First Steps To Gog


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Recently the king of Saudi Arabia visited Moscow.
Yeah… that’s the first step towards Gog and Magog.

I place Gog and Magog right before the rapture, like Thomas Ice and Tim Laheye do/did. I think it happens shortly before the Rapture, but we don’t know the interval between Gog and the Rapture.
So, if two of the key players are suddenly acting just like Scripture said they would…

Then if there’s anything you want to do for the Lord, you’d better do it soon!

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Are you from Egypt?


Here’s a fun little fact!
Someone from Egypt visits my blog every now and then.
This is about to be an exciting time for you.
Because Egypt is shortly going to be going nuts for the Lord Jesus Christ.

You’re going to start seeing Egyptians switching from calling the country Egypt, to Mitzraim.

“Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, And Assyria the work of my hands, And Israel mine inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:25, KJV)

You’re going to see your own countrymen getting saved, turning to Jesus Christ. And it’s going to be drastic. Because they’re going to start speaking Hebrew.
Egyptians will begin praying to the God of the Bible, using the phrase Adonai Tse’vaot, the Lord of Hosts.

“In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt Speak the language of Canaan, And swear to the Lord of hosts; One shall be called, The city of destruction. In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, And a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: For they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, And he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. And the Lord shall be known to Egypt, And the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, And shall do sacrifice and oblation; Yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it.” (Isaiah 19:18–21, KJV)

This is important.
Because this saves your country from a huge mistake.
A large number of countries are about to band together with Russia to attack Israel. And Egypt will have no part of it.
When this starts to happen, and you know someone who’s going to go leave and join that army, dissuade them strenuously. Because seriously – that army is going to be wiped out painfully, agonizingly, by the Lord God.
It’s going to be a visible sign.
This is prophesied in the Bible. Don’t resist it. God is calling you!
The God of the Bible, not some other false god, not some minor moon god. But the God of the Bible, who brought the ten plagues on Egypt.
That God. He’s about to be on your side. You just have to turn to him, accept Him.
Because He came to earth 2,000 years ago, and paid the penalty for your sins – so that you and all other Egyptians could dwell in Heaven forevermore, with Him!
God calls Egyptians “my People”. It’s not just the Jews!
Did you know that some Jews today are the descendants of Egyptians who left with the Israelites after the 10 plagues? They converted to Judaism and left with the Israelites.
So when you hear other Egyptians cursing Israel, remind them of that.

“And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.” (Exodus 12:33–38, KJV)

Those Egyptians who went with them believed that God was with Israel. So they joined them.
The same God is calling you today.
Don’t wait. Accept Him today.
And let Biblical Prophecy concerning Egypt start with you personally.

The Soon Coming Rapture


It takes roughly 45-90 minutes to write articles on how to do sermons, so those who’ve been interested in the series, my apologies – but I’ve been so busy that lately I’ve only been able to keep up because I can write seven articles quickly on a weekend.

To mention the Rapture in modern Christianity is like pulling a knife and darking people to fight you! I can think of few topics that engender such arguments and name caling as… this topic.

To those who do not agree… you have the absolute right to be wrong. I’ll tell you you’re wrong. I’ve described the issue of the Rapture as being the canary that coal miners in Wales used to detect deadly gas in the mines. If the birds collapsed, everyone knew to get out as fast as possible.

SAme here. When your eschatology (doctrines of the end times) begins to wander, it’s a sign EVERYTHING is beginning to wander. Am I saying the myriads of Independent, Fundamentalist Baptist preachers who have adopted an unScriptural Mid-Trib position are losing a pure doctrinal stance?

Why… yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying. You have not kept your doctrine without spot. You’ve listened to vain and foolish tales, and adopted the vain philosohpy of this world, instead of a reliance upon pure Scripture.

I’ve mentioned before the explanation of a man who had the right viewpoint of the Rapture. He was asked by his nephew if he was SURE the Rapture was before the Tribulation. His response was classic, and one that those who hold incorrect Eschatologies always miss…

“What is the point of the Tribulation?”

For many Christians, they’ll suddenly go quiet, and all you’ll hear is, “Uhhhh……”

The way I’ve described it is this. I’ve pointed to a church congregation (nicely split down the middle thanks to the aisle…) That… God spoke and dealt with this side over here, for 2,000 years. But that means THAT side isn’t being dealt with. Okay, God’s temporarily turning to THAT side. But the book of Revelation (not Revelations) shows that suddenly God’s focus is back on THIS group again, and THAT group suddenly seems to be missing.

Why is THAT group missing? Because God’s now returning to THIS group, who’s been somewhat rebellious. So, to reach them, He’s going to give the only thing they respond to…

…signs.

Okay, when you substitute the words “Gentiles” and “Jews” for THAT and THIS, it makes perfect sense. God dealt with the Jews for 2,000 years. Then the Lord came ,and the Jews are temporarily put away.

Note the word temporary.

“Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:12–15, KJV)

Read verse 15 and verse 12 again. How much more their fulness? What shall the receiving of them be?

God is not “Through with the Jew.”

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Romans 11:25, KJV)

What does this mean? spiritually, it means… blindness is happening in part to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

If anyone wants to argue, here we go with Greek! πλήρωμα Pleroma means fulness, completeness. When the complete number of those Gentiles who will accept Christ is reached before the Tribulation, then the Lord will come. What’s that number? Clearly, we see from other passages of Scripture that the number is… I don’t know.

Does this argue in favor of Calvinism? No it argues in favor of Baptist doctrine (there’s no such thing as a Calvinist Baptist – it’s like saying a Carpenterish plumber) – God predestines according to foreknowledge. God knows in advance who will accept the Gospel and who will not.

Can you imagine being in the Millennium, and attending the Temple, and you’re talking about “I wonder who the last Gentile was to make the Fulness complete?” and at that moment the Lord is standing with you and He says… “Why… it was you.”

We should all feel that way. Well, I can’t, because I’m not a Gentile. But there. You Gentiles should all feel that way – you personally are the one the Lord was waiting eagerly for.

Where am I going with this? God turns His attention from the Jewish people to the Gentiles, then He will return His attention back to Israel during the Tribulation. So… where did the Gentiles go?

It’s a well attested fact – often completely ignored by Mid and Post Tribulationists – that the word church and churches is used 21 times in Revelation 1-3, and then not again until the very end of the book.

The rules of Hermaneuticsc demand we pay attention to that. It tells us something.

“Aha! But Holy omes and Saints can be found!”

Sure. That’s the Jews and all the Gentiles who get saved in the Tribulation. But the fact remains, the word church is missing for most of the book, until after the Lord returns.

There’s two open doors in Revelation – immediately after the final mention of the churches, and then not again until the Lord and His armies begin to travel back to the earth.

And then after that, it’s Israel, and Tribe… the 144,000 are from the tribes of Israel. They are those who “keep the commandments”.

“Matthew 24!”

You’re not understanding Matthew 24. Read it again. You’ll spot that the Lord gatheres His elect from the four corners of HEAVEN. They’re already in Heaven at that point.

The bottom line is this – if you believe in mid trib, post trib, pre-wrath, no-trib… you do not distinguish between the Gentile and the Jew. You confuse the words churches and Israel. Yet an honest reading of Romans differentiates between the two. If the Bible differentiates between Israel and the churches… so should we.

NOW, with that understanding, go read all of Revelation 7 times in a row. Won’t take long. Only 22 chapters. By the time you’re done, here’s your study questions…

Where are the churches?

Who is Israel?

Who is Revelation speaking of and to, mostly?

What is God’s method in the Tribulation?

Does it resemble the manner in which God dealt with Israel in the Old Testament? Or how God communicates with the churches in the New?

If you agree it resembles how God dealt with Israel in the Old Testament when they were Rebellious… what then does this lead you to conclude? Who is Revelation speaking to?

It’s speaking to my people. We’re a little stubborn. And trust me, it’s going to take the seas turning to blood to get most of Israel to admit that the Rabbi’s are wrong, and Jesus is the Messiah.

It’s going to take demonic attacks that leave people in agony for months.

It’s going to take hail that sets fires.

Start comparing Revelation to Exodus.

If you honestly study Revelation (for which there are blessings promised)… you will come to only one conclusion. It’s speaking of the Jewish people.

And the Gentile churches have… vanished.

How Long?


Well, let’s put it this way.

jerusalem_temple3-600x386 They’re building a “replica” of the Temple on the Dead Sea… that they can in a few months simply disassemble and relocate to Jerusalem.

sanhedrinWe’ve got a Sanhedrin.

There’s a group of Levites with numbers 1 through however many for the role of High Priest. Hint – it’s going to be #1. Baruch Kahane is his name.

kahane-150x150 No kidding. This guy.

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Training for the offerings… note the altar is there.

priest-omer-barley-sacrifice-altar-2 Offering of the Omer in a “Re-enactment”.

temple-institute-altar-3 a Levite learning how to prepare the altar for burnt offerings.

No, we’re not close at all.

Franklin Graham on the Rapture


Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse and son of world-renowned preacher Billy Graham, said that given all the “bad news” about the killing of Christians by Muslims in some countries, and attacks on Christians by the media and the government even in America, he cannot “help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”

I think it’s not as soon as that…

but if you are convinced that we are weeks or months from the Rapture, this is the time to prepare. Not just for yourself, but for others. This would be the time to get yourself ready.

But this is also the time to throw caution to the wind, and start witnessing to people. I can think of no thought worse other than I condemned everyone I knew to suffer through 7 of the worst years the world has ever seen.

Share the Gospel. Give away tracts. Give away inexpensive KJV New Testaments to unsaved people.

Because if the Rapture was tomorrow afternoon, then the world will have seven years left.  Seven horrible years that will see somewhere between 66% and 75% of the world’s population die.

If you’re die in Christ, you go to be with the Lord forever. But if you die and you’re wrong, you’re dead wrong.

a lot of Christians are into prepping. Good! Every christian should prep. For yourself? Nope. You probably will never need it. But those supplies will help out those who get saved after the Rapture. Everyone help them out.

For more information, see my Surviving the Tribulation website, and also http://survivaltips1611.wordpress.com/

Help them out. You may be out of here, but they’re not.

The Pre-Trib Rapture 10 – Margaret McDonald


This is a commonly read blog post, and I’m guessing that it’s mostly Preterists looking for ammunition against Pre-Trib believers, judging from search terms they’re using. Sadly, this article pulls the fangs from their mouths!


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.

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!