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Well thought out scriptural based logic on the “this generation” prophecy that Christ delivered in Matthew’s account (Matthew 24:34).

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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This Generation

 

 By Thomas Blackmon


Greetings to all of my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. I have enjoyed reading your articles and I am impressed with the unity of thought of most of the writers. We need to be unified about the Pre-Trib Rapture position and boldly teach it as the truth (that it is). Neither the Post-Trib view nor the Mid-Trib view can possibly be true. They are both in error. Mid-Tribbers are, in reality—date setting.

If Jesus and the angels don’t know the day or hour, then neither do any of us know when the Rapture will take place — other than it will occur before the wrath of God descends upon the earth and its’ inhabitants.  Mid-Tribbers are specifying the mid-point of the Tribulation (which is a form of date setting). The arguments for these positions are weak at best, and can be refuted with Scripture.

I want to make a couple of points in this article. The first point is that Jesus Himself established the truth of the Rapture of the church although He let Paul give the specific details. It makes perfectly good sense that He didn’t outline the whole process of the Rapture at the time because His discussion with the disciples took place before the church was formed. They were confused and frightened enough without adding more angst to their thoughts.

When those inquiring minds questioned Jesus about the end, He pointed to various signs, beginning with the fig tree (Israel) and talking about wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, etc. Jesus made the statement that no one (not even Himself or the angels) knew the day or hour but the Father only.

By saying this, He established the truth of the Rapture and made the distinction between it and the Second Coming, or the end of the evil world system. Reason with me: Daniel 12:11 reveals the exact day of the end—the Second Coming, when the Lord returns to earth with His church, or more correctly, with His Body and the angels—to uproot evil, at least for a while (1,000 years). Thus, the Rapture and the Second Coming, by definition are two separate events. For us, the Rapture is from the earth to the clouds while the Second Coming is from the clouds to the earth.

The second point I want to make is in reference to the title of this article. I have wrestled with the Lord with this question for years, and graciously, He revealed the answer not long ago. Back to the conversation with the disciples about the end; the Lord said that “this generation” would not pass until all these things have been fulfilled. What could He have meant?

I tell you in no uncertain terms that He was referring to a specific generation somewhere along the corridors of time, and there is only one generation that can fulfill this prophecy. We now have the answer. I saw a pastor the other night hocking his new book basically about this same question. When he was cornered with a hard question he bailed out by saying that he thought that the end was near but it could be another 1,000 years—what a cop out.

 I say, “Stand up believers, be bold and confident and trust Jesus. We need another Elijah on the scene today!”

Anyway, back to the answer to the question, “What generation?” According to my calculations, I was conceived around the same date that Israel became a nation (1948). I am 65 years old. My grandparents’ generation saw the first sign—fig tree (Israel) and were able to comprehend that sign but that generation has passed. “This generation” couldn’t be referring to my generation because although some of my generation saw the first sign (Israel), they (we) really didn’t understand what it meant.

Also any generation following my generation (the boomers) weren’t in place to witness and comprehend the first sign (Israel), thus, they are eliminated as “this generation.” Friends, that leaves us with the only possible answer which is, the World War II generation. My parents’ generation witnessed firsthand the hatred of the Jews, the holocaust, and the budding of the fig tree—the formation of the nation of Israel.

This information puts things in perspective, time-wise wouldn’t you agree, especially as we witness “this generation” fading from the scene?

Another fact that further tightens the timeline is that the Tribulation period itself is seven years in length. The World War II generation doesn’t have the luxury of much more delay before it passes away.

“Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Ezekiel 37:22 NIV).

Thomas Blackmon

thomasongs@hotmail.com

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Great overview of the current rapture theories and some of the issues they pose.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Rapture? Which Rapture?

By Jack Kelley

http://gracethrufaith.com

Among Christians who believe there will be a rapture of the Church, the great majority of us are convinced it will precede the end times judgments. This position is commonly called the pre-tribulation rapture.

Those who reject the pre-trib view are either mid-tribulation, post tribulation or pre-wrath rapture advocates.       In this study we’ll review these rapture positions. (more…)

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Now this is a hopeful message!!!

As a born-again Christian you are essentially a spiritual being. You are a creature that The Holy Spirit has sealed as “heavenly.” You are not an “earth dweller.” We belong in heaven, and our home is not here on this earth; our home is the Father’s House. Essentially we are ambassadors, sojourners and pilgrims in transit to our true home, which is in heaven.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Tired of the Rapture Mongers?

Part One

By Vernon Gray


Are you sick and tired of these Rapture ready Christians who are always on about Jesus coming for His church in an event called the Rapture?

Have you had enough of them forever going on about getting ready and preparing your life for His return? Do you also find excuses to ”switch off” when they get all excited about an event that you personally have no real connection with?

Do you find them annoying when all they seem to speak about is Jesus and the Rapture? Are you irritated by the constant drone of their take on “End Time” events and what is happening in the world around us as if they have some special knowledge?

Are you too disinterested when they harp on about the books of Revelation and Daniel? What about their rather negative world view especially when it comes to the New World Order, the Illuminati or the European Union to mention but a few. And of course they are constantly going on about Israel; “Blood Moons,” Jewish Feasts and “Signs of the Times “as they call it.

If you are any of the above this article is especially for you.

If you are a born-again Christian and you take the Bible seriously and the Rapture is not on your radar, you need to assess your theology and doctrinal stance. You could be in grave danger of being deceived by the god of this world. Chances are that you probably you have been influenced by liberal teachers from churches who discard prophecy and the doctrine of the Rapture as a “pathetic” pipe dream.

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If you ever wondered how you could increase your discernment, JD lays it out very well this week as he explores why we believe what we believe.

By studying the Truth, Gods word, you get so familiar with the Truth that any deception placed before you, leaps out at you as untrue.

On the flip side, I think this is why so many are deceived today.  No one reads their Bibles, God’s word.  Or they read these watered down interpretations of God’s word.  Versions that have been made “PC” and hip with today’s culture.  Supposedly covered with sugar to help the medicine go down.

Studying God’s word is medicine for what ails us, but it shouldn’t need sugar to take it, it will turn our lives right side up and free us from our captivity.  The Truth will set you free!

God’s word keeps our minds sharp and on guard against the overwhelming deception we are surrounded and taken captive by today.  You must know the Truth, to know when your being fed the counterfeit.

In the second half of JD’s sermon on getting back to the basics, he puts forth Revelations as the place to start.  Some would call this odd but after listening to his sermon, I am in 100% agreement, I believe that is exactly what God wants us to do, and why this world tries to make Revelations seem so scary and forbidden.

God spoke to John and told him to write about what he had seen (past), what was currently (present), and what will come (future).

Revelation 1:1-3

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

JD breaks out the book of Revelations brilliantly as follows:

Past          Ch1     Christ Crucified, Buried, Resurrected

Present    Ch 2-3     Church History

Future      Ch 4-5     Rapture

Ch 6-19     Seven Year Tribulation

Ch 20     Millennium

Ch 21-22     New Heaven and New Earth

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

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We’ve probably said those words a thousand times, be it in prayers, hymns, or scripture reading.  But did we ever stop to think of what they really meant?  Especially with all the calamity these days.  I hadn’t until I read the article below.  It is very timely with all of the talk about the end of the world, first the Mayan’s now the Pope.  The end of the world is on people’s minds.  God’s word has a lot to say about it if we would take the time to read it.

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Dec 17, 2012

World Without End

The end of the world is scheduled for this Friday, December 21, 2012, according to the Mayan calendar, as analyzed by some. Many scenarios of what supposedly will happen on that date have for months–even years— been predicted by the purveyors of doom for Planet Earth. The Mayan “prophecy” goes basically as follows.

The Mayan civilization was extremely advanced in mathematics, engineering and astronomy. They also had an incredible understanding of time and space. Various calendars were in use to track time in linear progressions within cycles. The “Great Cycle” of the “Long Count” calendar equates to 5,125.36 years. The Current Great Cycle is due to be completed on the winter solstice of 2012, December 21. So, it has been interpreted that on this day, the Great Cycle ends, Time ends, so the Earth must end as well. (2012endofdays.org).

The Mayan “Long Count” concludes on the very day the sun lines up with the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It is said that (more…)

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I have often thought about what do you leave behind for those that were left behind to endure the tribulation.  I have never gone as far as Sandy below but have wondered if we will be aware of those we know that are still on earth.  She does a great job summing up what I would have said and the split emotion we feel of overwhelming joy and sorrow for those left behind.

Maranatha Lord, come quickly!

-myblessedhope

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OUT OF OFFICE………Raptured

By Sandy Howard


Thank you for your email.

I am sorry that I am unable to respond to your email right now. I am currently out of my office without access to email, cell phone, landline phone, U.S. mail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Post- It note, smoke signal, or personal contact of any kind. I have been: Raptured!

I do not have an exact date of return at this point. However, I will be returning in approximately seven years. I’ll be the one riding on a (I hope) paint horse (I used to own a paint horse whom I loved with all my heart). So, who knows, maybe he will be allowed to give me one last ride! I will be following behind the Savior Jesus, whom you can’t miss (seriously, EVERY eye will see Him). He will be riding on a white horse, bigger than life, and will be entering from above like a LION!

Ok, back to reality today. I sure wish I could put the above auto-reply in my email today, but alas, I have not heard the (more…)

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Jack Kelly lays out a great comparison below of who the Tribulation is for.  I really like his concise explanation of the different audiences that are present in the Bible.  The majority of confusion surrounding prophecy comes when you do not take the time to put the scripture in context but also identify who the audience is that Jesus and/or God is speaking too.

It is the purpose of the tribulation that always kept coming up when I first started studying prophecy many years ago.  Some of the interpretations just didn’t make sense as to why it was needed.  Christ’s act of grace on the cross is all that we need, as the church, for salvation.  It allowed God to forgive us of our all of our sins: past, present, and future.

Just think about that for a moment…

How powerful is that?  He forgave through one-act of selflessness, all our past sins and our present sins, but also all of our future sins.  We are redeemed!  That to me is just mind-blowing.  He knows our heart and our actions before we even do them.  He knows we will struggle with sin while we are still in this world, but through Christ we have overcome!

Maranatha Lord, come quickly!

-myblessedhope

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The Tribulation’s Purpose Vs. The Church’s Nature

by Jack Kelly


Therefore keep watch because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matt. 25:13)

Those who shy away from the study of prophecy are fond of quoting the above verse as their justification.  But earlier in the same passage, the Lord had admonished all who read His words of prophecy to understand them (Matt 24:15).  In addition the Apostle Paul wrote that the events leading up to the end of the age should not take believers by surprise (1 Thes. 5:4) implying that we should be familiar with them.

Since the Bible cannot contradict itself, Matt. 24:15 must have been aimed at a different audience than Matt. 25:13.  And sure enough, a closer look reveals that both the implied timing and the intended audience of the two Matthew passages are different.  Matt. 24:15  was intended for everyone who would ever read the passage, but in Matt 25:13 the Lord was only speaking to people remaining on Earth at His Second Coming.  We know this because it follows Matt. 24:30 which describes the 2nd Coming.  Matt. 24:36-37 confirms the context to be the 2nd Coming, as does Matt. 25:1.  Of course in 1 Thes 5:4 Paul was addressing the church, who will not be on Earth at the 2nd Coming, but in the presence of the Father (1 Thes. 3:13).

What both the Lord (Matt.24:15) and Paul (1 Thes. 5:4) were saying is that while we won’t know the exact timing of things, we should understand the sequence of events leading up to the Day of the Lord. And perhaps no event in the sequence is more controversial than the Rapture of the Church, especially as it relates to the Great Tribulation.

It seems to me that the first thing we should do in trying to obey the Lord’s commandment to understand all this is to clarify two things, 1) the purpose of the Great Tribulation, 2) the nature of the Church.

The Purpose of the Great Tribulation

The phrase Great Tribulation makes reference to a specific event, not a general condition. While the Lord warned the disciples (more…)

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