O Timothy


When you watch your “Son in the faith” head off to start his own ministry, it can be a hard thing.

Yes, it’s time to let him go. When he’s ready, he’ll head out there. And there’s some things you just can’t teach someone you’ve trained up. They just have to jump out there and learn.

6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (KJV)

Fight the good fight. Be prepared to earnestly contend for the faith. Do not compromise!

13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. 2 Timothy 1:13-14 (KJV)

Stay up in your Word! Remember, the devil knows Scripture too, and has gotten very good at misapplying it.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 2 Timothy 2:15-16 (KJV)

Do not fall into the trap of being afraid of upsetting your listeners. It doesn’t matter what you preach – you’re going to upset some of them no matter what!

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (KJV)

Remember, don’t be afraid, or second guess yourself! Show ’em what you’re made of!

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Way of Life


I wanted to take a moment again and recommend wayoflife.org.

David Cloud has a lot of free resources, and soon putting up more. His premium resources are very good as well, and well worth the price. I recommend the Way of Life Encyclopedia and the One Year Discipleship Course.

Really… Jedi’ism?


13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. Exodus 23:13 (KJV)

Okay, the report that “Jedi’ism” – the worship of the “Force”, as detailed in six science fiction movies, is spreading among Christians.

So, for those of you involved in this – have you lost your minds???

I mean, it doesn’t take a very detailed read through of the Bible to grasp the fact that God is jealous. He will not tolerate our dividing our worship of Him with anything else.

I mean, I got that message before I was done with my first read through of the Bible.

So, for those of you mixing ANYTHING with Christianity, my assumption is that you’ve never opened your Bible. Ever.

19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. Deuteronomy 8:19 (KJV)

That verse should give you a little pause. Will you die? Don’t know. That’s God’s decision. But I’ll just say it should illuminate for you how SERIOUSLY God treats idolatry.

35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them: 2 Kings 17:35 (KJV)

I mean, you’re not even supposed to be MENTIONING the names of other gods! And here you go, combining Science Fiction with the Bible.

Do you fear the Lord your God?

Do you reverence Him?

I can’t imagine mixing the sacrifice of Jesus Christ with Science Fiction. Really. That’s cheap.

Really think about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, throw away your robes and lightsabers, repent, and get back to your Bible.

How much time is left?


I don’t know. You don’t know. Only the LORD knows, and He will not tell us.

If we knew it was seventeen years and three months… what would we do? Answer – same thing we’re doing right now: Nothing.

For 2,000 years, what has Christianity done? We’ve done a lot – but in this age of instant communications, we have done very little. It’s as if the ability to instantly transmit the Gospel has robbed us of the desire to do so.

If the Rapture was two minutes from now… and I had to answer what I’VE done for the LORD, I’m afraid to say, after spending time working on this blog almost every day, my answer would be – I have not done enough. I would be ashamed over my inactivity.

In the time it took for me to complete seminary, enough souls went into Hell to populate three countries. That’s horrific. How many have been saved reading Narrow is the Way?

Zip.

I have not done enough.

Have you done enough? Will the LORD say to you, “Well done, Good and faithful servant!”

Well, probably, because we have a very Forgiving Lord. He places no restrictions, and freely forgives if you but ASK!!!

But how will you feel? How many of us will stand before Him, weeping in regret, saying “Lord, I wish I had done more!”

Please get busy. Pass out some tracts. Start a Bible study. Start Studying your Bible! Reach out to a friend, an enemy… the cruelest thing you can do is… nothing. Let them tumble into Hell. They run faster and faster every day towards an ending that is horrific.

Do something.

I come as a thief…


Why does the Lord warn He comes as a thief?

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Rev. 16:15

But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Luke 12:37
Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

1 Thessalonians 5:2
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
 Rev. 3:3

It talks about the Lord coming and personally serving His servants. When does this happen? The Marriage supper of the Lamb.

When does that take place? In between the Lord taking everyone off the earth, and His return in Glory to the earth at Armageddon.

What does a thief do? Break in. And steal.

Where is the Lord “breaking in”?

The earth.

What is the Lord “Stealing”?

Nothing. nobody. The Lord is merely taking His possessions away from the advance of the usurper.

Who is His possessions?

You are.

Rev. 16 is talking about the last judgments… but the other references of the “Thief” is referring to the Rapture.

So why in Rev; 16?

He’s reminding us that the earth is His. He’s reminding us there is going to be a judgment.

And He’s reminding us that if the Earth is His, and we are His, then He will return with us. It’s pretty simple – what goes up, must come down. He takes us away, has a judgment, gives rewards, we all have a fantastic celebration together where the Lord Himself serves us (wrap your undeserving mind around THAT!!!) and then, brings us with Him. Why? He wants to share His moment of Glory, of returning to the Earth as the victorious King Messiah… with all of us. It means more that way.

We need to understand the depths of love God has for His own. And how often God is motivated by that Love for us, in ways we cannot comprehend.

Rev. 1615 is in an odd spot to be talking about the Rapture. But if you take some time to compare it to the other verses mentioning the “thief”, it makes it easy to understand… they’re ALL talking about the Rapture. The beginning of it, the catching up…

…and the bringing back.

If you don’t believe in a pre-trib Rapture, I have a lot written on it. Please take the time to actually read what I’ve written on it!

Correct Doctrine 16


4.12 Jesus Christ will come as foretold and promised “like a thief in the night” before the Tribulation to catch away His church in a literal physical event called the Rapture, catching away the dead in Christ first, then we who are alive will follow. We will meet in the clouds for the Judgment of the believer and the giving of rewards, then will ascend to Heaven to await the end of the Tribulation (Luke 21:28, Col. 3:4, Matt. 24:37, Mark 13:27, 32, 1 Cor. 15:51-52, 1 Thess. 4:15-17, Titus 2:13, Rev. 16:15).

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28 (KJV)

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:4 (KJV)

37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:37 (KJV)

27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mark 13:27 (KJV)

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Mark 13:32 (KJV)

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (KJV)

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 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: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (KJV)

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13 (KJV)

15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Revelation 16:15 (KJV)

There’s a lot to be said on the subject of the Rapture. In many ways the Rapture is often the litmus test for determining how far off base in correct doctrine you are.

There’s all kinds of objections to a pretribulation rapture, none of which really hold water. The most common is that Christians today face death, tribulation and imprisonment. Why should those in the great tribulation be any different?

That’s losing sight of what the Tribulation is. The Tribulation is the outpouring of God’s wrath, not the hatred and afflictions of the world against Christians.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Revelation 6:15-17 (KJV)

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (KJV)

We are not appointed to wrath. Rather, the last time God’s judgment and wrath descended on the world, Noah and his family were kept from the flood. In this case, we will be bodily removed from the earth, and taken to heaven to wait out the tribulation, when we will return at the end of it with the Lord.

1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. Revelation 4:1 (KJV)

The door opens, and we are taken up to heaven. For the next 15 chapters, John describes everything as he sees it from heaven. Amazingly, John MacArthur insists Rev. 4:1 is not referring to the rapture, even though he insists rightly the rapture happens before the tribulation!

I’m not trying to be rude, but really… it happens right before the tribulation, he is commanded to rise and come up hither, and then… the tribulation starts right away. I’m sorry, but Macarthur is wrong. There, I tried to say it nicely!

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; Revelation 19:11-17 (KJV)

notice, again a door opens – this time for the return of the Lord, in time for Armegeddon. On the way, John describes an Angel standing in the sun! So, the two door openings (these are the only ones in Revelation) show us the Rapture, and the Second Coming.

There is also the facts that the churches are mentioned many times in Reveleation 1-3, then… stop. It’s as if the church has ceased to be on the earth. The saved are in heaven, but now thanks to the Two Witnesses (Moses and Elijah) and the 144,000, there is also a great multitude of believers on earth. Many are martyred almost immediately, but many more survive through the tribulation.

Additionally, we must look at the differences between the Rapture, and the second coming. The Rapture He comes for His saints, the Second Coming He comes with His saints. Just before the Rapture, we are on the earth. just before the seocnd coming, we are in heaven with Him.

If you are uncertain whether or not you will be in the Rapture, this is the time to get it right. We don’t know when we’re going to be caught into heaven. Repent, and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you.

The Pre-Trib Rapture 10 – Margaret McDonald


Reposting this… since I first posted it a while ago, and thoroughly debunked this – mid and post tribbers are AGAIN saying that Margaret McDonald invented the pre-trib rapture.

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Just about every mid-trib, post trib or no-trib website always brings up Margaret McDonald.

Okay, let’s get that out of the way.

We’re constantly pointing out that there is nobody alive convinced of the rapture because of Margaret McDonald. Todd Strandberg did an article a few years back, about how he finally searched for this legendary girl who claims to have had a mystic vision in which, for the first time, someone saw a pre-trib rapture.

Huh.

Okay, research here is the key. Todd Strandberg reports it almost was a “Where’s Waldo?” search, except that in the “Where’s Waldo” puzzles, he’s always right there where you can see him. In this case, it’s clear NONE of these anti-Rapture advocates have EVER researched the claim. Or, extremely embarrassed, they’d have withdrawn the claim.

For starters, her “Vision” is post-trib.

“uhhhh… wait, I’d always heard she saw a pre-trib rapture.”

Nope.

So, you guys have made SO MUCH about her vision – and you NEVER EVEN READ IT! What amazes me is that Roman Catholic apologists always make snide remarks about a vision… but if she’d been a Roman Catholic, and the Virgin Mary had been central in it, there’d be pilgrimages, flowers, rosary beads, candles and incense offered at the place of MacDonald’s birth! Look, if your religion thrives on visions, attacking a straw man of visions is ill advised. Glass houses, stones, all that.

What’s the vision?

“I saw the people of God in an awfully dangerous situation. Now will the wicked one be revealed with all power…It will be a fiery trial…Nothing but what is of God will stand…I said, Now shall the awful sight of a false Christ be seen on this earth; and nothing but Christ in US can detect this awful attempt of the enemy to deceive…This is the trial through which those are to pass, who will be counted worthy to stand before the Son of Man…The trial of the Church is from Antichrist. It is by being filled with the Spirit that we shall be kept. I frequently said, Oh be filled with the Spirit – have the light of God within you, that you may DETECT satan…”

Um… this is post trib. That’s consistent with the teachings of the Irvingites, whom MacDonald belonged to. So, her prophecy was play-acting, to make her seem important – she’d learned their doctrine well, and to have her seeing a mystic vision that confirmed the teachings of the group was seized on. Amazingly, it reminds me of Seventh Day Adventism and Ellen G. White’s odd visions, that changed with the wind.

How can I say it’s post trib??? Well, the Irvingites were post trib. And MacDonald mentions the Antichrist, released in the first Seal – which is during the tribulation. “The trial of the church is from Antichrist… this is the trial through which those are to pass…”

Um… if the churchES are to be tried by the antichrist, well then, that places the rapture AFTER the Antichrist is done – which is at Christ’s second coming!

So… maybe Pre-Trib believers should be turning that around to attack post-tribbers, claiming “You all got it from the visions of a Scottish girl!” See how they like having to defend it!

There. Aren’t you post-tribbers embarrassed??? You made ALL THIS NOISE about MacDonald, viciously attacking that straw man argument… only to find out SHE SUPPORTS YOU, NOT PRE-TRIB BELIEVERS!

Hah!

Next, we fail to see any quote from the person they say was the first advocate of the Pre-trib rapture, John Darby. Darby did advocate a pre-trib Rapture – but he tells how he was able to figure that out. It occurred to him as he studied the Bible that there was a difference between the churches and Israel. Once he’d understood that, it took little work to read through Revelation and see that suddenly the churches disappear from the earth, and God is working through Israel again. So, if there’s a difference between the churches and Israel, and Revelation starts out talking to the churches, then suddenly switches to Israel, and the churches cannot be found again until the end of Revelation – that means the BIBLE IS CLEARLY TEACHING THAT THE CHURCHES GO SOMEWHERE ELSE DURING ALMOST ALL OF REVELATION!

Sorry, don’t mean to shout, but the post-tribbers aren’t listening.

So, was Darby the first teacher of the Rapture?

Nope. A Southern Baptist preacher, who also agreed that MacDonald’s vision was post trib, first offered $500 for anyone who could offer proof of a pre trib rapture prior to 1830. He had to retract his offer when he found the writings of Emmanuel Lacunza. Lacunza taught it back in 1812. So the Baptist pastor, John Bray, offered the prize again, but this time before 1812.

He lost the money when someone gave him proofs of a book from 1744 published in England that taught a pre-trib rapture.

Well, what about this quote from before the year 370?

“For all the saints and Elect of God are gathered prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overtake the world because of our sins.”

Ephraem of Nisibis wrote that, an early Christian writer of the Syrian Christians.

That’s.. a long time ago. It’s clearly pre-trib. Its clearly before the year 400. It’s an early Christian writer. And Juistin Martyr apparently was pre-trib as well, placing the teaching as far back as prior to AD 100.

Huh.

Looks like the church was ALWAYS pre-trib, and that abandoning this belief was moving from the previously held position – apostasy.

Looks like you post-tribbers have some explaining to do.