Consider the news reports from all around the world.
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE MISSING ! WHERE ARE THEY?
Airplanes crashing – flight crews missing! Cars and trucks colliding – drivers missing! Hospitals report, “No babies anywhere!”
School teachers frantically looking for children! Clothing seen in restaurants and businesses where people had been seated!
Chaos everywhere! Network news anchors and theologians attribute the situation to global warming and alien abductions!
Many pastors can’t be found – many others are being interviewed by radio and tv news crews!
America’s President calls for state of emergency!
WHERE WILL YOU BE FOUND?
Consider a day like the one that is described above. Some people who are reading this post have no understanding of the event that is being described. That is sad because most readers of my posts consider themselves to be believers in Jesus. Far too many Christians can not explain the essential elements of the Rapture of The Church, the Tribulation or of the Second Coming Of Christ. Many Christian parents don’t know enough about this subject to tell their children about it. Far too many pastors are not teaching the things of the end times to their congregations. It is important for all believers in Christ to know that they are secure in Christ for salvation, and that they will be kept “from the tribulation,” and will not have to “go through it” (Rev 3:10). It is also important for believers in Christ to be able to know and explain how and why they have been saved, and how and why they will escape the tribulation. This subject appeared in one of my prior posts, which has since been deleted. As you read the details of this post you will find situations of repetition, which are included for emphasis.
The year was 1977. The pastor of the church that I was attending was teaching a subject of scripture that was new to me. The subject was “The Rapture Of The Church.” Consider the scripture reference, as follows:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from ” heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
The Ryrie Study Bible explains the word, “rapture,” as it relates to the term, “caught up,” in verse 17.
vs 17. “caught up.” From the Latin for “caught up” comes the term “rapture.” The rapture, or catching up of believers, described here involves both those who have died and those who are living when the Lord comes. His coming here is “in the air,” not to the earth, and will occur just prior to the beginning of the Tribulation (see 1 Thes 1:10; Rev 3:10). That period will end with His coming to the earth (see Matt 24:29-30; Rev 19:11-16). The event here described includes (1) a return of Christ in the air, (2) a resurrection of the dead in Christ, (3) a rapture of living believers, and (4) a reunion with those who have died.
My note: The “dead in Christ,” are already present with God (2 Cor 5:8, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”). Their deceased bodies are buried, cremated, or elsewhere. At the time of the rapture, those bodies will be raised from the graves, etc, and “caught up” to be reunited with their souls and spirits which are present with the Lord. (Ps 23:6; Lk 16:20-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Those saints are of the New Testament period. The Old Testament saints also have their spirits, “dwelling in the house of the Lord,” (see Ps 23:6), but their deceased bodies will not be raised until after the end of the tribulation period (Dan 12:1-3). (Per Dr. John F. Walvoord, Dr. C. I. Scofield, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Dr. John MacArthur.)
Getting back to 1977, our church was watching a movie on the rapture. During the movie, a statement was made by a news reporter, “the President is missing.” President Carter was in office, and he had said many times that he had been “born again,” so it seemed natural that he would also be raptured with all of the other saints. (Jesus said that we “must be born again to see the Kingdom of God, John 3:3). If a person has been born again, they will show spiritual fruit in their daily lives (Gal 5:22-23). Any governmental leader who supports abortion on demand and same-sex marriage does not show that he, or she, has been born again. Consider those who are in office in our nation’s government, and think about the ones who support abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. There is no way that such people have been born again. Consider the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled that same-sex marriage is the law of the land. Neither our nation’s leader, nor any elected official in his party, (NOT A ONE!!! NOT A ONE!!!), spoke out against such an ungodly act of the highest court of our country. It is easy to see why so many ungodly decisions have come from our Supreme Court. From the Carter administration forward, democrats in the White House have appointed liberal judges to the federal courts. Those liberal judges have made many decisions that favor the mindset of those who appointed them, with their rulings not being based on the principles of the Judeo-Christian teachings, but often in conflict with Godly precepts. A person may ask why so much emphasis is placed on ungodly character and the rapture of the church. The answer is very simple. It is very clear that the presidents, members of congress, judges and supreme court justices who have a lifestyle pattern of violating God’s laws do not have a saving relationship with God. To go further down this road, people who continue to vote for presidents and members of congress who appoint judges and supreme court justices who violate God’s laws, are people who also show no evidence that they have a saving relationship with God.
In the 2008 U.S. election, a majority of people who called themselves “Christians,” voted in sufficient numbers to put in office a president, vice-president, senate majority leader, house majority leader and secretary of state, all of whom see nothing wrong with same-sex marriage and abortion on demand. That former secretary of state is now running to lead our country. Her replacement also shares the same views on same-sex marriage and abortion on demand, as do the his superiors and every other elected official in their party, the democrat party, who have party planks that support same-sex marriage and abortion on demand.
We are told that we should pray for those who are in authority over us. Consider the following passage of scripture.
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2, Holman Christian Standard Bible)
So, do you think that we are being directed by God to pray for ungodly men and women to continue leading our nation in ungodly ways? Or, do you think that we should pray for all of those people to come to Jesus as their Lord and Savior? The people who I have mentioned, who support abortion on demand and same-sex marriage, show no evidence that they have a saving relationship with God, through Jesus. So, unless some changes are made in their lives, they will miss the rapture of the church, and will be present on earth when the tribulation begins. After the tribulation, if they have not placed their faith in Jesus, they will face The Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 21:11-15, and will be thrown into an eternal lake of fire. As long as those people continue to support abortion on demand and same-sex marriage, they will be exhibiting a lifestyle that shows that they do not have a relationship of saving faith in Jesus. Those people have an attitude of selfish pride. They show no desire to come to saving faith in Jesus. Consider their children, who are being told that it is okay for two people of the same-sex to be married, and that it is okay to murder a baby who is still in the womb of the mother. The crowd that will miss the rapture is growing.
There was no great demand by Americans for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage. Thirty-one states had already voted that marriage is to be between one man and one woman. The affirmation for same-sex marriage came by the public vote of only three states, and the District of Columbia. But, court decisions in 26 states, and state legislatures in 8 states, brought about the change in definition of marriage that has always been between one man and one woman. It is important to restate the reason for such a miscarriage of justice. Democrat presidents appoint liberal judges to the federal courts. Those judges rule against popular votes when such votes have been in opposition to abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. State legislatures have also enacted legislation that has not been in accordance with the desires of the people in their states. Another restatement is necessary about those who will be left behind when the rapture takes place. Those people in our world who have a great disregard for the laws of God, also have a great disregard for God, “Himself.” Such a statement points to all political leaders, who defy God’s Word, and to all who continue to vote for such leaders who defy God’s Word.
Following the video about those who will be left behind, consider the news-related articles that explain the ungodly actions and decisions that have been made by people who have been put in places of national trust. Many of those people will miss the rapture, and will find themselves present during the time of tribulation.
The events that lead to the rapture of the church, and the following tribulation, are explained by Jesus, as follows:
Matthew 24:3-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Consider the things that Jesus told His disciples, soon to be apostles. He was speaking specifically about the things that will happen to the Jews who will be “left behind” after the rapture occurs. But, we can see that such things may be in their early stages now, and may also affect Christians before they are raptured. Consider vs 7. “Famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.” Can you relate to those things? Consider vs 9. It is increasingly becoming more dangerous for Christians and Jews in today’s world. Consider vs 12. “Lawlessness” is becoming more accepted by our nation’s government, and is not being controlled in other countries around the world. All you have to do is to watch the daily news reports to see how great lawlessness has become. A preview of the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog and Magog conflicts on Israel is taking place in the world today.
Consider the severity of the tribulation that Jesus mentions in verse 7.
Matthew 24:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
The time of tribulation will be far greater than anything that has ever been an assault on God’s people. Such tribulation will face the Jews who are “left behind,” as well as any other people who miss the rapture, due to their lack of faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Those who have been “left behind” may come to confess Jesus as Lord during that seven-year period that leads to the Battle Of Armageddon (Rev 16: 12-16), and the Second Coming Of Christ “to the earth,” (Rev 19:11-21; Zech 14:1-9), to set up his Millennial reign (1,000 year reign of Christ) (Rev 20:1-3). Such tribulation saints will also have to contend with the murderous persecution of the Anti-Christ, as is discussed in the following paragraph.
During the time of Tribulation, God will be judging sin, and calling Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah (Daniel 9:24). The Anti-Christ will be trying to rid the world of God’s people (Matt 24:22). Anyone who misses the rapture (1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:50-53; John 14:1-3) will have to deal with the seven Seal Judgments (Rev 6:1 – 8:6), the seven Trumpet Judgments (Rev 8:7 – 9:21), and the seven Bowl Judgments (Rev 15:1 – 16:21) that will be used by God to judge sin. God does not have a problem with those of us who have been born again. We, the church of Christ, are the bride of Christ. A bridegroom loves and protects his bride, and does not commit her to wrath. Our spirits have been made new and are sinless, and are as pure as the Spirit of God (2 Cor 5:17; 1 John 1:5), and are present with God, in Christ (2 Cor 5:17; Col 1:27). We will be removed from the world by God, so that we will not have to face the wrath of God that will be poured out upon the sin filled world (Col 3:6; 1 Thes 5:9-10). The key to being raptured and missing the tribulation, is to be born again (John 3:3-8). Based on John 3:16-18, if we believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved from the penalty of sin and will have an eternal life with God. There is a correlation that shows that if we are born again, we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And, if we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have been born again.
Let’s go back to my question. After the rapture has taken place, where will you be found? Will you be caught up with the other saints of God and miss the tribulation, and the wrath of God. Or, will you miss the rapture and be “left behind,” and find yourself in the tribulation? Think about the question. It has eternal implications. As much as I have mentioned those in public office who have voted to support the ungodly acts of abortion on demand and same-sex marriage; I am also pointing to the people who continue to vote to keep those people in office. It is common knowledge in today’s time in history that a vote for a democrat is also a vote for abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. No elected democrat, or one who is running for elected office, is going to speak out, or vote against, same-sex marriage or abortion on demand. The last democrat Governor who was pro-life was Robert (Bob) Casey, who was the governor of Pennsylvania from 1987-1995. As a pro-life democrat, he was never able to speak at the democrat national conventions. (This former democrat has a great desire for more “Bob Caseys” to be found in the “party of abortion.”)
The “Left Behind” series of books was written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Three movies were produced that were based on the “Left Behind” book series. The first movie was called “Left Behind,” and is shown at the bottom of this page. It shows the events that lead up to the rapture, and the tribulation that follows. The movie is a good representation of what those events will be like. Consider where your place would be if the rapture were to happen today. It is time for people who say that they are Christians to show that such a statement is true about them. It is time for such people to stop giving their votes to democrats, until democrats can get their party under control and begin following the precepts of God. There are republicans and independents, though not as many as democrats, who don’t seem to follow God’s laws either; “they need to be voted out of office, too!” We’ve all heard liberal politicians who were trying to talk out of both sides of their mouth at the same time; they might fool the voters, but they won’t fool God. Hell is going to be a real place. Life on earth during the tribulation may seem like hell to those who come under the persecution of the Anti-Christ. Don’t let anybody try to fool you about that truth. Don’t put your trust and belief in people who are clearly defying God’s Word. Don’t allow your indifference to God’s Holy Word keep you from coming to saving faith in Jesus and from being born again. My desire is for the democrat party to get its house in order. At this time, though, the house of the democrat party is one that is void of the presence of God. Don’t go into that house! Don’t miss the rapture!
Consider the following information that relates to our nation’s leaders voting, not only against the teachings of God’s Holy Word, but also against the citizens of our nation.
Thirty-one states had public votes that banned same-sex marriage, per the following news article.
Since all 31 states that have voted on constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage (SSM) have passed them, typically by overwhelming popular votes, should we be skeptical that half of Americans really support same-sex marriage ? Probably not. Most bans passed when opposition to SSM was much stronger, and SSM opponents have targeted constitutional amendments for votes in states where support for SSM is weakest.
Thirty-six states have same-sex marriage. Only three states voted to approve such changes in the definition of marriage. Court decisions in 26 states, and state legislatures in 8 states, brought about the change in definition of marriage that has always been between one man and one woman. The District Of Columbia voted to approve same-sex marriage.
Florida becomes the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriages. With nearly twenty million residents, Florida is one of the most populous states to allow same-sex marriages. Over two dozen states have legalized same-sex marriage through court rulings. Eight states approved gay marriage through the legislature. Three states (Maine, Maryland, and Washington) passed laws permitting same-sex marriages through voter initiatives.
37 States with Legal Same-Sex Marriage Prior to the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court Ruling gay marriage icons legal
26 by Court Decision
Alabama* (Feb. 9, 2015), Alaska (Oct. 17, 2014), Arizona (Oct. 17, 2014), California (June 28, 2013), Colorado (Oct. 7, 2014), Connecticut (Nov. 12, 2008), Florida (Jan. 6, 2015), Idaho (Oct. 13, 2014), Indiana (Oct. 6, 2014), Iowa (Apr. 24, 2009), Kansas (Nov. 12, 2014), Massachusetts (May 17, 2004), Montana (Nov. 19, 2014), Nevada (Oct. 9, 2014), New Jersey (Oct. 21, 2013), New Mexico (Dec. 19, 2013), North Carolina (Oct. 10, 2014), Oklahoma (Oct. 6, 2014), Oregon (May 19, 2014), Pennsylvania (May 20, 2014), South Carolina (Nov. 20, 2014), Utah (Oct. 6, 2014), Virginia (Oct. 6, 2014), West Virginia (Oct. 9, 2014), Wisconsin (Oct. 6, 2014), Wyoming (Oct. 21, 2014)
8 by State Legislature
Delaware (July 1, 2013), Hawaii (Dec. 2, 2013), Illinois (June 1, 2014), Minnesota (Aug. 1, 2013), New Hampshire (Jan. 1, 2010), New York (July 24, 2011), Rhode Island (Aug. 1, 2013), Vermont (Sep. 1, 2009)
by Popular Vote
Maine (Dec. 29, 2012), Maryland (Jan. 1, 2013), Washington (Dec. 9, 2012)
We have heard those of the party of the White House say that people should be able to marry “those that they love.” But consider the following information. Homosexual relationships are not necessarily stable, per the following article.
28% of homosexual men had more than 1000 partners:
79% of homosexual men say over half of sex partners are strangers
Modal range for homosexual sex partners 101-500
1978 study, 78% of gay men had more than 100 partners, 28% more than 1000
There is an extremely low rate of sexual fidelity among homosexual men as compared to married heterosexuals
28% of homosexual men had more than 1000 partners
79% of homosexual men say over half of sex partners are strangers
Modal range for homosexual sex partners 101-500
1978 study, 78% of gay men ad more than 100 partners, 28% more than 100
There is an extremely low rate of sexual fidelity among homosexual men as compared to married heterosexuals. Among married females 85% reported sexual fidelity. Among married men, 75.5% reported sexual fidelity. Among homosexual males in their current relationship, 4.5% reported sexual fidelity. (Sources:Laumann, The Social Organization of Sexuality, 216; McWhirter and Mattison, The Male Couple: How Relationships Develop (1984): 252-253; Wiederman, “Extramarital Sex,” 170. This is extracted fromhttp://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS04C02)
Consider the following information that relates to the low percentage of Americans who say that they are homosexual. Other interesting data is provided that refute the argument that homosexual life is on par with heterosexual relationships.
Health Survey: About 2 Percent Of Americans Are Gay Or Lesbian
A federal report released Tuesday says just 2 percent of Americans over the age of 18 identify as gay or lesbian.
The report, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), relates to sexual orientation and health among U.S. adults.
The NCHS used statistics gathered from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an annual health study including 34,557 adults aged 18 and over. The aim of the new survey was to determine the disparities in health-related behaviors, health status, health care service utilization, and health care access among participants based on sexual orientation.
The NHIS included sexual orientation-based questions, such as, “Which of the following best represents how you think of yourself?” Male respondents could choose from the following responses: “gay;” “straight, that is, not gay;” “bisexual;” “something else;” and “I don’t know the answer.” Female respondents could choose from: “lesbian or gay;” “straight, that is, not lesbian or gay;” “bisexual;” “something else;” and “I don’t know the answer.”
This is the first time the NHIS has “included a measure of sexual orientation, thereby enabling researchers and data users to examine how the prevalence of a wide variety of health-related behaviors” in its 57-year history.
According to the results, 96.6 percent of respondents identified as straight, 1.6 percent identified as gay or lesbian and 0.7 percent identified as bisexual. The discussion section notes, “Many of the associations between sexual orientation and various health outcomes found in this analysis are similar to those found in past research.”
“[A] higher percentage of women aged 18–64 who identified as bisexual had experienced serious psychological distress compared with those who identified as straight…”
“[A] higher percentage of adults aged 18–64 who identified as gay or lesbian, or bisexual had five or more drinks in one day in the past year and were current cigarette smokers compared with adults aged 18–64 who identified as straight…”
“[A] lower percentage of women aged 18–64 who identified as gay or lesbian, or bisexual had a usual place to go for medical care compared with women aged 18–64 who identified as straight, whereas a lower percentage of adults aged 18–64 who identified as straight failed to obtain needed medical care due to cost compared with adults aged 18–64 who identified as bisexual.”
“[A] higher percentage of men aged 18–64 who identified as gay received an influenza vaccination in the past year compared with men aged 18–64 who identified as straight.”
[“A] Among men aged 18–64, a higher percentage of those who identified as gay or bisexual have ever been tested for HIV compared with those who identified as straight.”
The reported number of less than 2 percent is lower than some figures released in previous years. Sex researcher Alfred Kinsey popularized the “10 percent” figure when his Kinsey Report claimed “10 percent of males were more or less exclusively homosexual” in his 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. In 2011, demographer Gary Gates reported that 9 million American adults, or 3.8 percent, identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
However, Gallup has highlighted issues with surveys and estimates that relate to sexual orientation:
There is little reliable evidence about what percentage of the U.S. population is in reality gay or lesbian, due to few representative surveys asking about sexual orientation, complexities surrounding the groups and definitions involved, and the probability that some gay and lesbian individuals may not choose to identify themselves as such.