Most Christian denominations have a belief in what is called "the rapture." But the word rapture is not even found in the Bible. Just like the words "division of church and state," are NOT found in the United States Constitution. People believe things by tradition, not what God has said. The doctrine of a blissful rapture, or escape from the final period of great tribulation began in Scotland in 1830 with a prophecy by a girl, Margaret MacDonald. But as you will see from the words of God, WHEN Jesus does come to rule the world with an "iron rod," it will be AFTER the great tribulations of World War Ill.
Revelation 19:15-16 "And out of his mouth
goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: (World War
III) and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: AND he treadeth the
winepress of the fierceness AND wrath of Almighty God. AND he hath on his
vesture AND on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF
2 Timothy 2:15-16 "STUDY to shew thyself approved of God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. BUT shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
Matthew 24:3 "And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, WHEN shall these things be? and WHAT shall be the sign of thy coming AND of the end of the world?"
Jesus then lists the signs of the end, famines, Pestilences, earthquakes, MANY false prophets, love waxes cold.
Matthew 24:15 "WHEN ye therefore SHALL SEE the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand):" Friend it is our enemy who will "A"-Bomb-A-Nation, and make it desolate and MORE than 100 Million will die probably this next winter of 93, though I have NOT been told a date yet.
Matthew 24:21-22 For THEN shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. AND except those days should be shortened, there should NO flesh be saved: BUT for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." Reader, are you going to be one of the elect?
Matthew 24:29 "Immediately AFTER the tribulation OF THOSE DAYS shall the sun be darkened, (because of all the fallout) and the moon shall not give her light (fallout night and day).
Matthew 24:30 And THEN shall appear the "sign" of the Son of Man in heaven: And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn.
Matthew 24:27 "For as the lightning (SUN) cometh out of the east, AND shineth even unto the west; SO shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
Ezekiel 43:2 "And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory."
Matthew 24:33-34 "So like wise ye, WHEN ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. THIS generation shall not pass, TILL ALL these things be fulfilled." You have NOT seen the "Sign," because the sun and moon have not been darkened yet. We'll keep reading as there is no rapture yet. Luke 21:22 "For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which were written may be fulfilled."
Luke 21:27-28,31-32 "And THEN shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And WHEN these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. So likewise ye, WHEN ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. This generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled."
Luke 21:36 "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."
Jesus said: "l am come to send "Fire" on the earth; and what will I, IF IT BE ALREADY KINDLED. (By Nuclear War) Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you NAY; but rather division." Luke 12:49,51
Nuclear fireballs of 11 million degrees cause a lot of FIRE.
So the war comes, THEN the "sign" of Jesus coming, in fire to bring judgment on the earth. BUT nuclear fire is "already" here. We have to watch, pray, and escape destruction of war to stand before the Son of man- Jesus, when he does come.
Matthew 25:31-32 "WHEN the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, THEN shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations: (all kinds and classes of men, all different races, Orientals, blacks, whites, etc.) AND HE shall SEPARATE THEM one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats." So separation is a true doctrine. But some people think they are smarter than God is and want everybody mixed up. Living together.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 "And to you who are troubled, rest with us, WHEN the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, IN FLAMING FIRE taking vengeance on them that know NOT God, and that OBEY NOT the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: WHO shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."
THEN Revelation 6:15-16 "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 freeman, HID themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 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."
Now if you think nuclear war is bad, you can't even imagine how terrible his Second Coming will be to unrepentant sinners.
I Thessalonians 4:16-17 "For the Lord HIMSELF shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST shall rise FIRST. THEN we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: And so shall we ever be with the Lord."
So War comes, THEN the "sign," 1/3 of mankind has been destroyed. THEN we who are alive and remain shall be caught up.
That is far from
a blissful rapture "after" having survived World War III.
1 Corinthians 15:51 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, BUT we shall all be changed."
I Corinthians 15:55-57 "0 death, where is thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is SIN; and the strength of sin is the law: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Luke 21:34-36 "And TAKE HEED to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeting (headaches of life) and drunkenness. AND CARES OF THIS LIFE, and SO that day come upon you unawares. FOR as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. (World War III) 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." So how should each of us be? The TRUTH is, you have NOT been watching very well.
Titus 2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, AND glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
Jesus was perfect and never lied to us did he? He said: "BE YE therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48. Can you become "perfect?" Did Jesus? Did he ever give an impossible commandment?
Hebrews 5:8-9 "Though he were a Son, YET learned he obedience by the things WHICH HE SUFFERED; and being MADE perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all THEM THAT OBEY him."
So! Do you think you're going to sneak into heaven without paying the price of a ticket? If Jesus suffered to be made perfect are you any better to go without suffering? You will suffer more OR less, depending upon your obedience TO HIM.
Matthew 10:24 "The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord." Read, STUDY Matthew 10:24-42.
Matthew 5:11 "Blessed are ye, WHEN men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." So are you a social church member? What should a disciple of Christ expect?
John 16:2 "They shall put you out of the synagogues: (church) yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will THINK that he doeth God service."
People honor and revere those early Christians who gave their lives and were eaten by lions rather than deny the gospel. People today who won't accept all the truth because it would interfere with their lifestyle or they would lose some friends are not valiant people. The gospel of the 20th Century has been so watered down and is so apostate that nobody is even willing to die for it.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 "AND for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Revelation 3:15-17 "1 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. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods. and have need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched. and miserable, and poor, AND BLIND, and naked."
Reader, do you have the Holy Spirit to tell you what is true? Don't you have the ability to read the scriptures yourself and see what God has commanded? You should know what God has said about the last days and the events ahead. Everyone is quick to point out there will be MANY false prophets. But Acts 2:17-19 says in the Last Days there will be "dreams and visions" on my servants and blood, tire and smoke.
Revelations 21:7-8 "He that overcometh SHALL inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. BUT the fearful, AND UNBELIEVING. and the abominable, and murders, and whoremongers. and sorcerers and idolaters. and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death."
Apostle Paul said: "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Corinthians 13:5) "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother. and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea. and his own life also, He cannot be my disciple. AND whosoever doth not bear his cross, AND come after me. CANNOT be my disciple." Luke 14:26-27
That is pretty tough doctrine-But Jesus said it. Reader do you bear a cross?
Peter said to us: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: BUT REJOICE, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that WHEN his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. IF YE be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye." I Peter 4:12-14
"For this is thankworthy, IF a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it...when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God." I Peter 2:19-20
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, AFTER the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:6,8
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, (convert) AND when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, YE BLIND GUIDES, which say, Whosoever shall sware by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall sware by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!" Matthew 23:15-16 read all of Matthew 23 and Luke 11 about church leaders and lawyers. Today the teachings of men, and lawyers, try to prevent people from obeying all the commandments.
Matthew 28:19-20 "Go ye therefore, AND TEACH all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS whatsoever I have commanded you: And lo, I am with you always, EVEN unto the end of the world."
People today won't hold on to the "iron rod" OR words of God and keep all the commandments, statutes and judgments of God. Nor Passover, and all the holy days commanded. Or live plural marriage like prophets and holy people have in history. They think they know better than God does with all the divorce, adultery and family destruction going on. Tradition has replaced the commandments of God.
Apostle Timothy tell us: "IN THE LATTER TIMES some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in
hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; FORBIDDING TO MARRY, and commanding to abstain from
Do you abstain from meats? Some religions do. Or, forbid several good honorable women from marrying the man of their own choice? Some religions do! The martyrs would not compromise even at the cost of their lives. Have you paid ANY price to buy a ticket to the celestial kingdom?
An early-day Mormon in 1856 said: "Many of this people have broken their covenants by speaking evil of one another...and by finding fault with the plurality of wives AND trying to sink it out of existence. BUT you cannot do that, FOR GOD WILL CUT YOU OFF AND RAISE UP ANOTHER PEOPLE THAT WILL CARRY OUT HIS PURPOSES in righteousness, unless you walk up to the line of your duty. ON THE ONE IN AND THERE IS GLORY AND EXALTATION; and on the other, no tongue can cx-press the suffering and affliction this people will pass through, If they do not repent. (Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses 4:108)
I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word, (the INSTRUCTIONS) THAT HE CAN NOT WALK IN CROOKED PATHS; NEITHER DOTH HE VARY FROM THAT WHICH HE HATH SAID. Therefore his course is one eternal round. AND HE DOTH NOT DWELL IN UNHOLY TEMPLES." (Alma 7:20-21)
Read yourself Matthew 13 the parable about the "seeds" and YOU DECIDE what kind of person-"Seed" you are going to he. Are you seed by the wayside? Or perhaps seed in stony places? Or seed among thorns? Or seed on good ground.
Jesus sald: "Think NOT that I am come to destroy the law OR the prophets: I am NOT come to destroy, but to fulfill (the prophet's words). For verily (in truth) I say unto you, TILL heaven AND earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all he fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, AND shall teach men so, he shall he called the least in the kingdom of heaven: BUT whosoever shall do AND teach them, the same shall he called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:17-19
Is money, your job, reputation, or anything more important to you than eternity? Are you smarter than God is? Does he know what is best? Read Leviticus 20:13 where he says that homosexuals should be put to death like murderers in Numbers 35:16-18. The earth has not passed so I guess that every jot and tittle is still in the law or God.
If you claim to be a Christian or follower of Christ, THEN accept what God says about his laws, of his kingdom, OR admit that you are a hypocrite and only give lip service to God.
If you are a hypocrite, then you have NO right to have the Holy Ghost to guide you. Unless you quickly repent and covenant to obey God, not men, you will soon think you're in hell when those 11 million degree nuclear bombs begin to hit. Don't procrastinate till the end, that's not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, BUT of hearing the words of the Lord."
If popularity, wealth, riches. Were proof of divine favor then why do so few rich believe and see the kingdom of God? They have come to trust in themselves and not God. Jesus said: "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, THAN for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Matthew 19:24
We all realize that lifting a lot of weights builds strength. And that running a lot builds endurance. That great effort and practice increases the ability to perform any work or task. Many people think when they are "Born again" believers that they now have a testimony and know the truth. They don't realize that to be "born" again is to be a baby that needs teaching and learning to mature. Some try to run before they can walk. When they can walk on their own, then is the time they can be weaned from a mother's breast.
Isaiah tells us: "WHOM shall he
teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that
are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. FOR precept must be
upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a
little, and there a little."
People, who think they know it all, have made our country SICK-SICK-SICK. Almost 20 million babies have been aborted, killed, cut up. Sucked out piece by piece and there are people who insist on more humane ways of killing cattle and disposing of dogs and cats. Don't get me wrong. I think killing any animal should he done as quickly and painlessly as possible. BUT babies are not animals; they are created in the likeness OF GOD. They are humans. Many are people we made covenants with ages ago to help them come to earth as our parents helped provide bodies for us to come here.
Can you imagine the judgment in eternity of meeting someone who says: "Why didn't you bring me into the world as you promised? Why did you let them cut to pieces the body that I was watching grow to be a house for my spirit? Why was I forced to go to other parents in another place? I don't ever want to see you again, get out of my sight. You go be with your own kind, you murderers, killers, scum of eternity."
Paul the apostle understood the doctrine of spiritual maturity. He said: "For when the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you AGAIN which be the first principles of the oracles of God; AND are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." Hebrews 5:12
I am not a rich man BUT; "I have
sufficient for my needs."
Psalm 19:7-9 The law or the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
People ask what church do I belong to? I tell them the same church as Elijah the prophet. I'm only one man and I try to put out a flyer each month. With your SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED envelope and some donation I can do it. As of June 1993 1 have put out about 30 flyers like this one you are reading.
If you want to argue with God, that's none of my business, go ahead. I just report what his prophets have said and things I have been told and seen.
"And the things that thou hast heard
of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who
shall he able to teach others also.
People speak the words, but don't realize the importance of our very "SHORT" time here on earth relative to eternity. How many times have people said: "Oh, I would never do that again. That was stupid of me, I can sure see my mistakes now.
Well- Sin is "immature" freedom. Some guys grow up and realize that having long hair was dumb, like smoking dope or even cigarettes, or getting drunk or any other dumb thing kids often do.
As one matures he sees that God's plan, rules, ARE the best. God hasn't given commandments to make anyone unhappy. But to allow all to have the same blessings that he enjoys. Why do any of us think we are smarter than God? Whether they are church leaders, college or civic leaders, or mom and dad. We can all read what God has said. Why don't we obey?
We have heard the story of the king who killed the messenger who brought bad news from the battlefield. Before the battle of World War III there is good news, you can survive if you prepare.
The expression "to choose" occurs 164 times in the Old Testament and 92 times in the New Testament. God speaks of himself as the author of choice. So the choice is yours
To obey him or not.
Though I have NOT been told a date for the winter of "93" I think, "the end of all things is at hand,"
so you need to watch and prepare now.