Pro and Con 297
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Incoming Email SHALOM and a very blessed Passah to you, Ed and your loved ones!
I get very excited of what is happening as I read the Pro's and Con's. Though Paul is telling us not to get anxious about anything I do - waiting for the latest addition and of course for the 'Blessed Hope'.
Would you be so kind as to e-mail me a copy of the letter to your relatives? If you permit I want to translate it into German for our relatives who except a couple are all unbelievers. I also ask your permission to translate your updated Home Page to pass on to believers here in Germany. Thank you!
For the PASSAH Holiday Season we send you and your loved ones His riches blessing as we celebrate the resurrection of our glorious LORD, SAVIOR and very LIFE!
May the FATHER continue to bless you exceeding abundantly! You are our constant joy and we treasure our kinship in CHRIST!
In HIS unfailing Agape and super abounding Grace
My reply This Passover season could be the last one we spend here. I am so in awe of God and his plan of Salvation for us. I think of the awful pain Jesus was willing to put up with for us. He bought us with a terrible price. Resurrection Day is when Satan was beaten, when his doom was sealed. And he did it to himself. What irony, just when he thought he was ahead, he was undone. Jesus loved us very much to go through what he did just so we could be saved. We owe him everything. He is everything, and we are nothing, but he cared, really cared about us enough to go through what the very anticipation of caused him to sweat blood. Folks, that's true LOVE. He proved it.
> Would you be so kind as to e-mail me a copy of the letter to your relatives? If you
> permit I want to translate it into German for our relatives who except a couple are
> all unbelievers. I also ask your permission to translate your updated Home Page to
> pass on to believers here in Germany.
I must not have made it clear enough, the new information on my home page IS the letter I am sending to my relatives. Of course you may translate it and pass it on. I'd be delighted for as many as possible to know what it says. I would just appreciate credit for it.
All the best blessing to you and yours. In His agape love
Incoming Email I just noticed some interesting things in Acts 20.
First day of the week,Paul preaches till midnight.
Many lamps. = much oil?
Eutychus falls asleep and falls 3 stories to the ground. (stays on earth instead of going to 3rd heaven?).
Even though he falls (not raptured) he still lives (is saved).
What do you think?
Bless you for your Bible studies.
My reply Thank you. All his wonderful blessing to you too.
I think you have it right. Eutychus means fortunate. The Tribulation saints will be fortunate to have another chance to make it to Heaven. And look, that scripture indicates Sunday, and says, "midnight." That was one reason I thought Rev. 1:10 meant Sunday, but last year was the last Sunday Pentecost on the Talmudic calendar. However, there are those that figure every Pentecost has to be on a Sunday. I will be ready whether the Rapture comes on Friday or Sunday. Like Noah, we must stay in the Ark until he says, "Go forth." What is a year, a month, or a few days when compared to eternity?
There are so many little hints scattered throughout the Bible. The Ark had three stories, suggesting the third heaven.
Amos 9:6 says, "It is he that buildeth his stories in THE HEAVEN, and hath founded his troop in the earth...The LORD (YHVH, Yahweh) is his name."
In Isa. 44:6, we can see that Jesus Christ, our redeemer, is actually YHVH. It says, "Thus saith the LORD (YHVH) the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD (YHVH) of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."
Verse 24 says, "Thus saith the LORD (YHVH), thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD (YHVH) that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself."
No man hath seen the Father at any time. Jn. 1:18 says, "no man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." All through the Bible, the redeemer, Yahweh of hosts, is the one that dealt with mankind. He is the one that appeared to Abraham (Gen. 18:33) before Lot was brought out of Sodom, just as the Sign of the Son of Man will be seen in the sky just before the Tribulation saints are caught up (Mt. 24:30,31, Mk. 13:26,27; Rev. 6:14-17).
Before that, Gen. 17:1 says, "AND when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee..." I hope the 99 is a hint that the LORD will appear to us this year. Isaac was not born until the next year, but the Lord did not APPEAR to Abram at that time. At the Rapture, the Lord will appear to us after we join him in the air. He will say, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is (at the Rapture), and which was (at the First Advent), and which is to come (at the Second Advent, the ALMIGHTY" (Rev. 1:8).
Incoming Email My note: Received Apr. 2, 1999, Nisan 16, 5759, the Feast of Firstfruits and beginning of the 50-day countdown to Pentecost.
Hebraic Heritage Newsgroup: FROM: Clarence H. Wagner, Jr., International Dir.-Jerusalem
Subject: Israel in the News
POPE TO VISIT ISRAEL
Pope John Paul II will visit Israel and the Palestinian Autonomy for millennium celebrations. The Pope is expected to arrive on March 24 of next year, for a three-day visit, although the Vatican still has to confirm the date.
Shabtai Shai, Director General of the Tourism Ministry said the visit is very significant. He said that until now, most of the visits to Israel have been from the Protestant Church.
This is the first time in 30 years that the Pope will visit Israel, and he expects that many Christian pilgrims will follow. He expects up to 4 million tourists coming to Israel during the next year, and if their visits are spread evenly over the year, Israel should not have problems accommodating them. (KOL ISRAEL, MED, March 23, 1999)
... MORE WATER SANCTIONS BEING IMPLEMENTED: IsraelWire-3/18
My note: Mar. 18, 1999 is Nisan 1, 5759
Water Authority officials have decided to call for a 40 percent reduction in the amount of water being supplied to farmers in light of the water shortage resulting from the lack of rainfall this winter. The winter rainfall is about 40 percent less than during a normal winter season. Farmers have already been told that certain crops, demanding large amounts of water, may not be grown in the Galilee area. This step was also taken in anticipation of severe water shortages in the coming spring and summer months during which time there is usually no precipitation in the region.
My note: There is usually no rain from the beginning of Iyar through the end of Elul. If the Rapture is to take place after the rain in over and gone (Song 2:10-14), it cannot take place tomorrow, April 3 (Nisan 17), as some think.
Incoming Email I just happened upon your website and was wondering, why does it say revised April 2, 1999? How did the original page read? Did you have to revise dates that didn't work out? If so why should we believe you now?
I'm not trying to argue, just curious.
My reply You can read what I revised and why on Pro and Con 296, item one. It makes the information more complete.
You don't have to believe me. I am just telling you what I think I see in Scripture. You are to search the Scriptures and see if these things are true. Just be sure you have accepted Christ as your own personal Saviour and have no unconfessed sin committed since you accepted Christ, and you'll be ok even if you don't know when the Rapture is coming.
Some time after I asked the Lord what he wanted me to do, I saw a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2. It said to publish and conceal not. I am doing my best to do just that. I have been studying as hard as I can ever since before 1960. I feel that God opened the eyes of my understanding one night when I awoke absolutely terrified. My heart was beating like a little bird trying to get out. I heard a masculine voice say, "Be still and know that I am God." My heart quieted instantly, and I was still until dawn, afraid to move a muscle.
I did not understand what had happened until about 20 years later. I was reading the Septuagint and at Job 33:15, the light dawned. It said, "when the Lord speaks once, or a second time, sending a dream, or in the meditation of the night; (as when a dreadful ALARM happens to fall upon men, in slumberings on the bed:) THEN OPENS HE THE UNDERSTANDING OF MEN."
My only duty is to tell it as I see it. Whether you take warning or not is your decision, but I advise you to look into it right away. If I am right you do not have much time. Today, Apr. 3, 1999, is the second day of the 50-day countdown to Pentecost. What would it hurt to get ready just in case? What do you have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to gain? A chance to be "accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things (the Tribulation) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man" (Lu. 21:36), that's all.
The seven-year Tribulation that is coming upon this world will be the worst since there was a nation. Believe me, you don't want to go through it. Turn to Christ, our only Saviour, before it is too late. Agape
Incoming Email SIVAN 6, 5759 IS FRIDAY MAY 21, 1999.
SIVAN = (5) Letters = (5th)month (MAY)
6 = 6th day of the week which is (FRIDAY)
5759 = (5) = (May) & 7 + 5 + 9 = (21
5759 = 5 + 7 = (12) 5 + 9 = (14)
(14) + (12) = (26) or 5 + 21 = (26)
My reply Yes. It is interesting. Thanks. Agape
Incoming Email I thought I would share this with you. I've been following your web site and was in hopeful expectation of the rapture last May along with many others. I still gain much insight from your website and want to thank you for it. In re-reading your main page today I noticed a link at the bottom entitled "JUST ONE MORE" PENTECOST. Without clicking on the link, I thought perhaps that you were quoting a scripture. I brought up my computer search (using the KJV of course) program and could not find the words "JUST ONE MORE" in a literal order but did find them in a different order in only ONE passage of the scripture : Luke 15:7. I will quote:
"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over ONE sinner that repenteth, MORE than over ninety and nine JUST persons, which need no repentance."
Funny that the only verse in the KJV Bible that has all three words "JUST ONE MORE" sprinkled in also has the word NINETY and NINE embedded within these words.
Thought you would enjoy this. Maranatha
My reply Thanks. Someone else noticed the 99 and wondered if it could be a hint. It does have to do with just persons, which the first Rapture is made up of. What you have uncovered just adds to the likelihood that it could be a clue.
Abraham was 99 when the Lord CAME to him. Gen. 17:1 says, "AND when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." I think we would be smart to take that as advise as to us right now. Agape
Incoming Email ...I enjoy the work you have done for Our Lord. You have been an inspiration to me. But Lately I have been Falling away from the Lord. I still talk to him alot, but even that doesn't seem to be helping. I am now pregnant with my third child an I am so worried. My husband wants me to start going to Church, but something inside of me doesn't want me to go. I get so angry when I think about going to church. I have been so hatefull to my Mother-in-law who previously has been my closest confidant for years now and haven't wanted to leave the house even to go grocery shopping. I feel sometimes as if I hate everyone..I am going thru an emotional tug of war and I am scared to death that I might be loosing my faith..I just don't know why or how this has happened, especially since I have been blessed with this pregnancy. I don't have anyone to talk to about this, and you are the only person I could think of that wouldn't laugh at my feelings.. Do you think somehow I have allowed myself to slip away? Thank you for taking the time to read this. God Bless
My reply I thank God that you asked for help. This seems to be a year that everyone is being tested. You are not alone. Do you remember when Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to have him to sift as wheat? I think believers are being sifted this year. It is imperative that we stay in the sieve, no matter how hard Satan shakes us up. Let your troubles blow away with the chaff. You will be left clean and intact.
It is as if we entered the Ark (type of Christ, our Saviour) last year because Noah was 600 when he entered the Ark, and I think last year was the 6000th year since Adam was cast out of the garden. Noah could not be saved unless he stayed in the Ark until the Lord said, "Go forth" in his 601st year. I don't see how we can be taken up in the Pre-Trib Rapture unless we stay in the Ark. Hang in there. Be strong and patient.
You are not displaying evidence of agape love. It shoves out anger and brings inner peace in spite of all the stuff that is going on around us. My advise? Sit down and pray. Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit brings to mind, as per I John 1:9. Then the Lord will cleanse you of all unrighteousness and his Spirit will well up within you as a well of living water. One of God's attributes is agape love. If God is love, then if you are filled with his Holy Spirit, you are filled with agape love. Please pray and then let me know what happens. Sin causes a barrier between us and God. Confession causes the barrier to disintegrate. We then are back in fellowship with God and other spirit-filled Christians besides.
You have "an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (year). Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season (brief duration of time), if need be, ye are in HEAVINESS through manifold temptations: That the TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at THE APPEARING OF JESUS CHRIST (at the Rapture): Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.... Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (the Rapture)...Be ye holy; for I am holy....SEE THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART fervently" (I Peter 1:4-22).
Enoch is a type of those taken up in the Pre-Trib Rapture. Hebrews 11:1,5,6 says, "NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report...By FAITH Enoch was translated (metetethe, transported, removed, i.e., Raptured) that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated (metatheseos, transported, removed) him: for before his translation (huperano, upward, far above) he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Gen. 5:24 in the Greek Septuagint, says, "And Enoch was well-pleasing to God, and was not found, because God translated (metetheken) him." The KJV has, "And Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him."
If Enoch was removed far above (i.e., to Heaven) because he pleased God, we will be also. And just as Enoch was removed far above before disaster hit, so will we be. Pray that your faith be strengthened. Be sure that you please God. The Rapture is our "blessed hope" (Titus 2:13). The way to be sure we will be "caught up" (I Thess 4:16) is to do what Enoch did, please God.
If you do your part and confess your sins since accepting Christ, the Lord can be trusted to do his and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. You will be filled with the love of God and all anger will be crowded out. Forgive all the wrongs anyone has ever done against you, for we are forgiven as we forgive others. Keep no grudge. Let it all go. Think of any bitterness flowing out of you and blowing away with the chaff. The kernel of wheat that is left is clean.
Incoming Email I have been skip-reading Exit 2007 and Revelation 2000 again. I have a few questions:
Exit 2007, p. 207, "This flying thing is twice as long as it is wide. Its orbit crosses that of this planet as it passes by about twice every year." I think you may have identified this asteriod by a present day name. What is it? Scripture calls it "Wormwood." Is that the name of the entire asteriod or just the larger piece? Is there, today, an asteriod named "Wormwood?" p. 211, "Revelation 8:11 says that the name of the star (astros) is called 'Wormwood.'" A star is not an asteriod, it is a sun. Can it be a sun that God breaks apart and throws at Egypt and Iraq? Would you please list and explain the 7 trumpet judgments and the bowls that go with each? They all take place on one elongated day and I get confused every time I try to list them together, espcially the 7th trumpet and bowl.
Another subject: Been thinking of our age in heaven. I remember your saying that you felt your mother sent you a message that no way was she 80 something. Christ was 33 1/2 when he was crucified. Knowing that numbers mean something in the Bible, perhaps 33 1/2 does, too. There will be babies ad people of all ages including very elderly people in heaven. Is it off-the-wall to think babies will grow to age 33 1/2, people of that age will stay there, and those older than 33 1/2 wil revert to 33 1/2? On the human developmental scale, 33 1/2 would be an age when physical and mental growth would be at their approximate highest level except for reproduction in the female, however that would not be a problem in heaven. Would that, however, negate my conclusion?
Another subject: I think all babies and young children will be in heaven even if the parents aren't saved. Jesus did not make exceptions when he said, (Mat. 18:3-6, 18:10,14), "I say unto you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this chid, he is the geatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it woud be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish."
Jesus, then, does not qualify cildren according to whether their parents are believers or non-believers They are all protected.
I also believe that children who have been killed by abortion will also be there; they were created and then killed. Think of the millions of babies and small children we will need to rear. Plan to buy stock in the "Heavenly Adoption Agency"; it will be a winner.
My reply > name. What is it? Scripture calls it "Wormwood." Is that the name of the entire
> asteriod or just the larger piece? Is there, today, an asteriod named "Wormwood?"
I mentioned Icarus as a possibility, but since that time I realize that this asteroid is probably a binary, like Toutatis. I don't know which one it will be, but it seems to be a binary (Rev. 8:8,10, Zech. 5:1,2). The Greek "aster" means a star, asteroid, or flaming meteor. It is not referring to a sun. The planets were referred to as wandering stars. That is what they look like in the sky. I don't think they have named a known asteroid Wormwood. It means bitterness and fits very well. That is probably why God named it Wormwood.
> list and explain the 7 trumpet judgments and the bowls
> that go with each? They all take place on one elongated day
They don't all take place on one elongated day. The trumpet judgments take place on the first day of the Millennial Day of the Lord, and the bowls are like the effects after a little more time has passed. In Rev. 8:8,9, one piece of the asteroid, "as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea (the Mediterranean, Zech. 2:4,5): and the THIRD PART of the sea became blood; And the THIRD PART of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the THIRD PART of the ships were destroyed."
A little later on, Rev. 16:3 says, "And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and EVERY LIVING SOUL DIED IN THE SEA." The asteroid strikes, but the damage builds up over time. The effects are cumulative. The planet rocks, the seas scour the land, the fires burn out of control, the smoke spreads around the world, etc. Jesus waits seven months (Ezek. 39:12) to return in glory. He does not return on a dark day (Zech. 14:6).
> Is it off-the-wall to think babies will grow to age 33 1/2, people of that
> age will stay there, and those older than 33 1/2 wil revert to 33 1/2?
That is what I expect to happen. It says that our flesh will become as firm as a childs. We are to be kings and priests. A priest only officiated between 30 and 50 years of age.
> I think all babies and young children will be in heaven even if the parents aren't saved.
If that were to happen, it would rock this planet's people to the core. I don't think that most will take that much notice of our leaving. Isa. 57:1-3 says, "THE righteous perisheth (abad, to wander off, used of a sheep wandering off), and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are TAKEN AWAY, none considering that the righteous is TAKEN AWAY from the evil TO COME (i.e., the Rapture is before the Tribulation). He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. But DRAW NEAR hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore" (i.e., the Tribulation is not here yet, but it is drawing near).
The LXX has, "righteous men are TAKEN AWAY, and no one considers: for the righteous HAS BEEN REMOVED OUT OF THE WAY OF INJUSTICE."
> Jesus, then, does not qualify cildren according to whether their
> parents are believers or non-believers They are all protected.
I Cor. 7:14 says, "the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy." But, what about cases where both parents are unbelievers? Aren't the children unclean?...
Incoming Email FWD: LanceBJohn@aol.com wrote: "WHAT A BLESSING"
A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his Home church in Michigan
"While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital.
Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting; one of whom had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time witnessed to him of the Lord Jesus Christ. I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.
Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines. He said, "Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards."
At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone out in that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point. My five friends also saw them and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone."
At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day that this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this story: "On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong; I called men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?" The men Who had met together to pray that day stood up. The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were - he was to busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26.
**This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such prodding, go along with it. Nothing is ever hurt by prayer except the gates of hell.
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