Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekly Bible Study – March 30, 2015

The Rapture and the Second Advent. Part 2.



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Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life:

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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The Rapture and the Second Advent. Part 2.

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The Rapture and the Second Advent. Part 2.

1. Rapture - imminent - can happen at any moment.
2. Second advent - approximately 7 years after the Rapture.

MAT 24:37-39, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.

Whether it’s the Rapture or the Second Advent which is the Second coming they are both going to be a startling event.

Isagogics is the historical setting of the passage.
Categories is the systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.

Exegesis is the grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages.

The most overt dramatic arrival the world will ever see is in REV 1:7. It is followed by 1,000 years of our Lord’s Millennial reign.

REV 21:1, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

2PE 3:12, looking for and hastening or expecting the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!

ROM 9:27-28, And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea [a reference to both believers and unbelievers who are Jewish] it is the remnant [those who have become born again] that will be saved;

The distinction is between all those who are Jews by blood and all those who are Jews who have been regenerated or have believed on the lord jesus Christ for salvation.

ROM 9:6, But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;

ROM 9:28, for the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, thoroughly and quickly.

This statement has to do with the immanency of the Rapture, for according to the Word of God, the Rapture is next prophecy to be fulfilled and it can happen at any time. True, there will be some historical events that take place before the Rapture and those are the “signs of the times” and they are prevalent today. So that the Rapture can happen at any moment. Seven years later, the Second Coming or the Second Advent will take place on this earth.

These two events could happen anytime. And, even though they have not happened as of yet, what do we have to lose by living as though they could have happened in this generation at any moment? We lose nothing except living a life for eternity rather than time. What Paul is teaching is to warn the Romans of the fact that just like God used prophecies in the OT which He fulfilled concerning the discipline of His people, don’t do what they did, which was to ignore His warnings.

There is a time coming on this earth which the Bible says more about than any other period of time in all of human history, including the time that the Lord Jesus Christ walked the face of this earth for the first time.

JUD 1:14-15, And about these also Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Satan’s time of desperation, DAN 9:27;
Day of wrath; ZEP 1:14-16;
The hour of testing, REV 3:10.

It is a great period of wrath on this earth, both from God and from Satan, ZEP 1:15-18. It is a time of great judgment on the earth like never before, REV 6:16-17.

A great time of indignation, ISA 26:20-21.
Destruction, JOE 1:15;
Darkness, JOE 2:2;

The Tribulation is a seven year dispensation whereby the first 3 1/2 years are times of blessings and prosperity, but that last 3 1/2 years are the worse years in human history. Because of this theological event known as the Rapture, the church, the body of Christ will not go through this period. The Rapture is used in a technical theological sense for the resurrection of the royal family of God.

Prin - The rapture or the resurrection of the Church is God’s means of terminating the Church-age and delivering us from the wrath to come.

1TH 1:10, Wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

This is why TIT 2:13 calls the Rapture or the appearing of the lord Jesus Christ, “Our blessed hope or happy guarantee”, even the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” In this way you should learn to apply doctrine, be occupied with the person of Jesus Christ so that you have a wonderful life and death.

Prin-”All believers can have confidence, hope and a guarantee with regard to the Rapture!

TIT 2:13 states that the rapture is a “happy” guarantee or a doctrine which produces fantastic and marvelous confidence.

1CO 15:57 “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The doctrine of the translation of the church is found in many passages. JOH 14:1-3; 1CO 15:51-52; 2TH 2:1; PHI 3:20-21; 1TH 4:13-18; 2CO 5:1-9; 1CO 1:8.

Alexis Tsipras - just recently come out from nowhere and has taken a charismatic control of Greece, and is backed by another individual who is very powerful but as Satan does, he has kept himself hidden behind the scenes, he is a man called George Soros. Many who know of him and the Rothschild’s, believe he is even more powerful than them, his name is George Soros. He gave billions and billions of dollars to left-wing causes against the USA and Jews and Christians. Soros has given more than billion to these groups who are anti-Semitic and anti Christian. Solos has also influence the U.S. elections: Soros once said that removing President George W. Bush from office in 2004 was the “central focus of my life.” His early financial support helped jump-start Barack Obama’s political career. Soros hosted a 2004 fund-raiser for Obama and within hours Obama announced that he was running for President. Soros wants to destroy American sovereignty: Soros would like nothing better than for America to become submissive to international Nations. In Media Matters: Soros is a financial backer of Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group that wants to take away America’s freedom. Soros has been a major funder of, a progressive advocacy group and political action committee that raises millions for liberal candidates. He gave millions of dollars to the Center for American Progress: promoting President Clinton as well as President Obama. He is also an environmental extremist: He was instrumental in getting billions for Obama’s stimulus package condoning socialism and communism.

ISA 14:12-14. - he has the thinking of Satan who wants to be like the most high.

Currency manipulation: A large part of Soros’ multibillion-dollar fortune has come from manipulating currencies. Known as “The Man who Broke the Bank of England,” Soros initiated a British financial crisis by dumping 10 billion sterling into the English banking system, forcing the devaluation of the currency and gaining over a billion-dollar profit. Soros has repeatedly said that he sees himself as a messianic figure. Soros has become very powerful because with his money he influences the mainstream media throughout the entire world, including America, England, Russia, China and the middle East.
Alexis Tsipras, not only has he formed an alliance with George Soros but also with Russia and is talking with Pope Francis about a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. His party in Greece is called SYRIZA which means the party for the left radicals, promoting socialism and communism, both designed to take away human rights and freedom.

TIT 2:13, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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