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A More Careful Look at the Rapture, Part 3 of 4 - By Ron Ferguson - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/09/08/a-more-careful-look-at-the-rapture-part-3-of-4-by-ron-ferguson/
[F]. WHAT RAPTURE IS CORRECT?
Terms are thrown around, and arguments take place over exactly when the Rapture will occur in the future. I suppose the four schools of thought are these (The 4 I am covering are the 4 I have encountered):
Mid-Tribulation Rapture. These adherents believe the Church must endure the first three and a half years of the seven-year Tribulation, which some people like to call “the beginning of sorrows,” and then the Rapture happens before the “heavier judgements” begin. The problem with this view is that Revelation chapter 6 is still the execution of the wrath of God, and that begins the Tribulation.
The opening of the first seal is the start of all that will happen. At that time, the world realizes what is happening, although they must have known from the start that they find themselves in supernatural times – Rev 6:16-17, “and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
We are not destined to wrath; we are delivered from that wrath that is to come, so this view of a mid-tribulation Rapture is absolutely erroneous. It is amazing that any true bible student can hold to such a Christ-dishonoring idea, for it lessens that work of the cross where the Lord took the wrath in our place. There is NO MORE wrath for us. There is no way God will put His children through the wrath against sin when the Saviour bore it for us.
Rapture immediately preceding the Second Coming. This belief is popular for those who dismiss a separate rapture 7 years before the Second Coming. They claim there is a rapture but that it happens immediately before the Second Coming – rapture followed by Christ’s appearing, almost as if it was one event but in two parts. This view would have the Christians here on earth going right through the Tribulation and enduring the wrath of God, which Jesus took for us on the cross so that we will not endure God’s wrath against sin. This belief of the Rapture is false. In fact, I think it is disgusting.
No such thing at all as a separate Rapture. This is a common belief among those who do not accept dispensational teaching and/or dismiss the concept of a Tribulation (such as the SDAs, Reformed theology, Replacement Theology). They believe everything continues as it is now until the Second Coming. For them, there is only one coming. Remember, we quoted the Nicaean and Apostles’ Creed earlier – “He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” This is the accepted view of those who follow The Apostles’ Creed rather than the bible. It includes the RC church, the Anglicans, the Reformed churches, the Lutherans, some of the Methodists and Presbyterians, and others.
There is a strong correlation between this belief and covenant theology and replacement theology, horrible systems that dismiss Israel altogether in prophecy and transfer all the Old Testament prophecies for Israel to the church in a spiritual sense. For me personally, this is a dishonoring, objectionable belief. Any system that would write off the Jews is not from God in any shape or form. It is a false doctrine, a doctrine of demons.
The separate Rapture as the next event in God’s program. This is the biblical position. Christians are looking forward to the blessed hope of the Lord’s return. The Rapture is pre-Tribulation and pre-millennial. The Lord comes to snatch away His Bride before God’s wrath is poured from heaven. It is the only credence that is consistent and harmonious with all of scripture. The departure of the Church must occur before any release of judgment upon the earth. Surely Noah is a pertinent lesson here. He was raised from the earth, the judgment raged below, and when that had finished, he returned to earth. We shall be taken from the earth, the judgment rages below, then we come back with the Lord. We are in the “Ark” when we leave, and we will be with the “Ark” when we return. Christ is the Ark.
[G]. PRE-RAPTURE PROPHECY:
There is no prophecy that has to be fulfilled before the Rapture can happen. Those who want to insert material from Matthew 24 and 25 are wrong when they try to link it with the Rapture because those chapters are set in the Tribulation and the start of the Millennium. I have written about that in earlier Rapture Ready articles (“Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 in Parallel” and “The Rapture – How Soon is Soon”).
I truly hope that people can understand Matthew 24 properly. When you read it, you can see it is addressing Jews, not Gentiles. The Second Coming, which is what Matthew 24 is about, contains all the signs of His coming, the cosmic signs in the heavens. That is the Second Coming, NOT the Rapture, because there are not any heavenly or cosmic signs for the Rapture. As the Lord took Enoch, so the Lord takes the Church; no great physical display like signs in the sun and the moon as it will be for the Second Coming. There are indicators for the Rapture generally, but that is all they are – the “last days” (of the Church age) taught in 1Timothy 3 and the fig tree Israel becoming established, which it is now in its own land.
[G1]. LET’S GET MATTHEW 24 CORRECT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!:
Go look at the question the disciples asked Jesus at the start of Matthew 24. Matthew 24:3 [“As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?'”]. Jesus gave no Gentile teaching in His ministry. The disciples asked a 100% Jewish question. His disciples wanted to know the time of His coming. They knew what this coming was. The Old Testament prophets are full of this. It is the coming to the Jews, that which we call the Second Coming.
For those of you who want to misapply this chapter to the Rapture, tell me, “what is the end of the age?” It is not the Rapture. It is the age that was spoken of by the Old Testament prophets, and Jews knew it to be the time when Messiah was coming, and this age would end, and Messiah would set up His kingdom.
Please put Matthew 24 into proper context. You cannot selectively handpick parts of the chapter you like and forget about the rest. What about this? – “when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet…” That is verse 15 from the chapter. You know the desecration of the Temple does not happen until halfway through the Tribulation, so it is already in the Tribulation, which is where Matthew 24 fits. Either all in or all out, NOT one in and the rest out. And in regards to the Rapture, it is all out! None of the Rapture is in Matthew 24.
And don’t tell me the part about Matthew 24:7, “for nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes,” is applying to Rapture signs because it DOES NOT, and in the next verse, Jesus said these were the start of the birth pangs. The birth pains are for Israel in the Tribulation. It is the start of the Tribulation. I think it is just far too convenient to use Matthew 24 for the Rapture and dislodge the discernment the children of God ought to have.
If anyone wants to think differently, write to me to “prove” that any of Matthew 24 is the Rapture. It is Jewish, as is the whole of the book of Matthew if you study it!
[H]. THERE IS ORDER IN THE RAPTURE:
We will look at the two main New Testament passages for the Rapture.
[H1]. THE LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS:
There is a distinct order in the Rapture, and this is obtained mainly from 1Thessalonians 4. Firstly, we look at a passage from 1Corinthians chapter 15. The first half of the chapter argues for a resurrection of the dead, and the surprising thing is this – 1Cor 15:12, “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” What can be more surprising than that?
Some of the members of that church did not believe there was any resurrection, that this life is all we have, and death ends our lives forever. Paul counteracts that and leads into the resurrection for Christians, which is what occupies the verses from 12 to the end of the chapter with the great triumph of Christ’s resurrection, not only leading to our resurrection, but also to the great Rapture where all is finalized for our old earthly existence. In just the last 9 verses of the chapter, Paul declares this mystery unknown to any on earth before that time.
In those 9 verses, he speaks of the perishable (corruptible in the KJV) and the mortal. Perishable (those who have already died and are with the Lord) will put on the “imperishable” (gained through the new bodies in the Rapture); and the mortal (those still living when Jesus comes in the air) will put on “immortality” (the same bodies exactly that the imperishable have). However, here, Paul keeps the same order he develops in 1Thess 4 – the already dead first, and then those who are living. Then he ends with these verses of triumph – 1Cor 15:55-57, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Recently, I read an idea I thought about but have to say it is a wrong idea, very wrong. That notion is that there is nothing of the Rapture in 1Corinthians 15. It is stated not to be a Rapture chapter. This is the first time I had even seen that opinion, so I looked into it. We will look at the relevant verses –
1Corinthians 15:51-53, “51 Behold, I tell 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 trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 This perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
A verse does not have to mention a snatching away to be a rapture verse. It must be examined in context. The verses above must be in context, as must the passages. The context looks at two groups, those who are sleeping and those who are not sleeping right now. The ones who sleep are the Christians who have died and are now with the Lord in heaven. Those who are not sleeping live on earth and wait for the Lord’s return for His own. Verse 51 confirms that ALL Christians, dead or alive, will be changed. That means both lots participate in that great event.
Verse 52 now explains the time period for that change, and it is the expression, “the twinkling of an eye.” That will be explained shortly. Also, it happens at the last trumpet. Scripture must harmonize, so that trumpet matches 1Thessalonians 4:16 and Revelation 4:1.
The next point is that the order of change is clearly stated. In Corinthians, it is “and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” The dead change first, then the living – all in the twinkling of an eye. As expected, this also corresponds with 1Thessalonians 5:15 (“we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep”) and verse 16 (“and the dead in Christ shall rise first”), followed by those who remain in verse 17.
In verse 15 where perishable becomes imperishable, and mortal becomes immortality, this happens in the air when called to the Lord. Without a shadow of a doubt, Corinthians is a very strong Rapture chapter. Not one of the great Pre-tribulation eschatological scholars has ever doubted it.
END OF PART 3
The U.S. And China Are Closer To War Than Most Americans Would Dare To Imagine - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/the-u-s-and-china-are-closer-to-war-than-most-americans-would-dare-to-imagine/
Are we in danger of stumbling into a major military conflict? This week, a couple of startling revelations have really shaken up those that closely watch U.S. relations with China. The relationship between our two nations continues to deteriorate, and we are now closer to a war with China than we have ever been since the end of the Korean War. This is something that I have been warning about for a long time, and I am extremely alarmed by what has just been revealed. But for most Americans, a war with China is so improbable that it isn’t even worth thinking about. In fact, if you put together a list of all the issues that the American people are concerned about, war with China would probably not even make the top 1000. Here in the United States, it is pretty much a non-issue, because the vast majority of the population does not think that such a war will ever happen in their entire lifetimes.
But over in China they see things very differently. In fact, state-controlled media outlets openly talk about an invasion of Taiwan and a future military conflict with the United States.
To the Chinese, reunification with Taiwan is a top national priority, and the U.S. military is the only thing standing in the way of achieving that extremely important goal.
In recent years, the U.S. military has conducted “freedom of navigation” exercises in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea as a “show of strength” to China.
In response, the Chinese Navy is now conducting “freedom of navigation” exercises off the coast of Alaska. The following comes from Zero Hedge…
The US Coast Guard revealed a significant incident involving Chinese military vessels coming near American waters off Alaska. While the incident was first divulged to the public on Monday, it happened at the end of August.
No less than four People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ships were spotted and shadowed by US vessels off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, including a guided missile destroyer and guided missile cruiser, as well as an intelligence gathering vessel and auxiliary ship. They stayed in international waters but came within the United States’ exclusive economic zone.
Needless to say, this is extremely unusual.
According to a Coast Guard news release, Chinese vessels actually came as close as 46 miles to U.S. territory…
During the deployment, Bertholf and Kimball observed four ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) operating as close as 46 miles off the Aleutian Island coast. While the ships were within the U.S. exclusive economic zone, they followed international laws and norms and at no point entered U.S. territorial waters.
The PLAN task force included a guided missile cruiser, a guided missile destroyer, a general intelligence vessel, and an auxiliary vessel. The Chinese vessels conducted military and surveillance operations during their deployment to the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean.
This “intrusion” made a lot of people angry, but the truth is that the Chinese are only doing this because of what we have been doing to them for several years.
Most Americans don’t realize this, but our relations with China have been going down the tubes for a long time. By the end of the Trump administration, things were so tense that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called his counterpart in China twice to assure him that we were not about to launch some sort of an attack…
Twice in the final months of the Trump administration, the country’s top military officer was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to avert armed conflict.
In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa.
In fact, Milley specifically promised the Chinese that he would tell them ahead of time if the U.S. was about to initiate a strike…
‘General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,’ Milley reportedly told him.
Of course the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is not ever supposed to do something of this nature. Many have pointed out that it was treason for him to go behind President Trump’s back like this, and there have been lots of calls for him to resign now that this has been revealed.
When Senator Marco Rubio heard about this, he wrote to Joe Biden and asked him to immediately fire Milley…
He wrote President Biden demanding he dismiss Milley ‘immediately.’
‘I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC),’ Rubio wrote.
Unfortunately, we all know that Biden is not going to dismiss Milley.
Hardly anyone ever gets held accountable in Washington anymore.
We were promised that relations with China would improve once Biden was in the White House, but instead things have just gotten even more tense. The Biden administration has been very aggressive with China regarding the status of Taiwan, and the Chinese have responded by sending lots and lots of military aircraft into Taiwanese airspace.
But so far the Chinese have not sent any military aircraft over the island itself.
Could that soon change? This week, a newspaper controlled by the CCP published a piece that suggested that now is the time to send Chinese fighter jets directly over Taiwan…
Sending PLA fighter jets over the island of Taiwan is a step we must take. The move will pose a fundamental warning to the Taiwan authorities and bring about reconstruction of the situation across the Taiwan Straits. It will be a clear declaration of China’s sovereignty over Taiwan island, and create unprecedented conditions for us to further implement this sovereignty.
The “airspace” over the Taiwan island belongs to the airspace of China. The so-called middle line of the Taiwan Straits has never been recognized by the Chinese mainland. Therefore, there is sufficient legal basis for the PLA fighter jets to fly over the island. Previously, PLA fighter jets did not fly over Taiwan. That was out of consideration for taking care of the emotions and feelings of Taiwan residents and out of the goodwill to maintain stability across the Straits. Now that the DPP authority has gone completely hostile toward the mainland and is willing to play a role as a pawn of the US in strategically containing the Chinese mainland, it is time for us to take back the favor we granted to the island in the past and prepare to exercise the sovereignty of sending fighter jets to patrol the Taiwan island.
Of course if Chinese military aircraft fly over the island, there is a really good chance that the Taiwanese military will start shooting at them.
The same piece that I just quoted above suggested that such an action by the Taiwanese military could be the start of “a war to liberate the Taiwan island”…
Will the military on the Taiwan island dare to prevent PLA fighters from flying over the island and fire? Our answer is that: As long as the mainland’s determination to conduct such a patrol is unwavering, if Taiwan fires, it would mean that the Chinese mainland will launch a destructive retaliation. Even a war to liberate the Taiwan island will start. In this context, the Taiwan military will never dare to fire at a PLA aircraft on such a mission.
The mainland fighter jets’ flight over the Taiwan island must be backed by large-scale and overwhelming military preparedness. Fighters flying over the Taiwan Straits is only a part of the Chinese mainland’s determination to reset the situation across the Straits. This will be a showdown that gives the DPP authority two choices: either accept the patrol and refrain from the extreme anti-mainland line of colluding with the US and Japan, or start a war by firing at military aircraft of the Chinese mainland and face the consequence of being destroyed and eliminated by the PLA.
If China did invade Taiwan, that would instantly put the United States and China into a state of military conflict.
And the war that most Americans thought could never happen will have begun.
We are so close.
All it will take is one false move and there will be no turning back.
So let us hope for peace. Unfortunately, we have a hothead that is in an advanced state of mental decline in the Oval Office, and he is surrounded by the worst foreign policy team in modern American history.
Nearing Midnight: The Great Inflation Scam – Todd Strandberg - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
The US government has told the American people that we don’t need to worry about inflation getting out of control. Despite recent high inflation numbers, Fed and Treasury officials have stated that they believe the uptick number is related to the Covid-19 virus, and they will decline once the supply change fully comes back on line.
They said the current inflation is “transitory,” meaning prices will plunge once things return to normal. There are several reasons that conflict with this transitory argument. The nation’s money supply has been increasing by a massive amount. Of all the currency in circulation, 40% was printed in the last year.
Employers are at a huge disadvantage when it comes to wage growth. Baby boomers are retiring in droves, and they are not being replaced by enough Generation Z workers entering the workforce. As the US population ages and an increasing proportion of the workforce retires, companies are likely going to be hard-pressed to find new workers. According to Oxford Economics, an estimated two million workers have retired since the beginning of the pandemic, representing a retirement rate that is roughly double that of 2019.
There are several economists who believe we are not going to see higher inflation because the Fed has isolated all the new money that was recently printed, and they point to the decrease in the velocity of money. Some of these economists warn that we actually face the danger of deflation where the price of things will decline.
The monetary system is very complex, and it’s hard to understand what all these big numbers mean. Because they have a direct impact on all Americans, it is important to have a basic understanding of macro-economics. I watched a video by John Titus, and I think he cut right to the heart of the financial matter by describing what the Fed is actually doing.
The Fed’s current balance sheet is at $8.5 trillion; in 2008, it was only at $900 billion. At the current rate, it buys about $140 billion in bonds each month. The Fed has several other programs that purchase trillions of dollars in other securities.
We are told not to worry about the Fed’s massive purchases of the national debt because when things calm down, the Fed is going to sell all these assets. It is pure insanity to think that the Feb can just go to the market and put $8 trillion of bonds up for sale and expect a buyer to emerge.
Anyone who holds US government debt, in my view, is a sucker for heavy losses. The current inflation rate is about 6 percent. The best rate you can get is the 30-year bond, which pays 1.96%. Anyone holding these bonds is losing 4 percent each year or their purchasing power.
Fund managers turn to US debt because they see it as a financial safe haven. Because the government can never go into bankruptcy, people see the bonds as a secure location for funds. The problem with the dollar is that it is managed by an organization that has the ability to print an unlimited amount of money. If it wanted to create a quadrillion dollars in currency, it could be easily done with the pressing of a keyboard.
For a long time, it was not possible for the Feb to inject money directly into the general economy. Only a select number of banks had accounts with the Fed. These member banks could not transfer reserve assets to non-member banks.
The Fed has been very inventive in the last few years, and it found a way to give money to non-member financial organizations. If a trust fund has $10 billion in bonds that it wants to sell, the Fed will create an account at one of its member banks for that same amount. The Fed will credit the bank $10 billion, which allows it to buy the $10 billion in bonds.
One indication that money is leaking into the general economy is the fact that we have 5 companies with a market cap of over a trillion dollars. There is clearly something wrong with our financial system when you have Tesla reach a level where is it is more valuable than all other auto companies on planet Earth.
This is a very dangerous and shocking change in the operation of our central bank. When a nation reaches the stage where it is printing money and pumping it directly into the economy, financial disaster is always the outcome. I advise all readers to take out any money you may have in bonds or a money market fund. I’m obviously not a financial advisor, but I think a precious metals fund would be a far better investment.
I’m not all that fearful of hyper-inflation because I think the rapture will occur before things get out of control. The economy has remained strangely stable for about 20 years, which is a record that defies 3,000 years of financial history. Time and time again, Bible prophecy is the only explanation I can come up with for this think-not mentality.
“Therefore be ye ready: for in such an hour that you think not the Son of man cometh” (Mat. 24:44).
Biometric Verification - The Future Of Buying And Selling – PNW Staff - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4960
The dystopian future, where you can't buy or sell without constantly being monitored and connected to databases containing your fingerprints, face scans, eye scans and more continues to rapidly leak into the present.
The global engineers want humanity to go beyond being merely connected to the internet, they want each individual personally and intimately connected by unique bodily identifiers enabling the tracking of everything you do.
Zwipe, a technology company that creates self-contained biometric authentication solutions for payment cards and wearable devices is currently piloting a biometric payment card with an unnamed Tier 1 European bank with millions of clients across all continents. An article from FindBiometrics documents the rest of the story:
The actual pilot will be carried out in three countries in Europe, where the bank will issue biometric payment cards to a few hundred lucky cardholders in the first quarter of 2022. If that goes well, the bank plans to move forward with a full commercial launch of the biometric cards later in the summer of that year.
The cards themselves will feature Zwipe's Pay ONE technology, which enables the use of fingerprint recognition to verify a cardholder's identity during a transaction. In doing so, it allows payment providers to lift the payment cap on contactless transactions, and minimizes the need for physical contact with PIN pads and point-of-sale terminals during the pandemic.
Zwipe will start working with the bank and its card manufacturing partners within the month. The company believes that the cards will appeal to new and existing customers that are looking for a safe and convenient payment experience.
"We are thrilled that a Global Tier 1 bank has chosen Zwipe for their pilot and, potentially, for a commercial launch where the long-term potential could be significant," said Zwipe CEO André Løvestam. "Besides the technology, Zwipe will also support the bank through all stages of the pilot, ensuring that all end users' experiences and feedback are systematically captured."
Zwipe is just one of many companies working on "solutions" such as this that will essentially serve as a digital ID. With plans in motion for a "Great Reset" of the global financial system, how much time do we really have before all banking systems converge into one giant entity requiring our biometric data, vaccine passports, and obedience to totalitarian dictates to participate in daily life?
If this sounds eerily familiar to what is described in the Book of Revelation you are right. Revelation 13 describes a time in which commerce is not possible without a "mark" of allegiance to a world leader commonly referred to as "The Antichrist". This mark is given in the forehead and right arm and will be necessary to buy or sell.
The use of a mark on the body to conduct commerce sounds very similar to biometric payments. Amazon is already leading the charge in biometric payments with it's Amazon One system in which people can register their palm print and then just scan their palm when paying in the future at their grocery stores.
There have been other advances including digital tattoos, microchip implants and other technologies that could also be incorporated.
None of these technologies by themselves are the mark of the beast but they demonstrate the technological capabilities to implement what scripture describes. And while technology itself is neither good nor bad - it shows how such technology could be used by those in power to control much of society.
What we are also seeing is a preconditioning for social & technological acceptance of such advancements that could pave the way for what will one day lead to this mark described in Revelation.
How many of today's world events might play into the events Revelation describes remains to be seen. But a great place to start for the average person is to understand what the Book of Revelation says is coming. Without that knowledge you will be caught off guard and not be able to see how the the events of today are leading to the final fulfillment of prophecies predicted by Scripture.
Daily Jot: Stupidocrisy: Institutionalized child abuse - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
As California voters rejected the recall of a governor that closed prisons, suspended the death penalty, enforced vaccine mandates, and enforced COVID-19 statewide restrictions, another crazy, hard to believe event occurred in the state. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday installed a transgender Bishop. The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer (they/their/them) will serve a six-year term and preside over the Sierra Pacific Synod, which consists of roughly 200 Lutheran congregations. Rohrer’s bio says “Pastor Megan lives near Golden Gate Park with their wife Laurel, two children and three cats.” THEY is pictured mask-less in THEIR bishop vestment with two small children, wearing masks.
This is just one example of how far the church has fallen, yet many will celebrate Rohrer’s installment as a victory for equality, LGBTQ rights, transgender rights, diversity and inclusion. Never mind that this is a mainline denomination posing as a “church” that calls itself “Christ’s Church.” The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s website describes its faith as: “When Lutherans talk about faith, we are talking about the relationship God’s Holy Spirit creates with us. It’s a relationship where God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.” Therein, it should also adhere to the principles of the Bible.
While the Old Testament says in several places that homosexuality is an abomination, the New Testament also criticizes deviant sexual behavior. Romans 1:18-32 is quite specific in describing the wrath of God against all ungodliness because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them and they are without excuse. Verses 26-27 say, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another.” 1 Timothy 3:1-7 describes the qualities of a Bishop—husband of one wife, blameless, sober, good behavior, etc. Would God place in leadership someone to hold His truth in unrighteousness? No. But there is also another dark side.
Just as in the picture announcing Rohrer, the message is that this is good for children. Children are a focus of the LGBTQ agenda. What better place to institutionalize it than in the “church,” God’s house? Perhaps, public schools? The LGBTQ evangelical agenda advances under the guise of trusted “church” leaders, school helpers, advisors or teachers. It is an attack on children to confuse, thwart, usurp, and undermine their natural sexuality. If this is occurring in your “church” or school community, understand that silence is complicity. The community of believers is “the church,” not the building or misguided leaders. Same with school districts. That’s why you elect school boards. Stand against it or remove yourself and your kids from it. Going along with this destructive and abusive situation is nothing short of, say it with me…Stupidocrisy.
Daily Devotion: What About the Mark? - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given mark on the right hand or on the forehead. —Revelation 13:16
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/what-about-the-mark/ - Listen
Alarming trends in tech today have caused some people to ask, “Is this going to be the mark of the Beast?”
With all of our track–and–trace technology, online commerce, and the rise of globalism, we can see the foreshocks of it. The Bible tells us the Antichrist will establish global control through a cashless society.
Revelation 13:17–18 says, “And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name...Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666” (NLT).
Just about everyone knows of this number, which is the mark of the Beast.
Here’s what the Bible is saying: The Antichrist will introduce a cashless society, which will require people to take a mark. No one will be able to buy or sell without this mark. It will be a visible, literal mark that people will have on their right hands or foreheads, and they will have to declare their allegiance to the Antichrist to receive it.
People won’t get this mark accidentally. In fact, Revelation tells us that an angel will warn
people not to take the mark of the Beast (see Revelation 14:9–11).
Let me emphasize, however, that these are future events. They’re not in our past, and they’re not yet in our present. Everything will build up during the time of the Great Tribulation (which lasts for seven years) to the Battle of Armageddon.
So don’t waste your time looking for the Antichrist. And if you’ve figured out who the Antichrist is, then that is bad news for you, because he won’t be revealed until after God removes the church through the Rapture. So let’s not waste our time pursuing these things.
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"Folks, it's all beginning to unravel. America is in more danger of falling than at any time in its history. But I believe Bible prophecy predicts this very decline. From this point on, we believers have to get serious. We are going to face discouragement, disillusionment and, most certainly, persecution in the time between now and the Rapture. But don't be discouraged or disillusioned. The coming turmoil will provide us unrivaled opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel. So be ready to share your faith and your hope with those who need Christ. We still have time to reap a great harvest of souls for God's kingdom!" - Hal Lindsey
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