Demonization of God Fearing Patriots is Under Way!

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Hello brothers & sisters today is Thursday March 14, 2013 and as the picture shows remember the good old days. We are seeing increasing lawlessness not by citizens but by our Government, local, state and Federal and it is getting serious. I wish to show how our Government along with the Main Stream Media have started a campaign to demonize God Fearing patriots. As I showed in yesterdays video you cannot even question these Godless demons who have infested our Government without being arrested for making “terroristic threats.”

832  This first report comes from Citizens Action Network on Facebook their link to their site is in the about section under this video. Race baiting to make it ok to the general public to round up those who are dissidents has begun. It is a fundamental right as Americans to question the government. Yet They want to take that away. There will be a false flag that they will blame on patriots. The general public will be behind the government when they go house to house rounding up patriots. They have started the demonization of patriots to further their agenda of control. People need to wake up to what is happening. Brothers and sisters we are living in Perilous Times.

Citizens Action Network on Facebook their link: https://www.facebook.com/Citizens.Action.Network?ref=ts&fref=ts

Hollywood kills Tea Partiers, Christians in movie ‘God Bless America’ Their Link: http://www.examiner.com/article/hollywood-kills-tea-partiers-christians-movie-god-bless-america

You are here: Home ourarbiter 15 Ridiculous Ways to get on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist Their Link: http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com/index.php/entry/15-ridiculous-ways-to-get-on-the-fbi-terrorist-watchlist

This next one shows how the Government is trying to turn Americans against each other.

The FBI published 25 pamphlets and distributed them to people who work in the general public to give them information on how to spot a terrorist based on a number of “suspicious behavior” indicators. People at construction sites, electronic stores, beauty salons, airports and other places were advised on what kind of behavior is consistent with domestic terrorism.

In most of the pamphlets, people were advised to be suspect of anyone who pays with cash; has missing fingers or hands; changes his appearance by shaving his beard, dying his hair or changing his style of clothing; makes comments about “radical theology”; or smells funny.

It would have been a lot easier and a lot cheaper to just say to be suspect of anyone who is human and not wearing a government uniform.

Beauty salons and drug stores are told to watch out for customers who don’t drive themselves but are dropped off and picked up by someone else. (If you’re elderly and need a ride, you might be a terrorist.)

Gas station attendants are told to look out for customers who put gas in gas cans. (If you run out of gas, you might be a terrorist.)

Construction sites are advised to consider glued locks as evidence of terrorism. (Definitely not a prank pulled by unruly teenagers.)

Dive boat shops are told to look out for customers who rent a boat for an “extended amount of time.” (If you have too much fun on your rented boat, you might be a terrorist.)

Electronics stores are advised to look out for those who purchase an assortment of electronic supplies. (If you frequent Radio Shack or Fry’s, you might be a terrorist.)

Banks should be on the lookout for customers who deposit multiple checks or money orders. (If you have more than one stream of income, you might be a terrorist.)

Hobby shops are told to keep an eye out for those who have an “unusual” interest in remote-controlled airplanes. (If you’re a hobbyist, you might be a terrorist.)

Home improvement stores are told to watch out for customers buying lots of watches or kitchen timers. (If you’re a chef, you might be a terrorist.)

They’re also advised to be on the lookout for people buying pipe, particularly in short lengths, or camouflaged clothing. (If you’re a plumber or someone who lives in the South, you might be a terrorist.)

Hotels and Motels are told to look out for guests who have lots of luggage and for those who don’t want cleaning service. (If you’re a woman who values her privacy, you might be a terrorist.)

Internet cafes are told to watch out for patrons who have more than one cell phone or who are seen switching out their SIM cards. (If you have a business phone and a personal phone, you might be a terrorist.)

Passengers and drivers on mass transportation are told to look out for people who have cameras, are drawing pictures or writing things down. (If you write down your grocery list while you’re on the bus, you might be a terrorist.)

Military surplus stores are told to look out for those who purchase a lot of meals ready-to-eat (MRE). (If you’re planning a camping trip, you might be a terrorist.)

Rental truck facilities are told to look out for customers who ask about how big a particular truck is or how much fuel it holds. (If you have to move a lot of stuff to your new house, you might be a terrorist.)

The general public is advised to be suspect of anyone who seems to be overdressed for the weather (if you’re cold, you’re probably hiding something under your coat) or anyone who is critical of U.S. foreign policy.

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/9881/fbi-you-might-be-a-terrorist-if-you-breathe/#ixzz2NXkg56GT

Perilous TimesWikipedia: Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism is a 2004 book by American Constitutional law scholar Geoffrey R. Stone, reviewing the treatment of the United States First Amendment during times of war.

What Are You Looking For


“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28. This verse is used by so many folks as a clarion call to the saints that it has become imbedded in our thoughts, but as His redeemed, are we to be looking up for our redemption to draw close to us? What exactly are we looking for?

 

I’m always astonished when I hear this verse proclaimed from the mouths of those who claim knowledge of eschatology. Those of us who are the redeemed (the saved, the born again children of God) have no need to be looking up in anticipation of our redemption drawing near. We are already His redeemed. It’s a done deal.

 

What does redemption mean? The Greek word “apolytrōsis” means a releasing effected by payment of ransom. Our redemption was procured at the cross. Jesus Christ paid the payment for our ransom and we who believe that truth have been redeemed (released, delivered, and liberated. What are you looking for when you look up? What is it you expect to see? “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Romans 3:24. We are not awaiting our redemption to take place at some point in the future. Our redemption was secured at the point when we first believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

In Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 Jesus’ words traverse time. Jesus lays out future events for His disciples, the fall of Jerusalem, along with the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. These two events occur some forty years after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Then Jesus fast forwards a few thousand years to the last days, the last seven years referred to in our Bibles as the seventieth week of Daniel. Jesus begins by explaining to His disciples the extremely harsh sequence of events which are to unfold during that period of time. He’s clear in pointing out that all this destruction will occur just before He returns. How is it that the Ekklesia of Christ are to be looking up, lifting up their heads in anticipation of Jesus’ return when God’s word plainly states we will be returning with Him? It gives me a stiff neck just thinking about it.

 

Many Christians see us (Christ’s followers) as having to endure the tribulation period. They get their misunderstanding from the three chapters I mentioned above, Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, and Luke chapter 21. In these chapters Jesus is actually speaking of those who will be left here after He removes His Ekklesia (the called out assembly of saints). There are many obvious references to the Jews being the folks He’s referring to in those verses. Jesus is answering questions posed by four of His disciples about the end of the age, etc. Just as obvious is the fact that Jesus never refers to His Ekklesia in any of those chapters.

 

When Jesus changes from the present to the future tense He begins to speak of the things that will appear on earth prior to His return to earth, most of which will be horrible, devastating, and quite frankly mind boggling to those who remain. Those who come to faith during that period of time (Daniel’s Seventieth Week) are the ones who need to be in anticipation of their redemption drawing near. They are not Christ’s Ekklesia. They are the elect of the tribulation period – tribulation saints. Yes, there is a difference.

 

The Rapture of the Ekklesia is a mysterious doctrine. Those who believe the Rapture is imminent, as I do, hold to the view that it can occur at any moment. We believe that there is nothing that needs to occur prophetically that would hinder or preclude the Rapture from occurring. There is every indication that the Rapture will occur prior to the seventieth week of Daniel. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10. In this verse, as Jesus speaks of the “hour of temptation”, He’s pointing to the entire tribulation week which we read of in Daniel chapter 9. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” Daniel 9:24. The seventy “sevens” of Daniel 9:24 are decreed upon Daniel’s people (the Jews) and Daniel’s holy city (Jerusalem). This prophecy makes it plain that the seventieth week (the entirety of that tribulation week) is a time of purging and restoration for Israel and Jerusalem, not for the Ekklesia of Christ. We won’t be here to witness those events. Please take note that there’s no mention of splitting the hour of trial in half and Christ removing us in the middle of the hour (seventieth week), or at the end of it for that matter.

 

Those who become followers of Jesus Christ during the tribulation are not sealed with the Holy Spirit. The Ekklesia is gone, the Rapture has already happened and the people Jesus is talking about here are the tribulation saints. The Holy Spirit will be there with them during that horrible time, but they must endure and keep the faith or they will perish with the rest of the lost; that’s what the end of Matthew chapter 24 and all of chapter 25 is about. Jesus explains to His disciples that the generation that sees all these things come to pass must endure to the end to be saved. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13. Today’s saints are never told to endure to be saved. Mark also confirms this fact in his gospel that the tribulation saints must endure to be saved “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Mark 13:13. We are told in 2 Thessalonians, 2 Timothy, Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter that enduring is a part of contending for the faith, but never are we (the Ekklesia of Christ) told that we must endure all the horrible things that will occur during that seventieth week to be justified/saved. Not so for the tribulation saints – they must endure to be saved.

 

When we look at the “justified” prior to the Rapture and then look at the “saved” after the Rapture we are looking at two very distinct groups of individuals and two very different types of security. One, those who are justified prior to the Rapture, are securely in God’s hands – can’t lose that security. The others, after the Rapture, are not so secure. The saints, prior to the Rapture, are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God and nothing can break that seal. The tribulation saints have no such sealing. Don’t misunderstand, as John is looking into the future he tells us that he sees innumerable multitudes of tribulation saints who have indeed endured to the end.

 

God’s free gift of salvation is not a difficult thing to comprehend. He had it fully in mind that He would pay the price for our redemption, and He makes it clear that this was His choice, which was foreordained before he laid the foundation of the earth. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” 1 Peter 1:18-20. God’s intention was not that His Creation would see Him as a mean spirited tyrannical unloving god, but as a loving, gracious and merciful Father to all who would believe. All He asks of His creation is that we take Him at His word and believe on the death, burial, and resurrection of His only begotten Son.

 

At the end of the tribulation, those saints who have endured are told to look up, and lift up their head as their promised redemption is coming into view. When they look up what will they see? “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27. But that’s not all. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints” Jude 1:14. The Greek word “myrias” is translated into our English as “ten thousands” but it actually means innumerable multitudes. Who are these innumerable multitudes? They are the resurrected dead in Christ and the Raptured saints returning with Christ at the end of the tribulation. They are those who have been set apart, the righteous consecrated redeemed of God – that’s you and me my brethren.

 

John saw the redeemed of Christ in Heaven and he watched as they mounted up and joined Jesus as He returned in what is described in our Bibles as His Second Coming. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war…And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Revelation 19:11 & 14. These armies are the Ekklesia of Christ, and they are in Heaven preparing to return with Jesus, we, the saints, are those who are clothed in fine linen, white and clean. “…for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:7-8. Only the wife, the redeemed bride of Christ (the glorified saints), is in view here.

 

Prior to the tribulation week spoken of by Daniel, the Ekklesia of Christ who is currently standing faithful to Him is in for an incredible experience. “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.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17. We will all be caught up to be with our Lord forever, but we will not be looking up into the clouds waiting for our redemption to draw nigh. “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;” Psalm 107:2. We, the Ekklesia of Christ are His redeemed; perhaps we should start acting like it.

 

God bless you all,

 

Ron Graham

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Apocalyptic Extremes by THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT !

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” And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Luke 21: 25-28
Praise The Lord ††† Amen!
Maranatha! Maranatha! Maranatha!

Russia Attacks a Greater – Safer Israel

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Prophecy in the News TV, hosted by Gary Stearman, explores the coming Greater – Safer Israel with Bill Salus. Gary and Bill discuss how Israel seems to incrementally expand territorially after the coming prophetic Mideast wars of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. They also chronologically order these two wars. Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38, Which is the Next Mideast News Headline?

Israel wins a decisive victory in Psalm 83 and apparently annexes a sizeable part of Jordan and other Arab territories in the aftermath. Gary and Bill identify the scriptures that support this hypothesis. Revelation Road explains how all the above finds fulfillment and, furthermore clarifies why the Valley of Hamon Gog will someday seem to be created in central Jordan. Bill also qualifies why Jesus instructs the Israelis to flee to the mountains of Petra in the immediate aftermath of the “Abomination of Desolation” by the Antichrist!

Click the Watch Video icon to view part two of Gary and Bill’s interview.

 

Watch Part One also!

Part One of Prophecy in the News – Inquiring minds want to know the order and timing of future events. What comes first? Isaiah 17? Psalm 83? Ezekiel 38? The author of Revelation Road, Bill Salus, paints a convincing picture of what may happen in the volatile days ahead. His new bestselling book dissects the ancient prophecies like no one has before and shares an exciting conclusion!

Click the Watch Video icon to watch part one of Gary and Bill’s interview.

The Rapture is Imminent:Apocalyptic Extremes For 2012 (5 Videos)


With so much going on in the world everyday, we soon forget how many disasters we are experiencing. These 5 videos do a good job of showing just how much has happened in the first 7 months of 2012. The purpose for reminding us how many disasters we have had this year so far is not to give the impression that the world will end on December 21, 2012. The Bible clearly shows the world will never end but it will be changed, and one day it will be once again perfect as it was in the beginning. No the purpose of reminding us what all has transpired as far as disasters this year is to remind us just how late the hour has become and that we truly live in the end of days that the Bible prophesied so many years ago. Only those who will never see can ignore what is happening and call it normal. For those who are watchmen on the wall we must stay busy and committed to get the message out that Jesus Christ is coming soon and time is running out for those to make the decision to come to Jesus and that they must do it now while they live in this world, fore to wait until you stand before the Lord after you die will be everlasting too late.

So please watch these videos and show them to someone you love who does not know the love of Jesus and pray it wakes them up from the sleep of this fallen world. These Extreme storms, flooding, drought, lightning strikes, wildfires and meteors coinciding currently across the world – The Global earth changes we are experiencing the world has never experienced all of these disasters at this level of intensity and magnitude before.

2012 BIBLE PROPHECY UNFOLDING before our very eyes, something the prophets could only dream of understanding as they wrote down what God wanted them to tell the generation that would live to see these things take place.

” And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”  
Luke 21: 25-28
Praise The Lord ††† Amen!
Maranatha! Maranatha! Maranatha!

PSALM 83 EXPLAINED

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

What is the next prophetic event that will happen in the Middle East?

Many prophecies concerning that area of the world have recently been fulfilled. For example, the Bible prophesized that in the end times the Jews will be re-gathered from the four corners of the world — an amazing development that occurred in the 20th century and which continues today. The Bible also prophesized that as the results of that regathering, the state of Israel would be reestablished — a momentous event that occurred on May 14, 1948. Jesus himself prophesized that one day the city of Jerusalem would be reoccupied by the Jews, and that event took place on June 7, 1967. Finally, the biblical prophets stated that once the nation of Israel was reestablished all the world would come together against it over the issue of who would control Jerusalem. And that is exactly what is happening today.

So, what’s next? Most believe that it will be an invasion of Israel lead by Russia accompanied by a number of Muslim nations. But, Bill Salus, the author of Isralestine, believes otherwise. He thinks the next great prophetic event in the Middle East will be a war between Israel and all the Arab nations that share a common border with it. Where does he get that idea? Who is going to win that war? And what will be the consequences? Bill has been kind enough to be interviewed and answer these questions.


Q) Ezekiel 38 and 39 speaks of a great invasion of Israel in the end times. Most people believe this is going to be lead by Russia together with a lot of Muslim nations. And there are some problems with this, because most Bible prophecy scholars until you came on the scene believed that this would be the next major prophetic event. But, the problem is that in Ezekiel 38 and 39 it says over and over that Israel would be living securely. For example, in chapter 38 and in verse 11, “they will be living without walls,” and in verse 14, “they will be living securely.” And that is not the situation in Israel today. And yet people have said, well it is just a relative thing and they are relatively living securely, but they are not. So how could this be the next event when that condition has not been met?

A) With all the elbow rubbing and muscle flexing that Russia is doing these days, it does appear as though this would be the next prophecy that would be fulfilled. I did an article called: “Psalm 83 Verses Ezekiel 38: Which is the Next Middle East News Headline.” In that article I discussed six to seven reasons as to why Israel is not in that condition yet for Russia to invade. They are now dwelling securely. I have a chapter in the book called “Israel Dwelling Securely,” and the “Yisreal Yasbab Betach.” They are not dwelling securely. They had 4,000 rockets logged at them from Hezbollah and so forth in the summer of 2000.

And, they are not dwelling without walls, which is another condition they have to be in. They have a 403 mile wall that at some point they have almost finished completing. At some points it is 20 feet high, all to keep the Palestinian terrorist element out of Israel proper.

They are not dwelling in the center of the land. This is the new one I discovered. It says in Ezekiel 38 that Israel is “in the midst of the land”when Russia comes against them. And the Hebrew word is tabbuwr. And we have to wonder what (and that means “center” in the language) portion of land was he really talking about. Was he talking about that portion of land allotted to the Jewish State in 1947 with UN Resolution 181 of the Partition Plan, or was he perhaps talking about the land allotted to the Jewish people in Genesis 15:18 when God promised Abraham that he would give Him land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates River, which is of course through Syria and Iraq, which would put the center of that land in Jordan. And, as I get into the book and hopefully discuss some of this stuff, I talk about how Israel will annex land and will find themselves in possession of Jordan.

They are not dwelling securely. They are not one of the wealthiest nations in the world, nor acquired exceedingly great plunder that Russia also comes after. We are given a hint as to the motive of Russia and the consortia of Russian alliance that comes against Israel. They are coming for exceedingly great plunder. Some suspect that since Israel is drilling for oils these days with Zion Oil that they will come into a new found wealth of oil under their own soil. And they might. And there a lot of Zion Oil, prophetic oils out there. They tie in connecting passages of the Old Testament where they believe that it is foretold that Israel will find oil. However, I don’t think it will be limited to that. I believe that it will be the exploitation of their resources, as Israel expands and conquers over Psalm 83 Arab nations.


Q) Ezekiel 38 and 39 doesn’t mention any of the Arab nations that have a common border as being part of the invasion. Why aren’t they there? How how does Psalm 83 answer this question?

A) It is intriguing that Israel’s most observable opponents over the last 60 years since the restoration of the nation are not enlisted in the Ezekiel 38 nine member consortia of nations. This has puzzled the scholar alot recently. These are the very nations that border Israel through which the Russian invasion would be trespassing into to get into Israel to invade. So, why are they now listed? And, of course, what we are referring to are Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and what has evolved out of those entities are Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinians, and other terrorist entities could be included in that list.

Three-thousand years ago, oddly enough, a prophecy that has not found its final fulfillment — Psalm 83 — issued by Asaph the Seer, enlist all of these specific populations that we are talking about. There are ten of them in total. In my book I have gone through and traced who they are because when Asaph wrote this prophecy he was speaking in vernacular of his time. He was talking about the Edomites and Philistians and Tyrians from Tyre. Who could he have been talking about? It turns out he appears to have been talking about the Palestinian refugees — the Hamas, the Hezbollah. He talks about Assyria which would encompass Syria and part of Northern Iraq. He talks about the Hagarines which Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum and myself subscribe to being Hagar the matriarch of Egypt. She mothered Ishmael for Abraham, so we look at them as the Egyptians. Ismaelites, we look at them as the Saudi Arabians. Thoughout the book I weave in these connections of who these people are through the research I have done. And they are absent from the Ezekiel 38 invasion.

So, I was intrigued by Psalm 83 and, of course, the theme of the book is Psalm 83, and I talk about how the Psalm talks about these ten populations coming together with one consent in an attempt to destroy the nation of Israel, that “the name Israel would be remembered no more.” So I look at that, as and most scholars agree, has not been fulfilled yet. So I look at that as a forthcoming event in light of the way we see the stage setting over in the Middle East presently. It answers the questions, “Why aren’t those nations included in Ezekiel 38 and 39?”

And then, I get into how God deals with that battle through the“exceedingly great army” of Ezekiel 37:10, which I believe the Israeli Defense Forces will fulfill that prophecy. So they are not listed in Ezekiel 38 and 39, but they are listed in Psalm 83, and so I make a distinction between the two: the Israeli Defense Forces and the nations of Psalm 83 which I call the “inner circle.”


Q) Psalm 83 is a war that is going to be fought before the war in Ezekiel 38 and 39? And, it will be a war in which Israel will defeat all of these Arab nations that have a common border with it?

A) Yes. Israel will expand into that territory, and therefore that is the reason they are not mentioned in the Russian invasion. This is my hypotheses.

That solves the problem, too, of Israel having peace, and it also solves the problem of Israel moving into the center of the land, “midst of the land.” It also solves the problem of them being exceedingly wealthy because they will be able to exploit their resources. I believe that it will be a safer Israel. More alilyah will come forward. More Jews will come into Israel. They will exploit the resources and expand the territory. And they will become that ripe carrot on the string that Russian and Iran will lick their chops to come after for that exceedingly great plunder.


Q) It never says in the Psalm who wins this war, so how do you know the Israelis win this war?

A) Well, there are several reasons for that. The very basic starting one theologically is that God promised Abraham he would have descendants forever and those would be the Jewish people. What we are talking about is probably nothing less or nothing short of a genocidal attempt against the Jewish people by the Arab Nations that we talked about — those ten populations. God is a promise keeper, and He will not allow the Jewish people to be destroyed. Hitler was unsuccessful and, of course, there was a litany of attempts.

In fact, in Amos he says, I will put you in that land and you will never be rooted up again. If God keeps his promise to Israel, which we know he will, then the Jews will win. What connected this for me is Ezekiel 37:10. Many people, Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum and myself included, believe that Ezekiel was transported in Ezekiel 37 some 2,600 years ago into the 1940′s where he saw the vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. And this represented the Jewish people in the Diaspora in a devastating grave/holocaust condition. Then God even asks Ezekiel “can these bones live?” Ezekiel says, “God you know.” What a profound question that turns out to be because if they don’t survive the very thing we are talking about God will have broken His promise to Abraham.


Q) About the time that you were getting this insight from the Lord, wasn’t something discovered in Ireland?

A) Yes, I believe it was July of 2006 an engineer was digging up some Irish bog soil and he found under the soil almost unblemished a parchment opened up specifically to Psalm 83.


Q) Traditionally, Bible prophecy teachers have said that peace would come to Israel only when the Antichrist made a covenant with them that would guarantee their security. Now you are saying the Israelis are going to defeat all of their Arab neighbors around them, occupy their territory, have peace and become a world superpower. And, they don’t need an Antichrist to guarantee their peace. So what is the Antichrist’s coming all about?

A) Exactly! The traditional viewpoint that has been taught for the last 60 years has come from the limited lenses of a lesser Israel, in my estimation. Ehud Olmert said in September 14 that the notion of a greater Israel has expired and then on the 19th, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the idea of the lesser Israel is about to be expired. I am paraphrasing his verbiage.

But the way I look at it, I look through the lenses of a greater Israel. Israel is going to expand. They are going to come out of this little 9,000 square box that they were allotted with UN resolution of 1947 — the Partition Plan. As a result of the Psalm 83 war, they are going to become an exceedingly great army. They are going to posses not only their arsenal, but they will have the opportunity to posses some Arab arsenal as well. They will be very powerful.

I then say like a Goliath shadow coming in behind then comes Ezekiel 38 and 39. When Russia comes after Psalm 83, these nations and in the process God exhibits His power and He defeats that invasion. The purpose of the Israeli Defense Forces is only to deal with Psalm 83. They are not even necessary in Ezekiel 38 and 39 apart from perhaps burying the dead and burning some weapons and things like that in the aftermath. God destroys them, so what we have, and I put these events Pre-tribulational, I put the Antichrist coming into the scene in the aftermath of both of these power genocidal attempts against the Jewish people. So we have to be looking at this when we try to understand the contents of the Antichrist pact with Israel.

We have to be looking through the lenses of a greater Israel in my estimation. The Israeli Defense Forces have exhibited their might, achieved the title and fulfilled prophecy being the great army. God will have accomplished His purposes which say the Jewish people will recognize He is God and the nations of the world will recognize that He is God. And so that is the stage when the Antichrist comes on the scene in light of the fact of these two facts could precurse the Tribulation period.

Isaiah 28 says that this Daniel 9:27 covenant becomes a covenant with death — an agreement with Sheol — and it is a picture if you read Isaiah 28 of the Jewish people in a very empowered condition. They are intoxicated with their empowerment all the way from Ephraim on through to the priests, prophets, even the people that fight back at the gate. I presume that would be the exceedingly great army. They are all intoxicated with this power. So it says that when they sign this covenant in Isaiah 28:15 and 18, they are expecting that an overflowing scourge that will be coming and that they will escape that scourge.

So we have to ask what is this overflowing scourge that they could be referring to? Could it be the 144,000 witnesses that have been running around talking about the Lord’s coming? Revelation judgments could be forthcoming. Could it be the gentile nations of the world are going to war and Israel is concerned about that? We have already talked about Psalm 83 occurring and Ezekiel 38 occurring. I don’t necessarily see another war apart from the Armageddon campaign after that, although there may be some. Could that be the scourge they are worried about and they want peace from that? The traditional viewpoint has been that it is a peace between the Arabs and the Jews, or a protection for Israel from the world in general. But, I look at it in a different way. Perhaps it a protection from the world of an empowered Israel on some level. So then, it goes on to say in Isaiah 28:18 that this covenant will be annulled and that this scourge will pass through.

Now we do also know that in the Armageddon campaign the Antichrist is going to come forward and he is going to try to destroy the Jews. InZechariah 13:8 it talks about two-thirds of them being cut off and being destroyed. So this could be the scourge as well. Their thinking by signing some covenant with this individual that some overflowing scourge is not going to come their way. And, of course, God says that is going to annulled, and it does say in Isaiah 28 verse 22 a little further down that God is determined an end for the whole world. So it could very well be the Day of the Lord — the Day of Jacob’s trouble — things along those lines. I don’t know if they feel they can escape that, and again I am conjecturing. I think that it is a milestone to consider the possibility that it is not a peace pact between the Palestinians and the Israelis, but it is something much bigger and much broader.

Thank you, Bill, for sharing this new prophetic insight and explaining it to us!

The Origin of the Concept of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture From Man or the Bible?

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“The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a johnny-come-lately idea that is too new to be true.” This is the most common argument that I encounter against the concept of the Rapture of the Church occurring before the Tribulation begins.

There are several problems with this argument. The first is that it ignores the fact that the Bible teaches that end time prophecies will not be understood until the time comes for the predicted events to take place.

When the prophet Daniel was given some specific prophecies about the end times, he complained to the Lord that he did not understand them. The Lord responded with these words: “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end times” (Daniel 12:9). Jeremiah was told the same thing by the Lord on two occasions (Jeremiah 23:20 and 30:24).

Waiting on Events

There are many end time prophecies that can not be understood apart from historical or technological developments. For example, all of end time prophecy revolves around the state of Israel. Those prophecies were not fully understandable before the re-establishment of the state of Israel in May of 1948. Think of it for a moment — how could anyone in 1900 understand the prophecy in Ezekiel 38 that Russia will invade Israel in the end times? Israel did not exist, nor was there any prospect of Israel ever existing again. And Russia was a peaceful Christian Orthodox country.

In like manner, before modern times, how could anyone understand the prophecy in Revelation 11 about the killing and resurrection of the two witnesses of God? That prophecy says that the whole world will look upon their bodies and witness their resurrection and rapture to Heaven (Revelation 11:9-12). No one could understand this prophecy before the development of satellite television communication in the 1960′s.

In summary, the Bible clearly teaches that the understanding of end time prophecy will be progressive in nature. We will understand more of the prophecies the closer we get to the time of their fulfillment.

Waiting on Proper Interpretation

In this regard, the reason the Pre-Tribulation concept of the timing of the Rapture was delayed in its refinement until the 19th Century was because the Roman Catholic Church adopted St. Augustine’s amillennial viewpoint of prophecy hook-line-and-sinker around 430 AD. In his book, The City of God, Augustine spiritualized Bible prophecy and then argued that the Millennium began at the Cross and would continue until the Second Coming.

This spiritualizing approach to the interpretation of Bible prophecy proceeded to dominate theology for the next thousand years. Protestants adopted it after the Reformation and expressed it in the Postmillennial view that emerged in the mid-17th Century. Both Amillennialism and Postmillennialism are based on the assumption that Bible prophecy does not mean what it says.

I grew up in a church that taught that assumption. It was a conservative, fundamentalist church that interpreted the Bible literally from cover to cover except for prophecies related to the Second Coming. The First Coming prophecies were accepted as literal. But the Second Coming prophecies were dismissed as allegorical or symbolic or apocalyptic — which, to us, meant that they had to be spiritualized.

The Impact of Literal Interpretation

The discovery of the distinction which the Bible makes between the Rapture and the Second Coming had to await the revival of the application of literal interpretation to Bible prophecy. I say “revival” because the writings of the Church Fathers during the first 300 years of church history (100 AD to 400 AD) reveal that they interpreted prophecy for its plain sense meaning. Accordingly, they were nearly all Premillennialists. In fact, Justin Martyr (110-165 AD) went so far as to suggest that anyone with a different viewpoint was heretical.1

The revival of literal interpretation began in earnest among the Puritans in the 17th Century, and it quickly led to an understanding that the Rapture would be an event separate from and preceding the Second Coming. Puritan leader, Increase Mather (1639-1723), argued “that the saints would be caught up into the air” and thus escape the world’s final conflagration.2

Most people I encounter seem to believe that the concept of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture originated in the writings of C. I. Scofield, as expressed in his famous study Bible that was published in 1909. It is true that Scofield’s writing helped to popularize the idea, but he was by no means the originator of it.

Historical Development

Paul N. Benware, in his book, Understanding End Times Prophecy, notes that many writers in the 17th and 18th Centuries began to speak of a Rapture separate and apart from the Second Coming:3

“Peter Jurieu in his book, Approaching Deliverance of the Church (1687) taught that Christ would come in the air to rapture the saints and return to Heaven before the battle of Armageddon… Philip Doddridge’s commentary on the New Testament (1738) and John Gill’s commentary on the New Testament (1748) both use the term rapture and speak of it as imminent. It is clear these men believed that this coming will precede Christ’s descent to the earth and the time of judgment. The purpose was to preserve believers from the time of judgment. James Macknight (1763) and Thomas Scott (1792) taught that the righteous will be carried to heaven, where they will be secure until the time of judgment is over.”

Tommy Ice, the director of the Pre-Trib Research Center, asserts that the first person to spell out in detail the idea that the Rapture would occur before the Tribulation begins was a Baptist leader named Morgan Edwards.4 This remarkable man was born in Wales and preached at churches in England and Ireland before emigrating to the United States in 1761 to become pastor of a church in Philadelphia. He proceeded to become the founder of Brown University and was recognized as the leading Baptist historian of his day.

As early as the 1740′s Edwards was espousing a pre-tribulational viewpoint in his writings about eschatology. The difference in his view and the modern Pre-Trib concept is that he believed the Rapture would occur in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week, about 3 1/2 years before the Second Coming.

The Modern Pre-Trib View

The person who crystallized the modern Pre-Trib viewpoint was a man named John Darby (1800-1882).5 Darby was born in London and was trained in the law. He practiced law for only one year before he was overcome by a deep spiritual struggle that finally led to a decision to enter the ministry. He became an Anglican priest but quickly became disillusioned when the church decreed that all converts would have to swear allegiance to the King of England. Darby considered this to be a compromise with the lordship of Christ.

Darby decided to leave the Anglican Church. In the years following, he and other dissenters from the established state church inaugurated a movement that came to be known as the Plymouth Brethren.

In 1826 Darby broke one of his legs, and during the long convalescence that followed, he engaged in an intensive study of the Scriptures that convinced him of the clear distinction between the Church and Israel. He also became convicted of the imminent return of Jesus. Thus, by 1827 he had developed the fundamental principles that would come to characterize a new theological system that would be called Dispensationalism.

The Dissemination of the View

After John Darby refined the concept, it spread rapidly throughout Europe and America. The viewpoint has always been blessed by gifted communicators. In 1878 the very first best-selling prophecy book incorporated the idea. It was Jesus is Coming by William E. Blackstone (1841-1935).6In 1909 the very first study Bible ever published — The Scofield Study Bible — developed the scriptural arguments for the viewpoint in detail.7 Then came the amazing charts and diagrams of Clarence Larkin (1850-1924) in his book Dispensational Truth.8

Harry Ironside (1876-1951), the popular pastor of the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, preached the concept in his sermons and books during the 1930′s and 40′s.9 In 1970 Hal Lindsey publishedThe Late Great Planet Earth and once again the viewpoint was expressed in a best seller.10 The 20th Century ended with the view being espoused in the “Left Behind” block-buster series of books written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.11

Attacks on the View

Over the years there have been many attacks on the Pre-Trib viewpoint. The most sustained — and the most ridiculous — has been the one launched in the 1970′s by Dave MacPherson.12 In a book he keeps re-publishing under different, sensational titles, MacPherson argued that the whole notion of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture was supposedly given to Darby when he attended a Charismatic prayer meeting in Scotland in 1830 where a 15 year old girl, Margaret MacDonald, went into a state of ecstasy during which she declared there would be a Rapture prior to the Tribulation. MacPherson asserts: “Darby borrowed from her, modified her views, and then popularized them under his own name without giving her credit.”13

The first problem with MacPherson’s assertions is that we know that Darby developed his concept of the Rapture’s timing in the winter of 1826-1827, some three years before the prayer meeting in Scotland. The second problem relates to a strange aspect of MacPherson’s book. In an appendix, he reproduces Margaret MacDonald’s handwritten account of what she said at the 1830 meeting, and there is nothing in it that even suggests a Pre-Tribulation Rapture!14

But the biggest problem with MacPherson’s assertion is that it is really irrelevant. The crucial question is not where the Pre-Tribulation Rapture concept originated; rather, the only question that matters is whether or not it is biblical.

Ancient Examples of the Concept

As I have demonstrated in other articles, the concept is completely biblical. It has always been in the Scriptures, waiting for those with a literal approach to interpretation to discover it and develop it in detail. In this regard, I think it is important to note that more and more ancient writings are being discovered that contain intimations of a Rapture separate and apart from the Second Coming.

One of the early Church Fathers, The Shepherd of Hermas, writing in the early 2nd Century, makes an interesting observation about “the great tribulation that is coming.” He says, “If then ye prepare yourselves, and repent with all your heart and turn to the Lord, it will be possible for you to escape it, if your heart be pure and spotless, and ye spend the rest of the days of your life in serving the Lord blamelessly.”15

In medieval times evidence of pretribulational thinking can be found in the recently discovered sermon attributed to Ephraem the Syrian.16 This sermon, which was written sometime between the 4th and 6th Centuries, encourages believers to prepare themselves for meeting the Lord because “all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins.” Scholars believe this text was derived from the writings of the original Ephraem who lived from 306 to 373 AD. He was one of the leading theologians of the early Byzantine Church.17

It is very likely that there were always some forms of premillennialism and pretribulational thought throughout the Middle Ages but, if so, these viewpoints had to be expressed underground because they violated Catholic dogma. Sects like the Albigenses, Lombards, and the Waldenses were attracted to a literal interpretation of the Bible, but little is know about their detailed beliefs because the Catholic Church declared their writings to be heretical and destroyed them.

Concluding Observations

Two final observations before I conclude. First, there is a mistaken idea that only Dispensationalists believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture. That is not so. In the 1920′s the view was adopted by many Pentecostal denominations such as the Assemblies of God. I personally am a good example of a person who holds to the Pre-Trib viewpoint but who is not a full-blown Dispensationalist.

My final observation is that I am not dogmatic about the timing of the Rapture. Unlike some of my colleagues who are downright uncompromising about the timing, I prefer to say that “I believe the best inference of Scripture is that the Rapture is most likely to occur before the Tribulation begins.” The Bible never clearly states when the Rapture will occur, and there is, therefore, legitimate room for differences of opinion.

Notes

1) “The Early Church Fathers”

2) Paul Boyer, When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture(Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1992), page 75.

3) Paul N. Benware, Understanding End Times Prophecy: A Comprehensive Approach (Chicago: Moody Press, 1995), pages 197-198.

4) Tommy Ice, “Morgan Edwards: A Pre-Darby Rapturist,” The Conservative Theological Journal, April 1997, pages 4-12.

5) Tim LaHaye, “Target Number One,” Pre-Trib Perspectives, September 2002, pages 1-3.

6) William E. Blackstone, Jesus is Coming (1878). The modern day version is published by Kregel (1989).

7) C. I. Scofield, The Scofield Study Bible (London: Oxford University Press, 1909).

8) Clarence Larkin, Dispensational Truth (Philadelphia, 1920).

9) Ed Reese, “Henry (Harry) Allan Ironside”

10) Hal Lindsey with C. C. Carlson, The Late Great Planet Earth (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1970).

11) Beginning in 1996 Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins started publishing a series of scriptural novels about the Rapture which came to be known as “The Left Behind” books. A total of 12 volumes have been published in the series, and to date, they have sold 55 million copies.

12) Dave MacPherson, The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin (Heart of America Bible Society, 1973). The author has republished this book over the years under several different titles. For an excellent commentary on MacPherson’s theory, see “Dave MacPherson: Inventor of False Pre-Trib History” by Tommy Ice.

13) Dave MacPherson, The Incredible Cover-Up: Exposing the Origins of the Rapture Theories(Plainfield, NJ: Logos 1975) page 85.

14) MacPherson, pages 151-154.

15) The Shepherd of Hermas, 2[23]:5. A copy of the complete writings of The Shepherd of Hermas can be found on the Internet.

16) Timothy J. Denny and Thomas D. Ice, “The Rapture and an Early Medieval Citation,” Bibliotheca Sacra, July-September 1995, pages 306-317.

17) “St. Ephraem” in the Catholic Encyclopedia on the Internet.

This Week On The Hal Lindsey Report!

This week on ‘The Hal Lindsey ReportI first began studying Bible prophecy in 1955, shortly after becoming a Christian. In 1956, I attended a lecture at Rice University in Houston. Colonel Robert B. Thieme spoke for more than two hours showing how the Suez Crisis of 1956 fit into the predicted scenario of end-time events.

He said that Russia would back Egypt and the Muslims in their struggle against England, France, Israel, and much of the west. He also detailed how Russia would later become the driving force of a Muslim coalition that would eventually attack Israel and start the first phase of the war of Armageddon.

Needless to say, I was hooked. As all of this played out on the world stage, it gave me an assurance that the Bible had to be the Word of God. For nothing man created could be that accurate about specific events that would happen hundreds and, sometimes, thousands of years later.

In 1969, when I wrote The Late Great Planet Earth, the Soviet Union was approaching its zenith as the world’s other superpower. But, according to Bible prophecy, Gog is to be a strong regional power, not a world conqueror. That meant that God had to stop the Soviet Union before it became a world-dominating power which wouldn’t fit into prophecy.

He did.

This week, I’m going to review how Russia is becoming the Gog described by the ancient prophets. Against all odds, including the improbable collapse of the Soviet Union and Russia’s subsequent rise from the ashes as a strong regional power, national alignments that seemed impossible 40 years ago are now falling into place. Russia, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and the European Union are all players that have, in some cases, made complete U-turns in their historical roles. Just as the prophets predicted.

That means that if the Bible is right about these things, then it’s right about everything else. And that includes Jesus Christ’s promise to redeem you from your sin. But Satan, the accuser of the believers and the father of lies, wants you to think otherwise. In fact, he will try to convince you that you’re not REALLY forgiven. He’ll tell you that even though you’ve confessed your known sin and regained fellowship with God, “He won’t forgive you this time.”

If we confess our sins to God but still do not believe that we are truly forgiven, then we have unresolved guilt that will keep us from believing God in the future and walking in the Spirit. If we mistakenly believe (as Satan wants) that God is still holding something against us, then we will spiral into an ever-deepening estrangement from God.

This week, I’m going to share with you how to overcome that attack of Satan and fully claim God’s gracious cleansing. And if there’s one thing we all need in these final days, it’s that unimpeded fellowship with God that allows His Spirit to fill us and empower us.

As we commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, I want to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces who stand guard around the world for our liberty, security, and freedom. Most of all, I want to say, “Thank you” to the fallen and to the families and friends of those soldiers and patriots who “gave the last full measure of devotion.” Without their sacrifice, there would be no liberty, security, or freedom, indeed, no United States of America. We owe you more than we can ever repay.

On Memorial Day, 1982, President Ronald Reagan delivered this challenge at Arlington National Cemetery: “Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. …The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to invoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery. …As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation.”

On Memorial Day, 2012, let’s remember that the blessings we enjoy today were secured by the sacred sacrifices made by millions of Americans. We must not allow those sacrifices to be made in vain.

God bless the men and women of our armed forces. God bless America!

Don’t miss this week’s Report on TBN, Daystar, Inspiration, CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com. Please check your local listings.

God Bless,
Hal Lindsey


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