It is helpful to understand the entire Bible. God created the heavens and the earth.
First Eve and then Adam capitulated to the will of the fallen one. From there forward men and women knowing good from evil have increasingly through the generations grown in sin and attendant inability to resist evil and choose righteousness on their own.
Noah’s grandfather Enoch found favor in the eyes of God and he was taken by God, as the Bible says he was no more. Raptured as Elijah later also. Those who tell you the word rapture is not in the Bible are incorrect. Jerome translated Rapimur in the Latin. That is the root word from which we get “rapture.” The Greek word from which it rises (a pun) is Harpozo (pronounced Harpodzo) and is found in Strong’s:
“Strong’s #726: harpazo (pronounced har-pad’-zo) from a derivative of 138; to seize (in various applications):–catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).”
So the when of this event is imminent. That’s why Jesus said, “Keep Watch.” Then he told you when he would be coming. Matthew 24: “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
“The day and the hour no one knows.”
Jesus, great parable that cannot be more precise. The seventh judgment trumpet of Revelation, that’s it. LAUGHTER. Try the last trumpet on the feast of trumpets. The Lord wants Israel’s attention at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. It (Feast of Trumpets) can occur on one of two days, this year September 7 or 8 (2021) and the 100 trumpet blasts start “in the twinkling of an eye” watchers report the twilight instant when the feast begins as also every Sabbath.
No secret rapture, the world will see the sign of the Son of Man coming in power and mourn. The dead in Christ rise, then those of us still alive will be “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air. Instantly transformed from our corruptible bodies into our glorified incorruptible bodies, never knowing death.
See: John 11: 21-25; John 14: 1-3; I Thessalonians 4: I7; I Corinthians 15: 52. Consider also, Enoch raptured soon before the extensively evidenced, flood Elijah was also raptured, during the ending of the reign of Ahab and Jezebel. Matthew 24: 30, 31:
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (NIV)
Those left on earth will be those baptized in Satan’s evil who believe, having been deceived they will overcome the Lord (not happening, Rothchild). The armies of Satan over there in the desert (most named, Ezekiel 38, 39) who will follow him to destruction at the Second Coming (after 7 years) while the fallen one claims to be God and tries to destroy Israel and killing believers in Jesus. The remainder of those who made no decision for Jesus while they had the chance. Many of these will make that decision during the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble also called the Great Tribulation. This time lasts seven years, Daniel’s seventieth week.
Tribulation saints! Most, if not all of these will be killed, beheaded. Who beheads people today? There is your clue.
Jesus the conquering King of Kings and Lord of Lords (especially over you o “fallen one”) then arrives on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
The Dome of the Rock is the altar on the wing of the temple which is covered in blasphemies against the Lord as prophesied. Wish I had better news but we are in the last days.
Revelation 1-3 says many things to the church throughout the age of the church. Then in Revelation 4 John is told by the voice like a trumpet “Come Up Here.” Not another word is spoken to or about the church which is translated into heaven, until Revelation 19. How did they get there? Revelation 4, “Come Up Here.”
THE EXTREMELY WELL EVIDENCED FLOOD
God became distressed with the evil and violence on the earth such that he was distressed he had made men and women. The Lord planned the great flood, informing Noah, Enoch’s grandson and his Sons also commanding an Ark to save a small remnant.
The massive piles of Dinosaur and other animals are always found on high ground, the world over where these animals fled the rising waters. The actual geological evidence is clear from the sediment layers which show conclusively: waters covered entire continents, all of them. More evidence of the flood than evolution for a fact. Here’s the latest: The dinosaurs drowned as the well established forensic science proves conclusively.
Mark Armitage explains a blood clotting condition found in eight dinosaur bone specimens (look at them all deceived evolutionists) only consistent in well established scientific evidence from modern specimens also with drowning. Mark Armitage (microscopy and tissue expert) published in peer reviewed science journals, Microscopy Today Journal Published by Cambridge University Press, whether Dawkins likes it or not, explains this in his Video entitled Dinosaurs Disprove Evolution: WATCH IT HERE The Dinosaurs, as the evidence proves died from asphyxiation in water i.e. they Drowned in the worldwide flood.
NIMROD, BAAL AND ABRAHAM
After the flood Nimrod built cities, among them Babel where the tower stood and the evil of Baal had her origin as the evil God hated. There God confused language and scattered people across the earth.
Later due to this evil (Baal) including her sexual immorality in that temple between both males and females (homosexual and heterosexual) and the sacrificing of their own children, some of them conceived only to pass through the fire (babies burned alive) mentioned by Jeremiah, as the reason God scattered Israel, then Judah in the Diaspora. God called Abraham and made the promises and that by covenant with Abraham. These promises include Jesus’ coming, and the nation of Israel which boundaries were laid out to Abraham in that covenant found in Genesis.
ISRAEL IS CENTER STAGE
Israel was predicted by the prophets to be center stage in world events at the “end of days.”
Jesus was predicted from Genesis onward through the prophets, Daniel predicting his arrival to the day on the foal of a donkey to shouts of Hosanna. The promises to Abraham reckoned through Isaac, Abraham’s Son and then through the second born to Isaac, Jacob, called Israel.
God credited Abraham’s faith as righteousness.
MOSES AND THE LAW
Later, as Paul explains, because of transgression and after the 400 years in Egypt prophesied also to Abraham, God raised up Moses to deliver his people Israel from bondage in Egypt.
Moses gave the law to Israel (found in Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers) while they wandered in the Desert. Paul later explained that the law given to the children of Israel long after (400 years) the promise to Abraham did not set aside the promise.
The Mosaic Law was the law of Israel, not GAWD’S LAUW TUDAY der babblewocky. Paul in Romans 10: 3, 4:
“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (KJV)
Since many have not read their Bibles beyond Matthew, John 3: 16, Psalm 23 and James they have not read Hebrews 7: 11-22 and this is among the “top secret” portions of scripture withheld from many congregations. Hebrews 7: 11-22:
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. (KJV)
Now the NIV: Hebrews 7: 11-22:
“If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”[a]
18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:
“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever.’”[b]
22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.” (NIV)
Personally, I like the NIV. It is claimed by some the KJV is a “word for word translation”, however there is no such thing as word for word translation from Hebrew and Greek into English now nor the English existent prior to 1611.
Both KJV and NIV translations were done by committee of (100) scholars working from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic manuscripts in their time. KJV Only is utter nonsense. One more way people “Rightly Divide The Body of Christ.”
I Corinthians 1: 4-9:
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (NIV)
Who keeps you firm to the end making you blameless (verse 8)? Do you do it yourself? These promises of God are good for all eternity. He is honoring his promises to Abraham as we witness the event of the “end of days.”
It would be hilarious if it were not so sad to realize the confused teachings of GOMER (Wesley) have many a man and woman believing they can “lose their salvation.” This as I have heard them say. They think this because they do not place their faith in Jesus’ promises. They have been side tracked to the “stumbling block.” They’ve set about to establish a righteousness of their own … .
Romans 9: 25-
“As he says in Hosea:
I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”
“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
28 For the Lord will carry out
his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”
29 It is just as Isaiah said previously:
“Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.”
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (NIV)
Do you believe Jesus?
“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (NIV)
So if you have the faith to believe Jesus right now, he will never drive you away nor per the Father’s will lose you. Look to the Son of God and receive eternal life and be raised up as he also promises. Place your faith in Jesus’ promises.
Peter says it this way in II Peter I: 2
Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
“To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.” (NIV)
Through Jesus’ righteousness faith that is precious is RECEIVED.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (NIV)
Gifts are given and God gives us everything we need for a Godly life through our knowledge who called us … .
Here is an Audio Recording of the version (NIV) translation I first had in 1984. I LISTEN HERE I and 2 Peter: Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Know that it is your faith in Jesus as the atonement sacrifice for the sins of the world that Peter calls more precious than gold. Jesus is the propitiation for sins as John the Baptist testified: “Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Matthew 11: 28-31:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
John 6: 28, 29:
“Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (NIV)
Thank you for visiting my sight and for reading my posts. Chris.