”If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,… but have not love, I am nothing. ” –1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)

This is how it works with some of our Pre-tribulation rapture (PTR) brothers: The preacher warned that Jesus could come at any moment. If they were not saved by trusting Christ they would be left behind when Jesus came for his Church. So they raised their right hand and went forward. Now they’re ready; therefore, come Lord Jesus!

But wait a minute! What if Jesus had come while the PTR brother remained lost in sin? What if he never had the chance to be saved like the billion plus in the world who have yet to hear the name of Jesus?

Of course, living in America implies many opportunities to listen to the Good News or open a Bible. Ever wonder why a culture with such a rich Christian heritage is fertile ground for an “I got mine; too bad about you” view on the last days? Where’s the love for those remaining in spiritual darkness among the nations?

Wake up, my PTR brothers! Your end-times’ doctrine does not pass Biblical muster! How can Jesus’ return be imminent while an estimated one-sixth of the earth’s population has been left in ignorance through no fault of their own? Bear in mind, Jesus promised, “…but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:13-14 NIV)

How does your PTR commentator or expert explain away the plain meaning of Jesus’ prophecy above? Where’s the love in just knowing Christ, if we are given the Holy Spirit to make Him known to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)? Where’s the love for Jesus to endure suffering or our compassion for the oppressed? If there is no love, we really have nothing.

(For a thoroughly Biblical and rational treatment of this subject, we offer Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship.)

“You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob.” Psalm 44:4(NIV)

As missiles from Hamas or Hezbollah launchers are fired at Israeli cities, crews of Israeli Defense Force (IDF) computer specialists immediately set to work tracking the incoming missiles’ trajectories and speed. In seconds, a button is pushed. An Israeli missile is then airborne and on-course for a high-altitude intercept. Overhead, a cloud of white smoke can be seen. The destruction of property and death of innocent citizens was averted.

On July 8th Reuters news service reported over 130 such missiles were fired at major Israeli population centers in a twenty-hour span. The fact that no fatalities occurred from these attacks was credited to a sophisticated missile defense system known as “The Iron Dome”.

When Pharaoh’s army pursued the Moses-led Hebrews through the parted waters of the Red Sea, their chariots’ wheels began to fall off. Before they were drowned, the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them and against Egypt.” (Exodus 14:25)

As it was then, it is now. The Lord God of Jacob is the Iron Dome. He is for the Jews and against those who seek their destruction. The fact His people’s enemies possess powerful weapons while they fight alone, presents a familiar scenario. History has often shown that disaster will come on those who plan disaster for his chosen people.

Centuries after Egypt’s chariots first lay at the bottom of the sea, God spoke to Hezekiah, king of Judah: “I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.” That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.” (1 Kings 19:34-35) The battle was the Lord’s!

As we rush headlong toward the last days, know this: God will always fight for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendants. The Iron Dome is a small preview of things to come.

”See, I have told you ahead of time.” –Jesus, Matthew 24:25 (NIV)

Recently, a “brother” shared his objection to my positive attempts at uncovering truth: “Why do you believe Pre-tribulation rapture teachers are leading people astray?” he asked. “What if you’re wrong and they’re right?” In other words, who am I to say another Christian has it wrong with respect to prophecy?

Basically, I was accused of intolerance. How ironic. When did tolerance become a virtue to our “Pre-Trib” brothers?

Why are some who declare, “If God said it, I believe it!” so accepting of flimsy explanations? Jesus’ instruction on the last days serves as an example. “Immediately after the distress of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.” (Matthew 24:29-30 NIV)

What is going on immediately prior to God’s celestial sign appearing in the sky? The distress of those days (24:29). This is an obvious reference by Jesus to the fore-mentioned time of great distress (24:21-22).

According to Christ, what happens almost simultaneously (“at that time”) with the sign of the sun, moon and stars? We will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds. The Lord will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds… (Matt. 24:30-31)

Our Lord told us ahead of time. Many dismiss the above by saying Jesus’ prophecy does not apply to today? Students then conclude there are more relevant subjects to consider. “What Jesus said ahead of time, therefore, does not really matter.”

Pre-tribulation rapture (PTR) teachers are guilty of no less a crime. They dismiss Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21another way. “Christians are taken up before all this,” they say. “Jesus is speaking to Jews. The Church is in heaven with Jesus.” Really?? Is that what Matthew 24:31 states?

Literal interpretations and logic go out the window. The PTR bottom-line is this: Why care about truth and accuracy if believers vanish before the Tribulation?

This is how Jesus’ prophecy is reduced to a curiosity. As far as our Lord preparing his saints ahead of time for what soon takes place: “They’ve gone up, so what’s it matter?” God help us.

(For a thoroughly Biblical and rational treatment of this subject, we offer Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship.)

” You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you, and who have children. You are to consider them as native born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the alien settles, there you are to give him this inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord. (Ezekiel 47:21-23, NIV).

God instructed his priest Ezekiel to prophesy about the land that would be given to Israel’s twelve tribes. This is a yet to be fulfilled promise, one that will be perfectly realized in the Millennium. (Ezekiel 47-48) At that point, God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob concerning Canaan will be established with Jesus ruling over all nations.

Unfortunately, men have their ideas for peace and just who should inhabit the land. Leaders, such as Palestinian President Abbas want Jews removed. Even more radical Muslim leaders want Zionists wiped out completely. America’s president is calling for a two-state solution for Israel and the return to pre-1967 borders. These ideas and others like them cannot work. They go against God’s Word and are demonically-inspired.

Our Lord has the solution. Anyone who wants to live in the land promised to Abraham through Isaac and Jacob can live in harmony as an equal (cf. Genesis 15:1-21, 21:8-12, 22:15-18, 28:10-15). This was God’s plan all along. Those who oppose His divine will, uncover the darkness within their hearts. A full-scale war in the Middle East looms on the horizon, with the Jews in Israel hanging in the balance. Jesus will be victorious. To which side are you committed?- EJ

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful men, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)

We are a culture of obsessive personalities, and—I confess—I am an example. An obsession is a pursuit outside of life’s necessities that devour one’s time and resources, as well as mental and physical energies. By definition, the poor, hard-working farmer is practical if he spends his entire day tending his crops, while the person who puts food in their stomach morning, noon and night is obsessive–and probably also obese. The fisherman who rises early to set out to sea may be going to work, but the sport’s fisherman casting for the big one so he can boast of a prized catch has an obsession.

In the so-called rich nations of the world, like the U.S., an abundance of leisure time and discretionary wealth means we have almost as many cravings and manic desires as we have people. There’s also a publication, an entertainment industry or a TV show for nearly each obsession. That way we can always find a way to feast on the object of our lust.

As I alluded to, I, myself, and others with whom I enjoy great fellowship, are obsessed, but it is on God’s Word. We crave to grasp more of Bible prophecy. Call this a “magnificent” obsession since our hunger for truth will bring salvation to believers in the last days. We’ve obsessed on a host of other things, but our lives, time and resources are now dedicated to accurately declaring what the Lord said in Scripture, before it happens! In our estimation, all other unnecessary pursuits are meaningless, a mere chasing after the wind.

” And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him because it neither sees nor knows Him. But you know Him for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18, NIV)

As many throughout the world remember and honor their fathers today, we must thank and humble ourselves before the one who gave us life. Yahweh loves us so much that he offers us eternal life through Jesus. This sacrifice is the ultimate gift God gives. Moments before Jesus left the mortal realm, He cried out: ” Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” -which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 24:46, NIV)

Consider this monumental moment, because this was the only time in eternity that the Father and Son were separated. Jesus bore the sins of every generation and our Heavenly Father had to look away. That is Love and despite our unworthiness, Jesus did not leave us alone in this world. The Father gave us the Holy Spirit, who would be our teacher and comforter. Our Lord wants us to forever enjoy the new heavens and earth with Him.

So when we are tempted to fall away or when the anti-Christ deceives the world through demonically powered miracles, God the Father must reign in our hearts. There is no religion here, it is a relationship of love. We remember the one who gave up everything so that we may have an eternal inheritance. Our time has come to show that love by giving up all in our lives for the Greatest Father ever! EJ

“By Faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.” (Hebrews 11:7 NRSV).

As we prepare ourselves for the end of the age, Noah is the perfect model to follow. Jesus himself tells us that the days before the coming of the Son of Man will be very similar to the days of Noah. (cf: Matthew 24:37-39). Like Noah, we must heed God’s warnings and reach out to prepare those who are wrapped up in their own lives.

Noah was a righteous man, who was blameless among the people of his time. (Genesis 6:9). Blameless is defined in Psalm 19:13 as “being kept from willful sin.” So, in preparing ourselves to be more than conquerors we must repent of our transgressions and trust completely in God’s plan and provisions.

Furthermore, Noah had God’s precepts and prophecies written on his heart. This is important to understand because there will come a time when it will be unlawful to own a Bible. We must have the Holy Spirit increase in us as our flesh decreases. Only by understanding The Word internally will we be able to walk with the Lord and be preachers of righteousness.

As in Noah’s time, we will have to rely on our feet to spread the message of God’s word. Global media communications and transportation will be severely limited as wars and worldwide disasters affect all electronic devices. We must be prepared to travel like the apostles did and accept divine instruction. (Acts 8:26-40).

Finally, we must be ready for the scoffers. God’s message through Noah fell on many deaf ears to the point that only 8 were saved. Faithful warriors for Christ will forget what is behind and strain toward what lies ahead. (Philippians 3:13). EJ

Maybe it’s time for a fresh mission statement. As a suggestion, how about this?

“We are the Fellowship of the Ark”

We are committed to creating, nurturing and serving communities of believers who are preparing for the time of global great distress, while growing increasingly wise to what the Bible teaches regarding the age to come. Only by accurately interpreting Bible prophecy, abandoning this world’s enticements, encouraging total surrender and sharing the gospel of salvation with little thought to personal safety or comfort will we be able to stand before King Jesus, along with all the saints who’ve passed their love and loyalty test.”

One of the charter brothers in the Fellowship of the Ark, Lot, suggested a “Mission Scripture” from Psalm 33:

   “No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

   “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:16-22 NIV)

What do you think? Does this sound like a fellowship that’s for you as well as those you love? J

” For to you has been granted, for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him but also to suffer for him. Yours is the same struggle as you saw in me and now hear about me.” (Philippians 4:29-30 NASV)

Paul’s words were not to just the church in Philippi, but to all believers of every age. Western Christianity has been saturated with “feel good messages” and with the gospel of prosperity. Are the underground churches in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Asia, etc. preaching this same gospel? They would snicker at many of our services. What must be understood is this: All true believers will drink from the cup of Christ’s suffering!

This truth will not be avoided. We must learn from the Bible. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced the flames of the fiery furnace. (cf: Daniel 3). They knew that worshipping the image of a man would bring a far worse trip, into the Lake of Fire. We must have the heart of these 3 Hebrew men. God will rescue us if it is part of His divine plan. If it is not, He will give us the grace to die boldly.

In the not too distant future, the world will be devastated when the first four seals are opened. War, plagues, famine and death will follow. (Revelation 6:1-8). An apparent savior will rise and present an economic system that will bring back prosperity. This is the beast of Revelation 13 and his false prophet will perform signs and wonders to deceive the nations. Many will take the mark of the first beast and worship his image. The true believer (whose name is written in the Book of Life) will be persecuted: by the sword or imprisonment.

The time is now to embrace our destined suffering. Jesus will never forsake us. If we continue to believe that God will bless us with plenty now, then what will stop us from taking the Mark of the Beast? Our suffering brothers and sisters have lit the path that we must follow. EJ

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” Proverbs 24:11-12 NIV

Lately, I’ve been reading about the unbelievable hardships and dangers Christians in North Korea face every day. (I confess to a reluctance to delve into this subject because I knew it was going to be upsetting.) So two booklets have been devoured “These are the Generations”, “Restricted Nations: North Korea” and a Voice of the Martyrs monthly newsletter on “North Korea’s Holocaust”. You’re darn right, I am upset! I am angry enough to do something.

For more than a half century, the eradication of Christianity has been the goal of North Korea’s three generations of tyrants. The horror stories continue to pile up. Public executions for those found with a Bible in their possession. Prisons or torture chambers that few survive if caught praying. Anyone sentenced for Christian activities is considered a dangerous political subversive. Everything is out of sight from the world. It is a nation ruled by demons.

Despite all the terrible stuff scarcely reported in the media, the number of believers is on the rise. The underground church networks are growing faster than the government can weed them out. Conversion to Christ is like signing a death warrant. Sharing the gospel includes witnessing to fellow prisoners in a death camp. The worst place on earth for a Christian is the most fertile of mission fields. Until I read it, those facts were out of sight as well.

When I think of what our Korean brothers and sisters must risk and endure to share their faith, I feel small. It strengthens my resolve to step up. I ask myself, “Will I remain true to Christ when my time comes to suffer?” Paul warns it’s coming, “There will be terrible times in the last days… “ (2 Timothy 3:1 NIV)

North Korean and other persecuted Christians may be hidden, yet what they see will soon be within our view. We would be smart to fervently pray and do all we can to help. It would be wise to learn all we can from their out of sight witness.

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