
Thailand 4.8
Suriname 4.6
Laos 4.6
Georgia 4.3
Martinique 4.2
And .........
The United States 4.2 !!!!!
 
ALL (109) of the countries above America ,
HAVE 100% gun bans.
 
It might be of interest to note that SWITZERLAND is not shown on this list, because it has...NO MURDER OCCURRENCE!
 
However, SWITZERLAND'S law requires that EVERYONE:
1. Own a gun.
2. Maintain Marksman qualifications ... regularly .
 
Did you learn anything from this??
 
I think the message is - loud and clear...
 
GUN bans and restrictions...DO NOT work!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Money Metals Market Update.

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Hi Friends,
I just got written permission to post this great info/ article, from MMX, a trusted company that I have tested thru the years to help me invest and guard against what most learned Bible students KNOW and understand what MUST happen according to the Scriptures.   It's true that we won't need gold and silver in Heaven, [Revelation 21:21, says that 'the streets are paved with GOLD!']  --- but it's always good to be prepared here on Earth when things are ready to explode, as the USA and other countries are ALREADY bankrupt ! !   Now...  we can all piss and moan about how evil Obama and the Congress are, destroying our once great country --- or we can DO THE IMPORTANT WORK NOW of covering our butts,  buy investing in PM's [Precious Metals], and I personally believe that to be a good, wise, thing.   I am certainly NOT a rich man, but a retired auto worker/ welder, living on a small pension, also a Disabled Vietnam Vet, as you all know.   Our stinking taxes will soon go up, up, and away !!   I expect things to get worse economically, in 2K15, and I love my 'creature comforts' being an old 66 year old, disabled guy, like heat, A/C, electricity, and a nice, warm home and pretty wife.   But I know that not only history, but the KJV Bible explains what MUST COME, in the book of Revelation, after many years of intense study, and prayer.  I know what it's like to be poor and homeless, without any human caring for you,  DESERTED BY ALL OF MY FAMILY,  and all of humanity not caring weather I lived or died !!   I found the Lord on a cold, Winter day, in Milwaukee, WI., after I got to the end of my rope in 1995, down on my knees in a terrible place, begging the Lord God for help in finding Him and serving Him.  And then the very next day things started getting better for me, and I cleaned up my act and followed the Lord, still being a sinner, but improving day by day, still having a lot to learn.   Long story....and I still carry many deep scars in my heart.   But I believe that the Lord 'allowed me to sink so low and have so many problems, with finances, and ruined relationships, etc., to bring me to my knees and HUMBLE me!'    I was too proud in my ways and needed to be humbled.  'God catches His fish before He cleans them...'   

Well, there I go again, meandering and getting off track... lol.   You know,  much of my 'Prepper' thing is because of my Army training and mind set,  but I like to have some pure drinking water barreled up, and rice, beans and some canned goods set aside, JUST IN CASE, the stink hits the fan.    My wife thought I was just silly,  but now she sees the wisdom in having something stored up, and getting our CCW permits and training didn't hurt us none, either, and now we have safe fun at the shooting range, when we want, and then go out for lunch !  
       Please pray for my dear wife, Terri, who is U.P. visiting her daughter and grand daughter for a few days, and I only hope that the roads are good and dry when she returns in a few days.     The air temps U.P. here are -0 degrees today, and I need the 4WD fixed in my old truck.... just when I need it the most [Murphy's Law] Ha!     Please pray for our Pastor and family as they are away visiting family at this time, for their safety in driving back too.   

Have a great day, and a good, safe, prosperous New Year, dear friends.

---Tommy Schuckman  


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Money Metals Market Update

December 29, 2014 -- The U.S. dollar once again strengthened relative to other major world currencies last week. The DXY index closed above 90 -- its highest close in 10 years.

Precious metals prices held up well considering. A rally in spot prices on Friday closed with gold and silver prices unchanged for the week, while platinum and palladium prices advanced strongly.

The U.S. Mint reported final sales statistics for the American Eagle coins. Demand for silver continues to grow with 2014 sales coming in at 44 million ounces, eclipsing last year’s record of 42.7 million. Silver spot prices significantly underperformed gold in 2014, making the metal look like a relative bargain. Sales of American gold Eagles fell 36% from the prior year.

Spot Prices
Friday's Close
(Weekly Gain/Loss)
Monday Morning
(Gain/Loss from Friday's Close)
Gold$1,198 (unch)$1,189 (-0.8%)
Silver$16.10 (unch)$16.02 (-0.5%)
Platinum$1,220 (+1.8%)$1,211 (-0.7%)
Palladium$820 (+1.6%)$814 (-0.8%)

Why You Need to Own Gold In 2015 and Beyond

Debt is a rock, and spending reform is a hard place. The taxpayers of today and tomorrow are saddled with crushing obligations. Yet we must watch helplessly as leadership in Washington DC continues expanding government -- borrowing what they can and simply printing what they cannot.

Each day more Americans sense a reckoning is coming. Our government is increasingly insolvent. The unbacked dollar is certain to be worth less, and it may not survive at all.

The problem is dishonest money. Federal Reserve officials are free to print as many dollars as they wish, completely unaccountable for the purchasing power stolen from your savings.

 
Honest money in the form of physical gold is the solution. Gold coins, bars, and rounds represent value that cannot be inflated away. In the long run, no other asset offers the same track record -- particularly during turbulent times. Families who save using private, portable, and enduring gold have been passing wealth from one generation to the next for literally thousands of years.

Also, during key periods in history, investments in gold did more than simply hold value; they produced real profits. We are likely living in the next of these periods now. Inflation is a worldwide phenomenon forcing entire populations to look for alternatives to the paper in their wallets. As more and more turn to finite gold, its purchasing power will rise -- perhaps dramatically -- as people bid more aggressively for available stocks.

We’ve seen it before. If history is a guide, now is a particularly opportune time for wise investors to buy physical gold coins and bars -- both for protection and profit. To understand why requires some background.

Gold is beautiful and rare. Our ancestors picked up the first golden nuggets thousands of years ago and found themselves delighted. Virtually everyone wanted some of their own -- a fact not lost on people seeking to trade. A person with gold to offer could bargain for all manner of valuable goods. A little of the beautiful metal went a long ways in terms of buying power. Gold became money -- the preferred medium of exchange when trading locally and across the world.

Gold Represents Timeless Value


 
Gold’s universal appeal across continents makes the metal extraordinary. But it is gold’s appeal across time that makes it unique.

People navigate in a world of cycles and change. Investment manias come and go. Societies move inevitably from relative peace and prosperity to crisis and war and back again. Governments rise and fall. In recent centuries these governments began introducing paper currencies in their ascendance then inflating them away in their decline. Through all of these cycles, gold remained sought after and highly valued -- making it one of history’s few constants.

An anecdote, often told, highlights gold’s relatively constant value. In 1916, just after the Federal Reserve was established and before politicians decoupled the U.S. dollar from gold, a man with a $20 bill or a $20 “Double Eagle” gold piece (containing very close to 1 ounce of gold) could walk into a men’s clothier and buy a fine suit, shirt, belt, shoes, socks, and a tie with either the bill or the coin. Today, the gold coin will still buy the same thing. But the $20 bill may not even be enough to purchase a belt.

 
This constancy is the reason politicians and bankers, the purveyors of fiat currency, began a concerted effort to divorce gold psychologically from its role as money. It is hard to maintain the illusion of value in a paper currency with gold acting as a foil. John Maynard Keynes, the British economist most admired by the advocates of big government and unlimited borrowing, declared the gold standard a “barbarous relic” in 1924.

A few generations later, bureaucrats talk about sophisticated monetary tools which supposedly render gold irrelevant. Ultimately, the talking will fail. It doesn’t change the true nature of gold, nor the true nature of the paper they want you to use as money.

Paper currency is supported only by confidence -- its value resides exclusively in people’s minds. Intrinsically, the bills we all carry are simply colored bits of paper whose supply is limitless. They are designed and managed by officials to lose value over time -- a stealthy tax benefiting politicians and those they favor, to the detriment of ordinary earners and savers. That is why governments inevitably get larger while the value of the currency they issue inexorably declines. It is the ultimate confidence game.

Paper Money Is Losing Credibility by the Day

But the essential trust in fiat currencies is beginning to fade. People look aghast at the “debt clock” in Times Square now surpassing $18 trillion.  Their minds are boggled at the trillions of new dollars created by the Fed via extraordinary maneuvers such as Quantitative Easing. Today, there are real questions about the solvency of the U.S. government, and the value of the scrip issued on its behalf.

Meanwhile, gold is reasserting itself. Citizens in places like Venezuela, Holland, and Germany are clamoring for the repatriation of gold reserves stored outside of their borders. Perhaps most telling, we find the same central bankers who publicly denigrate gold quietly adding bars to the stockpiles held in their nations’ vaults... stockpiles most of them somehow never quite got around to liquidating.

Despite all this, today most Americans still do not own gold bullion. We are conditioned by Wall Street to focus on conventional assets -- stocks, bonds, money markets, and mutual funds. Less than 2% of people in the U.S. own any physical bullion according to most estimates. Even fewer hold a position significant enough to provide a meaningful defense against inflation.

Roughly 10% of the population owned gold or silver in 1980 -- the end of the last bull market in metals. Decades before that, everyone carried some in their pockets. The current cycle moved the entire world into fiat currencies and away from money backed by gold. When will this cycle reverse -- perhaps suddenly -- and gold ownership return to vogue? What will happen to the gold price when masses of cynical people tire of holding dishonest money and look for an incorruptible alternative?

Smart investors aren’t waiting to find out. Every day more people buy their first gold coins or bars. We know. We consider it our mission to popularize precious metals ownership in America.  And we’ve helped literally tens of thousands buy for the first time at Money Metals Exchange.  We will be happy to help you too. Give us a call at 1-800-800-1865 -- we can take your order or answer any questions you may have.

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Potential Market-Moving News This Week

New Year’s Day will shorten the trading week with no trading on Thursday and early close on Friday. The Money Metals Exchange offices will be open on both Wednesday and Friday, but closed on Thursday, New Year’s Day. As always, customers can visit MoneyMetals.com to order online 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

The shortened holiday week ahead figures to be quiet in terms of scheduled reports for markets to digest.
  • Monday, December 29th -- Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey.  The most recent reports for September and October showed declines in production. Lower crude oil prices are likely to weigh on manufacturers in this region more than most.
  • Tuesday, December 30th -- Consumer Confidence. Rising stock prices and real estate prices have gone a long way toward making consumers feel better. The University of Michigan Index shows confidence back at levels not seen since 2007 -- just ahead of the last recession.
  • Friday, January 2nd -- ISM Manufacturing. Manufacturing activity in the U.S. expanded for the 18th consecutive month in November. The stronger U.S. dollar may present some headwinds for manufacturing as outsourcing and importing goods becomes less costly.

This week’s Market Update was authored by
Money Metals Director Clint Siegner.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Creeping Sharia.

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I feel that this article and blog site is very important for all to read and share !  The truth must be told.

Tommy Schuckman


Danish Victim: “I Don’t Want Them in my Country”

No one does. Them being Muslim immigrants who wreak havoc in countries across the world, including Denmark where “Among the nine ethnic groups with the highest crime rate eight are Muslim.
via “I Don’t Want Them in my Country” | Gates of Vienna.
On Christmas Eve, in the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen, a group of teenaged culture-enrichers set upon a young Danish couple and beat them severely for no apparent reason. The young woman, Nanna Skovman, suffered serious damage to her face and head.
She decided to post the story of what happened on Facebook, and from there it made it into the newspapers and Internet news sites. The story is currently “most read” on both of the main tabloids BT and Ekstra Bladet, as well as on the TV2 news site.
Below is the Facebook entry on which the news stories are based. Many thanks to Haensel Klein for the translation:
Christmas Eve. The day which has joy, roast pork and presents at the centre. But that wasn’t to be for me and Mads. I’d like to tell you how our Christmas was turned into a nightmare.
[Nanna Skovmand, attacked in Copenhagen, Dec 24 2014] After getting out of a taxi, we’re walking along our street when a young second-generation immigrant approaches us. He is very unappealing and clearly wants conflict. Without any reason at all, he hits Mads on the head with a bottle. Mads defends himself, but now two or three more second-generation immigrants come running towards us along with a Somali. They are coming out of the basement of a building carrying the kind of chain locks used for scooters and motorcycles. The are attacking Mads together, kicking him and hitting him with the chains. Mads screams that I must run away.
In the end they get him down on the ground, and at this point I start panicking. I believe they are really going to kill him. So, I jump in and try to drag Mads away. I shouldn’t have done that… This little creepy, cowardly boy who started it all pushes me head first into the tarmac and begin to hit me in the back of the head repeatedly with an iron chain. Then everything turns black.
As I regain consciousness I find myself in a big pool of blood. My blood. And I can feel that there is something wrong with my face, something is in the wrong place, but I don’t dare to look. Blood is running out of my mouth, from the back of my head and from other injuries.
My lip is ripped into two pieces all the way up to my nose. 16 stitches. I lost a tooth and two are rocky. I have had the back of my head glued up and there are a lot of scratches in my face.
I am dumbstruck with disbelief… Sitting back with a whole lot of questions. Why? Why us? What’s the meaning of all this extreme violence? What’s going on in the heads of these immigrants, beating up a loving couple on their way home from Christmas Eve? I am filled with hatred, frustration and sorrow. I don’t want them in my neighbourhood, in my town or in my country. I don’t want this to happen to anybody else. Ever.
The first picture is of myself right after I had the lip stitched. The second one is how I look now. I’ll have to wear the bandage for a whole year.
News sources (Danish):

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Time to be Bold.

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Ho, Ho, Ho....  Brrrrrrrrr !  Dang, it's cold U.P. here,  but we do have a 'trade off.'   U.P. in the great Northern Woods, we have lower house and auto insurance, simply because the crime is much lower than the big cities South of us, and the price of real estate is lower too, because there are not a great abundance of high paying jobs.   Given the Pro's and Con's , our smaller community which is about 2 hours' drive North of Green Bay, WI., is a paradise for older, retired Veterans and Sportsmen, and the local VAMC is only 3 miles from where we live, so that is a plus... depending on how you look on it.   For the most part, that VAMC takes care of me, and I get along well with most of the care givers except for one 'imported doctor.'   I get all my candy and care 100% free, [actually I paid for it completely according to the rules of being Disabled--  although I would rather be "whole" and in good health].   But still, life can be good, especially when a man like me who has been around the block a few times, and through the mill, banged up and broken,  knows that there are many homeless Veterans and others out in the cold, and not many folks really care !!   I DO CARE,  but I am determined to build enough 'safety nets' and parachutes to guard against circumstances that have burned me royal in the past.   The price of good silver is pretty low right now, and I don't know why more folks don't invest in SOME OF IT.... duh. A very trusted place  to  deal with is:  Money Metals Exchange.com  [phone:  800-800-1865].    I am  retired with many bills to pay but I still  would  like  to invest a little bit... if I could get my wife to understand the times...... And the price of food is high, so it  makes  sense to me, to stock up on rice and beans, etc.   The way I figure it,  too many of our combined relatives, children and some friends are not Saved yet, so heaven forbid that they 'get left behind' at the Rapture,  they can have and use anything we leave behind.   Will I really care what happens to a few rolls of dime and quarters if I am safe -- up in heaven ???  Not !    Another school of thought is:  My dear wife thinks that she will alienate her kids and relatives if she preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them,  but I told her that she ought to STAND UP FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES IN and sacrifice an hour of time to really share that Gospel of Love and Salvation ! !  BTW...  ALL Christians are commanded to share this Good News of the Gospel !   But then again,  IF all real Christians voted the Right Way, we would not have an illegal alien in the WH, destroying America....  Ha!   And if I lose my head, literally, for saying this, so be it.   Just use a sharp sword, please.   It has already started in other parts of the world, without much contesting and resistance.   Maybe something has been put into the water we drink to dry up our manhood,  but then, the different groups like the TPP's --Tea Party Patriots, and OathKeepers, and combat Vets are still 'intact' and unafraid to resist tyranny and bear arms, IMHO.   Actually,  Legally, the POTUS have broken many serious laws of the land, and STILL IN POWER !!  I am just waiting for the new Congress to stand up and take action.  But like I said before,  somehow, someway, the Scriptures MUST come true and the whole world WILL degrade and suffer a lot more in the near future, and the New World Order of a One World Gov't led by Satan the devil.  He is working over time too.

I don't give many presents at this time, but I wish all my personal friends and relatives a Merry Christmas, and a stable, happy New Year, albeit I KNOW that things will most certainly get worse, just from readying my KJV Bible often enough.  Here is the lone of reasoning:   The book of Revelation reveals that after the Rapture, and the Great Tribulation starts,   the world will develop a "One World Gov't" and religion.  Go figure that true Christianity/ all Saved Christians WON'T BE HERE ON EARTH ANYMORE !!   So....  some chain of events will have to take place to force the people of the world to accept this "One World Beastly Gov't", and things will have had to get MUCH worse than they are right now,  but we can "see" how this is all unraveling now in the world,  with big time slavery of ISIS, much rape, murder, and beheading happening every single day in the Middle East and Africa, etc. !!   And our present WH and Congress can only give some weak, limp,   lip  service to these harsh facts of the day.   Ho, Ho, Ho,  Merry Christmas !  
       Yes,  I am glad and happy that Jesus was born to a virgin, some 1900 years ago, who sacrificed himself on the cross and died in a horrible manner, to save the world of mankind from hell and damnation!  Not only am I thankful, old sinner man that I am,  but I am Saved and know for sure where I am going upon my death or Rapture!   As you all know, I take an active part in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,  Matt. 10: 32 ---        Both on my humble Blog:  TOM'S JOURNAL, but also personally, by commenting on the TEA PARTY PATRIOTS' Blog/ Web Site, and also handing out free Bible Tracts to many whom I meet every day that I am out and about.   The H.S. [Holy Spirit] directs me in these matters, of course.
      My fondest wish and plan is to intensify the preaching/ sharing effort even more next    year,  2015 !!  Won't you all join me, please ?   Then,  please pray with me, and for me, to that end.

Sincerely,
Tommy Schuckman



  


Wednesday, December 24, 2014 
 
A time to be bold

There is no religion other than Christianity that causes such division around the world.  A friend of mine said it is because Christianity is real.  It reaches to the depth of the soul.  There is no other faith that gives freedom of choice.  There is no other faith that does not require works to get into heaven.  There is no other faith that treats truth as an absolute. There is no other belief that depends on the mercy of its god, but is given total assurance of salvation by simply a step of true faith.  And there is no other faith that requires only an acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal savior as the sole means for attaining everlasting life.

And Jesus is the stumbling stone.  I was listening to a secular radio program while driving into town the other day.  The morning announcer was saying that Christians, such as himself, should not be afraid to say Merry Christmas and stand up for their beliefs.  A caller identified himself as an evangelical Christian.  He said that Christians should not be afraid to speak of the true meaning of Christmas, which to him was all about grace and love and mercy.  In his three minutes on the air, this evangelical did not once mention Jesus Christ.  The announcer reminded the caller that he missed the entire reason for Christmas-Jesus Christ coming to give salvation to all who receive Him.

Herein lies the rub with Christians.  Many evangelical Christians have become uncomfortable saying the name Jesus Christ.  I'm not sure how you can evangelize without mentioning Jesus because, sooner or later, it comes down to whether a person accepts Jesus as their personal savior.  A missionary friend of mine said he once visited a church in San Francisco with a non believer.  The service had lively worship, contemporary preaching and they baptized a young man in the name of all that is good and just and righteous.  In a discussion afterwards, the non-believer found it strange that Jesus was never mentioned in the service.

In Matthew 10:32 thru 37, Jesus puts it on the line.  He says, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." Be bold in Jesus.

 
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
www.dailyjot.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Rapture [Part 23].

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I met and heard Norman Geisler at a Waukesha, WI., Seminar about 20 years ago, and enjoyed his informative talk at that time.   A fine lady,  Mary Ellen Hintz, helped me exit the JW cult at that time...   the 'church of the poisoned mind' group...  the WatchTower and Tract Society in New York, that has a strangle hold on millions of people.   Those folks hate me for telling the truth about  their Org., and how they mislead people and control them from cradle to grave.   They have 'blood guilt' on their hands for sending so many people to hell with their lies,  but then 'Main Line Christendom Churches' also bare much guilt for watering down the truth of the Bible/ Gospel, so that most people in the churches don't even know the basics of the Bible truth !   Anyone with an average IQ can open the Bible and understand it, with the help of the H.S. [Holy Spirit] !!    Mere children can learn and understand it !!  
      Romans 1: 16 says,   " For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."    A month ago I bought a bunch of sew on patches with cool Christian proverbs, etc., that my wife, Terri sewed onto my T-shirts, etc., to get people thinking about spiritual things.   I LOOK FOR WAYS TO WITNESS, AND SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH ALL FOLKS THAT I COME INTO CONTACT WITH WHEN EVER I AM OUT AND ABOUT, AND ALWAYS KEEP A FEW BIBLE TRACTS IN MY WALLET TO SHARE WITH PEOPLE.  I plant 'seeds' in people's minds and hearts, and it make sme feel good inside !  
     The dirty old devil constantly tries to 'trip me up' and also plant bad thoughts and temptations in my mind, hoping to take me out of the Gospel sharing business with feelings of guilt and worthlessness,  but the Grace of God ought to be sufficient to keep me on track.  Just think:  one of these days the Rapture WILL COME, and unexpectedly, catching so many people with their pants down !!   There are so many temptations in our immoral world right now, and things will only get worse.   We need to help each other, pray hard, email, talk, phone, visit each other as much as possible, IMHO.  

Warm Regards,
Tom


December 19, 2014

The Rapture (Part 23)

Andy Woods
Dr. Andy Woods Sugar Land Bible Church
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. 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. Now that we have dealt with these two questions, we began to explore some of the weaknesses associated with the other competing views that seek to answer the question, "when will the rapture take place relative to the coming Tribulation period?" At least five differing perspectives exist. We noted at the onset that it is important to understand that all of the non-pre-tribulation positions have a difficult time handling the seven arguments favoring pre-tribulationalism previously discussed in this series. We have already noted the problems associated with mid-tribulationalism. In the last article we began to scrutinize the arguments favoring post-tribulationalism. In this article, we will continue to scrutinize post-tribulationalism.
Post Tribulation

Post-Tribulation Rapture

Post-tribulation rapture theory 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. Those adhering to the post-tribulation rapture typically rely on at least one of four arguments to support their position. In our last article, we noted that post-tribulationism errs in superficially connecting Paul's depiction of the rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:50-58) with the events of Matthew 24:30-31. We now move on to the second argument that post-tribulationalists use to support their view.
2. According to Revelation 20:4-6, the resurrection of all believers will transpire at the end of the Tribulation period thereby necessitating that the rapture will also take place at this time. These verses say, "Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years." Post-tribulationalist George Eldon Ladd even goes so far as to assert that these verses represent the only New Testament passage pointing to the time of the rapture. [1] The simplest response to this assertion is that the resurrection spoken of in these verses is speaking only of the resurrection of the Tribulation martyrs. Revelation 20:4 clarifies exactly which resurrection is in view when it says, "And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years" (italics added). Thus, Geisler explains, "Revelation 20:4-6 is speaking of the believers who have died during the Tribulation, not those resurrected at the Rapture" (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:50-58). [2]
Moreover, the superficial points of similarity that seemingly unite Paul's presentation of the rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:50-58) with Revelation 20:4-6 are outweighed by a vast difference that distinguishes these sections of Scripture from one another. Although Revelation 20:4-6 does speak of a resurrection of deceased saints, it says nothing about a translation and resurrection of living saints as Paul emphasizes in his discussion of the rapture. For example, Paul's rapture presentation uses terminology such as "we who are alive and remain" (1 Thess. 4:15, 17) and "we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed" (1 Cor. 15:50). Such phrases are not found in Revelation 20:4-6. Thus, Ryrie observes, "...Revelation 20:4 speaks only of a resurrection of the dead, not of a translation of living people, a truth that is prominent and a vital part of the other descriptions of the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-58)." [3]
If Revelation 20:4-6 is not speaking of the rapture of the church and if the church's rapture already transpired before this resurrection predicted by John takes place, then why is it called "the first resurrection" (Rev. 20:5-6)? When John mentioned "the first resurrection" in Revelation 20:5b, he had in mind merely that this resurrection will occur before the final resurrection for all unbelievers that will transpire at the end of Christ's one-thousand year reign (Rev. 20:5a). He was not referring to the first resurrection ever in human history. Indeed, John could not have in mind the first resurrection ever since such a proposition would also mean that even Christ's resurrection would not count as a bonafide resurrection! John's use of the word "first" in Revelation 20:5-6 was only in reference to the first in a series rather than the first ever. Such a method of communication would be the equivalent of my wife telling me that she was "first" going to go the grocery store and then "last" she was going to drop off the laundry. Here, she would be using the word "first" only relative to "last" going to drop off the laundry. She would not be saying this would be her first time ever that she had gone to the grocery store. John uses the word "first" in the same sense in Revelation 20:5-6.
In sum, having previously answered the question, "What is the rapture?", we noted at least seven reasons that affirm the pre-tribulational rapture view. We then began interacting with the other positions on the timing of the rapture. In this article, we have observed that post-tribulationism errs in superficially connecting Paul's depiction of the rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:50-58) with the first resurrection in Revelation 20:4-6.
(To Be Continued...)
Endnotes
[1] George Eldon Ladd, The Blessed Hope (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1956), 165.
[2] Norman L. Geisler, Systematic Theology, vol. 4 (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany, 2004), 654.
[3] Charles C. Ryrie, What You Should Know About the Rapture, Current Christian Issues (Chicago