Rapture Readings 10 – Prophetic Fulfillment

Based on:

Luke 20:19

(2 Samuel 13-14; Luke 20:1-36)

The parables that Jesus spoke were for the purpose of veiling His Words so that an unbelieving people wouldn’t be given truth that would do them no good. Mark 4:10-12 illustrates this:

And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that

“‘they may indeed see but not perceive,

    and may indeed hear but not understand,

lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”

 

Source for these readings:
Awaken Bible Commentary & Reflections Volumes 1-4
Volume 2 link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09NQJ3XJF

 

Transcript:

The parables that Jesus spoke were for the purpose of veiling His Words so that an unbelieving people wouldn’t be given truth that would do them no good. Mark 4:10-12 illustrates this:

And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that

“‘they may indeed see but not perceive,

    and may indeed hear but not understand,

lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”

While in Jerusalem during Holy Week just days before His crucifixion, Jesus related the Parable of the Wicked Tenants as He taught in the temple.  This parable spoke of how the owner of a vineyard arranged for tenants to tend for it while he was away on a long journey.  When he wanted to reap some of the fruits of his land, he sent various servants to claim them.  However, the tenants had turned against the vineyard owner and mercilessly beat the man’s servants.  Worse, when he sent his son to claim what was rightfully his, they killed the son.  The parable declares that the tenants would suffer a terrible fate for their wicked actions toward the vineyard owner.

Jesus, of course, was speaking of Israel and what had happened over the years between God and the Israelites.  God had provided a land filled with milk and honey, a bountiful vineyard.  Everything in Israel and the world belongs to God.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10).  He expected nothing from His children other than their allegiance, i.e. the fruit of the vineyard.

In His absence from Israel, God sent many prophets to remind the Israelites of where their worship should be directed.  They had turned away from Him and lifted up foreign gods, so the prophets tried to redirect their hearts back to Him.  Instead, the wickedness of the people’s hearts overcame their common sense.  Rather than responding positively to the Word of the Lord through His prophets, they inevitably killed many of them.  They had decided they wanted nothing to do with Yahweh, the One true God, who had given them all things.  They thought they could be self-sufficient and follow other gods with no consequences.

In speaking of the vineyard owner sending his son whom the tenants killed, Jesus prophesied about His own death at the hands of God’s very children.  Because of this atrocious sin, great evil would come upon them in a rightly deserved judgment.  Because God sees and knows all things past, present, and future, Jesus spoke of their fate where they would lose all they had, even their very land.

Jesus spoke this parable within the parable in Luke 20:17:

But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone’?

He was the cornerstone that the people of Israel rejected.  In spurning Jesus, they fell upon Him and were crushed.  Within forty years the Romans destroyed the temple in 70 AD.  By 135 AD the Jews had been almost completely separated from their God-given land.  The Romans even renamed it Palestine to cement their dismissal and loss.

In a flash of insight, the scribes and chief priests recognized their part in Jesus’ parable, as we see in Luke 20:19:

The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.

In seeking then to deliver [Jesus] up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor (Luke 20:20), the Pharisees actually became a part of the fulfillment of the prophetic Word of the parable.

Did they understand that aspect, i.e. that they were no different than the people before them who had killed God’s prophets?  Would it have made any difference if they did?

Unfortunately, the attitude of these religious men was the same as so many today that spurn the Word of God.  Rather than read and understand the Bible for what it is, they interpret it for their own purposes.  Whenever anyone does this and strays from Scripture’s truth, it’s as inevitable as night following day that they will turn even further from God.

The Bible’s truth is absolute.  It says that in these last days, great apostasy will occur.  Such turning from God can only happen in the house of God.  Indeed, we see this in more churches throughout our land and the world than we can possibly number.  It has to be this way as preparation for the evil that will overcome the world in the 7-year Tribulation, as sad and grievous as that is.

However, these dark times also provide those who truly follow the Lord Jesus Christ with the opportunity to be salt and light in the world that He said we should be.  There is great fear in the hearts of many.  Some of them will respond to the Gospel – the Good News of salvation through Christ alone.

There will be no grand revival in these days before the Rapture of the church and the subsequent Tribulation; that will occur only during those awful seven years with many coming to Christ, but also being martyred for their faith.  However, the fields are ripe for harvest right now.

Are we being obedient to the Lord and harvesting?  Or are we cowering in fear because the world system is against us?  This is a choice every single one of us must make.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 3-16-22 End-Times Implications: Russia-NWO-Ezekiel

Originally, my purpose in addressing this topic was to give a brief outline of my take on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine played into Biblically foretold events.  The first iteration of this was a two-page article – short and sweet.  As I let it sit for a day I thought of a missionary friend who could perhaps provide me with some insights.  He was born in Poland and has spent many years in Russia, Ukraine, and the “Stans”, e.g. Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, etc. doing ministry work.  I connected with him in an almost two-hour phone call and from there did further research.  All this added to my sense that the narrative we’re being fed by the government – any government – and the media – including conservative media – is at worst complete disinformation and at best naive reporting.  That has absolutely been confirmed as this conflict continues.  What’s driving Russia is not what’s portrayed.  What’s going on in Ukraine is far from innocent.  Behind all this in the physical world is the ongoing engineering of chaos necessary for the One Worlders, i.e. the World Economic Forum and their lackeys, to obtain their final objective of a world without borders controlled by the elites and ultimately ruled by Antichrist.  Up another rung in the ladder is the spiritually demonic effort to cause the world to descend into the morass of the 7-year Tribulation where Satan believes he can defeat God and take His place.  With that as introduction, let’s look at what’s happening.

 

Transcript for: Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 3-9-22 Can Abomination Be Redeemed?

I know that sometimes a transcript for a message can be helpful.  This post contains the transcript notes for the Awaken Bible Prophecy Update regarding: Can Abomination Be Redeemed?

I’m going to do this Prophecy Update a little differently than what I normally do.  The Old Testament is replete with the prophets declaring extremely hard Words from the Lord as to the difficulties that would come upon Israel as the Northern Kingdom and Judah as the Southern Kingdom.  The prophecies inevitably laid out an if-then scenario for God’s Chosen People.  If they would turn from their wicked ways, then God would heal their land.  If the people would turn from their worship of pagan gods along with their resulting sexual immorality, and if they would turn to the Holy One of Israel with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, then He would relent of the destruction He planned to bring upon their nation.

 

However, God knew the hearts of the children of Israel and He knew they were a stiff-necked people.  Because of that, God knew full-well they would NOT turn from their abominations, and that He would indeed bring upon them all the disaster He had declared.

 

What I want to do today is pull some passages from Jeremiah 11-23, which was part of my recent daily reading, and examine several verses in light of God’s plans and purposes.  In this context then I want to compare and contrast our situation in America in light of Bible prophecy.  I’ve expressed previously some of the things which I’ll say today – but hopefully this will present them in a slightly different manner.  However, it’s a very contrarian position to what the world and most of the church is currently saying, so I know it is not going to be popular or received well by some.  Despite that, it IS the Word of God.

 

Let’s go ahead and pray.  Because I’ll be bringing in multiple Scripture passages in the course of this message, I won’t begin with any verses initially.

 

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Can Abomination Be Redeemed?

 

    • God didn’t spare the truth when he spoke to Israel through Jeremiah
    • For something a little different today, I’ll use the Septuagint version of the Bible, which is the Greek translation of the OT and NT
    • It was the Septuagint that the writers of the NT would have generally consulted
    • In Jeremiah 11:6-8 listen to what the prophet says:
  • 6 And Yahweh said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Hear the words of this covenant and do them, 7 for I solemnly admonished your ancestors in the day of my leading them out from the land of Egypt and up to this day, admonishing persistently, saying, “Obey my voice.” 8 But they did not obey and they did not incline their ear. Instead each one walked in the stubbornness of his evil heart. Therefore, I brought on them all the words of this covenant which I commanded them to do, and they did not do it.’”
  • Time after time God spoke to His people and warned them to obey Him
  • Over the years, e.g. in the time of Judges, they had seen the consequences of disobedience
  • Did it matter to them?
  • Nope!  In the stubbornness of their hearts, they were going to do life their way regardless what God threatened
  • So He said, “Fine, you want to disobey Me?  Then everything I’ve said in Deuteronomy 28 – all those curses! – will happen to you.  And it won’t be pretty.”
  • Considering America in this light, what do we see:
  • God immensely blessed our nation
  • Why did God bless us?
  • Because as a people we sought after Him and desired through the church to obey Him and Him alone
  • Yet over time we allowed anti-God sentiment to invade our churches
  • God raised up strong and vocal preachers like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and Billy Graham to call the people to repent and worship God
  • Despite that, seminaries, pastors, and congregations have turned from the Lord over the years
  • They taught and received falsehoods as Biblical truth and disobeyed the God who made this nation a shining city on a hill
  • The sin resident in the evil hearts of men triumphed over that which God wanted for us individually and as a nation

 

    • Next we see the problem in the hearts of the people as we look at Jeremiah 11:9-13:
  • 9 And Yahweh said to me, “A conspiracy is found among the people of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 They have turned back to the iniquities of their former ancestors, who refused to obey my words, and they have gone after other gods, to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant that I made with their ancestors.”

11 Therefore thus says Yahweh, “I am about to bring on them disaster from which they will not be able to escape. Though they cry out to me, yet I will not listen to them. 12 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they are making smoke offerings, but they will certainly not save them in the time of their trouble. 13 For the number of your towns are your gods, O Judah, and the number of the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to the shameful things, to make smoke offerings to Baal.

    • The smoke offerings were the burning of incense to a pagan god
    • These would be similar to drink offerings poured out upon the ground in reverence to a deity
    • In these verses, God declares that the turning away from Him is a conspiracy
    • People have banded together and made a pact that they will ignore what God has said by serving and obeying other gods
    • It is this act of worship and reverence for pagan gods that is an abomination to Him
    • It is literally the worst offense His people could commit
    • What is the very 1st of the Ten Commandments?
  • “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
    • By breaking that commandment, the Israelites spit in God’s face
    • Why?
    • Because He says immediately before the commandment:
  • “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery.”
  • Think about it:
  • God gave them freedom and liberty and they deliberately chose to enslave themselves by rejecting God their deliverer, which then brought them back into bondage under pagan and tyrannical gods
  • Because of this great offense, God promised to ignore and reject the cries of His people when they were in trouble – which they would fall into
  • What is the parallel situation in America?
  • Believe it or not there has long been a conspiracy in America to undermine our nation and particularly the church
  • It is found in those who follow the Communist ideal
  • For 100 years, Communists have been active in this country to bring us down
  • Once they had infiltrated every sphere of our society, they realized the church was the keystone
  • If they could infiltrate and corrupt the pulpit so that the true Word of God was discarded, they could accomplish their goal
  • The means to the end was to convince the church as a whole that God’s Word was not inerrant, nor was it infallible
  • Harkening back to the Garden, the serpent asked: “Did God really say…?”
  • That is exactly how the church has fallen into apostasy and is in the worldly condition that we find it today
  • Very few have stood up against this
  • The ones who have resisted have largely been ignored
  • This situation has caused the church as a whole to literally pursue other gods
  • That willful desire to worship any God but Yahweh has resulted in a broken covenant
  • The church is no longer in relationship with God
  • This has resulted in disaster in the churches and will bring greater misfortune in the future upon those who follow this wayward path
  • In fact, God declared to Israel, and surely declares today, that for those who reject Him, He will not listen to them
  • Their prayers will hit a brass ceiling
  • God told Israel: “Go ahead, cry out to the pagan gods you’d rather follow in your time of trouble.”
  • “See how they respond to your pleas.”
  • Is it any different with us?  Don’t bet on it!

 

    • Now , here’s the punchline in Jeremiah 11:14-17:
  • 14 Therefore you must not pray for this people, and you must not lift up for them a cry of entreaty, or a prayer, for I will not listen in the time of their calling to me, in the time of their trouble.

 

15 What rights has my beloved in my house

    when she has done many wicked things?

Can the flesh of holiness pass over you?

    For you engage in your wickedness, then you exult.

 

16 Yahweh called your name, ‘A leafy olive tree, beautiful with fine fruit.’

With the sound of a great storm he will set fire to it,

    and its branches will be good for nothing.

 

17 And Yahweh of hosts, the one who planted you,

    has spoken evil against you,

because of the evil of the house of Israel and the house of Judah,

    that they have done to themselves,

to provoke me to anger by making smoke offerings to Baal.”

  • This offense of worshiping other gods through stark disobedience to the Lord caused God to tell the prophet Jeremiah NOT to pray for Israel
  • The people had crossed the bright red line that God had drawn once too often
  • They weren’t worthy of prayers, and He wouldn’t hear them anymore
  • The consequence for such a people – His very own Chosen People – was a terrible fire of disaster that He would bring on them
  • At this point in time, He was through with Israel, and she would suffer for it
  • As to America, the parallel is very real
  • What benefit do our prayers have anymore in changing what God has decreed?
  • We have shed the innocent blood of millions of innocent children through abortion and become proud of it
  • The only true church left in our nation that truly believes in God and in His ways is a tiny remnant
  • I don’t know whether we’ve reached the point where God instructs us to not even pray for this nation, but I believe we are on the cusp of that if nothing else
  • When that happens, He will no longer bother to hear our prayers of intercession because of the wickedness in our midst
  • We have few rights – or perhaps even none – at this time as a holy people because of the evil we’ve allowed to consume us in the church
  • A great storm is indeed coming – it a fire that will consume the earth
  • The coming 7-year Tribulation is an act of God in His wrath upon this unbelieving God-hating world
  • Because of our attitude toward Him, He intends evil upon those who perpetrate it and follow those who act against our holy God

 

    • Listen now to what the Lord says against Israel in Jeremiah 12:7-13:
  • 7 I have forsaken my house, I have abandoned my inheritance.

    I have given the beloved one of my heart into the hand of her enemies.

8 My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest.

    She has lifted up against me her voice; therefore I hate her.

9 The lair of the hyena is my inheritance to me,

    the birds of prey are all around her.

Go, gather all of the animals of the field,

    bring them to come and devour.

10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard,

    they have trampled down my plot of land.

They have made my pleasant field

    like the desert of desolation.

11 They have made it a desolation.

    Desolate, it mourns to me.

All the land is made desolate,

    but there is no person taking it to heart.

12 Upon all the barren heights in the desert destroyers have come,

    for the sword of Yahweh devours,

from one end of the land to the other end of the land,

    there is no peace for all flesh.

13 They have sown wheat and they have reaped thorns.

    They are exhausted, they do not profit.

And they will be ashamed of your produce,

    because of the burning anger of Yahweh.”

  • The heart of Israel was turned so far from God that He turned around and left the house of Israel forsaken and utterly abandoned
  • He raised up enemies to Israel and allowed them to enter the Holy Land and overrun it
  • Look at who God blames
  • The shepherds of Israel – the priests and prophets – had become enemies of God and led the people into destruction with all turning their hearts from Him
  • Such derision on their part toward the One and only God who loved them, was more than He could bear
  • It angered Him with such righteous anger that He removed all His blessings
  • Are we in America in a similar state?
  • You better believe it!
  • As the church has removed God from its midst, so has God pulled further from those churches
  • They want to lift up the gods of social justice or prosperity or the hating of Israel?
  • So be it
  • Yahweh has delivered those churches into the hands of those enemies which despise Him
  • Why are so many places of worship dead in their faith? – Literally dead churches?
  • Because the shepherds have removed the Holy Spirit
  • Such a church reaps only thorns

 

    • There are so many more passages in this section of Jeremiah, but I’ll touch on just one more – Jeremiah 16:10-13:
  • 10 And then when you tell this people all these words and they ask you, ‘Why has Yahweh pronounced against us all this great evil, and what is our iniquity, and what is our sin that we have sinned against Yahweh our God?’ 11 Then you shall say to them, ‘Because your ancestors have forsaken me,’ declares Yahweh, ‘and they have gone after other gods, and they have served them, and they have bowed down in worship to them, and they have forsaken me, and they have not kept my laws. 12 And you have behaved badly more than your ancestors, and look, you are going each one after the stubbornness of his evil heart, without listening to me. 13 So I will throw you from this land to the land that you have not known, you or your ancestors, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will not show you favor.
  • The people of Israel were willfully ignorant of their sins
  • Naively and foolishly they asked why God would treat them so poorly
  • It was such a stupid question that God would have had every right to ignore it given all that He had done for the people of Israel
  • But He restrained Himself and gave them the straight and honest truth
  • They pursued other gods even to a worse extent than those who came before them
  • This was totally unacceptable to the One true God
  • He had given Israel their land – He could remove that blessing
  • Pagan gods ruled other nations
  • Israel would go under their jackboot and see how merciless and useless these gods were
  • Israel could go and serve them and reap the disastrous consequences
  • America today might ask the same questions
  • We  are going downhill as a nation and the churches are falling away into apostasy – why?
  • What have we done to anger the Lord?
  • The answer for us is the same as to Israel
  • It goes back to the 1st of the Ten Commandments noted earlier
  • We have pursued and served other gods to the exclusion of the only One that matters
  • Jesus Christ has become a byword – He has become a curse
  • We take His Name in vain and think that God doesn’t hear
  • We erect altars to Baal beside the one to God and think that we can worship two masters
  • Because the church no longer reads the Word of God, it does not know His Word
  • The church no longer even knows the character of God
  • It has no clue how much He loves Israel and will not forsake it despite her having forsaken Him
  • Yes, He will punish, but He will not leave her
  • In the same way, God will deal with the church
  • Revelation shows us His concern for the various churches over the ages and in this current time
  • Two churches will not be punished – those of Smyrna and Philadelphia
  • The other five church types will certainly experience God’s wrath
  • They will not receive God’s favor in any way once He begins punishing the earth in judgment in the Tribulation

 

    • This brings us to the heart of the matter in this Prophecy Update
    • God warned Israel of impending doom
    • He foretold it time and again that He would bring His wrath to bear upon them
    • Then He did and they lost everything
    • Bible prophecy was fulfilled
    • However, God also promised that he would redeem Israel
    • He would destroy the abomination in His land and then ultimately restore a believing remnant
    • God has shown us in the prophetic text of the Bible exactly how these end times will play out
    • Jesus described them, Paul described them, and John described them
    • As the time of the end grew near, there had to be a progression of gathering evil
    • The wickedness in the world had to grow immensely as men’s hearts became cold as ice toward Jesus Christ
    • The birth pains had to increase in frequency and duration
    • I’ve noted previously that the unique phenomenon with birth pains is that they don’t stop until there is birth
    • I know that’s profound but there it is
    • The birth pains of these end times have surely begun
    • We see the gathering gloom
    • We see the portent of doom all around us
    • All – and I mean ALL – of the signs of the end times are extremely active and growing immensely
    • We are in a time of convergence of every single sign of warning that the return of Jesus is near
    • That return will be at the end of the 7-year Tribulation
    • This is the birth that the pains we’re experiencing are leading toward
    • If the Tribulation is so close at hand, that means that the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church is even nearer
    • God always retained a remnant of believers even as he brought disaster
    • The remnant today is true believers in the church who will be rescued by Jesus when he comes in the clouds for us
    • Why?  Because He loves those who love Him
    • We are the true Bride of Christ whom He will not forsake or allow to be desecrated like the unbelieving world when he rains down His judgment
    • Once the Rapture occurs, God can and will unleash all the plagues He has purposed to bring an end to this world as we know it
    • This will happen
    • The Bible clearly shows this to be true
    • If we are in this period of birth pains that will not cease until the Tribulation is birthed, here is the question of the day:
  • Why does the church so desperately wish to hang onto this world?
  • In Philippians 1:21, Paul tells us that to live is Christ and to die is gain
  • Do we believe that?
  • Hebrews 13:14 tells us that this world is not our home; that we are (or should be) looking forward to our permanent home in heaven with the Lord
  • If these statements are true, why do we cling to this world and try to make it better AT THIS POINT where God is judging it?
  • In other words, at this time in history, Bible prophecy explicitly says that the world is going down
  • It will not survive in this present form
  • Yet, we have the church trying to resurrect something that is already dead – for all intents and purposes
  • Again another question:
  • Where are we looking?
  • We have a choice
  • We can focus our eyes on Jesus, or we can look to the world for our sustenance and salvation
  • I can understand the secular world trying to keep this thing afloat
  • From that perspective it’s a noble and worthy undertaking trying to keep our country, our democratic republic, our freedoms, and our way of life
  • I get that
  • It even brings me to tears knowing what is lost
  • But God has told us in His Word that it cannot be saved at this time
  • In the past, when we weren’t in the middle of the birth pains of the end, count me in
  • I would have wanted to save all this as much as anyone
  • But that day has passed
  • The church has gone the way of the world, and the world is headed toward destruction
  • How useful would it have been to build a house on the eve of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima?
  • That house and everything associated with it would have blown away as dust
  • That’s where we are today trying to restore the things in this nation that have been blown away
  • If you believe we’re at a point that we can redeem this nation, you are contending against God
  • Judah reached that point when God told His people to go to Babylon in Jeremiah 29
  • The false prophets declared that God told them He would not send His people into exile
  • For them and all the people who disobeyed the Lord, He said He would bring great disaster upon them
  • Then a remnant that was left in israel decided in Jeremiah 42-43 to go to Egypt
  • God warned them not to but they did anyway thinking they’d find safety there
  • Instead God brought them plague, captivity, and the sword
  • They kept trying to retain what God had condemned as unworthy and an abomination
  • They had their eyes on the world and what they thought they were losing rather than on God and the blessings He would bring for being obedient
  • As Jesus said to Paul on the road to Damascus, “Why are you kicking against the goads?”
  • Those were sharpened sticks to keep the animals in line
  • Are you kicking against that which will impale you?
  • If you don’t believe God’s prophetic Word, that’s exactly what you’re doing
  • Pastor JD Farag said it well recently that the Bible doesn’t tell us to rise up, it instructs us to look up because our redemption draws near
  • The reason God punished Israel was because of their abomination of following other gods
  • We in America have committed that same abomination – as has all the earth
  • That deserves punishment and nothing we can do at this point will thwart God’s Word in which He says that He will bring this destruction upon the world
  • I’ve also made this point in the past, but I’ll repeat it
  • For those of you who want to delay God’s judgment, let’s pretend you’re able to pray it away for a time, be it 10 or 20 or 30 years
  • If you believe in the Bible then you know that this judgment must happen because God has declared it
  • If God’s Word returned void, then He wouldn’t be God and Satan would win because Satan has – since the beginning – attempted to cause God to fail
  • But let’s say God relents, and He doesn’t unleash the Tribulation right now
  • Again, He must at some point
  • So, the prayers of the saints prevail
  • We have peace in our time
  • Glory – hallelujah!
  • Now we’re just like King Hezekiah after he showed the wealth of Israel to the Babylonians
  • God asked him through the prophet what he did
  • Hezekiah essentially said that in his pride he displayed the might of Israel
  • For that arrogance, God told him that it would be Babylon itself that would destroy Israel
  • However, because Hezekiah had been generally a faithful king, God would not bring this destruction upon the land during his lifetime
  • Do you know what Hezekiah then thought?
  • He said, “Good, this won’t happen while I’m alive.  My children are the ones who will suffer, which is just fine with me.”
  • For those of you wanting to pray away the coming judgment in your day – i.e. this current time in which we’re living – so that it doesn’t happen on your watch, you are saying that you’re perfectly fine with allowing the destruction to come upon your children or grandchildren!
  • Seriously?
  • Is that really what you prefer?
  • You’d better think about what you’re asking for, because that’s a very selfish attitude

 

Conclusion

  • God’s prophetic Word will be fulfilled
  • He has declared disaster upon this world and it will happen
  • The signs of the times tell us that this disaster – the 7-year Tribulation – is almost upon us
  • Why are Christians wasting our time trying to build houses on the eve of destruction?
  • Why are we fleeing to Egypt to attempt to preserve our lives?
  • The judgments of God will sweep away all the detritus of our measly efforts to restore our house before the atomic bomb hits
  • What a waste of time and energy!
  • God will destroy Egypt as a place of refuge just like any other because there is no one righteous in the land
  • All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
  • The church through the efforts of man has failed to redeem our nation
  • Now it’s God’s turn to shine His light into this dark and dying world
  • Now is the day of salvation in His way
  • It is not the day of rebuilding and making America great again
  • Rather than trying to restore this secular nation that has no fear of God
  • Rather than trying to live in this alien world that is not our home
  • Why don’t we as Christ-followers do as Jesus instructed?
  • He said to make disciples
  • To do that, we have to get Jesus to people and people to Jesus
  • That is the one and only task that we should be working at in this late hour
  • Are you building a house of sticks that will soon be blown away?
  • If you are, then your priorities are not aligned with those of God
  • Forget the useless work of the world
  • Let’s draw near to the only One who can save us and do all that we can to bring others to Him

Rapture Readings 9 – Cut to Pieces

Based on:

Luke 12:46

(1 Samuel 4-6; Luke 12:35-59)

When I read Luke 12:35-48, sub-headed in the ESV as You Must Be Ready, the passage inevitably disturbs me.  Jesus was speaking to His disciples and relating a parable that reflected directly upon His return from heaven.  The parable deals with the master who has gone away for his wedding feast, and the servants who remain waiting for him to return home.  In the telling, it raises several questions.

 

Transcript:

When I read Luke 12:35-48, sub-headed in the ESV as You Must Be Ready, the passage inevitably disturbs me.  Jesus was speaking to His disciples and relating a parable that reflected directly upon His return from heaven.  The parable deals with the master who has gone away for his wedding feast, and the servants who remain waiting for him to return home.  In the telling, it raises several questions.

The first question is who is the master, and who are the servants?  Jesus specifically answers that in Luke 12:40 in referring to the Son of Man; He is speaking of Himself.  But who are the servants?  Before we get to that, a more basic reference must be addressed.  The master has gone away and is now coming back.  He was at his wedding feast; upon having celebrated that, he returns home.  What is the wedding feast?  Is it a relevant reference here?  Where is home?

From the presumably parallel passage in Matthew 22, it appears that this aspect of the wedding feast is key.  The master has gotten married and has enjoyed the marriage celebration.  With all that done, he makes his way to his place of residence.  The servants then are those who are part of his household where he dwells; they are not people outside his house, i.e. strangers, in any way.

Are these servants the people of Israel or believers in the church?  Why does the text tell us several times about their need to be awake, alert, and waiting?

Bible experts, certainly more versed than me, point to this parable as referring to when Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation.  He has consummated His wedding with the Bride – the church – and is now returning with her to His native land of Israel for the final reckoning that will occur during the White Throne Judgment; where sheep and goats are separated, with some given over to glory and others to eternal damnation.

I see all that and some of the context makes sense to me, but not all.  If the wedding celebration is indeed the same one as described in Matthew 22, then it is certainly the final accounting of those in Israel.  But here’s what disturbs me about this – of which, I could be totally off base: Why does Jesus stress the need to be alert and expectant for His return?  During the Tribulation will those Jews who have become believers – the servants – grow bored, fall asleep, or turn to violence against others?  It seems as if all of these would be expecting the Messiah’s return because of how deeply the Holy Spirit has convicted them.  In this telling of the parable relating to the end of the Tribulation, how is it that the time of Jesus coming back is unknown, unexpected, like the thief in the night?  Wouldn’t you think by this time that Jewish converts would be on the edge of their seats waiting for their King?

Now I get it; applying this parable to the church has a problem.  If the wedding feast is key, then the church has already been taken from earth in the Rapture and enjoyed seven years with Jesus as His Bride.  But, let’s set the wedding feast aside for just a moment and consider this parable as relating to the church.

Elsewhere in Scripture, church age believers (“brothers”) are told to be ready for the Lord to come as a thief in the night (e.g. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-9).  This is for good reason.  The Rapture of the church is described in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 as an imminent event; it could happen at any time, just as the timing of a thief entering a house in the dead of night is unexpected.  What I’m saying is that the language in this passage in Luke has many earmarks of applying to the pre-Tribulation Rapture as to when it seemingly occurs.:

Luke 12:37: “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.”

Luke 12:40: “You also must be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Luke 12:43: “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.”

Luke 12:46: “And the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know.”

Is it only me who sees this as more Rapture-like than that of the 2nd Coming at the end of the Tribulation when the timing of Jesus’ return can effectively be calculated and known?

The other disturbing descriptions deal with those servants – again, presumably, believers as opposed to Israelites? – who aren’t alert, waiting, watchful, and eagerly expectant for Jesus’ return.  The ones who are ready are blessed, as Luke 12:43 above notes.  They get the rewards because their master is exceptionally pleased with them.

If we’re talking about the church, then those who are asleep, i.e. those who don’t study Bible prophecy or ignore it, would fall into the unfaithful category.  When Jesus comes and they are oblivious to the concept that He will return in an imminent way, don’t care, or are backslidden and acting carnally, the consequences are extreme.  The final phrase of Luke 12:46 reads:

… and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful.

This is someone who should have been faithful, but wasn’t.

Look at the final verses in Luke 12:47-48:

“And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”

Here, we have a servant who knows what is coming, but neglects it, and a servant who was ignorant, thus didn’t know.  The one who has the knowledge but refuses to act on it is treated more harshly than the one who never learned in the first place.

Haven’t we in the church been given much?  Shouldn’t more be required of us since we have the entire Word of God with all the prophetic warnings?  Weren’t we entrusted with this precious gift?  It just seems like at this point in time, for this to refer to Israel is problematic.  In the past, yes; God showed them extensively who He is.  But Israelites today, by and large, are simply not tuned into an expectant waiting for Messiah.

For me, another question arises with the next passage with the sub-head: Not Peace, but Division in Luke 12:49-53:

“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

This certainly deals with how people throughout the world receive Jesus.  In every strata of society, in every nation on earth, there will be those who follow Jesus and those who reject Him.  The church is supposed to be unified, but nobody can say that it is in any real respect, given the denominational and doctrinal differences.  Is there conflict between churches and believers because of this where families are actually divided?  Could Jesus’ statement here also be a reflection of Christianity?  I can tell you as a pre-Tribulation Rapture believer and teacher, there have been multiple times when post-Tribbers have verbally attacked me.  They’ve called my pre-Trib belief satanic, with it being a doctrine of demons.  Believe me, as a small fish in this pond, I’m not the only one so attacked.  Others who are quite prominent in the pre-Trib belief community have been pummeled by those who for some reason cannot stomach the thought of a pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Is there a connection between this description of division with the earlier passage we considered?  Could the servants in Jesus’ parable be among those whom He said would be divided?  If the unfaithful servants are actually part of the church, i.e. believers, isn’t the punishment for their not being ready for the Rapture a disturbing thought?  How might it be possible that Jesus would cut them into pieces and put them with the unfaithful?

Back to the wedding feast.  Given the descriptions that seem to refer to a pre-Trib Rapture, perhaps this reference doesn’t pertain to Jesus’ wedding feast.  This may be a stretch, I know, but what if it’s just a set-up for Jesus to make His main point about being ready?  Does every aspect of a parable have to mirror a prophetic future event?

Listen, I don’t know the answers to some of these concerns I’ve raised.  The one thing I do know is that we should heed what Jesus tells us to do in Luke 21:28:

“Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

If we do this, then none of us – whether church or Israel, pre-Trib or post-Trib Rapture believers – will have anything to worry about.  If we keep our eyes on the Lord and expect Him imminently, all will be good.

 

Source for these readings:
Awaken Bible Commentary & Reflections Volumes 1-4
Volume 2 link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09NQJ3XJF

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 3-9-22 Can Abomination Be Redeemed?

I’m going to do this Prophecy Update a little differently than what I normally do.  The Old Testament is replete with the prophets declaring extremely hard Words from the Lord as to the difficulties that would come upon Israel as the Northern Kingdom and Judah as the Southern Kingdom.  The prophecies inevitably laid out an if-then scenario for God’s Chosen People.  If they would turn from their wicked ways, then God would heal their land.  If the people would turn from their worship of pagan gods along with their resulting sexual immorality, and if they would turn to the Holy One of Israel with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, then He would relent of the destruction He planned to bring upon their nation.

The Tyranny of Jabs, PCR Tests, and Swabs

Many of us have spoken out and warned against what the government and their media minions have promoted for the last two years as the way to fight and defeat COVID.  Everything they said, the statistics they’ve fed us, and all their “science” has proven to be nothing but deception with the end-game of money, power, and control.

I just came across this video that does an excellent job of pulling back the veil of the deception so many people have swallowed.  Prepare to be horrified at the documented revelations regarding falsehoods about the PCR tests and what is now known about the swabs which feed the lie of tests, all in the interest of coercing people to take a gene-altering injection under the guise of a life-saving vaccine.

 

Rapture Readings 8 – Supernatural

Based on:

Numbers 9:16

(Numbers 8-10; Mark 5:1-20)

The Bible is a book filled with wonders, all of which point to God.  Why is it that given all we’re shown He can do, that we still try to limit Him?  How is it that we can accept some supernatural aspects of God and His kingdom, yet are loathe to believe others?  What is it about the paradigms of God’s ways that we readily welcome certain ones in our Christian faith, but can’t swallow others that go against our fleshly sensibilities?

 

 

Transcript:

The Bible is a book filled with wonders, all of which point to God.  Why is it that given all we’re shown He can do, that we still try to limit Him?  How is it that we can accept some supernatural aspects of God and His kingdom, yet are loathe to believe others?  What is it about the paradigms of God’s ways that we readily welcome certain ones in our Christian faith, but can’t swallow others that go against our fleshly sensibilities?

As true, Bible-believing Christians, there are several non-negotiable doctrines the majority of people, regardless of denomination, take for granted.  Among them are the virgin birth, the resurrection of Jesus, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit upon our salvation.  These are miracles.  They are supernatural aspects of God that make no sense in the natural – in fact, are an obstacle to belief for some – but because we know that God is a being far above and beyond us, we who are His receive with open arms.

But, let’s be honest.  Does a woman getting pregnant by a Spirit rather than a man make any sense at all?  Someone rising from the dead – seriously?  A transcendent God living inside people?  What’s with all these far out ideas?  Christianity is a wacko religion – right?  Well, not so much.  Through the Bible – the inerrant, infallible Word of God (another obstacle to the supernatural-averse) – the Lord tells us these past events happened and that being born-again is a real phenomenon.  More than that, it’s experiential; many of us know the Holy Spirit lives within us because we also experience His presence.

This is all well and good.  As Christians, we’ve got this supernatural, miracle working God thing all figured out.  We can attend church, know these things, and go home in our little, comfortable, ideological cocoons.

Then we come to verses in the Bible that challenge us.  During the Exodus, God did many miraculous things to convince the Israelites He was real and greater than the gods they’d known in Egypt.  One of the most incredible was the evidence of His constant presence among the people, as summarized by Numbers 9:16:

So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night.

During the entire forty years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, God was there.  He never left them.  Upon His direction, they constructed the tabernacle, i.e. the ark of the testimony, as the reminder of God’s covenant with them.  On the days they traveled, a supernatural cloud hovered above them and led them in the direction God wanted them to go.  When they camped for the night or for an extended period, the cloud turned into a fiery plume directly over the ark.

Can you imagine?  I don’t know how dramatic the cloud by day was, but certainly the nighttime flame of fire – always there – always catching the eye wherever anyone was in the darkness of the camp – had to make an impression on people.  “Yes, Yahweh is here.  He never leaves us nor forsakes us.”  (Of course, despite these visible reminders, the Israelites were a stiff-necked people, who still many times somehow thought God had abandoned them.)

The question becomes: How many of these supernatural occurrences will we in our comfortable Christianity accept?  One of the big ones that significant numbers of Christians have problems with is the account of the sons of God (bene Elohim) in Genesis 6:1-4 coming down from their heavenly abode and having sexual relations with human women, who then birthed a race of hybrid beings known as Nephilim.  As the pushback goes: Not possible; angels can’t procreate.  Didn’t Jesus say that in Matthew 22:30?  This account must really be referring to the sons of Seth.  It was an all human interaction.

Actually no.  Briefly: Jesus said that angels while in heaven don’t marry; He said nothing about what happens when they leave heaven and the capabilities they have on earth.  Additionally, the text in Genesis says what it says.  What was Moses, the ancient Israelite, thinking when he wrote this?  What was in his head that he knew about God’s kingdom?  What was the context?  Wouldn’t Moses have tried to communicate something commonly known among others of the day so they’d understand it?  The thought of Seth in this account certainly never entered Moses’ mind.

One other issue of many that’s contentious from a humanistic versus supernatural perspective is the pre-Tribulation Rapture.  For some reason, those who don’t believe this is God’s intent apparently think that Jesus didn’t pay the full price for our redemption when He hung on the cross.  Just like Catholics, they think we whom Jesus saved still need to prove something in our flesh to earn our salvation.  For the Roman Catholic Church, salvation only comes through a Jesus “and’’ faith, e.g. Jesus and attending Mass, Jesus and consuming the Eucharist, etc.  For the anti-pre-Tribbers it’s almost like a badge of honor that they have to enter the Tribulation.  “I’m prepping and I’m ready.  Got my guns; got my food supplies.  When I see Antichrist, I’m going to kick his sorry rear end from here to Kingdom come.  Plus, I need to be present to make sure people get saved.”

Aside from the overwhelming textual evidence of the pre-Trib Rapture, an attitude similar to the above certainly smacks of pride.  It also evidences a serious lack of understanding as to how horrible times will be during the Tribulation.  Prepping won’t get people through.  Antichrist will be far more powerful than these people imagine.  God doesn’t need their help in saving people; He’s got it covered.

So, what’s the problem?  Perhaps it’s a lack of trust in God – that He loves His Bride, the church, so much He wouldn’t think of allowing us to suffer in the same way unbelievers must who have chosen to reject His free offer of salvation.  Or, maybe it’s that a supernatural event that suddenly disappears millions of people from the earth is too much for them to swallow.  A virgin birth, the resurrection, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are fine; but the catching away of believers into the clouds?  No way.

God’s wonders and what He does are unfathomable to our human ways of perceiving.  Yet, if we let God be God, and let the Bible speak for itself, we can more likely come to the point of believing Paul.  To repeat from what he wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:9:

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

    nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

God loves us.  Let’s rejoice in that.  And, let’s give Him more credit for the supernatural than we seem inclined to believe.  It may even increase our faith!

 

Source for these readings:
Awaken Bible Commentary & Reflections Volumes 1-4
Volume 1 link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09M7SL5ZH/

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 3-2-22 The Sick Church of Jesus Christ

In recent weeks we examined the End-Times Cult of Catholicism in our Awaken Bible Prophecy Update.  Unfortunately, non-Catholic Christianity doesn’t get a pass when we look at it in relation to end-times prophecy.  In our examination of Catholicism, we looked at the church of Thyatira as the template for the Catholic Church in the Tribulation.  We also briefly discussed the two faithful churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia as the models for those believers whom God will remove from the earth in the Rapture prior to this most horrible of seven years in the history of this planet.  Today we’ll quickly relate how the other four of the churches Jesus addressed in Revelation provide a glimpse into why apostasy is raging.  Then we’ll touch on several topics that further show how the Christian church of today is sick and in need of some Jesus therapy.

 

 

Rapture Readings 7 – Two More Rapture Warnings

Rapture Readings 7 – Two More Rapture Warnings

Based on:

Matthew 25:12,30

(Leviticus 4; Matthew 25:1-30)

How anyone can read the New Testament and come away not seeing the many instances where the pre-Tribulation Rapture is discussed, nor the warnings associated with it, is beyond me.  Today, I want to briefly illustrate two more instances that point to this blessed event, yet the dire outcome for those who don’t believe in it.

In Matthew 25 Jesus brings us the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the Parable of the Talents.  In these parables the pre-Trib Rapture is clearly in view.

Please click here to listen to Rapture Reading 7:

https://rumble.com/vvuyzv-rapture-readings-7-two-more-rapture-warnings.html

 

Transcript:

How anyone can read the New Testament and come away not seeing the many instances where the pre-Tribulation Rapture is discussed, nor the warnings associated with it, is beyond me.  Today, I want to briefly illustrate two more instances that point to this blessed event, yet the dire outcome for those who don’t believe in it.

In Matthew 25 Jesus brings us the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the Parable of the Talents.  In these parables the pre-Trib Rapture is clearly in view.

The Parable of the Virgins has five foolish and five wise virgins.  These are illustrative of ten people in the church, i.e. of Christianity as a whole.  The five wise virgins have the oil of the Spirit, i.e. they are born again.  The five foolish virgins are in the church but not saved.  Anyone who professes to be a Christ-follower must receive the gift of the oil of the Holy Spirit living inside him to truly be a member of the Body of Christ, and one who will become a Bride of Christ.

When the bridegroom returned unexpectedly for his bride as the ancient Galilean custom required, his virgin fiancée had to be ready whenever he came.  That time was determined by the bridegroom’s father, so whenever he believed it was appropriate is when it happened.  The Father will determine when Jesus returns.  Remember, He said while on earth that He didn’t know when that would be (Mark 13:32).  For this imminent, unknown time, the Bride, the true church of Jesus Christ, must be ready.  She must be alert and watchful.

A believer must be filled with the Holy Spirit, i.e. a real believer and not just a church attender.  Jesus will return for those who are ready.  For those foolish ones who have never come to know Jesus in Spirit and in truth, they will be shut out from the wedding.  Jesus doesn’t know them.

The warning to the church is that she must be occupying as Jesus has instructed, or she will lose the privilege of Him snatching His Bride up to heaven.  As Jesus says in Matthew 25:13:

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day or the hour.

The Parable of the Talents gives a similar admonition but puts it in more dire language.  The master goes away and gives valuable items to his servants, i.e. members of his household.  The two who have invested wisely are rewarded; the one with a warped understanding of his master, who squanders what he’s been given, is punished.

When Jesus returns for His church, He will judge all who profess His Name.  Some are truly His because they bear fruit, and through that, effectively prove they are saved.  Others in the church will bear no fruit.  They demonstrate their lack of salvation by the absence of fruit in their lives.  They become poster children for James’ discourse as he concludes in James 2:26:

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Dead faith is no faith at all.  Jesus is certainly speaking in this parable about the Church Age – not the Tribulation.  Thus, He’s referring to our current times and the state of the church.  There will be no church, per se, during the Tribulation.  This is a pre-Tribulation Rapture discussion.

Anyone in the church who says he’s a Christian, yet isn’t actually born again – the proof of which is his absence of fruit – will have taken from him what little he has.  He will not be Raptured despite his having been a church member.  Attendance isn’t enough.  That doesn’t prove saving faith.  For that person who has chosen not to seek out the Lord in all His fullness, he will receive his just reward.  The Master will return as said in Matthew 25:30:

“And cast the worthless servant into outer darkness.  In that place there will weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Such is the fate of those who refuse the love of Christ and don’t embrace all that He has for us.  We, as true believers, have the task within the church to judge others (1 Corinthians 5:12).  If they are found wanting, we must bring them correction through the truth.  Perhaps some will be saved.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 2-23-22 Dana Coverstone’s New Calendar Dream Threat

Those of you who have watched these Prophecy Updates for some time may recall that as Pastor Dana Coverstone began having his series of dreams, I felt they were of God.  Pastor Dana had his first dream back in December 2019, and I’ve watched the majority of them, giving them serious consideration.

The one thing Pastor Dana has NEVER said is that he is a prophet.  He explained that he had never sought to begin having these dreams; God simply decided that Dana was His man to bring them forth.  Over the months, many people have been very critical of the dreams and of Dana Coverstone – I think unjustly.  They’ve accused him of being a false prophet and doing these dreams for money.  As far as I’m concerned, nothing could be further from the truth.  Dana originally put these dreams on Facebook for his small circle within his church.  They went viral, plus God kept giving him dreams.

The thing to understand with dreams is that they are generally highly symbolic.  There may be actual events the dreams bring forth, but the symbolism is the key.  When Pharaoh had his dream that Joseph interpreted of seven lean cows eating up the seven fat, healthy ones – was that a literal event?  Of course not!  It was symbolic of the seven famine years following the seven years of plenty.  We as Christians need to be very careful in how we judge others, and make sure we have all the relevant facts.  I know – this goes for me as well because I call out people.  But I try to do so with a basis of truth and Godly discernment.

All this having been said, Pastor Dana had another dream in late January that he reposted as of February 2, 2022 because of some technical issues.  He calls it the 2022 Jets Dream, and we’ll take a brief glimpse at that today.

In addition, I want to also comment on the movement – which is largely Christian, but also involves those who are secular – to create small, sustainable communities to counter the growing censorship and efforts to limit the ability of people to freely buy and sell.