Saturday, September 17, 2016

ARE YOU A RAPTURE DENIER?





By Pastor Mike Taylor

“19, Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 

20, Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 

21, For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (Isaiah 26:19-21)

“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” (Isaiah 57:1)

“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:  They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;  but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17:26-30)

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3)




There are many who have doubts about the above subject when speaking of the “catching away of the Church” the Body of Christ. Although not a salvation issue, they fail to understand biblical prophecy or refuse to look at it and have the Holy Spirit teach them, by revealing what Paul called a “mystery”. Why did Paul call it a “mystery”?...It was a well known subject about the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ throughout the Old Testament prophets that spoke of the “Day of the Lord” coming in great wrath to deal with a rebellious God rejecting earth and it's nation dwellers, but the lesson that Paul preached was not revealed until Jesus our Lord revealed it to Him in a revelation when Paul was taught personally by Jesus Christ. What are Paul's well known words?


“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.” (1st Corinthians 15:51-54)

Without knowing Jewish life and customs, one would make the mistake of linking the 7th trumpet blown by the angel in Revelation and think this is the trumpet Paul speaks of. One would fail to realize that Paul is making a reference in several passages to a well known “Feast of Trumpets” where trumpets are blown in succession until a “Last Trumpet” is blown and gives one reason to believe that the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will be on a future Feast of Trumpets fulfilling that first festival in the autumn, just as the Feasts of the Lord has been fulfilled in the spring, on the very day of their observance. 

But you can speak of verses that point to a “catching away” of the body of Christ, and folks will not believe it, and even get angry and belligerent over something that would be glorious for any Bible believing Christian. Why would not everybody embrace a teaching, searching if it be true and be elated and joyful in discovering that it is all over the Bible. I even have members in my own family when given the truth of the Bible will not believe. Why does something so wonderful and mind boggling to the spiritual heart bring such feelings and displays of anger from “rapture deniers”? I would only pray that they would take the evidence presented, lay it beside their bible and do what any good Berean would do and search the scriptures to see if these things be true. 

FEW REASONS WHY THERE ARE DENIERS:

#1.THE CHURCH NEVER TAUGHT SUCH A DOCTRINE

This is their first argument and then point to a Scottish girl's dream/vision, of Margaret McDonald, and taken up by one John Darby into a “new” doctrine referring to the “rapture of the church”. They argue that it is a new doctrine that came into being and taught as truth by a deceived young girl, and a preacher of heresy. But are they right? Was the concept of the “Harpazo” interpreted as the catching away of the Church, a new doctrine, or was it a resurrected doctrine that had it's roots even far back as the 1st Century of the Church? By doing a simple Google search, you can find the writings of early Church Fathers that support a belief, even from the time of St. John the Apostle of the concept of a Pre-Tribulation removal of the church from God's coming wrath upon this earth. I won't go into great detail here, for lack of space and time, but the evidence is free for the seeker of the truth about something our Lord Jesus, Paul the Apostle, John the Beloved taught and passed down to their disciples from the 1st century and even into the 3rd century under increasing Roman persecution and finally Roman Catholicism's attempt to eradicate the belief...you can read their writings online and a brief explanation of their teachings here:


 http://beginningandend.com/what-did-ancient-church-fathers-believe-about-the-rapture/


Understand, that their teachings and writings are not to be equal with Divine Truth as the Bible is, but it shows their understanding and discernment of what the Bible taught. It is my firm belief that the doctrine of the Pre-Tribulation rapture was squashed and hidden away for almost 500 years because of the “Dark Ages” of the Roman Catholic Church and its rule as it interfered with their lust for power upon the earth. So the doctrine was re-introduced by the likes of John Darby and many evangelicals down through the last 200 years speak of a doctrine that has it's roots even in early Christianity and it's Church Fathers, as it is not a new doctrine at all.


#2THE BIBLE DOESN'T SPEAK OF A RAPTURE EVENT

Oh, but it does.....just not in a verse that you can point to for definitive proof. No, the Bible has it sprinkled all over the OT and the New Testament and the wise reader of the Bible mines it like gold and silver searching for the truth as precious metals or diamonds. What does the Bible say we must do and what must we discern from it's pages? 

“"Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Those who are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts, 

10, For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little;

11, For with stammering lips and foreign tongue He will speak to this people.” (Isaiah 28:9-11)

All one has to do is take a cup of coffee, sit down in a comfortable chair and read where God has given us the puzzle picture of what His plan is for mankind. I want you to go and read verse after verse of Bible passages that speak of a time when God's people will be removed from this earth...go here:

 http://waitingforjesus.com/raptureverses.html

If I were to quote every scripture that points to a “mystery” that Paul spoke of in his epistles and spread out all over the Bible, I'd be doing part 1-4 on this subject. I've investigated, preached, and believed in everything I have written concerning the “Catching away” of God's Church and have asked God many times to correct me, if I speak anything but the Truth of His Word. I never have wanted to speak falsely about prophecy and have sought the Lord many times for His correction if I be in error. Only thing that has happened down through the years is God has NOT corrected me, He has re-enforced it in my spirit by His Holy Spirit and confirmation in His Holy Word that what I preach, is TRUTH and lines up with God's Word. 

#3.THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF ANGELS GATHERING HIS ELECT
Another reason for unbelief of my brethren is a passage found in the Gospel of Mark. It speaks of a time when Jesus said, He will come and send His angels to gather “His elect” from the four winds of the earth. This is at the end of the Tribulation.

“And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.” (Mark 13:27)

But notice that Jesus goes right into an explanation of the Parable of the fig tree...who are the subjects our Lord is speaking to and about in this passage? The answer is Israel. In the Old Testament, God calls the Hebrew nation of Israel His elect, His chosen people. When Jesus came and died on a cross, the beginning of the Church Age began when Jesus sent God's Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and the Church members were called “saints”. To be born again makes you a child of God and a saint by adoption into His Family. But notice in Revelation that the word “church” is not used, not one time after chapter 6 and never again until chapter 19 when those depicted as being clothed with linen white and clean (a sign of the saints or the Church) come with Jesus riding on white horses. Those who are saved in the Tribulation will be gathered together who have died as martyrs for Christ and they are “the Elect” who the angels gather. Now some take issue that the angels are gathering only the living to bring them all to Zion in Jerusalem. That is probably part of it, but there may not be many Jewish  people left, or people at all left, but a remnant to be gathered...what I believe is also gather, as we were gathered and changed into immortal beings at the rapture, these who have died in martyrdom will be changed into immortal beings as we were and this is also part of the end of the 1st resurrection.    They have been under the altar of God waiting for their brethren to be slain as they were...they were not given immortal bodies until this resurrection. Folks may not see it that way, and that's OK..because God will gather His elect either living or dead from the 4 winds. They will be in the majority of Jewish birth and an Israelite. There will be Gentiles that will believe based on the 144, 000 Jewish evangelist and their preaching God's Word and many will be saved and they too, will be regarded as the “elect” at the coming of our Lord to set up His Kingdom. Now I can hear those who are scoffers, saying that the “church” is also the “elect”..and that would be true, but there is a distinction between those saved in the Church Age, and those who are saved in the Tribulation. 

Those saved in the Age of Grace will be Kings and Priest to God and our Lord Jesus Christ for His 1000 year reign on earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords. Those who are saved in the Tribulation will be servants in the New Temple of God, but not Kings:

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language,standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 

 10 And they cried out in a loud voice “Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,and to the Lamb.”

 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 

 12 saying “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

 15 Therefore,“they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” (Revelation 7:9-15)

Notice the difference? They are servants of God in His Temple, much like the Levitical priesthood. They have palm fronds in their hands, (I believe a symbol of the nation of Israel) and they came out of the Great Tribulation as martyrs and died for their faith, because they did not accept it by faith not seeing, but accepted when the evidence was plainly in front of their face and seeing it first hand. They do not receive the same rewards as the Church Age saints and it's blessings. 


#4, JESUS DOES NOT COME BACK TILL THE 7TH TRUMPET OF GOD


I find this so sad, that a large portion of the denominations in this world, have followed the teachings of the Catholic Church, that there is no removal of the church, and that everyone, saved or unsaved will be subject to the horror of the Tribulation, and it's even more horrific Great Tribulation. As briefly mentioned above, many in modern day Christian churches link what Paul said in 1st Corinthians about the “last trump” and automatically start looking for another “last trump” and logic tells them that the 7th trump that the angel blows to release the bowl judgments is the same trumpet that Paul speaks of. 

Notice the difference between the two events. The one Paul speaks of brings incredible and unspeakable joy to those who are looking for the return of their Lord God, Jesus Christ. The 7th trumpet of Revelation brings unspeakable and horrifying death and destruction on all who have denied Jesus Christ and have taken the “mark of the beast”. 


Notice also, that the “saints” are not mentioned again until chapter 19 of the final book of the Bible. 

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (my emphasis)

 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:6-9)

Notice verse 8 that “fine linen” is a symbol of the saints of God, the Church of the Living God. Thus we are ushered into a time of unspeakable glory and honor because of our faith and trusting in the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But that is not the end of the story...

11 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.

 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed infine linen, white and clean. (Revelation 19:11-14)


We, as His people, His Kings and Priest have been at a “marriage supper of the Lamb” to be joined spiritually with her betrothed, Jesus our King of kings. To be adopted as “children of God”. 

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:16-17)


And one of the most symbolic, but definitive example of the Church being in heaven with our Lord God, is the 24 elders spoken of in Revelation 4. 

And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” (Revelation 4:4)


I've seen some labored reasoning of who these elders are...obviously, they are human, not angelic, as no angel has ever received a crowns of gold and a throne to sit upon. Notice the attributes of these who sit around the throne of God? They are the number 24, a multiplication of the number 12 which is a sign of government. They are representative the saints of God in the Old and the New Testament. They are clothed in white raiment, a sign of righteousness. They are seated, so they are at rest from their labor and are seated upon thrones. They have crowns and have been rewarded for their service to God by our Lord Jesus Christ, at the Bema Judgment seat for this service. It can be no mistake to give these 24 elders the designation of the Church saints who have overcome the world and are seated around God's throne. And from this time, until chapter 19, you will see no mention of saints or church.


Also note that there is an invitation from the Bride and the Bridegroom at the end of this powerful book of prophecy:

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)

Who is the bride and her Bridegroom calling to? I believe they are calling to those who were not ready for the return of Jesus in the Age of Grace. They are calling to all who have not given their heart and life to Jesus. They are both together and giving a call to join them. Obviously, in my mind, there is still time to join them in human time. That would give the belief that the Bride has gone on before those she and her Bridegroom are calling to. 


AS WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH

Jesus made a point to compare our time with the days of Noah and of Lot. Jesus said things would be going on as normal, eating, drinking, giving in marriage...you know, living your life without worrying about the judgment of God coming upon you...that is until, as it was in Noah's day and in Lot's time, when Noah was in the ark, and Lot was removed from Sodom, judgment fell that very day. The world was destroyed by water and fire and brimstone fell upon Sodom and Gomorrah. To each that were caught up in this judgment, they had no idea that their destruction was at hand. 


In our time, the world continues on like there is nothing to worry about. They're not looking for Jesus to come. They are too busy being what Paul described would be this world that we live in:

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2nd Timothy 3:2-7)

If this warning by Jesus concerning our day would be like the days of Noah and of Lot, would it be a usual day at the end of the Tribulation? Would Jesus coming be as a thief in the night, unaware of the population who wallow in sin and degradation? The coming of Jesus for His Church will be a complete surprise. Nobody but believers will be watching and living for God expectantly of the coming of their Lord Jesus. 

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 

2, For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 

3, For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 

4, But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 

5, Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1Thessalonians 5:1-5)

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so shall those who are in darkness say “peace and safety” and then sudden destruction. Will it be without warning? Yes, without warning. But what of the coming of the Jesus to set up His kingdom..? Will it be a day, just like any other day? Will they be going about their usual daily routine, or will it be death and destruction, signs in the heavens, environmental disasters, and the death of nearly ¾ of all living human beings and other living things? How could it be any happiness in a world like that? The world will just be trying to survive, until Jesus comes and destroys all rebellion on this earth and wipes it clean of it's sin. The explanation of what Jesus said can only be applied to his first coming in total surprise, like a thief who breaks into your house. You weren't expecting him either, until your belongings are missing and your back door caved in. 

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

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

 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1st Thessalonians 5:9-11)

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:13-14)


Those who read and digest what I have written here, and read and compare scriptures that I've posted on other websites, if taken prayerfully and asking God for His Holy Spirit to reveal to them the truth, then I believe you will become a Pre-tribulation rapture believer as well. But you must put away your bias and your pre-conceived notions that you were taught even from an early age in your own denomination. But in the end, why does it matter? What it does do for those who are diligently looking for Jesus, is to get their life and actions before God, right in His eyes. They are not speaking “false Christianity” but putting their faith and their very lives into the hands of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Those who are just playing around, thinking they are saved for every reason known to organized religion except in the One and the only One who can save their souls and deliver them from the wrath to come. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosover believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

Reader, don't put it off another day. Jesus Christ return for His church is imminent...meaning at any given moment without warning. If you don't believe in your heart the above verse found in John and repent of your sins, and follow Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, then you will experience the fear that will grip you, when you realize what I've written is true....if you scoff, and don't believe, can you take that chance? Believe on Jesus today.

“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2nd Corinthians 6:2)


This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for your salvation before the wrath of God falls upon this earth. If you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me atrealteam1999@sbcglobal.net, or visit me online at www.churchofgod-usa.org, God bless you all,

                                      
 TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET.


Comments

Skip Stevens
08/03/2016 6:59pm
Thank you Pastor Taylor for addressing this subject which can be so controversial to so many people. I do have a question, however, where you wrote in one of the last paragraphs that "Jesus Christ return for His church is imminent...meaning at any given moment without warning." I have read and heard this teaching of immanency before and even then I disagreed with it.

My questions are these: Didn't Paul teach in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 that certain conditions would have to be met BEFORE Jesus would return? Did Paul not say that there must first be a falling away (apostasy) AND that the 'Man of Sin', the son of perdition, would need to be revealed?

It seems to me that ONLY AFTER those two conditions have occurred, would the return of the Bridegroom for his Bride be imminent.
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mike pentycofe
08/06/2016 1:03pm
Dear Brother in Christ , the man of sin or the antichrist will not be revealed until after the body of Christ is raptured out to meet Christ in the air . We may have some ideas as to whom it may be but that is merely speculation. Once the body of Christ is taken out off the scene the 7 year tribulation will begin. The 2nd coming of Christ to the mount of Olives will mark the end of the 7 year tribulation and then the 1000 year millenium will begin .
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Skip Stevens
08/08/2016 1:28pm
Thank you for your reply. The words in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 say what they say, not what you described. Popular teaching doesn't necessarily mean that the teaching is correct. Popular teaching teaches what it will, not necessarily what is correct. You wrote that there will be a 7 year tribulation period. I have asked many people, and I will ask you - where in the scriptures does it say specifically that there will be a 7 year tribulation period? I really would like to see that scripture that says that specifically.
08/08/2016 6:45pm
No, Skip,
You misread the passages to fulfill your preconceived notions....the Bible says by reading a little further :"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
v.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:
v.9, Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (II Thes. 2:7-9)

Notice that I capitalized the word "THEN"...meaning apostasy of a falling away happens first, the Spirit is removed along with the Church, and THEN the son of perdition is revealed...in that order. There are plenty of places that talk about time, times, and half a times, or 3.5 years of the Great Tribulation, but the whole tribulation or the first 3.5 years, begins when a peace treaty is signed with Israel by the AC...that we won't see..and we know that the tribulation and the Great Tribulation is 7 years long, because the last week of Daniel's 70th week prophecy must be fulfilled and it is one week short or 7 years. "Study to show thyself approved" is what I can admonish you to do, but I can always count on Skip to give a negative answer to a biblical truth...God bless,
YBIC,
Pastor Mike
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mike pentycofe
08/03/2016 8:20pm
Beloved brother in Christ , What an encouraging message. Those who will not believe a pre-tribulation rapture have not studied the scriptures.It has become a rare thing to hear the scriptures taught in context and in truth ! We must continue to study , meditate ,and divide the word of truth. God bless you my friend ! mike pentycofe
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08/04/2016 7:04am
I commend you on your article, and may I add one thing. The 7 year tribulation is to the israilets to finish fulfilling the 70 weeks of 7 years prophecied by Daniel to fulfill the 490 year prophecy, which is not on the Church. GOD Bless you. Please keep preaching Christ Rapture of us, his BornAgain Church.
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08/04/2016 7:51am
Pastor Mike, i agree 100%. I feel sorry for them that dont believe in the rapture.JESUS will only be coming for a bride who is looking for his appearance, one question many pastors preach a revival before the rapture I say no cannot be JESUS does not promise that in the chuch of Loadecia. I enjoy your sermons
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08/04/2016 8:02am
Pastor Mike Yes i agree with your sermon 100% I feel sorry for them that dont believe in a rapture, if you are not expecting him he is not coming for you, one question i hear several pastors believe in a revival before the rapture, I say no JESUS says i come as a thief in the night, and there is no promise of a revlval in the church of Loadecia. God Bless I enjoy your sermons
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Marc V. Ridenour
08/04/2016 5:06pm
A wonderful article! I am going to post it on my Facebook page!
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Crystal Reeves
08/04/2016 11:37pm
Thank you Pastor Mike for all your sermons,especially those about the Rapture. It is very encouraging to people like myself who long to hear those words "Come up here! ". As you know, I long to be with Him so very much and cannot wait to tell Him,"Thank you Jesus!, for being my Savior, my soul mate, my love, my best friend forever and ever, Amen!"
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Dwight Osborne
08/07/2016 12:06pm
Another reason to believe in the pre-trib rapture, albeit a somewhat selfish reason. Paul said those who were looking for the rapture would receive a crown of righteousness; I believe this is the easiest of the crowns to win. Thanks Pastor Mike for your truth-filled article
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08/08/2016 6:51pm
an email from a brother who understands what the Bible teaches...thank you brother.
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Brother Pastor Mike,
Thank you! I have been studying Psalm 83 and has opened up so much, I was not sure if it happened yet, like so many prophecies that if been fulfilled. I now believe it is what is going on in Libya and the middle East. I was in Junior high in 1967, nineteen years old in 1973 and watched it being played out on TV and papers along with Vietnam . Eight were saved with Noah and with Lot. Noah believed and built an Arch and people scoffed. Now we have a Saviour Jesus that God gave us. People are still scoffing. I also studied the blood moons and the Jewish feast's and all I can say we have no excuse for not being Saved. Thank you again.
In His Name ! Larry in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
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08/09/2016 8:09am
an email I got from a brother in the Lord, that brought much joy to my heart that God uses the lowly to reach others for Him...
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Dear Mike, thank you for this study. It has strengthen my faith in Jesus soon at any moment return to rapture those who have accepted and believe in Him. I have been looking for His return for 22 years now. Though I have fallen from Jesus many times I keep returning to Him. This verse
"The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come." (Isaiah 57:1) you posted speaks to me on so many levels. How absolute God really is. And once again God answered a prayer and He did it through this email you sent. I had been asking Jesus if I could see Him if He would come to me so that I may speak to Him and He minister to me to give me strength , I asked as a son asking his father to please come and visit him because I can not make the journey to him. But what you said about the difference between those saved before the great tribulation and are raptured and those after the rapture and during the great tribulation , Kings & Priests vs. servants. I look forward to serving God as a King over others to help do my part to teach , guide , to enforce the laws of God as Jesus as my King and care for people to see that what has happened since Adam and Eve does not happen again. Now I know about after the 1000 year reign of Jesus on this earth that the devil will be let loose for a short time. So it is in my greatest desire to make sure when the devil be loose from the bottomless pit that I have learned and taught as many people as possibles the wiles , lies, schemes and plans the devil will try to use on them to destroy them, but this time I won't be in a weak mortal body and I will have all the knowledge that Jesus will teach me and a glorified body. Amen and God Bless you Mike
Troy.
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ISRAEL , NIGERIA
08/09/2016 9:23am
Thank you Pastor Mike. A diligent study of the Bible shows that the pre-tribulation position is the only one that aligns with the scriptures, especially when you look at 2 Thess. 2v 7 & 8.

Shalom Aleichem.
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John Ashcraft
08/28/2016 2:56pm
Day of the Lord--According to Isaiah, the Day of the Lord is a one year event and covers both the Trumpet and Bowl Judgements.
According to Joel 2:15=Lev 23:27-34, the Day of the Lord begins on the Day of Atonement with an earthquake (Rev 6:12ff; Rev. 8:5) just to name a few and ends on the Day of Atonement with Armageddon (Rev 14:20ff; Rev 15--Day of Atonement Typeology; Rev 16./19 Armageddon.
According Rev 2:10--we have 10 days of Tribulation (Days of Awe) between Day of Trumpet and Day of Atonement. Prophetically here a day = a year, so there will be 10 years of Tribulation for Israel and its surrounding countries say like 2007 to 2017.
According to John 6, Jesus says in the last day I will come to gather you. Here again, a day = a year.
Deu_24:5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.
The word taken here refers to the gathering/resurrection/rapture.
So we come to when will this gathering take place. I suggest the Day of Trumpet prior to the War of Armageddon one year in advance of that war.
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  1. Hello Pastor Mike great teaching, I hover know doubt there will be a taken or whichever word folks want to use. I also preach and teach , but everyone wants the easy way out. People are prepared for September23,2017 for the rapture, why because it's the feast, or the Jubalee, or because there are sights preaching these things. What I'm saying, Pre trim , mid trib, post trib, which ever , forget about which one Christ is coming for us and study your Bibles as you or I or many others are doing. With certain people on rtf his sight get very upset because all they know is I'm going pre trib, well how stupid or are they gonna look when or if it don't happen on the date and time they are told.? Some would rather die, well gee isn't that rtf he work of th he devil? Revelations 12 oh my goodness the baby is being taken to heaven, well people are teaching it's the date of the rapture. It's not! I believe Jesus will come back when the Father tells him, it makes know difference when to me, but always be ready.
    Ralph Gruner

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