It Matters, What We Say and Do

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It matters what we do

Does the Lord really care about the things that we look at, the places we go, the things we say, and the way that we live our life?

Paul wrote in the New Testament that those who believe in Jesus and who have asked Him to be their Savior and the Lord of their life, should live in the same way that Jesus lived His life.

He who says he abides in Jesus ought himself also to live just as He lived. 1 John 2:6

The question that each one of us must ask ourselves is “Am I living my life in a manner that is a true reflection of Jesus?” In other words, when people see us—as we claim to love the Lord—do they see a person who speaks and does the things that Jesus said and did? Can people tell if we love Jesus by the way that we speak and the way we live? Continue reading “It Matters, What We Say and Do”

The Rapture and Rewards

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The world is quickly moving towards the period of History for which the Book of Revelation, Daniel, and the prophecies of Jesus in Matthew 24, were written about. The world as we know it will suddenly and violently be changed–in an instant.  Isaiah the Hebrew prophet, wrote more than 2,700 years ago, that when these events begin, an event of profound magnitude will signal the beginning of the end. Isaiah used the figurative language of a woman who is in labor to signal the birth pains of earth as she is about to bring forth the final judgments of God.

Isaiah 26:17-20 As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs, When she draws near the time of her delivery, So have we been in Your sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain; We have, as it were, brought forth wind; We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.

The dead shall live and arise, others will be hidden in a secret chamber by God–until the time of His indignation and wrath have been completed. The language of Isaiah is clear: these are the events of the Rapture and the seven year Tribulation period in which two-thirds of the people of earth will perish by 21 judgements of God.

Jesus used the same figurative language of Isaiah in John chapter 16, to inform us of the timing for Isaiah’s prophecy. At the end of the present age, when God has determined to bring His judgement, the time immediately preceding this judgment will signal its commencement by “birth pangs.” Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4, described this beginning of judgment–by the Lord’s removal of His church from the earth, in the event commonly referred to as: The Rapture.

John 16:19-21 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Both Isaiah 26:17-20 and John 16:10-21 speak of a woman who is in labor, in context with the return of the Lord during the last days. As a woman nears the hour of her child’s birth, her contractions grow closer and closer together. Suddenly, the baby is born and a new life has come into the world. In the last days, the labor and distress of the world will grow steadily more severe like the birth pains of a woman ready to give birth until suddenly, Jesus will remove His church from the earth, as described in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4. Continue reading “The Rapture and Rewards”

The Rapture of the Church

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What is the Rapture? Is this event taught in the Bible? Will the church go through the seven year Tribulation? Who will be taken at the Rapture? 

Many people are surprised to learn that Jesus had a great deal to say about the event commonly referred to as “The Rapture.”

The epistles of 1 and 2 Thessalonians were written to a church that no longer believed that Jesus would return during their lifetime. The dangers associated with this loss of expectation for the Lord’s soon return are addressed by Paul in his two letters to this church.

When a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus discontinues living in a constant expectation that He could return at any moment, this lack of vigilance will affect how they live their life. Today, many people who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and allege that they believe the Bible is the word of God—do not affirm the doctrine of the Rapture.

Jesus said that a person who has lost their expectation of His soon return will find that He will return and catch them unaware. Continue reading “The Rapture of the Church”

Service Now, Rewards and Rulership: When Jesus Returns

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The prophet Isaiah, describes the return of the Messiah–to rule and reign over the earth for one thousand years. This event will take place upon Jesus arrival at the end of the seven year Tribulation Period. Coming with His redeemed church, which has been with Him in heaven, Jesus will destroy the kingdom of the antichrist, and place all governments and authorities under His rulership. No one will hurt or kill ever again. There will be absolute righteousness and peace upon the earth–for the first time in the history of mankind.

Those who have believed upon Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, and have received Him as their Lord and Savior–will be established by Jesus, to rule over the earth with Him. The criteria for this rulership, is being determined today–by the faithful service of those who love the Lord and eagerly await His return. Continue reading “Service Now, Rewards and Rulership: When Jesus Returns”