This is my forty-second year watching for the return of Jesus. In 1975 when I first believed and began to follow Jesus, I was expecting the Lord’s return by the end of that year. I read in the scriptures how Jesus had come to earth the first time and these events were recorded for us in the New Testament. I believed what Jesus said when He promised to come again as soon as everything was ready. I understood from the scriptures that the time of the Lord’s return was sudden and without warning. I considered how people would begin to say in the last days: “where is the promise of His coming?”
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. —John 14:1-3
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. —Matthew 24:44
By Jesus words in Matthew 24:44, He is saying that after many years have passed people will stop expecting Him to return so that when He finally does, most will not be ready. Continue reading “Where Is The Promise Of His Coming? Not Losing Your Confidence In Jesus' Return”
Jesus warned that He will come for His church on a day that most Christians are not expecting Him. He said that many of these people will be “appointed a place with the hypocrites (unsaved). There are many people today who claim to believe in Jesus but by the way that they are living and their lack of concern for Jesus’ return, they show that they are not saved. Jesus often referred to the “Tares” that will be present in His church who are pretend believers, while lacking a genuine relationship with Him.
But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 24:48-51
Continue reading “Was Jesus Saying He Will Leave Those Behind Who Are Not Watching For His Return?”
Concerning the return of Jesus to the earth, here is what we know for certain: He came before, He promised to come again.
History is replete with many myths. There is no shortage of colorful people who have made grandiose claims over the years of recorded history. There are many critics of the Bible today who claim that Jesus is a fictitious person who never existed. When we examine the actual facts of antiquity, we find that Jesus not only existed and is a genuine person, history has left us a tremendous amount of proof for His existence. The detailed records of the Roman Senate, as well as the Jewish Talmud, both contain specific references to Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate. These records are not complimentary nor sympathetic parties, but adversarial and hostile witnesses who describe Him as a false prophet, disrupter of the peace, and the cause of great uprising in Palestine during that period of history. The Romans and the Jews had no desire to preserve any record of Jesus life or death, yet this is precisely what they accomplished by their antagonistic comments in their preserved documents.
The records of the Romans and the Jews, both reveal that Jesus was in Palestine during the same time period of time that the New Testament narrative also places Him there.
There is no mistake, Jesus is a real person of history and He was in Israel in 32 A.D.
Near the end of His ministry, Jesus promised His followers that He would come again when everything was ready. There were many events of world history that needed to take place first, before He could return. When theses things were completed, He said that He would come again.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. —John 14:2-3
Part of the problem in our understanding of the correct timing for Jesus return, has to do with our lack of information regarding the specifics of the Rapture. We simply do not know how much time will take place between the promise of Jesus arrival for His church in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 4, and the fulfillment of that promise. This is a common difficulty in interpreting all of the major prophecies of the Bible. Continue reading “Jesus Said He Would Come Again: Signs of His Return”
As we approach the arrival of the final of four blood moons that will take place on September 28, 2015, the specifics of what this event will mean, still seems unclear to many people.
First, this fourth blood moon will not be the end of the world. If you are expecting the Apocalypse to begin at the moment the blood moon reaches its peak at 10:47 Eastern Time in the United States, this will not happen.
The tetrad of four blood moons which have taken place over the past 500 years, have concerned the nation of Israel and her ability to exist in the Last Days. The final four blood moons that we have observed in 2014-2015, have all taken place on important Jewish Feast days; Passover and Tabernacles. The importance of this final blood moon, must also concern Israel and an event that will drastically effect her continuing ability to exist as a nation.
Many of us who study Bible Prophecy were hoping that the advent of these final four blood moons, the last of which, occurring in September, 2015, during the time that the Feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles all took place, would also bring the return of Jesus—at the Rapture. Clearly, this was not the time that the Lord has chosen to return, as the Feast of Trumpets has now come and gone and the Lord has not returned for His church. This is why it is important to not set dates for the Rapture. Continue reading “The Final Blood Moon of September 28, 2015, Arrives; Now What?”
This morning, I learned that in May of this year, during the feasts of Passover and Pentecost, in conjunction with the third of four blood moons, people around the world have been hearing the sound of a trumpet, coming from the heavens. In Germany, on a Youtube video, a young boy is seen standing in the street in utter fear as the sound of trumpet blast is heard. What makes this interesting is that this trumpet was heard on Sunday, during the feasts of Passover and Pentecost, when a blood moon also occurred.
In the Book of Revelation, chapter 4, John hears the sound like a trumpet, then he sees a door opening in heaven and hears the words: “come up here.” From that moment on, the church is not seen anywhere during chapters 6-18, when the events of the seven year tribulation are taking place. It appears that this sound of a trumpet and John being taken in the spirit, to heaven, are illustrations of the moment when the Rapture will take place and all those who love Jesus are taken from the earth by Him.
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1 Continue reading “The Sound of a Trumpet, Heard All Over the World”
In this article we will examine:
One: the evidence for the Rapture, from the Bible
Two: The teaching of the Rapture before the Tribulation, in the early Christian church
Three: evidence the early church taught a pre-Tribulation Rapture
When Paul wrote his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, it was with great concern that he penned his words. After visiting this church in the past and having taught them about the return of Jesus for His church in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4, false teachers had come in and said that the Day of the Lord had already taken place.
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. —2 Thessalonians 2:2 Continue reading “Does The Bible Teach a Rapture Before the Tribulation?”
In writing my new book: “Dead or Alive,” I began to research the internet to see what the opinions of people are today, concerning the return of Jesus. I was shocked to discover that a great number of Christians no longer believe that the Rapture is real and will take place. On one particular web site, a young man has written extensively that he once was very excited about the return of Jesus—until he attended a Christian University. Wanting to discover the philosophy of that particular school, regarding the return of Jesus, this young student made an appointment with one of the course counselors for an interview. The professor began to tell this young man that the problem with the doctrine of the Rapture is that it is not in the Bible. These words, eventually caused this once excited young student to forget his anticipation of Jesus soon return. Today, he writes articles that encourages other people to not be looking for the return of Jesus at the Rapture.
Is the Rapture in the Bible? See for yourself
It is clear that Jesus had informed Peter that in the last days, before His return to earth for His church, there would be widespread abandonment of the Rapture hope, amongst those who claim to be followers of Jesus. This would be a sign to those who still believed that the return of the Lord was imminent.
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” —2Peter 3:1-4 Continue reading “Forgetting the Rapture”