ISLAMISATION OF EUROPE & OTHER NEWS.

I have put a few of the latest world headlines together for you to browse at your leisure.       The following articles point us to the fact that the Rapture hour is very close.

“Everyone in Italy and the rest of Europe will “soon be Muslim” because of the country’s “stupidity”, a prominent Italian archbishop has said.   Read URL below for full transcript:-

Top Bishop: Europe Will Soon Be Muslim Because of Our Stupidity

For many years the evolutionists and atheists attacked both  God and His Word the Bible.    But then, after the Christian Presidency of Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989, the New World Order,  or if you prefer, the One World Government, the Global Elites,  or whatever label you wish to use, began to turn up the heat on the Christians, imperceptibly increasing the heat on the “True Christians”  without the nominal Christians realising what was happening.

From 1989 under George H W Bush, and followed in 1993 by Bill Clinton, and in 2001 by  George W Bush, the “True Christians” themselves began to come under fire from government agencies, the IRS, the Government run Scientific communities, Gov’t Schools and Colleges, and particularly, the worst offenders of all at that stage, university lecturers and teachers.

From 2009 under Barack Obama, the attack on “True Christians”, and on the Christian businesses, churches, schools, home schools, Pastors and other church staff, and indeed any person prepared to stand against this satanic move against God, His Word and His Chosen People the “True Christians”, began to escalate much faster.

2013-2017 saw the Democrat Administration of President Obama’s policies literally declare open warfare against God, The Bible, “True Christians”, and most Christian principles, values, and teachings.   That which God said was good, they taught their children was evil, everything God said was evil, they taught their children was good, and the nominal church agreed; they accepted homosexuality as a normal expression of love, and in doing so, they said the Bible, God’s word is wrong.   See Galatians 5:19-21

With same sex marriage, once again the nominal church of the end times, went along with the world and the satanic teachings of the last days.   See the Laodicean Church of the end times as described in Revelation 3:14-22.

We may think that with a new Administration in power, things will change for Christians, but will they?    I do not see anywhere in scripture that the world is going to be getting better in the last days. Rather I see the opposite, regardless of who is in power.

Do not put your trust in man, but put your trust in the Lord.      I believe that the world has passed the tipping point; end time prophecies are in full swing today, as we can see in the world news every day.

I  wrote a couple of weeks ago in my article “Days of Deception” how Dr Ben Carson, and other perceptive people, stated that President Obama had no intention of leaving office peacefully, and if possible not leaving office at all.    Read my last article  “Days of Deception”   The Democratic Party ran on the slogan “They (The Republican Party) can take the low road, but we will take the high road, if they lose they can challenge the results of the election, if we lose we will accept the results.       

Democrats plan civil riots, disobedience and fights to shut down Washington City on Innauguation Day .   Read how the Democrats take the high road below.

Bikers For Trump vs. Anarchists – Stage Is Set For Confrontation At Inauguration     

Greenwald: “Unelected, Very Powerful Faction” Of Intelligence Officials In “Open Warfare” With Trump.     (Greenwald is not a Trump supporter.)
FOX News: Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept says opponents have used the media in “open warfare” against the President-elect, and the CIA wanted Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. Greenwald said people are afraid to call them out because they will be called “unpatriotic.”      Listen to the Video of his news item.

Greenwald: “Unelected, Very Powerful Faction” Of Intelligence Officials In “Open Warfare” With Trump         Posted By Ian Schwartz
On January 12, 2017

My comment – I have seen for myself on TV that the CIA definitely backed the Democrats to win by spreading fake news about Trump, and they are now in revolt, I agree with Greenwald, they probably do want a civil war, they are certainly acting as if they do.   They still have over 24 hours left at the time of writing this to bring it on before Obama hands over to Trump, after that it will be too late.

I read some years ago that John Brennan the CEO of CIA spent some time as ambassador of USA to Saudi Arabia, during this time it is alleged he converted to Islam.   He has never denied these rumours to my knowledge.   We know also that Obama appointed numerous Moslems to his Administration, and many P. A. supporters also.

Warning To the “Tares”  the false or fake Christians, as seen in the parable in Matt 13:24-30

Warning to backsliders and those who are not watching for the Lord’s return, as seen in and  Mat 25:1-13 in the Parable of the Foolish Virgins

Warning to all End Times Nominal Christians,  as seen in Revelation 3:14-22.

After the Church is taken in the rapture, it is going to be very very difficult to escape the clutches of the Antichrist and his evil regime.   Read the following URL and you will understand why.

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=932

Better to get yourself right with God now, don’t wait until it is too late, and don’t play around with God, you cannot fool God, He knows even your thoughts and intentions, and time is very very short.

God Bless

Lex Cullen

 

 

 

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DAYS OF DECEPTION.

20 years ago, Pastor John Hagee wrote a book titled “Days of Deception”.  I was amazed at the amount of deception that was going on 20 years ago in the world in general, but in the USA in particular.    Pastor Hagee speaks of the coming New World Order, (or One World Government) which was a pet saying and ambition of President Bill Clinton, and then of President George W Bush.   The Obama administration  have radically sped up the process, and we have seen way more laws, rules and regulations affecting the church and Christians detrimentally, introduced under the Obama administration than under any previous President.

President Obama told the people of the US during his run for President, that he was against “Gay Marriage”, that he was a “Christian”, and that he wanted to be inclusive and rule for every American citizen, not just for Democrats.      The deception of these statements has been clearly seen in his actions, in the laws he has passed, and in the persecution he has heaped up against Christians, increasing it greatly from previous presidents before him.      As the Bible says, “By their fruit (i.e. by their actions) you will know them.

Obama by his own admission was raised a Moslem, and it is said that his Pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright admitted that he just wanted Obama to feel comfortable in his church,  so he did not push Christianity on Obama:   He also admitted that as far as he knows, Obama never made a commitment to Jesus Christ.

http://www.truthandaction.org/ben-carson-repeatedly-warns-obama-may-use-martial-law-to-postpone-election/     In one of the most ominous observations ever by a presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson has indicated that he believes there may not actually be an election held in 2016 at all.    He suggests that President Barack Obama may conjure up multiple reasons why it is not “prudent” to hand over the reins of government to someone besides himself in a time of crisis. And there are a number of troubling indications that Carson may be right. Obama has shown himself to be a believer in not letting a good crisis go to waste, even one that is self created.

Well the election was held, and the Democrats did lose, however, as Dr Carson says Barack Obama could still conjure up multiple reasons why it is not “prudent” to hand over the reins of government, simply by creating a manufactured situation which would necessitate his administration remaining in office for a further term.

This would be similar to the case of President Franklin D Roosevelt  in 1939/40 when the US was in a state of turmoil, with World War II raging and the world still suffering from the depression years, so he won the 1939/40 election for his third term because of that situation.    Not that President Franklin D Roosevelt manufactured the situation of course, but the outcome would be the same.

Interestingly, at the same time Chuck Norris made almost exactly the same prediction, stating that Obama was stirring up hate between the Democrats and the Republicans around the US, and that one day he would set them against each other in order to create civil war, in order to be able to stay in power.

An Israeli journalist living in the United States wrote recently on the Breaking Israel News site, that the hatred in the USA at present is palpable, and that anything could happen at any time.

Read also :-   Pew: Obama’s true legacy is divided nation, bad race relations     Pew Research made the following observations after their research into the subject.      “Barack Obama leaves the presidency with the nation more divided than at any time in decades, race relations at a new low and a surge in atheism”.

The news on SBS and ABC here in Australia, also confirms the bitterness and hatred in many parts of America between the races and also between the Political parties.

The New World Order has been the ambition of most US Presidents from early in the history of the USA, but it may surprise you to know that it has been going now for 2000 years or more.    2000 years ago Satan offered Jesus dominion over a NEW WORLD ORDER when he tempted Jesus in Mat 4:8 where we read ” the devil took Him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.   v:9  “I will give it all to You,” he said, “if You will kneel down and worship me.””

A New World Order (also called a One World Government) is Satan’s counterfeit of God’s plan for mankind to live in harmony, unity and peace, through the exercise of God’s love in our lives.    As you would expect of any of Satan’s counterfeits, God’s love is replaced with satanic hate, peace is replaced with war, harmony is replaced with distrust and conflict.

So, How will the One World Government of Satan work?   Simple, it will work exactly as the Bible describes it in Revelation Chapter 13.

Fact – much of it is already in place in UN Laws and bylaws to which the whole world has already signed up.

FIRST PHASE.    Abolish cash and introduce a One World Currency.    One currency for the whole world, but of course this currency will not be real, as it will only be digital like “Bitcoin” however, it will work for those who are prepared to accept the digital mark, or chip somewhere in their hand or in their forehead.

This has to happen soon as all countries in the world have so much government debt, and so much private debt, that it could not be paid for in a hundred years, and it has been growing rapidly every year now for over 30 years, and is unlikely to slow down.

It would take the USA 20 years of printing $1000-00 banknotes day and night, to print enough money just to pay what is currently owed just by the USA, and of course in 20 years that figure would have doubled again, and so it goes on.

If the Lord does not come for His church very soon, I believe we shall witness the greatest collapse of the stock market and the financial system in the USA that has ever been seen, and seeing as how most countries in the world hold millions or in some cases, billions of US dollars worth of bonds in reserve, because of the fact that it is still the world’s trading currency, most, if not all of the countries in the world will be dragged down by the loss of US bonds value, and they will also go bankrupt.

Enter the Antichrist with the solution.  This is how Rev Chapter 13 will be fulfilled, and I believe it is coming very soon.    Currently many countries can see the writing on the wall, and are selling off US Bonds as fast as they can, and the US is running out of cash to keep buying them back.

If you want to read a fairly long, but very interesting and very informative article about this, I have located a report by one of the many economists prepared to tell the truth about what is actually happening in the USA, and in the world in general, and it all lines up with the book of Revelation, even if the author may not know it.  

I have read a number of reports by people who predicted most of the worst economy crashes and other important events that have happened, and this one is as clearly explained as any of them.   You can read it at -:       https://www.caseyresearch.com/cm/project-fedcoin    It is self explanatory.

I quote from one paragraph in the report, when asked what would replace cash?    Mr Casey replies “It’s going to be something that you’re going to have on your smart phone, or let’s take this to the next level, as outrageous and scary as it may sound, maybe it’s just gonna be a chip that you put in your hand where your bank account, your medical records, all these things, be very saleable.”    (My interpretation is that having all this vital information stored on a chip in your hand where you can’t lose it, would sell well to the public. )   People can lose their smart phones, but they can’t lose their hand, was his comment.

This report is worth while reading and is very revealing about what is coming soon, and, it’s free.   As Mr Casey admits, it is not guaranteed, but it is extremely likely.

Now I realise Mr Casey is speaking about the USA specifically, but as the whole world knows, if the USA sneezes, the whole world catches a cold, and as I have said already, the whole world is so far in debt already, that when th US goes down, it will bring down the rest of the world with it.   Nor is this accidental, the One World Elitists have been planning this for nearly a hundred years, in fact if you look at the US Dollar bill you will find the words  NOVUS  ORDO  SECLORUM which is Latin for (New Order of the Ages) or  New World Order and it refers to the emergence of a totalitarian world government.   How long has the USA had one dollar bills?    $1 bills were introduced into US currency well over a hundred years ago.   So as we can see, the NWO was around before the one dollar bill was over 100 years ago.

SECOND PHASE. 

Set up a One World Religion to which every person must adhere and follow.      This phase has also been put in motion by many religions of the world under the leadership of Pope Francis, and I have already spoken of this.    Basically it agrees that all gods and idols and other forms of religion are equal, and all roads lead to God and to heaven no matter which path you follow.   Therefore there is no need for hatred and fighting, we can all worship this “Unified “God” Entity” and live in peace and harmony.   Even atheists are catered for according to Pope Francis, and as long as they do good works in their life, that will be enough to get them into heaven. ????????

But what about the Radicals and the Fundamentalists which are found in every religion on earth?     Simple, the NWO will go to war with those countries, churches, or individuals who refuse to bow to their One World Religion.   For those whom they cannot catch or find, those who manage to escape their net of evil, they make it almost impossible for them to buy or sell anything, they will make it impossible for them to survive, by confiscating their churches, homes, vehicles, bank accounts, bibles, and all their possessions.

The OWG will force their One World Religion upon every person on earth, on the pretense that it will eradicate all the religious wars, the terrorism, the fundamentalism etc. etc. which is present in every religion.    In reality of course, it is designed to enslave every person in the OWG system, as is so clearly illustrated and explained in both Mr. Casey’s report, and in the Bible.

Mr. Casey explains that it will be a simple matter for the authorities to put a ban on your chip which would bar you from purchasing designated items, as an example, if you are considered overweight, they could bar you from buying sugar, etc. etc. etc.   there will be no such thing as privacy, “Big Brother” will know everything you do, everywhere you go, every thing you buy or sell, and almost everything you say.

How soon could this happen?  Mr. Casey believes it will begin to happen within months, the crash could possibly even be within weeks.    Obviously the implanting of the chips or whatever technology they use will take some time to implement on a world wide scale, but I believe that it will probably begin in rich Western nations first.

I believe it will begin almost immediately after the Rapture of the Church.     The excuse they will offer will be that the chip will provide the authorities with proof that you are not an “Alien” from outer space, or a terrorist or a criminal, or a dissenter against the One World System.

I mentioned in my last article and gave URLs showing that governments around the world are already getting rid of cash.

Finally, In late December the US President ordered his UN Ambassador to abstain from a vote censoring Israel over the building of homes in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem, stating that these areas are “Occupied Land” and Israel CANNOT build on this land.    This was regarded as a stab in the back by Obama against Israel and Netanyahu.  Obama went against his own country, and over the head of the US Congress to do this.

In a couple of days time, 70 nations are meeting in France to discuss dividing Israel to God’s enemies, thus fulfilling Joel 3:2.    John Kerry, US Secretary of State is representing the US, and having failed because of his anti Israel bias, even refusing to acknowledge that the “Wailing Wall” belongs to Israel, he will undoubtedly try to push this through.

If they can get consensus on this resolution in time, it will go to the UN for a final vote, and if it does, I believe Obama will either back the resolution, or at least abstain again, and let it pass.  This could be his parting gift to Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and it could well be one of the very last things he does as President of the USA.

If this resolution goes through, it shows us we are in the end of the end times, not at the beginning of the end times, so we may not be here very much longer, therefore, keep looking up, and Pray for President Elect Donald Trump as the Bible commands.   He may not be perfect, he may not be nice, he may not be a gentleman, but he is the one God has called to be the next President of the US.

God Bless

Lex

 

UN IS LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

With their eyes fixed firmly on the dividing up of Israel to God’s enemies, the UN is laying the foundations for the coming battle of Armageddon and for the global destruction that will ensue.   As I mentioned at the end of my last post, the UN blames Israel for every problem in the world, even when the Hamas and PA terrorists beat up their wives, the UN says it is Israel’s fault.     See  :-  http://www.unwatch.org/un-expert-palestinian-men-beat-wives-israels-fault/

There is a reason for this as I pointed out in my previous post.    The UN is a conglomeration of leaders from all the world’s countries, approximately 10 % of whom I would say worship either themselves, materialism, or power, or all three.   The remaining approximately 90 % worship idols, false gods, ancestral spirits of the dead, creatures which God created, demonic powers, or Satan himself.  Only a very few worship the only True God and His Son Jesus Christ, The Messiah.

Let us be very clear here, there can be NO DOUBT that the UN is a tool in the hands of Satan to destroy the world and its people.   We must understand, that  whoever and whatever God loves, – Satan hates with a passion, and the UN,  under Satan’s influence are bent on fulfilling all the prophesies which God gave about the end of this age of grace, many of them without even knowing what they are doing.

Most prophecies concerning the end times are about God’s enemies TRYING to destroy Israel.    This is exactly what the UN is trying to do.  The Bible says of the end times in Joel 3:1&2   “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat.  There I will judge them for harming My people, My SPECIAL possession, and for scattering My people among the nations, and for DIVIDING up MY land.”  (NLT)   Note that the nation of Israel is God’s special possession.   (See below re God’s adopted children also.)

By trying to bring peace to the Middle East, the UN are going against God and against His Word.   Israel will fight against it, but the Bible tell us that the nations will divide Israel to God’s enemies.   The world will come very close to succeeding, but by giving Israel to God’s enemies, the Bible tells us that will only trigger off more wars against Israel, culminating in the most famously predicted battle of all time, the “Battle of Armageddon” where God will destroy Israel’s enemies, as the Bible foretells.

The first reason Satan is using the UN to try and destroy Israel, is because he knows that Israel is God’s chosen nation, the people through whom God brought salvation to the whole world.   Satan knows that God loves Israel, so He wants to destroy them.   That brings us to the fact that Satan also hates all “True Christians” with a passion, because God loves them with a passion, they are His Children, purchased with the blood of His only Son, Jesus.   Note that Christians are God’s adopted children.    Note the difference between Israel and the Church, the body of Christ, and his Bride to be.  (See above.)

Believe me, the UN is as anti Christian as it is anti Jewish, and the laws they have already passed and are currently preparing against both Jews and “True Christians” are designed to wipe them both off the face of the earth should either of them resist obeying these laws.    We can already see the results of this in the USA where True Christians are resisting the perverted laws of the Obama Administration, and ending up in prison.    The UN punishment will eventually introduce beheading for those who resist Satan unto death.  See  Rev 7:9-17.

Another reason the UN want Israel wiped out is because they really believe, that with Israel gone, the Moslems will settle down and stop all terrorism right around the world.     This is about as naive as you can get.   The UN have obviously not bothered to listen to the Islamic war cry.    I read this in a book about Islam written by an Israeli, V.M. who had done extensive research into the subject and knew many Islamists personally.    Their motto is  ” First we kill all the Jews on Saturday, next we kill all the Christians on Sunday, on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday we kill every other non Moslem in the world”  The world will then have only one religion, Islam, and Sharia Law will be world wide.

V.M. goes on in his book to add, that on Friday the Moslems must kill all the other Moslems in the world who do not belong to their particular sect, because Mohammed told them that only one branch of Islam is the true religion, and all others are Infidels and must be killed.    This is the reason why Islam has been at war with itself down through the ages, and why today in every Islamic country around the world, this inter faith war continues unabated today.    Moslems accuse the Western Nations of killing them, but the true figures show that Moslems have killed a hundred times more Moslems than all the Western Nations put together have ever killed.

Back to the UN, the following articles are a must read if you doubt that the Battle of Armageddon is still a long way off.

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

70 countries who are members of the UN are currently working on a resolution to divide Israel.  –  God’s land, and hand it to God’s enemies, the Middle East terrorists, as I noted in my previous post.   The UN knows that they only have days left to get this done before Obama leaves the Presidency, and after that they know Trump will never allow it to pass.    Now the UN will say that this has to be done for the sake of peace, and that they will only do this if Israel is protected and acknowledged as a Jewish state.   The UN KNOWS that this is impossible. 

I believe that this will be Obama’s farewell parting shot at Israel, December’s resolution against building in occupied territories was just a warm up for what is coming.    I believe that January will be when Obama and his administration drop the bomb on Israel, by voting with the UN to divide up the land of Israel.

Let us look at some statistics.   Below I have statistics on the size of Los Angeles, and the size of the State of Israel.

Greater Los Angeles Area – Wikipedia   

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area has a total area of 4,850 square miles. 

Geography of Israel – Wikipedia 

Israel’s pre 1967 war area is approximately 8,019 square miles which includes 172 sq miles of inland water. Israel stretches 263 miles from north to south, and its width ranges from 71 miles, at its widest point down to 9.3 miles at its narrowest point.

But it is even worse than that  –  read this   Negev – Wikipedia

The Negev desert covers over 4,700 sq miles, that is more than half of Israel,  55% of the country’s land area. That means the usable land area of Israel is only 3319 square wiles in area.     That means Israel has an area just over two thirds the size of Los Angeles Metropolitan area.

If we add the disputed territories, and include the West Bank, 2,270 sq miles,  plus the Golan Heights 444 sq miles, and East Jerusalem, 27 sq miles, that gives Israel an extra 2741 miles for a total of 6060 square miles .    This additional area gives Israel much more defensible boundaries.

Do you believe that a tiny country like Israel could hold out against countries whose surrounding enemy populations are 60 times greater, and with hundreds of times more land area than Israel.      If Israel were to start getting beaten, the only position they could fall back to, would be into the Mediterranean  sea.    This is exactly what Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and the PA say they intend to do.

Now you know why the UN KNOWS that it is lying when it talks about safety for the state of Israel.    Every time Israel’s neighbours have gone to war against Israel, all the UN Peacekeepers protecting Israel have either run like scared rabbits, or else the UN has ordered them to leave.    Great protection that is!

In the 1973 Yom Kippur war, US President Richard Nixon was refusing to send military aid to Israel when Israel was clearly losing the war for lack of military hardware.    It was not until Prime Minister Golda Meir of Israel told President Nixon to train their spy satellites on the mountains of Israel before making a final decision, that the US saw that Israel had a number of Nuclear weapons set up, ready to begin a nuclear war, that President Nixon changed his mind in a hurry, and Israel got what they needed.

Israel cannot defend itself unaided without its nuclear weapons, and if those weapons were taken away from Israel they would not survive for a week.

If you want proof we are at the end of this age, read the articles below.

 http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=915    United Nations is Funding the anti Semitic Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel organisation with our taxes.   

http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup/19574/An-EU-drone-with-footage-of-Jewish-locations-crashes-on-Mt-Hebron      The European Union is spying on Israel, getting information on Israel’s Military bases and on settlement positions in preparation for what?  A coming war perhaps!

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=914    UN and Obama administration help to further radicalise Palestinians

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=916   The End of Cash is coming rapidly.   You may have heard that India and Venezuela have withdrawn all large denomination Cash Bills.   Did you know that Westpac, and probably the other Australian Banks have also begun withdrawing all $100-00 notes in Australia, and did you know that many other countries around the world are doing the same thing, all in the name of fighting terrorism or crime?    Westpac admitted that Australia would be a cashless society by 2022.    https://www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/media/media-releases/2015/21-september/   

Here are a few other sites which confirm Australia is going cashless very quickly, as are most countries in the world.    How nice for the Antichrist.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/why-our-looming-cashless-society-will-come-at-a-devastating-cost/news-story/132727caa08bb90dfba57cca68c2b578   

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/citibank-is-the-first-australian-bank-to-stop-taking-cash-2016-11  

http://www.cairnspost.com.au/business/government-floats-100-note-removal/news-story/b01bd878e7f23e3e03ca84e4f615ffe5  

I believe that the Rapture is just around the corner, and when it happens, the whole world will have to become cashless very, very quickly.     Can you imagine all the raptured Christians’ cash being stolen by crooks and terrorists and being used to fund their evil deeds.  I think cash if not already dead, will die the day after the rapture occurs.

The above articles are only a fraction of the daily news items which reveal to those who are watching and waiting just what is going on in the US and in the UN today.     The more I see what is happening in the world of politics, and in the realm of nature, and in the realm of science, all of which are lining up exactly with end times prophecies, the more I am convinced that the rapture will happen some time between now and the end of this year of Jubilee.

God Bless you, and keep looking up.   

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