Free eBook on the Rapture of the Church

 

I am happy to offer you today this FREE pdf eBook entitled Biblical Evidence of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. As I have written in my book description,

Many regard the idea of a pre-Tribulation rapture as an escape for cowardly Christians who wish to escape not only the coming Tribulation but the present trials and responsibilities of life. This book will help to dispel that idea as the reader will see clear, biblical evidence of a pre-Tribulation rapture. This evidence is God’s design to bring us comfort and encouragement in these last days. This study, in four parts, thoroughly investigates the subject of the rapture. Part one lays out the groundwork for the rapture, in which we focus mainly on a study of Daniel 9. Part two is a short study of the kingdom of God, so the reader can better see the significance of the rapture. In part three we inspect each reference to His coming and show whether it refers to the rapture or to His glorious appearing. In the last section our scope of study is narrowed to showing why the rapture must come before the Tribulation. I highly recommend this book to you if you have any doubts about the rapture.

Please don’t hesitate to download this free eBook by clicking on the book image above. When you do that it will take you to Lulu.com. Then just click on “Add to Cart.” Next you will be instructed in just a couple steps how to download this pdf eBook.

I really like pdf eBooks. You can do so much with them. You can read it on your computer as well as most other devises.

Like I said, this is a free offer, with no conditions attached. You can, of course, order the paperback book at a later date if you want (offered on the same Lulu website), but you don’t have to.

 

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We Are Seeing Greater Earthquakes — Matthew 24:7

 

We have been examining the scriptures to see what God has told us about what this world will be like just before Jesus comes to rapture us—and I believe it is what this earth is like now. In part one we examined four areas: false prophets, the proliferation of evil, wars, and famine. In this second part we will look at just two areas, earthquakes and lawlessness.

 

What This World Is Like Now, Just Before

The Rapture – Part Two

 

5. Earthquakes (Matt. 24:7; Lu. 21:11). Though it seems that all natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and storms are increasing in frequency and intensity, the scripture seems to focus on earthquakes as nature’s sign of the end times. Matthew’s gospel indicates that in the end times they will be in “various places,” and Luke’s gospel tells us that they will be “great.”

In the book of Revelation, it records that in the Tribulation there will be five “great” Earthquakes, and the last one will be the greatest ever (Rev. 65:12; 8:5; 11:13, 19; 16:18). So, taking all these references into consideration, I think we may conclude that the closer we get to the rapture, the greater the earthquakes  will be and probably the more they will be.  This seems to agree with the articles I have found. Grant R. Jeffery wrote,

…since A.D. 1900, the growth in major earthquakes has been relentless. From 1900 to 1949 it averaged three major quakes per decade. From 1949 the increase became awesome with 9 killer quakes in the 1950’s; 13 in the 60’s; 56 in the 1970’s and an amazing 74 major quakes in the 1980’s. Finally, in the 1990’s, at [sic] the present rate, we will experience 125 major killer quakes in this decade (Source: U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Report, Boulder, Colorado).[i]

Also, another article by NBC News, October 25, 2014, stated that an increase in all earthquakes from 2004 to 2014 have not been unusual, however the number of “great” earthquakes nearly tripled. The article said,

Between 2004 and 2014, 18 earthquakes with magnitudes of 8.0 or more rattled subduction zones around the globe. That’s an increase of 265 percent over the average rate of the previous century, which saw 71 great quakes, according to a report to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.[ii]

According to this evidence, we have seen both an increase in the frequency and the intensity of earthquakes over the years; and the most unusual statistic is that recently we are seeing an increase in “great earthquakes.” This is a definite sign that His coming is very near.

 

6. Lawlessness (Matt. 24:12). The Greek term anomia, translated here as “lawlessness” may also be translated “iniquity” or “wickedness.” In Matthew 23:28 it is the term Jesus used to describe the Pharisees who outwardly appeared as righteous but inwardly they were lawless—“full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” It is also the term used to describe the antichrist—“the man of lawlessness.” In 1 John 3:4 the term is used to describe “one who practices sin.” Therefore, these combined descriptions is what we can expect of people more and more in these last days.

 

[i] Steven A. Austin and Mark L. Strauss, “Earthquakes and the End Times: A Geological and Biblical Perspective,” at http://www.icr.org/research/index/researchp_sa_r06/, citing Grant R. Jeffery, Prince of Darkness (Toronto: Frontier Research Publications, 1994), pp. 310, 311.

[ii] NBC News, Science News, “Worldwide Surge in ‘Great’ Earthquakes Seen in Past 10 Years,” at https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/worldwide-surge-great-earthquakes-seen-past-10-years-n233661.

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Just Before the Rapture – Part One

In this blog post, and in the next four posts, we will examine the scriptures to see what God has told us about what this world will be like just before Jesus comes to rapture us. And since I believe that these are the last days and that He could come any day, what we will describe is what this earth is like now.

 

What This World Is Like Now, Just Before

The Rapture – Part One

 

1. False prophets mislead many (1 Tim. 4:1; Matt. 24:11). This is probably one of the most evident indications of the last days—that false teachers who are influenced by demons and who teach their doctrine mislead many. This activity is not as widespread as it will be in the Tribulation, but we do see it more and more on college campuses and even in some churches.

2. A great proliferation of evil (2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13). This trend, again, will be the greatest during the Tribulation, however we certainly can see it now. The result is that many will be deceived and the truth lost. Paul in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 reveals to us nineteen characteristics of this evil:

…men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;

That last point, “holding to a form of godliness,” I think is most interesting because it shows us the great deception of evil—that some mannerisms of people may appear as godliness when it is not. Thus we have to be careful in our judgments of people, to make sure they are true.

3. Wars breaking out all over the world (Matt. 24:6). Just as evil grows worse and worse, so it is with war; the more people are infected with evil (in all of its characteristics) the more they will hate each other and choose war.

4. Famine (Matt. 24:7; Rev. 6:5-6). Famine in the world is growing worse and worse every day and is a constant sign that His coming is near. Many countries of Africa are presently in the worse shape. It has been reported in many sources that people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen are starving to death. One article reports that in these countries “famine now threatens 20 million people.”[i]

The cause is not so much to do with drought (though that is some of the cause), but to war and violence. Hence, because of violent war groups, people are afraid to leave their homes, fish, plant, or trade.  The threat of war also limits aid workers from helping.  Many workers have been killed, and also much of the food delivered has been raided.  In some cases starvation is used by evil groups as a war tactic.[ii]

 

 [i] Max Bearak and Laris Karklis, “Starving to death,” at https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/2017-famines/?utm_term=.adbc2e05f238

[ii] Ibid.

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Writing A Book: After the Rapture

 

I’m starting on a new book, which I will entitle, After the Rapture. I’ve been working on it now for about three or four month. So far I’ve done quite a lot of research, I have an outline, and 26 book pages typed.  So I have a good start.  As I have done on my other books—all self-published—I will share my writing in blog articles as I go along. But of course for each article I will have to rework or modify the book writing to better fit a good blog post and give it an original title.  I look forward to the extra work. Today I will share with you the outline—the table of contents.

 

CONTENTS

 INTRODUCTION   vii

JUST BEFORE THE RAPTURE   11

PART ONE: ON EARTH BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE TRIBULATION      

  1. Immediate Effects of the Rapture   21
  2. The World Seeks a Global Solution
  3. Israeli Invasion Attempts Backfire

PART TWO: IN HEAVEN AFTER THE RAPTURE  

  1. The Bema Seat Judgment
  2. The Wedding of the Church and the Lamb

 PART THREE: THE TRIBULATION ON EARTH  

  1. The Seals
  2. The Trumpets
  3. The Midpoint
  4. The Bowls
  5. Armageddon and Christ’s Appearing

 

As you can see, the book is divided into three parts, outlining the major events that I think will happen after the rapture up until the end of the Tribulation and Christ’s Second Coming.

Notice also, as a prelude, I take about eight pages to describe what the world will be like just before the rapture; and I suggest that it is what the world is like now, for I think that we could be raptured any day.

Next post: I will begin sharing in eleven points, out of my bible study and research, on what the world is like now—Just Before the Rapture.

 

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What Will Happen to Israel’s Neighbors? – Psalm 83

I have just watched a short video by Joel Rosenberg, asking for prayers and donations to evangelize and aid Israel and her neighbors—the Palestinians, the people in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. These are the people that Joel has a heart for and that his ministry is focused on. It is “a region,” he says, “that has been shattered and shaken in recent years by war, terrorism, and genocide; and they desperately need to hear the good news that God loves them and has a plan for them and that Jesus is the answer.”

Rosenberg said, “People in these countries are so open to hear the gospel. Muslims in these countries are curious and open to hearing the good news, many of them for the first time in their lives.”

“Along with the gospel,” Rosenberg says, “there is a need for humanitarian relief in these areas and for acts of compassion.”

Rosenberg implores believers to pray for the people of this region: Israel, the Palestinians, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt.

As I pondered what Rosenberg was saying in his video, I immediately thought of Psalm 83. There are basically the same countries in this Psalm with the exception of Saudi Arabia. And interestingly enough, some bible prophecy scholars like Bill Salus and Hal Lindsey and others, are saying that these same countries will very shortly come against Israel to try to destroy her—but Israel will instead be victorious over them.

Well, as you may know, there is quite a debate over the meaning of Psalm 83. Some scholars like Tommy Ice and also Joel Rosenberg, are saying that Psalm 83 does not contain a prophecy, but it is a lament by Asaph, complaining about the enemies that surround Israel. Ice says that the idea that the Psalm 83 war to set up the peace for the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war is just pure speculation.

I have read and heard Bill Salus’ views on this and it sounds very logical. In fact I have been believing him—that Psalm 83 is a prophecy by Asaph. But recently, after hearing Tommy Ice’s side, and also going back and reading Psalm 83 again, I am now kind of siding with him. Though Asaph was a prophet, the text doesn’t sound prophetical, rather it sounds more like an imprecatory prayer—that God would pursue them and deal with them (vv. 15-18).

So now I think that eventually God will deal with these neighbors of Israel in His own way and time. And I now refuse to declare that Psalm 83 is a prophecy that says that they will very soon be destroyed by Israel. I would rather pray for them as Joel Rosenberg has suggested we do. Perhaps if we pray, God will work to make them Israel’s friends and allies and also that many would find salvation in Christ.  What a wonderful thing that would be.

Secondly, since these neighbors of Israel are not listed among the countries in the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war (Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Ethiopia), which will indeed come against Israel to take plunder, perhaps Israel’s neighbors will then witness how God alone destroys Israel’s enemies. Yes, and they will give God the glory! This is what I pray will happen.

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Follow His Star This Christmas – Matthew 2:1-11

Matthew 2:1-11

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.” 3 And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he began to inquire of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet,

6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,

Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;

For out of you shall come forth a Ruler,

Who will shepherd My people Israel.'”

7 Then Herod secretly called the magi, and ascertained from them the time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and make careful search for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, that I too may come and worship Him.” 9 And having heard the king, they went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. 10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. NASB

 

We know little about these magi, except that they were astrologers and were generally known to be wise men. Anyway, they came “from the east.”  And, from some unknown source, they ascertained that one who was to be “King of the Jews” was to be born, they thought, in Jerusalem.  So they (a group of them, probably many more than three) set out on their journey west to Jerusalem to find him so they could worship him. Apparently they were believers, otherwise why would they want to worship him.

Now the part in this story that puzzles me is how they knew that the star in the sky was “His star,” or that it would eventually lead them to the child. But that is just what happened. The star led them all the way to Jerusalem, and then, when they got there it must have disappeared, because they had to ask king Herod, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews” (v. 2)?

Well, as luck would have it (but we really know that this was all in God’s plan), there were some priests and scribes that knew where Christ was to be born. They told Herod,

“In Bethlehem of Judea…”

So Herod relayed the message to the magi, and off they went to Bethlehem. And the bible says in verse 9 and 10, “…and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. 10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”

Now why were they so joyful when they saw the star, and what kind of star was this that led them right to Jesus? Here are a few of my thoughts on this:

  • First of all, when the star appeared again to them as it had previously, any worries or fears that they would not find Christ, suddenly disappeared. The star was there again!
  • In addition to feeling relieved and more confident in their journey, I think they felt a renewed sense of God’s presence and that their journey and mission would be completed.
  • As to what this star was, I’m not sure it was a star at all. I think it was more like the Shekinah glory of the Old Testament (Ex. 13:21), or it was the fire of God’s glory shining bright as a star.  At any rate, it had to be supernatural—the way it moved and led them to the child and then hovered over Him.

In terms of application, here is what I am excited about and what we can draw from this real story, in four points.

1. Just as the magi set out to find the child in order to worship him, we ought to do the same always, but especially on this Christmas. Let us make that our mission, to find Him and worship Him.

2.  Just as the magi followed His star, we ought to be looking for His star to lead us to Jesus. The star for us is His presence, His Spirit. We ought to look for him in the Word and in pray and be diligent to follow Him.

3.  Just as the magi took steps to find Him when they asked in Jerusalem where He could be found, we ought also to ask and seek to find Him.

4.  Do you remember when His star reappeared to the magi, which gave them so much excitement and joy? It reappeared immediately after they proceeded again on their journey (from Jerusalem to Bethlehem) to find the child Jesus. Likewise, if you continue on the journey to find Him, despite many failures and doubts along the way, His star will again appear to you, and you will experience great joy. Hence, if you are downhearted this Christmas, continue to seek Him and get back on the journey to find Him.  And lo, He will indeed enlighten your journey, the journey which will ultimately bring you to a wonderful worship experience of the Savior.

I pray that you will follow His star this Christmas and that you will then experience great joy as you worship Him.

 

 

 

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They Run To Do Evil – Proverbs 6:18

In the last days “evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

Prayer for Trump and Country

I recall that after the Presidential debates, I saw some of the news media run out of the debate room, as if they were eager to continue devising their next set of evil plans against Mr. Trump. And they haven’t let up. False story after false story has been reported.

Well guess what? It hasn’t let up. They are still at it. They can’t stop themselves from resisting all the president’s policies. It’s an evil that won’t go away.

I think Proverbs 6:18-19 describes well what is going on in Washington. We will take just three of those six points—things which the Lord hates.

  • “A heart that devises wicked plans.” So it is with the liberal media, and also with the entire liberal Democratic Party. They have an agenda and will stop at nothing to resist any other agenda that is not theirs. They devise all kinds of wickedness to…

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