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  1. Amen, and welcome to the family of God!
  2. The Lord created all things for his good pleasure. I believe God created us out of love and to be part of His eternal family if we would just accept Him and His Word. We were not created as parrots or robots to mimic what God wants to hear. He gave us free will to believe Him and love Him back, and by Grace the opportunity to accept all He did for us to be united with the family of God forever. Personally speaking, I'm more than grateful I'm here and was created, loved and blessed with life, and by the Grace of God I can chose to become part of the family of God for all eternity by salvation. Wide is the way but narrow is the gate to heaven. As quoted above; John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. With Christian love, I pray anyone reading this will come to the saving Grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and accept Him as their personal Savior. By a simple prayer from thy mouth and heart. Admitting and confessing you're a sinner in need of a Savior. That the Lord Jesus was born of a virgin and the Holy Spirit is the Father. The Lord Jesus was 100% man in the flesh, and 100% God. Jesus walked the earth in the flesh sinless and died a horrible death on the Roman Cross, bearing all our sins for our forgiveness, if we would only accept His sacrifice in our place. That He conquered death and was resurrected on the third day, and ascended to Heaven and is at the right hand of God the Father. That you ask forgiveness of your sins, repent of your sins and invited Jesus into your heart as Lord and your personal Savior. John 3: 15 - 17 (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. We are created as eternal beings from the moment of our conception, in my belief. We are all going to leave our flesh bodies one day and return to the dust of the earth. The only question is; where our true self, our spirit and our soul is going to reside for all eternity. With this simple prayer from the heart, we have the free will and choice to spend eternity with the one true living God.
  3. Even at the door...
  4. For those paying attention, everything, and I mean everything is lining up and can clearly be seen relating to end-time prophecy and the tribulation. From the alignment of nations in the Gog - Magog invasion (Eze 38: 39), to the emergent church movement and apostasy. God instructed Daniel to shut up the book until the time of the end. One meaning, no one would be capable of understanding what was written until the time of the end. Many will go to and fro and knowledge will be increased. I'd say with our automobiles, space travel, jets, computers, Iphones, artificial intelligence, etc. our knowledge and to and fro have increased? Twenty, even ten years ago all the signs of the end-times were not clearly visible and increasing as in birth pangs. In the last five years prophetic scripture has dramatically escalated. Our generation, over all previous generation before us, has the privilege to watch all these things come about and happen. What's really exciting is... Luke 21: 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. {emphasis mine}. Sure am glad I'm a pre-tribulation adherent!
  5. Just my 2 cents... Government has replaced churches, community and charity with forced socialism. No matter your race, religion or background, we all have the same opportunity for success via free public school and a myriad of support and opportunities out there. There are countless minorities who have become rich and successful, so let's not use race as an obstacle. Instead of using child bearing as a sport of pleasure and means of more welfare money (loss of natural affection), it's not societies responsibility to raise and support others uncaring and bad decisions of financial and moral responsibility for a child's welfare and support. But, it's not the child's fault! No it's not, it's the progenitor's fault and responsibility falls on the parents and family. The government doesn't produce one barrel of oil or one bushel of wheat, it takes from the productive and distributes it to the politicians choice for votes. That diminishes my ability to provide for myself and my own family. Charity is called charity for a reason. In no instance has socialism ever been a success or lasted. I know, we just haven't tried the right kind of socialism yet... To give a society everything they want, by necessity must take everything you have to pay for it. I won't go into bread and circuses. To sum it up. Poverty is self inflicted in this country by lack of pride, morals, ethics, and plain old laziness.
  6. Maybe a better way to describe a prophet of God in Biblical context, when it's not containing a future historical event is, "Thus saith the Lord".
  7. Assuming you subscribe to the official start of the tribulation is when the Antichrist signs / affirms a peace covenant with Israel for seven years. A scriptural case can be made that some of the seal judgments may occur prior to the reveling of the Antichrist and the tribulation. I won't go into detail, but things should start rocking and rolling a minimum of 3-1/2 years prior to the start of the tribulation. Quick example: If your hermeneutics are similar to mine, from the Ezekiel 38-39 war (Gog - Magog war), Israel burns the invaders weapons for fuel for seven years. Israel flees for its life at mid-tribulation when the Antichrist declares himself to be god, and all Israel is being slaughtered. This means the Gog - Magog invasion has to happen a minimum of 3-1/2 years prior to the signing of the seven year peace agreement. Pretty lengthy to explain as to why I believe some of the seal judgments could occur prior to the tribulation, but if anyone is interested...
  8. Based on my understanding, there's two types of prophets and prophesies, and they may or may not be mutually inclusive as shown many times in the Bible. You have the foreknowledge of God declaring the end from the beginning and giving history before it happens, given to the prophets to record, basically referred to as Biblical prophecy. You also have many biblical named prophet's who never prophesied a future event. They were mouth pieces (spokesmen, chosen representitives) for the Lord. Prophesy is given by the Lord for at least two reasons. The major reason in my studies is, that we may know for certain that He is whom He say's He is. The second reason is, least we not be ignorant of His plan, our future, to watch and discern the times.
  9. And I'll put some extra thick icing on the cake... Israel reuniting as a nation and returning to the land again after 19 centuries. Ezekiel 38-39 (Gog - Magog) alliance(s) all lined up and ready to go. The emergent church movement and success. The apostasy in many former Christian churches and immoral civil values influencing the church instead of the church influencing society. The prosperity Gospel being taught to enrich the pulpit and bilk people. Wars and rumors of wars (middle East, N. Korea, etc.) Explosion of knowledge ( I recently read where Intel and Google have successfully applied artificial intelligence). For the first time ever, we can see every end-time Biblical prophecy in play. Indeed, we are living in exciting times. I'd bet the Apostle's and early church fathers dreamed of living in this day and age. This generation is privileged to witness all these things come about. Come Lord Jesus, come!
  10. Some good points made to keep in mind and I'm aware of them. Without naming and dating all the early church fathers, most didn't even live during the period of the Apostle John, or personally know him, some were considered heretics and members of various sects. I wanted to limit it to just one single example for explanation. I assume the Apostle John was well versed with the writings of the Prophet Daniel. I believe the Apostle John was caught up (Raptured) and wrote down the things he saw as he was instructed by God to do so. Daniel did the same and was told to shut up the Book until the time of the end. I don't believe Daniel understood much of what he was seeing and recording. I believe we are the terminal generation for several reasons, one of which is our eyes are being opened to understand and witness how these endtime events are lining up and transpiring. Side note: According to the chip maker Intel and their advertisements, evidently they have perfected artificial intelligence, and I know Google is not far behind. Think of the implications of that for controlling a one world buying and selling economy and maybe the Beast's image? Anyway back on pointe using my single example. Based on still existing authentic writings and scholars opinions, there's no question in my mind Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John and a friend. Need be I'll supply the evidence if you'll supply controverting evidence. As a human being, surely John thought long and hard the rest of his life on what he had seen and been through, and try to reason it out to the best of his ability. Wouldn't that just be human nature? And as a human, if that would have happened to you, wouldn't you be busting at the seams to talk about it, or at least confiding in disciples and/or friends that shared their love, devotion and life to our Lord and Savior? My pea of a brain hints that John "might" have shared his personal thoughts / interpretations of his experience with his friend students. I would have a zillion questions, one of which would be, what did it feel like to get "caught up?" It's quite possible, even likely John didn't comment any further about his experience beyond what he was instructed to write down to anyone. At any rate, it's educational to read what the early church fathers had to say and their interpretations. One thing is beyond dispute, for the first time in history, we have the ability, knowledge and technology to see how all these endtime events can transpire. Another interesting study is the chemical composition of the energy source for an implanted microchip they're working the bugs out of, and the lesions and sores it causes if that "battery" bursts. Just something I found interesting...
  11. So there's no misunderstanding before I get to my question / comments, the Bible is the infallible, inerrant and inspired Word of God, that tells us what God wants us to know about Him, history, the creation and His plan of Salvation and redemption. With that said... When studying scripture, sometimes to get a better understanding of the message that is being delivered, many times I will consult what the early Church Fathers had to say on a subject. In doing so a thought popped into my mind in relationships and information? From just the one example of relationships and discipleships below... Polycarp (c. 69-156 A,D.) and friend of Ignatius, was a disciple and personal friend of the Apostle John. It's assumed the Apostle John lived a number of years beyond 95 A.D. when the Book of Revelation was written. I believe Polycarp probably was a disciple and friend of John for a number of years, possibly even after John penned Revelation. Suppose for the sake of argument I was your student and became a close friend? I believe I would have some serious heart to heart discussions with you about our Lord, his apostleship and experiences, and pick your brain to Kingdom come on matters of the Lord, Biblical importance, prophecy and interpretations! Wouldn't that be a rational and logical assumption? My point is, wouldn't you think the Apostle John might have discussed "off the record", with his disciple friends, his personal thoughts and interpretations on what was divinely given to him to record? And if so, wouldn't you think our early church fathers might have shared those extra nuggets of information with us? So far, just starting to study what our first and second century church fathers have to say in their writings, I haven't come across any extra Biblical nuggets of information the Apostle John may have shared with them. Do you suppose I'm chasing rabbit trails, or do you think something might be there?
  12. Studying the Book of Revelation again something popped up in my mind that I had not thought about before and forgotten. I don't recall anywhere in scripture where an ordinary heavenly messenger angel (not the Angel of the Lord - "Jesus"), or any heavenly being was allowed to ever preach the Gospel. I haven't found it in scripture to confirm it yet, but I seem to recall they can't testify to the Gospel because they are not fallen beings, don't require sanctification and justification, etc. In Revelation 14: 6 - 7, this Angel having the everlasting Gospel to preach appears to be a heavenly messenger. If in fact this is the first time a heavenly being is appointed to preach the Gospel, and it being the tribulation, I'm sure there's special significance and an underlying meaning to take special note. Anyone have any thoughts on the subject? Or can direct me to scripture that this is not the first occurrence of a heavenly being preaching the Gospel?
  13. I think many were built in the antediluvian period myself, by "Nephilim", I take Genesis 6: literally. It's clearly not symbolic or the line of Seth / Cain nonsense. Noah was perfect in his generation not because he was sinless, for we all sin and come short of the glory of God, but he and his family were the few or only ones left that their DNA wasn't tainted and corrupted. Why did the Lord also destroy all the animals with the line of Seth with the great flood? The Lord could have been selective in His Judgment, but it was so bad He deemed to start again fresh. I can find no instance of idolatry or idol worship in the Bible in the antediluvian period. I find no unclean spirits (demons) mentioned prior to the great flood.It suddenly starts to take place shortly after the great flood with Nimrod. I'm not talking fallen angel's, but bodiless demonic spirits, there's a big difference in order of rank. In addition, I believe all plant life, animals and even humans were much bigger than today. due to the enriched environment and extended life spans that existed prior to the deluge, as the fossil record bears it out. From a biblical perspective, our intelligence, life spans and DNA seems to have degraded since the Garden of Eden. Ever wonder how we received our technology in such a short blimp in history, instead of a natural linear progression? How suddenly metallurgy, cosmology, chants, science, etc. suddenly showed up in history, not in linear progression? Logically it would appear it was taught to us from somewhere and someone. Why was Nazi technology suddenly 50 years advanced beyond explainable reason, and the world? A little factual study of "Operation Paperclip", von Braun and other Nazi scientist recorded statements, of where and how they got their technology, will bring to light many mysteries. HINT: The occult. Since Peter and Jude both mention / quote the book of Enoch, I believe it gives us license to read the Book of Enoch to fill in some gaps. The early church fathers also read and were familiar with the Book of Enoch. As most, I don't believe the Book of Enoch was inspired or the preserved Word of God, but is useful for historical, cultural and belief purposes of the time. There is a boat load of physical proof still physically in existence today, along with documented photographs of "giants" (Nephilim) that have been unearthed with elongated skulls, six fingers and toes and measured to be 9+ feet tall. From as early as the sixteenth century, when the Vatican / Jesuits found these preserved bones in other cultures, and being worshipped, they either destroyed them or took them back to the Vatican, and converted that culture to Catholicism or death. In the last 200+ years when these Nephilim skeletons have been discovered, immediately the Vatican and/or the Smithsonian Institute shows up and these bones inexplicably disappear. What would happen to "the lie" of the evolution theory and factual history if these facts were introduced?
  14. Without any bashing, I'm going to strongly disagree about not being that far apart. Before suggesting the current dogma and climate has changed, you might want to check the official historical Papal Encyclicals that have never been rescinded or modified, and are still in force.
  15. With a pre tribulation Rapture viewpoint, I could use some insight on my question? In Revelation 14:4, we have the "firstfruits" of the tribulation, they are the 144,000 Jewish witnesses sealed by God. I take that to mean, they are the first peoples to be saved during the tribulation, thus firstfruits. The timing of these 144,000 firstfruits, seems to be around mid-tribulation but that's open to speculation and debate. One thing seems very apparent though, the sealing of these 144,000 Saints are well after the pre-tribulation Rapture, so there seems to be a gap of time from the Rapture to the arrival of these Saints. With the above in mind and a pre-tribulation viewpoint of scripture, here's the scenario and question. You have millions and millions of pretend Christians, those that fully know the Gospel but didn't accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, to include many pastors and clergy. Those people are at church, out shopping, traveling with their saved spouse / family or whatever. BANG-POW-BOOM, all of a sudden their saved loved ones disappear right before their very eyes. These spouses and loved ones are left behind, knowing the Gospel and scripture, but they never committed to the Lord and/or only though they were saved. The natural reaction would seem to be to instantly drop to one's knees in shock, and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior right then and there? If I'm interpreting Revelation 14:4 hermeneutically correct, no one can be saved until at least the point of the 144,000 Jewish Saints. What am I missing or not seeing here?