ANTI-MISSIONARY LAW 5738-1977: Strictly speaking, "proselytizing" under this law involves a gift, no matter how small (such as a tract) given to a Jew by a Christian. Under Israeli law it is a crime to "give or promise to give money, the equivalent of money or any other material benefit in order to entice a person to change his religion." Yet realistically, the word "proselytize" is much more loosely interpreted. As a case in point, evangelical Christians showed a film about the second coming of Christ in Jerusalem's largest hotel, the Shalom. This outraged Israel's chief rabbi, Yitzhak Kolitz, who forbade them to further "proselytize." However, the manager reassured the Christians that "they are welcome if they do not violate the law." (226) Such ambiguity keeps Christians in Israel on edge, vulnerable to accusations that they violate the law. Speaking in defense of evangelicals, Charles Kopp, Chairman of the United Christian Council in Israel, said such Christians "do not engage in proselytizing... we do not give out leaflets in the streets or witness at our job [in Israel]." (227)
The government remains suspicious, and ANTI-CHRISTIAN! Daniel Rossing, head of the Department of Christian Churches for the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs, summarized his government's position: "The government, by all available means, discourages missionary activity." (228) Proponents say this law is vital to the survival of Israel because so many young Jews are being seduced away from the fold, largely by Christianity. The severity of the sentence, they argue, is warranted because such a theft of a Jewish soul is tantamount to genocide, or the extinction of a (sic) race. "The Jews were once a sub-type of the Mediterranean race, but they have mixed with other peoples until THE NAME JEW HAS LOST ALL RACIAL MEANING." (229)
Yet Judaism resents the encroachment of Christianity not just in Israel, but throughout the world. With 40% of American Jewish boys marrying Christian girls, and the Jewish birth rate not keeping up with the rest of humanity, Jewish leaders are desperate that the physical and spiritual unity of Jews be preserved. They are concerned that apathy, secularism, and materialism, coupled with intermarriage and conversion to other religions, could do more to threaten Judaism than all the pogroms of history.
Considering such a mind set against Christianity, we may understand why Christian evangelists have NEVER held a crusade in the State of Israel. They have held many meetings throughout the Soviet bloc and even in Russia, yet not in Israel. Despite the feinted friendliness, and appearance of almost worship of such Christian leaders and the Israeli tourist industry, the fact remains that all religious affairs of the state of Israel are controlled by the chief rabbinate in Jerusalem, who enforces the strictly orthodox Jewish point of view.
The result: ALTHOUGH ISRAEL PROCLAIMS ITSELF THE ONLY REAL DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IN MATTERS OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IT IS MORE INFLEXIBLY ANTI-CHRISTIAN THAN EVEN HARDENED COMMUNIST COUNTRIES! It is our considered opinion that if the hard core strategists succeed in their quest for world dominion, they will drop all pretenses of belief in, or allowing of, the idea of a millennial kingdom. They are simply keeping quiet about it for now because it is to their advantage to have Christians pave the way for them. In the meantime, millions of Christians are doing just exactly that.
The Rapture Theory is probably best described by the C.I. Scofield Bible and is as follows:
1). At any time there may take place the "Rapture," the sudden noiseless, and invisible removal from the world of all true Christians, to meet the Lord in the air. Simultaneously will take place the resurrection of all the redeemed who shall have died by that time, of all the past ages.
2). Although there is not a single true believer left in the world, this event will have such a remarkable effect that many hitherto unbelieving, or only nominal Christians, will turn to the Lord. These form the group called "the tribulation saints." They will begin to preach "the gospel of the kingdom," which is not the old gospel of the grace of God unto salvation, but an announcement of the imminence of the "kingdom," i.e., the earthly rule of Christ. It is thus not a continuation of the Christian message, but a resumption of the preaching of John the Baptist.
3). Immediately now appears the "Beast" of Revelation, the antichrist, who will bear rule both in church and state, throughout the world.
4). At about this time, also, will take place the regathering of Israel, including the Ten Tribes, who, Scofield teaches, are still preserved somewhere as an independent unit, known to God. To these, together with those we usually call "The Jews" the land of Palestine will be restored, according to the "Palestinian Covenant."
5). With these restored Israelites and Jews the antichrist will make a "Seven-year covenant" for the re-building of the temple in Jerusalem, and the re-institution of the Levitical sacrifices.
6). In the midst of the said seven-year period, i.e., after three years and a half, the antichrist will repudiate his promise, and will demand for himself divine worship.
7). All the "tribulation saints" and many faithful "Jews" not yet Christians will refuse to render such blasphemous and idolatrous worship, and they will therefore be subject to a terrible persecution called "the great tribulation."
8). At the end of this period, all nations will come up against Jerusalem to battle, and will almost win. They will take part of the city, but a great earthquake shall cleave the mount of Olives and a remnant will flee into the cleft for safety.
9). This is the "Battle of Armageddon" frequently referred to in the Scofield notes, although only once in the Scriptures. Christ will come down at this point with a heavenly army, as in Revelation 19, and will overthrow the hostile forces.
This appearance of Christ will be visible to the world, and is called "The Revelation," in contrast with His coming seven years before, which is "The Rapture."
10). Now occurs the judgment of Matthew 25, that of "the sheep and the goats" which according to Scofield, is not an individual judgment, but of nations, to determine which of them shall be allowed to survive and to have part in the millennial blessings.
11). Thereupon is to follow the conversion of the remaining Jews, who then will become missionaries to the rest of the world.
12). At this time take place another resurrection, called by this school the "second stage" of the first resurrection. Now are raised to life the "tribulation saints" who were martyred by the Beast.
13). At last come the establishment of the millennial kingdom, not by persuasion but by force. Thus Christ bears rule over the Jews, who bear rule over the rest of the world.
14). During this period the temple foreseen by Ezekiel is to be built, and the sacrifices prescribed by him will be offered. The Mosaic legislation and Sermon on the Mount will be the law of the Kingdom and that period.
15). After 1,000 years of such rule, there will occur a revolt of Gog and Magog, the resurrection of the wicked, the last judgment, and the beginning of the eternal state.
We are presenting this study because of a predominant FALSE TEACHING of a pre-tribulation, fly-away rapture, Christians managing to get out off the earth before all the trouble breaks loose on planet earth. Unfortunately, this is simply not in God's word, and if you will do a careful study along with us, we hope to be able to present from God's Word the truth about these matters and to dispel this rumor, THIS LIE, THIS DECEPTION as the Scriptures refers to it, right from God's Word. There will be many things that we are going to trust you, given references, will study and ferret out for yourself. We will hit the high points and cover the things that are absolutely necessary, which should leave you with enough documentation from God's Word.
We advise you again, don't listen to us or to any other man. Trust God's Word and it alone, for in these end times it is the only ark that will bring you through. it is the ark of the end times: God's Word. We are attempting to help you put on the whole armor of God: "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (230)
principalities...Greek #746. arche, ar-khay'; from 756; (prop. abstr.) a commencement, or (concr.) CHIEF (in various applications of order, time, place or rank):- beginning, corner, (at, the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.We can see clearly with this, that the verse is speaking of the leaders of the people. Such as our President, Congress members and etc. Let's lay a little more ground work, and start in 1 Corinthians 15, and touch on those very scriptures that the Judeo-Christian teachers love to use to teach you to fly away, only we are going to take the time, because they don't bother, and have been blinded by Almighty God so that they can't rightly divide the word, according to the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. We are going to do so, so that you might come out of this false teaching of a fly-away rapture before it is too late.
Greek #756. archomat. ar'-khom-ahee; mid. of 757 (through the impl. of precedence); to commence (in order of time):- (rehearse from the) begin (-ning).
Greek #757. apXwarcho, ar'kho; a prim. verb; to be first (in political rank or power):- reign (rule) over.
We hope to challenge your thinking. Go right ahead and check out what we say, don't take our word for it. It would, as we have said time and again, if you have a King James Bible and a Strong's Concordance. With these two tools you will be able to study even back to the original meanings and translations from the original Hebrew and Greek, as they were in the manuscripts. We are going to pick up with verse 35, specifically because we want to address and nail down the subject that Paul was talking about. Remember, you always want to keep track of the subject and the object, otherwise you are taking the Scriptures out of context. "But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?" (231)
Paul, here, is establishing the question, the subject that is being discussed: the dead and how they are raised up. Now this does not indicate the dead in Christ or the dead who died without Christ. There is no mention there of the fact of whether or not they have been saved, or that they have died in Christ. Simply, they want to know how the dead are raised up. That is the subject. "Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die." (232)
In other words, like in agriculture, the seed must fall into the ground and die before it can be reborn, or born anew. (Which proves that this Born Again Christian is a false teaching of the anti-Christs). Likewise it shall also be with the flesh, that is what Paul is alluding to. Again, the subject is how are the dead raised up? "And that which thou sowest, THOU SOWEST NOT THAT BODY THAT SHALL BE, but bare again, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the festival is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. SO ALSO IS THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." (233)
Now, why start here with a discussion that is revolving around the false teaching of a pre-tribulation flying away? Well, because number one, you have to determine what becomes of the flesh, and at what time one takes on his spiritual body. So like Paul, we want to lay a good firm foundation upon which to base this study. "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." (234)
There is going to be an interesting fact that comes out of this, that again falls right in line with the things that these false Judeo-Christian teachers and false prophets would teach you concerning flying away before all the trouble begins. These are very important verses, remember these! "Now this I say, brethren, THAT FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD; NEITHER DOTH CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION." (235)
One of the first things these Judeo-Christian false teachers will tell you is that the millennium is for the Jews, the so-called Jews, for the rebuilding of the temple, that this is their time, these thousand years. This is utter nonsense, because there will be no flesh in the millennium: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. That is what the word says. I don't know why they say what they do. You see, Revelation 11:15 will make mention of the fact that at the seventh trump, the farthest trump out, the last trump, that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ. "And the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (236)
You see, it is at that time that Jesus the Christ, Yeshua Messiah returns; and it is at that time we are changed, as we will find out as we go through God's Word. Keep in mind 1 Corinthians 15:50: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. "Behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed." (237) Check out the word "all." Realize this is not talking about saved people only, those who believe in Christ, Repented, been Baptized and have received Him as their personal Lord and Savior, but rather all, meaning all inclusive, every one.
all...Greek 3956. pas, pas; includ. all the forms of declension; appear. a prim. word; all, any, every, the whole:- all (manner of, means), alway (-s), any (one), X daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, + no (-thing), X thoroughly, whatsoever, whole whosoever.Again, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. So what did Paul just say? He is showing us a secret: At the time that Jesus returns, not all of us will have fallen asleep (died), but we shall all be changed. Not just those who name the name of Christ, but all souls. All the souls that God has created that have come through this earth age shall be changed. Now this next verse is one of the favorite phrases that goes along with 1 & 2 Thessalonians, that they love to use to teach you that you're going to fly away. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (238)
Now when does this happen? At the last trump. Not the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth trump, but the last trump, the farthest trump out. Again, see Revelation 11:13. If you can read the book of Revelation, you will find that the seventh trump is that last trump, the farthest trump out. Reading and understanding the book of Revelation is something the Judeo-Christian false teachers and prophets of today cannot do. They cannot reveal the simple straight forward truths that are in it, but rather have to imagine all kinds of things to pass along to you that are simply not in God's word. "He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart..." (239)
Check out what the last trump means in the Greek.
last...Greek 2078. eschatos, es'-khat-os; a superi. prob. from Grk 2182 (in the sense of contiguity); farthest, final (of place or time):- ends of, last, latter end, lowest, uttermost.It is in the twinkling of an eye, at that last trump: For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and WE SHALL BE CHANGED. We being those who are alive at the time of His coming. "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this moral must put on immortality." (240) This corruptible, or flesh body, must put on incorruptible, or spiritual body, and this mortal must put on immortality. Now what does mortal mean? Mortal from the Greek means liable or able to die.
mortal...Greek 2349. thnetos, thnay-tos'; from Grk 2348, liable to die:- mortal (-ity).So what is Paul saying? He is saying at that time, at the last trump, the seventh trump, the flesh, or corruptible body must be put aside and the incorruptible, or the spiritual body taken on, and this mortal must put on immortality. Now what is he saying? He is saying that no flesh will enter the kingdom of God, which will be present with man on earth (241), at the time Jesus Christ has actually returned, the flesh shall be changed to spiritual bodies, and the mortal, meaning liable or able to die, must put on immortality.
There will be two classifications of people in the millennium, none of which will be flesh. All will be spiritual bodies, but there will be those that have mortal souls, that is, liable to die, and there will be those that have immortal souls, not liable to die. Why? Do you recall in the book of Revelation where you read: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: ON SUCH THE SECOND DEATH HATH NO POWER, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years." (242)
It is obvious then that if the second death hath power over some, they are still mortal. Though they have a spiritual body, their souls are still liable to die. After all, what did God say? "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (243)
It is the Father who is able to destroy both body and soul. He ultimately will cast those who fall short, who rebel, who do not receive the salvation He has provided, into the lake of fire after they have been judged according to their works at the end of the millennium.
During the millennium they will be taught that unfortunately will have to be another lecture for another time. But just as a hint, read Ezekiel 44. It will tell you about what will be going on during the millennium, who will do the teaching, and who will do the learning.
A quick recap of what have just covered: It is very important, you must get this. 1 Corinthians 15:50, FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. There will be no flesh in the millennium. 1 Corinthian 15:51, behold, I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, not all of us will die; but we shall all be changed. Everyone will receive a spiritual body, and lay aside the flesh (244), in a moment, in the twinkling of the eye, at the last trump, not at the beginning of the tribulation, not during the middle of the tribulation, but at the last trump, we shall be changed. Now one would think that is plain enough for anyone to see.
How there can be so many people out there who would deceive God's children, who would deceive you into thinking that you are going to fly away and escape that which comes upon this earth in this end generation. Nonetheless it is a very prevalent teaching. It is one of the biggest deceptions of today! Well, they are going to fly out of here alright, but it isn't going to be to Jesus; it is going to be to anti-Christ, instead of Jesus. Check it out in the Greek, anti-Christ means instead of Christ, for he is first to come, and not Jesus, as we shall learn as we continue on.
Greek #500: antichristos, an-tee'-khris-tos; from 473 and 5547; an opponent of the Messiah:- antichrist.Greek #473: anti, an-tee'; a prim. particle; opposite, i.e. instead or because of (rarely in addition to):- for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.Let's go now to 1 Thessalonians 4, and pick up another of their favorite teachings and find out what God really has to say. Again, do not take our word or any man's word for these things, check them out for yourself. Prove us wrong if you can. "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." (245)
Remember to always pin down the subject and the object. Always know what is being talked about. The object established in verse 13 is concerning them that are asleep (dead).
asleep...Greek 2837. Koiman, koy-mah'-o; from Grk. 2748; to put to sleep, i.e. (pass. or refled.) to slumber, fig. to decease:- (be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead.In other words, people who have died. Paul does not want us to be ignorant about those who have died. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." (246)
Now don't read over this. Here, Paul is being more specific. Those that have died in Christ, God WILL BRING WITH HIM. Why? Because they are already with Him. When the body dies and the silver cord parts, THE SPIRIT OR INTELLECT OF YOUR SOUL DEPARTS, AND RETURNS TO HIM WHO MADE IT. "Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and THE SPIRIT SHALL RETURN UNTO GOD WHO GAVE IT." (247)
This is why God bring them with Him. They are already with Him. They are not conscious as the Scriptures attest, but their SPIRIT is with Him. "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead (those who are asleep) in Christ shall rise first." (248)
archangel...Greek 743. archaggelos, ar-khang'-el-os; from 757 and 32; a chief angel:- archangel.With what trump? With the last trump, the seventh trump, as it is referred to in 1 Corinthians 15:52 and Revelation 11:15. "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." (249)
This is what they love to refer to as the rapture. Now remember, the word "rapture" is not in God's word, you won't find it. What God's word says is we that are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (those who have died and their spirit has gone on to be with the Father) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.
This is what the false Judeo-Christian teachers and prophets base the rapture theory on: That we are caught up in the air, some kind of secret taking away. This is not what is being said. What does being "caught up in the air? mean in the Greek?" It means caught up in the breath of life; that changing talked about in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall all be changed. When the corruptible shall put on incorruption.
air...Greek #109: aer, ah-ayr'; from semi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy to blow); "air" (as naturally circumambient):- air. Compare Greek 5594 (psucho)."Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (250)
Now let's go to Matthew 24, to the heavy stuff that these false Judeo-Christian teachers like to get involved in, when they try to teach (deceive) you about how you're going to get out of here before all the trouble begins. The problem is they don't rightly divide the word. "He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart..." (251)
They can't even tell you that there are two tribulations in the end time. The tribulation of anti-Christ, which comes first as we are learning, and the second tribulation that comes at the very end, which is God's tribulation: And it will not fall on those who have trusted in Him, but only on those who have been deceived. Don't you be one of those that are deceived, although the majority will be. "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, and the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ (confessing that Christ is the Messiah, but their purpose in doing so is to deceive those who are listening); and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." (252)
Do you know what the famine of the end time is? We are told in Amos 8:11 what the famine of the end time is: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord." (253)
So, we see, that the famine of the end time, for hearing the word of God, so what is the pestilence? The pestilence is destroying words or speech. Let's look at Ezekiel 7:15: "The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him."
pestilence...Hebrew #1698: deber, deh'-ber, from Heb. 1696 (dabar) (in the sense of destroying); a pestilence:- murrain, pestilence, plague.So the pestilence is destroying words and the famine is for hearing the true word of God. People are hungry today because their Judeo-Christian teachers and false prophets do not feed them, they do not teach them the deep things, the meat from God's word. They just teach salvation and baptism, salvation and baptism, love, love, love until it is sickening and people spew it out of their mouth, as they would gall, to a room full of believers; but they don't feed the sheep, they just keep them on milk, and never get to the meat. "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds (Judeo-Christian teachers) of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed (Kill real Israel Christians, as the government is doing today, whenever it can): but YE FEED NOT THE FLOCK (sheep). The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they are scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field (The Judeo-Christian teachers did not teach God's Israel people not to mix with the black race, and so they did and therefore were lost and scattered), when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains (nations), and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore, ye shepherds (Judeo-Christian teachers), hear the word of the Lord; As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves AND FED NOT MY FLOCK." (254)
Hebrew #1696: dabar, daw-bar'; a primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue:- answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise, pronounce, rehearse, say, speak, be spokesman, subdue, talk, teach, tell, think, use [entreaties], utter, X well, X work.
Now let's continue in Matthew. "All these are the beginning of sorrows." (255) Sorrows in the Greek, meaning birth pangs. The birth of a new age.
sorrows...Greek 5604. odin, o-deen'; akin to Grk 3601; a pang or throe, esp. of childbirth:- pain, sorrow, travail."Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended (caused to stumble, are enticed to sin), and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." (256)
offended...Greek #4624: skandaizo, skan-dal-id'-zo; ("scandalize"); from Grk 4625; to entrap, i.e. trip up (fig. stumble [trans.] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure):- (make to) offend.)"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." (257)
Deception is the danger in the end days. Not war, not nuclear arms, but deception; Satan's deception, carried out by the Kenites (Pharisees). "And because iniquity shall abound (lawlessness), the love of many shall wax cold." (258)
abound...Greek #459: anomos, an'-om-os; from I (as a neg. particle) and 3551; lawless, i.e. (neg.) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by impl. a Gentile), or (pos.) wicked:- without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.What does the love wax cold from? From the love of God's Word. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." (259)
God's word, the eternal word, is your first love. It is Christ in printed form. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (260)
It is Him speaking to you; and you have left that first love and gone after the traditions of men, the teachings of the Jewish Rabbis dressed up in Judeo-Christian clothes. Return to your first love, and get back into the word of God. "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (261)
Now that is a pretty clear statement. He that shall endure unto the end. What is the end? The seventh trump, the last trump. He that shall endure until the end, the same shall be saved. How can you be deceived into believing you are going to be raptured out of here when the word is very clear? He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. "And this gospel of the kingdom (the true gospel, not just salvation, and baptism - and Jewish fables), shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation (the abomination of the desolator, i.e. Satan, the anti-Christ), spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)" (262)
This was quoted from Daniel 9:27. Note, Jesus here made Daniel part of the New Testament, and instructed you not to just read, but to understand. "Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house." (263)
The housetop is where the watchmen stood gazing out over the horizon to warn of the enemies approach. Standing watch for the enemy, and crying out the warning, sounding the alarm, to all those that will hear: this is what we are doing to the very best of our ability. "Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!" (264) What is being said here? Jesus is not talking about women who happen to be pregnant at the time this occurs. What He is talking about, you must take to the spiritual level. These Scriptures must be understood; you must think in the spiritual sense. So what does woe unto them that are with child mean? It means woe unto them that are impregnated with the lies of Satan, deceived. And what does to them that give suck mean? "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able."(265) Those who give service to: To promote, serve, tithe, or support the work of anyone or any organization that teaches the rapture or any other doctrine that is contrary to God's word. "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." (266)
We are told here that those days have been shortened, and in Revelation 9:1-5 we are told that the duration is five months, not seven years. "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, BUT THAT THEY SHOULD BE TORMENTED FIVE MONTHS..." (267)
Now back to Matthew: "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not." (268) You can read on your own Mark 13 and Luke 21 that are parallel chapters to Matthew 24, but I would like to point out the word "terrified" in Luke 21:9. Be not terrified means from the Greek.
terrified... (Luke 21:9)Greek #4422: ptoeo, pto-eh'-o; probably akin to the alternate of Greek 4098 (pipto) (through the idea of causing to call) or to Greek 4072 (petomal) (THROUGH THAT OF CAUSING TO FLY AWAY); to scare:- frighten."For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (in the Greek, it is implied emphatically that it is not possible). Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth; behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not." (269) Why believe it not? Because he is anti-Christ, he is the first to come; not Jesus, as many are led to believe. "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles (in some translations the word vultures is inserted instead of eagles), be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the power of the heavens shall be shaken." (270)
The sun, moon and stars here are representative of Jacob/Israel, Rachel and the twelve tribes of Israel. "And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou has dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?" (271)
Matthew 24:27-29 is believed by many to be the second advent of Jesus the Christ. "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn (mourn because they will realize they have been deceived), and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet (the seventh trump), and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it (He) is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." (272)
What generation? The generation that began at the planting of the fig tree, May 14, 1948; the day that Israel once again became a nation, the day that two fig trees were planted in Jerusalem. A generation of forty years, time of testing, trial, and probation has already come and gone. We are on God's timetable not mans.' "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (273) What it says in the Greek is that you won't know that instant, but you had better know the season. "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (274)
How was it in the days of Noah? Read Genesis 6. "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (275)
There is another flood coming as well, but it is a flood of lies poured out of the mouth of Satan, the anti-Christ and his children, at the time he makes his appearance as the desolator standing in the holy place. "And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth." (276); "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left." (277)
The fly-away, pre-tribulation rapture Judeo-Christian false teachers love to use these verses to substantiate their fly-away doctrine. They deceive you by telling you that the one that is taken flies out of here and escapes the tribulation, that Jesus secretly comes while nobody in the whole world see Him, and raptures away that one in the field. Beware of these Judeo-Christian false teachers, they are 180 degrees off the mark. They couldn't be any farther from the truth. What is the field? The field is the world, Matthew 13:28. "Another parable put he (Christ) forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together FIRST THE TARES, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." (278)
The world in which the gospel is to be taught. If you leave the field, you leave God's work. If you are taken, it is by anti-Christ, instead of Jesus. The one who remains in the field and continues to do God's word is the one that the Lord, when He returns, will say well-done thou good and faithful servant; because you will have endured until the end. Recall Matthew 24:13, but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Don't be one of those that are taken, because you will be harvested out of season. "Watch therefore (a command to watch): for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this (again, with emphasis, know this), that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched (are you watching?), and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (279)
Be ready for that hour of temptation: "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." (280)
In our opinion, this hour of temptation is soon to come upon the earth. "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?" (281)
Don't read over this; to give them meat in due season. Not milk, not just salvation and baptism for little lambs, but meat. Mature Christians need meat from God's word, just as a baby who has grown into adulthood must leave the milk bottle behind and begin to eat meat. Here Jesus is commanding them to give them meat in due season. This season friends, is the end time generation. Remember the famine of the end times is not for bread, Amos 8:11, but for the true word of God. "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." (282)
Recall Matthew 24:40, the two servants working in the field. Who here is blessed? That servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find him so doing: Not taken out of the field, but working, giving the meat to the children, NOT TEACHING THEM TO FLY AWAY. "Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods." (283)
Read Ezekiel 44, it documents this fact. "But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom." (284)
The bridegroom is Christ. The ten virgins are all Christians, those who name the name of Christ. Don't overlook this fact. "And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them." (285) The oil is God's Word. "But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps." (286)
The wise had enough of God's word. They were sealed with seven seals. They knew the truth, they knew they weren't going to fly away. They studied God's word diligently. They made time to go back to the Hebrew and Greek and ferret out the truth as it was written in the original manuscripts, rather than to read it from the translations (transliterations) that the scribes have changed and twisted, that they might teach you falsely. "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine (keep it full of oil) before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (287)
If your lamp goes out for lack of oil then you cannot obey the Father by letting your light shine. "While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps." (288) To trim your lamp means to get the brightest light out of it. Also, please note that even the wise virgins, who had plenty of oil, also slumbered for a little while. But they had done enough works that their lamp had not gone out and was still shining forth. "And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out." (289)
The foolish did not have enough truth to make it. They could not be discerning for the lack of meat of God's word. They could not identify the enemy. They couldn't see him coming, because they had listened to the traditions of men that said you're all going to fly away: So that the first time somebody shows up calling fire down from heaven, you run to him, thinking it's Jesus when in fact it is anti-Christ, instead of Christ, but is Satan himself. "But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell (the Judeo-Christian teachers who have prostituted themselves, and have sold God's word deceitfully), and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut." (290)
At this point it is too late. The ones who are shut out will say: But Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not cast out demons in your name? We preached the gospel around the world, we sent missionaries everywhere. The door was shut, and they were left out. See, we are talking about Christians here, not non-Christians. Christians that are too lazy to study God's word. "Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us." (291)
This is what the majority will be saying in that day. "But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods." (292)
The servants here are God's elect, those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Now we are going to 2 Thessalonians 2 and cover more of the favorite scripture passages that these false Judeo-Christian teachers use to deceive you into believing a pre-tribulation, fly-away rapture. Remember, Paul had already taught these things once in 1 Thessalonians; and now because they still were not getting these things clearly in their minds, he once again addresses the problem. "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him." (293)
Here is the subject being discussed: Our gathering together to Him. "That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or troubled, rather by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand." (294)
And what do all the false Judeo-Christian preachers and teachers tell you? That the coming of the Lord (or what they refer to as the rapture) is imminent. "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." (295) Let's look at this "son of perdition" a little closer. "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." (296)
Paul relates the following: "And in nothing terrified by your adversaries (the Jews and other unbelievers): which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. FOR UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN IN THE BEHALF OF CHRIST, NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE ON HIM, BUT ALSO TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE." (297) Here Paul is telling us not to be terrified because of the Jews and non-believers, that it has been given to us by Almighty God the ability to believe in Him, but they are not given that ability - thus they continue to be in unbelief to this day.
perdition....Greek #684: apoleia, ap-o'-li-a; from a presumed der. of 622; ruin or loss (phys., spiritual or eternal):- damnable (-nation), destruction, die... perish...The falling away first is the great apostasy. Beware: For the apostasy has already begun, it is happening now. The man of sin, the son of perdition is none other than Satan, the anti-Christ, The desolator. So what is Paul telling us here? For that day, the Lord's day, shall not come, except first there is a falling away and that the son of perdition, Satan, and his children be revealed for what they are. "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (298)
Greek #622: apollumi, ap-ol'-loo-mee; from 575 and the base of 3639; to destroy fully (reflex. to perish, or lose), lit. or fig.:- destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.
Greek #3639: olethros, ol'-eth-ros; from a prim. ollumi (to destroy; a prol. form); ruin, i.e. death, punishment:- destruction.
Satan wants to be worshipped as God, and he will deceive many. The majority in fact. "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high." (299)
Will you be one of those that is deceived? "Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholden (restrains) that he (Satan) might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (restrains) will let (restrain), until he be taken out of the way." (300)
Who is "he" that is taken out of the way? The he is Michael: "And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (301)
226. Jesus Film Stirs Hotel Row, Jerusalem Post, International ed., Oct. 16-22, 1983, p. 5.
227. Friendly 'Strangers' in Our Midst, Jerusalem Post, International Ed., May 25, 1991, p. 2.
228. Christians: Missionary Activity in Israel Under Fire, Los Angeles Times, Part I, March 8, 1984, p. 8).
229. The World Book Encyclopedia.
230. Ephesians 6:11-17.
231. 1 Corinthians 15:35.
232. 1 Corinthians 15:36.
233. 1 Corinthians 15:37-44.
234. 1 Corinthians 15:45-49.
235. 1 Corinthians 15:50.
236. Revelation 11:15.
237. 1 Corinthians 15:51.
238. 1 Corinthians 15:52.
239. John 13:40; See also Romans 11:7; 2 Corinthians 3:14; 4:4.
240. 1 Corinthians 15:53.
241. Revelation 11:15.
242. Revelation 20:6.
243. Matthew 10:28.
244. 1 Corinthian 15:52.
245. 1 Thessalonians 4:13.
246. 1 Thessalonians 4:14.
247. Ecclesiastes 12:6-7.
248. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16.
249. 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
250. 1 Thessalonians 4:18.
251. John 12:40.
252. Matthew 24:3-7.
253. Amos 8:11.
254. Ezekiel 34:2-8.
255. Matthew 24:8.
256. Matthew 24:9-10.
257. Matthew 24:11.
258. Matthew 24:12.
259. Revelation 2:4.
260. John 1:14.
261. Matthew 24:13.
262. Matthew 24:14-15.
263. Matthew 24:16-17.
264. Matthew 24:18-19.
265. 1 Corinthians 3:2.
266. Matthew 24:20-22.
267. Revelation 9:1-5.
268. Matthew 24:23.
269. Matthew 24:24-26.
270. Matthew 24:27-29.
271. Genesis 37:9-10.
272. Matthew 24:30-34.
273. Matthew 24:35-36.
274. Matthew 24:37.
275. Matthew 24:38-39.
276. Revelation 12:15-16.
277. Matthew 24:40-41.
278. Matthew 13:24-30.
279. Matthew 24:42-44.
280. Revelation 17:12.
281. Matthew 24:45.
282. Matthew 24:46.
283. Matthew 24:47.
284. Matthew 24:48-25:1.
285. Matthew 25:2-3.
286. Matthew 25:4.
287. Matthew 5:14-16.
288. Matthew 25:5-7.
289. Matthew 25:8.
290. Matthew 25:9-10.
291. Matthew 25:11.
292. Matthew 25:12-14.
293. 2 Thessalonians 2:1.
294. 2 Thessalonians 2:2.
295. 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
296. John 17:12.
297. Philippians 1:28.
298. 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
299. Isaiah 14:12-14.
300. 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7.
301. Revelation 12:7-9.
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