Partial Rapture Trauma! – Nathan Jones - https://christinprophecyblog.org/2023/07/partial-rapture-trauma/
Are you experiencing partial rapture trauma?
Nathan Jones: A fairly recent news story came out reporting that some Christians are coming down with what’s called “post-rapture trauma.” In other words, the person learns about the Rapture of the Church, but knowing about it ruins their lives because they spend their whole life worrying about whether they are actually going to be raptured or be left behind.
Christians know this errant doctrine to be called the Partial Rapture Theory. It’s this idea that only some Christians will be raptured up to Heaven while those not anticipating Christ’s return will be left behind to endure the Tribulation in some sort of purification ritual.
To find out if the Partial Rapture Theory is truly biblical doctrine, we are joined by Tyler, the host of the YouTube channel Generation 2434. Tyler is one of the new faces to Bible prophecy, and so new, in fact, Tyler, why don’t you tell us what Generation2434 means?
Tyler of Generation2434: Sure. Generation2434 comes from Matthew 24:34 where Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”
Back in early 2020, I felt like the Lord was calling me to get on YouTube, which is something I never thought I would do. Okay, well, I have to have a YouTube channel name, so what do I call this new ministry? After I had prayed, that’s the verse I felt the Lord had placed on my heart, and so I named my channel after Matthew 24:34.
Tim Moore: The importance of passing this message — that Jesus is coming soon — to the next generation is absolutely critical. Christians for the last 2,000 years have looked forward to Jesus’ return, and many of them are very faithfully looking and expecting Him to return at any moment.
The Rapture Defined
Nathan Jones: First, let’s define what the Rapture is for those who don’t know about the Rapture, and then let’s get into defining what is a Partial Rapture, if there’s even such a thing?
Tyler of Generation2434: In Jesus’ own last words in Revelation 22:7,12, and 20, He promises, “Behold, I am coming quickly!” Therefore, there are a lot of Christians out there who don’t even want you saying Jesus is coming soon. But, I would look at Scripture and say that when Jesus said, “I come quickly” the word “quickly” also means “soon.” Then people want to define “soon.” That’s where interpretations can get a little bit more fractured and murky.
Regardless, the Rapture is very clearly defined in the Bible, such as in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. In these passages, Jesus promises that He is coming to gather all of those who are His — believers who are sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption — which I believe that day to be the Rapture. Christ is going to summon all who are called His children and take us to be with Him, as He says in John 14:1-3, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” This is what is clearly spoken of in the Bible — the Rapture.
I believe in what is called the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, meaning that the Rapture is going to occur before the prophesied Tribulation period begins. Titus 2:13 says that we are to be “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” The Rapture is the blessed hope for every believer in Christ.
Rapture Anxiety Woes
Tyler of Generation2434: It saddens me to see something that we’re told should be used to “comfort one another with these words” in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 seems to be stressing some people out. CNN even wrote this article on Rapture fatigue titled “For some Christians, ‘rapture anxiety’ can take a lifetime to heal.”
This anxiety is very similar to the days when Jesus was first here. The Pharisees used the Mosaic Law to put their people under bondage. But then, Jesus came with His message of grace and faith. We know from Scripture that we are saved by grace, through faith, and not by our works, as it says in Ephesians 2:8-9. Therefore, Ephesians 4:30 is something that’s really important to understand — that when we are saved we are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. That means that all of those who are His, whether you’re dead in Christ or alive, will be taken in the Rapture.
But then there’s this message out there which falls very much under the law of bondage. It declares that unless you are performing spiritually at a certain level, or unless your eschatology is correct, or that you’re actively anticipating the Rapture, then you’re just not going. The funny thing is, almost every time, it’s the ones who are saying that you have to be performing at a certain level are the same ones who also believe that they are the only ones meeting their requirements and so will be raptured. I’m concerned about that.
Tim Moore: According to Romans 4:5-8, for all who are saved, it’s not on the basis of our works. We are saved to then do good works. We still fall short every day. Romans 7:24 says: “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Not, “What a wretched man that I was.” The author of Romans knew that due to his own fallen sinful nature, he would still tend to stray.
One of my favorite hymns goes: “Prone to wonder, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” And so, if I’m relying upon my own faithfulness, even as Scripture calls me to aspire to faithfulness, I’m still hopeless. My hope is not in my own faithfulness or my own understanding, rather my hope is in Christ and His faithfulness because He is always faithful.
I’ve got to tell you, one of the worst jokes I ever saw was played on a dear family member of mine. Her siblings decided that they would hide, and my wife and I would do the same so that when one of my daughters came home nobody would be there. She would end up thinking she’d been left behind. It ended up being rather traumatic for her for those few seconds until we realized she wasn’t realizing that this was just playing Hide-and-Seek. We had to come out of hiding and comfort her and assure her that she will not be left behind for she had put her trust in Jesus Christ.
I’m absolutely confident, more so than ever, that Jesus will be true to His word and return and take His Church up to Heaven.
Tyler of Generation2434: Amen! I get messages from people all over the world who are trying to turn the Rapture from being the blessed hope to a great anxiety. They’re saying, “Yes, Jesus is coming soon, but you may not be ready for it because you may not be performing well enough to have earned going.”
The Biblical Remedy
Nathan Jones: Tyler, what do you tell them? What is the Bible’s argument that it’s not just some Christians who will be raptured but all who are saved?
Tyler of Generation2434: I go back to Ephesians 2:8-9 which says that we are saved by grace through faith. Salvation is a package deal. First Thessalonians 4:13-18 says that whether you’re dead in Christ or one of those who are alive and currently remain, we will all be caught up together to meet Jesus in the air.
The only thing that makes you worthy of salvation and the Rapture is the shed blood of the Lamb of God. First John 1:7-9 is very clear on that. We place our faith in the blood Jesus shed on the cross. We are then covered by His righteousness alone. It’s never about our own righteousness. And so, if Jesus knows you, if you are His, if you’re covered by the blood of the Lamb, whether you’re dead or alive, when the moment the Rapture comes, you will be going up to be with Christ.
Tim Moore: John captured in John 3:16, “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s an “either-or” promise. Then, at the very end of that same chapter, in John 3:36 he says, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” That’s it! If you believe in the Son, you have eternal life. And, for the one who does not believe the Son, they will not see eternal life, for the wrath of God abides on them.
And so, to go back to your expressing people’s concern if they did enough to obey, well the obeying is in the believing. We obey in terms of trusting the Word of God — the testimony of God — knowing that the mechanism for our salvation is the blood of Jesus Christ. When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are now sealed and delivered unto eternal life. So, it’s either the wrath of God abides on you, or you have eternal life. That is truly our blessed hope!
Tyler of Generation2434: Yes, it’s so important to understand that salvation is not a merit-based thing, rather it’s a belief-based promise in Christ. The rapture is the very same. The Rapture is not a merit-based, performance-based event, rather it’s a belief-based event. It’s based on faith in Jesus Christ.
Nathan Jones: And if you take the Bride of Christ analogy to its full extent, when I married my wife, I didn’t marry half of her — the part that was anticipating our marriage. The other half didn’t need to stay behind and endure tribulation until it purified her to make her righteous, which is the argument for the Partial Rapturists who believe some Christians have to go through the Tribulation to purify themselves. No! “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin,” as 1 John 1:7 reveals. Jesus is going to take the entire Bride. He just doesn’t leave parts behind.
Tyler of Generation2434: In John 19:30, Jesus said while on the cross, “It is finished.” Therefore, Christians don’t need to earn anything more towards our salvation, or somehow purify ourselves in order to become saved. The shed blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can make us pure and worthy to go to Heaven in the Rapture.
Tim Moore: Knowing the firm foundation on which we stand in Christ, we encourage people to be looking for our blessed hope. In other words, there’s a promise of blessing just in the anticipation of our Lord’s return. Paul talks about this in 2 Timothy 4:8, “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” It’s considered righteousness for longing and anticipating Christ’s coming.
That eternal crown is not something that I deserve in and of myself, rather it is credited to me by God. Even as I receive it, I’m going to cast it back at Jesus’ feet as an act of worship. So, in all things, our works point back to Jesus Christ.
Nathan Jones: Put your hope in Jesus Christ alone. For those who know Jesus Christ as their Savior, one day you will be either raptured up to Heaven or you’ll die and be resurrected. Either way, you’ll be with your Lord and Savior. Nobody saved will be left behind to endure the Tribulation. You can count on that!
Is Looking for Rapture Date the Right Thing to Look For? - By Dave Cogburn - https://www.raptureready.com/2023/08/02/is-looking-for-rapture-date-the-right-thing-to-look-for-by-dave-cogburn/
RaptureReady.com is a website dedicated to end-time events leading to our blessed rapture. We all would love to know the exact date, and we are thankful and blessed by all the rapture watchers on YouTube and other places who diligently search the scriptures to find clues as to when it could possibly be.
The latest series of many, many videos pointed to the 8th and 9th of Av, July 26-28 on the Jewish calendar as being a high watch time due to it being what they call the wine Pentecost, and even the coincidental date of July 26 as being the numerical date of 7-26 which is the number for Harpazo in Strong’s concordance for the meaning of “rapture.” There is other strong “coincidental” evidence that also points to this time period. But, obviously, it did not occur then.
Jesus tells us that no one can know the exact day and hour. Why? Because Jesus was a Galilean, and they had their own wedding customs that were different from the Arab and other Jewish wedding customs.
We, the church, are the bride of Jesus. Did Jesus ever propose to us? Yes, He did. When you look at the Galilean wedding customs, which Jesus is following to the T, you see that Jesus’ proposal to His bride the church occurred at the Last Supper when Jesus offered His potential bride a cup of wine. Drinking it meant the bride accepts the bridegroom’s proposal according to the Galilean wedding custom. That custom also says the bridegroom says he will not drink from that cup again until in his Father’s house. It also says he will go away to his Father’s house to prepare a place for him and his bride, and she is to wait for him to complete it in order to come get her to take back to her new home.
What makes the Galilean wedding custom different from all other wedding customs is the father of the bridegroom is the “only one” who knew the exact date when his son was to come back for his bride. Once the father told his son to go get his bride, then is when he came back for her and took her to live where with him. She was put on what’s called a “lift,” which is a chair mounted on two poles, and she was lifted up into the air to go to her new home. It was called flying the bride to her new home.
Obviously, it is easy to see that Jesus is following the Galilean wedding customs exactly. We are now waiting for the Father to tell His Son Jesus, ‘Go get your bride, Son,’ and Jesus comes for His bride the church in the AIR, and we are flown to our new eternal home to be with Him in what is called the rapture of the church.
All of this is explained in much more detail in a 2020 movie entitled Before the Wrath. I highly recommend you watch it for all of the amazing details. I’m pretty sure it is available on YouTube, Prime, Netflix, or Tubi. It’s interesting that Jesus says we cannot know the exact day and hour, but He does not say we cannot know the year, month, or even week.
So, what to look for, to narrow things down? We look for signs that the beginning of the 7-year tribulation is near, as described in Daniel 9 when a world leader sets up a 7-year treaty to bring peace to Israel and perhaps to the whole world.
There are many, many videos on YouTube that claim mathematically that Jesus’ 2nd coming should be in the year 2030, which makes logical sense when you examine the evidence for that. When you subtract the 7-year tribulation from 2030, you get 2023, and thus, there is good reason to get more excited about perhaps the soon beginning of the tribulation. And we KNOW that the rapture is in “front” of the beginning of the tribulation.
I do find it interesting that the United Nations has what they call a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals that began in 2015. It provides a – and I quote – “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” It ends in 2030. It is now 7 years from their completion date in 2030, and guess when they meet this year? Sep 18-19 on Rosh Hashanah, a very important fall feast date on the Jewish calendar. Many Bible prophecy students watch for the feast of trumpets on “any” Rosh Hashanah, but it appears the signs that the beginning of the tribulation is near is a more important event to look for “timing-wise.”
However, two things have to occur for that event to be the 7 years Daniel 9 is talking about. There “has to be” an antichrist world leader coming onto the scene to be part of it, and the rapture has to have already occurred. The Bible tells us that the antichrist cannot be revealed until the Restrainer, the Holy Spirit-filled church, is removed from the scene – raptured. IF this event is the start of the Daniel 9 covenant, then the rapture must occur in front of it.
When you look at the scriptures, you will see that God always moves His righteous to a “safe place” right before He brings down His wrath, as in the case of Noah, Lot, and Moses’ 10th plague. These involved only 2 families and the Israelites in Egypt in those 3 examples. The 4th example is the HUGE one with God’s righteous being the church located all over the planet, and the only “safe place” for us is in heaven before God brings down His wrath on earth.
This would seem to be saying that “if” the September 18 UNSDG event is the Daniel 9 event, the rapture needs to occur between now and then. Is it possible that a world leader could come onto the scene in such a short time frame? I would say “maybe” when you consider how devastating and quickly an event like the rapture will change the whole world.
Notice how this article is focused on the beginning of the tribulation vs the date of the rapture. 2023 being 7 years before a possible 2030 2nd return of Jesus brings a new level of anticipation that we’ve never had before as we head into the fall. Will this occur this year? We hope and pray it will. We’ll soon know.
Maranatha, Lord Jesus
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Jesus Coming for His Bride Isn’t Debatable… And We Should Make Ourselves Ready – By Anne Graham Lotz - https://harbingersdaily.com/jesus-coming-for-his-bride-isnt-debatable-and-we-should-make-ourselves-ready/
Revelation 19:7 KJV – “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.”
The fact that Jesus is coming for His bride isn’t debatable. The Bible is clear. He will come for us in one of two ways. Either He will come for us at our death, or He will come for us at what is referred to as the Rapture—when believers will be caught up to meet Him in the air, as Paul described in 1 Thessalonians 4. While old age or infirmity may alert us that our physical death is near, the return of Jesus at the Rapture will occur suddenly, with no warning beyond the signs given in Scripture. How do I know? Because He said so! And He is The Truth. He clearly stated that He would come again to receive us to Himself (John 14:3; Revelation 22:20). If I believe what He said about sin, salvation, forgiveness, the love of God the Father, eternal life, His own identity, and all the other big truths (John 3:16–17; 5:17–21; 11:25–26.), then it stands to reason that what He said about His return is equally true. Jesus is coming! “The glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” is imminent (Titus 2:13)!
We live in a world filled with blasphemy, obscenity, profanity, and outright rebellion against God; a world that is morally, spiritually, and environmentally filthy; a world of selfishness, greed, pride, abuse, where the family unit is being destroyed (2 Timothy 3:1–4); a world of hate, rage, lies, corruption, cruelty, confusion, lawlessness, and delusion. But make no mistake: our blessed hope is that a new world is coming! Even now it is being prepared as a Home for the Son’s bride. And when all preparations are complete, He will come, whether or not we are ready.
The ten young women in Jesus’ story in Matthew 25:1-13 had several things in common: Each had a lamp, which represents a profession of faith. Each believed and expected that the bridegroom was coming. Eventually, all grew so tired of waiting when he seemed to tarry that they went to sleep. But there was also one life-changing, destiny-altering difference: Five of the young women had oil for their lamps, and five of the young women had none. Throughout Scripture, oil represents the Holy Spirit. In other words, half of those waiting for the bridegroom’s coming were ready because they had a personal relationship with Jesus and were indwelt by the Holy Spirit, while the other half had only a profession of faith. They looked the part, they were religious, but they had no oil—no indwelling of the Holy Spirit. They had never been born again. Jesus said earlier that while some people may know His Word, they don’t live it out (Matthew 7:26–27). The apostle Paul described such people as “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). In His story, Jesus called them “foolish”.
To be honest, it can be very difficult for you and me to tell the difference between wise and foolish people, between those who have an authentic relationship with God through faith in Jesus and those who are simply outwardly religious. Jesus told this story not to prompt us to speculate about or be judgmental of others, but to stir us to examine our own hearts.
From His point of view, are you wise or foolish? Do you have the oil of the indwelling Holy Spirit? If the answer is yes, praise God! And do all that you can to get someone else ready, too!
Should A Prophet Always Wear Pants at Passover? - by Bill Perkins - https://compass.org/should-a-prophet-always-wear-pants-at-passover/
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2Pet. 1:20-21
There is only one thing that separates the Bible from all the other books in the world — and that’s the numerous prophecies scattered throughout the scriptures.
Roughly 30% of the Bible’s verses contain prophetic proclamations. And every prophecy has come true exactly as written, word-for-word.
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” Is. 42:9
So if past prophecies have been fulfilled word for word, we can be assured that future prophecies will be fulfilled word-for-word.
God uses prophecy to prove He is God as no one knows the future except the Creator God of the universe. Only He can predict the future with 100% accuracy.
These amazingly specific proclamations are inspired by the Creator God of the universe and transmitted via mere men. They prove the rest of the Bible is also true and can be trusted. All of it.
Throughout history, God chose His prophets for this special role. They were usually revered but often despised if the message from God was negative.
Jesus held the Jews accountable for murdering God’s prophets through the years. During Jesus’ last week, two days before His crucifixion, He stood in the Temple addressing the Pharisees saying:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! Matt. 23:37a
In fact, the entire Matthew 23 chapter shows the disdain Jesus (God) had for the state of Israel at that point in time. The Jewish leadership had grown into a legalistic governing body that missed the entire point of God’s calling.
Jesus followed His statement with this concluding thought that’s a quote (in caps) from Psalm 118:26:
“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’” Matt. 23:39
Jesus was confirming He was allowing the Jews to aimlessly wander around the globe, often persecuted, for 2000 years… while allowing the Believers in a new time period, a new dispensation we refer to as the Church Age to become His new worldwide emphasis/focus.
Back to the subject of God's prophets…
If you claimed to be a prophet you immediately received special privileges because of your position. So Satan sometimes had fake/false prophets claim the status. So God set up a way to determine if the prophet was a true prophet from God.
When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deut. 18:22
It’s a pretty simple test — if a prophet said one single thing that did not come true, he was a false prophet, not speaking with inspiration from God. And the penalty for being a false prophet was being stoned to death.
But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. You may say in your heart, “How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?” When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deut. 18:20-22
Therefore, if a prophet went his entire life with everything he prophesied coming true, his recorded prophecies were saved and are part of the Old Testament scriptures we have today.
Some of the more well-known prophets were:
Abraham- Gen. 20:7
Moses- Deut. 34:10
Samuel- 1Sam. 3:19-20
David- Acts 2:30
Elijah & Elisha- 1Kings 19:15-16
Jeremiah- Jer. 1:5
John the Baptist- Matt. 11:9-14
Jesus (before He was resurrected)- John 7:40
Pants for Passover?
And of course there’s Isaiah, who proved to be a most unique prophet. He was the most quoted prophet in the New Testament, 65 times.
In Isaiah’s day, roughly 745 to 685 BC, the leaders of Israel were beginning to think Egypt was a country to look up to (Is. 30:1-5; 31:1-3). So God had Isaiah go naked for three years to signify how He would allow the Assyrians to strip and shame the Egyptians.
And the LORD said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush, so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.” Is. 20:3-4
Naturally, I wonder how Isaiah wearing no clothes worked when he and his wife had people over for dinner. That had to be a bit awkward. Or at Passover, when he and his family shared a lamb. I bet no one wanted to sit where he just sat!
Don’t you think his wife would eventually say something like “Isaiah, can’t you just put on some pants for Passover?”
Isaiah would probably respond- "Hmmmm...., I don't wear pants, I wear a robe.
Isaiah's wife- "Well, one day some guy in Coeur d'Alene will need the alliteration of "pants and Passover," and robe just won't work.
(I deleted the rest of this make-believe conversation as it got way out there! 🙂
Prophecy in the New Testament
The role of prophet in the New Testament is much different from the prophets’ role in the Old Testament.
And He [Jesus] gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; Eph. 4:11-12
Strongs' definition of prophet:
4396. profh/thß prophetes, prof-ay´-tace; from a compound of 4253 and 5346; a foreteller (“prophet”); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet: — prophet.
The prophet that Jesus raises up to equip the saints is not like the prophet in the Old Testament. Strongs' definition says the Greek word used for “prophet” has the connotation of “gifted speaker.” Truly we have all heard men teach the Bible who we knew were gifted by God.
For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies [a God-gifted speaker] edifies the church. 1Cor. 14:2
So New Testament prophets were gifts to the church from Jesus to provide edification, exhortation, and comfort.
We don’t need prophets today to add to scripture. The fact is, in the Church Age God says we have everything we need to know in the pages of the Bible and nothing can be added.
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; Rev. 22:18
Today, born-again Believers are “in Christ” and therefore we have the Holy Spirit illuminating scripture to us. The more scriptural truth we learn, the more discerning and the less deceived we are.
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. Heb. 1:1-2
Those living from sinful Adam up until the cross had no permanent indwelling of God's Spirit. A new day had dawned. In the chart below, the pink arrows represents the Holy Spirit, the red arrows represent Jesus.
False Prophet Test in the Last Days
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2Pet. 2:1
And just like the test for genuine prophets in the Old Testament, we too have a test to make sure our Bible teachers have at least the most basic foundation correct.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 1John 4:1
If you deny Jesus is God, you’re in big trouble, no matter what good intentions you have. Think Mormon.
God PROVES He is God via the prophecies in the Bible being 100% accurate. The prophecies prove the rest of the Bible is also 100% accurate.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2Tim. 3:16
So we can depend on every word in the Bible to be exactly what God wants us to have.
So when we read about the fascinating details of the Rapture in 1Thes. 4, we have a tendency to stop at verse 17. But we need to keep reading through the next verse:
Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1Th. 4:18
So knowing about the great exodus of Believers leaving this earth is a comfort to us. Through scripture analysis we know God’s close to releasing His wrath on an unsuspecting earth. But He promises Believers will be removed before the wrath begins.
We don’t know how close we are to our fateful exit. It could be days, weeks, months or even a few years. But we’re closer than we’ve ever been!
Until that day, use us, Lord!
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. Psa. 3:6
Daily Jot: Praying for the peace of Jerusalem - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
There are many parallels between Israel and the United States. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has been under constant attack by leftists who seek to undermine him and his common sense approach to government. The same type of people have been falsely accusing Donald Trump in attempts to undermine both his presidency and his quest to return to office—much the same as what Netanyahu experienced. Court case after court case, never successful on the general accusation, finding bits and pieces under mostly false pretense. Death by a thousand cuts.
Meanwhile, the poster boy for bribery, Joe Biden continues to poke at Netanyahu for not towing the leftist line—as if it is any of Biden’s business. Netanyahu and his allies are trying to bring some common sense to the judicial system in Israel, trying to balance the branches of power. To this, the leftists have organized massive protests, claiming the reigning in of the Supreme Court’s discretionary authority is a front to “democracy.” In reality, it strengthens democracy. Biden, for his point issues a statement through his Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who said, “It is unfortunate that the vote today took place with the slimmest possible majority.” But if it had went the other way by one single vote, Biden would have been crowing victory for the left.
The turmoil in Israel is on many fronts. Economic, militarily, judicial, social (especially with homosexuality), and political. Citizens in the United States are experiencing much the same. The two nations have been inextricably tied together since the rebirth of Israel. There is also a strong spiritual tie. The US came into existence as guided by the laws of God and the precepts outlined in biblical books such as Deuteronomy. The US system of representative government was also modeled after the advice given Moses by his father-in-law Jethro in Exodus—to choose “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rules of fifties, and rulers of tens.”
But there is one verse in the Bible that clearly speaks to the troubles our nations are having, Speaking of Israel in Genesis 12:3 the Lord says, “And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you, and in you shall families of the earth be blessed.” During the Obama Administration, which treated Israel with contempt, the US faced much economic, social, and political turmoil. During the Trump Administration, which Israel was treated as a true friend, the US prospered. During the current Biden Administration that treats Israel poorly, America is once again faced with economic, social, and political turmoil, even as the forces of evil work in both countries to undermine what is good and right. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem for Israel’s peace is our peace.
Daily Devotion: Shortsighted Prayers - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?" —Matthew 20:22
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It was Jesus who gave His disciples James and John the nickname “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17 NLT). Now, you don’t get a nickname like that without a reason.
On one occasion during Jesus’ ministry, the people in a Samaritan village weren’t responsive to His message. So, James and John said, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” (Luke 9:54 NLT).
The Bible also gives us a little hint, perhaps, as to why these two became the Sons of Thunder. One day their mother, Salome, approached Jesus with her sons—and a request: “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left” (Matthew 20:21 NLT).
But Jesus told them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” (verse 22 NLT).
What was this cup? It was the cup of God’s wrath as Jesus bore the sins of the world on the cross. Remember, in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39 NLT).
God said no to their mother’s request, and no doubt they were thankful for that later. After all, Salome was there at the crucifixion of Jesus. As she stood at the foot of the cross, she would have seen the two criminals who hung on crosses to the right and left of Jesus.
If God has said no to your prayer recently, don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing. It could be a very good thing, because God loves you and sees the big picture. There is a place for faith and prayer. But God may overrule our requests, especially when we ask for something that will harm us.
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