The Last Trumpet

The Last Trumpet..I Corinthians 15:52...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, and we shall be changed.

But gather the wheat into My barn. Matthew 13:30

The Holy Bible speaks of three great comings of the Lord:

First: The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in Bethlehem of Judea around 5 B.C. That was fulfilled (Luke 2).

Second: The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. And that was fulfilled (Acts 2:1-4).

Third: The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ the Messiah to earth to set up His kingdom in Jerusalem and reign for a thousand years. This awaits future fulfillment (Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-10).

We know that before Christ returns to earth, there will be a Great Tribulation-the Wrath-Judgment of God as written in Daniel 9:21-27 and Revelation, chapters 6-18, and that will last for seven years.

But, sometime before this future event will be fulfilled, a mighty one-time only great event must take place for the believing Church…,found in these verses of Jesus and Paul…as written in John 14:1-6, and I Corinthians 15:49-58, and in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 known as the Rapture of the Church.

The word rapture comes from the Greek New Testament word harpazo of 1Thessalonians 4:17; translated into the Latin Vulgate Bible as rapturo, and finally into the English Bible to be caught up...or raptured.

This is something Christ alone will do. He will come out of Heaven to the sky above the clouds, and with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16.

Jesus will call the dead believer from the grave, and will resurrect them to glory in an instant. At the same time He will translate- change-transfigure the living believers to glory, and together He shall gather us up (rapture us up) to meet Him in the air above the clouds per 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

From there we shall all follow Jesus to Heaven to the Father. And so shall we ever be with the Lord in glory…1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

This is The Last Trumpet (1 Corinthians 15:52), the Trumpet of God that only believers in Christ Jesus will hear on that day; and this next great event may be sooner than we think, right? Just look around…the tares are strangling the Wheat! Matthew 13:24-30.

What do we know so far about the Rapture?

Well, it was first mentioned by Jesus in John 14:1-6.

It is Doctrine, God’s very words written, the Truth of Scripture as set forth in 1 Corinthians 15:49-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Believers-the invisible Church are not appointed to Wrath (the future Great Tribulation) per 1Thessalonians 1:9-10, 5:9-10, and Revelation 3:10.

Iy is a Mystery per 1 Corinthians 15:51.

The coming of the Lord will be as in the days of Noah before the Flood…Matthew 24:37-38.

We are to look up for Christ who will change us…Philippians 3:20-21.

The Last Trumpet (1Corinthians (15:52) is the Rapture that involves two groups of believers: the living and dead in Christ per 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.

This will be a massive uncountable number of people or saints from the beginning of the Church in 33 A.D. to the present Church Age -the Age of Grace. That’s about 2000 years of Christians from all places.

We are not to be ignorant of the event (in other words, be in the know)…1Thessalonians 4:13.

It will happen on a cloudy day.,,.1Thessalonians 4:17.

It will happen on a certain day known only to God, the Father in Heaven…Matthew 24:36…and at an appointed hour...John 5:25.

It is imminent. The doctrine of imminency is written in 1Corinthians 1:7 and 16:22 where we find the word Maranatha, which means, Our Lord, Come. Further mention of this doctrine is found in Philippians 3:20 and 4:4…and 1Thessalonians 1:10 and in Titus 2:13.

At any moment then, any time, any day. No signs, or wonders or great events prior to it happening.

It will happen sometime before the start of the Tribulation per Revelation 3:10. Therefore there can be no mid-trib or post-trib Rapture as many Christians teach.

It will happen faster than the blink of an eye…1 Corinthians 15:52.

Only believers, the Church, the Bride of Christ will hear the call and the trumpet...1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1Thessalonians 4:16.

We will be taken from earth to heaven in new, glorified bodies 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1Thessalonians 4:16-17.

The First Trumpet happened at Mt. Sinai (Horeb) in Midian over 3,000 years ago when Moses and the people Israel met God…Exodus 19 in 1491 B.C.

God-Jesus came down to the mountain and the people went up to meet Him. This same principle will be in the Rapture…Jesus comes down from Heaven and the people go up to meet Him.

As we are to Watch and Wait for the Call of Jesus and the sound of the Last Trumpet (we are in the 21st Century of the Church Age) per Matthew 24:36-44 and Mark 13:32-37; we note that so far approximately 3500 years have elapsed since Moses and the people heard the First Trumpet on the Mountain. We will gain the clouds.

Events linked to the Last Trumpet…

  • The Rapture of Enoch (Genesis 5:23)
  • The Rapture of Elijah (2 Kings 2:11-12)
  • The resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:17-46)
  • The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9)…Jesus and Moses and Elijah in glory and what this represents .
  • The resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 28:1-10)
  • The resurrection of the dead in Jerusalem (Matthew 27:52-53)
  • The ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:9-11)
  • The rapture of Paul (2 Corinthians 12:2-9)
  • The rapture of John…the trumpet and the call of Jesus (Revelation 4:1-2)

Therefore, the next resurrection, the next translation, and the next ascension will be at the LAST TRUMPET…the Rapture!

For Jesus said:

John 5:25…Verily, verily I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live.

John 11:25-26…Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and believes in Me, shall never die.

John 17:1-3…Theses words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son that thy Son also may glorify thee.

As thou has given him power over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou has given Him.

And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent.

Remember these three letters...CTC = the Call/the Trumpet/the Clouds…

Amen.

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In Praise of Prayers

Since the beginning of the Church way back in 33 A.D. in Jerusalem of Judea on the very day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came (folks, that’s over 20 centuries ago), written and memorized prayers and hymns have been the ‘backbone’ of our faith in praise of God in our worship. Here are some of power that touch our hearts and souls: God is always listening…for this is His will in your life.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above the heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

A Song of Praise

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; You are worthy of praise’ glory to You. Glory to you for the radiance of Your holy Name; we will praise You and highly exalt You forever.

Glory to You in the splendor of Your temple; on the throne of Your majesty, glory to You. Glory to You, seated between the Cherubim; we will praise You and highly exalt You forever;

Glory to You, beholding the depths; in the high vault of heaven, glory to You. Glory to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we will praise You and highly exalt You forever. Amen.

A Song of Penitence

Prayer of Manasseh

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all their righteous offspring: You made the heavens and the earth, with all their vast array.

All things quake with fear at Your presence; they tremble because of Your power. But Your merciful promise is beyond all measure; it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.

O Lord, You are full of compassion, long suffering, and abounding in mercy. You hold back Your hand; You do not punish as we deserve.

In Your great goodness, Lord, You have promised forgiveness to sinners, that they may repent of their sin and be saved.

And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, and make ny appeal, sure of Your gracious goodness. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I know my wickedness only too well.

Therefore I make this prayer to You: Forgive me, O Lord, forgive me. Do not let me perish in my sin, nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.

For You, O Lord, are the Lord of those who repent, and in me You will show forth Your goodness. Unworthy as I am, You will save me, in accordance with Your great mercy, and I will praise You without ceasing all the days of my life.

For all the powers of heaven sing Your praises, and Yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.

A Song to the Lamb

Splendor and honor and kingly power are Yours by right, O Lord our God. For You created everything that is, and by Your will they were created and have their being; And Yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, for with Your blood You have redeemed for God, From every family, language, people, and nation, a kingdom of priests to serve our God.

And so, to Him that sits upon the throne, and to Christ the Lamb, Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, forever and for evermore. Amen.

The Song of the Redeemed

O Ruler of the universe, Lord God, great deeds are they that You have done, surpassing human understanding. Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do You homage, Lord, and sing the praises of Your Name? for You only are the Holy One.

All nations will draw near and fall down before You, because Your just and holy works have been revealed. Amen.

Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father, we worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

You are God

Te Deum

You are God, we praise You; You are the Lord, we acclaim You; You are the eternal Father: All creation worships You.

To You all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise You. The noble fellowship of prophets praise You. The white- robed army of martyrs praise You. Throughout the world the holy church acclaims You; Father, of majesty unbounded, Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship. and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory. the eternal Son of the Father. When You became man to set us free You did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death and opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that You will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help Your people, bought with the price of Your own blood,

And bring us with Your saints, to glory everlasting. Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and with eternal thanksgiving for all things from God, Amen.

PS: With God there are no races; with God He sees His Church composed of all believing Jews and Gentiles…

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THE ASCENSION DAY

I don’t know how many Christians know today is historically celebrated in the Church Year as Ascension Day? Yes, it is the ‘day of days,’ the wonderful day our Lord Jesus, the resurrected and glorified, immortal Messiah, Yeshua gathered His disciples on the Mount of Olives next to Jerusalem where He was crucified, and while He was speaking to them , He was taken up in a cloud to Heaven, disappearing from their sight! And while they were looking upward, two men (angels?) in white apparel stood by them and asked why they were standing there gazing into the skies? They told theses men of Galilee that this same Jesus who you saw go up to Heaven will one day return just as you saw Him go up.

I don’t know about you, but I want to tell everyone, as many people as I can of what Jesus did! First He set in motion the pattern of the Rapture of the Believing Church that Jesus will one day soon call to Himself, the dead and the living in Christ, when we shall go up into the clouds to meet the Lord Jesus in the air and follow Him to Heaven. The idea of the Rapture, the act of being “caught up,” started when Enoch, the 7th from Adam, walked with God, and then was taken up to Heaven and was nowhere to be found as Genesis 5 tells us. Then, thousands of years later, Elijah was also taken up to Heaven and was found no more as II Kings tells us. All this the work of Jesus.

So Jesus’ Rapture was the third one, and the most glorious where He ascended up to Heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. He is making all things ready for us in His Father’s house where there are many mansions, and.He is preparing a place for us, for you and me. Yet it pleased God to Rapture two more men, but return them back to Earth: The Apostles Paul and John. Paul could not speak or write about what he saw, but John was commanded by Jesus to write everything he saw and heard in a book and send it to the angels of the Seven Churches of Asia. And so was born the last book of the Holy Bible, The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Can our Rapture, the sixth one be far off? But what is so amazing, so unique of the Rapture of the Believing Church is that it is going to be the great gathering of the Church saints living and dead of the past 20 centuries and right up until our time in the 21st Century, the Rapture when Jesus calls and the trumpet sounds, that billions and billions will all at once, in the faster than you can blink moment, all who have died, who sleep in Christ, and all who are alive in Christ, together in glorious, immortal bodies shall rise up to the clouds, the beautiful clouds, and meet the Lord Jesus in the air above the clouds, and follow Him to Heaven to the Father. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with theses words (John 14; I Corinthians 15:50; I Thessalonians 4:13).

May all your days from now until then be filled with joy as you look up to the clouds and the sky above the clouds where on day, perhaps soon, we shall meet Jesus and see Him face to face as He is!

Jesus said, “Surely I am coming quickly.” And John replied, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” – Revelation 22

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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And Now, MAY

The Church has a calendar of events celebrated throughout the year….and in the month of May comes the Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit. What does that mean for your life, Christian? Do you know that after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, 40 days later He was taken up to Heaven where He is today at the right hand of God, the Father? Then, at the feast of Pentecost, God sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in believers as the body of Christ, His Bride. And because we have the Hoy Spirit, Christ is in us, and we in Him.

As Christ arose, we shall also rise. Because He received a new, immortal, glorious body. so we shall also receive a new, immortal, glorious body just like His, one day, perhaps soon? Because He is in Heaven, one day when He calls and the last trumpet blasts, we will be gathered to Him and meet Him in the air above the clouds and follow Him to Heaven to the Father. Because He lives, we shall also live. Because He loves us He will rescue us from the confusion of the world. Because He loves us, He will make good on all the promises that yet await us in the near future. In love, He has shown us the future, the destiny of believers and unbelievers.

In His great love, He has reserved blessings to all who read and hold to the Book of Revelation. Jesus wanted us to know where we are in history, and also to know what’s coming next! He is certainly coming again, but there is an order of events that must happen before His return to earth….that glorious future time when all the peoples of the earth shall see Him riding on the clouds in great power and might, . as bright as the sun, KING JESUS and His armies that follow Him, riding on white horses! Can you imagine the sight? And everyone at this time, the saved (not the Church that was raptured before this) and unbelievers. the just and the unjust, the righteous and the unrighteous, all shall mourn when they see with their own eyes the return of Jesus! And the surviving Jewish people will believe as they look upon whom they pierced! And they too shall mourn. God will give them a new heart and they shall be His people and He shall be their God. All this shall happen at the end of a future seven year period known as the Tribulation.

Now the Holy Bible tells us that there is an order of events that shall unfold. It is important to place these events properly to get the “Big Picture.” First, the age we now live, the Church Age…the Age of Grace will end when the believing Church is Raptured into Heaven. Second, the “man of sin,” the Antichrist. the son of Satan will come on the scene after the church is removed. Third, the Tribulation starts when God shall pour out His wrath on an unbelieving earth. This period will last seven years. Fourth, Jesus Christ shall return to the earth (the 2nd Coming) and destroy His enemies and judge the survivors. He shall have Satan bound in the Pit for a thousand years. The Antichrist and the False Prophet who deceived the whole world, are cast into the “Lake of Fire” for eternity. Fifth, King Jesus shall renovate the earth, set up His Kingdom in Jerusalem and reign a thousand years on earth. Also during this time He will resurrect the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints who were murdered for their witness of Him. The Supper of our Lord will start at this time. Sixth, at the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released, gather a great army, and shall march on Jerusalem to destroy the Jews and their King. Fire will come out of Heaven and utterly destroy them, and Satan shall be cast alive into the Lake of Fire forever! Seventh, God shall set up the Great White Throne of Judgment and resurrect all the masses of unbelieving people from Adam forward; they shall face Jesus, be judged and be cast alive into the Lake of Fire for all eternity. Eighth, there will be a New Heaven and a New Earth and our eternal home with GOD, the New Jerusalem, shall come down out of Heaven. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.

So how is your understanding of the “Big Picture”? Just where do you stand?

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Because He Loves Us

April haas passed. Yet amid the horrors of war, the confusion of culture, and the ugliness of crime, we Christians remember and celebrate the great love of God in the miracle of Easter Sunday, the third day, when our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, arose from the dead in a new, physical, immortal, glorious body suited for Heaven. And as we look back on this great, loving act of God, we remember that the resurrection of Jesus took place almost 2,000 years ago in the year 33 A.D., in a place called Judea, in the city of Jerusalem where our Lord was crucified and died on the cross not only for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world! Because He lives, we shall also live with Him. Because He was resurrected from the grave, we also will be resurrected from the grave. And because He received a new, immortal, glorious body, so also on that day we shall receive a changed, new, immortal, glorious body. Some day soon, and more, much, much more, as the Holy Bible tells us, we believing Christians will receive His promises and blessings “BECAUSE HE LOVES US,” that’s why.

What does the Word of God, the Holy Bible tell us to be looking for ? To be waiting for and expecting? Why, His 2nd Coming of course! But not His glorious coming back to earth physically, riding on the clouds, in great power and might, shinning like the sun, on a great white horse, followed by the armies of angels and Church saints, also riding on white horses, as Revelation, chapter 19 tells us, and every person on earth shall see Him and mourn, and Israel, the surviving remnant shall believe on Him whom they crucified, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, now coming as THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS! It is the time when He shall reign on earth in the Kingdom of God for a thousand years. No, that future event will be preceded by the seven year Great Tribulation of God’s wrath-judgment poured out on the unbelieving people on earth at that time as written in chapters 6-18 in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the last book of the Holy Bible. And then He will come.

But before the Great Tribulation spoken of in Daniel, chapter 9, and Matthew, chapters 24-25, and Revelation 6-18, and the rise of Satan’s son, the abominable Antichrist, these future seven years that will be like no other in all the history of mankind, another even greater event will take place before this can happen. An event that will happen in an instant that no one will see when the believing Church will be caught up in the clouds not meet the Lord Jesus in the air above the clouds! Yes, it is really going to happen! It is called the blessed hope of the Church, something the early Church and the centuries following that all Christians have longed for: Jesus gathering all His believers to Himself and taking us to Heaven to the Father. This glorious event is called the Rapture of the Church as Jesus told us in John, chapter 14:1-14, and as the great apostle Pail amplified in revealing this great mystery in I Corinthians, chapter 15: 49-58 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18…the three great pillars of the truth of the Rapture when Christ will gather us together to meet Him “in the air above the clouds.” And so shall we ever be with the Lord!

The Holy Spirit speaks of this next great event in this time we live in, the Church Age-the Age of Grace (whereby God has been calling people all over the world to His Son in confessing Jesus as Lord) as “imminent,” that is, that it could happen at any moment-even today! That is why we Christians are to be looking up, watching, waiting and doing the Lord’s work ’till He comes,’ for we do not know the hour or the day, but only the Father in Heaven. I believe God has a perfect number of all who will be saved, and I believe when that number is up, when the last person shall believe, then shall God, the Father say to Jesus, “Son, go get my Church!” And that will be the Rapture!

The Holy Bible tells us that God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain salvation by the coming of our Lord Jesus. Sadly, there are too many Christians who dismiss, even do not believe in the Rapture, or that we must go through the Tribulation before Jesus will come and rescue us and take us to Heaven. Is that right? Is that what Jesus promised His Bride, His Body, the believing Church? Would He execute judgment on His believing Church along with the mass of unbelieving, God hating peoples of the earth during this future time as prophesied in the Holy Bible in Revelation, chapters 6-18? I don’t think so! You see, there will be many signs and wonders and supernatural events and things that must take place before His 2nd Coming, but there will be no signs and wonders before the Rapture can take place…for it could happen at any moment-even today…right now! Are you ready? Are you joyfully and eagerly looking and praying and hoping for that soon and coming day that must surely come, for Jesus promised, when we shall hear the command of Jesus with the voice of the Archangel and the Trumpet of God…the “Last Trumpet,” as He said in John 14 and will fulfill as the words of I Thessalonians 4:13-18 tells us…listen to what Paul said:

“But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel. and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

Then we which are alive and remain hall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

I believe. I teach. I am comforted. I do not worry about the world and events and man.

Jesus, the One who testifies of all Scripture, said: ‘Surely I come quickly. Amen.”

John replied: “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” -Revelation 22:20-21

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, Amen.

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How Much Love?

There is no limit to ‘How Much Love’ GOD has for us, especially those who love Him, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life,” John tells us. And that of all the commandments Christ gave us, and all wrapped up in God’s love, certainly none is greater than the First and Greatest Commandment spoken By Jesus:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul. and with all your mind.”

And the second one is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

As a Christian, a true believer in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I try to show God ‘s love by my actions and words and help and concern for others. Is there any limit as to how much love I can show? Is there any limit to showing this love by teaching them about Christ, about the Bible, about what it means to try…strive to be a follower of Christ…to try to be or be a disciple of Christ? Over and over and over again and again we tell of God’s love and discipleship and the Christian life and there seems to be no limit! And rightfully so. But what about certain doctrines of Bible prophecy that have not yet been fulfilled, things that affect our destiny, life after death, eternity? Should there be a limit of telling Christians about the “things to come” that God has prepared for His Church? Something so profound that speaks of the great love God has for us. He’s not going to ever leave us or forsake us because He has a plan in His Son Jesus Christ who will one day gather us and take us home before the horrible events of God’s Wrath is to be poured out on the earth as The Book of Revelation clearly tells us in chapters 6-19.

What I’m talking about is the next great event that’s going to happen when Christ comes out of Heaven to ‘gather His believing Church’ to instantly meet Him “in the air above the clouds,” and follow Him to Heaven to the Father. This doctrine isn’t taught much in most churches today, and if it is, it is mostly not believed!

Therefore, I for one will talk about this soon and coming great act of God’s love to all who will hear or even who don’t want to hear, but still talk about it a lot and again and again, so much so that one might say, “that’s all you talk about!”

Yep, that’s right, I talk about God’s love for us in the Rapture, and always will! But there is also so, so much more of me and what I talk about in God’s great love that you don’t know and only make assumptions about what you think you know.

Why wouldn’t one want to tell people to seek the things of Heaven? To look up? To be joyful that Christ is coming for us any day now, because it is “imminent?” Why not teach believers to realize death one day overtakes each and every one of us, and then what? What about the dead who ‘sleep in Christ,’ awaiting the Resurrection? And what about the living believers, who at the time of the resurrection, what will happen to them? Well, if one taught the Rapture, they would be Translated up to God, just like Enoch and Elijah were. They never died. And just like Jesus ascended in His immortal, glorified body, so too we one day will follow His pattern. Why wouldn’t you want to talk about this a lot so people can let it sink in a lot?

How much love can I show? By telling you about the Rapture……a lot.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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A Treasure For Today

THE APOCRYPHAL/DEUTEROCANONICAL BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION

2 Esdras 2:33-41 Ezra on Mount Horeb (Mt. Horeb is in S.W. Saudi Arabia in ancient Midian, where Moses saw the Burning Bush and where Moses received the Ten Commandments…also known as Mt. Sinai)

I, Ezra, received a command from the Lord on Mount Horeb to go to Israel. When I came to them they rejected me and refused the Lord’s commandment. Therefore I say to you, O nations that hear and understand, “Wait for your shepherd;” he will give you everlasting rest, because he who will come at the end of the age is close at hand.

Be ready for the rewards of the kingdom, because perpetual light will shine on you forevermore. Flee from the shadow of this age, receive the joy of your glory; I publicly call on my savior as witness. Receive what the Lord has entrusted to you and be joyful, giving thanks to him who has called you to the celestial kingdom.

Rise, stand erect and see the number of those who have been sealed at the feast of the Lord. Those who have departed from the shadow of this age have received glorious garments from the Lord. Take again your full number, O Zion, and close the list of your people who are clothed in white, who have fulfilled the law of the Lord.

The number of your children, whom you desired, is now complete; implore the Lord’s authority that your people, who have been called from the beginning, may be made holy.

Amen.

2 Esdras 2:42-48 Ezra Sees the Son of God

I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great multitude that I could not number, and they all were praising the Lord with songs. In their midst was a young man of great stature, taller than any of the others, and on the head of each of them he placed a crown, but he was more exalted than they. And I was held spellbound. Then I asked an angel, “Who are these, my lord?” He answered and said to me,”These are they who have put off mortal clothing and have put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God. Now they are being crowned, and receive palms.”

Then I said to the angel, “Who is that young man who is placing crowns on them and putting palms in their hands?” He answered and said to me,”He is the Son of God, whom they confessed in the world.” So I began to praise those who had stood valiantly for the name of the Lord. Then the angel said to me, “Go, tell my people how great and how many are the wonders of the Lord God that you have seen.”

Jesus has a message for you to go, proclaim Him and be ready, for He is coming soon. The Lord Jesus Christ said in Revelation at the end of chapter 22, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen.

John replied, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

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For A Time As This

Amidst COVID and racial divide comes this poem from David Fox in 1956…

God with humanity made one is seen in Christ, God’s only Son: in you, Lord Christ, the Son of Man, we see God’s reconciling plan.

To save a broken world you came, and from chaotic depths reclaim your whole creation; so we share your reconciling work and care.

In you all humankind can see the people God would have us be. In you we find how God forgives, through you, the Spirit in us lives.

Where race or creed or hate divide, the church, like God, must stand beside, with arms outstretched, to heal and bless the refugees of emptiness.

Then give us strength, great Lord of life, to work until all human strife is reconciled, and all shall praise your endless love, your glorious ways.

Amen.

Now it’s 2022 In the Year of Our Lord+, and so, so many people all over the world are hurting be it cancer, or Flu or COVID, brokenhearted or depressed. even addicted to something that takes over the body…and let us then turn to some voices of the past…

And so I wanted to offer in this great time of need,these healing prayer pomes from Common Praise on healing…HEALING.

From thee all skill and science flow, and pity, care, and love, all calm and courage, faith and hope: O pour them from above.

Impart them, Lord, to each and all, as each and all shall need, to rise, like incense, each to thee, in noble thought and deed.

Ans hasten, Lord, that perfect day when pain and death shall cease, and thy justruleshall fill the earth with health and light and peace.

Charles Kingsley 1819-1873

O CHRIST, the Healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends. How can we fail to be restored, when reached by love that never ends?

From every ailment flesh endures our bodies clamor to be freed; yet in our hearts we would confess that wholeness is our deepest need.

How strong, O Lord, are our desires, how weak our knowledge of ourselves! release in us those healing truths unconscious pride resists or shelves.

In conflicts that destroy our health we diagnose the world’s disease; our common life declares our ills: is there no cure, O Christ, for these?

Grant that we all, made one in faith, in your community may find the wholeness that, enriching us, shall reach the whole of humankind.

F. Pratt Green 1903-2000

We cannot measure how you heal or answer every suffer’s prayer, yet we believe your grace responds where faith and doubt unite to care.

The pain that will not go away, the guilt that clings from things long past, the fear of what the future holds are present as if meant to last.

But present too is love which tends to hurt we never hoped to find, the private agonies inside, the memory that haunt the mind.

Your hands, though bloodied on the cross, survive to hold and heal and warn, to carry all through death to life and cradle children yet unborn.

So some have come who need your help, and some have come to make amends: your hands which shaped and saved the world are present in the touch of friends.

Lord, let your Spirit meet us here to mend the body, mind and soul, to disentangle peace from pain and make your broken people whole.

John Bell 1949

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Some Day

Because Jesus loves us so much, He is not going to leave us here to face the terrible, terrible times that are going to come upon the whole-wide world!

No, for the ones who believe in Him and love Him, both the living and the dead, He is going to “some day” do something truly great by His mighty power. He is going to raise the dead from their graves, changing them into immortal, glorified bodies just like His. And at the very same time, He’s going to change or translate all the living believers into immortal, glorified bodies just like His. Then, in that same instant, we will all rise together….be lifted up…be caught up and fly to meet the Lord Jesus ‘in the air above the clouds, and from that point high above the earth, we shall all follow Him to Heaven to the Father. All this will happen so fast the Bible tells us, “in the twinkling of an eye.” That’s faster than you can blink!

For we shall see the Lord Jesus ‘face to face,’ as He is, and we shall be like Him on that day, that most precious day the Lord God has planned for all who truly love Him.

WOW! CRAZY! AWESOME! INSANE!

Yes, it’s true! Only by the love of God. Only by the mercy of God. Only by the grace of God. Only by the the power of God. And only by the Plan of God He had in His heart before the foundation of the world. And this is the beautiful future of the matter: one day known only to the Father we shall be like Him; we shall live with Him; we shall be with Him forever, for we are and always will be “sons and daughters of God.”

Knowing this, and believing, doesn’t this warm your heart? Doesn’t this bring on a loving smile and cause a new joy, a stirring in your heart and look up, expecting the Lord Jesus to call us to Him any day now?

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Brother Monk’s Confession

I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to address you, my fellow monks at this, our gathering of the Brothers of the Beer and Bread Society, so ancient in our tradition. Since our last meeting three years ago, much has happened in society as a whole that I felt compelled to speak out! And so I will.

” Here I stand! God help me not to falter. I can do no more. Have my messages in the bottles in the sea reached many people? Probably not. But I believe someone, somewhere found the bottled words and they are the better for it. In each message, Christ was proclaimed. I don’t hide Christ! I am not ashamed to confess Christ anywhere, anytime! I am not ashamed to preach the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for it is the message of salvation! And if any be offended, well, too bad! For it is God, the Holy Father who calls people everywhere and at all times to His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ to salvation unto eternal life, by the Holy Spirit. “What must I do to be saved?” you ask. “Just this: Who so ever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” “Do you believe? asked Jesus. “Yes, Lord, I believe, help me with my unbelief.”

Why does the church have to retreat in the midst of the lies of society ferociously attacking it? Why can it not hold its ground and proclaim to the world: this is who we are, this is what we believe. We confess our faith…we pray as we believe, and we believe as we pray. Our church is apostolic, fundamental or orthodox in that we are not ashamed in all services to say together The Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed. And we celebrate each week and more the Holy Communion…”For as often as we eat of the bread and drink of the wine, we do show the Lord’s death till He come.” We take the Holy Bible literally; we our liturgical in make-up, singing the great hymns of church in past centuries, and showing forth our statement of faith: here is what we believe; here is who we are! Want to join us? Our doors and our arms are wide open to welcome you. BUT, Don’t come trying to change our church with your cultural agenda with the heretical social gospel, your kingdom now stuff, or the preterist errors, or replacement theology that tries to replace Israel with the Church! And all the other stuff of sexuality and race! We believe in marriage between a man and a woman…we do not hold to ordination of a homosexual.

We are pro-life: human life begins at conception! We are made in the very image and likeness and form of God. Unless compelling reasons, abortion is murder! It is the taking of an innocent, precious baby boy or girl at the early stages of their tiny, tiny growth and development into a human being. They are conceived with an immortal soul from God. Ancient pagans sacrificed their babies to demon gods in a burning fire by the hundreds and hundreds; people today abort by the millions and millions! Society says it’s the law…a woman must have the right to choose. It’s business as usual! They will find cleaver language to make it seem right and normal! And if one marches in protest of the ugly, demented thing, why the proponents go into a frenzied attack mode of any group protesting against it!!

We stand for Israel and the Jewish people; we will speak out against any form of antisemitism, period! We celebrate all races of humanity because each has a story to tell, each has its special heritage that seek to learn about and celebrate the history, the culture, the richness of its people in celebration in the body of Christ. If one group or race is celebrated, all should equally be celebrated!

But so called Christians who seek to tear down the Holy Bible, who liberalize everything, who through deception have an underlining agenda that prompted gender confusion and play on the emotions of the racism card. I denounce evolution which is anti-creation, anti-God; I also denounce the ‘higher criticism/ that has wrecked much of the church!

We teach and believe the whole Bible written by God through men as His holy word, from the very beginning of Creation in Genesis, to the end and last book, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is inspired by God; there are no errors. It is the sacred treasure of all truth, all life, all light! We believe and teach the soon to come Rapture of the believing church where the dead and living in Christ Jesus will be caught up and gathered in the clouds, to meet Him in the air above the clouds and follow Him to Heaven to the Father. We believe in and teach that a seven year Great Tribulation will follow the Rapture of the Church, and at the end of this period, the Messiah, Jesus Christ will return to earth at His second coming and destroy the enemies of God and the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and shall cast them all into the Lake of Fire forever! At this tome Satan will be bound and cast into the Abyss for a thousand years! Then Christ will set up His kingdom on earth at Jerusalem and shall sit on the throne of David and shall reign for a thousand years. You see, we believe and teach and proclaim Christ too in Daniel, Matthew, and the Revelation. But we don’t stop there! We believe and teach that after Christ has reigned on earth for a thousand years, Satan will be released and will gather an immense army of unbelievers against God and Christ and seek to try and destroy the people of God! You see, Satan never, ever gives up! But God will destroy the army of Satan with fire from Heaven! And Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity!

Then shall come the judgment and final destiny of all the masses of unbelievers of human history. Christ shall resurrect each one and they shall face Him and be judged for their wickedness and cast alive into the Lake of Fire for all eternity This is the second death!

When this is finished, God will create a new Heaven and a new earth. And we shall live with God, the Father, and the on, and the Holy Spirit in the New Jerusalem which comes down from Heaven. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Here I stand. Here is my confession. Here is what I believe. Here is what I stand for as I have been able to state; Blessed be the Lord God Almighty. Blessed be the Holy Trinity. Blessed be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, fowveer and ever and ever…

Amen

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