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1 BIBLE PROPHECY AND THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH: The End of This Age is Near? Dr. Jobe Martin www.biblicaldiscipleship.org www.evolutionofacreationist.com www.creationproclaims.com www.slideshare.net (Jobe Martin)

2 Eternity Past to the Cross

3 One of these days, newspapers will scream:

4 That event will be the “Rapture” and we’ll see more about it during this presentation… The “Rapture Picture” from Bible Believers ’ Evangelistic Assn., Sherman, TX

5 II Corinthians 10:3-5 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 5

6 Isaiah 44:6-8 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. 6

7 1 Chronicles 17:20 20 LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 7

8 Isaiah 46:9-10 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. 8

9 Proverbs 30:5-6 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 9

10 Revelation 22:18-19 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 10

11 John 14:6 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 11

12 Acts 4:12 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 12

13 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Isaiah 41:10 Hebrews 4:16 James 1:12

14 This map shows God’s Plan of the Ages From Eternity PAST To Eternity FUTURE… From Eternity Past to Christ is recorded in the Old Testament. From Christ to Eternity Future is in the New Testament. Old Testament of the Bible New Testament of the Bible About 4000 yrs

15 There are 7 major tests or “ages” in the outworking of God’s overall eternal purpose. Innocence,Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law,Graceand Kingdom.

16 In each “age” man is given a specific test or RESPONSIBILITY.

17 In each “age” the majority of the people disobey God and each “age” ends in human FAILURE.

18 In each age, the FAILURE results in divine JUDGMENT.

19 The overall revelation of the seven tests show that man is utterly sinful AND LOST. Salvation in every age is by GRACE (the un- deserved, un-earned GIFT of God) and is always received BY FAITH. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

20 In the first age, man was created and innocent. Adam and Eve had a wonderful life in the garden of Eden and they had fellowship with God. Will they trust and obey God in this paradise? Will they trust His wisdom and love for them?

21 God gave them a very simple test… Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do eat of it, “Thou shalt surely die.” Satan lied… You will not die. They ate. As a result, sin and death came on the entire human race. Man is now separated FROM God. The rest of the Bible is about God’s redemption of man and restoration to fellowship with God.

22 In Age #4, the test is to show that even when given a direct promise from God, most people will not meet His terms for the promise and obey. Among His promises, God told Abraham to go to a land He would show him (Israel), DWELL there (stay there) and “I will make you a great nation, bless you and make your name great.” (Gen. 12:1-3) ABRAHAM

23 Abraham left Ur of Chaldees through Haran to the promised land. When a little famine (test) came to them in the promised land, they went down into Egypt. After Israel wandered in the wilderness 40 yrs., they finally got back into their promised land.

24 The Failure was Abraham (and Israel) not “Dwelling” (staying) in the promised land as God said to do. As a result of that disobedience, Israel ended up in Egyptian Bondage as slaves, perhaps building the pyramids.

25 THE BIBLE SAYS THAT MAN IS TOTALLY CORRUPT His intellect: 2 Cor. 4:4; Rom. 1:28 His conscience: 1 Tim. 4:2 His will: Rom. 1:18, 28 His heart: Eph. 4:18; Jer. 17:9 His total being: Romans 1-8 The penalty for this total corruption is eternal separation from God=HELL The penalty for this total corruption is eternal separation from God=HELL and ultimately the Lake of Fire.

26 THE PENALTY FOR SIN Death: Rom. 6:23 Second Death: Rev. 21:8 Endless Punishment: 2 Thess. 1:8,9 Black Darkness Forever: Jude 12,13 Everlasting Disgrace: Dan. 12:2 Eternal Fire: Matt. 25:41 SEPARATION FROM GOD FOREVER!

27 THE PENALTY FOR SIN FOR BELIEVERS Loss of fellowship with God: 1 John 1:6 Loss of fellowship with Believers: Matt 18 Discipline from the church: 1 Cor. 5:4,5 Chastisement from the Lord: Heb. 12:6 Habitual sin-unto-death: 1 John 5:16,17; 1 Corinthians 11:30 All to Jesus I surrender, I surrender all!!

28 THE REMEDY FOR SIN FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT CHRIST Proverb 28:13: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

29 THE REMEDY FOR SIN FOR BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confess=“to agree with God” There are children of God and children of the devil (1 Jn. 3:10; Jn.8:44; Rom 9:8) WHOSE CHILD ARE YOU?

30 When a person “in Christ” (a true, believing Christian who has received our crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins) dies the Bible says that they are instantly with our Lord in heaven! It is either instant eternal heaven or instant eternal hell with nothing in between! 2 Corinthians 5:8:We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

31 1 Corinthians 15:48-50 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

32 The study of Bible prophecy should bring us face to face with our own sinfulness before the Holy God of the Bible. If Bible prophecy of the End Times means anything, it means that we need to be ready at any instant to meet our Lord, Savior and Judge, the Lord Jesus, Who gave His life to redeem us from our sins and give us eternal life with Him. The study of Bible prophecy should bring us face to face with our own sinfulness before the Holy God of the Bible. If Bible prophecy of the End Times means anything, it means that we need to be ready at any instant to meet our Lord, Savior and Judge, the Lord Jesus, Who gave His life to redeem us from our sins and give us eternal life with Him.

33 2 nd Coming Prophecies and Israel in History and Prophecy Two Involuntary Captivities Two National Returns

34 Two Involuntary National Removals and Two National Returns About 722 B.C. the ten northern tribes (Israel, Ephraim) were taken captive by Assyria About 586 B.C. the two southern tribes (Judah) were taken captive by Babylonia First Involuntary National Removal Complete 586

35 First National Return of Israel About 516 B.C. Israel returned to the Land of Promise under Ezra, Nehemia and Zerubabel to remain as an identifiable people until 70 A.D.

36 Second Involuntary National Removal About 70 A.D. Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple thus removing the Jewish people from the Land of Promise not to return as a sovereign nation until 1948. The second national return of Israel----could that be 1948?

37 Does the Bible Teach a Second National Return of Israel? Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt... and from the islands of the sea.

38 What Happens after the Second Return of the Jewish People? Great Earthquakes *Mt 24:7, Lk 21:11, Wars will increase *Mt 24, Lk 21, Mk 13 Famines will increase *Mt 24, Rev 6:5-8 Plagues will increase *Rev 6:8, Lk 21:11 False christs will increase *Matt 24:24 False prophets will increase *Mt 24:24 False signs and wonders increase *Mt 24:24

39 == PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT == == PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT == ***This event supersedes event PT07094451. Ear Region: IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Geographic coordinates: 30.904N, 141.634E Magnitude: 5.7 Mw Depth: 39 km Universal Time (UTC): 4 Apr 2007 21:40:23 Time near the Epicenter: 5 Apr 2007 06:40:23 Local time in your area: 4 Apr 2007 21:40:23 Location with respect to nearby cities: 298 km (185 miles) SE (144 degrees) of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan 298 km (185 miles) SE (144 degrees) of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan 429 km (266 miles) N (353 degrees) of Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan 429 km (266 miles) N (353 degrees) of Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan 545 km (338 miles) SE (145 degrees) of Shizuoka, Honshu, Japan 545 km (338 miles) SE (145 degrees) of Shizuoka, Honshu, Japan 558 km (347 miles) SSE (161 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan 558 km (347 miles) SSE (161 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan ADDITIONAL EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS ________________________________ event ID : US 2007atcp This event has been reviewed by a seismologist at NEIC For subsequent updates, maps, and technical information, see: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007atcp.php or http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ National Earthquake Information Center U.S. Geological Survey http://neic.usgs.gov DISCLAIMER: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/ens/disclaimer.html http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/ens/disclaimer.html This email was sent to dr-jobe@juno.com You requested mail for events between -90.0/90.0 latitude and 180.0/-180.0 longitude for M5.5 at all times. To change your parameters or unsubscribe, go to: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/ens For free earthquake reports: www.earthquakes.usgs.gov

40 1. Major FOOD FAMINES are coming! Jesus described last day conditions, including FAMINES (Matt. 24:1-7). During the coming 7 year Tribulation, over ONE FOURTH of the world’s people will die, largely from hunger (famine). (Rev. 6:8) Is the stage set for major food famine? “In 1974, the U.S. committed it’s last major reserve of 50,000,000 acres for food production.” (U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 28, 1974, page 50)

41 9/23/04 “Despite bumper harvest, world’s cupboard grows bare.” World’s grain harvests have for 4 years fallen short of consumption. As population continues to mushroom, some experts suggest, we are teetering on the brink of global food crisis. (9/23/04 www.csmonitor.com/2004/0923/p17s01-cogn.html) Shortfalls have pulled down the world grain reserves to only 59 days of consumption, the lowest levels in 30 years.

42 With the Jewish People back in their land after 2000 years, what next ? *1 Tim. 4:1 Demon worship increases *1 Tim. 4:1 increases (Gk = “pharmakeia” translated means: “a spell-giving drug, magic, witchcraft, sorcery”) (HARRY POTTER) *Rev. 9:21 Sorcery with drug abuse increases (Gk = “pharmakeia” translated means: “a spell-giving drug, magic, witchcraft, sorcery”) (HARRY POTTER) *Rev. 9:21 increases *2 Timothy 3:1-5 Children’s disobedience to parents increases *2 Timothy 3:1-5 2 Tim 3:2; 2 Pet 3:3 Self-esteem increases 2 Tim 3:2; 2 Pet 3:3

43 In the Last Days the Jewish People will return to their Land SIMULTANEOUSLY: * Daniel 7 and 9 European nations unite * Daniel 7 and 9 * Ezekiel 38 and 39 Russia is a world power * Ezekiel 38 and 39 * Revelation 16:12f China is a world power * Revelation 16:12f (assumes Israel is there) *Ezek 38 Muslim nations unite with Russia against Israel (assumes Israel is there) *Ezek 38 * Rev 13 A World Government takes over * Rev 13

44 In 1948 the Israelis as a Nation Returned to the Holy Land SIMULTANEOUSLY: * 2 Tim. 3 Global Terrorism increased * 2 Tim. 3 * 2 Tim. 3 Global Lawlessness increased * 2 Tim. 3 * Global Homosexuality increased * *1 Timothy 4; 2 Tim. 3; Romans 1 *1 Timothy 4; 2 Tim. 3; Romans 1 increased * Jude 18,19 Global Immorality increased * Jude 18,19 Matt 24:9 Persecution of Believers increased Matt 24:9

45 2. During the Tribulation, there will be increased Immorality and Lawlessness. In the last days, perilous times shall come… evil men and seducers shall get worse and worse… (II Tim.3:1-13) Questions: Has MORALITY (for example on TV) gotten better or worse in the last 50 years? Do our schools still honor God and His Word as they did 50 years ago? Even 20 years ago? Do our Governments and Courts still honor God and His Word as they did 50 years ago?

46 Has LAWLESSNESS increased or decreased during the last 50 years? Many crimes, especially drug related, are UP. Drug Arrests by age, 1970-2003 especially adults, UP. (U.S. Department of Justice )

47 The hindering work of the Holy Spirit (against lawlessness) operating through the church will be gone after the Rapture. (II Thes. 2:7) And the rest of the men which were not killed by these (Tribulation) plagues yet repented not of their worshiping of devils and idols... Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries (magic arts), nor of their fornication (sexual immorality) nor of their thefts. (Rev. 9:20,21; Rev. 16:8-11) With the church gone, ungodly rebellion will be uninhibited in the Tribulation.

48 Israel Returns to Her Land Not Yet Accepting Her Messiah. Meanwhile: *** 2 Thessalonians 2, Rev. 13:8 An Apostate Global Spiritual system emerges *** 2 Thessalonians 2, Rev. 13:8 * A Global Monetary System emerges * *** Revelation 13:17 *** Revelation 13:17 A Global emerges *** Rev. 13:7 A Global Leader emerges *** Rev. 13:7 A emerges *** Revelation 11:9,10 A Global Encompassing Visual System emerges *** Revelation 11:9,10

49 And he (antichrist) will cause all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 3. A computer linked One World Economic System will be needed during the Tribulation, so the antichrist can control World Trade. Without the antichrist mark, people won’t be able to buy or sell anything… food, gas, electricity… NOTHING! And that no man might buy or sell, save he that has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev. 13:16,17)

50 With a One World Economic, Monetary and Banking System, the antichrist will demand the worship of the world, or… they can’t buy or sell. Most unsaved people living on the earth during the Tribulation WILL take the mark of the antichrist and worship him. (Rev. 13:8) Deceived by antichrist’s One World Economic System and required worship, the eternal doom of those people is promised by God’s Word. It will be eternal separation from God… in the lake of fire. (Rev. 14:9-11)

51 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization of 184 member countries. Could the IMF be a One World Monetary Organization setting the stage for the One World Economy required by the antichrist during the 7 year Tribulation? It was established… “to promote international monetary cooperation.” www.imf.org/external/about.htm

52 Have the events of August, 2008-October, 2010 displayed a worldwide economically coordinated global monetary system?

53 The popularity of Eurodollars has grown rapidly… Could this “Eurocurrency” be a One World Currency for the World Monetary System required during the Tribulation? 1972 = $11 billion 1981 = $178 billion 1991 = $429 billion www.unitar.org/dfm/Resource_Center/TrainingPackage/Tp7/ChVII1/4sectionI.htm

54 International oil contracts are with more and more frequency being denominated in Euros instead of Dollars.

55 High speed computers that will link the One World Economic System are already in place to scan UPC codes instantly… on almost everything. What’s next? Perhaps a UPC code ? or Electronic Chip ? to be implanted on humans for ID for the One World Economic System needed by antichrist in the Tribulation?

56 When the Jewish People return to their land in the Last Days: of the Second Coming of Christ will increase. *** 2 Peter 3, Jude 1 Mockers of the Second Coming of Christ will increase. *** 2 Peter 3, Jude 1 will increase. *** Daniel 12:4 Knowledge will increase. *** Daniel 12:4 will increase. *** Daniel 12:4 Travel will increase. *** Daniel 12:4 of gold and silver will increase. *** James 5:3 Hoarding of gold and silver will increase. *** James 5:3 The will be LUKE WARM!!!!! Rev. 3:16 The Church will be LUKE WARM!!!!! Rev. 3:16

57 Conclusion: (1.) Impending Food Famines, are all in HARMONY with the predicted world conditions for the coming 7 year Tribulation Judgment. (3.) the coming One World Economic System (2.) Worsening Immorality and Lawlessness and Now… let’s see WHAT is coming according to the Bible, God’s Word…

58 When the Israelis get back in their land in the Last Days they will build a temple The Jewish people are ready to build their Last-Days Temple in Jerusalem as soon as they have a. * 2 Thess 2 The Jewish people are ready to build their Last-Days Temple in Jerusalem as soon as they have a guaranteed peace. * 2 Thess 2 The Jewish people will accept a guaranteed peace covenant secured by the countries of ** Daniel 9:27 The Jewish people will accept a guaranteed peace covenant secured by the countries of the Revived Roman Empire-now 80% Islamic!** Daniel 9:27 The Jewish People will have their Temple in Jerusalem soon!!!

59 THE RAPTURE: THE BLESSED HOPE The Doctrine of Imminence: Jesus could come at any moment for His church!!! End- time prophecies are signs to the Jews and herald the second coming of Christ to earth. No prophecy need be fulfilled before Jesus comes for His bride. (no temple needed) John 14:2,3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:4; 1Thessalonians 1:10, 4:16,17

60 PAUL BELIEVED IN AN IMMINENT RAPTURE 51 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. 1 Corinthians 15:51 Paul believed that the Rapture could happen to him in his lifetime.

61 PAUL BELIEVED IN AN IMMINENT RAPTURE “…that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of our Lord….” 1Thess 4:15 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up…in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air….” 1Thess 4:17 At the end of his life Paul somehow knew that he would not see the Rapture, but he would get the Crown of Righteousness for loving the Rapture. 2Timothy 4:8

62 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 1ST AND 2ND COMING OF CHRIST FIRST ADVENT Stable Lamb Rejected/crucified Die Cross Humiliation Crown of thorns SECOND ADVENT Clouds Lion Welcomed/glorified Reign Crown Exaltation Crown of triumph

63 THE BIG QUESTION…. What’s next on God’s prophetic time table? In other words: What am I looking for next? Am I looking for a temple to be rebuilt? Am I looking for the Antichrist? Am I looking for a peace treaty with Israel? OR Am I looking for the Lord Jesus to come for me at the Rapture of the Church?

64 Christians are never told to look for a temple, or the Antichrist, or the Tribulation. Christians are told to look for Jesus: Philippians 3:20 1 Corinthians 1:7 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10 Titus 2:13 Hebrews 9:28 Luke 12:35-40.

65 THE NEXT EVENT…. THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

66 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING RAPTURE Jesus comes in air, for believers before Great Trib. Saints move from earth to heaven with Lord. Secret disappearance SECOND COMING Jesus comes to earth with believers after Great Trib. Saints move from heaven to earth with Lord. Public appearance

67 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING RAPTURE Christ comes to claim His bride Could happen at any time since Pentecost Is a message of comfort and hope Is for the Church SECOND COMING Christ returns with His bride Is preceded by a multitude of signs Is a message of judgment Is for Israel + world

68 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING RAPTURE Is a N.T. mystery Believers are judged after rapture (Bema) Leaves creation unchanged Abrahamic covenant remains unfulfilled SECOND COMING Is O.T. prophecy Gentiles and Jews are judged (Matt. 25) Major changes occur with creation Abrahamic covenant fulfilled in 1000 yrs

69 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING RAPTURE Takes place before God’s wrath comes on earth (1 Thess 5:9) The expectation of the church is “The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5) SECOND COMING Takes place after God’s wrath comes on earth (Rev. 19:11) The expectation of Israel is “The King- dom is at hand.” (Matthew 24:14)

70 THE RAPTURE: THE BLESSED HOPE The Rapture was unknown until the Holy Spirit revealed it through the apostles. All who are in Christ (believers) when the Rapture occurs will never experience death. The Rapture will occur suddenly, without specific warning, and will be over and done in a flash (twinkling of an eye, 1 Corinthians 15:52).

71 THE RAPTURE: THE BLESSED HOPE At the Rapture all living believers will be changed from mortal to immortal, glorified bodies (like the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ). At the Rapture living and dead believers will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. The Rapture is to be a blessed hope and comfort to believers. 1 Thess. 4:18, Titus 2:13-15

72 One of these days, newspapers will scream:

73 That event will be the “Rapture” and we’ll see more about it during this presentation… The “Rapture Picture” from Bible Believers ’ Evangelistic Assn., Sherman, TX

74 THE PREMILLENNIAL, PRETRIBULATIONAL RAPTURE IS NICELY PICTURED IN THE TRADITIONAL JEWISH BETROTHAL AND MARRIAGE CUSTOMS.

75 THE JEWISH MARRIAGE CEREMONY Betrothal involved the groom traveling from his fathers house to the home of his bride (betrothed, fiancee), paying the purchase price and, thus, establishing the marriage covenant. (Matthew 27:46) The groom then returned to his father’s house and remained separate from his betrothed for 12 months. (John 14:1-3)

76 THE JEWISH MARRIAGE CEREMONY During the 12 months of separation the groom prepared the living accommodations back at his father’s house for his wife. (John 14:1-3) After the new living accommodations are ready the groom comes back for his bride at a time not exactly known to her. (1 Thess. 4:13-18) He returns to his father’s house with his bride to consummate the marriage and celebrate the 7- day marriage feast. (Revelation 19:7-9)

77 THE JEWISH MARRIAGE CEREMONY In Revelation 19:7-9 the wedding feast is announced. If the Hebrew marriage anal- ogy is right, then the wedding had already happened in the Father’s house. Today the church is described as a virgin waiting for her bridegroom, 2 Cor. 11:2. In Rev. 21 she is described as the wife of the Lamb. She had previously been

78 taken to the Groom’s Father’s house for the wedding. (Raptured to Heaven and Bema Seat Judgment for Believers in Heaven). Pretribulationists say this requires an interval of time between the Rapture and the Second Coming (7 years would do). The “Bema Seat” judgment (2 Cor. 5:10, 1Cor. 3:10f) takes place in Heaven (for Christians) while the 7-yr Tribulation unfolds down on earth.

79 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

80 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

81 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

82 THE SEVEN CHURCHES Four views: Seven historical churches, Seven periods of church history, Seven types of churches in the last days. Some hold all three views simultaneously.

83 A GREEK FORMULA BEFORE THE TRIBULATION BEGINS: He that hath an ear, “Let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churchs.” Ephesus: Revelation 2:7 Smyrna: Revelation 2:11 Pergamos: Revelation 2:17 Thyatira: Revelation 2:29 Sardis: Revelation 3:6 Philadelphia: Revelation 3:13 Laodicea: Revelation 3:22

84 THE GREEK FORMULA DURING THE TRIBULATION: Revelation 13:9: If any man have an ear, “let him hear”……… The formula is not completed: let him hear “what the Spirit saith unto the churchs.” THE TRIBULATION IS IN FULL GEAR AND THE CHURCH CANNOT BE ADDRESSED BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS NO LONGER ON PLANET EARTH—IT HAS BEEN RAPTURED!! The church is in heaven preparing for marriage.

85 Does the Laodicean Church Typify the Church before the Tribulation? Revelation 3:14-16: “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith The Amen, The Faithful And True Witness, The Beginning Of The Creation Of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot: I would thou wast cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

86 INDICATIONS THAT THE CHURCH IS NOT TO SUFFER GOD’S WRATH If the 7th church (Laodicea) is the last days church (LUKEWARM) then it may well be significant that Heaven opens in Revelation.4:1 and John is caught up into Heaven. John’s “catching up” in Revelation.4:1 may represent the church being raptured before the Tribulation

87 INDICATIONS THAT THE CHURCH IS NOT TO SUFFER GOD’S WRATH If all the 7 church types are present in the last days then Philadelphia may represent the raptured church: “…I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (testing, NASV) which shall come upon all the world….” (Revelation 3:10) Christians kept completely out and away from (Gk=ek) the time of the testing. Could this represent THE RAPTURE? “Tereo ek”= “to keep out from” see: LXX Prov. 21:23; Acts 15:29; Jn. 12:27, 17:15

88 WILL THE CHURCH BE IN THE TRIBULATION? The 7 year Tribulation is the last 7 years of God’s dealing with Israel according to Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks of years. The Church is not mentioned after John is caught up in Rev. 4:1 until Rev. 22:16 when the Tribulation judgments on earth are over. God’s Jewish time clock is reactivated and the Gospel of the Kingdom is spread by 144,000 young Jewish men, not the church, for 7 years.

89 REVELATION 4:1 cp 19:11 Revelation 4:1: Heaven opens and John (church?) is caught up (raptured) into heaven. Heaven closes with John in heaven and does not re-open until Revelation 19:11 when King Jesus comes (2 nd Coming) with His saints to his establish His earthly kingdom. In this sense Heaven is closed during the seven year Tribulation.

90 WILL THE CHURCH BE IN THE TRIBULATION? Matthew 24:37: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the son of man be.” Why did Jesus call attention to Noah? Why the parallel? God is preparing to judge the world (It was the flood in Noah’s day). Noah’s family only believers on earth.

91 WHY THE PARALLEL WITH THE DAYS OF NOAH? Flood judgment coming Enoch “raptured” before judgment God preserves Noah thru flood judgment Noah repopulates after flood judgment Tribulation judgment coming Church raptured before judgment God preserves some thru Trib. judgment Believers repopulate after Trib. judgment

92 ONE MORE PARALLEL WITH THE DAYS OF NOAH! All unbelievers perished in the flood. Only believers left to repopulate the earth. All unbelievers who survive the Tribulation will be judged and cast into eternal punishment at the Second Coming of Jesus. (Matthew 25:31-46) Only believers left to repopulate the earth during the 1000 year reign of King Jesus Christ on earth after the Second Coming.

93 WHAT ABOUT THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION EPISODE? “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which till they the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:27f: “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death till they see the kingdom of God.” Peter, James and John saw all the elements of the kingdom. Peter, James and John saw all the elements of the kingdom. 1. The Glorified Lord. 2. The OT saints=Moses. 3. The Raptured Believers=Elijah. 4. The flesh and blood believers who enter 1000 year kingdom = Peter, James, John.

94 POINT OF CONSIDERATION If you do not believe in a Pretribulation Rapture, then you do not believe that Christ can come for you at any moment. If you do not believe that Jesus could come at any moment (Pretrib.) then you are looking for the Antichrist and his establishing the seven year treaty with Israel (Dan. 9:27) [Postmill. exception?]

95 POINT OF CONSIDERATION If Satan was bound by Jesus and is still bound, then who possessed the Antichrist (Nero, as in a full Preterist view) in the middle of the 70 a.d. Tribulation? If the Time of Jacob’s Trouble (Trib.) is over (70 a.d.) and we are in the indefinite period of time called the Millennium which will deliver an evangelized,

96 world to King Jesus at His Second Coming to earth, then what about Christianized world to King Jesus at His Second Coming to earth, then what about Revelation 19:19? “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.”

97 The “kings of the earth” are definitely not “Christianized” at the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus to earth, since they gather together to make war with Him when He arrives. This fact eliminates Postmillennialism, Preterism, Kingdom-Now, Reconstructionism, etc.

98 Humans will not deliver to the Lord Jesus a “Christianized” world at His Second Coming! His 2 nd Coming is necessary to prevent humankind from totally destroying itself and planet earth.

99 THE WORLD IS NOT GETTING BETTER! “For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them,…” 1 Thessalonians 5:3 “…in the last days perilous times will come….But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:1,13

100 ISRAEL IN THE LAST DAYS Zechariah 12-14: In the last days Jewish people (Abraham’s Seed) will be back in the Promised Land (Isaiah 11:11) and Jewish Israel will be invaded by many nations. Jewish Israel will not be conquered and our Heavenly Father will rescue His chosen people and restore them and their land. This did not happen in 70 a.d.!!!!

101 AS THE RAPTURE APPROCHES, HOW SHOULD WE LIVE? “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” 1 Thess. 4:3 “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without….” 1 Thess. 4:11-12a

102 Philippians 3:10-11, 21a “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead…. For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

103 LOOK UP!!!! “Even so you, too, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.” Matthew 24:31

104 If Rev. 4:1 Symbolizes the Rapture, What Next? The Church is in Heaven and the first thing we hear is “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come,” said night and day by the four beasts Revelation 4:8,11 Next we hear the twenty-four elders saying, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:8,11

105 Are the names of God significant in Revelation. 3:14? The Amen, The Faithful And True Witness, The Beginning Of The Creation Of God If the Laodicean church is a symbol of the Last Days church then: “The Amen” is a fitting title for the end; “The Faithful And True Witness” fits the Lukewarm Last Days Church which questions the truthfulness of God’s Bible.

106 “The Beginning Of The Creation Of God” Revelation 3:14b By using this name could the Creator, the Lord Jesus, be reminding the Last Days Church which believes, to a great extent, in evolution that He actually is the Creator Who created everything in six days just like Faithful Witness states in the Bible? Are Lukewarm Christians believing old earth evolutionists, and not the Bible?

107 Can belief in evolution and an old earth cause lukewarmness? Belief in evolution and a billions of years old earth forces a person to mistrust the literal, historical, grammatical method of Biblical interpretation. If the first eleven chapters of Genesis can not be taken literally, then what Scriptures can be understood literally? Mistrust of the Bible breeds a lukewarm attitude !

108 We can believe the Bible!!! The early chapters of Genesis can and must be interpreted literally. There is no need to attempt to cram billions of years into the text of Genesis 1. Macroevolutionary theory (Big Bang to molecules to life to man) is an unproven idea. “Science” has not proven the earth to be any older than the Bible teaches!

109 WHY DO “LAST-DAYS” CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IN A 15 BIL. YEAR OLD EARTH? Christians love the honor and approval of men more than the honor and approval of God! John 5:44 “How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?”

110 John 12:43 For they loved the praise (approval, NAS) of men more than the praise (approval, NAS) of God.

111 ISAIAH 48:11b-14a “I will not give my glory unto another. Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I am also the last. Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth….” (CREATION) By believing in old earth ideas (Gap, Theistic Evol, Progressive Creation, Day- age, Framework, etc.) we rob God of his glory and steal praises meant only for Him.

112 PROVERBS 14:12-14a “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness. The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways….” Are you filled with your own ways which are not Biblical and which lead to death?

113 FOR CHRISTIANS ONLY... Are you believing the ideas of fallen men or the Holy Written Word of God? Are you robbing God of His glory and stealing His praise? Do you love the approval of men more than the approval of God? Are you a LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN?

114 DO YOU WANT TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION ON PEOPLE OR A DIFFERENCE FOR GOD? If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:9,10

115 Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

116 ROMANS 5:10-12 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement

117 ROMANS 5:10-12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

118 ROMANS 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

119 ROMANS 10:9-13 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

120 ROMANS 10:9-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

121 Revelation 22:20-21 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.


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