February 11, 2001

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Truth You Can't Deny about End Time Prophecy

Chapter 1
Introduction

Chapter 2
The Church at End Times

Chapter 3
Substance & Shadow

Chapter 4
The Feasts of the Jews Become the Promises of God to the Church

Chapter 5
The Rapture of the Church

Chapter 6
God Always Warns His People

 

Rapture Series

Preface
Tabernacle In the Wilderness

Class I
Shadows of things to come

Class II
Old man Moses had a feast
part1

Class III
Old man Moses had a feast
part 2

Class IV
Substance and shadow

Class V
God Set the time
Paul sets us straight

Class VI
Giving as an Object of Faith

 

The End Time Awareness Bible Study 

 Part I
The Prophecy of Daniel
 

Part  II
The Book of Revelation
 

Part  III
The Rapture of the Church

 

THE PRECISION OF PAUL
 ON THE RAPTURE.

THEN, WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN"
part I

PAUL ALWAYS SPOKE WITH PRECISION
part II

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART III

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART IV

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART V

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART VI

 

THE TIME AND THE PLACE

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The Apostle Paul and the Seven Churches

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The Apostle Paul on the the table of the Lord part 1

The Apostle Paul on the the table of the Lord part 2

53 Days of Promises

Letter to P

The Truth You Can't Deny

Mathew 24

It was All for the Jews

Follow the Yellow Brick Road


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Prophecy fulfilled at the Waldorf

Just Thinking Out Loud
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Revelation Part II 
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Thessalonian Springtime

The Silence of the Church

Time Marches On

Clearing Away The Doubts

Tis the Season to be Raptured

A Shmita Year

Adequate Witness

I'm Back

Victims of Tradition

God’s Plan Is To Share The Land

Christianity a Lifestyle?

 "SECRET PLOT" IS  MORE APT DESCRIPTION

Outline of Christianity

The Beginning of the End

Question from a watcher

Conversation with J

Can You Dig It?

The Unfolding of Peace

Meaning of Life

Why There is Dancing in the Streets

The Time We Live In

Roadmap To The Rapture

Letter to Colin

When is First Fruits

Update on the Uprooting

Questions Questions Questions

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

The Hashemite Connection

Happy New Year

The Blind Lead the Blind

Wake Up Watchers!  Spring is just around the corner

Blind or Refusing to See?

Stuck in the Glue of Time!

The apostle Paul On the Restraining Force

THE FEAST OF THE JEWS AND THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

THE RAPTURE IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

QUESTION ON THE RESTRAINING FORCE

LETTER FROM A PASTOR EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Letter to a Watcher

SPRING IS COMING!

DO ALL THE DEAD RISE ON FIRST FRUITS?

BACKGROUND STUDY - THE HASHEMITE KING

LETTER TO A WATCHER ABOUT THE RAPTURE

WHY YOU CAN KNOW THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE

SPRINGTIME ALERT!

TESTIMONIAL

NEWS UPDATE ON THE MIDEAST!

AN INTERESTING QUESTION

ANOTHER INTERESTING QUESTION

THE SAUDI PRINCE

NEWS UPDATE

UPDATE ON THE LAST DAYS

A WORD ON GOD'S PLAN

RESURRECTION MESSAGE & QUESTION ANSWERED

UPDATE FROM BROTHER SAL

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY DEFINED

UPDATE ON WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

UPDATE AND COMMENTARY

CHN Commentary
World Stage Update
end of spring 2002

WHILE BUSH BEATS THE DRUMS OF
WAR

Numerology part 1

Numerology part 2

Time for Peace

The True Voice of Islam

Comments on the King's Letter

How I see it

  How I see it Follow up

Letter to Stan

Mathew's Account

THE VIEW FROM AFAR

War war with Saddam

Preterism

On the Iraqi Front

A Post Saddam Iraq

Letter to C

More great questions!

More Great Questions

An Important day for watchers

BAPTISM & HEAVEN

Iraq war: Strategic choice for Jordan

70 years of captivity

THE CONCEPT OF EMPIRE

Paul's Joyous Spring Time

Dear Mr. Akinbode Akinola

Back from Hana

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REVELATION PART I - The Rapture As Seen From Revelation

   

I want to use this first session to lay down a foundation, painted in broad strokes, that will allow us to later concentrate on the details.  

I have read some commentators who said there was a key to this book that was lost during the middle ages sometime, and therefore nobody can understand the mystery. Not so!  

I know that the Catholic stream of the Church for years has tried to keep it's people from reading the book. They didn't want them confused was the reason. I wish some preachers had listened to the Catholic Church, because it isn't the reading that has confused people, it's some of those who've read it, and mess it up.  

There are many who try to organize this book. I have seen it organized in 2's, and 7's, and one in 4 parts.

Now, get out your Bibles and follow along with this.  This is out of the KJV.  

It isn't often that God organizes something so clearly for you that you don't have to work that hard. God does the organizing in the 19th  verse, 1st  chapter.  

Jesus had appeared to John, on the isle of Patmos, it was a spellbinding appearance, as John says in the 17th  verse; when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last . . .  

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death.  

Jesus had already described himself in the 8th  verse as Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty, so we know it is Jesus who John was speaking with.  

Verse 10, John says: I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as a trumpet saying I am Alpha, the Greek letter A, and Omega, the last Greek letter: and what thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia and he names them.  

Vs.12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me, and being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks, later to be interpreted as the seven churches, one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  

Vs. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  

Vs. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  

Vs. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last; I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death.  

Now, here is the division of the book.  

Vs. 19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.  

That phrase: shall be hereafter, from the Greet means, is after these things, namely the things which are.  

Write the things thou hast seen - He'd just seen Jesus.  

Write the things which are- that's going to be the revelation of the seven churches - what is existing in that day, and the goings on of the churches, and after the goings on of the churches, after these things, the churches, write the things that shall be after these things.  

He then begins interpreting - John does exactly what he says - he writes the things which he had seen, already up to that point, he writes the things which are, which is the mystery of the seven churches and the seven candlesticks. That takes him through the third chapter.  

And he ends up in the 22nd  and 23rd  verses of the third chapter: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in his throne.  

Now, that's a key verse. It also follows, vs.20 - Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in his throne.  

The repetition of throne is important.  

He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  

The 19th  verse said: write the things that thou hast seen - he'd just seen Jesus, the things which are, that's the mystery of the seven churches and the seven stars, and the things that shall be after these things.   

He's now going to finish the things which are: Vs.22 He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches  

There are three simple divisions to this book. The things which John had seen, through that 19th verse; the things which are, the mystery of the churches, and the goings on in the churches, which ends with the 22nd verse of the third Chapter: He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Period - end of that subject.  

A bridge will occur in the fourth chapter and suddenly, the thing that will occur after these things about the churches on earth, are going to unfold.  

>From the fourth chapter, to the end of the Book of Revelation, you have events after the things having to do with the churches on this earth. You won't encounter them again until the 19th Chapter.  

The whole New Testament, after the Gospels close, and the crucifixion of Christ, every Epistle there after, including the one to the Hebrews, is to the Church. To the Saints that have come to know the good news of the Gospel and the righteousness of faith, and have become the wild olive branch of faith, grafted on to the promises of Abraham.  

Yet, in this last book, after the second and third chapters being absorbed with the Churches, who are not only seven actual Churches, but are seven Churches in type, of all Churches, not another word to the Churches, beginning in chapter 4, on earth, until they come, in chapter 19, from Heaven, with the Lord.  

>From chapter four, verse one onward, the third division of the Book of Revelations, John is writing, the things which shall be AFTER the things of the Church on earth.  

That's why He says: He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. The message to the Church on earth, ENDS right there, at verse 22! And when you turn this key, you will save yourself a lot of confusion.  

Chapter 4: After this, after these things, I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me:  

Whose voice is like the trumpet?  

Vs. 10: John speaking, I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as a trumpet saying I am Alpha & Omega- Jesus Speaking!  

After this, after these things, I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven:  Where does the door open? Heaven!  

I am painting with broad strokes right now and I will for a little longer, because I am starting to lay down the foundation so we can pull this book into pieces, so please bear with the broad strokes - the details will fill in later.  

Chapter 4: After this, after these things, I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, COME UP HITHER - come where? Come down? No, COME UP! Up where? HITHER! Where's HITHER? HEAVEN!  

Some people make this book so complicated! You should have your Bibles open. Revelation Chapter 4 - read along.  

4:1 . . . . I saw a door opened in, where? HEAVEN! And the trumpet voice (Jesus) said what? COME UP! Come up to where? HITHER! And where's HITHER? In HEAVEN! . . . and I will show thee things that must be hereafter - again, you're back to the Greek - hereafter -after these things - the things to do with Church on earth.  

Vs. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit; John says, and, behold a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. Vs3. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.  

Vs.4 and round about the throne were four and twenty seats: What did He say in the 21st verse of the 3rd chapter, to the Church? To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in where? MY THRONE.  

Round about the throne were four and twenty seats and upon the seats: I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; (the symbol of Christ's righteousness, always) and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightenings and thunderings and voices; and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.   

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal; and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts (it should not be beasts, should be living ones - zoa), full of eyes before and behind.  

And the first living one was like a lion, and the second like a calf (an ox it was to the eyes of Ezekiel), the third had face as a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle.  

And the four living ones had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night (Ezekiel saw them like lightening covering the whole earth and the whole universe), saying Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which was, and is and is to come.  

That's an interesting phrase. John's up in Heaven, before the throne, he sees, Jesus and the description of the Lord God almighty is, that He was, and is, and is still to come again.  

The elders are there, before the throne. He was, and is, and is yet to come - The second coming in fact hasn't yet occurred. He didn't come down, He called up. He said "Come up Hither".   

As I have said many times, the day of the Lord is many events. The day of the Lord is every victory that God accomplished over Satan, the day of the Lord included the first coming, and the day of the lord will include the second coming.  

The Jews missed the first coming, because they looked for Messiah in only one package. The second coming is many events. The signs that Jesus gave the Jews pointed to the end. And the second coming encompasses many events before His feet touch the mount of Olives, and it cleaves in half, as Zechariah 14 describes it, and a way of escape is provided for the remnant of God's people out of Jerusalem.  

The Rapture takes place before that end. Not only is the second coming many events, the Rapture is more than one event, but there is only one Rapture for the Church. Remember, these are board foundational strokes.  

Vs. 9 And when those living ones give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honor and power, for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  

Vs.8 Chapter 5 After He took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne, and  when He had taken the book, the four living ones and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. Vs.9 And they sung a new song (this is the Elders), saying, thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast REDEEMED US - who? The four and twenty elders. Thou hast redeemed US to God by thy blood ( by Thy life poured out - You paid the price to redeem us) out of every tongue, and people and nation, and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall REIGN ON EARTH.  

There's the Church! There's the children of Faith, There's the Redeemed. There's the Abraham, that Romans 4 said, had his faith counted as righteousness. The price tag of allowance, that let God credit his faith as righteousness, the blood of Jesus Christ, that as a mediator, in the book of Hebrews, paid the price for every sin, from day one to now, to future.  

In those Elders; King David, who Romans 4 says, because he lied, he committed adultery, he murdered, he falls short of the law, he never made it in under the Old Testament Covenant. Because the Law said, if you keep it, you'll live in it - if you violate it, you'll die.  

The only reason David is going to be in Heaven, not because he was king of Israel, not because he kept the law, but because God placed David in Christ, as Romans 4 says, credited David's faith to righteousness, and brings him in on the same basis as the New Testament Church comes in.  

Moses, the law giver, is there. Not because like no other man, God would hide him in the cleft of the rock on Mt. Sinai and let him catch a glimpse of the brightness of God's presence, until when he came from the mountain, his face shone, and he didn't know it shown and not because God allowed him to talk with His Son on the mount of transfiguration. Moses sinned, but God took his faith, as recorded in the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews, and credited it to righteousness.  

Because, Jesus Christ lived the righteousness for us all, died for the sins of us all, and God placed the sins of Moses and David and Abraham and all of them into Christ.  

That's why you are going to find twelve foundation stones in the city of the Lamb, and twelve gates. Twelve gates related to the twelve patriarch tribes, and the twelve foundation stones, the apostles of the Lamb, you find twenty four elders, that symbolize those that have been redeemed to God, by the blood, out of every kindred, and people and tongue and nation.  

There will be some that come in of the Jews, who recognize their true Messiah, there will be 144,000 sealed in their foreheads, which we haven't talked about yet, caught up, at a later time, there will be Jews who turn to their Messiah, when they recognize their mistake of having bowed down to Antichrist.  

And these Jews who ultimately will recognize their Messiah, as Ezekiel has seen in the reconstituted temple, will offer sacrifices with understanding, for the first time, that it is none other than Jesus, that they have been symbolizing with their sacrifices down through the years.  

But in this 4th Chapter were dealing with those that are caught up to be with the lord at the end of the happenings of the church, when God turns again to that 70th  week of Daniel, to deal with His people for the last time, the literal natural descendants of Abraham.  

I will say a lot more about it, but these four and twenty elders are the redeemed of all ages, those saved by faith, whose faith in the Old Testament, was substituted for righteousness, and whose faith in the New Testament was a response to the good news of the Gospel, that are raptured and raised and caught up are with Him, throughout that great and terrible tribulation on earth, that follows this fourth chapter.  

In short, the Church is in the twenty four elders upon seats around the throne. It's not twenty four. It's not the twelve apostles and the twelve patriarch sons of Jacob. It's those redeemed, by the blood of Christ, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.  

Twenty four, constituting the saints of the Old Testament and the New Testament, saved by Faith, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, caught up.  

In the New Testament the word we call Rapture, which is a cognate of the Latin word, translating a Greek word that means "catching away", is used to describe a literal catching away, as Philip was caught away from Gaza to Azotus.  He was raptured (caught away) from the Gaza Strip, after having baptized the Ethiopian, while on the road. Scripture says that he was caught away, and instantly appeared, in miracle form, as scripture has it, caught away to Azotus.  

Because John was a saint, it was not his hope to go through the tribulation and finally recognize his Messiah.  John was a disciple, suffering persecution, because he recognized his Messiah.  

John, as the four and twenty elders, is a type, or is one of literally, those to be caught away. In his case, raised from the dead, to be caught away, a part of the Church. That's why John literally, as it opens the chapter, himself, becomes a type of the rapture.  

After this I looked, and, behold a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were at trumpet talking with me. There is a very important word there - first voice. He is going to hear voices all though this book. The first voice, John, one of those that's the Church, the first voice he hears was of a trumpet talking with me, which said - COME UP HITHER!, and I'll show thee thing's that must be hereafter. And he's caught up.  

John is a type of the close of the things of the Church, and the opening of the things that begin to happen in heaven and on this earth in Daniel's 70th  week, which is the tribulation, the Bible calls it The Great Tribulation.  

John's caught up! The four and twenty elders are there before the throne. I challenge you to find the Church again any where in this book. Two chapters talks about nothing but the Church. The things which are. But, the things that shall be after these things, namely, the Church, begins in chapter 4. I challenge you to find any reference to the Church, until Jesus comes back with His saints in chapter 19. Throughout the rest of this book, the Church is where the four and twenty elders are. Gone.  

We will be talking about some harsh things happening on this earth. Terrible things. The Church is not here. The four and twenty elders are not here. There gone.  

The 144,000 that will be sealed by God, are here. The man child is here, up to the point he actually comes to birth, after Satan is cast out of heaven, by that great Angel that looks out for the children of Israel, that was called Daniel's Angel, Michael.  

With the war in Heaven, the Devil is cast onto the earth - we will teach on that.   The sun clothed woman is here. The remnant is here, the man child is born, and the Dragon, now restrained to the earth is waiting to destroy that man child, but it's caught up, the 144,000, the sealed ones, they're taken, the man child is taken. That happens during the tribulation.  

That's why a lot of confusion is occurring when people try to make the second coming one event, and they try to have the catchings away, as one event.  

We haven't talked about the Man Child, the 144,000, the Remnant or the Woman, just in reference, but we will.  

John is caught up the first voice he hears, and the four and twenty elders are there, and they stay there, till the saints come back after the marriage supper of the Lamb.  

The Church is not on this earth from Revelation 4, till they come back in Revelation 19.  

This is a mystery. A lot of confusion comes from Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13. You need to understand, and this is my answer to people who argue about a gap theory; Jewish scholars for years read Isaiah in the Synagogue, during the feast of the Tabernacles, and the feast of the Trumpets. Jesus stepped into the Synagogue, as you'll recall, and began to read it, and stopped in mid sentence. The sentence between the good works, and the activities that Jesus would fulfill on earth in His first coming and the righteous, vengeance, vindicating, warring Messiah that would come to execute judgement.  

He stopped in mid sentence. For centuries the Jews had read it with out pausing in mid sentence. He didn't read a chapter to shock them, they had read that chapter year in and year out. Jesus stepped out and read it and stopped in mid sentence and said this much is fulfilled in your eyes today. Here I am! Of course they didn't believe it. The rest of it was yet to come.  

The Jews missed the Messiah in His first coming, because they didn't separate the suffering servant Messiah, that Isaiah said in another passage, "a bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he now quench" - Gap! - "till he come forth unto judgement, whose right it is to reign"!  

They didn't see the gap. Daniel was shown 70 weeks, in the 9th  chapter, of history of the Jews. He had prayed to God concerning the Jews. He saw from the books, that they were 70 years in bondage. Jeremiah prophesied it. He began to pray about the 70 years of bondage.   

The Angel came after fighting the Prince of Persia, an evil supernatural demoniac spirit that ruled that land, behind the throne, to answer his prayer. He not only gave him the assurance that 70 years would be completed and they would go back, he then gave him prophecy of 70 weeks of years. Seventy times seven years, in three segments.  

Forty nine years, seven sevens, one week of years, that they would rebuild the city in troublesome times. Daniel was in bondage, the city was a wreck. He was just praying that they would get out of bondage at the end of 70 years. The angel tells him the rest of the history.  

Not only will you go out of bondage in 70 years, but I'm going to tell you about 70 weeks of years of your history written in advance.  

After you get out of bondage, after the 70 years, you will then build the City in troublesome time, and it will take seven weeks of years, 49 years to do it.  

Then there will be 68 weeks of years until Messiah is cut off. Again, Daniel didn't see the gap, as Isaiah didn't see the gap. Isaiah didn't see the gap between the good works of the Messiah and the vengeance and righteous vindication of the Messiah. Jesus split it in mid sentence, and said the first half is fulfilled, leaving unsaid, yet to come.  

Daniel didn't see the gap between the 69th  week and the 70th  week.  

I happen to have a view of God, that God does not leave out options. I refuse to believe that there was no opportunity for the Jews to receive Christ. Why would Jesus weep over Jerusalem, and say, "how oft would I have gathered you together under my wings, but you would not. . ."?  

The heart of God is revealed in parables. How the owner of the vineyard, sent his emissaries, the prophets, again, and again, and they were rejected and stoned by those who were working His vineyard. Finally He said, they will treat my son differently. He sent His son, they treated Him worse. That's God's heart pouring out. He wasn't play acting a drama.  

I don't have some of the Calvinistic fixation boxes on God that doesn't allow Him any maneuvering room. I find God to be one who can do and be what He wants, who is faithful to His word, and enters into all things to work His purposes. But can look at Eli and say, "I know what I said about you when you were in the loins of Aaron, but, today I say this . . ".  

I believe the Jews had a genuine chance. Why else would Jesus lament the fact; ". . . he came to his own and his own received him not". Jesus would have given His life, no matter what. They revealed their nature, as the instruments to bring it about. Jesus didn't finish when He stood in that Synagogue, He just said; "this much is fulfilled", he left the unfulfilled portion, which we know now, is yet to come.  

Daniel saw, 69 weeks of years, 7 x 69 = 483 years till Messiah was cut off, not for himself. The prophecy of Jesus dying for the sins of others.  

Then comes the 70th  week, when a Prince will come and set himself against God. He will confirm a covenant with many of God's people, and in the middle of the week, 3.5 years into the final 7 years, will break his covenant, commit an abomination in a newly constituted temple, and then the Jews will discover they chose the wrong one.   

The gap between the 69th  and 70th  week is that time of the Churches. When God turns, and does what Paul, in the Roman letter says, is a grafting on to the trunk of Abrahams promise, the old olive tree. He grafts a wild olive branch on, which the children of Faith, the recipients of the Gospel, the redeemed by the blood of Christ, become.  

That's the Church Age. Now, Matthew 24, that confuses many, is an address by Jesus, to a Jewish audience, concerning questions about their end, because He has discussed the temple, and the tearing down of the temple, and not a stone will be on top of another stone, and they say, and when will this be, and what are the signs of it. And He begins to answer it.  

I will teach on Matthew 24 as part of this series, but let me just say, as I paint with these broad strokes today, that the message of Matthew, 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13 is to the Jewish nation. There is no discussion of the mystery of the Rapture in those chapters, where he is answering their questions.  

Now, mystery is something strange to us. The Greek word being translated mystery, is interpreted by God in the Ephesian Letter. A mystery is that which is known only to God and cannot be discovered, and can only be know by man, if God reveals it. You can search throughout eternity and never find it. The mystery defined in God's book, is a mystery that is in God's mind, and He reveals it.  

Paul was God's choice to reveal the mystery to the Church. John experienced it. He was caught up. The first voice like a trumpet caught him up, and there were the twenty four elders. He is there, before that seal is opened that begins to unleash the Great Tribulation, raise Antichrist to power, and start the 70th  week.  

I've always said that you must view the Jew and everybody else as two separate people. In the Bible there are only two kinds of people, the Jews and the Gentile. When the Jews received him not, and is own rejected him and Messiah was cut off, the 70th  week, was pushed in history down to God's appointed time. And in between, the end of the 69th week, in Daniel 9, shown to Daniel in that vision, and the 70th  week, when Antichrist will rise, is the Age where God deals through the Gospel, the good news, preached in the book of Romans, and the epistles of the New Testament, and the Church is raised up, and the twenty four elders are made complete.  

And John, as a part of them is caught up before the Tribulation comes and the Church is above it all during this period. That's the mystery.  

Go now to I Cor. 15, because Paul was the one who revealed the mystery. That mystery was not discussed with the Disciples. It remained for God to reveal it.  

Paul is talking in I Cor. 15 of resurrection. He is arguing with the learned of his day, who say there is no bodily resurrection. He comes down to the 51st  verse, having talked of resurrection and argued it in grand terms throughout the whole chapter.  

He says, behold, I show you a mystery. Again, the Ephesians Letter makes it clear, the word is something known only to God, and cannot be discovered, He has to reveal it, through His ordained voice. Paul is it.  

Behold I show you a mystery, to the Ephesians he talked of the mysteries, hidden, contained in God's book, but hidden until God revealed it through His prophet. A prophet is one who speaks froth from God.  

Behold I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep - his word for death - but we shall all be changed. Now you say, do you believe this?  

Read 15:3: I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures, and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that he was seen of about five hundred brethren at once; of who the greater part remain into this present, but some are fallen asleep. Some have died, but most can be found of the 500 that saw him.  

After that He was seen of James; then of all the apostles and last of all he was see of me also, as of one born out of due time.  

If in this life only we have no hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. And if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised? And if Christ is not raised, then your faith is vain, you're yet in your sins, they which are fallen asleep are perished and gone forever.  

If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen? If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Everything in Christianity comes out of that truth of the resurrection.  

Now, if I can believe that he came through a rock, through a door and sailed off, I can believe this. Same God is doing it.  

I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye - that's not the bat of an eye - an eye twinkles faster than you can bat it - it's not the eyelid batting, it's the eye twinkling - like a light, faster than I can snap my finger.  

This is basic Christianity - We shall not all sleep - not all die - I tell you a mystery!  

Up to this point, resurrection was believed by certain ones that are the believers. A rare person like Elijah - caught up! Enoch, was not, for God took him - caught up! Rare.  

Now, Paul reveals a mystery. We shall not all die. 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, the Abrahams, the David's, the Jacobs, all of them, raised incorruptible.  

All those, out of every tribe, every tongue and every kindred. We just read it in the book of Revelation. They sung a new song. Those are the twenty four elders that will sing, thou hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation.  

Everyone to whom God credited the righteousness of faith. And all those dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  

So when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  

I wonder how many funerals have been conducted this week, around our country. And, I wonder how many people have heard a preacher recite those verses, and no more believe it than they believe there's a man in the moon.  

For me, I would not mess with Christianity if I weren't going to go all the way.   

This is a literal happening, when this mortal shall put on immortality and this corruptible shall put on incorruption!  

So when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died the death that was the sting for our sins.  

Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  

It's hard not to keep going, because he says now concerning the collection for the saints, and he took up and offering! That's the mystery, and it's not the only place Paul talked about it. Keep that in mind as we turn to I Thessalonians 4.  

Vs. 13 I will not have you ignorant brother - he was a blunt talking preacher - concerning them which are asleep - Dead - your love ones who died in the faith - that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  

When you see someone agonizing over their dead, they are either feeling sorry for them selves, or they have no hope. Paul says, I wouldn't have you ignorant like them, 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 our Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  

God isn't going to postpone the Rapture till the rest of us die, because the Rapture removes that necessity.  

For the Lord himself shall descend from where? Heaven! Where was that door? In Heaven! Where did God's word speak forth like a trumpet and say to John to come up to? Heaven!  

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!  

Now, some people still believe that Abraham and David won't go up, but Romans 4 says they're in the same camp. Because their sins were in Christ and God credited their faith to give them an opening, for the dead in Christ shall rise first.  

Then we which are live and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds. Notice, He doesn't touch this earth. Part of the second coming is a meeting in the air. We shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air.  

This is the blessed hope!  

>From the 4th  chapter of Revelation we're gone! Wherefore comfort one another with these words. Second Thessalonians - Paul wrote them a second letter later - he had already written them this first one.  

Then, they started listening to false preachers, telling them that everything is being so hard on them that they must be in the tribulation. Paul says, Now we beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him - caught up - that ye be not soon shaken in mind or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us - some people were even claiming they had a letter from Paul - and that the day of Christ is at hand.  

You're being persecuted, but that's not the Great Tribulation - Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come except there be a falling away first - some translations equally reads - except there be a departure (catching away) first (more in context to what is being addressed here) - and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition - that's Antichrist - who opposeth and exaltheth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  

Now, don't you remember, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And, now you know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (I already told you - there is something withholding Antichrist)  

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now hindereth will hinder, till he be taken out of the way. And then - and only then - shall that wicked be revealed, who the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.  

Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  

Antichrist can't come to power till the Church is gone. We're going to be caught up! John was caught up, the twenty four elders were there already, before the 144,000 go .

Revelation 5 talks about that scene in Heaven where they sing before the throne. Thou hast redeemed us by thy blood, out of every kindred, people, tongue and nation. And the 6th  Chapter opens - the Church is gone - the mystery of iniquity that works - the spirit of Antichrist - but the man of sin could not be revealed until the restraining force - the Church is taken out of the way, because God's word say, we are not appointed unto wrath!  

Then John says - I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I saw and behold a white horse - the great imitator - and he that sat upon him had a bow and a crown was given him and he went forth conquering and to conquer. Daniel's 70th  week starts in that sixth chapter.  

And Antichrist comes in on a white horse - looking good - with a bow and no arrow - he doesn't come by force - he conquers with a deceiving tongue and a deceitful way.  

Only those that are in Christ are going to be caught up. Romans 8 says: there's therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ. Go down about 5 verses, you find out how you get in Christ. It says that you are in Christ if His spirit is in you. How do you get His spirit in you?  

Third chapter of Revelation ended saying that. Verse 20 Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man bid me, I'll come in. You ask Him in!  

Salvation no longer requires going up and bringing Him down, or descending into deep and bringing Him up. Paul said the word's already nigh you, it's in your mouth, speak it forth. For with the heart man believeth, with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  

That seals the covenant. You ask God in, and the same ability of God's spirit to penetrate a rock and take Jesus to glory, can enter this person of ours, and we literally become new creatures in Christ, Jesus, with a dual nature, that the Galatian letter says, contains warfare.  

The old man in us, dug in, fighting for it's rights, and the new man in Christ, Jesus, reaching to the one who is worthy. None of us will ever be delivered from sin, until the God of peace sanctifies us fully over there.  

But the message that Paul lays on the saints that are caught up - let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. God's spirit comes to give us the power to start winning the battle over the drag of our self seeking nature.   

Not everyone will be caught up - a lot of people are going to be left here. But those that are in Christ are going to be caught up! And, before the Tribulation!  

"God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent, hath He said, and shall He not do ? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?"(Num.23:19)  Alleluia!

Thank you for listening and God bless all of you.

God bless.

Humbly,
Your Brother in Christ
Sal from CHN


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