On the web and in the news much is happening in the world as it heats up in selfish contentions to fight over power and stuff. The Bible has a lot to tell us about today. St. Paul writes about it from his day in 2 Tim.3:1-5. And our Creator God tells us that what ever He is up to He is going to tell us about it prior to doing it. Amos 3:7, “ Surely the Lord God does nothing [a] Without revealing His secret plan [of the judgment to come] To His servants the prophets.
So the question really concerns the CHURCH which began to be constructed by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost in Acts 2 and the Church began to be built in Love, Holiness & Power and looked like Jesus. It began with a 120 disciples who were like Jesus and thousands game to Christ Jesus as LORD as the Love, Holiness and Power was so obvious. So this began the building of one of the families of God. The is an O.T. family that was like Enoch and another family in Noah, and another in Abraham, and another in Christ Jesus as HIS Bride/Wife and another from the Great Tribulation and the last to Bless Abraham in all of God’s Promises to be fulfilled as promised. And there may be more that I don’t know about as the Prophets of the Bible focus on what we need to know to find our way into the Kingdom of God. John the Baptist noted this in John 3:29, “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens to him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this pleasure and joy of mine is now complete. Note here the John considers himself to by the friend of the bridegroom and not the bride. In Gen 12:3, “And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you, And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you (Israel). And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. (Jesus)” Israel as also noted in Rev. 12 as the woman with 12 stars, tribes. Also as noted by Moses in Gen.28:14. So my understanding is that the unique Church was conceived at Pentecost and is born at the 1st resurrection ( 1 Cor. 15;20-57) and prior to the beginning of the Great 7 year Tribulation. And notice that this happens in the “twinkling” of an eye, or very quickly.
So there is no question as to as to the Church being resurrected very quickly but what about the time line. Jesus warns us to be ready as we only get to go if we are ready and have our light on and shining bright, Matt.25. But He told us that certain things would be in place and we would know when we are getting close. So what are the signs of his return for HIS Church?
Apostle Paul tells us that the judgement starts as a time when the world is saying peace and safety. So the snatching away of the Church as in the days of Noah, Matt.24:37-44 will be at a time of false peace and safety, 1 Thess. 5:3. No time during the Great Tribulation of 7 yrs. will the world be peaceful. In Rev. 4 & 5 apostle John is caught up into to heaven, like above, and views the beauty and glory of Christ Jesus, this is after the church age ending in 3 and it seems that Chapter 6 starts the Great Tribulation from a position of false peace, (White Horse.) And this begins the 7 years of the Wrath of God. But Matt 19:25, Mark 10:26, Rom. 5:9, & 1 Thess. 2:16 tell us that Jesus saves us from that Wrath. So seems to me that the Church must be snatched away into heaven prior to the Great Tribulation. And other scriptures to support that position as well.
In 2 Thess.2:5-9 St Paul writes: “5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him (antichrist) now [from being revealed]; it is so that he will be revealed at his own [appointed] time. For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he (Must be the Holy Spirit) who now restrains it is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one [the Antichrist] will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by the appearance of His coming. The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies]. So when the Holy Spirit is to be removed from earth then we as Christians go with HIM. Eph. 4:30-31. So the Holy Spirit came to conceive the church on Pentecost and when born it goes home in the first Resurrection, Rev. 20:6.. “Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) and holy is the person who takes part in the first resurrection; over these the second death [which is eternal separation from God, the lake of fire] has no power or authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and they will reign with Him a thousand years.” But those who miss this first Resurrection will fine themselves in 2 Thess.2:9, “ The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies], 10 and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing, because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them]. 11 Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie, 12 in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.” So here we are to understand that those who know and have rejected the Truth of God, will not get a second chance to change their position.
Also Rev. 12 heads in that same direction, if I understand it correctly: 12:1 Like Joseph’s dream, the woman is Israel, the child is Jesus, Verse 5, Jesus is caught up with the rod of iron (which is the Church). And in verse 6 after 3 ½ yrs, then in 12:11, the Church, Rod of Iron, boots lucifer/satan and his minions out of the heaves to earth. And in verse 14 we have the last half of the Great Tribulation of 3 ½ years and Armageddon Rev. 12:17, Rev.20:6 with the return of Jesus with the Church to create, on earth, the Kingdom of Christ Jesus as Lord for a thousand years.
At this point in time, it seems to me that the prophesies for the birth pains for the Church to jump to light speed are really on the head lines of our local news today. I counted 15 prophesies that Jesus told us to watch for and they all seems to be happening at this time. In fact in Matt. 24:22, Jesus tells us: And if those days had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened. So you just might not wake up in your bed tomorrow????? Just like today with all of the world destruction Nuke talk. Seem we have made about 15,000 very powerful nuke’s that we are sitting on, world wide. Enough to kill all humanity many times over. “So no human life left”, is a reality today like never before.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life
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