WHERE ARE YOU GOD?

This cry is ringing out all around the earth today, from many people in many countries, in many varied circumstances, and for many varied reasons.  I want to look at some of these people, and the reasons for their cries, and God’s reply to them.

First let us consider the persecuted churches around the world, as they cry out “Where are you God?”   Churches in countries antagonistic to our God, and to His Son Jesus Christ.

Churches where God’s children, and God’s chosen people, live in constant danger of many and varied forms of persecution, ranging from discrimination when applying for jobs, housing, education etc, or the burning down of their churches and schools and homes, to false witnesses whose lies cause their imprisonment, beatings, rape, torture, and even death.

Churches where they are forced to flee for their lives from brutal and godless enemies who want to torture, rape, and force them into marriage or sexual slavery and bondage. These churches are crying out in agony of soul “Where are you God?”

Jesus says to them in  Rev 2:9  “I have knowledge of your troubles and how poor you are but you have true wealth, v:10  Have no fear of the things which you will have to undergo: see, the Evil One will send some of you into prison, so that you may be put to the test; and you will have great trouble for ten days. Be true till death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  

Then there are churches where the people are so poor they cannot afford enough food for their children, cannot afford medicine or inoculations against common diseases.   Churches where parents whose children get sick, can only watch helplessly and cry for their children as they die of starvation, or measles or malaria because they cannot afford the food or medication that would save their lives.  “Where are you God?” must surely be the cry wrung from their hearts and souls, as they know full well that many in the rich nations around the world continue to gluttonise and pamper themselves with everything they want.   Jesus says to them in  Rev 22:7  “Behold, I am coming quickly: blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

“Where are you LORD?”  In every church, and in every denomination, and all around the world today, God has His “Chosen” ones, Mat 22:14  “For many are called, but FEW are chosen.”  These chosen ones are the “True Church” of Jesus Christ.  This is the Church that is agonising over and reaching out to the lost, praying for their enemies, sharing with, and caring for the poor and needy, helping bear the burden of the sick, the weak, the widows, and the lonely, and watching each day for their bridegroom to appear.

These chosen ones are Jesus bride to be, and they are crying out “Where are you LORD?” in anticipation of His return to the clouds to call us up to be with Him forever.   These are the ones who are longing to be with their bridegroom.    These are the ones who are watching and waiting for the translation of their bodies as seen in  1 Cor 15:52  “In a moment, in the blink  of an eye, at the last trump: the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and WE SHALL be changed.  1 Cor 15:53  For this corruptible body must put on incorruption, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 

Jesus reply to His bride to be in 1 Pet 4:7 is The end of all things is NEAR: so be serious in your behaviour and keep on the watch with prayer;    1 Pet 4:8  And most of all be warm in your love for one another; because in love there is forgiveness for sins without number:”    Rev 22:20  He who testifies these things says, SURELY I COME QUICKLY.”      Mat 24:42  “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”    Mat 24:46  “Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord comes shall find so doing.” 

Then there are the churches whose cry is NOT “Where are you LORD?”   This church is crying out “Don’t come yet LORD” we are having ourselves a good time.    This is the cry of many of the end times churches, the wealthy churches from the wealthy nations, many of whom have never experienced hardship, or persecution, and as a result have grown soft, self indulgent, sinful, selfish, careless and proud.

Many of these churches do not share with the poor and needy, many do not give to Missions, many do not even believe much of God’s Word or fulfill  God’s command to love one another as He loves us.

To these Churches Jesus says in  Rev 3:17  “You say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and you don’t even know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  v 18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed that the shame of your nakedness do not appear;   and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see. .  v 19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.  Therefore be zealous and repent.”

This church is full of pride, it lacks good works and charity, it has grown cold in its love toward its Saviour.      I believe the “gold tried in the fire” in these verses is referring to the works we do that will come through the fire as pure gold when we stand before Him, to be judged for our works.    And the pure white garments” are the garments cleansed from all sin and  pride.    The “eyesalve”  will help them see the truth of God’s Word, and believe it, so they are no longer stained by the continuing sinful life that many professing Christians currently live today.

Be warned, in every church, and in every denomination all around the world today, there are “Tares” living among the wheat, trying to drag the weak Christians down with them, by sowing doubt and unbelief in their hearts and minds, causing them to become foolish virgins, without the “Oil” of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

This is happening on a daily basis all around the world, the church is under pressure to bow to the demands of a godless and unbelieving world and its leaders, and as is foretold in 2 Thess 2:3 there is a great apostacy, a tremendous falling away from the Lord happening in many churches and denominations today.

At the same time the Lord continues to work, and He still has many faithfull servants continuing to work with Him, as in Act 2:47  “Praising God, and having favour with the people, and the Lord continues today also adding to the church daily such as should be saved.” (My paraphrase).   To these newly “born again” Christians who are also crying out “Where are you God?”  Jesus says, in  Rev 3:11  “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, so that no man takes your crown.    

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Then there is another group crying out “Where are you God?” but theirs is a cry of derision, not of belief, but of mocking and scoffing.    “Where are you God?” you promised thousands of years ago you would come and punish the wicked, but all things remain the same as they ever did.

“Where are you God?” you don’t exist except in the minds of a few poor fools who have been conned into believing the Bible is “God’s Word” and that everything in it is infallible.

“Where are you God?”  We have mocked you, spat on your “Son” derided his offer of salvation; we have blasphemed your name and the name of Jesus; we have broken all your laws, we have lied, connived and deceived, disobeyed all your commandments, committed every sin you have named; we have been merciless, stealing from the poor, beating the weak and helpless, and falsely imprisoning the righteous, and we have delivered injustice instead of justice.

“Where are you God?”  We have defiled our bodies, changed your holy laws and replaced them with evil laws; we have banned your word in our schools, taught our children that good is evil, and that evil is good; we have murdered the newly born and the unborn and called it our right; we have spread our evil ways around the world, forcing many poorer nations to follow our evil ways, if they wish to receive our help.

“Where are you God?”  We have worshipped idols and false gods, and made money and possessions our gods; we have cursed your chosen people Israel, by telling the world that your holy land belongs to your enemies, and by trying to force your people to divide your land and give it back to your enemies; we have provoked you in every way that we can think of, what else can we do to provoke you, we have almost run out of ideas.

“Where are you God?”  Have you forgotten your chosen people Israel; we seem to remember you saying that you gave Abraham the land of Israel as an eternal inheritance, never to be sold, and never to be given away because it is YOUR land.    Well, nearly 2000 years ago the Romans divided it up and gave it away, and you didn’t stop them.    Today Israel have managed to get most of it back, but today we are in the process of dividing it up again, and giving it to those who we say it belongs to, those who you call your enemies.

Sorry God but there is not much you can do about it, as we are nearly ready to force Israel into dividing their land and giving it back to your enemies again.    We have turned the whole world against your people Israel, they don’t stand a chance.    The whole world has united to draw up a resolution against them which will divide the land to our friends, the terrorists, Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, and Jordan, who you call your enemies.   It has taken us a long time, but now it is as good as a done deal.

And God replies in  2 Pet 3:9  “The Lord is NOT slow to do what he has promised, as some think. Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins.  Psa 103:9  “But God will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.    BECAUSE  —-

Rom 1:21  They know God, but they do not give him the honour that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness.  v 22  They SAY they are WISE, but they are FOOLS;

Rom 1:24  Therefore God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonour their bodies among themselves, v 25  they exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.     Read the full text describing these people today in Romans Ch 1:21-32  This chapter graphically portrays much of the world today, especially Western nations, and combined with 2 Tim 3:1-9 it is a perfect picture of Western and probably many other cultures in our world today.

THEREFORE says  Isa 34:8  “This is the time when the LORD will rescue Zion and take vengeance on her enemies.”

So where are we today in the year 2017?   I am convinced we have arrived at the day of the following verse, I believe it is just around the corner.

Isa 63:4  “For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And THE YEAR OF MY REDEEMED HAS COME.”

NEXT TIME -:    When Palestinian men beat their wives, in large part it’s the fault of Israel, suggests a UN expert Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur.

http://www.unwatch.org/un-expert-palestinian-men-beat-wives-israels-fault/

The end shall probably come swiftly, as 70 nations gather to divide Israel before Obama leaves the White House. See article below.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/62071-circle-january-15-70-nations-will-gather-in-paris-to-discuss-the-creation-of-a-palestinian-state   

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

FUNDAMENTALISM – PART TWO.

In part one I discussed the meaning of Fundamentalism and of being a Fundamentalist.  We discovered that the original meaning of these words applied only to Christians and their beliefs.    We saw also that the words today are much broader in their application, and are applied to any person who is considered to be a radical, in whatever their field of work, religion or belief may be.   Instead of being a good thing, as it was when the terms were coined, it has now become a bad thing, and something to be despised, punished and eradicated.

We noted that the elected leader of the One World Religion stated that “Religious fundamentalism must be combated.  It is not religious, God is lacking, it is idolatrous.

What the Pope is really saying, is that all True Christians are “Idolaters” because they believe that the Bible is divinely inspired, and because they believe that it is to be taken literally.  To believe that God actually meant what He said, is “Idolatry”.

In other words, the Pope is saying, EVERY “True Christian” is an Idolater.    We saw that earlier Popes were responsible for the murder of some 67 million Protestants plus millions of Jews, Moslems atheists, and dissident Catholics, because they were believed to be “Idolaters”.

The repetition of those historical events is the exact picture that the book of The Revelation paints of the One World Religion’s leader during the Great Tribulation period. True Christianity will be “Combated” and True Christians will be wiped out during that time in uncountable numbers, making early history look like a walk in the park for Christians.

The One World Church will not be acting alone in this however, as it will require more muscle than what the leader of the One World Religion has available to fulfil this genocide of all God’s children.   Enter “The One World Government,” led by Antichrist.

If you read your Bible and cross reference the end times prophecies in the Bible with current events, you will notice that the prophecies are being fulfilled “Literally” thus proving they were divinely inspired.    It would be totally impossible for so many prophets to foretell so many end time events with such accuracy were they not divinely inspired.

Do we have any indication that the one world government have the same plan in mind?   I believe that we do.  I would like to state here, from my observations over several years, I believe that the one world government will be comprise most of the richest, most influential politicians, scientists and business people etc. from every nation of the world.

The one world government organisation has been planning this move now for over 60 years, and they believe that it will unite the world in peace, because they will hold all the power, and all the wealth.   The rest of the world will be forced to serve them in fulfilling their plans, and those who disagree will be called “Fundamentalists” and will be wiped out.   They hope to achieve a brave new world of peace and religious harmony, but without God, and therein lies their destruction.

The Christians, the Jews and the terrorists will be their first targets. Read the articles below and you will see what I mean.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/10/15/philly-archbishop-hillary-clinton-scheming-robotic-liar/     Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has echoed a burning indictment of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, calling her a “scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.”

 The Catholic Arch bishop of Philadelphia was responding to a leaked e-mail form Hillary Clinton to a Democrat Aide, in which she states that conservative Catholics were backward-thinking and medieval.    It is also revealed that Hillary Clinton and her team of Democrat campaigners organised a group of Catholic dissidents to infiltrate the Catholic Church with the aim of spreading dissent in order to cause problems in the church.

I think we need to understand that when referring to conservative Catholics, in her mind she is thinking “ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS”  This is proven by what the Democratic Administration has been up to for the past eight years they have been in office, as they have tried to destroy the True Christians, by sacking them from their jobs, by suing them in the courts for ridiculous sums of money for refusing to go against their Christian faith and marry gay or lesbian couples, or bake wedding cakes for gay and lesbian marriages, or rent out their marriage facilities for gay and lesbian weddings etc.   The Democrat Party has introduced such heavy penalties for disobeying their evil laws that many of these people have been put out of business, lost their homes etc.    Articles such as the following are everyday occurrences today in the USA.   http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?popular_news_slot=3L

I believe that The Democrat Party under Obama, are leading the charge for the one world government, and to do this they are prepared to sacrifice their own country, and their own people for a much bigger goal, world wide power, as foretold in the Book of Revelation.

People have asked me if I believe that Barack Obama is antichrist, and my reply is yes, so was Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tze Tung, Pol Pot, Nero, many of the Popes and thousands of other dictators etc. like them.  Their actions and the laws which they and or their governments passed prove it.

1Jn_2:18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1Jn_2:22  Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.

2Jn_1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.    

But if I were asked, “is Obama THE Antichrist”?  My reply would be, “we shall have to wait a little longer to see what happens next before we can know the answer to that”.

Satan has always had and still has his man for the hour ready for when the time is ripe.    And when will that time be, it will be some time after the “Day of the Lord” begins, AFTER the Rapture has taken all the True Christians up to be with Jesus forever.  This is made very clear in  2 Thess 2:2&3  Do not be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

v3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day, (The Day of the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;   The Day of the Lord refers to the “Great Tribulation”  Someone had lied to the Thessalonians, and told them they had missed the Rapture and were in the “Great Tribulation”

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=757    Hand over your Bible and all sermons with notes etc.

“What’s really shocking right now is the state of Georgia is requiring this pastor to turn over his sermon notes and transcripts,” Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute and counsel for Walsh, told The Daily Signal. “There’s no subject limitation. There’s no time limitations … every sermon he’s produced since he was about 18 would have to be turned over to the state of Georgia.”

This article was also reported in -:   http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=19558  Hand over your Bible and all sermons with notes etc.

This type of persecution of Christians is becoming common place today in the USA.    Laws have been passed in the USA categorising committed Christians as “Potential Terrorists” along with returned servicemen who fought for the USA, and every other person they feel threatened by have been blacklisted as Potential Terrorists.

By the way, in case you are feeling safe because you live in England, Australia Canada or New Zealand, or some other Christian country, you need to realise that these same laws have been adopted by most countries in the world because of the terrorist threat.

We are on the cusp of the greatest takeover the world has ever seen.    The world elitists who own most of the world’s wealth are almost ready to pounce.   Obviously one of their objectives has to be the elimination of all cash transactions, so Antichrist can have complete control over the worlds buying and selling abilities.  See article below regarding this.

The Cashless Society Cometh: European Nations Eliminating Cash   Well down in the article is the following excerpt.  -:   Research by Westpac Bank predicts Australia will be a fully cashless society by 2022 just six years away.  Already half of all commercial payments are now made electronically.

Be aware these plans can and will be fast tracked, and will be implemented world wide within a couple of years of the rapture having taken place.

As I said earlier, the world’s richest people are the ones driving change to a one world government, and it could be very, very soon, only time will tell.

Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world’s population    That is less than 1000 th of 1% of the world’s population owns half the world’s wealth.

The One World Religion is coming soon, and The One World Government is also coming soon, the Bible says so.

Read your Bible today and learn as much as you can, nobody knows when the Bible may become a banned book, and you will have to rely on your memory, or risk death by hiding your bible away somewhere.

God bless,

Lex Cullen

FUNDAMENTALISM – PART ONE.

Fundamentalism  – According to the Collins Concise Dictionary the Christian view that the Bible is divinely inspired, and is therefore literally true.

According to the New Webster’s dictionary Fundamentalism means: “A belief that the Bible is to be accepted literally as an inerrant and infallible spiritual and historical document; an early 20th century protestant movement stressing this belief; any similar belief and movement”.

In another dictionary (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English), Fundamentalism has been defined as: “Maintenance of the literal interpretation of the traditional belief of the Christian religion, such as the accuracy of everything in the Bible’.

Fundamental.   Of or relating to the foundation or base; – elementary – basic or essential to.   So the fact that the Bible is divinely inspired, and is therefore literally true, is fundamental to the “True Christian’s” faith and doctrines, as it is the foundation of their belief.

Fundamentalists.  All Christians who believe that the Bible is divinely inspired, and that the statements in the Bible are literally true.

Fundamentalism and Fundamentalists strictly speaking should refer to Christianity and to Christian believers, however, the modern meaning of the word fundamentalism and fundamentalists has expanded greatly, into the media, science, business, government, the arts, etc. etc.   When it is used today in its original meaning describing the Bible as divinely inspired, and therefore as literally true, it is almost always used to express contempt and disapproval.

These once Christian terms have now expanded to include unquestioned adherence to any fundamental principles or beliefs, and are often used in a pejorative sense. Nowadays we hear about not only Protestant evangelical fundamentalists, but Catholic fundamentalists, Mormon fundamentalists, Islamic fundamentalists, Hindu fundamentalists, Buddhist fundamentalists, and even atheist, secular or Darwinian fundamentalists.

Now the English lesson is over and the “End Times” lesson begins.

I am about to show you the danger that lies ahead for fundamentalists, as the world prepares for One World Religion and One World Government.

PART ONE – FUNDAMENTALISM and the One World RELIGION.

There is no doubt that the one world religion is being set up at the present time.  The current Pope has been appointed as the leader of this one world religion.   To many people, and especially committed Catholic Christians, Pope Francis is somewhat of an enigma.   From a strictly Christian perspective, many of the things he says and does are very Christian, and very Christlike, however as we shall see, there are other things which are completely against the teachings of Jesus and indeed of the whole Bible.

This however is exactly what one would expect from the One World Religion leader.  As a counterfeit, he has to have many things which look and sound identical to, — Jesus, YHWH (Jehovah), Allah, Buddha, Vishnu, Shiva, plus all the Fukujin gods of Japan and the 109 gods of China, and all other gods of all the other major religions from all the other countries, otherwise he cannot unite them into one religion.

The best way to achieve unity among all religions, is the very path that Pope Francis has taken.  See article below.

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?popular_news_slot=2R         Pope Francis Says “All Major Religions Are Paths To The Same God.”    Everybody from every religion worships the same God, it’s just that we follow different paths to get there.

But Jesus himself said in John 14:6  “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to God the Father except through Me.”  It is the many comments Pope Francis makes like this, and the following one in the next article, where the counterfeit shows itself.

The Pope criticises “Fundamentalism”   See article below.    https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/pope-francis-continues-his-critique-religious-fundamentalism     

“Religious fundamentalism must be combated.   It is not religious, God is lacking, it is idolatrous.”  Note Carefully  Pope Francis is not just talking here about Protestant Christians, but against Catholic Christian believers also, in fact in the context he is using the accepted modern day usage of the word to include all religions whose believers are totally committed to their own particular faith.

What about all the minor religions, do all their paths lead to God also?

The Book of Revelation makes it clear that everyone who refuses to worship the Antichrist will be decapitated.     Rev 7:9  After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.   Rev 7:13  Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” Rev 7:14  And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.”    This scene is clarified for us in Rev 13:12 which tells us,  “He, (The Religious World Leader) exercised all the authority of the first beast, (The Antichrist) and he required all the earth and its people to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.”

It is interesting that in approximately 1140 AD Archbishop Malachy, who later became St Malachy, foretold that the 112 th Pope from then, would be the final Pope.  Coincidental or prophetic, who knows, time will tell, but Pope Francis is the 112 th Pope from St Malachy.    See below article.    http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/st-malachy-predicted-pope-benedicts-successor-will-be-last-pope-190715001-237789421

It is also interesting to note that Catholic Popes down through the dark ages, and beyond, indeed up until 1960 have murdered, conservatively, between 50 million to 70 million Protestants.     See article below.    http://webwitness.org.au/estimates.html     “Brownlee apparently revised the 69 million figure downwards to 68 million.  So the figure of 68 million has several sources in the early 1800s.  The source for some of Brownlees’ figures appears in the following quotation:”

As the article says, this figure does not include Catholic “dissidents” Moslems or Jews, nor does it include those who died from injuries, starvation and disease because of the crusades, nor does it include the Crusaders themselves who died in battles during the crusades.

Another interesting fact is that the most blood thirsty of all Popes have always been from the Jesuit Order, the same as Pope Francis. Jesuits are the true fundamentalists of Catholicism.

The number of 50 to 70 or 80 million however, pales into insignificance when compared to the number the final One World Religion leader will have slaughtered during the Great Tribulation, see Rev chapter 7  After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count etc.

I am, like all “True Christians” a brother in Christ with the many, many “True Christian” Catholics around the world, some of whom I am privileged to have as extended family, others as good friends.   I am not in any way anti Catholic, in fact I am humbled by the bravery and witness of my Catholic brothers and sisters in Iraq, Syria, North Africa, and in many other parts of the world, who are currently being tortured, raped and murdered, for their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.    But as Jesus said, in Matthew chapter 13, the enemy has sown “Tares” amongst the wheat, and sadly these tares now occupy the highest positions in many of our churches and denominations today.

It is these “Tares”, officers of the “One World Religion” who will bring about the slaughter and destruction of those who are left behind at the Rapture, but who then realising their mistake, turn to Jesus Christ in repentance for forgiveness and salvation.  During the Great Tribulation, as Jesus says in Mar 13:12  The brother (a tare) shall betray the brother (a Christian) to death, and the father (a Tare) shall betray the son; (a Christian) and children (tares) shall rise up against their parents, (Christians) and shall cause them to be put to death.

Mar 13:13  And you (Christians) shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

The message therefore is make sure of your salvation before it is too late.    Or as the Contemporary English Version says in  Philippians 2:12  My dear friends, you always obeyed when I was with you. Now that I am away, you should obey even more. So work with fear and trembling to discover what it really means to be saved.

PART TWO – FUNDAMENTALISM and the One World GOVERNMENT will be coming soon.

God bless you all,

Lex Cullen.

ADDENDUM TO END OF AGE IS NEAR.

Further to my conclusion that Christians have been given NO day, NO month, and NO warning as to when Jesus will come for His Bride, I would like to add some additional thoughts on the matter.     The Feasts of The Lord were NOT given to the Church, they were given to Israel, and we must differentiate between Israel and the age of “Law” and the Church, and the age of “Grace”. They do not overlap each other.

It was always, to the Jew first,   Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans, v6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

Even Pentecost was for the Jew first in the upper room in Acts Chapter 2, it was not until some time later in Acts 10:44 in the house of a gentile named Cornelius, that  “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.”

I believe that God fulfilled Pentecost to National Israeli believers first, because The Feasts of God were given to Israel, NOT to the Church.   Spiritually, “Israel” is God’s Bride, and Spiritually  “The Church” is The Bride of Christ.    Will Jesus come for His Bride on the Feast of Trumpets? Possibly.   Will Jesus come for His Bride on the Feast of Pentecost?  Possibly.

Dr Chuck Missler believes that more likely? Quote “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 the “Feast of Trumpets” 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.”   End Quote by  Missler, Dr Chuck. The Rapture: Christianity’s Most Preposterous Belief (Kindle Locations 852-854).

Will Jesus come for His Bride tomorrow? –  Possibly. 

Will Jesus come for His Bride when nobody expects it? – Absolutely Positively according to Jesus. Mat 24:44  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.   

Is Jesus speaking here to the Church, yes, because when He returns at the second coming, everybody will know the exact day of His coming, as it is foretold in scripture, Dan 12:11  “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

So we can see that after 1290 Jesus returns to earth to fight His, and Israel’s enemies, and to put down evil and judge the nations, as is seen and confirmed in Mat 25:31ff in the judgement of sheep and goat nations.  Then Daniel goes on in Dan 12:12 to say,  “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days”.  That is because all those who survive this time of judgement will be counted as blessed, because they will enter the millennium period.

If we stop watching and waiting now, because we are fixated on a particular day, whether the Feast of Trumpets, or the Feast of Pentecost, or the Feast of First Fruits, then we run the risk of taking our eyes off Jesus and getting them on the things of earth, becoming discouraged and disappointed, and not maintaining our relationship with the Lord as we ought.

As I pointed out in the previous article, the thing that kept the early church alive and vibrant was their belief that Jesus could come on any day at all, and as I showed, nearly every Apostle wrote that in their Epistles.

As soon as the Church of Rome took over Christianity, and began believing the heresies put forward by Origen, (AD 184- AD 253 who was cast out of the early Church as a heretic,) and whose heresies were later adopted by Augustine (AD 354-AD 430) and became the doctrine of the Roman Church, the church began to die, they looked to a Pope instead of looking for Jesus to return and take them to heaven, as He promised in John 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Augustine’s doctrine states that Jesus will not return to the earth to rule and reign, but that Jesus will rule forever from Heaven, and the Roman Church will be His rulers on the earth, hence The Pope will rule on earth as Christ, or in place of Christ forever.

That doctrine basically spelled the doom of the “True Christian Church” and the Church entered the “Dark Ages” until the Reformation, and it was because Christians were no longer looking for the return of Jesus every day for His Bride, the Church, as the Apostles had all taught.

One final thought, if the Rapture does take place on the Feast of Trumpets, it would make it very difficult for the world powers to deny that it was the Rapture, simply because there are so many books, web sites, you tube films, etc. etc. stating that is when it will happen.   Millions left behind would undoubtedly have heard or seen that the Church was expecting the Rapture to take place on the Feast of Trumpets, so to put forward a very convincing alternative theory as to what took place would be almost impossible.

If the Rapture occurs at any other time, it will be easy for the world to say, it wasn’t the rapture, because it didn’t happen on the Feast of Trumpets, as the Christians had said would be the case.    They could then much more easily convince left behind Christians and the rest of the world that their theory is more likely.

So we should be looking for Jesus to come for us every day until He comes.  Even so come Lord Jesus.   Rev 22:20…   If I am wrong I am still alright.

“May the fruit of my lips, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable unto thee Oh Lord”

Here is an interesting article which came on the news today :- http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup/18506/UNESCO-Jerusalem-s-Western-Wall-Temple-Mount-are-Muslim-holy-sites    This article shows that Zech 1:18-21 is getting very close to happening. Zech 1:18-21  Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. (Horns = Empires or Powers, and these four are probably Russia, USA, EU & UN, who are trying to force Israel into giving back The Golan Heights, Samaria, Judea and half of Jerusalem to Syria and the Palestinian Arabs)   v19 And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these?” So he answered me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”  v20  Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen.   v21  And I said, “What are these coming to do?” So he said, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one could lift up his head; but the craftsmen are coming to terrify them, to cast out the horns of the nations that lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.”

Let us keep our eyes on Jesus  and expect Him to come back any day, and until He does come, be it a day, a week, a month or a year, let us keep working for him until the day is done.

God Bless.    Lex Cullen.