The Rapture Are You Ready ? Are we in the End Times ?

June 14th, 2011 Categories: The Bible, the rapture

Matthew 24

 

1And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

 

2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 

3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, 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?

 

4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

 

5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 

6And 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.

 

7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

 

8All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

9Then 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.

 

10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

 

11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

 

12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

 

13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

 

16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

 

17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

 

18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

 

19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

 

20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

 

21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

 

22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

 

23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

 

24For 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.

 

25Behold, I have told you before.

 

26Wherefore 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.

 

27For 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.

 

28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

 

29Immediately 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 powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

 

30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 

31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

32Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

 

33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

 

34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

 

35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

 

36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

 

37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

38For 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,

 

39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 

41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 

42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

 

43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

 

44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

 

45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

 

46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

 

47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

 

48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

 

49And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

 

50The 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,

 

51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


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  • ephesiansgoose

    How wonderful to see a complete chapter of the word of God (as it is purely manifest by the King James Version bible) published on this site, and certainly Matthew chapter 24 is very relevant to the evidently soon coming end. May I please recommend a website that I believe teaches sound doctrine and eschatology. I highly recommend Marvin Rosenthals book called, The PreWrath Rapture of the Church, and his publication called Zion’s Fire. On that website if you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage there is a side scrolling bar which displays covers from past issues of Zion’s Fire, and you can click on them to read the cover story articles. They are excellent! Thank you. Titus 2:13

  • ephesiansgoose

    Sorry, I forgot to list the website. It is http://www.zionshope.org

  • ephesiansgoose

    And finally, yes, I am ready for the so called, “rapture”. In Acts chapter 16, the keeper of the prison asked Paul and Silas, Sirs, what must I do to be saved. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. So likewise, my own household is also saved. My wife, my daughter and I have all called upon the name of the Lord to be saved. We are saved from our sins (Ephesians 1:7), we are saved from the lake of fire (Revelations 20:15), and we are saved from the wrath to come (Romans 5:9). In regard to the “end times” I believe that it is also related to what is referred to as, Daniel’s 70th week (7 years), and I do not believe it has yet begun. However, with so many remarkable world events happening, it does seem that we must be getting close to the beginning of the end! But according to the word of God, there will be a sure order of things that must first come to pass. That is why I recommended that site, http://www.zionshope.org and reading Rosenthals book, The PreWrath Rapture of The Church. In the meantime, live according to Titus 2:11-15

  • ephesiansgoose

    FYI concerning the “rapture”: see (in a King James Version bible) Romans 8:16-23, 1 Corinthians 15:49-58, 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, Philippians 3:20-21, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Concerning the wrath to come, also consider 2 Thessalonians 7:12 (wow!…I’m glad I know God and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…that is I believe it…and it caused me to call upon the name of the Lord to be saved!) By the way, my username is ephesiansgoose because I find the book of Ephesians (especially in chapter 1), to be such an excellent revelation of the riches of the glory of the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Consider verses 17-23! Has the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, given unto YOU the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him? Are the eyes of YOUR understanding enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places…?

  • Salvador Monteverde

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  • Eddie

    [Yo, DJF. The following was spotted on the net. Would love reactions to it.]

    PRETRIB RAPTURE SCHOLARSHIP !

    How can the “rapture” be “imminent”? Acts 2:34,35 reveal that Jesus stays at the Father’s right hand in heaven until He leaves to destroy His foes at the second coming to earth. Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven with the Father “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. (“The Rapture Question,” by the long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, the above verses! The same Acts verses were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called “father of dispensationalism” – to list in the scripture index in his “Letters”!)
    Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The “rest” for “all them that believe” is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the end of trib “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which Scofield views as Israel’s posttrib resurrection!) It’s amazing that the Olivet Discourse contains the “great commission” for the church but not even a hint of a pretrib rapture for the church!
    Many are unaware that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this “rapture” was stretched forward and turned into a separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which the mass of evangelical scholars rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” ["gathering"] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Google “Walvoord Melts Ice.”
    Other Google articles on the 183-year-old pretrib rapture view include “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “Pretrib Rapture’s Missing Lines,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” and “Morgan Edwards’ Rapture View” – most by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate and documented book on pretrib rapture history which is obtainable by calling 800.643.4645).