Category: Rapture

The Last Trump

Bill Koenig commentary on the Last Trumpet for the Rapture. Keep looking up!

Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2012

I’m launching an annual countdown to Rosh Hashanah (the biblical/Jewish New Year). This year will be Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2012. Next year, it will be Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2013 and so on.

With so many biblically significant events occurring at a breathtaking pace, I have developed a list of events (below) that we will be following closely until Rosh Hashanah 2012.

This year’s Rosh Hashanah will begin at sundown on Sept. 16 and end at sundown on Sept. 18.

Rosh Hashanah is the festival that marks the head of the year” and is observed for two days each year. 1 Tishrei is the first day of the Jewish New Year.

Chabad wrote: “It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God’s world.”

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, which also represents the trumpet blast of a people’s coronation of their king. The cry of the shofar is also a call to repentance.

The Feast of Trumpets Chuck Missler

http://www.khouse.org/articles/1995/105

Observed on the First and Second of Tishri, the celebration actually begins 29 days earlier: a series of over 90 trumpet blasts accrue for a final blowing of blasts on the climax of the celebration, the Teki’ah Gedolah, the Great Blowing.

In the rabbinical literature, there are many details that are quite provocative. Among the most significant is the use of the shofar, the ram’s horn, instead of the usual silver Temple trumpets. (If you visit the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, you can see the silver trumpets that have been fashioned for use in the coming Temple.)

The shofar is associated with the Akedah, Abraham’s offering of Isaac on Mount Moriah, as detailed in Genesis 22. Rabbinical tradition associates the left horn of the ram as the “first trump” and the right horn as the “last trump.”

A distinguishing feature of the celebration is the last, climactic blast, the Teki’at Shofar. This is not the usual series of short bursts, signaling alarm or bad news. Rather, it is a long blast, signaling victory or good news. It is this last blast that is referred to as the last trump.

Paul’s Mystery

In Paul’s Resurrection Chapter, I Corinthians 15, he describes that strange event which has now become known as “The Rapture” of the Church:

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

What did he mean, “the last trump”?

Some have tried to link this phrase to the Seventh Trumpet Judgment in Revelation, but there is no basis for it. The Seventh Trumpet Judgment is not the final trumpet: for a thousand years (at least) there will be subsequent trumpets in services performed in the Millennial Temple.

So, just what is this “last trump”?Since Paul was of Pharisaical background, it has been suggested that he was alluding to the climactic trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets and that, perhaps, this feast is prophetic of the call of God’s people (which he also refers to in Romans 11:2-5). Possibly. But there are other possibilities as well.

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Are We Missing the Signs?

Read this really great article from Greg Laurie of Harvest Chapel in So Cal. He is absolutely right. Keep looking up!

Christmas is coming, and I think you would be hard-pressed not to know that right now. There are signs all around us that Christmas is here. And when did that start? August? The decorations are up in the malls. Colorful lights are strung on homes. There are the endless ads on TV, along with the specials the networks roll out every year, like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Then there is the Christmas music playing everywhere you go.

There is a lot of excitement and anticipation as Christmas approaches. When the first Christmas came, however, people pretty much missed it. Of course, there were no telltale signs like twinkling lights on houses. There were no Christmas songs written quite yet. There were no sales at the downtown market. Children did not find it hard to sleep the night before Christmas, because, for all practical purposes, it was a night like any other night.

But the first Christmas was not without its own signals and signs dating back a few centuries. The Hebrew prophets had predicted the Messiah was coming. And they were very specific in pointing out that the Messiah of Israel, the Savior of the world, would be born of a virgin and would be born in the little village of Bethlehem. “But you, Bethlehem …,” the prophet said, “Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2 NKJV).

On the first Christmas when Christ was born, it was pretty much business as usual. Things had been bleak for the Jewish people for some time. There had been an icy silence from heaven. Four hundred years had passed, and there had not been a single prophet to speak for God. There had been no miracles performed. No angelic appearances. And then they were under the tyranny of Rome. They were an occupied territory. The Promised Land had foreign intruders ruling over it. Things were very dark. It was time for the Messiah.

Then the closing line of Luke’s first chapter speaks of the arrival of Jesus: “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace” (Luke 1:78–79).

Before the sunrise had been the long-lasting dark. But for the faithful, bright flashes were appearing, telling them that the sun was rising.

Angels were busy getting things ready. The angel Gabriel had appeared to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, and also to Mary. An angel also appeared to Joseph, relaying the message that Mary’s child was supernaturally conceived in her womb and was the very Son of God.

And of course, we know the rest of the story. Joseph and Mary arrived in Nazareth, but they were turned away by the innkeeper. So God in human form came to us, born in a place where animals were kept.

The Messiah had come, but so many missed it: the innkeeper, the people of Bethlehem, the scholars, King Herod, and all of Rome. A handful of people got it, and they were ready. And while the first Christmas went largely unnoticed, it would be difficult to miss the Christmases of today.

So here is something to consider: Jesus Christ is coming back to this earth again. The Bible is emphatic about this. And just as there were many prophecies pointing to his first arrival that were fulfilled exactly, there are many prophecies that speak of his return again to the earth. And we have never been closer to his return than we are at this very moment.

A question for us to consider today is this: Have we done more to prepare for the celebration of a past event than we have for a future one? In other words, we may be ready for Christmas, but are we ready for the return of Christ?

The stakes are higher for this preparation. But some of us know more about preparing for Christmas than we do about preparing for Christ’s return. So what should we be doing?

We should be watching for him. The Bible says that “[Christ] will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28 NIV). Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28 NKJV).

We should be ready to go. We need to be prepared. We need to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. So to be ready for his return is to be engaged in activities that you would not be ashamed of if Christ were to come back at that very moment. An interesting question to ask yourself periodically is, This place that I am about to go, this thing that I am ready to do, would I be ashamed or embarrassed to be doing such a thing if Jesus were to come back? If the answer is yes, then don’t do it.

We should be anxiously awaiting His return. Have you ever anxiously awaited someone’s arrival? You look through the window and see them coming. Then you open the door before they can even knock. That is how we should be when we think of Christ’s return. We should be looking forward to it with anxious excitement.

We should be working. If watching is the evidence of faith, then working is the evidence of faith in action. Watching for Christ’s return will help us prepare our own lives. But working will assure that we bring others with us when he returns.

Most people missed it when Jesus came the first time. So let’s not miss it when he comes again. Are you ready?

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The Timing of the Rapture

I am just returning from a two week vacation in the Cape Cod/Boston area. Well needed rest. I just had alot of time to think about how much and frankly how many Christians want to bury their heads in the sand around the topic of the Rapture of the church and the Lord’s return.

I usually receive the “we will not know the day or hour” line or Jesus told us “no man knows the day or hour” line. This line is very true. I am not sure thatthese same people actually understand what the Lord was saying here. When you review the Greek the Lord was telling us that literally we will not know the exact day of the week or the hour that the Lord will return. We will know the times and seasons when this great event is upon us. He tells us that. He also tells us to stay alert, to be ready, and commands us to know the general time frame or period when these things could go down.

Christians are the scoffers from 1 Peter where he tells us there will be scoffers in the last days concerning the Lord’s return . Just food for thought.

I am attaching a wonderful article by Bill Salus on this topic that I went over last night. Great study document to go deeper with. Keep looking up!

Rapture

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The Coming of Jesus

Here is the post seen on David Wilkerson’s blog entry page yesterday….

 

THE COMING OF JESUSby David Wilkerson | March 29, 2011

I believe Jesus is coming very soon. We see the Lord gathering the nations together against Israel. Events are moving rapidly toward Armageddon.

“When you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33).

“Of the day and hour knoweth no man, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (v. 36).

All signs point to a Mideast war against Israel. Out of the turmoil in Arab nations will come a united call to destroy Israel. We are beholding the fulfillment of prophecies we have preached about for many hears.

Those who know the Scriptures have a Holy Ghost inner sense of the Lord’s return. We hear the call of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, crying, “Even so, Lord Jesus, come.” Jesus said,
“Watch therefore: for you know no what hour your Lord will come” (v. 42).

“Be ready, for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh” (v. 44).

“Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord, when he comes, shall find so doing” (v. 46).

Beloved, do you feel—do you sense—that these are the last of the last days? Do you share the longing for his appearance?

Look up; our redemption is drawing near!

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Return of Christ is Near – Greg Laurie

Noted pastor Greg Laurie says while we do not know the exact day or hour of the return of our Lord we are told to know the signs of the times that would preceed His return,. Laurie believes the return is very near. Keep looking up!

Calif. Pastor: End of the World Is Near, Really

By Audrey Barrick|Christian Post Reporter

Every generation has cried “the end of the world is near.” Yet “here we are still,” noted one Southern California pastor.

Signs of the Times

“Haven’t we heard this all before?” Greg Laurie acknowledged on Sunday. “Every generation … that has thought it was the generation that would see the Lord’s return has been wrong because he didn’t come, did he?”

“This idea of the end of the world coming, Christ returning, is this the truth?”

Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., continued his messages on the end times in light of recent events, including the deadly earthquake in Japan.

This generation might be repeating what past generations have been saying, that these are the last days, but Laurie wonders whether the “cumulative effect” and the frequency of the events are cause to believe that indeed Jesus might return in his lifetime.

“Yes, we have heard this message before but over the years, certain things have happened that have immense prophetic significance,” he said.

“I want more Christian news!”

He listed the dramatic escalation of global wars and terrorism, the push for unity or globalism, the change in world economics toward a cashless society, the unprecedented increase of killer earthquakes, and false teaching permeating the church.

The world isn’t quite yet at the seven-year Tribulation Period that the Bible prophesizes, Laurie said, but he believes it’s close.

“That means the return of Jesus Christ is even closer yet,” he said.

There may be some disagreements over the order of the prophetic events, he noted. But there is no division on “this one truth: that Jesus Christ is coming back again soon.”

Of course, no one can say with certainty when that day will be.

“I’m not one of those date setters,” the famed evangelist said. “Some looney tune will come along and say he’s cracked the code. No man knows the day or the hour.”

But what people can know are the “signs of the times,” a phrase Jesus coined, according to Laurie.

What are these signs? “We see them on the headlines of newspapers,” he said.

Earthquakes are just one of many signs. More than 10,000 people are estimated to have died from Friday’s magnitude-8.9 quake and tsunami in Japan. One thousand bodies were found washed up across the coastline of Miyagi prefecture on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

Japan’s quake was preceded by a smaller but still deadly quake in southwestern China a day earlier. It’s been only weeks since a powerful quake also shook Christchurch, New Zealand, and just one year has passed since the catastrophic Haiti earthquake that killed an estimated 316,000 people.

While disasters are one obvious sign, Laurie believes one of the most significant signs indicating the Lord’s return in this generation is the 1948 return of the Jewish people to their homeland.

With “plenty of signs of the times,” Laurie asked the Harvest congregation, “Are you ready to meet God?”

“If we really understand anything about Bible prophecy … it’ll make us want to be a more godly person,” he said.

“We don’t know when the end of the world is, but listen, the end of your world could come sooner,” he warned. “God gives us time. Spend it wisely. The Lord could come back today.”

Laurie leads some 15,000 people every week at Harvest Christian Fellowship. Also an evangelist, he has preached the gospel to more than 4 million people since 1990.

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Rapture Time!

As we near the coming of the Lord an interesting parable we should all read and study is found in Matthew 25. It is the parable of the ten virgins. The lesson here is that when the bride groom comes we need to ready and prepared. 5 of the virgins were prepared and had oil in their lamps and five we unprepared and caught off guard.

We need to be alert to the times and seasons and the things going on in the world in order to be ready for His return. It is a command for us to be alert and ready and to understand the times. Jesus Himself chastised the Pharisees, the most learned men in the Jewish world at that time about the Scriptures, for not seeing and looking for His first coming.

I am attaching two links to a Bible Study and sermon I gave on this topic for your use.

Keep looking up!

Parable of 10 virgins

Parable of 10 virgins

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The Great Lie

An interesting article found on www.raptureready.comby Carl Worline around what the Great Lie mentioned in the New Testament by the apostle Paul concerning the deception that is coming on the whole world to usher in the Tribulation. Enjoy!The Great Lie by Carl WorlineOn November 12, 2010, Universal Pictures will release a new movie entitled Skyline, which deals with alien spacecraft that suck up the humans who look into the bright blue light these spacecraft project, and then vanish.  I believe this movie is more than just the product of the wild imaginations of some cleaver science fiction writers who seek nothing more than to entertain the public and win an academy award for themselves for best picture (but not in that order).  I believe this movie may very well play an important role in end time prophecy.Whether or not intelligent life exists on other worlds is irrelevant in this article and I will not debate the issue here.  What is significant is that reports of unidentified flying objects has been around since the beginning of history with literally millions of people reporting to have seen them, yet official contact with their occupants has (supposedly) never been established.  Our government, as well as governments around the world, have vehemently denied the existence of alien spacecraft.  In fact, the vehemence in which governments have denied their existence builds a strong case for an official worldwide cover-up conspiracy, which makes the possibility of the existence of extra terrestrial life even more believable.

The Rapture of the Church is certain to cause a worldwide panic as an unbelieving public scrambles to explain the disappearance of hundreds of millions of people in an instant.  We also know that the anti-Christ will be revealed and empowered immediately after the Rapture.  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 tells us that the anti-Christ will tell a lie and that God will send a strong delusion so that all of the unbelievers who are left on the Earth after the Rapture will believe this lie:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all the powers and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness in them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.  That they might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

What is this lie?  The Bible doesn’t tell us, but I can certainly make an educated guess.  On September 21, 1987, President Ronald Reagan made what I consider to be a very prophetic statement when he told the Forty Second Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations “How quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”  I believe this great lie will be that alien beings from another world abducted the millions of people who just vanished.

Chapter 13 of Revelation also tells us that the anti-Christ will tell a lie that will cause the entire world to willingly follow him.  I am at a loss to think of any other lie which the anti-Christ could use that would cause the remaining population of the Earth to forget their differences so quickly and unite with him.

On March 16, 1979, a movie about a nuclear accident and related cover-up was released  by Columbia Pictures entitled The China Syndrome.  That was just 12 days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania.  Many dozens of nuclear scientists have since lined up to say that despite the accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power is still safe. Nevertheless, the public has chosen to believe Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and Michael Douglas over the legion of scientists who all have the title “PhD after their name.  As a result, the development of nuclear power has all but ceased in the United States as well as many other countries around the world.  The power of Hollywood to influence the masses cannot be underestimated and can easily trump the logic and reason of science.

Before I start to sound too condescending I need to confess that many years ago I attended some Star Trek conventions. I know there is no such thing as the Star Ship Enterprise, the Federation of Planets does not exist, and most of the technology that I witnessed on the show was Hollywood illusion and trickery.  But still, I saw the characters in real life and even shook hands with some them.  For a brief moment the line between reality and fiction seemed to get a bit fuzzy.

The release of a new movie from Hollywood does not, in itself, mean the end of the world is upon us.  However, I cannot help but wonder if it is just me, or is there a lot going on in the UFO community all of a sudden that somehow suspiciously suggests that something big is about to happen.  For example:

  • Almost 400 years after it imprisoned Galileo under threat of torture for challenging the view that the Earth was the center of the universe, the Vatican announced that the existence of intelligent extra-terrestrial life may be possible.
  • The Popes’ astronomer said that he would baptize an alien from another world if it asked him to.
  • After many decades of silence a group of retired nuclear officers have recently come forward to announce that alien spacecraft visited military installations and disarmed nuclear warheads on intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • On September 11, 2010 a UFO forced the closure of an airport in Baotau, Mongolia, for approximately 1 hour while other air traffic was diverted to prevent commercial airliners from crashing into it.  On July 7, 2010 the Xiaoshan airport in Hangzhou , China, was closed for approximately 1 hour due to a UFO hovering above it.  There have been a total of 8 reports of major UFO sightings in China during a 4 month period.
  • Astronomers recently announced that they are “100 percent certain” that alien life exists on Earth-like planets.
  • Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, presumably one of the smartest men on the planet, recently felt compelled to declare to the world that he is almost certain that alien life exists in other parts of the universe and that we should avoid contact with such species because it might be devastating to humanity.
  • The United Nations has an Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).  Recent articles in the media both confirm and deny the existence of an ambassador at this office to be the designated representative who makes first contact with intelligent alien life from another planet.

Maybe all of the events which are now occurring are merely a coincidence and my feeling of being bombarded by a preponderance of suggestions about the potential existence of evil alien life as the cause of the impending Rapture of the Church are unfounded.  In less than a month the movie Skyline will be released and millions of moviegoers will witness everyday people being snatched up into alien spacecraft in high definition living color on a wide screen with the most realistic surround sound that our technology can produce.  Will this sow the seeds of suggestion in the minds of millions of people around the world?  I think so.  Is the Rapture closer than most people think?  I am absolutely convinced of that.

 

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