Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Being RAPTURE Ready

Can there be any doubt that the Rapture is imminent? Some still shirk away from coming to full expectation of an imminent rapture simply because a certain amount of prudence says that the Lord may delay his coming for a few more generations there just isn't any way to know for sure. If we are going strictly by prudence, I'm positive I would take out a membership in that club. However, a cautionary prudence can miss the details of scripture.
The signs have been converging since Christ relayed them to his disciples in Matthew 24. The key is not found in the signs, however. The key is found in the intensification and frequency of the signs. Wars...rumors of wars...terror....earthquakes and other natural phenomena....pestilence and disease.....false prophets and false christs....increased rejection of the truth by individuals claiming Christianity....and the list goes on. One cannot deny that the intensity of these "happenings" have arrived at what Jesus described as labor pains. When my wife was in that state of her pregnancy, I would have been a fool if I'd have shrugged my shoulders, spoken a disclaimer, and then gone about my business. (A slap on the back of the head would have been necessary.) Why then do so many ignore the obvious about the birth of the Kingdom of Christ? They do so at their own peril.
But even then, the biggest sign of all has taken place. Israel has once has become a united nation again after 2500 years of exile, slavery, and dispossession of the promised land. Ezekiel prophesied the return of an undivided people to the land....their name would be Israel...they would possess Jerusalem....they would be prospered and protected by God. (Ezekiel 36:8-15; 37:15-24.) Joel prophesied an outpouring the Spirit of God at a time AFTER the restoration of the nation of Israel. (Joel 2-3) Amos prophesied a return after God lifted his hand of discipline in Amos 9:11-15. All of these prophecies declare that Israel will become a nation again, and then God would judge the nations, once and for all. The SIGN of all SIGNS has been given.
What's next? I'm glad you asked. You see, before the great judgment of nations during the time we tag as The Great Tribulation, Paul says whatever power is restraining that period must be taken out of the way. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) Before the anti-christ can be revealed, the restrainer must be removed. Evil must be unrestrained. Arguments abound as to who that restrainer might be, but I am convinced it is the power of the Spirit of God operating in the Church. Remove the Church, you've removed the restraining influence that continues to hold back the flood tide of the evil being generated by Satan.
The RESTRAINER must be removed. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-13, that those who are believers/followers/lovers of Jesus will be snatched (caught up--raptured) from the earth, and then all hell would be unleashed. Of course, all heaven will be unleashed, and that is a whole lot more deadly and dangerous to the rejectors of truth. The only event standing between the return of Israel and the initiation of the Great Tribulation is the snatching away of the bride of Christ. Are you ready? Are you watching? Are you working for that day?
A Three-Part Action Plan will help you be prepared for a rapture that could happen at any moment. Here's the steps to that plan.
"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard and pray (be alert in prayer)! You do not know when that time will come." Mark 13:32-33
Are you prayerful? Prayerlessness will bring about a lack or loss of moral and spiritual strength, the exact fiber that you need to have in order to survive these perilous days. Are you prayerful? Are you communing with the one who restores and renews? Prayerfulness provides an abundance of strength and boldness....ingredients that will provide you with a timely word or answer for those who are seeking. Prayerfulness will help you maintain an encouraged outlook. Prayerfulness will repel fear.
"Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters." Isaiah 52:11 & 2 Corinthans 6:17-18
Our separation is not from people in our culture, society, neighborhood, or world. We must, however, separate ourselves from their influence. We step away from the worlds way of doing things...its prinicples of self-delight...its seeking after self-elevation....its half-truths and rejection of all things godly. Rather, because of our prayerfulness, we push to be the influence. Anyway, why must we partake in activities that pull us away from the hope that we have in Christ? I see no reason.
"When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.....therefore watch yourselves lest you be overcome with dissipation and the cares of this life, and that day take you unaware." Luke 21:28, 31
I love that...LOOK UP.... I think Jesus is telling us to stop meditating on the dirt...the death of this world, and start looking toward our future. Our future is forever, and it is secure. The snatching away of the people of God is fast approaching. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be ready. How? It is as simple as turning to Jesus. Fully commit yourself to his leadership. Believe wholeheartedly that he IS the ONLY begotten SON OF GOD, that he lived a sinless life where we couldn't, that he paid for our death by dying on a Roman cross, that God raised him from the dead, and that he is the rightful Lord and Leader of your life. Then follow after him with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Only then will you be ready.
Jimmy Root Jr

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