Greetings in Jesus…!
First, thank you so much to those of you who help keep this ministry going through your prayers and support! You guys are the best!
I can hardly believe we’re in October already! The weather isn’t all that cold yet but probably will be as we each its end. A couple things about September…The Bear cub and The Feast of Trumpets. I guess it was about the middle of the month when a bear cub came to my door. I first met him a couple months earlier when he came with his mother who tipped over my freezer. At that time, he was only about 12 inches tall. I scared his mother away but he was left just standing there on all fours watching me and I watching him. Then all of a sudden, he seemed to understand that I was NOT THE MAMA and walked off in the direction his mama had. But now he had come back alone and instead of weighing about 5 pounds, he weighed about 50! They grow fast.
I heard he had a twin but this time he was alone because someone had shot his mother and sibling. So sad! But bears do need to live far from man. It’s just too dangerous for them. Not man, the bears! I did the right thing and scared him away by sounding a loud horn and spraying him with bear spray but afterwards, I felt so bad about doing the “right thing”. Well, he came back the next day and tipped over a garbage can I had full of sunflower seeds and ate at least 5 pounds of them! I used the horn and bear spray again but he just kept coming back every day for about a week. Sometimes 3-4 times in a 24 hour period. During this time he
also learned how to tip over my old dog Cainan’s dog food also in a rubber trash can whom I lost last year due to the father of this cub who killed him. He also tipped over my freezer as his mother had taught him. In fact, on the same day this cub ate an entire carrot cake as well as a half gallon container of ice cream and wanted more! Well, on the day of this writing I finally had to wave goodbye to my bear cub friend as he was hauled off to a place of rehabilitation then off far away from man. I first named him Booboo but after he left bear scat all over my porch, deck and all over my yard, I re-named him Pooh Bear. Oh how I long for that day coming when we all will be able to have fellowship with the animals again as Adam & Eve did before the fall of man.
Which now brings me to The Feast of Trumps last month. I know many of you, especially those of you who follow where we are in light of Bible prophecy and have learned the importance of going by Israel’s calendar rather than ours experienced some disappointment as Rosh Hashana came and went last month. So did I! At least we were watching! Jesus told us to watch so that’s what I’m going to do! Let me tell you a little about Compass International founded by Bill Perkins. Compass International is Huge! TV, radio, prophecy conferences and more! Bill put out many thousands of their booklet Millions Missing? He sent these out to Christians in hopes just in case the rapture did occur, that we would leave them sitting around somewhere that those left behind might find one, learn what happened and what they must do to get to heaven. Ever since the film Left Behind: Where’d Everybody Go came out, I always left a copy out in the open every Feast of Trumpets where someone would surely find it for the same reason. I must give Bill Perkins some credit for doing what he did. He cares for the lost who will be left behind. We all should! Were you aware that most professing Christians have never even heard there is a rapture? Satan has a major stronghold in this area
and we need to break that down! For some time I believed that most left behind would believe the lie that we were abducted by aliens but I didn’t realize just how far this has gone. Did you know there’s already a most elaborate plan to explain away the rapture worldwide? It has to do with the utilization of holograms from satellites and microwaves that cause people to hear from within themselves. It will be in many different languages going over many different countries and the religions thereof. The message? The message will be the calling for unity worldwide. A unity calling to come against the evil alien forces that caused the disappearances of so many people. So Satan will be able to explain away the rapture and establish his one world religious system at the same time.This major deception has been established as far back as the 1990’s so who knows how much more advanced it is today! This has been a top secret project but got found out by a
group of Christians who made a film exposing it. If you would like a copy, its available for a gift of any amount this month.
Just ask for the DVD titled: Project Blue Beam.
A Word from Hal Lindsey:
I have spent the last six decades telling anyone who will listen that we are living in the final stretch to the end of this Age of Grace. The countdown began in earnest with the birth of the modern nation of Israel. That’s why I call Israel “God’s timeclock.”
Many of the prophecies about the end-times are predicated on the return of God’s people to the land He promised them. That was an event that many Bible scholars thought could never happen.
At various places, the Bible tells us what will be happening in the world around us. These signs will include physical events like earthquakes and wars. They will also include characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors that manifest themselves in our cultures, our societies, and in our individual selves.
On top of this, the Bible warns that as we move closer to the end of the Age, these signs will increase in intensity and frequency.
But to be candid, even I am surprised at some of the things I see playing out across our TV screens today. they are like bizarre scenes from a B-movie. Rational — or formerly rational — people engaged in behaviors and shenanigans that most hack screenwriters would be embarrassed to include in their trashy screenplays.
One of the hallmarks of the last days will be the rise of irrationality. Romans 1:28 says, “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind to do those things which are not proper.” The Greek context here means God gave them over to a mind that cannot even think in its own best interest.
Satan must be pleased. Hatred is on the rise in America. Everywhere we look, from politics to family life to racial groups to religious traditions to economic classes to sports, our impatience, disgust, and sheer hatred of one another is exploding.
Everything we once held to be true and normal now seems to be turned on its head. No one trusts anyone anymore. But it’s no wonder. Truth has become a rare commodity in America today. Conscience even rarer.
I’m reminded of a remark found in Isaiah 5 that could perfectly describe the world today. Isaiah wrote, “They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20 TLB)
What we see happening in America today would not have happened here even 30 years ago. But in those years, we have been rearing generations of people who have no moral compass. The forces of entertainment and education have successfully weakened our sense of heritage, responsibility, even right and wrong to the point that we can’t even think in our own best interest.
That’s one reason why when people come along and challenge the prevailing “wisdom” of the last few decades, they are treated with such disdain and disregard. We see it plainly in the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict. No matter the fact that The Oslo Accord — now 25 years old –has been an unmitigated, abject failure (a disaster, really), when President Trump suggests trying something different — like actually facing the realities of life in Israel — he is labeled a neophyte or, worse, a moron.
The President’s recent attempts to force the Palestinian Authority to enter serious peace negotiations with the Israelis have been met with derision at home and abroad. Though nothing has worked to end the conflict in the last 70 years, the world wants to keep doing more of the same. Isn’t that the definition of insanity?
Of course, those of us who believe Bible prophecy know that only the return of Jesus Christ to this earth will bring true, lasting peace to Israel.
But we who follow Jesus Christ need to wake up and smell the coffee, too. We are in the time that Jesus himself warned us about. The time when the world — meaning the establishment — will hate us simply because we believe in and follow Him.
And what the world hates, it punishes and destroys. That’s us, folks. What else can explain the utter contempt being heaped on Vice President Mike Pence? Here is a man who embodies all of the ideals that we once looked for in a man: faith, fidelity to his wife and family, loyalty, honesty, hard work, and sterling morals.
Yet Frank Bruni, writing in The New York Times, called Vice President Pence, “a holy terror… self-infatuated… a bigot… a liar… cruel.” He went on to accuse Mr. Pence of having “the conviction that he’s on a mission from God and a determination to mold the entire nation in the shape of his own faith, a regressive, repressive version of Christianity.” That’s The New York Times. And they’re not really talking only about Vice President Pence, that’s what the establishment thinks about you and me. The Atlantic is one of the most prestigious magazines in the United States. It recently ran an article headlined, “God’s Plan for Mike Pence.”
It featured an illustration of Vice President Pence as a holy man, draped in the garb of an Apostle, his hands raised skyward and a look of holier-than-thou piety on his face. A halo framed his head.
That graphic mocked not only the Vice President, but all people of faith, especially Christians.
The article described him as a “Bible thumper” who “often cited scripture to explain his votes.” The author, McKay Coppins called Mr. Pence, “dangerous.”
He wrote, “In some quarters on the left, it has become fashionable to fret that Pence’s fundamentalist faith and comparative political savvy would make him an even more ‘dangerous’ president than Trump. He has been branded a ‘theocrat’ and a ‘Christian supremacist.'”
California’s Democrat Representative Maxine Waters has already publicly stated that once Trump has been taken care of, they’re going after the next one. That’s the Vice President. And the groundwork is already being laid.
On the popular television program, The View, Joy Behar said about the Vice President, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s mental illness… hearing voices.”
Though she later apologized, her apology did not diminish the Left’s growing tide of panic and hatred for Vice President Pence. And us.
Folks, this is nothing less than absolute spiritual warfare. What we are seeing is the rise of a new anti-christian caste system in America. Followers of Jesus are being systematically disqualified from positions of influence. Just last year, Senator Bernie Sanders told a Senate hearing that Christians should not be allowed to serve in high positions in the government.
In the first 180 years of the Supreme Court, its justices were almost all Protestant. Today, there is one protestant. Justice Neil Gorsuch was raised Catholic, but now attends an Episcopal church.
There are four Roman Catholic justices and three Jewish justices. President Trump’s current nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is Catholic.
For a while, Catholics were approved by the ruling elite, even conservative Catholics. Antonin Scalia was one of the most conservative justices in a generation. He was also a conservative Catholic. In 1986, the Senate confirmed him 98 to 0.
But that was another America.
Today, conservative Catholics are treated with the same disdain as Evangelicals. I truly believe that one of the strongest underlying fears of the Left — as embodied by the Democrat Senators — is that a future Justice Kavanaugh’s religious faith, if given the opportunity, will compel him to undermine the sacred cows of the Left, like abortion and gay marriage.
That means that his confirmation has taken on the earmarks of spiritual warfare, not simply a review of his judicial qualifications to sit on the highest court.
More than half the nation identifies as Protestant. More than a quarter identifies as Evangelical. Where are they?
They have been systematically filtered out of the process. They can win elections, but are largely excluded from the judiciary; from tenured posts at universities; from leadership in the nation’s think tanks; from entertainment; and from thousands of other highly influential positions.
The nation that was founded by Christians on Christian principles became the envy of the world. It provided its citizens with more freedom and more prosperity than any other nation in history.
Now those Christians are becoming outcasts in the nation they built. And it’s not just the Christian faith that’s under attack, but Christian values, too.
Just as the Bible warned.
I say it again. This is spiritual warfare. It doesn’t have anything to do with rationality or intellectual debate. When the establishment comes after you because of your Christian beliefs, recognize that the source of that hostility is Hell itself. Satan is behind the hatred of God’s people, whether it’s the Jews or true Christians. And he is going all-out to destroy the true church and everything the followers of Christ have built. That includes America.
But I have some good news.
Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB) In II Corinthians 5:20, the Apostle Paul calls us “ambassadors for Christ.”
Consider this. Before hostilities break out between nations, they withdraw their respective ambassadors.
At some point in the near future, God will unleash His wrath against Satan and sin. But before He declares war on this sin-infested planet, God will remove His ambassadors. He will evacuate us from this hostile situation. He will get us out before the real shooting-war begins.We call this evacuation operation “The Rapture.” The Bible calls it our “blessed hope.” (Titus 2:13 NASB)
So What about the Post 70 Year Rosh Hashana?
What’s next? While I was having my alone time with the Lord, I wondered about this and I believe I caught something to the effect of, things are going to get worse. Then just after the Feast of Trumpets came and went, the news reported about a hurricane forming. And then it came! Hurricane Florence! SEE THE LATEST FROM CBS NEWS:
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina city dealing with fallout from Hurricane Florence has been swarmed by aggressive mosquitoes nearly three times larger than regular mosquitoes. One resident, Robert Phillips, describes their rise as “a bad science fiction movie.” North Carolina State University entomology professor Michael Reiskind told The Fayetteville Observer that Florence’s floodwater has caused eggs for mosquito species such as the Psorophora ciliata to hatch. These mosquitoes, often called “gallinippers,” are
known for their painful bite and often lay eggs in low-lying damp areas. The eggs lie dormant in dry weather and hatch as adults following heavy rains. Reiskind said the state has 61 mosquito species, and “when the flood comes, we get many, many billions of them.” He said a silver lining is the mosquitoes aren’t transmitting many diseases.
Florence was the nation’s second-rainiest storm in 70 years, meteorologist calculates.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts in 27 counties that are under a major disaster declaration, his office said Wednesday in a news release. “Increased mosquito populations often follow a hurricane or any weather event that results in large-scale flooding,” the release said. ‘While most mosquitoes that emerge after flooding do not transmit human disease, they still pose a public health problem by discouraging people from going outside and hindering recovery efforts.” The funding will allow efforts to start as early as Thursday. North Carolina has still been facing other after-effects of the powerful storm, which made landfall in the state nearly two weeks ago. Residents have been dealing with fallen trees, floodwaters and debris, and the recovery process is just beginning. The state on Tuesday reported another death caused by Florence and its remnants. Across multiple states, at least 47 deaths have been attributed to the storm. When it comes to costs, Florence’s rain, wind and flooding in the state already are nearly three times more costly than Hurricane Matthew’s total devastation two years ago. The state Agriculture Department said Wednesday that crop and livestock losses were estimated at over 1.1 billion in North Carolina. The department said the total from Matthew was $400 million. Agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler has said he expected losses to be great because harvests were under way or just getting started.
And this is just about that hurricane. There are so many other things taking place right now that I think it would be wise in preparing for survival.
Why I still Believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture
Have you ever noticed just how many teachings there are out there concerning the Rapture of the Church?
Sure, the Bible makes it crystal clear that one day Jesus will return and gather up all those who are saved and
take them to Heaven to live with Him forever. But, the when and the where and how’s of it all… so many different and even conflicting views. Which are fact, and which are merely opinion?
During these times of confusion and indecision, sometimes you just have to get away, take a walk, and spend some time thinking it through.
For me, after long study, I’ve come to believe in what’s called the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view, meaning this “gathering up” of Christians will occur before God’s judgment falls upon the world in, according to the Prophet Daniel, a 7-year time period known as the Tribulation. But…
Why do I believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture?
I have my reasons, 10 to be exact. All are founded on the conviction that the Bible is the very Word of God, that it should always be interpreted literally, and firmly rooted in Jesus’ ironclad promise that He will indeed return. All preclude a spiritualized interpretation of the Scriptures. Doing so merely results in imaginative nonsense. Let’s talk through these reasons and see if they help provide clarity.
1) The Rapture and Second Coming are different events.
Some claim the Rapture and Second Coming are the exact same event occurring at the very end of the tribulation, the Post-Tribulation Rapture view. And yet, read all the verses which cover Christ’s return and you’ll encounter two very different scenarios. The verses actually describe Christ’s return happening in two stages — the Rapture and later the Second Coming — separated by a period of time.
2) The Rapture can occur at any time without warning.
Jesus stated in Matthew 24 to “keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come,” indicating Jesus will arrive when nobody’s expecting. Not expecting? How can that be when the Second coming is preceded by exactly seven years to the day worth of events such as the rise of the Antichrist, plagues, wars, and earthquakes which destroy most of the world? The Rapture happens imminently and
without warning, while the Second Coming has to be preceded by many years’ worth of signs. The two then
cannot possibly be the same event.
3) The Rapture removes the Restrainer.
Second Thessalonians teaches that God’s restraining influence will be taken away when the Antichrist rises to power. Christ restrains the evil of this world today through the Church. Therefore, the Church will need to be removed —raptured — before the Antichrist’s seven year reign can even begin.
4) The Tribulation is for Israel’s redemption.
Jeremiah 30 describes the Tribulation as the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” Revelation 12 portrays Israel fleeing from the Antichrist’s persecutions. And, the Battle of Armageddon pits all the nations of the world against Israel. Israel is repeatedly the focal point of the Tribulation and the center of God’s work of redemption, not the Church.
5) The Church is missing on earth during the Tribulation.
Like the Flood was, the Tribulation stands apart as God’s second great judgment upon a rebellious world. It’s the very wrath of God. True, believers have endured suffering all throughout history, but never actually from God’s wrath. Revelation 3 confirms that Christians are promised never to have to endure the Tribulation, proven in the fact that there’s no mention whatsoever of the Church throughout Revelation chapters 6-18 which describe the events of the Tribulation.
6) The Church is busy in Heaven during the Tribulation.
While the earth faces God’s judgments, the Bible reveals the Church will be quite busy up in Heaven engaged in three events: a judgment for rewards, a celebratory Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and preparing to return to earth with Jesus. None of these three have anything do with living on a world that’s being destroyed.
7) The Millennial Kingdom needs to be repopulated.
If all the Tribulation believers are raptured up to Heaven at the Second Coming and given glorified bodies, bodies which cannot reproduce, then who is left to repopulate the following Millennial Kingdom? The rapture cannot possibly happen Post-Tribulation then, for no more children would be born.
8) God’s wrath lasts the entire seven years.
There are those who claim God’s wrath is poured out over just a few of the seven years of the Tribulation, so the Rapture must occur 3 and a half or even 5-plus years into the Tribulation. But, these Mid-Trib and Pre-Wrath Rapture views tend to forget that Jesus Himself breaks the seals which launch all 21 of Revelation’s judgments. The final Seven Bowl Judgments are said to finish the wrath of God, not begin His wrath. Because all these judgments are initiated by Jesus Himself, God’s wrath lasts the entire seven years, wrath the Church is promised not to have to endure.
9) Faithful examples removed from God’s wrath
Enoch was raptured before the flood. Noah and his family were removed from the Flood waters. Lot and his family were made to leave Sodom and Gomorrah before God incinerated these towns. Rahab and family were set apart when Joshua’s army invaded Jericho. Again and again, the biblical examples show God removes believers from His wrath, instead of making them suffer through His wrath.
10) The Pre-Tribulation Rapture view is not new.
Some will argue that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view is just “too new” to be true, crediting it to John Darby some 200 years ago. But, is that assessment historically accurate? Not at all! The Pre-Tribulation Rapture view is a reawakening of the long ignored teachings of Jesus and the Apostles.
Feeling better? More clear? Hopefully our walk has confirmed or challenged some of your beliefs in the Rapture. Bear in mind, though, that one’s end-time views have no bearing on the doctrine of salvation. What is to be celebrated is that our salvation will one day lead us upwards to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forever and ever.
Have you grabbed hold of that salvation? Will you then be part of the Rapture? Or, have you rejected Jesus and so will be left behind to endure the Tribulation? Jesus leaves the choice to you. Lamb and Lion Ministries
Halloween: Trick or Treat?
I can’t believe how many Christians partake in Halloween every year. Subjecting themselves to demonic activity. Let me remind you this is Satan’s biggest holiday or should I say unholy day. Real 13 year old girls are sacrificed every year. If you know of any Christians that are still celebrating this most high satanic day, you might want to show them a copy of the DVD Halloween Trick or Treat available this month for a gift of any amount.
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