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         Hamas stages new marches in West Bank

         Palestinians, security forces clash in West Bank

         Muslims Riot, Jews Banned from Temple Mount

         Syrian rebels in control of border area with Israel

         Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

         We Are Witnessing The Death Of Small Business In America

         Large 6.4 earthquake strikes off Mexico coast

         Nearly 4 in 5 Americans believe Earth is warming

         Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents blame weather on "end times"

         From Mannequins That Are Watching You Christmas Shop To Schools RFID Tagging Kids, Here Are The 5 Creepiest Surveillance Tactics Now In Use

         Chinese survival pods to defend against 'apocalypse'

         The truth about the Maya 'apocalypse'

        

 

 

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Who's Afraid Of A December Apocalypse? - www.khouse.org

December 21, 2012 on the Mayan calendar has been anticipated as the day Armageddon begins, and doomsayers are preparing for the worse. People around the world are stocking up on candles, kerosene, dry foods, and batteries, reminiscent of the days of Y2K when apocalyptic forecasters predicted all the computer clocks would reset back to the first century plunging the world into financial chaos. New Year's Day 2000 came and went, and nothing happened. Now, now the doomsayers fear the 21st will bring ultimate destruction, and the world will never see another Christmas.

NASA has so much confidence that the Mayan Calendar Apocalypse will be a non-event, the agency has already released a video, ten days ahead of time, explaining, "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday." There is no wayward planet Nibiru ready to crash into Earth, NASA says. There are no known comets or meteors ready to destroy our planet, and while the sun is near its 11-year activity peak, "this is the wimpiest solar cycle of the last 50 years," according to Lika Guhathakurta, head of NASA's Living with a Star program.

Still, the recent spate of natural and other disasters across the world, from the Japan Tsunami to Hurricane Sandy, have encouraged a sense of doom about the future, and the end of the Mayan Calendar offers a collection point for fear.

Who Started It?

The Maya, written by Michael D. Coe in 1966, describes his fascination with the Mayan calendar. In the book, he predicted the end of the world would take place on December 2012, on the final day of the Mayan's 13th bak'tun or cycle, annihilating our present universe. This led other scholars and researchers to write their books and articles based on Coe's theory.

According to Mayan theology, the world came into being 5,125 years before present. The Mayan calendar was created more than 5,000 years ago and is based on several cycles, each counting different lengths of the year. The calendar used to predict the apocalypse is called the "Long Count" calendar. The ancient Mesoamerican culture developed a calendar system based on 260, 360, and 365 days in a year. The 260-day calendar was called the Tzolk'in, and the 365 day calendar was called the Haab'.

The Tzolk'in "count of days" calendar uses a cycle of 20 named days combined with 13 numbered days. Each named day is numbered up to 13 for 260 unique days in the year.

The Haab' is a solar calendar made up of 18 months; each month contains 20 days with an extra 5 days added at the end of the year. The last five days were thought by the ancient Mayans to be the most dangerous times of the year - the Wayeb or "nameless" days. The ancient peoples practiced certain customs and rituals to ward off evil spirits that tried to pass through the barrier between the spiritual and physical. It is estimated that the Mayans developed the Haab' about 550 BC during the winter solstice.

Every 52 Haab' years - 18,980 days - is considered a calendar round. Scholars have calculated back and traced the Mayan calendar day of creation to be August 11, 3114 BC on the Gregorian calendar.

The Long Count calendar uses the Mayan day of creation as a starting point. It counts its first 360 days of the year using a modified base-20 decimal scheme, instead of the Western base-10 scheme. This Long Count calendar used a 5 digit count system and was well suited for inscribing dates on Mayan monuments. On December 21st the Long Count calendar will reset to 13.0.0.0.0, ending the 13th bak'tun and preparing for the 14th bak'tun. While the most recent cycle is ending, there are 20 cycles on the Mayan Long Calendar. The day the Long Calendar will reset to 1.0.0.0.0 will be October 13, 4772. So for the ancient Mayans, the upcoming cycle may have been a day of huge celebrations marking the end of a cycle, equivalent to a millennial New Year's party.

Even NASA cannot tell the future, but it is most likely the world will still be spinning safely through space come December 22, and Christmas will come again. If it doesn't though, who will be here to tell NASA's scientists they were wrong?

 

 

 

 

As we look at geopolitical events unfolding in our world today there is evidence that this world is ready for something spectacular to happen - Jimmy DeYoung - www.prophecytoday.com

In our world today, we see events happening that seem to be somewhat of a stage setter for something catastrophic or spectacular to happen, something that could happen which would indeed change the entire earth's future.

In the Middle East, Egypt is involved in one crisis after another. The civil war in Syria brings more death to Syrians on a daily basis and the Jewish state of Israel is under a political attack especially from the Palestinians.

If you take a look to the far East, the prospects that China and India with a total of one-third of the earth's population and both of these nations increasing daily in population, wealth, and military preparedness, they both are becoming somewhat of a superpower in our world today.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

Geopolitical activities and current events in our world today are setting the stage for what some call a catastrophic event to happen but is in reality only a part of the end of times scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.

If you are a watcher of geopolitical activities and current events and at the same time familiar with Bible prophecy, you will be able to recognize that our world is on the fast track to the scenario that is found in the pages of Bible prophecy. As a student of Bible prophecy and what I call a news junkie, I do recognize that this world is very close to the last days scenario that is found in the pages of Bible prophecy. The far East is quickly putting in place their economic and military preparedness in order to become nations that would be included in the superpowers of this world.

This was actually foretold by John the Revelator when he wrote about the impact of the Kings of the East in Revelation 16:12. Europe and the EU with all of their economic struggles are working to put in place an economic structure that is described in Bible prophecy, Daniel 7:23-24 and Revelation 18.

In the Middle East with the radicalism prevalent in both Syria and Egypt to the North and to the South of the Jewish state of Israel, one can understand better the pre-written history written by Daniel the prophet in Daniel 11:40-43 and see how this world will indeed see catastrophic, spectacular events in the near future. 

 

 

 

Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents blame weather on "end times" - By Mary Wisniewski - http://news.yahoo.com/nearly-four-10-u-residents-blame-weather-end-200603898.html

Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents say the severity of recent natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy is evidence the world is coming to an end, as predicted by the Bible, while more than six in 10 blame it on climate change, according to a poll released on Thursday.

The survey by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Religion News Service found political and religious disagreement on what is behind severe weather, which this year has included extreme heat and drought.

Most Catholics (60 percent) and white non-evangelical Protestants (65 percent) say they believe disasters like hurricanes and floods are the result of climate change.

But nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of white evangelical Protestants say they think the storms are evidence of the "end times" as predicted by the Bible.

Overall, 36 percent point to end times and 63 percent to climate change.

PRRI research director Daniel Cox said that some respondents - including 75 percent of non-white Protestants - believe extreme weather is both evidence of end times and the result of climate change.

"No one really knows how (end times) would look and how God would bring it about," Cox said.

Politics also color perceptions of the weather, the survey found. More than three-quarters of Democrats and six in 10 independents believe that the weather has become more extreme over the last few years, while less than half of Republicans say they have perceived such a shift.

"Their political leanings are even affecting how they experience weather, which is pretty fascinating," said Cox.

The January-to-November period in the United States this year was the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous states. And 2012 will likely surpass 1998 as the warmest year on record for the nation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Most climate scientists believe that the warming trend for the nation and the world is tied to human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels.

Extreme storms like Sandy, along with more intense droughts, wildfires and floods, are projected by some as the result of climate change, though scientists are reluctant to attribute individual events to global warming.

The PRRI survey found that while there is disagreement about the causes of global warming, there is widespread agreement about the need for action.

Two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. government should do more to address climate change - including most of those who believe global warming is due to natural weather patterns, the survey found.

It also found that 15 percent of Americans believe that the end of the world, as predicted by the New Testament's Book of Revelation, will occur in their lifetime. Some 2 percent believe that the end of the world, as predicted by the ancient Mayans, will occur by the end of this year.

Some people who say they believe in end times do not act on that belief in their everyday lives, said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University.

"I think that's their way of expressing a deep commitment to Biblical literalism," said Jillson. "If you sat down with them and said, 'Do you really think that within the next few years we'll experience the end times?' they probably don't ... . A good number of these people are saving for retirement."

The survey of 1,018 adults was conducted between December 5 and December 9. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points. 

 


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This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report' - Hal Lindsey - www.hallindsey.com

The ancient Mayans were astute astronomers and are considered to have been far ahead of their time as students of the universe. They prepared calendars that extended thousands of years into the future and predicted events based on the movement of heavenly bodies.

They defined future "ages" based on the projected alignment of the stars.

What does that have to do with us here in the 21st century? Well, the ancient Mayan calendar predicts that the present "age" will end on Friday, December 21, 2012. It sounds ominous, but the Mayans didn't leave much information about what they thought would happen at the conclusion of this "age."

The Mayans' lack of "prophetic" specificity has opened the door to a wide range of speculation about what December 21 will bring. Unfortunately, most of that speculation has included some sort of scenario for the end of the world, or, at least, widespread and catastrophic global destruction.

On this week's edition of "The Hal Lindsey Report," we'll talk a little bit about the end of the world. More specifically, the end of the world as we know it. Someone devised an acronym to express that concept. It's TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).

As usual, Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon. But there have been others talking about the end of the world as we know it for quite some time. A few come readily to mind: besides the Mayans, there's Nostradamus, St. Malachy, the Hopis, and others. For some years, Hollywood has had a whole genre of films that capitalized on the public's fascination with TEOTWAWKI.

However, as we approach December 21, 2012, this fascination has mushroomed. The Mayan Calendar seems to indicate that something dramatic will happen, but so does the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. In November, 2009, Hollywood released a major motion picture based on that prediction. It was called "2012." I'll show you a snippet of what some filmmakers think might happen on the 'fateful' day -- next Friday!

How much stock should we Christians put in these types of 'prophecies'? Tune in this week and I'll let you know how much stock I put in them!

Over the last few years, a lot of viewers have written to ask about the various and sundry 2012 doomsday predictions. Many want to know about the Mayan calendar, Planet X or Planet Nibiru, Comet Elenin, Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, and more.

Opinion about the Mayan calendar is split. Some experts believe the fact that it abruptly ends in what translates to 2012 indicates that there will be a positive physical or spiritual transformation of the earth on that day. Others -- especially Hollywood and the popular culture -- prefer the other theory: the world will literally, physically, and, apparently, very violently end on December 21.

The Planet X believers also promote a traumatic physical-destruction-of-the-earth theory. Planet X, or Nibiru, is supposedly four times larger than the earth and is headed on a collision or near-miss course with our globe. Obviously, if it collides with us, we're goners. If it passes near us, its size and gravitational pull on the earth will make us wish we were goners. Neither is a pretty picture.

(Just a marginal note for those who have never heard of Planet X. We "know" about it because a woman started a website in 1995 to reveal its existence. She "knew" about it because some alien visitors to earth had implanted a communications device in her brain so they could keep her posted about its arrival. Oddly, no reputable astronomers have been able to locate it in the universe. The ones who claim to have found it say that it's "hidden" behind other planets and will become visible as it gets closer to earth. Unbelievably, Planet X has gathered quite a following here on this planet!)

Obviously, I believe that neither will happen. That's because I believe the Bible's version of what's to come on the earth. And it does not entail the imminent destruction of the universe or the disappearance of our planet. And why do I believe the Bible's version? Because EVERYTHING predicted by God's prophets in the past has come true with amazing precision. If they've been 100% right so far, why should I believe they'll be wrong now? (See how that works? That's why I keep insisting that knowing and understanding Bible prophecy is important for the Christian -- and for the non-believer, too!)

If you want a glimpse of what the Bible says is headed our way, and what it means to the Christian, be certain to tune in this week. It's both exciting and reassuring.

One more thing, despite what the Mayans and the talking heads say, don't cancel your Christmas plans this year.

And don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, Inspiration, CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com .

 

 

 

Behind The Scenes - By Grant Phillips - http://www.raptureready.com/featured/phillips/phillips170.html

I often ask myself, "Why is it that so many people cannot realize that God is directly involved in the affairs of man?" This question has turned out to be a real "head-scratcher." Of course the obvious answer immediately comes to mind, and that is they do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

However, that presents another problem. It is understandable that those who don't know God will not recognize this truth, but why are so many true Christians skeptical about this issue? The only answer I can come up with for that is that they are spiritually weak, which could be partially explained by being "Biblically" ignorant but strongly influenced by worldly opinions.

Now if we could look up toward the heavens and actually see God point his finger in one direction and a hurricane occurs, or point it toward another direction and an earthquake jolts us, or yet another direction and fires break out, we would all probably believe that God is involved in earth's activities. Of course there would still be doubters even among those who see with their very eyes.

Let me say up front that I believe God causes some circumstances and that He allows and is in control of all circumstances. He is always in charge, and nothing can happen or not happen without His permission. He is in control, and that is a most comforting thought. The Apostle Paul said,

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12)

Paul is referring to Satan and all of his angelic followers. We cannot see them. We cannot see the battle that is going on all around us, but they are there no less and the battle rages all around us.

If any true Christian would just take the time and go back to May 14, 1948 to the present and compare what God has said in His Word to what has happened over this period of time, there can only be one conclusion. God is active in the affairs of man. God is conducting the orchestra. God has set the stage, and is in complete charge of the production. Everything is coming together exactly as He has told us it would. So what is the problem?

If we go to the Old Testament and compare the prophecies of the Messiah coming to earth as a Lamb, there again, we can come to only one conclusion. Jesus Christ is God the Son and He is the Messiah that fulfilled every prophecy of His first advent. Likewise, He is fulfilling and will complete every prophecy of His second advent, to the letter I might add.

We, you and I, see tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, perfect storms, flooding, drought, corruption, immorality, lukewarm religiosity, wars and rumors of wars, hate, lying, theft, murders, perversion, and the list goes on and on. These activities, and more, are increasing exponentially and leading up to a culmination of Daniel's seventieth week, commonly known as the seven years of Tribulation on earth after the Church is removed via the Rapture.  

But few believe it. Why? They cannot see with their eyes what is going on behind the scenes. Those with true faith don't have to see with their naked eyes, because they know God does not lie. There is no doubt that there is a spiritual battle going on.

Actually, if you want to get technical about it, we can see the signs. They are all around us. Therefore, we can see, unless we think God is a liar.

When I enter our house and flip the light switch upwards, the lights come on. When I look around me, I see the light. I don't have to prove that there is a light switch that I must flip up to cause this to happen. I don't have to prove that there is power coming to the light switch. I don't have to prove that my wife and I paid the electric bill. I know this is all true, because the lights came on.

Folks, the lights are on. They're shining all around us on a daily basis, and they are getting brighter. (By the way, I'm referring to the signs that God has provided us.) We don't have to see what is going on behind the scenes, because the lights (signs) are on. Jesus said,

"54   And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55   And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56   Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?" (Luke 12:54-56)

"29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. [emphasis mine] 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:29-36)

Keeping in mind that Christ will remove His Church first, we are already seeing much come to pass that is for a period that follows the Rapture, the Tribulation. Read again, the last verse in Luke 21:29-36. We need to "watch" and "pray always that we may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

As bad as everything is getting now, this is a picnic compared to the seven years that will follow the removal of the Church. I will be standing behind the scenes with the Son of man, Jesus. Will you stand there with me?

Grant Phillips

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The action we can take--Very Personal from me to you - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com

Brothers and sisters have been flooding The Daily Jot email box with questions like, "What is it that you want us to do?" or "What do you suggest we do?" or "I have been writing letters, making phone calls, praying, faxing, and nothing seems to work. What do you want from us?" The Daily Jot was started nearly 11 years ago with an express purpose to equip, encourage and evangelize. The Lord each day gives me something special to share with his readers. The Lord wants you to follow HIS way, HIS commandments, HIS precepts, not those of man, nor those of man's opinion of what HE wants. When our nation is falling quickly into darkness, it is because the people of the nation are not light. So what do you do?

From my personal observations and what I believe the Lord is impressing upon me, we as true believers in the one true Messiah, must do what is asked of us by the Lord. Collectively, the body of believers, the body of Christ, is not doing that otherwise our nation, our communities, our families would be such a reflection. A large part of the problem that I can discern from my contacts, travels and discussions is that the collective body known as the church is so far from the truth of the scriptures that it is lost its savour as salt and light. And in that loss, it is being trampled under the feet of man. The acceptance of the world has so impacted the Church that many can no longer make a decision to save themselves.

Self-indulgence and extra biblical teachings are the mantra of the Church, no matter what denomination, no matter what ilk of national belief. Pastors have caved in to giving the people what they want, not what they need; have submitted to their own pride and interpretations that make them puffed up leaders disguised as humble servants and nice people. We are so busy rearranging the deck chairs that we cannot admit that the ship is sinking. America, once a beacon Christian nation, is now the poster nation for Laodecia, which Jesus said in Revelation 3:15-16, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit thee out of my mouth."

Yeshua tells the churches to overcome or repent. Well, you might say, I am hot. I pray every day, I cast out demons, I travail, I fast, I lead this prayer organization or that, I, I, I. But do you really hear the word of YHVH or know His heart? Does pride come so expensive that it cannot be purchased and disposed of by repentance? For all that we do within the walls of the so-called "church," the world around us is growing darker. We are losing our freedom. We are losing our nation. We are losing our children.

So you ask: What does Bill Wilson want us to do? It is not what Bill Wilson wants at all. It is what does YHVH want us to do? First off, I think it is repent. Repent from prideful religion, from running around saying and doing things that are not of the scripture, from allowing our families, communities, states, and nation to fall into darkness. Repent. Then relationship. Relationship starts in prayer, is nourished by the Word of YHVH (Holy Scripture not some "I hear the Father saying..." or "The Lord would say..." voices that you think you are hearing in your head), and strengthened by action. We must get back to knowing who the Lord is, what his word really says in its complete context--not what some preacher says it is--and then, and only then, will you know what to do.

Study the word. Know what it says in its entirety. Don't take somebody's word for it. You will be standing before the Lord someday on your own. Your preacher or television evangelist, or that man or woman who got you all emotionally riled up with false doctrine will not be there with you. You have to stand and account for your life. I do not want to hear the words, "Depart from me. I do not know you." So you better make sure the doctrine you are following and espousing is certain. That comes from self study. You would not believe the error my wife and I have found by studying the Bible. Things are being said and taught that are outright heresy, but they are accepted by many. Find out for yourself.

Finally, we are told to overcome evil with good. We are told to occupy till the Lord returns. We need to know who we are in Christ, and we need to take action. Action is defined in my book as something physical--the result of faith and the resulting unction of prayer. For me, I wonder how great it would be if the millions of us who call ourselves Christians would take to the streets and make it known that we are not going to accept evil ruling over us. I wonder how great it would be if we encouraged people to righteousness. I wonder how it would be if even the older and wiser among us could encourage others to repent, to relationship, to action. We could be accused of turning the world upside-down. Don't worry about what I want you to do. Figure out what YHVH wants you to do. Then do it.

 

 

True Seekers - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."

-Matthew 2:1-2

The story of Christ's birth is one of the Bible's most famous and loved stories, probably one that most people who are not even familiar with Scripture have heard at one time or another. And certainly a story we hear repeated every Christmas is the account of the wise men being led by the star to the place where the King was to be born.

Matthew's Gospel tells us these wise men came from the East (see Matthew 2:1). Skilled in astronomy and astrology, these men were highly revered and respected in their culture and were especially noted for their ability to interpret dreams.

Because of their knowledge of science, mathematics, history, and the occult, their religious and political influence grew until they became the most prominent and powerful group of advisors in the Medo-Persian and Babylonian empires. More than just soothsayers and magicians, they were dignitaries. And though they weren't kings, they were men of tremendous importance.

But even with all their knowledge, these wise men still had not found the answers they had been looking for in life. You might say they were seekers. We know they were true seekers, because God revealed himself to them in a special way when the star led them to the place where they could find Jesus: "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy" (Matthew 2:10). Then they offered Him their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

God tells us in Jeremiah 29:13, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." If you are also a true seeker, if you want to know the true God, then He will reveal himself to you too.

 

 

 


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All means All - By Peter Marks - http://www.raptureready.com/soap/marks1.html

I imagine that just about all the Christians that frequent this site are waiting for the sudden rapture of the Church of Christ. So there is no need to spend any time discussing what it is, when it might be and who it concerns. If you are reading this article as a person who hasn't a clue what I am talking about I can only urge you to get onboard about this event as soon a possible. It's an event that personally I just can't wait for, get breathless thinking about it and at times feel a little weary waiting for, especially as we watch the Western nations disintegrate into moral and financial chaos, the Middle East constantly tottering on the edge of a nuclear holocaust and the professing Church of Christ (and people who ought to know better) increasingly embraces an apostate form of Christianity. But these things must come to pass as the world stage is set for the coming Antichrist and the horrors of the Tribulation period before the glorious appearing of Christ.  

I'm writing in response to an article supporting a partial Rapture view. Basically, it supports the belief that only those Christians who are "worthy" will be Raptured and those found wanting will be left behind to face the Great Tribulation (of seven or three and a half years according to your stance) Can I say that I hope that this is not seen a polemic against this article which was written by someone who I have respect for as a Christian and someone is isn't afraid to be honest and open about her views and whose articles I like to read. This is an alternative view which I hold to with, I hope, as much sincerity as the writer who holds to the opposing view. I don't intend this as a point by point refutation of this view but just to give my reasons why I believe all believers will be Raptured and why there won't be a partial Rapture of those believers who are "worthy" of inclusion and the rest being left to face to Great Tribulation.  

So as a starting point, let's remember that all of our salvation is by grace and not works: Eph 2:8-9   For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Whatever our views on the Rapture they must not overrule these verses. No-one is deserving of the mercy and love of God, not the smallest bit even if we are living an exemplary Christian life. In Romans 3:23-24   it says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;" and in 1Jn 1:10   "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us." So, my question is how can we work towards being worthy of being included in the Rapture of the Church. None of us are worthy in ourselves. We are made worthy by being in Christ and Him alone. In a lot of ways the arguments for Once Saved Always Saved work for an all-inclusive Rapture. What is the measurement of being included in the Rapture, where does it tell us in the Bible what the standard will be? It doesn't. We are all commanded to live Godly lives pleasing to God and we all have our own weaknesses, our own degree of failure and our own continuance in some sin whatever view we may have of our lives (perhaps I will now need to wait for the hate mail!). It is by grace or not by grace we are saved. Everything we have is from God (Jas 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.) including the desire to serve Him. Of course we may choose to not serve God even if we are saved but it doesn't change the fact salvation is a gift. And, following on from this I believe that Rapture is a gift. It is never described as something we should work towards being a part   of.  

I hope that my sins will never be listed and published to anyone who cares to read about them as they were for the Corinthian church in the New Testament. They had factions, envy, greed, drunkenness, incest, abuse of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the list goes on. But what did Paul say to this church: 1Co 15:51-52 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. Did Paul say that the Corinthian church (and by extension all Christians) would be Raptured if it cleaned it's act up? No. He said that "we all be changed". All, not some but the whole church.  

Having said this I want to consider a couple of verses that seem to say that there will be a partial Rapture. These are Luke 21: 34-36   "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert (other versions say "watch") at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." Well, context is everything - who is Jesus talking to and talking about - the nation of Israel. Look back at the verses in Luke 21:20-24. These talk about "those which are in Judea", they say that these are the "days of vengeance", "wrath" upon these people and that "Jerusalem will be trodden down until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" and then jumps to the second coming of Christ in verse 27 as "the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great glory and power". Nothing to do with the Church at all.

There are other exhortations to "watch" which are directed to the Church such as that on 1 Thess 5:6 "so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober". So does this mean that Christians can miss the Rapture? No, the Day of the Lord is in view and as far as I can understand the Day of the Lord is not the Rapture but it is the Tribulation period. And what does it say in verse 9: "For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ". God has not destined us (Christians in this dispensation) for the Tribulation period. The exhortation to watch is a general one for all Christians at all times and in all places as a life style that is in contrast to those who are in darkness (verse 4).  

What about Revelation 3:10: "Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." This is certainly seems to be a conditional promise and one which clearly points to the Tribulation period. So what is the "word of perseverance"?   Well, let me say up front that this not so easy to answer and if it was taken on it's own as a proof text I would have to concede to a partial Rapture. So my interpretation is: When the Rapture happens the Philadelphian church will generally represent the Church at the time. A Church that is being persecuted on a global scale and it will be Church that is keeping the "word of perseverance" (cheerful, hopeful endurance). If not then we have to throw away all the arguments I have given in favor of this one verse which is not good Bible interpretation. The terms in 1 Thess 4:13-18 have not changed ("we" meaning all the Thessalonians at the time including Paul and his companions and by extension all Christians and no qualifiers to ensure inclusion). The terms in John 14:2-3 have not changed. This is an all-inclusive statement to the disciples and to us. In all of Paul's writings He never makes any qualification about inclusion in the Church as anything but as a full member. The only thing he warns about is not actually being a Christian. It's the same with the Rapture - there are no qualifiers based on our works.

And I would also ask, what would be the point of not including all Christians in the Rapture. It's almost subscribing to a sort of Earthly purgatory. They must be somehow "purified" or punished before they stand before Christ and enter eternal life. Well, what about those Christians who don't live for Christ or look for the glorious appearing? When they died, weren't they standing in the presence of Christ or did they somehow have to suffer for their lack of commitment? No, they will have a loss of rewards at the Judgement Seat of Christ. There are verses that say that Christians must suffer in order to reign (Romans 8:16-17, Acts 14: 21-22, 2 Thes 1:4-5) but these are nothing to do with the Rapture or experiencing the Great Tribulation. Many Christians have suffered in various ways throughout the Church Age but this is a promise for all Christians and is nothing to do with the Rapture.

The Rapture is not just intended to be a quick escape for Christians from this planet. It is the ending of the Church age and as such I believe it is part of our salvation for us at the end of this dispensation. It is not a matter of reward or punishment, or worthiness or lack of the same but it is the way God has chosen to remove the influence of the praying and witnessing Church from the Earth and give over mankind to their desire to be Godless in every sense of the word.

Well, that's my tuppence worth (as we say in the UK). If I'm left behind I will be the first to apologise. Blessings to all in Christ.

Peter Marks  

Marks1@homail.com

 

 

 

 

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