Saturday, June 25, 2011


I base my belief on the Rapture on these scriptures:

The King James Version (Authorized)
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
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.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The King James Version (Authorized)
1 Corinthians 15 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The following verses pertain to the Rapture, the Antichrist, the Second Coming, and the Battle of Armageddon: The words "falling away" in verse 3 can be traced to the Greek word "Aphistemi" which has among it's definitions "cause to withdraw, remove", and "Histemi" with a definition of "to escape in safety". Using this definition the verse would read:

2 Thessalonian 2:3, 7, 8
2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a (removal to safety) first, and that man of sin (Antichrist) be revealed, the son of perdition; A removal of what? Christians.
Verse 7 and 8:
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he (Christians) who now (letteth) (hinders) will (let) (hinder) , until he be (taken out of the way) (raptured).
And then shall that Wicked (the Antichrist) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (His second coming at the Battle of Armageddon).

The difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ is at the Rapture we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and at His second coming He will actually come back to the earth and at that coming He's here to stay.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


In the last few years I've heard several ministers state that God cannot lie with the reasoning that if God says it it will happen and nothing can stop it, ie., "let there be light, and there was light". While I agree that God cannot lie, I don't agree with the assumption that He cannot control the power of His own words. An instance in the Bible in which God spoke something and it didn't happen is in Exodus 32:7-14. the Israelites sinned by having a golden calf created and worshipping it while Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the commandments of God for them, in verse 11 God said He would destroy them and make Moses a great nation, it didn't automatically happen because God spoke it, in verses 11-13 Moses intercedes for them and in verse 14, God changes His mind. Another instance is in 2 Kings 20:1-11, God told Isaiah to tell King Hezekiah that he would die and not live, but King Hezekiah prays and in verses 5 and 6 God tells Isaiah to tell him that He will heal him and add 15 more years to his life. He didn't die back in verse one in the instant God spoke it.
The Word made flesh, God in human form, the One Who was in the beginning with God and Who made all things and without Whom was nothing made that was made (John 1:1-3), the Master who spoke to the storm "peace be still" and the storm obeyed His voice, the one who healed the sick and commanded demons out of people, who raised from the dead Jairus' daughter, Lazarus, and the son of the widow of Nain with commands from His mouth, this same Jesus,in the Garden of Gethsemene spoke the words "let this cup of suffering pass from me", God spoke with God, Jesus prayed, but those words did not happen instantaneously, they didn't happen at all. Jesus loved us and was willing to accept this as God's way to save us, therefore Jesus bore the suffering of being beaten and abused, the One who never sinned became our sin, and He bore the curse of dying on a tree (the cross), He even went through hell for us. God the Son didn't lie when He spoke "let this cup of suffering pass from me", but thank God he went through with God's plan of redemption. The rest of the story is that God raised Him from the dead and He broke the power of sin forever for those of us who accept Him as Saviour and Lord.