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.

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Canaries


150 years ago, coal miners in the UK and US used to carry Canaries with them into the mines. One person held the lamp  and also watched the canaries. If they broke through a vein to an area with radon gas or other dangerous gases that could kill the miners, the canaries would drop first. The minute they saw the canaries in distress, the man with the light sounded the alarm. The Canaries’ tolerance to the gas was so much less, that even if they showed any signs of lethargy the miners escaped the mines.

There’s one major doctrine that I liken to the canary. If your doctrine is suffering, this is where it shows up first.

The Rapture.

The minute Christians begin to worry that they might have to go through part of or all of the Tribulation, you should be fleeing to your Bible.

I’ve recounted many times on this blog numerous proofs for the Pre-trib rapture. The proofs are Scriptural, numerous, and uncontestable. I liken most of the rebuttals to one of several usual problems – replacement theology, anti-semitism (that’s Jew-hating, for those of you who wish to be contentious), or a complete misunderstanding of foundational doctrinal understandings. You pick.

When I mention that the word “Church” cannot be found between Revelation 4-20 (in other words, during the Tribulation) someone always answers “But it mentions saints.”

Okay, … that’s Revelation chapter 8. Who is it talking about in Revelation 7?

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Revelation 7:1-4 (KJV)

The children of Israel. Those are Jews.

Every once in a while, I see people suddenly start talking at this point about the Khazars, and Ashkenazi Jews.

If you just went there, you’re a Jew-hater. Or Anti-Semite, if that sounds too bold for you.

usually about fifth or sixth down on the list of Christian doctrinal health is your position on Jews. If you hate Jews, you really need to carefully read Matthew 24. It’s um… talking about them. If the judgment of the righteous nations at the end of the Tribulation is based partly on how the Gentiles treat the Jews… don’t you think you may have to answer to the King of the Jews about your hatred of them?

I bring this up often because… people search often to see what Franklin Graham thinks of the Rapture. Hopefully, you’re all just looking for a quote to use in some kind of thesis or something. I’d hate to think some of you are looking to see what some man believes, so you know what to believe!

Since I put up a link to that news story, I’ve had at least two to three searches a week for “Franklin Graham on the Rapture”. It’s one of the top searches leading people to my blog.

if you’re one of them, I have a LOT of material on the Pre-trib rapture, and why it’s the ONLY BIBLICAL position you can take on the End times. Please – take the time to open your Bible, and look for yourself.

About the Rapture…


I’ve noticed that one of the search terms that I see the most, is “Franklin Graham on the Rapture.”

I suspect that most of the people are searching for two reasons…

  1. They’re looking to see what he believes about the Rapture, to know how they should believe OR
  2. They’re looking to see what he believes about the Rapture because they’re Pre-Wrath, mid-Trib or Post-Trib and they’re looking for an axe to grind.

For the first group, I’ll let Scripture speak for itself…

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. Matthew 22:29 (KJV)
24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? Mark 12:24 (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Read your Bibles for yourself. If I pick a famous Bible teacher to follow and let him decide for me what’s Biblical, that’s alarmingly bad. Don’t blindly follow any human being, whether it’s Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, David Cloud, or that blog guy Philip Dean! Probably especially the last one.
The Lord Jesus Christ requires you to read your Bible, and to know what’s written in it. He asked uncomfortable questions about the Bible, and strongly declared a literal reading of the verses, and denounced allegory except where Scripture comes right out and says, “This is an allegory.”
Let’s move on to the second group.
The word “church can be found 18 times in Revelation 1-3.
It can be found in Rev. 22 only once.
For some 19 chapters, it is mentioned zero times.
So, why is the most commonly used word in the first part of Revelation used prior to the Tribulation, and then not again until after Jesus Christ returns to Earth?
uh… the churches all go somewhere.
Because the Bible suddenly starts speaking about Jews.
1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Revelation 7:1-4 (KJV)
“Tribes of Israel.” This doesn’t mean denominations of Christianity. This means Jews. You know, my people. Y’hudim. Vos mach stu, Yidh? You know, those people the Nazi’s tried to kill. Those people that are so hated in almost every country on earth.
What do we derive from this?
Moses and Elijah return to earth. Meaning someone brings them. That same someone takes all the Christians off the earth, and God at last returns His attention to His chosen people, whom He has promised not to forsake.
35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 31:35-37 (KJV)
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11:1-5 (KJV)
I have a lot of writings on the subject of the Rapture, and I do recommend you take the time to read them, with your King James Bible open and look up what I refer to.
Here’s one of the crowning (hint) proofs that the Rapture is in Rev. 4:1…
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:10-11 (KJV)
When do you get your crown? The believer’s Judgment. When is that?
1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 1 Peter 5:1-4 (KJV)
When the Chief Shepherd appear. The believers get their rewards when Christ returns. But… Christ hasn’t returned to the earth until Revelation 19, right?
Oh.
The Rapture.
The Rapture, according to Revelation has to happen between Rev. 4:1 and Rev. 4:10. So, somewhere in those verses we should see the door of Heaven opened (hint), right?
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 Rapture.
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. Revelation 19:11 (KJV)
the second coming. The door in Heaven opens twice. The Rapture, the Return.
Case closed. Go read my other articles on the Rapture.

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 Year in Review, and the upcoming year


Okay, it’s been a busy year. I’ve written a lot, including answering atheism, evolution, Word Faith, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mind you, these were not detailed, in depth answerings. I’m busy with a myriad of other things. And to answer these topics (very needful) also meant putting some things off. My indignation button was leaned on quite heavily this year, but I didn’t want to interrupt what I was doing to comment at length on any of the issues.

We’ll just say a defense of the Bible is high in order in 2014. I’m going to defend it, prove it’s authenticity and inspiration, and I’m also going to ask some very pointed questions of its critics.

The one thing that caught me a lot of protests this year was when I began analyzing motivations behind why a person took a certain viewpoint. So, there’ll be some of that as well this year!

Another high priority is – although I’m staying out of politics, because (although I have strong beliefs) I think there’s been far too much confusion between Christianity and certain politicla parties. This was evidenced when a Mormon ran for president, and a large number of evangelicals fell all over themsevles in their haste to “Beg forgiveness for the ‘sin’ of Mormon-phobia”. Friends, its a false religion and a cult. And the horror of it set in when Franklin Graham (a man I used to respect) had all references to Mormonism being a cult removed from the BGEA website.

So, mormonism will be dealt with pretty thoroughly. Expect that one around February or so.

Calvinism is a big one, as it is treatening to swallow up the Southern Baptist Convention. And instead of doing the biblical thing and asking Calvinists to correct their errant doctrine, the SBC is instead attempting to find room on the chair for both beliefs to sit. What the SBC is unaware of, or ignoring it every time someone explains it, is that the Calvinists intend on stealing the chair. And then they will not hesitate to order us to change our beliefs – or be forced out of the convention. The very thing we’re refusing to do to them, they will do to us. Trust me. Because I predict that nobody will listen to me, and over the next 18 months you’ll see the SBC forced into Calvinism, and the rest of us will be forced out.

Church of Christ – they’re in the minority, but I have some plans to deal with them this coming year if time permits.

I need to finish the correct doctrine series, so I’ll be running that concurrent with other series’. Remember, the categories’ links on the right will help you to read everything I’ve written on a particular subject.

One of the big ways people get suckered into cults like Torah Observant Messianic Judaism, is a lack of understanding on how to use a Strong’s Concordance. Well, here’s the secret. You’ve got to learn some Greek and Hebrew to really grasp it. So I most definitely need to put up lessons in Biblical Greek and Hebrew. I need to really deal with T.O.M., as it ensnares quite a few people. And the fruit of it is usually the denial of Christ, which shows that if it is not Satanic, Satan has most definitely over-run it with wolves in sheep’s clothing.

I plan to finish up Buddhism, and deal with Hinduism. The rampant Hinduism in the US faltered once the Beatles broke up, so it’s not a priority – and I don’t think a reuniting of the Beatles is now a possibility!

Theres a lot coming in 2014, and I’m rushing to get it all done as fast as possible, because I believe the Rapture is imminent, and I have a lot to do. I also need to finish a lot of unfinished work on the Surviving the Tribulation website, as that will help people stay alive long after I’ve disappeared from this earth.

Stay tuned! Your support is critical. Just hitting a like button from time to time helps me to know my work is not in vain!