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But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! (Galatians 1:8)
(John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
Socrates Statement
All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and devine
Gen. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul
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“IS THE HUMAN SOUL MORTAL OR IMMORTAL?”

https://www.gotquestions.org/human-soul-mortal-immortal.html
Answer: Without a doubt the human soul is immortal. This is clearly seen in many Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments: Psalm 22:26; 23:6; 49:7-9; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:46; and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. Daniel 12:2 says,
“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”
Similarly, Jesus Himself said that the wicked “will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). With the same Greek word used to refer to both “punishment” and “life,” it is clear that both the wicked and the righteous have an eternal/immortal soul.
The unmistakable teaching of the Bible is that all people, whether they are saved or lost, will exist eternally, in either heaven or hell. True life or spiritual life does not cease when our fleshly bodies pass away in death. Our souls will live forever, either in the presence of God in heaven if we are saved, or in punishment in hell if we reject God’s gift of salvation. In fact, the promise of the Bible is that not only will our souls live forever, but also that our bodies will be resurrected. This hope of a bodily resurrection is at the very heart of the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).
While all souls are immortal, it is important to remember that we are not eternal in the same way that God is. God is the only truly eternal being in that He alone is without a beginning or end. God has always existed and will always continue to exist. All other sentient creatures, whether they are human or angelic, are finite in that they had a beginning. While our souls will live forever once we come into being, the Bible does not support the concept that our souls have always existed. Our souls are immortal, as that is how God created them, but they did have a beginning; there was a time they did not exist.
Recommended Resource: Created in God’s Image by Anthony Hoekema
RELATED TOPICS:
1.   What does it mean that man is made in the image of God?
2.   Do we have two or three parts? Body, soul, and spirit?
3.   What is the difference between the soul and spirit of man?
4.   How did the Fall affect humanity?
5.   What is the Christian view of cloning?
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HOW CAN THEY BECOME BELIEVERS WITHOUT THE SPIRIT?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/how-can-they-become-believers-without-the-spirit/
QUESTION:    1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Could you help me to understand this in greater depth? I gather from this verse that unbelievers (those not born again) who do not have the guidance of the holy spirit reject the word of God or simply don’t understand it. Following this trend of thought, is it only believers who can understand the word of God? How then do unbelievers become believers if they cannot understand the things or word of God?
ANSWER:    I have heard a number of believers bear witness to the fact that they never understood the Bible until after they were saved. I myself had the same experience. Therefore I believe Paul was in fact saying that it’s impossible for an unbeliever to understand the word of God. He said the person without the spirit cannot understand things that come from the Spirit of God because they are spiritually discerned.
The fact is, most people don’t become believers because they understand God’s word. They understand God’s Word because they have become believers. In Romans 8:29-30 Paul explained the process.
Long before the first man was created, God looked down through time and “saw” everyone who would choose to accept the pardon Jesus purchased for us at the cross. At that time He reserved a place for us in Heaven. At the appropriate time in our life He called us to make the decision He had already “seen” us make. When we responded, as He knew we would, He applied the pardon to our sins and saved us.
At that moment God gave us two things; the first was the gift of faith to believe we were saved (Ephesians 2:8) and the second was His Spirit, who He put in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:21-22). Having received these two things, we could finally understand His word, and what had been confusing to us became clear. This clarity caused the seed of faith He had given us to sprout and grow, yielding a deeper and more abiding faith.
 

HOW DO I BECOME BORN AGAIN?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/how-do-i-become-born-again/
QUESTION:    The church I attend does not teach the need to be born again, but I’ve been told that Jesus said we must be born again. I want to do what Jesus said. What must I do to become a born again Christian?
ANSWER:    The phrase born again comes from John 3:3 where Jesus called it a prerequisite for entrance into God’s Kingdom. A few verses later He explained that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to die for our sins so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have have eternal life (John 3:16).
In John 1:12-13 we are told that everyone who receives Jesus and believes in His name is given the authority to become a child of God. The way you do this is through prayer. You tell God that you know you’re a sinner in need of a Savior, and that you believe Jesus died for your sins and rose again. (That’s what believing in His name means.)
Then you ask Him to forgive you for your sins and to be your Savior. The moment He hears your prayer, He will do what you ask. Then He will send His Holy Spirit to dwell within you as a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance (Ephes. 1:13-14). That’s what it means to be born again.
Jesus said everyone who asks receives, every one who seeks will find and to all who knock the door will be opened (Matt. 7:7-8). There are no other conditions.
So it’s like this. Being born the first time gave us a temporary life on Earth. Being born again gives us an eternal life with God in Heaven.
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THE 3 MOST POPULAR CHRISTIAN MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/popular-christian-myths-misconceptions-surrounding-second-coming-jesus-christ/
It is excellent to be a strong Christian witness, to hand out gospel tracts, and to plead with lost souls to get saved. In fact, it is the work the Lord has charged us with in the time we have from the day we got saved to the day we leave this world through death or rapture. But if you think that any of that is going to speed up the Rapture, make the Lord come sooner, or ‘bring in the kingdom’ which we have already shown is impossible, then please pull over and park and recheck your motivations.
If you wanted to compare the so-called evangelicals with Bible believers in terms of working out, the Bible believers would be the original Gold’s Gym in California, and the evangelicals would be your average Planet Fitness with their ‘Judgement-Free Zone’.
“I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.” Song Of Solomon 2:7,8 (KJV)
It seems that everywhere I look lately, be it online or something I overhear in conversations on the streets, that so many people are repeating things they ‘know to be true’ about the return of Jesus Christ that simply are are not true at all, according to the Bible.
An article in the UK Guardian today really got my blood boiling. In it, they were attempting to say that the evangelical community in America was experiencing ‘end times fatigue’ because events long prophesied haven’t come to pass so far. This is what they said:
This “post-evangelical” generation was raised on a steady diet of low-budget movies and pulp novels that injected a potent fear of the coming Rapture, a dynamic most eloquently described by the late Billy Graham. “I pick up the Bible in one hand,” he said, “and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible. It’s being fulfilled every day round about us.” In the 1990s, Christopher Stroop was one such evangelical. He has now abandoned his faith and leads a social media campaign seeking to galvanize “exvangelicals” with hashtags like #emptythepews and #raptureanxiety. He said he had “definitely seen a lot of ex-evangelicals talking about being triggered by the Jerusalem news”. source
Man oh man, what a load of hooey that is. Why is it that news outlets like the Guardian and others never, and I mean never, will interview a Bible believer about the end times and instead choose to post the ridiculous views of “ex-Christians” who have “abandoned their faith” because the Rapture didn’t happen. Complete and utter nonsense. If you wanted to compare the so-called evangelicals with Bible believers in terms of working out, the Bible believers would be the original Gold’s Gym in California, and the evangelicals would be your average Planet Fitness with their ‘Judgement-Free Zone‘. I mean, really. Any “christian” who abandoned their faith in Jesus Christ because the “rapture didn’t happen” was quite likely never saved in the first place.
So here are a few easy-to-digest bullets points that I hope will go a long way towards correcting some of the many unbiblical assertions being made today about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and at the same time boost your faith in God’s preserved word as found in the King James Bible.
THE RAPTURE IS NEITHER THE SECOND COMING OR END OF THE WORLD: In various places in the Bible, we read about the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church that takes places just before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1 (KJV).
We know that it cannot be the ‘end of the world’ because multiple events over a 1,007 year period take place right afterwards. And we also know that it is not the Second Coming of Jesus Christ because in the Rapture of the Church, Jesus only comes back as far as the clouds and pulls the born again believers up to Him.
“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: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV).
At the Second Coming, Jesus returns to rule and reign from Jerusalem for a thousand years, quite different from the Rapture of the church. Things that are different are not the same.
YOU ARE NOT ‘BRINGING IN THE KINGDOM’: The Kingdom of Heaven in the Bible is a literal, physical and visible earthly kingdom over which Jesus Christ will rule as King for a thousand years, and His Throne will be in Jerusalem. This kingdom cannot and will not be established on the earth until Jesus and His army of redeemed saints on white horses return at the Second Coming at the end of the time of Jacob’s trouble, at the Battle of Armageddon. We read about this in Revelation 19.
“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. 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. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 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. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-16 (KJV).
The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom that everyone who is saved during the last 2,000 years of the Church Age is automatically put into the moment they became born again. You don’t “bring in” the kingdom of God, you are brought into it when you get saved. Huge difference! So when I hear Christians tell me that they are ‘working to bring in the kingdom’, I always ask them “which one”? Biblically, there is no work any Christian can do to bring in either kingdom, that is all the Lord’s doing, and it requires exactly nothing from us to make either one a reality.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)
JESUS WILL NOT COME BACK WHEN THE ‘LAST PERSON’ GETS SAVED: Again, this is something I hear just about everyday in one form or another, and it is 100% not true. Many Christians will tell me that the reason why they hand out gospel tracts and witness is so that Jesus will come back sooner. Here is the verse they claim for doing that.
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14 (KJV).
Honestly, if that’s why you witness, then stop. That is a terrible reason to witness to people. The only reason why a Christian should witness to lost people is because Hell is real, and you don’t want them going there, and Jesus will save them from that fate if they get saved. There is no other reason to witness to lost people. The ‘proof-text’ they use from Matthew 24 is not talking about the Church Age, it is talking about how it will be at the end of the time of Jacob’s trouble, otherwise known as the Great Tribulation. In that time you will have the Two Witnesses preaching for 3.5 years from Jerusalem, and you will have the 144,000 sealed servants of the Living God doing their thing as well. At the end of all those things after the last 3.5 years, then the end will come. Not the end of the world, but the end of the time of Jacob’s’ trouble. These are correct conclusion we come to when we ‘rightly divide’ the scriptures as Paul tells us to do, and make a clear delineation between the Church Age for born again Christians which we are in now and will end at the Rapture, and the coming time of Jacob’s trouble for the Tribulation Saints.
Bible prophecy is great and very compelling, in fact, it’s my second favorite thing in the Bible. But the main thing that thrills my soul like nothing else is reading about The One who loved me so much that He shed His own blood on the cross as Calvary, was died and buried, and on the third day rose again to prove He had power over death and Hell.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)
 
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THE BIBLE BELIEVERS GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/the-bible-believers-guide-to-understanding-the-differences-between-the-rapture-and-the-second-coming/
So we see many Christian churches today, who do not rightly divide their Bibles, are teaching their people that there is no difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming. They say that these are one and the same event. But we will show you conclusively in this article that, because of the manifold differences between the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, that it is impossible for them to be the same event.
The day of Christ, the Rapture is to be looked forward to, the Day of the Lord, the Second Coming, is to be greatly feared.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
There is an old adage that says “things that are different are not the same”. As Christians, we have a nasty tendency to read everything from Matthew to Revelation and try to apply it all to the Church. This will not work, because all the New Testament is not written to the Christian Church. The Church is only one part of it. Much of the New Testament is written to the Jews of that time, and to the Jews that will be living during the time of Jacob’s Trouble, otherwise known as the Great Tribulation. And some of it is written to the unbelieving Gentiles. This is why Paul commands Timothy to teach people how to “rightly divide” their Bibles to know which of the three groups God is speaking to at any given time.
So we see many Christian churches today, who do not rightly divide their Bibles, are teaching their people that there is no difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming. They say that these are one and the same event. But we will show you conclusively in this article that, because of the manifold differences between the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, that it is impossible for them to be the same event.
#1: The Rapture is the ‘blessed hope’ while the Second Coming is a Day to be greatly feared.
We start with this one first because it is the one difference most overlooked in a study of the differences between the Rapture and the Second Coming. In Titus 2:13, talking about the Rapture, Paul calls it “the Blessed Hope”, a day of great comfort and joy. But in Amos 5:18, talking about the Day of the Lord, which is in fact the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, God tells us that it is a day of “great woe”, and greatly to be feared! Now, how can the Rapture and the Second Coming possibly be the same? Read Joel 3 for more on the ferocity and woefulness of the Second Coming. Paul calls the Rapture of the Church the “day of Christ”.
The Second Coming is called the day of the Lord. The day of Christ is to be looked forward to, the Day of the Lord to be feared. If you are someone who believes the Bible, then I could stop this article right here as I have established my case well beyond the shadow of any doubt, reasonable or otherwise. But for you who are “fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” then we have added another 9 rock-solid reasons why the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ cannot be the same event.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13 (KJV)The Rapture
“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” 2 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV) The Rapture
 
“Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.” Amos 5:18 (KJV)The Second Coming
 
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” Isaiah 13:9 (KJV) – The Second Coming
#2: In the Rapture, Jesus comes for his Church, at His Second Coming He brings the Church with Him.
Paul teaches over and over again that at the Rapture, the Church is taken up and out from off the face of the Earth. But at the Second Coming, Jesus returns with His saints. Another fatal difference when trying to reconcile the two events as one. The first it’s a “going up”, and in the second it’s a “coming down”.
“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: 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.1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 (KJV) The Rapture
“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Revelation 19:24 (KJV) – The Second Coming
#3: In the Rapture, the Church is taken to Heaven, at the Second Coming Jesus sets up earthly rule.
In both John and Paul’s writings, the promise of a “heavenly home” awaits for the born again Christian. We call this the Kingdom of God. But in the Second Coming, a thousand year kingdom is established on Earth, known as the Kingdom of Heaven. Christians are never promised an earthly home, but an heavenly one. The Jews and Tribulation saints were never promised that, they get instead a home on the Earth.
“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. 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.” John 14:2,3 (KJV) – The Rapture
 
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4 (KJV) The Second Coming
#4: The Rapture happens before the Antichrist and the Tribulation, while the Second Coming happens after both.
Paul stresses repeatedly that one of the incredible benefits of being taken out in the Rapture is that you get to miss the entire wrath of the Great Tribulation. But Matthew tells us that the Second Coming is “after the Tribulation of those days”. Well, which is it? If the Rapture and the Second Coming are the same event, then these verses represent an irreconcilable difference. But there is not a conflict because, obviously, they are two separate and distinct events.
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV) – The Rapture
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV) – The Rapture
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:29,39 (KJV) – The Second Coming
#5: In the Rapture, only the born again Church sees the Lord come for them, at the Second Coming the whole world witnesses it.
Mockers of the doctrine of the Pretribulation Rapture like to call it a “secret” Rapture, like that is somehow an insult to people who believe it. The apostle Paul, who the Holy Spirit used to write that doctrine, also viewed it as a secret, he called it a “mystery”. In the Rapture, only the redeemed hear the Shout of the Lord and He calls us up to be with Him in the air. At the Second Coming, Jesus appears in JUDGMENT to the whole world.
“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.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV) The Rapture
 
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7 (KJV) The Second Coming
#6: In the Rapture, no angels are sent to gather the Church. At the Second Coming, angels do all the gathering for judgment.
Paul says that it is Jesus Himself who comes to gather His Church up and out of here. We hear His Shout, and “in the twinkling of an eye” we are gone. No angels mentioned anywhere. Compare this with His Second Coming where only angels are sent to gather God’s elect, the Jewish remnant who made it through the Tribulation. Again, major difference.
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.” 1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJVThe Rapture
 
“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:30,31 (KJV) – The Second Coming
#7: The Judgment Seat of Christ follows the Rapture while the Judgment of Nations follows the Second Coming.
Immediately after the Rapture of the Church, Paul says that we will be appearing before the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is not a judgment on sin, which was taken care of at Calvary, it is a judgement on the works we did or did not do for Jesus Christ after we got saved. But immediately after the Second Coming, the judgment that takes place is a public judgment, not of individuals, but of the nations.
“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.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV) The Rapture
 
“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25:44-46 (KJVThe Second Coming
#8: Famine, war and pestilence follow the Rapture while 1,000 years of world peace follows the Second Coming.
Again, the differences here could not be more apparent. After the Rapture, a time of unbelievable suffering is ushered in, the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). But after the Second Coming, a 1,000 reign of the Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem brings a world peace so amazing that even poisonous animals are no longer dangerous. The verse in Matthew 24 where the apostles ask Jesus about the “sign of thy coming” is a direct reference to the Second Coming. The doctrine of the Rapture was unknown to them at this time and would not be revealed until Paul, 30 years from the writing of Matthew.
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 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. 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.” Matthew 24:3,6-8 (KJV)
“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. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:6-10 (KJV) The Second Coming
#9: No one in the bible knew of the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church until it was revealed by the Lord to Paul.
This is one of the greatest proof-texts for why the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming cannot be the same event. Paul, in Corinthians 15, is the very first to tell us of the Rapture of the Church, and lets us know that it is a “mystery” revealed by God to him alone which he then was charged with teaching the Church. Nearly every bible chronology places the date of the writing of Matthew at around 35 AD, and the writing of Corinthians at around 66 AD.
Why is this important? Because if no one knew of the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church until Paul, then Matthew 24 and 25 cannot be, under any circumstances, referring to the Church and the Rapture because no one knew of any Rapture. In fact, at the time of Matthew the Church itself was not even formed. If Matthew knew and wrote about the Rapture of the Church, then Paul was lying when he said it was a MYSTERY that he was revealing for the first time in Corinthians.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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.” 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 (KJV) – The Rapture
#10: At the Rapture, believers are given a glorified body, at the Second Coming they remain in earthly bodies as they enter the Millennial Kingdom.
At the Rapture of the Church, great personal and physical change takes place for the believer. The Bible says that the born again believer receives a new body that is fashioned just like the “glorious body” that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself was given at His Resurrection. Wow, imagine that! How exciting for the believer to be able to look forward to that day. But at the Second Coming, as Jesus sets up His earthly government from Jerusalem, the people who made it through the Tribulation have no special bodies, and it is possible for them to die. Christians who get glorified bodies can never die.
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” Philippians 3:20,21 (KJV) – The Rapture

 

“But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.” Isaiah 65:17-21 (KJV) – The Second Coming
If you are not only a Bible believer but also intellectually honest, then you must admit that we have proved completely that the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ are two very different events with two very different results. In this article we have given 10 reasons as to why, but could easily provide another 20 examples of the differences between the two events.
Things that are different cannot be the same. Case closed.
 
 
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NTEB RADIO BIBLE STUDY: WHY THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH IS NOT THE SECOND COMING

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On this episode of Rightly Dividing, we take a look at some popular myths and misconceptions that many Christians unwittingly repeat about the end times that have no basis in Bible truth. We will look at 10 areas in Bible prophecy that demand a Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, as well as manifold evidence that the Rapture of the Church is neither the Second Coming of Jesus Christ nor the end of the world.
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“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: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV)
An article in the UK Guardian today really got my blood boiling. In it, they were attempting to say that the evangelical community in America was experiencing ‘end times fatigue’ because events long prophesied haven’t come to pass so far. Why is it that news outlets like the Guardian and others never, and I mean never, will interview a Bible believer about the end times and instead choose to post the ridiculous views of “ex-Christians” who have “abandoned their faith” because the Rapture didn’t happen. Complete and utter nonsense.
HOW TO LISTEN: Click here to listen to this Bible study live starting at 9:00 PM EST Sunday evening.
On this episode of Rightly Dividing, we take a look at some popular myths and misconceptions that many Christians unwittingly repeat about the end times that have no basis in Bible truth. We will look at 10 areas in Bible prophecy that demand a Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, as well as manifold evidence that the Rapture of the Church is neither the Second Coming of Jesus Christ nor the end of the world.
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HOW TO LISTEN: Click here to listen to this Bible study live starting at 9:00 PM EST Sunday evening.
 
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RISE OF THE MACHINES: US ARMY IS TURNING TO ‘TERMINATOR’-STYLE AUTONOMOUS ROBOT SOLDIERS ON BATTLEFIELD

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/us-army-turning-terminator-style-autonomous-robots-soldiers-battlefield/
“Within five years, I have no doubt there will be robots in every Army formation,” said Bryan McVeigh, the Army’s project manager for force protection. He touted a record 800 robots fielded over the past 18 months. “We’re going from talking about robots to actually building and fielding programs,” he said. “This is an exciting time to be working on robots with the Army.” But that’s just the beginning.
by Geoffrey Grider May 18, 2018
Over the next few years, the Pentagon is poised to spend almost $1 billion for a range of robots designed to complement combat troops. Beyond scouting and explosives disposal, these new machines will sniff out hazardous chemicals or other agents, perform complex reconnaissance and even carry a soldier’s gear.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A robotized device can absolutely make life safer, more productive and more enjoyable. The problem comes when AI progress to such a point that the temptation to allow these robots to begin making decisions on their own becomes unavoidable. Facebook did an AI experiment last year that was quickly shut down when the chatbots suddenly created their own language that the humans running the experiment were not able to understand. That’s how lightning-fast these things can get out of control. Now, replace ‘chatbots’ with autonomous robots armed with military weapons, and you see very quickly the danger in where this is all heading. 
“Within five years, I have no doubt there will be robots in every Army formation,” said Bryan McVeigh, the Army’s project manager for force protection. He touted a record 800 robots fielded over the past 18 months. “We’re going from talking about robots to actually building and fielding programs,” he said. “This is an exciting time to be working on robots with the Army.”
But that’s just the beginning.
The Pentagon has split its robot platforms into light, medium and heavy categories. In April, the Army awarded a $429.1 million contract to two Massachusetts companies, Endeavor Robotics of Chelmsford and Waltham-based QinetiQ North America, for small bots weighing fewer than 25 pounds. This spring, Endeavor also landed two contracts worth $34 million from the Marine Corps for small and mid-sized robots.
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Check out the latest generation robots from Boston Dynamics, an absolutely creepy show of just how far robot technology is progressing.
In October, the Army awarded Endeavor $158.5 million for a class of more than 1,200 medium robots, called the Man-Transportable Robotic System, Increment II, weighing less than 165 pounds. The MTRS robot, designed to detect explosives as well as chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats, is scheduled to enter service by late summer 2019. The Army plans to determine its needs for a larger, heavier class of robot later this year.
“It’s a recognition that ground robots can do a lot more, and there’s a lot of capabilities that can and should be exploited,” said Sean Bielat, Endeavor’s chief executive officer. Specifically, he points to “the dull, the dirty and the dangerous” infantry tasks as those best suited to robotics.
Facebook shut down an artificial intelligence engine after developers discovered that the AI had created its own unique language that humans can’t understand. Researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that the chatbots had deviated from the script and were communicating in a new language developed without human input. It is as concerning as it is amazing – simultaneously a glimpse of both the awesome and horrifying potential of AI. source
During combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department amassed an inventory of more than 7,000 robots, with much of the hardware designed to neutralize improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Military brass were trying to quickly solve a vexing problem that was killing troops, but the acquisition strategy led to a motley assortment of devices that trade journal Defense News last year called “a petting zoo of various ground robots.”
This approach also meant that each “pet” was essentially a one-off device used for a single task. The Army’s current approach is to field more inter-operable robots with a common chassis, allowing different sensors and payloads to be attached, along with standardized controllers for various platforms, said McVeigh, a retired Army colonel.
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Futuristic Military Combat Robots From US Military’s Research Labs
This is what the Pentagon is developing in battlefield robot technology.
This strategy is also geared toward affordability. “If we want to change payloads, then we can spend our money on changing the payloads and not having to change the whole system,” he said. While it ramps up to use its newer robots, the Army will retain about 2,500 of the medium and small robots from the older fleet.
Amid their many capacities, none of the current or planned U.S. infantry robots is armed—yet. Armed robots are hardly new, of course, with South Korea deploying sentry gun-bots in the demilitarized zone fronting North Korea and various countries flying drones equipped with a variety of weapons.
“Just strapping a conventional weapon onto a robot doesn’t necessarily give you that much” for ground troops, said Bielat, the Endeavor Robotics CEO. “There is occasional interest in weaponizing robots, but it’s not particularly strong interest. What is envisioned in these discussions is always man-in-the-loop, definitely not autonomous use of weapons.”
Yet, depending on one’s perspective, machines that kill autonomously are either a harbinger of a “Terminator”-style dystopia or a logical evolution of warfare. This new generation of weaponry would be armed and able to “see” and assess a battle zone faster and more thoroughly than a human—and react far more quickly. What happens next is where the topic veers into a moral, perhaps existential, morass.
“It seems inevitable that technology is taking us to a point where countries will face the question of whether to delegate lethal decision-making to machines,” said Paul Scharre, a senior fellow and director of the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security.
Last year, 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence, including Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, sent a letter to the United Nations urging a ban on lethal autonomous weapons.
“Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the letter stated, warning of a “Pandora’s box” being opened with such systems.
To date, 26 countries have joined calls for a ban on fully autonomous weapons, including 14 nations in Latin America, according to the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Notably absent from this list are nations with robust defense industries that research AI and robotics—countries such as the U.S., Russia, Israel, France, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
The campaign was launched five years ago by activists alarmed at the prospect of machines wielding “the power to decide who lives or dies on the battlefield.”
“If you buy into the notion that it’s a moral and humanitarian issue—that you have machines making life-and-death decisions on the battlefield—then it’s a very simple issue,” said Steve Goose, director of Human Rights Watch’s arms division and a co-founder of the campaign. “People have a sense of revulsion over this.” source

 

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