Understanding I Corinthians 15:50-52
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May God be praised as we affirm His Word!
An Early WARNING To God's Church In Jesus Christ
There is a growing end-time view which teaches the Church
RE: Mental and Emotional preparedness ...
1. The view fails to discern the teaching from I Thes. 5 that we, the
Church, it seems, are still on the earth as the Day of the Lord
begins - at the initial appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. While
we, the Church, do not incur the wrath of God as it is poured
out through the bowls due to our Final Trumpet Rapture
Gathering (at the seventh trump of Rev. 11:15ff), we believe
the Church will be present on the earth during the first part of
the Day of the Lord - when the trumpets of Rev. 8 - 11 take
place. Because our Lord Jesus calls us to be ready and watch-
ful, it is crucial we maintain the mindset we have been assigned:
We are to endure to the end - enduring either until our death
(Home-going) or until our gathering together to Him.
MANY will be greatly discouraged (if they have held the Pre
Wrath view in a dogmatic way) when the rapture fails to take
place immediately after the sign of the Son of Man in the sky.
Sincerely, some will even despair when the rapture does not
take place at the time the Pre Wrath folks teach. PLEASE
read I Thes. 5 for necessary insights once the Day of the
RE: Discerning the seasonally late false teachings ...
2. Our Lord Jesus calls His people to disregard the false
appeals of the false christs and false prophets who rise
up after the tribulation and great tribulation come to
a close. Recall Matt. 24:23-26 which forewarns about
the degree of deception these miraculous sign workers
perform as they say, "Look, he is in the desert!" or "Look,
he is in the inner rooms!" Our Lord clearly states we are
not to believe their lies. Please read Matthew 24 and
especially note the explicit end-time chronology our
Lord brings! This round of false christs and false prophets
takes place AFTER ("then") the close of the tribulation of
The Pre Wrath folks' chronological time frame does not suffi-
ciently allow for this period of false christs and false prophets.
( CLICK HERE and scroll down to blog B31;17 for further details.)
The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering view, on the other hand,
teaches these false christs and false prophets begin their false
teachings shortly after the sign of the Son of Man (see Matthew
24:30 - an event which is also highlighted somewhat differently
in Rev. 6:14-17). Note this initial appearing of our Lord takes place
after the astronomical signs of Mt. 24:29 and Rev. 6:12, 13 - that
which Joel 2 and Acts 2 also describe. Also note this fair appeal:
The initial appearing of our Lord (Mt. 24:30; Rev. 6:14-17) in the
sky - an appearing only - is a major reason why the false christs
and false prophets can make the appeals they do! Read through our
book ( The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering: An Introduction )
which more thoroughly outlines this Bible-affirming chronology.
RE: Preparedness for the trumpet season ...
3. Given the Pre Wrath position rejects the "final" trumpet of
I Cor. 15 as being the last trumpet of the Revelation trumpets,
the Pre Wrath view does not accept the teaching that the Church
is present on the earth during the trumpet blasts. BUT if this unsub-
stantiated tenet of theirs - that is, the rapture takes place prior to
the trumpet blasts - is incorrect, then absolutely: Mental, material
and spiritual watchfulness / preparedness / readiness are also
important during the trumpet period. Yes, this period of time
is also included in the Mt. 24:23-26, 32-51 Counsel from our
The Pre Wrath Rapture view, IF wrong concerning the timing
of our rapture gathering, fosters dangerous ill-preparedness
during a time when deception is HUGE - Mt. 24:24.
And yet, there are other concerns TODAY which are just as pressing
as the period of time between the intial appearing of our Lord and
His gathering us together to Him. Because we care, we ask:
Are you prepared for the soon-coming war against the Saints - a
three-and-a-half year war which the Bible teaches will take place
prior to the period of time when the trumpets are sounding?
CLICK HERE for helpful clarity on this crucial topic.
Is your resolve such that you will not fall away as II Thes. 2 pre-
dicts many will? Recall, two things take place before the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him:
1) the apostasy (in progress) ; 2) the revealing of the man of
sin/lawlessness (yet future to the posting of this blog).
As we have stated in many past blogs,* Bible-affirming perspective
is so crucial today.
May we take full advantage of the Counsel our Lord has so
graciously provided. Please use our end-time read through
post (blog B40;18) for help second to none!
* To list only a small sampling: B9;15 ; B31;15 ; B36;15
B19;16 ; B26;16
I assume most of us know warfare takes place in settings
other than actual battle fields. Many of us know the battle
fields include various battle fronts.
One front, given modern warfare tactics, is behind-the-scenes
activity. So allow us to once again call a spade a spade and
use a present-day warfare example as an illustration of the
spiritual warfare taking place today.
Frankly, the majority of the passionate and outspoken ultra-
radical Democrats, in THEIR OWN ACTIONS [ NB: We have
not asked them to discredit themselves in suggesting the actions
they, personally, have chosen to take! ], are burying themselves.
They have boxed themselves into a corner that will be most
difficult to work out of due, in part, to their commitment to bring
the USA under the domination of a secular, socialistic society.
Please listen carefully ...
IF these socialists continue to press their agenda further, many
more common-sense folks will, in light of recent shameful acts,
take further note of the extreme measures taken. Thinking folks
will discern the rule of these radicals is not a good one. IF,
on the other hand, the extremists lighten up and withdraw for a
period - to let the dust settle so to speak - then good-for-USA
actions will continue to take place - e.g., the recent appointment
of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - for which we
praise YHVH God!
In similar manner, darkness, through its OWN EFFORTS, is
exposing its ugly fruits. Unrest, hateful expression, physical per-
secution (including words and actions) against folks who have a
different (i.e., godly) perspective than the viewpoints they hold,
discriminiation against those in opposition, etc. are only some
of the fruits of this unrighteous effort.
IF it (darkness) continues to press its agenda, some common-
sense folks will, 1) further ask: "What's going on here!? Be
consistent in allowing tolerant freedom and STOP harassing
these more conservative folks - allow then their own opinions!"
and, 2) go on to better discern the actual spiritual battles
presently raging. IF, on the other hand, darkness lightens up,
due to the time being short, it will not take opportunity to most
effectively promote its ungodly plan - to bring the world under
its heavy bondage. (And never forget: The bondage is both
now and through eternity!)
SO will we do what freedom fighters have always done through
the course of human history? Will we stand tall and say "NO" to
oppression? Or will we choose to shrink back and surrender to the
evil effort? We do have a choice in all this.
[ Are you sitting down? Another example of heightened wisdom
through God's Word ... ]
Sadly, a big-picture Source has predicted great deception (and
unusual states of being deceived) during the days just prior to
the initial appearing of God's Son, Jesus Christ. In this setting,
many, though they know something's amiss, will persist in their
deceived state because they will refuse to accept the freeing
provision found only in Christ Jesus - eyes opened to the dark-
ness being only one of the fruits of saying "YES" to the Lord
Jesus Christ as Savior.
Care to get out of the pit (if you're not already a sincere
follower of Christ Jesus) ? CLICK HERE
May we better discern the warfare taking place today. We
need God's help to do so. As the song goes, "trust and obey,
for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust
and obey." (See John 14 - 16 as to expressions of loving our
Creator, Savior and soon-coming King; see John 21:15-19 as
to one means of showing love to mankind. Indeed, God's two
great commandments - love God and love humanity - are indeed
expressed through a faith-based lifestyle which testifies to a
trusting, obedient walk in Jesus Christ - Son of God, Savior.)
On "Definitions" ... Because They Matter
Last month (September) this article appeared on Fox News.com:
Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon.'
It's interesting to note just how, as the article goes, the author
defines "Armageddon." Care to discern yet another false
definition? Here's a quote from the article:
"Ever wonder what would happen to the U.S. leadership and
the nuclear missile arsenal if the nation was under attack? New
helicopters [ the one highlighted in this article being "the U.S.
Air Force's new MH-139 helicopter" ] will take on these two
highly dangerous - and incredibly important - missions."
Did you catch the faulty definition? The article defines
"Armageddon," in part, as an attack on the nation of the
U.S. Biblically speaking, this is incorrect. Please read the
Book of Revelation for actual details about "Armageddon."
Other mis-definitions of the word can be found HERE.
"Why bother" over this matter? It's important given GOD
has addressed this concern in His Word. Sincerely, there
are a lot of false teachings tied to the word Armageddon
today. Definitions matter!
May we His Church in Jesus Christ look to His Word for
True definitions of important end-time words. And let's
better discern the many human-opinion-based definitions
which speak contrary to His correct insights on these
Buck The Tide
You've seen them, haven't you? (pictures showing herds being
led in a particular direction) Well, both Republicans and Democrats
seek to lead the herds residing in the USA and, to a degree (using
different platforms), around the world.
Which group will you follow? Or perhaps, considering the fallacy
of the excluded middle, could there be other paths to take? Indeed
there are. Here's one ...
God, through the prophet Isaiah, first came up with the famous
saying: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil." Because
the devil offers cheap counterfeits of God's precious things (and
ways), we take just a moment to bring yet another one of His
Yes, under both Democrats and Republicans, people exploit
people. Both, influenced by darkness' soon-coming mandate
for a one world society (if they will even exist at that time), will
lead the various herds toward bitter bondage, a slavery that
will actually run eternal.
Will you choose the dark path - the way of the dragon and his
host OR will you choose the path of light - God's path: Jesus
Christ, Son of God, Savior? Will you follow the beast and the
one who the Bible calls the "false prophet" OR will you follow
God's way, Christ Jesus, the One who continues to be called
Immanuel, God with us?
One's eternal state is truly determined in this.
So in this context, we offer a challenge:
Will you fail to buck the tide and, in herd mentality and action,
follow the overwhelming majority into a dark, eternal abyss
without God OR will you be counter-cultural and take the
narrow way of forgiveness, life and love and enjoy a light
eternity in Creator God's glorious presence? Sincerely, it's
your choice. We challenge you to say "no" to the slavery
of present culture and follow (or perhaps, better follow) God.
For those who have yet to say "yes" to His gift, God continues
to offer precious Hope, Peace and Love through His own pro-
vision of salvation: Jesus Christ His Son. CLICK HERE
for crucial details.
The Spirit Of Antichrist
Because we have many more readers at this juncture, we are posting
a revision of an older handout we have used in ministry for decades.
Please view this important handout by Clicking Here. And please,
for discipleship purposes, share this material with others who are
also seeking God's pertinent Counsel for life in Christ today.
May those of us who are included in the group of the 5 wise virgins
better discern the lateness of the hour. The time of sorrows,
while its effects continue, is now behind us given we've entered
into the early period of tribulation as outlined by our Lord Jesus
in Matthew 24:9-14.
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