The Bible declares that there is coming an event in which people all over the earth will suddenly and instantaneously disappear into thin air off the face of the earth and into Heaven. This dramatic event is known as the “Rapture.” Scripture further reveals that the only people who will be taken in this event are those who are “born again”, or those who have personally received Christ (See the section at the end of this article titled “THE REQUIREMENT FOR YOUR INCLUSION IN THE RAPTURE AND ESCAPE FROM THE COMING WRATH.”
After this event, we read of divine global judgment that will strike the earth in a horrific seven year period of time called the “Great Tribulation” as described in the book of Revelation and other books of the Bible. There are key passages of New Testament scripture that speak of the rapture event. Two of those key passages of scripture can be found in the book of 1 Thessalonians 4 and 1 Corinthians 15 …
“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” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
As one searches the scriptures to obtain further insight into this mind-warping event, we find that the catching away of all born again believers (commonly called the church) is far more than an escape from planet Earth. It is part of a far larger panorama. It’s purpose is to participate in the restoration of God’s creation … a creation that fell with the fall of Adam and Eve back in the Garden of Eden from the book of Genesis. Perhaps surprisingly, the Bible’s view of the rapture shows that there is nothing at all new or novel about the concept of being caught up to Heaven. It has already happened several times in the past, and it will happen again on a grander scale. Scripture shows at least seven of these events. When Paul refers to the “day of Christ,” he is referring to an all-encompassing paradigm change. The world, which has proceeded for a few thousand years on a relatively even keel, will suddenly be propelled into a rapid succession of massive geological, meteorological, political and spiritual changes, designed to restore an environment of paradise on Earth such as was experienced before the fall in the Garden of Eden. This period of time will consist of a one-thousand year millennial reign of Christ’s kingdom on Earth comprised of those in the body of Christ a.k.a. the redeemed church in new glorified bodies. This period of time is also referred to in scripture as “The Day of the Lord.” It will start off bringing not one, but a series of catastrophes to man and the world. Make no mistake, the entire judgment process will be initiated following the rapture. From this perspective, the catching away (rapture) cannot occur at any time during or after the catastrophes of the Tribulation. In point of fact, it must happen before the Tribulation – significantly in advance of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”
Since the Antichrist rides forth on one of these horses, his identity will not be revealed to the body of Christ (born again believers) as the church will have already been raptured. Scripture clearly reveals that the Tribulation is not set off by the rapture; it’s beginning is marked in scripture at the precise moment that “the prince that shall come” (Daniel 9:26) confirms a seven-year treaty with the leaders of Israel …
“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” (Daniel 9:27).
As predicted from ages past by the prophets of God, the Tribulation will be an enormous cleansing process, directed by the Lord. Scripture further reveals it’s purposes. First, it will destroy the world system of corrupt commerce and idolatry, seen in twofold form in the book of Revelation. It should be noted here that commerce is not evil. In fact, in the coming millennial reign of Christ on Earth, scripture reveals that capitalism and commerce will be king. But the condition in which it exists today is corrupt. As commercial and religious Babylon, it will meet it’s final end.
As the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians under the divine moving of the Holy Spirit:
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Also, let us not forget the Lord’s words to the faithful Philadelphian church that reinforces this thought …
“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).
In this study of that future event, referred to by the apostle Paul as the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), we catch an exciting and yet sobering clue of how close we really are to this momentous and mind-bending event that looms on our darkening horizon. As we approach the last of the last days before this event occurs, it becomes very important for each individual person to understand the ramifications of this event and their own personal destiny in relation to it. It is with the above thoughts in mind that we now shift our attention and focus to a very peculiar and important prophetic clue that God has hidden in Old Testament scripture regarding the nearness of that coming momentous event in our present day … and it involves Russia. An important fact to understand from this point in this article forward is that scripture reveals that history repeats itself and, prophetically, will repeat itself …
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us”(Ecclesiastes 1:9-10).
“That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15).
The above two scriptures dealing with history repeating itself is vitally important to understand when considering where I will now take you in the prophetic scheme of what is getting ready to transpire in the earth regarding a hidden prophecy found in the Old Testament book of 2 Kings chapter 2 that I call the bear rapture prophecy.
As anyone who has been following the developing story with the Russia/America-NATO conflict taking place can see, America and the West are on the verge of a major military conflict with Russia, most people would refer to this as world war 3, and indeed, it would be. Inevitably, most every article I see concerning this developing situation makes haste to warn it’s readers to “prepare” for this global devastating (possibly nuclear) war. But should this developing situation be seen as an intentional providential huge sign that our departure from earth via the Rapture is drawing near? As the overall picture is more closely examined in light of scripture, it becomes clear that we are being given a prophetic wake-up call from above that the departure of the true church is indeed drawing near. This is a belief based on the clearly observable facts, not just because of my belief in a pre-tribulation rapture, although that is a major reason scripturally speaking as already revealed above in this article. As I’ve already stated above, scripture reveals that there have been raptures that have occurred in history. Five have occurred, and there are yet two more to occur. With that in mind, let’s look at the third rapture of history and examine a very important prophetic nugget that God has hidden within scripture that will reveal a very exciting yet sobering prophecy pointing to current events that are taking place in the world today involving the intensifying situation with Russia and the West lead by the United States of America.
ELIJAH AND THE THIRD RAPTURE
The ascension (or rapture) of the prophet Elijah is a quite clear and historical event surrounding an important biblical personality. In a way similar to the lives of Enoch and Moses, the Lord brought Elijah into the center of a vortex of moral and spiritual depravity. In the ninth century B.C., he arrived on the scene without notice; suddenly, he was there, in the presence of Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel, priestess of Baal. Israel had fallen into utter idolatry. Now, Elijah the prophet had come to declare judgment …
“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1 Kings 17:1).
Having pronounced what turned out to be a three-and-a-half year drought, Elijah followed the Lord’s instructions and fled for his life. Later, toward the end of the drought, he returned to challenge the prophets of Baal. In the well-known story, he arranged a public demonstration, laying out a sacrifice to the Lord, who found it acceptable. The prophets of Baal, whose god remained silent, were slain. Again, Elijah fled for his life. Upon his return, he found Elisha. Soon after that, he prophesied that both Ahab and Jezebel would die in disgrace, which, of course, happened. Sadly, Ahab’s son, Ahaziah came to power with the same leanings as his father had. He served Baal until he, too, died as prophesied by Elijah. Shortly thereafter, the Lord decided that it was time for Elijah to be called home. But his work was to be carried on by Elisha. One day, the two of them were walking by the Jordan River, near Jericho …
“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over” (2 Kings 2:11-14).
In one dramatic moment, Elijah was gone, taken by a whirlwind that had the appearance of horses and a chariot. He had been raptured, if you will, taken in a cloud-like vehicle to Heaven. We are reminded of the apostle Paul’s words, as he describes certain clouds that will take the raptured current body of born again believers living right now today to Heaven …
“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” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Certainly, these are no ordinary cumulus clouds; they must be vehicles of some sort. Of important note in the continuing story of the rapture of Elijah, let’s examine what happened “AFTER” his rapture to Heaven. When Elisha returned from witnessing the translation, or “rapture,” of Elijah, the young people of the area began to mock. For their irreverence, Elisha cursed them and the Bible states that two she-bears came out of the woods and killed forty-two of them (2 Kings 2:24) …
“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria” (2 Kings 2:23-25).
A question that one might pose is “Why did the Prophet Elisha curse the “youths” for making fun of his baldness (2 Kings 2:23-24)?” The answer is that there are a few key issues we must understand in regards to this account of the youths cursing Elisha. The text reads, “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. ‘Go on up, you baldhead!’ they said. ‘Go on up, you baldhead!’ He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.” It seems unbelievable that God would cause two bears to maul a group of children for making fun of a man for being bald. First, the King James Version has done us a disservice by translated the term as “children.” The Hebrew word can refer to children, but rather more specifically means “young men.” The NIV, quoted here, uses the word “youths.” Second, the fact that the bears mauled 42 of the youths indicates that there were more than 42 youths involved. This was not a small group of children making fun of a bald man. Rather, it was a large demonstration of young men who assembled for the purpose of mocking a prophet of God. Third, the mocking of “go on up, you baldhead,” is more than making fun of baldness. The baldness of Elisha referred to here may be: 1) natural loss of hair; 2) a shaved head denoting his separation to the prophetic office; or more likely, 3) an epithet of scorn and contempt, Elisha not being literally bald. The phrase “go up” likely was a reference to Elijah, Elisha’s mentor, being taken up to Heaven earlier in 2 Kings chapter 2:11-12. These youths were sarcastically taunting and insulting the Lord’s prophet by telling him to repeat Elijah’s translation.
In summary, 2 Kings 2:23-25 is not an account of God mauling young children for making fun of a bald man. Rather, it is a record of an insulting demonstration against God’s prophet by a large group of young men. Because these young people of about 20 years of age or older (the same term is used of Solomon in 1 Kings 3:7) so despised the prophet of the Lord, Elisha called upon the Lord to deal with the rebels as He saw fit. The Lord’s punishment was the mauling of 42 of them by two female bears. The penalty was clearly justified, for to ridicule Elisha was to ridicule the Lord Himself. The seriousness of the crime was indicated by the seriousness of the punishment. The appalling judgment was God’s warning to all who would scorn the prophets of the Lord.
This is an interesting picture. We live in a day when our countrymen think nothing of mocking the Bible and those who believe it. This, coupled with the fact that Russia’s national symbol is the bear should provoke some serious thought. Even more serious thought should be provoked when considering the prophetic truth that the United States of America shares a very peculiar parallel with ancient Israel. It is very observable that God raised up America in like manner as he did ancient Israel. In fact, it may come as a prophetic surprise to many Bible prophecy watchers that there is actual physical, visually observable evidence of this fact (see two videos below).
Furthermore, we see a peculiar parallel or pattern of the number 50 both in America and the story of Elijah and Ahaziah’s “Captains of Fifty.” The second book of Kings opens with King Ahaziah of Israel injuring himself badly in a fall. Instead of seeking God, he sent his servants to inquire from the idol Baalzebub to find out whether he will recover or not. On the way, the prophet Elijah met them. Elijah expressed God’s displeasure with king Ahaziah’s idolatry and prophesied his death from his injury. When Ahaziah heard the prophecy, he angrily sent his soldiers (in groups of fifty plus a captain) to capture Elijah. The first captain with his fifty men confronted Elijah and demanded he come with them, because the king (Ahaziah) ordered it. Notably, the captain addressed Elijah as “man of God,” which is a way of saying “servant of Elohim.” Elohim was the first name God used in the Scripture (Genesis 1:1) to identify Himself as he initiated the creation of the universe. The scene between Elijah and the soldiers can then be described as one in which the servant of an earthly king is ordering the servant of the King of the universe to obey his king. This was a grave error for the captain and his men. If Elijah went with them, because of Ahaziah’s order, it would mean Ahaziah was a bigger, more powerful, king that Elohim. Elijah’s response to the captain’s demand, therefore, was to simply, but quite devastatingly, to ask God (Elohim) to clarify who was the real King: “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.” In other words, Elijah responded to the captain: “Let’s see whose King is bigger”. The captain came with fifty men to apprehend the (singular) man of God. Who would win this battle? The Scripture tells us that fire did come down from heaven and consume the captain and his fifty men. Elohim’s army was more powerful, much more powerful …
“Then the king [Ahaziah] sent unto him [Elijah] a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, “Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.” And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.” And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, “O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.” And Elijah answered and said unto them, “If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.” And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, “O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.” And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, “Go down with him: be not afraid of him.” And he arose, and went down with him unto the king” (2 Kings 1:9-15).
After the first captain and his fifty men had lost their lives, king Ahaziah sent a second detail to arrest Elijah. Sadly, they made the same errors of judgment as the first detail, and suffered the same fate. So, king Ahaziah sent out a third detail of men. However, this time there is a change. The third captain, having seen the fate that befell his two predecessors, decided to think more carefully about the situation. The first thing he realized is that Elohim is King: “and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him”. The third captain realized that he should not make any demands of the servant of God, but that he should plead with God’s servant to ask Elohim, the true King, for mercy on him and his soldiers. It mattered not what king Ahaziah had said, it mattered only what God, the King of the Universe, would declare. The third captain got it right. Knowing that rejection of God as his King meant a fiery death, he reconsidered his allegiances. Finally, the story ends with the most ironic of twists: God told Elijah to go with the third captain to Ahaziah. The third captain was able to accomplish what his predecessors couldn’t and so he would receive honor in king Ahaziah’s courts. Here, we can see the peculiar parallel with the captain of fifty men and America’s 50 states as another prophetic hint that the parallel between Israel and America is by divine design. With that fact in mind, let us be sure to understand that what transpired in ancient Israel has transpired in America and will continue to do so based upon the very clear and observable pattern.
Let’s now take note of some very important prophetic clues here. President Clinton was president number 42 (corresponding to the 42 killed mockers by the two bears in the aftermath of the Elijah rapture event) and both he and his wife Hillary were both thrust back into the spotlight as Hillary Clinton (wife of President 42) ran for the presidency of the United States as the issue of the current cold war conflict with Russia (the bear) was, and still is, at the forefront of world events. As already earlier in this article, Elijah was associated with Ahab and Jezebel in the fact that he (Elijah) had prophesied their deaths in disgrace. The biblical prophecy of Jezebel ending up in the “Ivory House” after her and Ahab vacated it is also in play here as Hillary and Bill ran for the “Ivory” House/White House. Further still, we see a rather suspicious connection between the parallels of Bill and Hillary Clinton as documented in the latter part of another of my articles (see link below).
This prompts some serious thought on whether there is a prophecy hidden within that ancient story given the fact that America parallel’s ancient Israel. It has long been said that the translation of Elijah is a picture, or foreshadow, of the future rapture of the church. Ecclesiastes declares that what once was will be again, and history will repeat itself. There were five raptures in history and Elijah was one of them.
It just so happens that the bear is a central feature of the Elijah translation event. The bear struck AFTER the translation, or rapture, of Elijah occurred. This gives us a very solid and impeccable picture, in my opinion, of our departure before the bear strikes, which would be Russia. We do know that from the surface reading of plain scripture that there is a possible nuclear exchange being described between the West and Russia that is found in the notorious end times prophecy found in the book of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, called the war of Gog/Magog. If there is something to all of this, then that means that our departure is soon to come. The headline news of the developing Russia situation is screaming it.
RUSSIA THREATENS NUCLEAR ATTACK ON U.S. AND NATO ALLIES
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF RED DAWN MILITARY CAMPS THAT WILL INVADE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
To add to all of this, one has to wonder about the global phenomenon of “Trump.” As regarding the rapture, prophetic scripture describes this event with the following words:
“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” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Is it a coincidence that Donald Trump has a biblically peculiar last name identifying with the “Trump” of God that will initiate the rapture? This man’s name is now known world wide as he is now the President of the biblical end time vineyard … the United
States of America. Trump is a global phenomenon, whether he is secretly part of the NWO or not. His name is known worldwide right at the very time that the modern vineyard America and the Bear of Russia are in the headlines of the real news, headlines that are screaming the start of world war 3. Another interesting observation is in the numbers. As already noted above, the number of mockers killed by the two bears were 42 in number. Former President (president 42) Bill Clinton’s wife ran for the presidency and ended up being the democratic nominee to take on Donald Trump (Trump shall sound=rapture) for the presidency. This at the very same time that we are increasingly seeing Russia threaten an attack on the United States and NATO for moving ever closer to Russia’s borders. Given the massive evidence presented here, one should not think that this entire situation, in light of scripture, is a coincidence. It’s too convenient to be a coincidence. I think God is trying to tell us something. There was a “rapture” in ancient Israel, and there will be a massive “rapture” of the church involving people all over the globe, the majority of which may be inside the United States given the number of people of faith located within our nation. The peculiar parallel of the ancient Israel rapture of Elijah sign is being played out in America indicating so.
DUMITRU DUDUMAN’S UNBIBLICAL VISIONS
Many people and some websites venerate Dumitru Duduman’s prophetic visions of the future of America. But upon examination, it can be clearly seen that Duduman’s
prophecies contradict biblical scripture. What prompts me to look at Duduman’s so-called God-inspired visions with a severely skeptical eye is the fact that he claims that America will be destroyed by a sneak attack by Russia before the rapture occurs. In fact, he puts the rapture event somewhere during the Tribulation. Not only does biblical scripture refute a mid or post tribulation rapture, but it also refutes the idea that Russia attacks America before the rapture … as can be clearly seen in the prophetic “bear rapture” hint found in 2 Kings 2:24. This isn’t the only viewpoint of Duduman that should raise a red flag to Duduman’s believers. He also claims that America is Mystery Babylon, which scripture also quite clearly refutes.
These are just two of the several problems with Duduman’s so-called “vision prophecies.” A more thorough analysis of Duduman’s claims about America will reveal several more biblical contradictions in his “visions.” He claims that an angel (which testifies of himself) told him that God would judge America. Right off the bat, the first red flag is that the angels “testifies of himself.” The Bible emphatically states that angels do not testify of themselves. They only testify of God and Jesus, not themselves. A very huge red flag. If this experience was indeed a vision, there can only be one source given this angel’s testimony of himself. None other than the dark side. The first thing that should be clarified right off the bat is the fact that it is likely that God will indeed eventually judge America. Of that we can be sure. America seems to be quickly moving on down the road to judgment because of the fact that this nation has turned away from God. The USA has been given much light, and all of the spiritual, monetary and material blessings that come with it. Scripture says that to whom much is given, much is required. Although eventually all the world will be judged and not just America, it would seem that America may suffer the first round of judgment given our responsibility as the vineyard and the lighthouse of the world.
Given all of the unbiblical visions of Duduman, not all of his claims of what he saw concerning a Russian attack upon America can be said to be one-hundred percent trusted given the shady source of his vision. Again, because it bears repeating, angels do not testify of themselves, they always point to God and/or Jesus. However, given the 2 Kings 2:24 hint of a Russian attack upon America (which is the likely scenario of a nuclear exchange described in the end times prophecy of Ezekiel 38 & 39), the current growing tension with Russia may indeed prove to result in this prophetic scenario. The huge prophetic hint of 2 Kings 2:24 would seem to disprove Duduman’s claim that this Russian attack will take place before the rapture. Scripture indicates that it will happen AFTER the rapture.
Duduman’s very first prophecy indicates that America will burn and then China, Japan and other nations (Kings of the East) will fight the Russians. They will then unite against Israel. This would put America’s burning sometime before Rev 16:12– before 6th bowl– by my reckoning, then Israel repents after America burns, then Christ comes, then the church is raptured, then the Battle of Armageddon will occur. Right away, to the student of Bible prophecy, this sequence of events should raise a red flag. The angel is clearly putting forth a pre-wrath rapture or some semblance of it. It cannot be a Post Tribulation rapture because the burning of America occurs before Armageddon. Referring to the angel, Duduman said …
“He opened the back of the book [of the Gentiles] and counted out 4 remaining blank pages at the end. ‘When these are filled,’ he said, ‘the book of the Gentiles will be complete. Then I will return to my people.’ “
Do angels have “people?” I don’t ever recall any scripture where angels consider their fellow counterparts as “people,” nor were they created in the “image” of God. They are spirit beings, messenger’s of God, agents of his will, and God’s angels never testify of themselves. The angel continued …
“Some of the names that are listed here will be erased. I will erase the names of those who have mocked God and tested the Spirit of Grace. I will replace them with other names.”
In several places in these prophecies the angel indicates there are two books of life–one for the Jews and one for the Gentiles. However scripture teaches us that all believers, both Jew and Gentile, are all part of one body (Romans 11). If it is true that names can be erased from the book of life, then we have to ignore John 10:27-29 and most of John Chapter 6 and many other texts where eternal salvation for all true believers is assured.
Then, the angel warned Duduman …
“It won’t be long. Be prepared. When these pages are filled, The Grace will leave the gentiles. Draw closer to me now, more than ever – and be holy, because hard times are coming.”
This is also not scriptural because Grace is a prerequisite to salvation and there are multitudes of Gentiles saved during the Tribulation. A black bird, portraying Satan, tells Duduman …
“Power has been given to me to be able to come against the Christians in a short time…. I want to make war against the true Christians – those that serve God with their hearts, their lives, and their actions not only in name. We’ll see if they will be able to stand up against me… We’ll see… I am a warrior. I fight against Christ.”
Satan already has the right to come against Christians and that is why we are told to put on our armor daily (Ephesians 6:10-19).
Duduman then admonishes …
“My people, wake up! Do not tarry! Do not wait! The time is very short! Until now many have traveled on the wide path, but now you must travel on the narrow path that you may be saved.”
Dumitru Duduman is teaching a works salvation here because he is implying that God’s people, i.e., believers have to do something besides believe to get saved. This is not true as scripture indicates we are saved by grace, through faith, not by works. Salvation is only dependent on a belief in Christ.
“The armies of the devil are coming with great fury against those who worship Me, and truly seek Me. Pray that I may give you strength, so that before the storm comes I may save you and give you the joy.”
More works salvation. Scripture instructs believers to pray that we may weather the storm, but it has nothing to do with our salvation. He then continues on by saying …
“only the righteous will I save.”
If he truly believes that true Christians gain their righteousness through Christ’s death on the cross, then there is nothing we can do to earn it, except believe, or lose it either. We are declared righteous because of Christ, not because of anything we did, or didn’t do, of ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“Be awake and watching because if you will not you will be punished as the wicked and also lose your salvation for your disobedience.”
More works salvation.
“Judge no one”
As good Bureans, we are to judge everything that everyone says and especially prophets. Those saying things that don’t match up to the Word of God we are to ignore (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
In this vision, Christ is supposedly saying …
“I am Jesus Christ who gave my life for you. Many of those whom I gave my life for, today dishonor me, living in sin and things that are wrong. The honor and glory I deserve is not given to Me. For this I have no more mercy, but will soon return in glory and honor as judge to judge all the inhabitants of earth. But first, I will judge those that carry the name of Christians, yet have tried to deceive Me. Because of them My name was, and is, dishonored and blasphemed before those that do not know Me.”
Scripture doesn’t say anything about a separate judgment for those who claim to be Christian but aren’t. ALL UNBELIEVERS will be judged together at His return. The true church will not be judged at all, at least not in a way that will affect our salvation. The born again Christian’s works will be judged so that rewards can be given, but it is not a judgment that will determine the fate of our eternal soul. The outcome is good for all who are privileged to be judged at the Bema Seat judgement of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). Rewards for believers can and will be lost – most certainly based on what we failed to do and based upon our motive. Those merely “claiming” to be Christians will not be in attendance at this “judgment,” This is not the Great White Throne judgment.
“Why do you keep so much sadness in your heart, and such a great mourning because I took your wife? “
A few visions back the “angel” said he would “heal” his wife. Did the Angel make a mistake or did God change his mind? Does God change his mind? Does God make mistakes? (Num. 23:19). This one is bemusing quite honestly.
Several times Duduman sees a vision, is confused, and someone has to tell him to pray about it to get the answer. After this many visions does he still need to be told to pray about it?
In the Hospital now Nov. 29, 1996. Dumitru is told …
“We fought hard against death for you. It was a hard fight. Do not fear. You will not leave. You still have work to do.”
Dumitru Duduman died about 6 months later on May 5, 1997. According to the Nov. ’97 issue of Prophecy Club, his grandson has decided to take over his “work” after his grandfather’s death.
Then the angel tells Dumitru the meaning of the 3 stars …
“we won’t say exactly but it PROBABLY means—in another 3 years a great massacre.”
Lol … SAY WHAT!?!? What good is a “Probably” answer? Is this angel speaking for God or not?
Duduman’s distortions of scripture:
1. There are two books of life–one for Gentiles, one for Jews.
2. Telling Christians they must follow the narrow path to be saved (teaching a works based salvation.
3. Claiming that believing Christians will be judged “by” their works which will affect their salvation.
Inconsistencies in his prophecies:
1. The angel told him his wife would be healed and then she died.
2. The angel telling him “do not fear–you will not leave.” and then he died.
Sorry folks, but Duduman’s prophecies are not convincing for the reasons stated above. It should be obvious to any true spiritually discerning person that he was being misled by evil spirits whose main purpose is to get people to put their faith in something else besides God, i.e., a prophet, and turn away from worshiping Christ and believing in His Word. However, to be clear, America is likely in for some hard times because of her sins and may be attacked and destroyed because America is seemingly not mentioned in the end times period of the Tribulation. However, it is a sure bet that Dumitru Duduman is not speaking for God, therefore, it is wise not to listen to and give any credence to his scenario of events either.
A WORD OF CAUTION FROM THE APOSTLE JOHN
“Believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are from God because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (John 4:1).
How do you know if a spirit is from God? Compare what the “angel” says with the Word of God. Just one serious discrepancy should be enough to discredit a message from a supposed angel. Even if you are a Pre-Wrath Armenian there should be enough flaws in this story to convince you that something doesn’t quite match up here. Who would you rather believe at this point? An angel gone rogue or 2 Kings 2:24?
Books about angels:
- “The Truth about Angels” by Terry Law, ISBN 0-88419-368-3–provides biblical principles about the ministry of God’s angels.
- “Heaven: The Mystery of Angels” by Grant Jeffrey, ISBN 0-921714-30-0–what role do angels play in our lives?
- “Angels: Elect and Evil” by C. Fred Dickason –Moody Press–a thorough, Biblical treatment of angels/demons.
- “Angels the Host of heaven” by Dr. David Jeremiah
- “Angels Dark and Light” by Gary Kinnaman.
- “A Dictionary of Angels” by Gustav Davidson. Library of Congress Card 66-19757.
BEAR RAPTURE PROPHECY ALERT UPDATE 1:
TWO SHE BEARS AND TWO RUSSIAN TU-95 “BEAR BOMBERS”
In reading a recent article (links below), it has been documented that two Russian bear bombers have been intercepted by a U.S. Air Force fighter jet off the coast of Alaska for the 2nd time in two weeks just as the massive Vostok 2018 military exercise/drill is occurring while the USA is preparing a military strike in Syria. Russian military doctrine calls for launching a surprise attack by mobilizing forces under the guise of an exercise. Russian mobilization for invasions of Crimea and Ukraine happened during so-called military exercises. By the way, NATO military exercises rarely involve more than 30,000 troops — one-tenth the size of VOSTOK-18. But NATO exercises, no matter how small, are routinely described by the press as “large-scale” or “massive” or other such unwarranted adjectives. Russian military exercises like, VOSTOK-18, simulated two nuclear strikes against the United States in one week. Notice, it’s “two” nuclear strikes, not one (the two bears of 2 Kings 2:24 anyone?) In reading this article, it has occurred to me that every time an encounter of Russian military aircraft near American airspace occurs, particularly Alaska, one will notice that it’s always “TWO” bombers. Not one bomber, but “TWO” bombers. You will also notice that they are called “BEAR” bombers. As already discussed in this article, 2 Kings 2:24 contains the story of not one she-bear, but “TWO” she-bears attacking the 42 mocking young men. I think that by now, if you have read this far, you can see and understand that these two she bears are prophetically correlating to the fact that Russia’s “bear” bombers always approach in twos … corresponding to the two she-bears of 2 Kings. And in yet another observance of this prophetic story is the fact that these two she-bears attacked “from the woods.” The below article will reveal that Russia’s pairing of “two bear bombers” always seem to come close to American airspace via Alaska … a state that can be considered to be a desolate wooded state with trees, or woods. Can it be said that this prophecy will play out starting with a strike on Alaska specifically? Furthermore, a skeptic of this hidden prophecy could argue the point that Russian aircraft approach other countries such as the U.K. but do not do so with “bear bombers” specifically. That is indeed the case. But always remember, America is the nation that dramatically parallels ancient Israel prophetically and otherwise, not the U.K. or any other nation. The fact that these Russian TU-95 “bear bombers” only seem to be approaching Alaska, USA and nowhere else gives even more weight to the authenticity of the prophecy. When it happens to the U.K. or elsewhere, one will notice that it’s not “bear bombers,” but other aircraft in Russia’s air arsenal. These two additional observations adds even more validity and credibility to this amazing hidden prophecy of a pre-tribulation/pre-Russian attack rapture that will soon occur. It is a hidden prophecy of the rapture of the church “BEFORE” a bear strike occurs. Below are just a few of the several incidences of Russian ‘Bear” bombers intercepted near Alaska. This activity dates back to at least 2014 or even earlier.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – U.S. MILITARY INTERCEPTS TWO RUSSIAN BOMBERS NEAR ALASKA
SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 – NORAD INTERCEPTS RUSSIAN BOMBERS OFF WEST COAST OF ALASKA FOR SECOND TIME THIS YEAR
MAY 11, 2018 – U.S. FIGHTER JETS INTERCEPT RUSSIAN BOMBERS IN INTERNATIONAL AIRSPACE OFF ALASKA
APRIL 21, 2017 – CANADIAN JETS INTERCEPT RUSSIAN BOMBERS – FIRST TIME SINCE 2014 (approached Canadian and Alaskan airspace)
APRIL 18, 2017 – U.S. INTERCEPTS 2 RUSSIAN BOMBERS OFF ALASKA’S COAST
MAY 8, 2017 – RUSSIAN BOMBERS, FLANKED BY FIGHTER JETS, INTERCEPTED NEAR ALASKA
JULY 4, 2016 – U.S. INTERCEPTS RUSSIAN BOMBERS OFF COAST OF ALASKA AND CALIFORNIA
PUTIN’S PLANS TO SEIZE EASTERN EUROPE AND ALASKA
CONNECTING THE DOTS: PHASE 1 OF THE COMING RED DAWN INVASION IS NEARING COMPLETION
BEAR RAPTURE PROPHECY ALERT UPDATE 2:
A TRUMP AND TWO BEASTS
September 24, 2018: By now, it’s rather observable that God seems to have his hand in the direct affairs of man. This being the case, let’s take a look at a rather peculiar occurrence in September of the year 2018. As the prophesied paradigm of the “two bears” has emerged in our day, we have another interesting seemingly prophetic paradigm that has emerged on it’s heels, both now playing out in simultaneous perpetuity with each other. As we all may be aware, following the rapture, we discover in scripture that the Antichrist will begin his emergence onto the world stage with the False Prophet. They will come into their full power later in Revelation 13 revealed by John the Apostle as the two beasts. As you may or may not be aware, the presidential motorcade is called “The Beast.” It is rather curious that not only did “The Beast” get an upgrade and unveiled on September 24, but the method in which President “Trump” will travel has been changed. For the first time in American presidential history, the President will, from now on, travel not just in one beast, but “two” beasts. The President’s massive motorcade will now actually include two Beasts, and they both will appear to have President Trump inside. The stated purpose for this is to deter attacks from any potential attackers, who wouldn’t know which one to go after. Furthermore, this newly redesigned beast, accompanied by the 2nd beast, was unveiled during President “Trump’s” journey to the United Nations General Assembly.
It would be prophetically accurate to say that the Antichrist and the world government system will likely emerge from the United Nations construct. In reading Revelation 13, we read of “two beasts” … one that rises out of the sea and the other that rises out of the Earth …
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy” (Revelation 13:1). “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the firs beast, whose deadly wound was healed” (verses 11-12).
In summary, Revelation 13 reveals two beasts. We have “Trump” riding around the Big Apple on the back of the beast (two beasts) as the Beast system + the kings of the Earth gather with their apples in the Big Apple. One can reasonably make the connection that God is throwing the prophetic hints our way that the Antichrist and False Prophet will soon rise from the world government platform.
Sequence of Events
1. “Trump” = Rapture – “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18). “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
2. The “two beast” presidential motorcade = the rise of the two beasts of Revelation 13 (Antichrist and the False Prophet). Note: In my opinion, these prophetic clues are “NOT” declaring that President Trump will be the Antichrist, but rather, Trump is the clue of the approaching rapture event and the Antichrist’s and False Prophet’s soon rise to power. Something to ponder: The “two beasts” were unveiled enroute to the United Nations General Assembly with “Trump” inside … “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 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 [Day of the Lord = The Tribulation].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. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober”[those not in darkness but of the light = the church that will escape via the rapture] (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6).
THE NEW TWO BEASTS TAKE PRESIDENT TRUMP ON ONE OF IT’S FIRST RIDES
BEAR RAPTURE PROPHECY ALERT UPDATE 3
September 26, 2018: ARCH OF BAAL ERECTED IN WASHINGTON D.C. ONE DAY BEFORE BRETT KAVANAUGH TESTIFIED TO CONGRESS
It is rather prophetically curious that this continuously emerging prophetic paradigm of a “Bear Rapture” would include an absolute solidifying and telling event that just occurred in the city of Washington D.C. It turns out that “Arch of Baal” has been erected in Washington D.C. on the exact same week that Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are testifying before Congress. The future of the U.S. Supreme Court is literally hanging in the balance, and many believe that it is quite odd that this ancient pagan symbol has been put up at this precise moment in time. According to the official website of the Institute for Digital Archaeology, the Arch of Palmyra was unveiled on the National Mall on September 26th, and it will remain there until September 29th. You can view a photograph of the arch standing directly in front of the U.S. Capitol building in the picture below.
Just one day after this arch was put up, Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress. Perhaps this is all just a “giant coincidence”, but things of this importance usually don’t happen by accident. Take notice that it was put up on the Washington National Mall. This mall happens to have the shape of a cross in it’s very design (for the details on this, please click the National Mall picture in the Evidence Gallery in the side bar section on this blog site). The elite deeply understand that symbols have power, and the fact that the Arch of Baal has been placed directly across from the U.S. Capitol is highly significant. Baal was a god of power, fertility and child sacrifice. There is a strong connection between what was going on during the era of Baal worship and what is taking place in America right now. In the end, the debate over whether or not to confirm Brett Kavanaugh comes down to the issue of abortion, and this vote in the Senate is going to have tremendous implications for the future of our country. In ancient times, if you wanted to go to the Temple of Baal in Palmyra you had to pass through this arch, and you would also pass through this arch again on your way out. The original arch was destroyed by ISIS in 2015, but it has been reproduced, and the reproduction has been periodically displayed at important locations around the globe. It has been pointed out that an arch is a “gateway”, and many are concerned that erecting this arch may be an open invitation for the entity or entities that were originally associated with this arch. No other ancient deity is mentioned more often than Baal in the Bible. And ultimately, the worship of Baal can be traced back all the way to ancient Babylon, which was the center of the very first “New World Order” in ancient times. Child sacrifice was absolutely central to the worship of Baal. When it was time for another ceremony, unwanted babies would be gathered and burned alive. Ritualistic Baal worship, in sum, looked a little like this: Adults would gather around the altar of Baal. Infants would then be burned alive as a sacrificial offering to the deity. Amid horrific screams and the stench of charred human flesh, congregants – men and women alike – would engage in bisexual orgies. The ritual of convenience was intended to produce economic prosperity by prompting Baal to bring rain for the fertility of “mother earth.” The natural consequences of such behavior – pregnancy and childbirth – and the associated financial burdens of “unplanned parenthood” were easily offset. One could either choose to engage in homosexual conduct or – with child sacrifice available on demand – could simply take part in another fertility ceremony to “terminate” the unwanted child. Modern liberalism deviates little from its ancient predecessor. While its macabre rituals have been sanitized with flowery and euphemistic terms of art, its core tenets and practices remain eerily similar. In fact, we are killing our babies on an industrial scale. We have murdered far more children than they ever did in the ancient Middle East, and our fate will be the same as theirs if we don’t turn things around as a society. And now an ancient symbol of child sacrifice has been erected directly across from the U.S. Capitol at the precise moment when the future of the U.S. Supreme Court is hanging in the balance. The god of Baal was a central theme in the story of Elijah before his “rapture” into Heaven. Elijah was directly involved as God’s servant in the battle against the god of Baal in Israel. The fact that this Baal theme has emerged simultaneously with the “Bear” parallel of Russia as hinted at in 2 Kings 2:23-24 is very telling of what time it is. It means that our departure, like Elijah in 2 Kings chapter 2, is near.
The original Arch of Baal in the Middle East was destroyed by ISIS in October 2015, but it was re-created by the Institute for Digital Archaeology using 3-D printing technology. The arch, thus far, has been in New York City and London, and later it was placed outside a global summit in Dubai. More recently, it was constructed for the G7 Summit in Florence, Italy The replica of a Roman triumphal arch originally built in Palmyra, Syria, essentially has been on a world tour. But the arch isn’t just a Roman ruin. It was originally an arch for the Temple of Baal, a pagan god repeatedly mentioned in the Old Testament. The rites of Baal were marked, as mentioned above, by child sacrifice and ritual prostitution. Here is the punchline of the point, this “Arch of Baal,” as of this writing, is scheduled to arrive at the Roman Hague World Court. The replica arch will then be reassembled in the Hague, the site of the Dutch Parliament and the U.N.’s International Criminal Court. The Hague is described as the City of “Peace and Justice,” The Center for Global Heritage and Development, together with the Institute for Digital Archaeology organized an event called ‘Heritage for the Future.’ BIN reported the first modern reappearance of the Arch of Palmyra was in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2016, when it was erected for UNESCO World Heritage Week. The unveiling coincided with the beginning of a 13-day period known in the occult as the “Blood Sacrifice to the Beast,” the most important holiday for those who worship the god Baal, celebrated with child sacrifice and bisexual orgies. The arch was unveiled on April 19th, the holiday of Beltane, the culmination of the 13-day period. The last time we saw this level of idolatry was when the Temple stood in Jerusalem. Now that we are close to the appearance of the Third Temple, idolatry is reappearing, even in popular culture among people who claim they are atheists. It is no coincidence that the arch is becoming a centerpiece at gatherings of world leaders.
It is very interesting, to say the least, that none other than former American President Barack Obama was giving a speech on September 28 in the Netherlands at the Hague about “world leadership” as the “Arch of Baal” just “happened” to have been erected directly across from the U.S. Capitol on the Washington Mall from September 26-29, which took place as the United Nations General Assembly was occurring. And of course, the Arch was already scheduled to appear in the Netherlands as it was sitting on the National Mall in Washington D.C. as Barack Obama was speaking in the Netherlands, the next stop of the Arch. It is supposed to be set up for one month, starting October 17, 2018, next to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is in the Hague, Netherlands. Therefore, the Arch of Baal has been set up during a major Satanic holiday and at least four world summits. That’s right. The future home of the “Roman Arch of Triumph.” As we all may be aware, there will be a supernatural element of demonic possession that will characterize the Antichrist, likely brought about through Satanic ritualism by the global elite working behind the scenes, much like what we are seeing with the Arch of Baal (See the video “Abaddon Rising” in the side bar of this blog site).
Is this all just a coincidence?
I think not.
BEAR RAPTURE PROPHECY ALERT UPDATE 4
THE TRUMP ECLIPSE
January 21, 2019
Having already established the connection between the escalating Russia situation and the bear attack of 2 Kings 2:24 and it’s hidden prophecy of the rapture occurrence before a bear strike, the prophetic signage has just taken a very interesting turn. As many may have now heard, we now have a blood moon eclipse that will occur on January 21, 2019 at 12:12 a.m. The moon will be at the absolute middle of Earth’s umbra at 12:12 a.m. on Monday, at which the red color will be most striking. Interesting to note concerning this blood moon is the fact that it occurs on the 2nd anniversary on the very same date of Donald Trump’s inauguration and first day as President of the United States of America. A closer observation of this particular blood moon will also reveal that it is a book-end of the much talked-about blood moon tetrad that occurred in 2014 and 2015. As one can see from the blood moon lunar eclipse and solar eclipse illustration charts below, it is an astounding prophetic revelation and a prophetic sign to behold as it concerns the signs of the impending rapture event.
It is important to note that neither these signs, nor am I personally, pinpointing a date for the rapture to occur. These heavenly occurrences are to be considered signs of it’s soon occurrence, but not to give an exact date. But then again, it may very well be pinpointing this year (2019) to be the year that those of us who are born again in Christ will hear the sound of the “Trump” of 1 Thessalonians 4 and are called home before the judgment begins. We shall see. In the meantime, let’s delve further into this astounding sign and see what we can discover about what God is showing us here.
Totality will occur at 11:41 p.m. ET. This is the main event, when the moon will be fully immersed in the Earth’s shadow. During totality, the blood moon will be visible, making the moon appear to be bright red. The moon will be at the absolute middle of Earth’s umbra at 12:12 a.m. on Monday, at which the red color will be most striking. This upcoming blood moon will bring together heaven and earth as the eclipse coincides with the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of the Hebrew month Shevat), the arboreal New Year and the second anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President. Lest this be perceived as happenstance, it should be noted that Trump was born on the night of June 14, 1946, within fifteen minutes of a total lunar eclipse and 700 days before the state of Israel was established. Trump’s lucky sevens did not end there. When he was sworn in as President on January 20, 2017, he was 70-years-old, 7 months and 7 days. As many may already know, the number seven is considered to be God’s perfect number. The number 7 is dispersed throughout the whole entire Bible in important events. Noting that a blood moon passed over Jerusalem on Tu B’shevat last year, Pastor Mark Biltz has emphasized that this was necessary for the sign to be a complete sign. Pastor Biltz told Breaking Israel News …
“Jewish law requires two witnesses in order for the judgment to be complete. As it says in Genesis, the sun and moon are signs of the times, not just that the days, months, and years are passing, but they will signal when the times, the era, is changing.”
In Genesis 1:14, we read the following concerning the importance of the days and nights and the purpose of the heavenly bodies …
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years …” (Genesis 1:14).
Two blood moons, both on the same day of the Hebrew calendar, seem to be witnessing that the judgment has been passed and great things are about to happen. This blood moon would seem to be especially portentous for the president of the United States regarding his relationship with Israel, as per the first chapter in Zechariah …
“Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lordunto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom … (Zechariah 1:7).
This is the second reign of Darius, who we know as the Persian King Cyrus, which takes place in the 70th year of the exile of the Jews in Babylon. The red horse in Zechariah 1, or the blood moon, will be coming in the same month, the month of Shevat. This will be the second year of Trump’s presidency, just as Zechariah described the second year of the reign of Cyrus as being the time to begin building the second Temple. On December 6, 2017, President Trump announced the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the planning of the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As we know, the next Temple, or the third Temple, will be the Temple that the Antichrist himself will sit in and commit the act of the abomination of desolation mentioned in Daniel 9:27. “Trump” has frequently been compared to Persian King Cyrus, a non-Jewish ruler who ended the Babylonian exile and helped the Jews build the Second Temple in 516 B.C. We are now again at the end of the 70 years from Israel blossoming as a fig tree. Stay tuned to this article for more developing signs.
THE REQUIREMENT FOR YOUR INCLUSION IN THE RAPTURE AND ESCAPE FROM THE COMING WRATH
In order to accept the offer of God’s grace and his salvation, you must take the crucial three steps of …
1. Agreeing – A belief and agreeing with God in all that he says in his word, the Bible, about the fact that you are separated from God, as every man and woman on the face of the earth are before accepting his salvation. The Bible reveals that all are separated from him in a spiritual state of death, or in another way that the Bible puts it, in a state of sin, that will result in eternal damnation. Agreeing with God in your heart that you are in need of his salvation. The Bible reveals that God looks upon the heart of a man, and thus, responds accordingly to the man or woman who comes to him for salvation in recognition of his inability to save himself. The Bible makes these facts very clear – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Bible describes these three kinds of death: physical death (the state experienced when life leaves our bodies); spiritual death (spiritual separation from God caused by our state of spiritual death, or state of sin that results in outward acts of sin on a daily basis as the Bible also puts it – the state of sin is received from the first man Adam); and finally eternal death (the fixed state entered into by the individual who dies physically while he or she is dead spiritually). It is eternal death, in particular, which is the horrible result of receiving the wages of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ frequently described such a death as being eternal (without end) in a destiny which he called Hell. He described Hell as a literal place of judgment (Matthew 13:42); a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8); a place of torment (Luke 16:24,28); a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50); a place of remorse (Mark 9:44-48); of bitter memory (Luke 16:25), and a place originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). In fact, Jesus more often warned about Hell than he spoke about Heaven. It is not God’s will or desire that any person should be consigned to perish in Hell (2 Peter 3:9), but rather that all should come to repentance of unbelief toward him and believe on him for the salvation of the individual’s soul. But God’s justice requires that the “soul who sins” (remains in it’s state of death or state of sin) is the one who will die eternally (Ezekiel 18:4). So, agree with God, admitting that you are unable to save yourself and in a state of sin under God’s just condemnation for that sin and that you are in need of his salvation.
2. Believing – Then, believe that God does not want you to perish eternally in the torment of Hell because of your sin. Believe that God loves you so much that he provided a way whereby he could still be a just, holy and righteous God, and yet pardon you. Believe that God did not just overlook sin, but that he sent his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to provide salvation by personally paying the penalty for sin. Believe that Jesus Christ, whose life, death, burial and resurrection is the best-attested fact of antiquity, did come to earth to live, die, rise again and ascend to Heaven in order to provide justification and salvation for all who trust him. Believe that he, and he alone, can save you because he has fully satisfied the just demands of God. Believe that you can’t become righteous in God’s sight by your own effort. Believe that he wants to save you and that he will save you. The Bible provides a solid basis for such belief …
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For 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).
“But God demonstrates his love toward us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
God presented him (Jesus Christ) as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man or woman who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26).
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures … ” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“Jesus answered, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out [drive away]” (John 6:37).
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
3. Calling – It is not enough to agree with God, admit your need, and believe that Christ can and will save you. You must act upon those facts. You must repent of the sin of your unbelief toward him and actively call upon him for the salvation of your soul based on the fact that you cannot save yourself because of your sins. You must be willing to completely turn from your own efforts to save yourself or from any other hope. You must come to Christ, calling upon him for salvation and counting on the fact that he will do what he has promised. This means simply taking the gift of pardon and eternal life which he offers. Merely believing about Jesus Christ without coming to him makes as much sense and is as effective as believing that a medication can successfully treat a fatal disease, but failing to take it. Yet again, the Bible emphatically and authoritatively provides the basis for such statements:
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
The word translated “believe” here means to “rest one’s entire weight and trust on the object or person in which the belief is placed.” It requires action in keeping with the intellectual assent of that belief.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
” … but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The logical question you may be asking at this point is: “how do I come to Christ and call upon him?” The answer is that “calling upon the Lord” is just another term for praying, or talking to God. To talk to God is not a complicated process, dependent upon some special rituals. God has invited people to approach him through his Son in simple, straightforward terms. In fact, Jesus approved of the dishonest, despised tax collector who simply prayed, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” While the exact words of your prayer to God are not of vital importance (since God sees and knows the attitude of your heart), the following is the kind of prayer that you could pray in calling upon God for salvation …
“Dear Lord Jesus: I realize that I need you. I admit that I have sinned and that I deserve your just, eternal punishment for that sin. But I am sorry for my sin and I am turning to you and asking for forgiveness. I believe that you died and rose again to pay sin’s penalty on my behalf. I come to you and open my heart to you. I ask you to come into my life, forgive me for all of my sin and make me your child. I invite you to take control of my life and to cause me to be the kind of person you would have me to be. I thank you for doing this because you have promised that whosoever calls upon you, as I am doing now, shall be saved. I pray this in the name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, I urge you to sincerely and genuinely express it to God as your prayer. The Bible makes clear that when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart, God forgives our sins and counts us righteous, and that when we openly confess with our mouth what we have done in our heart, God gives us assurance of that salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7).
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