Prophecy Watch: Minister Warns Tehran Could Strike Israel
Published on May 12, 2019
From The Times Of Israel: Israel’s energy minister, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warned Sunday that escalating tensions between the US and Iran may lead the Islamic Republic to launch a missile assault against Israel.
71 years: Israel still fighting for sovereignty- This Week in 60s 11.5.19
Genesis 1: The Responsibility Of The Imagers – Part 1
Published on May 10, 2019
Genesis 1: The Responsibility Of The Imagers – Part 1 http://rockharborchurch.net/ All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific, techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion, converged together to bring this world that’s already teetering over the edge into the abyss, to a point of no return. Jesus said when you see all these signs happening, know that I am near, even at the door. For more in-depth studies, commentary, and analysis of Bible Prophecy and End Times events visit our web site www.prophecyupdate.com and sign-up for our free newsletter…
LATEST WORLD NEWS – ARTICLES MONDAY MAY 13th 2019
THE GREAT “DECEPTION” IS READY TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. ARE YOU READY FOR JESUS CHRIST RETURN
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
PUT YOUR TRUST AND FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST (OUR SAVIOUR):
(Romans 12:2) to seek God’s will, the Lord says, “Do not worry about what you’ll eat or drink or wear. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”
THIS IS THE END RESULT OF A CHRISTIANS PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
THE MEANING OF ETERNAL LIFE
QUESTION: I happened to notice a Catholic commentary on the Scriptures, and I looked up John 3:16 to see what it had to say. What struck me was the book’s claim that the words for “eternal life” stresses the quality of life rather than the duration of life. Can you help us with what the Greek means, and how to respond to this interpretation?
ANSWER: The Greek word for “eternal” in John 3:16 means “without end, never to cease, everlasting.” It’s the Greek word for “life” that follows it that carries a connotation of quality. It means “the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate,” whose life is “real or genuine.” Therefore whoever believes in Jesus has a real, genuine life that is everlasting and will never cease. Sounds pretty straight forward to me. I would respond by asking how the author came to his conclusion.
ETERNAL SECURITY AND ETERNAL LIFE
QUESTION: I hope you can help me settle something once and for all. I firmly believe in eternal security, but someone I know insists we can lose our salvation. She says the Bible does not say eternal “security” but says eternal “life”. I have given her plenty of evidence from God’s word and still she falls back on this. Eternal life and eternal security are the same to me. She’s looking for the specific word, “security”. How can I answer this particular point ?
ANSWER: The doctrine of Eternal Security comes from verses like Ephesians 1:13-14 and 2 Cor. 1:21-22, which say when we become a believer we are given the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. The Greek word translated “deposit” also means “an earnest”. It tells us the Holy Spirit was given as a pledge or down payment guaranteeing that our full inheritance will subsequently be received. Eternal life is the believer’s inheritance. Since it’s guaranteed by the Holy Spirit from the moment of our salvation we have eternal security that we’ll inherit eternal life. So while eternal security and eternal life are technically different, one is our assurance that we’ll receive the other.
ETERNAL PUNISHMENT AND ETERNAL LIFE
QUESTION: I have always been taught that punishment is eternal, but after reading Matthew 10:28, I wonder about that. Matthew 10:28 says that Satan can destroy the soul… so that means its gone right? I do believe the fires in hell and the lake of fire are eternal, but I am a wondering about the soul. Also, is eternal life a gift we receive? Isn’t eternal life something that we achieve by being faithful to our Lord?
ANSWER: The Greek word translated destroy in Matt. 10:28 literally means to put out of the way entirely. It comes from a root denoting the separation of a part from the whole. It’s sometimes used metaphorically to describe giving one over to eternal misery in Hell. So yes, the soul is gone, but that doesn’t mean it no longer exists.
According to John 3:16 and others, eternal life is a gift that we receive for believing that Jesus died for our sins. It’s not something we achieve as a result of maintaining some standard of behaviour.
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape
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.
Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it
I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
GENERAL WORLD NEWS:
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
CHRISTIAN AND RELIGIOUS WORLD NEWS:
Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
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MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY IN SCRIPTURE
Matt. 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.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
MAJOR WARS ON THE HORIZON
WORLD WAR 3
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS:
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM:
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
EZEKIEL 38 & 39
RUMORS OF WAR: IRAN WARNS PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT US FLEET DISPATCHED TO PERSIAN GULF WILL FACE “DOZENS OF MISSILES”
(Express) – Iran has warned US President Donald Trump the US fleet dispatched to the Persian Gulf will face “dozens of missiles” if it “attempts any move”, raising the prospect of a direct, explosive military confrontation. And US officials have said there was an “increasing possibility” of Tehran or its regional proxies launching strikes against US commercial ships including oil tankers as the situation continues to deteriorate. The ISNA news agency quoted hardliner Ayatollah Tabatabai-Nejad in the city of Isfahan as saying: “Their billion-dollar fleet can be destroyed with one missile. “If they attempt any move, they will face dozens of missiles because at that time government officials won’t be in charge to act cautiously, but instead things will be in the hands of our beloved leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.” In the latest tense exchange between Tehran and Washington, Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards separately said Iran would not negotiate with the United States, a stance likely in part to be intended to discourage Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate allies from taking up a US offer of talks. READ MORE:
RUMORS OF WAR: IRAN HAS ‘MEANS AND WILL’ FOR WORLDWIDE CATASTROPHE IF TRUMP ATTACKS
OPINION (Express) – Iran has both the “means and the will” to wreak “catastrophe” if President Donald Trump decides to attack it, according to former MP George Galloway. In a potent radio message directed at President Trump himself, Mr Galloway warned that the potential conflict would be “much, much, much worse” than the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He told TalkRADIO: “Iran is a powerful, strong country with a powerful
military. It has the means and, above all, it has the will to fight you if you attack it. “Please believe me on that, President Trump. “I know what I’m talking about. And I told your predecessor George Bush not to do it in Iraq, and look how that turned out. “But it will be much, much, much worse for you than it was for George Bush. “Because Iran is far more capable and willing to fight back against you. READ MORE:
RUMORS OF WAR: IRAN WARNS PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT US FLEET DISPATCHED TO PERSIAN GULF WILL FACE “DOZENS OF MISSILES”
(Express) – Iran has warned US President Donald Trump the US fleet dispatched to the Persian Gulf will face “dozens of missiles” if it “attempts any move”, raising the prospect of a direct, explosive military confrontation. And US officials have said there was an “increasing possibility” of Tehran or its regional proxies launching strikes against US commercial ships including oil tankers as the situation continues to deteriorate. The ISNA news agency quoted hardliner Ayatollah Tabatabai-Nejad in the city of Isfahan as saying: “Their billion-dollar fleet can be destroyed with one missile.
CONTINUE READING RUMORS OF WAR: IRAN WARNS PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT US FLEET DISPATCHED TO PERSIAN GULF WILL FACE “DOZENS OF MISSILES” AT END TIME
Israel’s energy minister, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warned Sunday that escalating tensions between the US and Iran may lead the Islamic Republic to launch a missile assault against Israel.
“Things are heating up,” Yuval Steinitz told the Ynet news site. “I wouldn’t rule anything out. Iran may fire rockets at Israel.”
Steinitz added that Iran may also choose to attack Israel by activating its proxies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah or Gaza’s Islamic Jihad.
“The American sanctions are breaking the neck of the Iranian economy, and a new and stronger wave [of sanctions] is still to come,” he warned, suggesting that the danger was unlikely to pass in the near future.
Steinitz’s comments follow a report on Israel’s Channel 13 on Friday that said Israel had warned the US that Iran was contemplating targeting Saudi oil production facilities.
The unsourced report said the Iranians were “considering various hostile acts” against American or American-allied targets. Tehran had looked at targeting American bases in the Gulf, but that had been deemed too drastic a step, it claimed.
The main target then became “Saudi oil production facilities,” the report said. Such a strike would also send world oil prices soaring and enable Iran to get more income from its oil sales, the report added.
Channel 13 also quoted unnamed Arab intelligence sources as saying there was a debate raging in the Iranian leadership about striking US and US-allied targets, with some in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps pushing for attacks, including against Israeli targets, while others cautioned that it would be “suicidal” to get into a serious military conflict with the US.
Earlier last week, the same channel was the first to report that the Israeli Mossad had tipped off the White House two weeks ago about an Iranian plan to attack either a US or US-allied target. That earlier report did not specify potential targets for such an ostensible attack.
The US responded to the reported message, and to escalating rhetoric from Tehran, by saying it was moving significant military assets into the region, including an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers. The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, leading a larger naval strike group, sailed through the Suez Canal toward the Persian Gulf late last week.
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened a “swift and decisive” American response to any attack by Iran.
“The regime in Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against US interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive US response,” Pompeo said in a statement.
“Our restraint to this point should not be mistaken by Iran for a lack of resolve,” he said.
An American official said the decision to send in more forces was based in part on intelligence indicating that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles by boat in waters off its shores.
When it comes to identifying and evaluating the key vulnerabilities and inherent risks of the banking and financial system, there are few who have the insights and practical experience that is required to truly understand the scale of the issue and its investing implications. This is precisely why I turned to Dr. Markus Krall, who graciously agreed to share his thoughts and observations, as well as his outlook on the future of the financial system and the economy
He is also the author of two bestselling books on economics, monetary policy and geopolitics: “The Draghi-Crash” and “When Black Swans Multiply”. Additionally, he is a regular columnist for several of Germany’s leading print and online publications where he focuses on monetary policy and European affairs. Finally, as a knight of the papal order of the Holy Sepulchre, he is engaged in humanitarian work and foundations in the Middle East.
When the Euro was introduced and for a number of years, I did not perceive the common currency to be the problem and time bomb it later turned out to be.
When the Euro was introduced in 1999, I mainly perceived it as an opportunity to reduce the transaction costs of intra-European trade and therefore a good thing. My awareness of the inescapable tensions a fixed exchange rate regime would introduce to a severely suboptimal currency area, which the Eurozone resembles, was underdeveloped to put it mildly. Also, back in the 90’s, I did view the EU and the integration it was driving as a force of free trade and thus believed it to be a good thing.
Two main developments changed my mind on this matter:
The EU retreated from the ideas of free trade, free markets, and competition and turned its attention, resources and intentions towards developing a bureaucratic, regulatory, planning economy approach which gave more and more economic decisions to bureaucrats, regulators and advocates of redistribution and forced equalization.
Today’s EU is the embodiment of bureaucratic hubris.
The second element was the mind-boggling mishandling of the Euro-crisis, as it was born out of the global financial crisis which laid bare the intrinsic tensions, weaknesses and governance deficits of the Eurozone.
The answers presented in the face of the crisis were not an improvement on these deficits. They rather aggravated and deepened them. Instead of addressing the governance issues and adverse incentives, the answer of European politicians was to plaster over the problems with solutions buying time at the expense of long-term stability and reduction of imbalances. For them, economics seems to be the science of money pots, not of incentives and scarcities.
As it turned out, the promises on paper, specifically with regards to the Maastricht treaty did not pass the test of the crisis. The politicians running the show were effectively seeking quick fixes and sent the treaty and the rule of law wholesale overboard. But without the rule of law, any government degenerates into a band of robbers as the doctor of the Church Augustinus of Hippo observed already almost two millennia ago.
There are several adverse effects on the consequences of which will cause us considerable pain in the next years.
Firstly, the artificially low-interest rates have depressed the number of defaults. Companies which should have been sent into bankruptcy have been kept alive by the subsidy of zero interest rates. They now make up around 15% of all companies in Europe. These are zombie companies: dead, but walking and they have been the recipients of large sums of loans which are zombie loans. They will sooner or later fall in a big wave of defaults. Banks are not prepared to absorb this shock.
Secondly, the flat yield curve has eroded the business model of commercial banking by destroying the interest margins on savings and maturity transformation. The escape route to hand out more credit has only depressed the credit margins too and accelerated the accumulation of bad credit in the form of the above-mentioned zombie-loans. Various accounting tricks have been used to hide this for years, but the reserves covering the growing gap are now largely consumed and the problem bubbles to the surface.
Thirdly, the accumulation of zombie companies is a drag on the economy’s productivity growth which itself is the only source of long-term growth. No demand stimulus can replace that. The resulting slowdown of productivity growth translates into overall anemic growth rates for Europe’s economy. Thus, we cannot grow out of our debt problem, but are dragged into the swamp by the cure we try to apply.
AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANCESCA TOTOLO
“Never before has a criminal phenomenon enjoyed widespread international support by governments, political parties, religious and civilian organizations, popular opinion, and never before has a sovereign state renounced to exercise control over its borders.”
These opening words by Gianandrea Gaiani are a fitting introduction to Francesca Totolo’s latest book Inferno Spa. Gaiani is no stranger to the business of illegal immigration, being an author of several books on the subject. He was interviewed by Gefira in 2017 when the Italian government was then still a center-left pro-migrants coalition. Totolo has agreed to an exclusive interview for Gefira and we recently met her in Florence, where she was presenting her new book.
Francesca Totolo is a freelance investigative journalist and collaborates with a variety of Italian and international press agencies and websites. Her investigations have been published both in Italy and abroad. We could easily call Totolo a diligent – and outspoken – journalist as her new book, which she wrote with Dante’s Inferno in mind, involves just that: solid, painstaking, diligent research and fact-checking. The result is the equivalent of an encyclopedia of who’s who in the business (Spa is the Italian acronym for joint-stock company, equivalent of the German AG) of the immigrants’ industry, an industry which moves an unending flow of human beings and money.
She has divided her book into different sections, entitling them with some of Dante’s appellatives in his Divine Comedy: first the ferrymen or Charons who deliver thousands of human beings to the other bank, then the hypocritical NGOs followed by the traitors to the country at all levels, sided by the omnipresent politically correct mainstream media and well-funded organizations of all sorts.
All these infernal characters have in the end one Master Mind, who acts like a modern and nefarious Virgil: George Soros and his mind-boggling network. Totolo is ready to point out, at the conclusion of her book, that Soros is himself an actor, albeit of the highest level, lending his face to higher “movers and shakers behind the curtains”, who have already decided that the original European population must be replaced.
The book is therefore the product of two years’ research. Since then I have been reviewing one by one these NGOs, their websites, and even asking them directly to disclose information, especially about their finances: needless to say I have been faced with the utmost denial, or, at best, with strictly sanitized reports which said nothing about their financial sources. What struck me about some of these NGO websites is that they put themselves above the law, with absolute certainty of impunity.
All those international NGOs such as Avaaz, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and many others have certainly one thing in common: their financial source, which is Soros. Their role has been, and continues to be, making the Italian people feel guilty if they don’t accept immigrants: legal or illegal, they must be accepted no matter what. So these NGOs, or modern Charons as I like to call them, have effectively – directly or indirectly – smuggled into Italy something like 700.000 people over the last few years. It must be understood, by all means, that something like this is a planned operation since its very beginning.
Let me just say that: as early as 2008 the association “carta di Roma” was founded in Rome. It can be considered the first NGO directly financed by Soros in Italy. What is the purpose of this “association of journalists”? To “promote correct information about immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers in Italy”. Doesn’t that make you inevitably think that Soros knew as early as 2008 what would happen three years later in Libya and was therefore paving the way for a “change of the paradigm”?
I put them in my book among the traitors to their own people. One of them certainly stands out: ASGI.
I like to call ASGI the judiciary arm of Soros in Italy. ASGI (Associazione Studi Giuridici sull’Immigrazione) works not only to promote new pro-immigrant legislation, but to effectively counteract – by legal means – every law-enforcing measure by the Italian government with a plethora of appeals which are a stranglehold on the judiciary system, rendering it notoriously slow. They even succeeded in passing into law the right for every newborn, regardless of his legal status, to receive an 800-euro bonus from INPS, the Italian welfare agency. They also went so far as to defend in court multiple convicted criminals preventing their deportation to their countries of origin. And, as I have found out, Italian NGOs like ASGI are part of an international network of NGOs such as ENAR.
ENAR stands for European Network Against Racism, comprising various NGOs and associations. A network which receives funds not just from Open Society but also from the EU and from an American NGO, the NDI (National Democratic Institute), directly financed by the US government through the notorious and omnipresent USAID agency. All these agencies contribute to creating what we could call Orwellian newspeak.
There are at least fourteen Italian members of the European parliament classified as Open Society’s “reliable allies”. This was made public by hackers who rummaged Open Society’s server. Then Soros can always count on “old buddies” in Italian politics such as Romano Prodi, who in 1995 went so far as having the University of Bologna confer an honorary degree in Economic Sciences on Soros, a man who had pocketed only 3 years earlier an equivalent of today’s 8 billion euro speculating against the Italian lira! In the following – 1996 – year Prodi became prime minister and in 1999 president of the EU commission. But, of course, these are just mere coincidences.
There are unconfirmed reports of numbers such as 800.000 people ready to get on the move toward Europe. I have reports that the same obsequious NGOs which I mentioned in the book are pressuring for the opening of “humanitarian corridors” to Europe treating any immigrant as a “refugee”. The situation is indeed volatile and we must hope that the current Italian government will remain steady on its course of keeping the ports closed.
The defiant Yellow Vests, though in dwindling numbers, have marched across France for the 26th straight weekend. In Nantes and Lyon the rallies ended up in clashes between the demonstrators and police.
A week after the lowest turnout since the movement began as a protest against a planned fuel tax hike in November, the Yellow Vests, who are now protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s broader reform agenda and supposed indifference towards the fate of the ordinary French people, once again took to the streets of the French cities.
Nantes and Lyon saw some major demonstrations on Saturday, as thousands of people joined the rallies organized by the protest movement in both cities.
In Lyon, 2,500 people hit the streets while in Nantes the police put the turnout at 2,200, according to the French media.
While the processions were largely peaceful, some clashes between the protesters and the police did erupt as some black-hooded demonstrators hurled bottles at the officers and smashed shop windows in Nantes. Police responded with tear gas and also used water cannons to disperse the crowd.
The angry demonstrators were particularly dissatisfied with the concessions the French government made under pressure from the protest movement following the so-called national debate launched by Macron.
“The ‘grand debate’ was a smokescreen. Today they’re smoking us out with tear gas,” a 43-year-old protester, who identified himself as Mickael, told Reuters. “But we won’t cave in. Yes, we’re fewer than at the start, but when the others come back, we’ll still be here and we’ll still be angry.”
In Lyon, the atmosphere at the rallies was tense as well. At some point, the protesters started pelting the officers with bottles, stones, and firecrackers. The police retaliated with the massive use of tear gas.
In Paris, which has seen some of the worst street violence in its modern history during the Yellow Vest protests, the situation remained largely peaceful this time.
Hundreds of people marched in the rain through the streets of the French capital starting from the Jussieu University in solidarity with the teachers, who went on strike earlier this week in protest against an education reform project.
“It’s going to be a day in support of parents, families and everyone in the education system,” Jean-Christophe Valentin, a city hall worker at the rally, told AFP.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE DEMONIC SPIRIT WARRING AGAINST YOU
OPINION (Charisma) – I remember my assistant coming to me once and saying, “I am frustrated with this person, I am frustrated with this situation, and I am frustrated with you.” She proceeded to tell me for the past three days how she was experiencing frustration in every area of her life. She said, “I don’t know what is going on.” It was making her mad, upset and of course, frustrated. I replied to my assistant that this was a spirit of frustration attacking her.
Identifying a demonic spirit and strongman that is trying to infiltrate your life and cause you spiritual warfare can be quite easy. As my friend was speaking out the word “frustration” in multiple sentences, I could identify a spirit of frustration was trying to wreak havoc in her life. One of the fastest ways to combat the demonic realm is to listen to the words you are speaking out or the feelings you are experiencing. What do they have in common? What seems to be repetitious or a commonality? READ MORE:
[Below are just very brief introductions to these important commentaries]
Having just finished a month-long email debate with two men from an online Prewrath ministry…
after a month being berated, belittled, and generally not having my questions answered in any kind of coherent or logical manner, I pulled a Pilate on these two and washed my hands of the whole affair. I don’t mind a good debate now and again, especially if we conduct it in such a way that is honouring to God (iron sharpening iron), but these two “ministers” were quick to go ad hominem on me the moment they felt like they were losing the argument.
One troubling aspect to this whole affair was the reality that they were not interested in the truth of what Scripture actually says, but only in their interpretation of what they want it to say. Furthermore, they put more emphasis on personal prophetic hearings, visions, and a ‘word of knowledge,’ then on how those compare with what Scripture actually teaches. Even more troubling, was what they were accusing me of applying a literal/grammatical/historical hermeneutic of Scripture;
a) God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33)
b) God is not going to contradict His own word ( 23:19)
c) God is not the only supernatural being out there
(Ephesians 6:12, 2 Cor. 11:14-15)
However, let me just set the record straight once and for all, up front, and in bold font,
The Bible teaches only ONE eschatological view on prophecy
Just like the Bible teaches only ONE soteriological view on salvation.
Just like the Bible teaches only ONE ecclesiological view on the church.
The Bible is NOT a choose-your-own-adventure book
Here are several questions I have used to debate the two Pre-wrath devotees, and found them either quite unwilling or unable to answer coherently. Keep in mind; this is using the PW view of how things play out as the backdrop.
If the Seals 1-5 are not the wrath of God, but rather, are the wrath of man/Satan/ Antichrist….HOW do they (man/Satan/Antichrist) initiate said seals.
a.) If the Church is not raptured, and we are still on the earth, then how then do we when these have begun (if Man or Satan initiates these)? IOW, how do we know specifically when the first Seal has been opened?
b.) How is the “wrath of man” or “wrath of Satan” any different from what has already occurred in history? In the 20th Century alone, we have documented hundreds of millions killed due to crime, war, persecution, starvation, genocide, pestilence, murder, abortion, holocaust, etc.…and yet, we could not point to a single moment when the rider on the white horse could have arrived. More Christians have died in the 20th-21st century then the previous 20 centuries combined.
2.) If the first Seal is marked by the arrival of THE Antichrist (rider on the white horse), how will one know who it is? Paul states in 2 Thess. 2:7-8 that the man of lawlessness (The Antichrist) cannot be revealed UNTIL the one who restrains, is taken out of the way.
a.) Who/what is “the one who restrains?” Here are your options-
– Michael the Archangel (not omnipresent)
– Human Government (not capable or willing)
– The Holy Spirit
– The Holy Spirit filled/sealed Church
– Satan (seems to not be in his own interest to do so)
b.) What physically happens on the earth when “the one who restrains” is removed? How will we (those of us on earth) know exactly when this “restraint removal” happens?
In Revelation 3:10, Jesus tells the Church at Philadelphia (and those who have an ear to hear) that I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. If this is not a picture of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church, then what is it?
a.) If it has already happened, when and where did it happen?
b.) Why does Jesus make a distinction between “those who dwell on the earth” and presumably, those who do not?
c.) Since when do those who do not dwell on the earth (presumably heaven or hell), have to worry about any issues on the earth anyway?
d.) Why would Jesus make this distinction in light of this seeming redundancy?
By Jonathan C. Brentner
We live in a time when believers are
“tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph. 4:14).
This is especially true in regard to the return of Jesus. Today, we face a myriad of differing “schemes” regarding the rapture and other end time events.
How do we find our way in the midst of such confusion?
Paul gives us a huge clue in Ephesians 4:14: the errant waves come from “human cunning” of reasoning apart from the words of Scripture. It’s the words of the Bible that keep us grounded in truth.
In making my distinctions between the rapture and Second Coming, I assume a premillennial belief. Without beliefs in a literal seven year tribulation, Jesus return to earth after this time, and the setting of a millennial rule that includes Israel, these distinctions would be not make much sense.
Below I begin my list of seven reasons why we should regard the rapture as a unique event.
By Jonathan C. Brentner
In my last post, I began listing reasons why we should regard the rapture as a separate event from the Second Coming. Much confusion exists today over this mater.
Because so many today fail to make the distinction between the two events, or fail to even believe in a rapture, it’s important to understand why it is different than the Second Coming.
As in part 1, I include this important note: In making my distinctions between the rapture and second coming, I am assuming a premillennial belief. Without beliefs in a literal seven year tribulation, Jesus return to earth after this time, and the setting of a millennial rule that includes Israel, these distinctions would be mute.
Here are my remaining 3 reasons why we should regard the rapture as a unique event.
The New Testament nowhere describes the Second Coming as a mystery, as something new. The rapture, however, is described as a mystery, a new and fresh revelation for the church!
Why all the fuss in separating the rapture from the Second Coming? It matters because it relates to our expectation of what comes next for us.
If they are the same event, then our immediate prospect is not Jesus’ appearing but seven frightful years of devastating tribulation on the earth for which we need to prepare as we see the many signs of the approaching tribulation. On the other hand, if they are distinct events separated by seven years, then we live in anticipation of suddenly being in Jesus’ presence.
This is the essence of biblical perspective on life, that of living in hope of Jesus’ imminent appearing to take us home!