Is the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem a fulfillment of Bible prophecy?  (Part 1)

Is the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? (Part 1)

WOW what a timely question. To set the stage for answering this question, let us first review the Bible’s End Time events and then see if and how this move of the Embassy may tie in. We will need to have a two part answer to properly respond due to the complexity of the considerations. So Part 2 will be posted next week. You won’t want to miss it.
We are now in the Church Age period and many Bible scholars say the next event for those who have trusted in Jesus is what is termed The Rapture. Jesus comes down from Heaven in the air and takes all the dead believers and the living believers up with Him. (See our 11-20-17 posting for more details on the Rapture event)
The nation of Israel signs a peace treaty with a person called The Antichrist. Israel relies on the treaty with the expectation of a world peace. This begins what is called the Seven Year Tribulation Period and although the effects of the rule of the Antichrist are worldwide, Israel is the center-point at this time. (See Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg)
After three and one half years into the Tribulation, the true nature of the Antichrist is revealed and he, along with a false Holy Spirit and Satan, attempts to destroy the nation of Israel. It is during this second half of the tribulation period when catastrophic and devastating events occur worldwide. This is God’s wrath poured out on unbelieving nations.
A remnant of Jews escape Israel and at the end of the seven years Jesus returns with believers and defeats the Antichrist and his cohorts in a final battle, Armageddon.
Following this Period, Jesus rules with His people on earth for 1000 years, a time known as the Millennial Reign. The Bible also suggests that at that time King David, the king of Judah who reigned 1,000 years before Jesus, will return as regent to rule over Israel. (Ezekiel 37:24) These will be exciting times. Stay tuned.

What will it be like on earth the moment after the Rapture?

What will it be like on earth the moment after the Rapture?

This question seems to arise more frequently now as the global culture and morality continues to deteriorate. It is also a timely question given that the nation of Israel is celebrating its 70th anniversary of statehood on May 14, 2018. Most Bible scholars note that the last significant prophetic event needed to be in place before the Rapture was the founding again of Israel as a nation after it’s 1900 years of dispersion.

Christians do not agree on every detail of what will occur in the final events of this world’s history.  We don’t know the timing of “The Rapture” — the moment that Jesus Christ returns to earth–is described in the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. Jesus comes for believers, both living and dead.

Jesus said when asked by the apostles about this event, “only the Father knows the day and the time.” (Matthew 24:36) Jesus also said, “that it would come like a thief in the night or when it is least expected.” We tell you a truth, this warning needs to be heeded. Now is the time to accept God’s gift of redemption and forgiveness and eternal life as no one would want to be left behind on earth immediately after the Rapture.

Now to the question of what it will be like on earth for those left behind. If, as many believe, the Rapture occurs before the “time of tribulation” described in the Jesus’ Revelation to John at the end of the Bible, three little words describe what’s coming; panic, chaos and mayhem with a great amount of fear thrown in for good measure. Accidents will occur on a scale never imagined or experienced before and with that millions upon millions will die. Just think; planes in the air without pilots, cars without drivers, trains without engineers, etc. True believers in Jesus in every profession and place on the planet will disappear in an instant. Christian doctors, EMS crews, policemen, soldiers, and the like will no longer be there to provide care or protection.

Lastly, at that moment, the primary restraining forces of evil, the Holy Spirit and the Christian church will have departed planet earth. Just use your imagination on what earth will look like.  Evil forces will be unchecked. Finally, with the Christians gone it opens the door for the Antichrist to make his appearance as a false peacemaker that the world will embrace during the Tribulation. For more of the story, read the book of Revelation in the Bible and just be sure that you know Jesus as your Savior so you won’t have to experience any of this horror.

Is Jesus Really Coming Again?

Is Jesus Really Coming Again?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is actually coming again on two occasions.  The reason Jesus is coming again on the first occasion is to ‘take up from the earth’ those who believe in Him, both the living and the dead,  to be with Him forever. 0nly true believers will see Him at this event. This is the Hope of every Christian. The rest of the world will wonder what happened to all these people. Two of the Bible verses that describe this are:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air……to be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) (Note: Jesus does not set His foot on the earth in this event)

I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke 17:34-35)

This first event will occur either shortly before the beginning of the Tribulation, or sometime during the Tribulation. The timing is a mystery as only God knows the day and hour for it to happen. The Tribulation is  a future period of seven years of suffering and persecution, especially for the Jews, during which God will pour out His wrath on all the other unbelieving nations of the world. (See Matthew 24 for the signs of the times for the Tribulation to commence.)

The reason Jesus is coming again for the last time, which is called the Second Coming of Christ, is to fulfill His promises, to defeat Satan and his army in the battle of Armageddon, and to rule the earth for one thousand years, called The Millennium.  Here Jesus comes to the earth and stays for a thousand years.   In Acts 1:10-11 the Bible states:

They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  Men of Galilee, they said, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.’”

This second and final return of Jesus will occur at the end of the Tribulation. Are you reconciled with God through faith in Jesus Christ so you will not be ‘Left Behind’ to experience God’s wrath and condemnation? You must be ready today because Jesus will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. No one knows if they will have tomorrow just like those on the Amtrak train wreck in Tacoma who perished unexpectedly.

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