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Although many will say ‘God is in control’ and ‘God is still on the throne’, that is not true to the extent that most people think.

 

In the beginning, God appointed Adam and Eve to rule over the Earth:

 

‘And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’  (Gen. 1:28)

 

But when Adam and Eve yielded themselves to obey Satan, he became their master.

 

‘Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?’  (Romans 6:16)

 

When they surrendered themselves to Satan, all that was theirs (dominion over the Earth) became his.

 

‘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.’  (2 Cor. 4:4)

 

‘And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.’  (Luke 4:5-6)

 

The whole world is now experiencing the ‘knowledge of good and evil’ firsthand.  There is now a hierarchy of fallen angels ruling over the Earth.

 

‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’  (Ephesians 6:12)

 

Out of all the peoples of the Earth, God called a man out to submit to Him and be under His authority.  That man was Abraham.  God then became his God (and the God of whomever of his descendants would also submit to Him).’And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

 

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’  (Gen. 17:1-8)

 

‘And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:’  (Gen. 28:20-21)

 

Abraham’s descendants, through Isaac and Jacob, are known as ‘Israel’.  Israel is a nation of twelve different tribes.  (The ‘Jews’ are of the tribe of Judah.)  God called Israel to be HIS people, among all of the people of the Earth (who belonged to Satan and his fallen angels).  Israel was called to constantly rebel against Satan and his dominion over the Earth, by submitting themselves to God and HIS statutes, instead of submitting themselves to Satan.  But time and again they chose to submit themselves to Satan, and came again under his dominion.  God would allow Satan to persecute and oppress the Israelites (through the neighboring nations that belonged to Satan), until the people would cry out in repentance and willingly submit themselves to God again.  While they were in submission to God, God would appoint His angels to watch over them.

 

‘Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia’ [the fallen angel that rules over the Persian (Iranian) people] ‘withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael,’ [one of God’s Holy Angels, appointed over the Israelites] ‘one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.  . . .  Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.’   (Dan. 10:12-13, 20-21)

 

‘And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

 

And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.’  (2 Kings 6:15-17)

 

‘The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.’  (Psalm 34:7)

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The Bible tells us that:

 

‘And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.’  (Rev. 12:7-9)

 

We are also told that:

 

‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;’  (1 Tim. 4:1)

 

If devils are imparting ‘doctrines of devils’ to men . . . is it not reasonable to assume that some of them are appearing directly to men to do so?  We know for certain that Mohammed (Islam) and Joseph Smith (Mormonism) claimed that angels had appeared to them and taught them the doctrines that they later taught to others.

 

‘Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.’  (1 John 4:1)

 

When men listen to these fallen angels, and spread their message to others, they are most certainly false prophets.  Jesus warned us that in the end times

 

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

 

Given that we are told there would be a war in heaven in the latter days (Rev. 12:7), and that many in the latter times would give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils . . . and the fact that so many of today’s (‘mainstream Christian’) false prophets claim to have been visited by angels, we should be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS about any sort of angelic visitation that WE might have!  (In fact, we should command them to flee, in Jesus’ name.  Only a Holy Angel could remain in that case.)

 

‘And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.’  (2 Cor. 11:14-15)

 

We are also warned that part of the strong delusion that overtakes the world will include a ‘False Prophet’.  This False Prophet will be at the forefront of leading the people to worship Satan.  He will appear to be Christian, but will speak doctrines of demons.

 

‘And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

 

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

 

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.’  (Rev. 13:11-18)

 

‘And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.’  (Rev. 16:13)

 

This world will eventually be ruled by a political leader who is demon possessed (The Son of Perdition) and a (demon possessed) religious leader who promotes him.  It is important to understand that JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE BELIEVES IN JESUS AND PROFESSES TO BE A CHRISTIAN, DOESN’T MEAN THEY ARE ONE!

 

‘And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.’  (2 Cor. 11:14-15)

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Now, we have wandered a bit beyond the point of this note . . .

 

There was a time when America submitted herself to God and was under His protection.  But through widespread sin, the removing of God’s Commandments, and the making of new laws which legalize sin, America has now submitted herself to Satan and is again under his dominion.  In other words, America is no longer ‘one nation under God’.  As vassals of Satan, it is up to HIM which power or principality (fallen angel) will be appointed to rule over us.  Right now it seems to be the prince of Babylon.  Perhaps it will be Allah.  But make no mistake, God is no longer the God of America.  We have rejected Him, and unless and until we repent, He has turned His back on America.

 

 

If we wish to have the protection and blessing of God, we must repent and submit to His Commandments.  Although it is  highly unlikely that America as a whole will repent and turn to God, we still must sound the alarm.  Please share this article, if you feel led.

Those who say we don’t need to keep God’s Commandments and ‘all we need to do is keep the two greatest commandments’ . . .

‘Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’ (Matt. 22:36-40)

. . . seem to forget that GOD defines how we are to love Him:

‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ (John 14:15)

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.’ (1 John 5:3)

Love is not a FEELING! It is a pattern of action towards another. And God says that the pattern of actions that demonstrate our love for HIM is to keep His Commandments.

‘He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ (1 John 2:4)

So there you go. This is how God will judge whether or not we really loved Him.

‘And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:’  (1 Peter 1:17)

‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven.’ (Matt. 7:21)

‘But be ye DOERS of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.’ (James 1:22)

Here is what I have learned, regarding the difference between the Commandments and the Law. I hope you will consider reading the word with ‘new eyes’ and noticing when ‘Law’ is spoken of, and when it is referring to the ‘Commandments’ . . .

There is a difference between ‘The Law’ and The Commandments–which were a part of The Law. God Himself, with His own finger, wrote The Ten Commandments on tablets of stone–signifying that they were to endure for all time. The rest of the laws and ordinances were written, by Moses, in a book.

‘And they shall make an ARK [of] shittim wood . . . And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it,and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. . . AND THOU SHALT PUT INTO THE ARK THE TESTIMONY which I shall give thee.’ (Exodus 25:10, 11, 16)

‘And thou shalt make a mercy seat [of] pure gold . . .And thou shalt make two cherubims [of] gold, [of] beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end,and the other cherub on the other end: [even] of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth[their] wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces [shall look] one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

And thou shalt PUT THE MERCY SEAT ABOVE UPON THE ARK;and IN THE ARK THOU SHALT PUT THE TESTIMONY that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat,from between the two cherubims which [are] upon the ark of the testimony . . .'(Exodus 25:17-22)

 

We can see that the testimony God was going to give Moses, was what He had promised in Exodus 24:12 . . .

‘And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I WILL GIVE THEE TABLES OF STONE, **and a law**, AND COMMANDMENTS WHICH I HAVE WRITTEN; that thou mayest teach them.’

So we can see the importance of the Ten Commandments. Equally important at that time, but not a permanent part of the covenant, were the statutes and judgments . . . over 600 of them, including the dietary restrictions, etc.

‘And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,Take this book of the law, and PUT IT IN THE SIDE OF THE ARK of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.’ (Deut. 31:24-26)

It is important to see the distinction between The Commandments and The Law. The Ten Commandments, written by God, in stone, were placed INSIDE the Ark of the Covenant. The Ten Commandments were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, thus we can infer that the Ten Commandments ARE God’s Covenant with man. (The book of The Law was placed IN THE SIDE of the Ark.)

When a man asked Jesus how he could obtain eternal life, Jesus didn’t say: follow The Law. But He did say ‘keep the commandments’, and He goes on to enumerate a few of them, showing unmistakeably that He was referring to the Ten Commandments.

‘And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master,what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him,Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the COMMANDMENTS.

He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ (Matthew 19:16-19)

‘If ye love me, keep my COMMANDMENTS.’ (John 14:15)

‘If ye keep my COMMANDMENTS, ye shall abide in my love;even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.’ (John15:10)

‘And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his COMMANDMENTS.’ (1 John 2:3)

Also

‘And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the COMMANDMENTS God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’ (Rev. 12:17)

‘Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the COMMANDMENTS of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ (Rev. 14:12)

A search of ‘keep commandments’ is eye opening;
http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?criteria=keep+commandments&page=3&t=KJV

A careful reading of Acts 15 should confirm what I am saying. The issue of whether or not the Gentiles had to be circumcised (and thereby be ‘under the LAW’) was settled long ago. The Jewish Apostles also affirmed that neither they nor their fathers had been able to keep the Law–past tense (see verse 10).
The Commandments vs. The Law:

  • The Commandments were written in stone, The Law was written in a book.
  • The Commandments were written by the finger of God, The Law was written down by Moses.
  • The Commandments were placed IN the Ark of the Covenant, under the Mercy Seat, the book of The Law was placed in the SIDE of the Ark.
  • Jesus said ‘keep my Commandments’, Paul said ‘Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.’

One last reminder . . .

Keeping The Commandments means keeping all TEN of them–that includes keeping the Sabbath holy.  Those who have taught you that we do not need to keep the Sabbath because Jesus is our Sabbath are missing the point.  Jesus is also the bread of life, but you still eat bread don’t you?

God said the seventh day (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) is the Sabbath. He said to keep it holy.

For a time, the LAW added to the Commandments, and made things much stricter (the Israelites could do no work, could not light a fire in the home, etc., or incur the death penalty). We are not under the LAW now, but we are still supposed to keep the Commandments. So, that means we focus on God from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.

We don’t work (for wages) then, or participate in activities that oblige others to have to work then (in other words, we don’t shop or go to restaurants etc. then either). We also prepare the day before the Sabbath, so as not to do housekeeping or yardwork then. It is possible to prepare most meals in advance.

Some people believe we can just pick a day to call our Sabbath. No!! We do not just pick a day–GOD defined the Sabbath. (So many people lack reverence (‘fear’) for/of God!)

The reason many people are told they must work on Saturday is the same reason Friday night is the biggest ‘party night’: Satan seeks to cause people to profane the Sabbath, in order to upset God, because it brings him (Satan) pleasure to see God upset.

As I often say, this is our ‘test life’. This life is filled with many trials and events that are meant to test us, and to prove our commitment. God is sifting those who DO love Him from those who only pay Him lip service.

What did Jesus say about serving God or money? Did He say ‘surely God understands that you must earn a living’? No! Basically He told us we had to make a choice:

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ [money] (Matt. 6:24)

How true it is. To serve God often means that we will have to lose out on monetary opportunities–but God’s kingdom operates on a whole different economy!

‘For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.’ (Ps. 50:10)

‘Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’ (Matt. 6:31-33)

‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.’ (Luke 6:38)

When we are told that we must work during the Sabbath, that is a test of our faith. We must remain faithful.

Some people literally behave as though they are SLAVES to mammon/money. It seems not to have occurred to them that they are EMPLOYEES, not slaves. Employees are employed (used) by their employer (user), and employees USE money. An employer–employee relationship is NEGOTIATED to be acceptable to both parties.

This is a very different mindset to have, than the person who puts their FAITH/trust in money and will do whatever their employer demands in order to obtain it! A person who consents to this is in the bondage of slavery to mammon.

As an employee, you have the right to set some limits on your time, and to say that you are not available to work during the Sabbath. (Ideally you discuss this at your job interview.) If your employer is amenable to it, then all is well. If not, then you must choose whether to look for a better work arrangement elsewhere, or to submit to a slave–master relationship with your employer.

Yes, it may mean taking lower pay or a less glamorous job elsewhere . . . or not putting your college degree or training to use (usually temporarily) . . . but would you disobey God for an extra $20,000 a year? $10,000? $5,000? What is your price? Do you HAVE a price? Because if you are willing to disobey God for ANY amount of money, then you are a slave to mammon and NOT a servant of God!

‘He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ (1 John 2:4)

Which do you choose . . . to put your faith in God, or to put your faith in mammon? . . . to obey God, or to obey men? Who answers your prayers, your employer, or God? Who will care for you, your employer, or God?

Those who do not sincerely wish to obey God will always try to justify their disobedience. Yes, Jesus is our Sabbath rest. He is also the Bread of Life, but who among us has stopped eating? Stop making excuses and put Jesus first.

 

(NO!!!  I’m not a Seventh Day Adventist–that is a cult.)

 

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Christians don’t ‘all sin every day’. When we repent of our sins and turn to Christ by faith, in sincerity, He gives us a new heart and we hate the sin we used to love. Not only that, He fills us with His Spirit, who gives us the power to wrestle with sin and be able to say ‘no’ to it.

Did you ever repent when you came to Christ? Did you ever confess your sins to God, ask Him to forgive you, and make up your mind to live the way He wants you to? No, you don’t have to answer to me. But, as a Christian, I have to ask.

It seems that the ‘churches’ today are so keen not to offend anyone that they don’t dare tell people they are sinners, and that they need to repent. But if we don’t repent, then we don’t receive the new heart I told you about, nor do we receive the Holy Spirit to help us stop sinning. God only gives those things (and eternal life) to those who are sincere in their commitment to turn away from sin and to obey Him. Just BELIEVING in God is not enough.

‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven.’ (Matt. 7:21)

‘And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and DO NOT the things which I say?

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, AND DOETH THEM, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that heareth, AND DOETH NOT, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.’ (Luke 6:46-49)

Christians rarely sin on purpose, because when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us, He does not lead us into sin–and if we start to go astray, He will convict us (make us feel bad) to warn us. Sin separates us from God, and we do not WANT to sin, so when the Holy Spirit shows us we are doing something wrong, we repent and stop.

To sin in ways we do not know . . . sometimes we do. And the Holy Spirit sometimes overlooks those things for a time, and leads us to learn the truth about them. What we do after we learn the truth is important, because if we continue to do something that is wrong after He has taught us, and warned us not to, then that is a serious thing.

‘For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.’ (Heb. 10:26-27)

Those who are truly children of God are serious about not wanting to sin, and serious about learning how God expects us to live, and being obedient. We do not brush off warnings, and we do not stiffen our necks and go our own stubborn way.

I hope you will honestly examine yourself, your attitudes, and how you came to Christ. If you have not truly repented, it would be a tragedy for you not to realize you aren’t really a Christian until you are standing before the Lord on Judgment Day. I urge you to make things right today.

‘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.

The gospel is something like this . . .

You have committed a capital offense. You are presently free on bond, but you know that you will soon be sentenced to death.

Your lawyer calls you and tells you that there has been a very unusual development in your case. A certain man is willing to pay a very high price in order that you be released to him. You will be his servant for seven years. During that time you will NOT go back to your former life. You will be trained in a new way of living, and you are guaranteed to be rehabilitated, if you are obedient to the training. All charges against you will then be dropped.

Now, TECHNICALLY someone COULD say that you will go to the electric chair if you do not accept his offer. (In the same way that people say you will go to hell if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your savior.)

But lets make this critical distinction: YOU FACING THE ELECTRIC CHAIR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MAN!! You are facing the death penalty, because of YOUR CRIME.

This man has graciously offered to INTERVENE on your behalf. It would be incorrect to say that if you reject his offer, the judge sentenced you to the death penalty BECAUSE YOU REJECTED HIS OFFER, right?

Likewise, we are all condemned to death–NOT FOR REJECTING JESUS–but for our SINS!!

(Don’t let unbelievers bait you into this trap, saying that the God you serve is cruel and egotistical. This distinction is CRITICAL in understanding the true nature of God, and Jesus’ role in salvation.)