Monday, January 22, 2018

More than one rapture?


We can all agree that there are at least two "comings" of the Messiah, Jesus.  Those of us who believe in the rapture will say there are at least three "comings" of Jesus, even though in the rapture, Jesus does not technically set His feet on earth.

The dual nature of Jesus's two comings; one as a suffering servant, and the other as the avenging Lion of Judah who will rule and reign, are both prophesied in Scripture. Trouble is, most of the Jewish rabbis and scholars at the tine of Jesus's birth missed that. They clearly saw that the Messiah would come and deliver Israel and then set up His Kingdom out of Jerusalem, but they missed that the Messiah first had to suffer and die for the sins of mankind. In fact, most of the Jewish people have still missed that first coming for thousands of years. I will agree that the Scriptures that pertain to the suffering Messiah are not in-your-face blatantly clear, but rather they are scattered here and there and often intertwined with other prophecies. Only in hindsight can we truly spot them clearly.

Why am I telling you this? Because I think it might be equally as easy for our present day Bible scholars to miss that there might be multiple raptures.  Some don't believe in any rapture, others in a pre-tribulation rapture, others in a mid-tribulation rapture and finally there are those who believe we are here until the end and taken right as Jesus returns. Each group has a list of Scriptures to prove their stance.  But what if they were all correct? What if what they are each seeing in Scripture are prophecies that pertain to different raptures?

What if there was going to be a pre, mid, and post tribulation rapture? Three raptures during the final 7 or so years of tribulation on earth. I recently came across this information and I find it somewhat credible. I'm not saying I believe it fully. I'm only giving it here as food for thought. And for hope. (I'll explain at the end why this is so hopeful!)


Rapture and Jewish Harvest Cycle.


Jesus often referred to the gathering up of believers (and in some cases unbelievers) from the earth as a Harvest. He used the farming/harvest analogy often of believers growing in Him right alongside unbelievers. Instead of listing all those Scriptures here, I encourage you to go to Bible Gateway and do a search on the word "harvest" in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul also used this analogy in  both Romans and Corinthians, and then, of course, John also did so in Revelation.

There are three main major harvest cycles in Israel. 

Barley - happens around Passover time. Passover is a 7 day feast of unleavend bread. Barley is a very soft grain and is harvested by winnowing, which is a process of throwing up the barley into the air and allowing the wind to blow the chaff back down to earth. (Hmm, remind you of something?)  Jesus as you know is the firstfruits of those who are raised. He was raised on the Feast of Firstfruits. We are called the firstfruits as well. 

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

At dawn on the first day of the Barley harvest, the priests would gather the firstfruits of barley and bring it to the Temple as a wave offering. This was actually happening just as Jesus rose again in the morning of FirstFruits.

Wheat Harvest - This happens later in the springtime/early summer since wheat takes longer to ripen than Barley and normally occurred around Pentecost. Wheat has a harder shell and had to be crushed to separate the grain from the shell. (Hmm, hard shell... had to be crushed. Interesting) This process was preformed using a hard board with embedded rocks. Guess what it was called?  A Tribulum, which is where we get the word tribulation from.  Yup. you can't make this stuff up. This was the main harvest in Israel and was much larger than the Barley harvest. 

By the way, we do know of 2 separate raptures during the 7 year tribulation. The 144,000 Jewish believers who were sealed during the tribulation (Revelation 7, 14) seem to have been raptured at some point to heaven, and the two witnesses who rise from the dead and are taken up to heaven. (Revelation 11)  Is it possible that other believers might also be taken along with them at that point? We know that when Jesus rose from the dead, several saints also rose at that same time.

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Matt 27

Grape Harvest - Grapes were always harvested in the fall around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. For the most part, this is not the harvest you want to be included in. The majority of this harvest will be crushed in the winepress of the wrath of God. This harvest is for all those who refuse to repent and turn to God. However, it appears from Revelation 14 that before these people are havested, Jesus, Himself, comes out and gathers up any left of those who follow Him.

Jesus first harvests the grapes
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. Rev 14:14-16

Then an angel finishes the harvest
Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.....
The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. Revelation 14:19

Note: This cannot be the rapture spoken of by Paul because there is no trumpet mentioned.

If you know anything about the Jewish Feasts, the Feast of Tabernacles celebrates God living with man and it will find its ultimate fulfillment when Jesus returns to rule and reign on the earth. But first He must judge.

I find these harvest cycles fascination, in particular in the way they are associated with the Jewish Feasts. (The Jewish feasts are also called God's appointments)  I also find it interesting that the Barley Harvest is a much smaller harvest than the Wheat.  What if the Barley Harvest was the pre-tribulation rapture, the wheat represented the mid-trib rapture and the grape, the post trib?  If that is the case, that would either mean that not ALL so-called believers are going in the pre-tribulation rapture, but only a portion of them OR there are going to be a ton of "new" believers after the first rapture.

If all believers are raptured first, (and it's a small harvest), I start to wonder where all the new believers come from (wheat harvest is huge). If there are no believers left to witness, how do they learn the truth? Some say from the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, and that may be true. But I tend to believe that only a portion of believers are taken in the first way, leaving a bunch of people who know the truth and understand why they got left behind 

Who are these special believers? I believe the best one word description of them is "Overcomers", and you can read about them in Revelation 2-3. I believe they are those who are true disciples of Jesus, those who daily take up their cross and follow Him, those who are 100% living for Him. It's a matter of the heart, not works. We are warned over and over in Scripture to live for God and not for this world.

Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.  Revelation 3:10

In the Scripture above, Jesus is talking to the church, to believers. Think about that.

Paul indicates in Philippians 3:10-14 that he's unsure whether even he has attained to "the resurrection from the dead" (aka rapture). But that he presses on to that goal. Why would he say such a thing? He knows he's saved.

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

When the wheat harvest comes, it's a much larger group of people who have run into the arms of their Savior and are fully committed now. They've lived through half or at least some of the tribulation and they want out!   (For more info read Revelation 7. It speaks of a GREAT Multitude in Heaven arrayed in white robes who have come Out of the Great Tribulation. )

There are two reasons I hope this is true.

Those carnal or drifting believers who miss the first boat will certainly know what has happened and will quickly recommit their lives to the Lord, and hence, make it in the 2nd wave. This gives me hope for so many of my family and friends who either don't know the Lord or who don't take their Christian walk seriously.  (Not saying that I will even make the first boat!)  But think about it. Many prophets are predicting a huge revival in America coming soon. In our present church culture, I don't see that happening, unless... well, perhaps the first rapture is the catalyst.

This sounds just like something our wonderful God would do. Doesn't He give people multiple chances to get saved? Throughout Scripture He keeps appealing to people, keeps coming back, keeps trying to get people to turn to Him. He did this and is still doing this with the Jewish people. He did this with me, too. He has a ton more patience than I do! He gives chance after chance after chance. So, to me, this just seems like the incredible grace of God, trying to get people to turn to Him and escape the worst of the tribulation.

Is it true? I guess time will tell.  But if so, I want to go in the Barley Harvest! You?


Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday's Mad Mad World!


Greetings, exceedingly precious children of the Most High! Here we are again at the end of another week. Egad, do things seem to be spiraling faster and faster out of control?

Of special note:
  • Bitcoin. I don't quite understand it but it's a new tech way of buying and selling things without banks. (Remind you of the mark of the beast?)
  • More censorship from monster companies. Are we losing our freedom of speech?
  • Major Flu outbreak across the US !
  • Apostasy among those who call themselves Christians. 

 

Big Brother/Tech/Mark of the Beast

Top Tech firms creating robots with a billion times the brain power of humans
Conservatives battle Tech giants over censorship 
Amazon plans to put a camera and microphone in every bedroom 
How and Why the Media is deliberately deceiving you 
Preparing the way for the Mark of the Beast: Bitcoin and Bible Prophecy 
12 people given citations for sharing food with the homeless in CA

Earth groaning! (Earthquakes, storms, volcanoes, pestilences, famines)

Isaiah prophecy fulfilled as more snow falls in the Sahara desert
California faces a flu epidemic like they've never seen before
New Flu Strains coming. 
Children banned from hospitals as deadly flu spreads 
Eye-bleeding fever strikes 2nd country 
Alabama declares state of emergency over flu epidemic
Two shallow earthquakes strike Vancouver Island within minutes
12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano 
7.3 Earthquake strikes outside Peru 
Deadly cold weather shatters records in US South - 10 dead

Israel

Israel about to strike weapons depot in Damascus

 

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Pentagon suggests countering Cyber attacks with nuclear arms
Pope warns we are at the limit of a nuclear war 
Palestinians celebrate murder 
Russia carries out massive military drill

Signs in the Sky

Asteroid the size of a 7-story building to buzz earth next week
Geomagnetic storm to hit US this Saturday 
Michigan residents experience an earthquake causing meteor strike 

Persecution

Man endures 13 years of extreme torture because he would not deny Jesus
Woman who gave testimony on how to resist same sex attraction is receiving death threats 
Pastor in India dragged, beaten, and threatened with death for not renouncing Jesus
New Law in Bolivia criminalizes evangelism for up to 12 years in prison
Chinese Christians must choose to worship the State or Jesus 
Media continues to ignore worldwide Christian persecution 
Facebook blocks funding for major pro-life movie 
Christians from Egypt, India, and Vietnam detail the persecution they face 
Sheriff's office in Louisiana removes FB posts with Scriptures in them after complaint

Violence increases/Love grows cold

15 injured in violent knife attack at Russian school
Food riots rip through Venezuela 
Planned Parenthood releases report. It murdered 321,384 innocent babies in 2017. 

Sodom and Gomorrah

Man undergoes 167 Gender transformation surgeries but peace still eludes him
Should you be able to select your own child's sex
Are skirts the next men's fashion trend?
Convicted army private, Bradly Manning, who used to be a man, makes a run for the senate (you can't make this stuff up)
British GIRLS school bans teachers from calling students girls.  huh?
School agrees to pay 800,000to student born female when she was denied access to boy's bathroom. 
Kids at a middle school in Missouri are asked on a survey about their gender identity

Apostasy

Prominent Texas church embraces homosexuality
Popular charismatic website promotes heresy and New Age 
Your kids can spend 600 hours in church and not get much out of it 
"Destiny readings" Australian Christian group uses New Age practices
Thousands are converting to Jediism 
Why is it difficult to tell a Christian from a Non-Christian

Good news!

President Trump declares religious freedom day! 
Science confirms the Bible: Sexual sin is against your own body

 If you've come across this article and you wonder why I've listed everything above under the different categories, it's because the Bible prophesied thousands of years ago that these events would happen AND they would happen right before the return of Jesus.

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Have a great weekend!




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

Psalm 139:11-12

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Why Christians should behave like soldiers


 How often do you get taught in church that you are a soldier?  You might hear it now and then in regard to spiritual warfare, but I doubt you hear it very often. A soldier's life is a hard, disciplined life. A soldier on the battlefield has an even harder time.  So, who really wants to sign up to be a soldier? Not me. I'm more built for comfort LOL. Yet, the Apostle Paul actually called his fellow believers "soldiers" quite a lot. Here are a few Scriptures. 

Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  2 Tim 2:3

Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. Philippians 2:25

...and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house. Philemon 1:2

 No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve. 2 Timothy 2:4 AMP

It is this last verse I wish to focus on. Paul didn't just refer to believers as soldiers during times of battle. He referred to them as soldiers all the time. The fact of the matter is, there is never a time when we, as followers of Jesus, aren't in the war zone. If you are alive and on planet earth and a Christian, you are in a war zone. You are behind enemy lines. There's no way to get out of it. Yes, I suppose you could be a lukewarm or carnal Christian and stay out of the main battle, but you are still living on enemy territory. Eventually, you'll have to decide which side to take.

So, what is a soldier's life like?
  • Basically a soldier's life is not his own. He does not run his own life. He gets told what to eat, where to go, where to sleep, when to work and when to play, and what to do with his time. Right?
  • A soldier does not (except on leave) spend much time in civilian life, doing the things the world does.
  • A soldier is disciplined. He keeps his mind and body sharp and fit.
  • A soldier studies his enemy. He knows his opponent's battle tactics
  • A soldier answers to someone above him in rank. Everything he does is in obedience to that person or to please that person
  • A soldier is ready to go to battle at a moment's notice

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Commander of Heaven's armies, hence we are His soldiers. We report to Him. So, our lives should reflect the life of a soldier in all the ways listed above. We should be obedient, committed, disciplined, battle-ready, know our enemy. We should NOT be tangled up in civilian life, in the things of this world... in its pleasures, distractions, worries.  Yet, I'm sorry to say that is what I see most Christians doing.

Western Christianity is man-centric, not God-centric. Most (not all) pastors I hear on TV or in the pulpit preach about what God can do for you. How if you do this thing, God will do that thing for you... get you that job, that spouse, that promotion, that healing. Whatever it is, most preaching tends to be about US.  Some pastors are even very good at cloaking the message in a need for us to commit ourselves to God, but with the end result that He will bless us. We will be judged on our motives.

Shouldn't we be focused on what we can do for God and His Kingdom, not what He can do for us? Doesn't the Bible say that if we seek FIRST His Kingdom, that all these things will be added unto us?  Honestly, I'm sick and tired of listening to sermons whose main focus is on our comfort, our needs, our wants and totally ignore the fact that millions of people are one breath away from hell.

Yes, God loves you immensely and cares about your needs. Just like a general cares about the needs of his soldiers. He will provide. But you must behave like the soldier you are. Your top priority is obedience to the General and to win the war! Can you imagine soldiers in the trenches whining and complaining about being cold or hungry instead of fighting? 

Don't be entangled in the things of this world. Yes, we have to live here and we have to make a living and do our jobs, raise our kids...etc. Do those things and do them well, but don't set your affections on anything in this world. Don't set your hopes on anything in this world. Don't allow yourself to dream about things you can have in this world. Why? Because you are a soldier and this is war.  Fight the good fight, finish the race, set your affections on things above. Because this world is quickly fading away. 

Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, 1 Tim 6:12






Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday's Mad Mad World!


Greetings precious children of the Most High!  Here we are again at the end of another week, and here is another batch of only some of the prophetic news happenings around the world.

Of note
  • Facebook seems to be growing in power and hence dictating to people what they can and cannot say. Beware of these powerful, rich companies like FB, Google, Twitter.... restricting your rights and trying to silence people of Faith. 
  • Is the earth groaning or what? FREEZING temps and lots of volcanoes and earthquakes!
Buckle up, 2018 seems like it's going to be a crazy year. Buckle up and keep looking up!

Evil/Immorality

A new generation of Satanists on the rise
Burning Man announces new centerpiece - temple of the Greek Goddess 

Sodom and Gomorrah

4 reasons to worry about transgender activism
Washington State allows third gender option on birth certificates. Insanity
Transgender movement targets kids with drag club for children 
Planned Parenthood now offering sex changes

Wars and Rumors of Wars

By 2040 Muslims will outnumber Jews in the US
Do not criticize Islam or else
US jets intercept Russian fighters near Baltics
CDC briefing to be about preparation for nuclear war
US Deploys 3 B-2 Stealth bombers to Guam in message to N. Korea

Big Brother/Global Government

Russia and China gold standard means the end of US dollar dominance
New push for EU superstate 
Facebook Recognition AI will use your biometrics against you 
Is AI the mark of the beast?

Persecution

Gideons can no longer offer Free Bibles at Kansas Elementary School
Facebook shut down pastor's page for hate speech 
Former teacher has certificates suspended for speaking out against homosexuality on FB 
Chinese Christians under extreme pressure 
Chinese authorities set to detonate bombs to destroy churches

The earth is groaning!

Freak Snow storm in the Sahara Desert!
Snow Armageddon in Spain and Italy
2017 the most Costly disaster year on record
Wind chill at Mt. Washington -90 degrees. BRRR
Killer flu epidemic
Strong quakes hit San Francisco and Mt. St. Helens and more expected
Iran hit with yet another quake. This one a 5.1
Indiana flu deaths triple in one week
Severe flu brings medicine shortages, packed ERs, and rising death toll in CA 
CA earthquake rattled 9.8 million people
Outbreaks of Hepatitus at 6 Detroit restaurants 
7.8 Earthquake strikes Honduras
Earth's volcanoes are waking up! 
California flooding death toll near 17, 100 homes destroyed 
100's of boiled rats fall from the sky in Australian heat wave

Israel

Ancient Biblical Jerusalem remained hidden until this recent find
Students face fine for waving Israeli flag at Pro-palestinian rally

Good News!

400 year old Bible survived War, Fire, and even being used as Toilet Paper!
Sick of Facebook trying to silence Christians? Join Social Cross, Similar to FB but for Believers!  I joined!


Have a blessed and joyful weekend!



Wednesday, January 10, 2018


We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 

2 Corinthians 4:8-10





Monday, January 8, 2018

Where are we prophetically?



Since 2017 was such a hugely prophetic year, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss where I think we are on the end times prophetic scale. 

2017 saw some pretty significant events and signs. If you haven't seen my Prophetic Year in Review, I encourage you to go back and glance over it.

I've been interested in end times since I got saved nearly 25 years ago. Since then, I've studied prophetic Scriptures over and over, as well as read many books and articles on the topic, and more importantly of all, had many a long conversation with Father God about such things. Probably the biggest "rapture" sign I've ever witnessed was the September 23rd sign of Revelation 12.  Because nothing happened on that date, the scoffers have come out in droves, mocking and ridiculing and being their usual negative selves. I ignore them. Why? Because the star alignment of September 23rd was the real deal. I studied it at length, even downloaded astronomy software to search through the years for anything that came close. There was nothing. Many reputable people did far more research than I did and came up with the same results. And because the word "harpazo" or "rapture" was included in that sign, many thought that it could mean that the rapture would occur on that date. I don't recall any of the pastors or watchers that I listen to ever saying definitively that we would be gone on that date, but many were hopeful. As was I.

But we are still here and have moved into 2018. Yet the sign did occur and the sign is associated with the rapture. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read my post The Revelation 12 Sign . What is a sign? If you are on a freeway, heading toward a destination, there are many signs along the side of the road telling you what Exit is coming up, what street is on that exit, etc. Right? If you are in Kansas and you're heading toward Los Angeles, when do you start seeing signs for LA? In Colorado? Utah? Nevada? No. You'll probably not see a sign for LA until you cross the California border and get over the mountains. Then you might see an occasional sign telling you how many hundred of miles you have to go. But when do you see THE SIGN... that one that says this is it, this is your exit. Normally you'll see that sign a mile or two before your exit, or usually right before your exit. You won't see the sign right at your exit cause it will be too late and you'll drive by. I'm sure you see where I'm going with this. If the Revelation 12 sign was indeed a rapture sign, then we wouldn't expect it to occur years and years before the rapture. Wouldn't we expect it to occur right before the rapture? Within a few years, or even a few months?   Why have a such a huge, blatant sign (John calls it a GREAT sign)  if the event it points to something in the distant future?

Okay. Enough said about that.  However, many believers I talk to still think that the rapture and 2nd coming are years and years in the future. Even after they see all the signs I post about on my Friday Mad Mad World posts!  We've always had wars, we've always had earthquakes, diseases, storms, apostasy, persecution. Okay, yes. But not to this degree and frequency. And the main thing is we haven't always had Israel as a nation. We haven't always had the exact nations who are prophesied to attack her lining up like chess pieces on the board. We haven't had the ability for a global government or the mark of the beast technology. I could go on.

But for the sake of those people reading this who are under 40, let me give you a brief look at the world when I was growing up.  Anyone over 50 can attest to this.

I was born in 1959 (Yes, I know I'm old LOL)

  • Most of the mothers, if not all, on my street stayed home and took care of the kids. 
  • Divorce was a bad thing and frowned upon
  • If people lived together before marriage they were thought to be immoral and looked down upon
  • Every family I knew attended church on Sunday
  • We NEVER heard about Gays, Transgenders or any LBGTQ..etc. Women acted and dressed like women and men like men.
  • Kids in my neighborhood played outside all the time. We rode our bikes everywhere, even blocks away from home without any fear of being kidnapped. We played in mud and sand and got dirty. We climbed trees and rode our bikes without helmets. We even went out to play in rain storms. 
  • There were no video games, cell phones, tablets or computers
  • No facebook, instagram, snapchat or Twitter
  • There were 3 stations on our TV set and we had to get up to change it. We owned ONE TV.
  • The only porn anyone could see was in magazines with brown wrappers around them at sleazy stores
  • People talked to each other in person or on the phone (which was attached to the wall with a cord) 
  • We trusted our newscasters. They only gave us the facts about what was going on and not their opinions
  • TV shows were wholesome and family oriented. Fathers and mothers were respected by the kids. There was never a bedroom scene shown. I remember the Dick Van Dyke show where he and his wife had separate beds in their bedroom LOL   No french kissing was ever shown on TV. 
  • No bra (unless shown on a mannequin), condom, sanitary napkin or erectile dysfunction commercials. No music videos with people humping each other
  • No one ever said a cuss word unless they were bad people
  • We never heard about prescription drug abuse. The hardest drug I was ever offered as a teen was beer and marijuana.
  • Students respected teachers and were punished if they didn't 
  • People respected and trusted the police
  • Most people professed to be Christians and Christianity was upheld and respected in the country, not defamed and cursed and sued.


 I'm reminded of the old proverb of the frog in the boiling water. If you place a frog in a pot of room temperature water and then place the pot on the stove, the frog doesn't notice how hot the water becomes until it's too late and he boils to death.

Are we like that frog?  We look around at our world and think everything is normal, everything is fine, when in fact, we are boiling to death?

It is my opinion that we are very close to Jesus's return. Very close. Let us not be found asleep. Let us not be found lukewarm or worldly-minded. Let us keep our focus above where we are seated with Jesus. Let us be about saving as many souls as we can while we wait.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,  we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 
1 John 3:2-3