President Trump’s Presidency, assuming he is re-elected, will end in 2024. Then we shall begin to watch the USA crumble if we are still here till June 6, 2025 and the “Tribulation Period” will be approaching. There is no time of how long before the “Tribulation Period” starts after the “Church Rapture” happens that has not been determined as of yet.
So here we are in the midst of the “Coronavirus” or “Covid 19” virus. Really, not the first and will not be the last! There have been plagues since the time of Moses and will continue until Rev. 22:18, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:” Four verses before the end of the Bible. Therefore, this earth will continue to have plagues and pestilence at least another thousand years, till this heaven and earth are passed away Rev. 21:1. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.“
Go to this article and read it, but here are few snippets of what’s there, The Top 10 Health Scares Of The Decade The Medical Unit breaks down what kept you up nights the past 10 years. ByJOSEPH BROWNSTEIN<br />ABC News Medical Unit
2009 has been swine flu. While other forms of the virus typically peak in February and largely affect the elderly, this strain of the H1N1 flu virus came out of season and mostly affected younger people. Bird Flu (H5N1). Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). SARS was the first novel virus to captivate the world’s attention this decade after it was identified by the World Health Organization in February 2003. Like influenza, the virus could spread through airborne particles, but it was far more deadly when it infected someone. According to the WHO, 8,096 people were infected worldwide. 774 people died. The virus receded by the end of 2003. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). MRSA is the best-known of a number of bacteria that resist many of the antibiotics used to treat them. The emergence of MRSA and other bacteria has been blamed on a combination of heavy use of antibiotics and a lack of incentives for drug companies, leaving these bacteria, as Schaffner calls it, “a real, very vital threat”. Anthrax.
Is this God Judging mankind for his sin? Well Absolutely, he is!!! Just for the abortion of babies would be enough! God is in control of all this mess even of man’s outrageous acts of sin no matter how man dresses it up!
These viruses are in the plan of the Lord and are indicators of where we are in that plan. It has been over two thousand years since the first advent. 2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day“. Therefore, it has been more than 2 days, making the “Rapture of the Church” very close at hand. When you look at Hosea 6:1-4, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us:in the third day he will raise us up,and we shall live in his sight.“
THE TIME BETWEEN RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH SAINTS AND TRIBULATION SAINTS RAPTURE
The Book of Revelation gives two accounts of two “Raptures” taking place, one in Rev, 4:1-2, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”
This is the “Rapture” of the apostle whom Jesus Loved, John, casted as the example 0f the Bride of Christ, the Church, Whom Jesus died for! Eph. 5:25, ” Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” This last verse is included because in the Tribulation Saints Rapture is represented by two individuals, Moses and Elijah, the two witnesses, Revelation 11:12, “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”
144,000 of the tribes of Israel are sealed in their foreheads,12,000 from each tribe. Rev. 7:3-4, “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”
Rev. 7:9-11, “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Therefore, the two witnesses represent the two bodies of jews. who are sealed and multitudes of gentiles from every nation, tribe, and tongue.
Rev. 11: 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. This 1260 days when divided by 30 turns out to be 3.5 years, which coincide with these possible dares June 5, 2022, for Pentecost the “Rapture of the Church” and Sept. 24, 2025, for the “Feast of Trumpets, the “Rapture of Tribulation Saints!
I Don’t remember how many times I’ve read that verse, but there it was right in front of my face. The time between the two Raptures, 3.5 years!
These next three verses, Rev. 3:12, 3:21, & 21:7, seem to give a summary of this topic of being an Overcomer. Rev., 3:12, seem to be referring to things concerning the Bride of Christ. A topic rarely discussed these days!
MY GOD: PILLAR OF THE TEMPLE, NAME, CITY,
REVELATION 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
This verse above is related to Rev. 21:2,” And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Thus, revealing a little more information on the Bride of Christ. This city will be a great city not only for the way she is built, but because who lives there! According to various commentators they have things all fowled up about this subject! They seem to have it all messed up with their conclusions about who is the “BRIDE OF CHRIST”. While this term, “BRIDE OF CHRIST”, is not used in the scriptures there is enough evidence to show that there is one for the Lord Jesus is to marry someone. Rev.19:9, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb“
These next couple of sections in green are inaccurate information in what they say about who is in the “BRIDE OF CHRIST”. And yes this phrase is not used in the Bible “per se”, but the idea of a “Bride” exists when Jesus is noted as the “Bridegroom”. The Gospels have 11 verses making this apparent! Matt. 9:15, 25:1,5, 6, 10, Mark 2:19,20. Luke 5:34, 35. John 2:9, 3:29
The bride of Christ symbolically represents all those who are in the first resurrection of the dead (the spiritual church of God). This group is composed of all believers, since the time of Adam, who had the Holy Spirit within them.
What does the Bible say about the bride and the marriage …https://activechristianity.org/what-does-the-bible-say-about-the-bride-and-the…The bride is the church of Christ. The church is made up of everyone who is on the way to becoming completely free from all sin, as Jesus is. It is those who have started down the path that will lead them to divine nature. ( 2 Peter 1:4) Some people may …
Who will be in the bride of Christ?
The church is made up of everyone who is on the way to becoming completely free from all sin, as Jesus is. It is those who have started down the path that will lead them to divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) Some people may be farther along this way than others. Some people may have just begun. But everybody who walks this way is a member of the body of Christ. They are preparing themselves to be the bride of Christ. They are making themselves ready. The bride is the church of Christ.
WHO IS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST!!!
Ephesians 5:25-32, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
The Church is the “Body of Christ”, only those that are “Born Again” by “The Spirit of God” in this “Age of Grace”, “The Church Age”! This doesn’t happen in any other Age. No one in the Old Testament was “Born Again”! Christ had not died in the “OT” Therefore, the following statement is False, “This group is composed of all believers, since the time of Adam, who had the Holy Spirit within them.” The “Holy Spirit” did not permanently indwell anybody as he does today, until 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ on the birth of the Church, The Feast of Pentecost! Although King David asked the Father that he not take the Spirit from him. However, the key word here is “permanently indwell”, Psalms 51:11-12, Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
SITTING IN THE THRONE
REVELATION 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
This is a great promise for the overcomer! Once Christ finished the work his Farther sent him to do, this is what Lord Jesus did!
INHERITANCE OF ALL THINGS
REVELATION 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Verse 8, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
This is where I should throw in scripture on the “Judgment Seat of Christ”, “2 Cor. 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad“. However, the description for this event is,
1 Cor. 3:11-15, For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Therefore, the question is, “How does this set verses apply to the “Overcomer”? When you find out let me know! Another blog perhaps!
Picking up where we left off in Part One, we were talking about the two “Raptures” found in the “Book of Revelation”, Rev. 4:1-2, and Rev. 11:12.
The following verses in Revelation 2 & 3 have unique circumstances concerning Doctrinal/Dispensational Differences! While the Apostle John wrote to 7 local 1st century, “Church Age”, churches, they have several phrases that have nothing to with “Church Age” Saints and phrases to “Tribulation Saints”, then some that apply to all Saints. We will discover in the next 8 verses the Doctrinal/Dispensational Differences in how things are presented! For the sake of saving time I will refer to saints as “Church Age as “CA”, “Tribulation Period” as “TP”, and “Old Testament” as “OT”. You realize we are dealing with saints from 3 Dispensations in the New Testament, “OT”, “CA”, and “TP”. The New Testament is divided up that way also! The 4 Gospels resides in the “OT”, up the death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ, the 13 books of Paul, Romans thru Philemon reside in the”CA”, and what are called the Hebrew Epistles, James thru Jude reside in “TP”. The Books of Acts and Hebrews are books that transport the reader from one Dispensation to another. The Book of Acts transports the reader from salvation by Works of the Law (“OT”) to Salvation by Faith only (“CA”), and Hebrews transports the reader from Salvation by Faith, (“CA”) to salvation by Faith and Works, in the “TP”.
THE 4 VIEWS OF CHRIST IN THE GOSPELS
BOOK OF MATTHEW – CHRIST THE KING
BOOK OF MARK – CHRIST THE SERVANT
BOOK OF LUKE – CHRIST THE SON OF MAN
BOOK OF JOHN – CHRIST THE SON OF GOD
REVELATION – 4 VIEWS OF THE TRIBULATION
7 SEALS, CHAP 6-8:1,
7 TRUMPETS, CHAP 8-11,
7 VIALS, CHAP 16-18,
There is more in Revelation than just these 4 items to deal with. In and out of these chapters all kind of things happen and things to consider to rightly divide the word of truth! As we move on having pointed out earlier how the end books are Doctrinally “TP”, the Book of Revelation is the capstone of the “TP”! The book is primarily written from John’s perspective of the “TP” being his Present. Revelation 1:10, 19, I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, verse 19 ” Write the things which thou hast seen, (past) and the things which are,(present) and the things which shall be hereafter;” (Future). (Words in ( ) my addition). The thing to determine is when is the Lord’s day? Some call it “Sunday”, others call it, “the day of the Lord”. That phrase is used 20 times in the OT from Isaiah to Malachi and 5 times in the NT. Therefore, the Lord’s day is most likely “the day of the Lord”. Therefore, John in the Spirit was transported in time from the 1st Century to beyond where his present day is the end of the “TP”. Revelation is divided thus, Chapters 1-3 “CA”, things which thou hast seen, past, Chapters 4-19, “TP”, the things which are,(present), Chapters 20-22 the Millennial Kingdom-New Heaven-Earth, “MK” the things which shall be hereafter;” (Future).
THE TRIBULATION PERIOD CHURCH
I have named this section “THE TRIBULATION PERIOD CHURCH” because there seems to be some double application going on here. These 7 Churches I have said are marked as the “CA”, but when you look at what is said about them becomes “TP” doctrine. So here we go!
REVELATION 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Now this verse is a promise to him that overcometh will be given access to eat of this tree. Several questions pop up. Who needs to eat of it and why? For starters. People of the “CA” certainly do not! Doctrinally in the “CA”, those who are “Born Again” have “Eternal Life” now. 1John 5:11-12, And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.John 3:36, He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. This is “CA” Doctrine. The “Tree of Life” has nothing to with their “Eternal Life”, but it must for some saints? I’m thinking it’s for Saints whose body requires eating of the tree to have life in order to keep living in flesh and blood bodies. Those Saints who come through the “TP”, “martyred or enduring unto the end”, Terms from the book of Matthew, and the “Millennial Kingdom ” “MK”. whose salvation is based on works and not grace through faith. Rev. 22:2, “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.“
Now this is something, I just quoted two verses from John’s writings, from before and after the “CA”, one from the Gospels and one from 1 John, This is “CA” Doctrine in he middle of “TP” books. Now this is from the disciple whom Jesus loved doing this. However, we know from the apostle Paul, 2 Tim. 3:16, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Although, we have this situation of having “CA” verses in “TP” books we must realize we cannot put a saved Jew of the “CA” into the “Body of Christ” when this body has been Raptured. The Double Application” is apparent. John is writing to seven 1st Century Churches, with a Spiritual application to the “CA”, revealing it’s history and Rapture, at the same time fulfilling God’s request, noting there will two bodies of Tribulation churches, one of the Nation of Israel and one purely Gentile, REV. 7:4, 7:9. This is where I should quote 2 Tim.2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Therefore, there’ll be two types of “TP” Churches! We will get back to the “Tree of Life.”
THE SECOND DEATH
REVELATION 2:11. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
This topic of the “Second Death” is found at the end of the “Millennial Kingdom ” in three verses in Rev. 20:6, 14, and 21:8 respectively. “Rev. 20:6, Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Rev. 20:14, And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Rev. 21:8, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Those three verses have “Pros and Cons” about the “Second Death”. Saints having part in the “1st Resurrection” cannot be hurt of the “Second Death”, meaning they will not be cast into the “Lake of Fire”. See Comments in The Resurrection of the Saints.blog. The “1st Resurrection” is a resurrection of saints in three parts, of “OT” saints in “Matthew 27: 50-53, Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” After the resurrection of Jesus saints were resurrected and went into the city. The scripture does not say what happened to them afterwards! The second set of resurrected saints are those who are in the “Body of Christ” that are “Raptured”. “1 Cor. 15:51-54, Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” The third group are the “TP”, who are caught up with the Two Witnesses. “Rev. 11:11-12. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them”.
Another “Pro” for the Overcomer is that they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. In the “Millennial Kingdom” the “Overcomer” will in that day rule the nations with the King of Kings. At the end of the “Millennial Kingdom” at the “Great White Throne of Judgement” “Death and Hell” are cast into the “Lake of Fire”, where all Resurrected Unsaved Sinners are cast when they are judged!
HIDDEN MANNA, WHITE STONE, NEW NAME
REVELATION 2:17. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Manna, what is it? If you remember, while wondering in the wilderness the Nation of Israel were given manna to eat by the Lord. Strong defines it as so, g3131. μάννα manna; of Hebrew origin (h4478); manna (i.e. man), an edible gum: — manna. John 8:31-37, Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. However, we are dealing with “Hidden Manna” defined by Strong as g2928. κρύπτω kryptō; a primary verb; to conceal (properly, by covering): — hide (self), keep secret, secret(-ly). One may suspect that since Jesus is “The Bread of Life” and that the “Gospel of Salvation” in the “CA” is salvation by Grace through Faith was hid, that is a kept secret since the foundation of the world. “Romans 16:23-26, Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.” One might think that the Gospel of the LORD JESUS is that Hidden Mystery / Manna now revealed according to the above verse. Read it again! The eating of this bread of life. hidden manna, now made manifest, is made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: In the “CA” we are reminded of this when we take communion!
A White Stone, Traditionally, applies to a judgement of the innocent, where a Black Stone, applies a judgment of guilty or condemnation by their Judge. When Christ gives to the overcomer a white stone announcing him an absolution and innocence to whom he gives it. Noting the Overcomer is absolved and innocent of all their crimes/sins
In case of a New Name, Daniel, in his book, tells how he and others were given new names by the King of Babylon, Dan. 1:6-7, “Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.” As Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, conquered the Nation of Israel and took captives back to Babylon, Therefore, as the King of kings conquers Satan’s kingdom and removes those Satan rules over and gives them a new name, that only God and he knows, revealing the intimacy of love the Father has for all His Overcomer’s!
POWER OVER THE NATIONS
REVELATION 2:26. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.
The Overcomer are those who “keepeth my works unto the end.” This phrase is is a “TP” phrase, found places in Gospels talking about the “TP”. Matthew 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” You know from the context that is the “TP” passage. Matthew 24:15, ” When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”. This abomination of desolation is the placement of the image of the Beast placed in the “TP” Temple for all to worship. REV. 13:15, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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.” How any Jew or person will endure this time will be amazing. (There will be a temple built in this “TP”, (Rev. 11:1-2), “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” The Nation of Israel will be able to make sacrifices to the Father until the Antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel three and a half years into the “TP”.
Now speaking of the “Morning Stars”, they are creatures revealed to in JOB 38:7, When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”, This is at the creation of “Earth, “The Kingdom of heaven”. (See Blog on the Kingdom of God VS Kingdom of Heaven.). Do you realize that at the creation of a new heaven and new earth, we as “sons of God” will be there when God, as those “sons of God” in Job watched God create this heaven and earth! We as “sons of God” and we are. John 1:12, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: will watch God make the New Heaven and New Earth after the Millennial Kingdom and Great White Throne of Judgment!
2 Peter 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
The context of this passage seems to that of the “Word of God”! If so, one associated with this is a light bearer according to Strong’s concordance. g5459. φωσφόρος phōsphoros; from 5457 and 5342; light-bearing (“phosphorus”), i.e. (specially), the morning-star (figuratively): day starAV (1) – day star 1; light bringing, giving light the planet Venus, the morning star, day star
We as Light Bearers, we are more like the moon in relation to the Sun, We are created/Born Again in the image of Christ Jesus. For when we are translated, we will be like him, 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Meaning Jesus will shine and we will reflect is his Glory as his Bride, as the moon reflects the light of the Sun for all to behold! Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star, “Rev. 22:16, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.“
There are three other verses in Revelation that require further study before moving on, Verses Rev. 3:12, 3:21, 21:7. See you in Part Three!!!
Below is the definition for the word “Overcometh” from the James Strong Concordance and the verses that use that word.
g3528. νικάω nikaō; from 3529; to subdue (literally or figuratively): — conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory. AV (28) – overcome 24, conquer 2, prevail 1, get the victory 1; to conquer to carry off the victory, come off victorious of Christ, victorious over all His foes of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecution
In ancient Greek religion, Nike (/ˈnaɪki/; Ancient Greek: Νίκη, “Victory” [nǐːkɛː]) was a goddess who personified victory. Her Roman equivalent was Victoria.
THE DOCTRINAL / DISPENSATIONAL DIFFERENCE!
The Apostle John is an author, primarily a writer to the Jews, Gospel of John, 1, 2, 3, John, and Revelation, but often writes a thing that could apply to the church spiritually, We Christians often like to borrow verses and Spiritually apply them to our selves, as in I John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. However, we Christians live here Romans 4:4-5, Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.Ephesians 2:6-10, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
In my thinking the books of John, are doctrinally Tribulation books, See Dispensational Truth blog. As are all the General Epistles, James — Jude, or sometimes called The Hebrew Epistles. In the verses below one can see a Faith and Works element to being Born Again, which belongs in the Tribulation Period. (Revelation 12:17, And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.). There are two elements that accompany believers in their relationship with God in the “Tribulation Period” “TP”. keeping the commandments of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.
I JOHN 5: 1-5, Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
NOW OBTAINING A GRIP ON THINGS
I am thinking this would be a good time to remind all of Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Doctrinally in the “Church Age”, “The Age of Grace”, is found the doctrine of “The Church of the One Body”, “The Body of Christ:, I Cor. 12:12-13, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” And Gal. 3:26-28, ” For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.“
Also, we should speak of the great mystery of Christ loving the church and giving himself for it Ephesians 5:25-27. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” The Church is known as the Bride of Christ and Christ is known as the “Bridegroom”. Writers of all four Gospels have the parables of the bridegroom as Jesus explains them, while the Apostle Paul explains this relationship of Christ and the Church! There is no relationship like this in the “Tribulation Period.”
The Bridegroom, (Jesus), will be coming for his Bride around the Feast of Weeks, which is Pentecost. Read the blogs on the Feasts of the LORD, parts 1,& 2 and study Song of Solomon 2:8-13, “The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.“
This doctrine of the church being of One Body’ is not expressed thus so in the “Tribulation Period”, “The Book of Revelation.” Their are Two Different Bodies of Saved Sinners found in that book, in chapters 7:4 and 7: 9. The first group are the 144,000 Jews, who are sealed in their foreheads, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, the Nation of Israel exclusively. They are not the Bride! The other group is said to be Revelation 7:9. After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; All Gentiles! Rev. 7:13-14. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? ( Not the Body of Christ), ( one group from the Nation uf Israel and the other group of Gentiles.) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Thus, the timing is set, the ending of the “Tribulation Period” as in the two witnesses in Rev. 11:12, being told to “Come up Hither”! These two separate groups of saved sinners, Jews and Gentiles, being taken out the tribulation though martyrdom and enduring unto the end on the day of the Feast of Trumpets to meet the Bride of Christ at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the Bridegroom!
Those called to the Marriage Supper are these two groups, the Nation of Israel and those Gentiles who endured unto the end and not taking the Mark of the Beast. In Lining up the last paragraphs can be associated with the phrase “Come Up Hither”, Revelation 4:1-2 with the Apostle John as the representative of the”Rapture of the Church”, and Revelation 11:12 with the 2 witnesses, Moses and Elijah representatives of the two groups the “Tribulation Saints”. In Revelation the word church is not mentioned after chapter 3 and is only referred to again in chapter 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife,(the Church), hath made herself ready.” Revelation 2 and 3 record John’s writing to 7 literal Churches of Asia Minor in the First Century. Most scholars agree, (todays Turkey), these 7 Churches are to represent the “Church Age” being raptured before the “Tribulation Period”!
We will stop here and pick this up again in Part Two!
If you know anything about your Bible, the Word of God, then you should know and realize we are just a few years away from what is called “The Tribulation Period”, which is the precursor to the “Second Coming of Christ” The order of all these events will begin with “The Rapture of the Body of Christ”.
Bye the way, When is that going to happen, you ask? Well, that’s the 64 Million Dollar question, now isn’t it? People have been working up theories and formulas for that event for centuries! I must admit I have participated in a few of those myself! So, when is this event going to happen? Really, I do not know, but I do have some ideas about the possibilities of when it could occur.
There are so many places to start to explain this very special event it’s mind boggling! I could start with passages of scripture interpretations, from both Testaments, phrases, the definitions of terms, and different bible characters . All of these things make this part of doctrine of the “Body of Christ” so very exciting, captivating, and worth the trouble no matter where in the scriptures it leads you!
WORKING FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION
This passage of scripture (Rev. 19:11-21) (And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.), deals with the “Second Coming of Christ”, as does over 500 verses through out the Old and New Testaments! However, from this last book in the scriptures in Chapters 6-19 deal with 4 accounts of the “Tribulation Period,” like there are 4 Gospels, noting the First Coming of Christ. Also in those chapters is no mention of the Church., The Body of Christ. Therefore, that would signify the Body of Christ was removed before the “Tribulation Period.” This is known as the “PreTribulational Rapture”.
In the Book of Revelation there are two verses which describe two raptures of two different groups of saints. The verses involved consist with the phrase “come up hither” in verse Rev. 4:1, After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. REV. 11:11-13, because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
The Rapture of the Apostle John in Rev. 4:1, who is a member of the “Body of Christ”, is thus the “Body of Christ Rapture” representative. The Rapture of the Two Witnesses, Rev. 11:12, Moses and Elijah, members of the Nation of Israel, and located in the “Tribulation Period” and Thus they represent the Rapture of the Tribulation Saints! Moses and Elijah, returned from the dead, are confirmed as the two witnesses by their ministries mentioned in the same chapter Rev. 11:6, “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” Therefore, the first “RAPTURE” takes place before the Tribulation Period, the second one near the end of the Tribulation Period, right before the Second Coming of the Lord. to rule in his “KINGDOM OF HEAVEN”, for a Millennium!
HOW THE TIMING IS CALCULATED
One way the timing is calculated by the use of Deut. 16:16, “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty::” and also Leviticus 23, concerning the Feasts of the LORD. Israel was to keep each year on the significant month and day. The Lord Jesus fulfilled each of the Spring Feasts to the day and hour, represented here by the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which included his Death, Burial, and his Resurrection on the Feast of First-Friuts, which we call Easter. The Feast of Weeks, according to the book of Leviticus 23 :15-22, is the Feast of the Harvest, to be fulfilled 50 days after the Feast of First Fruits. Jesus will fulfill, once the Feast of Trumpets, (The Rapture of Tribulation Saints), and the Feast of Atonement are ended, the Feasts of Tabernacles, the same day he laid in a manger!
THE CURRENT STATE 0F AFFAIRS
The politics of this country’s has gone awry! Obama had this country near ready for the “Tribulation Period” and alongs comes Trump, instead of H. Clinton. GOD shows this country a great mercy in choosing Trump as the 45th president! Donald Trump reversed everything Barack Obama tried to set up for Hillary Clinton to complete the New One World Order! Her opportunity has been over turned and the starting of the “Tribulation Period” postponed for a little while longer. The “Body of Christ” is still available to be entered, with the profession of faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a REPENTANCE of your sin! Romans 10:9-10:, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
WHAT IS AFTER THE CHURCH IS CAUGHT UP.
Be Aware, Don’t count Hillary Clinton out just yet! It has been reported, “that if she put in her hat in the race for president, she would be a point above Biden in the polls”, (Bill O’Reilly, Patriot Radio), Tuesday December 10, 2019! Just a thought! What would that look like? 2016 election all over again here in 2020??? Right now the Democrat’s, I Believe, they do not have anyone who is able to win the next election. But if Hillary Clinton threw her hat in the ring on this it maybe a different story. However, if she waited four years, making her 76 years old, that would be a different story also! We’ve already talked about when that could happen, that being within the next 5 years.
Dennis Prager’s new movie “No Safe Places” out this past week, gives a very precise view of how this country is moving along in its “CURRENT STATE 0F AFFAIRS“. The next Democrat to become president will have no trouble in completing what President Obama was trying to accomplish! Place this country in the position of becoming part of the One World Government, following the Globalist Agenda! This is what God, through Satan, is going to do in setting up the time of the “Tribulation Period”! Daniel 9:27 is all about that time, And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” This one week is 7 years long, the midst of the week is 3.5 years, 42 months, 1260 days, all lengths of time noted for events happening to Israel in the Book of Revelation.
news reports President Trump is ahead in the polls over all of the Democrats runners for that office carrying many of the Blue states he won over Hillary in the last election! If God allows President Trump to remain as president till 2024 this will indeed push the “Tribulation Period” out a little further. Remember, the possible “Pentecost” dates are May 31, 2020, June 5, 2022, and June 8, 2025. While, there is no date given for the “Church Rapture” in the scriptures! However, the Scriptures do give enough evidence that a “Church Rapture” will occur and this evidence does point to the “Day of Pentecost” in some appointed years of possibility, as mentioned already!
The Fall Feats, Feast of Trumpets, Tishri 1, Feast of Atonement, Tishri 10-14, and Feast of Tabernacles, Tishri 15-22, all fall within 15 days of each other on the Hebrew calendar. These will all happen in the same year and that is the 64 million dollar question, What Year? I have given three possible dates for Church Rapture” “Pentecost” dates are May 31, 2020, June 5, 2022, and June 8, 2025.
President Trump’s Presidency, assuming he is re-elected, will end in 2024. Then we shall begin to watch the USA crumble if we are still here till June 8, 2025 and the “Tribulation Period” will be approaching. There is no time of how long before the “Tribulation Period” starts after the “Church Rapture” happens that has not been determined as of yet.
Why was Jesus in tears, because of the death of Lazarus? That may be how it looks on the surface of the story, but there is more going on there than meets the eye! Yes, Mary and Martha were upset, along with others. Their brother had died, they were in mourning, and to top it off if Jesus had been around 4 days earlier Lazarus could still be alive! They believed Jesus could have healed their brother! They believed they would see him in the resurrection at the last day. You can definitely say she had her theology right! Not members of the church, for the church had not officially started yet since Jesus had not died for our sins yet!
g1145. δακρύω dakryō; from 1144; to shed tears: — weep. Compare 2799. AV (1) – weep 1;
g2799. κλαίω klaiō; of uncertain affinity; to sob, i.e. wail aloud (whereas 1145 is rather to cry silently): — bewail, weep. AV (40) – weep 39, bewail 1; to mourn, weep, lament weeping as the sign of pain and grief for the thing signified (i.e. for the pain and grief) of those who mourn for the dead to weep for, mourn for, bewail, one, From the Strong’s Concordance.
Sure Mary and Martha were in the klaio g2799 mode of sobbing, wailing, aloud while I think, Jesus was in a more serious mode of the g1145 mode of to cry silently. Jesus was mourning with Mary and Martha, with their grief. Jesus turned this time of mourning into a time of teaching, rejoicing, and revealing the power, majesty, and the glory of the Lord Almighty!!! I believed he was in this mode when he was crying over Jerusalem it self, Matt. 23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
HIS teaching was concerning of the facts of who he was and his abilities. Look at the full story and don’t miss the truth presented about our Saviour!
John 11:1-47, “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (– It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.”
POINT ONE: THE GLORY OF GOD
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. We are told right off this is to teach those not told why Lazarus is sick, for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby!
POINT TWO: “TIMING IS EVERYTHING”
Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?Jesus needed to wait two days until the time was right, for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby! It has been said, “That timing is everything”. If your a son of God, Fear for your life is not an accuse to keep you from fulfilling the will of God, or to glorify him.. It was once brought to my attention, that this something had happened to me, That it was better than the alternative, meaning death. My unexpected response was, NO, IT WOUNDN’T, give me the alternative! I would rather have the alternative (DEATH) and meet my Saviour, than be left here to suffer with something. The gift of Eternal Life promised to me by my Lord Jesus, who cannot lie, (Titus 1:2), negates everything that would keep me from being with Him! The FEAR of something is that one thing that keeps us from telling lost souls the Gospel of Christ!
Of course his disciples had no clue what Jesus was waiting for. They were accustomed to witnessing his miracles. They heard or saw water turned to wine, they saw the blind see, the crippled healed, the lame walk, what the had not seen was the dead live again! They were expecting Jesus, had he went earlier would, see Jesus do more of the same, heal Lazarus. The explanation of Christ of why he was waiting, flew right over their head, to the point where he just had to plainly spit it out! Lazarus is DEAD!
POINT THREE: WALKING WITH NO LIGHT
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. Now these are great Doctrinal AND SPIRITUAL truths Jesus is going to point out about light and darkness! Every person living during that day and time were living when Christ had not died yet! Meaning that men could walk during the day light seeing the light of this world (the moral corruption and avoid it) but could not walk during the night because there is no light in him! (No Spiritual discernment). The only light they had at that tine was the Old Testament, You will see the importance of this later. Now remember, Jesus is the Light of the World
John 8:12, Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 9:5, As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” While people of Mary and Martha dat did not have this verse they still fought against these same enemies.
No person living during the time of Mary and Martha were in Christ or Christ in them as explained in John 17:21-26 or as we are now until acts 2 when they were baptized with Spirit! Thus the statement, there is no light in him. As long Jesus was with them there was light in the world. Thus the same idea as with the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven being at hand as long as Jesus was there, in the book of Matthew. Those are separate kingdoms, (See another blog on that topic.) There is no light in a person without Christ being in them! Christ had not died at that time!
John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” I think this is a very applicable verse that goes right along with this blog! It gives a lot of the insights to this story of Lazarus. Following this verse, John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” I remind you that is what this story is all about, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby!
So how does verses like, Psalms 119:11, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.or Psalms 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Jesus is the Word, John 1:1. fit into this side track rabbit trail? Now just think the nation of Israel had the word of God since Moses penned it some 4 thousand years before Christ died, they memorized it, hid it their heart but were not in christ, for the entrance into christ hadn’t been provided for yet. Meaning Christ hadn’t come to his Death, Burial, and Resurrection, it had not occurred yet, nor the Spirit been given and all this kept secret from the foundation of world until it was revealed by the apostle Paul. “Titus 1:2, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;‘ “2Timothy 1:9, Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” The salvation Mary, Martha, and Lazarus was looking for was based on their works, the law of Moses as for those of us living in this day and age 2 Timothy 2:8-10 points out our salvation is not according to our works but by Grace through Faith!
POINT FOUR: LIGHT AND DARKNESS
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
Now this is a bizzard topic to say the least! We understand from Genesis 1, how the creation was accomplished in 6 days. There was already darkness present and Therefore, Genesis 1:1-5, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and DARKNESS was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Now we have Light and Darkness, and Day and Night
Jesus in the following three verses makes some profound statements! As long as Jesus is present he is the light of the world, as long as a person was following him he/she would not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Therefore, because Jesus was present and was followed by believers of who he was, they were also considered by Jesus as “Lights of the World” and tells them so in Matt. 5:14, Ye are the light of the world. . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 9:5, As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 8:12, Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Matt. 5:14-16, Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In the “Dispensation of the Law”, people who lived following the Law and the Prophets were following the Word! Jesus is the Word!!! Therefore, is it safe to say as long as they were following the Law of Moses and the Prophets they were not walking in darkness, but had the light of life? One would think that Psalms 119:11, 105, would be very important in order to stay in the light and not in darkness. Memorizing it to keep from sinning and using it as a lamp to light your path to keep from stumbling in the night or darkness, was how the nation of Israel were to live! The difference for us who are saved by Grace through Faith we are free, our salvation is not conditioned on what we do, Ephesians 2:8-10. However, our works are important to us, verse 10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, We are new creatures in Christ and because we are in Christ we have the light of life in us! The Holy Spirit guides us through his teaching of the word God gave to us! Our works are to be reviewed at the Judgement Seat of Christ for our reward in heaven! Therefore, Light and Darkness, is an important topic to consider in relation to the effect the Word of God has on people back then and now. Also, it is why we should keep 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth .”
PART FIVE: THE RESURRECTION
John 11:20-28, “Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.”
In this section we will begin to see the truth of “Dispensational Truth” (See Blog by that Title). Martha in her grief approaches Christ saying , Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Notice the theology of Martha’s day. She believed Lazarus would rise again in the resurrection at the last day. The last day before Jesus would return as King of Kings. Martha believed Jesus was the Son of God Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. However, Jesus asked her some very important questions which she failed to acknowledge about a resurrection for people who were alive who believes in him will never die, whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She didn’t answer that question! However, she could have had she remembered the story of Enoch, who walked with God because God took him.
Now there is an Old Testament Story of a righteous man before God, who lived before the Flood, a terrible wrath Judgement of God and was raptured. Sounds like a Pre-Judgement (TRIBULATION) situation if I ever heard one!!! whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Does that fit anyone you know today, members of the Body of Christ, which Enoch is a type of?
POINT SIX: Resurrection in the Old Testament
Daniel 12:1-3, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. This Trouble is known as Jacob’s Trouble or the Tribulation, and Daniel’s 70th Week. This passage above is a judgement on Israel and once it’s over a resurrection will take place with two outcomes. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Now this is what Martha was talking about the Resurrection in the Last Day. Now to get this thing right it must be noted that Martha knows nothing about the Church Age, or of salvation by Grace through Faith. She knows nothing of the Rapture of the Church or the judgement Seat of Christ. Everything in or about the Church Age was kept secret from the foundation/creation until Paul came along, Titus 1:2, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; However, resurrection of the Last Day of two groups of people come, (Daniel 12:1-3). not at the same time but come a thousand years apart from one another, as told in the book of Revelation, Chapters 11 and 20! See blog on THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS: REV. 20:4-6!
A CONTRAST BETWEEN THEN AND NOW
Galatians 3:11-12, But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Revelation 11:12 reveals the rapture of the Tribulation Saints through the story of the two witnesses, while Dan. 12 and Rev. 20, confirm it! After the creation of the New Heavens and New Earth, an event takes place , known in theological circles as, The Great While Throne of Judgement, where reward is given to all groups of saints, Rev. 20:18, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” Now notice the three groups of those being rewarded thy servants the prophets, (Old Testament Saints) and to the saints, (Church Age Saints), and them that fear thy name, small and great (Tribulation Saints);
Therefore, Israel’s salvation is not completed until Christ returns to establish the Millennial Kingdom, after the Tribulation Rapture, (June 8, 2025), (and after the Rapture of the Church, (Feast of Pentecost), June 5, 2022), The return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be October 7, 2028, (The Feast of Tabernacles), to begin His Millennial Kingdom! Read the blog on the Feasts of the Lord and read Leviticus 23.
PART SEVEN: GROANING IN THE SPIRIT
JOHN 11:33 he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, JOHN 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave
These two definitions of the greek words for groan and trouble make this an interesting encounter with Jesus revealing his righteous indignation with Mary and Martha. Dictionary Definition g1690. ἐμβριμάομαι embrimaomai; from 1722 and βριμάομαι brimaomai (to snort with anger); to have indignation on, i.e. (transitively) to blame, (intransitively) to sigh with chagrin, (specially) to sternly enjoin: — straitly charge, groan, murmur against. AV (5) – straitly charge 2, groan 2, murmur against 1; to charge with earnest admonition, sternly to charge, threatened to enjoin. Dictionary Definition g5015. ταράσσω tarassō; of uncertain affinity; to stir or agitate (roil water): — trouble. AV (17) – trouble 17; to agitate, trouble (a thing, by the movement of its parts to and fro) to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity to disquiet, make restless to stir up to trouble to strike one’s spirit with fear and dread to render anxious or distressed to perplex the mind of one by suggesting scruples or doubts
Frustrated with all them for their unbelief, Mary, Martha, and the other Jews there, when he is trying to show them the Glory of God. Hearing twice, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, and Could not this man. . .” Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then Jesus spoke to his Father for the listening Jews benefit. Then he called for Lazarus to come forth and he did, The result was,
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done
Rev. 6: 1-2. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The rider of this horse, while you might think so, is not the, Lord Jesus!!! Although he comes with a bow and is given a crown, going forth conquering and to conquer. Christ had the seven sealed book and began to open the seals of the book. Now Chapter 5 makes it clear that there are many, to say the least, witnessing this event of unsealing the book. The Rapture has already happened in Rev. 4 and there are thousands and thousands around the throne. I bring up the Rapture at this point, for there are those who think two things. 1. The first 3.5 years of Daniel’s 70 Week Prophecy that last 7 years , the church will not miss this part of the Tribulation Period because it is not mentioned as “The Great tribulation”. While this part of the tribulation is not as troublesome as it becomes later when the AntiChrist makes the world with one government, The Globalist Agenda of 2030. And 2. That this first 3.5 years is not. the wrath of God! However, it is still no picnic either. Believe all the Tribulation Period is the wrath of God, all 7 years is wrath. Because this 7 year period continues to get worse and worse.
Daniel 9:27. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
All the Tribulation period is the wrath of God, first on the nation of Israel for the rejection of the trinity of God. Israel rejected the Father, as their King, when they demanded a king like the other nations. 1 Samuel 9:17. Second, they rejected the Lord Jesus, crucifing him. Mark 15:37. Third, Israel rejected the Holy Spirit when they stoned Stephen. Acts 7:55-60. Their rejection of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit merits the Tribulation Period. Israel will not go unpunished for their rejection and unbelief!
The Rapture is a “Pretribulational Event”. All of the Tribulation Period is directed at the nation of Israel and not the Church. We are saved from the wrath to come. 1 Thess. 1:10, 5:9, By the time we look at all 4 horsemen and what they do, you will see the wrath come out in this pre-recorded history of Rev. 6. And that is what the book of Revelation is, Pre-recorded history.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
A covenant of peace shall be made with Israel, allowing them to rebuild their temple and worship the most high, then comes the red horseman. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate
Rev. 6:3-4. And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
This 2nd seal and the release of the red horseman, time wise in my reasoning is before the 3.5 mark of the tribulation. However, the antichrist is establishing his authority of the earth and the nation of Israel, allowing them to build a new Temple, allowing them to sacrifice to their God.
Rev.6:5-6. And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. Definitely, affecting the world’s economy, Like will happen with the globalist agenda of 2030. China already on their way to a cashless society, personal experience. all their money is deposited in their bank account, a person uses their cell phone to pay for every thing from taxi rides to groceries, every service you can think of.
Rev. 6: 7-8. And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.This sounds as if the peace treaty is over and the antichrist is establishing his image for people to worship. Rev. 13:16-17, And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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. China is developing their cashless society now, personal experience! I have just returned from China where everything is bought and sold with the use of their cell phone. it is amazing to see how their society has so greatly adapted to it. They love it!!! It will be so easy for the Antichrist to sell his buying and selling with his mark in your head or hand!!! It is coming to America with the Apple Pay Plan!
We are so close to the Rapture of the church, that it is amazing how many believers are unaware of how close it is to happening! While we are to be watching and waiting for this glorious event to take place, I might add at this point that the watching and waiting, really means is that, we should be in 2 Cor. 5:17-21 mode of reconciling men and women unto Christ as the ambassadors we are to be! See blog on the Rapture of the Church, the Resurrection of the Saints, and The End Times, Cont’d.
These four Horses and their riders display aspects of the entire tribulation. The 7 Seals are followed by 7 Trumpets, then comes the 7 Vials, Then chapters 13 ,17, & 18 lays out the works of the Antichrist, with those having to worship him or take his mark in order to live. Just as there are 4 Gospels, John’s book of Revelation gives 4 accounts of the Tribulation.
while there is no date set in the Bible for the rapture of the church and while we know not the day or the hour, we can know the time and the seasons as Paul writes in 1 Thess. 5:1-11,
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
We are not appointed unto the wrath of God, which is what the tribulation period is the wrath of God! This a comfort for whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Therefore, whether you are an on fire Ambassador for Christ or just a pew sitting child of God, alive or dead, wake or sleep, we should live together with him. That is something to celebrate!!! It is definitely something that should give us comfort.