This is a very good article in laying out a Theory of how certain prophecy puzzle pieces may fit together.
I have always found it believable that the Rapture could play a role in accelerating certain prophecy events and I am amazed that most consider the events independently without looking at the “what if’s”.
What if, this happens, then what would be the fall out.
It is an interesting read on where we find ourselves today and what could lie ahead.
We discussed the conditioning process that must be necessary in order for the antichrist to accomplish all that the Bible sets out for him in a brief seven years. It is one thing to control the global economic, governance and religious systems, it is another thing altogether to centralize it first.
It takes no time at all to assume power over something, provided that something is fully developed to that purpose. The antichrist doesn’t have the time to develop the systems or prepare the public to accept them.
The Scriptures say that he takes control of the levers of power, he doesn’t create them. While the Scriptures say that he has a “look more stout than his fellows” and a “mouth speaking great things” — he must first have a willing and receptive audience, or he is just another fierce-looking politician.
When the One was elevated to office in 2008, he certainly looked and sounded pretty fierce. And he had a willing and receptive audience. But what he didn’t have at his disposal in 2009 was the necessary global infrastructure.
Nonetheless, the practices and policies of the Obama administration are so similar to those outlined by the Scriptures for the last days that he’s made a lot of people to wonder aloud, “Could the One be THE One?”
Not likely. Some of the stuff ascribed to the antichrist for the last days will require real leadership, not just empty words and lofty rhetoric (although he will be good at that, too.)
So on that score, Obama isn’t likely to be THE One. But it could be argued that he has done more to move the world in the direction necessary than any leader of any nation since World War Two.
One of the main obstacles holding back the revelation of the man of sin is public acceptance. While the conditioning process is complete across much of the world, America has, to this point, remained a stubborn hold-out.
The Russians, Chinese, Europeans, NATO and the UN are more than merely prepared to turn over the reins of power to a strongman, they are actually seeking one.
The EU has been attempting to create a super-dictator to impose the EU’s will on an unwilling population since the Treaty of Rome set European reunification as its ultimate goal back in 1957.
The Euro-planner’s chief difficulty is in creating a leader powerful enough to impose his will on the people but NOT one powerful enough to impose his will on them.
The UN and NATO are equally eager to put their bets on some kind of global authority that can cut through national self interests and impose solutions to such problems as global climate change or threats to the global economy.
Unfortunately for them, America has always been a main obstacle to their globalization plans. No global system could be “global” without the inclusion of the world’s only military and economic superpower. It would take a lot of time and conditioning to convince Americans to surrender their sovereignty to a central power.
Over the years, we’ve gradually come to accept the truth of the statement that a politician only lies when his lips are moving. But it wasn’t that long ago that lying to the public was the kiss of death.
Richard Nixon assured the nation; “I’m not a crook.” Until the country learned that he was lying, making Nixon the first President to resign from office in disgrace.
The One has conditioned much of America and the world to accept that there is nothing exceptional about America and that it needs UN supervision as much as does Russia, China or any of the other hegemonic dictatorships around the world.
America has been conditioned to accept the idea that laws are only applicable to certain segments of society and that other segments are exempted based on their color, creed, national origin or sexual predilection.
Americans are constantly bombarded with propaganda highlighting their differences. America is more race-conscious today than it has been at any time in the past fifty years. The new racial epithet is direct and to the point . . . the new, all inclusive “n” word is racist.
Call someone a ‘racist’ and he is immediately moved to the back of the intellectual bus, to be isolated and ignored as a person whose views are intolerant, which is the socially-acceptable word used to exclude that person from having any influence in mainstream society.
It doesn’t matter if the label is accurate once it has been made; the damage has been done. What can one say in response? “Some of my best friends are black?”
(We could call that argument, the Zimmerman Defense.)
To my point, there is zero evidence in Florida shooting defendant George Zimmerman’s background to suggest racism.
Zimmerman is himself a mixed-race registered Democrat who mentored black kids. One of his defenders was a personal friend and former local TV reporter who scoffed at the notion Zimmerman might be racist and who incidentally happened to be black.
The only reason that Zimmerman was ultimately arrested and charged with murder was because of race. Zimmerman was accused of gunning Martin down because Martin was black and Sanford officials were accused of letting Zimmerman go because he was white.
Remove the racial elements and you have a legally-armed citizen using deadly force to stop an attack in which Zimmerman was clearly injured by Trayvon Martin. His use of deadly force was in accordance with Florida law, and was one of nearly 200 similar instances since the law was passed in 2005.
America has been conditioned to accept the tyranny of the minority as a sort of ‘penance’ which it owes to special interest groups wronged by previous generations.
Consequently, parents must allow their children to be indoctrinated into gay culture, Islamic culture, black liberation culture, or any other culture (except Judeo-Christian culture) or face the social consequences of exclusion meted out by the Left to anyone so hateful, intolerant and racist as to dare to object.
Meanwhile, the most lawless administration in American history continues to scoff at subpoenas, Acts of Congress, federal immigration laws, states’ rights and demands for impartial investigations.
This is pretty much exactly the way the Bible predicts the last days will unfold.
“Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
But wait! While all those things apply to the current administration, all the political signs point to “the One” as the nickname for his historical legacy, as in the “one term” Obama administration.
Most of the national political headlines show him slipping against Romney, while a recent global Pew Poll showed his approval slipping on a global basis. It seems increasingly clear that any resemblance between Barack Hussein Obama and the prophesied antichrist are merely coincidental.
What caused Obama to fail? Where did he go wrong?
Let me put it another way. If there is one segment of American society that you could point to and say that segment is THE most responsible for the failure of Obama’s policies, which would you choose?
Let me throw out some choices for the one segment most responsible for Obama’s failure.
The list can be infinite, but I’ll get the ball rolling with; 1) Republicans; 2) Islamic terrorists; 3) the Tea Party; or 4) the Blood-bought Church.
Everything in American politics is about compromise. The public demands political compromise between Republicans and Democrats.
The White House is compromising with terrorists in order to extricate the US from Afghanistan. Even the Tea Party’s staunchest stalwarts recognize the need for compromise in order to get anything done.
To which of the groups in my little list is “compromise” a dirty word?
How much room does a Blood-bought, born-again Christian have to compromise on such issues as abortion, gay marriage and other matters of faith and conscience?
The answer, of course, is zero. Which is why the One is so close to zero now.
The Apostle Paul expanded on his teaching of the Rapture in his First Letter to the Thessalonians after word reached him that a heresy had crept into the church at Thessolonika that the Rapture had happened and they had been left behind.
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2)
The Apostle went on to explain that that Day (of the Rapture) shall not come until there is a great falling away, a period of great apostasy, that must come first.
Clearly exasperated, Paul even reminds them that he explained this to them in his first teaching of the Rapture.
“Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? ”
Having brought his earlier teaching to mind, Paul reminds them;
“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.”
What withholds the antichrist from being revealed prematurely, which would result, not in his becoming the One, but being revealed as the Zero, Paul reveals in the next verse:
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way.”
The “what” is actually a “Who” and that “Who” is the Holy Spirit. Since He is God, the Holy Spirit can’t be literally removed — He is “taken out of the way” figuratively, by removing the vessels He indwells.
It isn’t the Holy Spirit that votes in elections or writes letters or answers polls — it is the vessels that He indwells that do that. Strictly speaking, it isn’t the Holy Spirit that revealed the One to be a big, fat zero.
It is the vessels that He indwells that did that. And the Bible says that it is those indwelt vessels (you, me, the Blood-bought Church) that will withhold the revealing of the antichrist until his time.
What does it mean? It means that the Enemy dare not tip his hand for fear the Church will recognize his man. We’ve already demonstrated our vigilance with a test case. The next guy would get the same scrutiny.
The Enemy can’t move forward until his rear is secure. And that won’t happen as long as the indwelt Church is on the job.
“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.”
Until that happens, the Church will be here to reveal when the One is really just a zero.
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
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If you have not asked Christ into your life, the essential gospel is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and that He was raised on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Believing this is the only qualification for salvation. We are sinners in need of a savior. Jesus died for our sins, and to prove that His death was sufficient for us, God raised Him from the dead on the third day. Believing in our heart that God raised Him from the dead is our assurance that He will raise us, too.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Cor. 15:3-4).