THE SIGNS ARE ALL AROUND US.

July 2017 you cannot look left, you cannot look right, you cannot look in front, and you cannot look behind, without seeing dozens of end times signs and prophecies being fulfilled right in front of your eyes each day.

Jesus said the last days would be marked by distress of nations.  Luke 21:25.      Today nations all over the world are in turmoil, most of the nations around the world are either in financial turmoil, political turmoil, civil war, or religious uprisings.    The USA leads the charge, with the political insanity of the left versus the right, and daily calls and threats to kill President Trump and his leaders.    Civil war is being fomented in the USA by the Global Elitists, powerful and rich billionaires like George Soros, and other people in high places.

Russia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Qatar, UAE and almost all of the northern African nations like Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, etc., are at war with various Islamist terrorist groups.   The Philippines are at war in Marawe against Islamic State offshoots who want to start an Islamic Caliphate in South East Asia.   Secular Indonesia is also having major problems with radical Islamist terrorist groups as they battle extremist ISIS Training Centres in many of their mosques.

The South African leader has threatened that he intends to take South Africa down the same path taken by Mugabe in Rhodesia which led to starvation, destruction and death.

Take all property from the white landowners and distribute it to the original owners of the land who are incapable of farming it, or of developing it in any way as they have no finance, and no financial backing.    This is bringing division and chaos in South Africa at present.  See -:   telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/03/jacob-zuma-calls-confiscation-white-land-without-compensation

Every nation belonging to the European Union is struggling with the millions of Moslem refugees flooding in from the Middle East and North Africa.   Because their religion is different, their cultures are different, and their expectations are IMPOSSIBLE to meet, the end result is causing havoc throughout Europe, and nations like England, seeing the inevitability of what lies ahead, are trying to get out of the EU.

Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico and the list goes on and on and continues to spread every day.     Respect and decency have gone out the window in many countries, and is already spreading to Australia, where one punch attacks on innocent victims, and home invasions on elderly people are increasing all the time.    Road rage is also becoming  a major problem in western society.

Nations are provoking nations, and there are endless rumours of wars about to begin at any moment filling our news casts.

Over the past year or two, we have seen and heard about “Once in a lifetime”  or  “Once in a century” Even “The worst ever recorded” events, such as earthquakes, violent storms, volcanoes, mud slides, wild fires, droughts, tsunamis, cyclones, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods etc.    These events are occurring daily all over the world.    It seems that nature itself is out of control.    But Jesus Himself warned us that this would be the case immediately before His return for His Church.

Parasites, viruses, bacteria, flesh eating bugs and plagues thought to have been eradicated are making a come back from the past, and they are now even more deadly than the original versions, as these new breeds are impervious to the drugs that used to be so efficient in controlling them, and wiping them out, today they are immune to all drugs available, and “Super Super Bugs” are now emerging and spreading rapidly around the world.    At the same time, new deadly flu strains, diseases, viruses etc. are also emerging.

Technology today is producing more and more terrible weapons of warfare and weapons of mass destruction than ever before, and the very technology that should be benefitting mankind, is more often than not, also being used to destroy mankind.    Technological advances today are so advanced, that scientists really do believe they are more advanced than God, as they manipulate genes and chromosomes and DNA and RNA to try to create “Human Warriors” with superman like powers of strength, stamina and speed, even going so far as to link the human brain to computers, so humans can think and react with the speed of a supercomputer.

Deception is out of control worldwide in every sphere of life, whether it be government, science, big business, education, etc., and according to Catholic and Pentecostal church leaders, demon possession is growing at a phenomenal rate.    In the USA witches have called for help from other countries where witches are found, to help them cast their spells of hate and destruction on President Trump, in order to try and kill or get rid of him and the Republican Party.

The One World Government is operational today. 

End of the age prophecies in Daniel and Revelation speak of a One World Government, which will be taken over by the Antichrist.     This One World Government has now been in operation for 70 years, it is called  “The United Nations”.   Already it has passed Laws and Decrees (Agendas) that bind the nations to its will, and most nations have signed allegiance to these Agendas, believing they are good for the world in general.   As time has gone on, more and more laws and Decrees have been added to their Agendas, reducing the power of National Governments to create their own laws, and gradually increasing the powers of the United Nations.

If you want to know more about these Laws and Rules and Agendas etc see   http://www.onenation.com.au/policies/agenda21     which Paul Keating signed up to.

Agenda 21 has now morphed into Agenda 30 for Sustainable Development, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development.  Read more at -:   UN Agenda 2030: A Recipe for Global Socialism.      https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/22267-un-agenda-2030-a-recipe-for-global-socialism             These agendas can be searched online, but once signed up to by a Nation, they become very difficult to get out of, which is why President Trump refused to sign up to The Reduction of CO2 gas emissions goal, as it has NEVER BEEN PROVED THAT MANKIND is responsible for the world heating up.

Scientific data HAS been deliberately manipulated, including by  Australia,   see -:    http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/31/australia-weather-bureau-caught-tampering-with-climate-numbers/    and it has been    altered and twisted by those who have an axe to grind, thus muddying the waters so nothing can be believed in this regard, and the battle is ongoing.    The proponents of this agenda say that catching out Gov’t agencies manipulating scientific data, does not prove that all the other scientist are wrong, BUT, where do most scientists get their information and data from?    You guessed it.

Do you need more proof that the One World Government is alive and well, and is already in operation today? Well here is some more proof.

Pope Francis: WORLD GOVERNMENT  Must Rule U.S. ‘For Their Own Good’    Read full article at-:

http://yournewswire.com/pope-francis-world-government-rule/      The Pope is not ignorant of the One World Government, as he is part of it.

Revelation also foretells that at the end of the age, there will be a One World Religion, and this One World Religion will enforce the worship of  the “Antichrist”  also called the “Beast”,  or they shall be killed.

The One World Religion is also operational today. 

Pope Francis stated “because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love.    We are all children of God.                  Read article at -:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/in-first-video-message-pope-francis-stresses-unity-we-are-all-children-of-god-39381/

Pope Francis has been caught on camera attempting to steer his flock away from Jesus Christ, warning that having a personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous and very harmful.   Read more on this at -:

http://www.disclose.tv/news/popes_latest_warning_relationship_with_jesus_is_dangerous_and_harmful/139720

Pope Francis offers hope to faithless, says atheists can go to heaven.

http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2015/12/pope_francis_offers_hope_to_fa.html

BOTH,  ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT  – AND – ONE WORLD RELIGION ARE IN FULL SWING TODAY.   —  BOTH ARE END OF THE AGE SIGNS   —

One World Gov’t, –  See  REV 13:4-8   AND   One World Religion   See   REV 13:11-17

Do you find all this depressing?    DON’T  this is great news -:  Jesus said when you see all these thing happening, LOOK UP, His hand is on the door knob of heaven ready to throw it open and call all the “True Christians” out of all this, and it is all about to end very, very soon for all True Christians all around the world.

In Genesis 1:14  God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and LET THEM BE FOR SIGNS and seasons, and for days and years;       God says He will use the heavens to give warning signs to mankind.

Jesus also gave warning signs of the end of the age in Luke 21:11  And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences;      Think there were no earthquakes, floods, storms etc before Jesus time on earth, read the Old Testament, like ZECH 14:5 or DANIEL 11:22  or  AMOS 1:1 ACTS 16:26   PSALM 90:5   NUMBERS 21:28 or hundreds of other references in the Old Testament that speak of earthquakes, fires, floods and storms.    What Jesus was saying is these massive events shall be daily occurrences all over the world, and that is what we are seeing today.

Luke 21:11 continued.   And there will be fearful sights AND GREAT SIGNS FROM HEAVEN.

Great Solar Eclipse of USA AUGUST 21 2017.    The same sign given to Nineveh before Jonah arrived caused the whole city to repent, and God withheld judgement.     Will the same thing happen again in the USA, and will The USA repent, or continue in sin bringing division and destruction to the USA.  The following clip is from NASA showing the path of the eclipse.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C0SeDenPRo

Rev 12:1  Now A GREAT SIGN APPEARED IN HEAVEN: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.    See   http://watchfortheday.org/videos.html

War is on the near horizon for Israel, this is prophesied in the end time prophecies of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, and while some prophetic students see Israel’s 1948 / 49 War of Independence as being Psalm 83, others disagree, however the Gog and Magog Ezekiel Prophecy has definitely not yet been fulfilled, but we can see day by day that this prophecy is miraculously being prepared for before our very eyes.

Russia, and Persia (IRAN) bitter enemies three or four years ago, signed a Defence Treaty Pact just a year or so ago.    Turkey, a friend of Israel just three or four years ago, today undeclared enemies, and easily seen as such by Turkeys actions toward its ex ally and friend.  Syria, Lebanon, Libya, today all Moslem and all bitter enemies of Israel, and the many peoples with you, include ISIS which has thousands of Moslems from countries such as Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia etc. and then there are all the Arab nations, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait etc. who are also in Syria fighting against ISIS who will join together as Islamist countries against Israel to try to destroy Israel.

It is believed that this prophecy will be fulfilled either immediately before the rapture of the church, or immediately after the Rapture of the church.   Israel will face enemies from within, as seen in the article below, as well as enemies from other countries.  http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1438

This could take place within days or weeks, we need to be ready all the time regardless of when it happens.    The rapture of the True Christians, will be sudden, unexpected, lightning fast, and sadly for the millions of half pie, half believers, irreversible.    I believe those raptured will represent only a very small percentage of the Church at large, as was foretold by Jesus in His parables, and again by John in the letter to the Church of Laodicea In Revelation 3:14 ff.    Vast numbers of unprepared, unbelieving, Nominal (= in name only) worldly Christians will be left behind.     Among the millions left behind will certainly be Popes, Pastors, Archbishops, and Bishops, Monsignors and Elders, Evangelists, Prophets and Teachers, who have all been trying to build their own kingdom, instead of God’s kingdom. See Mat 7:21  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. v:22  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  v:23  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

From every denomination, from every nation, there will be leaders who  are deceiving gullible Christians with their worldly wise, “politically correct” or just straight out unbelieving teachings.

YES, I know I could be wrong, but I believe that God’s diary / calendar for the age of grace is about to end, and the times of the Gentiles is closing fast.    I truly doubt that this world can keep going for another year at this pace without destroying itself.

As I have already said the signs are all here now, and while signs don’t set dates they do set warning bells ringing for those who are watching and waiting and longing for the return of our Saviour.

Jesus said OCCUPY TILL I COME  –  but don’t forget he also said “Therefore IF YOU WILL NOT WATCH, I will come upon you as a thief, and YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR I WILL COME UPON YOU.

Let us be found doing BOTH, FAITHFULLY,  when He returns.

God Bless

Lex Cullen

URGENT – IMPORTANT. RE — THE RAPTURE.

In my last Post, I mentioned how Dr J R Church from Prophecy in the News some years ago, had said that he felt that Pentecost could also be a possible time for the Rapture.   It was still spring time in Israel, and with all the feasts from Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, etc. being a very busy time in their calendar, very few people got married, so after the feasts, there was a boom in marriage celebrations around Shavuot (Pentecost).

I also mentioned that Pentecost is looked on as being the birthday of the Church, so why not celebrate the Church’s birthday by a surprise visit to get your Bride to be?

At this point, I offer the following facts for you to consider very carefully –

  1. Enoch was born on Pentecost – 6 th of Sivan
  2. Enoch was also translated (raptured) to heaven on Pentecost –   6 th of Sivan.
  3. The church was officially born on the day of Pentecost – with the empowerment of the Holy Ghost.  –     6 th of Sivan.

Enoch has always been regarded by the majority of Theologians as a TYPE of the CHURCH.    In light of these facts it is not difficult to see and understand, that if Enoch as a type of the Church was born AND raptured on Pentecost, and if the church was also born on Pentecost,  it is highly likely that the Church could also be raptured on Pentecost.     I believe this is certainly worth considering.     I feel this could possibly be more important, and maybe, more urgent, than we may think.

I know that it is becoming widely accepted or believed that the rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets, and I am NOT saying that it won’t be, what I am saying is that Pentecost is another strong contender which we must consider.      Pentecost Sunday this year falls on 4th of June 2017.

I want to share some more reasons for you to consider why Pentecost seems to fit the Biblical evidence for the Rapture.

As I have already said, it is acknowledged by bible scholars, that Enoch is a type of those who will be caught up or translated at the rapture of the church, meaning the “TRUE CHRISTIANS” an event we believe could happen at any moment. 

People in many churches today scoff at this teaching just as those living in Enoch’s day scoffed at him.     Sadly, many  Churches may not notice much of a drop in attendance after the Rapture, because of unbelief, and because they were asleep when they should have been watching and waiting.    We are warned over and over in scripture, that although many are called, only a few are chosen.

“1Th 5:4  But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.   v:5  You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. v:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober”

When the Bridegroom opens the door of Heaven in Revelation 4:1 – the True Believers will be caught up, as Enoch was so long ago!    We call this translation the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church!     Enoch walked with God and God took him.    The writer of Hebrews tells us a bit more about Enoch saying he “pleased God,” and was not found because God TRANSLATED him!   —–  We who walk with God in truth, and who are pleasing to God, will also be translated in the same way as Enoch was.

GOD COMMANDED ISRAEL -:

Exod 23:14  “THREE TIMES you shall keep a feast to Me in the year:

Exod 23:15  You shall keep the (1.) FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty);       Exod 23:16      (2.) FEAST OF HARVEST, the firstfruits of your labours which you have sown in the field;

(3.) FEAST OF INGATHERING (Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles) at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field.

Exod 23:17  “THREE TIMES in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

THREE FEASTS  —  THREE HARVESTS.     PLEASE NOTE  -:

FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS celebrated at the time of the Passover included the first fruits of the BARLEY harvest.   Who does the BARLEY represent?    Barley represents the “True Believers” of the OLD TESTAMENT who were raised with JESUS, (already translated and in Heaven) they were seen in Jerusalem.   Matt 27:52  “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; v:53  and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”

FEAST OF WEEKS –  in celebration of the first fruits of the WHEAT harvest,   —  Who does the WHEAT represent?   The “TRUE BELIEVERS” of the Church age.   Jesus said in John 4:35  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! ”    Jesus pointed out, that the Firstfruits were already ripe, the main harvest would come four months later.    Don’t wait for the main harvest.

Besides being called the Feast of Weeks in Leviticus 23 this special feast celebration is called the “Day of the Firstfruits” in Numbers 28:26 and the “Feast of Harvest” in Exodus 23:16

Exod 34:22  “And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest. ”        Firstfruits is only a very small part of the main harvest, just the first few baskets.    The main harvest is not ready.

The feast of Weeks, i.e. PENTECOST, is the ONLY feast where LEAVENED BREAD is used.  Lev 23:17   Leaven speaks of sin, and the Church still battles sin until the Rapture.   This is another important point to note.

FEAST OF TABERNACLES represents  the ingathering of the OLIVE and GRAPE harvests.      Who do OLIVES and GRAPES represent?     I believe that the OLIVES represent the Jews who come to salvation AFTER the Rapture, and are martyred during the Great Tribulation.   In scripture the Olive tree and the Fig tree both represent the nation of Israel.

I believe that the GRAPES represent Gentiles who come to salvation AFTER the Rapture, and are martyred during the Great Tribulation.   This feast is NOT A FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS.   This is the great harvest no man can number who have come out of the Great Tribulation.   Rev 7:9ff.

The Laodicean Church will be left behind, rejected by our Lord and spat out of His mouth.   Many if not most will be part of the main wheat harvest gathered in Rev 7:9 during the tribulation period.   These are NOT the Firstfruits.

I quote here Dr Chuck Missler, a Bible Prophecy Exponent for whom I have great respect.    He says -:

“Every year there are people studying the Feasts of Moses to determine when the Rapture will take place.  They like to hang their hats on things like the sound of the trumpets on Yom Teruah, or on celebrations like the Feast of Tabernacles.

IF the Rapture takes place on a feast day though, the most likely feast is Pentecost, the Feast of Shavuot.   Shavuot is celebrated as the birthday of Enoch as well as the traditional date of his rapture.  Therefore, if Enoch is a type of the Church caught up to God before the day of Judgment, then Shavuot makes the most likely candidate.”    Missler, Dr Chuck. The Rapture: Christianity’s Most Preposterous Belief (Kindle Locations 853-854). Koinonia House. Kindle Edition.

Am I saying the Rapture will happen on this Sunday?  NO – NO – NO.

Am I saying the Rapture could happen this Sunday?  YES, YES, YES.

I believe the Rapture is VERY, VERY close, it could happen tomorrow, or next week, or next month.    I also believe that Pentecost Sunday is a very important day for the Church in every way.

So as I said last week, watch for your Saviour’s return EVERY DAY.     Watch eagerly for your bridegroom to come for you, it COULD happen on the Church’s birthday, Pentecost Sunday.

God Bless

Lex Cullen

LOOK UP – REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR.

Mat 24:33  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors!      NOTE – ALL these things is the key.

For hundreds of years people have waited and watched for the rapture, believing that it could be at any time,  but they forgot that ALL these things had to happen before Jesus calls us to be with Himself.

Mat 24:3  Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Let us examine Jesus answer to this end of the age question.

Mat 24:4&5  And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.   For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.    This has been fulfilled many times over.
Mat 24:6  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.    This has been fulfilled many times over.      See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.    This speaks of  WORLD WARS.      This has been fulfilled twice over.
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9  “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.     This is being fulfilled every day in every country of the world today. 
Mat 24:10  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.       This has been fulfilled many times over.
Mat 24:11  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.     This is also being fulfilled every day in many  parts of the world today. 
Mat 24:12  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. This has happened over the past 50 years and continues happening today.
Mat 24:13  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.     Coming soon.
Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations,  This has been fulfilled already.  And then the end will come.    Jesus will come in the Rapture for His Saints.   He is at the door.

The next passage from verses 15-28 take us through the Great Tribulation.     Coming soon.

Verses 29-31 talk of Jesus second coming to the earth to rule with His Saints.

So we can see from the above, that the only thing that has not yet been fulfilled from Jesus discourse with His disciples, –  up until the time of the Great Tribulation,  is verse 13, he who endures until the end (of the age), shall be saved, (that is, the age of grace,) when the Rapture takes place, and all True Christians will be saved from the wrath to come.    1 Thess 1:10 says – to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

But when combined with so many of the Old Testament’s  last days / end times prophecies also happening at this very time, then it is time to  wake up, stand up and look up, for your redemption is at hand.

Let’s look at some Prophecies about the END TIMES / THE LAST DAYS.

Israel must be back in their own Land  –  Fulfilled in 1948

The Jews must be back in control of ALL of Jerusalem.  –  Fulfilled in 1967

An Increase in Travel and Knowledge –      Fulfilled from 1945 on

Israel Surrounded by Enemies on all sides  – Fulfilled from 1945 on

Israel’s Exceedingly Great Army  – Fulfilled from approx 1963/4

Rise of the Gog of Magog Alliance  –  Fulfilled in January 2015

The Rise of Global Government  Ready to take over at any time

The Rise of the One World Church  —  Fulfilled in 2016

The Signs of One World Church Leader “The Pope’s declarations to other Religions  “All religions lead to God ”     Fulfilled in 2016

The Gospel Preached Throughout the World  – as far as we know, no tribes remain unreached by the Gospel today. Fulfilled in 2016

Denial of the Signs by the world.      Fulfilled for the past 30 years or more

Jewish and Moslem Religious leaders declare “2016/2017 to be the most likely year for Israel,s Messiah’s and the Islamic Mahdi’s Return”.    Fulfilled in 2016.   This has also just recently been agreed to by many Christian Bible Prophecy Scholars.

Isa 17:1  The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. v:2  The cities of Aroer (Now called Daraa in Southern Syria) are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.  –  Currently In Progress.

TRUMPS PLEDGE to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and declare Jerusalem to be the Capital of Israel drew threats of all out war from most of the Islamic nations.    Does this mean WAR is on the Horizon???     Very possible.

Numeric signs.   Hos 6:2  After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. 2Pet 3:8 & Psa 90:4 indicate that One day is as 1000 years and 1000 is as a day in God’s sight.  From the year 2000 we moved into the third day.

Lev 25:8-10 Describes main part of the Law regarding  The Year of Jubilee.

Concerning Jubilee years, The Balfour Declaration in 1917 was regarded as a Year of Jubilee, when Britain, under the mandate given to Britain to oversee Palestine, declared part of Palestine would be returned to Israel again.    This was impossible for almost 2000 years.

50 years later 1967 was also a Year of Jubilee, as it was in this year God oversaw the return of Judea and Samaria and the area known as The West Bank of the city of Jerusalem, situated on the West Bank of the Jordan River was given back by God to Israel as He had promised.

50 years later 2017 Is the current Year of Jubilee.   Could 2017 be Year of The Rapture?   As everything else has lined up according to the scriptures, and as the ancient prophecies are being fulfilled so rapidly today, it seems highly possible, even highly probable that 2017 will be Year of The Rapture.

The next Year of Jubilee Will be in 2067 another 50 years away.   It seems to me, that seeing Jesus said He would fulfill ALL the LAW, and seeing that He has already fulfilled the first four feasts of the Law, on the very day prescribed by God, and in the very manner prescribed by God,  it is a foregone conclusion that He will fulfill all the rest of the Law also on the very day and manner prescribed in the Law by God.

The next feast is  The Feast of Trumpets  – Rosh Hashana, also known as “The feast of “no man knows the day nor the hour” as the sliver of the new moon had to be sighted before the feast could be declared.  Bad weather or fires producing lots of smoke could delay the day of the feast being commenced.    Rosh Hashana literally meaning “Head of the Year” because Rosh Hashana marks the point in time when they begin the new calendar year or – New Years Day.  

Other names for Rosh Hashana are -:
Yom Harat Olam means “The Birthday of the World.”
Yom Hazikaron means “The Day of Remembering.”
Yom Hadin means “The Day of Judgment.”
Yom Teruah means “The Day of Sounding (the Shofar).” This is the actual name that the holiday is called in the Torah.

Ha Kiddushin The blowing of trumpets is also linked by many to Messiah’s Wedding.       Read Joel 2:15  Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;  Joel 2:16  Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.

Other Pointers.

In Israel this is the year 5777.   In the Bible the number 5 represents God’s Grace, and the number 7 represents perfection.      777 equals absolute perfection.    Could it be that this is the year God’s grace will be perfected in His Church, and His Church shall be raptured, bringing an end to the age of grace?    I believe all the signs are telling us exactly that, and we need to be ready.    The Israeli year 5777 ends somewhere between the 20 th and the 23 rd of September.      

Israel became a nation in MAY 14 1948   In  Mat 24:32  “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.    Mat 24:33  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors! Mat 24:34  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.    The fig tree often represents Israel in Scripture.

Israel became a nation in MAY 14 1948 – This generation shall not pass away.   Add 70 years – (Lifespan of a generation) = MAY 14 2018   There are varying theories on this, but this is most commonly accepted, and if this theory is correct, it means that the Lord’s return will be before May 2018.

However, as I have said so often before, I reiterate now, we should be ready every moment of every day.   Nobody know when they may have an accident and be killed, no one knows, even strong young men and women have fatal heart attacks, it can happen in the blink of an eye to any person, therefore we need to be ready all the time.

An interesting phenomenon has been discovered by a Christian Astronomer, using the NASA planetarium website.   This phenomenon will not happen again for another 7000 years, and this year it seems to tie in with Revelation Chapter 12 verses 1-6.

This is clearly an end time prophecy and sign, as Jesus was not caught up immediately after He was born and Israel has not yet fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.  That all happens AFTER the Rapture.

The Woman is clearly Israel as described in Genesis 37:9 Then Joseph dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” etc.

How does that fit then with the Church being the child raptured up to Heaven immediately after being born?     Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.  Rom 11:17  And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, Rom 11:18  do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

The Bible says the Church is the body of Christ, is Israel  about to give birth to the body of Christ?    1Cor 12:27  Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Clearly Gentile Christians are grafted into Israel and have Abraham as our father in the faith.  This is supported by what Jesus taught when he told the Pharisees in John 8:39  They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.   John 8:44  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do………..  The Church is a Jewish institution, and we Gentiles have been adopted by God into His chosen people and we Gentiles are now Jews by adoption.

That little blurb is to explain better how the You Tube Video below does fit the scriptures.      See it at -:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNRy0KIWJE0           This is the short version of the video on  Rev 12 1-6     9 minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91F_EseiPkU      This is the long version, much better explained if you have the time.  45 minutes long.

Also could I suggest you put the following site into your bookmarks.  It is one of the best end time prophecy sites on the web.     http://www.prophecynewswatch.com     It does have a bit of advertising, but you don’t have to buy or even read their advertising materials, you can just read what is happening in the world today, and how it relates to scripture.   Really good site to check out every few days.

But I reiterate again, we should be ready every moment of every day.    Nobody knows when the Rapture will happen, there are some who believe Jesus will come at Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, and that maybe the Feast of Trumpets is when Jesus returns to set National Israel free from their bondage.   That theory could also be correct, who knows?  not me!   JUST BE READY ALL THE TIME.

God bless

Lex Cullen

Comments or questions welcome.

THE HALLMARKS OF A “TRUE CHRISTIAN”.

In the 1960s & 1970s, Pentecostal and some other evangelical churches used to teach the need for true and genuine repentance, the need for the empowering of the Holy Spirit in our daily Christian lives to enable us to live a victorious Christian life; the fact that Jesus could come at any time, on any day for His Bride “The Church” was also an important part of our learning.

The other doctrines were also taught of course, but only after the solid foundation had been laid in the lives of the new Christians.   However, it is noticeable that over the past 30 – 40 years these aforementioned essential Christian Doctrines, have been gradually phased out to the point where it is extremely rare today to find a Church where these very important doctrines are taught.   We were also taught that “The FEAR of the Lord was the BEGINNING of wisdom”

Today the emphasis in the church is on the doctrines of “Grace” and “Love”.    God’s grace will cover all of your sins no matter what!   God loves you so much that even if you disobey Him you will still be able to go to heaven because you believe that Jesus is God.  This is an accurate picture of how the “Laodicean Church” is portrayed in the book of Revelation chapter 3.

But what does James say in Jas 2:19  “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.  Good for you!   Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”  James is warning us that believing in Jesus as God, is not enough, there are other essentials required in our lives if we want to get to heaven.

I want to go through a few things that Church leaders and their parishioners should consider very carefully from the Bible.

  1. FORGIVENESS. –  Mat 6:14&15  “For if you forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:   v15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your sins”.      Forgiveness is NOT an optional extra in our Christian life, if you want to go to heaven, you have to forgive.

David Guzik in his Bible commentary says this.   “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Forgiveness is required for those who have been forgiven.   We are not given the luxury of holding on to our bitterness towards other people”.   He continues  “Neither will your Father forgive your trespasses:   Jesus has much more to say about forgiveness (Mat_9:2-6;  Mat_18:21-35, and Luke 17:3&4  So watch what you do! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.   Luke 17:4  If he sins against you seven times in one day, and each time he comes to you saying, ‘I repent,’  you MUST forgive him.”   Here, the emphasis is on the imperative of forgiveness – IT IS NOT AN OPTION.”   Guzik says, and I agree.

Yet how often do we hear Christians say, “I will never forgive them for what they did to me”, or something similar.

You may ask me, “How can I forgive him / her, he / she killed my son / daughter / brother / sister / father / mother or whoever, or they raped me, or my sister etc?”  What you have to realise is that it is Christ living in you who forgives, because you are DEAD.   Gal 2:20 tells us it is no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me through the power of the Holy Spirit.   If you are truly dead, and Christ is living in your body, then they have sinned against Christ.

The TRUE Christian will be able to hand it over to Jesus and allow Jesus to forgive on their behalf, because they are dead to hate, revenge, and all those feelings of the flesh.    When we are prepared to allow Jesus to control us, then what happens in our life is over to him.    How He will handle the situation is not our concern, He may even use the situation to bring that person to repentance and to salvation.   On the other hand if the person does not repent, as Rom 12:19 says “I will take revenge; I will pay them back says the LORD”,   but that is God’s prerogative, not ours.

  1. ABIDING IN CHRIST. John 15:6  “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”     What does “Abiding in Christ” mean?   Some versions have,  “If anyone does not remain in Me”.     Most Bible commentators agree, that these people were “True Christians”, but for some reason or other they have stopped their sustenance from the “True Vine” Jesus – see John 15:1  “I am the “True Vine”. So if we walk away from Jesus, literally, we are walking away from heaven.

There are many false vines in the world today, many counterfeit vines claiming to be Jesus, or claiming to have the “Truth”, which is actually their own “convenient” version of the God’s word, in which they teach, “God’s grace will cover your sins, so do as you please”.   The end result of this teaching is that the branch dies and is cast into the fire because it is feeding on poison, lies, deception, half truths, error and heresy, instead of the True Word of God.    Only the Bible gives us the True Word of God.

  1. THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT. In the parable of the ten virgins  in Mat 25 verse 3 we are told that  “The foolish virgins took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.  So what was the parable about, and what was the end result?     It is well known that “Oil” is one of the symbols used in scripture to signify “The Holy Spirit”.   It is also well known that the lamp, or indeed any vessel or potters vessel in scripture often refers to a person.  E.g.  See Acts_9:15 “Saul, a chosen vessel unto God”, etc.   The parable therefore is warning us of the need to maintain our bodies as the temple, or dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.

1Co 6:19  “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself.”   Our lives will either be filled with the Holy Spirit, or else our lives will be filled with the things of the flesh and of this world.     If we are going to make it into heaven, then our lives must be filled with the Holy Spirit.    When we realise that we are not our own, we are God’s, and if the Holy Spirit is in charge of our lives, then HE can change our habits, HE can change our attitudes, HE can change our desires, our ambitions, our goals etc.

  1. OBEDIENCE. Mat 7:21  “Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in.”    To obey means to do what God has asked us to do, and not to do what He has told us not to do.      Obedience to the Lord is a sign of our Love for the Lord, see John 14:15  “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”    If you want to get to heaven, you must do God’s will and obey God’s commands.
  1. HOLINESS.    In 1Pet_1:16 Peter says,  “It is written, ‘Be ye holy  for I am holy’”,  —- the only way we can be holy, is through the indwelling Holy Spirit being in charge of our lives; see the following:-

Gal 5:16-21  “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. v19  When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, v20  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, v21  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”    Sadly, our churches today are not warning people of the dangers of living in this way.

Many young people today, particularly those who live in “Western Nations” nations, who until twenty years ago would have called themselves “Christian” nations, live in sexual sin.    Sadly, many people today who call themselves Christians, are not “True Christians”, as they continue to live the life of the world and of the flesh.     Repentance means turning away from, and ceasing to do all these things, not continuing on in them.

  1. LOVE.    I have probably left the most important for the last.  We saw earlier that obedience to God was a pre requisite for entering heaven.   When Jesus was tested by the Scribes and Pharisees in regard to the greatest commandment, He answered as follows

Mark 12:29-31  Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  v 30  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’   v 31  The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.‘  No other commandment is greater than these.”

True love of God leads to true obedience to Jesus.

True love of God has complete trust in Jesus.

True love of God has a deep longing for Jesus.

True love of God is prepared to wait in obedience for Jesus.

True love of God will be looking for Jesus to come every day.

True love of God will pore over the teachings of the Bible every day.

True love of God will talk to Jesus every day.

True love of God will be full of Jesus, and will want to tell everybody.

I fear for many Christians today who do not Fear God, nor follow the above.

No wonder Jesus questioned in Luke 18:8   “when the Son of Man comes, will he find anyone with faith on earth?”

To say that any of the above requirements are no longer valid or required in Christianity today because of God’s love and grace, is the same as saying that God has changed,  but see what Mal 3:6 has to say  For I am the LORD, I change not”.       Or, it is the same as saying that Jesus is not the same yesterday, today and forever,  but see Heb 13:8  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”.  If you say these scriptures no longer apply today, then we cannot trust anything the Bible says.

I suggest that we all need to consider these and other similar teachings of God’s word very carefully.     Always take the safest path.

God Bless

Lex Cullen.

OF RESURRECTIONS AND OF RAPTURES. Part 2

This is sort of a Bible study where you will need to do some careful reading of the scriptures I shall present for your assessment.   I shall give you some of my own thoughts on these scriptures, and also some thoughts from other Bible expositors; but I do not say that any of these thoughts are conclusive, so I want you to make your own assessment from the scriptures presented.

When it comes to end time events, and in particular the Rapture, there are many different ideas, all of which have a mixture of Biblical backing and “Spiritualising”, or “Allegorising”, which means not accepting the literal meaning of the passage for some reason, and translating it with a “more spiritual” meaning than the literal text.    This has to be done in the case of parables, poems, and in some other passages of scripture where a literal acceptance of the literal text is clearly not what is meant.

The different doctrinal views on the rapture and on prophecy in general, are usually determined by the extent to which the allegorical or spiritualising method is used, and we shall not know until we get to heaven which parts of which theories were right and which were wrong, and neither does it matter at all, as long as we are taking the safest path, and living day by day in Christ Jesus, obediently watching and waiting for His coming, and longing for the day when Jesus will come down into the clouds to call us up take us unto Himself to His Fathers home in heaven.

In the Pre Millennial Pre Tribulation doctrinal view, the literal method is used extensively, allowing the Word of God to speak for itself unless it is clearly parabolic or poetic or in some cases in futuristic prophecy.

The following examples of futuristic prophecy would be of something seen but not understood by the prophet, such as “aeroplanes” in Isa 60:8  “Who are these who fly like a cloud, And like doves to their roosts?” or  “Helicopter gunships” in Isa 31:5  Like birds flying about, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; Passing over, He will preserve it.”   Or “nuclear weapons” described in Zech 14:12  “and this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths”.   Such passages obviously require an allegorical or spiritualised interpretation to get a logical understanding of the event the prophet is describing, but does not understand.

Again, the following verse will be important to our conclusions.

1Cor 15:23  But every man (hekastos – neuter gender refers to both male and female) – in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

HOW MANY RAPTURES ARE THERE?

I used to believe and teach, that there would be a partial rapture, and only True Believers who were living day by day in Christ Jesus, obediently watching and waiting for His coming, and longing for the day when Jesus come, would be taken in the rapture, and there are very many verses which give this impression very strongly in the New Testament.  Then in my studies I read Dr. Dwight Pentecost’s book called “Things To Come”.  In this book he says you cannot take a part of Christ’s body to heaven and leave part of it behind, and I agree.

I now believe  that only True Believers who are living day by day in Christ Jesus, obediently watching and waiting for His coming, and longing for the day when Jesus comes are actually the body of Christ and His Bride. I believe  that a lot of “Professing Christians” will not be in the body of Christ as His Bride, as they are only professing to be Christians.    The whole Body of Christ shall be resurrected or raptured, no question of that, but the tares and the foolish virgins will be left behind.

Now consider the following verses carefully!

No. 1.    Gen 5:24  “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”     This is the very first mentioned “Rapture” in the Bible.  Heb 11:5  “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

No. 2.   2 Kings 2:11  “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”    Elijah was the second person recorded in scripture to be “Raptured” up to heaven.    Elijah was translated as he was snatched up to heaven in the Chariot of Fire.

Concerning Jesus Himself, after He was physically resurrected, and after He was seen alive, walking, talking and eating, being touched and handled, was taken up to heaven in a moment of glory (Acts 1: 9-10) But that was not Harpazo, He was lifted up epairō to raise up, exalt self,” slowly, in a moment of glory for all to see.  This would not count as a “Rapture” or a “snatching away” in the true sense of the word.

Phillip, was snatched away, Harpazo in Acts 8: 39.5 but he was not permanently translated.    Paul was also caught up Harpazo to the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12.2, but again he was not permanently  translated.   So although in these two instances the same word Harpazo was used, they do not constitute a “Rapture” or a translation in the true sense.

No. 3.   The Rapture.   The most commonly known rapture would have to be the rapture described in 1 Thess 4:16 & 17  “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:  V17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught upHarpazo” “snatching away” together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This will be the next rapture to take place, and it could happen at any moment.   The Church has been given no warning signs, but we have been warned that it will happen when we least expect it, and that when it does happen, we MUST be ready.  That means that we must be ready every day.

This rapture is the “Pre Millennial, Pre Tribulation Rapture” promised several times in God’s word, and it is also likened by Jesus to the Judgement flood in Noah’s day, and to Sodom and Gomorrah when the Angels had to hurry Lot and his family out of Sodom so God could commence His judgement.    Noah had to be in the ark with his family BEFORE the judgement could begin, likewise Lot and his family had to be safely out of Sodom and up the mountain BEFORE God could commence Judgement.

God’s judgement can only commence when His people are safely out of the way.   Read Rom 5:9  “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him”.  Rev 3:10 & 11  “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, (Tribulation) which shall come upon all “the world”, (not on The Church) to try them that dwell upon the earth”. Rev 3:11  “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown”. 1Thess 5:9  “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”.  Luke 21:36  “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”.    Make sure you are a part of this Rapture.

No. 4.    Rev 7:9  “After these things (After the 144,000 evangelists had been sealed in Rev 7:1-8) I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands”, ………… Rev 7:13 & 14 “Then one of the elders asked me, ‘Who are these clothed in white, and where did they come from?’ Rev 7:14  And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”.  

Different version of the Bible say different things, The New Living Translation says these are the ones who died in the Great Tribulation.  The Good News Bible says these are Tribulation saints who have come safely through the Great Tribulation to this point, most Bible translations just say they are the ones who have come out of the time of terrible suffering, or, that they are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation.

Some say these are the harvest of people converted under the ministry of the 144,000 Israeli evangelists, and are likely to be Israelis from all around the world, however I doubt the number of Israelis who turn to Christ during the tribulation would account for a number no one could number.   I believe Dr. J.A. Seiss is probably correct when he states “They are not a part of the Church proper; for their repentance comes too late for that.  They are a superaddition to the Church – a supplementary body – near and precious to Christ, but made up after the proper Church has finished its course.”

It is very likely this vast group comprises mainly Gentiles, with some Jews, and represents both Resurrected and Raptured tribulation saints, the same as Rapture No 3 comprises both Resurrected and Raptured Church saints.  It is highly likely that many of these were “Tares” or “Foolish Virgins” before the Rapture of the True Church.   Professing Christians, but not practicing Christians.  Make sure you are not part of this Rapture.

No. 5.   Our next Rapture event seems to be found in Rev 12:1 & 2  “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. v:2  Then being with child, she cried out in labour and in pain to give birth”. 

Scripturally, this woman clothed with the sun should be identified with Israel, as in Joseph’s dream (Gen_37:9 & 10) The Catholic Church claim this woman is Mary the mother of Jesus.     Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of the Christian Science Religion)  claimed to be the woman in this passage.

Most Bible Scholars say the “Child” is Jesus, as it is referred to in verse 5 as a “man child” but I have a few problems with this.   Firstly the word “Child” in all cases in this passage is “Neuter” gender, which can mean male or female, but that aside, the sex is not important, as the “Church” is the body of Christ (Male) but the Church is the “Virgin Bride of Christ” also (Female).  Next we see in verse 4 and 5 that as soon as it was born her child was caught upHarpazo” “snatched away in an instant” and this does not fit Jesus who lived 33 years on earth, and was killed.  Also, when He was taken to heaven, it was slow and glorious to behold.

Finally, the woman who is clearly Israel, “ fled from the dragon into the desert for 3 ½ years, where God sustained her.  This section of the story is clearly still future, as it has not yet happened, it is part of the great Tribulation.  When John was caught up to heaven in Chap 4 of Revelation, he was told he would be shown the things that were yet to take place, or still future.  So this whole passage does not add up in any way for me as being the story of Jesus birth. I believe that this is another part of the Tribulation Raptures, where living Tribulation Saints are caught up to God before the very worst of the Tribulation judgement begins.     I believe these will be Israeli converts, and the woman being Israel would logically give birth to Israeli children.

No. 6.    Rev 14:1  “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads”.   Clearly these are the 144,000 Israeli evangelists who were sealed in their foreheads in chapter 7.    Rev 14:4 says These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes.  These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb”.    This indicates that they have already been raptured – redeemed by the Lord.   These were probably the first Israelis to become Christians after the Church’s Rapture.

No. 7.    During the Millennium, the people who survive the Great Tribulation, and the judgement of the sheep and the goats, (see Matthew 25:32-46) will enter the millennial period, and during the millennium they will re-populate the earth again, millions of people will be born and many will also die.   Many of those who are born during the millennium will become believers, but many will rebel against God when Satan is released once again, in order to give those people born during the millennium the choice of who they wish to follow.

All those who rebel against God (see Rev 20:7-10) will be destroyed by Fire from Heaven.   Those who do not rebel, but who continue to follow Jesus as their Saviour, will have to be “Raptured” in order to survive the total destruction of the heavens and the earth by fire, and the creation of a “New Heaven and a New Earth”.  (See 2Pet 3:12  “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” and Rev 21:1  “I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea”.   This one will be the Final “Rapture”.

OF RESURRECTIONS AND OF RAPTURES. Part 1

The following verse is important to our conclusions.

1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.         Often in the Bible the word man (hekastos) is in the neuter gender and so it refers to both male and female, today we would probably use the word person.    The word order (tagma) meansorderly in arrangement” or “a series or succession:”

HOW MANY RESURRECTIONS ARE THERE?

THE FIRST RESURRECTION.

The first resurrection is called the Resurrection to LIFE.

In terms of how many resurrections there are, the answer is simple. The Bible speaks clearly of only two resurrections, the first resurrection Rev 20:6  “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

We shall see that “The First Resurrection” is comprised of many parts; it is NOT a single event, but every man in his order.

Please understand that I do not count people who were raised from the dead to this life again by miracles of the prophets or Jesus, but who later died again as being a part of the “First Resurrection” which is to life eternal in heaven.

Mat 27:52 & 53 “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; V53 and coming out of the graves AFTER Jesus resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.   Note that in V53 Jesus was first.

No. 1.  In this passage we see that Jesus was the FIRST person ever to be resurrected from death to eternal life.

No. 2.  The second lot of people in their order, but AFTER Jesus, we read that “many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.”  Only bodies of the Saints, can be part of the first resurrection.

No. 3.  The third group of saints to be resurrected, will be The dead in Christ, as  Paul tells us in 1Th_4:16  “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, And the dead in Christ will rise first”.  So we see that the dead in Christ rise immediately before the rapture of the living saints of that time.  This resurrection takes place before the Great Tribulation commences, as we shall see in Part Two – How Many Raptures?

No. 4.  The fourth group to be resurrected are seen in Rev 7:9-14 “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  V10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”    V11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, V12 saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”  V13 Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”  V14  I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”.

Please note they washed their robes in “The Blood of the Lamb” not in their own blood, only Jesus blood can make us pure, and the white robes are a sign of the righteousness of Jesus.

As this passage comes immediately after the passage where the Angel of God seals the 144,000 JEWISH Evangelists in their forehead with the “Seal of God”, most commentators agree that these who are seen in this passage represent both resurrected martyrs and the faithful living from “THE Great Tribulation”.  Guzik says, “They have had trouble on the earth during the great tribulation.  In the ancient Greek grammar of this passage, the” is emphatic.  This was a time of great tribulation for this multitude.  This has led many to believe that most, if not all, of these are martyrs from the great tribulation.”

No. 5.  The next people we see being resurrected are “The two witnesses” Rev 11:11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.   These two faithful men of God proclaimed the Gospel for three and a half years, calling down plagues, and shutting off the rain on the earth to try and get more people to come to Jesus for salvation, but they were murdered by the Antichrist, and left in the street to rot.   God had other ideas however and He resurrected them to life eternal again after three and a half days.

No. 6.   The sixth and what appears to be the final group at this point in time who take part in the first resurrection are found in Rev 20:4  “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

It seems that these martyrs are probably those who received Jesus as the result of the witness and testimony of the “Two Witnesses” and also of the angel preaching the Gospel in Rev_14:6-7  Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people  V7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

It would seem therefore that there are at least six different parts to the First Resurrection which take place prior to the millennial period.    There will be at least one more part to the first resurrection, probably after the millennial period, when all the remaining dead are judged.   This final resurrection would see all the saints who died during the millennium, and whose names would be found in the “Book of Life” resurrected to eternal life, as part of the first resurrection, and they would then receive their glorified bodies.   That would make seven parts to the first resurrection.

THE SECOND RESURRECTION.

The Second resurrection mentioned is called the Resurrection to Death.  This resurrection requires all those who are still dead, to be resurrected so that they can be judged according to their works.

No. 7.   This is the final resurrection, and it takes place after the millennium. In this resurrection all the remaining dead will be judged and sent to their final respective destinations.  Rev 20:12-15   And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  V13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  V14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.   V15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.    The second death.

In order to be judged, these “Dead” had to be raised to life, after their judgement they died the second death mentioned in Rev 20:6. 

There is only ONE Second resurrection.  The second resurrection will result in the “SECOND DEATH” for any person whose name is not found written in the Book of Life as seen in the above passage in Rev 20:12-15.

Resurrection is guaranteed, but it is up to each of us to make sure that if for any reason we were to die before the Rapture takes place, that we will be counted worthy to be a part of the “First Resurrection” and not find ourselves in the second resurrection.  There is only one way that we can be assured that we will be part of the first resurrection, and that is by believing that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and that He came from heaven to be born as a man on the earth, that He lived a sinless life, and was crucified on the cross, where His blood was poured out as a sacrifice for OUR sins, so that we could have salvation.   We must repent and be sorry for our sins, and turn away from them, as best we possibly can, and ask God for forgiveness of our sins.  Then we must confess that we are Christians, and follow His teachings to the best of our ability.  Rom 10:9-10 “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.

John 5:28-29  Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice V29 and will come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

God bless

Lex Cullen