“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (RAPTURED) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord!” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 AMP
In theological terms, the word RAPTURE is defined as: “the experience, anticipated by some fundamentalist Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return to earth.”
While the exact word “RAPTURE” does not occur in the Bible. The term comes from a Latin word meaning “a carrying off, a transport, or a snatching away, or caught up. The concept of the “caught up” or the rapture of the church is clearly taught in Scripture.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 tells us that at God’s command, with the voice of an Archangel and the trumpet call of God, believers that have already died (the dead in Christ) will rise from their graves. Then the believers still alive on the earth will be “caught up” in the air with the dead in Christ to meet Jesus in the air. Together we will be taken to be with the Lord. These believers – both the dead and alive are called the Church.
“Now I say this, believers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit nor be part of the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (mortal) inherit the imperishable (immortal). Listen very carefully, I tell you a mystery [a secret truth decreed by God and previously hidden, but now revealed]; we will not all sleep [in death], but we will all be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed], in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at [the sound of] the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [who believed in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we will be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed]. For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us that is capable of dying] must put on immortality [which is freedom from death].” 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 AMP
The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Through the Lives of God’s People in Israel by Ray Bentley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Don’t Just Read Prophecy. Step into Its Fulfillment. The study of prophecy inspires elaborate timelines and speculation about which world leader might rise to power in the last days. But meanwhile, it’s far too easy to miss the significant prophetic signs contained in stories of biblical characters, in God’s creation, and in the lives and actions of today’s Israelis and Palestinians.”
The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Through the Lives of God’s People in Israel by Ray Bentley is quite an interesting book. Right from the beginning it is filled with intriguing personal stories about key players in present-day Israel. With all that is going in Israel daily, it is through these personal accounts, we get a glimpse of Israel – then and now. Continue reading
This book is fascinating. It kept my attention from the first page until the last. I cannot stress enough how strongly I feel that this book and the author’s last book, The Harbinger, are on your immediate reading list. Read it, then pass it along to friends, family, co-workers.
The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future, the World’s Future, and Your Future! by Jonathan Cahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future, the World’s Future, and Your Future!
The book you can’t afford NOT to read. It is already affecting your life…And it WILL affect your future!
Is it possible that there exists a three-thousand-year-old mystery that…
– Has been determining the course of your life without your knowing it?
– Foretells current events before they happen?
– Revealed the dates and the hours of the greatest crashes in Wall Street history before they happened?
– Determined the timing of 9/11?
– Lies behind the rise of America to global superpower… and its fall?
– Has forecast the rising and falling of the world’s stock market throughout modern times?
– Lies behind world wars and the collapse of nations, world powers, and empires?
– Holds key to what lies ahead for the world and for your life?
– And much more….”
Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times by David Jeremiah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Who Will Usher in Earth’s Final Days? Are we living in the end times? Is it possible that the players depicted in the book of Revelation could be out in force today? And if they are, would you know how to recognize them?
In Agents of the Apocalypse, noted prophecy expert Dr. David Jeremiah does what no prophecy expert has done before. He explores the book of Revelation through the lens of its major players—the exiled, the martyrs, the elders, the victor, the king, the judge, the 144,000, the witnesses, the false prophet, and the beast.
One by one, Dr. Jeremiah delves into their individual personalities and motives, and the role that each plays in biblical prophecy. Then he provides readers with the critical clues and information needed to recognize their presence and power in the world today.
The stage is set, and the curtain is about to rise on Earth’s final act. Will you be ready?” Continue reading
This is an amazing book that I had the privledge to read. I would strongly urge you to consider reading and studying this book. I will let the review speak for itself…
The Book of Revelation Made Clear: A Down-To-Earth Guide to Understanding the Most Mysterious Book of the Bible by Tim LaHaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“The Bible’s final book, Revelation, can seem intimidating or downright impossible to comprehend, even for serious students of the Scriptures. Filled with complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references,, Revelation is often set aside by readers in favor of more straightforward, easier-to-digest biblical material. Yet the capstone of the canon need not remain a mystery.
Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall
“Economies have collapsed, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. Technology is growing by leaps and bounds with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead… all designed to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist’s reign of evil. Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day.”
Mark of Evil is book four, and the final chapter of The End Series by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall.
Tim LaHaye is a co-author of renowned The Left Behind Series. Just like that series, The End Series grabs a hold of you and does not let you go. It takes you on along as the Remnant fight just to survive and try to save just one more and one more soul for the Kingdom. You will find yourself crying and laughing and celebrating and mourning with these characters as they battle the prophetic events of the last days that seem as though they might just have been clipped from today’s news as their world, and ours, steps closer and closer to the reign of the Antichrist and the return of our Lord Jesus in glory.
The End Series is a page-turner that will keep you so engrossed that it might just cost you a couple nights sleep.
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