An End Times Discussion – Earth Dwellers – Revelation 3:10 – Draft

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One of the key verses that explains the identity of the people who will be on Earth during the tribulation is Rev 3:10. This verse, and other verses that relate to those who dwell on the earth will be discussed. The other verses are Rev 6:10, 8:13, 11:10; 13:8, 13:14; and 17:8, and will be discussed in following posts on the same subject. The video that is provided with this post gives a good picture of what things will be like immediately leading up to the rapture, and the conditions on Earth which follow. In the air liner scene, consider the empty seats where only clothing remains. Other scenes in the movie show what it will be like in a world where all of God’s “born again believers” suddenly are missing, are “nowhere to be found.” Please! Please! Please! Don’t be among the many people in the world who will be “left behind,” when the rapture takes place.

Revelation 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Parallel Verses Rev 3:10

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

New Living Translation
“Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.

English Standard Version
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

Berean Study Bible
Because you have kept My command to endure with patience, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Berean Literal Bible
Because you have kept the word of My patient endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of the of trial being about to come upon the whole inhabited world, to try those dwelling upon the earth.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because you have kept My command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

Rev 3:10: “….. I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
1. This pouring out of God’s wrath is seen to be:
a. A trial
b. Upon the whole world
c. To test
d. those who dwell on the earth.
2. This trial will affect everyone who is alive on the earth. Its purpose is to test everyone who is alive on the earth. The key word is “dwell.”
3. As believers in Christ, we have been tried and tested, and have passed the test, upon our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior. If the born again believers are put in with the group who “dwell on the earth,” it means that more testing is needed for believers. The testing of anyone, as it relates to salvation, is for them to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior; to be born again, with the Spirit of God dwelling within their spirit. The purpose of the tribulation is to put an end to sin, and to draw Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah. (Dan 9:24). Once a person has been born again, and has the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit, there has been an “end to sin” within their spirit (2 Cor 5:17, 21). That sinful state of spiritual being relates to Gentiles and Jews who will be alive during the tribulation.

Berean Literal Bible (John 14:17) The Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) dwells within believers.

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not see Him nor know. But you know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.”

Berean Literal Bible (John 14:20) All who have been born again will have spirits who dwells within the spirits of all other believers, and the Spirit of Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

“In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

ESV (2 Cor 5:17). The old spirit has passed away; the new spirit now dwells within the one who has been born again.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

ESV (2 Cor 5:21). The result of being born again is that we will be as spiritually righteous as Jesus, within our spirits.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

There is no purpose for believers to go through a testing period that will be as severe as the one that will take place in the tribulation. We have been born again. Our spirits are indwelling Christ! Jesus will not leave His bride to suffer a horrible time, such as is indicated in Matt 24:21.

Berean Literal Bible (Matthew 24:21)
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, and never shall be.

Parallel Verses Daniel 9:24 (The tribulation takes place during the “last week of the 70 weeks of years,” i.e., the 70th week of the seventy weeks of years).

New International Version
“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

New Living Translation
“A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

English Standard Version
“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

The putting an end to sin for believers, prior to the tribulation, takes place when they are born again. Those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, during the tribulation, will also put an end to sin within their spirits. Jesus fulfills the remaining requirements of this verse. The importance of being born again is found in the discussion that Jesus had with Nicodemus:

King James Bible John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

New American Standard Bible (Rom 14:17)
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Not only is the Kingdom, the 1,000 year reign of Christ which immediately follow the tribulation, it is also an immediate place of spiritual residence for the spirits of those when they are born again.

So, if a person finds himself in the tribulation, and if that person had been born again prior to the tribulation, it would appear that such a person still has work to do if he has to go through the “test of the whole world” along with those who had not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Those who dwell on the earth during the tribulation will be Gentiles and Jews who will not have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior; they have not been born again, so the Spirit of Christ will not be dwelling within their spirits, as was discussed in John 14:17, 20. Those who were born again prior to the tribulation, and were raptured prior to the tribulation, will return from heaven with Jesus (Rev 19:14) and enter the 1,000 year millennial kingdom, “to rule and reign for 1,000 years.” (Rev 20:6). Those, who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and were martyred during the tribulation, will be resurrected at the end of the tribulation Rev 20:4) and will also rule and reign for 1,000 years. Those tribulation saints, martyred or live, (those who accepted Christ during the tribulation) will also rule and reign during the millennium. The “redeemed” of all times will also be resurrected at the end of the tribulation, Daniel 12:1-2; they will also rule and reign with Christ for 1000 years. Those who suffer the fate of death at the battle of Armageddon will remain in a state of death until the end of the millennium (Rev 20:5); and will face the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15), and will be cast into the lake of fire, as will be the fate of all people who will not have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. Daniel 12:2 also addresses the same fate of those who are not redeemed at the time of their death.

Let’s consider those who are “the redeemed,” of all of the ages who died in a state of saving faith. They are in a state of awareness, and not soul sleep, until the end of the tribulation when they are resurrected. Consider Luke 16:19-31, Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man was dead, but he was aware of his painful surroundings. Lazarus, on the other hand, was dead and in the presence of Abraham and was aware of his surroundings of comfort. The presence of Abraham relates to being in the presence of God. Hades, in the NT, refers to the place of the wicked dead prior to final judgment in Hell. (Rev 20:11-15).

Let’s consider the words: dead, and dead in Christ.

1 Thes 4:16 – dead in Christ – believers.
Rev 20:12 – dead – unbelievers.

Let’s consider the Redeemed.

Revelation 5:8-10 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

8 And when He had taken the book, the four living beings and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof; for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood, from every kindred and tongue, and people and nation,
10 and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.”

Revelation 14:2-4 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

2 And I heard a voice from Heaven as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.
3 And they sang, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living beings and the elders; and no man could learn that song, except the hundred and forty and four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they that were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Revelation 14:3-5 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

3 And they sang, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living beings and the elders; and no man could learn that song, except the hundred and forty and four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they that were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

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An End Times Discussion – Draft

Step by Step Through The Book of Revelation
John Ankerberg And Jimmy De Young

The following is a combination of “off the cuff” thoughts, and a more designed study discussion of the end times. Questions are being asked and answered. The video is provided by two highly respected students of “eschatology,” which is a study of the end times. This discussion will continue.

QUESTION

1 Thessalonians 4:17 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…. Is this the scriptures were man doctrine comes in @ ? Re: the RAPTURE?? Is there such a thing as the Rapture??

QUESTION

My thoughts are most ppl don’t want to deal with the Great Tribulation… If Christ went through his trial we all who follow Christ will go through Tribulation… There is no getting around that… If I’m wrong if you think God is going to take some and leave others pls share the scriptures with me .

QUESTION BY STATEMENT

I believe Gods people will definitely be raptured just as the Bible speaks, but not before judgement of the church, people ,and nations.

ANSWER

I will put a time line for you. Consider Eph 5:25, where husbands are told to love their wives, as Christ loved the Church (His Bride) and died for her. God is in control of the tribulation. He is not going to leave His bride, you and me, the church, to suffer the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments that will take place during the tribulation. Also, the rapture of the church, the catching away, occurs where Jesus comes to take His bride away. The second coming occurs when Christ returns with His bride at the Battle of Armageddon, and where He stands on the Mount of Olives (Zech 14:1-5). After He defeats the “nations of the world” to include Satan, the Beast and False prophet, the 1000 year reign of Christ (Millennium) will begin. Satan will be bound, but loosed again at the end of the 1000 years to deceive those who are unsaved and living during the millennium), at the Battle of Gog and Magog. That is enough for now. (Please excuse any typos). Remember “The Bride Of Christ!”

A passage that is key to understanding who will, or will not, be found in the time of tribulation is based on the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:21, when He describes it as being, “such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no and never will be.” The purpose for the tribulation is for the judgment of sin and bringing the Jews to accept Jesus (Daniel 9:24). The church has been born again, and the spirit of each believer has been born again to be as pure as the Spirit of Christ. When the Church has been taken out of the world it will be to not be present when the world comes under the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments that Jesus inflicts on those who remain because they did not accept Him as Lord and Savior. (Rev 6-19:11). The term “earth dwellers” relates to those who have not accepted Jesus (Rev 3:10). We who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior have been tested and found to be faithful and have passed the test. Those “who remain” are the people who did not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and are “left behind” to face the judgments that Jesus will cause to try those who “dwell on the earth.” Rev 6:1, “First Seal: false peace. Rev 6:3, Second Seal, conflict on earth; Rev 6:5,Third Seal, Scarcity on earth; Rev 6:7, Fourth Seal, Widespread death on earth; Rev 6:9, Fifth Seal, “martyrdom of those who accept Christ during the tribulation; Rev 6:11, Sixth Seal, Cosmic Disturbances, “earthquakes, stars falling from the sky, the final recognition of man that all that is happening is coming on the earth due to the wrath of the Lamb. Rev 8:7, First trumpet, vegetation struck; Rev 8:8, Second trumpet, the seas struck; Rev 8:10, Third trumpet, waters struck. Rev 8:12, fourth trumpet, the heavens struck. Rev 9:1, Fifth Trumpet, The locusts from the bottomless pit. Rev 9:13, The Sixth Trumpet,the angels from the Euphrates: Rev 16:2, First Bowl, Loathsome sores, Rev 16:3, Second Bowl,The sea turns to blood; Rev 16:4, Third Bowl, The Waters turn to blood; Rev 16:8, Fourth Bowl, Men are scorched; Rev 16:10; Fifth Bowl, Darkness and pain; Rev 16:11, Sixth Bowl, Euphrates Dried up; Rev 16:16 Forces of Anti-Christ gather together in Armageddon. Rev 16:17, Seventh Bowl, The Earth Utterly Shaken. (((((Remember that God is in charge of this assault on all of those who “dwell on the earth….believers in Christ, the bride of Christ, who have been born again, are not the objects of God’s wrath. Our Spirits are indwelling the Spirit of Father, Son, Holy spirit (John 14:20). The object of God’s wrath is sin; those who have not been born again still have spirits that have not been born again. They are the objects of God’s wrath.))))))) Rev 19:11-21, the Battle of Armageddon takes place, with the armies of heaven (we the believers who were raptured up) Rev 19:14. The battle is a spiritual one vs 15. This is the same as Zech 14:1-15, when the nations of the world come up against Jerusalem….that includes those who have been left behind from the rapture, those military forces, even of the USA. It will be a spiritual battle Zech 14:3,12; Jesus will stand on the Mt of Olives (Zech 14:4; Matt 24:29-31); the forces of heaven come with Jesus (we who were raptured up (Zech 14:5)… The forces of Satan are defeated. Rev 19:19-21, the beast, false prophet, and the worshippers of the anti-christ are thrown into the lake of fire. Rev 20:1-3, Satan is bound for 1,000 years, which is the millennium, 1000 year reign of Christ. The returning saints from the rapture, and those tribulation saints (those who accept Christ during the tribulation; those who survive the anti-Christ’s murders of those who accept Christ during the tribulation, will rule and reign with Jesus for 1000 years, Rev 20:4-6. Satan will be loosed at the end of the 1000 years (Rev 20:3) to deceive those who are present during the millennium but had not been tested of Satan. Children will be born during the 1000 years, of those who had not been born again but were present during the 1000 years. Rev 20:7-10. Satan is loosed and a final revolt is planned against God and His people. The Battle of God and Magog ensues, but it is a spiritual battle which is won by Christ (Rev 20:9); Satan is cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:11. The Great White Throne Judgment takes place (for unbelievers) Rev 20:11-15.. Those whose names had not been written in the Book of Life (Rev 20:15) Lamb’s Book of Live (Rev 13:8) Lamb’s Book of Life, were cast into the lake of fire. Rev 21:1-5, God makes all things new; new heaven, new earth, Rev 21:9-27, New Jerusalem. The redeemed of the earth will experience all good things from God (Rev 21:3-4). So, per Daniel 9:24, sin has been judged, and Israel has had the opportunity to accept Jesus as Messiah. And! No! The bride of Christ, the body of Christ,the Church, all of us who have been born again, will not be subject to the forces of God on the world during the tribulation. (Please excuse any typos)

There are two other key verses on the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. John 14:1-3 is a discussion where Jesus says that He is coming back to take believers away. 1 Cor 15:50-54 says the same thing. The discussion of Matt 24 relates to Jesus coming back. The apostle Paul was speaking to believers (1 Thes 4:13-18 and 1 Cor 15). He was addressing an issue that was about Jesus having already come back. Paul was comforting believers. Consider 1 Thes 4:13, “that you grieve not as those who have no hope.” I had a very special friend, a Christian lady who died in Nov a year ago, who held to that verse. Another special Christian lady put that verse on a ceramic tile square which was given to the family of the deceased woman. We lose family and friends to death, but we don’t grieve as those “who have no hope.” The Apostle Paul, Jesus, and the Apostle John, gave believers great hope in their writings about those who are saved. I wish that I would have had more time to put my writing together in a more viewable format, but I thought that it was more important to put the information out for you to read and understand it. There is a verse in Rev about those of us who read and understand its words:Rev 1:3, Blessed is he who reads and, those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things that are written therein, for the time is at hand.” That means that there is nothing left in God’s timeline of prophecy that must happen before the events of Revelation happen. Jesus said that the gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come. (Matt 24:14.) Nothing is said like that of the catching up/rapture of the church. “The end” relates to the end if the tribulation, which ends the time of sin’s reign on earth, the end of the things that occur in Matt 24. (Zech 14; Rev 19) Battle of Armageddon. Ezek 36:24-29 relates to the gathering of Israel from all over the world, which began in 1948 when Israel became a nation, from where they had been dispersed from 722 BC, and 597 to 596 BC. The gathering of the elect of Matt 24:31,finalizes that gathering. The term “elect” also relates to people who God has chosen to receive the Word of Christ for salvation (Rom 8:28-30; Eph 1:3-5). The non-elect will also have the opportunity to receive Christ (2 Pet 3:9). But, the term “elect” as it relates to Israel goes back to Deu 7:6. Those Gentiles who persecuted Israel during the tribulation will come under the judgment of Jesus after He returns (Mt 24:31), and the sheep and goat judgment takes place (judgment of the nations/gentiles) Matt 25:31-46. Matt 24:31 users in the Millennium, the 1000 year reign of Christ….You’ll be there ruling and reigning with Christ Rev 20:4(a). !!! One final word. The dead in Christ (1 Thes 4:16) are raptured up to heaven where they will come before the Judgment Seat of Christ..for rewards…not for punishment. The dead (Rev 20:5; 12, 13) come before the Great White Throne Judgment where they are judged “according to their deeds” vs 12, and will be thrown into the lake of fire…because their names were not written in the book of life/Lamb’s book of life… Jesus paid the penalty for the deeds of believers. Unbelievers will have to pay the penalty for their deeds.
Remember the words of Eph 5:25 about the treatment of the bride, which relates to the church, the bride of Christ. Husbands are directed to protect their wives. Jesus would not be protecting “His bride,” the church, if He were to leave her/us on earth to come under the punishment that He has reserved for those who are not “His bride.” The punishment is designed for those who have lived a life of sin. 2 Cor 5:21, Jesus became sin so that we could become His righteousness. When we have been born again, (John 3:3-8), our spirits indwell the Spirits of Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and every other believer who has ever lived. (John 14:20). Our Spirits are with God, while we are alive and while we are dead, and while we are raptured. 2 Cor 5:8 When we are absent from the body we are present with God. In 1 Thes 4:16-17, the order of events is the dead in Christ go up first; we who are alive go up next. Then, we go before the Judgment Seat of Christ for rewards (2 Cor 5:10; and the marriage of the Lamb Rev 19:6-7) prior to the raptured church coming back to earth to rule and reign with Christ. Here is a question: If we are not raptured up to Heaven, how do we come back from heaven. It is not a pogo stick effect where go up and down at the same moment. You and I are special; we are of the bride of Christ. We will be protected by Christ from the time of tribulation, which will be worse than anything that has ever happened. (I hope that I didn’t beat a dead horse; But let me know if I can answer any other questions. That is how we learn.

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Those Who Dwell On The Earth (Rev 3:10-11)

I will try to bring more light to Rev 3:10, which will lead to other scriptures that deal with “those who dwell on the earth,” and will distinguish them form those of us who have been born again and are not “earth dwellers.”

Revelation 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

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

New Living Translation
“Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.

English Standard Version
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

Berean Study Bible
Because you have kept My command to endure with patience, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Berean Literal Bible
Because you have kept the word of My patient endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of the of trial being about to come upon the whole inhabited world, to try those dwelling upon the earth.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
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.

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Before we begin this area of study, let’s break down The Book Of Revelation, in periods of time.

Revelation 1:19 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.
New International Version
“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

New Living Translation
“Write down what you have seen–both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.

English Standard Version
Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore write down the things you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that will happen after this.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore write the things that you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that are about to take place after these,

New American Standard Bible
“Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.

King James Bible
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
1. ESV, Rev 1:19, “the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.”
1a. that you have seen, as recorded in Rev chap 1.
1b. that are, the present state of the churches, as recorded in Rev chap 2-3.
1c. those that are to take place after this, as recorded in Rev Chap 4:1 – Rev 22:21.
1d. in summary, “past, present, future.”
There is more to come.
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Rev 3:10 thoughts: ESV

“I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.”

1. The promise of deliverance from the hour of trial. Because of the faithfulness of the church at Philadelphia, they are promised that they will be kept from the hour of trial that will come upon the earth as a divine judgment. See that this deliverance is not only from trial, but from a period of time in which that trial exists, or, “the hour of trial.” If the scripture had only said, “deliverance from trial,” then it could have only meant a partial deliverance.”

2. The words above are very strong, as they are given to the Church at Philadelphia, to ensure them that they would be delivered from this period of trial, which will be the Great Tribulation. In Daniel 9:25-27, which is Daniel’s 70th week, we see the Great Tribulation. The purpose of the tribulation is to bring retribution on the world to punish sin. The purpose of the outpouring of God’s wrath is not the future that the Bible promises to the church, which is the born again body of believers as opposed to those who only “attend church.” Paul wrote to the believers in 1 Thes 5:9 that born again believers are not “destined for wrath.”

3. The word “from” (Greek, ek) is best understood as being “out of,” rather than just being “from.” As we see the horrible things that will happen during the tribulation, in the following chapters, it is clear that the promise to the church at Philadelphia is a promise of deliverance from the time of trouble that will take place during the tribulation.

4. The rapture of the church, the catching up of the church (1 Thes 4:16-17) is the event that will deliver the church (the true church, the born again body of believers) from the tribulation for this promise to have its full force. That which is said emphasizes deliverance “from,” rather than deliverance “through.” So, the pre-tribulational view of the rapture of the true church best fits with the biblical contextual teaching of Rev 3:10.

5. The Church at Philadelphia considered the subject of the rapture of the church to be an imminent hope. If the rapture had taken place during the first century A.D., they were assured of deliverance. But, those of Rev 7:4 , who are to be sealed out of the 12 tribes of Israel, most definitely “go through” the time of trouble, which will be the great tribulation. That promise of deliverance would have been impossible if the rapture would be delayed until the end of the tribulation prior to the second coming of Christ and the establishment of His millennial kingdom.

6. The words of this verse provides support for the hope that Jesus will come for His “born again” church prior to the time of “trial and trouble” that will be seen in Rev 6-19. The tribulation will overtake all of the world, as God inflicts His wrath upon unbelieving Gentiles, as well as upon Jews who reject Christ.

Rev 3:11 NKJV “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”
New International Version
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

New Living Translation
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.

English Standard Version
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

Berean Study Bible
I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

Berean Literal Bible
I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one may take your crown.

New American Standard Bible
‘I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

King James Bible
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Rev 3:11 thoughts: ESV.

“I am coming soon.”

1.The coming of the Lord (1 Thes 4:16-17, the rapture of the church) is seen as being an imminent event. It will be sudden and without announcement.

2. The church at Philadelphia is told to hold fast to their testimony for Christ in order to receive their reward at His coming. (2 Cor 5:10). Salvation can not be lost, (2 Cor 5:17) a reward (crown) can be lost (2 John 8).

3. The word, “soon,” means something that is sudden and unexpected, not necessarily immediate.

Another Christmas Story – The Deity Of Jesus

“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2 NKJV

In The Presence Of Jehovah – Terry MacAlmon

Holy Are You Lord – Terry MacAlmon

When I Look Into Your Holiness – Terry MacAlmon

Another Christmas Story – The Deity Of Jesus – John 1:1-18

Scriptures are taken from BibleGateway.com

John 1:1-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

The following commentary is from Dr. R. C. Sproul, as it is shown in the Reformation Study Bible. Dr. Sproul is the editor.

Dr. R.C. Sproul is co-pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of more than ninety books, including The Promises of God and Scripture Alone.

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1:1–18 This “Prologue” to the Gospel is a preface to the narrative beginning at v. 19.

1:1 the Word. The term “Word” (Greek logos) designates God the Son with respect to His deity; “Jesus” and “Christ” refer to His incarnation and saving work. During the first three centuries, doctrines of the Person of Christ focused intensely on His position as the Logos. In Greek philosophy, the Logos was “reason” or “logic” as an abstract force that brought order and harmony to the universe. But in John’s writings such qualities of the Logos are gathered in the Person of Christ. In Neo-Platonic philosophy and the Gnostic heresy (second and third centuries a.d.), the Logos was seen as one of many intermediate powers between God and the world. Such notions are far removed from the simplicity of John’s Gospel.

In this verse the Word is expressly affirmed to be God. The Word existed already “in the beginning” (a clear reference to the opening words of the Bible), which is a way of denoting the eternity that is unique to God. John states clearly, “the Word was God.” Some have observed that the word translated “God” here has no definite article, and argued on this basis that it means “a god” rather than “God.” This is a misunderstanding; the article is omitted because of the word order in the Greek sentence (the predicate “God” has been placed first for emphasis). The New Testament never endorses the idea of “a god,” an expression that implies polytheism and is in sharp conflict with the consistent monotheism of the Bible. In the New Testament, the Greek word for “God” occurs often without the definite article, depending on the requirements of Greek grammar.

That “the Word was with God,” indicates a distinction of Persons within the unity of the Godhead. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not successive forms of appearance of one Person, but are eternal Persons present from “the beginning” (v. 2). “With” suggests a relationship of close personal intimacy. See “One and Three: The Trinity” at Is. 44:6.

1:3 All things were made through him. This verse also emphasizes the deity of the Word, since creation belongs to God alone. See also v. 10; Col. 1:16–17; “God the Creator” at Ps. 148:5.

1:4 In him was life. Another affirmation of deity: the Son as well as the Father has “life in himself” (5:26).

1:5 has not overcome it. It is characteristic of the style of this Gospel to emphasize contrasting concepts (see Introduction). The plot of this Gospel could be seen in terms of a struggle between the forces of faith and unbelief.

1:7, 9 all . . . everyone. The universal relevance of the gospel is asserted (v. 7) as well as the enlightening activity of God’s common grace (v. 9). God’s saving activity is not restricted to any particular people.

1:9 The true light. In this Gospel, “truth” and “true” are often employed to signify what is everlasting or heavenly, as opposed to the merely temporal or earthly. See notes 4:24; 6:32; “Mankind’s Guilty Knowledge of God” at Rom. 1:19.

1:11 did not receive him. Jesus’ public ministry was one of rejection by “his own people” (see text notes).

1:12 Fallen human beings are not children of God by nature; this is the privilege only of those who have faith, a faith generated in them by the sovereign action of God (v. 13). See “Adoption” at Gal. 4:5.

1:13 who were born. Early Latin versions understood this to describe the virgin birth of Christ. However, the plural verb “were born” shows that this verse is about the new birth of Christian believers (cf. 3:3, 5, 7, 8). This new birth takes place by the action of the Spirit giving life to those who were “dead in . . . trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). The new birth, often called “regeneration,” is explained more fully in 3:1–21. Paul uses the metaphor of a resurrection from death in sin rather than the image of rebirth (Rom. 6:4–6; Eph. 2:5, 6; Col. 2:13; 3:1; cf. John 5:24). God’s work of salvation is wholly sovereign and gracious, but the reality of the human response in believing and receiving is never cancelled. See “Election and Reprobation” at Rom. 9:18.

1:14 the Word became flesh. This is the climactic assertion of the Prologue. To some of John’s contemporaries, spirit and the divine were utterly opposed to matter and flesh. To others, the gods were thought to visit the earth disguised as human beings (Acts 14:11). But here a chasm is bridged: the eternal Word of God did not merely appear to be a human being, but actually became flesh. He took to Himself a full and genuine human nature. See theological note “Jesus Christ, God and Man” on next page.

dwelt among us. “Dwelt” means “pitched His tent.” This not only indicates the temporary nature of Jesus’ earthly existence, but does so in a way that recalls ancient Israel’s tabernacle, where God could be found (Ex. 40:34, 35).

we have seen his glory. His “glory” is beheld, even as God’s was in the wilderness (Ex. 16:1–10; 33:18–23), in the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34–35), and later in the temple (1 Kin. 8:1–11). There may also be a reference to the Transfiguration, since John witnessed it (Matt. 17:1–5). “Glory” applies supremely to God, who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, and before whom all knees must bow. The Son has the divine glory by right (17:5). The Reformers declared their faith with the motto, Soli Deo Gloria (“To God alone the glory”).

the only Son. This phrase translates a single Greek word and explicitly points to the eternal generation of the Son in the Trinity.

full of grace and truth. These words correspond to Old Testament terms describing God’s covenant mercy that are often translated “steadfast love and faithfulness” (Gen. 24:27; Ps. 25:10; Prov. 16:6; cf. Ex. 34:6; Ps. 26:3). The Word made flesh fully manifests the gracious covenant-making and covenant-keeping character of God

1:15 John the Baptist’s ministry preceded the public ministry of Jesus (Matt. 3), yet the Word, being eternal, existed before John (cf. 8:58).

1:16 grace. This word, frequent in Paul’s epistles, appears in John’s writings only in this passage and as a customary greeting in Rev. 1:4; 22:21. It emphasizes that salvation is a gift. The Reformation expressed this with the motto Sola Gratia (“by grace alone”).

1:17 Moses . . . Jesus Christ. There is both contrast and comparison. Grace and truth truly existed in Moses’ day, but they were fully revealed in the coming of Christ.

1:18 No one has ever seen God. It is fundamental that God is invisible and without form (1 Tim. 6:16). Yet Christ reveals God. He brings the invisible and the visible together in a way that has no parallel or analogy.

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Luke 2:1-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ Born of Mary

2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Peter Benenson, December 10th, 1961.

The Holiness Of God

Adoration – Mike Adkins

Consider the Holiness of God. May we never cease adoring Him and giving Him praise. May nations all around the world seek to have leaders who will follow the example of love, humility and praise for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that we see in this act of Solomon in 967 B.C., when he was the King of Israel.

2 Chronicles 6:12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer. 13 Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 7 1⁄2 feet long, 7 1⁄2 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet high and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s outer courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven. 14 He prayed,

“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Dedication of the Temple

7 When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. 2 The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it. 3 When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying,
“He is good!
His faithful love endures forever!”

Open Door Ministries Objective – Ministry Support

Sweet Beulah Land – Squire Parsons

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Consider the timeline.

A.D. 33. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus, commissioned His disciples, soon to be apostles, to be witnesses of Him to the whole world:

Matthew 28:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

A.D. 44. The Holy Spirit commissioned the Apostle Paul, and Barnabas, to preach the gospel to lands far away from Jerusalem. A companion, John (John Mark, the gospel writer), went with along on the missionary trip.

The Apostle Paul and Barnabas traveled on a mission of church planting. They also placed leaders in each of the congregations:

Acts 13:2-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.

A.D. 46. Paul and Barnabas chose leaders for congregations that were being planted, and those that had previously been planted. The establishment of brick and mortar churches provided a place for believers in Christ to meet as congregations.

Acts 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
The Message translation offers the following words that show a definite intention on the part of Paul and Barnabas to choose leaders of the congregations that they had planted…Paul and Barnabas “handpicked” leaders (Message, Acts 14:23).

A.D. 64. The building of brick and mortar churches provided a place for believers in Christ to meet as congregations. Paul and Barnabas chose leaders of those fellowships. There is also a group of leaders that was not necessarily chosen by mortals for that purpose. A structure of four walls and a roof is not necessarily the place where these leaders “lead.” They may, or may not, have been seminary educated. They may, or may not, have been voted by a congregation to take on a leadership role. They may be men or women. They may be young or old. The qualifying factor is that they were chosen by God for the roles of spiritual leadership.

Ephesians 4:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
“He gave some.” Spiritual gifts. “Some” is non-gender specific. The Christian church was new. There was no New Testament.

Apostles were missionaries who had special gifting (such as the Apostle Paul, when he was bitten by a viper, and did not die). Prophets were given Words from God to be given to the church. Evangelists did the work of the church, outside of the church. (Philip is a good example, Acts 8). Pastors were leaders. Teachers were those who had special gifting in teaching. The only offices that were found relative to those five positions of spiritual leadership were apostle and pastor. It is important to remember that an Old Testament Prophet prophesied to Israel, largely relative to the end times. The New Testament Prophet spoke God’s Word to the New Testament Church, due to the fact that there was no New Testament written at that time. There was no expiration date given for any of those spiritual gifts of leadership.

John 4:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“God is spirit.”

John 14:10-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
Father and Son indwell each other’s spirit.

John 14:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, can not be received by the world because the world is the body of unbelievers of the world. The Holy Spirit will also be “in you” if you are a born again believer in Christ.

John 14:26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
The Holy Spirit is the spiritual teacher of all of those whom He indwells.

John 15:26-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
The Holy Spirit is “from the Father,” and is the “Spirit of truth.” He gives testimony of Jesus.

Galatians 3:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
“In Christ.” This is a literal place of residence for the spirit of anyone who has been “born again.”

Colossians 1:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
“Christ in you.” This is the literal place of residence of the Spirit of Christ when a person has been born again.

Ephesians 4:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (KJV says “perfecting the saints.” The NASB is correct in “equipping.”)
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
The purpose for the “equipping of the saints” is for those who are doing the equipping to be agents of the Holy Spirit, with the end result being the “building up” of the “body of Christ.”

Colossians 1:17-18, 24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 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. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

1 Corinthians 1:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
Jesus is the head of the church, which is the “born again” body of believers, those who “are called,” as opposed to those who may just “place their membership” in a local church.

Acts 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Getting back to the appointing (hand picking, “Message” translation) of leaders, those leaders were “commended to the Lord.” Those words show that there was no such “religious super structure.” Each congregation, each fellowship, each assembly of believers was lead by leaders who had “no boss but Jesus.”

Matthew 16:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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 above words of Jesus were spoken when there was no “church.” The would become the born again body of believers in Christ, ” whose spirits indwell the Spirit of Christ.
1577 ekklēsía(from 1537 /ek, “out from and to” and 2564 /kaléō, “to call”) – properly, people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church (the mystical body of Christ) – i.e. the universal (total) body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.

The born again body of believers, the true church,” can be found in many places. They may be found within the confines of traditional brick and mortar structures. They may also be found in small groups of believers who meet in homes, Christian associations, and para church ministries. Believers may also may be found in home and family settings. Regardless of their places of meeting, groups needs leaders.

Open Door Ministries has as one of its objectives the equipping and supporting leaders of small groups. Those may be cell groups, home fellowships, business and civic ministries, and wherever groups of believers may find places to meet. Open Door Ministries ordains, appoints and certifies believers as leaders of such groups. The focus of our ordinations is small groups. However, people whom we ordain as pastors are also qualified to be pastors of brick and mortar churches.

So that those who are equipped and ordained by Open Door Ministries are recognized as being credible within their communities, we also provide such leaders with a position of organizational membership with Open Door Ministries. Such pastors, leaders, etc, may also be appointed as Executive Directors, and have a direct line of communication and leadership with Open Door Ministries. However, nobody is anybody’s boss. The responsibility of Open Door Ministries is to support and help develop Pastors, other spiritual leaders, and Executive Directors, with the scriptural example of Acts 14:23.

An Executive Director may be appointed to lead and serve any ministry, regardless of the size or scope of the ministry. The purpose of such an appointment is to provide international ministry support and credibility for the ministry and for the leader of that ministry. An Executive Director coordinates directly with Open Door Ministries for issues of ministry support and success.

An Executive Director may also be ordained to serve as a minister or chaplain, and may be licensed to preach.

A believer in Christ may also be identified as being a member, with no particular office or ministry ordination, appointment, or licensing. Any believer in Christ, who is ordained, appointed, or licensed by Open Door Ministries, may choose to use any of the names of ministry that are authorized by Open Door Ministries, or they may choose to not use any of the names that are authorized by Open Door Ministries. By special request, any ministry name may be initiated, authorized, and sanctioned by Open Door Ministries.

The qualifications that are necessary for the ordination, licensing, or appointment of anyone by Open Door Ministries, are those that are found in Paul’s letters to Timothy Chapter 3, and Titus Chapter 1. There must also be an affirmation of all of the points of agreement as they relate to the following six keys of belief. The purpose of Open Door Ministries is to “equip the saints,” whether those saints are members of Open Door Ministries, or not.

1. Inerrancy of scripture.
2. The virgin birth of Jesus.
3. The deity of Christ.
4. The triune God (the trinity – three-in-one): God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
5. Sanctity of life/protection of life for unborn babies.
6. Marriage only between one man and one woman.

Celebrating Christ’s Coming

Terry James Prophecy Line

Christmas 2015, to me, seems strangely removed from Christmases of the past. By that I mean the culture has changed in America to the point that Jesus is now truly marginalized. He has been, it seems to me, moved by opposition forces to the periphery for the first time in the nation’s history of celebrating His birth. The ambience of the season feels different this time.

News reports tell almost daily of public schools that have changed the name of the season’s celebration to something other than Christmas. Calling it Christmas is forbidden within a growing number of corporate entities and organizations. We must now refer to the season as Happy Holidays rather than as Christmas. People are more and more offended by anything associated with the name of Jesus Christ, or so it seems according to the politically correct–the minority that has been allowed to rule American society over…

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