One Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Combined As One Incredible Story

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“These things were written so that you might believe”

How would you feel if you had a son and he went into hostile territory to seek out and save people who would never thank him for what he had done?⁠ What would you do if these individuals falsely accused your son of crimes he did not commit and had him arrested, beaten, and executed?¹ What emotions would you feel if your son cried out to you to forgive the men who were torturing your son, and he asked you to not hold these crimes against them?⁠² What would you do to these men, when they treated the love that your son gave to them, as garbage to be thrown out and disregarded?⁠³

We forget that there was a Father who was watching His Son die, as Jesus hung on the cross. God planned this event, before the creation of the universe. The Son wanted to save us and He was willing to take upon Himself, all of our sins. Continue reading “One Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Combined As One Incredible Story”

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Jesus Said He Would Come Again: Signs of His Return

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I will come again

Concerning the return of Jesus to the earth, here is what we know for certain: He came before, He promised to come again.

History is replete with many myths. There is no shortage of colorful people who have made grandiose claims over the years of recorded history. There are many critics of the Bible today who claim that Jesus is a fictitious person who never existed. When we examine the actual facts of antiquity, we find that Jesus not only existed and is a genuine person, history has left us a tremendous amount of proof for His existence. The detailed records of the Roman Senate, as well as the Jewish Talmud, both contain specific references to Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate. These records are not complimentary nor sympathetic parties, but adversarial and hostile witnesses who describe Him as a false prophet, disrupter of the peace, and the cause of great uprising in Palestine during that period of history. The Romans and the Jews had no desire to preserve any record of Jesus life or death, yet this is precisely what they accomplished by their antagonistic comments in their preserved documents.

The records of the Romans and the Jews, both reveal that Jesus was in Palestine during the same time period of time that the New Testament narrative also places Him there.

There is no mistake, Jesus is a real person of history and He was in Israel in 32 A.D.

Near the end of His ministry, Jesus promised His followers that He would come again when everything was ready. There were many events of world history that needed to take place first, before He could return. When theses things were completed, He said that He would come again.

I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. —John 14:2-3

Part of the problem in our understanding of the correct timing for Jesus return, has to do with our lack of information regarding the specifics of the Rapture. We simply do not know how much time will take place between the promise of Jesus arrival for His church in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 4, and the fulfillment of that promise. This is a common difficulty in interpreting all of the major prophecies of the Bible. Continue reading “Jesus Said He Would Come Again: Signs of His Return”

A Lack of Respect for the Word of God: A Sign of Jesus Return

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Your word above your name

This morning, I was watching the Festival of Families service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Pope Frances. Mark Wahlberg was at the podium to introduce Herbert Lusk, famous running back for the Eagles, 1976-1978. On October 9, 1977, Mr. Lusk was the first NFL player to kneel at the end zone after a touchdown and pray. Now pastor Herbert Lusk of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church since 1982, he picked up his Bible and began to read the words of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15, regarding the Prodigal Son.

As Mr. Wahlberg left the podium, he cried out: “Go Eagles.”

Forgetting that he had just told us that God’s word would be spoken, Mr. Wahlberg instead exalted a football team, above the words of the One True God.

Pastor Lusk began to read the Words of Jesus, and by the end of the first sentence, Fox News interrupted the reading of God’s word to break for a commercial.

Fox News, chose their commercial interests, above a respect for God and His word. Continue reading “A Lack of Respect for the Word of God: A Sign of Jesus Return”

The Seven Year Peace Plan And Rebuilding The Third Temple In Israel

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The beginning of the seven year Tribulation period is marked by a seven year peace plan for Israel, with the surrounding Arab nations and the right to rebuild their temple on the existing Temple Mount. For many years, we have wondered how this would ever be possible with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, already occupying this space.

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The Temple Mount. B Represents the Al-Aqsa Mosque, A Where the Third
Temple will be built, just after the Seven Year Tribulation Begins

In the Book of Revelation, John is instructed to measure the Temple that will exist during the seven year Tribulation. He is told to “leave out the court which is outside the temple.” The reason? It has been “given to the Gentiles.”

Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. Revelation 11:2

John is told that for the next 42 months the Gentiles will “tread the holy city underfoot.” How could the rebuilding of the Temple be possible, given the current strong opposition by Palestinians to any Jewish occupation of the Temple Mount?

Just prior to the beginning of the Feast of Rosh Hashanah this past Sunday, September 13, Israeli police chased a group of Palestinian youth to the Temple Mount. These young men were believed to be carrying pipe bombs and storing other explosive material at the Muslim mosque. For years, Palestinian leaders have encouraged these young men to harass Jewish worshippers who come to the Temple Mount to pray during Jewish Feast Days. After the incident with Israeli police and the Palestinian youth, there were great objections from Jordan and the Palestinian authority in Israel.

An article from the Jerusalem Post on September 16, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas stated that any occupation by the Jews, on their Muslim holy site, would not be permitted.

“Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.” Continue reading “The Seven Year Peace Plan And Rebuilding The Third Temple In Israel”

Phil Richardson and September 2021 Errors

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With the advent of exceptional events that are taking place in September 2015, there are many people who are writing about the return of Jesus and the beginning of the seven year tribulation.

New author, Phil Richardson has made a noble attempt at deciphering the events of September 2015, while missing the fundamental essentials for a good exegesis of the material. Continue reading “Phil Richardson and September 2021 Errors”

Who Is Like The Beast?

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When a new world ruler makes his entrance onto the stage of human life in the last days, he will be unlike any man that has ruled before him. The Book of Revelation describes him as “the beast.” He will so captivate the attention of the world that they will marvel after him.

And all the world marveled and followed the beast…and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Revelation 13:4

For many years, I have wondered how this could happen. I had not seen a man during my life who had the abilities that are described by John in the 13th chapter of Revelation. That is, until I began to watch Donald Trump on television. Continue reading “Who Is Like The Beast?”

The Sound of a Trumpet, Heard All Over the World

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This morning, I learned that in May of this year, during the feasts of Passover and Pentecost, in conjunction with the third of four blood moons, people around the world have been hearing the sound of a trumpet, coming from the heavens. In Germany, on a Youtube video, a young boy is seen standing in the street in utter fear as the sound of trumpet blast is heard. What makes this interesting is that this trumpet was heard on Sunday, during the feasts of Passover and Pentecost, when a blood moon also occurred.

In the Book of Revelation, chapter 4, John hears the sound like a trumpet, then he sees a door opening in heaven and hears the words: “come up here.” From that moment on, the church is not seen anywhere during chapters 6-18, when the events of the seven year tribulation are taking place. It appears that this sound of a trumpet and John being taken in the spirit, to heaven, are illustrations of the moment when the Rapture will take place and all those who love Jesus are taken from the earth by Him.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1 Continue reading “The Sound of a Trumpet, Heard All Over the World”

Why The Rapture Is Called: “No Man Knows The Day or the Hour”

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no man knows

Many people are not aware of the meaning behind the phrase that Jesus spoke, concerning the time of His return to earth, during the Rapture.

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Matthew 24:36

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew 25:13

We must remember that Jesus is a Jew, and when He spoke He was speaking to primarily Jews. When Jesus spoke, He communicated in Hebrew and expressed His thoughts in a way that would be understood by the Jews who listened to Him. Continue reading “Why The Rapture Is Called: “No Man Knows The Day or the Hour””

Does The Bible Teach a Rapture Before the Tribulation?

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In this article we will examine:

One: the evidence for the Rapture, from the Bible
Two: The teaching of the Rapture before the Tribulation, in the early Christian church
Three: evidence the early church taught a pre-Tribulation Rapture

When Paul wrote his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, it was with great concern that he penned his words. After visiting this church in the past and having taught them about the return of Jesus for His church in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4, false teachers had come in and said that the Day of the Lord had already taken place.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. —2 Thessalonians 2:2 Continue reading “Does The Bible Teach a Rapture Before the Tribulation?”

Strategic September: Israel, Iran and The Coming Tribulation

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The month of September, 2015, holds a few key elements that will change the world forever. Iran has already indicated that they have no intention of keeping their commitment to cease the building of nuclear material that can be used to make weapons to destroy Israel.

“Iran does not plan to issue permission for the [International Atomic Energy Agency] to inspect every site,” Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan told Al Mayadeen News Wednesday. “U.S. officials make boastful remarks and imagine that they can impose anything on the Iranian nation because they lack a proper knowledge of the Iranian nation.”

– Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan

Without the possibility of a feasible agreement between the United States and other key nations; to reduce or eliminate Iran’s capacity to produce weapons of nuclear capacity, Israel is left dangerously vulnerable.

It is clear that Israel has no other choice but to destroy Iran’s nuclear capacity, now, before the threat grows into action by Iran. If the leaders of the Iranian government care nothing for the opinions of the U.S., before they have completed their building of material that will make a nuclear weapon possible, it is certain they will not be afraid to use those weapons against Israel once they are ready.

Israel cannot allow Iran to possess a weapon that will decimate their nation. What will Israel do? Continue reading “Strategic September: Israel, Iran and The Coming Tribulation”