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Monday, June 24, 2013

The Revelation 4:1 Deception

I have heard many great preachers teach fabulous sermons on prophecy, and they almost always say we should interpret Scripture with Scripture, and not take Scripture out of context, etc. They tend to stick with this rule. That is, until they get around to Revelation 4:1. After that, the rules seem to fly out the window.

They say Revelation 4:1 is the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, but that's not what it says. Revelation 4:1 says:

"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter."

After This

Pre-trib rapturists will say "after this" means after the church age. Baloney! Where in Revelation, before chapter four verse one, is there mentioned a church age? Nowhere. "After this" is referring to after the letters to the seven churches in Asia. Chapter one, verse four starts with "John to the seven churches which are in Asia." After the letters to the seven churches in Asia is the "after this." Friends, these are seven letters, which are epistles, to seven churches. We have other letters to churches in the New Testament - Galatians and Ephesians being just two examples.

If I were to read Galatians and Ephesians, then "after this" would be whatever comes after those letters. In this case, Philippians would be after this, which happens to be another letter to another church. The book of Revelation does not start off with seven church ages, it starts off with seven epistles, to be given to, and read to seven real, literal churches, which were in full operation at the time of John.

Pre-trib rapturists will try to say that "after this" refers to after the "church age." They can say that until they are blue in the face, but that's not what the Bible says.

Friends, there was no such theory as pre-tribulation rapture until the 1800's, when a woman named Margaret Macdonald, a member of the Catholic Apostolic cult, originated it. She originally taught a partial rapture before the tribulation. Later, Darby took the theory and ran with it, but tweaked it to include a total rapture of the church, pre-trib. Scofield then ran with it, and taught it in his notes, in the Scofield Bible, which is still a widely used study Bible today.

WHY the false teaching of pre-tribulational rapture?

That's what the enemy wants. What better way to get people to fall for anti-christ, than for them think anti-christ is not anti-christ, because "the rapture didn't happen yet?"

the first voice which I heard

Moving further in the key verse for this article... Ask yourself this: WHO is being spoken to in this verse? John is. This verse tells us John "looked," he 'beheld,' and he was spoken to. The voice was telling John to come up hither, not the church.

Come up hither

Pre-trib rapturists will say that this is the call, where Christians will be raptured before the tribulation. Yet, as established just a moment ago, the church isn't being spoken to here - JOHN is. The voice told John. Take a look: "the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me." JOHN was told to "come up hither." Why? So that he could see the "things which must be hereafter." This isn't any call to the church to come up hither, it was to John, to come up hither, to receive the revelation.

things which must be hereafter

Okay, so John was called up into heaven to see the things hereafter. Hereafter what? Again, pre-trib rapturists will jump in with their after the church age dance. Remember, that's not valid. The seven letters are to the seven churches in Asia, and are therefore not church ages. The hereafter is simple. The seven letters were and are the now. They are epistles written to the seven churches in Asia, and were to warn, teach, and edify them. These seven letters serve for us the same function as all the other epistles in the Bible - for us to learn from. The seven letters are our "here," until the tribulation starts.

Take a look a the below verse:

"Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" -Revelation 1:19

The things he has seen are before the letters. The things which are, are the letters, just like the rest of the epistles elsewhere in the New Testament. The things which shall be hereafter are after the seven letters - which is the future tribulation.

the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me

Pre-Trib rapturists will say that the fact that the voice talking with John was "as it were a trumpet" shows this must be the rapture. They will often reference 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, which says:

"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

I agree - there is a trumpet involved. However, the above says "voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God." It says "voice of the archangel," not "voice as it were of a trumpet." It also says "trump of God," not "the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me."

Clearly, we are looking for the trump of God, and Revelation 4:1 doesn't have the trump of God in it. However, the rapture will occur, and it will occur at the trump of God. It will not be before the tribulation, however. Let us find out more information about this trump of God, and then zero in on it, and find it. We will use nothing but the Word of God in assisting us in this endeavor. We will not go to what has been taught by famous preachers, we will not go to the Greek and Hebrew, we will not go to commentaries, dictionaries, or lexicons. We will go the Word of God, plain and simple, and simply stated and preserved by God in the King James Bible.

We need to turn to another Scripture that is about this trump of God that the rapture happens at. In other words, we need a parallel passage to 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. That parallel passage is 1 Corinthians 15:50-53:

"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."

We can see via context that both 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 are clearly both referring to the same rapture event. 1 Corinthians 15 gives us more detail about this trump. It tells us which trumpet it is. It is "the last trump." Now, pre-trib rapturists will say the voice as it were of a trumpet in Revelation 4:1 is the last trumpet for Christians, since they will be raptured and not be here for the trumpets in the tribulation. I posit that this cannot be the case, for the same arguments I gave above. The trump of God is not the trumpet voice of Rev. 4:1.

Other pre-trib rapturists will agree with me that the trumpet voice in Rev. 4:1 isn't the trump of God. They also agree with me that the rapture happens at the last trump, but they think the last trump is something besides the last trumpet in the tribulation. They think it's the trumpet being sounded during the Jewish Rosh Hashanah. I cannot abide that teaching in full, because this is something that cannot be derived from the Scriptures alone. To arrive at this interpretation, one must access historical sources outside of the Bible. I cannot say this theory isn't correct, either, however I believe if this is the case, then that trumpet will happen to sound during the last trumpet in the Bible. After all, the bible says "at the last trump." It mentions nothing of feasts in either passage.

We need another parallel passage of Scripture, to shed more light on the "mystery" of the rapture at the "last trump." What does the book of Revelation say about the mystery and the seventh trumpet? If the below doesn't make your jaw drop, then you must be half asleep:

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." -Revelation 10:7

The seventh trumpet is the last trumpet in the tribulation. At the seventh trumpet, the mystery of God should be finished! Now, what did we just read about the last trumpet and a mystery? Oh yes, in 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 - the rapture.

Chronologically, the seventh trumpet occurs in the middle of the tribulation. You can map this out yourself via the numbers of days and years given in Daniel 12, Revelation 12, and relevant parallel passages.

Notice Revelation 10:7 also says "as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." This means that the mid-trib rapture was also taught in the Old Testament, which means we should be able to find it in the prophets, and we do. Below is just an example of the middle-tribulation rapture, taught in the Old Testament. Please note the that two resurrections are combined into one, just as in the Old Testament, often the two comings of Christ were pictured in one.

Below is a Scripture from the Old Testament, showing mid trib rapture:

"And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." -Daniel 11:45-12:2

NOTE: - "the book" is the Book of Life. See Philippians 4:3.

The above passage starts by describing the Abomination of Desolation. You can read more about this in Matt. 24:25; Mark 13:14, and Dan. 9:27. Again, by studying the chronology of the seven year tribulation, the tribulation "week," we see that the abomination of desolation occurs mid trib. We can see this clearly in Daniel 9:27:

"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

Even though the official false teaching of the pre-trib rapture started its rounds in the 1800s, the rumor of a pre-trib rapture happening is not new. The church in Thessalonica knew there would be a rapture, but they didn't know when, and wondered if it could happen at any moment. In one of Paul's letters to them, he addressed this, and informed them that those who think the rapture is imminent, are deceived. He then goes on to list what has to happen first, before the rapture can happen. He made it clear that the rapture cannot happen until around the time of the abomination of desolation, which is mid-trib. Take a look at the passage I am referring to, and see this for yourself:

"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." -2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

Paul is telling the Thessalonians not to be troubled or shaken about the rapture being "at hand." The Day of Christ is the rapture - our gathering together unto Him. This is not to be confused with the Day of the Lord, which begins at Armageddon, and continues until after the renovation of the heavens and earth after the millennium of peace. There is a distinction here. Day of the Lord = Armageddon until after the rejuvenation of heaven and earth. Day of Christ = Rapture - his coming and our gathering together unto him. For a parallel passage on this point, see Matt. 24:30-31. If you wish to study Matt. 24 further, may I suggest you read this?

Paul was telling the Christians in Thessalonica to not be worried about the rapture just coming up, any time, or that it was at hand: "That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand." This would seem to tell us that there were false pre-trib rapture teachings beginning, even then. However, Paul puts a stop to that, and tells the Thessalonians that that day shall not come until the following occurs:

- "a falling away first" (this is already happening, and will unfortunately get worse)

- "and that man of sin be revealed" - this is the abomination of desolation, as can be gathered from "so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." Clearly, that is the abomination of desolation "standing where it ought not" - see Mark 13:4.

But the Church Isn't Mentioned

The last argument many pre-trib rapturists make at this point, in still trying to hold on to their misinterpretation of Revelation 4:1, is that the word "church" isn't mentioned again after Revelation 4:1. My response to that, is "so what." This doesn't mean a thing, since the only reason we see "church" mentioned at all in Revelation is because of the seven letters written to the seven churches of Asia. That's it.

If we were to use "the word church isn't mentioned" argument, then let's be consistant. The word "church" is only in the Bible 111 times. To argue that the rapture occurred at Revelation 4:1, because "church" isn't written any more after that, would mean one could also argue that the books of Mark, Luke, 2 Timothy, Titus, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, and Jude were not to the church, because the word "church" does not appear in them at all. Obviously, to argue such a thing would be absurd.

Christians are mentioned all over the place before and after Revelation 4:1. They aren't under the term "Christian," however. The word "Christian" is only in the Bible three times. Instead, Christians are mentioned over and over again under the name they are called the most in the Bible, and that word is "saint." In both Old and New Testaments, the people of God were and are repeatedly referred to as saints.

The word "saint" occurs in the book of Revelation 13 times, and each of those instances are after Revelation 4:1. If Christians are supposed to be raptured at Revelation 4:1, then what are we doing still on earth during the first half of the tribulation? I can tell you. It's because the Scriptures are crystal clear that there is a rapture, but it's mid-trib, at the last trump - the seventh trumpet:

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." -Revelation 10:7

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." -1 Corinthians 15:51-52

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth." -Revelation 11:15-18

Christians are not here for the wrath of God during the tribulation. The wrath is not fully unleashed until the seven vials of WRATH, which start after the mid-trib rapture.

To be fair, there are saints mentioned in Revelation after the mid-trib rapture as well. They are people who got saved after the rapture.

While the above could also be an argument by pre-trib rapturists, it won't help them any. For, as you've seen by now, the Scriptures point to a mid-trib rapture. In fact, I'm confident in saying that there is not one Scripture that alludes to a pre-trib rapture - not one. 2 Thessalonians 2 tells us that those who believe in a pre-trib rapture are deceived.

Friends, let us take the Scriptures at what they say, and not read things into them things that aren't there, or that we wish are true. Let's honestly take a look at Revelation 4:1 again:

"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter."

Is there truly any inkling of pre-trib rapture there? No, there is not.

Now, if you are still grasping for that pre-tribulation rapture, then chew on this tidbit… The 144,000 Jews were saved and sealed in Revelation chapter 7, and were on the earth at that time. I believe the mid-trib rapture is in Revelation chapter 11. The next time we read about the 144,000, in Revelation, is in chapter 14, after the mid trib rapture. Where are they then? At that point, they are redeemed from the earth. Take a look for yourself:

"And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth." -Revelation 14:3

They were redeemed from the earth. When did that happen? It must have happened during the mid-trib rapture, at the last trump of God. To believe in a pre-trib rapture, would mean you'd have to believe in multiple raptures - one pre-trib, one mid-trib, and perhaps one post trib as well, depending on how you read the second half of Revelation 14. Yet, when you take the Word of God at what it says, you see only one rapture at the end time, and it is clearly mid-trib.

The Bible says in 2 Thess. 2 that belief in a pre-trib rapture is a deception. Revelation 4:1 says nothing of any rapture of any sort. It is simply telling John to come up hither, so that he can be shown the future. That’s it. JOHN was called up hither, not the church in that verse. Believing this verse teaches a pre-trib rapture is grasping at straws, and creates contradictions and confusion in the Scriptures, and that’s not God’s way. He is not the author of confusion.

Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, and you are ready to let Him lead your life, and you will live for Him, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Dedicate your life to the Lord, and live for Him. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.

Find or start a good home church. Here is more information on Home Church, and why you should home church, or find one to join - HouseChurch.org. If you can't find or start a home church in your area, then look for a Family Integrated Church, an Independent Baptist church, or look in your phonebook for a nearby Baptist church.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

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2018 Reading List

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Simple Country Wisdom

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Worlds in Collision

The Science of Effective Communication

Simple Country Wisdom
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The Stairway to Heaven

Hidden in Plain Sight 3

The Sweeper

The Wars of Gods and Men

Cleaning Hacks

Home Vegetable Gardening

The Lost Realms

Finding Peace in Life's Storms

Beautiful Girlhood

When Time Began

Female Piety

Giants on the Earth

Cosmic Code

The Revelation Explained

Enquire Within Upon Everything

The End of Days


Tales From Shakespeare

When Angels Fell

The Old Man and the Sea

Love One Another, Vol. 6

The Einstein Theory of Relativity

Following the Equator

Why Does he do That?

The Witness of the Stars

The Log Cabin Lady

For the Comfort of the Family

Charlotte Bronte and her Circle

The Five Giants

Household Organization

Basic Electronics

The New Life in Christ Jesus

The Mysteries of Udolpho

Homespun Bride

Tales of Giants from Brazil

A Little Bit of Everything for Dummies

Dutch Oven Cookbook

Tillie, a Mennonite Maid; a Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch

The Art of Soul-Winning

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow

The white slave: or, Memoirs of a fugitive. A story of slave life in Virginia

The Giants from Outer Space

Be Their Example

Gardening Box Set #8

Essential Oils: Natural Remedies for Your Family

The Giant's Robe

Stockpile and Barter Handbook

The Art of War

The Giant of the North Pokings Around the Pole

Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

The Secret of the Island

Buried Alive

Sweet Baklava

What the Bible is all About

History of Salem Witchcraft



Rapture and Resurrection

The Beautiful and Damned

Experiments With Alternate Currents Of High Potential And High Frequency

Betty's Bright Idea

Hide in Plain Sight

Ten Acres Enough

The Symbolism of Freemasonry

The Cabin on the Prairie

Highland Blessings

By What Authority?

They Almost Always Come Home

The Chimes

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

The Cricket on the Hearth

What do the Prophets Say?

Homestead on the Hillside

The Conflict of the Ages

Daughter of Joy

Who is the Messiah Proved From the Ancient Scriptures

Holy in Christ: Thoughts on the Calling of God's Children to be Holy as He is Holy

Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

C. H. Spurgeon's Autobiography

The Happy Family

Number in Scripture

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Studies in the Life of the Christian

The Light Shines in Darkness

The Scarlet Letter

Madame Bovary

Martin Chuzzlewit

Dr. Kildare, Assigned to Trouble


The Home-Keeping Book

My Wife and I

The Good Earth

The Mysterious Island

The Heavenly Footman

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Donna Parker: A Spring To Remember

Nicholas Nickleby

Bleak House

The Old Curiosity Shop

Our Mutual Friend

The Master's Indwelling

Pink and White Tyranny

Crime and Punishment

The Secret

Practical Homemaking

The Secret Garden

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Anna Karenina


Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife

Somewhere to Belong

Twelve Stories and a Dream

Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America

The Uncommercial Traveller

Master Zacharius

The World Set Free

The Hiding Place

A Drama in the Air

To Kill a Mocking Bird