Wednesday, August 28, 2013

THE TIME IS NIGH!

It's been well over a year since I've added to my blog (I've been so busy with an online ministry on Facebook).  Recent events prompt me to update my blog.  Yes, Jesus is the coming King--and imminently, to catch up (Rapture) His Ekklessia, the called-out assembly.  Keep looking up, and be blessed.  Sharon


"THE TIME IS NIGH!"

I dreamed last night that I was sharing those words though a loudspeaker, strong and clear. I woke up--and the words just kept flowing through my head. Here's the scripture:

I strongly sense that we're at the very brink of the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION recorded in this passage...

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11--"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, 'Peace and safety'; then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION will come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape.

"But you, brethren, are NOT in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are NOT of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

"For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath NOT appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."

We have no need to be reminded of the times and seasons. All the SIGNS in the heavens and on earth, all the Bible prophecies IN MOTION to become fulfilled right now, TELL us that the SEASON is upon us.

We've been hearing, over and over, from a plethora of world leaders and rulers, as they work to force a "two-state solution" (to the Palestinian problem) upon Israel. "Peace and security." "Peace and security." We hear these words almost every time we tune into a newscast.

WHEN THEY say "peace and security", "peace and safety", "peace and security" THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION will come upon them like a woman in the travail of childbirth. The TRAVAIL in childbirth is the same as what Jesus said in Matthew 24:8--"the beginnings of sorrows", the "start of the birth pangs", the arrival of the "labor pains". We are seeing the LABOR PAINS every day from such a plethora of SIGNS that I'm simply unable to keep up with all of it.

It used to be that I had to wait a full year, or more, to see a BIRTH PANG occur. The Yom Kippur War of 1973 came, and hostilities eased for a while. The following year (1974) a gasoline crisis hit the U.S.--a "fake" oil panic, so that Americans would buy Japanese cars (a goal of the Trilateral Commission). In 1980, Mt. Saint Helens erupted, but we rarely saw volcanoes of such magnitude back then. Now, I've lost track of how many volcanoes erupted this year (2013)--I believe it is around 60 of them!

I noticed the BIRTH PANGS really ramping up in 2010, and each year since, they have increased, and increased. For one thing, the Arab Spring (2011) set in motion the trouble we now witness in the Middle East (fulfilling portions of Psalm 83 and Isaiah 19, for instance). So indeed, we live in a time when "the TRAVAIL of childbirth" SIGNS tell us that we approach THE END.

We are on the very brink, at this moment, of seeing the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. No one can doubt THAT--as we SEE the nations seethe, the sabers rattle, and the war rhetoric heat beyond the boiling point.

Should the U.S. go in and bomb Syria, that whole volatile region will SUDDENLY EXPLODE (sudden destruction). The ramifications will be that Israel will be drawn into it. They will NEED to to protect their people and nation. Israel will insure the total destruction of Damascus, just like it's recorded in Isaiah 17. They will operate as is described in Ezekiel 37:10--as they will stand upon their feet, "an exceeding GREAT ARMY." THEY WILL PREVAIL BECAUSE GOD INTENDS TO FULLY RESTORE THEM AND TO REDEEM A REMNANT FROM AMONG THEM! They will be one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel...Ezekiel 37:22. The hot war that is brewing--which will fulfill Psalm 83 and portions of Jeremiah 49, also occurs BEFORE the day of the Lord (an Old Testament term which refers to the "time of Jacob's trouble", the seven-year Tribulation). We see this fact emphasized in Obadiah--which dovetails with Psalm 83. Look at Obadiah 15--"For the day of the Lord is NEAR [not yet here] upon all the heathen [the nations participating in Psalm 83]: as you have done [enemy nations], it shall be done unto you: your reward shall return upon your own head." ISRAEL WILL BE VICTORIOUS!

Thus, Bible prophecy describes the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION that we see building in the Middle East right now, in real time.

Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, bought and made clean by the blood of His sacrifice (in which we trust), we will NOT be caught in the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. 1 Thessalonians 5:3-4.

We are NOT in darkness--and we will NOT be caught in that day. We are the children of light--so therefore let us NOT SLEEP as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

We are promised the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, as described in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10: God has NOT appointed us to wrath. We are NOT under His judgment; we are instead IN the Lord Jesus! Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

Many people fail to see that 1 Thessalonians 5:10 reflects backwards, in context, to what is promised in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Here's that wonderful promise:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18--"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

"Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

1 Thessalonians 5:10 says that "whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him."

Those that "sleep" are the ones who died during the Church Age, having their faith solid in Jesus Christ, Who died for them, that they may be present with the Lord forever. Those who "sleep" are the dead in Christ who will be resurrected, and receive new bodies, in the event called the great "catching up", the "harpazo" (Greek) and the "Rapture" (Latin). Whether we wake or sleep, we shall live together WITH Him when He calls the Church up to Himself.

Those who "wake" are those of us who are ALIVE and REMAIN at the time of the great "catching up", the "harpazo" (Greek) and the "Rapture" (Latin). We will be instantly changed, TRANSLATED as Enoch was--so that we will NOT see death but be transformed into new bodies in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), and we will be taken ALIVE (instantly translated) into the presence of the Lord, like Enoch (Hebrews 11:5).

Can you see that 1 Thessalonians 5:10 is a parallel to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18? There should be no doubt in our minds about the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church! We will NOT be caught in the midst of SUDDEN DESTRUCTION, and we WILL be called up to Jesus, to meet Him in the air BEFORE that SUDDEN DESTRUCTION occurs. Scripture is CLEAR on this. "Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do."--1 Thessalonians 5:11--which parallels 1 Thessalonians 4:18!

The SUDDEN DESTRUCTION that will come will create a situation described in Acts 2:19-20. These verses describe wonders in the heavens and signs in the earth beneath; BLOOD [warfare], and fire, and vapor of smoke [the clouds created by a vast battle] which causes the sun to be turned dark and the moon to shine blood red [as its ambient rays peek through the vapor of smoke].

Scholars have puzzled what the imagery could mean, because at the time of the Church's BIRTH--during which this prophecy was spoken by Peter, there was NO blood, fire and vapors of smoke; NO dark sun or red moon! What was happening? Why this passage?

Gary Stearman offered a powerful analysis several years ago. He states that the first part of the prophecy quoted by Peter (from Joel 2:28-31) spoke of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, which indeed happened as the Church was born--at the START of the Church Age. The verses showing the blood, fire, vapors of smoke, darkened sun and blood red moon speak about THE END of the Church Age, when a powerful war will break out in the Middle East--just like we are seeing RIGHT NOW.

When the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION arrives, the Church must be Raptured, because we will NOT be caught in it, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:3-4.

The idea, repeated above, parallels another tidbit from the days LIKE Noah and Lot--which Jesus taught in Luke 17:26-30. The days will be proceeding AS USUAL (meaning in the world, it will be "business as usual") right up to the time WHEN the sudden destruction hits. The people will be eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building, right up until the day that FULL JUDGMENT COMES. Then it will no longer be "days as usual"--trouble will have arrived, and the world will no longer be the same.

The message to the Church is NOT that we will be in "survival mode" when the Rapture occurs. To be in "survival mode" would mean that the days are no longer as usual--instead a vast change will have come upon the earth. The Church is told that we will NOT be caught in the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. [I know I'm repeating myself, but I want these concepts to be clear and certain.]

The SUDDEN DESTRUCTION that is soon to befall the Middle East will have wide-spread ramifications across the world. Economies will collapse. Societies will plunge into rioting (remember what happened in Greece, and elsewhere, when their financial status imploded). The world will be stunned by the violence and the wickedness that will suddenly sweep across the continents. [I now describe a scene that will unfold AFTER the Restrainer is removed, after the Church is Raptured, and UNRESTRAINED wickedness surges across the nations.]

A cry will be raised for a man to come and straighten out the incredible mess. Guess who will step into the void? The one known as the Antichrist! He will acknowledge Israel, after their resounding victory, and will seek to have peace between the Jews and those who remain of Islam. The covenant will be confirmed that STARTS the seven-year Tribulation (as recorded in Daniel 9:27).

The Gog/Magog War (Ezekiel 38 and 39) will also come into play as the wickedness descends. This war will either follow upon the heels of Isaiah 17, Psalm 83 and Obadiah--just PRIOR to the Tribulation... OR it may occur at the opening of the second seal (the red horse of war), just AFTER the Antichrist enters the scene and causes a "peace agreement" with Israel. In any case, these events WILL BE fulfilled by God IN HIS TIMING. [We yet peer through that glass darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12), not knowing all things. But when Jesus appears, we will know...for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2-3).]

Am I saying, as I write this, that our Rapture can occur (maybe even this week)??? I DO NOT KNOW!

All I know is that we ARE SEEING events unfolding with lightning speed right now. We do not know the day or the hour of our Rapture, but it WILL occur INSTANTANEOUSLY. The Rapture has always been described as being IMMINENT! At this point in time, the Rapture is MORE IMMINENT than ever.

Will we see the closing days of 2013? I DO NOT KNOW!

If events cool off, and the Rapture does NOT come right away, we always must realize that the IMMINENCE remains.

Keep looking up, for indeed our redemption is VERY NIGH. Luke 21:28

2 comments:

  1. Oh, by the way. I had the dream I referenced in the above article in the early morning hours of August 27, 2013. Sharon

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  2. Enjoying your recent articles. :-)

    There is much hatred of the pre-trib Rapture in the world and the church alike. But so many who do believe in it are date-setters and always riding the "high watch day" roller-coaster. Some are strong and hang on to the "ride", but many others have fallen off and been grievously injured. They turn our "blessed hope" into a gambling addiction, and they chase daily events like a cat chasing a red laser dot.

    Agree, it's the signs we watch, not the horoscope, the blood moons, or the numerology. We who will wear the crown of righteousness for that hope will not be caught off-guard. May He return today.

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