After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up [Greek, “harpazo”] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 NIV)

Above we have the conclusion of the classic rapture passage in prophecy (1 Thess. 4:13-18). What’s missing? Not trying to be funny; I am not referring to the saints but rapture is missing. The word “rapture” is absent from Paul’s teaching on “the rapture”. (Make sense? Let me explain.)

You may already be aware that “rapture” is not in your Bible, that is unless you read the Latin Vulgate (ca. 500 A.D.)  Rapture, like many other English words, is borrowed from the Latin raptureo, translated from the N.T. Greek harpazo (cf. Matthew 11:12, Acts 8:39, Revelation 12:5, et. al.) (See Rapture is Not Resurrection, Part One, posted, August 9, 2015.)

Other Greek words actually contained in the New Testament and relevant texts provide depth and additional information on 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, such as paralambano (cf. John 14:3. et. al.), episunagoge and anafero (cf. Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9).

There are two major problems with “a one-word-fits-all approach” using “rapture”: First, it discourages students from reviewing relevant Biblical parallels; therefore, they miss the full details of a key prophetic event that Scripture provides (cf. Matthew 24:29-31). Lastly, neglecting to explore the synonyms and parallels paves the way for definitions tailor-made by humans to fit their preferred theological systems. In other words, we don’t get the whole truth.

Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) teaching has taken the ownership of “rapture”–as they have defined it. That’s not all; they also attach the “Christian Truth” label. However, the PTR definition of “rapture” as “taken up to escape tribulation as a simultaneous event with the resurrection of the church” will not stand the test of Biblical accuracy. Those ardently defending “any moment rapture” have drawn an inference from verses they have taken out of context (ex. Matthew 24:36, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

In this blog’s “Current Events” section, Elijah posted, October 10th, (“The Days of Awe”).  He argues that God’s pattern is to display his power and sovereignty through “appointed days” or “set times” (sp. Fall Holy Days of Israel). The Lord does this to fulfill his purposes (Galatians 4:4-5). Times and seasons are, therefore, revealed to the wise. The foolish will miss what was right in front of them and add things that were never there.

“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18 NIV)

In the time of the prophet Elijah, not all of Israel were Israelites by faith. Among those living under the reigning Ahab and Jezebel, there remained a corps of Yahovah believers. They had not bowed to Baal idols neither had their lips kissed him. One might say they were the true Israel within Israel. In those times, if one was searching for what an Israelite was supposed to be, the greatest opportunity for finding one would be within Israel.

The same goes for a Christian. Though not guaranteed, the best place to look for a genuine Christ follower is within a church.

The Son of God’s blazing eyes of fire fell upon the church in Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29). (They also gaze upon Christ’s church today.) Thyatira’s works were commendable. The Lord recognized their good deeds, but all was not well. Jesus had something against them; the church gave Jezebel (a woman who called herself a prophet) a place of prominence.

Just as Queen Jezebel led Israel into idolatry, her evil likeness was at it again in Thyatira. Her history of persuading God’s servants to engage in sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols had resurfaced. Jezebel’s ways were beyond repentance.

When the Lord’s grace period expired, Jezebel’s followers would join her on her bed of intense suffering. Her children would be stricken dead (2:21-23).

It is not ours but the Lord’s to avenge. He separates the wheat from the chaff. Not all in the church (the wheat) are the church (the kernel).

“Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you); Only hold on to what you have until I come.” (2:24-25)

Elijah thought he alone remained faithful (1 Kings 19:14). When believers swim against the tide of a godless culture, it is difficult to spot others who are also struggling.It may seem as if there is no one righteous, not even one; or there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. It may seem that all have turned away, they have together become worthless or that there is no one who does good, not even one (cf. Romans 3:10-12). Yet God has preserved a remnant in Israel who have not kissed the Baals.

Is the Lord finished with a church that tolerates Jezebel or holds to Balaam’s teaching (Rev. 2:14)? Is the Lord finished with America or North Korea or the Muslim world? While grace is extended, within these spheres a righteous remnant exists. Despite their difficulties, like Antipas (Greek = against all), they will remain true to Jesus’ name (2:13).

We do not have to renounce our faith even if we reside where Satan has his throne.  We do not have to yield to wickedness or fear persecution–as many in the church will do (Matthew 24:9-13). Eventually the cream rises to the top. So there is a Church within a church. With time and hardship, it will all be revealed.

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people. (Ezekiel 12:1-2 NIV)

How can prophetic truth be so distorted or misunderstood by so many who boast that they love Scripture? “God said it. I believe it. That settles it!” is the mantra of Gospel preachers and Bible believers alike. But does this bold declaration apply when Jesus’ testimony conflicts with the teaching of our pastors.

A case in point involves Jesus’ promise of “Great tribulation” or “time of great distress” (Greek thlipsis megala). “Great distress or tribulation” is mentioned four times in the context of the Bible’s teaching on the end times (Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Luke 21:23, Revelation 7:14). Examining these prophecies in their context, using the basic rules for interpretation, how can so-called Bible-believers assert “in the rapture the Church will escape the great tribulation”? Could it be that they have eyes, but do not see?

Do many Christian leaders have ears, yet fail to hear? A friend noted the term “the elect” or “chosen” used in Matthew 24:22. With respect to the intensity and global scope of the thlipsis megala (great distress) we read, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect [bold emphasis mine] those days will be shortened.”

It must be hidden from their eyes or how could an entire segment of Christianity conclude that the elect are in heaven with Jesus prior to the Tribulation? The simplest among us will reason that the elect will survive only because the great distress is cut short or shortened (Matt. 24:22). Those who stand firm to the end are saved (Matt. 24:13) through their time of severe trial, not from it. Every other N.T. use of “the elect” is taken as a synonym for the church. God’s chosen people. Why do we allow someone educated by men to tell us it means something other than what it says?

Bible school students often emerge from their training claiming the prophecy in Matthew 24 applies only to Jews who remain after the church is taken up. What about the parallel Scripture in Mark 13 and Luke 21? Are these accounts, also of The Olivet Discourse, exclusively for the Jews or are they two more witnesses against those who reject the truth?

When Christ prophesied to his disciples about the time of great distress in Luke 21:12-24, was he speaking to Jews or was it to his disciples as our “federal head” (see prior post)? The elect are wise with seeing eyes. They will not be fooled. They anticipate their suffering and affliction during the days of Satan’s unequaled wrath.

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. -Jesus (Matthew 24:24)

Who but someone with a veil over their eyes will make the argument the church is raptured before the Tribulation period begins? If ears do not hear, than we remain ignorant of the Lord’s words, “See, I have told you ahead of time.” (Matt. 24:25)

If Christians are unprepared for the thlipsis megala the fault does not lie with their blind guides. If they fall into a hole, it is on them. Before bragging about our faith in God’s Word, we ought to take God’s eye test (cf. Jeremiah 1:11-15). Only if we see through the lens of Scripture will we stand in the hour of our great test (cf. Matt. 24:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 9-12).

But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.” (Numbers 22:12 NIV)

What we aren’t told can lead to our downfall. When Moab’s princes came to Balaam, son of Beor, seeking his curse on Israel, the priest could have educated them on how blessings and curses work. No money would have exchanged hands. Instead, he omitted this information eventually causing the Midianites’ destruction (Numbers 32) and also the death of 24,000 Israelites (Num. 25:9).

As quickly as the messengers’ purpose was made known, Balaam should have repeated God’s promise in Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Perhaps Balaam’s eyes were distracted by the princes’ large purse to recall what the Lord promised Abram. Even if that were the case, God reminded him in 22:12 (above) when he said, “…they [Abraham’s offspring] are blessed.”

Left out of God’s answer to the Moabite’s question was a vital bit of information on blessings and curses: Blessings were guaranteed for the people who blessed Israel, while curses were guaranteed for the nation that cursed God’s people.

The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s princes, “Go back to your own country, for the Lord refused to let me go with you.” (22:13)

No mention of God’s blessings. What followed in Numbers 22-24 was a courtship between the falling Balaam and his wealthy suitor, Balak.

Balaam should have listened when God spoke through his own mouth. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” (23:19)

This weekend millions will watch candidates debate or file into churches with their offerings. For their investment most seek a blessing in return. Candidates or clergy alike are fully aware of the expectations. A false premise must be created (i.e. “Blessings and curses are controlled by men/women, thus they both can be purchased with money or good works.”). This is what is behind the forbidden sorcery or divination. The political and religious class omit facts from God’s Word that might slow or cut off the money stream.

God prophets are a different sort. They speak His Word exactly as it was delivered. Nothing relevant, good or bad, is omitted: Blessings for obedience; cursings for disobedience. They accept nothing that would compromise their message.

As one example, Christians should know blessings follow the Jewish people or Israel. The people or nation cursing Abraham’s seed, hating them or wishing them harm, are cursed (period)! Are church-goers aware that Jews are the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8) or do they wrongly think God has changed his mind? Why the antisemitism among some who claim they love Jesus?

If Balaam had cared about Moab, he would have surely warned them to change their heart attitude toward God’s chosen people, but he didn’t. His interests were self-serving. If our leaders side with Israel’s enemies, will we not all bear the consequences?

It ought to be a concern that so many depend on sources other than the Bible. Many Christians think the Law is irrelevant and the Prophets are to be dismissed as too angry or outdated. New Testament passages such as Matthew 24:9-10 and Luke 21:10-19 are explained away or ignored. If we are uninformed it is because we do not seek wisdom (James 1:5-7).

The warning sign flashes beside the road. If we fail to heed it, who’s to blame for the ensuing disaster? Not knowing God’s curses will mean an eternity of regret. What we don’t know can hurt us. Learn from Balaam: “Does he [God] speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Num. 23:19b)

“I am against you,” declares the LORD Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of the messengers will no longer be heard.” (Nahum 2:13 NIV)

Recently a friend expressed his concern for his mother. On the phone, she had remarked their town was on alert. Separate storm fronts were being tracked. Each front threatened to dump heavy rains and they were intersecting near her. Their concerns were justified.

A perfect storm describes two or three severe storms coming together creating a catastrophic weather event. It is rare, yet perfect storms do happen.

I’m not a weather expert. I am, however, an observer of signs. I do not claim to be a prophet, but I do study Bible prophecy, history and follow current events. I hold to God’s absolute sovereignty.

I’m not alone in viewing the world through Scripture. Like the men of Issachar, at this site, we strive to understand the times and to know what God would have us do. (1 Chronicles 12:32)

According to the Lord’s set time, a triad or more of storms are ready to converge. Yesterday, a friend with connections inside the military/industrial complex sent this message: “Things are dicey out there.” “Dicey” is his word for “there is a lot of angst, concern and worry among those with top-secret information.”

In Herman Wouk’s 1971 novel, The Winds of War, characters, all of whom were related to fictional U.S. Navy Commander “Pug” Henry, are placed in the middle of events which led to America’s involvement in World War II. The “winds of war” originated on different continents and shook the world. Few predicted the enormity of their collective damage.

Without author Wouk’s 20-20 hindsight, allow me to pull up a map and project the converging winds of war. From the Far East, decades of unabated Chinese militarization and expansionism are focused on the Pacific rim and the West. Adding tremendous force to that storm is North Korea’s capacity to rain death on populations within range of their missiles. Centered over Beijing, a potential for financial havoc has been hovering, but could bring economic disaster in a heartbeat.

From the Middle East, peals of lightning are heard. This is not just noise. Considering Iran’s funding of terrorists and their big investment in weapons of mass destruction, this storm is tracking our way.

On the U.S. map, rumblings from political, social, cultural, ethnic and racial divisions, have never been louder. Suicidal radicals once reported overseas now reside within America’s borders. Tornadoes have appeared without warning bringing casualties from Seattle to Miami, from Boston to San Bernardino, from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Ft. Hood, Texas. No one knows where next.

Quakes with accompanying fires are frequent. Severe damage from home-grown mobs erupts overnight. One negative incident can provide the spark engulfing the nation in flames. A national election five weeks away threatens to be the flashpoint.

Each of the winds are foreboding, but what happens when they arrive simultaneously? Those who trust in Christ and take immediate action, will find Jesus their shelter in the time of storm (Psalm 91:1). Believers anchored to the solid rock of the Word will remain standing after the winds and rains cease and the floods recede.

I believe the perfect storm will soon strike. Christian, consider yourself warned by a brother, a man of Issachar.

The righteous cry out and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their trouble. (Psalm 34:17)



So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD handed all their enemies over to them. Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.  (Joshua 21:43-45 NIV)

The life of a Jesus-follower is more like a marathon than a sprint. To be the champion, endurance is required. But is perseverance enough to have a good outcome? Running to win should be our aim. Winners have an unquenchable desire for what’s on the other side of the finish line.

To urge on his fellow Christians, the Apostle Paul used the analogy of a race:

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. (Philippians 3:13b-15a)

By straining toward what is ahead, Paul had more in mind than the finish line. He knew well, for those who wore the victor’s crown, what was beyond the race’s end. Mature Christians should have the same vision. What awaits the overcomer propels them to feats of glory.

In baseball, runners to first base are taught “On a ground ball, run through the bag rather than to the bag.” Running “to” naturally slows us down. What lies beyond is critical to any achievement. Running simply to cross the finish line is insufficient. Our eyes should be on the prize.

Among God’s promises to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 were these: “You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the countryyou will always be the top, never at the bottom.” (28:3, 13). The condition for the blessings was if they carefully followed all the Lord’s commands (28:1).

After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel’s finish line was not crossing the Jordan River or entering into Canaan, though these were milestones. The goal was driving the Amorites and all the other “ites” out.

In horse-racing, “the sport of kings”, nothing is won a furlong or a sixteenth-pole from the finish. To presumptuously think victory is secure before we cross the wire is foolish. In the immortal words of Yogi  Berra, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

Not until we have arrived at the other side of foretold last days’ events, do we rest. Until we have endured Satan’s rage, witnessed this age’s final battle, until the beast and his false prophet are cast into the lake of fire, until Satan is bound for a thousand years and King Jesus sits on the throne, will we receive a reward (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:9). It is after, not before, for a reason. Salvation is not from the race, but through it to the other side.

Envision this: On the other side of our finish line is the fulfillment of every promise for the Millennium–or for heaven–that’s in the Bible.

So, the next time the going gets tough, consider Jesus: Like our Lord, look beyond your cross (the “it is finished” line) and see your crown (Hebrews 12:2).

For forty years–one year for each of the forty days you explored the land–you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you. I, the LORD have spoken… (Numbers 14:34-35a NIV)

“Your protection has expired.” Recently, this notice flashed upon my screen, It informed me that, if I failed to renew, my laptop would be subject to all sorts of nasty attacks.

Throughout the economically and technologically advanced world, protection is big business. Everything from body-guards, to sophisticated home alarm systems, to anti-theft devices, to watch dogs, to guns, are purchased with the hope of keeping us safe. We are convinced security can be bought with money. We are lulled into believing our nation’s safety is guaranteed by our strong defense. But is this true?

If God is for us, who can be against us? But what can protect us if the Lord is against us?

In Numbers 14, the Israelites sinned once too often. At Kadesh, the people turned against Moses and sought a leader who would take them back to Egypt (Num. 14:4).God’s anger burned against the rebels. He said to Moses:

“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them… (14:11-12a)

It was clear that the same men that the Lord delivered from bondage in Egypt, that he saved at the Red Sea from Pharaoh’s army and provided food and water for in the desert, had become objects of the Almighty’s wrath.

The ten spies who gave a bad report were quickly stricken by a plague and died (14:36-37). The rest who banded together against the Lord were doomed to die in the wilderness. God turned his face against them.

We might say, for their unbelief, Israel’s protection expired. They would suffer for their sins. The grumblers would learn what it was like to have the Lord against them (14:34).

America is being over-run with malcontents, rabble-rousers, rebels, cowards, liars, looters and others who hold the Lord in contempt. There won’t be any warnings or flashing signs, but the Lord has turned his face against us.We have no more protection.

Hope of ever living in the Promised Land belongs to the Joshua’s and Calebs, as well as to the children of the saints.  From here to the end of the republic, we will see nothing but evidence that the nations who’ve known God’s blessings, and witnessed his miracles, are no longer protected.

In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior… Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.  (Daniel 8:23-25 NIV)

The world is in the grip of the spirit of rebellion. This will certainly take us to a very dark place. People at all levels of society rail against authority. National leaders vigorously enforce some regulations or make rules of their own while refusing to enforce other laws. Militias prepare to combat their government. Mob-like crowds gather to shout at and physically threaten police. Sports stars boldly sit or kneel while the public address announcer invites everybody to honor their country and its flag by standing. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes; a sure sign of the end.

These are the prophesied days. These are the times when rebellion is popular.

All rebellion is against Heaven’s throne. Witness the trend to rebel against one’s God-given gender. It is now improper to ask someone their sex as in “male or female”. From here until Christ’s return, the correct phraseology will be “What is your sexual orientation?” or perhaps, “What is your preference?” Rebels want liberated from the plan and purpose of their Creator. It is a classic rebellion for the end times (cf. Psalm 2:1-3). When Jesus establishes his government, order and sanity will be restored.

Paul warned Timothy–and us–there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents [my emphasis]… (2 Timothy 3:1-2). Rebels receive their start in the home. The bad news for rebels is that they tend to reproduce after their own kind.

Rebels will become completely wicked. This paves the way for the stern-faced king as described in Daniel 8. (See top.) The rebels’ rebel will emerge to lead the great rebellion, first against the holy people, then against the Holy One himself. We know how that turns out. Can anyone say “Armageddon”?

Among the saints, there will be no rebels. God requires full submission to divine authority and complete surrender to Him who made us and who bought us by His blood.

Currently in full motion, the rebellion or falling away will soon reach its climax. Highlighting the falling away (apostasy) will be the celebrated, those who today call themselves Christians, even “Bible-believing, born-again Christians”. They will boast of how they threw off their repressive chains.

Contrary to some so-called teaching on the last days, all-out rebellion against the Holy must occur before the man of lawlessness (a.k.a. stern-faced king) is revealed, the man doomed to destruction–and prior to the coming in glory of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). First, rebels will be identified–perhaps by a mark–before they are eliminated.

The meek, however, shall inherit the earth. No rebel bearing the beast’s mark will stand in the presence of Our King. It will be as though they never lived.

Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness. But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the LORD will perish. (Isaiah 1:27-28)


First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?” (2 Peter 3:3-4a NIV)

In English Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s six-volume memoirs, The Second World War,  he dedicated volume-one The Gathering Storm to the period of the 1930’s. Churchill was flawed and erred on several matters that brought his judgment into question, but warning his country of the storm forming over Germany and Italy would be his redemption. In 1936, he sounded the alarm when British authorities responded with ineptitude to Hitler’s military aggression in the Rhineland.

In a November 1936 debate over what course Britain ought to take, Churchill delivered what came to be known as his Locust Speech:

“The Government simply cannot make up their mind or they cannot get the prime minister to make up his mind. So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful for impotency. And so we go on preparing more months more years precious perhaps vital for the greatness of Britain for the locusts to eat.”

About the times we are in, on the other side of the coming flood and fury of the wind someone will write their memoirs. Volume one will be The Gathering Storm. Whoever the author may be, today’s trumpet warning of disaster is being greeted with scoffing and catcalls of “fear-monger”.  It will be just as it was with Sir Winston before the war .

Through Churchill’s eyes and solid grasp of history, it was easy to anticipate the path for the Third Reich. Churchill’s ears heard the war drums, the noise of the factories making planes, tanks and munitions, along with Hitler’s promise of German glory.

Winston Churchill’s frustrations were with those who, though they had the ability to thwart Hitler and make a show of strength, chose indecision, irresolution and impotence instead. Britain’s weakness emboldened der Fuehrer to plan his next European conquest.

It is human nature to see the clouds and want them to blow over. But, when the shallow optimism of politicians infects church pulpits, Christians are endangered. What should be the army of God preparing for conflict becomes an insipidness of salt without saltiness, worthy only of being trampled under foot. Many will choose preachers who give them what their itching ears want to hear, while today’s “Churchills” declare Christ’s warning to the few eager for truth.

Look outside, not through rose-colored glasses or the lens of a media blind to the dark, menacing clouds, but look. Don’t refuse to open our eyes to what’s there. All we need for our vision is the Word of God, so study to show yourself approved.

The “There’s nothin’ to worry about” crowd will lull us into inaction if we allow them. If no one calls it for what it is, then assume God has chosen you. Anticipate a storm of unequaled intensity. Mockers and nay-sayers should the ones to worry.

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened… See, I have told you ahead of time.”  Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24:22,25


So because you are luke-warm–neither hot nor cold–I  am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16 NIV)

Expelled has a bad connotation, especially if we are defining it as being driven or forced out, being discharged or ejected. When we are the thing that’s expelled, then we are talking really bad.

Luke-warmness about abortion; same-sex unions; unmarried couples living together; sleeping around or promiscuity; alternate sexual lifestyles; adultery; sexually neutral facilities like bathrooms or locker rooms; exhibitionism and public nudity; bestiality; prostitution; child sex slaves and pervasive pornography will certainly cause expulsion (spit out).  We do not have to participate in the perversion or licentious behavior; be tolerant, blind to it or of no opinion and out we go!

In Leviticus 18, the 1984 or older New International Version uses another word for expel. After citing twenty or so sexual prohibitions that these days fail to make us blush or hardly raise an eyebrow, God gave this warning to Moses:
“Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled… But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things, for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as I vomited out the nations that were before you… I am the LORD your God. (bold emphasis mine, Lev. 18:24, 26-28, 29b)
Sandwiched among the Leviticus 18 taboos of sleeping with your neighbor’s wife, offering your children in the fire to the god Molech, and having sex with animals, is a transgression that earns an adjective the others did not, “detestable” . “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” (Lev. 18:22)
What is this that sickens God and turns his stomach? Could it be homosexuality?
“Oh, but that is Old Testament law” you argue. No, this is Bible! The Lord signed off on this. It is his law. He is kind enough to tell us precisely what he hates. “If you defile the land, it will vomit you out! I am the LORD your God.” Be neutral on this one and you won’t get in trouble with the culture. No, be neutral and you will find yourself vomited!
“Gay” is a misnomer. How can anything be “gay” that God detests? Why is it Bible readers want to neglect the Old Testament in general and Leviticus in particular? If we did meditate on God’s law and obey it, we would be blessed and have the prosperity we seek (Psalm 1:1-3). But if we do not, we would miss how the Lord really feels about homosexuality. In case you skipped over Leviticus 18:22 the first time, forward two chapters to Leviticus 20. Read how God really feels about men lying with other men.
“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Lev. 20:13)
“Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.” (Lev. 20:22)
“Now,” some might say, “that’s really mean of God.” No, in plain language He is helping us grasp that He is holy and homosexuality defiles. The practice is evil. It pollutes the land the Lord has given. If the actively homosexual refuse to repent, their blood will be on their own heads for they rebelled against God’s set decree. The tolerant crowd is spit out.
So, what’s it going to be? For speaking up, will we be expelled by the politically, culturally and socially correct or expelled by God? I know whom I’d rather offend. 
Don’t waste your energy being mad at me. I’m only the messenger. (Better read this post and your Bible before both are expelled.)
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