Personal Each and every year around this time, thousands of churches around the country participate in an organization called Operation Christmas Child. If you are unfamiliar with Operation Christmas Child, the gist is this: Many churches I attended throughout my formative years participated in Operation Christmas Child, and many years my family and I dutifully picked up a few shoeboxes and went to the Dollar General in search of what we thought would bring poor children around the world happiness and joy. Well, not so fast.
This blog comes from Terry James of raptureready. We who hold to the pre-Trib Rapture viewpoint are often accused of being deceivers. We who teach the pre-Trib rapture, so the accusation goes, would have falsely led these people to think the Church would not be here when Antichrist is on the world scene.
Those who hold to a post-Tribulation Rapture, or a no-Rapture position, believe that Christ will come back at the end of the Tribulation, at Armageddon. They hold to the notion that that is His only return in the Second Coming.
The imagination is hard-pressed to fathom the ramifications of what will happen when millions suddenly vanish. Every child below the age of accountability will be gone in that mind-boggling instant of time. I am convinced that all babies including those in the wombs of their mothers will be instantly in the presence of Christ in the clouds of glory.
Every corpse of every dead Christian will be raised to join with his or her soul to meet Christ in the air in that atomos of time. The Rapture will be mystifying, and to some an inexplicable phenomenon, but it will not be a secret. It will happen before the eyes of a stupefied planet of left-behind earth-dwellers.
This declaration that Jesus will call His Church to be with Him seems audacious to many. 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 this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: The Lord explains what happens after believers—both the bodies of the dead and those who are living—are caught up in the air to be with Him: Let not your heart be troubled: I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Again, the pre-Trib position on this joyous event is that it is imminent could happen at any momentand will happen before the Tribulation Period begins.
The post-Trib position says that it happens at the end of the most terrible time in human history, just as Jesus Christ is returning from heaven at Armageddon. The pre-Trib view holds that it will occur at an unknown time.
It will be a stunning, sudden, and unannounced-to-the-world-at-large break-in upon business as usual on Planet Earth. The post-Trib proclaims that it will occur following all of the horrors of the judgments outlined in Revelation.
The Rapture will cause all left on earth to wonder what has happened. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
It will be a sudden, catastrophic break-in upon a world doing business as usual. This description hardly fits the post-Trib view, or any other view that says Christ will Rapture His Church during a time of unprecedented trouble Jeremiah The break-in is swift, stealthy—a totally unexpected event.
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.
Therefore be ye also ready: That thief-in-the-night moment could happen, literally, at any moment. Certainly, signals of the Tribulation are beginning to come to pass. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
If I am correct, it will be the last decade of the Church Age. Sometime during this period those born of the Spirit will be taken to be with the Lord and those left behind will have to go through the great trial on earth that will determine their eternal fate Rev 3: During that trial people will have to get off the fence.
They will either call on God so that their soul will be saved or they will follow the Satanic Antichrist. The Kingdom of God cannot come on earth until all the enemies of Jesus are removed through these tribulation judgements. Those choosing God during the tribulation most likely will be killed.Probation Supervision: Case Management & Effectivness - In the state of Florida in the year of there was a total of , offenders who were admitted onto probation and % of them were released off of probation being successful.
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Not being an American, it is with some trepidation that I briefly comment on the U.S. elections. I do follow them closely because Australia, sadly, has a long history of naively and unthinkingly following the whims and directions/requests emanating from the Whitehouse.
A radio listener recent wrote me about an interview I did on EWTN Radio with Barbara McGuigan. I mentioned that I had been doing a teaching on dating and modesty at a Theology on Tap session.
Despite the efforts and different programs, recidivism rate among sexual offenders reaches %. It is not a positive tendency, as it means that every 19th offender released from prison commits new sex crime within 3 years after release. As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria.
Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from nationwidesecretarial.com