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Are We Living in the End Times?

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April 19, 2022 5:00 am

Are We Living in the End Times?

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Dr. Chris Hughes talks about the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus.

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I encourage you to go back you can go wherever you receive podcast encouraging of Truth Network and look at their podcast network, but on Apple or spot of fire where you get your podcast. You can find our show each day are ready or show comes a podcast is called the Christian perspective of her shoes couple weeks ago I talked about time that we were living in the end of the age. I think we need to realize that Jesus Christ could return at any time Bible tells us that one out of every 30 Bible verses in the Bible references Jesus return or in time for over 300 references to the return of Jesus in the 216 chapters of the New Testament. 23 of the 27 books of the New Testament mentioned Jesus return Joe, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Moshe Meyer profit all talk about Jesus return and most importantly, Jesus promised that he would return one day so why don't we believe that Jesus is coming, we need to believe these coming again. You and Satan is okay if you believe that Jesus is coming again same just don't want you to think these coming again soon. There needs to be an urgency we need to live our lives with urgency over 2000 years that Jesus left this earth to return one day we need to realize that he could return at any Part of the reason Satan doesn't want us to live our lives with urgency.

He knows that we have an urgency.

We believe that Jesus could return at any time working to live our lives differently to do things like pray every single day to be a bold witness for Jesus Christ. You know I believe that one of the primary responsibility of every Christian is to tell other people about Jesus. And if you have an urgency to understand Jesus to return at any time you're going to want to tell your friends and family and really everybody you know that Jesus is coming again, and they need to get the life right with him. If we live our lives with an urgency we will live a holy life and as I said, if we live our lives with urgency.

What I tell everybody that we know Jesus is coming again on the rapture, the second coming. The same thing.

Are they two different things. Are they two different phases of one thing is only to dig into the little bit today. At first I want to remind you of the signs that we talked about a couple weeks ago that we could be living. And then today the first lab that were telling the end of the age is that terrorism is occurring all over the world today. Remember if you get if you study your Bible in chapter 1 verse 26 says man's heart shall fail them for fear of things that are coming on this earth and waived. We have seen this all over the world from from 9/11 to bombings all over just just about a week ago there was a terrorist attack on a subway station in New York evidently armed gunmen released the smoke bombs on the subway on Brooklyn right outside a New York shot 10 people. That's an act of terrorism, and people are scared to go out in public people are scared of what's going on or what can happen currently is Russia's invaded Ukraine their sphere of terrorism and war all over the world. The second soured into the age of the increase of knowledge on earth and we got that Daniel chapter 12 verse four the Bible says without Daniel shut up the words and seal the book, even until the end of time when many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall greatly be increased, and we live in a time really where there's been a knowledge explosion on earth. And if you look at the great advances made since two or 3000 years ago were people just riding horses or walking.

And now we have our supersonic airplanes and rocketship that can go to the moon into outer space and I mean you are much Basic is sitting things in outer space all the time and look how transportation change locale light as change works menu choose torches and fire polite and then we are laser the light bulb so much more. Look at communication worked in some places around the world are you drums or Native Americans in the United States. Would you smoke signals today did get all Snapchat you can messenger you can Facebook all kinds of ways to communicate. We never had those always communicate before and then think about just this knowledge in general a thing. The kids are taught calculus and algebra history, and so many things in school are taught now, even when I was a kid only way we can get information was really present all the world book encyclopedia, but now you can get on Google and the knowledge explosion staggers the mind as you can get on your laptop or even your cell phone right now and get on the Internet and you can drown in a sea of knowledge. The third time that were near the end of the age of the birth of Victor warfare. Zechariah 1412 says, and that this is the place that the Lord shall spin on all those who come to fight against Jerusalem. Her flesh shall melt away while they stand on their feet of the Azure consumer whether all in their tongue shall consume more in their mouth baccarat is perfectly describing what happens to a human body. A nuclear blast. That's been a real fear in our society today is Russia invaded Ukraine a couple months ago gave the threat of possible nuclear warfare and how could that happen where your flesh will burn away before your body of the Grail. The only way it would happen as soon as your war. There's a second Scripture. In second Peter 310 says that they have the Lord shall come as a thief in the night which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise by the way could be the noise of a great explosion in the Bible goes on to say in the elements shall melt with fervent heat and earth and the works that are in shall be burned up.

That's exactly what happened in a nuclear explosion aboard evidence and were approaching the end of the age is a message of the parable of victory Jesus said in this parable in Luke. He said when you see the fig tree Bloom know that my coming is very soon verily I say into you, this generation shall not pass away until all is will fill in many Bible scholars believe that that our generation because Israel had not been a nation since the time of Jesus. Almost 2000 years.

It was not a nation at all.

But in 1948 Israel once again became a nation. The fifth evidence that we reach the end of the age and return of Jesus could come very soon with the regathering of Jews from across the world and particularly from Russia to Israel which happened about 20 years ago started happening.

Jeremiah 23 seven says. Therefore, the days are coming, saith the Lord, that they shall no longer saith the Lord lives, which brought us up out of Egypt.

They shall say is the Lord lives that brought us up out of North country again. Many scholars believe the Bible is referring to Russia with his work. Countries that they may dwell safely in the land just a prediction of things that are really happen in our lifetime. And in this generation. The sixth and were approaching the end of the age of the fact that Jerusalem is no longer under Gentile control from 70 ideas I mentioned a while ago when the Romans attacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. The Jews were not in control of Jerusalem until the Six-Day War of 1967.

Remember, they became a nation again in 1948 with a took control of Jerusalem in 1967.

Really the only port they don't control melt a portion of the Temple Mount for their two Muslim mosque located in that area right now.

Luke 2120 forces in Jerusalem shall be trodden down the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles. We fulfill Zechariah 316 says in that day shall be said to Jerusalem. Fear not, for the Lord thy God is in the midst of the we are looking at the imminent return of Jesus at any time to step aside approaching the end of the age.

I believe the invention of international television, the Internet, Revelation chapter 11. If you're read it worse is that intent talks about two witnesses who going to be brutally killed by the Antichrist in the whole world is going to see it when it happens that I rise again in three days will until our generation. There was never the ability now that we have TV and Internet. The whole world to see something happening at one time but we have that ability now. Because of these new inventions states that were approaching the end of the ages, famines and pestilence and size of the earth and assigned to the sky and we have more famines, you will realize the United States could were blessed with more famine of the world than ever before. And then you have diseases that have no cure that Asus was just going to lose the fantasy is just what happens with that about the rest. Stick around this show is brought to you by generous jokes. The coffee company with the Christian perspective, this is the answer that Christians and conservatives have been looking for a coffee company that gives back causes you care about. Order your copy today at shop generous Joe' and even subscribe to a subscription coffee plan and never forget the coffee you love or causes you care about blocking the thick step for Jesus 10 feet of Bible come to life this December and chewing nationally for radio host and found the city since funding a Foundation to create life-changing it's one of the world's oldest and most fascinating channel from all over the world for thousands of reasons. Religious clutter explores Christianity's most tragic, the richest site like the wailing rocket done with Chris through the winding alleyways to Nancy's hand to place that I think is very cowardly and Jewish porches see first-hand what the Bible took place touring Israel with Dr. Chris Hughes is a travel addict like new citizens fund management and get ready for an unforgettable trip last a lifetime time creating there is another line 39 year relationship is not rain sharing is in line enjoy one American World War II hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur retired this date, April 19, 1951 he was supreme Allied Cmdr. in the Pacific receiving Japan's surrender. He served in France during World War I was superintendent of West Point and the youngest man to the Army Chief of Staff commanded the UN forces during the Korean War, but was dismissed by Pres. Truman for not fighting a limited war Douglas MacArthur remarked like the old soldier that valid. I now close my military career and just fade away. An old soldier who has tried to do his duty as God gave them the light is replenishment 1888 welcome a pursuit and I'm talking today about end times. A lot of people are asking around the world today are we living in the end times and I believe the Bible is very clear that we are definitely living in the end times today follicle the night find that I'll mention today were approaching and an end of the age of the spine given in Matthew 2437 where it says, as in those days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of Man and there were three biblical distinctions of the generation of Noah. One is they were eating and drinking, meaning they were given a gluttony that certainly a problem in our nation today around the world. Secondly, they were buying and selling, meaning that were mastered by materialism. Does that sound familiar. And here's what's going to touch a nerve is not like semiautomatics. Okay Glenn email the going get mad at me. The first sign of that aid was there was an aggressive homosexual community member when I surrounded lots house, and demanded his belt. Yes, and they threatened a lot of eating given others will guess right on the spot.

I want to tell you the homosexual movement stronger around the world today than it's ever been and I don't blame the homosexuals for demanding what I won't. I blame cowardly Christians were not standing up for what they believe less than 10% of humanity should not control the other 90% of us unless we remain silent. I want to tell you that we are living in the plasm in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, and it's a sign that the world is at the end of the age and I just shared in the previous segment.

This signed it with what the Bible said was going to happen and that we are living in that time. Right now I want to send a jump into something different right now want to talk about the rapture of the church and second coming.

A lot of people hear the term rapture. They might not know what it means. I remember about 20 years ago a man named Tim LaHaye wrote a series of books called left behind in the end it was a fictional set of books were based on what the Bible said would happen and I think there were like 12 or 13 of those books but basically it chronicled what happened to a family after the rapture of the church, what would happen to the earth all that time so if you're interested. I mean, I recommend you have there there there are not there fiction.

Okay, but the actions in the fiction book, refer to things that the Bible predicted what happened. If you don't like that I can recommend some other great Steve Gary Frazier, a good friend of mine is been on the show. Gary Frazier has written many wonderful books about end time prophecy and what can happen in times I got her to LaHaye is no longer alive, who also wrote the fictional series left behind, says many great works of nonfiction talk a lot about end time probably. And of course you go on Amazon my book of Revelation revealed the who, what, when and where of end times as a revelation revealed the who what when where of end times in from those books you can learn a lot about what the Bible says that happened nothing going on the world right now should scare us because the Bible is Dulles what's going to happen. The Bible tells us how we can be prepared to be ready when these things happen. I want to share with you even though some things just in the previous segment described my scary.

I want to tell you that Jesus is coming again, and if you're a follower of Jesus Christ when he comes back to earth to get you to take his church away from the terrible times of the tribulation that are ahead. Bible tells us that there be a seven year period of time when terrible things take place on this earth. I don't want to be there that happened in the Bible tells us that if we will admit that we are sinners and folks everyone up as the sand we've all done something wrong in our lives. The Bible tells us that sin separates us from God because of our sin. We deserve to die and spend an eternity in hell, if we admit our send to God and ask for his forgiveness and then we change the way that we live is like driving down the road and no going the wrong direction. Do you turn in changing the direction we need to change from our send in wicked and evil ways and then if we tell Jesus that we believe that he died on the cross and rose again from the dead to save our lives, which is what we are we celebrating here with Easter or what we just celebrated. I mean with. Easter is a resurrection of Jesus Christ and if we tell him that will serve him. All of our lives that will be an eternity with God and Jesus. One day in heaven when he comes rapture the church we've done that will be taken away from all the terrible things that are going to happen in this time that were talking about today so I started talk about end time prophecy we we look to the importance of studying in time prophecy and it is the second most talked about topic in the Bible. Did you realize that very few preachers today, ever discussed in time prophecy but as the second most talked about playing in the Bible. I want to remind you that I'm not making any predictions.

As I begin to talk about the rapture cake. The Bible tells us that no man knows the date of the Matthew 24, 36 says, but of that day and hour no is no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my father only so as I begin to discuss in time prophecy don't get worked up because even though I do believe that we living in the end days. I do believe that we need to live our lives with urgency and I do believe because of all the things of them fulfilled the Bible tell us what happened that Jesus could return it anytime I do not know the day the time of the hour when Jesus Christ will return for the believers in the church of Jesus Christ, also believe that when we study the Bible and dog prophecy that we need to reach Scripture literally whenever possible. So member I talked about the size of the end times now want to talk about the rapture.

What is the rapture, when will it occur, who will be rapture. What will happen to those who are not rapture is the rapture really the second coming of Jesus of the Bible has a lot to say about end times in nearly every book of the Bible contains prophecy regarding the end times taking all of these prophecies and organize them really can be difficult but I'm I give you kind of a brief summary of what the Bible declares will happen in the end time is usually the Bible tells us that first Jesus will remove all born-again believers were part of the church and I know that can be controversial.

Some people there are different theories you will Jesus return before the seven-year period of time were great suffering will take place we call tribulation. Some people believe you were turn in the middle of the tribulation. Some people believe you were turn at the end of the tribulation. Some people don't believe in a rapture at all well this is not my position. I do believe, which I will explain to you in a few minutes. I do believe in the rapture of the church. I do believe that Jesus is Texas away from this earth. They will spend an eternity with him and not have to go through the tribulation. We put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ next to their W character that we refer to as the antichrist will come into power and he will sign a peace treaty with Israel for seven years Jeff described in Daniel chapter 9 verse 27 in the seven-year period of time is now is what we call tribulation. So if you hear churches or pastor talk about tribulation is a seven peer year period of time. The first 3/2 usually pretty bad. In the second 30 and 3 1/2 years is going to be absolutely terrible Bible tells us or be a world leader that comes on the same I we refer to him as the antichrist, and how you can know that the rapture is imminent is there's gotta be some trouble around Jerusalem. That's why a lot of people right now are paying great attention. Now I'm not saying this is the time don't twist what I'm saying with Russia invading the recurring Ukraine.

Many people believe that Vladimir Putin will not stop there and continue to push on down towards Israel if he does that, thing is going to but if he does, and there's a threat against Israel. The Bible says that there is not be a CAC from an army in the north, which could be Russia and there will be a peace treaty signed and if that peace treaty assigned you better wake up and be ready to be beamed up with this Jesus is coming again during the tribulation is going to be terrible wars and famine.

The plagues and natural disasters, and God will be pouring out his wrath against sin and evil and wickedness.

The tribulation will contain what we call the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is not the four Horsemen from wrestling like Ric flair, he stole it from the Bible but it will contain the four courts for the Apocalypse and the seventh seal seven seats of the Bible goes 21 series of things is going to happen.

The seventh seal judgments seven trumpet judgments and seven bowl judgments and hopefully will get into that in a week or two. Halfway through the seven years antichrist is going to break a peace covenant with Israel and make war against the antichrist is going to desecrate the temple less writer than to be a new temple built in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount and he's gonna set up an image of himself to be worshiped in the temple that described in Daniel chapter 9 inspect walk.

Second Thessalonians chapter 2, the second half of the tribulation member told you be 3 1/2 years really bad and this will be three and half years is really really bad. That second three and half years is known as the great tribulation. So if you hear that term in sermons or Bible study is tribulation with the second the second half of that seven-year. It's called the great tribulation is also called the time of Jacob's trouble at the end of the seven-year tribulation antichrist will watch a final attack on Jerusalem that'll culminate in what's called the bowel of Armageddon. You heard about Armageddon is that last final battle that will be at the end of this seven-year tribulation be leading up to that Jesus Christ again return is going to destroy the Antichrist and his army and the Bible tells us that Jesus will cash them in the lake of fire. You can find that in Revelation chapter 19 verses 11 to 21. The Bible tells us that Jesus will then bind Satan an abyss for a thousand years. And Jesus will rule his earthly kingdom for 1000 years as described in Revelation chapter 20 verses one through six at the end of the thousand years Satan will be released again and he will be defeated again and then he will be cast in the lake of fire.

You can read about that in Revelation chapter 20 verses 7 to 10 and then Jesus. The Bible tells us will judge all unbelievers.

People who have not been Chris will be judged by Jesus.

Jesus is the judge. You can read about that in Revelation chapter 20 verses 10 to 15 the great white throne judgment and he will cast them in the lake of fire. Then the Bible tells us that Jesus will usher in a new habit and a new earth so that new heaven and a work is after Jesus comes again and he's not only rapture the church is come back in a second coming is ruled on earth for a thousand years Satan is released he put Satan away forever. And then a new heaven and new earth will be the eternal dwelling place of believers. The Bible tells us in Revelation chapter 21, 22 will be no more sin, so that commercial break, what is America has a strong Christian heritage, most Americans don't know if it's really important role in God and the Bible is indicated and found American foundation Dr. remaining days in our nation with crystalline bargaining journey discovering the hidden much of America's big time fishing here up close and personal, and how it evolved over the government and the mental health new kind of Republic when they acknowledge the creator of the truth about the creation of the mounting principles join this show is brought to you by generous Joe's coffee company with the Christian perspective, this is the answer that Christians and conservatives have been looking for a coffee company that gives back to causes you care about. Order your copy today at shop generous Joe's.and even subscribe to a subscription coffee plan and never forget coffee you love or causes you care about the conservative Baptist network is a dynamic movement of Southern Baptist pastors and churches and Christians committed to standing for the sufficiency of God's word in the face of a culture of compromise. The passion and prayer of the conservative Baptist network is that God would help Southern Baptist staple for the gospel so that we might see revival in America and the Christ.

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We talked about quickly find the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Now we need to live our lives with urgency.

By the way, if you have not registered yet encourage you go to citizens today to register to attend the cultural engagement Summit be held in Memphis Tennessee on Saturday, April 30 and you can learn a lot about the great things are happening in culture right now and you can how you can engage the culture for Jesus day were talking about the rapture of the church. What is the rapture of the church and was the second coming of the same thing is something different.

I like to phases of the same thing and that's what where to jump in the now. What is the rapture of the church.

The first promise of Jesus return is found in April is usually acts chapter 1 verse 11 that fact. 111. The word rapture, by the way a lot of people don't want to believe in the word rapture because I don't occur in the Bible you want the United States of America to occur in the Bible but were trended. He doesn't occur in the Bible are so many things that don't occur in the Bible and the English language that we have today, but that doesn't mean that they're not going to happen word rapture is not in the Bible, but the concept is clearly taught in Scripture, the rapture of the church so that you not familiar with that is the event in which God removes all believers from the earth in order to make a way for his righteous judgment to be poured out on the earth during the tribulation.

I'm not trying to trivialize this. But basically you think I like Star Trek, day were the followers of Jesus Christ. All Christians will be almost like being done taken away from the earth before the seven-year period that I've been talking about of the tribulation. We get the word rapture from the Greek word are pods which means to be snatched away when the New Testament is translated from Greek to Latin described use the term scribes are people who were copping the Bible putting in the new languages described use the term rapture to describe the taking away of the St. some people get upset and down the rapture when they find out the words, not in the New Testament patient been to be discouraged because none of the English word that we use are found in the original Greek New Testament. In other words not found.

As I mentioned is Trinity, but the Bible clearly teaches there is a Trinity so what exactly happens during the rapture. First Corinthians 4 verses 16 and 17 says for the Lord himself shall just send from heaven with a shout in the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first. The Bible continues then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up. Okay that caught up, snatched away, and that's the term will give for rapture 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 what the Bible thing the Bible says that Jesus is going to descend from heaven.

Remember when he died on the cross. Later still, the amount evolved. The ascended meeting he went up and they haven't. The Bible tells us the right now he's sitting on the right hand of God the father one day that he will return from heaven.

The Bible says that Jesus would just stand with a shout, we will hear the voice of the archangel. The trump of God will sound, the Bible says the dead in Christ will rise up and those who are alive or remain will be caught up in the air wondering what the rapture is I just described to you that Jesus would ascend from heaven said with a shout to be a voice of the archangel trump of God will sale dead in Christ, meaning Christians who are dead already.

Rise first and go to heaven and then those who are alive or remain will be called up to meet him in the air. That is the rapture of the church so is a rapture going to occur in relation to tribulation.

While the timing of the rapture in relation to tribulation is really what it was controversial issues in the church today and there are three primary views. I mentioned this briefly just a second ago.

One view is called a pre-tribulation rapture. That means the rapture occurs before the tribulation and asked that's the view that I take. I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. The second view is called a mid-tribulation rapture that major rapture occurs at a midpoint in the tribulation and then there's something called a post-tribulation rapture. That means the rapture begins at the end of the tribulation.

There are other theories to these are the three most common theories now would be clear with you, you're not going to go to hell if you believe a mid-or posterior pretrip revelation, a rapture of the important thing for you to know is that we are all sinners who need forgiveness of our sins and we need to ask God forgiveness of our sins we need to believe that Jesus Christ came to earth as God in the form of a man that he lived a sinless life that he died on the cross for your sins and mine is a penalty for said he was dead three days and he rose again from the grave. You need to promise to make him the Lord and Savior were alive and serve him the rest of our lives if we do that we are Christians were going to heaven and what our belief about what is going to return is not near as important is the belief that he will return okay so I'm telling you my theory and why I believe that a pre-tribulation rapture is not some for you to get matter worked up about. You just need to live your life urgency and know that Jesus could return at any time is important to recognize the purpose of the tribulation. According to Daniel 27 at the time period in which God will focus his attention, especially on Israel, will we be in the tribulation. I don't think we are the primary scripture passage on the rapture's first Thessalonians 413 to 18 states that all living believers along with all believers who have died me Jesus in the air and will be with him forever. The rapture is God's removing of his people from the earth. A few verses later in and out chapter 5 verse nine Paul says here's the Scripture. For God did not anoint us to suffer wrath but to read usually receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. That's why believe that we will be rapture descriptions and not here during the tribulation because all throughout the Bible any time major suffering and pain was coming out every little thing that major wrath is coming upon the earth. God took away his people, his remnant of people before he let that happen. The book of Revelation which deals a lot of books deal with within time prophecy.

Daniel is another prime example just about every book of the Bible talks about with the book of revelations which deals primarily with the time.

The tribulation is a prophetic message in the Bible how God's gonna pour out his wrath on the earth during the tribulation and maybe next week or so we can talk more about what's gonna happen.


To me it would seem inconsistent for God to promise believers will not suffer wrath in the verse that I just read you and then leave them on the earth during the tribulation. The fact that God promises deliver Christians from rest shortly after promising to remove his people from the earth really seemed to link these two together me another crucial passage on the time of the rapture. Revelation 310 there.

Jesus promises to deliver believers from what he calls the hour of trial that's going to come upon the earth, so I shared the three main views on on the when Jesus will return again. There is another view one or several, but probably the fourth most prominent is called the predators view event that predators view regard Revelation is a symbolic picture of the early church complex which of already been fulfilled.

This view denies the future predictive quality of most of the book of Revelation then were the predators movement essentially teaches that all in time prophecy of the New Testament were fulfilled around 70 A.D. so about about 40 years after they were 70 years after Jesus death when the Romans attacked and destroyed Jerusalem and Israel. When you read Revelation chapter 6 to 18 you read of the most terrible time that it will ever be on earth, the time when the beast or the Antichrist will for seven years and was called the great tribulation, and when the false prophet promotes a beast for the whole world to worship him as God.

Then in chapter 19.

Everything comes to a climax which literally comes to the return of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that Jesus defeats the beast and the false prophet at the battle of Armageddon and then he cast a little like a fire in chapter 20 Revelation Jesus has Satan bound up in the abyss and then Jesus sets up his earthly kingdom for a thousand years Bible tells of the end of the thousand years Satan is so loose and causes a brief rebellion and then Jesus quickly puts down that rebellion cast Satan out like a fire in the nursery.

A final judgment and the resurrection and judgment of all believers. Chapter 21, 22 of Revelation describe the eternal state. The way that all believers will enjoy the presence and fellowship of our Lord. For all of eternity. So basically that's what what we, call heaven today.

I mention predators him a while ago primitivism in my opinion, is entirely inconsistent with the interpretation of the book of Revelation is according the predators view event times. Chapter 6 to 18.

A Revelation symbolic and allegorical and do not describe little bit.

I think that's a problem I mean what I when I read the Bible. I like to read it literally is much as possible and and I think that's a dangerous credit of president of the predators staff.

I chapter 19 according to plagiarism of Revelation is to be totally understood, even though they ignored chapter 6 to 18. Jesus Christ is going to literally and physically return to earth folks and we need to be ready for in chapter 20 the predators again believe that that's allegorical and then chapter 21, 22, a Revelation or understood, at least partially, literally, and then there will be truly be a new heaven and new earth. Look just dangerous when you decide if I cafeteria Christianity. I think some of this but I want to go that it's either all through our none of it is true. I think the failure primitivism is that it puts the interpretation of Revelation the opinions of the interpreter and is not our opinion that matters is the fact that God present that matter.

Listen we are to read the Bible we are to believe and obey literally so why do I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture will go in John chapter 14 verses 1 to 3. Jesus said that he would come again take his followers to his father's house. I believe that if Jesus said something he met her. So let me say that again I believe in the Bible and every word of it and particularly if Jesus said something. I believe that he meant the first Thessalonians 110 Jesus said that he would deliver us from the wrath to come in first Thessalonians 413 to 18 and inverse current can 15 Jesus promised that the church would not pass the tribulation. So we covered a lot here about what is the rapture relation is that is the same thing of the rapture organization or individual is give us a call today at 704-9842 connect with the design on social in a world crowded with viewpoints of voice condition after a seven. I believe this financial problem. Only one voice matters God's at the college at Mid-America and Mid-America seminary.

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Yes, it is important and is important for us to live our lives with an urgency and understand that Jesus can return it anytime we live our lives with third will be a time of constant prayer, Bible readings will not believe that everyone is going to help Alexander.

Jesus would have an urgency to tell other people about Jesus, and will be more inclined to live our lives with holiness is important to have an urgency to understand that Jesus is coming again before the commercial break.

I was talking about the rapture of the church now want to talk about the second coming of Jesus is the same thing. Leslie second coming of Jesus Christ is the hope of believers that God is in control of all things and that he is faithful to the promises and prophecies of his work, which we call the Bible the second coming will be the most significant event in more than 2000 years.

It will give purpose and meaning to all that God is the so since the resurrection of Jesus the second coming will be the most significant thing to have the Bible, the second coming is also referred of your lease terms as the glorious appearing. Revelation the coming of the Son of Man. All these are referring to the second coming of Jesus and his first coming.

Jesus came to earth as a baby in a manger of Bethlehem is prophesied, Jesus fulfilled many of the prophecies of the Messiah during his birth, his life, ministry of death in his resurrection over there many prophecies regarding the Messiah, Jesus is not yet fulfilled the second coming of Jesus will be the return of Jesus to fulfill the remaining prophecies of property is is basically a prediction of things that are top in his first coming. Jesus was a suffering servant, the second coming of Jesus will be the conquering King. The first coming. Jesus arrived in the most humble circumstances.

Marie was a baby in a manger in his second coming. Jesus will arrive with the harmonies of Evan at his side Jesus fulfilled the role of the suffering servant weekend the first time described in Isaiah chapter 53 and Jesus will fulfill the role of Israel deliver king and a second coming. How would Jesus return after Jesus ascended into heaven, the angels declared to the apostles in acts 111 and said, men of Galilee, why do you stand looking in the sky. This Jesus, who has been taken up from you in heaven, will come in just the same way as he is. As you watch him going to have any other words are telling us this is a grown up in heaven with Jesus comes again he will come down from heaven, where will he return when he comes again. Well, let's look at the Bible. Zechariah 14 for that Zechariah 14 for identify the location of the second coming is the amount of all. Matthew 2430 declared Bible says at that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Scott power and great glory. Titus 213 describes a second coming is the glorious appearing as they don't confuse the rapture with the second coming of the rapture.

Jesus comes in the air and calls his church of those that follow him and it heaven, not just people go to church.

That doesn't they're not going as the people who actually made Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior was saw the forgiveness of our sins, simply going to church is not enough good works are not enough.

If you read the Bible again dollars and workers use as follow what the Bible with the word of the Lord God Almighty and the Bible tells us, is our bread and Zechariah, Matthew, Jesus will return the second coming is a different phase than the rapture itself.

He will return to the Mount of olives, the second coming is spoken of in the greatest detail in Revelation chapter 19 verses 11 to 16 it says I saw heaven opened up a whole, the white horse. He was set on it is called faithful and true in righteousness he judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire his schedule be like diet and that he shall name the name written on him which no one knows except himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his name shall be called the word of God and armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following him on white horses from his mouth comes a sharp sword, that with it he may strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron and he treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God the Almighty and on his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, king of kings and Lord of lords. We talk about the rapture of the second coming will really talking about two phases of Jesus return that my computer some of you. So let's talk about little bit more what is the difference between the rapture and the second coming rapture and the second coming are often confused the rapture is when Jesus Christ returns to remove the church and again I don't mean the building and I don't mean people who just go there, I'm talking about believers in Jesus Christ from the earth rapture described in first Thessalonians chapter 4 first Corinthians chapter 15 the rapture second coming is described in Revelation chapter 19 verses 11 to 16. It is when Jesus literally returns okay. The first phase, the rapture, Jesus meets the church in the air. Christians rapture Christians in the air in the second coming. Jesus literally returns to earth stitch steps, his foot on the earth important differences between the Russian second, our the rapture Jesus tells the Christians in the air. The second coming. Jesus comes with Christians already rapture to earth in the rapture Christians are taken to heaven in the second coming. Jesus sets up his kingdom on earth. See the difference. The rapture occurs before the tribulation. The second coming occurs after the tribulation the rapture is the removal of believers from the earth, the second coming includes the removal of unbelievers is an act of judgment, the rapture will be secret and instant meetings.

We don't know when it's going to happen, we need to liberalize with urgency the second coming will be visible to all the rapture is imminent and can happen at any time second coming cannot occur for at least seven years because we know there will be a seven year tribulation, even we started the day there are no more signs that are needed for the rapture to occur. There are many signs that need to occur before Jesus second coming.

The rapture is for believers only the second coming will affect everyone, and some and not a very good way for people not follow Jesus. The rapture is before the tribulation. Remember the second coming is after the tribulation the rapture and the rapture, only Christians will see Jesus and the second coming. Everyone will see Jesus rapture brings in the tribulation, the second coming, bring them the thousand year reign of the kingdom of Jesus on earth. So why is it important to keep the rapture and the second tapping distinct. First, if the rapture and the second coming of the same event.

Believers will have to go through the tribulation already showed you. First Thessalonians 5 Revelation 3 I believe the Bible is clear that we will not go through that tribulation. Second, at the rapture and the second coming of the same event, the return of Jesus is not imminent. There are many things it must be done before he can return.

I believe Matthew 24 verses four through 30. Let us know that his return is imminent direction, the second coming are similar but they are separate event similar in that both involve Jesus return.

Both are in times of it, however, is crucially important to recognize the difference.

So, in summary, the rapture is the return of Jesus Christ to the clouds to remove all believers in Jesus Christ from the earth before the time of God's wrath remember her that time of God's wrath is the tribulation, which is broken into 3 1/2 bad years in the second half 3 1/2 years are really really bad that the term of the great tribulation.

The last three and half years. The second coming is a return of Jesus Christ to the earth to bring the tribulation to an end and to defeat the Antichrist and his evil world Empire would be a second chance for salvation after the rapture will look I just wanted to if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. I ask you to email me at Chris use occurs. today. Let me share with you for sure you can know that you go to heaven. When Jesus returns the rapture or when you die, whichever is first. You don't want to delay that okay I'm telling you, things are gonna get really really bad on this earth, and will cover that. Maybe at some point a week or so. I'm telling you do not want to be here during the time of the tribulation. Some Bible interpreters believe that there's got to be a second chance for salvation after the rapture but I want tell you that's not me because is no place in the Bible which says or even if many people who believe I will come to Jesus during the tribulation. The Bible teaches, as we will see some point the future in Revelation chapter 7 there be 144,000 Jewish witnesses were sure like evangelists preachers who would tell the whole world about Jesus during the time the tribulation.

Another question asked is if no one can come to Christ during the tribulation and why are people being beheaded for their faith because Revelation chapter 20 verse four tells us that people can be beheaded for being Christians of the church is already been rapture. How did Christians get their heads cut off because people get saved during that time. No passage of Scripture which indicates the people will not have a second chance after the rapture.

I do see passages which indicate the office I want tell you don't procrastinate, don't put it off the dialogue a second chance all away. You do not want to be here. Some people believe that those who heard the gospel and rejected it before the rapture cannot be say that those who heard the gospel before the rapture can be say I don't find biblical justification for this grant and most were hardhearted and hardheaded to the gospel for the rapture problem can be even more hardened towards Bible after the rapture Bible tells us in Matthew 24. The antichrist is going to save a lot of people and second Thessalonians 2 tells us a lot of people that believe his lies. I find no scriptural evidence that those who reject the gospel before the rapture have no opportunity to salvation after the rapture. How can I be ready to be caught up in the rapture folks I want to tell you is much simpler than you think. The short answer is that you must receive Jesus Christ as your site to save you from being punished for your sent only way that you will be left behind as if you've not repented your sins receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and made him the Lord of your life. If you've never done that. I just want to beg you, white male, just wherever you're driving. Don't close your eyes if you drive you epically drastically. This is simple as ABC. You admit to God as your center. Everyone of us is done. Thank all ask him to forgive you of those sins believe that he sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you. We just celebrated Easter Friday with the time Jesus died a Sunday rose again. Jesus did rise again. He setting the right hand of God the father right now is coming again for you one day either to take you into heaven to judge you to spend an eternity of damnation and then see commit to serve him the Lord and Savior gridlock for the rest of your life. I pray that you make that decision today.

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