Are you ‘Rapture ready’?  If you are an American Christian–most likely not.

I think most Christians have heard about the false prophet, Harold Camping, whose latest prediction for ‘The Rapture’ and judgment day did not happen.  But, rather than laughing at those who set dates, and who have probably put their lives in order, you should take inventory of yourself.  After you hear what I have to say, I believe you will thank God that judgment day was NOT May 21st!

The American Church is not ready for a ‘Rapture’!  American Christians behave themselves like the people around them–and in America, you really don’t want to behave like the people around you, trust me.

America has become a nation of  spiritually filthy, idolatrous, greedy people.  Sometimes it’s hard to see it from ‘down here’ among them–after all, we were all made from the same ‘dust’.

We tend to see ourselves in the context of the people around us, or the people on TV.  We probably look pretty good, compared to a lot of people–but God sees things very differently from ‘up there’.

Thankfully, God has given us the Bible, so that we can examine things ‘down here’,  according to His standards.  The standards God judges us by are holiness . . . perfection . . . blamelessness . . . and purity.

When Jesus returns, these are the people who the angels will gather to Him:

  • those who are spotless
  • those who have been purified
  • those who have been refined
  • those who are blameless
  • those who are  holy
  • those who are without stain, wrinkle, or any other blemish

As the Scriptures say:

‘Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked . . .’  Daniel 12: 10

‘So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.’ 2 Peter 3: 14

‘Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.’ Daniel 11: 35

. . .  Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.’  Ephesians 5: 25-27

‘ So far, so good” you say?  ‘I think I’m doing alright.’  Hmmm.  Let’s look a little closer.  Lets use the ‘magnifying glass’ of Scriptures that talk about sin.  But first, lets be clear:  If there is willful, deliberate sin in your life, which you have not repented of–Christ’s blood is not covering it.  The only way to apply the blood of Christ to your sin is to confess and repent!

‘If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know [serve] him who said,  “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.‘  Hebrews 10: 26-31

This passage is specifically speaking to Christians.  The God of the Old Testament, who judged His people, is the same God of the New Testament, who made a way of mercy.  But don’t think you are going to fool Him.  If you want to live outside of His covenant of mercy, then you will pay for your own sins.  He will judge everyone who lives outside His covenant of mercy.

If your pastor tries to explain this passage away–woe to him!!

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you made a covenant with God (sealed with His blood) to live a life of holiness–to be set apart from the world.  If you do not fulfill your part of the covenant towards Him, He is not under obligation to fulfill His part towards you (protection, provision, and eternal life).

In other words, if you are no longer living a life of holiness, set apart from the world, then you have broken the covenant of His mercy.  It is cancelled . . . null and void . . . powerless to save you.  You have, in effect, divorced God.  If that is the case, you need to renew your covenant with Him!  That begins with confessing your sins and repenting.

‘ . . . “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” ‘  2 Timothy 2: 19

‘No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.’  1 John 3:6

The whole doctrine of ‘The Rapture’ is that Jesus will return for His people–those who are in covenant with Him.  If you have broken that covenant, then you are no longer in covenant with Him–you are no longer His.  (The only thing that can separate you from God is your willful sin. )

Which brings us to another topic that pastors seem to avoid these days:  sin.  (Woe to him who is politically correct, for he denies the truth.)  Here is a [partial] list of things that the Bible specifically says will keep you from inheriting the kingdom of God.

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) outside of marriage, after being widowed or divorced  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity), while married, with someone besides your spouse  (adultery)
  • watching or reading pornography (sexual immorality)
  • making pornography  (sexual immorality)
  • prostitution
  • homosexuality
  • sex involving animals (sexual immorality, bestiality)
  • watching or reading pornography  (sexual immorality, adultery)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • fantasizing about someone besides your spouse (adultery)
  • fantasizing about homosexuality
  • fantasizing about sex with animals (bestiality, sexual immorality)
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • giving homage to the pope or other religious leader (idolatry)
  • worshiping the bread or wine as being, or becoming, Jesus’ body (idolatry)
  • kissing the black stone  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’– our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • practicing wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • numerology  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • palm reading  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • ouija board, etc.  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, or vampirism
  • games  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • books  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • TV shows that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • movies that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • fantasizing about  witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • stealing, conning, swindling  (theft, swindling)
  • participating in $$ schemes that you know will transfer others’ money to you–through their ignorance, trust, or misfortune  (theft, swindling)
  • lying to obtain money or benefits, fraud  (lying, theft)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • ‘recreational’ or illegal drug use (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, profanity, cussing  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • body gestures and movements with sexual innuendo  (lewdness)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • murder
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
  • influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • influencing someone to kill someone  (murder)
  • fantasizing or role playing murder (murder)
  • lying
  • giving false testimony, perjury  (lying)
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • falsely accusing  (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • withholding the truth  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

A lot of you may have started reading the list, grown weary, and just skimmed the rest.  True, a lot of Christians don’t do a lot of those things, so I’ll recap a few that seem to still be popular among Christians:

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’–our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • dabbling in paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • dabbling in wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • movies, TV shows, books, or games that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
    influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • lying
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

Here are several passages in Scripture to back up what I’m saying:

‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ‘ 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’ Revelation 21: 8

‘Outside are the dogs [male prostitutes], those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood [those who hate truth and liars].’ Revelation 22:1 5

You may notice, in these passages, that several other things are mentioned:

  • being cowardly
  • being unbelieving
  • hating truth

These are not sins, per se–but they will cause you not to endure to the end.  And it is imperative, that we endure  . . . to the end.

‘Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.  Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.  You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.

But my righteous one will live by faith.

And if he shrinks back,

I will not be pleased with him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.’    Hebrews 10: 32-39

‘ . . . if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us . . . ‘  2 Timothy 2: 12

Speaking of end-time Christians, Revelation says:

‘This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.’  Revelation 13: 10

‘This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.’  Revelation 14:12

It is not enough just to believe, not enough to endure for a while–we must endure to the end!  Here are Jesus warnings to us, concerning the last days:

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 10: 22

‘Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 24: 12-13

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Mark 13: 13

If you are on a basketball team, and the team makes it to the championships, and you are in the last quarter of the last game . . . and you quit . . . you cannot say you won, when the team wins the championships!  You will not share in the trophy, or the victory celebration.  You will be kicking yourself because you did not endure to the end.  All you did, up to the point when you quit, counts for nothing!  You are not a winner!

Conversely, if you are injured at the beginning of the season, and you have to spend the majority of the season on the bench–you are still a winner at the end . . . because you did not quit!  Even if you’re injured, you still have to show up for practices, you still have to wear your uniform, and be present at the games.

Injured or not, if you simply stop participating and doing what is required of you, you will no longer be on the team.  So it is with Christianity.  It requires your participation, and your endurance . . . to the end.

But here is what is going to be the undoing of many people in these last days.

‘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 Thessalonians 2: 10-12

The only remedy for this is to hate wickedness and develop a love for the truth (pray too, that God will grant you a love of the truth).

If you do not fight wickedness in your own life, if you don’t turn away from sin . . . you will not love truth . . . because truth exposes sin.  In order to have victory over sin, you must love truth.

‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. ‘  John 3: 19-20

‘Walking in the light

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all  sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.’  1 John 1: 5-10

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