Sunday, September 18, 2016

GOG-MAGOG MOVES INTO SYRIA




by Pastor Mike Taylor



Ezekiel 38:1 :”And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

 
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

 
And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal:

 
And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:”


As we read this prophecy written by Ezekiel some 2600 years ago during the Babylonian captivity, I have often wondered how the events spoken of by the prophet would be manifested in the end of days before the return of Jesus Christ for His church.

Ezekiel tells of a future invasion of Israel by a vast coalition of nations that surround it.  it’s not hard to imagine that this invasion could be fulfilled in our lifetime, when we see events that are being fulfilled even as I write this..  
Ezekiel 36-37 predicts a gathering of the Jews to the nation of Israel, which will be followed by this massive invasion.  For 19 centuries the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world, and until May 14, 1948 there was no nation of Israel to invade.  With the nation of Israel now a reality, the stage seems set for the war that will usher in the tribulation and the rise of the Antichrist; a war that will end with the destruction of Israel’s enemies by God Himself, and lead to the signing of a peace treaty with the Antichrist.



 WHO ARE THE PEOPLE CALLED GOG-MAGOG?

 Question arises, who is the prophesied enemy of Israel called Gog-Magog in our Bible, and where do they live today? Looking at the passage we just quoted, the Hebrew word ‘rosh’ in verse 3 is identified with Russia, ‘Tubal’ with Tiblisi or Tobolsk (Turkey) and ‘Meshech’ with Moscow, therefore Gog and Magog refers to Russia and it's coalition of Islamic nations. This is one of the most commonly held views and is based on a different interpretation of the Hebrew word Rosh (used as a noun rather than adjective), similarities in the pronunciation of words, and the Greek translation of Rosh referring to a tribe of people found in what is now Russia. (
Given Russia’s obvious involvement in giving arms and technology to Iran and Syria, I believe they will be the major player in the attack if not actively involved in it.) Mark Steyn makes an interesting analogy of who the people of this coalition will be composed of. We know by scripture that it will probably be Russia, but who makes up the people of Russia? Mark Steyn wrote:

“There are ten million people in Moscow. Do you know how many of them are Muslim? Two and a half million. Or about a quarter of the population. The ethnic Russians are older; the Muslims are younger. The ethnic Russians are already in net population decline; the Muslim population in the country has increased by 40% in the last 15 years. Seven out of ten Russian pregnancies (according to some surveys) are aborted; in some Muslim communities, the fertility rate is ten babies per woman. Russian men have record rates of heart disease, liver disease, drug addiction and Aids; Muslims are the only guys in the country who aren’t face down in the vodka. Faced with these trends, most experts extrapolate: thus, it’s generally accepted that by mid-century the Russian Federation will be majority Muslim. But you don’t really need to extrapolate when the future’s already checking in at reception. The Toronto Star (which is Canada’s biggest-selling newspaper and impeccably liberal) recently noted that by 2015 Muslims will make up a majority of Russia’s army. . . . What will happen in Russia? A remorseless evolution into a majority Muslim state? Bosnian-style civil war? The secession of a dozen or so of Russia’s 89 federal regions? A Muslim military coup? Or a panicky attempt to arrest decline by selling off your few remaining assets, including national resources to the Chinese and nukes to anyone who wants them? None of us knows, but we should know enough to know we don’t know. The Russia of 15 years ago is already ancient history. . . . By 2050, Russia will be the umpteenth Muslim nuclear power, but the first with a permanent seat on the UNSC. | Mark Steyn “
The Bear Goes Walkabout,” marksteyn.com. 2/2/07


Imagine that. The great Muslim bear poised to the north of Israel. Assuming the accuracy of these facts, or even anything close, one can see another explanation for Russia’s participation in the Islamic invasion of Israel in the end times. Russia will lead this Islamic invading force, because Russia itself will be dominated by Muslims. This is something that no one could have envisioned even a decade or two ago. Yet, it appears to be happening right before our eyes.  No wonder why Russia is aligned with the likes of Iran, Syria, and other Islamic countries in the Middle East. Of course, it is about military might, but ethnic and religious links strengthen the idea of an Islamic invasion due to the hatred of the people against Israel. And Russia has always been Anti-Semitic in the past, and will be even more rabid in the future.



DON'T GET CONFUSED



Some people get confused when reading scripture and connect the Gog-Magog description noted in Revelation chapter 20 and erroneously connect Ezekiel 38 as being the same as the people mentioned in our last book of the Bible. But it's not the same people in both passages. How do we know this? The war at the end of the tribulation, known as Armageddon, is a world war. Revelation tells us that this battle will involve all nations. The war described in Ezekiel includes specific nations that invade Israel. Also, Armageddon is at the climax of the tribulation, while the war described in Ezekiel comes well before then. So they are two different wars, but are both attempting to destroy Israel, before the Tribulation and at the end of the Tribulation, and another at the end of the Millennium when the nations that number the sands of the seashore will come against the Holy City, Gog-Magog and fire will come out of heaven and consume them. The one at the Millennium's end is what people get confused, because they have the same label, but are separated by more than a thousand years..


What is the purpose of God bringing this vast array of military might against the tiny nation of Israel before the Tribulation begins? Ezekiel gives us the answer after identifying the actors in this regional war.

Ezekiel 
15 “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

 
16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.”

God will reveal Himself to the nations round about Israel, that indeed, there is a God in Israel who saves His people. It will bring glory and honor to our God who steps back into the history of mankind and makes himself real in the eyes of the world, and especially Israel...Ezekiel continues:

 
18 “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.

 
19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

 
20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

 
21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother.

 
22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

 
23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”



This will be a devastating war for the army who dares come against Israel and tries to take His land given to His chosen people. There will be no mistake who has defeated this overwhelming force, as God will strike the invading army with what can only be attributed to Divine intervention. Ezekiel chapter 39 continues the carnage that befalls this coalition of nations:

 
2 “And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:

 
And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

 
Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.”





God tells Ezekiel that He will utterly destroy this invading army and leave only 1/6 of these people left alive. He will destroy upwards of 85% of this army. If a million Islamic forces come against Israel from all sides, then God will destroy 850,000 of them, hypothetically in dealing with numbers to make this real to you. And from what I can determine, the plagues that befall this army will follow those who survive and return to their homelands, their native countries and the carnage continues. In what form? Maybe in disease, radiation poisoning, sickness and eventual death of those who survived the war brought to Israel?? It will be an awakening to not only the heathen of the nations, but to Israel herself, as she realizes that the God of her Fathers is still very much alive. This war of complete near total destruction of this invading army will bring Israel to clamor for the rebuilding of their long awaited Temple and a overwhelming desire to enter into a blood covenant of worshiping the God of Israel, Yahweh, (YHWH) by resuming animal sacrifices. It will bring to fruition a treaty between the nations of the world who have envisioned a two state solution upon Israel, dividing the land between Israel and the Palestinians as Israel will be allowed to rebuild the 3rd Temple, even on the Temple Mount, or possibly in the archaeological known site in the City of David to it's immediate south. But a Temple will be rebuilt and this treaty will usher in the Tribulation of 7 years and the Anti-Christ revealed.



GOG-MAGOG (RUSSIA) MOVES INTO SYRIA!!


If you've been following the news reports, you know that the Russian bear has moved its military muscle into Syria. Many reports show that Russia has established a “beach head” in the government stronghold of Latakia with T-90 tanks, Russian warplanes, and strategic missiles of air to surface and anti-aircraft with boots on the ground. They claim to be supporting the government of the Assad regime by fighting the rebels and ISIS in the region. Is this not an overkill, when ISIS or the rebels do not have an air force needing surface to air missiles, and why the anti-aircraft armaments? I believe what we are seeing is an excuse to inject the Russian military into the affairs of the Middle East and taking residence just to the north of Israel, as a clue of something bigger they have in mind. What could that be?


It was reported that old man Vladdy Putin, made an offer to Israel to enter into an alliance with Israel to protect their up and coming gas and oil fields called Leviathan off the Mediterranean coast in Israeli waters. Of course, being a “so called ally” of the United States, Israel respectfully declined. I use that quote as tongue in cheek, as the friendship and being an ally of the USA is in dire peril from the “idiot in chief” in the White House and his Democratic party. Israel is all but been abandoned by their once trusted friend with the new Iran deal that the POTUS cooked up to sell out Israel with a nuclear equipped Iran. Israel is all but surrounded by hostile enemies. She is surrounded to her north by Syria aided by the former Soviet Union, Russia the wounded bear who needs the cash inflow that a large oil and gas deposit could provide them, as was the reason that Russia made the offer for a partnership in developing this energy sector of Israel. Then to the north-east by Iran who has vowed the annihilation and a well placed atomic bomb would fit the bill nicely. To the immediate east, by Jordan who is becoming more hostile over the Temple Mount and the Palestinian riots and alleged Israeli aggression to stop these riots. To the south, Saudi Arabia who being the center of Islam, hates Israel and would join any military power that promises the destruction of Israel. To it's west, Hamas in Gaza and Egypt with it's Muslim Brotherhood, would be quick to form an alliance with an attack spearheaded by Russian guarantees of victory.

EZEKIEL'S PROPHESIED WAR ON THE HORIZON

 As you should be able to plainly see, the coalition prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel is right in front of the headlines of our newspapers and on our TV sets solidifying every day. But what does that mean for the person who is watching this drama play out in our modern times? It has always been my belief that Ezekiel's prophesy concerning the Gog-Magog invasion of Israel bumps up to the removal of the church from this planet. Why do I say that? Because the event will be so destructive and no one dares come against Israel, as her “Secret Weapon” has displayed His power for the whole world to witness and there can be no doubt that the world must regroup if it plans on fighting another day. That's a another reason why I think this coalition that was Muslim in it's ethnicity, even to it's leader, Russia the Bear, will do as Muslims always have done, feign submission to the adversary, until you become stronger than them and then attack later. Hence a treaty will be brought to make a “false peace” with Israel by a newly elected leader from the remnant of the Roman Empire, the Anti-Christ. And if the Anti-Christ is revealed at this time, the church is not on this earth. The Bible plainly states that in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2:

2 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

 
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

 
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;

 
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

 
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

 
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

 
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE WHO NOW LETTETH WILL LET, UNTIL HE BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY. (my emphasis)

 
8 And THEN shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

 
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

 
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Verse 7 identifies that the Holy Spirit, which I believe Paul speaks of will be removed out of the way, so that lawlessness, and the rule of Satan on this earth will be allowed with nothing holding him back. Oh, the Holy Spirit will still be here on earth, but back to Pre-Pentecostal involvement with mankind, and not in the fullness that was given to those who are saved by grace, the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He would send a Comforter to us, and He would never leave us alone. John chapter 14:

 
16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

 
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

 
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”


Paul referred back to this, when he wrote to the Hebrews in chapter 13:

 
5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Point of these quoted verses, that if Jesus said He would never leave us comfortless, and He would never leave us alone, then if the Holy Spirit is being removed from this earth and being “drawn back' to pre-Pentecostal levels, then to leave His Church on this earth to endure the Tribulation and subject to Satan's all out wrath, would make Jesus a liar, and we know He cannot lie.
CONCLUSION

Do you not see the connection between what is a happening in Syria with the Russian presence to the north of Israel's border, is bumping up to the coming war prophesied by Ezekiel? Do you not see that this is the precursor to the revealing of the Anti-Christ by a treaty made with Israel? Beforehand, we will hear our call by the trump of God and the voice of an arch-angel to our Heavenly Home to be with Jesus forever and ever!!


How long will the interval be between this devastating war fought on the mountains of Israel and this treaty? (I use the word “fought”, as this is not a fight, as God will decimate this force, and there will be no fight, except against each other). We don't know the amount of time, but in my mind, it's not a long period of time, as Israel moves to rebuild her Temple and nobody is going to stop her, so a 7 year treaty will be enacted and Israel will believe she has been saved by a politician she looks to as her “political messiah” to protect her nation and her sovereignty, provided “safety and security”.


I could point to many other factors, not just this one, that paints the picture that we indeed, in the final days of the Church remaining on this earth. As I have covered many recent messages, this is but one of the ingredients of this end of days evil brew that is being revealed in our time. The news is full of end time details that are forming right now. All it will take is Ezekiel's prophecy to be fulfilled and then the Anti-Christ will be revealed upon the world scene and Revelation chapter 6 will begin with Jesus opening seal 1-6. This my friends is the beginning of the Tribulation. So let's recap and put these in order:
  1. Russian and the Islamic coalition is forming right now in the Middle East
  2. Vladmir Putin wants the gas and oil found in the Middle east, and Israel .
  3. Russian has taken it's military to Syria on a pretense of defending Assad.
  4. Russia has brought more armament than is necessary to defeat ISIS/rebels.
  5. Russia has warplanes, anti-aircraft missiles, and tanks to wage a larger war.
  6. Russia is identified in scripture as the leader of the Gog-Magog invasion.
  7. Gog-Magog will invade Israel with Islamic coalition with superior forces.
  8. God will decimate and near totally destroy this coalition on Israel's mountains.
  9. Those who survive the war of Ezekiel 38-39 will carry the plague back home.
  10. Israel will insist on rebuilding their 3rd temple and resuming animal sacrifices.
  11. A charismatic leader will step forward to make a treaty with Israel.
  12. The treaty will allow Israel to rebuild her long awaited temple in short order.
  13. Revelation chapter 6 will begin with the Tribulation of the 1st 3.5 years.
  14. Before this treaty is signed, and the AC revealed, the Church will be removed.
  15. How much time from now till all of the above is fulfilled?
If you read and ponder each point, you can envision this time element to move very rapidly from today. All it takes is for Putin to have an evil thought and plan for Israel's invasion. Ezekiel:

10, “Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

11. And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,


12. To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land"

I believe Putin, which may be Gog in the flesh, has already thought the evil thought and is making plans to implement his plans in the near future. That's how close I believe we are to seeing this prophecy being fulfilled and seeing Jesus coming with a loud trumpet call, 1st Corinthians:

 
51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

 
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

 
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

 
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”


To all who read this, the coming of our Lord Jesus could be in the next breath you take. The signs of His soon return are plain as the nose on your face. We cannot deny that the setting is being set for the end of this age, the Church Age, or the end of the Age of Grace. What is coming is beyond horrific, beyond your imagination, and will be the worst time in all of mankind's history of rebellion against a Holy God. Jesus said it would be so in Matthew 24:

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

 
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.”

For any sane person who understands what I have just briefly covered, this world you now live in will become literally, hell on earth. Many people will die, probably even you, should you enter into the time known as the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation. Many will be saved through it, but many will depart from God into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth...but in the end, 80% upwards will die during this 7 short years. Think of it for a moment. There are 7-8 billion people on this earth now, give or take a few million and 80% or roughly 6 billion people will die in 7 short years. Can you imagine it? Would you want to live it? Or die ?

And the simple answer to those questions, is you don't have to. God made a way for us to get victory over sin, death, hell and the grave. He is called Jesus Christ. Humble yourself and call out to Him in repentance from sinning against a Holy God, for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God, as Paul wrote in Romans 3:23. Believe on the Lord Jesus and embrace the focus of the entire bible.

John 3:

 
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”


Those verses are your beginning solid foundation to start becoming conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Messiah. From there, get in the book you may have sitting on a dusty shelf and read what God expects of each of us. Live like it's your last day on earth, for brethren, it just might be....the end of this age is in sight.

 This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for your salvation. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a friendly ear, email me at 
realteam1999@sbcglobal.net, God bless you all, 


                        TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET

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mike pentycofe
10/01/2015 4:09pm
Pastor Mike as I read your message it is beginning to sink in on just how close we are to the rapture of the body of Christ. When I look at the world around me I am amazed on how complacent they are. The world is about to blow its top and people are more concerned about money and position than they are about their eternity. Satan has done well in blinding humanity. I am so tired of the greed and corruption and immorality it makes me sick. Knowing we are about to meet the Lord Jesus face to face brings tears of joy to my eyes ! As the beloved Apostle Paul wrote ,"I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.I have fought a good fight, i have finished my course , I have kept the faith .henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness , which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day ! praise his mighty name ! Amen and Amen !!!!!!!!!
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Lester C Looney
10/01/2015 5:12pm
I have been convinced for a long time that the catching up of the saints (rapture), (the sudden appearance around the throne), occurs as indicated in verses 9 thru 17 of Revelation Chapter 7.
The reason I believe this is because I have NOT been able to find any evidence further on into Revelations indicating that ANY Gentiles are saved after this event. Concurrent with this sudden appearance in heaven around Jesus (Rev. 9 thru 17), will be the closing of the offer of salvation to the Gentiles. Jesus, who is now sitting on the throne (1 Cor. 15: 25 thru 28), will also, be sitting on the throne for the BEMA Seat Judgment of Jesus (Rev. 11: 18) at the end of the second woe (Rev. 11:14). When the Church is caught up it will then be exempt from the wrath of the Lamb and the future wrath of God, as promised. The sealing of the 144,000 at the beginning of Chapter 7, is to protect the remnant of the twelve tribes of Israel for God's protection of them as they will still be in a state of rejection of Jesus and will be dealt with by Jesus and God and will suffer much from the actions of the Anti-Christ and False Prophet onward into Revelations. I enjoyed the article about what is about to happen regarding Russia, Syria, Turkey and Iran and what God is going to do to discompooperate their efforts.

Are you in Springfield MO??? If so, I would like to meet you sometime, as I live in Springfield. If you would like to meet up send me an email at my email address on this comment....God Bless You!!
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10/01/2015 7:07pm
I respectfully disagree, Lester.
This is clearly Mid-Tribulation beliefs and flies in the face of what Jesus said in chapter 3:10 of Revelation:
3:10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.". Remember that "we are not appointed to wrath ,but to receive salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord". 1st Thessalonians 5:9.

Lester, if we are to believe that these saints that are spoken of here, are the Church, then what is believed is the blood of Jesus just was not good enough to save us utterly. It's kin to the belief of Catholics about purgatory. Israel will be refined as silver is refined through the fire. It is not necessary that the church be refined, as the old song says "Jesus Paid it All". One time forever. The people you see standing with palm branches in their hands, I believe are a sign of Israel and the Tribulation saints killed during the time of Jacob's trouble. If you search this site, you will find messages that I prove that these are Jewish saints, as any saint is still a saint from the time of Jesus death in the 1st Century until end of the Tribulation which is by collectively called the "first resurrection" ...anybody after that rises in the 2nd resurrection to everlasting judgment and will be condemned at the Great White Throne judgment of God.

No, I believe that the saints of the Church Age are removed at the end of chapter 3 and beginning when chapter 4 begins, as we see the 24 elders which are a sign of the Church in Glory and on thrones, crown on their heads, and clothed with linen, white and clean. They are definitely human, as angels have never been given such positions of authority of crowns and thrones. That is the end of the Church Age, or the Age of Grace. The Tribulation starts when the 1st seal is broken by Jesus and the Anti-Christ is revealed. We are not on this earth when the AC is revealed, and I'm not sure we will even be here when this war discussed here begins...Only God knows, but He has assured us in His Word, that the theme of the Tribulation is to refine Israel, and to destroy the rebellion of sinful men. We are part of either objective....But thanks for your input, but I hope you see your error. God bless,
Pastor Mike
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David J Porter
10/06/2015 9:46am
I do believe your conviction is correct Lester. The only saving grace for the Pre.Tribulation Rapture believers is that they will have approximately three and a half years to see their error. However, I also believe that there will be so many Pre-Tribulation believers who will be so very badely demorolized that they will fall away from the faith in Jesus when the Rapture does not occur when expected by this Pre-Tribulation doctrine. We are told so in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 3. "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (Rapture) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition"

Notice the falling away comes before the man of sin is revealed. The man of sin (antichrist) is not given his power until the midpoint of the Great Tribulation,which I will show in my answer to Pastor Mike regarding his answer to you. Paster Mike says mistakenly that this man of sin will not be revealed until after the rapture. 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 shows clearly that the Church will witness this man of sin before the Rapture.
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10/06/2015 4:33pm
Dave,
another rapture denier that reads my messages. I'm blessed that you are here. Like with Les, I respectfully and with Christian love, have to disagree with you...you state that the AC doesn't get his power until midway of the tribulation, while you neglect the 1st seal that is opened by Jesus beginning in chapter 6...that is where the AC is revealed and begins the Tribulation. He has a bow, but no weapons...so he conquers by deceit and cunning of peaceful words that aim to destroy.

You quote 2nd Thessalonia ns 2:3, but fail to read the whole passage and neglect this following verses:
"2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:" in the same chapter.

Note someone, or something will be moved out of the way? I have always believed as many others, they what is being removed is the Holy Spirit and if God is drawing back, then He promised to never leave us alone, or comfortless, so if God's Holy Spirit is leaving, so are we.

Note that God's righteous wrath begins when the 1st seal is broken, and the AC is revealed...this leads to each seal bringing more intense wrath of God upon a rebellious world until the the inhabitants of the earth cry out in Revelation 6:15 "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"

God's wrath has been falling with each seal broken, and since Jesus spoke in the preceding chapters that He would protect us from this coming wrath. Revelation 3:10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

And though the apostle Paul when moved by God wrote in 1st Thessalonians '5:9 'For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him."

So if you take the scriptures that point to a mystery that Paul spoke of that was not revealed in the Old Testament but to Paul, I can hypothesize when he was caught up into the 7th heaven to hear words that a mortal man should not hear, I believe God revealed to him the mystery of the doctrine of "removing His saints by force" some call the "rapture". This was revealed in 1st Thessalonians 4:15-18...at the last trump, which is a reference to the Feast of Trumpets last trump, not the 7th angel of Revelation who blows a trumpet.

I can't convince people who believe that we will undergo the Tribulation hour, God has to convince them, but when this does happen, your hands and mine will raise in shouting glory and praise to our Father in Heaven, and our Lord Jesus Christ. But your assertion that this doctrine will cause a falling away when this doesn't happen will not stop our faith in our blessed Hope, as scripture is too full of details that men have overlooked until this last century...it was a doctrine that was preached in the 1st century into the 3rd Century of the early church fathers and has been re-discovered by those who the Holy Spirit has given discernment to understand, as many could not understand in the past, as prophecy moves into high gear. But keep reading, my brother and search the scriptures of what I proclaim in the website and see if these things be true...be a good Berean and don't believe me, believe your bible...God bless,
YBIC<
Pastor Mike
Pete
10/01/2015 10:48pm
Hello All: Just out Abass of Palitinian authority fame. Told the UN the Oslo Accords are dead and will no longer be honoured by the PA. Point to note - is this the accord which will be ratified by the AC? Who knows for sure but it is interesting.

Also Bibi told the UN yesterday - Israel will stop Iran from getting nukes. For a number of external factors Bibi like has only a couple of months to get it done. Will this attack be the precursor to Gog attacking? Or will it set up a proxy war for Psalm 83. When Israel wins then Gog/Magog. Who knows?
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Jerry C
10/02/2015 9:29am
Just as God says in His Word that the Anti-Christ will wear out the saints, I feel worn out every single day. I don't recall evil hitting at me from all says constantly has I have since 2008.

Even though I feel worn down daily, I'm of good cheer since I know God is in control and we win in the end.
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Les Matkowski
10/02/2015 11:46am
I read your article carefully but I guess I skipped over the paragraph that mentioned Psalm 38 must come before Ezekiel 83. I also keep reading by other authors that there is maybe at least a one year between the two. We still only have just barely the birth of one world government and one world religion. The soon rapture could be three years away. That's not my idea of "soon".
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10/05/2015 1:27pm
Les,
this message was dealing with Ezekiel 38-39 and not Psalm 83. Prophecy shows that Gog-Magog coalition most likely involves Russia and the outer ring of Muslim nations. Psalm 83 does not involve Russia, so I didn't cover that in this message. My point was if the leader of this war is camping out in Syria and eyeing the oil and gas fields of Israel, how long before Russia feels confident that they can do as they wish in the Middle East and the "idiot" in the White House will do nothing? "Soon" is a relative term and we're not talking about a long time...yes, we all want Jesus to come yesterday, but we patiently wait for His return. Do not let us get frustrated and loose hope. Keep looking up, as the signs grow stronger, as this message clearly reveals...God bless,
YBIC,
Pastor MIke
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Mrs. A
10/06/2015 5:18am
Dear Les, I am going to "respectfully" and with much love in Christ disagree with you. Jesus Christ said things would be as "birth pangs" and in order for us to have 3 more "years" the birth pangs would have to slow WAY down.....they are coming one on top of the other and won't slow down. That's my POV ..... I don't believe in date setting but I also know the season we are in and that "baby" is about to be born. God BLESS.....I am lookin' UP right now!
All my love in Christ our Lord.....MARANATHA
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Joy Glass
10/03/2015 7:02am
Pastor Mike, thank you so much for this very enlightening article. I have been studying eschatology for over 20 years and your assessment is spot on! We are absolutely in the very last moments of the Age of Grace and the Rapture is immanent (It could very well happen "in a minute").

Even those who do not study God's word, still see "proof" that we are headed for something big! The earth and all it's inhabitants are crying out for any shred of hope; anything with a hint of "peace and security." These are perilous times and it is going to get worse before all is said and done. For those of us who's hope is in the Lord, we have the promise of His coming and it could happen any second now...

Revelation 22: 20 Jesus says, "Surely I am coming quickly." John adds, "Amen! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" Maranatha!
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10/03/2015 2:25pm
Another great article Pastor Mike: Thank you for all the painstaking research of prophecy! We all know or should know that time is over and must seek the Lord in all we do. I pray and hope should the Holy Spirit find me worthy to witness to anyone in hope of saving their soul and turning them to the Lord! Pray, Repent and await our Savior. Peace
Pat
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Mrs. A
10/06/2015 5:14am
Pastor Mike, this is gone onto my top bar of my laptop......hoping someone unsaved OR "left-behind" sees it. I also believe we are standing at the brink of rapture. Over 2 years ago I awoke 2 mornings.....with the word "Israel" resounding in my head and the next morning the word "rapture" resounding in my head. I remember very clearly only those 2 words.....one word one day, one the very next day.
We are to be watching "Israel".....They are the "trigger" for this whole thing I believe.
Thank you for your endless work and your excellent biblical teachings. God Bless you and I hope to "meet you" in the clouds soon! YSIC......MARANATHA!
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Allan Rowley
10/11/2015 3:38am
Pre trib raprture is a church lie. It is based on "replacement theology." In other words, the hatred of the Jews.
Christianity is "deception." Read history and where Christianity started and all the "add-ons." The Messiah is a Hebrew. He has a Hebrew name which in the middle east is very important. His followers were called either of "the Way" or "Nazarenes."
1 Thess 5 tells us if you are a "child of light" you will know when He is coming." "Children of darkness" do not know when He returns. He returns on the "Day of the Lord." Jn 6, 4 times tells us when He is returning. Even Martha, a peasant girl knew when He was coming back. Yes, we meet Him in the air when He returns before His wrath on earth but we do not reside in heaven but live in Jerusalem. However, the parable of "the wheat and tares" would disagree with this point as the unbelievers get burnt up leaving the true faithful ones with the Messiah. No where in the Bible does it say "believers will be in heaven for 7 years." Why should luke-warm Christians be raptured and reign with the Messiah while persecuted believers are killed daily in the Middle East, Africa and Asia?
The Bible is a love story between the God of the Bible and anyone who trusts and obeys Him. That throws most Christians out.
The God of the Bible has His laws and we have been given these.
Check 1 Jn 3; if you sin you break the law, in fact sin is lawlessness." Christianity breaks many laws including the Sabbath.
The Messiah's life is fulfillment of the Feasts of Yahuweh. He returns at the Feast of Trumpets. Know one knows the "day or the hour" is related to the "new moon" at the Feast of Trumpets.
Two witnesses must see the new moon to announce this Feast of Trumpets.
The Bible is based on the Hebrew culture not Greek or Western world culture or man's religion of Christianity.
The corruption started around 127AD then Constantine in 321 AD, who hated the Jews and Torah brought in Greek god worship including sun-day and christmas - god worship.
We are in the "end-times", we have a choice, worship Greek gods or the God of the Bible, Yahuweh or take the consequences.
The problem with Christians is they believe Mary called her son jesus and the Messiah was Greek.
500 yrs ago "J" was not in the english dictionary. Thus it was Ieosus and before this the Greek god Zeus.
Pray for discernment in these days.
If you are not in a relationship with the Spirit, how can you join the Messiah?
Check Jn 3 of how to start this relationship.
Blessings.
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Amanda
10/12/2015 7:29pm
It was a bit of a mystery as a lot of claims have been made that Putin is christian and out to protect christians? , but then i read about the thought of evil that will come in "his" mind?.......... i can believe that and it explains a lot.

Thank you

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