Straight Talk about The Rapture


Lately, people are really beginning to worry a lot about the Rapture.
I’ll put it a couple of different ways.
Weird things are happening.
Wars are increasing.
Water disappearing from rivers and oceans. NO, IT IS NOT NORMAL IN A HURRICANE FOR THE OCEAN TO DISAPPEAR! ANY METEOROLOGIST WHO TELLS YOU THIS IS LYING! Oceans RISE in hurricanes! Ask anyone from New Orleans or Houston.
North Korea seems to have leaders who have gone mad, and are threatening much more technologically advanced and stronger countries, with much better trained armies. And they’re threatening nuclear attacks.
Russia has come back suddenly.

The last one is the key. Gog is either synonymous with the Rapture, or just barely precedes it. I tend to believe the latter. John Walvoord believed the former.
And lets’ deal with something right off the bat. American Demoncrats are making a big stink about a mythical exchange between Donald Trump and Russia – when in fact, it apparently was a routine and common occurrence for Demoncrat politicians to contact Putin for marching orders under the Obama regime. Transference of blame has been a key Demoncrat tactic since Clinton’s presidency.

Russia is the key. Keep your eye on Russia. This is the difficult part, because at some point America and Great Britain, very influential and powerful countries, lose all their influence either just before or just after the Rapture. Read between the lines, stockpile and prepare.
If before the Rapture, you’ll be prepared. If after the Rapture, then you stockpiled for someone else. It won’t go to waste, I’m sure!

Russia is literally the key. They join up with all the small countries north of Israel in an effort to invade Israel – and literally are wiped out by God.
The rise in power of Russia seemed impossible a few years ago. When it began to rise up again, I was dumbfounded. I was watching Biblical Prophecy right before my eyes!

Russia is going to join up with all the Stan countries (Turkistan, Uzbekistan, etc), and possibly Libya and Germany – to attack and invade Israel in a three pronged attack. I think this will happen just before the Rapture. And God Himself wipes them out.
Who’s Missing?
Egypt.
Right around this time, Egypt will begin to slowly move into… ummm… 1st Century Christianity. No kidding. Right down to speaking Hebrew. Right down to erecting a pillar at the Egyptian border declaring the land begins to the Lord God. If you’ve been reading along with my Bible reading plan, then you literally read this between Sept 18 and Rosh Hashanah.

“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)

The exact timing of when this happens, I don’t know. Before the Rapture? I think so. Because literally they refuse to take place in Gog and Magog. If Russia were to make the offer to Egypt today to attack Israel, they would, in a heartbeat. So, this has to change too at some point.

The combination of Gog/Magog, Egypt getting strange (by the world’s definition) and the events of the Rapture totally disrupt the political scene as we know it. The Rapture will be massive in its consequences (although I really worry about Jerry Jenkin’s interpretation of it – literally, he had a Nascar event disrupted by most of the audience vanishing as they were driving home from the event. I’m not… a NASCAR fan by any means. The cars go round and round to the left. Big deal.)

The Antichrist will probably rise in power almost immediately. He’s probably in office right now (or perhaps, just lost the Presidency…).
Here’s your other warning signs…

  • Most of Christianity is um… completely confused, and abandoning every cardinal doctrine in Christianity
  • The Protestant Reformer’s creed, or whatever they’re calling the latest article, is a complete waste of time, did nothing except again to confuse Baptists into thinking they’re Protestants.
  • Many “Christians” according to the polls, deny the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith. Hint – you’re not Christian if you deny these things!
  • Many who call themselves Christians are obsessed with following teachers who pretend to signs and wonders.
  • Baptists are beginning to abandon the Gospel and adopt an “us four and no more” church mentality.
  • Christians are beginning to look more and more indistinguishable from the world.
  • Philip Dean bought Logos (truly, an event of Biblical proportions!)

We’re so close to the Rapture now. So close. I had an aberrant moment a couple of months ago where I was resigning myself to eventually going to my grave and knowing I would go first in the Rapture. Recent events again have made me aware that the Rapture is immediate. I think there’s still a few events to take place left, but they can happen so rapidly that… it may be this year! It may happen by the spring. By the summer. By Next Rosh Hashanah.
It may happen fifteen minutes from now.

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Dispensationalism Revisited


I haven’t talked about dispensationalism lately. I listened to a Marc Monte teaching on it a couple of days ago, a Dan Botterbrodt teaching on it a year ago, and David Cloud brought it up last month.

Dan is opposed to it, even though he agrees with the end results of its teachings – He just doesn’t see the division of the dispensations in the Bible.

Me, I don’t know – I see them. I was intrigued by David Cloud who in his usual terse way pointed out that he didn’t necessarily agree with the standard seven ages, and actually could see different ones. That was food for thought. That’s a “Consult the way of life encyclopedia” moment!

the basic premise behind dispensationalism is that God dealt with us in different ways in the Bible.

That’s a “Duh” moment.

Enemies of dispensationalism tend to argue that God has only one plan of salvation. Since most of the enemies of dispensationalism are Calvinist, we don’t even agree on what that one plan of salvation is! Yours is infant baptism and predestination, a wildly diverging view. Mine is “whosoever will”, because that’s what the Bible teaches.

Well, I’m a dispensationalist, because I derived it from the Bible before I ever heard of Tim LaHeye, John Walvoord, Harry Ironside, Ryrie, Torrey, or even Schofield. And yes, there has only been one plan of salvation in the Bible. Ever.

dispensationalism does not necessarily mean there are different ways of salvation, just God dealing with us in different ways in the ages.

Did God speak to everyone on earth the way He did back in the Garden of Eden? Face to face?

No.

What was the difference between Adam’s laws, and the ones for Moses and Israel?

Adam had one law in the garden. Moses had 613.

What’s the difference between Christians and Jews? Christians are not required to keep any ceremonial or dietary laws. The Jews were.

What’s the difference between the millennium and now?

The Jews owe God one thousand years of Sabbath observance. We’re going to have to do it.

“Wow, I wish I’d lived in Bible days, but with modern conveniences!!!”

You will!!!!

If you’re Gentile, you don’t have to worry about the Sabbath or any of that hoorah. But My people made a promise to God we never kept. It’s going to happen. CArefully read the last chapters of Ezekiel, and then start reading LaHeye. Most of you have the Left Behind series… read the last book, the “Glorious Appearing!” Wow. biblical, right down the line!

That’s dispensationalism, the recognition that God DEALS with us differently. Not saves us differently, but deals with us differently!

Hyper-dispensationalism, however, makes huge mistakes in Bible interpretation. There’s one Bible teacher I like listening to, except he’s hyper-dispensationalist, and he tends to make these same mistakes. Hyper-dispensationalists tend to make the mistake of assuming that the Gospels and ACts are in the Old Testament, and not for today.

I think we can all figure out that part is wrong!

The most important distinction of dispensationalism is that it forces you to take the Bible literally. People who are not dispensationalist tend to align themselves with what’s called Covenant theology. Covenant theology tends to see the covenants between God and man as irreplaceable – but that creates a problem. You see, the churches are a mystery – that is something concealed in the old testament, revealed in the new. If you don’t follow dispensationalism, you have to 1). assume there’s no such thing as a church or 2). you end up having an unused covenant lying around. So… you have to assume that the covenant with Israel is still valid – and that a mythical, Universal and invisible “Church” replaces Israel. And thus, since Israel was a kingdom and had rules and laws – they’d better get busy right now and start an actual government, where Christianity is the state religion. See how quickly that fell apart into serious error?

Schofield was unable to ditch the whole Universal church thing, and he was grossly incorrect on when the birth of the churches was. Aside from that, the Schofield reference Bible is still a fairly good representation of Dispensational theology.

The Vilna Gaon, Isaac Newton and date setting


I’m suspicious of any researcher who says they read a pamphlet by any person of antiquity who did fancy math and supposedly calculated the date of the Rapture, or the date of the Messiah’s coming.

No man knoweth the day or the hour… That verse tells us that the Rapture is both Pre-Trib, and that the return of Jesus Christ is post trib.

We know Jesus Christ will return. We know the Tribulation is seven years. If suddenly demons start stinging people with a sting that is agonizing and lasts several months… ding ding ding ding… we’re in the Fifth Trumpet Judgment, which means we can estimate when Christ will return. If there’s a planetwide earthquake that moves islands from their place, and causes the sky to blacken… hey, we know we’re in the sixth seal, and we can estimate when the return of Christ will be.

So, today I see two news stories on the calculations of a Rabbi known as the Vilna Gaon, which supposedly tell us the last possible moment the Messiah can possibly come.

I really don’t know when it says He has to come by. It’s already off, as the Messiah has ALREADY COME… and will soon return. It’s off by.. well, the Vilna Gaon lived a while ago, but Jesus Christ walked the earth long before he was born. So, right away, he’s wrong.

When will He return??? That’s a better question. Seven years after the Rapture.

Sir Isaac Newton was a smart cookie… but I’m inclined to say that I won’t expect the Lord to Rapture us until at least the day AFTER their predictions. It pretty much convinces me whenever I read these kind of predictions that Jesus Christ won’t possibly come until after that. Reminds me of when my Rabbi wanted to borrow my Artscroll Holiday Siddurs, but only for a day, because as he said, “The Messiah will come before next year anyway, and everyone will switch to (the) Tehillat Hashem (prayerbook) by then anyway.”

For those curious, that was some 15 years ago he said that.

When Christians ask these kind of questions, the question usually boils down to, “When will we be out of here?”

I don’t know.

Don’t you think we have MORE than enough on our hands to evangelize this world with the message of the Gospel? The moment we’re Raptured, that stops. For a day or two, perhaps.

So, let’s stop worrying about when the Rapture is, and get busy spreading the Gospel and getting souls saved, and quit worrying about when the Rapture is. Because Christians have too much work to do in this wor

Reasons why the Rapture is pre-trib


This is a popular subject as of late – and the reason why is simple. I think Christians sense that the time may be drawing nigh. There’s a million blogs which fall into about 4 different interpretations. The ONLY position which makes a distinction between Israel and the churches, is dispensational, and is literalist (takes the Bible literally) is…

Pre-Trib.

To place “The Church” in the middle of the Tribulation, indeed, anywhere after Revelation 4, has to confuse or replace Israel with “the Church”. I always say it this way because the number of references in the Bible to the word “Church” identifies the word church to a local, visible entity. There is only one verse which can be interpreted either way. Since the Bible is careful to identify the church as a local institution, and uses the title “kingdom of God” or “kingdom of heaven” to refer to all believers as a group… I do the same.

“The church” is not Israel. Israel is Israel. The church is a local institution of assembled, born again believers that may be Jewish (usually the minority) or Gentile (usually the overwhelming majority). Gentile Christians are grafted INTO believing Israel, but do not REPLACE believing Israel. I could write a very long and very confusing series of articles on this issue – confusing because I’d have to use English, which is pretty slippery, to write it. Now if I wrote it in Koine Greek, it would be a lot more specific, but then only a handful of people could read it. And my Koine is pretty rusty, as my classes in it were 5 years ago.

How can I write these things?

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. Revelation 7:1-3 (KJV)

This happens really early on in the Tribulation. Who is the servants of God? Some people say this is “The Church” because it refers to the servants of our God.

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. 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. 9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 7:4-12 (KJV)

These are… Jews. The first reference to believers after Revelation 4 is a description of Jews. What tribe are you from?  That’s the question I ask any Gentile who tries to appropriate this for themselves. It’s stumped a few Jehovah’s Witnesses, by the way.

Let’s look at the Immanency issue. The Rapture is imminent. To say it comes at (X) point in the Tribulation means we can… pretty much guesstimate it’s time. “No man knows the day or hour” is what the Bible says. So if you say it’s midpoint – Voila, it’s 3.5 Jewish years after the signing of the peace treaty, Ta-Da! I know the day and hour. That rules it out from being the time of the Rapture.

If it was the third seal, then it’s roughly three months times 3 after the peace treaty – nine months later. Sixth Trumpet? It would be  roughly 39 months after the peace treaty.

How about the two doors? A door opens in heaven in Revelation 4:1, and does not re-open until Christ returns to earth. Open door number 1 – the Rapture. Open Door number 2 – the return.

The word “Church” is  used many times in Revelation 1-3. It disappears in Revelation 4 and is not seen again until after the Lord has returned to the Earth.

John is a type of the Christian in Revelation. HE gets Raptured in Revelation 4:1, and accompanies the Lord on His way back to the Earth.  If John gets raptured at that time, why are we any different?

We are told to look for the Rapture and the Return of Christ. We are never told to look for the Antichrist.

Finally (this is a quick article, I’ve written much longer articles on the Rapture previously, loaded with information) there is no resurrection of the dead mentioned in any point of Revelation until the Judgment. So either it’s post-trib (which explains nothing) or it’s pre-trib.

I’ve written MUCH longer articles on this subject in the past! Just click on the Rapture category, and keep scrolling down and sooner or later, you’ll reach the first one. By the time you’ve read every article on it… you’ll be convinced, or really sleepy, because it’s going to take a LONG time to get through all those articles.

The Laodecian church


14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:14-22 (KJV)

For those who don’t have it, David Cloud has an excellent book called “The Seven Churches of revelation”, an excellent resource for studying the first three chapters of Revelation – and it’s free.

Before I talk about this letter and why it’s important, here’s some background info. Now, I know everyone’s going to scroll down two or three clicks to get past this, but it’s worth reading.

The city of this name mentioned in Scripture lay on the confines of Phrygia and Lydia, about 40 miles east of Ephesus (Rev 3:14), on the banks of the Lycus. It was originally called Diospolis and then Rhoas, but afterwards Laodicea, from Laodice, the wife of Antiochus II., king of Syria, who rebuilt it. It was one of the most important and flourishing cities of Asia Minor. At a very early period it became one of the chief seats of Christianity (Col 2:1; Col 4:15; Rev 1:11). It is now a deserted place, called by the Turks Eski-hissar or “old castle.” – Matthew George Easton, “Laodicea,” in Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature, (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1897), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Laodicea”.

Laodicea was one of three cities founded in the fertile Lycus Valley, an important tributary of the Meander that flowed westward to Miletus. The key city of the wealthy province of Phrygia, Laodicea lay between Colossae a few miles to the southeast and her major rival, Hierapolis, six miles to the north. John alludes to the wealth of Laodicea in the Revelation (Rev. 3:17). In addition to being a banking center, Laodicea was known for its textile industry based on a rich black wool from sheep raised in the valley. A medical school widely known for an eye salve also brought fame and wealth to the city. The Revelation admonished believers at Laodicea to seek spiritual riches, not worldly gold, and to anoint their eyes with spiritual salve (Rev. 3:17-18). The remains of Laodicea today, though largely unexcavated, are quite striking. Laodicea sits on top of a low, flat hill; the white cliffs of the thermal springs of Hierapolis are visible to the north, and the snowcapped peak of Mount Cadmus rises to the south. Two theaters carved into the hill and a 1,200-foot stadium are easily recognized. Some of the aqueducts that brought water to the city and a large Nymphaeum can still be seen. Inscriptions and coins mention numerous deities worshiped at Laodicea including the one honoring the city’s chief deity, Zeus Laodicensis. Today nothing remains of these temples. – Brisco Thomas, Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1999), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 267.

okay, my stuff again. The thing you should have noticed about Laodecia is – it had everything. it’s rich. It’s got all the modern conveniences.  Theaters, stadiums, a wealth of cultural riches. And they obviously were a very ecumenical society. They worshiped every god based upon what suited their fancy.

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16 (KJV)

The Christians there were… pretty much Christians in name only. The Lord Jesus Christ simply tells them, “You’re iffy. You’re lukewarm. And I’m going to vomit you out. You make me sick.”

Folks, it’s like this – there’s groups of people that equate the seven churches of Revelation with ages of Christianity. That’s the majority opinion. They claim we’ve been firmly in the Laodecian period from 1881 till about right now.

This is talking about US.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Revelation 3:17 (KJV)

This city of modern conveniences is described as wretched, miserable, poor, blind. That’s how the Lord sees us.

We’re in trouble.

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3:18 (KJV)

This is pretty condemning. What does it mean if you do not have white raiment?

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Revelation 3:5 (KJV)

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. Revelation 4:4 (KJV)

The white raiment is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. He’s counseling the Christians of this city to get saved. He’s counseling those of us in this church age, “look – you’re not saved. I strongly advise you get saved.”
How does a poor man buy gold? This is the gold of righteousness, refined by fire.  You cannot buy your own righteousness. It has to be given you.
The Christians of Laodecia were not saved, but thought they were.
Folks, what’s the next step on the prophetic calendar, on God’s “to-do” list?
The Rapture.
The unsaved do not go in the Rapture.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:19-22 (KJV)
Be zealous therefore…. and repent. If you’re life is a mess, get saved. If you’re positive you’re saved, but your lifestyle and doctrinal stances are anything other than Fundamentalist, I’d urge you to go through the whole salvation thing again as if you weren’t saved. Humor me. consider it a re-dedication.
Of course, you may well find out you weren’t saved all along, and i just scared you into getting saved. The whole “loving people into the kingdom” doesn’t work. What gets people saved Biblically is the awareness that you’re a sinner who deserves Hell. Once you figure that out, THEN we can talk about God’s wonderful plan for your life.
Do me this favor. Humor me. Pretend you’re not saved.
Think for three straight, non-stop minutes, imagining yourself in Hell. Really think about it. Flames burning. The stench of flesh and hair burning. Darkness. Torment. Fear. Weeping, wrenching sobs that tear up your throat, make your chest ache, your eyes burn. The awareness you’re NEVER GETTING OUT OF THERE, AND THE TORMENT WILL LAST FOREVER, WITHOUT END.
And then recommit yourself to God. Go through the whole thing. “Lord Jesus, i’m a sinner, deserving of Hell…”
Do it right now. don’t wait.
Because I can think of NOTHING worse than for someone to go their whole life thinking they’re a Christian, and… awakening in Hell.

Really.


Just when I was thinking about writing about something else, an article on SermonAudio got me going.

“Should Pre-tribbers give up?” Okay, wait a  minute. Should we give up what? Believing in a sound, obviously Biblical doctrine? Give up speaking about it? Give up defending it? Give up writing about it? What??? Speak up!

Okay, let’s try this headline and see if it makes any sense to you… “Should Bible Believers give up?” Makes no sense, does it?

The little of the article that SermonAudio listed seemed flawed from its very premise. Perhaps it was supporting the Rapture. I don’t know. All I know is that it made the claim (incorrect) that the vast majority of Christians are Dispensational, Pre-trib believers. No, that’s not quite the case.  The last statistic I saw on it  showed that slightly more than half of Christians have that doctrinal stance. And no wonder its not “most Christians”, because we’re smack dab in the Laodecian age, and correct doctrinal understanding is fading fast.

We may yet see the vast majority of “Christians” reject a belief in the Bible, the deity of Christ, and the virgin birth before the year is out!

The slipping belief in the Pre-trib rapture, as I wrote just a couple of days ago, is a canary. If you begin to believe in mid-trib or post trib or “pre-wrath”, it’s a huge warning sign that you’re slipping doctrinally.

And I fully expect mainstream Christianity to find themselves caught flat footed by the Rapture. Many, many, many will discover they were left behind because they followed unScriptural Evangelism messages, and trusted in a formula, or walking up an aisle. or raising your hand, or writing your name on an envelope, or getting your forehead wet as a baby. So it’s no surprise that it’s not an overwhelming majority that believes in the Pre-trib rapture, because the overwhelming majority of mainstream Christianity probably is not saved.

It’s been discussed a lot that when “Crusades” supposedly get 10,000 signatures, but only 3 or 4 actually show up in churches for more than a month, that you only got 3 or 4 converts. I don’t care how many cards got filled out.

So, there’s millions and millions of people in the US that think because you walked an aisle, or heard sad music play while emotional appeals were made to be saved and they got emotional and walked an aisle, and were coached in a “repeat after me” prayer they really didn’t understand or mean… that they’re saved.

Guess who’s going to be in total shock an hour after the Rapture? Yup. All of them.

Funny thing is, there’s going to be a lot of very embarrassed Baptists who did get raptured, and had put up WordPress blogs insisting on only believing in a “pre-wrath” position.

Trust me if you’re one, I’m going to poke fun at you while we’re seated at the Marriage Supper together. good news is, you’re going to laugh along.

Training Your Replacement


This article is for anyone in ministry.  If you think it’s appropriate, consider sharing this with your Pastor.

Pastors do a tremendous job, very difficult, often thankless. A number of studies have been done on how difficult the job is. I’m not talking about YOUR job, but your replacement’s job today.

Can you imagine millions of people looking for answers when all those born-again people disappear??? One thing we discussed in Seminary over and over again is this…. the contention of my seminary that your calling to the ministry is evidenced almost immediately, at Salvation. Very often we make excuses, sometimes try to run from it. God makes it inescapably clear.

You’re going to (very, very soon, I’m sure…) disappear off of this earth. I’m getting even more convinced every day. Anywhere from ten seconds to a couple of days after you’ve heard the trumpet, your name called by a loud voice, and you suddenly hurl skywards at a speed unimagined…

…someone’s going to be walking into your church, looking for answers. They’re going to find your computer. They’re going to find your Quickverse, or your Logos, or your PC Bible Study, or (if you’ve been paying attention to my recommendations) your WordSearch program. And they’re going to face an immediate call to the ministry, and only a short time after the signing of the peace treaty, they need to be in hiding, or face being hunted and killed.

Your laptop or your desktop computer with your Bible software on it can be a treasure trove of information. If you start today.

All Bible programs have a way to write commentary on verses. Imagine your commentary as being sitting down face to face…. training your replacement.

Because it may end up being this very thing.

They’re going to have only seven years until the return of Jesus Christ. The sixth seal heralds the start of mortal persecution of Christians worldwide. The Bible talks about many martyrs for the Christian faith during the Sixth Seal, being kept underneath God’s throne, because their deaths are so precious to Him. If we posit 21 judgments in the tribulation and 14 in the first half alone, that gives an average of three months between judgments. That’s… ummm… a year and a half into the Tribulation. Not anywhere enough time to go through seminary.

There are devices that can charge up electricity through the act of pedaling, and can be used to recharge a laptop. Consider loading up your laptop with Christian books and articles your replacement will need. They won’t have the luxury of your Pastor’s office like you have for very long.

So, write that commentary you’ve always wanted to write. Train your replacement. Because someone is going to have to pastor the flock of Jesus Christ while we’re in heaven after the Rapture. Explain what amounts to good doctrine in your notes. Give info on how to pastor a church. Forget how to deal with pulpit committees and unscriptural things like Deacon boards. Focus instead on how to help with mourning, with troubled times, with the rise of heresy, how to answer critics of the Bible.

Because the churches of the Tribulation are not going to be brick and white buildings with a steeple, but people hidden in a warehouse, people off in the wilderness somewhere,  or people in the bombed out ruins of a major city, long evacuated after World War III that happens in the Second Seal.

Help them out. Train your replacement.