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What if there is no Rapture?

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What if there is No Rapture?

Dedicated to the Memory of Bro. Eli Mast

 

Brother Eli was one of those elderly men of the Church that you will never forget.        

  Most anytime I would visit him, or go to pick him up for fellowship, the conversation would always gravitate to the subject of “The Rapture”.  We talked about this subject quite often and shared similar believes on a pre-trib Rapture of the Church.

  I went to visit with Bro. Eli a couple of weeks ago and as we were sitting on the edge of his bed, as usual the conversation went to what seemed to be his favorite discussion, the rapture. BUT, this time, with a weak and failing body, he said, “I don’t think I am going to get to see The Rapture after all”. Bro. Eli was ready to go home to meet The Father, and had been as long as I have known him. Bro. Eli did just that, in his sleep on the 9th of March, 2009. For those of you who are into numbers and following the Scriptures, 9 is representative of judgment and also completion. Eli has completed his race!!

 

  A couple of months ago, while bringing the message at our fellowship, I was quickened in The Spirit to ask this question, “What if there is no Rapture? “

Are you ready to meet your maker at ANYTIME?

  With all the stuff going on around us in the world, there is a lot of expectation in the Body of Christ, that, MAYBE the Rapture is VERY CLOSE. Maybe, This Year!

  The problem then becomes, that Yahushua, Christ Jesus, declared that NO MAN knows when this will occur. We are not to lose focus of The Kingdom of God, and get so locked up in world events and thinking on The Rapture. Scripture declares that everyone will be going about in their own daily routines, as in the days of Noah. If anyone had known for sure about the flood, PERHAPS they would have paid more attention to what that “crazy old boat builder” was saying.

 

  This morning, in my time with The Lord, He took me to Hebrews 11, “The Faith Chapter”. Listen to this scripture:

  

     8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

As I read that scripture, I was reminded of the question, “What if there is no rapture?” and very much reminded of my dear Bro. Eli.

  As Abraham made his journey into an unknown land, a land of promise and hope for a bright tomorrow, he did so with the focus on “A city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. Abraham lived in a strange country, that is to say, a place of unfamiliar surroundings and unfamiliar people. He lived in tabernacles or tent like structures. They were not permanent houses, and that was OK with Abraham, for his Faith and Hope was fixed on a different home.

Here is some more from that chapter of Hebrews;

13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

 16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

  All the great “Heroes of Faith” died without receiving the complete promises of God, in this place, BUT they all kept their faith in God. If they had thought about it hard enough, in the natural, they probably would have packed up and went back to their more familiar surroundings. BUT, they all confessed that they were “strangers and pilgrims on the earth”. They knew that this place wasn’t their home and that God “Hath prepared for them a city”. The book of Revelations, Ch 21 describes this city. These people desire a “Better country”, one that is “Heavenly”.

  Bro, Eli desired that same place. At 95 years of age, he was focused on his “Heavenly Home”, with his “Heavenly Father”.

From the Book of Genesis 25: 8Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

 9And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

 10The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife

Brother Eli Mast has met his Maker, face to face, and had longed to do so! He was ready!! The question for you today, “Are you”? Are you ready to meet God the Father right now? It could happen at any minute! One way or the other, you will.

 The Rapture might come anytime. For some of us, we may go before the Rapture. We should live every minute of every day “Rapture Ready”, that is to say, you could go

 

 

Just like that! I paused to show you, at any second, your time could come.

I encourage you that are ready, to hold fast to your Faith. I beg you that aren’t 100% sure, PLEASE , get that way.

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Angel visits little girl at hospital PICU ward

This story was circulated earlier by some friends in a ministry group here in SC. It has been picked up by the mainstream media. Read the story below as posted on MSNBC/ Today Show.;

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28364813/?GT1=43001

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I was in the Spirit !

There is A LOT of talk nowadays about the “supernatural” and “open portals” where people are saying that God is revealing Himself through angels, signs and wonders and the miraculous. I am very much aware of the many different views of whether these things are real or not, and some even claiming them to be possibly demonic in content.

I personally haven’t been able to “see” in that realm yet. I believe that realm exist and that some people can be shown things by God. I believe people can hear from God, not necessarily with an audible voice, but by the Spirit. I have been pondering on these things for a while. Every now and then even getting a little tid bit on this subject.

In 2007 I was attending a conference where one of the speakers was talking about angelic visitations. I didn’t know that,that, was going to be his subject matter that morning and no one had announced it to be. We were in praise and worship earlier that morning and I was standing with my hands lifted in praise to God. My right hand “brushed something” and I moved my hand back thinking I may have hit someone’s hair. I went back into worshipping “in the spirit” and again it happened. I brushed “it” off my hand, whatever “it” was. After the third and forth time of “brushing against something” and feeling this on my arm and hand, I realized that there must have been something in the Spirit realm standing there besides me. I understand now that “it” was possibly an angel and that I had “brushed against it’s wings”. Whoahhh!!

I asked Father God to tell me why it is that some can see in that realm and some can’t. I also asked why it is that sometimes, images are captured on camera, that apparantley no one is seeing in the natural. The reply was this “Cameras don’t need Faith to see, they just see”.

I let it go and really haven’t thought too much on it until lately, the other night I got something in my spirit about looking further into it in the book of Revelations. I think I have an answer for this phenomenon, that I know some will not like and even argue about, BUT, what else is new ? Here goes!!

Rev.1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Notice That John says ” I was in the Spirit” and “heard”. I know for me, personaly, that, it is when I get myself alone with God and listen for Him, He speaks to me “In the Spirit”. I am reminded that in John 4, Jesus teaches us that God is a Spirit and those that worship, must worship in spirit and in truth. The only way to hear from God, except He show up, is in the Spirit, where it is His Spirit speaking to our spirit, for we are made in the image of God, a Spirit, therefore that is our most effective line of communications with Him. Spirit to spirit !!

Rev.4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Here again, John says ” I was in the spirit” and “behold”, which in this instance means to look upon something, to see. For those who desire to “see” in that other realm, you must see it in “the Spirit”. To see in the Spirit isn’t something new nor is it taboo by the Scriptures. Jacob saw in a dream and heard The Lord, so it had to be from the Spirit . Almost ALL of the Prophets in Scripture, “heard in the Spirit” and “Saw in the Spirit”.

THERE is the danger that if you start seeing into the “spirit realm” that you will also see not just the Godly things, but the ungodly as well. As John continued on his “virtual tour” of Heaven, he also saw things that weren’t exactly pleasant to the eye. He saw death and destruction and evil abounding as well as the Beauty and Majesty of God the Father and of The Lord Jesus.  

Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

Again John was “in the spirit”, but note, “he carried me away”. The Apostle Paul recalls a time fourteen years earlier that he too was “in the spirit”, and was shown things about heaven. John being “carried away” was being “translated” in the Spirit “into the wilderness”, where he was shown things yet to come. “the wilderness” in this text, in my opinoin, is not some symbolic place that John was being shown, but a real place that exist in that Spiritual realm.

Is all this someone’s imagination ? I think not ! If it is then we ALL really have a problem with our Faith.

God is an unseen God. Yet we know that we know, He is real. The Scriptures tell us that one day we will see Him face to face. We will be in constant Worship of the One who was and is and is to come!

Meanwhile, we need to “get in the Spirit” as much as we can, if we have a desire to hear and see the things of God. Remember, God is a Spirit and those that worship Him, MUST worship Him in the Spirit and with the Truth that God is God and desires our worship.

There are many of people who say they have the “Spirit” and even manifest some of the signs, ie, talking in tongues, but they haven’t been able to “see in the Spirit”. I submit, in closing, there is a difference between “being in the spirit” and the “spirit being in you”.

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