Posts Tagged ‘Prophecy’

To those of us who feel the urgency building to increase our efforts in witnessing to our small part of a lost world, we can’t help but think about our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others who will be left behind after the rapture.  We know that not everyone we know will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior before the Lord returns for his “bride.”  So what do we do for those left behind… for those we know and love?

Just because we will be absent from this world for a while, it doesn’t mean we can’t continue to witness to those who are left behind.  Here are a few things that I believe we can do to help those who are seeking the truth in a world that is preparing to enter in to a seven-year tribulation.

1.  We need to get the word out as urgently and as lovingly as we can before we leave.  We have to prepare that soil or plant that seed or water that seed before we leave.  There is nothing more important than that.  Along with this, we must share our belief in the coming rapture and tribulation.  We must get that warning out before the Lord returns.

2.  We need to put together a packet of information for those left behind.  You can create a “generic” packet that can be left or given to anyone.  You can also individualize it in a way that speaks to a particular person in your life.  What kind of information am I referring to?

a.  Tracts.  Tracts are very important.  There are plenty of really good tracts out there that explain the process of becoming a born again believer in Christ.  There are also tracts out there that explain about the rapture.

b.  Bible.  A bible will be an important tool for the new believer in the tribulation.  There are plenty of inexpensive paperback bibles out there on the market.  You can either purchase a full paperback bible or you can purchase the New Testament in paperback.  Either way, we need to leave a copy of the word of God behind for those seeking answers.

c.  Personal Message.  Many of us have a web cam, camcorder or phone that can take videos.  We can use that technology to create a brief message explaining in our own words what has just taken place (the rapture) and what is about to occur in the near future (the tribulation).  It also gives us a chance to share the salvation message in our own words to those we have left behind.  Once that’s downloaded into your computer, you can burn DVD’s of this message or audio CD’s of the message.

d.  Music.  There is so much royalty free Christian music out there that it would be easy to find songs that would bless the new Christian in their new walk with the Lord.  Rip or download those songs that you believe would be most beneficial and encouraging to the new believer and rip it to a CD.

e.  Internet Resources.  There are a myriad of Christian web sites out there.  Find those that adequately describe what you need everyone to know about salvation through Christ, the rapture and the tribulation.  Make a list of these web sites and print out a copy to include in your packet.  A great website to list is www.tribulationharvest.com.

f.  Additional Materials.  Add any additional materials that you feel someone might appreciate.

g. MP3 Player.  A friend (kellygirl) suggested that music and helpful sermons could be downloaded to an MP3 player and included in the packet.  If you go that route, you might also want to upload an audio version of your personal message on the MP3 player instead of including a CD in the packet.  Since an MP3 player costs money, you may want to do this only for those who are closest to you, unless you have the money to include it in all your packets (depending on how many packets you plan to create, of course).

Find some inventive way of packaging up this information.  No matter how you decide to pack up the information, remember to include a label describing what’s in the packet.  Example:  “Emergency Rapture Kit” or “In Case Of Rapture, Open Immediately!”  Here are some ideas on how to package up your “Rapture Kit”:

1.  Plastic zip-lock bag.  This will not only keep everything together, but it will protect the contents from dirt and liquids.

2.  Plastic wrap.  It will not only protect the contents, but it will also help keep things tightly bundled together.

3.  Plastic container.  The amount of information you’re leaving behind will dictate the size of the container.

4.  Cardboard box.  Again, the size of the box will depend on what you’re including in the packet.

5.  Large manila mailing envelope.

However you package up the information, remember that it should be clearly marked so that there is no doubt what the packaging contains.

Here are some ideas on what to do with the packet when it’s completed:

1.  Give one to family members, friends, etc… who do not have a relationship with Jesus.  Now there are those who will not even want to look at the information.  In that case, ask them to do you a personal favor and put the information in a safe place so that when the rapture happens, they can retrieve the packet and find out what happened, what’s coming next and what they can do to be sure they spend eternity with God.  If they know you’re giving them the option of whether to look at it or not, they’ll most likely take the packet and tuck it away.

2.  Hand them out to neighbors or strangers on the street.

3.  Leave some in a conspicuous area in your house, like near your video tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, books, etc… where they will be easily found.

4.  Leave a packet or two at work.  Place them in your desk drawer or locker at work to become a witness to your co-workers.

5.  Donate one to your local library.

6.  Show the packet to your church and suggest the church create packets to leave behind in the sanctuary or Pastor’s office so that those flocking to the church after the rapture will find that valuable information.

7.  Leave a packet in your glove box in your vehicle.

8.  Carry one with you.  If you carry a large pocketbook, keep a packet with you to give out or to leave behind (after all, you’re not taking your pocketbook with you…lol).

9.  Leave a copy where you keep your important paperwork (last will and testament, home insurance, mortgage papers, birth certificates, etc…)

These are just a few examples on how you can share or store your packets so that anyone left behind will be able to access this important information.

The important thing to remember is that however you package up the information and however you give them out or store them, you are taking steps to continue witnessing to the lost and unsaved world even after you’re gone.

I look forward to hearing how you would package up the information or what you would add to the packet or how you would store or give out the packet.  God bless and let’s keep the word alive even after we’ve been taken home.

Additional suggestions for sharing the word of God after you’ve been raptured:

Upload your video and audio information to your:

1.  Game System.  I’ve uploaded information to my XBOX360 for anyone to find when they access the game system.

2.  Computer/Tablet.  Put a shortcut on your desktop that is separate from all your other shortcuts and describes what it links to.  Example: Emergency Rapture Info.

3.  Cell phone.  Add your own personal video or audio to your cell phone.  Anyone left behind who is searching through your media files will find it.

4.  MP3 Player.  Add video or audio to your own personal MP3 player to be accessed by anyone who finds it.

If you, the reader, have any more suggestions, please let me know.  I will seriously consider placing them in this blog.

Why is Jesus taking so long to return?  What is He waiting for?

I will attempt to answer this question without adding a lot of details that may make this blog difficult to get though…lol.  So here we go!

Jesus is our Bridegroom, but many Christians don’t understand what that means.  In Jewish tradition, if a man wanted to marry a woman, he went to the woman’s father and asked for his permission to marry his daughter.  The father would then inform the potential groom of the “bride price” or “ketubah.”  If the potential groom agreed to this price, he would pay it or, if he didn’t have enough money, he would leave and work until he had saved up the entire amount.  Then he would return to the potential bride’s father weeks, months or years later with the amount agreed upon. 

(Let me state clearly here that the bridegroom was not “purchasing” his wife.  The “ketubah” is belongs to the wife and is used to support her and any children they may have had together in the event the marriage was dissolved.)

When the “bride price” was paid, the potential bride would be asked to make a decision as to whether she wanted to marry the potential groom.  The potential bride was offered a cup of wine.  If she drank from it, then the agreement was made.  The groom would then go back to his father’s house to prepare the bridal chamber.  This preparation could take up to a year to be completed.That’s not the end of the ceremony, but let’s stop here for a moment and compare this with what Jesus did.

The cup of wine:  Jesus offered us that cup of wine at the Last Supper.  When the disciples took the wine offered by Jesus, they were accepting Jesus offer for a new life with Him in His Father’s house.  When we take communion, we are remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made in order for us to be with Him for eternity.

The bride price (ketubah):  Jesus’ desire is that we should all believe in Him and live with Him forever, but there was a “ketubah” that was required.  What was this “bride price” that Jesus paid?  It was a price that no one had ever been asked to pay in the history of the world, and a price that would never be asked of again.  That price was Jesus’ life.  He paid the “bride price” by being beaten, whipped, spit upon, degraded and then crucified upon the cross.   He paid the ultimate price to the Father for His bride (all true born again believers in Christ). 

Back to His Father’s house:  When Jesus went to heaven, He went back to His Father’s house to “prepare a place for you.”  He went to go prepare the bridal chamber.  How great is that!!!

Now back to the marriage ceremony
During the time that the groom was preparing the marriage chamber, the bride would wear a veil to signify that she had been promised in marriage to someone and that she was no longer single.  Anyone seeing her would know that she was “off the market” because of her appearance. 

The veil:  Today, all true born again believers in Christ have this “veil”… this symbol of our promised marriage to the Bridegroom.  That symbol is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  It is He who is in us and covers us and causes us to live our lives in a way that people can look at us and say, “He/She belongs to the Lord.”

Now as the bridegroom is preparing the bridal chamber, the bridegroom’s father keeps an eye on the progress.  It’s only when the bridegroom’s father says the bridal chamber is ready that the bridegroom can go and retrieve his bride.  To do that, he gathers his male friends together in the middle of the night and heads off to the bride’s father’s house.  They carry torches and make quite a bit of noise on their way there, including blowing the shofar.The bride constantly anticipates the groom’s arrival.  When the bride knows the bridegroom is coming, she prepares herself.  It’s an exciting time for everyone.  The bridegroom and his friends then whisk the bride away to the bridal chamber where they remain for seven days while everyone else waits for them to emerge at the end of this period. 

Waiting for the Father to say go:  Jesus is preparing a place for us (mansions) and is preparing the marriage feast.  As the Bridegroom, He must wait for the Father to say that everything that needs to be done is completed and that He can now go and get His bride. 

Anticipating the Groom’s arrival:  We’re told in bible to be prepared for the Lord’s return at all times.  Don’t fall asleep or assume that the Lord will be long in coming, because the Bridegroom can come at any time.

Making noise:  Jesus will come with the angels, making a lot of noise.  There will be a shout of the archangel and a trumpet will be sounded.

The Bride is taken:  He will come at that exciting moment and steal us away to be with Him forever. 

Seven days:  Just like the bride and groom would be in the bridal chamber for seven days, we will be with the Lord for seven years.  When the seven years is up, we will exit the “bridal chamber” and return to earth with the Lord at His second coming.

God created the wedding ritual, the Jewish feasts, etc… not only to signify an event in the bible, but also to mirror the life of the Messiah.  Jesus is our Bridegroom.  He is preparing the bridal chamber for His bride.  He is just waiting for our Father to tell Him to come back and retrieve His bride.  When He does, there will be a great shout and the blowing of a trumpet.  At that moment, all true born-again believers in Christ will be changed, at the twinkling of an eye.  We will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible, from mortal to immortal, to finally be with Jesus forever in heaven.

Well I finally did it.  I created my own web site.  It’s called, TRIBULATION HARVEST.” It’s a web site that explains end time biblical prophecy; mainly the rapture and the seven-year tribulation.  I also hope to be able to offer a packet of information for sale on my web site in the very near future.  If you’d like to take a look at my new site, just click here.

I welcome any feedback, good or bad.  Please leave feedback at the web site or here on my blog.  If you leave positive feedback, I may include it on my home page along with some other very glowing comments that I’ve received from others who have visited my site.

God Bless!!!

8”The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.” Revelation 8:8-9 (NASB)

10”The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. 11The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.” Revelation 8:10-11 (NASB)

12”The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. 13Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, ‘Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!’” Revelation 8:12-13 (NASB)

NEO’s are those meteors and asteroids that fly really close to earth? They’re called Near Earth Objects (NEO’s) and they’re more common than you think. How close is close, you may ask. What if I told you that many of them pass by close enough to fly between the earth and the moon? Close enough for you? That doesn’t count the small ones that burn up in our atmosphere. Scientists know they’re there, the governments of the world know they’re there and I’m sure most of us have heard something about the subject. Why am I making such a fuss about NEO’s? Biblical prophecy.

You may think that I’m saying that NEO’s are the cause of all of this, but that’s not what I’m saying. I believe that there is a good possibility that these NEO’s are going to be used by the enemy to explain away the judgments of God. Why believe in God when it can be shown that NEO’s have been tracked for years and that they are a natural part of the universe, causing destruction on the earth for millions of years. Just one more lie the enemy will tell those who remain after the rapture.

While those dwelling on the earth after the rapture are suffering through the seven seal judgments and the trumpet judgments, there will be something else going on. Two men appeared in Jerusalem at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation, just as peace was declared and as the first seal was opened.

[3]“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.  [4]These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth.  [5]And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.  [6]These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.  [7]When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.  [8]And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.  [9]Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.  [10]And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.  [11]But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.  [12]And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.  [13]And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”  Revelation 11:3-13

These two men will suddenly appear on the scene in Jerusalem. They will begin proclaiming the gospel and provide hope for those who have been left behind. Their message will be one of repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ. As the scripture states, they will be able to prevent rain from falling for 3½ years. They will also have the power to turn water into blood and cause all kinds of plagues on the earth.

As you can see in verse 6, they will also be invincible (for a time). But in verse 7 we are told that after their 3½ years, Satan in the form of the Antichrist will be allowed to kill them. Not only will their dead bodies be left in full view of all, but the world will actually celebrate their deaths to the point of giving each other gifts.

One thing about a party… it always has to end. God takes care of that little detail a few days later. In verse 11 we’re told that after 3½ days, God breaths life back into their bodies, causing everyone to experience great fear. Then God’s voice, audible to everyone, commands them to return to heaven. In full view of everyone present and everyone watching on their television, computer or cell phone, they rise up to heaven on a cloud!

While everyone is panicking and trying coming to terms with what they’ve just experienced, there is a terrible earthquake that destroys a tenth of Jerusalem and kills seven thousand people. Those who survive realize that God is real and that Jesus is their Messiah and they give glory to God.

Shortly after he kills the two witnesses, the Antichrist, the world dictator, will declare himself to be God and that is when life on earth gets really bad.
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My Notes:

Though their true identity will not be known until their arrival, the Two Witnesses have the same powers demonstrated by Moses and Elijah.

Moses: Appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Elijah: Appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.
NOTE: These were not “spirits” of dead men, they were alive and in a physical form. Why else would Peter want to construct three tents (one for each of them)? Had they been in spiritual form, they would have no need for a shelter or resting place of any kind.

Moses: Had the power to turn water to blood and cause all kinds of plagues.
Witness: Has the power to turn water to blood and cause all kinds of plagues.

Elijah: Prayer resulted in no rain for 3½ years.
Witness: Will be able to stop the rain for 3½ years.

God will manifest the Law and the Prophets once again. In the Old Testament, the Law and the Prophets spoke mainly to Israel, but here, they will speak to the entire Earth.

ISRAEL ATTACKED BY RUSSIAN LEAD COALITION.  Sounds like a newspaper headline, does it not? You might say to yourself that nothing like that could actually happen.  Really? The United States assembled a coalition to free the Iraqi people from the tyranny of a cruel dictatorship and to bring democracy to that area of the world. Is it so hard to imagine that Russia could form a coalition of Islamic states with the sole goal of wiping Israel off the map? Let’s look at Israel’s history and find out how many coalition forces have attacked her in the past.

Coalition Forces #1
May 14, 1948: On this date Israel declared herself an independent state. On that very date, the fledgling country was attacked from the north, east and south by forces from the Arab states of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Israel came out the victor. (Number of countries involved: 7)

Coalition Forces #2
The Six Day’s War of June 5-10, 1967 was a war between Israel and the armies of the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The nations of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria also contributed troops and arms to the Arab forces. Surrounded by enemies, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack against Egypt’s air force causing Jordan to attack Israel. When the war was over, Israel was victorious and had gained more land which had formally been occupied by her enemies. (Number of countries involved: 9)

Coalition Forces #3
The Yom Kippur War of October 6-26, 1973, Israel again found herself surrounded by an enemy coalition led by Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Other nations played important roles as well. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan assisted with varying degrees of financial aid, ground forces combat pilots and military equipment. Even Cuba and Uganda sent forces to help defeat the Israelis. Israel won an against-the-odds victory. (Number of countries involved: 14)

As you can see, the number of countries involved in all these attempts to destroy Israel has increased each time. Who will be part of the next coalition forces to come against Israel? The list will include Iran, Sudan, Ethiopia, Lybia, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon and nothern Jordan.

Although Egypt participated in all three wars with Israel, Egypt will not attack Israel this time. Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel on March 26, 1979. This peace treaty has set into motion a peace process that has neutralized Egypt as a direct combatant of Israel. This helps set the stage for the war of Gog and Magog, since biblical prophecy does not include Egypt in the list of nations who will attack Israel.

Iraq was also involved in all three wars with Israel, but, like Egypt, biblical prophesy does not include Iraq among those nations who will form a coalition and attack Israel. Up until recently, no one would have believed that Iraq would sit out any war against Israel, but look at what has happened in just the past few years. A cruel dictatorship has been crushed, the people of Iraq have suffered war and terrorism. A brand new democratic government has taken shape, peace and new freedoms are being experienced by the men, women and children of that country. The last thing this newly democratic state will want is to make its people suffer again by being bogged down in another war.  At this point, Iraq’s military and police force are not even strong enough to care for it’s citizens apart from U.S. assistance.

So… biblical prophesy does not include Egypt or Iraq in the war of Gog and Magog, but it does include one new player; a player that’s operated in the background in past wars but who will come to the forefront at the time of this next war.. Russia.

Russia’s influence in the Islamic world is increasing dramatically. Vladimir Putin did not want to give up the presidency of Russia and tried to hold on to his position by having the constitution amended so that a sitting president could hold the office for more than two terms, but his attempt failed. Although he is now Russia’s Prime Minister, it is commonly held that the new president, Dmitry Medvedev, (who was Putin’s protégé) is considered a puppet president and that the true power of the presidency still resides with Putin.

When Putin entered office in 2000, he began rebuilding Russia’s tattered alliances with the Middle East. Since that time, he has mended relationships with Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Algeria and Egypt and other Islamic countries. He has also met with the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas leadership.

But what is the name of the person who may be the one to truly assemble this large coalition of Islamic nations? Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky may be the man to watch. He is preparing to run for the Russian presidency in 2012. His #2 man states that Zhirinovsky wants to be like Stalin and Lenin. He wants to build a coalition; to have power and make Russia number one in the world again. His goal is to rebuild the Byzantine Empire, which would include the countries of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt… and Israel. Does this list of players sound familiar?

So, one way or another, whoever is in power in Russia, whether it be Putin, Medvedev, Zhirinovsky or someone else, Russia will continue to strengthen it’s relationships with the Islamic world.

PUTIN CALLS RUSSIA ISLAMIC WORLD’S MOST RELIABLE ALLY
Moscow (CNSNews.com) – “Russia is the Islamic world’s most reliable partner,” President Vladimir Putin said in Chechnya on Monday, implying that by attacking Russia, terrorists were doing their cause a disservice.

Putin paid a surprise visit to Grozny, capital of the war-torn Islamic region, to address the opening of the first session of the local parliament.

“Russia has always been the most faithful, reliable and consistent defender of the interests of the Islamic world,” he told Chechen lawmakers, to applause. “Russia has always been the best and most reliable partner and ally.”

“By destroying Russia, these people [terrorists] destroy one of the main pillars of the Islamic world in the struggle for rights in the international arena, the struggle for their legitimate rights,” Putin added.

He said the leaders of key Islamic states understood this, which was why the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League sent observers to monitor recent elections and a referendum on a constitution for Chechnya.

While Western organizations refused to serve as observers, the Arab and Islamic bodies sent delegates and gave the elections their approval.

Expanding on Russia’s ties to the Muslim world, Putin said OIC member states had unanimously agreed to admit Moscow as a permanent observer.

“Recently a delegation of Russian Muslims has been to Mecca to discuss the problems of Muslim world development with their brothers,” he said. “Russia will pursue this policy.”

Russia has a total population of some 144 million, of which more than 20 million are Muslims.

Although the OIC agreed to make Russia a permanent observer, a request from India to join the body four years ago was turned down.

India is a predominantly Hindu country, but its Muslim minority is the second largest Muslim community in the world, after Indonesia, and is much bigger than Russia’s.

Putin’s comments are seen here as the latest step in a strategy to reposition Russia as a strong ally of the Islamic world.
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