When will the Rapture Take Place

raptureNo doubt the Lord himself is going to gather his people to himself, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 KJV.

As to when the Rapture will take place, I am praying for Pre or mid, and preparing for post. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.” – Revelation 20:4-5 KJV.

I can’t help to feel that satan himself is going to try to persuade Christians the he himself is Jesus, “For [in] those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here [is] Christ; or, lo, [he is] there; believe [him] not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.” – Mark 13:19-23 KJV

Also we must consider the the Islamic Mahdi is also supposed to be coming back with (Jesus) and that that person will be the antichrist , “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” – Revelation 13:14 KJV

“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” – Revelation 16:14 KJV I think that will be the real test for Christians. Everyone will believe that because of the miracles this must be the Lord, but true Christians will discern the spirit behind this great deception. “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.” – Mark 13:22 KJV.

So there is my view. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” – John 10:27 KJV God Bless!!! See you in the Rapture……

What Else Can You Be?

What Else Can You Be

The gannet is a large bird of the family Sulidae, of northern coastal regions, having white plumage with black wing tips.  They are frequently seen foraging for food around Scotland’s Shetland Islands.  You won’t find them lounging by the pool in Barbados.  They won’t be hitchhiking down the Appalachian Trail winding through the Smokey Mountains.  Despite rumors, you won’t find them doubting down in the casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada.

BirdThey instinctively know their place, and that’s where you’ll find them living.  They will be looking for food, raising their young, avoiding predators and living life as best they know how.  Pretty much the same as most humans.

The Bible records a story about two people who were rather ordinary, but pretended to be something different.  When they were asked a rather simple question, their stultifying answers brought the wrath of God upon them immediately.  Before they could change their answer, judgment fell suddenly!  The story transpires so fast with the direst of consequences that everyone gasps at the outcome.  Be forewarned; this story is not for the squeamish.

A man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira owned a piece of property.  They decided to sell the property and give the money to the church.  Once the property sold, the husband and wife decided to keep part of the money.  Peter confronted Ananias about his decision and before Ananias could offer an apology, he fell down dead!  Several men came, wrapped up his body and buried him.  Several hours later his wife Sapphira came back.  Peter told her the men who carried her dead husband out were there to carry her out as well.  Whoa!  At that very moment, she fell down dead!  The same men came and buried her beside her husband.  The whole church was greatly afraid.  Gives a whole new meaning to “dead on” and “drop dead” don’t you think?  God’s judgment on Ananias and Sapphira produced shock and terror among the believers, making them realize just how seriously God regards sin in the church.  What really happened?

The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was not in selling all their property, or in keeping part of the proceeds of the sale, but in lying about how much money they had received.  Lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God.  God often times takes drastic actions.  Their act was judged harshly and ‘deadly’ because dishonesty, greed, and covetousness are destructive in a church, preventing the Holy Spirit from working effectively.  All lying is bad, but when we lie to try and deceive God and his people about our relationship with him, we destroy our testimony about Christ.  Read it all in Acts 4.

Ananias and Sapphira thought like hedonists which have an attitude “Who cares?”  “So what?”  “What I do is my own business?”  They are more concerned about satisfying their own passions than in pleasing and obeying the Father.  According to Romans 1:21-22  “Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, but they became fools.”  With this attitude and frame-of-mind, we lose more than the cross and stained-glass church windows; we lose our standard, our purpose and our worship.  We are who we are.  If we see only ourselves, our headstones will have the epitaph that Paul uses to describe enemies of Christ:  “Their god is in their appetite, and their glory in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven”.  Philippians 3:19-20  This world is the limit of their horizon.

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Clear Sailing By Faith

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Nobody goes sailing or fishing if storm clouds threaten.   Who in their right mind goes boating with a category 99 hurricane on the horizon?   Storms can be tracked by satellite and their path predicted, but a sudden squall is quite another thing.

The Sea of Galilee is about twelve miles long and seven miles wide, and rests on the east side of a mountain range.   The warm winds coming off the Mediterranean Sea rush up those mountains, and then cool off rapidly while rushing down the eastern side causing sudden storms on the Sea of Galilee.

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The disciples were sailing across the lake one day.  Jesus curled up to nap and a violent squall arose.   The boat and those aboard were in grave danger.   The disciples woke up and screamed to him they were going to drown.

“He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?”  He asked his disciples.”  Luke 8:24

After it was all over, in fear and amazement the disciples asked each other “Who is this” He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”  Luke 8:25

When caught in the storms of life, it is easy to think that God has lost control and that we’re at the mercy of the winds and of fate.  In reality, God is sovereign.   He controls the history of the world as well as our personal destines.  Just as Jesus calmed the wind and waves, he can calm whatever storms you may face.  Christ controls the forces of nature and troubled hearts.

Are you sailing through life waiting for a storm to find your faith?