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Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! (Proverbs 6:6 NIV)

As a child, in the early evening, a favorite game at family gatherings with our cousins was “Hide n’ Seek”. Our home was ideal with trees, bushes and other wonderful places to hide. Our big maple tree served as home base. The person who was “It” covered their eyes, faced the tree and started counting. When they reached fifty they would shout “Ready or not, here I come!” When we heard “Ready or not” we would freeze in place. You did not want to be the first spied or caught. That meant you would be “It” the next round. What a thrill to race to the tree, touching it and yelling, “All-ee, all-ee in free.”

The game took some forethought. The time for hiding went fast, so you better have a plan before the counting started.  In life we do not have the benefit of a countdown. Things happen unexpectedly; things from which we cannot hide.

With the debate over when Jesus will re-appear, it may be overlooked that death could find us long before this age ends. Ready or not is the question. We all need to be ready, not for an “any moment” rapture, but for an “any moment” end of life.

This does not mean discussing the timing of Christ’s coming is irrelevant; it has total relevance. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but it will matter greatly to survivors we helped prepare. Our test will be whether we are ready for either eventuality, and whether or not we love truth.

(The peril facing those who absorb Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) “imminent return of Christ for his Church” teaching is that they will not be ready for “the Great Tribulation” (Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 7:14). God’s Word clearly states it will indeed happen, and that it must precede Christ’s return for his saints. (In our book Lifesaver we offer 24 Biblical and rational torpedoes that sink the PTR ship.)

The centuries old saying of Benjamin Franklin is true: “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” There is no guarantee we will live to see the thing we prepare for, but we are guaranteeing a disaster if we see the thing for which we are unprepared. So will we be ready for what Christ promised (The Great Tribulation) or not be ready because we paid no heed? Ready or not, it is coming!

 “…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17b)

Next time, we will look at some practical goals preparing us for the last days.

 

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” Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place” (whoever reads let him understand)….” For then there will be great tribulation, such has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15, 21, NKJV).

A dear friend tuned in to a radio program. On it the pastor taught on the sign before the return of Jesus. After intently listening then comparing Scripture with Scripture, she agreed with his conclusion: The Anti-christ will, indeed, desecrate the rebuilt Jewish temple and then claim to be God. This will initiate the foretold events that usher in Messiah’s return.

What is amazing is that this daughter of Zion knew little about prophecy until earlier this year. She has taken to it like a fish to water. She digs in and does not stop until the Holy Spirit reveals truth.

The signs are a topic that should take precedence over most other studies. The signs are key to knowing when Jesus will rescue His people. The prophet Daniel was shown that at the midpoint (day 1260) of the final 7-year period (“the 70th week of Daniel”), the prince to come (Satan’s spawn) will cause the temple sacrifices to cease. Under the prince’s direction, an abomination will be set up that causes desolation (Daniel 9:27, 11:31). For example, a desecrating sacrifice would be a pig on the altar of God in the most holy place.

The Anti-christ, beast or man of lawlessness will exalt himself over God. He will speak blasphemies against the Lord of Hosts (Daniel 11:36-37, Revelation 13:5). The Apostle Paul taught the Thessalonians this doctrine. The Day of Jesus’ return (and our being gathered to Him via the Rapture) will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of sin, the son of perdition, is revealed. Paul then specifies what comes next: This man sits as God in the Lord’s temple and will claim to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

“Let the reader understand.” The Book of Daniel sheds more light. In Chapter 12 it states Michael, Israel’s great prince, will arise. The Hebrew word for “arise or stand up” is amad (aw-mad’). It also means “to be at a stand still”. This infers that the defender of God’s people will be removed from protecting Israel during the Great Tribulation (2 Thessalonians 2:7). An unparalleled time of trouble will descend upon earth’s saints (Daniel 12:1). This is what Jesus told his disciples to look for as he described a future “great distress” (Matthew 24:21, Luke 21:23).

Jesus warns those who witness this sign to flee to the mountains. He promises these days must be cut short or no flesh would survive. At that time there will be false messiahs and false prophets performing signs and wonders (Matthew 24:22-23, Revelation 13:11-18). The delusion will be so strong that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived. This is Scripture’s urgent warning.

The sign believers must prepare for will be “the Abomination that causes Desolation”. It is foolish to suggest–as Pre-tribulation or any-moment rapture teachers do–that the Lord offers his people a sign they won’t be around to see. The beast is himself a sign. He will appear to do his evil work before we witness our Lord and King’s return (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Those, such as my friend, who know these things are the magi for our time. They are mining the gold of Scripture, searching for the signs. They will bless God’s people with their knowledge of the Word.

In the next post, we will explore the last sign, the one appearing before the heavens signal Jesus’ glory. EJ

Question 10- How important do you feel it is that people read The Prophets of God?

Answer 10- It couldn’t be more important. This is salvation we are talking about and what is more important than that? We are close to a time of great deceit. We will be surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing—perhaps even angels declaring another gospel—and most are unprepared. God will send his prophets but many will refuse to hear their message because they won’t be cool or charismatic. Many will perish because they believe the lie. What I have written is not an exhaustive study on what is about to take place, but it gives everyone something big they need to think about. I hope others will come along and pick up the subject and take it further into the Word.

Question 3: What are some of the fictions—myths as you call them—that you expose?

Answer 3: The one that comes to my mind first is that prophecy supports the notion that believers will be divinely delivered from an intense period of suffering, we call the Great Tribulation. It is a myth. Ask fellow believers in oppressive countries or areas of Africa, Asia and even South and Central America. I do not expose this as a myth—as you say–or other views that remove God’s people from the hot furnace of affliction, I let the words of Christ and his prophets do that. Another one that I call attention to is that not everyone who claims to be a Christian teacher or preacher—who is committed to the Bible and to following Jesus as Lord—is accurately portraying future events. (I am not questioning motives but motive is not the issue. Truth is.) What God intends to do this year and beyond is a matter of utmost importance. Most church-goers are getting it wrong from their leaders in the pulpit, on their TV and in their books of prophecy. To make matters worse, they are not encouraged to read and study the prophets for themselves. This is a major problem with severe consequences if it continues. 

Question 1: You seem to be saying that The Prophets of God is unique; that it is a fresh, new approach to truth. Is that possible? How do you back up that claim?

Answer 1: The proof is in the reading. I cannot speak for everything in print or on the internet but, personally, I do not know of anything like this book. The conclusions, insights and arguments I put out there for the reader did not come out of a book nor did I hear them from anyone. The Prophets of God is a product of my study of God’s Word, input from and discussions with other Bible students, interaction with historical and contemporary events and—most of all, I think—insights God has given me. After a time, when I began to see some things differently, I looked around and thought, “You know, I have not heard this from a human.” So, God impressed it on me to write what I discovered.

America is the home of the cover-up. It has become an art form. When scandal hits, the three cardinal rules are: Admit nothing, deny everything and demand proof. The present administration and its minions have taken artful dodging to another level. They are masters of the craft using deception, obfuscation, buck-passing and shifting attention from the holes in their story.

In recent posts, I’ve focused on one of the scandals now before the American people—Benghazi.  Four died in service to their country when they were sent on a doomed mission. That is a fact. The truth of what happened and why has been much harder to gather.

My purpose is not to pile on the folks in charge for their alleged wrong-doings. Yes, evidence seems to indicate that the official explanation from Washington was fiction. Christian leaders, unwittingly or not, have been doing the same for a long time—and getting away with it.

Re: Benghazi, major media in the U.S. is reporting that initial info sent up the chain of command was “scrubbed.” In a series of emails between those involved in the president’s re-election and political-minded operatives in the State Department, references to “terrorism” or the al-Qaeda-related group responsible for the attack were deleted. Talking points eventually ended up with those in the government’s executive branch with access to the cameras and microphones.

Recently, emails were released to investigators. However, the surrendered communications do not cover the first 67 hours after reports of the attack hit Washington. Even so, what was given to Congress clearly shows a scenario was crafted that became the fiction our leaders told the public for a week.

In Lifesaver, I detailed how the PTR or Pre-tribulation Rapture storyline has been cleverly-crafted and “scrubbed” since it originated in the first part of the 19th century. Jesus offered facts when he said, “But before all these things, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.” (Luke 21:12)  What we hear from many in our pulpits, Bible schools and Christian media, has “scrubbed” all prophetic references to God’s people under-going a time of global persecution.  The official PTR version has evolved over the years. Names and events have disappeared or changed in its revisions. Rest assured the truth will stand. God’s Word will come to pass.

Question 11: The world, our country, and our leaders seem to be falling apart around us. At times, it appears the tribulation period is just around the corner. What are your thoughts on that?

Answer 11: My view on that is based on reading the Bible and studying history. The world is falling apart because we are fast approaching the time of the end and, yes, it is just around the corner. The world is also falling apart because Christians have lost their saltiness or influence with respect to culture, politics, morality, community, respect for life, and all the rest. We have the leadership we deserve. Chaos is on the way.

  Tribulation happens in the natural course of things when we act like the Church is supposed to act. Trials come when we invade Satan’s territory and set his prisoners free. Tribulation is a good sign that we are doing something of relevance to God and to the devil. If we are persecuted, it means we are on the attack. Read Jesus, Peter and Paul on this subject.

 The Church in Laodicea did not suffer the same tribulation as Smyrna and Philadelphia. Why not? Because they were self-centered, self-satisfied, prosperous and compromising, that’s why. Jesus expressed how worthless they were by saying he was about to spit them out of his mouth.

In general, Laodicea then is how we in America and other Western nations are today. We have largely given the world a false Jesus. The Jesus we have marketed wants us all to be healthy, wealthy, sitting in church on Sunday and passive. We will soon see the real Jesus in all his glory. Judgment will begin on the household of God, and for those who profess the name of Christ, it won’t be pretty. That is coming before the Tribulation, by the way.  Expect this soon!

Question 3: If the Biblical evidence is as strong as you say for Pre-Wrath Tribulation, why do you suppose so many have adopted the Pre-Tribulation view?

Answer 3: My wise neighbor threw out a pearl of wisdom one day. He said, “Christians will hold on to a view, even if they don’t entirely understand it or agree with it, simply because they do not know of a better option.” I believe he nailed it. Pre-tribulationalism has had what amounts to a monopoly on the discussion of prophecy. They run a controlled media, (books, radio and TV), that excludes other interpretations even demonizing those who come up with them. They purposely have mischaracterized the Pre-wrath rapture position, which I show in the book. So, most remain Pre-tribulational. They lack the information needed to alter their position. It is sinister at its root. Keeping open debate on the subject of the prophecy of Scripture from those who want to hear it, evaluate it and make up their own mind, is a form of mind-control.

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