Hello everyone and good day to you all and Sabbath Blessings. May God bless us this day with understanding. As we can all clearly see that we are drawing closer and closer to the end of this world, things are about to change. The world is about to go through a series of events that will bring to pass the last bit of end-time prophecies. As I have said before, we must wake up and come to the knowledge of the truth regarding all that is soon to transpire and the return of Christ.
Soon, Christ is going to return, but in what matter is one of the most important questions we can ask. How's it going to happen? When is it going to happen? What is going to take place? So, we need to establish this truth in our minds and hearts because we do not want to be taken as a thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:2, "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."
There are going to be a number of things that will happen that will give us the season of Christ's return. There are not a lot of prophecies left, but the few that are left, the few that still need to transpire, are soon to happen that will martial in the coming of King. And these last bits of prophecies that are coming to pass will happen very fast.
Mark 3:20, "And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days."
So as we see, the Lord's mercy that will rest on His elect is that He will shorten these last days. As these last days move swiftly, Satan will be double-timing his efforts to secure his people and mark them for destruction. Satan will set up his ministers of unrighteous to try and seduce the elect where they will show great signs and wonders to try and deceive.
Matthew 13:22, “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect."
Acts 20:29-30, "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."
We have got to be on guard by watching out and praying!
Mark 13:33, "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is."
So, let’s start this off with a question. But first, understand that we will just go over a few signs because as we venture off into the Book of Revelation, we will have everything we need to know that will prepare us even further for the coming of Christ, the last great work of Satan and what have you. So, Question number one:
1. What are just some of the signs of His coming?
The signs in the earth:
Isaiah 24:20-23, "The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously."
So the earth will be in complete chaos to the point that it will be like a drunkard who cannot stand properly as they are drunk in their sins of pleasure and feeling the result of God's wrath, where it will cause the earth to sway back and forth...the transgression (sins) of the people are many and unrepentant of and God's mercy will no longer be withheld at this time of His vengeance.
Romans 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. “
So, during this time that we are in, let us be reminded to have perfect love, which is established in the keeping the law of God, which will bring Christ-likeness and His fruits of tender mercy towards the sinners and caring towards others and all their shortcomings and imperfections, and being respectful to all no matter who they are and just simply do good to others and seek not to do evil or take revenge; for the Lord will avenge. Remember, we are trying to win souls to Christ and keep the flock safe and secure and not run them off with our evil actions. It is very important to maintain the fruits of Christ in our life with the flock of God and the lost.
We cannot win souls by destroying the love that Christ is trying to develop in their hearts. This is all part of the preparation that must take place before Christ comes. The elect will be developed in all their striving. See to it that we not harm the precious flock of God and those that are getting ready for the sealing as they too prepare to be translated.
We must do good, we must do right to others, we must work out our differences, we must get alone, we must work together, we must not walk away from each other and remain silent, but we must bring in peace and be peacemakers who are called to settle matters; and all these things we must do and work out before the coming of Christ. And as we are going through things on this planet, while the prophecies and current events are lining up with one another, the book of Matthew gives us a more detailed picture that is in perfect harmony with what Isaiah said in the Old Testament.
24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
24:8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.
24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
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:)
24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.
24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.
24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.
24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
24:37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
24:41 Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
24:46 Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
24:49 And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,
24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
As we all live on this earth, we can all see how there is so much commotion going on. We can see how the sins and iniquities of the people are reaching unto high heaven. We can see how there are wars and rumors of wars, where the nations are rising against nations, people against people; we can see how the weather is in turmoil as well; we can see how men’s hearts are failing them for fear of all that is happening; we can see how they are clearly destroying the earth and the lives of many; and we can see how many are claiming to be the vicar of Christ as the popes of Rome claim this heresy and blasphemy. You can visit pastor Nicholas's website or mine where you can see the blasphemies made by this "Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth" who are clearly leading the broad path to destruction. This is the seat of Satan from which he works the works of unrighteousness, which is lawlessness, which is commandment breaking. We were warned of the antichrist in the latter days who would speak against the most High and "think to change times and the laws". Daniel 7:25.
1 John 2:18, "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
The antichrist is here and revealed. We have all the truth and all the proof that we need to know that it is the Popes of Rome who fulfill this office today. This is another fulfillment that takes place before Christ comes in all His glory. They are sitting at ease behind closed doors pulling all the strings of evil in this world. This is not the visible head of Christ. This is the visible head and fruits of the great rebel aka Satan. Manmade calamities, manmade wars and rumors of wars, beheading Christians through their invented religion Islam, where they are also causing other places to starve like Africa and what have you; it is this institution that is destroying the world and doing the works of Satan while professing to be Christ's Church, but it is far from the truth. The Vatican is nothing more than another fulfillment of Matthew 23:27-29.
Matthew 23:27-29, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites..."
And as we are clearly living in the days of the Antichrist who is the Pope and who would...
2 Thessalonians 2:4-8, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:"
The Popes of Rome claim to be God, the claim to sit on the throne and be the visible head on earth, having a triple crown when Christ only has two; thereby, exalting themselves above God in their sins and iniquities of unrighteousness. The wickedness of this institution has been revealed and whom our God shall soon destroy with the brightness of HIS coming and the Spirit of His mouth.
And as we are living on this wicked planet with the son of perdition aka antichrist, we are hearing of these terrible calamities hitting the world from day to day even more and more where they will claim this is all happening because we are not worshipping and going to church on Sunday. See the link here_____________.
Brothers and sisters, we are clearly coming to the end of this great controversy. These awful disasters that are rocking the foundation of the earth, they are following one another in quick succession. And what so many don’t know is that this is all man-made through technology today called HAARP. Look it up and search for yourself. Even the Bible tells us that they will be destroyed for destroying the earth.
Revelation 11:18, “…and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. “
How often we hear of these earthquakes and tornadoes, and such intense blizzards in some places and scorching heat in other places that are causing destruction by fires and floods that bring forth such great loss of life and property! As we see the world swaying back and forth, how things are disorganized, unregulated forces are happening; the purposes and prophecies of God are coming to pass swiftly. This is another way that we can understand that God is trying to awaken the world, to arouse them to the dangers that are coming, in hopes to turn them to God in their repentance.
The coming of Christ is clearly nearer than any of us can imagine. This great controversy is getting more intense by the day and is nearing its end. It is clear that the judgments of God are in the land and all are in commotion. The nations are drunk in wickedness as their consciences are being seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2). These calamities are clearly speaking to us and sounding the alarm and warning the earth, saying: "Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."
But, you know, it appears that no matter how much God sounds the warning cry, there are many, too many in His flock who know little of the real meaning of the truth for this time and all that they should be doing in preparation for His appearing. I appeal to all, as I even examine myself daily, what are we doing? What is our work? What are we preparing for? The wedding is almost here, and many are sleeping in their pleasures and old characters. The signs of the times are clear. The stage is set, the books are going to soon be opened and we need to get up and get dressed and stop playing around with evil. Put down the banner of Satan and take heed to the sounds of warning. Oh, how many are in the church beating their profession against their chest and are not really preparing and working out their own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). The sad day is upon so many sleeping Christians where they can't see that their day of bitter lamenting is upon them. They will cry out their bitter lamentation: "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved"! - Jeremiah 8:20. See to it that we get aroused to this sad day and wake up and start walking again and do well because we have not a moment to spare. Just because we know the truth, that does not mean you’re going to be saved. You have to LIVE IT, Walk it, Love it, and reflect it. Take hold of your brethren and love and walk together in perfect harmony or reap death! God will have His day of sealing fulfilled sooner than anyone thinks. It is time to shape up, get dressed or reap the cost in the end of causing division and not doing the works of Christ.
We are living in the closing scenes of this earth's history and we need to act like it and put on the garments Christ has been preparing for all His saints. The prophecies are fast fulfilling. The hour of probation is fast approaching. We have no time to lose and not a moment to spare in delaying. Let not one of us be found sleeping on guard or walking away from our post. Let us not be found as deserters. Let not one of us be found saying in our heart or by our works: "My Lord delayeth His coming." -Matthew 24:48. Let us all sound forth the message of our Lord's coming with such great zealousness. Warn the earth and wake it up. Sound the alarms and prepare a people. Let us persuade the world to repent and do the works of the law. Warn them to flee from the works of wickedness or the wrath of God will take them in the day of His visitation.
One of the signs that Christ is getting ready to come, is where brethren are coming together in unity as in the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
We have got to be in one accord. Many are in one accord, but many are slipping away, several have fallen away, some have returned, and some are slipping away slowly back into old self. We must be in one accord. Many around the world, those who are preparing, those who are in the remnant of her seed hour and movement, those who are putting the evils of self away, the do nothing spirit, are getting the heavenly mold and the tender heart and perfect love of Christ in their life sermon.
If we take a look at the day of Pentecost for a moment, we can see that it was not until after the disciples had come into perfect unity, where all were no longer striving for the highest place, claiming to be the one more worthy than their brethren to sit next to Christ and do this work; as so many do and think today that they are better, it was not until they overcame this that the Spirit was poured out. But see, even in those days, people were claiming to be Christians, followers of Christ as we see today in the church, but have little corresponding works, as it was back then, it is today where there is an elect few, a remnant, a small group who are taking each other’s hands in perfect love for their brethren, no longer tearing them down, but lifting them up, these are the few that are preparing and receiving the latter rain, which is proof that Christ is in their midst and refreshing their lives into perfect love for Him and others. Examine yourselves brethren daily and stop sleeping in this hour of preparation so you can get into accord with those who are doing so right now with the Lord. Those in the day of Pentecost had put away their evils, satanic characters and gave way to the Spirit of God, just as we are to do today. Step out of self, come out of your house and walk in the rain!
All the brethren that took place in the day of Pentecost; they are an example for us. They had put away differences by resolving them and not brushing them under the rug and ignoring this sin that causes division in the church. If you see it, you all need to lovingly rebuke it and send warning of the coming destruction to all who will sow seeds of discord between each other, who love to recall past sins of others, recall your owns past sins of self and your un-Christlikeness and take a look at your own life through your own judgments and see how terrible you are, and must maybe, you will finally learn what it means to be a Christ who is in love with their brethren and are not looking to tear them down. Woe unto you who seek the works of the tribe of Dan in cutting down the wheat of the Lord's harvest. If you want to cut down the harvest of the Lord, cut yourself down and judge thyself. You have eyes to see others, but you can't see yourself. This work of preparation and coming into one accord with the elect of God is so important. Prepare now.
It is so important that we take heed to this, for the hour of preparation is now, not tomorrow, not next week, not in five minutes, BUT NOW! Mark this truth and mark this saying: "The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul" -Acts 4:32. So, if you’re not in one accord with your brethren in good works, overcoming daily by dying daily, and fulfilling the Bible requirements of being a saint, then those who are falling into this, please heed the loving warning and simply turn to the Saviour by doing the works of Christ. Backsliding into old self is evil and rejection of the truth. By not changing into the new creature we are called to be in Christ, is proof we are not overcoming by the blood of the Lamb.
We have got to be in love with soul saving. We have got to have the burden for souls. If we have not the burden for souls, which includes the brethren who have the truth, we have not the love of God and we are not united with the brethren who are united with the truth, which means that those who are not united with the brethren in the works of Christ and His sayings will not be sealed for life eternal. If I speak to your shame, if your conscience is bearing witness; amen and praise God. The Spirit of Truth is working in your life. My love for all will not be seen in searing your conscience with smooth things that are pleasing to the flesh. The truth hits and it hurts, and it is to open up your heart and crush you with the cross of Christ.
So, let all Christians everywhere put away all dissension, strife, bickering and give themselves to God for the saving of the lost and who need our help in the Church that are struggling. Learn to listen and do less talking, especially if you’re struggling. You need to work out your salvation. Let us all ask in faith for the promised blessing, and it will come. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of old was "the former rain," and we know how glorious the result was. The latter rain will be more abundant, brethren. It is promised. What is this promise you may ask to all who are living today, who are living in these last days?
"Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee." -Zechariah 9:12. "Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field" -Zechariah 10:1. “…prepare as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.” -Hosea 6:3.
Now, let us continue forward and ask another question, shall we?
2. How will Christ come to earth and what will happen?
A. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall 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.”
So in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, we see how Christ shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive (144,000) and remain shall 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.
B. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “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.”
So, we shall not all sleep (144,000), but we shall all be changed at the last trumpet, which we will be learning in Revelation, but this trumpet that we have that shall wake up the saints is different from the seven trumpets in Revelation; and it is this trumpet that will wake up the saints of God to bring them their reward with eternal life. Amen. Next...
C. Revelation 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”
So here, we see also that Christ will come with clouds; which we understand the clouds to be angels as it says in...
Matthew 25:31 says that, “the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.”
And everyone will see Him, even those who pierced him (special resurrection), and all the earth shall wail because of him. If anyone is wondering who are those that pierced Him, they are the ones who pierced our Saviour at the cross.
John 19:34, "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water."
These soldiers of Rome will die three times for what they did. Check this out, they are currently dead, right? Then they will be awakened to see the Lord's coming after probation closes (special resurrection for them), to die again, to only be raised again to meet the judgments of God to die again in the fire.
Amazing....Next, take a look at how the Lord will return in like manner in which He left....
D. Acts 1:9, 11, “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
Here, we see how the Word of God says that Christ will return in like manner to that of His previous departure from the earth while He left the disciples on earth to continue in His end-time work.
E. Psalms 50:3-5, “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
Now in Psalms, we see how God shall come and He shall not keep silent; fire will be round about Him, and He will gather His saints who are of course those that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, Revelation 14:12, who have made a covenant with God by sacrifice. They gave up the world; they turned to God in repentance as Acts chapter 3 verse 19 says we should do and they did not love their lives unto the end.
Acts 3:19, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."
Next we have...
F. Jeremiah 25:30-31, 33, “...The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword...And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth…”
So here, we see that the Lord will roar from on high; they shall hear his voice from his holy habitation, a mighty roar, and give a shout, and a noise shall come from one end of the earth to the other where the Lord has a controversy with the nations of the earth and for this cause, Christ vengeance will slay the wicked from one end of the earth to the other,
G. Matthew 24:30-31, “...then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
The earth will mourn while they see the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) coming with all His clouds of angels and all the heavenly host coming with great power and glory. And He shall send His angel with a great sound of a trumpet, and God shall gather His elect from the four winds which is from the north, south, east and west. And the Lord will also first come from the east where heaven is at.
H. Matthew 24:27, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
So, all the Scripture verses that we have read so far are in perfect accord with each other. From king David, to Jeremiah, to Matthew, to the apostle John, to the apostle Paul and from our own Lord Jesus Christ’s lips. All of these heaven bound men and our Saviour are in perfect harmony with each other in how our Lord will return to earth. Amen. They all proclaimed by the Spirit of Prophecy, that the Son of GOD would not keep silent about His return, it would not be some secret, but in fact, every eye will see Him coming with clouds, power and great glory, with the voice of God, at the last trump, as the lightning cometh from the east to the west, all will know His arrival. He will roar from His holy habitation and all will wail because of Him. This is the great and terrible day of the Lord…
Joel 2:31-32, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.”
3. So, what about all this talk regarding the secret rapture to take the people away and out of the testing time of the time of trouble? Let’s take a look at this false teaching made by the false prophets today who claim there is a rapture for the church because they will be taken as a thief:
Thessalonians 5:1-4, “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. (Who shall escape the Lord’s wrath?) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. "
So the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, but for whom? It is not for the church of God, but it is for the wicked. In the midst of these verses, we find the answer in exposing all this where it says, " But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. " Those who choose to remain in darkness and had pleasure in unrighteousness and such like ARE THE ONES WHO WILL BE TAKEN AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. It has absolutely nothing at all to do with some hidden rapture business. There is no secret rapture. It is a lie made up by the Mother of Harlots and given to the false prophet apostate fallen religions for a deception. These deceived ones are those who love the world more than the truth. Those who love breaking the law of God and choose to remain in apostasy. They were too entertained by the world and loving the things therein that they had lost all sight of God and His return so it will come upon them as a thief in the night and they will wail and mourn because of it. It will be great and terrible for all of them. So, there is no secret rapture. Everyone alive on the earth at that time will have to go through the tribulation period or as we better know it as the time of trouble. -Daniel 12:1
4. Now, let us take a look at some of the events that will take place when Christ does come:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall 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.”
After Michael stands up in Daniel 12:1 and pronounces probation over with Revelation 22:11 and the Lord puts on His robes of vengeance, He will then ride with His heavenly host and descend from heaven, coming from the east as God sounds the trumpet that calls for the saints out of their graves, they will then meet the Lord in the air where they will reign with Christ 1,000 years. There is no 1,000 years of peace on the earth with Christ, as the Protestants preach, but we will be in the courts of heaven learning the judgments of God and what have you.
5. So now, what will we be doing there in heaven with Jesus and the entire heavenly host? Two things will happen:
A. Revelation 22:12, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” - We will be rewarded for our work here on this planet. We will be rewarded for our obedience to God where He will give us a crown of life or victory over the world who tried to tempt us by the devil, satan. (James 1:12, “Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”)
B. 2 Corinthians 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.” - So we will all face God and be given according to our works done in the body. (Revelation 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.”)
C. Revelation 20:4, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” - Here we see that judgment was given unto those who make it to heaven who had not worshipped the beast of Rome, the antichrist pope, neither received his mark of sin upon their foreheads, and neither had they broken their allegiance with God in disobeying Him and or, fall to the death decree because they would not dare give up the Sabbath to keep the day of Satan, the day of sun worship the day of his mark sunday worship, the seal of God or die.
D. 1 Corinthians 6:3, “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?” - So those who make it to heaven will be judging angels and people who did not make it into heaven and such like. Everyone will understand and see why because (“…God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:14.) Everything will be revealed. All questions will be answered in this time period that we may have about all this.
6. How long will the judgment take in heaven?
A. Revelation 20:4, “…and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” - One thousand years this will take place.
7. Now, where will Satan be during all this time?
A. Revelation 20:1-3, “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”
Let’s paint a picture about this.....It is just like a police officer who comes to take hold of the bad guy and binds him in cuffs to be dragged off to prison to await for his sentencing. Same thing going on here where the angel will bind satan up and cast him into prison, into the bottomless pit. This bottomless pit will be earth. All the wicked are dead and all the saints are going to the courts of heaven to judge and reign with Christ. Then, after the 1,000 years they will descend to earth with Christ, call forth the wicked to meet the judgments of God where then Satan will be loosed to receive his sentencing as well.
8. What will transpire after Satan is loosed for a little season and why?
Revelation 20:8-15, “And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
So, after satan is loosed a little season, he will once again have the chance to deceive the nations from all corners of the earth. This time period is called Gog and Magog. It is the final draw for satan where he will compass the camp of the saints while we are in the new heaven, but he fails because fire rains down on them from heaven and devours the wicked. They will have no rest day nor night. And why do you suppose God allowed this to happen again? God is full of mercy and righteous judgment. After the 1,000 years, God shows to the saints and to all the heavenly host and for the universe to know that no matter what happens, not even the cross of Christ, not even the last days will they have remorse or show signs of repentance, they continue to want to kill and destroy and do wicked and God proves it when he turns satan loose. They even try to steal heaven in the end. There is only one way into heaven and that is through the strait and narrow path, through the Lord Jesus Christ, which they rejected and tried to enter in and take the city another way.
John 10:1, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber."
And so, they will attempt to enter into through the gates of the city another way by over taking the city as a thief would and by doing this the end result is accomplished...they are devoured by the fire of the Lord and the saints will then do what next?
Malachi 4:3, “And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts.”
9. What happens after the wicked are destroyed and the saints are able to walk on the ashes of the unrepentant wicked?
Revelation 21:1-2, “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. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
So, in conclusion dear family: There is nothing secret about the Lord's coming. Everyone will see Him at one point or another. Jesus will not keep silent. Trumpets will sound. Angels of clouds will come with the Saviour. They will come from the east. The wicked who remain alive with the 144,000 on the earth while the plagues are falling, they will mourn at the coming of Christ and they will know who it is too. They will run and hide themselves in the mountains of the earth before the plagues finally destroy them all.
Revelation 6:14-17, "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
So, dear brethren, may we all get more prepared for the coming of Christ. Preparing for Him will prepare us for the hour of temptation that is coming. So, the next time we meet, we will go over how to prepare for the appearing of Satan and what to expect. For the time is at hand for this to take place. It will happen very swiftly. So, we got to listen up and follow the truth as it is revealed. I pray that this has been a blessing for you all. Until next time, keep striving, keep fighting, keep contending for the faith, keep overcoming and do be overtaken. Sabbath blessings, and good day.