THE RAPTURE of the CHURCH
and the SECOND COMING of Jesus
The Bible tells us that there are signs that are to alert us to the soon coming of Jesus, first to rapture the church, and second to return and rule and reign on this earth. Are they being fulfilled?
"AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH."
There are many similarities in today's newspaper and the Bible. Prophecy is being fulfilled daily. The purpose of this course is:
to alert us to the end times
to warn the wicked of the end times
to be a beacon to more future events about to unfold.
II PETER 1:19
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."
THERE ARE SOME SPECIFIC SIGNS THAT ARE FULFILLED OR SOON TO BE FULFILLED. LOOK AT SOME OF THEM:
Rev. 18:10,18...Rev. 19:2-3
"Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour thy judgment is come...What city is like unto this great city...for He hath judged that great whore, which did corrupt the earth."
The ancient city of Babylon was a pile of stones for centuries. During Saddam Hussein’s rule, it was rebuilt but kept empty, for he wanted it as his capital for when he planned to rule the whole Muslim communities of the world. It survived the wars, and sits empty, awaiting the antichrist to rule from it for the first half the tribulation, prior to its final judgment mentioned in Revelation midway through the tribulation.
2.FIVE EGYPTIAN CITIES
"In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the Lord of Hosts; one shall be called the 'city of destruction'."
An agreement was made with Egypt, when Israel turned over the Sinai peninsula to them, that five cities would allow the Jewish people living within them to remain, have their own schools, and continue to speak and teach Hebrew. One of those cities, in Egypt’s language, means ‘the city of destruction.’
"...Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the
Gentiles be fulfilled."
Jerusalem is still ‘trodden down’ by some who are not Jewish. The end of the time of God dealing with the Gentiles is coming at the ‘rapture’ of the church, and the beginning of the seven year tribulation. That event of the rapture is very soon.
Luke 21:17, Gen.12:2-3
"And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake."
The hatred and abuse of the Jewish people is increasing and increasing. There are more and more attacks on the people and on their synagogues. We are witnessing far more hatred than ever against the people that God intends to deal with in the tribulation.
5.COMPUTER OF THE ANTICHRIST
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Computer systems, identity chips, etc are being developed at such a rapid pace that this prophecy is ready to be fulfilled.
Rev. 12:6,14, Daniel 11:41, Isa. 26:20-21, 16:1-4, Ezek. 20:33-38, Matt. 24:16
"And the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God."
I expect that the next peace attempt in the Middle East, will involve a land trade, wherein Israel will receive the desert, mountain area where Petra is located. The Bible predicts they will flee there for safety at the midpoint of the tribulation, and water will again flow from the rock to sustain their three and a half year time awaiting the return of Jesus.
7.ISRAEL BLOSSOMING AS A ROSE
Isa. 35:1, 6:7, 27:6
"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as a rose."
This began in 1945, when Israel received as their portion of the land, the desert and arid part, and the Palestinians were given Jordan. Israel’s land has blossomed and been blessed beyond imagination. Some Palestinians were expelled from Jordan, and now they try to claim Israel’s land, for it is so blessed and productive.
Dt. 28:63-68, Jer. 30:1-11, Ezek. 33:21, 34:24, 39:21-29, Matt. 24:32-34, Isa. 11:11-16, 18:3,*Jer.31:8-11*
"Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child, and her that travaileth with child together, a great company shall return thither."
The ‘north country’ mentioned is Russia, and when the Soviet Union dissolved, the Jewish people that were trapped there for decades, were allowed to return to Israel. They are still returning yet today. The anti-Semitism will still further increase the number who will return. The finding and return of the ark, the rebuilding of the Temple, will spur the religious Jews to realize the Messiah is coming (again) and they will flock even more to the land.
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF SOME LAST DAY EVENTS
Partial return of the Jews
Great world wide persecution of Jews
Expulsion to Egypt
Palestine troubled by Arabs
War in Ethiopia against God's people
The ark recovered
(Isa. 18, Isa. 11)
Revival to Judaism
Miracles of return
(Ezek. 41,42,43, Mal. 3:1)
"THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET,
AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH."