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by Todd Strandberg

Someday, without warning and at a time completely unknown, God the Father is going to turn to Jesus Christ, His Son, and give the command to go forth and catch up the Church into Heaven. Precisely at that moment (the rapture), everything we are currently doing, thinking, or planning will suffer instantaneous nullification. In other words, as we are raptured into the heavenly realm, everything earthly will cease to matter, become of no effect will be kaput.

In Heaven, every Christian will summarize his or her entire life on earth by answering a single question: "What did you do to advance the kingdom of God?" Whether you happen to be one of the richest people in the world or one of the poorest, in heavenly calculations, you are both of equal status. Only those deeds that you carried out in love, in charity, and to the glory God's name will be translated into heavenly wealth.

Far too often, we Christians, who know of the better world to come, allow ourselves to become distracted by the pitfalls of this life. The unsaved have no awareness of the eternal kingdom and have a good excuse for being distracted. This is the only existence they're aware of--but what's our excuse?

I really don't think many of us realize what an incredible transformation the rapture implies. Any situation in your life that appears to have you in its grasp will remain down here the day you're caught up into glory. If you're like me, I can think of several situations that I would love to leave behind. I've listed below some of the prime examples of why someone should wish for instantaneous nullification:

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    • Health problems
    • Problems on the job
    • Moral failures
    • Economic hardships
    • Legal problems
    • Business failure
    • Marital or relationship difficulties
    • Trouble in school
    • Mental distress

Here are some more specific situations that may or may not apply to you:

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    • Your only friend in life chases squirrels and goes by the name Fido.
    • You're so sickly that your life insurance company will only carry you on a week-to-week basis.
    • In school, you're failing everything except study hall and lunch.
    • Your children are into so much trouble that the police have more pictures of them than you do.
    • Everyone else's money talks--yours only stutters.
    • Your car is so rusted it weighs half of what it did brand new.
    • Your web page is getting two hits a day--you and your brother.
    • You're not affected by financial reversals. You're already broke.
    • You had to let your maid go because your husband wouldn't.
    • As a child, both of your parents helped you run away from home.

Some people take great exception to the idea of anyone looking forward to the rapture. One popular refrain scolds rapturists for being "so heavenly minded they're of no earthly good." Is being heavenly minded really a problem? The opposite appears to be true. I can't find a single passage of Scripture in the New Testament in which Jesus or any other author warns us not to get too worked up over Christ's return. In several passages, however, we are commanded to watch and wait:

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man 
(Luke 21:36).

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober 
(1 Thessalonians 5:6).

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh 
(Matthew 25:13).

And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come 
(1 Thessalonians 1:10).

For many Christians, the cares of this life are all that matters. I'm afraid when Jesus comes in the air to call up His bride, He may have to use a crow bar to pry a few reluctant believers from their earthly possessions. As the world grows more and more corrupt, many will be left behind because they loved this life too much.

One of the greatest lies the devil spreads is that our existence here on earth is more desirable than life up in Heaven. Going to Heaven is often compared to going to the dentist. You know you will eventually have to go, but hopefully not today. The truth is, if anyone were to spend just five minutes in glory, I'm certain that he or she would regret having to return to this sin-tainted world.

But as it is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him"
(1 Corinthians 2:9).

I see the possibility of someone being overly preoccupied with our Lord's return as a problem that's just about as big as an airline executive being overly worried about flight safety or a restaurant owner being overly concerned about food spoilage.

Two examples demonstrate the confusion in our values regarding earthly and heavenly preoccupation:

At one time, I had a Christian boss who was our squadron's acting First Shirt (the person who deals with all the disciplinary matters). I was working in my office, and he came in all upset. I asked him what was the matter. He then told me that he had returned from a another squadron, where he had just engaged in a heated argument with that squadron's officials over a young airman. Apparently, the airman had recently accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and had decided to get rid of all of his heavy metal records. He had also decided he no longer wanted to go drinking with the boys anymore, preferring to read his Bible instead. Well, the pointy heads thought he might be at a risk to himself. They had taken him off flying status and were about to send him to see a shrink. My former boss gave them an earful and straightened the matter out.

Here in Nebraska, the Cornhuskers football team enjoys a huge following. In fact, the only people who don't know about the Huskers are either fresh from another country or they reside at a local cemetery. Well, when the Huskers won the championship twice, one enthusiastic fan ran naked down Main Street to celebrate the team's victory. Did anyone throw a net over him or try to send him to a shrink? No. His actions were considered to be perfectly normal.

If Christians ever carried on like sports fans, what would the world think of us? Frankly, I think the idea that believers should abstain from getting too worked up over their Savior is a concept straight from the pit of hell.

Just as some people have their reasons for looking forward to the Lord's return, others have their reasons for ignoring the coming rapture. I love asking people questions about the Lord's return. Here are some excuses I've received from people explaining why they're not interested in the rapture:

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    • I still have my whole life ahead of me.
    • Christ isn't coming back until long after I'm dead.
    • That stuff is too scary for me to even think about.
    • I want to play basketball (school related).
    • I don't believe in the rapture.
    • I don't believe in Heaven.
    • I don't believe in God.
    • I'd rather go to the other place and be with all my friends.
    • Christ isn't coming back until the world gets its act together.

The next important event we Christians need to be mindful of is the pre-Tribulation rapture. Every day, we think about food, work, money, or sex, but how much thought do we give to eternal matters? The rapture is infinitely (in a literal sense) more important than any of these carnal distractions. It is critical for all of us to be ready for this glorious event. Most of mankind will not be ready when the call to, "Come up hither," is given. The problem will not be that God failed to factor man into His plans, but that man failed to factor God into his plans.

 

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THY KINGDOM COME

Table of Contents

Prefatory

Foreword
Notes and Credits
Contents
Introduction

Part I - Israel: God's Chosen People Still

Chapter 1 - The Chosen People

Chosen to Share the Truth
The Covenants
The Purpose of a "Chosen People": Blessing of All Nations
The Promised Land
Canaan
Israel
Palestine
Conditional Nature of The Promise of the Land
The Disobedience and Restoration of Israel
Disobedience and Discipline
Repentance
Rebuilding
Coming of The Messiah
Fulfillment of Prophecy
The Believing Minority - Apostles and Early Christians
Israel's Unbelief
Rejection of Messiah
Hardening and blindness
Modern Israel
Israel's Glorious Future

Part II - The Church: A Mystery Revealed

Chapter 2 - The Mystery of The Church

Announcement by Jesus
Beginnings at Pentecost
The Feasts and Fulfilled Prophecy
The Passover Supper (Pesach)
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
The Feast of First fruits
Pentecost
Warning about Date Setting
The Feasts And Possible Future Fulfillments
Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur
The Feast of Tabernacles
Revelation of the Mystery through Paul
The Gospel to all nations - "To the Jew first"
The Church: The Body and Bride of Christ
Grafted in temporarily - in Israel's place
Spiritual Heirs of the covenants
Not to replace Israel
One New Man
Not to antagonize Israel

Chapter 3 - Church History

The Presence of Jesus Christ In This Age
Insight About the Church
Instruction To the Church
To Ephesus
To Smyrna
To Pergamum
To Thyatira
To Sardis
To Philadelphia
To Laodicea

Chapter 4 - The Rapture of the Church

The Next Major Biblical Event in History:
The Rapture of the Church
Meaning of "rapture"
Three Events That Happen at The Rapture
Other Important Terms
Those who are "in Christ"
Why The Rapture Will Take Place Before The Tribulation
Any-moment expectation (imminence)
Deliverance of the Saints from wrath
Antichrist not revealed until hindering force is removed
Events between The Rapture and Christ's Return
Our return with Christ
The centrality of Israel and Jewish people during the Tribulation
Population of The Millennium by mortal believers
Differences between The Rapture and The Second Coming
Absence of The Church 
The Church Is Missing From The Tribulation

Chapter 5 - Historical Developments: 
Israel Scattered, the Church Age, and The Rise of Islam

Part III - Tribulation Saints:
The Destiny of Believers During The Coming Tribulation

Chapter 6 - Believers During The Tribulation

Saints and Martyrs of The Tribulation Period
Believers in Christ from all nations
Sudden belief of many after the Rapture
Messianic (Jewish) leadership
The Central Role of Israel
A Symbolic Overview of All of Israel's History

Chapter 7- Satan's Final Empire: The New World Order

Rise of Satan's final Empire
Fulfillment of the visions of Daniel
A New World Order
Kabbalism
Gnosticism
Knights Templars
Rosicrucians
The Illuminati
The Scottish Rite of the Masonic Order
The Paladian Rite
Recent Developments Toward a New World Order
The Federal Reserve System
The Council On Foreign Relations
The League Of Nations
Pyramid On The One Dollar Bill
The United Nations
The Bilderbergers
The World Constitution
The Club of Rome
Environmental Issues
The Trilateral Commission
Dissolution of the USSR
The Gulf War
European Union
Economic Instability in the U.S. and the World
United Religions

Chapter 8 - The First Half Of The Tribulation

The First Four Seals
The First Seal - Antichrist revealed
The Second Seal - War
The Third Seal - Famine
The Fourth Seal -= Plagues and Death
A Seven Year Treaty With Israel
Trust in a counterfeit Messiah
The 144,000 Called
Sealed - for what?

Chapter 9 - The Rebuilt Temple

Background: Jerusalem
The Tabernacle
The Outer Court
The Holy Place
The Holy of Holies
The History of The Temple
Solomon's Temple
The Second Temple
Herod's Temple
The Temple Mount Today
Two Moslem Holy Places
The Dome Of The Rock
Al Aqsa Mosque
The Western Wall
The Dome of the Tablets/ Dome of The Spirit
Necessity For A Temple
Because of Israel's Desires
Because of Bible Prophecy
New Testament References To The Future Temple
Location of The Future Temple
Where The Dome Of The Rock stands
North of The Dome Of The Rock
South of The Dome Of The Rock
The Ark Of The Covenant
Preparations For The Temple
Timing

Chapter 10 - The Great Tribulation

The Abomination of Desolation in the Temple
The Mark of The Beast
Political power
Religious power
Technological power
Computers
The Personal Computer
Artificial Intelligence
Supercomputers
Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Smart Cards
Implanted Transponders
Biometrics
Satellites
Fiber Optics
Interactive Television and The Internet
Control of Travel
Control of the Media
Programmable Tattoos
The Actual Mark

Chapter 11 - Petra

The Flight of the Remnant from Jerusalem at Mid-Tribulation
Jerusalem Surrounded by Armies
Flight of Jews from Judea
Believers' Underground
The Fifth Seal - Martyrdom
Petra - The Prepared Place 
Historical Background of Petra
Not to be conquered by Antichrist 
A hiding place
The Concept of the Remnant
Christ's presence

Chapter 12 - The Plot Thickens

Not All the Jews Flee to Edom
Two Fearless Witnesses on the Temple Mount 
Disasters of the Great Tribulation
Asteroids
Meteors and Meteorites
Comets
Ecological Issues
UFOs
The Seven Trumpets
The First Trumpet - Scorching of the Earth
The Second Trumpet - Slaughter in the Sea
The Third Trumpet - Souring of the Water
The Fourth Trumpet - Smiting of the Planets
The Fifth Trumpet - Striking by Locusts
The Diabolical Pit
The Demonic Plague
The Destructive Potentate
The Sixth Trumpet - Slaying of one-third of the Population
The Seventh Trumpet - Sovereignty of God

Chapter 13 - Armageddon

Old Testament Previews of The Battle of Armageddon
Zechariah
Daniel
Joel
The Seven Vials of God's Wrath
The First Vial - Damaging Sores
The Second Vial - Deadly Seas
The Third Vial - Deplorable Springs
The Fourth Vial - Dangerous Sunlight
The Fifth Vial - Dark Seizure
The Sixth Vial - Drying of the Strait
The Seventh Vial - Destructive Scourge
The "Campaign" of Armageddon
Harmony of Passages In Revelation About Armageddon
The Sixth Seal - Revelation 6:12-17
The Sixth Trumpet - Revelation 9:13-21; 11:13
The Winepress of God's Wrath - Revelation 14:14-20
Sixth and Seventh Vials of God's Wrath 
- Revelation 16:12-21 
War Against The Lamb - Revelation 17:14 
The Coming of Christ as King of Kings 
- Revelation 19:11-21 
Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars 
The Great Earthquake

Chapter 14 - Coming of The King of Kings

The Glorious Return of Christ
The Church Returns With Christ
The Objects of His Wrath
Harvest of Wheat
Destruction of Gentile Unbelievers
Harvest of Grapes
Destruction of Jewish Unbelievers
Two Thirds and One Third of All Israel
The Return of the Remnant from Edom
God's Dialogs with the Messiah
The Final Conversion of Israel
Israel's National Mourning for Yeshua
The Final Outcome of Christ's Glorious Return
His Authority to Reign
The Death of His Enemies
The Fate of The Unholy Trinity

Part IV - After The Tribulation

Chapter 15 - The Millennium and Beyond

Overview of The Millennium
Progress of the Kingdom
The Kingdom was PROMISED to the patriarchs
The Kingdom was ESTABLISHED by Jesus
The Kingdom will be DEMONSTRATED during the Millennium
The Kingdom will be fully DEVELOPED in the New Heaven and New Earth
Aspects of the Millennium
Geography
Ecology
Health
Politics
Worship and Belief
St. John's Brief Description of the Millennium
Preparation for the period
Progress during the period
The First Resurrection: Raised to eternal life
Judgment of Believers
Postscript to the Period
Previews of the Millennium from the Old Testament
Messiah will Reign from Jerusalem and the Nations will come to Pay Tribute
The Last War
The Other Resurrection
Judgment of Non-believers - The Great White Throne
The Great White Throne Judgment
A New Heaven and Earth
The Heavenly Jerusalem

 

 

Appendices

A - Chart of the End of the Age 
B - Definition of common terms found in 
Eschatology 
C - Harmony of Prophecy Chart 
D - Warnings and Cautions 
E - Notes on The Covenants in the Bible 
F - The Complexities of Time 
G - The Day of The Lord 
H - The History of Edom 
I - Jesus, The Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus The 
Avenger of Blood--and the Cities of Refuge 
J - Earthquakes, Signs and Wonders
K - Pretribulation or Prewrath? 
L - The Return of Jesus Christ In Power Glory 
and Splendor 
M - The Marriage Supper of the Lamb 
N - The Judgment Seat of Christ 
O - The Great White Throne Judgment 
P - Outline of The Olivet Discourse 
Q - Outline of The Book of Revelation 
R - Notes on Daniel 11 and 12 (Stedman) 
S - Ancient Prophecies and Ancient Prayers
For the End of the Age 
T - The Internal Structure of The Book of 
Genesis 
U - Do You Know Christ Personally?

Bibliography

Index

Scripture Index

 

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Strong 6.8-magnitude quake shakes central Peru
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Peru's capital city, Lima, on Wednesday, witnesses and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The USGS said the epicenter of the quake was 51 miles north of Pucallpa, in the Peruvian Amazon forest close to the Brazilian border. The USGS said the quake, initially upgraded to a magnitude 6.9, was 90.2 miles deep.  

Once-a-century earthquake rattles East Coast
A strong earthquake rattled the East Coast on Tuesday, sending tremors as far as Canada, damaging well-known buildings in the nation's capital and sending scared office workers into the streets. There were no reports of major damage or serious injuries from the 5.8 magnitude quake, which was centered in Mineral, Virginia. It was the largest quake in Virginia since 1897 and struck at a shallow depth, increasing its potency.  

New national debt data: It's growing about $3 million a minute, even during his vacation
When Barack Obama took the oath of office twice on Jan. 20, 2009, CBS' amazing number cruncher Mark Knoller reports, the national debt was $10,626,000,000,000. That means the debt that our federal government owes a whole lot of somebodies including China has increased $4,247,000,000,000 in just 945 days. That's the fastest increase under any president ever.  

Moody's cuts Japan's debt rating on deficit concerns
Rating agency Moody's has cut Japan's long-term sovereign debt rating, citing concerns about the size of the country's deficit and borrowing levels. The rating was cut to Aa3 from Aa2, though Moody's also said the country's outlook was stable. Japan, the world's third-largest economy, has the highest public-debt level amongst developed economies.  

Rebels pushing to secure Tripoli
Tripoli has seen running battles with Gaddafi loyalists, and new Nato air strikes, a day after the Libyan rebels seized the fugitive leader's compound. Rebels fought loyalists in several southern and central areas of the capital, including a new front line to the east of the international airport. Two bomb blasts shook the city as a Nato jet passed overhead.  

A disaser called Obama
Barack Obama is solidifying his status as the worst president in American history. The leader who promised us a bright future of peace and fraternity is leading the American empire – and the rest of the world with it – into a dark abyss.  

World-Record Pulsed Magnetic Field Achieved; Lab Moves Closer to 100-Tesla Mark
The ability to create pulses of extremely high magnetic fields nondestructively (high-power magnets routinely rip themselves to pieces due to the large forces involved) provides researchers with an unprecedented tool for studying fundamental properties of materials, from metals and superconductors to semiconductors and insulators.  

Ex-IAEA official warns of 'dirty bomb' nuclear material in Libya
Former IAEA official says Libyan rebels need to secure a nuclear center near Tripoli that has stocks of uranium and other material which could be used to make 'dirty bomb'.  

Israel bolsters Egypt border defenses over new terror warnings
The new measures include putting in place additional means of electronic and visual intelligence gathering as well bolstering the Navy Command Center in the southern city of Eilat.  

Islamist Cleric: Meet an Israeli? Kill Him
A senior cleric in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has declared that ordinary Egyptians are obligated to kill 'Zionists' whom they encounter.  

Illinois Loses Most Jobs in the Nation
Illinois lost more jobs during the month of July than any other state in the nation, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report. After losing 7,200 jobs in June, Illinois lost an additional 24,900 non-farm payroll jobs in July. The report also said Illinois’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.5 percent. This marks the third consecutive month of increases in the unemployment rate.  

'Very Muted Growth' Coming for Next 10 Years: Faber
Investors should protect themselves by buying plenty of physical gold and putting it in a secure location, preferably outside the U.S.,  

FEMA: Entire East Coast should prepare for Hurricane Irene
The entire eastern coast of the United States should prepare for Irene, a large and dangerous hurricane churning northwestward over the tropical waters of the Caribbean, the nation's emergency chief warned Tuesday.  

Strong East Coast quake highly unusual: scientist
The strong earthquake that rattled the eastern United States on Tuesday was highly unusual in its severity, though it was centered in a part of Virginia known for smaller quakes, seismologists said.  

Park service: Earthquake cracks Washington Monument near its top, closed indefinitely
The National Park Service says engineers have found a crack near the top of the Washington Monument presumably caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast.  

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