Thursday, 29 October 2015
MORE ARGUMENTS FOR THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE! THIS ONE IS TITLED "WHAT THE ANCIENT CHURCH FATHERS BELIEVED" BY MATT WARD FROM "RAPTURE READY"!
What the Ancient Church Fathers Believed - By Matt Ward -http://www.raptureready.com/soap2/ward35.html
"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" (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
I have recently read a significant amount of material about the supposed fallacy of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Some Christian commentators are saying quite openly that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture as a doctrine has now been fundamentally discredited.
The argument seems to be that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a doctrine that has only been taught and believed since the 1800s. Ostensibly, the argument is that a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is false because it is a "modern invention."
Proponents of this view teach that before 1800 and J. N. Darby (1800-1881), the Rapture was not taught in the Christian church at all. They wrongly go on to state that a young Scottish women called Margaret MacDonald is the true originator of the modern Pre-Tribulation Rapture belief system and that she received this information through independent spiritual revelation. The unspoken assertion here is that this revelation was in fact demonic in origin.
Some even going so far as to argue that the concept of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture was completely unknown and unheard of before 1800, therefore lacking any legitimate creditability for today's Church. These objections have, in these last days, become harsh and bitter.
There is however, a solid biblical basis for believing in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church.
"Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke21:36).
"Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth" (Revelation 3:10).
"By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: 'He could not be found, because God had taken him away.' For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5).
The biblical basis for the Rapture of the Church is a subject that has been well-covered elsewhere; this is but a sample.
There is also a wealth of biblical teaching that has from the very beginning been used to teach of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, using metaphors and imagery from Scripture.
But what did the earliest ancient Church fathers believe regarding a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church? What did these men, some who were taught personally by the Apostles of Jesus Christ, believe? Were these men who became pillars of the early church Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation or Post-Tribulation Rapture believers?
Or did they not believe in a Rapture at all?
While we need to be remember that the writings of these ancient Church fathers are not on par with Scripture, it is nonetheless important that we know what the early church believed, especially about the Rapture of the Church.
Irenaeus (130 A.D. - 202 AD)
Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp. Polycarp learned his Christian faith from the apostle John, "...the disciple whom Jesus loved..." (John 21:7) As well as writing the gospel that bears his name and a number of early letters, John wrote the Book of Revelation. There could be no better tutor other than the Lord Jesus himself. Both Polycarp and Irenaeus knew John personally.
Irenaeus later became bishop of the church in Lyons, France and is famous for his five volume treatise, Against Heresies, which described and challenged all false teaching from the emerging cults of his day.
Irenaeus believed in the three and a half year reign of the Antichrist as ruler of the world before the Second Coming of Christ. He also believed in a literal millennial reign of Christ on earth following the Second Coming and in the resurrection of the just. Irenaeus also believed in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. In Against Heresies 5:29 he wrote:
And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly caught up from this, it is said, "There shall be tribulation such as has not been since the beginning, neither shall be." For this is the last contest of the righteous, in which, when they overcome they are crowned with incorruption.
Note Irenaeus' use of the , "caught up." It is the exact same Rapture terminology used in 1 Thessalonians 4. The word used is 1 Thessalonians 4, is "harpazo", meaning to be "caught up." Irenaeus believed that the Rapture of the Church occurred prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
Cyprian (200 AD - 258 AD)
Cyprian, the bishop of the early church at Carthage was beheaded for his faith in 258 AD and was a great pillar of the early church. He shepherded his church through intense Roman persecution and was well known for his eloquent treatises in defense of the faith. In his work Treatise of Cyprian he wrote:
We who see that terrible things have begun, and know that still more terrible things are imminent, may regard it as the greatest advantage to depart from it as quickly as possible. Do you not give God thanks, do you not congratulate yourself, that by an early departure you are taken away, and delivered from the shipwrecks and disasters that are imminent? Let us greet the day which assigns each of us to his own home, which snatches us hence, and sets us free from the snares of the world and restores us to paradise and the kingdom.
Like Irenaeus, Cyprian, a highly prominent early church father believed in a "...early deliverance" for believers who would be "delivered" from judgments which would be devastating and global in nature. He taught that the Body of Christ would be delivered from the Day of the Lord.
Cyprian taught his followers that, "God has not appointed us to wrath, but salvation..." (1 Thess. 5:9), and joyfully encouraged his church to expect to be "taken away" before the Tribulation begins. Indeed, he exhorted his church to eagerly anticipate the mansions Jesus had gone to heaven to prepare for them individually, as detailed in John 14.
Ephraim the Syrian (306 AD - 373 AD)
There is a genuine sense of urgency about Ephraim's writings. A deacon in the large church in Syria he later became the bishop of the church at Nisibis. In his work, The Last Times - Two, Ephraim wrote:
See to it that this sentence be not fulfilled among you of the prophet who declares: "Woe to those who desire to see the day of the Lord!" For all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins. And so, brothers most dear to me, it is the eleventh hour, and the end of the world comes to the harvest, and angels, armed and prepared, hold sickles in their hands, awaiting the empire of the Lord.
And we think that the earth exists with blind infidelity, arriving at its downfall early. Commotions are brought forth, wars of diverse peoples and battles and incursions of the barbarians threaten, and our regions shall be desolated, and we neither become very much afraid of the report nor of the appearance, in order that we may at least do penance; because they hurl fear at us, and we do not wish to be changed, although we at least stand in need of penance for our actions!
Ephraim believed that all Christians should know that the Day of the Lord approached and should be able to recognize the signs of the times. He also clearly linked to Old Testament Day of the Lord with the New Testament forthcoming Great Tribulation.
This is just a flavor of early church teaching. Each and every church father, where their writings exists, testify to a belief in a Rapture of the church. Each of these fathers all place this Rapture of the church before the Day of the Lord, or the Great Tribulation.
These writings on their own do not prove the existence of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, nor can they be regarded in any way as authoritative as Scripture. They do, however, clearly demonstrate that the teaching of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is not a "modern invention" that supposedly began in the 1800s.
What their writings also prove, without doubt, is that the teaching of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture has been a part of Christian beliefs since the earliest days of the Apostles.
Jesus is coming soon...
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. 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" (John 14:1-3).
"For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Monday, 26 October 2015
NOT CONTENT WITH GAY "COUPLES", WE NOW HAVE "GAY THROUPLES" COMING TO AMERICA!!! EXCLUSIVE REPORT FROM WND!!
Posted with permission from WND
By Paul Bremmer
Has the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry paved the way for all kinds of non-traditional relationships to be legally recognized?
"If marriage is not the union of a man and a woman, why limit it to two people?" asked Michael Brown, a national talk radio host and author of "Outlasting the Gay Revolution." "What makes the number two unique or necessary? Why not marry yourself, as some women have recently done? Why not throuples? There are several examples of this in the last few years. Why not three women and two men? We see this already in polygamous relationships. Why not?"
Three "gay" men in Canada are asking that very question.
The three 20-something medical professionals live together in Nova Scotia as a threesome, and they now hope to start a family.
According to the London Daily Mail, Adam Grant and Shayne Curran got married in 2011. A year later they met Sebastian Tran in a nightclub and both fell for him. Grant and Curran then got divorced so they could let Tran into the fold as part of an equal, three-way relationship.
Polyamory is not legal in Canada, but the men claim they have lawyers who can draft paperwork to ensure all three are "equally bound and obligated to each other in the eyes of the law."
Tran said getting married legally is important to his partners and him.
"Once the standard becomes that marriage can be defined in whichever way a people or culture desire, then marriage is redefinable, period," Kengor told WND. "This is plainly inevitable. If liberals could get past emotion, and look at the sheer logic of what they're asserting, then they'll see that they've created the conditions for these types of new marriage configurations by smashing the standard of one-man-one-woman marriage."
Carl Gallups, a pastor, talk radio host and author of the forthcoming book "Be Thou Prepared," believes the U.S. soon may see odd configurations for marriage such as threesomes.
"This is exactly where we can expect the U.S. to go in the near future," Gallups told WND. "Why would it not go in this direction? What is to stop it from doing so? There is no longer a ‘normality standard' for marriage or domestic relationships – including the definition of family. In fact, I predict that U.S. conjugal relationship scenarios will eventually become even more bizarre than this example."
For the "gay" Canadians, it does get more bizarre than a simple longing for marriage. Last week, the men told the Daily Mail they want to conceive three children using their own genetics. The plan is for Curran's two sisters to carry the children and Tran's sister to donate her eggs as well.
Brown, who writes a WND column, worries about any child that may be born into that kind of scenario.
"The worst thing of all is that a child could be brought into this relationship, robbed of his or her mother, subjected to a poor example of family structure, and living in a situation that has all the potential for real instability and guaranteed confusion," he said.
Kengor said leftists now have their work cut out for them to stop a slide down a slippery slope, if they want to limit "gay" marriage to monogamous relationships.
"Liberals will now need to explain to threesomes like these how and by what standard they can be denied their ‘marriage rights' and their ‘marriage equality,'" Kengor challenged. "Liberals need to explain to these three men and their would-be children why their love is not legitimate. Does ‘love win' here or not? If not, then why?"
Gallups pointed out there may be a larger social agenda behind what the Canadian lovers are doing. As the Daily Mail reported, "The trio hope to show that polyamory is a perfectly acceptable choice of life and love."
"Why should we be surprised by this?" Gallups asked rhetorically. "The radical gay agenda in the United States has admitted, long before the SCOTUS ruling, that nationwide gay marriage legalization was just the beginning of their greater plan. Their declared agenda has always been stated as a radical broadening of the definition of legalized domestic relationships as well as a direct targeting of the institutions they felt might be standing in their way, namely the Christian church, our nation's Christian heritage, and the standard biblical message."
"Jesus' declaration is irrefutable: The definition of a legitimate marriage (from the One who invented marriage) is one woman and one man – period," Gallups said.
But the pastor believes too many people ignore the Word of God and choose to do what is right in their own eyes.
"Knowing what I know about the nature of people who deny the Word of God as the authority of their life, and what I know about the declarations of the Word of God itself, they will do whatever they can dream up – and whatever they can get away with," Gallups warned. "Simply put, we have ‘been given over to a depraved mind,' just as the Bible predicted (Romans 1:18-32)."
Gallups believes it is essential for the Christian church to speak up for traditional marriage and traditional families.
"While today's church must always be ready to reach out with the gospel message and the love of Jesus Christ to all people who are struggling in any matter of sin, it must never relent from proclaiming the clear biblical truth of the eternally important matters of the very foundations of life and society: home, marriage and family," Gallups said.
"Without these truths as the bedrock foundations of our culture, we will plunge into absolute madness.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
New post on Now The End Begins
Time's up? - Wendy Wippel -http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8134
Fouad Hussein was your average Jordanian journalist until jailed in 1996-a jail also occupied by Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, top A.-Qaeda operative. He recognized the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and spent the next few years infiltrating Al-Qaeda-- to the top-and then wrote a book, detailing their intentions. My advice? Go ahead and spend your retirement.
What Fouad discovered, over the time he spent in that den of snakes, was that Al-Qaeda (as it may seem if you watch much prime-time news), is not just a random collection of bloodthirsty jihadists that (maybe because they watched too many American movies) get their jollies by killing as many people as possible and watching things explode. What Fouad found-and documented-was that Al -Qaeda, in fact, had put together a comprehensive and detailed business plan.
But their plan wasn't concerned with mere profits. No. They had much loftier goals. Al-Qaeda had put together a detailed plan for restoring the former Caliphate (translation: Islamic Empire) that had ruled a big chunk of the world until it was dismantled after World War I.
But a bigger, better caliphate. Because the caliphate they envision will encompass the whole world.
Their plan consists of seven phases.
Phase 1: The Awakening
Phase 1 intends to awaken the west to Muslim power and ambition, and to awaken those not already on board in the Muslim world to the glory to be obtained by ridding the world of infidels, establishing an islamic Caliphate as a one-world government, and bringing all the world's citizens under Sharia Law.
Phase 2: Opening Eyes
The goal of Phase 2 is to, through key tactical victories and liberal use of propaganda, replace mainstream ideology in the Arab world with the radical, jihadist ideology, espoused by Al-Qaeda until that jihadist ideology becomes mainstream. According to the plan, this will serve to both 1) commit the Muslim world to restoring the caliphate and 2) alarm the west into initiating some sort of military response.
Phase 3: Islam Arises
The focus of Phase 3 is to foment revolution in nearby Muslim countries that have either secular governments (e.g. Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Burkini Faso), or anti-Islamic governments (basically Israel).
Phase 4: Collapse
Phase 4 will consist of (given that the plan has up till now succeeded in achieving its intended goals) watching secular governments in the Arab world topple as popular revolts (read that insurrection by Islamic fundamentalists) put new leaders in power and more extremists into the Al-Qaeda fold.
Phase 5: The Caliphate Established
In Phase 5,the success of efforts to radicalize the Islamic sphere and dwindling will in the west to wage war against radical Islam enable and official declaration of an Islamic State, setting the stage for increasing ideologic division of the world into the Muslim righteous (dar-al al islam) and the nonbelievers (dar al-har) who must be eradicated.
Phase 6: Confrontation
The rapid rise to prominence of the caliphate leads to world war, as the west finally recognizes the end of western civilization and unites to fight the Muslim agressors.
Simple. They win. Islam and Sharia law rule the world.
Sounds crazy, right?
It gets worse. The Al-Qaeda plan had a timeline, too. Start to finish, their intent was to rule the entire world within 20 years.
Rule the world in 20 years? Their god must be crazy!!
What we need to remember is that their god is Lucifer himself. Crazy he is, no doubt. But, unfortunately, until his rabid little behind is chained, powerful he is as well.
Which would explain why this crazy twenty-year plan to world dominance is right on schedule. Also crazy, but unfortunately true:
Phase 1: The Muslim Awakening?
Phase 1 was slated for 2000-2003. And on September 11, 2001, as we all remember, the west woke up (literally) to an awareness that the world had changed. And it had changed courtesy of an Islamic group called Al-Qaeda. (The role of 9/11 in awakening the Muslim world to the possibility of Islamic dominance in the world evidenced by the ongoing celebration of September 11 in the Muslim world.)
Phase 2: Opening Eyes.
Phase 2, scheduled to consume 3 years (2003-2006) was to consolidate Islamic commitment to the caliphate, partially by inducing the west to mount some kind of military response to 9/11. A coalition of forces from the U.S., the U.K., Australia and others invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. According to Fouad, Al-Qaeda was very pleased that their plan worked so well. The devastating events of 9/11 had convinced the west to launch an attack.
Phase 3: Islam Arises
Phase 3, slated for 2007-2010, if you remember, purposed to encourage fundamentalist revolutions in Islamic populations of secular countries.
Phase 4: Collapse of all infidel governments:
Phase 4, to begin in 2011 and end in 2013, was intended to consist of successive topplings of secular Islamist governments by internal populist insurrections, adding extremist Islamic revolutionaries to the Al-Qaeda fold.
The demise of Saddam Hussein and the collapse of his rule in Iraq produced a spreading instability in the area, with the season we know as euphemistically as "Arab Spring" actually consisting of a series of government shake ups in Arab governments that resulted in a significant move toward Islamic fundamentalism and radicalization of the government. .
1) Egypt, 2011: Hosni Mubarak out, Moslem Brotherhood in.
2) Libya: 2011: Islamic Fighting Group now a prominent player in government. Ditto Tunisia and Morocco.
3) Yemen 2014: Moderate President Selah forced to step down, extremely fundamentalist Houthis take control.
4) Syria, 2011: Civil War designed to weaken the reign of the non-sunni Assad (also an infidel in Al-Qaeda's book) as the ruler of what consists, to fundamentalists, as appetizers to be consumed before Islamist consumption of the main course, Israel.
5) Turkey: Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan (while not deposed) made an Arab Spring tour of Arab countries in which he increasingly espoused support for Palestinians. Solidarity with Islamic countries, indifference towards EU membership and animosity towards Israel.
To name a few.
Erdogan, in fact, admitted that democracy was never seriously in view in these Islamic countries, where Sharia law is the only rule of law acceptable. From Erdogan's lips, "the calls for democracy that the White House celebrated, were only the train we board to reach our destination."
Their destination being the whole world under caliphate rule.
Phase 5: The Caliphate Established
Phase 5, planned to occur between 2011 and 2013--was a time believed to be a point at which, due to ongoing pro-Jihadist propaganda in the east (particularly through social media) combined with dwindling willingness to commit resources to fighting radical is Islam in the west, at which the Al-Qaeda vision of an Islamic empire would have gained enough momentum to formally establish an Islamic State. And it had. Al-Qaeda itself, Osama bin Ladin having met his rightful end in 2011, lost momentum, but their ideology, as hoped in Phase 2, was now mainstream and a new group called ISIS carried its flag. ISIS established and formally declared a new Islamic State in 2014, with its capital in al-Raqqa in Syria.
And the sickening brutality that has been the ISIS hallmark is calculated, meant to leave no doubt that if you're within ISIS reach your choices are either submit to Allah and sharia law or die. Thereby setting the stage for increasing ideologic division of the world into the Muslim righteous (dar-al al islam) and the nonbelievers (dar al-har) who must be eradicated.
Pretty good track record so far, eh? But as 2015 comes to a close, will their record hold? Time will tell. But the next phase, phase 6-- scheduled for 2016-2019---was forecast as a time, with the Islamic State established and growing in influence and power, that the west will finally unite to fight the Islamic threat. And worldwide war ensues. And phase 7? Of course they win, all infidels are disposed of, and Islam rules the world.
Fortunately, we know that's not God's plan. But God does describe a period of time in which a servant of Satan, pretending to be a white knight (riding a white horse) will eventually bring the whole world under his thumb.
Are they the same guy? Are the somehow otherwise connected? I don't know, but it would seem that the end is really drawing near.
After all, Phase 7 is scheduled to end in 2020. And I know we're all ready to go,
But what was it Paul said?
"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body." Phil1:21- 25.
We have the words of life in a dying world. What could be more important?
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Hamas: Suicide Bombings Against Israelis Begin Now!!