Monday, March 27, 2017

How to be saved from an eternity in hell!



I believe there's a lot of confusion and a lot of deception regarding "How to be saved". I hesitate even using that phrase because it's become so much a part of our Christianeze that the world rejects it outright or merely ignores it.  We toss around the phrase "Are you saved?" or "Is he saved?" so much that I think we often forget what we are being saved from. To the world, they are probably thinking the same thing. Why do they need saving? And from what?

That's why I chose the title I did for this very important post.  Hell is not something you hear much about in church these days. In fact, a recent poll says that most professing Christians no longer believe in hell. Many churches now believe that a loving God would never send people to hell for all eternity.

Yet the Bible says otherwise. Actually it isn't God who sends them there, but their own choice in rejecting Him. But that's another topic.  What I want to address here is a more positive topic. How to go to heaven when you die. How to spend eternity with God.  

For years I sat in church and watched the pastor give altar calls after the sermon to all those who wanted to be "saved".  People would come up, repeat a prayer exactly as he said it, and then BAM, they were pronounced "saved"!  It seemed to me more like an initiation for some sort of  club like the Boy Scouts or maybe a political club than it did an eternity-altering event. I started to wonder. (Recently many churches now make it a secret thing and ask everyone to close their eyes and people who want Jesus to quietly raise their hand and repeat a silent prayer as if it's a complete embarrassment to admit you need Jesus. GRRR)

So, I looked up Scriptures on how to be saved

He who has believed in Me and has been baptized will be saved from the penalty of God’s wrath and judgment; but he who has not believed will be condemned.  Mark 16:16 AMP

And it shall be that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord Jesus] shall be saved (rescued spiritually) Acts 2:21 AMP

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved Acts 4:12 AMP

“Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household  Acts 16:31 AMP

Because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 AMP

Sounds easy, doesn't it?  All I have to do is BELIEVE in Jesus.

But then, how do we process a Scripture like the following:

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. James 2:19

So I looked up BELIEVE in the Greek in Mark 16:16, Acts 16:31, and Romans 10:9 above and here's what I discovered.

It is the GREEK word pisteuo and it means: To have faith, to entrust one's spiritual well-being, to commit unto, to be committed unto.  It means to be persuaded of, and hence, to place confidence in, to trust, and signifies reliance on.

So it would seem that BELIEVE means much more than we think of it in the English. Yes, getting saved is easy, but the process is much more complicated then is preached from the pulpit. It also involves REPENTENCE, which is also a topic not spoken of much anymore. But most of all, the entire salvation process is ONLY initiated by the Holy Spirit.

Unless the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts, our dead spirits cannot perceive the things of God

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  1 Corinthians 2:14

So, a person can repeat a prayer to receive Jesus for all the wrong reasons until he or she is blue in the face AND not be saved because his or her heart is not in the right place, and the Holy Spirit did not initiate it.  Yes, I actually believe that.

So, what does a true salvation experience look like?  I've run out of time on this post, but I will give you both my testimony and my husband's tomorrow as good examples. Not at all to brag. Believe me, my husband and I have NOTHING to brag about. We were the worst sort of people you can imagine. This was all God's doing. But I believe our experiences are perfect examples of how the Holy Spirit works and the resulting process both my husband and I went through that led to true salvation.  Plus, I think you'll be encouraged for your lost loved ones.

So tune in tomorrow!


Friday, March 24, 2017

When Angels Cry is now available for Pre-Order!!


I'm happy to announce that my next book, When Angels Cry, is now available for Pre-order on Amazon Kindle!   I also expect the paperback to be available soon as well as the ebook on Barnes and Noble, Itunes, and Kobo!

But for now, here's the brand new cover!  What do you think?

The Bible is outlawed…
True believers are thrown in jail…
And the battle intensifies for the souls of men…

A single mom struggles to raise a son in a world where immorality, violence, and most of all deception threaten her from all sides in what many are calling the end of days.

But Angelica has a gift from God, visions of the future and the ability to peer into another realm. Yet what can a poor cocktail waitress do with such a gift? More importantly, why is God sending her to warn the one man she vowed never to see again—the man who long ago broke her heart into pieces?

Pastor Daniel Cain has it all, a megachurch with more than twenty thousand members, best-selling books, and sermons that are listened to worldwide. Now, he has a chance to be selected as the President’s spiritual adviser, which could propel him into the political career of his dreams. But when a woman from his past delivers a cryptic warning from God, it sends his life into a tailspin of confusion and intrigue and threatens to destroy, not only everything he has achieved, but everything he believes.

In the final minutes before the trumpet blows, while a spiritual battle rages all round her, Angelica fights to convince Daniel one last time of the truth—before it’s too late and all hell unleashes on the earth.

PreOrder on Amazon    
Release date is April 3rd!   

Two of my author friends read it and here's what they had to say!

 Not since the Left Behind series has there been a more compelling and eye-opening novel. Taut, tense, and totally unpredictable, When Angels Weep is a powerful love story not only for the heart and soul, but one for the ages—especially the age to come. Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Isle of Hope series.

“Action-packed and thrilling, When Angels Cry is not only a great read but a thought-provoking  tale. In the flavor of Peretti and Left Behind, this story paints a vivid picture of what things might be like in the last days.” ~ Michelle Griep, author of The Captive Heart & Brentwood’s Ward

To see characters and scenes from the book, visit my Angels Pinterest Page

This is a contemporary romance/suspense story. Even if you don't read contemporary books, I hope you'll give this a chance. This isn't just another book for me. This has an important message in it for the church. No, I'm not a prophet, pastor, or Bible scholar. I'm just a romance novelist who loves the Lord with all her heart and who strives daily to walk with Him and obey Him.  This book is a product of that walk. My prayer is that it opens the eyes of many who are asleep and brings them into the loving arms of Jesus before it's too late. 

I would appreciate your prayers for God's will for this book.  

And in case you're worried, I fully intend to dive back into history with my next book. To find out what I'm working on, click on "Coming Soon" above.

God bless you all, and have a great weekend!



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Free Adult and Kid Coloring Books!

Instead of my normal picture today, I want to introduce you to a very talented man who is starting an online business selling his very-beautiful coloring books. He contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I'd be interested in sharing his website on my blog, and when I went over to look at his coloring books, I was blown away! 

Here's a portion of his email to me.

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My name is Kris and I am a father of little boy named Antoni.
He appeared in my world one year ago and virtually turned it upside down. Everybody is ready for it until it happens, right?:)

The day Antoni was born I decided to use the energy he gave me to create free website with coloring pages for children all around the world. Being a child we all loved coloring pages and I thought that it is a good idea to spread this activity for next generations. Without any money, obligations, subscriptions etc. Totally for free. To help people and especially children.

So I just immersed in work.

I spent about half of my time comforting Antoni (he was a colicky baby) and the rest of my time on creating a website. I slept 6 hours a day, but after a year of intensive work here it is Topcoloringpages.net

A completely free website for children and adults with coloring pages. It is free because I honestly believe that sharing is caring. It is going to be always free and maybe after some time will attract any sponsor. That way I plan to give Antoni a proper education. My hope is that later in life he can share his best energy with the world and the people around him.
I believe that this is the best way to be a good man. No big policy, no single decisions, but love, sharing, understanding and helping each other day after day.



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How could I resist such a warm email?  Anyway, please head over to his website and check out the coloring books. There are both children and adult and a Christian category too!  ALL FREE!

TOPCOLORINGPAGES.NET





Monday, March 20, 2017

Who goes in the Rapture?



Greetings, everyone!  Of all the posts I've written, this one may end up being the most controversial.  I hope you'll approach what I have to say with an open mind and spirit. I will do my best to back everything with Scriptures, and I certainly encourage you to do your own research into God's Holy Word about this topic. 

I approach this post in an attitude of prayer and after much soul and Scripture searching. I originally came across this idea I'm about to present when, after many many times of reading the Bible, I started to see inconsistencies in the verses I was reading and also in what I was hearing from the pulpit. I have not yet made up my mind about this, though I'm sure you'll see in what direction I'm leaning.

We hear much talk about God's grace and love in church these days, and thank God we do. It is the incredible love and mercy of God that draws people to Him in the first place. But, if you've been following me for awhile, you are aware that it drives me crazy that most preachers neglect the other side of God--that He is a judge, and someday He will judge every person who ever lived. Yes, even Christians for what we did after we got saved. Our judgement is not one that leads to hell, but to rewards. But we are held accountable for our actions here on earth. 

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Matt 16:27

Remember our actions reflect our belief. This is true in any case, not just regarding faith. If you think you're worthless, then you will act like you are worthless. If you believe you're talented and beautiful, you'll act like you are...etc.  If you truly believe in Jesus and the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, then you will do your best to obey God and do the things He asks you to as He molds you and changes you into the image of His Son.  True faith and works go hand in hand. You cannot separate them.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also  James 2:26

In other words, I started to notice throughout the Bible that God doesn't just require a simple prayer of salvation and receiving Jesus. He requires evidence of a changed heart. I also started to notice, that in regards to the Rapture before the Tribulation, it seemed that certain conditions had to be met in order to be privileged to escape the horrors of the wrath of God.  I know there's a lot of Scriptures here, but I pray you read through them all and look them up in context on your own. I'll add my commentary at the bottom.

The parable of the unfaithful servant
And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. Luke 12:42-46

And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ Luke 13:24-27

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matt 10:38-39

“Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Luke 12:35-40

Remember the Wedding Feast is the Wedding of Jesus and His Bride (the church)  Wedding garments are the righteous acts of the saints. (Rev 19:8)
But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matt 22:11-14

Another Wicked servant parable
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Matt 24:48-51

Read Matthew 25 - The parable of the Virgins

This is the Apostle Paul himself saying that he doesn't even know if he's going to make the resurrection from the dead (Remember the resurrection from the dead happens at the Rapture when the dead in Christ rise from their graves and go ahead of those of us still alive)

For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.  It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ [Jesus]. Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:8-14

Important to note here that when Jesus comes, He comes on a rescue mission.. to deliver us from the coming wrath. What wrath is that? The wrath of God!

and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath. 1 Thess 1:10


Do you love His appearing? Are you looking for Jesus and excited at His return?
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 Tim 4:8
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28

Notice the "thief" analogy Jesus uses below (a reference to the Rapture)
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. Rev 3:2-4

It doesn't get any clearer than this. This is Jesus speaking
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.  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Rev 3:10-11

Another pretty clear verse. Jesus is speaking to His disciples not a group of unbelievers. He had just told them some of the disasters that would happen in the Tribulation
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man Luke 21:36

It seems pretty clear to me after reading all these Scriptures that God requires something from us in order to be found worthy to escape the Tribulation. 

I'm Not talking about WORKS here.  I know there's a Partial Rapture theory floating around that says who goes in the Rapture is based on works. I believe we are saved completely by GRACE NOT WORKS. But as I stated above, faith and works cannot be separated. If you are truly saved, if you have truly repented and given your life to Jesus. If you put Him first in your life, then there will be some outward evidence. 

From the Scriptures above, it seems that God requires us to do the following in order to escape the Tribulation
  • Repent
  • Keep His Word
  • Watch
  • Pray
  • Look for Jesus to return
  • Press on for the prize of God's upward calling in Jesus
  • Don't be lazy and turn away from doing God's will (The evil servant)
  • Keep your oil lamp lit (Parable of the virgins. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit)
  • Do Righteous deeds (to create your wedding garment)
  • Take up your cross and follow Jesus.

It's really just a matter of the heart. Let's face it, we all struggle with various weaknesses and sins. But what it boils down to is this. Do we love the Lord with all our heart and do we truly desire to follow Him and obey His will?  If so, then no matter what stage of our Christian walk we are in, I believe we will be taken in the Rapture. 

If, however, a person has fallen away from the Lord. If they are living in purposeful sin. If they have put other things first in their lives, then it is my belief they will be left behind to suffer the Tribulation. Are they still saved and going to heaven?  I believe in some case yes!  But that's a topic for another time.  I imagine that being left behind will truly wake up many of the carnal Christians out there who have drifted far from God. They will know what happened and fall to their knees in repentance, and they may very well be the ones who help save many people during the most tumultuous time on earth.

This is a topic I portray in my new release, When Angels Cry, coming out on April 3rd.  I realize this is a touchy subject and may upset some of you who are hoping your loved ones will be delivered. I, too, have a child who has drifted from God, so I completely understand.  However, I felt the Lord wanted me to deliver this warning as gently as I could. (And I'm giving myself this warning too!)

Get ready. He's coming soon! Repent of any sin, repent of disobedience and not putting Jesus first in your life, and get right with God. Pray, read the Bible, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and make it your daily goal to walk with Him and know Him. 

If you don't know Jesus, stop what you're doing, get alone, and pray for God to make Him known to you.  I'm writing a post on how to be saved next Monday. 








Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!


Greetings saints of the Most High!  Here's another listing of recent events related to Biblical prophecy of the end of days. I could have put so much more in here, but ran out of time and room. Many people don't know the things that are happening all around us. If I didn't go looking for them, I wouldn't either. Yet, as you glance down the list, you can't help but realize that we are the generation Jesus spoke about. It is both exciting and unnerving, yet we are blessed!  Many believers throughout the past longed to see the things we are witnessing every day.

Read prayerfully with a spirit of anticipation for the soon coming of our Prince!

Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Famines/Pestilence

Mt. Etna in Italy exhibiting increased activity
164 feet wide sinkhole opens up in Russia
Bird Flu fears in Alabama
6.0 Earthquake strikes India
5.1 Earthquake hits Burma
Avian Flu strikes Nepal for the first time
20 million at risk of starvation in Somolia
Yellow Fever outbreak in Brazil 
Volcanic eruption in Alaska threatens village 

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Russian spy ship returns off US coast 
Russia gearing up for another intervention in the Middle East 
World War 3 is coming! 
North Korea threatens merciless attack on US 
US Navy Seals take part in joint drills against North Korea 
Within a few years, North Korea could have a missile capable of hitting U.S. 
Global leaders rattle their sables as the world marches toward War 
Iran continues to test missiles in defiance of agreement

Signs in the Sky/Aliens

What the prophetic star calendar says about Jesus's coming

Immorality/Evil

Mother and Son become Father and Daughter 
Minnesota University drops Homecoming "King and Queen" and replaces with "Royals" 
Demon activity in the U.S. on the rise according to Exorcists
Satanist students at Clemson University hold Bible torching ceremony
Air Force says words like "Boy" or "Girl" could be offensive


New World Order/loss of freedoms

Big brother is watching you through your cell phones
New war to label conservative news sites as "Fake News" 
Canada rolls out new blasphemy laws

Apostasy

Many young adults are turning to witchcraft as a way to rebel against Christianity 
Warming: The hyper-grace movement rewrites the Bible 
Pastor says God is Transgender

Persecution

Beauty and the Beast actors mock Christians 
China arrests two pastors on serious allegations 
Mommy blogger under fire for canceling Disney vacation 
Brave Chinese Christians attend church despite intense persecution 
Judge rules that public school's visit to Christian sports complex violates constitution 
Hawaii Senate passes bill forcing churches to refer women to abortion clinics 
Iran arrests Christian Mother and Son and seize Bibles


Good News!

Armed rebels release Franklin Graham aid workers
X-Satanist radically saved and baptized 
Visions and dreams of Jesus are causing thousands of Muslims to get saved! 
Tombs of Biblical Esther and Mordechai found intact after 2500 years! 
8 year old boy says Angels helped him lift car off his dying dad 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017


The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Psalm 29:11 (KJV) 



Monday, March 13, 2017

Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, Post-Trib, Who-cares-Trib?



Before I begin, let me define what the Tribulation is.  The short answer? It's a 7 year period of time that happens right before the 2nd coming of Jesus and the end of the age. It is a time of great suffering and agony on the earth in the form of many natural disasters, wars, incoming asteroids and meteors, famines, disease, nd a global dictatorship ruled by the antichrist.  This time period goes by many names in the Bible, including but not limited to:

The Time of Jacob's Trouble
Daniel's 70th Week
The Day of the Lord
The Day of God's Wrath

The length of this time period (7 years) is found in Daniel 9. To explain it in detail would take another post, so I'll leave it to you to do your own homework. Daniel is a fascinating book. Also in that chapter the angel tells Daniel the exact date that the Messiah (Jesus) would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday. If that doesn't convince people that the Bible is God's Word, I don't know what will!

Here are some verses for your reference and study regarding the Tribulation. These are just a few. There are many more, and I encourage you to do your own study (Matthew 24, Daniel 12, Revelation 7, 13, Mark 13, Isaiah 13,19,24,27, Ezekiel 30, Joel, Zephaniah 3, Amos 5, Jeremiah 30)

When the Jewish people rejected their Savior, God's time clock stopped and the final week (or 7 year period) has yet to be fulfilled. We then entered, and are now still in, the Age of Grace in which God is offering salvation to all of mankind, not just the Jews. In the final 7 year period, God will once again turn His attention to the Jewish people...the apple of His eye. No, the church has NOT replaced the Jews. God still loves the Jews and He will reveal Himself to them in the last days. Jesus refers to this age of grace as the Times of the Gentiles in Luke 21:24.

Much of the Tribulation is described in the book of Revelation, and believe me, you really do NOT want to be here on earth. Millions of people will suffer and die from God's wrath being poured out upon the earth, In addition, millions of Christians and Jews will suffer and die under the hand of the Antichrist.The last half of the Tribulation is called the Great Tribulation and is going to be much worse than the first half and is kicked off by the Antichrist setting himself up as god in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:21-22

Now, for the Rapture. Last week I posted my thoughts on why I believe we will know the timing of the Rapture. For those of you who don't know what the Rapture is, it is an event in which Jesus calls up His saints home to heaven.  The word "Rapture" is not found in the Bible, but the event is described in great detail by both Paul and Jesus. Read 1 Thessalonians 4-5, 1 Corinthians 15, and Matthew 24.

There are several theories as to the timing of the Rapture  as it relates to the Tribulation, which I'll list briefly here.

  • Pre-Tribulation - The Rapture happens before the Tribulation 
  • Mid-Tribulation - The Rapture happens in the middle of the Tribulation before the Great Tribulation
  • Post-Tribulation - The Rapture happens at the end of the Tribulation
  • Pre-Wrath - The Rapture happens somewhere near the end before God's wrath is poured out
  • Partial Rapture - Only the faithful are raptured in the beginning of the Tribulation, and others who come to the Lord afterward are raptured somewhere in the middle. 

First of all, to understand the timing, we need to know what is the purpose of the Rapture?

1. To rescue the Faithful saints from the horrors of the Tribulation and from God's Wrath.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thess 5:9
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1 Thess 1:10

2. For Jesus to fetch His bride and bring her up to the Wedding of the Lamb (Jesus marries the church)  
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused (betrothed) you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2)
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Revelation 19:7

3. To close out the church age so God can then focus His attention on the Jewish people
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1  (Michael is the Archangel who watches over Israel)

Most everything in the Bible that has to do with the Tribulation period, has to do with Israel: The Antichrist, the two witnesses, the 144,000 evangelists. Plus, there is no mention of the church after Revelation 3.

As I mentioned last week, often when I bring up the topic of the Rapture to many Christians, their response is one of complete apathy. They've been taught that we won't know when it will happen, which I proved false in my POST HERE. Because untruth has wormed its way into the church, many Christians refuse to also discuss the timing of the Rapture because it causes arguments and it doesn't really matter anyway.  But once again, I think it matters a great deal that we will know the timing AND that we know whether we will be rescued before, in the middle, or after the Tribulation.

Let me start off by saying that I used to believe in a Post-Tribulation timing. From my reading of the Scriptures, in particular Matthew 24, it definitely seemed that we would be here for the Tribulation and right up to the end when Jesus returns and calls us up to meet Him in the air.  I believed this for years, but I now admit I was wrong. After years of studying prophecy, I now believe that the saints will be snatched out of here before the Tribulation.

My reasons are all based on the three purposes I listed above.

1. We are the Bride of Christ. This is mentioned multiple times in the Bible. In essence, we are betrothed to Him. Jesus paid for us with His blood, and the Holy Spirit has put His seal upon us.  Do you really think Jesus is going to leave His bride here on earth to suffer the wrath of God? I'm talking about real wrath being poured out, fire, blood, boils, smoke, rivers and seas turning to blood, millions suffering and dying, etc..  read Revelation. There are a multitude of Scriptures which tell us that we will be saved from God's wrath.

2. The Jewish Wedding. This is the thing that finally convinced me. It might behoove you to do a study on ancient Jewish wedding traditions. (Here's an excellent site)  I'm only going to summarize them here.

The groom paid a bride price and then told the bride that he was going away to prepare a place for her in his Father's house. (Remind you of something Jesus said?).  The groom could be gone for up to 2 years building a bridal chamber onto his father's house.

When the room was ready, the groom would come and get his bride. The bride wouldn't know the exact timing, but she had to be ready at all times. She had spent her time doing good works and learning how to be a good wife. Then a trumpet would sound, announcing the groom's arrival, and he would take the bride back to the bridal chamber for 7 days.  After the 7 days, the couple would come out to celebrate with a huge feast and party.

Once I learned this, I realized that the bride of Christ must be in heaven for the entire Wedding ceremony, which lasted 7 days... .which had to be equivalent to the 7 year Tribulation on earth.

3. The purpose of Daniel's 70th week (or the final 7 years at the end of the age) is for God to deal with Israel. His entire focus will be on the Jews and no longer on the church. Therefore, the church must be gone. I'm not saying God can't focus on both... but the purpose of this last 7 year period is deal with the Jews and save the remnant.

So why is this important?  It has to do with being prepared. If you believe in a pre-trib rapture, you'll be paying attention to all the signs around you. You'll be watching and getting yourself ready, purifying yourself, living a godly life, telling others about the Lord. If you believe in a post-trib, then you will be looking for the Tribulation to start (not for Jesus), and you'll probably be stocking up food and emergency supplies. (I know I would) .

However, no matter what you believe, please don't allow it to cause rifts between you and your brothers and sisters.  I've heard of Christians who become furious about these things and go so far as to break off friendships. Please don't do that. It's not crucial. Being saved and having a relationship with Jesus is the most important thing.  As the bride of Jesus, we should be focusing on pleasing Him and watching for His soon return.