1Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. 2And he said, âHere now, my lords, please turn in to your servantâs house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.â
And they said, âNo, but we will spend the night in the open square.â
3But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. 5And they called to Lot and said to him, âWhere are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.â
6So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, 7and said, âPlease, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! 8See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.â
9And they said, âStand back!â Then they said, âThis one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.â So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. 10But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.
12Then the men said to Lot, âHave you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the cityâtake them out of this place! 13For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.â
The answer:Â On this earth we are being tested.Â What especially is being tested is our faith and our knowledge of God.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Titus 1:16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny … They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him
2 Thessalonians 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and … He will punish those who do not know God and do
not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. ..
1 John 4:6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us … … But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us.Â
And the list goes on…
Why leave the rapture timing open to debate knowing that men would be at each other continually over the issue?Â To test our faith and knowledge of God.Â What do I mean.Â Knowing our Father enables us to understand what He has written.Â Just as an earthly father who has written a message to his son, his son understands the message according to his knowledge of his father so we understand our Fathers Words based on our knowledge of Him.
What about faith?Â Some of the promises and/or statements the Lord has made are very straightforward and concise yet men still reject them.Â For example:
snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Is this ^^ veiled in any way?Â No, and yet men will argue with it until their faces are blue and the veins are bulging in their neck that the Lord did not actually mean what He clearly says above in Luke 21.
What place is our heart, mind, spirit in?Â What place is our faith in?Â Do we really believe the Lord will do what He said He would do?Â What does “escape all” mean?
Luke 21 is more or less a quick journey through the tribulation speaking of the abomination all the way through to the return of the Lord as (Warrior King Rev 19), then after discussing all this He tells us pray that you will be counted worthy to escape all of this.Â How much more clear could He be?Â And yet, even in the face of exhaustive rebuttals and evidence of every point the pre-wrath and post-trib teachers and preachers put forward, they always have another excuse, another reason to not do what the Word clearly tells them to do (pray to escape all that is about to happen).Â This is why it has been said here the time for debate is over.Â It does not matter what you show these people, they are determined to go through part or all of the tribulation in spite of specific promises of deliverance.
What makes this so sad is, what is coming is one of the greatest acts of deliverance the Lord has ever performed (right up there with parting the Red Sea) and we have the benefit of foresight knowing it is coming and people still reject it.Â What would have happened if the Lord approached Noah and told him to build the ark and Noah said “nope, sorry Lord can’t do it.Â If I am on the ark who is going to preach to all the lost outside the ark?Â I know you want to deliver me but my religious doctrine tells me to stay here on the ground where I am needed most.”Â Can you see how utterly ridiculous that line of reasoning is?Â And yet people use the same line of reasoning for the deliverance that is coming “sorry Lord, I know you told me to pray for escape but I am needed right here on the ground to do all kinds of religious work…”Â Is this heroic or foolish?Â Is this faith or willful disobedience?Â The Lord will be their judge.
The Bride is found in Rev 3 (new jerusalem=bride), and Rev 21:2.Â The churches are mentioned by name in Rev 2-3 then mentioned no more.Â Did the Lord forget to be specific or is the Church not mentioned after Rev 3 (apart from being called the Bride at the end) because the Lord is forgetful?Â We know the answer, the Lord is not forgetful, He remains quite specific.Â For example He specifically calls out the 12 tribes of Israel, by name in Rev 7:
5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
While specific tribes of Israel are being called out where is the specific mention of the Church (either universal or local?)Â Its not there…for a reason.Â The Bride is in heaven making herself ready:
Notice the past tense (hath made) there ^^.
At this point I am convinced there is no proof, no scripture, no evidence you can show some people to prove that the Lord means what He says when He tells us to pray to escape all that is about to happen.Â They are bound and determined to go through part or all of the tribulation no matter what anyone presents to them.Â The willfully disregard one of the greatest acts of deliverance the Lord has every offered to mankind.Â The only things I can compare it to is Israel refusing to go through the Red Sea in order to “witness to the Egyptians” or Noah refusing to build or board an ark in order to witness to the world doomed to destruction.Â I cannot understand it.
What I do understand is this:Â there is a great deliverance coming, a great escape.Â A door will be opened in heaven for the patient church (Rev 3) to be kept from (not through, from) the hour of trial coming upon the whole world.Â All the events listed from the beginning to end of Luke 21 we were told to pray to escape them all.Â An obedient and faithful servant will do what Noah did, do what they were told to do.Â Noah built an ark, we were told to pray for escape from all that is about to happen.
An escape from all is coming, that is a fact.Â The Lord does what He said He is going to do.Â He does not fail and He does not forget.Â This fact should encourage the Church.Â In fact, this post is written to encourage you.Â The Lord will do what He said He would do.Â Let us do what we were told to do:
36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
^^ That is what we were told to do…
grace and peace
The Supreme Court decision to make gay marriage legal in our nation has put our nation in the crosshairs – with Almighty God behind the trigger.
We need look no further than what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah to see what lies ahead. God will not be mocked.
Converging Signs of an Imminent Rapture
The road that we are traveling upon in life has so many signposts that the Age of Grace is about to end and that the rapture is about to occur that it is becoming increasingly difficult to see the road, itself.Â I am clearly hearing in the spirit that something big is about happen and that it is going to happen very, very soon.Â Exactly what is going to happen is still a mystery.
Perhaps the most convincing indicator that something big is about to happen is the way that all of these signs are converging.Â Just like the popular phrase âa perfect stormâ suggests, a very wide range of seemingly unrelated factors are simultaneously coming together in a way where each factor amplifies the others to intensify the final result. If all of these factors were listed and examined they would produce a very thick book.
Since it is not practical to look at all of the signposts pointing to the end of the age, I would like to point out a few of the most recent ones I have noted and have had the most profound impact upon my sense of what is coming. Read the rest of this post »
Ever since Mark Biltz first introduced his Blood Moon research and findings, the Internet has been abuzz with blood moon theories and ideas. Some say that the rapture will happen just prior to the April 2014 blood moon. Others say the 6th seal will open on that date.
- Only God knows what is actually going to occur on those days. But we can know this:Â Blood Moons are a sign to Israel.
- Blood Moons on feast days are a special occurrence.
- We are on the fast track to the rapture and the tribulation to follow.
Given all that is happening in our world right now (Israel is closing embassies worldwide),Â the saber rattling in the Middle East, the situation in China, in the Koreas, Russia’s rising, etc. etc. , we are truly in the last trimester of the birth pangs.
Our news headlines have gotten so disgusting they should be for adult viewers only. Euthanasia is becoming commonplace all over the world. Right has become wrong and wrong (murder, abortion, mercy killing, new age religion, chrislam, the list is endless) has become the new right.
The world in Noah’s day was a mess. Fallen angels had come down and mated with human women, creating giants. The fallen angels taught man how to kill embryos in the womb, how to cast spells and curses, and all sorts of evil things. Homosexuality was rampant. Transhumanism was the norm – it appears the fallen angels mated with everything that moved.
The Word states that ” …as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. “(Luke 17).
Our current world fits the description of Noah’s world – homosexuality, worship of false gods, transhumanism. According to the Word, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Will April 14 signal the start of the Tribulation this fall? Or will the Tribulation begin with war during the Blood Moon eclipse in April?
Whatever happens, God is in control. We are told to watch, to pray, and to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ. If your co-workers, friends and family members do not know the Lord, now would be a good time to tell them about him. Now is the time to get saved.
When the trumpet sounds, and Christ appears in the sky, it just might be too late.
Think the end times are far away? The chip that the FDA approved for human use in 2004Â fits right into ObamacareÂ while the Pope announces plans to dedicate the world to a statue of Mary.
- FDA Approves Computer Chip for Humans10/13/2003 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced $139 million in grants to help make real President Bushâs push for electronic health records for most Americans within a decade. (2014)
” And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in theÂ Â earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”Â Exodus 20:4
“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”Â Exodus 20:5
Believers in Christ, rejoice!Â “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”Â Our redemption draweth nigh.
Jeremiah 50, Babylon, America, Sodom and Gomorrah
You really need to stop and read Jeremiah 50-51. Â The Lord describes America exactly as she is today. Â For people who deny that America is Babylon, let me ask this; If the description of Babylon matches America, and the actions of Babylon matches the actions of America, even if they were not the same wouldn’t they be judged the same? Â If person A steals one dollar and person B steals one dollar, what does it matter what we call them their judgement is the same!
See how the Lord compares Babylon (America) to Sodom and Gomorrah:
And the King of Babylon met with LGBT leaders in Russia during the G20 summit. Â There was nothing more important going on that you carve out time to meet with gay leaders? Â He doesn’t have time to work on a diplomatic solution to Syria but he has all the time in the world to frolic with gay leaders. Â What do we think the Lord thinks about this?
The Lord is not mocked.
Here is proof positive that ancient Babylon is not being spoken of, but it is America the Lord is describing:
Was ancient Babylon “the hammer of the whole earth?” Â No way, not even close. Â At best ancient Babylon was a major REGIONAL power. Â The Lord gives His hand completely away with this statement. Â Who else is “the hammer of the whole earth” if it is not the United States? Â Who else is going from country to country and overthrowing their governments and killing their people? Â I am just asking, if the shoe fits wear it right?
If ever there was a time to repent and pray for our own forgiveness, our families and all the brothers it is today. Â We must ask the Lord to not hold the sins of Babylon against us. Â If you want to know why I do not vote or get involved with any of Babylon’s politics it is to keep blood off my hands. Â Did Jesus vote? Â Did Jesus get involved with Roman politics? Â Did any of the apostles ever encourage us to “get involved” and “make a difference” through politics? Â No, we were told in no uncertain terms that our kingdom is NOT OF THIS WORLD.
This is not to condemn you if you voted. Â This message is one of separation and holiness before the Lord. Â The blood that is on the hands of con-gress and the king of Babylon must not be on our hands. Â Look at America today and you tell me if it looks like she is ascending to greatness in the world or circling the drain of history? Â What do you see happening with your own eyes? Â What does the Word say about nations that act the way America acts? Â What are the divine consequences for acting the way America acts?
America has the leaders she deserves because the people (that is us, the common man) are corrupt. Â If the people were truly godly and righteous do you think the Lord would allow such depraved men to rule over them? Â No way…..
If someone would have told me four years ago that our nation would make a radical turn toward evil and openly do so, I would never have believed them. I thought I lived in a God-fearing nation. The signs that we thought heralded Christ’s return some time ago actually were the first twinges of the birth pangs – twinges that are quickly progressing into full blown labor.
We appear to have made the final transition to the days of Noah – all that’s missing is for the Nephilim to be seen openly among us. The gay rights agenda, abortions, and the flipping of all things right to all things wrong appears complete. Many churches have forgotten that repentance is a part of salvation, that sin is wrong and that hell awaits those who reject Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Mega Church Pastors preach feel good sermons and abandon altar calls.Â Christianity has been watered down or, worse, diluted and polluted by the “all gods are good”Â insanity.Â (chrislam anyone?)
The world is gathering, literally, around Israel. Will we soon see Isaiah 17 come to pass? Blood moons portend dark days for the nation created for God’s chosen people. The Word of God tells us that evil will reign for a time near the end. The world becomes increasingly evil – so much so, in fact, that God will ultimately replace both earth and heaven. The current ones will pass away.
No matter what the world around us does, we as believers are to remain strong in Christ. We aren’t of this world – we’re simply temporary dwellers. As the end of the church age draws near, we must maintain our relationship with God and pray for those who don’t yet know Him.
If the generation spoken of in MatthewÂ is 70 years, we’re all about to see how the end times unfold. Israel became a nation in 1948. Add 70 years and you are looking at 2018.Â The world around us certainly appears more than ready to usher in the anti-christ and his agenda. We can take comfort, as always, in God’s words:
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh…Luke 21:28
30 Reasons Why I Believe the Rapture will likely take place on March 31/April 1, 2013:
- The Jews crossed the Red Sea at night at the beginning of the 7th day of Unleavened Bread. This foreshadowed the Bride of Christ leaving the world (Egypt) to cross over into their Promised Land and the Sudden Destruction of those left behind. The 7th day of Unleavened Bread starts the evening of March 31, 2013, in Israel. http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/march2013/reneem315-5.htm
Don’t miss the latest at cindybythesea
“…Iâve been thinking this week about President Obamaâs trip to Israel at the end of this month. As we are all aware, his trip (barring a change in plans) is scheduled to coincide with Nisan 10, the day according to Exodus 12:3 that all Israel is toÂ selectÂ a lambÂ for Passover.Â It is also, the same day Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey on whatÂ isÂ commonly referred to as Palm Sunday and, four days before Pilate would declare, âI find no fault in himâ.Â Â For this reason, given all the Messianic imageryÂ associated with the currentÂ President, there is good cause for those of us who are watching to cast a watchful eye on these dates….(continue)”
While reading Brother D’s latest (below) I clicked on the video link and fast-forwarded to the 20:30 time marker he mentioned. The talk of a peace treaty is, in itself, newsworthy to those of us watching end time events. What really got my attention, however, are 2 claims made by the speaker in the video and in the video title.
The speaker notes that part of what makes this peace treaty a big deal is the fact that with this new technology, not only will they have the power to implement a peace treaty, they’ll also have the power to ENFORCE it.Â The title of the video, “Keshe’s Free Energy Technology Will Make Today’s Military ‘Useless’,” is a bold (and creepy, in light of end-times) claim.
Ever more reason to be in the Word and in the Lord.Â Â Â Sis C.
We live in interesting times, that’s for sure. Â Since we rolled over the calendar into 2013 we’ve seen
1. Â The resignation of the pope which means a new pope incoming, probably the false prophet.
2. Â Lightning strikes the Vatican the same day the pope announced his resignation
2. Â Obama scheduled his first visit as president to Israel
3. Â Earthquakes, earthquakes and more large earthquakes (2 more M6+ quakes today.)
4. Â A Wormwood like strike to Russia. Â The meteor struck with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs, and guess what? Â It struck with no warning. Â If you look at the videos and pictures we have of this meteor strike it looks alot like this:
10The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers
and on the springs of waterâ
I also want you to notice where this star landed….in the water.