The Evil of Replacement Theology, Part 1

The Evil of Replacement Theology, Part 1

Published on Aug 25, 2015
Who taught the Christian Church to despise the Jewish people? Find out with Dr. David Reagan on the show Christ in Prophecy.

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. ” (Deuteronomy 7:6)

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Deuteronomy 7:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Chosen People

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Leader And Nation, Draw Near To The Lord Jesus

In The Presence Of Jehovah – Draw near to the Lord Jesus. Consider the view of the throne room in heaven that was given to John the Apostle. Consider the apostle’s view of the seven-fold fullness of God, as stated in verse 5. Consider the “glory and honor and power” of God, and all that is entailed in that brief description of our Lord’s Holy attributes, as stated in verse 11. Consider our nation. Consider our leader. Consider heaven without the presence of our president. Prayers are needed.

Leader And Nation, Draw Near To The Lord Jesus

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Revelation 4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Scene in Heaven

1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.

The Throne and Worship of the Creator

5 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; 6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”

9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

God Is Holy; Consider His Holiness

.”I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)

God Is Holy; Consider His Holiness

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Isaiah 10:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Returning Remnant of Israel

20 And it shall come to pass in that day
That the remnant of Israel,
And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob,
Will never again depend on him who defeated them,
But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob,
To the Mighty God.

Isaiah 6:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it,and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Psalm 99:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His holy hill;
For the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 99:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool—
He is holy.

Psalm 97:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 47:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.

Psalm 33:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.

Psalm 30:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 28:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 Hear the voice of my supplications
When I cry to You,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 24:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 22:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

Nehemiah 8:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

2 Chronicles 30:27 New King James Version (NKJV)

27 Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.

1 Chronicles 16:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!

1 Kings 8:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 “No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.

Joshua 5:15 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Deuteronomy 28:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.

Deuteronomy 14:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

Numbers 29:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.

Leviticus 20:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.

Leviticus 20:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 19:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

Exodus 3:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Hebrews 12:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Psalm 29:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

1 Chronicles 16:29 New King James Version (NKJV)

29 Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

Exodus 15:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?

“Leader And Nation,” Humble Yourselves Before God!

“if My people who are called by My name will “humble themselves,” ………..and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

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2 Chronicles 6 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Then Solomon spoke: “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud. 2 I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever.”

Solomon’s Speech upon Completion of the Work Of The Temple

3 Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. 4 And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands 13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven);14 and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.

18 “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! 19 Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You: 20 that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. 21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.

22 “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 23 then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

24 “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.

26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.

28 “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; 29 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: 30 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men), 31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.

32 “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray in this temple; 33 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.

34 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send them, and when they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name, 35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

36 “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near; 37 yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness’; 38 and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the temple which I have built for Your name: 39 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You. 40 Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.

2 Chronicles 7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Solomon Dedicates the Temple

1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. 3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.” 6 And the priests attended to their services; the Levites also with instruments of the music of the Lord, which King David had made to praise the Lord, saying, “For His mercy endures forever,” whenever David offered praise by their ministry. The priests sounded trumpets opposite them, while all Israel stood.

God’s Second Appearance to Solomon

12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

God’s Holiness – Our Worship

“The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20..”Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:34-35..It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of the Lord,so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord”..1 Kings 8:10-11…”in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, ‘He indeed is good for His loving kindness is everlasting,’ then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” 2 Chronicles 5:13-14..”But you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3..”You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:22-24.

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Midnight Cry – Central Church of God Choir, Charlotte, NC

Monday morning is rolling in (early) on the eastern seaboard of the “good ole’ USA.” God has been good to me today/or was it yesterday? He gave me some amazing ideas. My post on the Marriage and Wrath of the Lamb is one that God gave to me in bits and pieces throughout the day; I am really blessed. This video is one of “those spiritual accidents;” one that I, “just sorta ran into. (It “is” midnight) I will have to say that it was a “good spiritual collision.” I have really been blessed by the song, the soloist, and the congregation. I trust that God will richly bless this body of believers, “red and yellow, and, black and white,” (please! somebody! tell Washington!) Well, you know the end of the “red and yellow – black and white” saying; it is very, very true. And, yes! Jesus loves us. And, yes! The Bible told me so… So, for those of you who are living in the four corners of God’s created world (there is no mother nature!), let me wish you a wonderful day, and a very blessed day in Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

The Marriage Of The Lamb vs The Wrath Of The Lamb

The Cathedrals – Wedding Music

The video, “Wedding Music,” deals with the marriage of the Lamb to His bride, who is the Church. That sacred ceremony takes place in heaven, per Rev 19:7-8. This post will discuss the Marriage of The Lamb, as well as the Wrath of The Lamb. The purpose of the discussion will be to show that the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the born again believers in Christ, will be present at the marriage of the lamb in Heaven, as opposed to being present in the tribulation, and experiencing the Lamb’s wrath that will be poured out on the whole world of people who have been left behind from when the catching up of believers took place to take “the bride of Christ,” out of the world.

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Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

The marriage of the lamb takes place in heaven before Jesus escorts His bride back to earth from heaven; the destination will be the prophetic Battle of Armageddon. It will be a quick victory for the “Lamb of God,” per Rev 19:15.

Revelation 19:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

“I Believe He’s Coming Back”

The video, “I Believe He’s Coming Back,” tells us, who are born-again believers in Christ, how we will find ourselves in heaven where we will meet the Lord Jesus, The Lamb Of God, The Lion Of The Tribe Of Jesus, for the wedding of all weddings. The scripture references that are a part of the song provide that answer.

Acts 1:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – The Ascension Of Jesus –

Angels tell the disciples that Jesus will come back for them, and will take them to heaven.

9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

In John 14:1-3, Jesus had previously told His disciples that He would come back for them, and that He would take them away to be with Him in Heaven.

John 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

In Matthew 16:15-18, we see the words of Jesus, “I will build My Church.” Why did Jesus make that statement? It was because there was no church. Jesus said that upon the confession of Peter, “NOT PETER,” that Jesus would build His church. The church of Christ would become a spiritual body. The spiritual body of Christ would meet in buildings, but not all people who would meet in “church buildings” would necessarily be those who are “the Church.” “Unless one is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him,“Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

The message of the New Testament is that of Christ and the Church, per Ephesians 5:32.

Ephesians 5:32 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

Per Colossians 1:18. Jesus is the head of Church

Colossians 1:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

As born-again believers in Christ, we constitute His body, which is a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 12:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

The promise of Jesus, that He gives to “the church, His bride,” is that of a faithful groom to His loving bride, who is “we, the born again believers in Christ.”

In Ephesians 5:25, we read that the love of Christ for His bride, who is the Church, is an example for husbands in marriage. But, this illustration also explains the amazing love that Jesus has for “His” bride. He gave Himself for his bride, which is “us,” who are the born again body of Christ.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

In the video, “I Believe He’s Coming Back,” the words of 1 Corinthians 15:52 explain the event that will raise up believers in Christ, whether “dead of alive,” at the sound of the trumpet’s call.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

The following verses relate to the “catching up,” to the “dead in Christ,” and “we who are alive and remain.” This promise is to those who are “in Christ,” who have been born again. The promise is not given to those who have not been born again, such as the unbelieving Jews of Matthew 24. Again, this promise has been given to “us, the born again believers in Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The videos of “Wedding Music” and “I Believe He’s Coming Back” tell a story of comfort for those of us who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The promise of being “caught up” to be with Christ was given to the disciples, who have become apostles of Christ, in John 14:1-3, and verified by the angels in Acts 1:9-11. The coming of Jesus “in the air” to catch up His church” is known as the “rapture of the church.” There is now the question of how the rapture of the church differs from the “second coming of Christ.”

The rapture of the church “takes believers away,” for spiritual gifts and for the wedding of the Lamb.” Read, very carefully, the words of this passage. Nothing is mentioned about “motives.” We receive rewards, or lack of rewards. It is important to not relate this passage to other scriptures that do not have this context of “rewards, or lack of rewards,” for what we have done,” whether good or worthless.” It is also important to know that other references to this event clearly relate to this “Judgment Seat Of Christ,” for rewards, or lack of rewards.

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

“We, “the bride of the Lamb, the bride of Christ,” are treated with the greatest of respect that Jesus demands of husbands for “their wives,” (“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Eph 5:25). Relate this time in heaven, after the church has been raptured up, to the time that an earthly bride awaits her wedding to her earthly groom. How is the earthly bride treated as she awaits the wedding. Is her earthly groom going to “grill her” immediately prior to their wedding ceremony, on her motives? As was said earlier, the marriage of the Lamb takes place in Revelation 19:7-8, while the bride, the church, is still in heaven, after having been caught up to be with Jesus.

Zechariah 14:1-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The second coming of Jesus to earth, is described in the following verses of scripture where He will ,”stand on the Mount of Olives,” and that He will “come with all the holy ones with Him.” This event is the same one of Revelation 19:15, where Jesus defeats the enemies of God, in a spiritual victory in the Battle of Armageddon. We, the caught up “holy ones,” accompany Jesus. The battle is a spiritual one” (Zechariah 14:3, “Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle;” also Rev 19:15, “From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations.”)

The Lord’s Triumph and Reign (Zechariah 14:1-5)

1 A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided in your presence. 2 I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south. 5 You will flee by My mountain valley, for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come and all the holy ones with Him.

The catching up of the church where the saints of Christ are taken away from earth, is not the same event as the second coming of Christ, where He will stand on earth at the Mount Of Olives, where He will set up His millennial kingdom. It is important to note 20:4, “those who had been beheaded,” refers to those who had accepted Jesus during the tribulation, “because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God.”

Revelation 19:11-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Coming of Christ

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet

20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Revelation 20:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Satan Bound

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.
4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

More will be discussed about the time of the second coming of Christ which takes place at the end of the time of tribulation. The following statement is very important!!! There are signs of the second coming of Jesus; no signs are given that tell of the rapture of the church.

Matthew 24:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

The times of tribulation will be much greater than anything that will have ever happened. It will not be the purpose of Jesus to put “His bride,” in the midst of such a time.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

The purpose of the tribulation will be to judge sin and to bring unbelieving Jews to acceptance of Jesus as Messiah, as follows:

Daniel 9:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Seventy Weeks and the Messiah

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

The church, the bride of Christ, has no purpose in the tribulation. There is a great purpose for unbelieving Israel to come to faith in Jesus. There is also a great purpose for God to judge sin. We, who have come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, have no need to be tested; “we have passed the test when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.” “Dwellers on the earth,” relates to unbelievers, and is mentioned throughout Revelation as those who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. As believers in Christ, “our citizenship is in heaven,” Philippians 3:20. Dwellers of the earth have an allegiance to things of the earth, as opposed to the “heavenlies.” (Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3)

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

The time of tribulation will be much worse than that of anything that has ever happened in history. Consider the bomb that exploded over Hiroshima that ended World War II. Consider the great world-wide flood of Noah’s time. The tribulation period will be greater than anything that our minds can imagine. The wrath of God’s judgment on sin and unbelief will be poured out on the earth, as is described below. God will not be a “bystander;” He will be “in charge” of everything that happens.

Revelation 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Book with Seven Seals

1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

Revelation 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse
1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals

The Second Seal—War
3 When He broke the second seal

The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal

The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal

The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal

It is not God’s purpose for His church, the bride of Christ, to endure the wrath of God which will be poured out on the whole earth, which will affect all of those who are left behind; those who did not accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

The following video tells of the salvation of Jesus that is given to all who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior, as opposed to the condemnation that is the penalty for unbelief.

John 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Jesus Saves

Amen.