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October 10, 2015

I was listening to the news on this past Wednesday, October 7, 2015, and I heard the reporter say that the E-bible Fellowship group had predicted that on that day the world was supposed to come to an end by fire and as you can see it did not. This prediction prompted me to pen this blog about a few endtime fallacies.

1. Periodically we have heard predictions concerning the end of this world and the rapture of believers. Firstly, this world has to endure the tribulation and millennial reign of Jesus Christ before it is destroyed by fire (Revelation 4-16) and these events encompass over a thousand years (Daniel 9; Revelation 20). Secondly, Jesus said this in Mark 13:32, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” So, Jesus does not even know when He will return for the rapture. Stop listening to these predictions and make sure you are ready when He comes.

2. Heaven is not the home of believers. When the rapture takes place, we will go to heaven and reside there during the tribulation, and after that, we will return to earth with Jesus and live on earth during the millennial reign. At the conclusion of the millennial reign, there will be the battle of Gog and Magog and the white throne judgment; then this earth will be replaced with a new heaven and earth. The holy city, the New Jerusalem will come down from heaven to earth, and believers will reside in it (Revelation 21-22). Heaven was not created for believers; the earth was.

3. Some people believe that heaven will be inhabited by only 144,000 chosen people; however, the book of Revelation shares glimpses of a great multitude of people beyond the 144,000 (Revelation 4, 5, 7, 15 & 19).

4. There will be individuals who claim to be the Christ; however, Jesus warned His followers that there would be those that will call themselves Christ and unfortunately many will be deceived by them (Matthew 24:5). Don’t fall into that deceptive trap. It will be a while before Jesus returns to earth, and when He does the world will know it (Revelation 1:7).

5. Since the rapture has not taken place, yet there are those who believe it is not going to happen, but let me remind you that there were those that did not believe that Jesus would be born. God spoke of the birth of Jesus to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the promise of the birth of a Savior was prophesied by the prophets. It took thousands of years but the day came when Jesus was born, and so, believers are not to despair or become doubtful for the day will come like Paul stated in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “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.”

6. If I am a believer who practices sinning, I will be raptured because God knows and loves me. That ideology is false for if you have not lived for Jesus, while you were alive, when you die, there is no hope for you. Hebrews 9:27 states, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” and unfortunately you will hear the words, “Depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew7:21-23).

7. For as long as I can remember people have speculated on who they thought the antichrist was due to the charisma and activities of these individuals, and I have seen these supposed antichrist (presidents, popes, and rising world leaders) live and die. According to 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 and Revelation 6:2 though men may speculate who is the antichrist, he will not be revealed or come into power until after the rapture of the church

8. Some believe that during the millennial reign of Jesus, there will be complete peace on earth; unfortunately, this is not true. Satan will be bound for those thousand years (Revelation 20:1-2), but his angels and demon forces are still loose on earth, causing confusion. The Bible states Jesus must rule with a rod of iron (Revelation 19:15) and He will rebuke nations and hold back rain from their land because of their disobedience (Micah 4:3; Zechariah 14:17-19). At the end of Christ’s millennial reign, Satan is loosed out of his prison, and he is able to deceive nations once again to follow after him. This uprising ends with the battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7-8).

Let me close this blog with this fact. I feel the rapture of the church is imminent. The sign of the times, the continuous war going on in Israel, and the advancement of our modern technology (internet and smartphones) which allows the world to see events taking place all at the same time, leads me to this belief. Therefore, I encourage you to make your calling and election sure and be ready.

I hope this information has helped you. Also, if you go into my archive, you can read the blogs (56) that I wrote on the book of Revelation. Many people have difficulty understanding it, so I blogged it in a manner that makes it easy to read and understand. If we don’t meet on earth, I will see you in heaven. Meet me there





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