Speaking of seasons, they too have a rhythm which allows you no choice but to dance with them. Summer, fall, winter, spring – summer, fall, winter, spring. One just dances here a bit longer and slower in the winter! Over and over and over and over again!
The seasons come and the seasons go, and life year after year takes on a predictable and seemingly unending repetitiveness. It is so easy in all of this to be anesthetized into kind of a same-o, same-o lethargic and presumptuous existence.
When it comes to the doctrines of the last things and the end of the world (eschatology), when you are young, which I once was believe it or not, life is too vigorous, energies too high, dreams too exciting, and the future too promising to consider such far out and far off things as the last things.
promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep,
all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.’”
You know those as well as I do who give no more credence to the “Rapture Lift Off Of Believers” than they do to “Jack And The Beanstalk.” They scoff at the whole thing, or tuck it away with Santa Claus in fantasyland where the usual categories of truth and falsehood don’t apply. Just benign and imaginative fun!
But when you really think about, it is amazing what the human mind will believe and will not believe. These are the same minds that tell children that their gifts at Christmas were made by merry elves and not underpaid Asians. These same children never hear from their parents about anything eschatological, but they are sure they hear the clatter of tiny hooves on the rooftop each Christmas.
THE GOD OF HIS WORD
But the Bible truths remain steadfast! Listen:
SPARE TIME AND HAPPENS TO BE IN THIS PART
OF THE UNIIVERSE.”
there you may be also.”
Thank God also that He tells us in Numbers 23:19,
AS HIS ‘I DO’S’ TRAGICALLY BECOME ‘I DON’TS'”
On the other hand:
CAN KEEP AND ALWAYS DOES.”
If you will:
In the meantime, praise God for His keeping power that keeps us keeping on and believing. Without it we would be toast! I love the old Ziggy Cartoon picturing Ziggy and his even smaller dog standing at the window of their second story apartment and looking down at the busy streets below. Then Ziggy says to his dog, “It’s you and me against the world, and I think we’re going to get creamed.”
Thank God for His keeping power, as we read in I Peter 3:5,
for a salvation to be revealed in the last time.”
GOD’S GRACIOUS DIVINE SUDDENLIES
And thank God that He is so faithful as He has His way of being. Out of nowhere, in one of those “Divine Suddenlies,” of which Scripture and life are full, He smacked me across the head with an eschatological two-by-four that has left my head ringing.
God slammed me with the reality that one day He is going to in cataclysmic suddenness alter the rhythm and drastically revise history in a way that has never been seen before. He brought me to an article on the internet entitled “Prepare To Meet Your God” by a young lady named Angelica Elizabeth Zambrano who is a student at “Collegio Jose Maria Velazoo Ibarra” in El Canton, El Empalme, Ecuador.
To read her article about her real life and death and return-to-life experience, was like reading John the Revelator in the book of Revelation. As I read, I did so with an ever increasing and then racing heartbeat. By the time I had finished, my cup of tea had grown stone cold, and my spirit was was burning with an eschatological fire.
Suddenly into my commonplace came the most uncommon revelation about Heaven, Hell and the Rapture of the church, all of which was a “Bible Echo” wherever I read. How did this revelation come about?
Angelica Elizabeth Zambrano at age 17 died and left earth’s atmosphere for a period of 23 hours. In that time, the Lord gave Angelica staggering revelations of Heaven, Hell, Rapture, and a post-rapture earth of unspeakable horror. A world from which the Holy Spirit and the Bride of Christ have been removed in the blink of an eye, and all restraints against sin were gone.
“Angelica was also shown how the Kingdom of Heaven is all wonderfully prepared and ready, an unimaginable place, where no evil exists. Though Jesus is ONLY coming back for a Holy People, and many of God’s children will NOT be ready on that day, and will be left behind in a world that will fall apart.”
THE PROMISED EVENT
“For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, and
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God;
with them IN THE CLOUDS to meet the Lord in the air, and
thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Hear it people:
CHRIST IS COMING BACK TO EARTH FOR US.”
HAPPEN TODAY WILL IN THE END HAVE THE LAST LAUGH.”
When I was a child and read that passage or heard it preached, the catching us up into the clouds gave me the quezzies. I thought to myself, having an oversupply of acrophobia, “Caught up in the clouds, won’t we fall through?”
But then as I matured, I realized from Scripture that we will be going up in our new spiritual bodies that will be free to soar like the eagles. We will have bodies like unto the glorious, resurrection body of Christ in which He ascended into Heaven without effort.
Yes, that day on earth when the police scanners are buzzing, and there are multiplied reports of missing persons as police cars are dispatched to the scenes. So and so has just disappeared, and another and another have just inexplicably disappeared.
The phone rings again, and the caller is hysterical. He can’t even be understood, as he cries to the police, “My God, help me, please somebody help me. I was sitting with my wife and son watching television together. And before I could tell, they were gone, vanished disappeared.” I remember the words of our Lord in Matthew 24:41,
It may happen in the wee hours of the morning, or at midday, or as the old chorus sings it:
MAY BE NOON, MAY BE EVENING, AND MAY BE SOON;
COMING AGAIN, COMING AGAIN; OH WHAT A WONDERUL
DAY IT WILL BE – JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!
And the first time that people hear about it in unbelieving homes could be on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. The co-host with a glassy horrified look in his eyes announces:
OF PEOPLE HAVE VANISHED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH,
AND AS SOON AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION, WE
WILL GIVE IT TO YOU.”
Eventually, as things become clearer, Christ and Christianity are back in the major headlines, even though the world had put Him and it in the obituary column. And Jesus Christ proves that He is not an “UNDERTAKER,” but the “UPPERTAKER.” Suddenly, news commentators all become post-rapture, too-late theologians. Unimaginable!
THE RAPTURE – ONLY FOR HOLY ONES
CHURCH. DAUGTHER, I TAKE PLEASURE IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING,
THAT YOU ARE FULFILLING WHAT I HAVE GIVEN YOU. BUT DO
NOT TELL MY PEOPLE THAT I AM COMING SOON. TELL MY
PEOPLE THAT I AM COMING RIGHT AWAY.”
COMING FOR A HOLY PEOPLE. TELL MY PEOPLE THAT ONLY THE
HOLY ONES, ONLY THE HOLY ONES WILL SEE ME!…AND DO
NOT BE SILENT: KEEP ON DECLARING WHAT
I HAVE TOLD YOU.”
Who exactly shall fly away oh glory? Jesus repeated to Angelica that He is coming to take up to Himself THE HOLY ONES! Three times He reinforced it! When God repeats Himself it is not “Divine Demetia!” I think we should take seriously what He says in I Peter 1:15-16,
“but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves
More holy, holy, holy repetition!
THE RAPTURE’S PURE AIR
Reinhold Niebuhr once said about the earthly church:
STORM OUTSIDE, ONE COULD NOT STAND THE
Why? Because we read in Matthew 5:8,
IN THE RAPTURE AND LIVE TO TELL ABOUT IT.”
THEY THINK THAT THEY CAN GO TO HEAVEN DIRTY.”
Using another analogy:
AND RARIFIED AIR OF HEAVEN, WOULD BE ASPHYXIATED
AS SURELY AS A FISH IN THE PUREST AIR.”
If you will:
WOULD SURELY KILL THE UNHOLY.”
DENOMINATIONAL FUEL WON’T WORK
You say, “Well, I am a good Lutheran, or, I am a faithful Methodist, or, I am a died-in-the wool Pesbyterian,” or whatever. That’s nice, but there are no denominational airplanes in the Rature. If there were, I would urge you:
Only kidding!!! But anyway, that wouldn’t work either.
And again, Jesus is not coming for the RELIGIOUS ONES. He is not coming for the CHURCHY ONES. He is not coming for the PEW ONES. He is not coming for the METHODIST ONES. (We may have to hand out Alka Seltzer for denominational indigestion after hearing that announcement.) He is not coming for the ASSEMBLY OF GOD ONES either. (Save some Alka Seltzer for us.) Rather:
THE HOLY ONES.”
If you are going to fly away oh glory, be sure you’re not flying in some airplane with the totally wrong fuel that will never make it off the ground. The rapture will be empowered by:
“EXTREMELY HIGH OCTANE HOLY FUEL MANUFACTURED BY
HEAVEN’S HOLY SPIRIT REFINERY.”
THE RAPTURE’S EXCLUSIVE SEATING
This all means that there will be no pigs in Heaven’s parlors, no fornicators amongst Heaven’s faithful, no adulterers amongst Heaven’s holy array, no hellians in Heavens halls, no perverts in Heaven’s palaces, no sensuality in Heaven’s saints, no gossips amongst Heaven’s glorified, no dividers amongst Heaven’s uniters, no haters amongst Heaven’s lovers, and no takers amongst Heaven’s givers.
We read in I Corinthians 6:9-10,
nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,”
“nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
swindlers, shall inherit the Kingdom of God.”
Then Paul victoriously says to them and to us in I Corinthians 6:11,
you were sanctified, but you were justified in the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the
Spirit of our God.”
There it is:
“THE RAPTURE SHIP HAS EXCLUSIVE SEATING FOR HAS-BEEN
AND ONCE-WERE SINNERS WHO ARE NOW WASHED,
SANCTIFIED, AND JUSTIFIED SAINTS.“
Only those who are washed in the blood of Jesus, purified by the Spirit and the Word, and made righteous in the righteousness of Jesus Christ will be allowed on board.
FOR SANCTIFIED REGENERATES.”
GO OUT AFTER DARK AND DEFINE THEIR OWN MORAL CODE.”
ABSOLUTE MORAL CODE IN THE LIGHT, AND
ESPECIALLY IN THE DARK.”
AN ALL-SAINTS RAPTURE
The Rapture is truly an “All Saints Day,” on an “All Saints Flight.” For the fact is:
Then again on the other hand the term in certain cases is used so loosely and too casually. I am reminded of the story of the two brothers who were scoundrels – cheating, stealing, and deceiving everyone they could. One brother died. The remaining brother called a local pastor and asked if he would conduct the funeral service. He told the pastor that there would be a sizeable honorarium if he would conduct the service.
Then the brother added, “I have one more request, and that is I want you to refer to my brother as a SAINT in your eulogy of him. Now of course the pastor had a real problem, but he said that he would see what he could do.
The day of the funeral came, and at one point the pastor pointed to the casket and said, “We all know that this man was a scoudrel, but I must say he was a SAINT compared to his brother sitting here.”
NO DIVIDERS OR DISUNITERS ON BOARD
Or again, Galatians 5:19-21,
“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are immorality,
“idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger,
disputes, dissensions, factions,”
“envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which
I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you that those who
practice such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
These are the ones:
CAUSE STRIFE, DISSENSIONS, AND FACTIONS WOULD
BE NOTHING BUT DEAD WEIGHT IN THE RAPTURE.”
And above all:
JUST LOVING AND LOVABLE SHEEP.”
Jesus taught us that the first and great commandment is to love Him with all that we are and have, and the second like it is this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Hear me:
I am reminded of the elderly saint of God as she lay on her hospital bed, her body being very sick and weak, as she longed and waited for the Lord to usher her into Heaven. At the side of her bed was her husband who considered himself a deeply religious man and who prided himself in his boldness in having a “Honk If You Love Jesus” bumper-sticker on his car.
The husband reached for her hand in these final moments, but his wife withdrew hers and said with a deep sadness, “Herbert, you are not a believer. Your cruelty and callousness throughout the forty years of our marriage tells me that your faith is an illusion.”
Ouch! That hurts! There are some things in life you just cannot fake! Are we sowing seeds of anger, divisiveness, and resentment, or are we sowing seeds of love, peace, and unity. One sowing will make us rapture ready, and the other sowing will surely disqualify us and not allow us to get a 16th of an inch off from the ground.
THE RAPTURE RIGHT AWAY
Jesus repeated something else to Angelica. He said it twice and told her to tell us:
Not soon, right away! That my friend is sooner than soon! If we had to pick between soon, sooner, and soonest, we would have to choose soonest. Trouble is, I don’t think that gets it either, for right away is sooner than soonest. It is now! No delay! Almost sounds like this very instant! Hence the title of this teaching:
I love how the old chorus goes:
SOON AND VERY SOON WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE KING,
SOON AND VERY SOON WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE KING,
HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE KING.”
I guess it should now be:
There are many “Post-Death Revelation Experiences” these days about Heaven, Hell, Rapture etc., and then returning to earth to tell everyone possible under Divine order. The Don Piper experience, the Colton Burpo experience, the Hilary Williams experience, the Bill Wiese experience etc. The list is expanding and expanding as I write this.
Listen to me:
OF RESURRECTION AND RAPTURE CONTROL.”
God has some rapturous plans for us, and they are right away. God never started something He doesn’t finish, and the climax is right away.
To borrow the words of Gabriel Marcel:
“WE LIVE IN AN AGE WITHOUT PRECEDENT.”
These are climactic days, and there is not one prophecy that has to be fulfilled for the rapture to take place right away. No wonder there is a stirring and a restlessness in the air. Do you sense it too?
FIRST THE FALLING AWAY
The Word of God says to us in II Thessalonians 2:1,3,
Lord Jesus Christ, and our GATHERING TO HIM,”
“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the
apostasy (falling away) comes first, and the man of lawlessness
Two things must happen before our BEING CAUGHT AWAY and the GATHERIING TO HIM. First the APOSTASY! The what? The apostasy, or falling away? Who’s falling away and away from what?
Paul is talking about the church’s falling away from the God of the Word and from the Word of God. Much of modern Christianity is in a spiritual and moral free fall because it no longer believes that God has the last and final word. The apostate church will help to prepare the way for the Antichrist.
BEFORE THE TAKING UP OF THE TRUE CHURCH.”
And that is not a denomination, but it is God’s blood-bought, blood-cleansed, sin-defeating, Satan-kicking, demon-chasing holy ones.
Yet the Lord says, “Right Away.” Why? Because the apostasy – the falling away is massively under way and out in the open for everyone to see and hear!
We have a church handing out condoms to teenagers to prevent STDs!
We have the primate (chief) bishop of a very large major denomination teaching that homosexual marriages are of God not only, but she performs them. She teaches that God made homosexuals as homosexuals and God called it very good, not very abominable.
We have seminary professors teaching that Evolution is compatible with Genesis, and that little kids are really budding apemen. Moreover, that the Bible only has the appearence of truth, but science has the truth.
There are prominent TV preachers and pastors of large churches that now teach that the core of sin is low self-esteem, rather than that sin is low God-esteem. More than that, they teach that the great fallacy of historic Christian Theology is that it has been God-centered and not Man-Centered. This brings into focus that essence of the falling away, and it is:
“MAN NO LONGER EXISTS FOR GOD BUT GOD EXISTS FOR MAN – THE
FALLING AWAY PRIORITIZES MAN BEFORE GOD.“
Apostate and proud of it! Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tennessee has invited members of the Memphis Islamic Center to hold Ramadan prayers in their church.
And Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia has invited members of the Islamic Circle of North America to hold regular Friday prayers in their building while their new mosque is being built. The United Methodists are also those who welcome practicing homosexuals and lesbians as members.
When I read and hear and see this stuff and much more, I realize that the falling away has come so fast and gone so far, that it is not even any longer the “Falling Away,” but instead the “Fallen Away.” It’s a free-for-all free fall.
To walk on this fallen ecclesiastical landscape is to no longer be able to find rock solid footing for your feet, but rather your “Bible-Gospel Shoes” are being sucked off in apostate muck and mire that is several feet deep. And you long for what the song writer wrote many years ago:
IS SINKING SAND.”
Mind you, a false religion with a false god and a false prophet being invited to worship and pray to their false deity in the “Christian House of God!” This desecration defies description. Yes all in all:
“AN AGE WITHOUT PRECEDENT.“
the sons of Israel came up from the land of Egypt to this
day. Consider it, take counsel and speak up.”
Yes, speak up! And so we do! And remember this:
WEAKEN THEM, EVEN AS THOSE WHO DO NOT SPEAK
AGAINST UNHOLINESS AND UNTRUTH
No wonder Jesus said to the Ecuadorian sister, “Tell my people that I am coming right away!” The falling away is here, and so is His coming. Why?:
“BECAUSE THE APOSTASY IMMEDIATLY PRECEDES THE RAPTURE.”
THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS
Even as the apostasy happens, the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction shall appear (II Thessalonians 2:3), I believe that as the apostasy is here, so the Antichrist could already be here walking on earth. I for one believe that he is!
He is Mr. Lawlessness, the quintessential antinomian who will seek to bury and ban God and God’s holy law once and for all. Not just from schools but from churches as well. In fact, from the world!
And thereby he is also Mr. Destructo, for with the laws of God made obsolete and of none effect, he will destroy everything that is righteous and moral and decent on earth. It truly will be Hell on earth!!! The Holy Spirit is gone! The Church is gone! The law of God is gone! Which equals a society gone mad beyond precedent.
Did you notice what else the inspired writer says Mr. Lawless-Destructo will do? Let’s read it in II Thessalonians 2:4,
of worship, so that he may take his seat in the temple of God,
displaying Himself as being God.”
Ah yes, right here the Antichrist is finally stripped of all mystique. Satan has been declaring the death of God for years. Some churches seem to prove him right. But when his god-assassin comes on the scene, he will fiendishly come against every god and every object of worship in the world. He will be Karl Marx, Adolph Hitler, Charles Darwin, Madelyn Murray O-Hair, and Bill Maher all rolled into one.
Satanic politics as usual but at the highest and most devlish pitch ever! He is a plain dealer now, with one great passion driving him, and that is to be worshipped as being God. Nothing really original here for Satan!
He will do such things as deny that America is a Christian nation, and demand that the symbol of Christ be covered over at a university hall before he consents to preach there.
The pieces of God’s prophetic puzzle are snapping into place so fast it makes our heads spin. Our faith and expectation should be soaring at an all time high. But then why don’t I see it? Because God’s Word is no longer believed! I have found this to be an eschatological truism over the years when it comes to Christ’s rapture of the church:
BUT WHEN DESIRE AND EXPECTATION ARE LOW,
UNBELIEF IS ALWAYS HIGH.”
IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE
IN IT. I COULD OBSERVE THE WHOLE WORLD. THEN SUDDENLY
I SAW THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DISAPPEARING.”
LOOKED LIKE THEY HAD GONE CRAZY SCREAMING. CHILDREN
HAD DISAPPEARED FROM ALL OVER.”
‘THIS CAN’T BE, THIS CAN’T BE! WHAT’S HAPPENING?’”
“AND I SAW ENORMOUS TRAFFIC, WITH ACCIDENTS. MANY PEOPLE
WANTED TO KILL THEMSELVES, BUT JESUS SAID, ‘THEY SHALL
SEEK DEATH, BUT DEATH SHALL FLEE FROM HUMANITY.
DEATH SHALL NO LONGER BE DURING THAT TIME.’”
When reading those last words, I remembered the words of Revelation 9:6,
will long to die, but death flees from them.”
‘THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS HAVE DISAPPEARED.’
MANY ALREADY KNEW THAT CHRIST HAD COME
FOR HIS HOLY PEOPLE. THOSE WHO KNEW
THE LORD, BUT WERE LEFT BEHIND,
WENT CRYING THROUGH THE
STREETS WANTING TO KILL
THEMSELVES, BUT THEY
COULD NOT DO
All of this on a huge screen that revealed to her that all of this is coming right away! Then the screen closed, and Jesus finished by say ing, “I will go for a holy people.” Writes Angelica, “This is all He showed me. After that He brought me back to earth.”
What first strikes me here are her words:
“Behold, I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we
the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.“
Or again, this quickness, suddenness is described in another way in Matthew 24:27,
even to the west, so shall the coming of the
He is not only coming for us immediately, but He is coming for us quickly. Let the sudden finality grip you and let it grip me. There will be no time to call a saintly grandmother. She’s already gone. There is no more time to work out those nasty bugs in our personalities, for there is not one grain of sand left in the hour glass. Time has run out! Tick! Not even a Tock!
If we only knew and believed that He is here right now, right quick, we would view and live each moment of our lives as climactic unto Him in love, holiness, and righteousness.
Or, as in answer to the question, “What do you call soon?” Aslan, the lion figure in the Tales of Narnia, explains,
Allow me to read from Acts 8:39-40,
“And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the
Lord SNATCHED Philip away; and the eunuch saw him
“But Philip found himself at Azotus; and as he passed through
he kept preaching the Gospel to all the cities,
The Greek word there for Philip being SANTCHED AWAY is again HARPAZO. It is the same word for Christians being CAUGHT UP in the rapture of Christ’s bride, even as we are told in I Thessalonians 4:17,
TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR, AND SO SHALL WE EVER
BE WITH THE LORD.”
Philip had just baptized the Ethiopian eunuch. They were coming up out of the waters of baptism, and as they were coming up and out, Philip was HARPAZOED-SNATCHED AWAY. If you will, instantly, immediately relocated, traveling a lengthy space-time journey in a hiccup. Philip literally became:
And we read, “The eunuch saw him no more.”
That is exactly how it shall be for God’s holy and pure people. Only, we shall not be snatched away horizontally to Azotus. Rather, we shall be snatched away vertically to the Lord in the air. and the earth sees us no more. And so shall we ever be with the Lord in glory. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Yes:
(Please go to THE RAPTURE – RIGHT AWAY Pt. 2)