DARKNESS DESCENDING AND THE IMMINENT RETURN OF CHRIST: DEFENDING THE DOCTRINE OF THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE

Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.  As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.  Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? (Amos 5:18-20).

“A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations” (Joel 2:2).

Christ’s return is still imminent.  This article is only a brief sampling of the many New Testament verses in support of Christ’s most basic promise, to come for the church before the seven years of global judgment, the Tribulation, strikes the earth.  “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (John 14:3).  Later in this article, I will share with you the reader a dramatic sign that my wife was a personal witness of that would indicate that the Rapture and the much spoken of biblical time of judgment known as the Tribulation period are quickly approaching events soon to occur.  It is a sign that she, a skeptic and still a skeptic, first saw with her own two eyes and very fortunately captured on camera. The photo is quite dramatic and telling of the times in which we are currently living in for those with the correct discernment.  It is a time of storm clouds on the horizon, a time of descending darkness.

According to biblical prophecy, the sudden and instantaneous mass disappearance of millions of people around the world will occur in an event known as the rapture. These people will have ascended into Heaven. Scripture is also clear that the only people who will be a part of this staggering event are those who are “born again” …

“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).

 

For those left behind, a horrendous period of seven years of global judgment called the “Tribulation” will strike the earth. The book of Joel names it as the “Day of the Lord.” The Tribulation will be seven years of horror and upheaval unlike anything the world has ever experienced before. In this article, I’ll discuss some of the details of the reasons why the rapture must occur in a period of time before the Tribulation begins.

People of faith can often be heard saying that the return of Christ is at least five to eight years away. It seems that this sentiment is being uttered more and more often these days. Usually, it’s stated in the context of what is ahead in Bible prophecy by someone with a list of events or a time period that must be fulfilled before Jesus can return to catch away the body of “born again” believers also called the “church.”  Of course, this term “church” means something much deeper than just someone sitting in a pew in a building with church services on Sunday.  According to the words of Jesus and the Apostles of scripture, the church is comprised of “born again” believers – the requirement of being a part of the church, or family of God.  There are many people who sit in a church building either on a regular basis or every once in awhile, but are not truly “born again.”  In fact, one can be “born again” and not ever go to a church at all.More specifically, he’ll be telling you that you’re headed into the Great Tribulation, an approaching time of seven years of judgment upon earth that the Bible refers to as the Tribulation.  Have you ever had the experience of thinking (perhaps with a sinking feeling) that maybe he might just be right?  If so, you’re not alone.  Your studies have told you that this horrendous and dreadful period is not merely the future World War 3.  Nor is it simply earthquakes, famines and or pestilence.  No, these trials have been experienced by the church’s faithful for nearly two millennia.  The tribulation is more than that.  Jesus said,

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). 

That’s quite a statement.  Planet Earth has witnessed some pretty devastating cataclysms, including the great flood of Noah’s day.  Yet, the Tribulation will be worse than all former catastrophes.  Furthermore, it will be a time when the natural physical order is suspended, as demons swarm forth to torment humanity.  Evil signs and wonders will abound.  A third of the dry land will be destroyed.  A third of the sea water will be destroyed, as well as a third of the fresh water.  Mountains and islands will disappear in a paroxysm of tectonic activity.  Millions will die.  The sun will be darkened.  Meteorites and hailstones of incredible size will bombard the planet, along with what appears to be an asteroid the size of a mountain.  These are only the opening assaults of the

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The Tribulation period after the Rapture will be a horrendous seven years of divine judgment upon earth unlike man-kind has ever seen before.

Tribulation.  The second half, called the “Great” Tribulation, is yet to come.  It is much, much worse.  To add insult to injury, before all of this, the Antichrist will be in charge of global politics.  You may be told that the church will in some way be protected from the effects of all of these onslaughts.  But that doesn’t seem to be much of a consolation.  You say to yourself, “I’m going through all of that?”  You know the answer is a loud, clear and definite “No,” I’m not!”  Still, you want to be absolutely sure.  But no matter how long you study Bible prophecy – no matter what scriptural authority you accept, there always remains a small window of doubt.  We can’t possibly know everything about the prophetic sequence of events.  In fact, God has carefully arranged things so that it is simply impossible to formulate the last days chronology with absolute certainty.  The times and seasons are fully within our grasp to be sure.  But the final arrangement of prophesied events in the timeline of the Church Age has been purposely concealed.  Our walk in the Lord is by faith, not by sight.  So, when an authority comes along with a pamphlet, book or tape “positively proving” that the church (born again believers) will go through all or part of the Tribulation period, you are inclined to check it out.  You think to yourself that maybe this time, you’ll see something new; something that will change your mind.  You then find yourself blown back and forth by various prophetic winds.  Your once-solid faith may be less than solid from time to time.  After all, it’s good to be open to new ideas, isn’t it?  Yes, of course, but it’s also good to be firm in the sound doctrine of the New Testament.  That doctrine – from the very first years of Jesus, his disciples and Apostles – has been characterized by words of comfort, consolation and hope.  From that day to this, the church (born again believers) has been urged to maintain an attitude of joyous expectancy in the hope of the Lord’s return – with no intervening prophetic fulfillment.  In his epistle to Titus, Paul put it quite clearly:

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). 

THE THESSALONIAN CHURCH

The time was about A.D. 50.  Paul, Silas and their faithful band departed Syrian Antioch and traveled westward through Asia Minor.  Through a vision, Paul was led to cross the Aegean Sea to Macedonia.  Then, the group journeyed southward from Philippi through Amphipolis, Thessalonica, and Berea to Athens and Corinth, where Paul resided for a time, preaching and writing.  During these travels, the Thessalonian believers apparently

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After Paul’s time, the Roman Arch of Galerius was built over the Egnatian Way as it entered Thessalonica from the east.  The modern main road follows the same path, past the Arch.

won a special place in his heart.  Though he was only among them for only a short time, they apparently grew quickly in the new faith.  First and Second Thessalonians are among Paul’s earliest recorded letters, having been sent in about A.D. 51.  Remarkably, they deal with the subject of steadfast faith and growth of Christian love in the light of Christ’s return.  When did Paul tell them that Christ might return?  At any moment:

“To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (1 Thessalonians 3:13).

Paul wrote to the then-living saints of Thessalonica.  He wanted them to exhibit Godly lives in the encouragement that the Lord would return with his saints.  He then went on to explain just what he meant.  In 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and the verses following,  Paul answers what must have become a nagging question that had developed in their minds since his sojourn with them.  Perhaps some of their friends or relatives had died since he left for Corinth.  They were apparently anxious to know what would become of those who died before the Lord’s return.  Answering an earlier letter, Paul tells them,

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  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 4:13-18).

These were words intended to be a comfort.  Paul’s words to the Thessalonians have stretched out across the centuries, providing each succeeding generation the same promise that was given to these faithful saints.  But wait, there’s a message here.  Paul directed his answer to these Greek believers on the basis that they personally would be the recipients of the “catching away” of the church.  The Thessalonians apparently were so sure of Christ’s soon return that they didn’t even expect that any of their friends and

relatives to die before he came back.  He reassures them that this would be no problem.  In the fifth chapter of the epistle, verses 1 and 2, he also seems to be answering a query

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Common sense and the plain obviousness of Paul’s exhortation to “comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18) would make no sense if the body of born again believers at the end of this age were going to have to go through the Tribulation.

about the exact timing of the rapture:

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” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2).

Paul here addresses the Thessalonians with second-person pronouns, telling  him that his own doctrine is sufficient for their own discernment.  During his visit, he had apparently already explained the “day of the Lord” to them.  But in the next verse, he changes pronouns, suddenly shifting to the third-person plural:

“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” (verse 3).

Again, the message is clear.  Destruction is reserved for “them” – the unsaved who are destined for judgment, not us – the redeemed.  From that day until this, the message hasn’t changed.  In chapter 5, verse 9 Paul concludes his thought.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 9).

What a curious thing for Paul to say.  His letter is addressed to the redeemed – the recipients of the Lord’s justifying grace, who already possess salvation.  But he writes that they will yet “obtain salvation,” in the future sense.  Obviously, this is the physical salvation that comes at the time the church (body of born again believers on earth) is caught away prior to the “wrath” to come.  And about that wrath – some argue that it doesn’t come until the second half of the Tribulation.  Yet in the first half of that period (in the time of the sixth seal) the unredeemed cry out to the mountains, saying “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:16).  Paul closes 1 Thessalonians by praying that the Thessalonians might “be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  He says nothing about any intervening event.  He leads them to believe that Jesus might come in their lifetimes.  His second letter to the Thessalonians centers around a warning.  False teachers had apparently tried to convince them that the day of Christ (the Day of the Lord – the Tribulation) was imminent, and by inference, that they would have to go through it:

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2).

Note that the focus of his warning – and of the entire letter – is “our gathering together unto him,” that is, the catching away of the church.  He wanted them to know that the Tribulation was not imminent.  The significance of his statement is just as clear to us today as it was to the Thessalonians.  Namely, the Tribulation will not come until after the Antichrist has been received by the world auspices of a great spiritual falling away, or apostasy.

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” … (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).

Once again, Paul uses the third-person plural pronouns “them” and “they” to indicate the unredeemed or unsaved who will go through the horror of the Tribulation.  In both letters to the Thessalonians, his message is one of comfort and reassurance.  He is not warning them that they’ll go through the Tribulation.  Quite the contrary, he tells them to live in the expectation of Christ’s coming.  And if it was true for them, how much more so for us?

JESUS’ OWN TEACHING

In Luke 21:35-36, Jesus taught that the Tribulation would take many by surprise:

For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:35-36).

The closing words of his teaching on the last days shows the same basic wording as Paul’s epistles to the Thessalonians.  His clear language to his disciples is that escape from the day of wrath is possible – even a certainty – to the redeemed.  Furthermore, he gave them no indication that this event lay in the far future.  It was related with an immediacy that could clearly apply to those alive to hear Jesus’ own words.

IMMINENCY, NOT IMMEDIACY

When something is poised on the verge of happening, it is said to be “imminent.”  One knows that an event is going to happen because one has been given reasons why it’s completion is possible at any moment.  For example, a friend has told you that he’ll pick you up in his car at a certain place at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.  You agree to wait there at the appointed time.  Now, people being what they are, you won’t be the least bit surprised if he is a little early or a little late.  Your agreement to wait doesn’t depend upon his arrival at the exact stroke of 2 p.m.  So, you patiently and faithfully wait.  As you stand there, the moment comes and goes, because you know your friend to be responsible and dependable.  At ten after two, you are still watchfully waiting.  Perhaps you are noticed by people in the neighborhood.  From your posture, your occasional glances in the direction from which your friend is to come and at your watch, they know that you are waiting for something – someone.  Maybe they’ll try to warn you that your friend has stood you up.  Doubts may enter your mind.  But as quickly as they come, you dismiss them, for you have faith in your friend.  You know that he will come.  The precise timing of his arrival is subject to unforseeable variables.  He will come.

A PRINCIPLE

And so it is with faithful Christians.  They watchfully await for the return of Christ.  And so it has been for roughly 2,000 years, give or take.  Imminent does not mean immediate.  But it does mean “possibly in the next moment.”  The belief that we may go into the Tribulation discredits the longstanding Christian position of watchful waiting.  There is a principle here.  The Lord wanted each succeeding generation to have the same attitude of watchful waiting that the early disciples had.  By his Holy Spirit, he arranged the information in the Bible to give the entire church – the body of born again believers from Pentecost to the Rapture – that same hopeful expectancy.  If you love the idea that Jesus might appear in the next moment to take you home, you live in the realm of moment-by- moment expectancy.  Remember his closing words to Timothy:

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

In other words, there is a reward that will be given to the person who has faith in Christ’s imminent return.  Remember, rewards don’t come easily.  When the winds of alien teaching try to blow you down, stand upon the sound doctrine of the Apostles, who all taught under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus would come for his own before he judged the world.  As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 16:22 …

“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema Maranatha.”

The term “Anathema” means “accursed.”  “Maranatha” is an Aramaic word that roughly translates to “The Lord is coming …,” or “Lord, come!”  This was the theme word of the early church, and it should also be ours.

THE RAPTURE IS A MYSTERY  

In 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of God’s spirit, is teaching about the certainty of every believer’s resurrection from the dead.  He also reveals that the resurrection body will be magnificently and dramatically changed into an eternal immortal form that has real substance.  Paul clearly teaches that our new body will “bear the image of the heavenly,” that is, like Jesus Christ’s resurrected (verse 49).  In this regard, he says “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” (verse 50).  In other words, our present body of

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Scripture reveals that our current physical bodies of flesh and blood cannot exist in Heaven and will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Therefore, all born again Christians will receive a new Heavenly body when the trump sounds and the rapture occurs.

flesh and blood, which must be sustained by elements of the earth which are perishable, must be changed to another form.  This new form has material being, but it is of a kind that is suited for the spiritual, imperishable and eternal atmosphere of Heaven.  The resurrected Christ is the measure of our future existence.  He could appear and disappear at will (Luke 24:31; John 20:19).  He could move through solid walls (John 20:19,26).  He could be seen and felt (Matthew 28:9); Luke 24:36-42).  He could eat food, though it wasn’t apparently necessary (Luke 24:41-43).  Though glorified, Jesus could be recognized (Luke 24:30-31).  Our resurrected bodies will no longer experience death, aging, crying, mourning, sorrow or pain (Revelation 21:4).  These are just a few of the wonders that we believers (born again) will experience in our future resurrected bodies.  One thing, however, is necessary to be resurrected:  We must first die!  Resurrection is only for the dead.  Resurrection from the dead was certainly a hope clearly taught in the Old Testament.  In the midst of Paul’s teaching on the resurrection he says,

“behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51).

There are many important truths taught in this verse.  First, Paul says he is introducing a mystery.  The moment Paul uses the word “mystery,” it signals that he is going to reveal a new truth not known before.  The word in the original Greek (mysterion), as used in the New Testament, means something not previously known, but now revealed to the true believer (born again).  So what is it that is new?  In this chapter, he has summed up what was known in the Old Testament:  that flesh and blood cannot enter God’s presence; that we must first die, and then be raised in a new eternal form.

THE RAPTURE MEANS NO DEATH  

The second truth in this verse, and the meaning of the mystery, is that we “born again” Christians are not all going to die!  This was a totally new concept.  No Old Testament believer ever dreamed that some future generation would enter eternity and God’s presence without experiencing physical death.  Death is an absolute prerequisite to entering immortality through resurrection.  There were two partial examples of the Rapture in the cases of Enoch and Elijah.  They were taken directly into Heaven without experiencing physical death.  As for the Old Testament believer in general, no one dared to believe that there would be a future generation of believers who would be taken en masse to God’s presence.  Often, I’ve seen rapture doubters make comments that state the fact that the Rapture event cannot be found in the Old Testament.  Although God chose to wait to reveal the revelation of the rapture to the apostle Paul, we can see where the rapture might be alluded to in the Old Testament narrative hidden in a code. Using a computer, Israeli scientists and scholars over the past several years have found encoded messages within the text of the Old Testament that appear to tell names, dates and places of events which have come to pass in this generation. It is now a virtually proven scientific fact that these codes could not be there by chance but are of supernatural origin. This being the case, there is only one source where these codes could have come from. The evidence points directly to God himself. With this in mind, the late bible codes researcher Yacov Rambsel has discovered seventeen amazing codes in seventeen letter intervals from the last eight verses in the first chapter of the book of Genesis , including a code that points to a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. It is most interesting that Yacov had discovered the word “rapture” in a portion of old testament scripture from Isaiah 26:19-21 that describes a future resurrection of the dead who dwell in the dust as the earth casts out it’s righteous dead. For good measure, God decided to encode the word rapture in a most unique way in the old testament book of Malachi.  In this verse of scripture we read these interesting words …

“Then they that feared (reverenced) the LORD spake often one to another; and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared (reverenced) the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that

day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him (Malachi 3:16-17).

Clearly, God intends to spare us from going through the tribulation period as clearly

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Interestingly, the rapture event can be found encoded in Old Testament scripture in what is known as the Bible Codes.  These rapture codes can be found in particular Old Testament text wherein the text itself seem to be alluding to the dramatic approaching event of the rapture.

pointed out in this scripture. There is great controversy over whether the rapture will occur before, during or after the coming seven years of judgment upon earth known in scripture as the Tribulation. The plain text of scripture does indeed make it clear that it will be before, but for good measure, we can see that God has also encoded the word rapture in some most peculiar portions of scripture to demonstrate a pre-tribulation rapture. The truly electrifying fact is that many of you who are reading this will experience this mystery.  You will never know what it is to die physically.

THE RAPTURE INCLUDES ALL – ALL REALLY DOES MEAN ALL

The third truth in this verse is that all believers at the same time of the Rapture will escape physical death.  It is not an accident that God selected the Corinthians to be the recipients of this revelation.  For all of the early churches that the New Testament records, the Corinthian church was the most carnal.  Paul rebukes them for everything from fornication (6:15-20) to getting drunk at communion (11:20-22).  Yet, Paul says to them, “We all will be changed.”  A famous Supreme Court decision defined the word “all” as follows:  “All includes everyone, and excludes no one.”  That is a very apt definition for how many believers (born again) will go at the Rapture.  Some will regretfully be raptured while out of fellowship with God.  This may result in a loss of rewards for service, but not participation in the Rapture.  This fact is based on the same foundation upon which salvation itself is based.  It is “by grace through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is a gift of God” (See 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 and Ephesians 2:8-9).  There is no scriptural basis for a partial Rapture.  The Rapture must be based on the same principles as salvation is.

THE RAPTURE IS INSTANTANEOUS 

Paul says, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed” 1 Corinthians 15:52).  Someone said that the twinkling of an eye is about one-thousandth of a second.  The Greek word is atomos from which we get the word atom.  It means something that cannot be divided.  In other words, the Rapture will occur so quickly and suddenly that the time frame in which it occurs cannot be humanly divided.  In the flash of a second, every living believer (born again) on earth will be gone.  Suddenly, without warning, only unbelievers (not born again) will be populating planet Earth.  In another crucial passage on the Rapture, God reveals to us what will occur while we are being instantaneously transformed into immortal bodies …

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).

The apostle Paul wrote these words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to reassure the Thessalonians who had believing loved ones who had died.  They were afraid that their departed loved ones would be in some other part of God’s plan.  Therefore, they feared that those who were raptured would not see their loved ones again in eternity.  Paul’s answer is as amazing as it is comforting.  For he assures them that not only will we see again Christian loved ones who have died, but that they will receive their resurrection bodies a split second before we are transformed into immortality.  The key word is “we shall be caught up.”  This is the translation of the Greek verb “harpazo.”  As mentioned earlier, it literally means “to snatch out” or “to seize.”  When we put together the concept of “being caught up into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” together with the idea of an instantaneous transformation, the result is spine-tingling.  We will suddenly one day just blast off into space and beyond.  It will be faster than the eye of the unbeliever (people who are not born again that get left behind on earth) can perceive.  Every living believer on earth will disappear.  The world may hear a great sonic boom from all our transformed immortal bodies cracking the sound barrier, but the rest will be a mystery.  As for us, one moment we will be going about our life here on earth; the next moment we will be hurtled into the presence of departed loved ones.  And above all, we will have a face-to-face meeting with the one whose death in our place made it all happen.  Another very intriguing experience is predicted in 1 Thessalonians.  The apostle Paul reveals that we will not only be reunited with all of our Christian relatives and loved ones, but with all those persons who trusted in Jesus (personally received him while on earth resulting in salvation of the soul) through our witness.  He said of those Thessalonians to whom he had ministered …

“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19)

Paul says that these spiritual converts of his will be “his crown of exultation in the Lord’s presence when he comes.”  From this, it appears that each one of us will have grouped around us those whom we have helped to believe in Jesus and received him for the salvation of their souls.  This should spur all born again, saved Christians to redouble their efforts to witness for Christ.  The destiny of eternal souls are at stake.  We will be greatly rewarded by God himself for doing so.

THE BIG, GIANT, FILTHY, FOUL, ODOROUS, VILE, ABHORRENT CATACLYSMIC IRENAEUS STINK BOMB

Contrary to the popular notion of rapture doubters that the rapture was an invention by John Nelson Darby in the 1800s, the clear documentation of history says otherwise.  The Rapture was not made up by John Darby or anyone else in the 1800s. When one looks at the true history of where the doctrine of the rapture originated outside of the divinely inspired biblical text itself,  one could bet their collapsing dollar that it will be clearly shown that people have bought into a bill of goods when they chose to believe the idea that the rapture was a man made doctrine from the 1800.  The rapture was not an invention of the Roman Catholic Church or anyone else in the 1800s.  Indisputable evidence confirms that the biblical doctrine traces back to a man named Irenaeus.  Irenaeus gets it from John the Apostle himself. This cat Irenaeus (130 A.D. – 202 AD) was a bishop of the church in Lyons, France. He was an eyewitness to the Apostle John (who wrote the Book of Revelation) and a disciple of Polycarp, the first of the Apostle John’s disciples. Irenaeus is most known for his five-volume treatise, “Against Heresies” in which he exposed the false religions and cults of his day along with advice for how to share the Gospel with those who were a part of them. Iraneus describes the church leaving the sinful world just before unprecedented disasters. Note his use of the term “caught up” which is Rapture terminology as that is the meaning of the word “harpazo,” the term for “caught up” in the King James Bible describing the Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4. He then quotes Matthew 24:21 where Jesus Christ says:

“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 it is during this time that those who convert to Christianity during the final years will receive the incorruptible crown mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:25. In Irenaeus’ belief, the Rapture took place prior to the end times Great Tribulation. Again, this is Irenaeus, the cat who was an eyewitness to the Apostle John himself – the Apostle who wrote the book of Revelation.  Irenaeus is a big, giant, filthy, foul, odorous, vile, abhorrent cataclysmic stink bomb to the rapture doubters, mid-tribulationists (the view that the rapture occurs in the middle of the Tribulation), the post Tribulationists (the view that the rapture occurs at the end of the Tribulation) and the Preterists.  This evidence is enough to make any of these groups, though fellow Christians, want to grab their noses in utter terror of the unpleasant stench of the rapture truth.  In fact, if you are one that falls into one of these mentioned groups, you may want to go grab your toilet plunger from your bathroom and place it over your mouth to prevent cardiac arrest from the abhorrence of the whole narrative after reading this and the following bit of information.

Cyprian (200 AD – 258 AD) – Cyprian was Bishop of the church in Carthage. During his short stint as leader of the church, he guided the flock through intense persecution at the hands of the Roman Empire. In 258 AD after spending seven months of confinement to his home by order of Roman authorities, he was beheaded for his faith. Several of his works still exist today. In Treatises of Cyprian he wrote in describing the end times Great Tribulation:

“We who see that terrible things have begun, and know that still more terrible things are imminent, may regard it as the greatest advantage to depart from it as quickly as possible. Do you not give God thanks, do you not congratulate yourself, that by an early departure you are taken away, and delivered from the shipwrecks and disasters that are imminent? Let us greet the day which assigns each of us to his own home, which snatches us hence, and sets us free from the snares of the world and restores us to paradise and the kingdom.”

Again we see use of language commonly found in reference to the Rapture as Cyprian describes the judgments of the end times as “imminent.” And he makes his belief on the timing of the Rapture when he wrote that Christians will have an “early departure” and be “delivered” from the devastating global judgments that come during the Day of The Lord. In line with the Apostle Paul who wrote that “God has not appointed us to wrath, but salvation..” Cyprian expressed joy and encourages the believing reader to rejoice that the Church will be “taken away” before the disastrous Great Tribulation. Just as Jesus in Matthew 24 used the same language of one “taken away” and the other “left.” Additionally, Cyprian references the mansions which Christ promises to come back and take His believers to in John 14. So, one needs to be careful in passing forward the narrative that there will not be a pre-tribulation rapture. You may cause some to lose a reward that will be given to those who look for/love his coming:

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

This won’t be a literal crown that one will wear on their head. This is symbology of a reward that will enable a place of prominence and prestige in the coming 1,000 year kingdom reign of Christ on earth and beyond.  This dispensation of the 1,000 year millennial reign will begin after the Tribulation period ends. So, again, one really needs to be careful spreading forth a message that goes against the clearly presented truth of the Apostle Paul’s Holy Spirit inspired writings.

A DRAMATIC SIGN OF HIS APPROACH:  ISLAMIC NO-GO ZONES GROWING IN EUROPE, AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD

There is probably nothing more horrific to watch than what is unfolding in the civilized world, namely western countries in recent years.  In case one happens to have been living under a rock or in a cave somewhere (or watching the propaganda show in the mainstream media), Islam is rapidly destroying western civilization and it’s culture through the overwhelming migration policies of western nations.  Europe is a glaring and horrific case of this.  It has picked up steam just in the last few years or so.  The migration policies of western leaders is absolutely insane.  At this rate, it is projected by 2015-muslim-invasion-of-europethe renowned Pew Research Center that unless there are radical changes to the present policies toward immigration,  30.6% of the population in Sweden will be Islamic by the middle of the century.  These  growing Muslim populations are in the broader EU region (i.e. the 28 European Union member states plus Switzerland and Norway). Sweden is as good as finished.  The horrifying numbers of this invasion are truly staggering. The situation elsewhere is hardly better. It is 19.7% in Germany, 18% in France, 17.2 % in Britain, and 15.2% in the Netherlands. This is what Pew expects to happen if the migration patterns continue at the 2014-2016 levels. Pew also calculated what will happen if the current refugee crisis comes to an end but regular immigration continues at present level.  Under this scenario, the number of Muslims by 2050 is still bound to rise to 20.5% in Sweden, 17.4% in France, 16.7% in the UK, 12.5% in the Netherlands, and 10.8% in Germany.

The United States of America is not far behind European nations as we are experiencing practically the same thing, but not quite as bad as Europe yet, but we are getting there.  If Europe does not make a stand and soon, Europe’s Judeo-Christian civilization will be blown away.  A nightmare like Europeans thought would never occur will occur.  Many are already experiencing the horrors that Islam is bringing to their civilizations.  Rape of their women by these barbaric migrants is out of control.  Crime is out of control and the hostility that these Islamic populations are bringing to them is off the charts.

The rise of dozens of no-go zones, which dot the urban landscapes of Europe, are places that act as ethnic enclaves within their host countries. They are nations within nations, where outsiders are routinely shunned, berated, and beaten if they dare enter. In addition to that, they’ve become hotbeds of terrorism and civil unrest. And believe it or not, these Islamic no-go zones are beginning to show up in the United States.

That’s according to Raheem Kassam, a conservative political activist and author from the UK. He recently wrote a book on the subject of no-go zones, which reveals startling similarities between the Middle Eastern enclaves of Europe and America.  Places like the Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis, where Shariah cops make house checks to make sure Somali refugees are not becoming too Westernized, and Hamtramck, Michigan,MUSLIM NO GO ZONESwhere the call to prayer is blasted over loudspeakers in Arabic and storefronts that once peddled Polish sausage are now brimming with halal meats.

“These can be the early warning signs of a budding no-go zone,” says Kassam. But even more crucial, he says, is the level of assimilation by second and third generation Muslim “Americans.” If the experience of Europe is any indication, trouble is on the horizon for U.S. cities.  Of course, America has always had neighborhoods that were predominantly inhabited by various immigrant groups. But over time those immigrants still assimilated. That’s not what we’re seeing in America’s Muslim neighborhoods. “But you look at the Muslim immigrants and they’re not doing that, they’re actually further ghettoizing, they’re moving inward, not outward.”

Polls by Pew Research show a higher proportion of young Muslims backing terrorism, supporting death for apostasy [leaving Islam], death for homosexuals, and the idea that the woman must cover herself with the hijab or the burqa.  So it’s the opposite trend of Little Italy becoming less like Italy and more like America.  “You see a higher disposition than their parents who believe these things,” Kassam said. “They’re holding onto this Muslim-American sort of thing, and they’re being supported by the political left.”  Kassam includes a whole chapter on Hamtramck, which in 2015 became the first U.S. city to elect a majority-Muslim city council. Several years before that, in 2011, the city approved the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers, effectively chasing away many of the last Polish holdouts.

What’s going on in Europe right now should stand as a warning to Americans.  The globalists who run the west behind the scenes are pushing their immigration policies of destruction on us for the utter destruction of Western civilization.  This article could easily turn into twenty pages of horror that Islam is bringing to the world, but suffice it to say, the horror of Islam is rapidly spreading and threatens to bring the world to it’s knees.  So, how is this a biblical sign of the event of the rapture for the church?   

“The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and broken the everlasting covenant; Therefore has the curse (curse means Allah in Hebrew) devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left” (Isaiah 24: 5-6).

It is interesting to note that when one does a Hebraic word study of the meaning of this word “curse,” one will find that it means “Allah.” The “Allah”, or curse, is spreading forth upon the earth in these end times.  One look at the horror show transpiring in Europe and now America regarding the invasion of the Islamic hoards, one has no choice but to come to the easy conclusion that Allah will continue to be God’s curse upon the earth in these last days … and it is a curse that is not going away.  It is here to stay.  The aboveCURSE OF ISLAM passage of Isaiah 24 is a description of the approaching Tribulation period and all of it’s horrific events that will explode upon an unsuspecting world.  A closer look at this passage of scripture will reveal some bizarre, yet horrific events that are prophesied to unfold during the Great Tribulation such as the “earth turning upside down” (verse 1) and the earth being “moved exceedingly” (verse 19).  It is a rather interesting observation that the curse, or “Allah” should be associated with these physically disasterous and horror-filled depictions of what happens to Planet Earth.  The earth “turning upside down” seems to be describing a literal pole shift.  One could possibly make the argument that this is not literal, but turned upside down in the sense of just utter chaos.  It would be like saying that your child’s room is “turned upside down” for being a complete mess.  But, that is not exactly what is being conveyed here in light of verses 18-23.

 “… for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.  The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.  The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.  And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.  Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously” (Isaiah 24:18-23).

The word “therefore” in verse 6 is the key word that links the cause of the spread of the curse to the curse itself.

– The problem (cause)  … “because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and broken the everlasting covenant;  …” (verse 5) 

– The result …Therefore has the curse (curse means Allah in Hebrew) devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left” (verse 6).

From the reading of the text, it is clear that Islam is going to be a horrible and global curse prevailing upon the Earth at the time of the Great Tribulation. Furthermore, it will trigger a reaction from God that will “turn the earth upside down,” cause it to “reel to and fro like a drunkard,” be “moved exceedingly” and be “removed like a cottage.”  Upon observation of this particular portion of scripture, it seems clear that there is a massive outside influence causing the Earth to undergo such horrific and dramatic changes, an influence that God himself has orchestrated and set into motion since from the beginning of time until the point in time when the curse of Allah will engulf the earth as a result of earth’s inhabitants “breaking the everlasting covenant.”  This period of time could be nothing else than the biblical “Great Tribulation.”  Could this destructive influence be the result of what has gotten much attention in recent years regarding Planet X?  In case you have been living under a rock or just not paying attention, there is much talk (and evidence) to support the hypothesis that there is a massive planetary system that is heading our way and will cause much destruction to Earth as it passes by.  In fact, there seems to be evidence that this is a story that has been covered up and not allowed to see the light of day, although it has gotten some mention in news sources in years past.  In a nutshell (and scientifically speaking), such an event would cause a massive gravitational pull upon the Earth to the point that it will cause a pole shift to occur, thus causing massive earthquakes like the world has never known, weather to become extremely destructive and cause massive carnage of all types to the detriment of life on earth.  If history is any indicator, there seems to be massive evidence of the existence of this planetary system.  It is a system that is said to have multiple accompanying moons traveling and orbiting around it.  Interestingly, it is also said that this planetary system was the actual cause of Noah’s flood and many other destructions of the past, such as the 10 plagues of Egypt.  History has seemingly well documented this system and it’s effects upon the Earth as it passed.  Much of this information can easily be researched, but suffice it to say, the evidence does indeed seem to be in favor of this approaching cataclysm from outer space called the Planet X system and will be the catalyst for the judgments found in biblical scripture, such as Isaiah 24 and Revelation 6.  In fact, Isaiah 24 and Revelation 6 seem to be describing the very same event.  In Revelation 6, we read suspiciously similar judgments found in Isaiah 24.  In Revelation 6 we read the following …

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  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 free man, 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:  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:9-17)

It is massively interesting that Isaiah 24 seems to be linking this horrific pole shift to the appearance of the curse of Islam that is now beginning to engulf the earth, and even more interestingly, verses 9-19 of Revelation 6 seem to be describing the very same curse of Islam upon the earth as does Isaiah 24.  Verses 9-10 of Revelation 6 seem to be describing Christians (who get saved during the Tribulation) being slaughtered as a result of the witness of Christ.  There is only one religion or ideology in the world that does this, and that ideology is none other than Islam.  Is Islam’s sudden spread on the earth a major harbinger or sign that the Planet X system is soon to make it’s pass by earth, thus triggering the judgments of Revelation 6 and Isaiah 24?  The biblical evidence seems to be very overwhelming that it is.

Summary of this section:   It looks very suspicious that because the entire world is beginning to fall under this “Allah”, or curse, the earth itself will come under a severe judgment as a result of a horrific pole shift caused by an approaching and massively huge planetary system with it’s own orbiting moons and other celestial bodies, dragging with it a very large debris trail.  God has timed this approaching planet and it’s entire system of moons, etc. to coincide with the “Allah”, or curse, that has devoured the planet.

SHADES OF REVELATION 6:  THE VISIBLE SIGNS OF THE APPROACH OF PLANET X 

There are many who say that the unusually extreme and bizarre weather that we have been experiencing in recent years has to do with the approach of the Planet X system.  I am inclined to believe that, although many times it is hard to know whether or not much of it is a result of man caused deliberate manipulation through not-so-secret technologies such as HAARP and other devices that the elite may possess.  I would hazard a guess and say that much of the HAARP created weather conditions are covering up and mixing in with the weather effects of the approaching Planet X system.  It is often hard to guage in one’s mind, but I would hazard to say that it is likely both.  We are also hearing about certain scientists that are also coming to the conclusion that there is an outside “force” that is interfering with the natural orbit and function of all of the other planets in our solar system, such as various planets tilting out of their normal positions.  Some of these scientists actually turn up dead under suspicious circumstances.  Then there are many videos on youtube that claim to show real pictures of Planet X and it’s accompanying moons, many of which are no doubt faked.  But many of them simply cannot be explained seemingly.  With modern computer technology and the tendency for many people to be dishonest for personal financial gain through youtube clicks, much of these videos and photos inevitably cannot be believed.  But it is near inconceivable that every single one of them are faked.  Clearly, it would seem that people are catching glimpses and views of other objects in the sky.  One such person would be my wife.  In the month of October, 2017, she was taking her usual early morning walk in the park near where we live in Colorado when she spotted something very unusual in the sky, an object that had the appearance of a moon to the left of the sun.  She then pointed her cell phone camera toward the sight and snapped a picture (see her photo below).

PJ'S NIBIRU MOON
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM – On the morning of October 7, 2017, my wife was walking in the park near where we live in Colorado.  She spotted something unusual in the sky that looked like a moon, but was not Earth’s moon.  She pointed her phone camera at the sky and snapped the picture of what looks to be one of the several moons of the approaching Planet X system, a system that will cause the catastrophic global judgments found in Isaiah 24 and Revelation 6.

It obviously wasn’t our moon given that Earth’s moon had already gone down below the horizon much earlier and was obviously on the opposite side of the sky.  So, what was this object if it is obviously not Earth’s moon?  I think you can probably guess my obvious answer at this point … it is a very high probability that it is one of the Planet X orbiting moons beginning to make it’s appearance in our skies as this massive planetary system makes it’s way ever closer to our solar system.  I am willing to concede that just perhaps what you are looking at in the picture is a holographic image using the technology that we know the elite possess.  Much has been said about the fact that they intend to perpetrate a massive “alien invasion” hoax on the clueless masses to further along their agenda of a New World Order.  Much has been said about Project Blue Beam. So, is holographic technology responsible for what you are looking at in the picture above?  Quite possibly, but unlikely.  I am also willing to concede to the possibility that it is somehow a reflection of the sun in the thin layering of hazy cloud cover or chemtrailing.  I’m not much of an expert in the physics and mechanics of light refraction, but it would be possible the thin layering of chemtrailing may be acting as the screen onto which the sun’s image is being projected.  But my gut feeling is that this is simply not the case given the amazing evidence that is emerging as can be seen in the video series at the end of this article.  If neither of these two aforementioned explanations are correct, then Houston, we have a problem.  It would be a clear sign that the Tribulation is fast approaching and that the world as we know it is running out of time.  Even if Planet X is nothing more than some kind of hoax or globalist elite planted psyop (history would seem to indicate otherwise though), it still cannot be refuted that there is an outside force that is fixing to open up a tall, cold, bitter, vile, stinky, putrid can of destruction on planet Earth just based on Isaiah 24 and Revelation 6.  This simply cannot be ignored.  At present, the Planet X narrative is the best evidenced mechanism for the fulfillment of these two powerful prophetic scriptures.

In a November 12, 2017, interview with Marshall Masters of Yowusa.com, the late Lana of Tucson, Arizona discusses seven of her Planet X observations beginning with December 6, 2016, through November 1, 2017. Not only did Lana begin consistently tracking an object of interest at approximately one o’clock relative to the Sun, her videos show a consistent pattern across a wide variety of times and viewing conditions. Later in the series, she also began observing what may appear to be a moon in orbit around the object of interest. In his review of her videos, Marshall finds direct evidence to counter common debunking claims that these are solar flares. He also debunks the finger over the sun test that debunkers favor as a sucker-bait that sets people up to fail.

Over the course of three consecutive days, the 8th, 9th, and 10th of September 2017, Amber Williamson of Clarksburg, West Virginia took video footage of the Nibiru/Planet X system at the sun’s 11 o’clock position relative to the horizon. Her observations with an iPhone 7 smartphone were conducted near sunset on each of the three days. In the four videos shown in this report, the object is consistent. The fact that she first observed Nibiru with her own eyes before shooting a corroborating video on the 8th establishes a firm foundation of credibility for her observations. In her video reports, one video for the 8th, one for the 9th and two for the 10th is shown as part of two interviews of Amber by Marshall Masters of yowusa.com on the 9th and the 11th.  In the fifth of seven installments of the “Planet X/Nibiru Has Arrived” video series, she presented three observation videos. The observations in this video were videographed in December 2017 and January 2018. All three of Amber’s observation videos confirm and correlate with objects seen in the sky by countless eyewitnesses in London, UK on November 16, 2017. Also presented in this video are still images of corroborating observations by Steve Dix in Flagstaff, AZ and Philip Sinclair in Somerset, Massachusetts.  All seven parts of this amazing and very revealing interview series are complete with very compelling  smoking gun evidence.  This video series can be seen at the end of this article.

For those who are safe in Christ and “born again” (see videos above in the beginning of this article), it means that Christ’s return for his own (the rapture) is drawing ever near to remove us off the earth prior to his wrath being poured out.

And now for this gem… “Comet Elenin, which was in the news for some time, until NASA convinced the public that it broke up as it neared the sun was really just a warning to those in the know that Nibiru/Planet X was back and to prepare. It appears that Elenin was an intentional acronym for … wait for it…. wait for it….. wait for it…..

{E}xtinction {L}evel {E}vent {N}ibiru {I}s {N}ear.

A VEILED MESSAGE TO JOHN:  A REVELATION 4:1 PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE

“Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom” (Matthew 16:28).

Similarly, in the closing words of John’s Gospel, Jesus gave the clear impression that the fulfillment of the age could come within the lifetimes of the Apostles.  In chapter 21, Jesus gave Peter the well-known threefold affirmation:  “Lovest thou me?Feed my sheep.”  Then, he prophesied the manner of Peter’s death some years hence.  Naturally intrigued, Peter saw John standing nearby and seized the moment to ask Jesus about the manner of John’s death.  But Jesus mildly reprimanded him, saying, ” … If I will that he tarry til I come, what is that to you?  follow thou me” (John 21:22).  Jesus made no attempt to tell Peter that his coming lay in the distant future.  In the next verse, John clarified Christ’s meaning:

“Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?” (John 21:23)

Some had taken the words of Jesus literally, that John was guaranteed virtual immortality until Jesus returned, no matter how long that would be.  John corrected the statement, making it conditional.  But he still didn’t imply that Jesus’ coming would be in the far future.  It is a matter of simple, historical fact that Christians in the first century believed that Jesus might return while they were yet living.  Of course, this did not happen, so what did Jesus mean when he told John that there are some standing here that will not taste of death until they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom?  First, and obviously, Jesus is saying this to his disciples who are standing there in his presence, so it is obvious that Jesus knew what they were thinking.  On the surface, it looks as though Jesus was saying that John will still be living when Jesus returns.  But as we now know, John the Apostle ended up exiled on the Isle of Patmos by the Roman authorities and was supernaturally “caught up” into Heaven and shown the future.  John actually time traveled to the future and saw the events that would transpire in our still future.

SHORE OF GALILEE
It was near here, along the shore of Galilee, that Jesus cooked breakfast for the disciples (John 21).  Peter was told how he would die.  But of John, Jesus said that he would live to see his return.  Therefore, there remained the possibility that Christ could return before the end of the first century.  Little did John know that he would be exiled on the Isle of Patmos and be “raptured” into Heaven and be taken into the future to see the return of Christ.  The apostle John was the only one of the apostles to have time traveled into the future.

He saw the Tribulation and the events that will unfold during that time.  This fulfilled Jesus’ statement when he said in Matthew 16:28 that There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”  More specifically, what John saw was not only the horrors of the Tribulation period, but Christ returning to earth with his saints and establishing his 1,000 year millennial reign on earth, hence Christ’s statement that he (John) would see the son of man coming in his kingdom.  But if this was the second coming of Christ that John saw, what about the Rapture that occurs at least seven years or more prior to Christ’s second coming before the Tribulation starts?  For the answer to this question, what we should take notice of now is Revelation 4:1 …

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Revelation 4:1).

With the structure of the Bible being what it is, it is interesting to note that John is “caught up” to Heaven off the Isle of Patmos in Revelation 4:1 with the sound of a trumpet.  As we’ve already seen, the rapture will be accompanied with the sound of a trumpet.  It is clear from what is going on here that this is meant by God to convey the fact that the Rapture of the church will occur at Revelation 4:1 before the judgments of Revelation 6 (also describing the same events in Isaiah 24) occur.  John’s “catching up” in Revelation 4:1 is an intentional picture of the rapture of the church also occurring in Revelation 4:1.  The exciting picture to see here is not only the fact that the rapture will occur at this point before the Tribulation begins, but also that fact that if we are beginning to see the moons of the Planet X system appear in our skies that will ultimately and eventually cause the judgments of Revelation 6 and Isaiah 24, then these Planet X moon sightings are telling us that the rapture is that much sooner to come.  The picture that my wife has taken that I’ve shown in this article  should be a rapture wake-up call to everyone.  Time is swiftly running out.

DID PAUL SAY TRUMP?

It is interesting to note that the Apostle Paul, through the power of the Holy Spirit, was given the revelation of not only the event of the rapture, but also the fact that it will be initiated with the sounding of a Heavenly trump. This future event is directly mentioned in two places of New Testament scripture. They read as follows …

“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 15:52).

“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 just a coincidence that we just so happen to have a well known man with a biblically peculiar last name who rose to the presidency of the United States, the most powerful nation on earth?  A last name that just so happens to be the word that describes the method that God will use to initiate the rapture? Furthermore, is it a coincidence that this man, with this biblically peculiar last name, rose to the presidency at the very same time that the curse (Allah) is rapidly spreading across the globe and that sightings of other heavenly bodies or moon-like objects related to the Planet X system are being spotted by many people (Isaiah 24)? Is it all just coincidental that these three dramatic signs are converging at the same time? Before you answer, think about this … Jesus

declares that “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man” (Luke 17:26).  The Last Trump occurs in the days of Noah.  How many

PRESIDENT TRUMP
President “Trump” – “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last “trump.” For the “trumpet” [TRUMP/PENCE] shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).  “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).
people do you know named Trump? Trump, our current President, is a flashing sign, a prophetic truth. Since Obama’s second year of his second term, Noah has been the most popular baby name. The Donald Trump presidency will be the 58th presidential term in America’s history. It seems that 58 is very prophetically significant. It turns out that 58 is also a Hebrew word. That word is “Noah.” Noah means “comfort” or “rest.”

Taking all of these observations into account, it would seem that we have the makings of a divine wake-up call to the world.  There seems to be a very big and demonstratable connection between these events now unfolding and the imminency of Christ’s return for his own in the rapture event.  Make sure that you will be a part of this astonishing and thrilling escape.  Are you ready?  Be sure you are, you don’t have much time left (See the 3 videos in the beginning of this article).  Otherwise, keep reading below.

THE WAY OUT AND YOU

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).

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4 thoughts on “DARKNESS DESCENDING AND THE IMMINENT RETURN OF CHRIST: DEFENDING THE DOCTRINE OF THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE

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  1. Here is briefly how I see the so-called rapture. It is, I believe, much more dynamic than generally presented. In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, when He discusses the 7 churches, only one church (one mindset, one group of believers) is given the promise of escaping the things that are coming. The church of Philadelphia is a small church. This is why Jesus said to pray that you be found worthy. This group is a type of first fruits. Not the entire church. Even Smyrna, the persecuted church, the only other church that was NOT told to repent, is not given this promise. Only those found worthy at that point in time. The rest of us will need more refining. This catching away of the saints will not come until after the man of sin has been revealed. I see many people try to suggest a seven year period for the tribulation based on Daniel’s prophecy, but I have not been able to correlate that to the 3 1/2 years consistently mentioned in other texts. Jesus comes in the clouds which I believe you see pictured at the breaking of the 6th seal. Then He comes with the first fruits company at the last trump in Revelation. Don’t have time for more.

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    1. As with any study of words, phrases and statements, full context and use of the word in question is required to understand the meaning behind something that we are reading. Luke 21:36 is no different.

      This is where the Greek helps … “escape” is the Greek word “ekpheugō.” While ekpheugo is indeed a verb, a review of Vine’s does not attribute the word to an active or passive tense. It is not an active verb. This is important as it does denote this for other forms of the word “escape.” It is indeed used in a passive tense, as opposed to active. In other words, ekpheugo is not “escaping by your own efforts” – it is “participating in an escape by the efforts of another.” This fact inflicts a huge, gaping, nauseous, repulsive, insidious, horrifying, filthy, dirty, stinky, smelly, obnoxious, insidious, hideous, grotesque hole in the narrative that only a select group of saved, born again Christians are counted worthy to escape this coming time called the Tribulation. Understand, even if “ekpheugo” was considered a verb in the active voice in every resource, the argument is still faulty. Here is why … to escape by walking through an open door is the same as walking through a door that you must open first. The escape is not the opening of the door. It is the actual walking through the door. In the case of the rapture, worthiness is not a determination of whether or not you can walk through the door. It’s whether or not Christ deems you worthy to even have the door opened in the first place. Remember, heaven is a locked door in which Christ alone can open. If He accounts you worthy, then He opens the door. Once that door is open, then there is no choice – you WILL walk through the door. Whether in death or rapture it makes no difference. The bottom line here is that this escape is not determined on our being worthy through our own efforts, as the Greek word ekpheugo reveals above. Indeed, it is the entire church of every born again, saved individual who will escape the coming Tribulation. We will not need “refining.” The concept of being a part of the rapture is based in the truth of the plan of salvation. It is not by works. Here is a critical piece of the puzzle. If ekpheugo had been used just once in the Bible – in Luke 21:36 – the meaning could be reinterpreted to suit any desired meaning. However, each form of the word escape was used at least two or three different times in the New Testament (all but one is used at least three times – it was used twice). This was no accident, as three is the number of the Lord’s witness. In using each form of escape at least three times, it sets the definition and meaning of each form and leaves no wiggle room to alter what the Bible is telling us.

      To the contrary, it’s meaning here is quite interesting given the current conversation.

      “to flee out of a place” (ek, “out of,” and No. 1), is said of the “escape” of prisoners, Acts 16:27; of Sceva’s sons, “fleeing” from the demoniac, Acts 19:16; of Paul’s escape from Damascus, 2 Cor. 11:33; elsewhere with reference to the judgments of God, Luke 21:36; Rom. 2:3; Heb. 2:3; 12:25; 1 Thess. 5:3. See FLEE.

      All of that is interesting because when taken with the other examples of scripture given, we see that escape is not something which is actively accomplished by the persons involved. Stated differently, there is nothing indicated that can be done to effect an escape. You cannot make the escape happen – you can only partake of something outside of your abilities.

      Your second point of contention in the assertion that the catching away of the saints will not come until after the man of sin has been revealed proves a faulty interpretation. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 has been the subject of some controversy in regards to the timing of the rapture and whether it will occur before the Tribulation starts or at some point during or after the Tribulation. The first thing to take note of is the fact that Paul is not teaching here that the falling away and revelation of the man of sin have to take place before the Rapture takes place. What he is stating here is that the falling away and the revelation of the man of sin, or the Antichrist, have to take place before the Day of the Lord begins, not the rapture. The implication being that the Antichrist would already be on the world scene and in a position of power before the Day of the Lord and the seven-year Tribulation period begins. He would have to be in a position of power in order to make or confirm the covenant with Israel at the very beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period. Certainly, Israel would not enter into a confirmed covenant relationship with this man if he weren’t in a position of authority or power to confirm such a covenant with him. So Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 is not saying that here are two things that have to happen before the Rapture: the apostasy and the revelation of the man of sin or the Antichrist. What he is saying is, here are two things that must take place before the Day of the Lord begins, not before the Rapture begins. One must remember that the Tribulation doesn’t begin until the Antichrist signs the treaty with Israel.

      The assertion that the Tribulation is not 7 years but 3 and a half years is also faulty. An understanding of Daniel 9:24-27 is necessary in order to understand the purpose and time of the tribulation. This passage speaks of 70 weeks that have been declared against “your people.” Daniel’s people are the Jews, the nation of Israel, and Daniel 9:24 speaks of a period of time that God has given “to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.” God declares that “seventy sevens” will fulfill all these things. This is 70 sevens of years, or 490 years. (Some translations refer to 70 weeks of years.) This is confirmed by another part of this passage in Daniel. In verses 25 and 26, Daniel is told that the Messiah will be cut off after “seven sevens and sixty-two sevens” (69 total), beginning with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. In other words, 69 sevens of years (483 years) after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah will be cut off. Biblical historians confirm that 483 years passed from the time of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the time when Jesus was crucified. Most Christian scholars, regardless of their view of eschatology (future things/events), have the above understanding of Daniel’s 70 sevens.

      The assertion that Christ is coming in the clouds in the sixth seal is also faulty. Nowhere in that scripture does it even suggest that Christ is returning at this point. You are getting that from two particular verses which are being misinterpreted on your part …

      “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; (verse 12) And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind (verse 13) And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places (verse 14) 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 free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; (verse 15) 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: (verse 16) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (verse 17).

      Nowhere does it imply that Christ is returning in this description of the sixth seal. The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men and all the rest of everybody else are not actually seeing him return. They somehow know that these judgments are being caused by “him who sits on the throne,” but his actual physical and visible coming is nowhere described here. This would contradict the description of his coming at the end of the Tribulation period in Revelation 19. You have a major, major problem with your view based on Revelation 19 alone.

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  2. If you would pay attention to what the bible says the design of the earth truly is, you would see the lies and have no fear.
    It says we live on a domed plane.
    If we’d look deeper the Book of Enoch tells us all about it.
    The “second moon” in the photo is but one of several portals for the moon, giving us it’s waxing and waning cycles and eclipses.
    The next time you see the sun and the moon in the sky together, free and clear of the earth you are standing on, while the moon is halfway through it’s cycle.
    Ask yourself how is the ball you are standing on casting it’s “shadow on the moon?”
    Answer: it is not. Don’t buy the lie. Go read what Enoch had to say about it and open your eyes.
    For me, seeing the physical evidence of the Creator edifies my faith, and compels attention to His Word, not cartoon CGI pics from N(ever)A S(traight)A(nswer)

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