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A Very Timely Question- “Are You Preparing for His Rule?”

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Anyone who knows me is used to hearing me talk about the Rapture and how it is very near, and how what we do here on this earth is to prepare us for what we will do in God’s Kingdom in Heaven. I want to thank Pastor Chris Staub for his devotion today in the Baptist Bread for this reminder. Are we all getting ready?

“Are You Preparing For His Rule?”

” Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

“There are 1,845 references to the Second Coming of Christ in the Old Testament. Seventeen Old Testament books give it prominence. Out of the 260 chapters in the New Testament, there are over 300 references to the Second Advent or Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Many Christians seem to ignore the coming rule and reign of Christ, as if it were a small event. The prevalent attitude seems to be, “All my troubles will be gone with the Rapture.” While there is some truth to that, there is a gross ignorance of accountability to the coming revelation of Jesus Christ to rule on this earth. The rapture of the church is a small part of that prophecy. What about the Judgment Seat of Christ, the marriage supper of the Lamb, the great war where Jesus conquers the entire earth at the Battle of Armageddon? What about His returning the earth and animals to pre-flood days? What about His majestic rule in Jerusalem and the millennial temple? Our service now determines what we will be doing then, according to Matthew 25 and Luke 19. You better get ready, not just for the Rapture, but the Day of the Lord. “This is the day which the LORD hath made,” is not just a nice devotional text out of Psalm 118:24, it is a prophecy of the thousand-year reign of Christ! And, folk, that is just the beginning! How are you preparing? Are you ready? The Revelator wrote, “the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7b).” (Emphasis in bold is mine, Anna.)

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of God’s Angels

Part I

Now that I have shared the truth about satan and demonology, I will move on to the next study in this series – The Doctrine of God’s AngelsMany facts about these angels, such as their creation, their bodies, etc. were covered in the Doctrine of Demons lesson. Seeing the devils started out as righteous angels, the facts are the same. Now, let us discover more information about the righteous angels.

I. Two of God’s Angels are Named

Guido Reni's archangel Michael (in the Capuchi...A. Michael – a prince with God. “One of the chief princes” – Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia,” “Your prince” – Daniel 10:21 “But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince,” “The Great prince” – Daniel 12:1 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book,” “The Archangel” – Jude 9 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee,” “Michael and his angels” – Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.” Note: Michael is the only archangel mentioned in the Bible. The word “archangel” only appears 2 times in the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Jude 9). If Michael is the only archangel, it will be his voice we hear at the Rapture. Remember – Angels are messengers. The message will be “Come Up Hither.” However, Daniel 10:13 seems to indicate he is just one of the archangels. Archangel means “chief angel” in Greek.

Joseph dreaming and Angel Gabriel (Monaco, Man...B. Gabriel – a man of God, one who stands in the presence of the Lord. First mention of Gabriel – Daniel 8:16 “And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision,” delivers a message to Daniel – Daniel 9:20-23 “And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.”

Delivers a message to Zacharias announcing the birth of a son, John the Baptist – Luke 1:11-20 “And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.”

Delivers a message to a virgin named Mary about the birth of a son, the Lord Jesus Christ – Luke 1:26-38 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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Imagining the Rapture of the Saved

Some years ago I was inspired to write a little story about the Rapture of God’s Church. Over the years, I have re-written it for different occasions. This past spring, I put together the Ladies Retreat Booklet for our church, and each of us leaders added our own writing to it. I reworked my “Imagining the Rapture” writing for this purpose. I was recently cleaning up some junk on my computer and came across this, and I thought I would share it for fun.

First I would like to explain why we Christians call being “caught up in the air with Jesus” our Rapture. Some like to point out that you won’t find the word “rapture” in the Bible. But that depends on what kind of Bible you have. If you have a Latin translation, then you have the word rapturous. And the word rapturous comes from the Greek word harpazō, which is mentioned 13 times in the New Testament. In 1 Thessalonians 4, the term, “caught up” is used. It is translated from that Greek word harpazō, which means to take forcibly, to snatch, or to catch up. And that is what the Rapture will be.

“Imagining the Rapture”

God’s Word says (1 Cor. 15:52) that it will happen “in the twinkling of an eye.” All true believers alive at that time will instantly transform and transport to Heaven! They say that a twinkle is faster than a sparkle, but who knows how fast a sparkle is? Will I have time to giggle at the tickle in my stomach? Will I feel a whoosh of air on my skin as I fly heavenward? Maybe my cheeks will be kissed by dew as I pass through the clouds. Perhaps a twinkle is too quick to feel anything, but what fun it is to ponder.

Chances are, I will not give thought when my earthly clothes drop off my body, nor hear my jewelry jingle to the floor. Shamefully, I cannot help but wonder at the idea of those left behind wearing my jewelry and touching my stuff. Of course, I will not care about that as I travel homeward, will I.

Will I be able to control (or will I even want to) the flood of joyful tears streaming down my face, when I look into the eyes of my Jesus for the first time? I am overwhelmed at the expectation of delight when I am united with loved ones who died so long ago that I have forgotten what they looked like. And, oh, the ecstasy of seeing results of His seeds that I helped plant or water, but never knew the outcome in this life.

Although it is difficult to imagine what I might feel during The Rapture, I find it a most joyous pastime. I dread the possibility that I may die before this blessed event occurs. It is my heart’s desire to zip-line to Heaven in a twinkling of an eye when I leave this world.

I Thessalonians 4:17, 18 – “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in God's Love

 

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