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Greetings brothers and sisters in the faith. None of us has been “left behind” by the rapture-yet-so we still have time to read up on it!

Did you ever wonder if what people say about the rapture is true? My new book is the result of years of soul-searching and scripture study on the subject. Posts on this blog published over the past few years formed the foundation of the book, which contains far more insight and detailed commentary than all the posts put together. I believe I’ve also made the whole subject much more understandable than I did before.

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Every day when I hear what’s going on in the world I have a strong urge to publicly connect the many dots, which easily make a familiar prophetic picture. Then, as the obligations and business of the day take over, my conviction mellows and I’m telling myself that it was all just furtive imagination born of multiple coincidences and exaggerations, mixed with a desire to see our world as it ultimately should be. Common-sense takes over.

However, on this occasion, the urge seems to have got the better of me…

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Here then is my very own conspiracy theory, supported by decades of observation of the world’s affairs and direction, in comparison with relevant Bible prophecies. Call me crazy if you like. I’m well past the point of caring or of wanting to follow the herd anyway: the point at which all committed believers will have to pass one day, like it or not.

Most prophecy “experts” within the evangelical Christian world have for decades clung doggedly to the conviction that the kingdom of the Beast will be a “Revived Roman Empire”, with the European Union as its likely immediate progenitor. One or two even claim that we already have a “revived Holy Roman Empire”. However, there really isn’t much unity, or Roman church influence, or desire for world domination apparent yet in the EU. Perhaps a far more radical union will emerge or form in the future. But my own suspicion goes further than that: the kingdom of the Beast will consist of an Islamicised West, headed by the United States.

In the very Western nations where millions fought for freedom of thought and speech, our political masters-by that I mean those in ultimate power and not just those we elect- aided by the bulk of the media and social media, and most of higher education which is anti-West and  anti-Christ, are pulling down everything the West has stood for. and working to hand over the West to a “global community”. The only enemy to this empire fit for a certain prophesied tyrant-besides Donald Trump- is Christianity. That other large and rapidly growing religion is somehow seen as a friend to the globalists. Well, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

Regarding said religion, which is as much a political movement as a religion, it seems to me that where criticism and analysis is now outlawed-even in my nation of origin, England, submission has already occurred in much of the West, and the world is changing much more rapidly than most Christians are aware of. Worse than that, many Christians have their heads in the cozy warm sand and are content to believe what their TV tells them. They see Trump as their enemy rather than a last bastion of a free and Christian-friendly West that he is.

Trump is one of the very few exceptions to those going along with the tide of history towards the fulfillment of Revelation chapter 13. He’s a finger in the dike. He’s a willing tool of the restrainer (2 Thessalonians 2:7). His election frustrated the plans and dreams of globalists who very nearly had a stranglehold on us all, and now work to get a stronger grip. Unfortunately, to my mind anyway, Trump isn’t going to be around permanently, and those working to bring him down, and who were doing so even before he got elected, are going to be in high gear as soon as they regain complete control.

Oh, but most people are quite happy with the way the world is heading. Yes, they have grumbles and gripes, but there isn’t anyone running around in a red suit and a pitchfork (except perhaps Trump) and the sun still shines, and the TV still works: how could we possibly be teetering on the edge of Revelation? Nonsense!

Who’s going to be taking over when they manage to get rid of Trump? There doesn’t appear to be anyone in sight just now who could fit the bill. Perhaps a certain someone, loved by globalists and the godless alike, who has already been president, will come back.

A two-term limit? Really? The law and the Constitution stopped mattering about ten years ago, and perhaps before that: why should pesky old term limits matter? The new way of doing things, Trump excepted, is to trample on the law and the Constitution with a new agenda, and then either get the media to keep it quiet or herald it as progress. The people running our security agencies, more than half of our politicians, the bulk of the media, perhaps half of the population-don’t care about law or Constitution anymore. They care about what they want, any way they can get it. We could certainly be said to be in, or close to, the age of lawlessness. And how long will it be before its leader, the man of lawlessness, is revealed?

“…as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth…” (Luke 21:35).

Prophecy “experts” constantly miss the fact that Daniels prophecy of the so-called “Revived Roman Empire” (chapters 2 and 7) doesn’t seem to suggest that the empire will need any reviving. If you read carefully you’ll find that it appears to continue in great strength until its final form and then the judgment. And has not Europe, since Rome, continued on in great strength, dominating the world and to a large extent, shaping it to its own image?

One of the central aims of the Beast, and the nations of the world, according to Scripture in several prophesies, will be the capture and division of Jerusalem. Don’t look now, but this is the dream and the stated goal of most of the Islamic world, and virtually all members of the the United Nations. Under President Obama the United States government was also turning against Israel and towards its greatest enemies, but under Trump we currently have a pause in the process of betrayal.

WHERE IS THE U.S. IN BIBLE PROPHECY?

For a long time people have been asking the question,  “Is the United States, the greatest power on the earth, mentioned in Bible prophecy?” Of course, the name “United States” wasn’t used in Bible prophesies made many centuries ago. But is the US mentioned indirectly? Many think that the US will be the “eagles wings” which come to the rescue of Israel in Revelation. That’s wishful thinking at best. The word “eagles” and the term “eagles wings” were sometimes used as metaphors for God’s own aid, or for armies of judgment in the Old Testament, long before transport planes and air-lifts were imagined (Exodus 19:4; Jeremiah 48:40-41).

It seems to me that the most logical answer to this question is that the US actually is very much a part of Bible prophecy, and that it will be a central part of the final world empire- perhaps even the driving force of it. The kingdom of the Beast will be an overpowering military force, according to Scripture:

“Who is like the Beast? Who can make war against him?” (Revelation 13:4).

At the present time and at no time in the foreseeable future could this be said for the European Union. But it could be said for the West led by the US, which together have been the policing force of most of the world for some time. The undisputed military super-power has for decades now been the US, backed reluctantly by its allies in Europe. This applies not only to military power but also to economic power. The West, dominated by the US, leads the world in both respects. Together they dictate to the rest of the world.

IRON MIXED WITH CLAY

In Daniel’s vision (chapter 2) the feet of  iron and clay represent peoples groups which are together as an empire, but are essentially so different that they cannot become truly one, any more than iron and clay can blend. Europe and the US are composing themselves as much as possible of a mixture of peoples groups, with some successes and some problems. I see the iron and clay mix as the mingling of races and the attempted union of nations which are really too different to merge.

OUT OF ROME

Moreover-and I can’t understand why the “experts” have not yet recognized this (they probably don’t want to) the US was born out of Europe. If Europe is the “Revived Roman Empire”, born out of Rome, and since both are allied, and linked historically, genetically, ideologically, politically, culturally and socially, isn’t it obvious that the US is as much “out of Rome” as Europe is?

We may be a lot closer to the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecies than most of us realize. While we wait for the last days empire to form “over there”, we may already be in it.

 

 

 

Here’s the fifth installment of my up-dated study on the rapture of the Church, intended to help you decide where you should stand on the issue…

I was once a “pre-trib.” believer for many years: I see things rather differently now. Please note that I am not an Amillennialist…

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ARE PRE-TRIBULATION SAINTS THE “HOLY ONES” WHO RETURN TO THE EARTH WITH CHRIST?

Pre-Tribulation believers say that those who come from heaven with Christ at the end of the Tribulation, described in Revelation chapter 19:11-16, are the Church. They’re dressed in fine linen, just as the Bride of Christ is given to wear earlier in the chapter, and so the assumption is made that the Church must have been in heaven during the entire Tribulation. Chapter 17 verse 14 says that when Christ overcomes the Beast, ‘with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers’. It may seem to be a reasonable assumption that this is the Church riding from heaven to the earth with Christ. However, there are a few “wait a minute” observations to be made.

First, when the text says that the Lamb’s followers will be “with him” (17:14) it doesn’t have to mean that they will be a part of the Armageddon attack force: it may just mean that his victory is their victory; they’re going to be “with him” for eternity as his bride; his followers are faithful to him in the world. They’re living in the same earthly world as the ten kings who side with the beast (verses 12 and 13).

Secondly, even if the Church is to be part of the Armageddon attack force the time at which Jesus’ called, chosen and faithful followers are seen to be with him (17:14) the attack happens  when the beast and the ten kings are making war against him. This  event is not pre-trib., and it’s not even before the mid-point of the “seven year tribulation”: it’s during or at the end of the last three and a half years. That’s the maximum time the beast will have to mount his rebellion (Revelation 13:5). There is therefore no clear reason to assume that the Church has already been in heaven for seven years.

Third, angels also wear clean linen:

“Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen” (15:6).

Fourth, when Christ leaves heaven with ‘the armies of heaven’, the words “Church” and “Bride” are not used to describe them (19:14). Paul describes Christ’s coming in vengeance, not ‘with us’, but ‘with his powerful angels’ (2 Thessalonians 1:7), or ‘mighty angels’ (KJV). In fact, Paul said that those who were being persecuted in his time would be given relief, not “before the tribulation”, but:

“…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:7).

Jesus said that when He comes in power and great glory, it is the ‘angels’ who will come with him (Matthew 25: 31). He did not say “you” or “the Church”, coming with him to make war. He will send angels to gather His elect (Matthew 24:30-31; 13:40-43). Perhaps the Bride has made herself ready for the Wedding of the Lamb, (Revelation 19:7-9), but not to fight the battle of Armageddon!

The KJV speaks of the ‘saints’ coming with Christ (Zechariah 14:5; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Jude 5:8). The word translated ‘saints’ can also be translated ‘holy’ ones, or ‘morally blameless’, so they are not necessarily humans: they could be angels who did not fall with Lucifer. Even with the word ‘saints’ translated as “believers” the Pre-Trib. position gains nothing, because ’saints’ are seen to be persecuted throughout the Tribulation (Revelation 13:7-10).

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PAUL’S STATEMENT DEMANDS TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF FOLLOWERS, THE FIGHTERS AND THE RESCUED:

Paul seems to have made pretty clear that the “Holy ones” who would come with Christ to bring the vengence of God are not Church age believers, because he speaks of believers as being separate from the holy ones who come with him to wage war-they are two different groups:

“…so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father… when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones” (1 Thessalonians 3: 13).

There is no statement or indication that the Bride has been in heaven for the entire Tribulation. We do find believers in heaven, in chapter 7, who “came out of great tribulation”, in other words, they were martyred (verses 9-17), but this is between the 6th and 7th seals (6:12; 8:1). It is after a great earthquake (6:9-11), after the sun turning black, after the moon turning red, and after stars ‘falling from the sky’ (6:12-14). In the previous chapter, with the 5th seal we see the souls of some who had been martyred. They are given white robes to wear (6:9-11). Are they martyred saints from the “Church age” and before, or are they those “out of great Tribulation” (7:14)? There is another reference to the souls of believers in Jesus who have been martyred, in chapter 20, who are raised to life after the return of Christ (verse 4). There was a promise given to those who were to be martyred, at the time of the Antichrist’s ascendancy to power, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on…” (14:13), and warning in verse 12 tells believers not to take the mark of the beast:

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus”.

A LATE SUPPER

Fifth, it seems that the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, which some claim happens in heaven at the beginning of the Tribulation or before, actually happens in chapter 19 (see verses 7 to 9), just before the visible return of Christ, and at some time after the destruction of the ‘great prostitute’, or false religion (verse 2). Since it is the Antichrist and his ten henchmen who destroy the prostitute (17:16), then logically the Wedding supper will be after the mid-Tribulation point which is when they gain power (13:5 with 17:12).

THE RAPTURE OF THE LIVING WILL BE AFTER THE RESURRECTION

Paul said that, “the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds…” (1 Thessalonians 14:16-17). If the Pre-Tribulational view is correct the resurrection would have to be before the Tribulation. Daniel seems to indicate that the resurrection will come after the events of the Tribulation, or possibly during them. He describes key events, including actions of the Antichrist, then the involvement of the archangel Michael to defend Israel, and then the resurrection (Daniel 11:40 to 12:4). In Revelation 20, after the return of Christ to the earth, we read about those believers who had been martyred by the Antichrist being raised to life. This is called the ‘first resurrection’ (20:4-6). Pre Trib. adherents must make the claim that the ‘first resurrection’ is in stages, otherwise there would be several ‘first’ resurrections.

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WHICH LAST TRUMP IS THE LAST LAST TRUMP?

Paul, when telling the Corinthians that ‘we will all be changed’(1 Corinthians 15:51), said that ‘the trumpet will sound’ (verse 52). When writing to the Thessalonians he mentioned the trumpet again (1 Thessalonians 4:13-19, esp. verse 16). Jesus, when speaking of his physical and visible return to the earth, said that he would send his angels ‘with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds’ (Matthew 24:30-31), but pre-Tribulationists claim that this is a different set of trumpet blasts entirely. Do they know that to be so, or do they impose that idea in order to preserve their own theory? Most interestingly, Paul said that the rapture would happen at “the last trumpet’ (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Questions need to be asked here. If, as Paul said, the ‘last trumpet’ is to announce the rapture, and the Rapture is before the Tribulation, when did the other trumpets come, and what events did they announce? If the rapture is ‘imminent’, and there is nothing to occur before it in terms of last days events, then what were the previous trumpets for?

THE SEVENTH TRUMPET AND THE MYSTERY OF GOD

It may not be just coincidence that there is a series of seven trumpet blasts in the book of Revelation. These trumpets herald some of the final devastating judgments upon the earth. In chapter 10 verse 7 we read that when the seventh trumpet sounds, ‘the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets’. It may or may not also be a coincidence that the word used here which is translated ‘mystery’ is the same word used by Paul when he wrote about the rapture:

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51).

This is not to say that Revelation 10:7 is entirely concerning the rapture, but it is worth considering the rapture to be a part of that ‘mystery of God’. When the seventh trumpet is sounded, (11:15), there is no devastating plague hurled to the earth. Instead a declaration is made that ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of the Lord and of his Christ’. Other relevant declarations are made, such as, ‘The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints, and those who reverence your name’ (verse 18). Does this not sound like a resurrection – something which occurs before the Rapture of the living?

FALL AWAY FROM WHAT?

Paul said that there will be a “falling away”, or a “rebellion” from the true faith as a preliminary sign that the Day of the Lord had come (2 Thessalonians 2:3). It seems to me that if the true Church and the Holy Spirit is already gone, there’s nothing to fall away from. Surley there has to be a Church – a faith – to fall away from?

THANKS FOR READING!

 

Being a Brit myself I have some very firm reasons for being pleased with the result of the Brexit referendum, in which the British voted to leave the increasingly political European Union…

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When I expressed my pleasure to a colleague he scalded me and told me that we should all be working towards an integrated world where “there’s no country”, as the perpetually stoned British would-be philosopher John Lennon imagined: a magical land where we could all just get along and forget our differences. Unable to go into a lengthy answer for lack of time, I told my work mate that it’s possible to be nice to people without letting them make all your decisions for you, and without having a foreign religion-cum political system imposed on your land.

I since realized that there must be many people of faith around the world, particularly in the US and the UK who, having been taught by prophecy “experts” that the EU is the fore-runner of the alleged and prophesied “Revived Roman Empire” who see the possibility of that fledgling empire crumbling, setting back the fulfillment of last-days events, or even threatening the truthfulness of Bible prophecy. The “experts” are the ones who earn a good living selling books and videos, and appearing on television and radio to explain it all to us Biblical illiterates who seemingly can’t read and figure it out for ourselves.

I agree that the feet and toes of the image prophesied in Daniel partly contain that which had represented Rome: iron. But as I’ve written before, the US and the rest of the Western world is all an outgrowth of what was Rome, and the UN is to a great extent a child of western diplomats. We’re even genetically related to those nations which comprised Rome, and the culture and influence of Rome has extended far beyond the shores of western Europe.

But to point at individual nations and say, “oh dear, that one’s leaving the Union…oh dear, that one hasn’t joined the Union, it must all be untrue” is an unnecessary speculation which just allows the “experts” to write more books and not have to work for a living.

The guidance we need is summed up in one verse of Revelation, and it’s free:

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast” (Revelation 17:12).

While the “one hour” of the reign of the ten kings/kingdoms quoted above is likely a metaphor for the concurrent three and a half year reign of the Beast (Revelation 13:5), it’s a clear statement that the Beast’s ten deputies will appear for their stint at world domination only when he also is revealed: there may be no resemblance at all between the kingdom of the beast and the current European Union.

So look up, stop buying those misleading, confusing books, and read what the Bible actually says instead. The leading indicator of the nearness of those days is Israel and its capital Jerusalem, and its treatment by the rest of the world.

I love to watch old Sci-fi movies, but they look so dated and corny now: how did anyone ever take them seriously? Perhaps they never did…

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                              “WHAT IS TRUTH” by Russian painter Nikolai Ge (1831–1894)
Perhaps the answer lies partly in the fact that people of that time-say, the fifties-were so willing to enter into the story that they overlooked weaknesses in the plots, the sets and the acting. In fact, we do the same thing now, don’t we? Yes, the sets, the effects etc. are much more realistic, but any time we watch a film-even if it’s a true story-we’re intentionally believing something which isn’t real. In thirty years the films we love now will look dated and we’ll wonder why we enjoyed them so much.
E=MC2, or 3, or 5…PERHAPS…
Our willingness to believe things which in our heart of hearts we know are untrue or which we can’t substantiate is manifested in many ways. A science teacher not a million miles away from where I live told his class that there’s no such thing as truth in any absolute sense. You need to find your own truth, he said. If the students had applied that little nugget of advice in their exams many of them would have failed.

“There is no God”, he said boldly. Was he absolutely sure about that? Is that really a scientific statement, or is it philosophical? Who “proved” that there is no God?
Over a period of several months this self-styled warrior of truth (his own) was clearly attempting to turn his captive audience away from the faith and standards that many of their parents had worked diligently for years to bestow on them. By the end of the school year he’d worked up to his grand finale, his ultimate sermon: the beauty of Buddhism, and how they should all look into it.

“…it will throw truth to the ground…” (Daniel 8:12 ESV)

ESTABLISHMENT CLAWS (yes I did mean to spell it that way)
Of course, the common and contemporary wails of “separation of church and state” echoing around the nation only get applied to Christian beliefs: they don’t get applied or even considered when the argument and the discussion is against that same God, or for, say, Islam, even if the teacher is wasting the students’ learning time by talking philosophy rather than the science he’s being paid tax-payers’ money to teach. And this is just a miniscule part of the nation-wide, nay, the world-wide effort underway to stamp out all vestiges of Christian faith, to radically revise the last two thousand years of history, to totally alter our perception of truth, and to usher in a brave new world: a utopia in which boys and girls use the same toilets whether they want to or not, where babies by the million are denied the right to live, and where more people get married but separate a lot sooner.
Utopia! The word isn’t used anymore, I know. It’s worn out, old, cliched, and discredited. But make no mistake, the dream is the same, and it represents the belief that humanity is the competent commander of his own destiny. The word means, by the way, “no place”…perhaps one reason for its loss of favor.
“I’M NOT A NUMBER, I’M A FREE MAN!” (Number 6)
(Oh Patrick, you were such a male chauvenist!)
You may notice I used two more out-dated terms above: “boys” and “girls”. No, I don’t mean to agree that they’re out-dated: my sons are “boys”, and I praise the Lord for that. But if certain people have their way, not only will our boys and girls all be using the same toilets and the same locker rooms (they already are in some places), but anyone labeling people “boys” or “girls”, “men” or “women” will find themselves being sued by those who are so “loving” and “fair” that they’ll put you in jail and out of business for disagreeing with them, or even for refusing to bake a cake (oh I forgot, that’s already happened). Aaah! How loving these people are! They put us Christians to shame, don’t they!
Am I exaggerating? Consider newly updated anti-discrimination laws in New York (December 2015) where business owners can be fined up to $250,000 for miss-assigning a transgender person’s name:
The NYCHRL requires employers and covered entities to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification. Most individuals and many transgender people use female or male pronouns and titles.
Other violations of the law include refusing to allow individuals to use single-sex facilities such as bathrooms that are “consistent with their gender identity” (NOTE 2)
You “won’t be fined for accidentally using the wrong pronoun”  in a private setting, defenders of the law claim. Let’s wait and see how true that statement is.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
I’ve written before about how we humans choose what we want to believe rather than hunting for truth. One answer to this assertion is that nobody can know what real truth is…therefore there’s probably no truth to be identified or found… therefore let’s just make up our own! That way, we’ll all be happy, right?

This kind of humanistic reasoning assumes that plurality can work, just so long as we all agree that other peoples’ “truth” is as valid as our own. Good luck with that one. And down we all go, in the direction of the lowest common denominator, or of the ideology with the biggest gun.

It’s about as logical as saying that two-plus-two is whatever you want it to be. The only “two plus two” theory not acceptable in this thought-economy is the Christian one.

It’s about as logical as saying that four different opinions of the color of the President’s hair can all be true: one says it’s red, another says it’s black, another says its blond, and another says it’s brown. Are they really all right? Is it true that the President’s hair is red and black and blond and brown?
There are people who would doggedly insist that yes, his hair is all those colors: “it’s just a matter of perception”, or “it’s just a matter of differing light frequencies making things appear to have certain colors”, or “how dare you be so judgmental!”
In the determination to avoid making a decision about certain things in this spaghetti of post-modern society, we’re denying our own intelligence, we’re distorting the art of logic, and we’re threatening to conclude that nothing, not even the power of reason, has any meaning except what we decide to give it. We’re replacing it all with gobbledygook, just for the sake of making a political or philosophical point-or rather, to avoid one. In fact I’ll go further than that: we’re replacing it all in order to avoid seeing “the elephant in the room”: the aspect of life, the universe and everything, the aspect of God and his creation which is eventually unavoidable: there is such a thing as Truth…whether you like it or not.

WHAT IS TRUTH?
After Jesus Christ was condemned to die he was questionned by Pilate, the governor of Judea. He told Pilate:
“Everyone on the side of truth listens to me”.
Pilate replied, cynically,
“What is truth?” (John 18:37-38 NIV).
Our once-solidly grounded society, imperfect as it was, has descended to the philosophical confusion of the Roman Empire. If Pilate had really been interested in knowing what truth is, he would have at least considered the words of Jesus, who said:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the light. No man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
NOTES
1: Nikolai Ge (1831–1894).
2: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2015/12/27/nyc-will-fine-you-250000-for-misgendering-a-transsexual/

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