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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Mid-Trib Rapture, The Wrath of God, The Kingdoms, and The Day of Christ

I have met more and more people who believe the Bible teaches the rapture will occur mid-trib, just as I believe. However, I've also met some, who believe in mid-trib, but they call themselves "mid-trib, pre-wrath." I've also met people who are staunchly mid-trib, but struggle with the wrath. What is this? How does this work out?

I'm open to changing my doctrine, but I'm fairly certain the rapture will be mid-trib. See my articles under the Eschatology section in the left side bar for mountains of Scriptural evidence to back my belief. Now, if the rapture is mid-trib, which means, chronologically, it occurs at the seventh trumpet, then where and how does the wrath of God play out, in relationship to the saved Christian?

Hold that thought.

First, I want to write a bit about the trumpet. I've mentioned in previous articles how some teachers of the pre-trib rapture stance teach that the trumpet mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is the same as the trumpet voice of Revelation 4:1. This is one of the reasons why some people believe in the pre-trib rapture.

The problem with this, is that the trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is the "trump OF God," while the trumpet in Revelation 4:1 is a voice AS OF a trumpet. A voice that sounds like a trumpet is completely different than one's sounding an instrument called a trumpet. The voice of Revelation 4:1 is the same voice that was speaking to John in Revelation 1:10-11a:

"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last"

JESUS is the Alpha and Omega - the First and the Last. The voice AS OF a trumpet, is Jesus speaking. This is the same as in Revelation 4:1:

"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."

Did you catch that? The first voice that he heard that was "as it were of a trumpet" was JESUS. There is no trumpet being blown in Revelation 4:1. It is a voice speaking to John that is like a trumpet, and we learn from Revelation 1:10-11a, that that trumpet-like voice is Jesus. Jesus' voice is not a trumpet, but it is a powerful, BLASTING voice, like that of a trumpet, when speaking to John in Revelation.

The trumpet of the rapture is identified as the "last trump" in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. In Revelation 10:7, we are told that the MYSTERY of God will be finished when the seventh angel sounds (the last/seventh trumpet). 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says the rapture is a MYSTERY. You can read the rapture event in Revelation 11:15-18 - which is the last trump.

Some pre-trib rapturists like to say that the rapture is the next thing on the prophetic calendar. That can't be so, because 2 Thessalonians 2 says the son of perdition has to be revealed first, and that chapter goes on to explain that this son of perdition proclaims himself god. I haven't seen that happen yet, have you? This is what Jesus and Daniel called the abomination of desolation, and that doesn't occur until the middle of the tribulation.

The Scriptures clearly establish that the rapture happens at the last/seventh trumpet, and chronologically, we see that is in the middle of the tribulation - not at the beginning, or the end. Now, the question of the wrath of God stands. One Scripture that jumps out at a lot of people is the following:

"God hath not appointed us to wrath"

Where is that in the Bible? Here is it, as the WHOLE verse:

"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" -1 Thessalonians 5:9

Ah, so those who face the wrath of God are the unsaved. One of the ways of the unsaved facing the wrath, is via burning in hell for all eternity, don't you think?

Let's zero in some more. What wrath is the above verse referring to? The context for the first half of that chapter is clearly referring the end times. Verse 2 tells us this wrath occurs during "the day of the Lord." In the Greek, it is hēmera (the day) kyrios (Lord). Hemera Kyrios = the day of the Lord. What is the Day of the Lord?

If you study the phrase in both the Old and New Testaments, you will see that the day of the Lord is synonymous with the day of His wrath. It is the battle of Armageddon, when Christ comes back, and the battle is won. The day of the Lord has a second part, which takes place after the thousand year millennium, when the heavens and the earth are burnt up, and recreated without the curse, back to how they were meant to be. This occurs after Satan is loosed, and another war against God is attempted.

Now, because of the mid-trib rapture, born again Christians will NOT be here for the day of the Lord, we will be with the Lord, because we would have been raptured around 3.5 years before the day of the Lord happens.

Basically, we have:

--- The first half of the tribulation - the seven seals and the seven trumpets --- | Seventh Trumpet, Mid-Trib Rapture - the Day of Christ | ---The second half of the tribulation - the seven vials of WRATH --- . --- Armageddon, the Day of the Lord, part one, at the end of the tribulation --- . --- The millennium of peace - Satan is locked up --- . --- After the millennium, Satan is loosed, gathers an army, and tries again to fight against God, God destroys them - Day of the Lord Part 2 - the heavens and earth are melted with a fervent heat, and recreated back to how they were, before the curse and fall of man . --- Eternity ---

The Day of the Lord is Hemera Kyrios in the original Greek, and is the wrath of God unleashed in Armageddon, and again at the final satanic war, after the millennium of peace.

If you study the term "day of Christ" in the Bible, we find that is an entirely different event from the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is a time Christians are saved from, and the time that the unsaved will fear. The day of Christ is shown in the Bible to be a time Christians look forward to - it is our gathering together with Christ - it is the mid-trib rapture.

"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come" -Acts 2:20

"Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light." -Amos 5:18

"Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." -Philippians 2:16

"As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus." -2 Corinthians 1:14

The members of the church in Thessalonica were afraid that the day of Christ (also called "the day of the Lord Jesus", but not 'the day of the Lord') could happen at any minute, without any warning. Would they be able to lead their family members to salvation before it was too late? Would there be any sign to warn them the rapture was about to happen? Could the rapture happen before they've had a chance to share the Gospel with their neighbors? This would be a fearful thing. Paul tells them in an epistle (see 2 Thessalonians 2), that the rapture/day of Christ will not happen, until there is a great falling away, and the antichrist is revealed as the "son of perdition," which is the abomination of desolation (click here if you don't know what this means) and then antichrist would be revealed as "that Wicked." Before the mid trib rapture, he is the "son of perdition." Afterwards, he is "that Wicked."

The day of Christ, in the Greek is hēmera Christos. Some, in trying to hold to the pre-trib rapture stance, have tried to change "the day of Christ" in 2 Thessalonians 2:2 into "the day of the Lord." If the King James translators made a mistake, and it should have been translated "the day of the Lord," then that would change the whole context of 2 Thessalonians 2 into that of 1 Thessalonians 5 - it would be referring to the wrath of God at Armageddon, not to the rapture, which is our gathering together unto Christ. Some study Bibles and preachers will say that the Greek for 2 Thess. 2:2 is day of the Lord, but I'm here to tell you that that is NOT TRUE!

The Greek for day of the Lord is hēmera Kyrios. However, if you look at the Textus Receptus Greek text, underlying the King James New Testament for 2 Thessalonians 2:2, you'll see we have hēmera Christos, which is the day of CHRIST! The King James translators did translate it correctly. Don't take my word for it. I want you to see this in the Greek for yourself - Click here and study it out. The text underlying the King James is the true majority Greek manuscript. 95%+ of the ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament say hēmera Christos in 2 Thess. 2:2. Less than 5% say hēmera Kyrios. It's obvious 2 Thess. 2:2 says "day of Christ," and not "day of the Lord."

Christians are not appointed unto the wrath of God, and that is why we are not here for the day of the Lord - 1 Thessalonians 5. We are waiting for the day of Christ, which is the mid-trib rapture, our gathering together unto Christ - 2 Thessalonians 2.

Now, more on the wrath of God. Just like there is a distinction between the day of the Lord, and the day of Christ, there is also a distinction between the wrath of the Lamb, and the wrath of God or the Lord.

The wrath that we are saved from, via the mid-trib rapture, is the wrath of God:

"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." -1 Thessalonians 5:2

"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" -1 Thessalonians 5:9

The wrath of God = the day of the Lord.

Some mid-trib rapturists get hung up on the below:

"For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" -Revelation 6:17

The rapture is mid-trib, and we are not appointed unto wrath, so what gives with the above? First off, you must remember that the promise of our not being appointed unto wrath in 1 Thess. 5 is in regards to us not suffering the wrath of God at the day of the Lord. This is not the whole tribulation, but just the last part of it. We are raptured before the day of the Lord, which is the wrath of God.

Revelation 6:17 above, is NOT referring to the wrath of God. Take a close look:

"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" -Revelation 6:15-17

Revelation 6 is referring to the wrath of the Lamb, not the wrath of God. Therefore, this isn't referring to the day of the Lord. Who is the wrath of the Lamb geared towards? Anyone who is not in the Lamb's book of life; those who do not have the seal of God - they suffer the wrath of the Lamb. The next event we read of in Revelation, is the sealing of the 144,000 Jews. This isn't a symbolic thing. It is literally 144,000 Jews. The Scriptures tell us that these saved/sealed Jews have a measure of protection, until they are raptured at the seventh trumpet. For example:

"And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads." -Revelation 9:4

Unless you are a virgin, Jewish, and a man who is part of the 144,000, then you are like me, and not one of the 144,000 to get sealed in the tribulation. I am already sealed. I'm sealed, right now, and so are you, if you are a born again Christian:

"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

"Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts." -2 Corinthians 1:21-22

"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." - Ephesians 4:30

Hold on a minute. Did you see that?! Christians have the seal until the "day of redemption." What's the day of redemtion? Go ahead and do a word study on the "redemption" in the New Testament, and you'll see it's the same thing as the "day of Christ!" Take a look:

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." -Luke 21:28

"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." -Romans 8:23

We are redeemed through the shed blood of Christ, right now, if we are born again. But the day of redemption, the redemption of our bodies has not happened yet. That happens at the mid-trib rapture. Now look again at the below Scripture:

"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." - Ephesians 4:30

The 144,000 with the seal will have a measure of protection in the first half of the tribulation, which they are there for. Those with the seal have this promise. I am not of the 144,000, but I have the seal. I received the seal at around 10pm, on November 18, 1995.

Revelation is not clear if those with the seal are protected from all that happens in the first half of the tribulation, but we are certainly protected from some of it. All of this is in accord with God's will, and we must leave this in His hands, and trust Him fully.

If you've done a search and study on the term "day of the Lord," you may have noticed that there two passages of Scripture that say the day of the Lord will come "as a thief in the night." To understand this, a few more distinctions need to be made. First off, before we get into this day of the Lord, let me point out that the mid-trib rapture will not be a secret rapture. It will be visible. Christ will come in the clouds, and we will meet him in the clouds, and people WILL see Christ coming in the clouds - there is no such thing as a secret rapture. Take a look:

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." -Matthew 24:30

"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." -1 Thessalonians 4:17

"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." -Revelation 1:7

When Christ comes back in the Day of the Lord, he will not be coming in the clouds:

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords." -Revelation 19:11-16

Now, we see that the day of Christ is not a secret rapture, but one where people will SEE Christ coming in the clouds. And regarding the Day of the Lord - Armageddon and the final battle after the millennium of peace, two passages in the Scriptures say the day of the Lord will come as a "thief in the night." Let's look at those passages. Here's the first one:

NOTE: In the next several passages, keep note of two separate peoples - them and us.

"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." -1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

The above is referencing part one of the day of the Lord - Armageddon - sudden destruction:

"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." -Luke 17:26-30

"I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together." -Luke 17:34-37

Body = dead body. Eagles = birds who eat the dead:

"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army." (Armageddon) -Revelation 19:17-19

I underlined and bolded for emphasis, especially on the they versus us. There are two people groups being discussed. The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night to "they," not us.

Notice the above 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 passage says "they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them." The day of the Lord only comes as a thief in the night to those who aren't watching the signs of the times:

"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." -1 Thessalonians 5:6

This watching is how we are supposed to have oil in our lamps:

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." -Matthew 25:1-13

"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not." -Luke 12:35-40

The physical realization of the Kingdom of Heaven comes closer when Christ comes back to reign. The final fulfillment will be New Jerusalem - after the millenium of peace and rejuvination. The literal kingdom of heaven is synonymous with the day of the Lord. Christ's kingdom will reign, and then after the millenium and rejuvination, the physical kingdom of heaven will come to this earth via the city New Jerusalem. There will be signs and warnings before the day of Christ, which is the mid trib rapture, but the day of the Lord will be different, unless those left on the earth are watching, they will have no oil in their lamps, and therefore their lights will not shine. Those with oil in their lamps will be in the rapture, unless they don't get saved until after the rapture. Christians are called to watch, regardless if they become Christians before or after the day of Christ.

There is one more "thief in the night" scripture on the day of the Lord:

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." - 2 Peter 3:10-13

The above is part two of the day of the Lord - the rejuvenation of the heavens and the earth after the millennium of peace:

"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them." -Revelation 20:7-11

"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." -Revelation 21:1

Like Armageddon, the final battle after the millennium will come as a thief in the night only to those who aren't watching.

Let's simplify some of what we just looked at:

The day of Christ --> mid trib rapture --> Christ coming in the clouds, not a secret rapture | The wrath of the Lamb on those who are not written in the Lamb's book of life, which are the unsaved and unsealed

The day of the Lord --> God's Wrath --> Armageddon is part one --> Millennium of peace, then the final Satanic war, then rejuvenation of the heavens and earth, part two --> New Jerusalem coming from heaven onto the earth, the literal fulfillment of the kingdom of Heaven - the kingdom of Heaven, literally moved to the earth after earth's rejuvenation. The kingdom of Heaven is part of the kingdom of God, which is universal - God's reign over everything, and all creation. God's kingdom then completely restored.

Now, to expound on the kingdoms, because this is important, and I only touched upon them earlier. Right now, this world is fallen, and is the kingdom of the devil. This is why Satan was able to offer it to Jesus, if Jesus would worship him:

"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." -Luke 4:5-7

This is why the Bible tells us that we Christians are in this world, but not OF it. This world is in a corrupted state, and right now, Satan is the god of it:

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 4:4

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." -1 John 4:4

"I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." -John 17:14

At the seventh/last trumpet, the mid-trib rapture will take place, and after that the seven vial of wrath will be poured fourth, which is the beginning of Christ taking the kingdom back. This is why the below verse is mentioned in the Revelation report of the seventh trumpet rapture:

"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." -Revelation 11:15

God pours his wrath forth onto the world, and then after the seven vials of wrath are finished (which is the second half of the tribulation) then Christ and the sealed come from heaven to do battle at Armageddon. The day of the Lord ushers in the kindgom of heaven, once again. However, the capitol of the kingdom of heaven continues to be in heaven, until after the millennium of peace. Then, there will be one final satanic war. God will destroy the satanic armies with fire, and cast Satan into the lake of fire for eternity. Then, the earth and heavens will be rejuvenated, the heavenly city and capitol of the kingdom of heaven - New Jerusalem, will come down onto the earth, and the universal kingdom of God will have been established forever.

In conclusion, we have seen that:

1) The rapture trumpet of God cannot be Revelation 4:1, but must occur at the seventh trumpet, which is in the middle of the tribulation.

2) Christians are not appointed unto GOD's wrath, which is the day of the Lord. The day of the Lord happens at the end of the tribulation, so we born again Christians won't be here for that wrath.

3) All born again Christians are sealed, and 144,000 Jews will be sealed during the tribulation. Those with the seal of God receive a measure of protection.

4) The Greek Textus Receptus manuscripts, underlying the King James Bible, and that agree with over 95% of the ancient Greek manuscripts out there, tell us 2 Thessalonians 2:2 is referring to the rapture - the day of Christ, NOT to Armageddon, the day of the Lord.

5) There is no secret rapture. At the day of Christ, Jesus will be seen coming in the clouds during the rapture. However, parts one and two of the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night to those not watching.

Day of Christ
Day of the Lord
Also called Day of the Lord JesusAlso called "Day of God."
Wrath of the Lamb to those not written in the Lamb's Book of Life. (Before the day of Christ, and to Armageddon)Wrath of God/the Lord's Wrath. (Happens after the Day of Christ)
Day of RedemptionDay of Darkness (and judgements)
The Day of Christ is the Mid-Tribulation Rapture eventThe Day of the Lord is the battle at Armageddon - part one. Then part two will be the rejuvination of the heavens and earth after the final satanic battle after the millenium of peace.
The kingdoms of this world are taken back as the kingdom of the Lord and His Christ. The judgements begin with the seven vials of wrath.Day of the Lord ushers in the kingdom of heaven
Christ Coming in the CloudsChrist coming on a horse, ready for battle

First half of the Tribulation
Rapture - The Day of Christ - Occurs at the seventh (last) trumpet - ushering in the Kingdom of Heaven, taking the world kingdom away from Satan, and judging the world via the vials of wrath - last chance to turn to Christ
Second half of the Tribulation - the Seven Vials of Wrath
Armageddon - Day of the Lord, part one
Millenium of Peace
Final satanic war. Rejuvination of earth and heavens via fire - Day of the Lord, part two - Kingdom of God restored

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 a good local church congregation to attend. Here is a Church Locator. If you can't find a church near you there, then check here, here, or here.

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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The Stairway to Heaven

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Worlds in Collision

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Simple Country Wisdom
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The Stairway to Heaven

Hidden in Plain Sight 3

The Sweeper

The Wars of Gods and Men

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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