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
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.
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
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
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:
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
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].
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.]
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
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
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