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    • pre trib rapture is fake true or false
      I am not even sure that I understand your question(s) Marv. If you are asking if I am sure that I will make it through the tribulation to experience the rapture on the other side of it, then no, of course not. I do not know that I will live until the great tribulation - it is not imminent. None of us can know that we will wake up tomorrow, that is the eschatology we all face. Recently I lost my wife, then my father-in-law, then my mother-in-law. They did not have to wait for the Lord's return to experience their end times.

      Should I make it into Daniel's 70th week, I expect, that times will be hard, I could die in persecution, or I could survive it the emerge on the other side of it to see the Lord's return. Which ever way it would go, will be according to the will of God. I know He is gracious. I know that perhaps, by His grace, I could persevere and survive. I know that it is also possible, that I could suffer horribly and even die in that, and if I am allowed to die that way, persecuted for His name's sake, that is also a privilege by His grace. It doesn't matter, either way I can only win if I am in Him.

      By the way, this is no different than the church has always faced, all over the world, until now, and will continue face. Here in the west, we have pretty much been spared much suffering, we are not used to the idea. It is hard to imagine when you live in a society where it takes effort to starve.

      I know pre-tribbers love Revelation 3:10:

      Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

      Here in 21st Century America, it is hard for me to imagine that we are the Church that has endured patiently, what on Earth exactly, have we endured here, iPhones, two cars, flat screen TVs and padded pews in air conditioned churches? Oh, such patient endurance. There are letters to seven churches, are we not just as easily described in the other letters?

          (1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) - the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).

          (2) Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) - the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).

          (3) Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) - the church that needed to repent (2:16).

          (4) Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) - the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).

          (5) Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) - the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).

          (6) Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) - the church that had endured patiently (3:10).

          (7) Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) - the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

      Okay, so far, maybe Smyrna is not a good fit for us, maybe that will change. I do not see scripture through the dispensational lenses of John Nelson Darby and his modern day followers. These things sure do not match historical periods. These features probably do line up with aspects of  different characteristics of perhaps individuals in each church, all churches since Revelation was written, perhaps they are just literal churches in Asia, but they certainly to not line up with specific times or dispensations, like dispensationalists like to pretend they do.

      I read the book of Matthew, and see things like the following, and think they are applicable:

      Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

      Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

      Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

      So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

      But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

      Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

      Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

      So, since I am not sure what you  are asking, I ask:

      "Does that answer your question?"
    • Fiorina: Hillary, Trump are two sides of same coin
      Carly IS all those things but.....she sure had a different opinion of Cruz a few months ago. 
    • Derailing thread
      Since I watch Super League and Rugby League on TV, most often the announcers sound much alike.  Sometimes I can detect a bit of Irish or Scottish accents in the British, but usually it is the phrasing that is different.  They say "He is quite good, is Matty."  Otherwise they sound a lot like the Australian announcers.   I do have problems with vernacular.  One New Zealand announcer needed a translator--could only understand a few words.  But I met a musician with the Newsboys whom I could not understand at all.  His Australian was translated by his Australian band mates.   I have been told I have a western US accent, but if I am around people from the south for anytime I lapse into a southern drawl quite easily.  But not a Texan accent;  Our nephew has one of those!  His mom now has a slow talkin' drawl that is not so distinctly Texan. That is the type that is embedded in my mom's family that is easy for me to lapse into.  I once commented that some of the family sound like Mountain Man on Duck Dynasty. lol  People from Wallowa Co. in NE Oregon sound exactly like Walter Brennon in the old western movies.  They originally came form Arkansa, I was told.  Accents are so much fun!  They are like colors.  They keep life interesting.  
    • How often shall we forgive?
      We're to always forgive, but that doesn't mean we keep accepting people into our lives who don't try to change their hurtful behaviors. Forgiveness comes from the heart of Jesus, and we are to be forgiving as He taught He teaches. But, we are also to be discerning as to who to invite into our lives. Nothing wrong with being smart and safe when it comes to certain people. But, forgiveness is about offering our hearts to others, and letting go of the bondage that we might have been in from the hurt they caused. That's how I tend to see it anyways.
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