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The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
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Table of Contents

Introduction                                                        
No One Knows WHEN!                    Ch1.                    
Differences: Rapture; 2nd Coming            
WHAT We Should Look For?           Ch.2         
Signs Recently Fulfilled                             
Daniel’s 70th Week, WHEN?            Ch.3          
Do You Want to Be Saved?                      
The Great Tribulation                       Ch.4                    
Drugs in End Times                                   
Order of Future Events                     Ch.5                    
The Judgment Seat of Christ                     
Temple MUST Be Built                             
What Will Happen at 2nd Coming?
The Truth about Salvation

                                       
Bible Used [KJV] King James Version

Verses with words in yellow bold italics is Jesus speaking.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]

The Second Coming of Christ
Written and compiled by:
His servant, Connie Kramer
I have slightly revised this book from the original.

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The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Introduction

Heb.9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  

The Old Testament does NOT specifically state two Comings of Christ, but it does make it clear that there has to be TWO! The prophets tell of His birth, His death, and that He would reign as King forever. Since He is not here on Earth as King, that means He has to come again! Two Comings with two different tasks, and two completely different time periods.

The fact of Jesus’ Coming again has been stated by the Lord Himself and the apostles Peter, James, John, Paul and Jude. Many Bible scholars believe that His Second Coming will take place in two parts. I am not a Biblical scholar, I am just a humble servant of my Master, but I firmly believe there shall be two phases to His Second Coming. The first being the great snatching away at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18), and the second when He will reveal Himself to the whole world in judgment and usher in His Millennial Reign (Rev. 19:11-21; Zec.14:1-5). At least 7 years will separate these two events. The “Rapture” could take place at any time. Even so, Come Lord Jesus! (Rev.22:20).

TRUE Christians have a deep rooted and blessed Hope (Tit.1:2) as they look for Christ to return, while millions continue in unbelief, refusing to accept God's one and only Plan of salvation and to live a godly life. These people cannot see anything to hope for in the Second Coming of Christ. The preaching of His Return brings nothing but fear to them. They know enough to know that Jesus will NOT be coming back as their Saviour, but as their Almighty Judge (2 Thes.1:8-9), and it brings terror to their souls.

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
NO One Knows WHEN!  Ch.1

   

The Second Coming of Christ is plagued by so many false teachings. Predictions have been made over and over again, to no avail! Many books have been written, some picking the exact day of Jesus' Return. NO one has ever been right, nor will they ever be! These books sell many copies, but they are the devil’s deception, misleading the readers. I say only this: if anyone predicts the first part of Christ Jesus' Second Coming (Rapture), they are WRONG! Why? Because only God the Father knows when it will take place! Even Jesus doesn't know!
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.

What is the difference between
the Rapture and the Second Coming?

   

First of all, the word “rapture” is NOT in the Bible, but its doctrine certainly is. Many people confuse the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ. The Rapture is when Christ Jesus returns in the clouds FOR the saints (all TRUE believers in Christ), to remove them from the Earth. The event is described in 1 Thes.4:13-18; 1 Cor.15:50-54; Mat.24:40-41. I don’t think the Rapture will be seen or heard (1 Thes.4:16) by any unbeliever. I think it will be an exclusive and secretive event for God's children only. Believers who have died will have their bodies resurrected and, along with believers who are still living, will meet the Lord Jesus in the air. This could occur at any time (imminent), and in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye (1 Cor.15:52).
   
The Second Coming is when Jesus returns WITH the saints (Rev.19:14), in plain view of ALL people of the world, to deliver Israel, defeat Antichrist, destroy evil, and establish His Millennial Kingdom (Rev.20:1-4). The Second Coming is described in Psalms 96 & 98; Zec.14:1-7; Luke 21:20-27; Rev.19:11-16.



Differences between the Rapture
And the Second Coming

#1. At the Rapture, believers leave the Earth and meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes.4:17). At the Second Coming, believers return to the Earth with the Lord (Rev.19:14).

#2. The Rapture takes place BEFORE the Tribulation (1 Thes.5:9; Rev.3:10). The Second Coming takes place AFTER the Great Tribulation (Rev. chapters 6–19).

#3. The Rapture is the removal of believers from the Earth as an act of merciful deliverance (1 Thes. 4:13-17, 5:9). The Second Coming includes the removal of unbelievers as an act of God's judgment (Isa.66:24; Mat.3:12; 13:30,47-50; 25:41,46; Jn.3:36; Rev.19:21).

#4. The Rapture will be secret and instantaneous (1 Cor.15:50-54). The Second Coming will be visible to all people (Rev.1:7; Mat.24:29-30).

#5. The Rapture is imminent, meaning that it could happen at any moment (Titus 2:13; 1 Thes.4:13-18; 1 Cor.15:50-54). The Second Coming of Christ for Israel will NOT take place until AFTER certain other end-times prophetic events take place (2 Thes.2:4; Mat.24:15-22; Rev. chapters 6–18, multiple plagues).

#6. Both the Rapture and Second Coming are Christ Jesus returning, but in different phases . . . separate events, separated by seven years (Dan.9:27). Both involve Jesus returning. Both are end-times events. Both have been prophesied. Rapture IS prophesied: (Ps.27:5; Isa.26:20-21; Zep.2:3; Mat.24:36,40-42; 1 Thes.5:1-2).
The Rapture is an event of God's merciful grace to remove all believers from the Earth BEFORE God’s wrath (Tribulation) sets in. Jesus does NOT come to the Earth at the Rapture, but remains in the clouds (1 Thes.4:17). The Second Coming is the return of Christ TO the Earth to bring the awful Tribulation to an end, to rescue Israel and defeat the Antichrist and his evil world empire.
   
Some people believe that things will get better and better in the world. That is NOT going to happen. The Bible does NOT tell us that things are going to get better, but instead, they shall worsen until the coming of the man of sin, the Antichrist (2 Thes.2:3; 2 Tim.3:13; Matthew 24), and then will come the worst horror this world has ever known (Mat.24:15-21) during the last 3 1/2 years of Daniel’s 70th week, the Great Tribulation (Rev.6-19).

FACTS ABOUT THE SECOND COMING
OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

   

The Old Testament tells us that Christ Jesus will come. The Four Gospels tell us that He has come. From the book of Acts through the book of Revelation we read that He will come again. There are 27 books in the New Testament and 22 of those books tell us quite clearly that Jesus Christ will come again. Only Galatians, Ephesians, Philemon and the 2nd and 3rd Letters of John do not directly refer to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Book of Hebrews there are 302 verses and 36 of those verses refer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the "Son of Man".
The "Lord's Supper" is mentioned 7 times in the Bible. "Water Baptism" is mentioned but 19 times in the Bible.
The "Resurrection" of Christ is mentioned 40 times in the Bible but the "SECOND COMING OF CHRIST" is mentioned well over 500 times in the Bible. It is the most predominant doctrine found in the Word of God. Please don't misunderstand me. I am NOT saying that Jesus’ Second Coming is the most important doctrine found in the Bible, because there is NOTHING more important than the holy doctrine of the atoning Work of Christ Jesus at cross on Calvary’s hill.
   
The FACT of Jesus’ Coming again has been clearly stated by our precious Lord Himself, angels, the prophets and the apostles Peter, James, John, Paul and Jude. The "Second Coming of Christ" is divided into two parts, the "Rapture" and His amazing, earth-shaking Revelation of Himself at Armageddon to rescue Israel (Zec.14:1-7; Rev.19:11-21). At least 7 years will separate the two events. The "Rapture" COULD take place at any time.
   
If the signs we read about in Matthew Chapter 24 refer to His Second Coming for Israel, and we see many of these signs happening before us today, think how near the "Rapture" must be. Any time my friend! Maybe today! We need to remember this: NO more prophecies need to be fulfilled before Jesus Christ comes again!
   
Satan is hard at work, doing all he can to get the church off guard. One thing at which he excels, is to remove the present HOPE of the Lord's Coming. Many Christians today, through poor and/or false teaching, have given up any hope of Jesus’ Return. This is NOT what Jesus tells us to do! He wants us to "watch" so that we will be READY when He comes! WATCH?? Watch for what? The best way is to stay close to your Bible, read and study what God says to us. God wants us to know what He has planned. He does NOT tell us the hour or day, BUT He does give us many clues, many signs in His Holy Word. There are many Bible Passages about the Second Coming of Jesus. Next, be aware of what is going on around you. And last, but certainly not least . . . keep your eyes on Israel! She is the key! Many are NOT looking for the Lord to come at any moment. Instead they are looking for events in prophecy to be fulfilled first. This is a mistake. No more prophecies need be fulfilled before the Rapture. The Rapture is the next prophetic event to take place on God’s calendar.
    
Prophecy has to do with Israel. Since Israel has been set aside for now, because of her rejection of Christ, prophecy has been suspended (Dan.9; Rom.11) until the fullness of the Gentiles is come in (Rom.11:25) and the church is taken to glory. We (the church, the saints of God) are NOT waiting for prophecy to be fulfilled, we are waiting for our precious Lord Jesus to come.
   
There are certain unmistakable signs in Matthew 24 that should lift up our hearts high to Heaven in refreshing expectation of our Lord's ever so near return.

THE LUKEWARM LAODICIAN CHURCH
   

In Revelation chapters 2-3 we are given seven continuous stages of decline in the moral state of the church from the Apostles' day right down to the last days prior to the Lord's Coming to take His people to glory (Rev.4:1). The seventh and last stage is that of Laodicea in which the professing church is portrayed in a detestable condition of indifference and unconcern to Christ. The Apostle Paul also described the condition of the “Christian” lifestyle in the last days as being in a horrible state of ruin in which general apostasy, immorality and damnable doctrines would prevail. (2 Tim. 3:1-7, 4:2-4). The condition of the things Paul mentions in 2 Timothy very accurately describes the present time in which we live. No one can read those Passages and say it does not apply for today. As we read what God states, it should humbly lead us to the sobering conclusion that the Lord Jesus IS coming soon. Also read Jesus’ warnings in Rev.3:14-22, and Mat.24:36-41. We need to be watching! We need to be ready when Jesus comes (1 Jn.2:28).

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
WHAT Should We Look For?   Ch.2

Should we really be looking for a certain year for the start of the 7 year Tribulation period, so that we can ‘guess’ when the Rapture will take place? That is ridiculous! Jesus clearly tells us NO one knows when He shall come, not even Jesus Himself. 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. Also see: Mat.24:36.
   
WHY is it that some people are dumb enough to try to set a specific date? They simply do NOT believe God in my opinion!
    
True believers should be aware of specific signs that Jesus told the disciples about, that would be present as birth pangs prior to the Tribulation period. Matthew 24:4-8 And Jesus answered and said unto them,
Take heed that no man deceive you. [5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. [6] And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. [7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows. . . . Our Lord Jesus describes these birth pangs signs as false teachers within Christianity, national and racial warfare, famines in various places, and earthquakes (also see: Mark 13:5-8). Luke 21:8-11 adds plagues, great earthquakes, terrors, and great signs from Heaven.
    
Many have come, and will continue to come, claiming that they are Christ. These liars and false teachers will mislead many within the church. BEWARE! There is a huge movement towards Ecumenism, the first step toward the one-world church (Rev.17). Catholicism and Protestants can NEVER agree on true Biblical doctrine, yet some of the best known “evangelists” are pushing for this union. Someone, somewhere will have to compromise, and a TRUE child of God CANNOT compromise! NO way! We have to stand firm in our faith, not giving an inch. I have great joy knowing that I will NOT be here for that horrible, whore church!
Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
   
Homosexuals ordained as priests and ministers, acceptance of psychiatry and psychology as God-ordained means to deal with problems, and a falling away from the belief in the Bible as the literal Word of God without error are all a part of the false teachings creeping into the church. One thing I cannot understand, is how certain church denominations teach that if you do not belong to “their” church, you are doomed to Hell. WHERE in the Bible does it say such a thing? NOWHERE!!! John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  THAT is what the Bible states!
    
I do not think that we should compromise our Bible beliefs for any reasons. We must check out everything that we hear or read with God’s Word (Acts.17:11). As far as false Christs and false teachers, we could include David Koresh, Jim Jones, plus a host of others who create cult teachings for the purpose of gathering a following for profit. This deception of the devil will increase greatly as we grow closer to Jesus’ Return.

Great earthquakes are predicted by Jesus in Matthew 24 and the numbers of serious earthquakes has been increasing in intensity and frequency throughout this century. Recently thousands have been killed overseas by earthquakes. I think there shall be an even more in the near future.

Famines in various places is also a sign, and the drought and following famines in Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya are well-known. The Bible does not say that there will be famine over all the Earth, only that famine will be in divers places. Pestilence (plagues, disease) are predicted and the rise in incidence of AIDS, sexual diseases, diphtheria, tuberculosis, cancer, now the swine flu, and many other diseases creates the possibility of huge numbers of people dying from communicable viruses.
        

SIGNS RECENTLY  FULFILLED
  

I have taken the following from different news sites.

Sea and the wave roaring - Fulfilled Prophecy
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; . . . Jesus’ Words.
Ike, Worst to hit Texas in 50 years! - 20ft wall of water likely? (9-12-2008)
Hanna (8-30-2008)
Gustav "Mother of all Storms" Mayor orders Get OUT! (8-30-2008)
Fay (first storm in history to hit Florida 4 times (8-30-2008)
"Tornado Season Deadliest in a Decade" (5-12-2008)
"Cyclone death toll could reach 100,000 soon in Burma" (5-11-2008)
"Over 2,200 Die in Bangladesh Cyclone" (11-18-2007)
"One Million People Affected by Mexico Flood..." (11-2-2007)
"UK Official: Worst Floods In Modern History..." (7-23-2007)
"Half of China on Flood Alert" (6-11-2007)
"Tsunami Hits Solomons; 8 Reported Dead" (4-1-2007)
Earthquake in Nepal, with more expected (May 2015)
Virgin Islands region Magnitude 3.2 (May 2015)
Near the east coast of Honshu, Japan (May 2015)
Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea (May 2015)
          I revised the list in this book.

                            

Reader's Poll

I cannot put all I have found in this small booklet. I am just trying to show just what is going on in the world.
"Record Fires in California" on Heels of Gay Marriages (7-17-2008)
Fire Storm from Heaven: a few days after California puts its stamp of approval on homosexuality it suffers record breaking number of forest fires and choking smoke that were started by thousands of lightning strikes from the heavens. . . . Are these things related? Only God knows!

                   

Recent Signs of the End

Hundreds of Fires Start in Northern California after Storm (6-24-2008)
Is EVERYTHING SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL??? (6-21-2008)
Gay Marriages Start in CA (6-16-2008)

             

Perilous Times - Fulfilled Prophecy

2 Timothy 3:1-4 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
"Horrifying - Girls video tape their own ruthless attack on friend?" (4-7-2008)
"Deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history" (4-16-2007)
     Just turn on the news to see how bad things are.

                

Pestilences - Fulfilled Prophecy

Matthew 24:7-8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. Jesus’ Words. "Downer Cows Have Entered the Food Chain" (2-18-2008)
"One worry when an animal collapses is that it may have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the infection known as "mad cow disease..."
Mystery Disease Gives Sensation Of 'Bugs Eating Skin' (1-18-2008)
"Beef Recall Expanded Millions of Pounds. (6-10-2007)
"Pandemic - California is out front in trying to prepare for disaster." (6-3-2007)
"Superbugs Emerge Among Urban Poor" (5-28-2007)
    What about all the recalls of meat, vegetables and all kinds of food products that make many sick, some even to the point of death?


Days of Noah and Lot- Fulfilled Prophecy

Luke 17:26-30 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. [27] They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. [28] Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; [29] But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. [30] Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. . . . What was it like in the days of Noah?
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. What was it like in the days of Lot? Not even 10 righteous people could be found in Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.18:32; 19:27-29). BEWARE America! BEWARE world! God does NOT lie! Also see: Ezekiel 16:49-50. People are getting more and more wicked with each passing day.

  

Earthquakes in Divers Places - Fulfilled Prophecy

Matthew 24:7-8 (above) is being fulfilled.
"Two Large Quakes in Asia" (9-11-2008)
"China Fears Aftershocks after 8.0 Quake that killed Tens of Thousands " (5-19-2008)
     Also consider the recent tsunamis over seas.

   
Animal World Suffering - Fulfilled Prophecy

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
"Why Flowers have Lost Their Scent" (4-20-2008)
"Downer Cows Entering Food Chain" (2-18-2008)
"Are Mobile Phones killing our bees?" (4-15-2007)
"The search for missing bees" (3-8-2007)
"Mad Cow-Like Disease Spreading to Moose" (11-30-2006)
"Mad Deer Disease?" (11-30-2002)
     The Earth itself groans from man’s care of her.


             Rumors of Wars - Fulfilled Prophecy

Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Jesus’ Words.
"Russian Nuclear Bombers Land in Venezuela" (9-11-2008)
"Russia threatens military response to US missile defense deal" (7-9-2008)
"Putin Threatens to Target Europe with missiles." (4-2-2007)
"Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border" (3-27-2007)
     Israel’s troubles, conflicts and wars are continually in the news! She is a thorn in the side of all nations, just as the prophet stated (Zec.12:2-3; 13:8-9; 14:2).


False Christs - Fulfilled Prophecy

Mat. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Jesus’ Words.
I have already mentioned some false Christs we have seen. They shall continue in abundance! Mat.24:23-25 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. [24] For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. [25] Behold, I have told you before. Jesus’ Words! Believe Him! Do NOT be swayed by some liar that he is Christ! Jesus will NOT come in that manner!
    I am including the following portion of an article.
CNN article "Pastor with 666 tattoo claims to be divine" (2-19-2007)
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) . . . The minister has the number 666 tattooed on his arm. . . . . He says he is God. . . . .  Religious experts say he may be something much more dangerous, a cult leader who really believes he is God. (Watch followers get 666 tattoos for their leader.)
      There are so many nutso’s out there, empowered by none other than the devil himself! BEWARE people! These satanic monsters claiming to be “Christ” deceive multitudes!  Stay ever so close to God and His Holy Word in these trying times!

Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
I do not know what the great signs from Heaven are, but I must say this: with man’s stupidity in the recent ‘bombing’ of the moon, nothing would surprise me. Man brings so much trouble on man! WHY isn’t the billions spent on space, spent on famine and disease? The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Daniel’s 70th Week, WHEN?  Ch.3

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. . . . He (Antichrist) will make a treaty with (Israel) for a period of seven years (one week). But, 3 1/2 years later, he will stop the sacrifices and offerings of the Jews in the Temple. Then to top off his wickedness, he will have an image of himself (abomination of desolation) in the Temple of Almighty God, desecrating the Holy Temple.   
    
So, the actual start of the 7 year period (Daniel’s 70th week, Dan.9:27) will possibly be a peace treaty between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations, most likely brokered by the Revived Roman Empire (Dan.2&7). This peace treaty probably will be a land for peace deal, with Israel being talked into giving up more of her land. 
    
Nebuchadnezzar apparently saw this world power as a grand human figure, and the Kingdom of God simply as a mere stone at the first (Dan.2:35,45). Daniel sees the world kingdoms as of an animal nature, lower than human, being estranged from God (Dan.7:1-8) and that only in the Kingdom of God, "the Son of man," the representative man, is the true dignity of man ever realized. So, in contrast to Nebuchadnezzar's vision, the Kingdom of God appears to Daniel much superior to the world kingdom. Daniel sees man spiritually degraded to the beast level, led by blind impulses, because of his alienation from God. It is only from above that the perfect Son of Man comes, and only in His Kingdom can man ever achieve his true destiny. One major sign of the start of the 7 year period is the building of the Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. As of today, the Temple Mount is being claimed by the Arabs. BUT, the Jewish Temple MUST either be built before the start of the 7 years, OR it must be under construction at that time, because it has to be in operation for a time by the middle of the 70th week (the 7 year period), for the blasphemous idol (Rev.13:15) of Antichrist (the abomination of desolation) to be set up in the Temple of God. We should NOT be looking for a specific year, we must simply keep our eyes on Israel! This is what I truly believe. We should be watching for the peace treaty and signs of the Jewish Temple being rebuilt, as major signs or keys of that 7 year period to come, the mysterious 70th week of Daniel!
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, . . .
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

As I have stated before, it is the humble opinion of this servant of God that the Rapture is for the Body of Christ, TRUE believers, the church, (1 Thes.4:13-18), and that the Revelation or Second Coming of Christ to Earth is for Israel (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21).
Rapture

1 Thes. 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] 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: [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. [18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words. . . . To whom is Paul speaking to here? The “brethren” as is clear in verse 1. The CHURCH!
1 Cor. 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, 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. . . . To whom is Paul speaking to here? Again! The “brethren” as is clear in verse 1. The CHURCH! The Rapture is for all TRUE believers in Christ Jesus! God’s TRUE children!

Second Coming of Christ

Zech. 14:3-9 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. [4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. . . . To whom is the prophet speaking? It is NOT the church. The church did not exist at this time. He is speaking to Israel! (Zec.1:2).
    
Do you really SEE what shall take place in this utterly amazing prophecy? This SHALL happen!
    
This is speaking of the final battle in the war of Armageddon (Rev.16:14,16; 19:11-21). Israel is in great trouble! ALL the nations of the world will battle against her (Zec.12:3,9; 14:2). On that day Jesus’ Feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mountain shall break apart in the middle, half moving to the north and half moving to the south, making a vast valley running from east to west. Israel will flee from her enemies through this new valley, just as she fled her enemies when God divided the Red Sea (Ex.14:21-31) and she fled the army of Pharaoh, and just as she fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah.  The earthquake in Uzziah's days is mentioned (Amos 1:1) as a recognized time in Jewish history. Then the Lord will come to Earth, bringing all the saints with Him, the same saints that Jesus removed from the Earth BEFORE the Tribulation at the Rapture.

Rev. 19:11-21 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. [13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. [15] And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. [17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [19] And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. . . . This is the Second Coming of Christ, the clear Revelation of Himself for all people to see. Whereas the Rapture is secretive (NO one knows when) and selective (TRUE believers only); the Second Coming is for Israel’s deliverance and salvation from all the world that shall turn against her. Also, it can be decided as to when, which is 7 years after the Rapture.

Zech. 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. . . . Consider this gruesome plague that the Lord will send upon ALL the nations that fight against Jerusalem (Zec.12:3,9;14:2). Their flesh will rot away while they are still alive; their eyes and their tongues will rot away. My friend, if you do not know Christ Jesus as your personal Saviour and Lord, it is highly possible that you might be one of these walking corpses. You do NOT have to experience any part of the Great Tribulation! You can be removed from the Earth at the Rapture. BELIEVE GOD! It is that simple!

DO YOU WANT TO BE SAVED??
Think about the following:

Life is short (Job 14:2; Ps.102:11; 144:4).
Death is sure (Heb.9:27; Jam.4:14).
Hell is agony (Mat.13:42; Rev.20:15).
Eternity is long (Mat.18:8; 25:41, 46).
There are NO exit doors in Hell. Once you are there, you are there for eternity (Isa.33:14; Rev.20:10).

What must I do to be saved?

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. One simple step! Believe in faith!
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. BELIEVE on His Name!
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. BELIEVE in your heart!
Ephes. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. Your faith allows you to BELIEVE!
Philip. 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. You glorify God the Father when you BELIEVE and confess Christ as Lord. It is God’s will that all men honor the Son just as they honor the Father (John 5:23). 
No one knows how soon it will be too late!

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The Great Tribulation   Ch.4

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. . . . The Antichrist will make a peace treaty with Israel for seven years, but half way through, he will break his word and stop the Jewish sacrifices and offerings in the Temple and set up the abomination of desolation there in God’s House. This begins the horror that shall follow. Jesus said in Matthew 24:21, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." Hitler’s Holocaust would be nothing compared to what is to come in the Tribulation period. It will be during this short time period that the wicked dictator, Antichrist will rise to power. He will have deceived nearly everyone into believing that he is the answer to their many troubles (Rev. 13:3). Anyone who rejects the Truth of God’s Word today will quickly and easily fall for his lies in the Tribulation, because God will send them "strong delusion," causing them to believe a lie (2 Thes. 2:11-12). 
   
The satanic dictator will have supernatural powers and great charm. People will love him and be more than happy to follow him (Rev. 13:5, 13-14; 2 Thes. 2:7-10).
    
All of the horrible events in Revelation chapters 6-19 will take place during the Tribulation, most of which will occur during a forty-two month (3 1/2 year) time period, which is the last half of the Tribulation (Rev. 11:2; 13:5). There will be war, famine, disease and death (Rev. 6:2-8). Satan will have power to kill one fourth of the Earth's population (Rev. 6:8), and many who choose to follow Christ at this time will be killed (Rev. 6:9; 20:4). There will be great earthquakes (Rev. 6:12), frightening changes in the skies (Rev. 6:13-14; 8:8, 12), and men will be tormented five months by the horrible locust creatures of Revelation chapter nine.
   

Drugs and Sorcery in the Last Days    

When asked for Biblical signs warning of the nearness of the last days, some might mention Israel, or maybe the Global Economy. Some might even mention the famines, earthquakes, diseases and the "wars and rumors of wars" that are rampant in our world.
    
But, there would be very few who would think to mention drugs, sorcery, witchcraft and religious deception. Most people do not think these are important signs of the end times. They are wrong!
    
Even though these are hinted at in Scripture, they are only brought to light by careful Bible study and following the latest news.

There is today a worldwide flow of illegal drugs of all kinds: psychedelic (Peyote, LSD); narcotic (heroin); and hypnotic (hashish) drugs, etc. My friend, the use of illegal drugs is certainly a form of sorcery, and this leads people to reject Christ, and bring them into their final destruction as slaves of the Antichrist, under a New World Order at the end of the age. Consider just how many government officials have admitted to drug use, and all those who are hooked on some kind. And just recently, the news states that now “medical” marijuana is legalized in many states.
   
Why is marijuana/hashish wrong? Why is it a form of sorcery? Because it, like the other drugs, produces an altered state of consciousness, and that leaves the user wide open to hypnosis, which is demonic suggestion. In the Old Testament, God forbids His people to engage in "enchantment" (hypnosis) and witchcraft (sorcery). ALL sorcery and witchcraft is strictly forbidden by God.  Lev.19:26-28, 31; Lev.20:6; Deut.18:9-14.
     
In the New Testament, Jesus warns us in Matthew 24 of these things that would mark the last days before His Second Coming. He speaks of vast religious deception.  Mat.24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. . . . This is just one of several verses in the Bible that mentions miracles in connection with deception in the last days. We all have seen or heard of “false Christs.” And in today’s churches, if people would just open their eyes and ears, they would SEE and HEAR the deception is all around them! Money hungry preachers with incomes in the millions are taking such advantage of naive, trusting souls. They teach damnable heresies (2 Pet.2:1) like the ever so deceiving and utterly false ‘name it, claim it’ heresy! BEWARE my friend, do NOT listen to any part of the Word-faith doctrine! That is of Satan!
   
Have you ever checked out to see the holdings of these money-hungry monsters? I have. It is absolutely ridiculous! Multiple mansions, multiple expensive cars, jet planes, etc.  I could go on and on. WHAT did Jesus have???
Luke 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. . . . HOW can these so-called ‘shepherds’ justify their ill-gotten wealth? YES! I call it ill-gotten! They take the last penny that some of these poor widows possess (Luke 21:24). They take the money from those who expect a miracle of physical healing to be performed by the hoaxes of these heretics! NO one can perform miracles of healing except Almighty GOD! And my friend, God does NOT heal every one of their physical ailments or disabilities (2 Cor. 12:7-10). Do NOT fall for the LIES of these lusting monsters! As you can see, I hate what these supposed, godly evangelists do to people. They hypnotize their unsuspecting flock with the devil’s wicked, outrageous and damnable deception.
   
The fate of both the false teachers and those who fall for their lies is clearly revealed by the Lord! Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. [22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The religious deception that goes on in today’s so-called “evangelical” churches is deplorable. These preachers and teachers shall stand before the Great Judge Jesus one day and will have to TRY to explain their reasons to NO avail! They lull their congregations with big smiles and smooth words, while all the time they are under the power of Satan! BEWARE people!
    
There is, in addition to false doctrine, a visible, hands on method by which the nations are being deceived and led into Hell. That method is sorcery and/or witchcraft.
The New Testament tells us of TWO kinds of sorcery: magic and drugs. 

MAGIC   

The following is a Biblical example of MAGIC being used to lead others astray. Acts 8:9-11 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: [10] To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. [11] And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. . . . Thisman Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He bragged about how great he was, and all the people, both high and low, young and old thought that he had divine power from God. They loved, respected and followed him because he amazed them with his sorceries (magic). In my humble opinion, there are many Simons in the churches today, deceiving their flocks and telling them how great they are, just like Simon in this Passage.

PHARMACY . . . DRUGS    

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. . . .  The acts of the sinful nature are quite obvious in God’s Word: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eager  for lustful pleasure, idolatry, covetousness (greed), taking part in demonic activities (witchcraft), hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, feeling that everyone is wrong except you, envy, drunkenness, wild parties (drugs and booze), etc.  The Bible say that anyone living that sort of life will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.
    
Drugs primarily signified the use of medicine in times gone by; but in today’s world, illegal drugs is rampant all over the world, and it shall NOT stop. It shall worsen with each passing day, and in the Great Tribulation it will be horrendous!

Rev. 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. . . . Sorceries is witchcraft by means of mind altering drugs.
Rev. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, . . . The two witnesses will have divine power over fire (Rev.11:5). Elijah also had the same divine power (2 Ki.1:10), . . . but the False Prophet will mimic their miracles, not merely by tricks, but demonic miracles by demon assistance, like those of the Egyptian magicians. The Beast and the False Prophet shall perform “great wonders” (miracles), solely intended to deceive! These wonders are done with the power of Satan.
Rev. 16:12-14 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. [13] And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. [14] For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. . . . The Euphrates River is a natural protective boundary against the empires to the east (Babylon, Assyria, Persia, China). When it dries up, nothing could hold back Israel’s enemies. The armies from the east symbolize unhindered judgment.
  
Just as frogs croak at night in quagmires, so too do these unclean spirits teach lies amidst the mire of filthy lusts. They TALK of liberty, but it is NOT Gospel liberty; it is a freedom for ungodly lust. The unclean spirit out of the mouth of the dragon is a symbol of arrogant disloyalty which opposes God and Christ. That out of the beast's mouth is the spirit of the world, which is the politics of men, be it lawless democracy or dictatorship that sets man above God. That out of the mouth of the false prophet is lying spiritualism and religious delusion, which shall take the place of the harlot when she is destroyed (Rev.17:16-17).
The dragon is Satan, who gives his power and throne (Rev. 13:2) to the beast (Antichrist).
The False Prophet is not the harlot, the apostate Church (Rev. 17:1-3, 16); but is the second beast who replaces the ‘harlot church’ (Rev. 13:11-15), see: Rev. 19:20 and Rev. 13:13, and in the end he shall be cast into the lake of fire with the first beast; as will the dragon a little later (Rev. 20:10).
The dragon, the beast and the false prophet form a blasphemous, ungodly trinity, an arrogant counterfeit of Holy Trinity of our Awesome Triune God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
The blasphemous trinity will rule for the 3 1/2 year Tribulation Period and shall be worshipped; for Satan wants to be Almighty God (Isa.14:13-14).
The ten-horned beast has its ten horns crowned with ten crowns (Rev.13:1), Vs Christ has on His head many crowns (Rev.19:12). The Holy Spirit witnessed to Jesus’ divine mission (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-14); so too the False Prophet, imitates the Holy Spirit, not speaking of himself, but tells all men to worship the beast, and then through sorcery, tries to prove his testimony of the beast by doing great wonders (Rev.13:13).     
    
Verse 14 says: they are the spirits of devils, working miracles.  Drugs shall play a huge roll in the working of these miracles! These miracle-working demons shall cause ALL the rulers of the world (Zec.12:3,9; 14:2) to war against Israel on the great day of the Lord (Rev.19:11-21).
    
Rev. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. . . . This speaks of Babylon’s fall. Her merchants were the most powerful in all the world, and with their false magic and witchcraft brought on by drugs, they deceived all the nations of the world! God shall stop all wickedness one day.
Rev. 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. . . . The Beast (Antichrist) was captured, and with him the False Prophet who did mighty but very deceiving wonders on behalf of the Beast. The miracles that were done deceived ALL who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the Beast and the False Prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire (eternal Hell) that burns with fire and brimstone. God shall be victorious over all evil!
Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. . . . NONE of the above will be permitted into Heaven!
   
In sorcery, the use of drugs, whether simple or potent, is generally accompanied by chants and appeals to occult powers, with the need of various charms, lucky pieces, etc., supposedly designed to keep the applicant from the attention and power of demons, but actually to bring to the applicant the mysterious resources and powers of the sorcerer.
     
To summarize, the person who uses ANY drugs is giving himself over to the will of another, that being the chief Sorcerer himself, Satan, the enemy of our souls. Christ died to save us from slavery of sin, from the power of Satan and the penalty of Hell. When a believer lowers himself and takes part in these activities, he is actually denying his Lord the honor that is due Him: for it was His precious Blood that purchased the believer's eternal redemption. The Bible says: 1 Cor. 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
    
The Bible also warns those who do not believe, that if they persist in their rejection of Christ, a strong delusion will come upon them after the Rapture (2 Thes.2:8-12) and they will go into the Tribulation UNABLE to repent.
Rev. 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
The use of drugs will lead to forbidden magic, sorcery and witchcraft, and shall send you to Hell! BEWARE!!!

THE DOOM OF THE WICKED
     

God considers people wicked without Christ Jesus! The Lake of Fire is the last place of both the Deceiver AND those who are deceived (Mat.24:41,46; Rev.19:20; 20:10;15). God has warned us ahead of time. NOW is the day of salvation (2 Cor.6:2). If you have not accepted Christ as your Saviour and Lord, please do it NOW! Only Jesus can save you from ETERNAL Hell! 
    

Rev. 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. . . . ALL people who have ever lived shall be resurrected one day (Dan.12:2; John 5:28-29; Ac.24:15). ALL people shall face the Great Judge on Judgment Day, either at the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers (1 Cor. 3:11-15), or the Great White Throne for unbelievers! Are you ready?

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Order of Future Events    Ch.5
 

The chronological order of future prophetic events, and some basic Bible doctrine about the Second Coming of Christ follows. Bible prophecy deals mainly with Israel, but the Church is also very important. The Church has a very special relationship with Christ, for she is His Bride (Eph.5:25-32; Rev.19:7-9).
    
Prophecy has sort of been put on ‘hold’ for now. Before God swings His full attention back to Israel, He must fulfill certain Promises that He has made to the Church. He has spent the last 2000 years chastising Israel for her disobedience, and He has also been calling out a Gentile bride for the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as Joseph found a Gentile bride while he was separated from his brethren (Gen. 41:45), Jesus finds a Gentile bride while He is separated from the Jews. It is true that many Jews have been saved by receiving Christ, but most have not been saved. It is my humble opinion that those Jews who have accepted Christ as the Messiah, are doubly blessed! The Church consists mostly of converted Gentiles. God is taking out from among the Gentiles a people for His Name, and when the quota is filled (I am sure there is a certain number that God has in mind), then He will once again take up His dealings with Israel as a nation. See what the Bible says. Acts 15:14-16 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. [15] And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, [16] After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: . . . (Am.9:11). In the very near future, God will put Israel through a very troublesome period of time known as the "Great Tribulation" (Mat. 24:21), but TRUE Christians will not have to endure the Tribulation because we shall be removed at the Rapture. Paul tells us in 1 Thes.1:10 that the Church is waiting for the Lord from Heaven, NOT for the Great Tribulation, because He shall deliver us from the wrath to come (1 Thes.5:9). Those who have been "born again" (John 1:12-13; 3:3) will soon be "caught up" to Heaven without dying (1 Cor.15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:13-18).  It is great comfort and peace for TRUE Christians to have this blessed Promise deep in their heart. It would NOT be a comfort if Christians thought that they had to endure the Great Tribulation, or even a part of it.
    
Just as God took Enoch out of the world before the flood (Gen.5:24; Heb.11:5), He will take His Church out of the world before the Tribulation. Just as God delivered Lot and his daughters from the devastation He sent upon Sodom (Gen. 19:22-24), He will deliver His saints from the Great Tribulation. God will take care of His children, but He will destroy the Devil's children (Jn. 8:44; 1 Jn. 3:10). Ps.145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
    
Authorities may try to explain where all the people went, but don’t be mistaken: GOD TOOK THEM! He promised that He would call out His people, so He will call them out. BELIEVE IT! God cannot lie (Tit.1:2).
    
Just as Noah, the preacher of righteousness, built that boat on the desert, and was mocked and ridiculed for it, TRUE believers today are mocked and ridiculed for our believing God, that He shall come for us at the Rapture! Let them laugh! We who trust God will get the last laugh!
 God has always been true to His Word in the past, and God will be true to His Word today. Jesus IS coming soon, and you will either be caught up to meet Him, or you will be left behind to enter the Great Tribulation. The choice is yours. Make sure that you make the right decision!

The Judgment Seat of Christ  

Once Christians are removed from the Earth, we ALL will take our turns to appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be judged by the Great Judge for our Christian service. Everything we have done for the cause of Christ AFTER we have been saved shall be brought up here. Our destination has already been decided! Eternal life in Heaven (John 3:15-16, 5:24; 14:2-3; 1 Pet.1:4). What is to be judged here is: do we receive rewards? OR do we lose rewards that we could have had? 1 Cor. 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [13] Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. [14] If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
2 Cor.5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. . . . We shall NOT be judged to determine our eternal destiny. A Christian's eternal destiny is safe and secure the moment he receives Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
    
The Judgment Seat of Christ is to judge our service to God while on this Earth. Rewards will be given to some, while others will lose rewards (2 John 8), but NO one at this judgment is sentenced to Hell! 
After the Judgment Seat of Christ, we (Christians) will wait with the Lord in Heaven until the Great Tribulation is over on Earth. We will then take part in the Marriage of the Lamb and in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9). This is when the Lord Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church, are officially united.
    
We will then return with the Lord to the Earth, and He will destroy the wicked and establish the Millennial Kingdom (Rev.19:11-21), and His saints will reign with Him on Earth for 1000 years (Rev. 20:1-7).

The Coming Righteous Kingdom

The main theme of the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ, and the main subject is the Kingdom that His Father has promised to Him. There are many Bible prophecies that speak of this Coming King and His Kingdom.
    
Gen.49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Psalm 2:1-8  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? [2] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, [3] Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. [4] He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. [5] Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. [6] Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. [7] I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. [8] Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Isaiah 11:1-6 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [2] And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; [3] And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: [4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [5] And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. [6] The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Jer.23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Luke 1:31-33 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. . . . The Bible is very clear that God shall set the Lord Jesus Christ as KING over the Earth. There have been many kings throughout history, but God shall give the world a PERFECT King for His promised Kingdom.
    
During the actual ministry of Christ’s First Coming, He preached mostly to His people, the Jews (Mat. 10:5-6; 15:24), because Israel is the nation that God chose long ago to be a shining light to this lost and dying world.
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. . . . Israel has let God down by rejection of her Messiah. But God will one day restore Israel and she shall then fulfill her task that God set for her thousands of years ago! His chosen nation shall then be established in the Earth as a bright lamp to this lost and wicked world. ALL the Promises that God made to Abraham and his descendants are still good today, and they will soon reach their fulfillment, for the Kingdom shall come. BELIEVE it! God cannot lie!
    
Many falsely teach that the Kingdom Promises are no longer valid, because the Jews rejected Christ, but this is NOT true. The church did NOT replace Israel in God’s eyes. “Replacement Theology” is a FALSE and damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1; also see: Mat.15:9)!
   
In Acts 1:6-7, before Jesus ascended into Heaven, the apostles asked Him about the Coming Kingdom: “ . . . Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”  IF the Kingdom Promises were no longer valid, Jesus would have told them so, but instead He tells them: “...It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”  So Israel's rejection of Christ does NOT make void the Promises of God. Be assured that God shall chastise the Jews for their sin in the Great Tribulation. They shall mourn in deep repentance when they see the King come (Zec.12:10-11), and then God WILL restore the Kingdom to Israel (Ps.89:29-36).
   
So you ask: “If the Jews won't receive their King, then how can God restore the Kingdom?” God knows exactly what He will do. He has every step prefigured.
Heb.8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: . . . Quoting  Jer.31:31-34. “After those days” clearly refer to a future time when Israel SHALL be converted to the Lord Jesus Christ.
    
Rom.11:25-27 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. . . Israel has been blinded for now, until the church quota has been filled. BUT, one day “all Israel shall be saved” because God will “take away their sins.” God promised Israel a Kingdom, and it SHALL be so!
    
The First Coming of Christ was one of suffering and shame, but the Second Coming will be one of glory, honor and praise (Dan.7:13-14; Mat.24:30; Mk.9:2-3; 13:26; John 1:51; Rev.1:13-18). The first time Jesus received a crown of thorns, but when He comes again He will have MANY crowns (Rev.19:12). He was the "lamb of God" when He came the first time, but He will be the "lion of the tribe of Judah" the second time (Rev. 5:5). The First Coming gave Jesus Christ to the world, but the Second Coming will give the world to Jesus Christ! Just as David was chosen to be the king of Israel many years before he actually received the kingdom (1 Sam.16), the Lord Jesus Christ has been chosen to take over the kingdoms of this world and rule as God's "KING OF KINGS" (Rev. 11:15; 19:16).

The Restoration of Israel   

God cannot establish His Son in Israel as King of the Jews unless the Jews are living in Palestine, their promised homeland, so God will restore the Jews to Palestine before the Second Coming of Christ.
 Jer.16:15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. . . . Also see: Amos 9:14-15. Because Israel rejected Christ, God allowed the Romans to destroy Jerusalem in 70 AD, and the Jews were scattered among the Gentile nations of the world. They have wondered from nation to nation suffering horrible persecution. Hitler murdered six million of God's chosen people as an outright act of hate. This horrific slaughter created enough sympathy for the Jews that the United Nations granted 5000 square miles of Palestinian land to them after World War II. Then in 1948 Israel became an independent nation for the first time in centuries! Arabs have fought viciously to destroy Israel, with no success. God wants His people in Palestine (Amos 9:14-15). Jesus compares Israel to a "fig tree" in Mat.24:32-34, and He compares the restoration of Israel to a fig tree putting forth leaves. He said that He would return during the same generation which witnesses Israel putting forth leaves as a nation. We are living in that generation! There are four million Jews living in Palestine today. We have seen the Jews return to Palestine, and we have seen the nation of Israel prosper. Friend, there's a reason for all of this: the Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon!

The Millennial Reign
   

The 1000 year ‘Millennium’ will be the "golden age" that the ancients only dreamed about. It will be God’s New World Order, NOT man’s evil, corrupt government. There WILL be world peace, for the Prince of Peace shall rule the world in righteousness (Isa.2:2-4; 9:6; Luke 1:32).
   
There will be only ONE ‘religion’ during the 1000 year Millennium. Those who refuse to worship Christ shall be punished (Zec.14:16-19).
    
People will live in peace and happiness during this time, because Satan will no longer be around to tempt them (Rev.20:1-3). The curse of Gen.3:16-19 will be lifted, and men will once again live long lives as did Adam, Noah and Methuselah (Isa.33:24; 65:20). There will be better farming and weather conditions (Isa.30:23-26; Amos 9:13-15; Joel 2:19-24; Eze.36:29-30), and wild animals will be tame (Isa.11:6-9).
    
The so-called "lost tribes" of Israel will be fully restored to their proper land divisions (Eze.36-48). These tribes are NOT lost to Almighty God! He knows exactly who they are and where they are! Jerusalem will be the capital city of the world (Jer.3:17; Mic.4:8), and the violent acts of Arab terrorism will not be tolerated. Justice will be executed in the Earth like never before. Good and right will overcome evil and wrong. Things will be done on Earth as they are in Heaven (Mat.6:10). Christ and His saints will reign over the Earth for 1000 years!
Are You Ready?
    
I believe the Lord's Return is very near. Friend, have you ever turned from your sins and received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Many think that our good works can save us and get us into Heaven, but the Bible does NOT say this!
Rom.3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:     
Rom.3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Eph.2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
    
We have absolutely NO really good works, NO righteousness within us. Isa.64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. . .  .We ALL are sinners by nature. We were born sinners (Ps.51:5; 58:3). That is why Jesus said we must be "born again" (John 3:3). This new birth (being spiritually reborn into God’s family) makes it possible for us to have ETERNAL life in Heaven with God, made possible for us when Christ died and shed His precious Blood at Calvary for our sins. By receiving Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you trust Him alone to save you from being condemned to Hell (John 3:18-19,36; 8:24; Rom.8:1). You can have eternal life TODAY by faith in Jesus Christ (John 5:25; 6:54; 1 John 5:12-13). Salvation is in your hands alone! God will NOT force Himself on anyone! The decision is YOURS!
    
Rom.10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom.10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
    
Friend, we must admit we are sinners. When we do this, we are saying that God is right and we are wrong. Some people have trouble with this, because of pride. God hates pride, and unless you humble yourself before God (Jam.4:10; 1 Pet.5:6), I guarantee you that one day HE shall humble you (Isa.45:23; Rom.14:11; Phil.2:10). May the Lord Jesus find you faithfully watching (Mat.24:42; 25:13; Mk.13:35-36; Rev.3:3) and ready to meet Him at His Coming in the clouds (1 Thes.4:13-18).
John 3:15-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. . . . He IS coming for TRUE Christians, that we may be with Him!

A Temple MUST BE BUILT in Jerusalem
BEFORE Messiah Returns


There is no Temple in Jerusalem today, and no world leader who has claimed to be God.
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
This tells us this leader will make a covenant with many for one week (7 years), but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifices; and the abomination of desolation will be set up in the future Temple. Prophecy shall be fulfilled, so there MUST be a Jewish Temple, and it must be built on the Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock now sits. It will have to go before the Temple is built. So there trouble coming (Eze.38-39).
Daniel says that in the middle of the week (a week of years), the sacrifices and grain offerings will be stopped. These sacrifices will be started again at a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and have to be occurring for the Antichrist to stop them. At this same time, Antichrist shall set up and image of himself (the abomination of desolation), desecrating and defiling the Holy Temple of God. 
Daniel 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
This Passage tells us that the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself . . . and speak blasphemous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is declared will be done. So, in order for the above things to be fulfilled, there HAS to be a Temple.
I firmly believe that Israel is the key to the end times. She is hated by nearly all nations. I believe that it won’t be long that the USA will turn on her. She will soon have ALL nations go up against her in a war that God shall win on her behalf (Zec.12:3,9; 14:2).
     
Jerusalem is at this minute fulfilling: Zech.12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. Israel IS a cup of trembling unto all people round about. Keep your eyes on Israel. Listen to the news. Pay attention! Christ’s Second Coming can’t be very far off my friend! Keep watch! He is coming SOON! Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Some Scriptures Telling Us
What Will Happen At Christ’s Second Coming

He comes visibly . . . Acts 1:11
He comes bodily. . . Mat.24:30
He comes suddenly . . . Mat.24:27
Comes with clouds . . . Mat.26:64
Comes with flaming fire . . . 2 Thes. 1:8
Comes with power and glory . . . Mat.26:64
Every eye shall see Him . . . Rev. 1:7
Descends to Earth . . . Jer.23:5-6
Descends on Mt. Olivet . . . Zec.14:4
Resurrection of the Dead . . . Dan.12:2; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Rev.20:13
Every knee shall bow to Him . . . Isa.45:23; Rom.14:11
Antichrist shall be destroyed . . . 2 Thes. 2:8
He shall judge all nations . . . Mat.25:32
He shall ascend the throne of David . . . Luke 1:32
He shall build up Zion . . . Psalm 102:16
He shall usher in the Kingdom . . . Mat.25:31-40; Rev.          20:1-6
The raptured church will come with Christ . . . 1 Thes. 3:13; Jude 14; Rev. 19:14
The church will always be with Christ . . . 1 Thes. 4:17
The Apostles to judge 12 tribes of Israel . . . Luke 22:28-30
Israel will be purged . . . Eze.20:34, 38
Israel will mourn over Him . . . Zec.12:10
Israel will then accept Him as Messiah . . . Rom. 11:25-27
Christ will build up Zion (Jerusalem) . . . Psalm 102:16
Millennial Temple to be built . . . Ezekiel 40-48  
Christ on David’s throne . . . Isa. 9:6-7
Jerusalem becomes worship center . . . Isa.33:20-21
Wilderness areas to be fruitful . . . Isa.35:1-2
He shall judge the Gentile nations . . . Zec.14:12;          Mat.25:31-46
He shall rule over ALL nations . . . Psalm 2

The TRUTH about SALVATION

How does a person get to Heaven? Some cults and false religions teach that if the good things you do outweigh the bad, God will let you in. That is absolutely WRONG! It is a damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1) If you believe this, you are headed for Hell (John 3:16, 18,36; 8:24; 14:6).
   
There is only ONE Way to Heaven according to the Bible. That is faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ. You could NEVER do enough good deeds in 100 life times to permit you access to Heaven. You could NEVER buy your way to Heaven with all the money in the world. You can NEVER perform enough rituals or sacraments no matter what church you belong to. Faith in Christ is the only way.
  
The Bible tells us we all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom.3:23). Since God allows nothing bad or evil to enter Heaven (Rev.21:8,27, 22:15), NO sinner is permitted. We must first believe God, and trust and accept what Jesus did for us on the cross. Only then will the Father credit our account with the righteousness of His Son (1 Cor.1:30; Rom.3:22, 25-26). Only our faith can make us right in God’s eyes, just as Abraham’s faith made him right in God’s eyes all those many years ago (Rom. 3:25-26; 4:3,5-6, 9,22; Gal.3:6).
   
We have no righteousness of our own (Isa.64:6), any righteousness we possess must come through faith in Christ (Philip. 3:9; Rom.5:1-2).
   
IF you think you can EARN your way to Heaven, IF you think that you can establish your own righteousness, you are SO wrong! IF you could earn your way to Heaven, then our precious Jesus died for nothing!
Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.    If we could be saved by keeping the law, or doing good, then there was no need for Christ to die.
   
God is pure and holy. We are vile sinners, actually we are His enemies. God cannot even look at sin. We must be made “right” in His eyes to have fellowship with Him. Only acceptance of Jesus justifies us, gives us access to the Father and makes us His friends (Rom.5:1-10). There is NO other way! Many say that Way is too narrow (Mat.7:13-14). But friend, that Way is wide enough for the whole world IF they choose to walk it!
   
Many who seek God are confused about what He wants them to do. False teachers give many answers to this question. But salvation really is simple. Pleasing God does not come from any work we do, but from whom we believe. You must believe Jesus is who He claims to be. We must, like Peter believe He is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mat.16:16).
John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? [29] Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.   The only “work” that God asks of us, is to BELIEVE Him!  BELIEF !!!
   
Salvation is a Gift (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8-9)! It is absolutely FREE to “whosoever.” John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Jesus has the only KEY to Heaven! IF we believe in Him, we have everlasting life in Heaven. Believe God! (John 5:24; 1 John 5:10-12). 

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