Monday, November 29, 2021

Will the Church Suffer Tribulation?

  There seems to be a prevailing idea among many believers (in particular those who either don't believe in the rapture or those who believe that we will be taken at the end of the Tribulation) that the church must endure part, if not all, of the Tribulation.  Their argument goes something like this...

"Look at the state of the church in most places. Christian churches are mostly apostate, fallen away, teaching false doctrines, etc.  Whenever this happened in the Bible with the Jewish people, God judged them severely. Why should the Church expect to be rescued or delivered from tribulation now? What about all the Christians throughout the centuries who were burned at the stake, tortured, crucified, imprisoned, fed to lions, etc? Why should we expect that we, in this very selfish and immoral generation, would escape such persecution?  Isn't that rather unfair to those believers who have suffered and died for Jesus over the past 2000 years?" 
I mean, it's a very fair observation. It makes sense. The first point I would argue is that there have been many Christians during the centuries who were living immoral lives and not close to the Lord, but they never suffered either persecution or tribulation, so the point that all apostate Christians should be punished or judged in this way falls short.
However, the major arguments I have against this belief have to do with the Tribulation itself. We need to understand what the Tribulation actually is, what will be happening during it, and what is its purpose? 
The Tribulation is also called The Day of the Lord and the Time of Jacob's trouble. It is a 7 year period of time revealed to us first in Daniel 9 as the angel explains to Daniel the meaning of the 70 remaining weeks
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Daniel 9:24
I won't go into detail about this. You can find tons of articles online that explain these 70 weeks and also several books as well. What's important to notice is that the angel Gabriel is speaking to Daniel strictly about the Jewish people, not any Gentiles. The purpose of these 70 weeks is to, in summary, usher in the Messiah who will end sin, end prophecy, and bring in everlasting righteousness to the Jewish people. These are not weeks as we think of them, but 70 weeks of years, so each week = 7 years. If you have never heard that before, you may easily discover that in your own research
69 of those weeks have already been accomplished with precise accuracy, including predicting the exact day Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. Amazing!  Leaving one final week, or one final period of 7 years. To do what? To bring the Jewish people to everlasting righteousness by the return of the Messiah (Jesus)

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. V 27

The Antichrist strengthens some sort of pact, accord, or treaty with "many" that must involve Israel because halfway through the 7 year deal, he breaks it by going into the newly built Jewish temple and declaring himself God. This is further explained by Paul below
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. 2 Thess 2:3-5
 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. Jeremiah 30:7
 So, we see why these 7 years are called "Jacob's Trouble". This last time period is all about the Jews. 

The second thing to realize is the difference between persecution and the Tribulation. Persecution is man's (and Satan's) hatred toward true believers. The Tribulation is God's wrath being poured out on an unrepentant world. This is His final attempt to get people to repent and turn to Him and to bring Israel to the point of finally seeing that Jesus is the Messiah and to finally come back to Him. A quick read of Revelation will reveal that this time period will be the worst time ever on planet earth. Most of the people on earth will die. Many will lose their heads. This is not persecution of the righteous or God chastising His people to get them to come back to Him. This is Almighty God's wrath poured out on mankind. Yes, many saints will lose their lives, but these are the ones who did not make the rapture. More on that below.

The good news for those of us who are true believers in Jesus, who love Him and follow Him, is that HE already took on our punishment. He already endured the wrath of the Father while he hung on the cross. Yes, we get chastised sometimes when we stray or do something wrong. Yes, the world hates us and often persecutes us. Yes, many of us have been tortured and killed in the past, and many today!  But that is not God punishing us. 

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  1 Thessalonians 5:9

 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36

I doubt Jesus would tell us to pray that we would escape ALL these things (He just got finished talking about all the events that will happen before His return) IF we were unable to escape. 

Again Jesus, Himself, in Revelation 3 makes it plain that if we repent and follow Him and keep His Word, He will keep us from the Tribulation

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. Revelation 3:10

Another couple of smaller reasons why the church won't go through the Tribulation.
1. The Scripture says we won't know the exact day and hour. Revelation gives us the exact days of the timing of the Tribulation. I don't have space here to list all the Scriptures but suffice it to say, if we are here, we'd be able to calculate the exact day Jesus would return.  

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Luke 12:40
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44

2. When Jesus describes the rapture in Matthew 24, it's important to note that people seem to be going about their normal daily routine, sleeping, eating working, etc.. without great fear or trouble. But how could that be if they have endured 7 years of living hell on earth? Or even 3 1/2?

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:38-42

The Apostle Paul describes the scene at the rapture of "Peace and Safety" 

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 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. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 1 Thess 5:2-5

Hmm. Doesn't sound like the end of the Tribulation to me or even the middle, which again could be calculated. 
I have one more Scriptural proof that the true believers are NOT here during the Tribulation. Notice what Jesus says here:
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 

So, neither satan, nor hell, nor any demon will prevail or overcome or defeat the Church, right?  But here in Revelation, it says

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

Here we see that the Antichrist is given permission to overcome the saints. Hmm.

But what about these pesky apostate Christians? Do they just get a free ride out of here to escape any punishment at all?  That's where it gets tricky and difficult to discuss. It is this author's opinion that VERY FEW are going to make it in the rapture. This is how I'm reading what I see in the Bible. Only those who love Jesus, have no idolatry in their lives, and have a close walk with Him in obedience to the best of their ability are actually going to be taken. This is His Bride without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, the ones who long for His return, who put Him first in their lives. Who would want any other bride?  Some call this idea the Partial Rapture theory and call it heresy. But it isn't a partial rapture at all! It's a full and complete rapture of God's precious children, the ones who truly love Him. Not by works at all, but by an obedient and loving adoration of their Savior.  

Therefore the remainder of Christians who are essentially lukewarm, apostate, living in immorality, have idolatry, etc. will remain here to endure the wrath of God, which in their case, will be used to bring them back to the Lord. This is why Revelation talks about thousands upon thousands of Saints appearing in heaven who had their heads chopped off during the Tribulation. There is indeed a Great Revival coming, but this author believes it will take place after the rapture. 

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16

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. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23

In conclusion, we see that the Tribulation is a time in which God's primary purpose is to deal with Israel. It is also a time in which God's wrath is poured out on the unrepentant, both "believers" and non-believers, and because Jesus already took our punishment, those who are true believers cannot suffer God's wrath. We also see that because of the ability to calculate the middle or end of the Tribulation based on the numbers found in Revelation, we know the rapture must be before the Tribulation. Not only that, but when the Bible describes the rapture, it is always during a time of peace when destruction comes suddenly upon the world. By the end of the Tribulation when most of the earth has been destroyed and most of the people have been killed, I would hardly describe that as a time of peace. 

I hope this has been helpful. I do not bring this up as a matter of argument, but merely as a matter of comfort for those of you who may be starting to fear that we will be here during the Tribulation. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Knocking on Heaven's Gate!

Greetings, Highly Valued Saints,
I know I said I wasn't planning on posting today, but so much information came across my desk this week, that I felt obligated to at least report on some of it.  I pray you and your family had a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! 

I sense the Lord encouraging us to hang in there, to not give up, to stop looking at our worries and struggles and instead keep our eyes on Him. Things are getting bad, but we don't have it anywhere near as difficult as many believers in the past. Can you imagine being fed to Lions or being dipped in tar and set on fire? Those Christians thought the Lord was coming back in their day, yet they persevered even until the end. So, the pressures and problems we are experiencing are very small by comparison. We must keep the faith, fight the good fight, and wait with patience for our Lord to appear. I posted a very beautiful Jewish song on Tuesday about Waiting for Him. I encourage you to scroll down (on my blog) and listen to it. 

I'm reminded of the time when Jesus started preaching the hard stuff to the crowd who followed Him everywhere, the hard stuff about eating His flesh and drinking His blood in order to be saved. Most of the people turned away and left Him. And He turned to His close disciples and asked if they, too, would leave Him?
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. John 6:66-68

So, if you're weary of this world, if you're burdened by troubles, if you're feeling the stress of walking with the Lord, I ask you, will you leave Him too? My answer is always the same as Peter's. Where else would I go? Who else offers me salvation? Who else loves me like Jesus does?

Will things continue to get worse? Yes, the Bible is clear about that. But it is also clear that the Gates of Hell will not prevail against the church. In Monday's post I hope to use Scripture to prove that the church will not suffer Tribulation. Until then... keep looking up, spend time with Jesus, and I'll see you in the clouds!

We also know that Austria has locked down the unvaxxed, along with Germany, and of course many parts of Australia. In the county next to me, they just mandated that you must wear a mask even in your own home. 
I found this very interesting based on what we are seeing now in the USA and world. Again, They've been planning this for a long while
Below is just a short (23 minute) video that gives you a good idea of the ongoing conspiracy to take over the world and form a One World Government and Who is in charge. There's a much longer video you can watch if you are so interested, mentioned at the end of this video. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, prepare to have your mind awakened. Things in our world, and our country, are not what we think they are. 






Monday, November 22, 2021

I Will Make Them My Jewels and I will Spare Them!

"They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, On the day that I make them My jewels., and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Malachi 3:17

When we think of jewels, what do we think of? Something beautiful, shiny, glittering, rare, expensive, and precious, right? Have you ever thought of yourself as a jewel?  Not me! But as I was reading through Malachi, these verses shot out at me. As we dig a little deeper, I think you'll be amazed. 
Jewels is the Hebrew word, sᵊḡullâ, which comes from a root word that means "To shut up".  It also means "peculiar treasure". But I found it very telling that the root is "to shut up" as in to take wealth and shut it up, lock it up somewhere safe. Can you see where I'm going with this? 
Let's read this verse in context. The verse immediately after gives us more insight into who these jewels are and when God will spare them and "shut" them up in safety
Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him
. v 18

When does God tell us that He will separate the righteous from the wicked? Isn't it at the harvest (rapture)? Until then, both grow together in the field. 
But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’  He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”  Matthew 13:26-30
 Wasn't God the one who shut the door of the Ark, separating Noah and his family from the wicked? 
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:37

The next verses in Chapter 4 of Malachi give us no doubt as to what time these verses are talking about, the day of the Lord, the Tribulation.

“For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
Malachi 4:1-2
So, a day is coming when the righteous who fear the Lord will be spared and He will make us His Jewels...His peculiar treasure to be shut up for safety!  Just another pre-tribulation rapture passage to me, one of many. Yet, the main point I want to make here is 
How to become one of the Lords Precious Jewels?  
This passage in Malachi not only tells us we must be righteous (covered by the blood of Jesus) and fear Him, but the verse that comes before all the others above is the most important in my opinion.
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name
. Malachi 3:16
Have you every met a lukewarm Christian? Have you ever spent a lot of time with them? One of the most telling characteristics is that they rarely talk about Jesus. They may mention God in passing or that they prayed for some particular thing, but they don't want to talk about the Lord. They don't want to discuss the Bible either or what God is doing in their life. If you try to bring up those topics, they usually change the subject or look uncomfortable. 
But those who truly love Jesus and who have a relationship with Him are always bursting at the seams to talk about Him, how wonderful He is, what He's taught us lately, how excited we are to meet Him one day, how much He has forgiven us, healed us, etc.. We can't help it. It's like a young man or woman when they first fall in love. They never stop talking about their love interest, often to the point where you get sick of hearing it! That's how we should be. And the very cool thing is, that every time we talk about the Lord Jesus with other like-minded Christians, He hears us and He writes our names down in a "Book of Remembrance" for those of us who Fear (as in reverence) Him and meditate on Him or think about Him all the time. 
So, you want to be a Jewel? A Peculiar treasure? You want to be spared the horrors coming on the Earth during the Tribulation? You want to have your name written in the Book of Remembrance? Then fall madly in love with Jesus, fear Him, and make Him first in your life.


Friday, November 19, 2021

Friday Musings: We are Superheroes! Act like it!

Dear Sons and Daughters of the Most High,

As we watch the world spiral into the Tribulation, it's vitally important that we remember that, though our physical bodies are here on earth, we are all sitting in heavenly places with Jesus. His Holy Spirit dwells within us and His Angels surround us. Heaven is our home. God is our Father, and we are His precious and beloved Children. Do you think He does not know and understand everything we are going through? Do you think He has not heard our cries? Of course He has. If you are a parent, can you imagine ever ignoring your child's cry for help, not giving them food when they were hungry or not protecting them when they were in danger or not hugging them when they were sad or scared? God is a much better parent than any of us. 

Don't think of yourself as mortal or human anymore. We are superheroes. We walk through this world and in this time, but we have the Spirit of the Living God within us. Nothing can harm us, nothing can hurt us or our loved ones, nothing can touch us without His permission. Not Fauci or Gates or Biden or the NWO or the coming Antichrist or any police or military, or any demon in hell. Not even Satan. Besides, they can only hurt our body (with permission), not our souls or spirits, not our real self. We are immortals, eternal, greatly loved by our Father, and our destiny is beyond imagining. What would happen if we each walked through this world really believing that! No fear, no depression, no doubt, just full confidence in who we are in Jesus and that through Him, nothing is impossible!  Superheroes, indeed!

So, while I report on bad news, it is meant only as a way for you to stay informed but more importantly for you to see beyond a doubt that God is real, His Word is True, He's crazy about you, and He's coming back soon!

The news this week went as we expected. Deaths in hospitals pile up mostly from the vaccinated, but you won't hear that on regular media. The unvaccinated are being more and more maligned, called enemies, and hated. In some places, they are put on lockdown, in others, they can only go to grocery stores for essentials. Social media continues to ban anyone who speaks out against the vaccine, while millions of parents have lined up this week to have their children injected with poison. I admit to being in tears over the poor kids, who have no say in it. Some schools have been caught giving the vaccine to kids without parental permission! Then, we are seeing talk of more boosters, dangerous variants and other upcoming viruses. Soon, I expect to see the "unvaccinated" to include those who have not gotten the boosters. They are really pushing them here in California.
Yes, some courts here in the US have struck down Biden's vaccine mandates, and while this is encouraging, I do not expect this to stop the NWO from going forth with their plans, plans they have been working on for centuries. In addition, though massive walkouts from jobs and huge protests over the vaccine are encouraging, I believe this is precisely what they expected from Americans. Do you think they don't have contingency plans? Besides, the massive walkouts only make the economy worse, the unemployment high, causing more needs for Government handouts, which only results in increased power over the people.  What a downer I am! LOL. But I have a small understanding of how deep the NWO rabbit hole goes and who is ultimately in charge. Not to mention, Bible Prophecy, which must be fulfilled. 

China's weaponry appears to now far surpass our own and there are fears among the military leaders that they could attack us by surprise, leaving us with little defense. In addition Russia is sending troops to the border of Ukraine. 

More and more people are either quitting their jobs or being forced out as unemployment continues to rise, along with inflation. I don't know about you, but I've noticed a hike in food prices, particularly meat. I have not witnessed any massive shortages yet, however, but they say they are coming. 

Many large quakes continue to strike worldwide while LaPalma is still roaring. 

Rittenhouse trial.  I have a sick feeling about this trial and the outcome. Just beware of a possible false flag event resulting from the verdict that the government will most certainly use for their advantage. One thing they must do before they can completely take over America is get rid of people's guns. 

Anyway I leave you with this week's articles. Some really important ones I placed here on top.  We are still in a high watch time for our Lord's return. Don't despair. His timing will be perfect! He knows how to make an entrance!  

No post next Friday. I pray for each and every one of you to have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends!  We have much to be thankful for this year and always!!  

You know, this is one massive deception I hadn't thought of yet. What if they claimed to find Jesus's bones in Jerusalem? 
The V and V
Earth groaning

COP26 and Obama's War Cry/ Is he the AC? 
Warning: Michael Flynn, former national security adviser says We need to have One religion in the USA under God. But what God is he talking about? I warned you about Flynn before 
Immorality and evil
 Signs in the Sky