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Israel Shall Experience Her Final Holocaust After --- Leaves Office!

ISRAEL SHALL EXPERIENCE HER FINAL HOLOCAUST AFTER ---!

IT WILL BEGIN WHEN ANTICHRIST DRIVES ISRAEL INTO THE NEGEV.

WHERE THE ISRAELITES SHALL REMAIN SURROUNDED 3 & ½ YEARS!

JESUS WILL CHOOSE THE  JEWISH REMNANT AT HIS SECOND ADVENT

HE WILL SPEAK COMFORT TO HER IN THE MILLENNIUM BY CRYING: HER WARFARE IS ACCOMPLISHED AND HER INIQUITY IS PARDONED!

September 14, 2014
 
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A JEWISH REMNANT WILL BE COMFORTED BY 2ND ADVENT MESSIAH

ISAIAH 40:1,2 – Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. [2] Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

A REMNANT SEED WILL SURVIVE THE TRIBULATION HOLOCAUST

Romans 9:27-29 – Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: [28] For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. [29] And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Romans 11:25-29 – 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. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. [28] As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. [29] For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

THE FINAL JEWISH HOLOCAUST OCCURS FROM SEAL 6 TO VIAL 7

Truly, God’s Son will soon return to comfort Israel, and indeed, Israel’s warfare for almost 2000 years has been horrific.  They have been the most persecuted people on the surface of God’s earth for the rejection of Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ; the most notable terror up to this time being the brutal slaughter of some six million by the Nazis in the Great Holocaust.  The last horror to come on them will be the slaughter of some four million when the armies of antichrist pour south to conquer the land from Dan to Beersheba, driving Israel in the Negev Wilderness.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Zechariah 13:8,9 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

I Thessalonians 4:16-18 – 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. [18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Isaiah 26:19-21 – Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. [20] Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. [21] For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

ISRAEL REJECTED HER MESSIAH GOD JESUS AT HIS 1ST ADVENT

Even though God sent John the Baptist in the Judean wilderness to proclaim Jesus’ arrival as Messiah, Israel rejected the kingdom message and the king of whom John testified.  The messenger was John and Jesus was the messenger and confirmer of the temple covenant, which pictured him in all its sacrifices and ordinances.

ISAIAH 40:3 – The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Matthew 3:1-3 – In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, [2] And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. [3] For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

John was the messenger who announced the Lord had arrived, and Jesus was the messenger of the everlasting covenant pictured in his temple.

Malachi 3:1 – Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

In the days of Isaiah, long before the advent of modern vehicles and highway engineering that bored tunnels, elevated deep valleys, and leveled mountains to create a system of rapid communication across the world of that day, it would have been difficult for the spread of the gospel to the Gentile world.  God prepared the world in such a way that when his Son did arrive, everything was in place for the spread of his gospel.  He came in the fullness of time in God’s plan to redeem mankind.

ISAIAH 40:4 – Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

Galatians 4:4 – But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

The high mountains, deep valleys, crooked paths, and very rough trails, once great obstacles to the passage of those carrying messages across the known world, had been downgraded to inconveniencies, rather than great barriers to communications. The following things were true when Jesus began his earthly ministry.

(1) It was a time of peace brought on by Roman control.

(2) There was a structured form of Roman government throughout the civilized world.

(3) The first great system of well built roads stretched across the Roman Empire.

(4) There was a common man’s language for the writing of the New Testament – Koine Greek.

(5) One could pass across all the borders of the many former countries without any great interference because they were all under Roman control.

The glory of God in the gospel revealed in the face of his Son Jesus has now been revealed to all mankind by his life, his death, his burial, and his resurrection.

ISAIAH 40:5 – And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

I John 1:1,2 – That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; [2] (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

II Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

ISAIAH 40:6-8 –The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: [7] The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. [8] The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. 

I Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 
 

7 Trumpets Placement in Regard to Tribulation Period – Part 5

7 Trumpets Placement in Regard to Tribulation Period

Part 6

Trumpet 4 – Upper Level Volcano Cloud Starts to Form

September 15, 2014

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The future sounding of the cloud forming upper Shield

Martyred Souls in Heaven Now increasing Numerically

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They’re anxious to return to earth Behind Jesus Christ

Ruling under him there 1000 years as Kings and Priests

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Martyred Fellow Servant Brethren NOW Joining Them,

Will rapidly increase numerically after Seal 6 is Opened

But WILL NO Longer BE added AFTER Trumpet 7 Sounds!

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When Seal 6 Is Opened The Tribulation Period Begins!

As it Opens the World will be Cast into Tectonic Chaos

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I don’t expect Seal 6 to open until --- leaves Office

I don’t know precisely how long afterward it will Open.

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Antichrist will arise from a current Middle East Chaos

From Greater Syria to offer a long term Hudna to Jews

After He has Driven Israelis into the Negev Wilderness

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The Age Of Increasing Martyred Souls Is Now In Force,

And it shall Not Cease until the Sounding of Trumpet 7

Trumpet 5 is the start of a growing World Cloud Shield

Revelation 6:9-14 – And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. [12] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; [13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. [14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Revelation 8:12 – And the fourth angel sound, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the thrid part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so that the third part of them was darkened , and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 183A

July 31, 2004

Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 6 – The Gray Thickens

Zechariah 14:6 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:

As I indicated in Chapter 1 of this series, due to requests for copies of my first book, which I allowed to go out of print, I decided to reprint it, making any changes necessary to update it after 27 years have past. I updated Chapter 4, “The Blue Turns to Gray” in a previous Prophecy Update.  Much of Chapter 6 deals with the same phenomena in Chapter 4, because when I wrote “Birth Pangs from the Bottomless Pit,” I combined the two into a single chapter.  The Birth Pang Figures in our Archives that deal with Chapter 4 are Numbers 10 to 14, while those dealing with Chapter 6 are numbers 14 to 16.

Modern man in his running “to and fro” has discovered the strange qualities of sunlight.  We now know that in some ways sunlight behaves like waves, and at other times it behaves as though its composition is a maze of particles.  Man has discovered several laws of light.  Two in which I am particularly interested are the law of diffuse and regular reflection of light, and the law of the refraction of light.  All laws in the world of science are of God.  They are like the one who made them in his natural creation, in that they do not change, and are consistent in producing the same results.  It is not the purpose of the author to teach physics to the reader, so I will refrain from a technical discussion of the two laws, but will refer those interested to a general physics text.  The reason “the light will not be clear, nor dark,” is that the earth’s upper atmosphere (the stratosphere) will be filled with a cloud of suspended, microscopic, volcanic particles.  The incoming light from the sun, by a process of diffuse reflection, scattering, and refraction, while passing through the cloud shield, will be dimmed such it will not be “bright as day” on earth’s surface, nor will it be “dark as pitch.”  It is the perfect picture of how much light would be reaching the earth’s surface if its stratosphere had been filled with a volcanic cloud of smoke particles.  It is precisely what light is like on a cloudy day anywhere, but this will be a cloud covering all the earth, and it will simply be a cloudy day at every point on the surface of the planet.  To a Hebrew, like Zechariah, “clear” light was the light that came down on him unrestricted by clouds, while “dark” was the total absence of light as on a starless night.  It will not be totally dark or totally bright anywhere on earth.  There is no better way to put it, a cloudy day is one in which the sunlight is restricted in its full glow on earth’s surface but, on the other hand, it is not pitch dark, and there is some light (See Birth Pang Figure 14).

Zechariah 14:7 – But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

A most unusual phenomenon:  light at night from the sun!  When will it occur?  The answer is found in verses 4 and 5, which describe the cleavage of the Mount of Olives, a definite occurrence of the latter portion of the Tribulation Period.  In the latter part of the Tribulation Period the great cloud shroud of figure 14 will have established itself around the entire earth above the tropopause.  It is this great cloud shroud that will fulfill the prophecies of verses 6 and 7.  Verse 6 states that the light will not be clear nor dark.  To a Hebrew, clear light was unobstructed light, a light that came from its source to fall on an object with few, if any, obstructions along its path.  A Hebrew viewed darkness as the absence of light.  So we are advised that there will be some light (it will not be pitch dark), but the light will not be clear light (it will be partially obstructed).  This is a perfect description of what we call a cloudy day.  On days when the skies are overcast we do have light, but it is not clear light, for the clouds obstruct our view of the sun.  The light on a cloudy day always reaches us by a process that involves reflection, refraction, and scattering of the light from the sun.  During the latter portion of the Tribulation Period man will not see the sun.  But limited light, of varying degrees, will penetrate the great cloud shield in the stratosphere.  It will be a very dull, gray, depressing light in which the inhabitants of the earth are struggling for survival.  But how can it come to pass “that at evening time it shall be light?”  How is it possible that, at every location on the face of the earth, there will be some light during the evening hours when normally it is pitch dark?

About 20 years ago, after presenting a lecture series in California for Dr. Reed, I departed the Los Angeles area by jet to Dallas, flying at an altitude just below 40 thousand feet.  It was a beautiful day from the surface to the top of the atmosphere along the entire flight path, with clear skies above and below the aircraft.  As we crossed Arizona and New Mexico the light from the sun beamed upon the ground below us, and through the air above us.  When we crossed into Texas there were no clouds below or above us, and the sun was beaming on the aircraft with its full brilliance, but as I looked toward the earth’s surface I begin to notice tiny pinpoints of light on the ground.  People had turned on the lights below us because it was dark at ground level.  The curvature of the earth had already blocked off the surface rays of the sun at ground level across Texas, but at our flight level and above it was broad daylight.  If there had been a way for me to take the light at high levels and direct it downward, it would have produced light on the surface below, where darkness had enshrouded Texas.  It is not by accident that the God of light, who is Light, has very conveniently established a law in nature where this is predictably possible – The law of refraction.

Laws are not theories.  They are like God because they are made by God.  They are consistent and can always be counted to act in a predictable, unchanging manner.  It is not my purpose to teach physics, so I will refrain from a technical discussion of the law itself, and will rather refer those interested in such a dissertation to any general physics textbook.  Refraction occurs because light waves travel at different speeds through different substances.  Refraction involves the bending of light waves as they move from one medium to another.  In figure 15 you can see the bending effect on light as it passes from a less dense medium (air) into a denser medium (water).  If you want to see this bending of light in action, drop a pencil and a coin into a glass about three-fourths full of water.  The pencil will appear to be broken at the water surface, and the coin will appear to be on the side of the glass.  This is a phenomenon produced by refraction.

Why is it that we still have light long after the sun has disappeared over the horizon?  And why do we have light in the morning before the sun comes into view?  You guessed it!  It is the law of refraction at work.  As the sun’s rays travel through space, they move very rapidly, as if in a vacuum, but when contact is made with the more dense atmospheric medium of the earth, the light decelerates, and is bend around the curvature of the earth by the law of refraction.  This law causes the light to reach the surface before the sun appears in the morning, and to trail behind on the surface long after the early evening sun disappears.

The great cloud of volcanic smoke will be firmly established as shown in figure 14 by the time the battle of Armageddon occurs.  This great encompassing shroud will vertically be thousands of feet thick and, as such, a very dense medium through which the sun’s rays must filter on their way to the earth’s surface.  As the rays filter through by refraction and scattering, they will be severely bent around the curvature of the earth’s surface.  As you may observe in figure 16, the small island, on the opposite side of the earth from the sun, would normally be experiencing an evening of complete darkness.  However, because of the refraction and scattering of sunshine through the great volcanic cloud, light would be bent around the earth to strike the island, and “it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”  Such would be the case at every location on the surface of the earth.  The intensity of the light at any given point would be affected by the distance it had to be refracted, and by the thickness of cloud through which it had to pass.  No spot on the earth would receive clear light (unobstructed), and no spot on the earth would ever be dark (lightless).
 
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MIDDLE EAST WAR IS INEVITABLE!

MIDDLE EAST WAR IS INEVITABLE

KNOW THE ENEMIES WE ARE FACING

AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AL QAEDA

AND ISIS PLANS FOR A WORLD CALIPHATE

IT’S A LONG WAY TO ARMAGEDDON BATTLE

BUT A POST --- INITIAL WAR DRAWS NIGH

DURING WHICH THE IS RESURRECTION OCCURS

FOLLOWED BY A FINAL BATTLE AT THE 2ND ADVENT

TO END THE AGE OF THE GENTILES AT ARMAGEDDON

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September 16, 2014

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Matthew 24:7,8 – For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.

We’re now in the beginning of sorrows and are down to Seal 5

Revelation 6:9-11 – And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Seal 6 opening will mark beginning of Tribulation Period War 

Revelation 6:12 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Trumpet 7 is the 1st Resurrection (Rapture) of all the Saved

Revelation 11:15,18 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

GENEA marks the Beginning and End of the Age of the Gentiles

Luke 21:24 was the beginning of the Age of the Gentiles

Revelation 11:15,18 Is the 1st Resurrection of the Saved

Luke 21:27 is the 2nd Advent of Jesus at the final Battle!

Luke 21:32 is the End of the Gentile Age or Generation!

Luke 21:11,25-33,24 – And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. [25] And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; [26] Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption DRAWETH NIGH.  [29] And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; [30] When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now NIGH AT HAND.  [31] So likewise ye, when ye see THESE THINGS come to pass, know ye that the KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. [32] Verily I say unto you, This GENERATION (genea) shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. [33] Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.  [24] And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

GENERATION – (genea) – “It denotes an age or generation from the point of view of race.”    

AGE – (genea) – “Generally an age or period

Ephesians 3:1-5,21 – For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, [2] If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: [3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, [4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) [5] Which in other AGES (genea) was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; [21] Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all AGES (genea), world without end. Amen.

Romans 11:25-28 –     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. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. [28] As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

      

“THAT WICKED” IS WAITING IN THE WINGS OF PROPHECY – PART 1

“THAT WICKED” IS WAITING IN THE WINGS OF PROPHECY!

HE SHALL BE REVEALED IN GREATER SYRIA AS ANTICHRIST,

WHEN HE DRIVES ISRAEL  INTO A VAST NEGEV WILDERNESS

PART 1

September 17, 2014

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II Thessalonians 2:1 – Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

This is, of course, referring to the gathering together, the catching up, of the saints in I Thessalonians 4:16,17.

I Thessalonians 4:16,17 – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [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.

The primary subject of II Thessalonians 2:1-12 involves the event known as the “rapture,” which is identified as the first resurrection in the New Testament.  The only angel specifically identified as an archangel is Michael, but it is generally accepted that Satan and Gabriel were also archangels, created by God to rule over the three angelic realms he created for different specific purposes.

Daniel 10:13 – But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Daniel 12:1 – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Jude 1:9 – Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

II Thessalonians 2:1,2 – Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, [2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Paul tells them specifically in unmistakable terms – If any stand up among you, and tell you something I told you about the rapture, which is different from what I taught you, don’t get shook up in your spiritual mind or troubled in your daily walk, even if they claim to be led of the Holy Spirit to say it, or claim it is the word of God, or even if they show you an epistle they say we wrote, which they use to tell you the Lord is coming at some specific time in the near future.  His major thrust is a simple one – do NOT believe anything different from what I originally taught you.  Do NOT believe them if they tell you the rapture is in the immediate future or it has already occurred, such as was the case Paul mentioned in his second epistle to Timothy.

II Timothy 2:18 – Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

II Thessalonians 2:1-3 – Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, [2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

In verse one Paul tells them the subject he is about to address is the first resurrection.

In verse two he tells them not to believe anything that is different from what he originally taught them about the first resurrection, especially as it pertains to being in the immediate future or having occurred in the past.

Paul begins verse three by referring back to verse two by telling them again, “Let no man deceive you by any means,” meaning, as he had previously advised them against believing anything different from what he had previously taught them.  So, just what did he tell them had to first happen before the rapture occurred?  He said two things had to happen before the rapture would occur: “for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”  First, there had to be a falling away from the faith once delivered to the saints – So this means the truths of the faith had to be taught in many places before believers could fall way from it, which meant the rapture had not already occurred, nor was it in the near future when Paul wrote this epistle.  The second event, which was to occur before the rapture, and which had not occurred when Paul wrote the epistle, was a visible revealing of the antichrist to the eyes of believers.

      
       

7 Trumpets Placement of 3 Woe Trumpets in Regard to Tribulation Period – Part 6

7 Trumpets Placement of 3 Woe Trumpets In Tribulation Period

Part 6

I believe all the Saved will go through the 3 Woe Trumpet Period

And rise through the cloud to meet Jesus above in glorious Light

September 18, 2014

Revelation 8:12,13 – And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. [13] And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Trump 4 Begins A Slow Blacking Out of All Heavenly Bodies

The Sun disappears in 1st Woe to create cloudy days on Earth

Last of 3 Woe Trumpets Will Have Created a Solid upper Cloud

Over the earth and heavenly bodies will not be visible on Earth!

THE FIRST WOE IS TRUMPET 5

By the time the first “woe” begins, on the sounding of the fifth trumpet in the book of Revelation, I think about 5 months of great tribulation will continue on the earth.  By the time the last “woe” occurs on the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet, a complete cloud shroud will have been built over the entire earth from the base of the tropopause upward deep into the stratosphere.  Some light will pass through it as it does even on a dark overcast rainy day, but man will not see the sun directly until the brilliant light of the glory of the person of Christ breaks through the cloud over Jerusalem to close the Tribulation Period at His Second Advent.

Luke 21:27 – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Malachi 4:1-3 – For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. [2] But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

CHAPTER 8, WHICH FOLLOWS, WAS EXTRACTED FROM “BIRTH PANGS FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT,” WHICH I WROTE IN 1979.

CHAPTER 8- THE SHAFT ABYSS

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 Revelation 9:1,2 – And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

I am a literal interpreter. That does not mean that I take all the inspired writings to be absolutely literal. I am very aware that certain parts of God’s Word are inspired poetically, figuratively and symbolically, but unless it yields ridiculous results, I am always more inclined to accept a literal interpretation over a figurative or symbolic explanation.

In verse one there are some points that can be made literal­ly concerning the symbols, things, places and events described. First of all, the star is identified by the personal pronoun “him” as a masculine spiritual being that comes from Heaven.

Secondly, this masculine spiritual being comes to a physical place: the planet Earth. Now, putting these two factors togeth­er, we have a being sent from Heaven to the physical earth. That means he is standing on the surface of what you see in fig­ure 3, on top of these massive tectonic plates that float on top of an underground ocean of liquid rock.

Fourthly, I call your attention to the Koine Greek words translated “bottomless pit,” those being phreatos tes abussou, or literally, SHAFT OF THE ABYSS. This is a perfect scientific description of these great geological faults shown in Figure 9. They are a great interconnecting shaft system that extends down through the crust into the abyss. It is this locked system that the heavenly being is sent to unlock. He unlocks the locked plate structure with the power of God symbolized by the key.

Thirdly, this heavenly visitor has been given a key which rep­resents the authority to unlock something. He has been sent to unlock the earth itself. The earth is the bottomless pit. There are hundreds of geometric figures that have bottoms, but the earth is an oblate spheroid, and as such, it has no bottom. If it were possible to dig through the earth you could never reach bottom for you would simply come out on the opposite side from which you started; the earth has no bottom.  those being phreatos tes abussou, or literally, SHAFT OF THE ABYSS. This is a perfect scientific description of these great geological faults shown in Figure 9. They are a great interconnecting shaft system that extends down through the crust into the abyss. It is this locked system that the heavenly being is sent to unlock. He unlocks the locked plate structure with the power of God symbolized by the key.

Fifthly, please note that the interior of the bottomless pit is likened to a “great furnace.” Virtually all-scientific texts of today use this term to describe the interior of the earth.

And, lastly, please notice the results of the unlocking of the tectonic plates in verse two—a great smoke that rises up to darken the sun and the atmosphere. This is precisely what would occur if these huge tectonic plates were unlocked.

Volcanic smoke would pour upward into the earth’s atmosphere along all areas indicated by the dashed lines shown in figure 3. This smoke would most assuredly darken the sun on a world­wide basis as it collected and advected around the earth under a great temperature inversion just above the tropopause.

    
   

“THAT WICKED” IS WAITING IN THE WINGS OF PROPHECY

 – PART 2

Please review Part 1 before reading this continuing exposition of II Thessalonians 2:1-12.

II Thessalonians 2:3 – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

At times in the New Testament, the expression “that day” has a wide variety of prophetic time periods, which are determined by the context of the verses in which it is found.  In these verses the context determines “that day” to mean specifically the day of the rapture.

Paul advises the local church that those who are telling them that the rapture has already occurred, or is about to happen in the immediate future, are misinforming them.  And he then gives then two reasons why what they have been told by these men is simply not true. 

The first reason is that the great “falling away” had not occurred at the time he wrote the epistle, and until it did no one could say the coming of the Lord was going to happen right away.  The Greek word translated “falling away” is “apostosia,” from which our English word “apostasy” is derived.  In the context of these verses, it is preceded by the definite article in the Greek text, and can only refer to “the falling away” from something, and that something represents the gospel truths of the faith once delivered to the saints.

Jude 1:3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

At the time Paul wrote II Thessalonians he knew the rapture was not in the immediate future, because the faith had not been delivered by the gospel to all the world of his day, as Jesus had indicated it would before the end.

Matthew 24:14 – And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The faith, a system of teaching and doctrine, had to first be in place in order to have a “falling away” from it.  In an attempt to justify the “first of the week” position, in very recent times, someone came up with the idea that “apostosia” meant “a catching out” of the saved at the rapture, but that is stretching the linguistic meaning of     the word far beyond allowable limits.  It’s a cute idea, but it just isn’t true.

Well, I would say it is finally getting close to the first resurrection, because the falling away from the truth is now in full swing on a worldwide basis, just as Paul indicated in his second epistle to Timothy.

II Timothy 4:1-4 – 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.

The second reason he gave them that the rapture had not yet occurred, and was not in the immediate future, was that the man of sin, the antichrist, had not yet been revealed to them.  The Greek word rendered “revealed” in the KJV is “apokalupto,” which means “to remove the veil or covering away from, so as to expose to open view what was before hidden, hence, to reveal, to make manifest.”  The same word is used in the same epistle to refer to Christ’s visible manifestation at the time of his Second Advent.

II Thessalonians 1:7,8 – And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, [8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Revelation 1:7 – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Some who hold the “first of the week” position teach we will be caught out before the antichrist is revealed to the believers, but that is simply not true.

I have a suspicion that many who believe they will be caught up before the manifestation of the antichrist are going to be as surprised as an animal suddenly finding itself trapped inside a snare.  They will suddenly find themselves trapped in the tribulation period with a real manifested antichrist in the Middle East.

Luke 21:35 – For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
 
     

7 Trumpets Placement of 3 Woe Trumpets in Regard to Tribulation Period – Part 7

Placing of 3 Woe Trumpets in 7 Tribulation Period Trumpets

Part 7

September 20, 2014

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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE 82A

August 17, 2002

THREE WOES AND THE RAPTURE

I EXPECT TO BE HERE TO SUFFER WOE BUT NOT TO SUFFER WRATH

SAVED WILL SUFFER WOE – BUT NOT GOD’S WRATH!

THREE TRIBULATION WOES THAT WILL BEGIN ON THE EARTH BEFORE THE SAVED LEAVE IT IN ADVANCE OF THE WRATH OF GOD ON THE LOST!

Revelation 9:1,2,12 – The First Woe – And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. [12] One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Revelation 9:13-15 – The Second Woe Begins – And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, [14] Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. [15] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay THE THIRD PART OF MEN.

Revelation 6:8 – Where Most Deaths Will Occur – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto THEM over the FOURTH PART OF THE EARTH, to kill with SWORD, and with HUNGER, and with DEATH, and with the beasts of the earth. (“GES” IS TRANSLATED AS “EARTH,”) AND IS NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH THE NUMBER OF THE POPULATION KILLED, BUT WITH THE SIZE OF THE PORTION OF THE EARTH WHERE THEY WERE KILLED)

I believe that most of the Tribulation Period deaths will occur in the Eastern Hemisphere to the north, south, west, and east of the Euphrates River zone.

Revelation 11:13,14 – The Second Woe Ends – And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. [14] The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Revelation 11:15 – The Third Woe Begins – And the seventh angel sounded and there were great voices in heaven saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

I Corinthians 15:51 – The Mystery is Described – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Revelation 10:7 –The Mystery is Finished – But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

I Corinthians 15:52 + I Thessalonians 4:16 – [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. [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:

ALL OF THE SAVED, WHO LEFT THE EARTH ON THE 7TH TRUMPET, ARE BEING JUDGED IN HEAVEN WHILE THE WRATH OF GOD IS POURED OUT ON ALL UNBELIEVERS

Revelation 11:15 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11:18 + 16:1,2 – [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. [1] And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. [2] And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

THE BELIEVER’S FAITH WILL BE HEAVILY TESTED BY THE WOES.  IT WILL MAKE ALL BELIEVERS MORE ANXIOUS FOR CHRIST’S COMING FOR US, AND VERY THANKFUL WE WILL NOT SUFFER HIS WRATH IN HELL OR DURING THE VIALS OF WRATH.

I Thessalonians 5:9 – For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

          

Man has Returned to the Cold War to Prepare for the Final Hot War of the Age of the Gentiles!

Man Has Returned to Cold War to Prepare For the Hot War!

Initial Signs of The Return to Cold War Began 7 Years Ago!

We have Watched Our Enemies Use U.S. Diplomatic Dialog

To Build their Forces During the 7 year Icy Relation Period

Free World Enemies are increasing their military Capacity

And at Some Point in Time After --- Is no longer Chief.

A Final Hot War Of Gentile Age Will Begin as Seal 6 Opens

Free World opponents will stop “Laying Back” on America

U.S. Internal terrorist activity shall Show a large Increase,

But U.S. Allies shall also get Their Share of internal Terror

SEAL 5 Martyrs Shall BE Added To Those NOW IN Heaven

When Seal 6 is opened the number added shall be Horrific

September 21, 2014

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Begin DMBC Archive Blog Issued 7 Years Ago

Return to the Cold War to Prepare for a Future Hot War!

December 6, 2007

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It seems that the opponents of the Free World have decided to “lay back” for awhile and prepare for a major future war.  I think they are finally coming to realize they cannot possible defeat Israel until they have a much great greater strength level than they now possess.  It will be interesting to watch for signs of such actions at all levels.  The two articles which follow lend some credence this opinion.  I believe we are entering into an era of false “peace and safety.”  It will be necessary for the enemies of Israel to have a better trained military structure around Israel on land and sea than they now have in place.

As I stated in the last blog, “I believe we are going to experience a few years where Russia, China, all the Islamic nations, the United States, Europe, Israel, and the terrorists are all preparing for war.

It will be a return to the Cold War tactics of threat and counter threat for several years, but this time it will eventually turn into a Middle East hot war, which will culminate at Armageddon.

Daniel 11:40 – And AT THE TIME OF THE END shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, AND WITH MANY SHIPS; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

Numbers 24:23,24 – And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! [24] AND SHIPS SHALL COME from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

     

I OWE THIS TO DMBC BLOG READERS BEFORE I DEPART!

I OWE THIS TO DMBC BLOG  READERS BEFORE I DEPART!

THE RAPTURE TIME MYSTERY SHALL SOON BE REVEALED.

THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S PLAN WILL SOON BE FINISHED!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TIME YOU HAVE LEFT IN THE FLESH

AND WORSHIP GOD IN ONE OF HIS LOCAL CHURCHES!!!!

September 22, 2014

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It’s time for Believers to correctly worship God before time is no More.

Revelation 10:5-7 – And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, [6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: [7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

I owe this to DMBC site readers before I’m gathered to my Forefathers

Revelation 14:12,13 – Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. [13] And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

DMBC worships God by the Faith Once delivered to the N.T. Churches

Jude 3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for THE faith which was ONCE delivered unto the saints.

We aren’t of the woman or her daughters – we worship in Spirit & Truth

Revelation 17:5 – And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS & ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Revelation 18:1-6 – For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. [4] And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. [5] For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. [6] Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Doctrines Taught are Those Jesus said Must be Obeyed to Worship Him.

John 4:24 – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

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LOOKING BACK AND GAZING FORWARD

Written by Elder Tom McElmurry

The Western Baptist

May, 1993

Revelation 12:13 – And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

     This verse of scripture has the ability to stir the seat of my emotions with fond memories of those saints departed from this life. It moves my heart to grateful praise for the work of Christ in the lives of those who are now with Him. I thank God for the Baptist foundations that Jesus laid in the hearts and lives of my forefathers. And, even more, I bow my knees before Him for the honor He bestows on this generation by allowing them the privilege of carrying Baptist Doctrines forward in this age of ever increasing compromise.

     “And their works do follow them” permeates through my soul when I visit the grave of my great-great-great Grandfather, Henry McElmurry, whose body lies in a pasture near the Old Ham Schoolhouse close to Zion, Arkansas. He was a Kentucky Baptist, born December 27, 1797, and was married March 7, 1815 in Livingston County, Kentucky. The McElmurrys were listed among the faithful of the Old Salem Baptist Church of Livingston County, which was organized in 1805. She united with the Red River Association in 1808 and with the Little River Association about 1813. Her first Pastor was Daniel Brown, but Willis Champion pastored Her from 1834 to 1874. A history of the church states: “Her pastors for the most part were stern, hard traveling preachers, who served several churches on a once per month basis, and were rewarded for their hard travels and spiritual labors with very little monetary reward…..All down through Her history the ministry and missions of the Old Salem Church has always been to minister to the needs of people both spiritually and mentally, as it is described in the Gospels…..The members have kept the faith and contended for righteousness.”

     I am not one who gives “heed to fables and endless genealogies,” but I do thank God for the six generations of Missionary Baptist Preachers and Deacons of which I am a part. I am grateful that God used those before me to establish in me a determination to stand for the same doctrines they defended during their lifetimes. Just what sort of doctrines did these early Kentucky Baptists stand for? The following quotes from the minutes of Old Kentucky Baptist Associations will identify some of their doctrinal stands: (1) They adhered to the Philadelphia Confession of Faith
 
“It was agreed that the Philadelphia Confession of Faith be strictly adhered to.” (2) They rejected alien immersion and any form of New Light heresy
 
“the association, in answer to queries from two churches, expressed the opinion that it was not according to good order to receive the baptism, either of ‘the Reformers’ or of ‘the Christian body.’ It was also, on motion of that most staunch and valuable church member, Abner King, of Cox’s Creek, Resolved, that the churches composing this association, be advised not to open their meeting houses, for preaching, by any person holding the doctrines of Alexander Campbell, or who call themselves Reformers, or of the ‘Christian order,’ commonly called ‘New Lights.”’ (3) They limited the Deacon’s duties to the temporal concerns of the church, and recognized that the church alone had the authority to give consent for baptism
 
“The duty of Deacons is defined: To take care of temporal concerns of the church. The question as to whether it is consistent with good order for a minster to hear experiences and baptize, within the bounds of a church, without its consent, was postponed, and subsequently answered in the negative.” (Russells Creek Association, 1829) “Resolved, that the Association does not consider any person baptized, unless he has been immersed in water, in the name of the Trinity, by the authority of a regularly organized Baptist Church.” (4) They rejected completely the Universal Church concept by stating one is not a member of the church until local, visible, water baptism takes place
 
“It was decided that a person who relates his experience to a church, and is approved for baptism, is not under its watch care, until he is baptized.” (5) They rejected open communion
 
“It was decided that to partake of the love feasts with the Methodists was a transgression of Baptist rules, and should require of the transgressor a public acknowledgment.” (South District Association, 1821) “The messengers from McCormacks Church were denied seats in the Association, because that church had practiced open communion.” (6) They rebaptized those not coming from churches of like faith and order (Stocktons Valley Association, 1816) “Query from Caseys Fork church: What shall be done with persons suing for fellowship with us upon the baptism of other denominations not complying with the order of the Baptists? Answer. We advise that such persons be baptized is an orderly manner, agreeable to the order of the Baptist church.”

     Unfortunately, with the passage of time, some of the Kentucky Baptist Churches began to compromise God’s two church ordinances. The following quote shows the drifting into error that occurred over a 68 year period in the South Kentucky Association of Separate Baptists: “As early as 1805, the subject of open communion was discussed, in the Association. The decision, at that time, was against this loose, unbaptistic practice; but in 1873 the body resolved that no person has the right to debar one of God’s children from his table.” According to the noted historian, J.H. Spencer, the only recorded case of alien immersion ever known to have been advocated by Kentucky Baptist up to 1885 was rendered by the South District Association in 1820 as follows: “We believe that all persons baptized by immersion, of good moral character, and sound in the faith, the administrator, himself, having been baptized by immersion, regularly ordained, and in good standing in his own society, ought to be received into any Baptist church.”

     My great-great-great Baptist Grandfather, Henry McElmurry, organized Antioch Missionary Baptist Church near Zion, Arkansas in 1844 in the living room of his son, who was my great-great Grandfather, Andrew J. McElmurry. Henry served as one of the first moderators of the Rocky Bayou Missionary Baptist Association in 1847 and 1848. My great Grandfather, Grandfather, and Father were all saved and then baptized by the authority of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. As I stand by the graves of those Baptists out of whose loins I came, I am determined by the grace of God that I will not depart from those Biblical principles for which they stood. Today I look back into the lives of my dead fathers thanking God for the Baptist heritage they have left me by the Spirit of Christ. If Jesus does not come in my lifetime, then soon my children will stand looking down at their Father’s grave. I live in the hope that I will leave them as uncompromised a heritage as my forefathers have passed on to me. I pray that the works which follow me will be as Baptistic as those that follow my predecessors. If your children were to stand remembering at your grave in 1993, just what kind of a spiritual heritage of scriptural teachings would you have left them to recollect? The material inheritances we leave them fade with the years, but the spiritual truths of God’s Word, that we stood for and taught them during our lifetime by example, are an everlasting inheritance “and their works do follow them.”

The Western Baptist

May, 1993

       

BELIEVERS – RETURN TO PRE-1740 RESURRECTION BELIEFS – NUMBER 1

BELIEVERS – RETURN TO PRE-1740 1ST RESURRECTION BELIEFS!

DON’T EXPECT TO BE CAUGHT OUT UNTIL TRUMPET 7 SOUNDS!

YOU’RE FOLLOWING A TEACHING OF THE EVANGELISTIC AGE!

RAPTURE TIME MYSTERY ENDS AT VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL

Number 1

September 23, 2014

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Revelation 10:5-7 – And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, [6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: [7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

I Corinthians 15:51 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

I Thessalonians 4:16 – 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:

Revelation 11:15 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

BEGIN SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 74A

June 29, 2002

HISTORICAL RAPTURE TEACHINGS

As a young man I developed an interest in certain historical eras of time, especially the period of time associated with the castles of ancient England. In December of 1961, after I had traveled for some three years from north to south and east to west across England, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society published my lengthy discourse on “Forecasting Rain Stratus in the Midlands of England.” During those three years I examined most of the ancient castle earthworks found standing after the rampage of Cromwell across England. England is the land of very old books and the meticulous maintenance of these books is carried out rigorously at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. So if you really want to know for sure when a particular Biblical interpretation first came into print, these two institutions should be the place to begin your research.

From my earliest days I had an avid interest in all publications that interpreted Biblical passages concerning the second coming of Christ. When I first began lecturing in churches, seminaries, universities, and colleges in 1978, I had no idea that my travels would take me to more than 700 of these institutions, and that I would be in the immediate vicinity of most of the major colleges and universities in the U.S. The vast majority of our institutions of higher learning began as small institutions under the control of a church or churches. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, most of them individually broke away from their sponsoring churches to become the independent centers of higher secular learning today. The majority of books in colleges and universities in early years were religious books, but after they lost the influence of the sponsoring churches they gradually became more and more secular in their teaching and accredited degrees, so they had to decide what to do with their very large volume of religious books. Some were sold, some thrown away, and some placed in specially created archives. I know I am a sixth generation Missionary Baptist because of the material I collected from just such an archive in Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Its archives documented that Henry McElmurry, of whom I am a direct descendant, was the missionary-pastor of three of our early churches in southeastern Missouri from 1834 to 1839. Some of the books in the archives of these colleges are so old and fragile, that they have a designated person to open the pages for you to prevent the book being damaged.

So why have I labored on so long about old books. I wanted to know when various teachings were published concerning when the Lord would come, particularly in reference to what is called the tribulation period, a period of time that ends with the battle of Armageddon. So, as I traveled, I went to these archives and searched for this information. All of the old books I examined were quite definite that the tribulation period would close with the battle of Armageddon. But the time of the beginning of the tribulation, how long it was to last once it started, and when the first resurrection occurred in reference to it, was quite another matter. The first resurrection, which has taken on the popular title “the rapture,” has been one of the most vigorously debated theological subjects in the Word of God for some 215 years. So, because it still is, I intend to present as accurate a documented history as I am able from my research. I will attempt to show when several beliefs concerning this much debated subject first appeared on the scene in published books.

When Johannes Gutenberg invented the first process of printing from separately cast metal types, used for moveable type, the era of book publishing was soon to begin. By 1450 he had a press in Germany financed by Johann Fust. In 1455 Fust had the first printed Bible in history well under way. Slowly the publishing of books by press immerged. Many of the first books published were interpretative expositions of Biblical scriptures, and among those were expositions of scriptures about the first resurrection. After the 1611 KJV was published, expositions on Christ’s second coming started appearing in books based on the interpretation of passages found in it.

The first printed U.S. work that taught a “rapture” (first resurrection) before the blowing of the seventh trumpet in the book of Revelation was published in 1788. The teaching appeared in a book written by a well-known Baptist preacher of the eighteenth century, Morgan Edwards. It was titled “Two Academic Exercises on Subjects Bearing the Following Titles: Millennial and Last Novelties.” The book was published by Dodson and Lang, Second Street between Market and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In my archive search to discover the first printings of various positions held on the time of Christ’s coming, in relation to the end of the tribulation period, I had only found two published positions prior to the War of 1812. The vast majority of all the publications put Christ’s coming at the very end of the tribulation period, and a definite minority placed it at the blowing of the seventh trumpet, just before God’s wrath is poured out on the earth in seven vials. However, Morgan, for the first time in history since books began to be published, taught that a rapture of the saved would occur 3 and ½ years before the end of the tribulation period. There is no record of any printed book historically published prior to 1788, as far as I have been able to discover, that taught a rapture prior to the last 3 and ½ years before the final battle of Armageddon in the tribulation period.  I don’t say that such a book or books do not exist, but if they do, they are a drop in an ocean of books.

Dr. Thomas Chalmers, a Presbyterian minister of the Church of Scotland, and the man who first introduced what is known as the “Gap Theory,” had an assistant named Edward Irving. In 1827 Reverend Irving began to teach that Christ would first come for His saints, and then after a period of tribulation, He would come to destroy antichrist and to reign. In 1830 in Port Glasgow, Scotland, a 15-year-old young lady, named Margaret MacDonald, announced that she had received a prophetic vision from God concerning the coming of Christ. Her revelation may be found in a book by Robert Norton entitled “The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets” in the Catholic Apostolic Church, (London, 1861). In his book he declared that from her vision it could be seen that Christians would be taken out before the time of tribulation.

J.N. Darby, a leader among the early Plymouth Brethren, was known to have visited her during the time Margaret was having her visions. The teaching of a 7-year tribulation period came after these visions. The idea of the tribulation period consisting of two 3 and ½ year periods was put in print after John Darby began preaching the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory. Prior to that time you will find no publication was ever printed that showed two boxes joined together to form a 7 year period, with the first box representing a period of 3 and ½ years of peace, and the second box representing a period of 3 and ½ years of tribulation. The 7-year theory was developed by proponents of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory. It was developed by letting the “he” in Daniel 9:27 refer to the antichrist rather than Christ.  Before 1788 they taught that the “he” of Daniel 9:27 was Christ or Antiochus Epiphanes, but in view of the new revelation in 1788, it eventually became necessary to justify it, and by 1832 a series of new Scripture combinations began to appear, and they were used to teach what came to be known as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Position. It was the grand joining of the “70th Week of Daniel” prophecy with the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory that finally  launched today’s popular teaching under a wind filled sail. J.N. Darby taught that the rapture occurs before the last 7 years of the prophecy of 490 years found in Daniel 9:24-27. In Volume 3, page 424, of Darby’s letters, he wrote: “Let it be remembered now that we have no date for the rapture of the church – that the dates BEGIN with a week of Daniel 9, and half a week when the sacrifice is made to cease. But this does not affect the general testimony of Matthew 24, which may begin the week, and be carried on among the Gentiles during the great tribulation at Jerusalem.”

J.N. Darby visited America seven times between 1862 and 1877. Cyrus I. Scofield, minister of a Congregational church, became a student of all the writings of J.N. Darby, and then forever popularized his Pre-Tribulation Rapture position by placing it in the Scofield Reference Bible notes of his 1909 publication. Most of the Bible teachers of Scofield’s day did not accept his new found position, but it was so appealing to religious groups that it spread across the country like wildfire as an exciting new revelation, which taught God’s children would never go into the tribulation period. By the time I was saved in 1944, you were often considered a heretic if you believed anything other than a rapture 7 years prior to the end of the tribulation period.

When I wrote my last two books, Tribulation Triad and Birth Pangs from the Bottomless Pit in the late seventies, I was what was known as a “Mid-Tribber.” In the early eighties I changed my position on when the first resurrection occurs in relation to the end of the tribulation period.  Could the Mid-Tribulation Rapture Position be correct? Yes, if God chose to wait some 1788 years after Christ’s birth before letting it first appear in a printed book exposition of Biblical scriptures by a man named Morgan Edwards. Could the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Position be correct? Yes, if God chose to wait some 1830 years after the birth of His Son before letting it first appear in a printed form. To my knowledge, there was never a published printed book prior to 1788, which explained the scriptures found in the Bible about the rapture by advocating a Pre or Mid Tribulation Rapture.

I have read the letters of the early church fathers to see if any such teaching was clearly spelled out in context in their writings on a Pre-Tribulation rapture. And, in so doing, I have searched hoping to find such a reference, but have not found a reference in context that justified such a position with sufficient clarity to be certain.

I did find two that may advocate such a position, but the only thing I can be sure of is that they are much more likely to simply refer to the rapture as being pre-millennial, not specifically pre-tribulation.  The references were by Irenaeus and Hippolytus, written on scrolls in about 180 AD.

There was also a document reported by advocates of the pre-tribulation rapture position as being genuine and written by Ephraem the Syria in 373 AD.  However, the document is classified by all the antiquity experts as being Pseudo-Ephraem (Pseudo means false).  It was titled “On the last times, the Antichrist, and the End of the World.”  But the problem with it is threefold: We can’t be sure that Ephraem wrote it, or if the man who did copied it or made it up himself, or WHEN he wrote it.

If you think I didn’t want to find such a reference, you are quite wrong. To not agree with the Pre-Tribulation position only gains you unpopularity with most of the brethren and, being carnal in the flesh, and desiring their acceptance, I certainly hoped to find such a position issued prior to 1788, but found none of which I could honestly state: Yes! This teaches a Pre-Tribulation rapture. Could I be wrong in the position I hold? Certainly! And I will continue to search for the prophetic truth on this subject. I have not changed what I was taught as a youth concerning the doctrines on salvation, baptism, the local church, and its two ordinances, but I have changed my mind about the position of the Lord’s coming in reference to the battle of Armageddon and, quite frankly, will change my mind again if I find a better case than the one you find in Prophecy Update 73D. Any man who is not willing to change his position on the time of Christ’s coming, in relation to the end of the tribulation period, makes it a doctrinal position. There is only one doctrine concerning Christ’s coming – HE IS COMING. When he comes, in relation to the events stated as occurring in the tribulation period, is a matter of opinion, not a matter of doctrine.

So how do all these different positions affect me? They don’t! In our work we have “first of the weekers,” middle of the weekers,” “last of the weekers,” “seventh trumpers,” “split rapturers,” “triple rapturers,” and “progressive rapturers.” It would be ridiculous for me to make what my brethren believe about the rapture a test of fellowship. The doctrine of Christ’s coming is that He is coming. If you don’t believe that you are a heretic, and I don’t want your fellowship. I have a very simple Biblical principle that I follow to be ready when he does come. I know I will be taken because I am saved. So I daily attempt to be faithful to Him in one of His new testament churches, in order that I will be prepared to stand before His judgment seat whenever He comes.

I do not believe we have a full week of seven years left to fulfill in Daniel’s 70 weeks of 490 years (See Prophecy Updates 55, 56, 57 and 58 in our Prophecy Archives). I am persuaded Christ is coming on the blowing of the 7th trumpet in Revelation 10:7, 11:15, and 11:18, but I live my life like it could be today. I am “watching” daily for that time, whenever it is. I have been told that one cannot do such a thing. Well, just hide and watch me! If it does occur 7 years before the battle of Armageddon, then I will be caught “watching” for His coming.

The material contained in this Prophecy Update has been taken from many old books I have perused in the U.S. and overseas during my many years of travel, but a large portion of it came from the research of John L. Bray, a Baptist Minister who was born in 1921 in Macon, Georgia, and was ordained as pastor of a Baptist church in Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 18. He was educated at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, John B. Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and, if he is still living, would be some 81 years in age. By 1990 he had spent 30 years as a pastor of Southern Baptist Churches, and completed 21 years as a full time evangelist. I am indebted to him for some of the extractions I took from his writings in compiling this update.

          

Time for Both Jewish and Gentile Hearts to Turn to Faithful Fathers – Message 1

THIS GENERATION WILL SOON BE SMITTEN WITH THE CURSE,

AS MANKIND’S SINS PASS A LIMIT, GOD SMITES WITH EARTH.

JEWISH & GENTILE HEARTS – TURN TO FAITH OF FATHERS,

IN OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS BEFORE TRUMP 7 SOUNDS!

MESSAGE NUMBER 1

Malachi 4:5,6 – Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: [6] And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, LEST I COME AND SMITE THE EARTH WITH A CURSE.

Genesis 6:10-13 –And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. [11] The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. [12] And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. [13] And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I WILL DESTROY THEM WITH THE EARTH.

Micah 5:2 – But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Isaiah 9:6,7 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. [7] Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. THE ZEAL OF THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL PERFORM THIS.

Malachi 3:15 to 4:6 – And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. [16] Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. [17] And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. [18] Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. [1] For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  [2] But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.  [4] Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. [5] Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: [6] And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, LEST I COME AND SMITE THE EARTH WITH A CURSE.

Matthew 16:27 to 17:13 – For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. [28] Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. [1] And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, [2] And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. [3] And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. [4] Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. [5] While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. [6] And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. [7] And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. [8] And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. [9] And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. [10] And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? [11] And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. [12] But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. [13] Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

IT IS TIME FOR THE HEARTS OF THIS GENERATION TO TURN TO THE HEARTS OF THEIR FAITHFUL FOREFATHERS THAT WERE CHANGED BY THE LORD OF HOSTS IN THEIR GENERATION.  IT’S TIME FOR THE FATHERS OF THIS GENERATION TO SET THE EXAMPLE TODAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO FOLLOW

Matthew 3:1,2 –In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, [2] And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:12,23 – Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; [23] And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Romans 10:16,17,13 – But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? [17] So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 22:3 – And there shall be NO MORE CURSE: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.
    

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE NOW IN PROPHECY!

WAITING FOR MAHDI OUT OF CURRENT BLOODBATH

September 25, 2014

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I an now waiting for the Islamic Antichrist to eventually rise out of Current Conflict! 

A strong leader will arise in Greater Syria out of the current Middle East Bloodbath.

He will then consolidate his caliphate power by drawing 10 Islamic nations into his Web

He will eventually attack Israel and drive Israel into the Negev after --- Departs.

He will then accept a UN HUDNA for 3 plus years but will break it as Trumpet 7 Sounds.

THE FOLLOWING DIAGRAM WAS POSTED IN 2011 BLOG

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 321

DECEMBER 9, 2011

LAST 1335 DAYS OF THE AGE OF GENTILES

Initial attack occurs – It takes Islam 75 days to drive the IDF into the Negev Wilderness – Great earthquake of Revelation 6:12 occurs, Israel holds at Beersheba, and truce is declared on urging of world powers.

Israel remains in Negev for 1260 days, then truce is broken by Islam.

1290 days after initial attack antichrist returns from Egypt and sits as the abomination of desolation on Temple Mount in his command post (appeden) -The two witnesses are killed and caught up – The rapture occurs immediately thereafter as seventh trump sounds – and for some 45 days God’s wrath is poured out on the lost while the saved are being judged in heaven – Battle of Armageddon begins and Second Advent of Christ’s return ends it.

Daniel 12:11,12 – And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. [12] Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

A blessed remnant of Jews will be allowed to go into physical Millennial Reign in the land of Israel.

WE’LL STAY IN SEAL 5 UNTIL --- LEAVES OFFICE

THE LAST 1335 DAYS OF REVELATION ARE FUTURE

WE ARE STILL IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE NOW!

See Archive Prophecy Update Diagram Number 321

Revelation 6:8-11 – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. [9] And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED

The current Middle East conflict is growing into a blood letting horror and many believers are being martyred and added to the saints of all the ages that suffered the same fate.  I do not believe the current caliph of ISIS is the Islamic Antichrist, but I do believe the one finally emerging out of the beast pile in Syria will be revealed as “that Wicked.”

II Thessalonians 2:8 – And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

THIS IS THE 2ND ADVENT OF CHRIST

Revelation 19:19,20 – And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

‘THAT WICKED’ AGREES TO HUDNA AFTER DRIVING JEWS TO NEGEV

I Thessalonians 5:2-28 – For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. [3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. [5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. [6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. [7] For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. [8] But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. [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. [11] Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. [12] And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; [13] And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. [14] Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. [15] See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. [16] Rejoice evermore. [17] Pray without ceasing. [18] In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. [19] Quench not the Spirit. [20] Despise not pro-phesyings. [21] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. [22] Abstain from all appearance of evil. [23] And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [24] Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. [25] Brethren, pray for us.  [26] Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. [27] I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.  [28] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

THIS IS THE RAPTURE AND JUDGMENT OF ALL THE SAVED

Revelation 11:15,18 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

WE SHOULD BE ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD

I Corinthians 15:57,58–But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

THIS IS THE 2ND ADVENT OF CHRIST

Revelation 19:19,20 – And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
 
 
   

7 Trumpets Placement of 3 Woe Trumpets in Regard to Tribulation Period – Part 8

7 Trumpets Placement of 3 Woe Trumpets in Regard to Tribulation Period

Part 8

September 26, 2014

The Previous Issue Dates Of This Series

September 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 20 Blogs

Prophetic Events Seen By John In Revelation,

Occurring at the same time in the Spiritual Realm,

And a Physical Realm in which we Exercise 5 Senses,

Aren’t uncommon phenomena in the Book of Revelation,

And some Spiritual realm occupants have horrifying Forms.

They are the creatures of the second woe harming Unbelievers.

March 15, 2009

Creatures John Saw from the Bottomless Pit

August 15, 1979

Revelation 9:1-12 – And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. [3] And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. [4] And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. [5] And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. [6] And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. [7] And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. [8] And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. [9] And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. [10] And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. [11] And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. [12] One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

I am a literal interpreter. That does not mean that I take all the inspired writings to be absolutely literal. I am very aware that certain parts of God’s Word are inspired poetically, figuratively and symbolically, but unless it yields ridiculous results, I am always more inclined to accept a literal interpretation over a figurative or symbolic explanation.

In verse one there are some points that can be made literal­ly concerning the symbols, things, places and events described. First of all, the star is identified by the personal pronoun “him” as a masculine spiritual being that comes from Heaven.

Secondly, this masculine gender spiritual being comes to a real physical place: the planet Earth. Now, putting these two factors togeth­er, we have a being sent from Heaven to the physical earth. That means he is standing on the surface of what you see in fig­ure 3, on top of these massive tectonic plates that float on top of an underground ocean of liquid rock. (Birth Pang Figure 3 is under Birth Pangs on our Web Site)

Thirdly, this heavenly visitor has been given a key which rep­resents the authority to unlock something. He has been sent to unlock the earth itself. The earth is the bottomless pit. There are hundreds of geometric figures that have bottoms, but the earth is an oblate spheroid and, as such, it has no bottom. If it were possible to dig through the earth you could never reach bottom for you would eventually come out on the opposite side from which you started, so the earth has no bottom.

Fourthly, I invite your attention to the Koine Greek words translated “bottomless pit,” those being phreatos tes abussou, or literally, SHAFT OF THE ABYSS. This is a perfect scientific description of these great geological faults shown in figure 9. They are a great interconnecting shaft system that extends down through the crust into the abyss. It is this locked system that the heavenly being is sent to unlock. He unlocks the locked plate structure with the power of God symbolized by the key. (Birth Pang Figure 9 is under Birth Pangs on our Web Site)

Fifthly, please note that the interior of the bottomless pit is likened to a “great furnace.”  Many scientific texts of today use this term to describe the interior of the earth.

And, lastly, please notice the results of the unlocking of the tectonic plates in verse two—a great smoke that rises up to darken the sun and the atmosphere. This is precisely what would occur if these huge tectonic plates were unlocked.

Volcanic smoke would pour upward into the earth’s atmosphere along all areas indicated by the dashed lines shown in figure 3. This smoke would most assuredly darken the sun on a world­wide basis as it collected and advected around the earth under a great temperature inversion just above the tropopause.

The description of the creatures John described are a perfect match for the idol of the Assyrian Demon of the Tigris – Euphrates River Valley, which extends from Turkey alongside Syria through Iraq and alongside Iran.  This area is called the Seat of Satan, and is notorious for having demons surface from its land and waters in Revelation.  The demon god Pazuzu wears a crown, has four wings, the face of a man, skin that looks like the armor of a crusader knight’s horse, a tail that stings like a large scorpion, and what looks like a breastplate across his chest.

Revelation 9:1-3,13-21 – And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. [3] And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. [13] And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, [14] Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. [15] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. [16] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. [17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. [18] By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. [19] For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. [20] And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: [21] Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation 16:8-14 – And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. [9] And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. [10] And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, [11] And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. [12] And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. [13] And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. [14] For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

There are countless numbers of fallen angels around Satan’s throne and beneath it, below the earth, and across the earth.

The accounts of the spiritual warfare, which occurs between the fallen angels and the angels that chose to remain with God, rather than to follow Lucifer when he rebelled against God, are found in Daniel.  In these accounts the fallen angels (demons) are classified as being kings and princes in the spiritual kingdom of Satan in those ancient empires that affected or afflicted Israel.  The spiritual seat of Satan’s kingdom has always been between and along both sides of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers from Turkey to their entrance into the Persian Gulf.  Demonic creatures and massive spiritual armies of demons will be unleashed in this kingdom to prey on its physical occupants during the last three and one half years of the Tribulation Period.

Daniel 10:10-21 – And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. [11] And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. [12] Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. [13] But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. [14] Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. [15] And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. [16] And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. [17] For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. [18] Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, [19] And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. [20] Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. [21] But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

When John was given the visions of future events in Revelation he was able to see what was happening simultaneously in the spiritual world, as well as what was happening in the physical world.  We are only able to see what is happening in our physical world.  If we could see what was transpiring in the spiritual world around us, it would scare us out of our wits.  The creatures which John saw he described exactly as he observed their appearance.  During the Tribulation Period, the men and women will not see these horrific creatures, but they will feel their sting in their flesh for the final five months before the Second Advent, as indicated above in Revelation 9:5-10.  The saved will neither see nor feel the sting of these fallen angels.

I believe the terrifying beings presented in Revelation 9:5-10, 14-19 and 16:13,14, are being seen by John in the spiritual kingdom.  And in that kingdom they are quite real, and appear just as John saw them.  All of these creatures, along with Satan, will be confined to the bottomless pit in the interior of the earth for 1000 years after the Second Advent.  The damage they will inflict on the physical earth in the Tribulation Period will be in the form of natural disasters on mankind.
 
  

7 Trumpets Placement of 3 Woe Trumpets in Regard to Tribulation Period – Part 9

God’s 3 woe Trumpets are Certain – But Man’s Trumpets are Uncertain

WOE TRUMPETS 1 AND 2 (Trumpets 5 and 6)

Woe Trumpet 1 was detailed in Part 8

September 27, 2014

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Part 9

Man sounds uncertain war Trumpet – God sounds certain war Trumpet

Spiritual Demonic Locusts will be followed by a massive Demonic Army

In the Days of Joel the locusts were physical and visible – John’s are Not

In Revelation 9 John is Able to See into Both Physical & Spiritual Worlds

--- Sounds an Uncertain Trumpet – But God’s Trumpet 7 Is Certain.

September 27, 2014

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Mankind is now sounding an UNCERTAIN trumpet in the Middle East, but God will eventually sound Woe Trumpet 2 to release a MASSIVE spiritual demonic army upon the Euphrates River Valley.

I Corinthians 14:8 – For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

The Great Trumpet of the Lord is CERTAIN to gather Israel after 2nd Advent

Isaiah 27:12,13 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. [13] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Revelation 9:11-21 – And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. [12] One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.  [13] And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, [14] Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. [15] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. [16] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. [17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. [18] By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. [19] For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. [20] And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: [21] Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Joel 2:1-11 – Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; [2] A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. [3] A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. [4] The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. [5] Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. [6] Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. [7] They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: [8] Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. [9] They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. [10] The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: [11] And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
         

“THAT WICKED” IS WAITING IN THE WINGS OF PROPHECY – PART 3

“THAT WICKED” IS WAITING IN THE WINGS OF PROPHECY

TO REPRESENT THE CONSOLIDATION OF FALSE RELIGION,

PASSED TO MAN BY 7 GOVERNMENTS UNDER THE WOMAN,

REPRESENTING MULTITUDES OF BLASPHEMOUS BELIEFS!!

THE 7 HEADS WORSHIPPED BLASPHEMOUS FALSE GODS!

PART 3

September 28, 2014

Part 1 was issued on September 17, 2014

Part 2 was issued on September 19, 2014

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Seven great empires, with different false blasphemous idols and beliefs, have both affected and/or afflicted Israel since She was delivered from Egyptian Bondage.  They are, in chronological order the: (1) Egyptian, (2) Assyrian, (3) Babylonian, (4) Persian, (5) Grecian, (6) Roman, and the last two that worship the identical blasphemous Satanic God Allah – for this reason the last two heads are counted as one.  The seventh head was the great (7) Umayyad Caliphate, and the eighth head will be the (8) Caliphate of the coming Islamic Caliph Antichrist.

Revelation 13:1 – And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a BEAST rise up out of the sea, having SEVEN HEADS and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon HIS HEADS the name of blasphemy.

Revelation 17:9 – And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The SEVEN HEADS are SEVEN MOUNTAINS, on which THE WOMAN sitteth.

Revelation 17:11 – And the BEAST that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into PERDITION.

Revrlation 19:19,20 – And I saw THE BEAST, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

The bulk of the ancient Assyrian Empire, which was the second head on the seven headed beast on the head of John’s beast, is waiting to appear on the scene in Greater Syria. The second Assyrian head consisted primarily of what is known today as modern northern Iraq and Syria.  I have taught this for forty years. It is now coming to fruition in the Middle East, but the final full-blown attack on Jews will not occur until after --- leaves office, and its final battle of Armageddon will not occur until some three plus years after the Antichrist’s initial attack on the nation of Israel.  The Ist Resurrection (Rapture of the Saved) shall not occur until Revelation Trumpet 7 (the Last Trumpet) sounds.

The current Caliph of ISIS is not the Antichrist, and his new Caliphate is being pounded in the northern portion of Iraq, which will cause him to withdraw the bulk of his army into Syria to consolidate his power there. 

The current Caliph SHALL EVENTUALLY be followed by “that Wicked,” of II Thessalonians 2:8, who is “the Assyrian,” of Micah 5:5. The Islamic Assyrian  will be defeated by “this man” Christ (The God-man) at His Second Advent, the God-man that “shall be great unto the ends of the earth” as stated in Micah 5:4. 

II Thessalonians 2:8 – And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming

Micah 5:2-5 – But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. [3] Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.  [4] And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. [5] And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

II Thessalonians 2:3,4 – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The man of sin, the antichrist, the son of destruction, is described critically in verse 4.  The word translated as “opposeth,” is “antikeimai.”  It means “to lie opposite,” hence, to oppose, to be adverse or repugnant to another person.  God is the other person in this verse, against whom all this animosity is directed.

The word translated as “exalteth” is in the middle voice, meaning “to lift up one’s self over others in conceit or arrogance.”  Antichrist in his own mind becomes the god of all gods, and demands that all worship be given to him alone.

The word translated as “shewing” means “to point away from other objects at one specific object,” in this case he fingers himself as the only object of worship.  It is almost as if he is frantic to prove it to himself as well as others.  One of the first things one will notice in most Islamic countries are the countless huge pictures and statues of the current despotic leader, an effort on their part to point to themselves as “El Jumbo Supremo.”  The antichrist will be pointing to himself as the supreme one of all supreme ones, and his statues and pictures will blanket the countries of the Islamic world.

The examination of the phrase “he as God sitteth in the temple of God” is perhaps the most interesting part of verse 4.”  It has commonly been taught this refers to a rebuilt temple of stone in Jerusalem, but I have every reason to believe this is not the kind of “temple” Paul refers to in this verse.  Please bear with me in a rather lengthy discourse on this phrase, because it makes a lot of difference in other areas of prophetic interpretation.  If Paul had used the Greek word “HEIRON” for temple in this verse, I would tell you immediately there was no question he was referring to a rebuilt temple in the old city of Jerusalem.  But he chose to use the word NAOS for temple, and that makes it a horse of quite a different color. 

There are two words commonly translated as “temple” in the New Testament – HIERON and NAOS. 

Temple – HIERON is the word used of the Jerusalem stone temple itself and, at times, of the whole compass of the Temple Mount enclosure, including all the other subordinate buildings pertaining to the temple. 

Temple – NAOS is any enclosure surrounding the place where the Spirit of God dwells.  In the HIERON, it was the enclosure within the HIERON where the Spirit of God dwelled, namely, the Holy of Holies in the rear of the Temple, which was separated from the Holy Place by a thick curtain.  It was torn from top to bottom by the power of God when Jesus commended his Spirit into his hands.  It was his completion of the redemptive work that finished the plan of salvation for all men, and tore open the barrier between the presence of God and man.  It is still open to all those who will receive him as the one who finished God’s plan of salvation. 

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Matthew 27:50,51 – Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. [51] And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

The word “temple” appears some 24 times in the book of Acts, and it is ALWAYS “HIERON.”  It first appears in Acts 2:46.  Its last occurrence is in Acts 26:21. 

Acts 2:46 – And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

Acts 26:21 – For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. 

The word “NAOS” does not appear in the book of Acts. 

There is no question that Paul thoroughly understood the exacting differences between the two words.  It is true that, at times, the word “NAOS” is used in the N.T. to refer to the entire temple building, but only because it was a part of it.  But let’s take a detailed look at how Paul himself used the words “NAOS” and “HIERON.” 

Paul used the word “NAOS” eight times in all of his N.T. writings – Seven of these cases follow:  See if there is any possible way you could twist these usages by Paul to refer to the stone temple in Jerusalem. 

I Corinthians 3:16,17 – Know ye not that ye are the TEMPLE of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? [17] If any man defile the TEMPLE of God, him shall God destroy; for the TEMPLE of God is holy, which temple ye are. 

Ephesians 2:21 – In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy TEMPLE in the Lord: 

II Corinthians 6:16 – And what agreement hath the TEMPLE of God with idols? for ye are the TEMPLE of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

I Corinthians 6:19 – What? know ye not that YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

None of these usages refer to the stone Jerusalem temple. 

Paul did use the word HIERON for the temple located in Jerusalem in the following Scripture. 

I Corinthians 9:13 – Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the TEMPLE? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 

Paul certainly knew the difference between the two words translated as TEMPLE in the New Testament, and, considering the importance of the eighth and final use of NAOS by Paul in all his writings, I don’t believe a temple will be built in Jerusalem before the 2nd Advent.  II Thessalonians 2:4 – Who opposeth and EXALTETH HIMSELF above ALL that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the TEMPLE (NAOS) of God, SHEWING HIMSELF that he is God.  

I believe that Paul’s usage of NAOS in II Thessalonians 2:4 carries the same meaning as Paul intended it to have in I Corinthians 6:19. 

I Corinthians 6:19 – What? know ye not that your body is the TEMPLE (NAOS) of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

II Thessalonians 2:4 – Who opposeth and EXALTETH HIMSELF above ALL that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the TEMPLE (NAOS) of God, SHEWING HIMSELF that he is God.

The antichrist will sit in a sinful body of flesh on the temple mount.  I now sit in a sinful body of flesh at 204 Hickory in Dardanelle, Arkansas.  My body, even though it is sinful, is a temple I received from God in the womb.  The antichrist will have received the body in which he dwells by the same process, and from the same God.  But inside it will dwell an evil spirit and soul, claiming to be God, and trying to prove it to mankind.  Jesus was God living in a temple of sinless flesh.  He was God incarnate living in a sinless body formed by God in the womb of the Virgin Mary. 

Jesus referred to his own body as a temple (NAOS), but the Pharisees and scribes thought he was referring to the Jerusalem temple. 

John 2:19-21 – Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this TEMPLE (NAOS), and in three days I will raise it up. [20] Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? [21] But he spake of the TEMPLE OF HIS BODY. 

Colossians 2:8-10 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. [9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. [10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

II Corinthians 5:19 – To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

John 10:30 – I and my Father are one. 

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 

The Devil is the greatest counterfeiter in all of history.    His son, the antichrist, will be a man who the world will believe has been resurrected from the dead, after having received a deadly wound by a weapon of war.  Jesus was the only begotten Son of God who came in sinless flesh and lived a sinless life.  The Devil will come and dwell in the body of the antichrist after he is apparently returned from the dead.  When the antichrist sits on the temple mount near the end of the tribulation period, he will be Satan incarnate in sinful flesh, claiming to be God, and trying to prove it to man and himself. 

II Corinthians 11:13,14 – For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES into the apostles of Christ. [14] And no marvel; for Satan HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED into an angel of light.

John 5:43 – I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Revelation 13:3,12,14 – And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. [12] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. [14] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 

The Beast was (he was alive) – is not (he died) – yet is (is resurrected)! 

Revelation 17:8-14 – The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. [9] And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. [10] And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. [11] And the beast that was, and is not, even he IS the eighth, and IS OF the seven, and goeth into perdition. [12] And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. [14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 

The seven mountains symbolize seven governments (kingdoms) that will all have persecuted Israel before the 2nd Advent. When John wrote Revelation, in about 96 A.D., five of the seven kingdoms, which the seven kings represent, had already persecuted Israel in the past.  They were, in chronological order, the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Grecian Empires.  The sixth, Rome, was in power at the time John was writing, and the seventh kingdom will have the antichrist as its King.  However, when he is apparently resurrected from the dead, he will be Satan incarnate in human flesh and, as such, he will also be the eighth king of the seventh kingdom.  The word used for “perdition” means “destruction.”  And “none shall help him,” because he will be destroyed, along with the false prophet, at the end of the final battle of Armageddon by the power of Christ’s Second Advent. 

Isaiah 14:12-15 – How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! [13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Revelation 19:19-21 – And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

The antichrist’s claim to be God incarnate in human flesh will be the final accumulating and consolidation of the spirit of antichrist in a single man, which is the final absolute corruption of the truth of God in Christ.  The antichrist’s claim represents the absolute denial that the one who came before him was the Christ, the Son of the living God. 

I John 2:18-22 – Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. [19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. [20] But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. [21] I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. [22] Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

But there is another reason that I do not believe Paul was referring to a temple of stone in Jerusalem when he used the word NAOS in II Thessalonians 2:4.  The same event is found in Daniel 11:45, and what follows it, in 12:1 marks it as the latter part of the tribulation period.  The word used for PALACE is APPEDEN, which is never translated as TEMPLE in the Bible.  And it literally means a “fortress command post.” The word for TABERNACLES is rendered from the word OHEL, which always mean TENTS.  The following scripture by Daniel paints the same event that Paul paints in II Thessalonians 2:4 – The antichrist on the temple mount as Satan incarnate sitting in human flesh, between the Mediterranean and Dead Seas, with the countless tents of his great army poised to strike a final death-blow against Israel in the Negev – waiting for his command that will begin the battle of Armageddon.  But in spite of his multi million army of flesh, none shall be able to help him, because he is about to be zapped by the direct power of God in his creation. 

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 – And he shall plant the tabernacles of his PALACE (APPEDEN) between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Matthew 24:29,30 – Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

The admonition that Paul gave to the Elders of the church at Ephesus is sorely needed today.  Since Paul spoke these words countless number of grievous wolves have entered in among many flocks, and have drawn away many disciples to follow them, just as Paul said they would in Acts 20:17-31, and there are many flocks led by false teachers.  They do not FEED the church of God with MEAT in due season. 

Acts 20:28 – Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to FEED the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 

Matthew 24:44-47 – Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. [45] Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them MEAT in due season? [46] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. [47]Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over ALL his goods.

The real question that a member of one of the Lord’s churches should be asking is this – How much of the inheritance do I want to inherit?  Or, to put it another way – How close to God will you live in heaven? 

Revelation 21:7 – He that overcometh shall inherit ALL things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

God has concluded ALL of Israel in unbelief, and while the words “they” and “them” in I Thessalonians 5:3 can be used to apply to all unbelievers, it is, in context, specifically referring to the nation of Israel. 

Romans 11:32 – For God hath concluded THEM all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. 

I Thessalonians 5:3-6 – For when THEY shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. [5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. [6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 

Should atheists, agnostics, or anyone read the book of Revelation?  Yes!  But the book is written to churches.  And the primary applications of the writings are directed to church members.  Church members, who will not swallow the MEAT of the word by applying it to their lives, are defiling their garments, which represent their visible, everyday, outer lifestyle testimony to the world.  And they are going to live about as close to Jesus in his heavenly kingdom as they lived to him in this present life.

Revelation 3:3,4 – 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. [4] Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 

Revelation 22:12-14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [13] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. [14] Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 

“Quickly” is an adverbial modifier used as a descriptive adjective.  It is referring the manner of his coming, not the time or nearness of it.  His coming for the saved will be as quick as the blinking of an eye.      

It is Time for Souls to be Saved, then Converted while Time still Exists

 – Part 1

It is Time for Souls to be Saved, then Converted while Time still Exists

September 29, 2014

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Revelation 10:5-7,10 – And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, [6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: [7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

I Corinthians 15:51,52 – 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.

Saved will be judged in heaven for eternal positions & garments.

Revelation 11:15,18 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

The lost will be judged at great white throne and cast into a lake of fire.

Revelation 20:14,15 – And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Believer – Where will you live and what will you wear in Heaven?

Matthew 18:1-4 – At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? [2] And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, [3] And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be CONVERTED, and become as LITTLE CHILDREN, ye SHALL NOT enter into THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.  [4] Whosoever THEREFORE shall HUMBLE himself as this little child, the same IS GREATEST in the kingdom of heaven.

God sets on a Throne in a walled Kingdom City with vast Dominion,

That Is The Final New Heaven And New Earth of Revelation 21 & 22.

All the Saved Shall Be Part of The Final New Heaven And New Earth

God determines where the Saved will live in relation to His Throne.

The Word Indicates God Positions Saved According to Faithfulness

The City is the Kingdom of God where converted saved souls Abide.

Most believers don’t let God convert their lives after Soul Salvation!

Most saved souls do not remain followers of Jesus after being Saved

Only the Fourth Seed In Luke 8:15 Shall Live In God’s Kingdom City

This Soul Will Receive a Wedding Garment for the Lamb’s Marriage!

Luke 8:11,15-18 – Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  [15] But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.  [16] No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. [17] For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

Luke 22:24-34 – And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted THE GREATEST. [25] And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. [26] But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. [27] For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you AS HE THAT SERVETH. [28] Ye are they which have CONTINUED with me in my temptations. [29] And I APPOINT UNTO YOU A KINGDOM, as my Father hath appointed unto me; [30] That ye may eat and drink at my table IN MY KINGDOM, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. [31] And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: [32] But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and WHEN THOU ART CONVERTED, STRENGTHEN THY BRETHREN.  [33] And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. [34] And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Matthew 26:30-35 – And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. [31] Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. [32] But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. [33] Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. [34] Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. [35] Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. LIKEWISE ALSO SAID ALL THE DISCIPLES.  

“THAT WICKED” WAITS IN WINGS OF PROPHECY

 – PART 4

“THAT WICKED” WILL BE REVEALED IN POST --- TIME!
“THAT WICKED” IS AWAITING HIS END TIME REVELATION!!
HE WILL LEAD THE MOST UNGODLY BLASPHEMOUS BELIEF

ISLAM HAS HISTORICALLY RISEN IN THE VAST MID-EAST!
THE MOST VIOLENT IN THE END TIME IS RADICAL ISLAM!
WE’RE HEADED FOR THE LAST WAR IN THE GENTILE AGE,
THAT I BELIEVE WILL BEGIN IN THE POST --- TIMES!
PART 4
September 30, 2014

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II Thessalonians 2:7 – For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE who now letteth will let, until HE be taken out of the way.

I intend to exposit line by line from II Thessalonians 2:1 to 12 in order to make my case as who the HE represents on each new Part until I finish it.

Please review Parts 1 to 3 before reading this continuing exposition of II Thessalonians 2:1-12.

II Thessalonians 2:3-5 – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. [5] REMEMBER YE NOT, THAT, WHEN I WAS YET WITH YOU, I TOLD YOU THESE THINGS? VERSE 5 is the keynote of this exposition of verses 1 to 12 in the exposition of II Thessalonians 2 because it tells us that Paul had already given them the details when he was previously with them. He was simply reminding them of what he had already taught them. It would have been nice to have had a bug planted on the wall to have what he taught them on a recording. But we do have his first epistle to them, and some ideas can be gleaned as to what he taught them about some of the events which would occur shortly before the rapture.

I Thessalonians 5:1 – But of THE TIMES AND THE SEASONS, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

They did not have any need for him to tell them again because he had told them before, and they should have a perfect understanding of the times and seasons which would be occurring before the rapture.

II Thessalonians 2:5 – Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

Acts 1:7 – And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

“THE TIMES” refers to the phases of the moon upon which the Hebrew calendar was based, and THE SIGHTING OF THE NEW MOON began many of the Hebrew festivals. It simply means one cannot tell the month of the year the rapture will occur. “THE SEASONS” refers to much the same as the Gentile calendar, that is, summer, winter, spring, and fall. It simply means we cannot tell whether the rapture will occur in summer, winter, spring, or fall. In Matthew 24:36, Jesus makes it quite clear one cannot tell THE DAY OR THE HOUR.

Matthew 24:36 – But of that DAY AND HOUR knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

So, what do all these Scriptures combined tell us what we cannot know about the time of the rapture – we are not able to tell the hour, the day, the week, the month, or which one of the four seasons in which it will occur – and, by inference, we cannot, we cannot know the year. But it does tell us because we know what events are prophesied to occur shortly before it happens, and it tells us why that is possible – because we are not the children of darkness – we are the children of light – and the day of the rapture should not catch us completely by surprise, as would be the case if a thief came into our home while we slept.

I Thessalonians 5:1-5 – But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. [2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. [3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. [5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are
not of the night: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

When we see Israel heading into a time when they think they have attained a Peace with safety in the Negev wilderness, then we can know the time of her great travail, the 7 vials of wrath, is not a far distant event, and that trumpet 7, the rapture, immediately proceeds the vials of wrath. Israel will have a time of “Peace and safety” (HUDNA) surrounded by Islam, because Antichrist will need to consolidate his power and his Caliphate. (See Archive Prophecy Update Diagram 321, December 2014).

II Thessalonians 2:5,6 – Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? [6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
The “he” is the antichrist and the subject addressed begs a question – why has he not already revealed himself?

In our next Update in this series we will cover ”what” has been withholding him from revealing himself. The answer is found in verse 7. We know that the spirit of antichrist was already in the world when Paul wrote the epistle, but Israel was hardly having a time of “peace and safety” when he wrote it, and have not had such a status up to this day. The spirit of antichrist was being held back from being manifested as a flesh and blood man, and he will not be revealed until Israel believes it has achieved a condition of “Peace and safety” – one in which it will be able to control and maintain by its own power and expertise.

I John 4:3-6 – And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. [4] Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. [5] They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. [6] We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.