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1 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1 Signs of the Times Pastor Brett Peterson Our Winter Series at Part XI The Rapture II

2 © 2011 Brett Peterson Israels Last days timeline… Israel dispersed Israel Gathered Israel Nation Established nations divide the land into a Palestinian and Israeli state. Israel back in Jerusalem 70 AD Current – God is restoring the fortunes of Israel!

3 © 2011 Brett Peterson The Last Days as it applies to Israel Timeline…(cont.) All nations against them False Messiah Rebuild their temple Protected in the wilderness

4 © 2011 Brett Peterson The Last Days as it applies to the Church Timeline… Church will love the World - Compromise False revival Global persecution Apostasy

5 © 2011 Brett Peterson The Last Days as it applies to the Church Timeline…(cont.) Purification & True revival Rapture Bema seat of Christ Marriage Supper Then we return to earth with Christ to reign with Him for 1000 years!

6 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Abomination Pact Armageddon 1 Seals 1-7 Wrath s Judgments s Those that believe the entire 7 years is wrath put the rapture before this time. rapture

7 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Abomination Pact Armageddon 1 Seals 1-7 Wrath s Judgments s The Bible tells us when the wrath begins, at the breaking of the 7 th seal!

8 © 2011 Brett Peterson Rev 6:15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; Rev 6:16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; Rev 6:17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" So, the Rapture is promised to occur prior to that wrath – the breaking of the 7 th seal! So lets look at the events of the 70 th week of Daniel…

9 © 2011 Brett Peterson The second half is Gods judgment and wrath and Israel protected in the wilderness. Rev 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Rev 12:14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 3.5 years

10 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Claims Godhood Wrath One World peace treaty Antichrist Reigns Gathers nations for the last battle Looses power 1 seal 7 seal Mark seal 10 Kings – Rev. 17:12+ 3 uprooted 1000Yearreign Israel follows false messiah Israel protected & sealed Antichrist Runs

11 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Abomination Pact Armageddon 1 Seals 1-5 6&7 Wrath s Judgments s

12 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Claims Godhood Wrath One World peace treaty AntiMessiah Reigns Looses power 1 seal 7 seal Mark seal 10 Kings – Rev. 17:12+ 3 uprooted 1000Yearreign Israel follows false messiah Israel protected & sealed AntiMessiah Runs Armageddon

13 © 2011 Brett Peterson Luke 21:25-28 "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, (26) men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (27) "Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. (28) "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

14 © 2011 Brett Peterson (1Th 5:2) For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 1Th 5:3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 1Th 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 1Th 5:5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day.

15 © 2011 Brett Peterson Almost every verse about the day of the Lord points to the Rapture and the breaking of the 6th seal - and the last 1/2 of the 70th week of Daniel except one: (2Pe 3:10) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. This happens at the end of the 1000 year reign of Christ; Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 2Pe 3:7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 2Pe 3:8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.

16 © 2011 Brett Peterson Timeline… The Rapture Final Judgment Day of the Lord Rapture & Marriage supper Jesus takes possession of the earth 1000 year reign of Christ with us

17 © 2011 Brett Peterson So, first half is antichrist ruling and natural disasters, the second half is supernatural disaster or Gods wrath. The 70 th week One World System Chaos-wrath

18 © 2011 Brett Peterson We will be rescued from the wrath! Here is what we know for sure… Joh 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." 1Th 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

19 © 2011 Brett Peterson The First half of the 70 th week of Daniel is not wrath! However, it is a time of refining for the Church

20 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Act 2:20) 'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.

21 © 2011 Brett Peterson (1 Thessalonians 5:2) For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:4) But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; (Tit 2:13) looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory (the Glorious appearing) of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

22 © 2011 Brett Peterson (1 Thessalonians 5:2) For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:4) But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; (Tit 2:13) looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory (the Glorious appearing) of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, *(Act 2:20) 'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.

23 © 2011 Brett Peterson the The day of the Lord begins with the Rapture and ends with the white throne judgment. Acts 2:20 tells us the sun will be darkened before the day of the Lord comes! (1Co 1:8) who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 © 2011 Brett Peterson (1Co 5:5) I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (2Co 1:14) just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.

25 © 2011 Brett Peterson (2Th 2:2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (Jam 5:7) Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. (Jam 5:8) You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (2Pe 3:12) looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God!

26 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Acts 2:17) 'AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says, 'THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; 18) EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.19) 'AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.20) 'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.21) 'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'

27 © 2011 Brett Peterson Luk 21:34 "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; Luk 21:35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. Luk 21:36 "But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

28 © 2011 Brett Peterson That day is the day of the Lord. This begins with the rapture of the Church and is followed by immediate judgment and wrath. It is the short time of Jacobs Trouble, and all Israel will be taken to the wilderness and protected! It is the Day of Christs reign!

29 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, 1Co 15:24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 1Co 15:25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 1Co 15:26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

30 © 2011 Brett Peterson When the sixth seal is broken, the signs of the Day of the Lord begin When the 7 th seal is broken, Christ takes possession of all – King of Kings! The false Christ looses power at this point! And the final war in heaven is complete – Satan is finally cast out of heaven!

31 © 2011 Brett Peterson Satan looses his dominion over the earth and is cast out of heaven! Rev 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, Rev 12:8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. When is this? At the breaking of the sixth seal (battle in heaven, great tribulation on earth) and is completed with the breaking of the 7 th seal!

32 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Abomination Pact Armageddon 1 Seals 1-7 Wrath s Judgments s The Final battle in heaven, Satan cast down, Jesus is given dominion! This is when Jesus takes back the earth, at the breaking of the 7 th seal!

33 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1Th 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1Th 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Th 5:10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

34 © 2011 Brett Peterson This will be a judgment on those who mistreated the Church and refused to repent – they took the mark of the beast. Rev 14:7 and he said with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters." This is the hour we will escape: Rev 3:10 'Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Rev 14:8 And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality." Rev 14:9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, Rev 14:10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

35 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Isa 13:6) Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. (Isa 13:9) Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it. (Lam 2:22) You called as in the day of an appointed feast My terrors on every side; And there was no one who escaped or survived In the day of the LORD'S anger. Those whom I bore and reared, My enemy annihilated them.

36 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Eze 13:5) "You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the LORD. (Eze 30:3) "For the day is near, Even the day of the LORD is near; It will be a day of clouds, A time of doom for the nations. (Joe 1:15) Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.

37 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Joe 2:1) Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, (Joe 2:11) The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it?

38 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Joe 2:31) "The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (Joe 3:14) Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

39 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Oba 1:15) "For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head. (Zep 1:7) Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests. (Zep 1:8) "Then it will come about on the day of the LORD'S sacrifice That I will punish the princes, the king's sons And all who clothe themselves with foreign garments.

40 © 2011 Brett Peterson Mat 22:11 "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, Mat 22:12 and he *said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?' And the man was speechless. Mat 22:13 "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Mat 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen." Rev 19:7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." Rev 19:8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Rev 19:9 Then he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God."

41 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Zep 1:14) Near is the great day of the LORD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the LORD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly. (Zep 1:18) Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD'S wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth. (Zep 2:2) Before the decree takes effect-- The day passes like the chaff-- Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD'S anger comes upon you. (Zep 2:3) Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD'S anger.

42 © 2011 Brett Peterson The Great commission is given to the Christian! We were given the Holy Spirit to fulfill the great commission and see the fullness of the Gentiles come in! So, when does the fullness of the Gentiles come in? Rom 11:25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; Rom 11:26 and so all Israel will be saved We find that the fullness of the Gentiles come in at the same time Israel recognizes Jesus as Christ and is saved – their hardened hearts are opened! Israel embraces Christ as Christ after the abomination of desolation. They are then taken to the wilderness and saved from the wrath of God and the persecution of Satan.

43 © 2011 Brett Peterson Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. Rev 12:14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. Rev 12:15 And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. Rev 12:16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. Dan 12:1 "Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Dan 12:2 "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. The woman is Israel – she is protected for 3 ½ years in the wilderness – the last half of the 70 th week of Daniel.

44 © 2011 Brett Peterson Daniel 12 breakdown: vs. 1: now at this time When? When the AntiChrist is back at the Holy Mountain. He will come to an end - an end of his world peace and governance. Michael is always seen as the protector of Gods people, even Moses, in Jude, where he fights over the Body of Moses. time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time It is highly significant that our Lord Jesus in the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24:21) picks up and enlarges on this prediction, saying: "For then there will be great distress [thlipsis] unequaled from the beginning of the world. Jesus in context says this will take place just after the Abomination of Desolation! (this is the breaking of the 6 th seal)

45 © 2011 Brett Peterson Daniel 12 continued: Vs. 2 the Resurrection - imperfect tense - an incomplete action - an action and another action. Our Rabbis agree - some will resurrect here for everlasting life, the others will not resurrect now, but will stay in the ground to their shame and be resurrected for judgement later. (Midrash, Rambam, haMishnah, Sanhedrin 10, Saadiah, HaRamban, and Emunos). Jesus taught two resurections in John 5:28-29 by teaching a "general" resurrection of the righteous and a general resurrection of the wicked. At Daniel 12:2, the angel taught Daniel that there would be a general resurrection of the righteous and one for the wicked. Daniel 12:13 speaks of a resurrection at the end of the age.

46 © 2011 Brett Peterson There are only two resurrections! This clarifies Daniel 12: Rev 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. Rev 20:5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

47 © 2011 Brett Peterson John has elsewhere indicated that the kingdom reign will be shared by every believer who overcomes (2:26-28; 3:12, 21) and is purchased by Christ's blood (5:10). Also, in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, Paul clearly speaks of all Christian--not just martyrs--exercising judgment in the future. Revelation 5:10 indicates that the kingdom will be a "reign on the earth." The first resurrection is the Rapture, and it happens after the martyrs number is complete! This is just after the 5 th seal! Again we see a resurrection taking place at the 6 th seal!

48 © 2011 Brett Peterson And all Israel will be protected in the Wilderness Rev 12:5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Rev 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.(3.4 years) Rev 12:14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. Whos the male child that was caught up (raptured) at this point? And all Israel will be protected in the Wilderness Rev 12:5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Rev 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.(3.4 years) Rev 12:14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. Whos the male child that was caught up (raptured) at this point? Rom 11:25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; Rom 11:26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB." Rom 11:27 "THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS." Israel is blind until the abomination! Thats when the fullness of the gentiles come in!

49 © 2011 Brett Peterson The Male Child rules with a rod of Iron and is raptured right after the Abomination of Desolation. Rev 2:25 'Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. Rev 2:26 'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; Rev 2:27 AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; Rev 2:28 and I will give him the morning star. Rev 2:29 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.'

50 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2Ti 2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; Rev 5:10 "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth." Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

51 © 2011 Brett Peterson At this time a great multitude that no one can count appears in heaven. This is the first resurrection! (Rev 20:6) Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

52 © 2011 Brett Peterson The first Resurrection – the Rapture The second Resurrection – judgment Revelation 20:4-6 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (5) The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. (6) Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

53 © 2011 Brett Peterson All of this happens at the sixth seal – even what Daniel prophesied: The second Resurrection – judgment Revelation 20:4-6 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (5) The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. (6) Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. Dan 12:1 "Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Dan 12:2 "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. (Two resurrections separated by 1000 years!

54 © 2011 Brett Peterson Thus, the rapture happens after the abomination of desolation, prior to the wrath, and is given signs that correspond to the sixth seal. We already established there will be a resurrection at the sixth seal. (Matt. 24 and Daniel 12) Lets review …

55 © 2011 Brett Peterson Matthew 24:29-31 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. (31) "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Revelation 6:12-17 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; (13) and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (14) The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (15) Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; (16) and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; (17) for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" The Day of the Lord begins – the breaking of the 6 th seal

56 © 2011 Brett Peterson Matthew 24:29-31 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. (31) "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. (31) "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Revelation 6:12-17 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; (13) and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (14) The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (15) Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; (16) and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; (17) for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" The Day of the Lord begins – the breaking of the 6 th seal Rev 1:4 John to the seven Churches …5 …To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood-- 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father--to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. Rev 6:16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; Rev 6:17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

57 © 2011 Brett Peterson Matthew 24:29-31 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. (31) "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Revelation 6:12-17 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; (13) and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (14) The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (15) Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; (16) and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; (17) for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" The Day of the Lord begins – the breaking of the 6 th seal 2Th 2:1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

58 © 2011 Brett Peterson Matthew 24:29-31 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. (31) "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Revelation 6:12-17 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; (13) and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (14) The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (15) Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; (16) and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; (17) for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" The Day of the Lord begins – the breaking of the 6 th seal 1Th 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 1Th 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1Th 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. This is the Rapture of the Christian!

59 © 2011 Brett Peterson 144,000 sealed, the raptured multitude is heaven. Revelation 7:3-4 saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads." (4) And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: Revelation 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; All of this is just after the breaking of the 6 th seal!

60 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1Th 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 1Th 5:3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 1Th 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 1Th 5:5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 1Th 5:6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

61 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2Th 2:1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2Th 2:2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 2Th 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

62 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Messiah and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Messiah and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, There is only one scripture in the Bible that gives us the timing of the rapture… Remember, the Day of the Lord starts with the Rapture and ends with the final judgment, after the 1000 year reign of Christ:

63 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Mat 10:22) "You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. (Mat 24:13) "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Mat 28:20) teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Mar 13:13) "You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Act 13:47) "For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.'" (1Co 1:8) who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

64 © 2011 Brett Peterson (1Co 1:8) who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

65 © 2011 Brett Peterson Some observations… 1. He who endures to the end shall be saved. We found the end does not come until after the Gospel is preached to the whole world – we havent done this yet! 2. The Christian will take the Gospel to the whole earth prior to the rapture.

66 © 2011 Brett Peterson 3. The AntiChrist will be revealed prior to the rapture.(this happens at the abomination) 4.The fullness of the Gentiles will come in prior to the Rapture (this takes place after the abomination of desolation) 5. The apostasy (a great falling away from the faith) will take place prior to the rapture -this will correspond with persecution. 6. Jesus made a promise about His coming…

67 © 2011 Brett Peterson He gave us another clue as to the timing of the rapture… Mat 10:23 "But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes. Remember – He is not talking to Jews here – He is talking to the Christian! The Jews will never be persecuted! They will be protected in the wilderness!

68 © 2011 Brett Peterson Some Observations continued… 7. Based on that last verse, the time of persecution will be very short. So when intense global persecution of Christians starts to the Rapture of the Christian will be a relatively short period of time! -Global persecution of Christians will take place prior to the rapture. 8. Only those with extra oil, ready to wait until the midnight hour will make it. Those who thought the Bridegroom would come earlier were not ready to endure to the end. 9. The whole pre-trib view, that started in the mid 1800s, is simply a deception from the enemy!

69 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, Back to the one scripture in the Bible that gives us the timing of the rapture…

70 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, There is only one scripture in the Bible that gives us the timing of the rapture… Remember, the Day of the Lord starts with the Rapture and ends with the final judgment, after the 1000 year reign of Christ:

71 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, There is only one scripture in the Bible that gives us the timing of the rapture… 1Th 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.1Th 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;

72 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, There is only one scripture in the Bible that gives us the timing of the rapture… Jesus gave us clear signs to look for regarding the Rapture of the Christian: 1.Persecution of the Christian 2.Apostasy – a falling away from the faith 3.Gospel taught to all nations – fullness of the Gentiles come in 4.AntiChrist revealed as the man of lawlessness.

73 © 2011 Brett Peterson Given these observations, we can now look at our timeline and figure out approximately when the rapture will take place…

74 © 2011 Brett Peterson There is only one position that seems to fit… The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Rapture? Rapture?Rapture? Rapture? PreMid Pre-wrath Post wrath

75 © 2011 Brett Peterson And pre-tribbers agree – From Lahaye: "The translation of the Christian is pictured as a deliverance before the day of wrath, while the Second Coming is followed by the deliverance of these who have believed in Christ during the Tribulation."

76 © 2011 Brett Peterson This is the event Jesus talked about in Matt. 24, that happens during the 6 th seal. The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Rapture Pre-wrath wrath 6 th seal

77 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Messiah and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Messiah and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, There is only one scripture in the Bible that gives us the timing of the rapture… 1Th 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.1Th 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;

78 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Messiah and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Messiah and our gathering together to Him, (2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, There is only one scripture in the Bible that gives us the timing of the rapture… Jesus gave us clear signs to look for regarding the Rapture of the believers: 1.Persecution of the believers 2.Apostasy – a falling away from the faith 3.Gospel taught to all nations – fullness of the Gentiles come in 4.Antichrist revealed as the man of lawlessness at the Abomination 2Th 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

79 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Antichrist revealed Judgment Middle East peace treaty Antichrists timeline Gathers nations for the last battle Looses power 1 seal 7 seal Mark seal Day of the Lord Sun Darkened Nations judged Armageddon Persecution

80 © 2011 Brett Peterson Timeline… Abomination The Rapture 2nd Coming of Christ 70 th week of Daniel Seals 1-5, Peace treaty, Horsemen, the mark, Two witnesses, Christians persecuted. Wrath(Trumpets,Bowls) Armageddon Peace, Temple 7 th seal

81 © 2011 Brett Peterson The last 7 years or the 70 th week of Daniel (the Tribulation) 2nd Coming of Christ- Rev. 19:11+ Abomination Math.24:15, Dan. 12:11 Peace treaty Dan.9:27, Rev. 13 Armageddon Rev. 16:13+ 1 Rev.6, Math.24 Seals 1-6 Wrath th seal 7 s Judgments s 1000 year reign Trumpets Rev.8+ Bowls Rev.16 + Timeline of End time events – overview – Pastor Brett Peterson – Ez. 38,39 Zech. 12:2-3, Isaiah 17:1+, Amos 1, Daniel 9:24-27, Mathew 24:3+, Rev. 6:2+ Time of Jacobs trouble – the great tribulation Jer. 30:7-10, Daniel 12, Mathew 24:21+, Rev. 6:12+ 1 st 3.5 years – Antichrist rules 2 nd 3.5 years, Israel protected, Gods wrath Rev. 14 and Rev Antichrist runs Rev. 13:5+ Antichrist Revealed II Thess.2:1-3 Apostasy (falling away from the faith II Thess. 2:1-3 plus a lot of scripture Rapture – I Thess. 1:10, 4:13-5:11 Matthew 24:22-34, II Thess. 2:1-3 Syria(Damascus), Israel,Russia, Middle east turmoil (happening today!!) Natural Events Supernatural

82 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Abomination Seal one - Antichrist Armageddon 1 Seals Great Trib. 7 Wrath s Judgments s Wars and Rumors of war Famine, locust Pestilence, wild beasts Christian Martyrs Rev. 6, Matt. 24

83 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Claims Godhood Wrath One World peace treaty Antichrist Reigns Gathers nations for the last battle Looses power 1 seal 7 seal Mark seal 10 Kings – Rev. 17:12+ 3 uprooted 1000Yearreign Israel follows false messiah Israel protected & sealed Antichrist Runs

84 © 2011 Brett Peterson Eph 5:5-6 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and God. (6) Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

85 © 2011 Brett Peterson Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joe 3:15 The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. Joe 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

86 © 2011 Brett Peterson Joe 3:12 Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations. 13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Rev 14:18 Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe. 19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.

87 © 2011 Brett Peterson The 70 th week 2nd Coming of Christ Claims Godhood Judgment Middle East peace treaty Antichrists timeline Gathers nations for the last battle Looses power 1 seal 7 seal Mark seal Rapture Sun Darkened Nations judged Armageddon

88 © 2011 Brett Peterson Joe 3:15 The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. Joe 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel. 1Th 1:9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. God protects Israel for 3.5 years. And we are rescued from the wrath. Then, He establishes His kingdom on earth…

89 © 2011 Brett Peterson So today, we find ourselves in that valley of decision. Joe 2:31 "The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. Joe 2:32 "And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joe 3:15 The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

90 © 2011 Brett Peterson Every moment of every day we find ourselves in that valley of decision. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so we must live each day fully for the Lord! Jos 24:15 "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

91 © 2011 Brett Peterson Heb 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. Heb 3:13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Heb 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, Heb 3:15 while it is said, "TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME."

92 © 2011 Brett Peterson Joe 2:12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; Joe 2:13 And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.

93 © 2011 Brett Peterson From Chuck Misslers site: The Rapture Myth The Rapture Myth is identical to the doctrine of cheap grace, as detailed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Rapture as doctrine is one thing. The Rapture Myth is a distortion of that doctrine, which says the Rapture will spare us from all time of trial, suffering, conflict and the need to do spiritual battle because we aren't going to endure God's wrath in the time of the Tribulation. It never occurs to the Rapture Myth people that we may well endure the world's wrath before Christ returns. The Rapture Myth takes comfort in the fallacious assumption that there will be no time of trial in the run-up to the Rapture and Tribulation. It comforts itself with a "we're going to be outta here" mentality; not to worry about anything. Just keep teaching the Bible as if the Bible were an end and goal unto itself. It fails to notice that the Bible is a manual for action, not just study, and most definitely not an end in itself. As Jesus said, the Kingdom of Heaven consists in power, not words.

94 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1Pe 2:19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 1Pe 2:20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 1Pe 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

95 © 2011 Brett Peterson Rom 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Rom 8:36 Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED." Rom 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Rom 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, Rom 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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