The phenomenal record of the flood is found in the archives of almost every ancient culture and is foundational in our understanding of God’s “favour” or “grace.” Noah found this favour because he “sought to walk with God,” and the only way he could “walk with God,” was to walk in righteousness. As such, God called Noah to “provide a way of salvation” for those who would “seek” redemption from the coming judgment through the destruction of the flood. He commanded Noah to build an Ark.
It is inevitable that stumbling blocks would come, (Luke 17:1-2); moreover, we are also warned that false prophets and false doctrines will creep into the gatherings of Believers unnoticed, (Jude 1:3-4; 2 Peter 2). This latter-day deception, subtly brought in through the spirit of Antichrist (1 John 2:18-19), will be utterly refined, and will even be accompanied by great signs and wonders (Mat 24:24; 2 Thes 2:1-12; Rev 13:11-15). How then, shall we prepare ourselves for this hour?
‘My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured out upon Thy lips; therefore God has blessed Thee forever. Such praises were addressed to Messiah in the revelation of His grace, mighty strength, and glorious splendour – a love song addressed to a King setting apart a beautiful Bride for Himself. And such is the song in my heart as I contemplate the VICTORY we have in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Why should we at all bother to take a stand regarding the doctrine on the Rapture? Does it really matter? Why do we not just accept the different opinions? There are those who choose to believe in a Pre- Mid- or Post Tribulation Rapture on the one hand; and a few others who call the brethren to be alert and ready for a time of great tribulation. Why then should be bother? Indeed, we should!
Confusion sets in as soon as one attempts to read the book of Revelation through the lens of the doctrine on the Rapture. In teaching on the layout, themes, and time frames in the book of Revelation, the first question in the audience is usually, “So what about the Rapture?” And rightly so, for the doctrine on the Rapture . . .
Revelation 7 is an interlude explaining God’s incentive to seal ALL HIS BOND-SERVANTS BEFORE the earth would be harmed by the execution of His foretold wrath. A symbolic 144,000 will be sealed from the 12 Tribes of Israel. According to Revelation 12, the woman, Israel, who gave birth to Messiah, will be severely persecuted by the dragon of old, and in a rage, he will pursue to annihilate her. Yet, she will be given help from the earth in order to flee into the wilderness where she will be protected and nourished for a period of three-and-a-half-years, the time of God’s wrath . . .
The word “rapture” does not appear in the word of God! Nevertheless, most Believers use this word interchangeable in association with the resurrection. Very few scholars and Believers use the term “resurrection” today, and there is hardly any teaching on the very subject of the resurrection. In this writing, we will pursue to establish the basic doctrine of this teaching . . .
In an effort to establish Scriptures regarding Messiah’s Second Appearance on a firm foundation, we studied various passages in order to gain a better understanding. In this particular writing, we will draw these studies together in order to establish, if possible, a firm foundation in our expectation . . .
The parables related by Messiah in regard to His Second Appearance have a central theme, namely to be “alert” and “ready,” for, “the day will come as a thief in the night . . .
The whole earth, and even the heavens, will be conscious of Messiah’s Second Appearance! In briefing the disciples on the signs of the end of the age and His Second Appearance, Messiah stated clearly that those who will be alive at that time should not seek for Him in secret secluded places, saying, ‘If therefore they say to you, “Behold, He is in the wilderness,” do not go forth, or, “Behold, He is in the inner rooms,” do not believe them . . .
The resurrection is the hope of every Believer, the promise of receiving a glorified body as the final stage of redemption. This final stage of redemption, namely the redemption of the body, is in fact part of the Believer’s eternal inheritance. The apostle Paul explains that this final stage of redemption, namely the resurrection of our bodies into an eternal state of glory, is in fact . . .
Life is difficult! Life is even more difficult if we pursue righteousness, for ‘indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. We have established this principal truth – ‘Through many tribulations, we must enter the kingdom of God,’ thus, ‘we strengthen the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith . . .
Until the late 1500’s the hope of the early Church was anchored in the resurrection. In fact, the expectation of the Second Appearance of Messiah was so vivid in the lives of the early Believers in Thessalonica that some ceased working, and the apostle Paul had to write two epistles to rebuke these Believers, and thus establishing in this congregation foundational teaching on the Second Appearance of Messiah and the Resurrection . . .
Messiah called His disciples to lift up their eyes and to look at the fields, for the harvest was ripe. The field of harvest on which they were to sow the Word of God would produce “fruit for life eternal” for those who would reap. The apostle Paul confirmed this principle in his epistle to the church in Corinth, indicating that some will plant, others will water, and that God would bring to fruition a harvest for the Kingdom. It is clear from these passages that the harvest refers to the souls of those . . .
The fear of the LORD is embedded in our awe for His holiness, (Is 6:1-7). His purity and splendour cannot accommodate ungodliness, and thus His maintains a holy anger (wrath) against sin and impurity. The full measure of this anger (wrath) is contained in the cup of His wrath and is kept for Judgment Day, (Ps 75). The outpouring of the cup of God’s wrath is foreseen by the prophets as a distinct period of time, predestined for a generation at the end of this age . . .
Scripture is clear, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he had done, whether good or bad . . .
In the passage of the sower in Matthew 13, Messiah indicates that the field of the harvest will not only contain wheat but amongst the wheat, the enemy will also sow ‘tares.’ The word ‘tare’ in this passage refers to “Darnel” – a weed resembling wheat! Envisioning this parable, we can imagine a field sown with wheat; yet, among the ‘true grain’ sprouted some weeds with the ‘outer appearance’ resembling the wheat. In the light of this understanding, Messiah prohibits the disciples who wanted to immediately remove the ‘fake grain,’ so to speak. He commands them to leave the grain until the time of ‘the final harvest at the threshing floor,’ . . .
Before the Lord will appear in His great glory and splendour to establish His glorified Kingdom on this earth with the blowing of the 7th and Last Trumpet, this generation will witness two very distinct events, namely a great apostasy and the revelation of the Antichrist. The apostle Paul emphasizes that these two events are forerunners to the Day of the Lord, and that the Body should ‘not be quickly shaken from their composure or be disturbed by a spirit or a message or a letter. Let us thus heed this warning and be vigilant . . .
There is nothing feeble in the work of the cross. The apostle Paul states, ‘For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God,’. Messiah’s final words on the cross were, “It is finished!”, and the author of Hebrews states that God’s “works were finished from the foundation of the world,”. These statements are evidence that nothing can be added or taken away from that which was accomplished by Messiah on the cross . . .