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The Bride of Christ has no Part in the Coming Tribulation - by Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2022/01/the-bride-of-christ-does-not-go-through.html
“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30,Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)
How I love the book of Romans, especially the 8th chapter. Here the Apostle Paul chronicles the blessings and promises of God. Many will look at their Christian walk and ponder why things don't seem to work out as they envisioned. They grow discouraged and become listless in their daily walk with God. They wonder if God is really on their side. They fail to take hold of the promises of God, grasping it with both hands and endure what they must suffer in this life. Let us examine some of these promises and why you should be joyful and singing the praises of Almighty God for His wondrous mercy.
Look at the opening verses to this message and ponder for a moment the ramifications of what Paul is attempting to preach to them, and to us. This is not a confirmation of predestination, but God in His infinite knowledge, knew that you would accept payment for your sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. God who knows the beginning from the end, and saw you make that heart felt decision to accept the gift provided by His Son, long before you even knew it yourself. In no way does this foreknowledge affect your own self will to make that decision on your own. It's just that God saw you do it.
God has a purpose for all this and it was for your salvation before time began. Some will say, “Then why does God allow suffering in this world, if He called me out of it before time began.?” Why does God allow Christians to go through trials and tribulations of this world? God has a specific plan in place for refining each of us into the image of His Son through sanctification. It's not random occurrences that we have no control over .
“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
God is the Potter, we are the clay. He is the One doing the shaping, the molding, the creating. "It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves."
I am a firm believer that God does not allow one thing to happen to a born again Christian unless He allows it. Why would God do that?
BORN IN SIN
Understand that man is a mortal being that has a sin nature that wars with the spiritual man daily. He will never totally escape it, until Jesus comes and perfects him by changing him from a mortal being into immortality and remove our sin nature for eternity.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” (1st John 3:1-3)
That will come when Jesus breaks through the clouds and calls His church to join Him at the changing of us, “in the twinkling of an eye” we know as the Rapture. But, Paul lamented over his sin nature in the previous chapter of Romans :
15 “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”(Romans 7:15-20)
Paul was distraught that he could not, nor could any other man escape his sin nature. But what does Paul say in the final verses?
“24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Many don't know that Paul was making reference to a Roman practice for those condemned to be chained to a corpse and the soldiers betting on how long it would take for the condemned to resort to cannibalism to prevent their own death. It was an analogy that many during Paul's day would have recognized and being chained to a sinful nature of death. Who frees them from that body of death? Jesus Christ is Who frees us.
If God allows us to be tested, to be refined, and to experience difficulties in this life, then what is the purpose for God allowing this to happen?
The Bible says that even a sparrow in the sky is so important to God that not one of them shall fall to the ground without His knowledge and permission.
29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)
What is the purpose here? Does God have a purpose? Concerning the analogy of a sparrow, it is more than mere rhetoric. If God cares about a sparrow and not one falls from the sky without it being part of His plan, then how likely is it that He allows you to undergo trials and tribulations for no purpose?
God foreknew us and determined to call us before He ever made His summons known to us. By doing so, He was making a prognosis. We are in this elite group, (the called), only because the great God of heaven and earth specifically and personally summoned us by forcibly bringing the good news to our attention so we would be motivated to choose to respond freely to it. But that is only the beginning. We are then in the school of God's Holy Spirit that will refine us, smooth off the rough edges and make us into the image of God's only Son. It is a lifelong process of being molded, or sanctified.
THE LESSON OF JOB
Remember the story of Job? Here was a righteous man who endured unspeakable trials in his life. This was allowed to test Job and to refine him even through boils that raised up on his body, the loss of his family and all of his wealth. Now granted, this is an extreme case of God allowing adversity to come into a man's life, but can we draw a lesson from the book of Job? In the final analogy, Job learned that you must have total faith and reliance on your Heavenly Father. For He cares for us with a Divine love that was shown by the death of His only Son. It comes down to value.
If God values even a little sparrow and we are worth more than many sparrows, and worth more than the life of His only Son, then what was God's purpose? It was that God saw you as valuable. Your value, in God's eyes, is such that Jesus Christ died in your place so that you might have everlasting life. Your purpose is also clearly outlined in Scripture. When you were lost, your purpose was to be saved. God had a desire for a “family” and made man in His image. God was ultimately “reproducing Himself” when He made man. God was not content to just throw man away, when he fell at the temptation brought forth by Satan and man sinned against God. It is why God sent His only Son, to be the propitiation (substitute) sacrifice for our sins, so that we may be justified because of HIM. Jesus redeemed what had been lost, as our “Kinsman Redeemer”.
It really isn’t that difficult a concept, if we are willing to accept God as He describes Himself and accept the Bible as a true record.
You were to be conformed to His Son through being justified then for the rest of your life, sanctified as the opening verse testifies. “Conformed” is the English rendering of the Greek word, “summorphos” meaning, “jointly formed, fashioned like unto.” Note that you didn’t conform yourself to the image of His Son, it was done for you. You were foreknown, predestinated, called, justified, sanctified and destined for glory– all in the past tense indicating that it is already accomplished.
It doesn’t say you will be justified, sanctified or glorified when you get to heaven. It says it was already accomplished in heaven before the world began. I have often mentioned that there is only one reason that you and I were born into this world, ultimately. That is, what will you do with the man? God, Jesus Christ? See, God knows everything...because He is God. He knows if you will accept, but He also knows you who will reject the call of the Holy Spirit. God will not override a man's freewill to choose.
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” (Titus 1:2)
God cannot lie. Eternal life was promised, not according to our works, before the world began. You were foreknown, predestinated, called, justified, sanctified and glorified to the Glory of God the Father and His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
It isn’t a linguistic trick. It isn’t a mistranslation or a misunderstanding of either the original Greek or in our English translation.
To every thing there is a purpose, the Bible says, and for every purpose God has appointed a time.
“ No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44)
God works even to make sure that His people have the faith they need! God supplies everything except one's decision—and even in the decision a person makes, He keeps poking us in the ribs, shoving us in the back, to move us in the right direction. He does not give up easily once He sets his mind to do something. We must come to God by faith, but even that faith to believe on the FULL payment for our sins, by Jesus Christ was given by the Father God in heaven.
THE COMING TRIBULATION
Jesus proclaimed to the Apostle John that His chosen Bride will not see one second of the coming Tribulation.
10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also "will keep thee" from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." (Revelation 3:10-11)(paranthesis is the Greek word "EK". which means being removed from the time and space of a coming event. What event? The Tribulation is that event.
If we are being refined now, sanctified into the image of His Son after conversion and being baptized, then what is the point of the Church going through the Tribulation that is coming at us like a locomotive? The above verse says we will not go through what is coming upon the earth. What is the purpose of the Tribulation? In my discernment of what the Bible teaches, the only answer is two objectives by God.
1, To bring Israel to the knowledge and recognition of her Messiah that they had crucified 2000 years ago and to cry out in agony, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
2, To completely destroy all rebellion of a Christ rejecting world and purify the world of those who take the mark of the beast, as prophesied in Revelation. God will wipe this planet clean of rebellion.
It is called the Tribulation Period. (Greek: thlipsis: “affliction, anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble”). And, it is called, “The time of Jacobs trouble" for an obvious reason. It is the time when God will return His full focus on saving Israel as He promised.
The affliction, anguish, burden, persecution, tribulation and trouble of this time is to be inflicted upon all those that dwell upon the earth. The Bible tells us that it will be meted out in the form of 21 judgments. God will purge Israel, not leaving them unpunished, but will save a remnant through this awful time.
25 “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” (Romans 11:25-29)
Those that hold to a literal “refining” of the church during the Tribulation in addition to the defined two reasons noted above, negate the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ. To embrace a mid-tribulation, Pre-wrath, or a post-tribulation model is to diminish the work of the cross. Was Jesus sacrifice not good enough? Was it lacking in its freeing the Christian from the penalty of enduring God's wrath that shall cover the whole earth? Is this not the same as the false doctrine of Catholic purgatory, which we know is a lie?
9 "For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." (1st Thessalonians 1:9-10)
When are we forgiven our sins? Is it not when we accept Jesus by faith and the Holy Spirit dwells within our spirit? Then why must we be refined? So if there are extra requirements that must be brought to the table, they are extra requirements imposed by you, not by God. God says, “whosoever will.”
At the moment of salvation, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us and bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
16,“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17, And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. “ (Romans 8:16-17)
That leads to another problem with the concept of error that the church of Jesus Christ must endure the Tribulation. Jesus promised us that He would send us the “Comforter” the Holy Spirit and He would never leave us or forsake us.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17, Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18, I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)
Jesus said He would never leave us alone, but the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is taken out of the world to allow the indwelling of the spirit of Satan in the Anti-Christ and he will overcome the “saints”
4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1st John 5:4-5)
But Paul reveals that the Holy Spirit will be taken out of this world!!
6, “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7, For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8, And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: “ (II Thessalonians 2:6-8)
But the Anti-Christ overcomes the Tribulation saints........
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:7)
So which is it? God dwells with us forever, but leaves us defenseless and powerless to the conquest of the Anti-Christ? Since God cannot lie, it is obvious that if the Holy Spirit is removed to make way for the spirit of Anti-Christ that shall overcome the saints, then since the Holy Spirit was removed, then so is the Church. Each Child of God has an earnest deposit of God's Holy Spirit which is our guarantee of future glorification at the return of Christ. So if the Holy Spirit is withdrawn, as Paul reveals through Divine inspiration, then so are the vessels He dwells within.
GOD HAS A PURPOSE
Christians undergo trials and tribulations in this life according to His purposes. What is the purpose behind Blood-bought, eternally-saved, indwelt Christians being separated from the indwelling Holy Spirit so that they can undergo half or all of the judgment period set aside for those that rejected Christ?
Why would the Lord subject His own Bride to judgment for sin after He had already redeemed that Bride from judgment for sin at the Cross? It is a conflict that those who don't discern the purpose of God make the error that the Church must be refined, right along with the rest of a God rejecting world.
We endure the consequences of sin all the time because the world is created in sin, but consequences aren’t the same as judgment.
WE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED NOW
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3, For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:1-3)
The church has a glorious future that no one can begin to imagine. As it is written “eye hath not seen, or ear heard, or entered into the heart of man, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1st Corinthians 2:9)
And the Bible states further......
14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15, For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16, The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17, And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18, For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:14-18)
WILL YOU BE AMONG THOSE WHO ARE HEIRS OF GOD?
One fly in the ointment so to speak, those who are being made into the image of God are those who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and God knows in advance who that person is, each of us. Those who read this message, or have not taken the free gift of eternal life with a repentant heart (meaning change your mind about sin and about God) cannot embrace the glory that awaits those that have. God will not beat you into submission, but will continue to convict you of your condition, until you are beyond hope of recovery. God knows when that time is, that you are “irredeemable”. So you ask me, what must I do to have this type of eternal existence and a glorious future?
Realize you are a sinner. “ For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Realize that God made a way for those sins to be forgiven and live with God forever.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Confession before God in a broken and contrite heart calling out to God,
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
You say, that “sounds simple”...yes, it is simple that a child can understand it...I did when I was 10 years old. But you must believe in your heart, not just in your head with “childlike” faith. It must enter into a humbled and contrite heart that knows that without God you are doomed for a devil's hell, or to experience that hell on earth, called the Tribulation and possibly even the Lake of Fire if those years of the Tribulation don't call you to repentance before God. The horrors of the period are too gruesome to even ponder, as hardly any flesh will be saved and many will be martyred by beheading. Sounds awful and it's all right there in your Bible in the last book of Revelation. You don't want to find out I'm right by first-hand experience.
The saints of the church are being sanctified, conformed and transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, one lesson at a time. I know that I will never be perfect in this life, but I will be perfect in the next life when Jesus comes for me and all who believe by faith in His death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father in Heaven. But it's not about works, but His mercy and grace....and the best part...IT”S FREE FOR THE ASKING....We await the coming of our Lord with a trumpet blast, that could sound very soon...very soon. Because all the signs point to this great event on the near horizon. I've written extensively in detail of that coming period on my blog. If you have time, check them out.
Don't wait too long, as you are not promised even tomorrow. To stand before a Holy God and not have Jesus as your substitute payment for your sins, is a vision I wish for no one, no matter what you have done. Jesus awaits your decision...call on Him today...be justified today by the sacrifice of our Lord, then submit to Godly instruction on how to be sanctified and being made into the image of His Son, as humanly possible this side of the coming of our Lord for His Church.
This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying your acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Should you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me at email@example.com, or visit me online for more biblical teachings from the Word of God, at www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com , . God bless you all........
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Israel Mourns the Messiah, the Abomination of Desolation Ends and the Millennial Temple Begins - By Bill Salus - http://www.prophecydepotministries.net/
This article is taken from my book and DVD entitled, The MILLENNIUM Prophecies and the NEW JERUSALEM.
(CLICK HERE to watch the video teaching on this topic).
The Bible foretells the coming of an intense 30-day period. Within a one-month interval the powerful events sequenced below are predicted to happen. This article will separate out and explain the three highlighted ones:
• Antichrist And False Prophet Are Cast Into Lake Of Fire – (Revelation 19:19-20),
• Satan Bound For 1000 Years Into Bottomless Pit – (Rev. 20:1-3),
• Restoration Of The Earth – (Isaiah 65:17 and 2 Peter 3:13),
• Return Of The Jewish Remnant – (Zechariah 13:9 and Romans 11:25-26),
• Resurrection Of The Old Testament Saints – (Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2),
• Resurrection Of The Tribulation Saints – (Rev. 7:14-15 and 20:4-5) ,
• Mourning Of The Messiah In Israel - (The Thirty Days Of Mourning),
• End Of The Abomination Of Desolation - (The End Of The Mark Of The Beast),
• Establish The Millennial Temple - (The Fourth And Final Jewish Temple),
• Marriage Supper Of The Lamb – (Rev. 19:9).
The Mourning of The Messiah In Israel (The Thirty Days Of Mourning)
The passage below explains how the outpouring of the Spirit of grace upon the resurrected Old Testament saint, King David, and also upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, will initiate a period of national mourning in Israel for their Messiah, Jesus Christ.
“And I, (Jesus Christ), will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me, (Jesus Christ), whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.” (Zechariah 12:10-14, NKJV; emphasis added)
These verses imply that prior to this period of national mourning, the Old Testament Saints will have been previously resurrected. This would include the family households of David, Nathan, Levi and Shimei and their respective wives.
This national mourning will likely occur for the duration of the first thirty days of the Seventy-Five Day Interval Period. Thirty days of grieving finds historical precedent in the cases of Moses, a prophet, and his brother Aaron, a priest.
“So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended.” (Deuteronomy 34:5-8)
“Now when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days.” (Numbers 20:29)
Jesus Christ has a four-fold ministry. In addition to being a Prophet (1) and a High Priest (2), He is also the KING OF KINGS (3) and LORD OF LORDS (4).
“Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”” (John 6:14)
“Where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:20)
“And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16)
End Of the Abomination of Desolation - (The End Of The Mark Of The Beast)
Meanwhile, it seems that throughout the national mourning period of Israel above, the Abomination of Desolation that was set up by the Antichrist at the Midpoint of the Tribulation Period is still standing in the Third Jewish Temple. We discover this in the verse below.
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.” (Daniel 12:11).
Daniel allots an additional thirty days beyond the end of the Tribulation Period to the Abomination of Desolation (AOD). The AOD is alluded to in Daniel 9:27 and Matthew 24:15. The AOD isn’t removed until thirty days after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ have elapsed. Some believe that the Abomination of Desolation could be the Image of the Beast (Antichrist).
“This act of entering the Holy Place and setting up the image, (of the Beast), is most likely what Jesus had in mind as the abomination of desolation.” Dr. Tony Garland
“The abomination of desolation includes the setting up a statue or image of himself, (the Beast), so that he may be worshipped in place of God.” Dr. Thomas Ice
The continued existence of the Abomination of Desolation will likely intensify those grieving in Israel. On the one hand the Messiah is dwelling among them, but so is the Image of the Beast and even more troubling, so are those bearing the Mark of the Beast. These are among the unbelievers that will soon be judged and eliminated in the Goat Gentile Judgment of Matthew 25:31-46.
Establish The Millennial Temple - (The Fourth And Final Jewish Temple)
The AOD must be removed, and the Third Jewish Temple hosting it needs to be destroyed, in order to make way for the coming Millennial Temple. The Millennial Temple will be the fourth and final structural Jewish Temple.
1. Temple #1, the Solomonic Temple, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587/586 BC.
2. Temple #2, the Herodian Temple, was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
3. Temple #3, the Tribulation Temple, seems to get destroyed by Jesus Christ shortly after His Second Coming. This will apparently happen on the 30th day of the 75-Day Interval as per Daniel 12:11.
4. Temple #4, the Millennial Temple, will get destroyed when the earth flees away at the White Throne Judgment during the Aftermath Age.
5. Temple #5, will not exist in the Eternal Order as per Rev. 21:22, which says, “But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”
According to the passages below, The Millennial Temple will be in Jerusalem and it will serve as the location of the Throne of Messiah.
“At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.” (Jer. 3:17)
“The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple. Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever.””(Ezek. 43:5-7b)
The three major coming events described in this article are just a sample of what happens in what will undoubtedly be the craziest future 30-days on the planet.
• The Mourning of the Messiah,
• The End of the Abomination of Desolation,
• The Establishment of the Millennial Temple.
Be sure to reserve your front row seat for this incredible month-long period of festivities. GET SAVED NOW, during the Church Age, and you will have a special role as the Bride of Christ when He returns. You will serve as a king and a priest and reign alongside Jesus Christ throughout the entirety of the MILLENNIUM!
“To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:6)
“This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” (2 Timothy 2:11-12)
The Shechinah Glory's Departure May Explain Why People Are So Confused Today – Bill Perkins - https://compass.org/the-shechinah-glorys-departure/
In the last two years, much has happened that makes zero sense. The world was suddenly shut down for two weeks over what was called a pandemic, but it was actually a big lie. They never intended it to be only two weeks.
Some saw the lie clear as a bell, but most believed the lie being perpetrated 24/7 on the news and in commercials.
Va((ines were rolled out as the answer to the lie. But it too was a big lie. They are not va((ines and turns out they:
1) Change your human genome, which hijacks your God-given immune system, and
2) They have deadly poison in them.
Some people have clearly seen all this, but most believe the lies, separating family, friends and co-workers.
As we’ve said for almost two years, the only way any of this makes any sense is to look at it from a Biblical perspective—that Satan is close to taking over after the Rapture and, via his lies, he's able to murder billions of humans (Rev. 6).
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
So looking at the world's craziness from a prophetic Biblical perspective, we know it’s all rooted in Satan’s evil. And we know we’re not up against people, we’re up against what’s influencing people. A verse most Believers know well:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph. 6:12
So viewing all that’s going on from a last-days perspective and understanding the behind-the-scenes evil, what else can we find in the Bible that might shed some light on the weirdness we see today?
Well, there may be some insight in what Ezekiel the prophet wrote some 2600 years ago.
In the upcoming Rapture of Believers, the Holy Spirit departs the earth. Ezekiel records how the Spirit left the earth once before... it’s interesting and probably not what you think!
The Shechinah Glory in the OT
What we call God’s Holy Spirit in the Church Age, the Old Testament refers to as the Shechinah Glory. He is the third part of our Triune God…God the Father and Jesus Christ being the other two parts. These three make up our One God.
The word “Shekinah” is not in the Biblical texts, much like “the Trinity” and “The Rapture” are not in the English Biblical texts.(1) But Shechinah describes a concept—the presence of YEHOVAH.
In the Old Testament, the Shechinah Glory was the visible manifestation of the presence of God. Whenever God shows up physically, pre-Christ, He is usually in the form of the Shechinah Glory. He is specifically referred to as the “Glory of the Lord” or the “Glory of Jehovah.”
The Shechinah Glory shows up in the very first verse of the Bible:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
We know this because the word “God” in the Hebrew is a plural noun, referring to the Trinity. This would also explain where the light came from on Creation Day One since the sun, a distinctly different light, was not created until Creation Day Four.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;” Gen. 1:14a
A few verses later the Trinity is mentioned on Creation Day Six:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; Gen. 1:26a
The Shechinah Glory continues to show up throughout the Old Testament.
He’s the Smoking Furnace and Flaming Torch in the Abrahamic Covenant in Gen 15:12-28.
He’s the Burning Bush in Ex. 3:1-5.
He’s the Pillar of Cloud and Pillar of Fire leading the Israelites' Exodus out of Egypt in Ex. 13:21-22.
He’s the Pillar of Fire protector of Israel restraining the Egyptian army when the Jews were escaping through the parted waters of the Red Sea. Ex. 14:19-20
He’s the Fire and Smoking Furnace on Mount Sinai when Moses received the 10 Commandments. Ex. 19:16-20
He filled and resided in the Tabernacle as the Glory of Jehovah. Ex. 40:34-38 (Tabernacle actually means “the dwelling place of the Shechinah.”)
He filled and resided in the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple once it was completed. 1Kings 8:1-13
He is the Chariot of Fire when He took up Elijah in a whirlwind to heaven. 2Kings 2:11
>>>Now this is where it gets really interesting, as it may have some application to us today.<<<
The Shechinah Glory eventually departed the earth in order for Jesus to be born and live on earth as a human. But He didn’t depart in one great Rapture-like whoosh—rather, He departed in four stages.
The Shechinah Glory departed the earth in 592 BC. Ezekiel records He departs the Holy of Holies and stops at the door of the Temple.
Then the Glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the temple. Ezek. 9:3
Then the Glory of the LORD went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple, and the temple was filled with the cloud and the court was filled with the brightness of the Glory of the LORD. Ezek. 10:4
The Shechinah Glory then departed from the door of the Temple and stops at the Eastern Gate of the Temple compound.
Then the Glory of the LORD departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim. When the cherubim departed, they lifted their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the LORD’S house, and the Glory of the God of Israel hovered over them. Ezek. 10:18-19
Next we see the Shechinah Glory departing from the Eastern Gate, moving over the Mount of Olives.
Then the cherubim lifted up their wings with the wheels beside them, and the Glory of the God of Israel hovered over them. The Glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood over the mountain which is east of the city [Mount of Olives]. Ezek. 11:22-23
Finally the Shechinah Glory disappears until the time of Christ…ultimately indwelling Believers at Pentecost in Acts 2.
Now we know that the Shechinah Glory/God’s Holy Spirit is the Restrainer of wholesale evil on this earth. He is holding back Satan from unrestricted evil.
And you know what restrains him [Satan] now, so that in his time he [Satan] will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He [Shechinah Glory/Holy Spirit] who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way [at the Rapture]. 2Th. 2:6-7
And at the Rapture He will depart, taking all us Believers in an almost indescribable event before the 7 years of God’s wrath/judgment on earth. With the Restrainer gone, Satan can do what he does best—lie and murder—unrestrained.
So let’s think about this… since the Shechinah Glory left the earth in stages the last time He departed, maybe He is also leaving in stages today. Hmmm…
If He is in Stage One of His departure, this would explain why we have so many clueless people taking those clot-shots.
And maybe this is why we have all those seemingly brilliant but clueless people promoting the first, second, third and soon, fourth shots (falsely called va((ines).
If, like the Shechinah Glory, the Holy Spirit is also leaving in stages, maybe Satan is being allowed a bit of a foothold prior to his full unrestrained control that he has in the Tribulation. There IS a scriptural precedent.
So it could be that the Restrainer might be loosening His grip just a little at a time, similar to the four stages when He left before. Then, at the last stage He’ll finish His exit, taking Believers with Him at the Rapture.
Now this theory is not developed enough to suggest how long this "loosening" might last; it’s just showing a possible scriptural explanation for what’s going on in the world.
I don’t know about you but I’m looking for SOMETHING to explain this “deer in the headlights” response to the va((ine rollout by so many. This info could be the answer.
If so, the obvious “delusional response” that we’re witnessing today may be due to the Restrainer allowing Satan to lie to the world via “mass formation psychosis.”
For an explanation of what this is, watch this blockbuster 30-minute video of Del Bigtree interviewing Dr. Mark McDonald: (EXCELLENT!)
CLICK HERE (watch at 1.25 speed to cut time to 22 minutes 🙂
2) Footsteps of the Messiah, A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events, Pages 591-609, Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Ariel Ministries
The Mysterious Ways of God - Nathele Graham - firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems that today we have a lot to deal with. Very scary things! A pandemic and world unrest can be very unsettling. It can instill fear into our hearts and minds. Fear can blind us to God’s love, and make us question if He’s even with us. We might ask the question “Where is God?” When we have questions like this, we need to turn to Scripture and we will find answers. God is always with us. Sometimes He works quietly, and sometimes He allows events to run their course because He knows the end from the beginning and the rough times will pass and will lead to a final perfect ending. The important thing is that we trust God, even when we don’t understand. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6. His ways may be mysterious to us, but we need to trust Him.
In today’s world, we want things fast. If dinner takes more than 10 minutes in the microwave, it seems like forever! If a friend doesn’t answer a text message immediately, we assume that friend is mad at us. It’s time to relax and know that God is still with us. He is working all things together in order that all things are accomplished according to His foreknowledge. For instance, when it was time for the Israelites to be released from slavery in Egypt, God first had to prepare Moses. After Moses was finally ready for the overwhelming task of leading his people out of Egypt, Pharaoh had to be convinced. God is always willing to give us time to prepare for the task He needs us to do for Him. Moses had many doubts about himself, but when he finally submitted to God, great things happened. The Israelites were happy to escape from the tyranny of Pharaoh’s rule, but they didn’t trust God as they should have. No matter how many miracles God showed them, they had a hard time believing He really cared. Their murmuring, fear, and lack of trust caused them to wander for 40 years instead of swiftly settling in the land God had promised to Abraham centuries before. It’s important for us to trust God even when we don’t understand. “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31. Only God can strengthen a weary spirit.
Sometimes we forget that the miracles we read about in the Old Testament didn’t happen swiftly. These historic events were passed orally from generation to generation, but were also written down. Today, we expect rapid results. Satellites allow us to see events unfold live all across the globe. If a major earthquake happens in Turkey, people around the world know immediately and can watch on television. If war breaks out in the Middle East, everyone knows right away. Although when the plagues happened in Egypt people didn’t have network news to tell them what to think, these events were written down and oral accounts of eyewitnesses have preserved God’s truth. The events described in Scripture are true and accurate accounts of God’s love for His creation. We might get “antsy” waiting for Him to step in and make things better as we watch the news of the atrocity in Afghanistan, but we can be certain that He is there. God foretold us what we can expect as time draws to a close. Prophecy is unfolding, and we are moving swiftly to the Rapture of Christians and then to the final seven years. As it has been from the beginning, if we trust God even if we don’t understand His mysterious ways, we will find peace even in times of great turmoil. Although the Apostle Peter walked with Jesus and saw many wonders, he reminds us that Biblical prophecy is true. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21. A wise person will study Biblical prophecy and see that none of what’s happening today is a surprise to God. Take Biblical prophecy seriously because only God can foretell tomorrow.
If you think things are bad now, you don’t want to be here for the Great Tribulation. Many things that are happening today can leave us befuddled, but they are setting the stage for the final seven years of life as we know it. An evil man, sometimes called the Beast and sometimes called the Anti-Christ, will take over the world and rule and lead the world in his evil and satanic ways. God has told us this in Scripture, and it’s up to us to pay attention. Scripture says this evil person will require that all people take his mark, but anybody taking that mark is doomed to eternal damnation. That Beast system is in the process of being established today. Be sure that you make wise choices. The wisest choice you can possible make is to take Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Before the seven-year tribulation period, Christians will be taken to be with Jesus in the Rapture. Just as Enoch was taken prior to God’s judgment by the world-wide flood described in Genesis, Christians will be taken prior to God’s judgment of the Great Tribulation. If we don’t study Scripture we can easily be confused. There are many similarities between the happenings of Noah’s day, and things happening today. Wickedness was unbridled. The fallen angels had corrupted the genome of humans and all of creation. Do you see any similarity today? Look up “transhumanism” and you will be shocked to see that the human genome is being changed by “science”. Supposedly this is a good thing, but it’s not good in the eyes of God. Do an honest study of Genesis chapter 6 and you will see that the Days of Noah were marked by genetic corruption by the fallen angels. Be sure you follow God instead of fallen man.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11. We can only find God’s peace if we know God and follow His ways. By placing your faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you can be assured that whatever happens in this life is no surprise to God. He will walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death, and welcome you into glory to live with Him forever. God’s ways may be mysterious to those who choose not to walk close to Him, but for those of us who have learned to trust even if we don’t fully understand, we can relax and find the peace that passes all understanding.
God bless you all,
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Daily Jot: 2021 Death surge implies the cure may be worse than the cause - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
An analysis of 2021 deaths by actuaries of OneAmerica, a $100 billion, 145-year-old Indiana life insurance company, indicates a death rate increase of 40% from pre-pandemic levels, with an alarming majority of deaths in primarily working-age people 18-64. Another study of death certificates by The Epoch Times corroborates this phenomena, reporting deaths among people aged 18-49 increased “more than 40% in the 12 months ending October 2021 compared to the same period in 2018-2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.” A January 7 Morbidity study by the Centers for Disease Control indicated that 77.8% of deaths of vaccinated people had at least four or more comorbidity risk factors.
OneAmerica’s CEO Scott Davison told reporters on January 1, “We are seeing, right now, the highest death rates we have seen in the history of this business…death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic…Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a three-sigma or a one-in-200-year catastrophe would be 10% increase over pre-pandemic. So 40% is just unheard of.” He said most of the claims for deaths being filed are not classified as COVID-19 deaths. He said, “What the data is showing to us is that the deaths that are being reported as COVID deaths greatly understate the actual death losses among working-age people from the pandemic. It may not all be COVID on their death certificate, but deaths are up just huge, huge numbers.” He said both short- and long-term disability claims also are on the rise over pre-pandemic levels.
On January 9, CDC head Rochelle Walensky was asked by Fox News anchor Bret Baier if she knew how many of the 836,000 US deaths linked to COVID are from COVID or how many are with COVID but they had other comorbidities. Walensky side-stepped the question by answering, “Yes, of course with Omicron we’re following that very carefully. Our death registry, of course, takes a few weeks to collect, and of course, Omicron has just been with us for a few weeks, but those data will be forthcoming.” The CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reported 1,017,001 adverse events for the COVID vaccines as of December 31, 2021, including 23,048 deaths and 38,219 disabilities. CDC makes these numbers very hard to find and, as seen by Walensky’s answer, there’s a reluctance to release information not supporting the narrative.
Dr. Robert Malone, an inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology, says, “IF this (trend) holds true, then the genetic vaccines so aggressively promoted have failed, and the clear federal campaign to prevent early treatment with lifesaving drugs has contributed to a massive, avoidable loss of life…in (presumably) workers that have been forced to accept a toxic vaccine at higher frequency relative to the general population…All major mass media and the social media technology companies have coordinated to stifle and suppress any discussion of the risks of the genetic vaccines AND/OR alternative early treatments.” Like in the end times of Jacob’s Trouble, the Lord said in Jeremiah 30:13, “There is no one to plead your cause, That you may be bound up; You have no healing medicines.” Hence, the government cure may be worse than the cause.
OneAmerica CEO Scott Davison
Daily Devotion: A Five-Star Recommendation - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. —James 4:17
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/a-five-star-recommendation/ - Listen
Imagine if someone were in a house that caught fire and rushed out to save their own life but didn’t do anything to help the others who still were inside. Worse yet, they didn’t even call the fire department. Instead, they walked off and acted as though it didn’t happen.
Not only would that be wrong, but it’s even a criminal act.
Or let’s say that a physician ran a series of tests on a patient and realized that person could be treated with a course of antibiotics or perhaps a simple surgery. But the physician felt uncomfortable, even awkward, about telling the patient some bad news. Instead, he sent the patient away and said, “You’re good to go.” That is an irresponsible doctor.
So how much worse would it be to know the way to Heaven, to know the way for someone to be forgiven of their sins and find the meaning and purpose of their life, and not tell them? That’s why not sharing the gospel can be a sin.
Understand, sin has many definitions. There are sins of commission and sins of omission. A sin of commission is breaking a commandment and crossing the line. It’s doing something that we know is wrong.
On the other hand, a sin of omission is not doing something that we know is right. In fact, the Bible says, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (James 4:17 NLT).
Let’s remove the words preach and evangelism for a moment and put a different word on the table: recommendation. We make recommendations all the time, from restaurants to the best products to buy. And when another person recommends something to us, it carries weight.
So let’s take that idea and apply it to sharing the gospel. We’re willing to talk about hamburgers, but are we willing to talk about Jesus?
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