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What Rapture?

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Synopsis : The “Rapture” is an interpretation of a passage that concerns the resurrection of dead believers - The term is not found in the New Testament. Jason Blackeye  on  Unsplash Discussions on the doctrine of the “Rapture” tend to center on the issue of when it will occur - Before the Tribulation, at its midpoint, or at its end (the Pre-, Mid- and Post-tribulation positions, respectively). The question misses the point – Nowhere does the New Testament even mention a future “Rapture," at least not with that term. By “ rapture ” is meant the removal of Christians from the earth and their transportation to heaven.

Purging Jesus

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Synopsis :  “ But there arose false-prophets also among the people, as among you, also, there shall be false-teachers,—men who will stealthily bring in destructive parties, even the Master that bought them denying .” By Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash “ Jesus-free ?” “ Jesus-less ?” At the hyperlinks below are pronouncements “decreed” by leaders of the “prophetic” movement. What or, more correctly, “ who ” is conspicuous by his absence in them is Jesus, especially any references to his Death and Resurrection.

God's Mysteries Revealed in Jesus

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SYNOPSIS :   All God’s mysteries are revealed in Jesus Christ, especially in his Death and Resurrection. Matthieu Pétel on Unsplash Some "prophetic" voices declare that God’s “ mysteries ” can only be understood from the Hebrew Bible - The latter interprets what God did in Jesus rather than vice versa. Others, that His “mysteries” are revealed to us personally as we learn to decipher dreams, decode calendrical cycles, or enter into deeper "spiritual" experiences.

Undeniable Evidence

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“ The Spirit expressly saith—that, in later seasons, some will revolt from the faith, giving heed unto seducing spirits and unto teachings of demons ” – 1 Timothy 4:1 . By Kirsten Drew on Unsplash I cannot presume to know why God is doing or allowing certain things to occur within His church. However, recent events suggest some possible explanations. God cares for His people. Even when He judges them, it is in order to correct and save them.

History of Prophetic Failures

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Dollar Gill on Unsplash I have posted a PDF version of a paper I wrote some years ago to provide an overview of the many failures over the centuries by Christian prognosticators and erstwhile prophets. Please feel free to download, copy, and distribute it as you please. The material is not copyrighted ( A History of Failed Predictions ).

Christian "Rights" and the Cross

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SYNOPSIS :   To follow Jesus means self-denial and a willingness to suffer for his sake. Persecution for him is a high honor for a disciple of Jesus. By Luis Quintero on Unsplash In some Christian circles, rage and belligerence have become appropriate “Christian” reactions to persecution, perceived or real; sometimes even in reaction to simple verbal criticism. The claim is that such things are signs of society’s hostility to the church and threaten the civil “rights” of believers. Christians must enter the political process to “fight” for their God-given “rights” and privileges.

According to Satan’s Playbook…

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Synopsis :     Apparently, we are in dire need of new revelation from “heaven” lest we miss our personal “destiny” and a peek into the “strategies” of God. Jorge Franganillo  on  Unsplash The leading magazine for the Charismatic movement recently published a “prophecy” with a prediction of new information about to be released "from heaven ." Apparently, Christians are in desperate need of new revelations which cannot be obtained elsewhere except the "spirit world." This is just one of many examples of the self-appointed leaders of the “prophetic” movement promising new, never-heard-of-before “revelations.”