Category: Bible Prophecy


Rapture Alert!

Here is absolute proof from the Bible that the Rapture happens AT Christ’s second coming, and not before.

‘For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.’
(1 Thess. 4:15)

Let’s break this down . . .

‘we which are alive and remain UNTO THE COMING OF THE LORD’

We who are still alive at the Lord’s second coming . . .

‘shall not prevent them which are asleep’

Shall not ‘prevent’ (go before) them which are ‘asleep’ (dead).

The Christians who are alive, going up (Rapture), will not take place before / until the dead are resurrected.

And yes, this verse IS talking about the Rapture. Here are the next verses, to prove it:

‘For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST.

THEN we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:’ [‘Rapture’] ‘and so shall we ever be with the Lord.’ (1 Thess. 4:16-17)

This passage describes the SECOND coming of the Lord.  There IS NO ‘third coming’!

The Tribulation is NOT what Hal Lindsey or the ‘Left Behind’ books would have you believe.  The Tribulation is NOT the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets–although those things will be happening at the same time.  Instead, The Tribulation is the time spoken of by the prophet Daniel.

 

‘I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.’  (Dan. 7:21-22)

 

and by John the Revelator:

 

‘And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.’  (Rev. 13:7)

 

The words ‘tribulation’ is also translated ‘persecution’.

 

Here are two passages relating to the same events.  Both say ‘persecution’ in the KJV–but one of the passages uses the same Greek word [G2347]  that is translated as ‘tribulation’ in Matt. 24.

 

‘Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution [G2347] that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.’  (Acts 11:19)

 

‘And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution [G1375] against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.’  (Acts 8:1)

 

Two different Greek words (G1375 and G2347)  are used to describe the same event, that we would call a ‘persecution’.  But one of the words (G2347) is also translated ‘tribulation’ in other places (primarily Matt. 24).

 

Now that we have confirmed that G2347 (thlipsis) means both ‘tribulation’ AND ‘persecution’, where else is the word used?

 

‘Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted [G2347], and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.’  (Matt. 24:9)

 

Then they shall deliver you up to be PERSECUTED, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.  Then they shall deliver you up to TRIBULATION, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

 

‘For then shall be great tribulation [G2347], such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.’  (Matt. 24:21)

 

For then shall be great PERSECUTION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

 

‘Immediately after the tribulation G2347 of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:’  (Matt. 24:29)

 

Immediately after the PERSECUTION of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

 

The Tribulation / Persecution is NOT God’s judgment.  THAT comes AFTER The Tribulation / Persecution.

 

‘And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth JUDGE AND MAKE WAR.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.’  (Rev. 19:11, 13)

 

‘Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?  I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the DAY OF VENGEANCE is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. . . . And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.’ (Is. 63:2-4, 6)

 

‘For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS SERVANTS at her hand.’  (Rev. 19:2)

 

When the last martyr has died, the Lord will come and avenge the blood of all his servants, at the hands of the wicked.  That is ‘The Day of The Lord’.  It comes at the END of ‘The Tribulation’, which is the time of worldwide persecution of Christians and Jews.

 

‘And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

 

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

 

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.’  (Rev. 6:9-11)

 

‘The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the DAY OF VENGEANCE of our God; to comfort all that mourn;’  (Is. 61:1-2)

 

‘For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for HE WILL AVENGE THE BLOOD OF  HIS SERVANTS, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.’  (Deut. 32:40-43)

 

We need to understand that persecution is coming, and we are not going to be ‘Raptured before it comes.  Those who are not prepared to face persecution . . . according to Jesus . . . will fall away.  He warned His disciples ahead of time, so that they would not be offended.  I hope this note will  help to  prepare you, so that persecution will not catch YOU unawares and cause YOU to fall away.

 

‘But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.’  (Matt. 13:20-21)

 

‘Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.’  (Matt. 24:9-10)

 

‘Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. . .

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

 

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. . .’  (John 15:20-21, 16:1-4)

‘And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.’  (Matt. 24:11)

They are here amongst us now.  Some of YOU may even be one.  (Yes, if you are making false predictions based on false doctrines, you are making false prophecies!! )

‘Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’  (<–  HAS THIS HAPPENED YET ??!! )

‘Behold, I have told you before.  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.’   ( <– AS IN: HIGHLY VISIBLE ?? )  (Matt. 24:23-27)

Immediately after the tribulation of those days‘ ( <– WHEN ? TAKE NOTE ! )

shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:’  (HAS THIS HAPPENED YET? )

AND THEN‘  ( <– !!! )

‘shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see‘  (<– NO SECRET PRETRIB RAPTURE )

‘the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.’  (Matt. 24:29-30)

Who do YOU believe:  JESUS or Jerry Jenkins?  JESUS or Hal Lindsay?  JESUS or many people?

‘God forbid: yea, let GOD be true, but every man a liar; as it is written . . . ‘  (Romans 3:4)

READ  YOUR BIBLE!!

NO living Christian will be ‘raptured’ until ALL the dead in Christ are first resurrected.

 

‘For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent* them which are asleep.’ (1 Thess. 4:15)

 

*prevent = go ahead of

 

The Bible tells us that the ‘Rapture’ is a dual event . . . it includes (first) the resurrection of all Christians who have died, then the CHANGING of all Christians who are still living. (See 1 Cor. 15:51-52, and 1 Thess. 4:13-17)

 

Included in this First Resurrection are ALL Christians–including those who would not submit to the Son of Perdition or the Antichrist. (See Rev. 13 where it tells about the ‘beast’, his image, and his Mark.)

 

‘And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:

 

and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which HAD NOT WORSHIPPED THE BEAST, neither his IMAGE, neither had received HIS MARK upon their foreheads, or in their hands;’

 

. . . This is the first resurrection.’ (Rev. 20:4-5)

 

The only resurrection for Christians is the FIRST Resurrection. (The Second Resurrection is for the wicked.)

 

The First Resurrection includes EVERY dead Christian. The Rapture includes EVERY living Christian.

 

No Christians will die after the First Resurrection/Rapture.

 

Every Christian–alive or dead–will leave Earth at the time of the First Resurrection/Rapture.

 

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The First Resurrection happens AFTER many have died refusing to take the Mark of the Beast or worship him or his image.

 

The time when the Mark of the Beast takes place is called The Tribulation.

 

So this means that the First Resurrection happens AFTER The Tribulation.

 

The ‘Rapture’ happens IMMEDIATELY AFTER the First Resurrection.

 

Thus these two passages should be taken literally:

 

1. ‘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;’ (2 Thess. 2:3)

 

That day–the First Resurrection/Rapture–shall not come until there has been a falling away and the Son of Perdition has been revealed (he is revealed during The Tribulation).

 

And, as Jesus Himself explained:

 

2. ‘IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

 

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.’ (Jesus, Matt. 24:29-31)

 

There is no pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Two thousand years ago, a prophet had a vision of the future. The time he saw appears to be in our very near future. Pharmaceutical drugs would be prevalent. Homosexuality and violence would be widespread. There would be earthquakes, wars, and famines throughout the globe.

He warned of a huge, powerful government with global influence. It would be tied in with major corporations. The government would be very wicked at its core. The leader would be evil and narcissistic. He would be idolized by the people, and would demand their worship. A powerful, false, religious system would endorse him, and aid him in his endeavors.

This government would have the technology to be able to control all the people on Earth. In order to be able to buy or sell things, the people would have to take a mark in their forehead or in their hand. All who wouldn’t would be shut out of the system.

It would be a time of great tyranny, and a time of much bloodshed. The mark would require a pledge of loyalty. This pledge would be a rejection of the true and living God–Jesus Christ. All who took the mark would be forever damned.

This day is fast approaching. Look around you. Look at your culture. Look at what the idols of music, movies, and sports are promoting. How much of this prophecy has not yet been fulfilled?

How could a man have made all this up 2,000 years ago? Technology did not even exist in that day. People did not have indoor toilets. Water had to be carried from wells. People grew their own food . . . raised their own animals. Only shamans and witch doctors employed drugs. Earthquakes were exceedingly rare. There were no corporations.

Two thousand years ago he saw it. Today things are falling into place. I urge you to read the last book of the Bible: Revelation.

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Oh–and one last thing . . . a major twist in the plot: what is today calling itself ‘Christianity’ is not what the Bible calls Christianity. Today’s false Christianity may very well be an integral part of the false religious system that the prophet warned about.

Remember–it was the religious leaders of His day that persecuted and killed Jesus and His followers. Put your faith in GOD–not the teachings of men. Read the Bible for yourself, and ask God to show you what it means and how it is relevant to you.

‘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’ (2 Thess. 2:3)

If you have been told that this word REALLY means ‘catching away’, rather than ‘falling away’, you have been lied to.

1. The Greek word is ‘apostasia’ (you already know what ‘apostasy’ means in English, right?). This word is a compound word (which are common in Greek) and can be broken into two Greek words: ‘apo‘ and ‘stasis‘. ‘Apo’ means: away from. ‘Stasis’ means: standing. FALLING AWAY is the correct translation.  (Hence, Paul telling us to ‘stand fast’ in 1 Cor. 16:13, Gal. 5:1, Phil. 4:1, and 2 Thess. 2:15.)

Lest you doubt me, here are two other confirmations . . .

2. The same Greek word is used in another place in the Bible: Acts 21:21. Here it is translated as ‘forsake’.

‘And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to FORSAKE Moses . . . ‘

IF the word really means ‘catching away’, as some claim, then why is THIS utterly nonsensical?:

‘And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to CATCH AWAY Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.’

FORSAKE is the correct translation.

3. A related word is ‘apostasion‘. This means: divorce.  Again, this reflects the idea of forsaking.

There should be no doubt that ‘apostasia’, in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, is a FALLING AWAY or a FORSAKING of the faith.  Those who say it is proof of a Pretribulation Rapture are engaging in wishful thinking, and are not ‘properly dividing’ the word of God.

 

Related:

https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/the-restrainer/

The Proof

These two verses are absolute PROOF that the pre-Trib rapture is a false doctrine.

Immediately after Satan is thrown into the abyss for 1,000 years . . .

‘And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. THIS [IS] THE FIRST RESURRECTION.’ (Rev. 20:4-5)

 

Here is why the pre-Trib ‘rapture’ doctrine is false:  because we are told that the ‘rapture’ happens immediately AFTER the resurrection.

 

THIS passage describes the resurrection & ‘rapture’:

‘For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord SHALL NOT PREVENT* THEM WHICH ARE ASLEEP.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.’ (1 Thess. 4:15-17)

*precede, go before

(Also, compare this passage with Matt. 24:29-31)

 

The resurrection does not happen until the LAST DAY (but hold on, there’s even more absolute proof coming . . .).

As Martha said:

‘ . . . I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ (John 11:24)

and Jesus promised:

‘And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.’ (John 6:39, also 6:40 and 6:44)

 

The resurrection happens at the LAST DAY. The dead in Christ rise first, then those who are alive at His coming are ‘caught up together with them in the clouds’ (what people call: ‘the rapture’). Therefore . . . the ‘rapture’ happens, AFTER the resurrection, AT THE LAST DAY

Therefore (and this is the proof), when John says he saw those who were beheaded for not taking the Mark of the Beast . . . AT THE (first) RESURRECTION . . . that is proof that the (first) resurrection does NOT take place until AFTER the great persecution (Great Tribulation) and the Mark of the Beast.

Therefore, since the ‘rapture’ comes AFTER the resurrection, and the resurrection comes AFTER the Mark of the Beast, we can absolutely prove that THE ‘RAPTURE’ DOES NOT HAPPEN UNTIL AFTER THE MARK OF THE BEAST!

  1. The Great Tribulation (great persecution) and the Mark of the Beast
  2. The (first) resurrection
  3. The ‘rapture’

 

For some of you, this will finally open your eyes–but it will come as a horrible shock.  Brothers and sisters, start reading the word.  You will find that this change of perspective does not negate the promises of God . . . it only wipes the slate clean of many lies that you have been taught.  Take refuge in God.  Set your house in order.  Begin to walk in holiness . . . without which NO ONE will see God.

A whole generation of self-professed ‘Christians’ are watching end-times events and eagerly awaiting a pre-Trib rapture.  They have failed to stand for righteousness, as our culture grows darker and more wicked, because they hold the hopeful expectation that they will be ‘outta here’ before end-times events transpire.  They don’t believe they will ever see the face of the ‘man of sin’, or be faced with the choice of whether or not they should take the ‘Mark of the Beast’.  They are sure they know the signs to look for, because they watched the entire ‘Left Behind’ series–maybe even twice.  What I’m going to say, they are probably not going to be able to receive, because it would mean that much of what they have been taught–maybe even most of it–was wrong.

Please pray before you read the rest of what I have to say.  Please ask God if it is true.  Don’t merely accept it because it sounds ‘good’ or ‘true’ . . . or reject it because it doesn’t sound right.  Please pray and ask God yourself.  MANY people are going to be swept up in the great delusion, in the days to come.  Yes, it can happen to believers too.  Don’t be one of them.  Love the truth enough to pray and ask God, and to study the Scriptures yourself.

What follows are my OBSERVATIONS and OPINIONS.  I cannot guarantee that things are going to unfold the way I think–but I have studied this for several years, and my opinions are not uninformed.  Let this note be the basis for asking questions, and seeking their answers in prayerful study of the word.

For centuries, the end times events have been shrouded in mystery–and so they continue to be, even to this day.  Even as these things are unfolding, one must have ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear’.  It is not given to everyone to be aware, as Bible prophecy unfolds.  WHO will be given ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear’?  Those who serve God wholeheartedly, and with pure motives.

First, lets start with this: ‘New World Order’ is not in the Bible.

This may be a minor point . . . or it may not.  But it must be pointed out.  Many people, both Christian and non-, are looking for a ‘New World Order’ to be birthed, as the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy.  And this ‘New World Order’ has been given a definition, by many leaders of the ‘truther movement’.  But this term, and its definition, are not exactly what the Bible defines.  If we do not want to diverge from the truth, then we must stick with Scripture.  Daniel 7, and Revelation 13 and 17 describe the final ‘beast’ world empire.

Point number two: this generation of ‘WWJD’/’Left Behind’ fans are being deliberately drawn into a ‘truther’ movement that may have started out right, but has deliberately been hijacked to serve the plans of Satan.  Leaders, the likes of Alex Jones and David Icke, have been positioned by the enemy to deliberately mislead them.  Great drama is provided daily, to those who follow Jones.  He throws in a few token references to ‘God’ to keep these folks on the hook.  Day after day, stories are spun and the false scenario is drilled into the heads of his followers.  (Well . . . it’s not all COMPLETELY false . . . just misleading.)

According to Jones’ scenario, the current elite are building the New World Order (which all assume to be the final ‘beast’ government the Bible predicts).  These folks are the epitome of evil, even performing human sacrifices.  They seek to depopulate the world, are deliberately releasing pandemics via vaccinations, destroying our food supply through GMO foods, and even spraying us like cockroaches via chemtrails.  All this may be true.  I do believe that Satan recruited these folks over the last 70-100 or so years.  Certain families hold the power and are deeply involved in occult practices.  Over the last 10-20 years, their wickedness has grown beyond imagination.  They seem to be so intoxicated with their power and sin, that now they are performing their wickedness in plain view, as though nothing could stop them.  Even people in the sheltered Muslim nation of Saudi Arabia have heard of, and hate, the Illuminati.

But here is why it matters that the Bible doesn’t say there will be a ‘New World Order’:  we have no clear confirmation from Scripture that the New World Order these folks are bent on creating will be the final ‘beast’ empire.  In other words: although many people believe ‘this is it’, this may NOT be it.

Here is my view:  Satan promised the current elite a place at the table, in his final government.  He didn’t tell them they will be the main course.  He told them that the New World Order would spring forth from chaos.  He didn’t tell them that revolution of the people against THEM would be the chaos that propels his government into power.  He told them he would rise from the ashes.  He didn’t tell them it would be THEIR corpses burning.

Do you get what I’m saying?  Satan is using them . . . grooming them . . . letting them fully express every evil inspiration he gives them . . . and then he is going to sacrifice them . . . ‘throw them under the bus’ . . . so that he can rise to power, looking like a good guy . . . the one who saved us from THEM.  And it’s not just presidents and business moguls that Satan has worked hard to corrupt.  He has been hard at work recruiting many who stand in pulpits throughout this nation.  Many televangelists are also in his pocket.

You see, he has to create a ‘foil’ against which he can look good.  Compared to Biblical values, he’s still going to be obviously evil.  But by working hard for decades, to get people to reject Biblical values . . . and by working hard to create an evil ‘bogeyman’ (the current elite and corrupt ‘Christians’) . . . he’s really going to shine when he arrives.  I believe his world empire will be bathed in angelic light . . . wear the clean, fresh garments of a Mormon . . . and have the baby face of Joel Osteen . . . at least, until the blood of true Christians begins to flow.

When the revolution comes, the mantra will be for change, love, peace, and tolerance . . . to do away with the ‘haters’, the hypocrites, the greedy, and the war-mongers–Christians included.  Apostate Christianity is going to diverge into two directions: the corrupt, whose faces will be on the ‘wanted’ posters, along with the current elite . . . and the ‘tolerant’, emergent-church type, who will be on board with the change.  The ‘tolerant’, apostate so-called ‘Christians’ will have to swing far in the other direction, to prove their allegiance to the new empire.

Jones and Icke, along with others, are fully preparing their followers to be swept up in this revolution . . . and to accept the son of perdition when he rises from the ashes.  Many Christians-in-name-only are going to be on the wrong side of things, and zealous for the cause.  At their hands, many true Christians will be betrayed.

We must be reminded: we are not called to overthrow the New World Order.  We are told that a ‘beast’ global empire WILL arise.  It will arise, because it is the will of God for this to be so.  It is part of His plan, for the testing of mankind, the purification of the saints, and the punishment of the wicked.

Our part is not to trust in revolution, politics, or impeachment to save us.  OUR part is to repent, and to walk in holiness.  IF it be the will of God to postpone these events, or to lengthen the days until their fulfillment, then so be it.  But the only hope we have, for that to occur, is that we repent and live as ambassadors of Christ.  And the only hope we have, of not being caught up in the deception, is to do the same.